The BayREN Business Plan: prioritizing equity, leading on energy efficiency
Mark Prado April 13, 2022
BayREN team meeting

BayREN’s Business Plan submitted in early March to the California Public Utilities Commission, reflects an ambition to achieve California’s climate and energy goals while enabling an urgent evolution of the organization, resources, and programs to integrate equity more intentionally.

Deadline Extended: Bay Area high school students, be part of Summer Academy on transportation, housing equity and more
Public Participation
Mark Prado April 6, 2022
High school student

Are you or do you know high school students interested in how the Bay Area deals with issues like environmental justice, housing and transportation equity, community health and social justice? Four regional government agencies are sponsoring an online Bay Area Summer Academy to provide insights into how regional governments address these issues and how the public, including students, can help advance equity across the Bay Area.

MTC, ABAG name public finance veteran Derek Hansel new CFO
Mark Prado February 22, 2022
Derek Hansel

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) today announced the selection of Derek Hansel to serve as the agencies’ chief financial officer following the January retirement of longtime CFO and municipal finance industry leader Brian Mayhew.

A look at ABAG's Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program
Mark Prado January 28, 2022
By Clair A. McDevitt
Senior housing in San Francisco

Looking back over the first year of ABAG's Regional Housing Technical Assistance (RHTA) Program, the program has accomplished much to help jurisdictions prepare to submit their updated 6th Cycle Housing Elements.

BayREN awarded grant to improve rental home energy performance
Mark Prado January 25, 2022

A group of local governments and community-based organizations led by BayREN is among five groups nationwide selected by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy to receive technical assistance through the Energy Equity for Renters Initiative.

MTC, ABAG tap Bay Area housing veteran Kate Hartley as director of regional housing finance authority
Mark Prado January 20, 2022
Kate Hartley, new BAHFA Director

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced the selection of housing policy, finance and development veteran Kate Hartley to serve as Director of the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA).

California Department of Housing and Community Development approves Bay Area's RHNA
Mark Prado January 18, 2022
Housing construction in the South Bay

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has approved the Association of Bay Area Government’s (ABAG) Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan.

ABAG Executive Board approves final Regional Housing Needs Allocation plan
Mark Prado December 17, 2021
Vacaville housing under construction.

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) at Thursday night’s Executive Board meeting approved the Final Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area, 2023-2031.

Energy-saving BayREN launches new website
Mark Prado December 13, 2021

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) has launched a redesigned website offering a cohesive and vast array of energy efficiency resources for residents, property and business owners, local government staff, real estate professionals, building contractors and more.

Earthquake: Great ShakeOut is Thursday
Mark Prado October 19, 2021
Photo of a fissure

The Great California ShakeOut is Thursday and gives people a chance to prepare for the Bay Area's next big earthquake.