nation and I will, in a minute.
First, I want to talk about
One Bay Area/PLAN BAY AREA and Agenda 21/Sustainable
Keep in mind that globalization is the
standardization of systems. Making systems uniform so that they can be managed
through a computer with the most efficiency and control is the goal. When the
systems are controlled the people are
Efficiency is the mask for this
totalitarian takeover. Regionalization is the interim step to globalization and,
ultimately, to a single central
control. In order to implement
regionalization local political boundaries must be blurred and erased.
Although the forms may exist for a period of time, there will be no actual power
in the local governments. Unelected boards and commissions will dictate
local action for common good. The common good is identified as that which
fragments and destroys social cohesion. Individuals will serve
Communitarian ideal. So this is a circle that is made tighter and tighter
as time progresses. Dissent necessarily becomes a threat to the common good
and individual expression will be restricted to whatever supports the common
The individual who functions well in this
society is insane.
We’re seeing the results of this pressure now in
You know that an integral part of Plan Bay Area
is the identification of Planned Development Areas in specific narrow locations
in existing or proposed transit corridors. When this plan was being
developed as the Compact for a Sustainable Bay Area back in 1997-2003 much of
the funding was expected to come from Redevelopment property tax
diversion. Conceptually the idea was that areas could be declared blighted
under the Health and Safety Code and then bonded debt could be sold to pay for
high density development---development for which there is little demand so it
needs government subsidies. Redevelopment areas could be rezoned via
Specific Plans which also made them perfect for smart growth. Transit
oriented development and infill development could be designed into the
Redevelopment projects and would basically be immune to challenge because of the
Health and Safety Code blight findings.
California ended in 2012 and this is an inconvenience for SB 375 and AB32-- the
Sustainable Communities Strategies laws that implement Agenda 21 for land use
here in California. HUD grants, the Partnership for Sustainable
Communities Grants, the One Bay Area Grant program, and Transportation grants
all step up to fill in the infrastructure financing gap. We know that even
though CARB has established greenhouse gas reduction targets of 7% below 2005
levels by 2020 and 15% below 2005 levels by 2035 it doesn’t say how to do
that. Rather than having, say, better CAFÉ standards or increasing bus
service, we’re seeing mass transit fare increases and service reduction all over
the Bay Area.
Money for high speed rail will bleed us for decades,
and the North Bay SMART train won’t even link to the ferry system to San
Francisco. If it’s not making sense you can be sure it’s Agenda
The Hegelian Dialectic is at play here: Create a
crisis and then
propose the solution. The so-called compromise is the
plan you would never had considered without the crisis.
Now I want to talk about action. Legal
When PDAs were proposed to cities they had no idea that PDAs were
a restriction on development inside of the Urban Growth Boundaries for a
generation. Cities thought this was just a way to get funds for development and
infrastructure in their core transportation areas. The One Bay Area Preferred
Scenario, already passed by MTC and ABAG, states that roughly 80% of all new
housing units are to be built in the Priority Development
Areas. Enforcement appears to be based on whether or not the affected
cities will be receiving transportation grants to support the new
development. Non-compliance would mean less money for the cities that do
not go along with the plan.
One Bay Area states that 66% of
all new employment is to be within PDA boundaries. Properties with
commercial space, office buildings, factories, and industrial uses could be
worthless under this plan if they are outside the
How would permits be granted and employment
rights be given? Do the quotas for the PDAs have to be achieved first and
then go to the respective 20% and 34% figures? What if those numbers are
not achieved? What criteria will be used to decide who gets development
rights and who doesn't? It is significant that ABAG population projections are
roughly double those of the Department of Finance. ABAG and MTC project
the Bay Area population to increase by 2 million by 2035, while the Dept of
Finance estimates just 1.7 million by 2060. Over-predictions of population
virtually guarantee that we will not reach the target development thresholds set
Most cities have voter approved urban
The ordinances "encourage residential, commercial
and industrial growth in areas served by urban services'. Development is
to be encouraged on all property within the UGB.
these boundaries property owners have a reasonable expectation to develop their
property supported by city infrastructure in accordance with local
regulations. The PDAs ignore these Urban Growth Boundaries and effectively
create new ones; the new non-voter-approved PDAs for 25 years. This is a
violation of local and state law.
In addition to that,
under the 5th amendment of the US constitution, the takings clause states that
no land shall be taken without just compensation. Effectively creating an
artificial restricted new Urban Growth Boundary within the existing Urban Growth
Boundary is a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of
the US constitution.
Most cities in California have
increased density in all of their zoning—not just on residential zones. The
General Plans have increased development potential at the same time that it will
be restricted by One Bay Area.
Furthermore, state law
permits all single family residences in California to build a second unit if
certain criteria are met. This law effectively upzoned all single family
properties so that most have development potential. What the PDAs do is
damage every SFR --single family property-- that does not have a second unit on
it. That means most of us have legal standing.
agreements with three law firms to independently review
One Bay Area's
Final Draft Plan when it is released next month.
We want to stop this
plan. If MTC and ABAG are able to push this through we will lose our
constitutional protections all across the nation. We're not interested in
a CEQA challenge. This is a fight to stop the plan itself. We need
to get ready to get our wallets out because this will be the fight of the
One last thing about this: When Hitler
marched into Austria he met little resistance. Why? Because the
dissenters had been rounded up in a single day and arrested. How were
thousands of people identified in such a short time? Every gathering, like
this one, had its spy.
I wouldn't be surprised if there were
a spy here in this room. This is a very serious action we are proposing
and could have far reaching impacts on the entire country. So with that in
mind I will say that if we lose against the MTC we will sue the cities and
And as far as the
news from the nation goes, the Resistance is growing fast and growing strong.
There are people all across the country who will contribute to this fight. This
year, 2013, will be the year that we reach critical awareness of UN Agenda
This year is the year that we break
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