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June 04, 2016

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Bruce Dickinson

Well Joe, I gotta tell ya, according to the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, President Trump, there is no water shortage in California!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-s-dubious-drought-claims/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_POLE_NEWS

Bruce Dickinson cannot believe how this person has single-handedly duped the entire Republican party. You gotta admit, he is smarter that what we give him credit for!

Jennifer

Check this out, it is unbelievable--A new Proposal from the Governor to "streamline affordable housing approvals"...Our City has written a letter in opposition. I hope others will join them. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/real-estate/2016/05/brown-affordable-housing-development-approval-ceqa.html

Money in their pockets...

Meanwhile, city council members in the area are being asked to speak at community organizations to promote "Regionalism" aka ABAG (I recently got a speaker request for a committee that I lead).

I didn't really understand even the term, until a few years ago when City Councilman, Matt Grocott, pointed it out to me at a political meeting.

http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/depts/mayor_council/members/council_member_matt_grocott.asp

Besides getting slabs of crap architecture like you see on San Mateo Dr and El Camino now, Regionalism specifically circumvents the voice of individuals and of cities to ensure local control and review via planning commission and city council hearings for new housing projects.

In addition to creating more housing supply, and also creating more affordable units, the ABAG Regionalism Credo supports The Trades via on-going construction contracts.

ABAG Regionalism subverts individual rights and power for the greater good of the group.

And, politicians have long won elections based on what jobs and contracts they could bring to their area and constituents. The environmentally friendly flavor of high density, transit oriented housing and various other political initiatives is just the icing on the cake for The Team, not the cake itself.

If you want to push back on ABAG and Regionalism, then you should understand it's motives.

As I've written about for years on The Voice, when you consider ABAG, HSR, GBI, etc, don't be surprised if more initiatives like these keep popping up. It's all the same initiative, pushed by the same organization, all rooted in money in their member's pockets - the ultimate motivator.

Jennifer

I think you are on to something there....

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