Toolbox of Tyranny, Vehicle Miles Traveled: Control and Social Engineering to Save the Planet
This article was published in California Political News and Views
One Bay Area Plan (Plan Bay Area) is a 25 year plan that combines housing, transportation, and land use. It is ostensibly designed to “save the planet” by reducing Green House Gasses (GHG), yet they waive the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) if a project is built to their specifications (stack and pack, high density housing, near mass transit). So what is the real objective? The real objective is to institutionalize a methodology to control and manipulate the population. The intention is to limit and direct behavior to the type of behaviors desired by Utopian masterminds. They want to develop SHEEPLE who will blindly and passively comply with all the rules and regulations.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the recent decision to “study” the implementation of a vehicle mileage tax (VMT). The VMT would require that each car in the Bay Area have a GPS. Each mile that an individual drives would be tracked and charged at the rate of .10/mile. The money, estimated at $15 million/day, would be used to fund further utopian schemes such as buses, trollies, light rail that few people ride, affordable housing, bike lanes and open space.http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/19/4642827/officials-float-san-francisco.html
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are the regional, unelected bureaucrats designing the One Bay Area, which will implement all these policies. They held public “visioning sessions” from June 20, 2012 through June 27, 2012. MTC took comments from the public regarding input to the One Bay Area EIR scoping strategy. At the time, the public was presented with a set of options to consider. The VMT tax was never mentioned as part of those discussions. That set of options can be found here: (http://www.onebayarea.org/pdf/EIR_Scoping_062212_final_MTC_ABAG-3.pdf page 32 and33 ).
In fact on slide 32, it lists Alternative 5 that simply discusses transit level service and HOV lanes.
After all public comments were received, MTC and ABAG added the issue of the VMT. On July 13, after public comments were closed, MTC briefed the Board regarding alternative 5 which included a discussion of VMT, http://apps.mtc.ca.gov/meeting_packet_documents/agenda_1908/EIR_Alternatives_071212_DV.pdf slide 12.
What happened between the time of public input and the time of presentation to the Board for a vote was that certain favored groups, specifically Transform, Public Advocates, and Urban Habitat, submitted this proposal (see page 15 *) that includes:
- Upzoning would be expanded to more areas in the Bay. This would mean even more requirements for high density housing in cities that do not have their “fair share” of low income people.
- Development fees would be eliminated for affordable housing developments, while subsidies would be used for favored activities.
- Communities of Concern (read low income and communities of color) would receive funds from these windfall profits that the region would receive
- Road pricing would be implemented to reduce driving, although the proposed VMT tax will EXEMPT ALL LOW-INCOME DRIVERS
The VMT is designed to give favored status to certain groups. These groups represent organizations that want to transfer wealth through the heavy hand of regional government interfering in the housing, transportation and land use market place.
After all public comments were received the MTC and ABAG added the issue of the VMT . On July 19, MTC and ABAG held a special meeting to vote on moving the EIR scoping to the next level ( ** http://apps.mtc.ca.gov/meeting_packet_documents/agenda_1882/4_EIR_Alternatives.pdf see page 15). The letter was dated July 9 but public input was not closed until July 11 and did not include mention of a petition that over 1,000 people signed to delay the scoping by 6-12 months.
Between the visioning meetings and the special hearing, they inserted the VMT tax option without any public discussion on that particular issue. Basically, they passed the issue by hiding it inside of the overall One Bay Area Plan EIR scoping vote.
If you don’t think that One Bay Area Plan will have any impact on your life and wealth, think again. The One Bay Area contains 8 key “policy levers” that are designed to manipulate your behavior. They will herd you in to high density housing near mass transit. Here is the Policy Toolbox, which is really what should be called the “Toolbox of Tyranny”.
Clearly MTC and ABAG are unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats who are out of control. It is critical that people get educated on the One Bay Area Plan and educate their local city officials to object to the One Bay Area Plan.
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