The City of Sierra Madre has documented their significant victory for local community control on a local blog over there, the Tattler. They went up against SCAG allocations of the RHNA numbers rather singlehandedly, and came out a winner. So the trophy goes to the two City Councilmembers and key staff for pushing this through. Forcing overdevelopment into communities is not what regional planning is about. Regional planning is about actual sustainable practices that reduce the demand for resources and keep the costs of development from being passed onto the local residents.
Citizens have to hold Sacramento and local regional planning organizations accountable for what they impose in cost and resource burdens as well as using actual metrics for the statewide CO2 reduction strategy. Not fairy tales about less commuter driving having any measurable impact on pollution.