ABAG Update  
Submit your comments to help 
Shape the Future of ABAG
What does the Bay Area need from its 
Council of Governments?

Cities, towns, and counties are asked to help  Shape the Future of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Complete the following survey If you have already submitted a survey, there is now an opportunity to submit additional comments. 

ABAG Special General Assembly

Delaine Eastin, Former California State Superintendent of Public Education

During ABAG's Special General Assembly on January 30th, more than
120 local government representatives
engaged in a dynamic dialogue on the  future role of the Council of Governments and local coordination to address regional challenges, from resilience to housing and land use. Keynote speaker Delaine Eastin, Former California State Superintendent of Public Education, kicked off the General Assembly highlighting the history and significance of regional governance. Attendees provided feedback to define the needs of their Bay Area cities, towns, and counties. 

If you attended the General Assembly and would like to evaluate this forum, click here.

Special General Assembly Audience

There were four breakout 
Breakout Session

sessions at the Special 
General Assembly where 
attendees discussed the future of ABAG in depth. Slides that summarize the comments from the breakout sessions can be  viewed here .

Click the links below to view materials from the Special General Assembly 

ABAG - MTC Staff Consolidation Overview Memo

General Assembly Survey 

The next Spring General Assembly and Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
ABAG POWER (Publicly Owned Energy Resources) Turns 20

ABAG POWER's natural gas  purchasing pool
recently completed its 20th year of
operations, currently serving nearly 40 public member agencies throughout PG&E's service territory. The pool's annual usage footprint is roughly equivalent to gas usage from 12,000 homes in California. Pooled purchasing allows the program to negotiate preferential pricing of energy supply for use in public facilities, including hospitals, police and fire stations, zoos, and community centers.  Today, the program strives to fulfill measurable and often competing goals of cost savings and price stability. 

ABAG POWER Executive Committee Members
Left to right: Mintze Cheng, City of Union City, Dave Brees, City of Los Altos, Julie Bueren, County of Contra Costa, Chris Schroeder, City of Milpitas, Tonya Gilmore, City of Orinda, Angela Walton, City of Richmond

ABAG POWER Usage by County

For more information on the POWER program, send an email to power@abag.ca.gov or visit  http://abag.ca.gov/services/power/.
Apply now for NOAA's Coastal Resilience Grants

Cities, towns, and counties are invited to apply for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grants to fund climate resilience projects in their jurisdictions. Funded projects should advance healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and support approaches to build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and the economy by developing plans and implementing actions to mitigate the negative impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards. Grants will fund projects that build resilience, including activities that protect life and property, safeguard people and infrastructure, strengthen the economy, or conserve and restore coastal and marine resources.
Applications are due by  March 15, 2017.

For more information about the program, visit
ABAG POWER Executive Committee
2/15 @ 11 a.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 7th Floor, Tamalpais Room, San Francisco

Bay Area Regional Collaborative Governing Board
2/17 @ 10 a.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Board Room, 1st Floor, San Francisco

ABAG Executive Board Meeting
2/16 @ 7 p.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Board Room, 1st Floor, San Francisco

Save the Date - May 11, 2017
ABAG Spring General Assembly and Business Meeting