June 12, 2012
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
825 Fifth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Dear Honorable Chairwoman, Virginia Bass
For several years now I’ve been reading and observing changes to the social fabric of our communities. What I’m observing is government seeking to control all land, labor and capital under the guise of social justice and it’s called Sustainable Development.
Sustainable Development is a political agenda originating from the United Nations and signed by George H. W. Bush at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro when he pledged the United States’ support for Agenda 21. (Next week begins the 20th Anniversary of Earth Summit in Rio and expects a more desperate call to action for Agenda 21.) Our Congress or Senate never ratified Agenda 21, nor did the United States ever sign on to The Kiyoto Treaty, which by the way is expiring this year. Countries like our neighbor Canada wised up and dropped last year. Their environmental minister said “to meet its obligations Canada would have to take every single vehicle off its roads.”
So while the U.S. did not agree to The Kiyoto Treaty it didn’t need to because Agenda 21 would accomplish that and more. In 1993, Bill Clinton, by Executive Order, created the President’s Council for Sustainable Development and gave one million dollars to the American Planners Association to develop, Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook.
Agenda 21 is being implemented as soft-law policy, it 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 (sic) on the environment.” Under the premise of Climate Change and capping Green House Emissions, every general plan is being turned in its head to implement Agenda 21, Sustainable Development…..without our knowledge and consent.
Here is how it’s happening - The Growing Smart Guidebook was distributed to every planner, county and community in the country in 2000. I suspect that this is the same year the County contracted with Dyett & Bhatia (D&B), the Urban and Regional Planners (A) that specialize in Smart Growth. As I read through the 2001 Critical Choices that Dyett & Bhatia “helped define” it is riddled with references to Smart Growth / Sustainable Development.
All along our community has never really had a plan that reflected our values, our culture; our planning department and D&B developed a Smart Growth plan and all this public input was for show, for the appearance of our participation. The manufactured consent is also part of the Sustainable Development using a meeting manipulation called The Delphi Technique (B).
But it wasn’t just the planners and our planning department master-minding Smart Growth, some of our supervisors have led the way. Without our knowledge or consent some supervisors are working to undermine our sovereignty by directing staff to not work on the people’s behalf but on behalf of international policy-makers. What’s worse is that County Counsel has allowed this to happen.
Our elected Board of Supervisors took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of California. Furthermore the State defines behavior in Government Code Section 54950 stating:
In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.
The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.
Be forewarned that in Owen v. City of Independence 100 S. Ct. 1398 (1982) the Supreme Court ruled: “When public officials violate constitutional rights they do so at their own peril; there is no judicial immunity.”
Supervisor Bass, the public trust has been violated. The overall threat that is coming from Agenda 21 is our loss of rights and civil liberties. There’s a non government organization working with the United Nations called the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, or ICLEI (C), which began in Canada in 1990. ICLEI promotes Local Action 21 and other United Nations programmes implemented through local towns councils, planners, mayors and local governments. Using the false premise and outright lies of anthropogenic global warming ICLEI plans to change our constitutionally protected way of life.
In 2003 it changed its name to be more socially acceptable; it is now called ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability with an office in Oakland. ICLEI was instrumental in the development of Agenda 21, having drafted Chapter 28 in 1991 in preparation of the upcoming Earth Summit. Chapter 28 is called, “Local Authorities’ Initiatives in Support of Agenda 21,” to establish local economic, social and environmental policies and regulations and assist in the implementation of those policies.” (D)
Here in Humboldt County, two supervisors signed onto a document called, “Climate Communities – Empowering Local Government Climate Action: Blueprint for President Obama and 111th Congress,” dated December 8, 2008. This document was prepared by ICLEI USA to promote the policies and regulations of Smart Growth and states in the last sentence, “so that local governments are empowered to do what we do best – implement pragmatic community-based solutions that will reduce create jobs, revitalize the economy and preserve our planet.” (E)
How can the United Nations’ Agenda 21, a global Sustainable Development plan, that is implemented through an international non-government organization called ICLEI be community-based? The General Plan Update is a Smart Growth / Sustainable Development plan drafted by experts in Smart Growth with county staff and elected supervisors allowing the appearance of public participation.
At least two supervisors have been behind this for at least the past three and a half years. On the last page of the Climate Communities’ document, where it is marked, are the names of Supervisor-elect Clif Clendenen and Mark Lovelace. Before they were even seated these newly elected supervisors represented the county as endorsing ICLEI’s Climate Action. Why wasn’t Jimmy Smith, Bonnie Neely, Jill Duffy, John Wooley, or Johana Rodoni’s name on this document? Why were these two unseated supervisors representing our county without the public’s knowledge or consent?
Supervisor Bass, I urge you to seek independent counsel and convene a Grand Jury investigation into why two supervisors would violate their oath of office and seek to encumber the people of Humboldt County to a Smart Growth document that is clearly not community-based and undermines our rights and civil liberties as guaranteed under our Constitution. Supervisor Clendenen and Lovelace are you still supporting Smart Growth and its policies that are enveloped in the General Plan Update?
I await your response,
P.O. Box 730
Bayside, CA 95524