Congratulations to the interested citizens and five local government elected officials who filled the Travis Credit Union Community Center Town Hall meeting Feb. 28 night to learn “the rest of the story” about the One Bay Area Sustainability Plan. A special thank you to Travis Credit Union officials for maintaining a large meeting area as a public service.
The One Bay Area Plan is proclaimed to be voluntary for the local governments and it is true that the unelected One Bay Plan supporters have no authority to direct decisions of local governments. However, they control billions of dollars granted by the federal government to reward the cooperating local governments. In the business world, that is illegal blackmail. City councils and county supervisors must be well-educated and highly principled to resist the temptation of “easy money.” Life experience should warn them that accepting those subsidies will always have hidden strings attached. Conditions that are voluntary today will surely be mandated tomorrow.
Shame on the elected officials and planners of our county and cities who chose not to listen to “the rest of the story.” Many received personal invitations. Several counties and states across the country have voted to reject regional control and Agenda 21 doctrine so there is hope for maintaining American principles. For citizens whose elected officials are ignoring the threat, it behooves you to educate yourselves and then your elected officials.
For information, search Agenda 21 and check http://citizenstownhall.org. The words are carefully scripted to avoid alarming the readers so look beyond nice objectives for meaning of words such as “public/private investment.” One local proposed Climate Action Plan would “Require infill of vacant lots” in the city. Improving any vacant building lot is a nice objective, but do we want to destroy private ownership rights and take property from the owner who has personal reasons for holding it?
Time is running out. Sometime this month Plan Bay Area is scheduled to release its’ final plans for limited public review.