Abe-Koga lands seats on VTA board, LAFCO

Council member Margaret Abe-Koga may have stepped down from her mayoral duties, but she is moving up in the world of local transportation.

Last month a group of six North County cities selected Abe-Koga to be one of its three representatives on the Valley Transportation Authority board of directors starting in 2010. She says she plans to make a move for the vice chair position on the board as well.

Abe-Koga said city reps from Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara decided that Mountain View should get a seat on the board over others because it has several transportation issues to deal with and several projects in the works, including high speed rail.

The move was the result of a new selection process which has Mountain View representation back on the VTA board much sooner than expected following a shared term by council members Greg Perry and Laura Macias in 2006-07.

As one of the county's smaller cities, Mountain View used to rotate onto the board once every 10 years, but Abe-Koga said the North County city grouping decided to try a new voting system this year in which the city group would actually select its three VTA representatives.

Abe-Koga had been serving as a VTA policy advisory committee member over the last year.

The two other City Council members selected to represent North County are Chris Moylan from Sunnyvale and Rich Larsen from Los Altos Hills.

In other news, Abe-Koga said she has also managed to get a seat on the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, a little-known but powerful agency in Santa Clara County.

Its five commissioners decide on city annexations and the formation of new cities in the county. It also decides where Mountain View and Sunnyvale's "spheres of influence" lie at Moffett Field, which is federal property.


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Posted by L Levin
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

No grass can grow on Abe-Koga. :) Congrats, Margaret. You were a great Mayor, and I am sure you will serve us proudly on the VTA.

Thanks for all your public service!

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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

Looks to me that she is a typical power hungry politican. As a mayor, she voted to cut services that were a daily usage type in favor of emergency type out of personal experience. Not sure how that is good for Mtn. View residents on a daily basis when we can't access the needed services.

She is already talking about getting the Vice chair position on the board. Doesn't this reprent a person who wants power? And how many agency does one need to be on to serve the public? Didn't she say she was the only care provider for her parents? She must be a wonder women!

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Posted by dynamical
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jan 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

Look at the great policy decisions in the past. Who really cares what happens with LAFCO and VTA. They suck wind and rely on the voting public to keep them in power. Chaos is really not that much worse as it is self organizating rather then political horse trading. City and/or County appointments are management positions no sane person wants and the people have shown little to zero ability to manage anything.

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Posted by Daniel Mart
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Daniel Mart is a registered user.

The VTA is awful right now; they have cut services, and as a result, Outreach -- the disabled transportation service -- has severely cut their services. It affects many people that I know ... I cannot go anywhere on weekends and after 6:30 on weekdays because I don't have a bus route ... many old people are now unable to use Outreach to get to their doctors/dialysis appointments ... it's a MAJOR case of institutionalized discrimination; some people in VTA are obviously getting grossly overpaid, only further emphasizing the fact that our society's status quo favors rich people.

I won't say that this is a bad move or anything, but based on the past, it raises serious issues.

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Posted by Daniel Mart
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:34 am

Daniel Mart is a registered user.

The move as in her on the board, I mean.

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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Power hungry politician? A city council rep on a County Transportation agency? Are you serious?

This article is interesting in that MV and the other small North County cities are getting a bit more of a voice, but Margaret's well-deserved appointment is not in the least bit odd. Get a grip, folks

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Posted by concerned resident
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

What exactly has Abe-Koga done for MV when mayor? I can't remember anything of benefit to claim she's a good administrator. Ok, she goes to VTA, which seems the common place where all these politicians get dumped to in the south bay.

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