A conflict of interest exists with Amy Worth, the mayor or Orinda. On Sunday, October 20, the print edition of the Contra Costa Times reported, in a front page story, that, “Orinda Mayor Amy Worth, whose municipal position was unpaid, received $17,400 as an MTC [Metropolitan Transportation Commission] board member last year.” Guess which tune she dances to.
You guessed it. Commisioner Amy Worth voted against the citizens of her city in favor of her paymaster.
Amy Worth v Orinda Citizens
The MTC, a regional governmental body, has the power to set Bay Area transportation policies. For example, MTC can influence the amount of toll paid to cross the Bay Bridge.
In 2012, MTC voted to leave its Oakland headquarters and spend $170 million for a new headquarters in San Francisco.
In early 2013, Worth became the chairperson of MTC.
Last summer, Amy Worth, as an MTC official, voted for Plan Bay Area, a scheme to build high-rise, high-density housing (often called stack-and-pack housing) near such transportation hubs as BART stations. On the evening of July 18-19, Plan Bay Area was passed at a joint meeting of the directors of MTC and the directors of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).
Plan Bay Area has the goal of putting people into apartment units and lessening these people’s dependence on automobiles.
Can Amy Worth legitimately serve two masters, one which pays her and one which does not? We don’t think so.
Amy Worth was elected to the Orinda City Council by the citizens of Orinda.There was no vote of the people to elect Amy Worth to her paid MTC position.
Going forward, when Amy Worth has to decide on a transportation issues, will her stance reflect the interests of Orindans or her MTC paymasters who provided her with $17,400 last year?