Bart Doyle is a former Councilmember of the City of Sierra Madre, California. He previously served the city in the capacity of Mayor, beginning in 1996 and again in 1999. Within the Southern Association of Governments (SCAG), he served as a member of the Community, Economic and Human Development Committee. In addition, he has held the title of President of the San Gabriel Council of Governments as well as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's San Gabriel Valley Service Sector Board.
Now what exactly is the Community, Economic, and Human Development Committee (CEHDC)? It is the committee within the belly of the SCAG ogre that decides the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) numbers. RHNA numbers are used to force feed high density housing development into unwilling towns, something backed up by the full muscle of Sacramento. You might recall that it was this very board that laid the 138 "unit" RHNA number on Sierra Madre. But if you think our number was bad, check out the incredible 94,000 RHNA number laid on San Bernardino County in 2000! You can read all about that one here.
Now let's see, Bart Doyle belongs to SCAG, but also is a member of the CEHDC, which is the dovecote of dudes that decides RHNA numbers. And as we can see by the San Bernardino County debacle, they're not exactly shy about it. But consider this, Bart is also a senior executive of one of the biggest redevelopment outfits in L.A. County. The same one responsible for that El Monte Transit Village we discussed yesterday. And who stands to profit the most from the building of RHNA mandated high-density housing? Redevelopers, of course.
Really ties the bow, doesn't it?
One more thing. On January 9, 2007, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SCAG lite), met to debate RHNA numbers. The SGVCOG is made of up SGV area City Councilmembers, Joe Mosca included. The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM. You know what time it adjourned? 1:20 PM. Hardly time enough to finish a second cup of coffee. More anecdotal evidence that this is an organization that functions as little more than a rubberstamp for the BIA and the other concerned organizations really calling the housing shots.
(Note: SCAG/SGVCOG links are often down on weekends. I guess they don't dare work on their days off. Check again on Monday if you haven't been able to access them.)