Unelected regional planners such as ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) and MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Committee) are trying to regulate where and how more than 9 million Bay Area residents will live, work, commute and recreate. Under the guise of eliminating greenhouse gasses, they are trying to regulate car ownership, control use of private open space, and designate what developers can build and where. City planners are abdicating their responsibility by allowing these regional boards the authority to make decisions that should be made at the City or County level with input from local citizens.
The One Bay Area initiative is filled with false and inaccurate statistics and predictions regarding population growth, jobs, environmental impact and more. Several local Bay Area jurisdictions have emphatically announced that ABAG and MTC’s data is highly inflated and not based on reality. This does not seem to dissuade the people behind One Bay Area.
Radical groups such as Greenbelt Alliance and Transform are partners with ABAG and MTC, and are conspiring to eliminate the public from discussions and forums on the One Bay Area initiative. These groups and associations are intent on eliminating concerned citizens from public meetings and stacking meetings with pro One Bay Area shills. In addition, these groups are given inside information on the planning process while concerned citizens are denied the information.
ABAG and MTC have violated the Brown Act open meetings law by requiring the public to pre-register for their “visioning meetings.” They also violate the Act by requiring registrants to designate their role, such as concerned citizen, small government advocate, social justice advocate, environmental justice advocate, and the like. Labels are then used to prescreen attendees, with social justice and environmental advocates given immediate attendance confirmations, while concerned citizens and small government advocates were never given registration confirmations. The latter groups were ultimately advised that the meeting capacities were full and they could not attend. These meetings are clearly stacked against the public. After numerous complaints, the concerned public was finally given registration confirmations. But meetings are restricted to 100 attendees, stacked with pro One Bay Area groups.
MTC and ABAG are misleading the public and are withholding relevant information. When pressed for details they say they do not have a specific plan. They refuse to answer questions from concerned citizens. They fill meeting time with ambiguous information and meaningless videos, and then claim they have insufficient time for questions and public input. Breakout meetings are segregated between pro Bay Area shills and concerned citizens.
This entire process is rigged and should be STOPPED! This process does not allow for real public input into this initiative. We demand open, public and honest debate on this issue.