ABAG General Assembly convenes at Oakland Museum of California

ABAG General Assembly
Noah Berger

A quorum of representatives from the Bay Area’s nine counties and 101 member cities convened to pass the 2024-2025 ABAG budget at the General Assembly. 

The General Assembly brings together ABAG’s member towns, cities and counties once a year to review and approve the Association’s budget and work program for the coming fiscal year, as well as to discuss policy issues facing the region. 

Belia Ramos, ABAG President, Supervisor, Napa County
Noah Berger

Delegates attended the meeting in person at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, June 21.

The business meeting was followed by the conference, "Resilience: Innovative Governance for Regional Challenges."

Shalini Vajjhala
Noah Berger

Shalini Vajjhala, Executive Director of PRE Collective, set the stage by highlighting how creative predevelopment and governance models can help build resilience.

Her keynote was followed by a brief presentation from Larry Goldzband, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Goldzband provided an overview of how BCDC is implementing Senate Bill 272 (Laird, 2023). 

The new law requires all local governments within the Commission’s jurisdiction to develop rising sea level adaptation plans, which must be approved by BCDC based on the guidelines it will promulgate later this year. 

Panelists (L-R) Allison Brooks, Caitlin Sweeney, Anne Crealock and Lisa Gauthier.
Noah Berger

The conference closed with an engaging panel discussion among local resilience leaders. Panelists included Anne Crealock, Planning and Program Manager for the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority; East Palo Alto City Council member Lisa Gauthier; and Caitlin Sweeney, Director of ABAG’s San Francisco Estuary Partnership affiliate. Allison Brooks, Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, served as moderator. 

View the meeting materials and recording.

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