- Received a presentation from Art Jensen, CEO and GM of the
Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). This agency provides
water for San Francisco, San Mateo County, Southern Alameda County and
Northern Santa Clara County. Art reported that for his agency, the
majority of water is used to meet residential needs. Water supplies are
limited, and conservation and water recycling are important. Art reported
the Bay Area is more water efficient than most areas of the state.
However, the challenge is to continue to conserve more in order to meet
future needs. Art stated a point worth remembering is to ensure policies
and programs are designed to produce measurable results.
- Received a presentation from ABAG’s Executive Director,
Henry Gardner, and Research Director, Paul Fassinger. They explained the
elaborate process and extensive outreach involved in ABAG’s forecast,
Projections 2009. ABAG established performance targets and then studied
how land use decisions could meet the performance targets. Information on
projections of total jobs, households, and populations for each city was
- Received a report on MTC from Dean Chu, City Selection
Committee appointee. Dean covered federal stimulus funds for
transportation coming to the Bay Area and Santa Clara County and how the
funds are being distributed.
- City Managers Report: Clinton
Brownley, Cupertino intern for Dave Knapp, informed the Board that the
Managers had discussed a standard solar installation permit. The city
managers are next discussing a common permit with city building officials
for input. Joint Venture requested funds from each city for ongoing work
being performed and informed the managers that its organization will also
be looking at California governance and reform. The managers continued the
discussion of pensions from a previous meeting and the county discussed
the phasing out of county general fund subsidy of CDBG administration.
- Betsy Shotwell updated the
Board on state finances and the budget. She distributed the two budget
scenarios released by the Governor earlier in the day. One scenario is if
the propositions on the May ballot pass and the second scenario is if the
propositions do not pass. Betsy also distributed a list of current bills
the City of San Jose has taken positions on.
- Adopted the SCCCA FY 2009-2010 budget.
- Joys and Challenges: Many exciting city events were
shared. Several Board members expressed concern regarding the impact of
increasing benefit and pension costs on cities. Consensus was to agendize
a discussion on these increasing costs and possible solutions at a Board
Meeting in the near future.