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Orinda Mayor Elected To Chair Transit Agency

Amy Worth chairs the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Orinda Mayor Amy Worth has been elected to chair the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for a two-year term.

“With the opening of the new fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel and the New East Span of the Bay Bridge, this is going to be a banner year for commuters," stated Worth in an MTC news release. "These projects will increase both their transportation mobility and safety. I am honored to serve as MTC Chair and look forward to working together to continue current planning efforts and future investment and improvements in the Bay Area’s transportation network.”

Worth was appointed to the MTC's governing board in 2007. Elected as the MTC's vice chair was Dave Cortese, a Santa Clara County supervisor.

LamorindaMan February 28, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Maybe she can help put the brakes on this organization. You ought to give her a chance first.
LamorindaMan February 28, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Best way to defeat a group is to infiltrate it.
Mark Roberts February 28, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Well, looks like the conspiracy theory cabal is on-line this morning. Believe it or not, we actually need these regional bodies to encourage -- maybe even force -- all the individual municipalities and agencies to recognize that they don't operate in separate vacuums. Coordination and cooperation is essential. I'm not a big fan of hierarchy and bureaucracy but I do believe in the value of working together to make sure that the greater good is considered and promoted. CJ, it seems appropriate that you hide behind the facade of Dr. Evil, one of the most laughingly dysfunctional "villains" in cinematic history. There's no plan to push Section 8 housing on Lamorinda. An affordable housing component in the Pulte project at Pine Grove in Orinda, yes. And please don't denigrate the efforts of Amy Worth. Perhaps you're not familiar with her decades of volunteer service to Orinda and now other Bay Area agencies but I am. I may not always agree with her specific positions but I greatly admire her willingness and ability to serve the public. BTW, what have you done to benefit the greater good lately? Yes, we all have individual needs, interests and concerns. But sometimes we have to be just a little less selfish and recognize that we should make some minor sacrifices to benefit the community as a whole. I really don't view the MTC, ABAG or other regional quasi-government agencies as threats to municipal sovereignty. They just remind us that we need to play nicely with others.
Mike Metcalf March 01, 2013 at 05:40 PM
MTC has significant authority over transportation planning in the Bay Area, and essentially controls the allocation of state and federal funds for transportation projects. Given that land use (principally housing) drives transportation, MTC is very much involved in land use planning. This is not always to everyone's liking,. but it is necessary and must be done reasonably. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that the directors of MTC be sound thinkers withabsolute integrity. Each director must represent the interests of the entire Bay Area, not just the jurisdiction which appointed them. Amy Worth was appointed to MTC by the Contra Costa Mayors Conference in 2007 because she can do just that. As Mayor of Moraga at that time, I voted for her. And I 'm glad I did. She has demonstrated to me and many others who know her well that she has performed exactly as she should. I suggest we should be grateful that people like Amy step forward to represent our interests on this important governmental body. Orinda, Lamorinda, Contra Costa, and the Bay Area are well served by Amy. I'm confident she will be an effective leader of MTC. Mike Metcalf Councilmember,, Town of Moraga Commissioner, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Regular Guy March 01, 2013 at 07:56 PM
"Each director must represent the interests of the entire Bay Area, not just the jurisdiction which appointed them." Then why not elect these members regionally? We are permitted to elect directors of EBMUD but not directors of a much more powerful agency, the MTC. Why? Is it that, as I wrote above, some objectives are too important to risk allowing the people to vote on them? "Given that land use (principally housing) drives transportation, MTC is very much involved in land use planning. This is not always to everyone's liking,. but it is necessary and must be done reasonably." I reject the concept of forcing local governments to change their land use rules to suit outsiders. If outsiders want to urbanize their own towns, that's fine. But hands off other people's towns! MTC is the embodiment of outsider meddling. It's only necessary if you accept the premise that the state or federal government should be make and enforce plans for growth and then force the market to adjust to those plans. That's contrary to the American tradition that people in a free market first choose where to live and then the government provides people the necessary services, including roads. This debate comes down to central planning versus local planning and the free market. To all readers: Which side are you on?

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