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San Joaquin Council of Governments pushes smart growth

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Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:56 am, Thu Feb 9, 2012.

You made your weekly drive to the supermarket, but you forgot to get some milk. Wouldn't you like to be able to just walk or ride your bicycle to get that item or two you forgot?

That's one of the ideas about "smart growth," a concept being promoted by San Joaquin County's regional planning agency as a way to reduce the level of greenhouse gasses.

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  • John Kindseth posted at 11:42 am on Thu, Feb 9, 2012.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    Like this ??

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 8:56 am on Thu, Feb 9, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    J. Gary Lawrence, Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of Washington and Chief Planner in the City of Seattle, told a London audience that:
    " In the case of the U.S., our local authorities are engaged in planning processes consistent with LA21 but there is little interest in using the LA21 brand. Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy-fixated groups and individuals in our society such as the National Rifle Association, citizen militias and some members of Congress. This segment of our society who fear 'one-world government' and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined 'the conspiracy' by undertaking LA21. So, we call our processes something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth."

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 7:47 am on Thu, Feb 9, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    This all copied and pasted off UN website.. "Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.
    Facilitate, in a timely way, the integration of all countries into the world economy and the international trading system; The eradication of poverty and hunger, greater equity in income distribution and human resource development remain major challenges everywhere. The struggle against poverty is the shared responsibility of all countries.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 7:45 am on Thu, Feb 9, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Very good article, Mr. Farrow- very thorugh and informative. Although SB375 and AB 32 are encouraging cities and counties to comply, compliance IS voluntary- you just won't get any transporation dollars if you don't! Sustainable development did not originate, however, with the passing of SB375. I just copied and pasted this off the United nations Agenda 21 website- it is readily available to anyone who wants to look at the document at un.org. "“Sustainable development requires a transformation of values and principles that directly influence development
    strategies and lifestyles,” according to Luis Alberto Ferraté Felice, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala, and the Commission’s Chair. The meeting, he added, “will serve as the basis for mobilizing political will for
    identifying concrete policy actions and measures as well as partnerships to accelerate the implementation.”
    But let's act like it doesn't exist...that is SO much easier...



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