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Protesters Expected at Napa Workshop

Jeering demonstrators have disrupted public workshops being held around the Bay Area to get public input on how to balance housing and transportation needs with a state mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The next workshop is in Napa tonight.

Large groups of shouting, sign-carrying protesters have recently disrupted several workshops around the Bay Area, held to gather public input on regional planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"It's social engineering!" repeatedly yelled one demonstrator at Tuesday night's One Bay Area , as heard in our video by San Rafael Patch editor Nicole Ely.

In Santa Rosa last week, KSRO reported that police had to remove a group of protesters who wouldn't stop shouting and thrusting signs in front of city officials at another workshop in the series.

"It was about as anti-democratic as anything I’ve ever seen in this county,” Santa Rosa City Council member Gary Wysocki told KSRO interviewer Curtiss Kim afterward.

“These folks don’t believe in the democratic process: That’s the message I got,” Wysocki continued.

“They didn’t come to listen, they came to shout people down.”

Groups of as many as 20 protesters have also interrupted recent workshops in Dublin and Concord held by One Bay Area, which is a campaign name for the joint effort by regional authorities such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments to create a nine-county Sustainable Communities Strategy that complies with a 4-year-old state law on air pollution. 

State mandate or secret U.N. link?

The next workshop in the series is scheduled for Napa tonight, and regional planners appear to be expecting another round of heckling.

Protesters say they believe the regional planning initiative is linked to , a 1992 United Nations report that makes non-binding recommendations for sustainability and environmental responsibility in fighting poverty.

In fact, regional authorities say, the public workshops are a way for local communities to have a voice in how their regions comply with a state mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As Ely reports on San Rafael Patch: In 2008, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 375, which requires the state's metropolitan areas to develop  long-term plans for land use, housing and transportation that will reduce the per-capita carbon dioxide emissions from cars.

Silencing local voices?

By shouting down speakers at the regional workshops, the protesters are depriving local communities of their right to be represented in the final plan for emissions reduction under S.B. 375, said Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht.

Eve Kahn, a Napa Realtor and longtime anti-sprawl activist, also sees the protests as counterproductive—not only to the goal of regional planning to reduce emissions, but also to the activists' own objectives.

"I can't believe that being disruptive to this point is helping their message," Kahn said.

Tonight's meeting, scheduled for 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the , is currently "overbooked," according to the onebayarea.org website; a waiting list is available.

Louisa Hufstader January 21, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Here's a link to the complete text of Agenda 21: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_01.shtml.
robert b January 22, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Pam, Napa, thanks to the ag land preservation laws, is already fairly free from sprawling, wasteful housing. Well, there's American Canyon, I guess. That law dictates what can and can't be done with a persons' property. Without it, the Napa Valley could very well look more like Concord or Fairfield, and it wouldn't have the strong economic engine it now has with the wine and hospitality businesses. Is that what you'd like to see in Napa? Didn't the facilitator say that the development decisions are going to be made by your (well, not your, since you're from some other county) elected officials? Your comment underlines your lack of basic understanding of the whole planning and funding process. Perhaps it would be better to tone it down until you know something. I loved it when Bill Dodd said to that extra loud drama-queen guy "I've never heard of Agenda 21 until I heard it from you!" Amen!
Louisa Hufstader January 26, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Robert, thanks for the comment. It was good to meet you last week. Just FYI: Pam's a credentialed Napan: http://patch.com/A-qyQs
Louisa Hufstader January 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Update/correction: In the original posted version of this article, I quoted a forwarded email from a state employee without getting his permission. This was wrong and I apologize to all concerned. I've deleted the quote.
Neil Rice December 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
What you don't understand and what they will never tell you is they don't care that the buses are under utilized. The plan is to eventually move EVERYONE off the rural land and inside the Urban Growth Boundary, make it too expensive for most people to afford a car then you will be forced to use the bus. It is called Agenda 21 (don't discount it until you have researched it) Look at the old Santa Cruz plan. It is actually called Santa Cruz Local Agenda 21. Until people started catching on then they changed the names, the words and reasons for doing what they are doing. Bottom line is Global Governance (Global Communism) no private land ownership…….just look around they are faking data to take land away from people (Endangered Species Act, Clear Air, Clean Water act…..they abuse these acts in order to get people off the land). These meetings are a smoke screen and the protestors know it. The outcome of the meeting is determined before you even walk in the door. A smoke screen to make you THINK you have a say in the plan. But the plan is already drawn up and they are fooling you into thinking the people had a part in the decisions. YOU HAVE NO SAY ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE IN STORE FOR CA. Look at your state for Gods sake and wake up. It is almost too late for CA. You will have the Communist flag flying over your capitol in the future. You have Mikail Gorbachev, Arnie and Nancy Pelosi running your state. Now what side of the fence do you think they stand on?

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