Here is an update from the folks in Garland, Texas and their fight against ‘Envision Garland’/ United Nations Agenda 21:
The question is when. The City of Garland, posted that Garland’s City Council would vote on Envision Garland at the council meeting on February 7, 2012. Then a notice went out that Envision Garland was pushed off the agenda for the time being and without notice of when it will be up again for a vote.
The buzz around Garland as to whyEnvision Garland was pushed back, was due to city council members wanting more time to research this new comprehensive development plan.
Just in case you haven’t been following, many citizens of Garland are concerned about this new comprehensive plan named Envision Garland. Many went to City Hall and spoke out during Planning Commission meetings and City Council meetings. You can view these meetings online in the recorded meeting section – just look for agendas including Envision Garland.
Envision Garland aligns with the principles of an United Nation’s vision called Agenda 21, as well as containing vocabulary, goals, as well as city modeling designated by ICLEI a non-government organization of the United Nations, that our city has spent taxpayer dollars to become a member of. Our city council informed us that they had no idea they were a member of ICLEI, even though they paid a sum of approximately $2,000 in membership fees and received software ‘tools’ to help develop the Envision Garland plan as well as ‘help’, i.e. coaching on how to request Federal Funding for projects. One of the many downsides of such funding is that it has very specific requirements attached that usually require additional financial commitments from the taxpayers (and of course have expensive mandates attached).
Currently Envision Garland, if adopted, will do the following: Craft new UNC (United Development Codes) – these new codes are new regulations and procedures including but not limited to; zoning and subdivision codes, site and building designs, administrative and hearing procedures, in essence a new set of laws! The funding of this new plan will come from CIP (assuming CIP is Capital Investment Plan – CIP is not clearly identified in Envision Garland) Funding – debt issuance, like the over $200,000,000 (that’s two hundred million) BOND the city approved in 2004! WOW! Go back and look at how the money is to be used in this BOND and you will see that Envision Garland is just a part of a process already motion. The BOND money of 2004 includes plans for redistribution of wealth – For Example: $11.2 million for enhancement in the city’s downtown and transportation corridors, along with funding for neighborhood vitality projects and $1.0 million for neighborhood vitality grants (this information is found on the Garland City website in a Jan 18, 2005 letter concerning the adopted 2005 CIP for the City of Garland -). Humm, what are neighborhood vitality projects/grants? Let me show you. On October 22, 2011, the city of Garland held the 2011 Garland Neighborhood Summit at Granville arts Center complex owned and operated by the City of Garland, downtown area. One of the key speakers was Jon Edmonds, CEO of Frazier Revitalization, Inc., in his speech of how to get connected with ‘community leaders’ in your area, he states and outlines that he is promoting redistribution of wealth. To me Jon Edmonds’ presentation was a rehash of Saul Alinsky’s beliefs and tactics to move society towards socialism. As we all know, part of the socialist/communist ideals are equal distribution of wealth of the people. Is Garland deciding that wealth needs to be redistributed? Are we to all move up or all move down? Well, In a break out session, Garland city staff members: Felisa Conner and Chasidy Allen presented Community Asset Mapping. This is strategy for a Vital Neighborhood or better explained as a process that in the end leads to the Neighborhood Vitality Grant (a ‘matching’ money grant – Garland will match the funds you raise for your neighborhood project you develop through this Community Asset Mapping process). So, basically this session was teaching citizens to think of a project they want in their neighborhood, seek out other folks/businesses that want the same, decide what this will cost (all areas of cost: skills, money, property, opposition etc.), collect the capital including filing for the Neighborhood Vitality Grant. In other words, the city is ‘training’ folks to look around and think of ways to spend your and your fellow neighbors’ tax money! I believe most folks would rather have lower taxes and be able to decide for themselves what they want to purchase with their hard earned money! Of course, the big question is: where is Garland getting the money for this grant? This question was raised in the session and Felisa Conner replied that the money comes from the Bond of 2004.
These ‘enhancements’ are vague and therefore demand much more transparency for $11.2 million dollars of debt the citizens of Garland will be held liable for. Envision Garland will also have the city participating in the Consolidated Plan (these type plans are popping up all over America click here to see one similar to our in New York – a plan that is required (mandated) in order to receive federal housing and community development funding – a collaboration with CPD, HUD, CDBG, ESG(previously the Emergency Shelter Grants now Emergency Solutions Grants – I assume the name change is due to the scandals that occurred when Shelter was used), HOME, HOPWA, CHAS. Which in essence doesn’t sound so bad until you research all of these organizations and follow the money then the corruption starts to spill out. To see the multiple layers of corruption in all of these organizations just click on the name acronym to go to websites that cover the reports of lawsuits against these organizations or convicted offenders within these organizations. Typing the words ‘lawsuit against’ or the word ‘corruption’ along with the name of these organizations into your internet searches will provide you with an abundant of articles and pdf files of accusations, convictions and filings of corruption against these organizations.
The whole point to this is, we need to build Garland on sound money choices and freedom. We do not need to borrow huge amounts of money throwing Garland it to a debt that future generations will suffer from. We don’t need to close the door to the free market only allowing these public private partnerships or ‘regulated’ i.e. ‘ government approved’ companies a monopoly in our markets. And for sure we don’t need to open the door to corrupted organizations.
Get involved! Start participating. Go to your city council meetings, ask questions, research, we need to watch what is going on. There is more to this story, it is up to us the citizens to find out. Our council is asleep at the wheel or lying to us – they don’t even know what organizations they are a member of or what organizations they are sending our tax dollars to. That is unacceptable. I demand better! We must get engaged. Turn of the TV and instead do a little research, go to your city council meetings. Choosing apathy is choosing complacency! If we don’t act now, then we will get what they want us to have. And I have news for you, we are getting nothing. Worse than nothing, we are getting ‘taken to the cleaners’.