Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Critics: Schwarzenegger joins Brown in 'war on suburbs' (SB 375, AB 32.. what next?)
Legal Newsline ^ | 10/15/08 | Scott Sabatini

Posted on 10/15/2008 9:32:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-A Wall Street Journal opinion article that claimed California Attorney General Jerry Brown had waged "war on the suburbs" continues to reverberate around rural and suburban towns in California.

Critics of Brown's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow urban sprawl have another target, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rekindled the debate when he signed pro-environmental bills earlier this month.

Editors at the Sun-Herald in rural Colusa, Calif., which lies 90 minutes north of Sacramento, became the latest to rebuke the Republican governor for acting too much like the Democratic attorney general.

"In his zeal to battle global warming," the editorial states, "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed one of the most authoritarian, far-reaching and elitist bills that has ever made it to the governor's desk."

The editors said their environmental extremism unfairly attacks people who prefer to live in single-family homes, continuing Brown's war on the suburbs.

The anti-sprawl legislation, outlined in Senate Bill 375, requires the California Air Resources Board to provide regional targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by September 2010, so that the state can meet a 2006 law to reduce emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

The legislation will give incentives to housing projects that meet goals for reducing emissions, particularly high-density projects near public transportation.

"What this will mean is more environmentally-friendly communities," Schwarzenegger said, "more sustainable developments, less time people will spend in their cars, more alternative transportation options and neighborhoods we can safely and proudly pass on to future generations."

While proponents hail the move as smart growth, critics are far less complimentary. Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University, wrote, "Mr. Brown is not above using coercion to create the demographic patterns he wants… He is also backing controversial legislation -- Senate Bill 375 -- moving through the state legislature that would restrict state highway funds to communities that refuse to adopt 'smart growth' development plans."

Brown fired back with his own WSJ article saying simply, "One would think that cutting dangerous oil dependency was a no-brainer," wrote Brown. "Apparently not for Joel Kotkin."

Tom Adams, president of the California League of Conservation Voters, hailed the historic nature of the bill.

"In my view, SB 375 is the most important land use bill in California since enactment of the Coast Act," Adams said. "It has taken 32 years since that bill was enacted to bring a coalition together who could make major land use change in California."

But, many of the state's biggest business interests opposed the bill, including the California Chamber of Commerce, and the California Grocers Association.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: agenda21; arnoldlegacy; california; callegislation; critics; sb375; schwarzenegger; smartgrowth; suburbs

1 posted on 10/15/2008 9:32:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; Carry_Okie; Czar; ElkGroveDan; tubebender
"In my view, SB 375 is the most important destructive land use bill in California since enactment of the Coast Act" ...
2 posted on 10/15/2008 9:46:39 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: calcowgirl

Arnie doesn’t care, he lives in a big home in an exclusive canyon and bypasses the peons in his private jet.


3 posted on 10/15/2008 9:52:06 AM PDT by dalereed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

In CA it seems if the quakes, fires, floods, mudslides or sinkholes don’t get you the government will.......


4 posted on 10/15/2008 9:56:31 AM PDT by Kimmers (Show me your friends and I will show you your future)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dalereed
Oh... he cares. He just thinks he knows best for the rest of us. ;-)
"My relationship to power and authority is that I’m all for it," he once explained.
"People need somebody to watch over them.... Ninety-five percent of the
people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave."
-- Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. News & World Report, Nov 26, 1990

5 posted on 10/15/2008 9:57:54 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge; WL-law; Genesis defender; proud_yank; FrPR; enough_idiocy; rdl6989; IrishCatholic; ...
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

6 posted on 10/15/2008 11:05:13 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge; WL-law; Genesis defender; proud_yank; FrPR; enough_idiocy; rdl6989; IrishCatholic; ...
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

7 posted on 10/15/2008 11:05:32 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
The legislation will give incentives to housing projects that meet goals for reducing emissions, particularly high-density projects near public transportation.

The legislation will make payoffs to big developers with "connections" in the planning department.

8 posted on 10/15/2008 11:57:08 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The fourth estate is the fifth column.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Carry_Okie

(Insert <’Follow the money’> Here)

Urban ‘gulags’

Social engineering

Rat Packafication


9 posted on 10/15/2008 12:05:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... Donate to FR ... Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

But, don’t try to hang up an American flag in these “high=density,” “environmentally-friendly” communities.

Big Brother knows better than us how we should live.


10 posted on 10/15/2008 12:22:04 PM PDT by kitkat (EX DEO LIBERTAS (From God, liberty))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson