Your article about Orinda and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and its involvement in dictating local land use raises many serious issues. There is much more going on with MTC than meets the eye and is never accounted for by politicians in regards to the reckless behavior of this bureaucracy. Most taxpayers are not aware that MTC, by raising bridge tolls and collecting fees from HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes on freeways; is financing their own agenda to move taxpayer funds from legitimate transportation needs (painting the Golden Gate Bridge) to land use and central planning.
Like most bureaucracies the MTC is set on expanding to incorporate areas it was never chartered to control. See information below concerning just a small bit of research providing data on the MTC’s aggressive actions.
Most of the 113 Bay Area cities are not yet aware that their local streets and roads monies are controlled by MTC. MTC will put the cities on notice that if they do not comply with the new plan (transit centers, high density/low income housing) they will not get their funds for local streets and roads repairs. Residents need to understand that once these funds go away they must find alternate sources for local pothole fixes – cut local spending or raise local taxes.
The MTC has collection authority from the State of California for Seven bridges:
San Francisco- Oakland Bay
Proposed bridge toll increases:
The MTC has complete authority to raise bridge tolls as a source of income for their empire building. Even with this magical source of revenue, the MTC is trying to figure how to increase their revenue further. See this article:
MTC to poll Bay Area voters on possible gas tax ballot measure (Dennis Cuff Contra Costa Times)
Regional transportation officials are commissioning a poll to gauge voter support for raising gas taxes in the Bay Area by up to 10 cents per gallon to pay for roads, freeways and public transit. EMC Research of Oakland will be paid $150,000 to conduct a poll of voters in the nine Bay Area counties, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s administration committee decided Wednesday. Commission advisers has discussed the possibility of going to the ballot as early as November 2012 with a gas tax increase that would require two-thirds approval of voters in the region.
Where does it stop? What will be enough for the MTC?
Now we learn that enabling politicians like State Senator Mark DeSaulnier are “aghast” at the now out-of-control MTC making its own decisions about building cathedrals for itself using tax dollars. What did he think he was creating as he traipsed around the county and state yipping about smart growth and “regional planning”? All we got was yet another out of control megalomaniacal bureaucracy out to conquer the world with our tax dollars instead of maintaining Bay Area Bridges.
Appraently MTC now thinks it is in charge of practically every area of land use in the nine county Bay Area. When did the people give its approval for such a monstrous example of mission creep?
We never did. Failed leadership from DeSaulnier and others (AB-32 which further enables mega-bureacracies and creeping mission like the MTC) have paved this road and now play the “shocked” ingenue.