Skip to comments.Another Reason To Fear Out Of Control Government
Posted on 03/09/2013 9:16:41 AM PST by Absolutely Nobama
No, I'm not talking about the non-event of the Sequester of Doom. Nope, this column is not about Gene Sperling's love letters to Bob Woodward. I think the talking heads that inhabit PMSNBC, The Communist News Network (CNN), and the FOX Neocon Channel (FNC) are doing a fine job of working themselves into a frenzy about these topics, so there's no need for lil' ol' me to offer my two cents.
I'd rather present to you actual news that no one is talking about. For example, look what I found while snooping around the Department of Housing and Urban Development's website:
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Choice Neighborhoods grants transform distressed neighborhoods and public and assisted projects into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs. A strong emphasis is placed on local community planning for access to high-quality educational opportunities, including early childhood education. Choice Neighborhoods grants build upon the successes of public housing transformation under HOPE VI to provide support for the preservation and rehabilitation of public and HUD-assisted housing, within the context of a broader approach to concentrated poverty. In addition to public housing authorities, the initiative will involve local governments, non-profits, and for-profit developers in undertaking comprehensive local planning with residents and the community.
In the development of Choice Neighborhoods, HUD has focused on directing resources into three core goals:
1. Housing: Transform distressed public and assisted housing into energy efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable over the long-term;
2. People: Support positive outcomes for families who live in the target development(s) and the surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents health, safety, employment, mobility, and education; and
3. Neighborhood: Transform neighborhoods of poverty into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.
To achieve these core goals, communities must develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. This Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. To successfully implement the Transformation Plan, applicants will need to work with public and private agencies, organizations (including philanthropic organizations), and individuals to gather and leverage resources needed to support the financial sustainability of the plan. These efforts should build community support for and involvement in the development of the plan. Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their 'Transformation Plan' to redevelop the neighborhood. "
Guess what, ladies and gentlemen ? This is Agenda 21-like social engineering. What a program like this could do is completely obliterate local governments and replace them with bureaucracies created by HUD staffed by ideologues that no one voted for.
Of course, if this was just the work of some academic Marxist at HUD trying to impress Noam Chomsky, this would be filed in the "No Biggie" file. However, as you read this, this madness is burrowing its way into American cities.
"Boston is one of just five cities nationwide to receive the first-ever Implementation Grants awarded under HUDs Choice Neighborhoods Initiative a new strategic approach intended to help transform high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods into communities with healthy, affordable housing, safe streets, and access to quality educational opportunities. Boston joins Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle to receive a combined $122 million."
That's right. This beast is growing mighty big and fat thanks to your government enforced generosity.
Of the cities that were listed above, guess who got the biggest slice of government cheese ?
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"8/31/11 Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has selected San Franciscos HOPE SF transformation plan for Alice Griffith Public Housing Development and the surrounding Bayview neighborhood as a recipient of the $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. The Alice Griffith Plan was one of six finalists submitted by communities nationwide competing for HUD Choice Neighborhoods funding.
'Revitalizing the Alice Griffith Public Housing Development and transforming the surrounding Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhood is the type of investment our City needs to improve public housing, create jobs and build sustainable communities. We are also supporting educational opportunities and expanding economic development in a community where we need it most,' said Mayor Lee. 'I thank the leadership of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan for choosing the Alice Griffith community and the larger Bayview neighborhood as recipients of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for starting the job of rebuilding our public housing under HOPE SF, and Senator Dianne Feinstein and Leader Nancy Pelosi for their ongoing support of this project and stewardship in our communities and our City.'
'The revitalization of Alice Griffith is critical to San Franciscos long-term goals for the Bayview neighborhood,' said U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. 'This $30.5 million investment from HUD is a vote of confidence in San Francisco that will spur economic development and create more than 1,200 units of affordable housing, while leveraging resources to build infrastructure, improve the community and put Californians back to work.'
'Today, San Francisco has secured more than an investment in new housing; our City has begun to transform a neighborhood, revitalize a community, strengthen our economy, and provide a fresh start for the families of Alice Griffith,' said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. 'It is a source of pride for all San Franciscans that the federal government has placed this down payment on this new development. We look forward to working together to ensure the success of this effort in the future.'
'Building sustainable public housing for our communities is one of the best investments we can make, and that is why we started HOPE SF,' said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. 'Today is another historic step for the Bayview as we are not just building public housing, but revitalizing the whole community. HUDs $30.5 million grant for Alice Griffith will help California create jobs and invest in our community.'
'The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative expands on the bipartisan success of the HOPE VI program by recognizing that we must link affordable housing with a mix of incomes and uses with quality education, public transportation, good jobs and safe streets,' said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
'This new and important federal HUD grant will provide San Francisco with the financial leverage to rebuild and improve the 50-year old Alice Griffith public housing development and the surrounding neighborhood in the Bayview District,' said HUD Region IX Administrator Ophelia Basgal. 'The Choice Neighborhoods program funding recognizes that San Francisco had in place strong long-range plans for the Bayview neighborhood and committed community partners. Now the partnership can move forward to accomplish our shared goal of creating and fostering sustainable communities.'
HUDs Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes the transformation of impoverished areas into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to economic opportunities. Choice Neighborhoods focuses on the public and private sectors working together to revitalize severely distressed public housing and generate investments in well-functioning services, effective schools, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.
The Alice Griffith Plan implements the mission of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative through a public-private partnership between the City, the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA), San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA), San Francisco Unified School District, and the development team comprised of McCormack Baron Salazar, Lennar Urban, and Urban Strategies, Inc. Together, this team is leveraging the benefits of the Redevelopment Agencys and Lennar Urbans development plan for Hunters Point Shipyard-Phase 2 and Candlestick Point, which includes the complete revitalization of Alice Griffith, over 10,000 new market-rate and below-market housing units, new parks, retail, and transportation improvements, and investments in job and workforce development, education, and community health and wellness programs.
'HUDs decision to support the Alice Griffith revitalization demonstrates that the Candlestick Point redevelopment is not only a local priority, but that the plan is also of national significance and scope,' said McCormack Baron Salazars Tony Salazar. 'With the Choice Neighborhood Initiatives grant, the residents of Alice Griffith and people of all incomes are assured a place in the new community. The grant would not have been awarded without the hard work of our exceptional team, led by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and with our partners at the Mayors Office, Housing Authority, Lennar Urban, Urban Strategies, the School District, and the many service providers and organizations who stepped up to support the application.'
'We want to thank HUD for selecting us for the grant award,' said SFHA Executive Director Henry Alvarez III. 'This will be essential in furthering our goals to build and strengthen communities by integrating public housing and its leaseholders into the larger social, economic and physical fabric, and thereby creating a seamless community in San Francisco.'
'The Redevelopment Agency is thrilled to receive the generous grant of $30.5 million in Choice Neighborhoods funding from HUD to support the revitalization of the Alice Griffith Public Housing Development, the Citys HOPE SF Initiative and the larger transformation plans for Candlestick Point and the Hunters Point Shipyard,' said SFRA Director Fred Blackwell. 'The new housing, community facilities, social services and economic opportunities for the residents that are supported by this grant are critical elements to transforming this historically underserved community into a vibrant and thriving San Francisco neighborhood.'
'I am thrilled that SFUSD is working together with the City and community agencies to bring more resources to the Bayview community,' said SFUSD Superintendent of Schools Carlos Garcia. 'The Federal governments investment in the Bayview will help us create a national model for neighborhoods in which children and families live, learn and thrive.'
'Alice Griffith residents have been waiting for this moment for far too long,' said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen. 'After more than a decade of community based planning and advocacy, with HUDs Choice Neighborhoods Grant funding, we will finally be able to move forward in implementing the revitalization of this community. This is truly and exciting day for the residents of Alice Griffith and the Bayview community as a whole.'
I know there will be some who will look at the title of this column and say, "I ain't scared of nuthin'". But if you'll note, this plot wasn't hatched in CONgress, it was hatched in the bloated federal bureaucracy, basically under the cover of darkness. It's been in effect since 2010 and no one has noticed.
By the way, they want to take your guns.
Have a nice day.
Here are the links from the article, in the order in which they appear:
There's only one way to "revitalize" that project and it can be done in five minutes - arrest 70% of the residents.
The GOP needs to make “social engineering” projects like Agenda 21 a campaign issue.
Want to be forced to live in an urban high rise and have no freedom? Vote democrat.
“build upon the successes of public housing transformation under HOPE VI “
I would expect these proud socialists to list and substantiate these “successes”, for all to see, and wonder in amazement.....
Except....there aren’t any.....
True, but that’s not gonna happen, now is it ?
What amazes me is how open they are about all of this. Back in the bad old days of Bill and Hitlery, the Bloated Federal Leviathan would have kept this under wraps and not utter a peep until they were caught or until the project failed.
Now during the Obama Error, they have no fear of their plots being out in the open.
If I understand this correctly, this is what they’ve been saying, off and on, for the past sixty or seventy years.
If you leave slum dwellers in a slum, then they’re never going to change. So, move the slum dwellers into middle class neighborhoods, like a checkerboard. Don’t put housing developments (slum buckets) into slums. Put them into middle class neighborhoods. Not your upper class neighborhoods where the politicians and the big donors and operators dwell, but the middle-class and working-class neighborhoods.
This has been going on since the time of FDR, when he moved blacks from the South into the northern industrial cities, to do the work of workers who had been drafted—moving public housing around into formerly Italian, Irish, Polish, and other working class neighborhoods.
The result, of course, has been to drive former residents out, for fear of robbery and muggings, and to expand the slums, as more and more single mothers are encouraged by the welfare system—since they will reliably vote Democrat as many times as they’re bused to the polls, and as more and more fatherless children join the youth gangs and are trained in violence and crime.
Model Cities, only smaller. More like a commune.
The only one who might do it is Rand Paul. The rest of the geezers, like Lindsey Grahamnesty and John McLame (just to name a few), are either too senile to understand what’s going on or are active collaborators.
But hey, this is all just conspiracy theory talk, right ? /sarc.
An excellent book; that exposes how eco-fascists, ENGOs, government organizations like Dept. of Interior, Forestry Service et al, trust fund babies and big corporations, trying to keep out competition, are inplementing Agenda 21 piecemeal, from the Adirondacks to Crescent City, Ca. to Colorado Springs to Oregon, Washington, Texas et al, using junk science such as biodiversity and conservation biology, with the Endagered Species Act to decimate rural america and our national hertiage, is:
Eco-fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our National Heritage by Elisabeth Nickson.
In it she gives cases after case through out the US of what these “groups” are doing, how they are doing it, who the players are and how communities are fighting back and winning.
Interspersed in the book is her own personal battle with them when she tried to upgrade/change her property in Wash. State.
Highly recommended reading.
That's good. Fits with the Bill Errs Error
“Except....there arent any.....”
And they’re won’t be. More money flushed down the toilet in the name of the redistribution of wealth.
Realators and developers love real estate churn.
And remember in 2014 BHO, via his EO on automobile CAFE standards will be requiring all new automobiles, to have GPS tracking devices.
You’re a 1000% right. None of this is new. It’s the same crap, decade after decade. Everything the Progressiviks claim to come up with is nothing more than warmed over Marxism.
Forward....back to the 1930’s.
Reparations camouflaged as “grants”?
Good stuff. I’ll check it out. It’s time for a new read.
Thanks for the post...bttt
Sounds like places that wanted it anyhow. But still, why on my dime?
“And remember in 2014 BHO, via his EO on automobile CAFE standards will be requiring all new automobiles, to have GPS tracking devices.”
We can’t have citizens wandering about Pursuing Happiness as they see fit, can we ? We must move Forward, comrade! /s.
Hey, what’s that noise ? No, that’s not a drone, that sounds like George Orwell screaming “I told you so!”
Use it good health, FRiend!
They did this is Albany back in the eighties...revitalizing the area just north of the Palace Theater up to Lark St. I was lucky enough to have one of the refurbished apartments and it was a cool place to live at the time, but thirty years later it has gone right back to the hood. You can clear a spot in the jungle, but when you leave, the jungle returns.
If HUD would stick to the blighted neighborhoods I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with it (beyond the waste of money). But, as you say, the only way to get a mixture of incomes would be to sweep middle-class neighborhoods into the plan, mixing in Section Eight housing liberally. We’ll end up with a much larger slum than before, only good people will have their homes’ values destroyed in the process. There would be no choice but to flee the place, and take pennies on the dollar for you home.
Yup, it’s been going on for decades, that’s how I’m so sure. Liberals claim it’s the Races, but it’s the crime that’s the driver.
Or an internment camp of sorts for those liberals find undesirable.
But what the heck ? It’s all about moving Forward.... /s.
So does the County Tax Assessor.
Now that is something that never crossed my mind.
Good shot, Devil Dog!
It won’t matter what they do and how much they spend,the animals they import wil just turn it into a jungle again. It may be an expensive jungle, but it will still be a junfle. Very dangerous for the fainthearted.
“You can clear a spot in the jungle, but when you leave, the jungle returns.”
Thanks for reading!
Thats nothing, my mayor is spending $5 billion here in Los Angeles
My Sustainable Living File 121222
My Sustainable Living File 120923
My Sustainable Living File 120920
The city will partner with the private sector to spend $5 billion in affordable housing.
This is part of that redistribution of wealth Obama was talking about and the Agenda 21 the United Nations is pushing.
Here are a few paragraphs:
A central challenge in the Los Angeles affordable housing market entails bridging the gap between the housing we produce and the housing we need. Housing That Works tackles this challenge by directing public resources toward the production and preservation of 20,000 homes across the income spectrum.
Adding Housing for Families at Every Income Level
The Mayors plan focuses on the disparity between what is built and what our community needs, and set specific goals for housing across the income spectrum.
Creating Sustainable Transit Communities
The Mayors plan focuses new development in the areas where it makes the most sense along public transit corridors and close to job centers. Under his leadership, this plan creates 20 transit district plans in 5 years, launches a sustainable community initiative, protects the environment, connects homes and places of work, and improves the quality of life for every Angeleno.
Promoting Mixed Income Housing
Under the Mayors leadership the City will adopt a mixed-income housing ordinance, ensuring that every community and every new development includes housing for families of all income levels and expands the housing options for LAs workforce.
So do you get that kids? Villaraigosa is going to force his Social Engineering, his Integrated communities on us by building massive apartment buildings along the transit lines. That is what he means when he says Mixed Income Housing. Our government is going to select the winners in this world.
The city already owns 30,000 units and he wants to add another 20,000 units. He explains this a little better on PDF page 16.
You will be taken to 110 pages of Villaragosas white paper titled
Developing and Implementing the City of Los Angeles Transit Corridors Strategy
Coordinated Action toward a Transit-Oriented Metropolis
Because you have the nerve to work for a living. That’s the only reason why.
Y’know it’s funny. Libs always like to run around screaming how they’re on the side of the working man and yet, everything they do is to the detriment of the working man.
Hey, thanks for those links! This is something definitely worth looking into!
It seems simple. Give them a nice home and they will work to maintain it. NOT TRUE USUALLY. Here we have a program for handicapped Habitat for Humanity is such a program ... one of the client of the vet was given one of these homes, and the vet had occasion to take the young man home and the vet said it was almost new and it was a total mess already So it is not out of the ordinary for a person that has not been taught to care for things to continue to do what they have always done. they might give them an educational course in necessary upkeep and how to keep their home nice.
The program I’ve described in the above column has nothing, and I do mean nothing, to with compassion.
This is all about socialism and the redistribution of wealth.
“Compassion” and “politics” never belong in the same sentence.
Now, do I believe we should be compassionate and help charities voluntarily ? Absolutely and without question.
Now that looks like a good read.
I’ve always wanted to live out in the country and own a farm, like my ancestors from Italy and South Africa did. Perhaps, one day I will.
Who cares ? This is freaking awesome and is wall paper worthy!
You sir, have brightened my day!
Long time, no “see” BTW!!
The first, from the founding of the country, was the ownership of land. The belief that you can own your own land leads to the belief that one controls their own destiny. The "American Dream" was always that of owning one's own home, maybe starting one's own business, but what lay behind it all was independence, and the ability to provide for oneself and one's family. This just isn't acceptable for those who believe that the government should actually run the lives of "the people," because, frankly, "the people" are too dumb to make good decisions on their own. And the people who make bad decisions will elect politicians who will rescue from their own bad decisions. So they've been working hard to both destroy the ability of people to own their own homes, punish those who have worked hard and made good decisions while rewarding those who have made bad decisions out of "fairness." Destroying property values for people whose biggest investment was their homes by encouraging home ownership by people who would never be able to actually pay for the homes, bringing about a rash of foreclosures. And by forcing people out of their homes, they gain additional fodder for their plans. Just needing to collect as many needy, dependent people as possible.
The second was America's love of the automobile. The idea that you could own your own transportation allowed people to move away from large metropolis environments while still being able to shop and work in the metropolis. And a car gives one additional freedom, being able to "get up and go" at will. Again, this level of freedom just isn't acceptable to those who feel the need to rule the lives of others.
It seems that about every 2 generations, leftists decide that they know best how to force people to live, and come up with these government utopian "projects." Within a single generation, those projects fall into disrepair, become crime infested, and destroy the local economy.
Then over the next generation, they declare the previous attempt didn't work and have to knock it down, and over the lifetime of that generation, people forget the promises made by the previous genius leftists.
Then they propose a whole new set of projects to run the lives of the next generation (after having destroyed the lives of the previous 2 generations.)
Another good book is “Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21” by Rosa Koire. She’s been fighting in Santa Rosa & also has a really interesting tale to tell.
Hey gang, we’re famous!
I hate the government and I hate democrats
That’s what I like to hear!
Back in the day, this used to be called blockbusting. Then it was groups. Now it is governemnet. The result is always the same. High crime, extreme poverty, drugs, and distemper.
Perfect examples of the way it ends would be Detroit and Flint, Michigan.
And that’s where we’re headed. But don’t you worry, it’s in the name of the people. /sarc.
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