The United Nations wants you to live in high-density cities, not in suburbs or rural communities.
That’s the word from a Santa Rosa activist who urges all communities to fight an attempt by the federal government and U.N. to control local land-use planning.
“I’m not crazy; this is true,” said Rosa Koire, who is fighting what is known as United Nations Agenda 21 throughout the nation.
Koire spoke to a packed house at Monday’s Lodi Citizens in Action meeting at the American Legion Hall.
Koire noted the irony of being a Democrat in a hall full of Republican Tea Party members (Koire is pro-choice and supports gay marriage, for example), but she thought they can circle the wagons when it comes to land-use freedoms.
“We may not agree about much, but we agree that this is a country worth saving,” Koire said.
The U.N. program is the umbrella organization of such land-use programs as “smart growth,” “sustainable growth,” controlling greenhouse gas emissions, redevelopment agencies and regional governments such as the San Joaquin Partnership, the San Joaquin Council of Governments and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Koire said.
Koire urged everyone, regardless of political affiliation, to strongly oppose any form of regionalism and smart growth and fight hard to defeat any political candidates who support any of these concepts.
San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel, who represents the Lodi area, said he attended Monday’s Lodi Citizens in Action meeting to learn what Koire was talking about.
Although he serves on the San Joaquin Council of Governments, which promotes smart growth while allocating money for transportation projects, Vogel said that he wants to learn more about what smart growth is now that he’s heard Koire’s presentation.
Vogel added that he’s received phone calls from several Lodi Citizens in Action members protesting smart growth and other land-use strategies promoted by the U.N.
Vogel has long been an advocate for preserving agriculture and rural areas, so he said he’d never support measures that would discourage people from living in rural areas in favor of more urbanized areas.
U.N. Agenda 21 was adopted in 1992, and the United States’ participation was put into place with the signature of then-President George H. W. Bush and continued during Bill Clinton’s presidency, Koire told Lodi Tea Partiers.
The basic philosophy behind Agenda 21, she said, is that the community’s rights rank ahead of an individual’s rights, especially when it comes to property. That includes redevelopment agencies and eminent domain, Koire said.
“Your individual rights are being considered a threat of a global community,” she added.
Agenda 21 and land-use planners throughout the country use issues such as climate change, water pollution and air pollution as reasons to make development more high density, Koire said. A primary example are planning agencies that encourage you to have a retail store downstairs and a home upstairs — whether you want that kind of development or not, she said.
Koire has a book that will be available to the public in about two weeks called “Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21.” It will be available on the Democrats Against U.N. Agenda 21 website.
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