There is a very clear agenda afoot from this administration that could very well prove to be just a destructive, just as economically detrimental, and just as liberty-stealing, as Obamacare and Common Core!
This agenda will impact millions of Americans in a more direct way, more than any other mandate so far that has come down from this federal government, and that of course is saying something!
I’m referring to Obama’s plans through HUD (The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) to re-engineer and to re-zone our municipalities and to force our cities to conform to the government’s twisted definition of diversity.
This agenda is being implemented through the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule or AFFH. If you haven’t heard about this, I encourage you to read the National Review piece below and to listen to our local Huntington Beach activist and Planning Commissioner Michael Hoskinson describe AFFH to Tim Donnelly on Donnelly’s radio program from last week. I’ve pasted that interview below!
These plans are nothing short of breathtaking when you consider how this will affect where we live and the way we live, and will no doubt have long lasting negative consequences on suburban life for many years to come.
Obama’s plan to “diversify” our localities and neighborhoods and to turn our sleepy little towns into urbanized nightmares, has the potential of negatively impacting our lives way more than anything that Jonathan Gruber or any of the other architects of Obamacare could have ever dreamed up!
If we don’t put a halt to these plans immediately and demand that our city officials refuse to take any grant money from HUD, grant money that would compel our cities to comply with this agenda, than I’m afraid we will soon see the end of local community life as we currently know it!
This insidious plan to change the make-up, the culture, and the economic status of our towns has it’s roots firmly tied to U.N. Agenda 21. For more info on Agenda 21, I encourage you check out the link below!
This agenda also explains why there seems to be such a mad rush to over-develop and to over-populate our small cities with these stack-n-pack high density complexes; complexes that not only blight our neighborhoods and cause traffic congestion, but will also flood our towns with new liberal voters, which is one of the Left’s top goals!
This agenda was at one time out of control in my city of Huntington Beach, but thanks to local activists, residents, and with the help of our newly elected city council, we are now making some positive headway in this area in a big way!
Unfortunately, we have one republican on the council who is so beholden to big business and developers that he has almost made it his mission in life to ignore the taxpayers on this issue.
However, that hasn’t stopped some progress in Huntington Beach as it relates to the refusal to apply for these federal grants, at least temporarily until AFFH can be more closely scrutinized.
Below, local activist Cari Swan fills us in on this recent Surf City victory and she and Hoskinson also inform us on how we can put pressure on Congress to stop AFFH. Read and listen below!
This isn’t just a Huntington Beach issue! As we all know this is going on in almost every nearby city and is clearly visible from almost every major freeway and street in both south and north County.
In Fountain Valley, one of Orange County’s most attractive residential communities, developers have plans to re-zone an entire major corridor near the Ellis and 405 freeway area. Locals there fear that their charming bedroom enclave will one day turn into something similar to the nearby Beach & Ellis corridor, which is the ugly behemoth pictured below.
The cities of Fullerton, Buena Park, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, and most of south County are dealing with this issue in one form or another. In some of these cities, these projects are completely out of control!
If you haven’t done so already, It might be a good idea to find out if your local Planning Commissions are part of the problem on this issue, or are standing against these proposals. It’s also important to find out if your City Councils are refusing to take these federal dollars, or are they taking the money and doing the federal government’s bidding?
The one thing that has always given Orange County cities a unique charm is the wholesome family-friendly character of our neighborhoods.
That charm is part of our identity as O.C. residents and it is why this location, more than any other County in Southern California, is such a sought-after place to live and raise a family.
It is the beauty and the simplicity of suburban life that causes so many to relocate out here from all over the country. It is that exact attraction that compelled my Grandpa to move the whole family out here in 1962 from back east and you probably have a similar history to tell!
If we allow the Feds to tamper with our unique charm as a community and if we allow them to significantly transform our towns into something ugly that we no longer recognize, we not only risk losing our identity as local residents, but we also risk losing our freedoms and private property rights as Americans!
This has to stop and if we don’t take a stand now, there will be no stopping Obama’s HUD from destroying suburban America forever!
Please take a stand and demand that your local City Council officials refuse to take any federal dollars that would open the door to this insanity!
Let’s keep local control as local possible and let’s keep the Feds out of our lives, out of our communities, and out of our neighborhoods! Read and listen below!
Dear Mayor Hardy and Council Members,
I am writing to express concern and request that you please table Item #21 on the next council agenda. I would like to briefly share information that has been formulating within HUD and how it will affect local municipalities in a VERY dangerous way.
I am very much aware that the City of Huntington Beach has been participating in various HUD grants a programs for many years, and is often the case with Federal monies and programs, they come with “strings attached” that can encumber a city to comply with both related and unrelated rules mandated by the Federal government.
For those on city council who may not be aware, the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development announced their final rule on a program called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). Below are a few links to the HUD site that briefly describe the program. The second link is most important, and frankly quite complicated and the reason that I believe we must TABLE any further commitments with HUD and make sure we fully understand the long term ramifications to our city.
The second link is the full 377 page AFFH Final Rules that I have been reading and working very hard to digest for the past few days. At best it is terribly ambiguous and terrifying as to the type of potential over-reach this represents by the Federal government into local communities including the ability to re-zone, data collection, education and transportation authority…just to mention a few!
I think some of the best analysis comes from Stanley Kurtz who is a Senior Fellow with The Ethics and Public Policy Center in the following article published in National Review:
To quote Mr. Kurtz:
“At this point, municipalities across the country need to seriously consider refraining from applying for Community Development Block Grants and other grant programs sponsored by HUD. Take one dollar of HUD money and you will be forced to submit to its demands, which can reach far beyond housing.”
In summary, I urge all of you, at the very least, to table this agenda item and request that staff present to council all the known and potential “strings attached” at a future meeting so that the council and citizens can truly evaluate if taking federal money is worth giving away all the rights to all future zoning, transportation and education decisions in our city.
Hello again fellow high density warriors!
Quick update and more action. We had a small, temporary victory at city council meeting on Monday night. Council voted to table Item 21 and requested that staff study the HUD “strings attached” further before we commit to taking more HUD funding. Even city manager, Fred Wilson, admitted that we don’t know what the ramifications of AFFH will be, including re-zoning!
In the meantime, I discovered that Congressman Paul Gosar in Arizona has authored a bill, HR1995 to fight back against HUD’s AFFH, called the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act.
21 Congress Members have signed the bill….including Tom McClintock…. but strangely, our own Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, has not yet signed. I called his office this morning, quite surprised since he is typically a big supporter of property rights, local control and liberty! His office said he has not completely reviewed….or has not heard from enough constituents (ugh!)
Please take 1 minute to call Congressman Rohrabacher’s office and ask him to support HR1995 LOcal Zoning and Property Rights Act…… 202-225-2415
Here’s the bill….still can’t believe Rohrabacher hasn’t signed yet?????
By: Kelly R. Hubbard