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El Reno Okla. couple flees home from ill effects of smart meters

smiths smart meter 2

2/22/13 correction.  Mr and Mrs. Smith lives in El Reno Oklahoma rather than Edmond.

Kaye Beach

Feb. 21, 2013

Fox News 25 OKC reports;

Couple says smart meter forced them out of their home

A family in the Metro says smart meters forced them to move from their home.. into a trailer. OG&E says its smart meter system has helped each customer save hundreds of dollars. But, Fox 25′s Kisha Henry shows us a family who says it makes them feel like they live in a microwave.

Read more and watch the video report by Kiesha Henry  http://www.okcfox.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kokh_vid_9908.shtml

Edmond high schools to start drug testing in January

saliva drug test

Kaye Beach

Dec. 5, 2012

 

 

Reported by KOCO News

Edmond high schools to start drug testing in January

Dec. 4, 2012

EDMOND, Okla. —

Three of the largest metro high schools in Oklahoma will start drug testing students, authorities confirmed.

The policy at Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial high schools starts on Jan. 7, said district spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp.

Though some parents expressed privacy concerns, most seemed happy with the new policy. School leaders told KOCO Eyewitness News 5 that drugs are a problem in the district and that drug testing is one way to combat it.

. . .According to a letter sent home to parents, the monthly testing will begin after winter break. It will involve a random sample of students and will be administered as a saliva test to detect the use of alcohol, non-prescribed medications or illegal drugs.

 

Drug abuse among our children is an obvious concern but is random, suspicion-less drug testing of students the right way to deal with this issue?  What does this practice teach them?  Is it worth it?

It occurs to me that there are a couple of lessons that this might teach kids that do not seem especially desirable.

Don’t do something because you might get caught.  The end result is the same as if a teenager refrained from drug use because it was the right thing to do but the lessons of self control and discipline has been stolen from the individual.  The motivation is external depriving kids of the opportunity or satisfaction of  learning and growing.  What will they do when they can get away with it?  Will they learn to rely on external controls rather than self control?

You are assumed guilty until proven otherwise.  Great preparation for the real, adult world that they will be entering since the same skewed concept is being utilized on the population at large. .  Don’t expect these kids that are increasingly RFID tagged and tracked, biometrically scanned, searched, sniffed and subjected to random police drug searches, to resist or even recognize government over reach as adults.  Presumption of innocence in the cornerstone of our system of justice.  Even though children don’t have exactly the same level of rights and responsibilities that adults have, isn’t the presumption of innocence one of those fundamental concepts that should generally apply across the board?  We all say want a free country but this is the way to ensure that we will have a compliant country.

This drug testing program applies to any extra curricular activities.  I guess if a student wants to smoke pot or dabble with other drugs, they won’t have a chance to be distracted or diverted away from that by a more wholesome activity.

Here is the actual Edmond Schools Drug Testing Policy

As I said, drug use by kids is a real concern and it is our job to keep them safe till they are of age and we can always justify just about anything on a case by case basis but when you look at the totality of all of the practices justified for safety or efficiency in our schools, well, that looks pretty scary too.

 

Logan Co. Comm’n Sharpton Asks Questions About Driver’s License Scanning and Background Check Devices in Schools

Kaye Beach

September 6, 2012
I have been watching the news about Edmond Schools’ new Lobby Guard checkpoint  system that requires visitors to scan their driver’s license for an instant background check..  Schools in Jenks have had the devices for a while but they are new to the central Oklahoma area.  I know there is some concern from parents but I have yet to see any of the concerns addressed by the media. (Correct me please, if I am wrong.)  If you are an Edmond parent who has misgivings about the new systems, you might think that you are alone.  I assure you that you are not.

Mark Sharpton, Logan County Commissioner asks some very good questions about the new system.  Parents in Edmond should be empowered to have their concerns and questions addressed thoroughly before meekly swiping their driver’s licenses and ID cards as well.

Just How Far Should the Government Go

Opinion by Mark Sharpton

Published August 26, 2012

Typically my updates are about county road and bridge improvements but this time I want to address an issue related to liberty. Liberty comes from the Latin word libertas, meaning “unbounded, unrestricted or released from constraint.” It contains the idea of being separate and independent. I have given thought to this lately since learning that several schools in the state have chosen to begin conducting instant background checks on visitors, including grandparents wanting to have lunch with their grandchildren. As I understand it, some schools are setting up a kiosk which scans a person’s driver’s license before allowing them to enter. The scan will check for outstanding warrants, divorce issues and sex offenders, and then action will be taken in response to what is found. While I understand the concept of trying to protect children, is this really the role of school officials? Just how much power do we want government to have in “protecting” us?

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Edmond Residents Rise Up Against Smart Meters

Kaye Beach

September 21, 2011

Smart Meter installment began with little warning in some areas of Oklahoma. Since February of 2010 OG&E has already installed 350,000 smart meters. They plan on installing smart meters for nearly 800,000 customers by the end of 2012.

Edmond residents are getting the jump on them and have started a petition drive to allow customers to have a choice in the matter.

From News 9 published Sept 19, 2011

EDMOND, Oklahoma — A group of concerned citizens from Edmond are asking Edmond Electric to avoid a Smart Meter System.

The Smart Meter System is the newest technology available for electric companies. The system is designed to track a customer’s use of electricity without sending a utility worker to review each meter.

Edmond Electric believes the system could help with overall cost and energy efficiency. Not everyone supports the move.

Don Powers is an attorney in Edmond who believes the Smart Meter System is not a smart idea.

Read more 

If you are an Edmond Electric customer and would like to have a say in the matter you can read and sign the petition online here

Privacy is one of the concerns cited by Edmond residents and I will tell you that this concern is a very valid one.  I did some research into the matter of privacy and smart meters a few months ago and was astounded by the implications on our personal privacy in our own homes.   The capabilities of Smart Meters/ Smart Grid, at the moment,  is not being fully utilized but as the systems mature their invasive nature will be revealed.  Better study up now before they go on your home.

According to Cheryl Dancey Balough, Balough Law Offices, Chicago;

Three factors fuel the concern of those advocating for additional, specific measures that will protect privacy compromised by the installation of smart meters.

  • First, the wealth of information that smart meters and affiliated appliances and devices make available can threaten both consumers’ privacy within their homes and their ability to control the distribution of their personal information outside the home.
  • Second, as necessary consumers of electricity, people do not have other options.
  • Third, despite the multiple information privacy laws passed in the past few decades, none of them adequately address the new challenges to privacy posed by smart meters

Legal scholars have proposed various concepts of privacy over the past 120 years or so, and the country’s founding fathers certainly contemplated privacy rights when drafting the Bill of Rights. A discussion of those concepts and their origins is beyond the scope of this article. It is important to note, however, that the threats to privacy connected to smart meters lie primarily within the concepts of a right to be left alone within one’s home and the right to control personal information. The first right is embedded in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The second right—to exercise control over the disclosure of personal information— has been discussed by a number of legal scholars.22 The U.S. Supreme Court also recognized this right in 1977 in Whalen v. Roe.

Source: Privacy Implications of Smart Meters By Cheryl Dancey Balough, Balough Law Offices, Chicago, Illinois, 2011 http://www.balough.com/uploadedFiles/Privacy%20Implications%20of%20Smart%20Meters%20-%20Cheryl%20Dancey%20Balough.pdf

 

There is a new Facebook group for Oklahoman residents who want to share information about the Smart Grid or the new Smart Meters being installed in this state.

Oklahoma Smart Meter Info Swap on Facebook

AxXiom For Liberty Live! Friday Aug 5 6-8pm CST “Oklahoma’s Ladies of Liberty”

***Miss the show?  Get the Podcast!  Click HERE

Show notes added below***

How Free Do You Want To Be?

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen,  two ladies that are giving legs to their ideals.  These two women don’t just want freedom-they demand it!

Listening Info Here

Special Guests Molly Jenkins and Laurette Lynn

These two ladies that seem to have a knack for stirring it up wherever they go…all in the name of Liberty.

 Molly Jenkins

First up is, we are pleased to welcome Molly Jenkins from Edmond Oklahoma.  Molly is a founding member of GEL (Govern Edmond Locally), a homegrown grassroots group of citizens that are taking an active interest in their local government.  The City of Edmond invited residents to get involved and give input into the governing of their city and the citizens took them at their word.  What happened next was inspiring. . . or exasperating, depending on your viewpoint.

December 6, 2010

Protesters cut short Edmond sustainability forum

Molly was instrumental in bringing the citizens of Edmond together in opposition to the city’s membership in ICLEI,  the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.  The City of Edmond subsequently dropped its membership with ICLEI joining with at least half a dozen communities around the nation who have done the same.

GELS’s mission statement is simple: Restore Constitutional governance at the local level in Edmond, OK.

Molly Jenkins will be speaking at a Townhall Meeting on August 9, 2011 at 7pm at the Edmond Community Center,
28 E Main St, Edmond, OK 73034, USA

 Laurette Lynn-the Unplugged Mom.

Unconventional, uncensored and unscripted; smart, serious and sometimes snarky host of Unplugged Mom Podcast, a popular web talk podcast for home educators, and other outside-the-box thinkers and founder of the popular blog UnpluggedMom.com .

If you ask Laurette why she home educates she will tell you;

“I do it because my kids are my responsibility.  My responsibility.  Their health, their welfare, their well-being, their intellectual stimulation – are all my responsibility, not society, not my village, not school;  Mine.  I am not afraid of that.”

If the idea of educating your children in the home seems daunting, listen to this lady and be inspired!

Heads Up!

Rant ahead!  Howard has a burr under his saddle over the creation of the “super congress”  Find out what a “poliburo” is and why the “super congress” is a very BAD idea.

Howard says;

“On 01 August 2011, OUR legislators in America created The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  Congress (central-committee –for those still following the analogy) created what has been dubbed the “Super-Congress” because, by its rationale, the urgency of America’s deficit problem cannot await action by it as a whole body.  Hmmm…did you read the opening quote at the beginning of this article?  Ladies and gentlemen, American government has created a POLITBURO!”

Also we will give you the latest news on my “Real ID Reckoning”  which is attracting some attention on the national level as well as local and sparking debate.

Listen Live tonight from 6-8pm CST on Rule Of Law Radio Network!

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SHOW NOTES

Here is the video of Laurette schooling Sen Jim Wilson;

Links to Stories mentioned ;

From Gun Owners of America

How the Recent Debt Ceiling Law Affects Gun Owners

To quote Kentucky Senator Rand Paul from earlier this week:

“The Super Committee [created by the new law] limits the constitutional check of the filibuster by expediting passage of bills with a simple majority.  The Super Committee is not precluded from any issue [including gun control], therefore the filibuster could be rendered moot.”

Read more

References from interview with Molly Jenkins;

Dec 6, 2010 Edmond

the City of Edmond’s Planning Commission held its first Sustainability Forum.

The meeting didn’t last long due to a number of residents who were asking questions about the new plan and its origins.

Dec 6, The Edmond Sun Protesters cut short Edmond sustainability forum

Here is what the notice about the forum posted at the city’s website www.edmondok.com says.

“The City of Edmond Planning Department wants to hear the public’s ideas and priorities to be included in Edmond’s first Sustainability Plan.”

Shannon Entz. the forum leader and community development manager explains the purpose of the Edmond Sustainability Forum;

“The Edmond Sustainability Forum was created by the Planning Department and designed for Edmond residents to share their ideas and priorities for sustainable conservation efforts in their community” (My emphasis)

She goes on to say that “City staff would then take those recommendations to implement in a grass roots community plan” Link

“Sharing ideas and priorities” can be a messy process.  In fact it usually is a messy process, so why were they so surprised?

One thing that stood out to me as an outside, if not impartial observer, is that it seems like one key decision has already been made for all of the residents of Edmond and that was the decision that there will be a “sustainability” program implemented with all that this amorphous word implies

Edmond residents wanted to know what “sustainability” meant before proceeding.  It is important to define your terms especially in a governmental sense- which means policy making.   The reason that this is important is that policy changes will affect everyone… your property and your pocketbook.

The meaning of the word “sustainability”, that the policy is being predicated upon is, in fact, a crucial point.

Conspiracy? 

Where in the heck would people get the idea that the United Nations had anything to do with Edmond’s sustainability plan?

Maybe they used Google and got it from the ICLEI website.

From ICLEIUSA.ORG

According to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability is not an end goal, but a journey that local governments can take to improve the social equity, environmental, and economic conditions in their jurisdiction

http://www.icleiusa.org/action-center/planning/sustainability-planning-toolkit/planning-overview/introduction

Still not much of a definition for the term ‘sustainability”  but if you are like most Americans whose hackles are raised by idea of the UN messing around in US policy, there might be enough on that page to get you going.

ICLEI has been working hard on giving its website a nice makeover and scrubbing all but the vaguest references to Agenda 21 and the UN but everything you need to know is still out there.  I found this ICLEI presentation to be very instructive;

ICLEI Member Benefits

*ICLEI – The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives aka Local Governments for Sustainability

ICEI’s stated purpose:

A Worldwide Movement of Local Governments
Through its international programs, and projects, ICLEI works with local governments to generate political awareness of key themes by:

  • establishing plans of action to meet defined, concrete, measurable targets
  •  working toward meeting these targets through the implementation of projects
  •  evaluating local and cumulative progress toward sustainable development

International Goals
Our programs, and projects promote participatory, long-term, strategic planning process that address local sustainability while protecting global common goods. This approach links local action to internationally agreed-upon goals and targets such as:

Meeting Milestones
A fundamental component of our performance-based model is the milestone process. Each of our initiatives incorporates a five-milestone structure to guide participating local governments:

  1. establish a baseline,
  2. set a target,
  3. develop a local action plan,
  4. implement the local action plan,
  5. measure results

According to the Capitol Research Center;

ICLEI is well-liked by mayors and city council members because it shows them how to promote climate change initiatives and then does their work for them.

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has called ICLEI’s leadership “invaluable” because its “expert technical assistance was instrumental in helping us to complete our first-ever greenhouse gas inventory last year.”

Any person doing a cursory search will land on ICLEI site, those who have even a modicum of internet skills won’t have any trouble at all locating some of the ICLEI materials that are much less guarded against the vigilant eye of those blasted Americans who still hold tight to the idea of national sovereignty and individual rights.

Consensus

The purpose of this meeting was to “build consensus” people showing up with all of those questions and opinions makes the desired “consensus” building impossible.  Why?

They need to gain your agreement (or simply your silence will suffice) to give everything the appearance of legitimacy.

You try to gripe later and they will say –

“Sorry, you should have said something when you had the chance”

This is what I was told was the purpose of such public meetings by a former member of Edmond City government.

Read How To Counter Group Manipulation Tactics by Beverly Eakman

She details how “Provocateurs,” “Agitators,” and “Change Agents” are able to force through their agendas right under your nose. She teaches you their lingo and how they use it to divide you from the group and marginalize your honest questions and objections.

Also see Thwart the Delphi Technique

I could waste a whole lot of space demonstrating why citizens are rightfully bewildered when they begin to do a little research on local policy and find the United Nations all over it.  I’m not going to.  It is too easy to discover for even the mildly curious.  In fact GEL can show you in three clicks where the connections are;

http://gelok.org/2.html

Anyone can see why UN and Agenda 21 would be being referenced in a discussion about sustainability.  If they are unwilling to acknowledge the fact that ICLEI’s purpose is to implement Local Agenda 21, a UN program that was not created with the Bill of Rights in mind, then they are a fool or are trying to play you for one.  Don’t waste one bit more of your Co2 arguing about it.

In truth, any of a number of international entities or corporations for that matter, that are pushing their agenda but it is up to our elected representatives or us to draw the line and say no!

If you read and understand the US Constitution, the Oklahoma State Constitution and or ever listened to a thing your mother said, then you have just about everything you need to discern and describe bad policy.  `

For more info about Agenda 21 see resources listed in Sustainable Subversion

Okies get Mapped! GIS For Sustainable Development

GIS for planning and community development solving global challenges

Planners engage in a plethora of activities, but their work generally reflects the tension among three main competing interests: equity, economy and the environment, also known as the “three Es.” Regardless of their specialty, planners pay a great deal of attention to the notion of sustainability, which encapsulates these three key elements. link

GIS, the ULTIMATE in societal managementThe more evolved path to tyranny. . .

Never in the history of public and private sector geospatial processing has there been a more urgent need for leadership that understands change.

Another obvious challenge is that the market forces that drive the evolution of technology do not meaningfully, or in any disciplined way, take into full account the needs of science and social processes. Leaders in research, education and government, therefore, share responsibility for understanding industrial development and the state of commercial applications if they wish to define more useful outcomes than those which would otherwise occur by default- outcomes which would in fact be inevitable should leading thinkers and policy planners persist in defending traditional institutional and economic intellectual practices instead of opening themselves to the evolved research and policy requirements of the increasingly complex modern world. (Emphasis mine)

source-The Evolution of Geospatial Technology Calls for Changes in Geospatial Research, Education and Government Management

By Prof. Mike Jackson, David Schell and Prof. D.R. Fraser Taylor
April 06, 2009

GIS in the City of Edmond, Oklahoma

The City of Edmond’s GIS program began in August 1996 with the goal of becoming an enterprise GIS.

This paper will document the data collection processes the City of Edmond followed to acquire the information necessary for the enterprise wide GIS. Also discussed are the on-going efforts to implement an integrated maintenance management system using Cityworks, as well as a permitting and workflow tracking system using PERMITS Plus.  (Read more from the ESRI library)

(If you want to know more about GIS and Sustainable Development and property rights be sure to listen to AxXiom for Liberty LIVE tonight!  See bottom of this post for more info about tonight’s show)

ESRI explains GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

What Is GIS?

By understanding geography and people’s relationship to location, we can make informed decisions about the way we live on our planet.

A geographic information system (GIS) is a technological tool for comprehending geography and making intelligent decisions.

GIS organizes geographic data so that a person reading a map can select data necessary for a specific project or task.

A thematic map has a table of contents that allows the reader to add layers of information to a basemap of real-world locations. For example, a social analyst might use the basemap of Eugene, Oregon, and select datasets from the U.S. Census Bureau to add data layers to a map that shows residents’ education levels, ages, and employment status.(Emphasis mine)

Industry Focus

GIS for Sustainable Development

GIS is an important tool for helping people map out plans for successfully achieving management strategies that are sustainable both at local and global levels.

Esri supports many sustainable development efforts throughout the world. Geographic information systems provide policy makers and planning agencies with visualization tools to manage growth and change. (Emphasis mine)

Here is just one amazing use of GIS…

Regulatory Compliance

Government agencies use GIS to create and enforce environmental legislation. Services and businesses use GIS to comply with environmental regulations and mandates.

In addition, cooperation between agencies is simplified by the use of a central database that can be leveraged for cross purposes such as financial information, ownership, improvements, and plans. Link

GIS for Sustainable Development-ESRI

Sustainable development is the balance of meeting humankind’s present needs while protecting the environment to ensure the fulfillment of future generations’ needs.

The growing human population and its demands on the earth’s resources generate a need for sustainable practices.

Implementing these practices often requires collaboration between different organizations.

ESRI’s commitment to developing interoperable technology sets the stage for cooperation between organizations so that they can make well-informed decisions. GIS software allows users across the globe to share ideas on how to meet their resource needs, plan efficient land use, and protect the environment to guarantee the survival of future generations.


Republic of Cameroon, located in Central Africa.“Since our maps of the reserve are completely georeferenced, the individual farms within the reserve are all coded and the trees within the farms documented, providing us with very good information regarding the trees within the cultivated land that are the responsibility of the farmers to protect. If we discover a felled tree, we simply take its GPS point and can easily determine whether or not the tree is within the reserve, and if so, we can bring the culprit to justice.”

Poor Camaroon!  The people are trying to eek a living from the land and tree killing is a viscous and costly crime…Thank goodness for GIS!

Penalties for removing trees within the reserve include both incarceration and fines ranging from $400 (U.S.) to $2,000 (U.S.), as stipulated by national laws. In addition, the value of the felled trees is calculated and added to the court fines.

Australia

Together, the Australian Research Council, the Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning, and the Hervey Bay City Council developed a sustainable development-based land use scenario for the shire using ArcGIS 8 and a GIS-based planning support system (PSS)–What if? 1.1–developed by Community Analysis and Planning Systems, Inc. (Hudson,

Ohio), an ESRI Business Partner. What makes this project special is that a strategic planning scenario for Hervey Bay 2001-2021 has been formulated based on the principle of sustainable development

OKLAHOMA


See Power Point Oklahoma GIS GeoCIP 2009

THE MODEL

A number of socioeconomic, physical, and environmental data inputs were acquired from a wide range of national, state, and local government agencies and used to formulate the strategic planning scenario. Core physical and environmental data inputs include cadastral land parcels, building footprints, road, sewer, water, land use, remnant vegetation, national parks, state forests, riparian vegetated areas, coastal wetlands, areas of prime agricultural land, areas of indigenous significance, and existing open space.

http://www.esri.com/library/bestpractices/sustainable-development.pdf

Where did the great idea of mapping everything down to the freckles on our behinds come from anyways?

If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’….


Most sustainable development decisions are inherently multidisciplinary or cross-sectoral, because they require trade-offs between conflicting goals of different sectors. However, most natural resource development agencies are single-sector oriented. Geographic Information System (GIS) technology can help establish cross-sectoral communication – by providing not only very powerful tools for storage and analysis of multisectoral spatial and statistical data, but also by integrating databases of different sectors in the same format, structure and map projection in the GIS system.

The importance of this integrated approach to development and management of natural resources have been emphasised in many international fora on sustainable development. The 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) devoted Chapter 10 of its Agenda 21 to this topic, noting that:

“…Expanding human requirements and economic activities are placing ever increasing pressures on land resources, creating competition and conflicts and resulting in suboptimal use of both land and land resources. If, in the future, human requirements are to be met in a sustainable manner, it is now essential to resolve these conflicts and move towards more effective and efficient use of land and its natural resources. Integrated physical and landuse planning and management is an eminently practical way to achieve this. By examining all uses of land in an integrated manner, it makes it possible to minimise conflicts, to make the most efficient tradeoffs and to link social and economic development with environmental protection and enhancement, thus helping to achieve the objectives of sustainable development. The essence of the integrated approach finds expression in the coordination of the sectoral planning and management activities concerned with the various aspects of land use and land resources.”

http://www.fao.org/sd/eidirect/gis/EIgis000.htm

. . . and they are still plugging away at it.

February 19, 2010

United Nations University and Esri to Collaborate on GIS Research and Training

Redlands, California—Esri and United Nations University (UNU) recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the university’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. They will collaborate on research, create Centers of Excellence, promote the exchange of graduate students, and provide geographic information system (GIS) training opportunities within and by UNU.

http://www.esri.com/news/releases/10_1qtr/unu.html

There is a lot more to GIS in Oklahoma but that’s probably plenty to digest for the moment.  In the meantime, join myself and Howard Houchen on AxXiom for Liberty Radio


Friday Jan 7, 2010 6-8pm CST
Special Guest Don Casey

Don Casey is the Vice Chair of Alabama’s Alliance for Citizen’s Rights. He and his organization have been at the forefront of many battles to protect private property rights.

“Our system of government has occurred once in the recorded history of mankind.

I ask you, is this the generation that will lay to rest this experiment in limited self-government or is this the generation that will rekindle the great awakenings of the 1700s and bequeath to the next generation the Providential Blessing that we have enjoyed?

http://www.keepourrights.org/

Join us Friday to find out more about sustainable development, how this philosophy in incompatible with our system of government and how to drive it out of your town!

http://www.ruleoflawradio.com/#listen

Have questions for Mr. Casey? Call-in number is 512-646-1984.

Edmond Oklahoma Info for Citizens Planning to Survive Sustainability

Kaye Beach

Dec. 30, 201o

This is a collection of links and info that I have gathered pertaining to Oklahoma, (The City of Edmond in particular) and Sustainable Development since the Dec 6, 2010 Edmond Forum on Sustainability.

There is a list of resources and information about “sustainable development” at the bottom of this page.

For those researching this issue, I hope this info proves helpful to you.

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EDMOND City Government Defines Sustainability-

Defining Sustainability

Sustainable development can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without jeopardizing the needs of future generations.  For the City of Edmond this concept applies to municipal operations, land use decisions, transportation choices, and natural resources.

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The City of Edmond’s Environmentally-Friendly, Conservation, and Energy Efficiency Programs

December 17, 2010

City defines ICLEI ties

James Coburn The Edmond Sun

Shannon Entz, community development manager, said the City of Edmond is a member of the International Council of Local Environmental Governments, which became a source of contention with some residents at a public forum Dec. 6.

. . .Entz told The Edmond Sun that the City of Edmond became a member of ICLEI USA in November 2009 and renewed this November. The dues are $1,200 per year, she said. (paid by public-tax payer monies)

The city has not decided on a date or format for the next Sustainability Forum, she said.

“This will take some thoughtful consideration given the outcome of the first forum,” Entz said.

I guess people actually showing up with all of those questions and opinions screwed up the consensus process. They need to gain your agreement (your silence will suffice) to give everything the appearance of legitimacy.  You try to gripe later and they will say –

“Sorry, you should have said something when you had the chance”

Are questions from the taxpayers of Edmond about the use of their money and plans that might affect their lives and property inappropriate?  Who is Shannon Entz answerable to?  Obviously NOT the citizens of Edmond.

The Edmond Sun explains;

That Dec. 6 forum ended abruptly after about 200 residents broke into arguments with city staff members about the definition of sustainability and concerns about individual property rights. Some attendees also contended that ICLEI is part of a United Nations program they referred to as Agenda 21.

Read More City defines ICLEI ties


Listen to and learn from the Experts.


ICLEI-USA says;

Understanding Sustainability Planning

Municipal codes are the legal mechanisms by which local governments implement goals for sustainability.

With few exceptions, state statutes require localities to regulate community development through code provision.

Ideally, zoning code directives originate from consensus-driven policy planning for land use, transportation, housing, natural resources, economic development, social equity, culture, and so on. For many communities, coordinating these efforts is best done through one overarching policy plan. Master plans (i.e., comprehensive plans, general plans) are a framework to achieve community goals.

Sustainability plans take a similarly holistic approach—though in a different style. Divided into three areas, these plans typically address the “three pillars” of sustainability: environment, economy, and society.

Goals for transportation, land use, housing, culture, and so on, are incorporated across the pillars.

Sustainability plans also address contemporary issues such as climate change, carbon emissions regulation, globalization, and energy in greater detail.

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The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is the international environmental agency for local governments. It was established in 1990 at the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future. The congress was held at the United Nations in New York in response to the needs of local authorities;cities, towns and counties;that are taking on increasing responsibility as managers of both the local and global environment.

ICLEI and its membership are currently acting in response to several of the objectives established for the world community at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. (Emphasis mine)

UN Conference on Environment and Development

At UNCED, ICLEI, along with local authorities and other local authority associations, played an active role in raising the profile of local governments as managers of the local and global environment. Chapter 28 of Agenda 21, which resulted from these efforts, calls upon local authorities around the world to undertake a consultative process with their communities to establish their own local Agenda 21s by 1996. This Local Agenda 21 mandate, introduced and championed by ICLEI in the Earth Summit’s preparatory process, has been taken up by more than 1200 local authorities around the world.(Emphasis mine)

In the early stages of the project, ICLEI developed and presented a general approach to local sustainable development planning called Strategic Services Planning (SSP). The SSP approach was then presented to prospective participants through a series of regional workshops. During the workshops, participants reviewed and revised the planning elements in order to adapt the SSP to their own unique needs. They exchanged planning ideas and experiences and began to prepare work plans for their Local Agenda 21 efforts

The United States campaign was introduced in November 1994 at the annual conference of the National League of Cities. Eight months later, the local councils of 15 cities had agreed to the campaign commitments.

Results

ICLEI and its members of local authorities from large and small communities around the globe are rising to the challenges identified in Rio and achieving concrete results. (Emphasis mine)

In doing so, we should expect that, in combination, the independent actions of local governments and their communities that are responding to the objectives identified at UNCED will produce a ripple effect of responsible social and environmental behaviour that will ultimately encompass the globe.

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From ICLEIUSA.org

Milestone Award Winners in the South Central Region

by Samantha Hughes, South Central Regional Intern, Apr 04, 2010

Congratulations to the 17 local governments across Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona that have received an ICLEI Milestone Award to recognize their achievements through our Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation process or our Five Milestones for Sustainability process.

In addition to our congratulations, we’d also like to say thanks to staff from these local governments, who conducted check-in calls with us in the first quarter. We appreciate your willingness to communicate what’s going on in your community — it gives us that much more of an opportunity to highlight your success. Click below to view the local government winners and see what Milestones they have achieved…

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What Is ICLEI’s Five Milestone Process?

A little refresher:

Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation

  • Milestone One: Conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecast
  • Milestone Two: Adopt an emissions reduction target for the forecast year
  • Milestone Three: Develop a local climate action plan
  • Milestone Four: Implement policies and measures
  • Milestone Five: Monitor and verify results

Five Milestones for Sustainability

  • Milestone One: Conduct a sustainability assessment
  • Milestone Two: Establish sustainability goals
  • Milestone Three: Develop a local sustainability plan
  • Milestone Four: Implement policies and measures
  • Milestone Five: Evaluate progress and report results

http://www.icleiusa.org/blog/archive/2010/04/04/milestone-award-winners-in-the-south-central-region

ARRA, EECBG, DOE funds and more. ICLEI shows local governments how to really go “green”!

ICLEI USA is committed to helping its members access this funding and use it wisely.

Bookmark and check this page often for the latest economic recovery funding updates and application instructions.


ICLEI Explains:

The Basics – International Climate Negotiations and the UNFCCC Explained

What is the UNFCCC?

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty with the objective of addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the inevitable challenges that will arise from a warming planet. Nearly every country on Earth is a party to the UNFCCC, and each year they meet at a Conference of the Parties (COP).  For example, COP16 was the 16th meeting of the Parties, held in Cancun.

-Our Agents of Change program brings delegations of U.S.-based youth to conferences and summits related to international policy, primarily at the United Nations. Our delegates work with government delegates, fellow civil society members, and other youth to promote youth-friendly and future-focused policies related to sustainable development and climate change. Follow the links below to learn more about our involvement:

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD)

What role does Oklahoma have at a conference like this?

Eric Pollard-

Oklahoma could play a huge role in the domestic advancement of action on climate change through renewable energy policy and infrastructure development in the US … http://pollardtopoland.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-12-11T02%3A33%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=7

One of the technological tools used to implement sustainable development is GIS


ESRI’s commitment to developing interoperable technology sets the stage for cooperation between organizations so that they can make well-informed decisions. GIS software allows users across the globe to share ideas on how to meet their resource needs, plan efficient land use, and protect the environment to guarantee the survival of future generations.

Read More about GIS, Sustainable Development and its use in Edmond.

Okies get Mapped! GIS For Sustainable Development


When and Where are Meetings and events held in Edmond?

Calendar of Events

http://edmondok.com/service/calendar

Meeting notices (be sure to refresh)

http://edmondok.com/government/cityclerk/meetings

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Edmond Email Updates

Stay informed by signing-up for City of Edmond email updates.

http://edmondok.com/service/email

Edmond City Data

Stay in touch with city government

From the City of Edmond home page-We operate under a Council-Manager form of government established by the 1925 Charter. The Mayor and Council are the policy-making and legislative body, and appoint the City Manager as well as the City Attorney and Municipal Judges. The City Manager provides centralized direction and leadership for the day-to-day administration of city services. Link

Directory

Research City Laws

The City Clerk is the legal custodian of Edmond’s official records, including the Code of Ordinances enacted by Edmond City Councils since 1925, when our city was chartered.

As a convenience for our citizens who may like more information about specific laws or regulations, an online database is available for research.

The link below will take you to a non-city web site.

Edmond Code of Ordinances

Who’s Who?

These are some of the people that appear to have a significant role in Edmond’s Sustainability effort.

Edmond’s Sustainability Planner is Phil Jones

Former GIS Analyst II at City of Edmond link

The Oklahoman2010-03-20

EDMOND — Edmond is earning a reputation for its “green infrastructure” development in changes to its transportation, drainage, energy, water and waste management systems. Thanks to a grant from the state Department of Agriculture, Forestry Services, the city is widening its vision and plans to share the details during the Green Infrastructure Initiative’s Annual Stakeholder meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Downtown Community Center. Edmond Sustainability Planner Phil Jones said the event will “educate people and give them the direction we’re heading.”

Mr Wantland (I did not make this up!) is a member of Sustainable Edmond

Russell serves on the Central Edmond Urban Development Board, is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Urban Land Institute, Oklahoma Venture Forum, Sustainable Edmond, and recently served as a steering committee member for development of the City of Edmond’s 50-year water supply plan.

Wantland was named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in 2009.

Broken links   Contact Russell Wantland > http://www.palmerwantland.com/PW_RWantland.html

Linked in http://www.linkedin.com/in/russellwantland

  • Citizens Participation Committee (CDBG)

    There are six members on this  committee.
    The HUD Citizens Participation Committee reviews all items to be funded with City of Edmond CDBG dollars.

    The CPC Committee makes recommendations to the City Council concerning our Community Development Block Grant programs for the next fiscal year.

    Link

What is a Planning Commission and What do Planning Commissioners do?

Oklahoma Planning Commissioners
Handbook The Origin Of The Planning Commission

The idea of the planning commission originated in the Standard Planning and Zoning Enabling Acts developed under Herbert Hoover in the 1920’s.

•These model ordinances were drafted in order to standardize land use planning procedures across the US.

• These acts defined and established the essential duties of planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals or adjustment, and legislative bodies as they address planning and development issues.
Oklahoma was one of the states that adopted the “Standard Enabling Act,” which is the basis for our zoning and planning legislation and practice. (Emphasis mine)

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Follow the money

Nov. 18 2010

The City has been awarded nearly a million dollars in Recovery Act funds from the US Department of Energy and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Staff developed a strategy for allocating those funds, which included the development of the Edmond Sustainability Plan. The remainder of the funds is being spent on energy saving technologies for city facilities and water wells, CNG conversion kits, energy building code training and equipment for inspectors.  http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/20101118-092402.docx

CDBG’s- Community Development Block Grants.

Background

The Constitution provided the federal government with a modest array of enumerated powers and left most government responsibilities to the states.

During most of the nation’s history, local units of government were not financially tied to the federal government. The New Deal of the 1930s started to change that with major federal encroachment into formerly state and local policy areas. The federal government’s micromanagement of local affairs accelerated in the 1960s with President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and the creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1965.

The idealistic plans of the 1960s for federal aid to solve local problems have not panned out. Federal meddling has been high in taxpayer cost and low on accomplishment. Indeed, federal subsidies and regulations have often contributed to the very urban decay that federal involvement was supposed to fix. The following six HUD programs should be high on the list of programs for federal policymakers to put on the chopping block.

While CDBG funds are initially handed out to state and local governments, the ultimate beneficiaries are usually private businesses and organizations working on particular projects, such shopping malls, parking lots, museums, colleges, theaters, swimming pools, and auditoriums.

All these activities are purely local in nature, and there is no national interest in funding them. CDBG funding runs completely counter to the federalist model of American government.

Federal policymakers are supposed to make decisions on national issues such as defense and security; it makes no sense for them to be city planners, but that’s what the CDBG program effectively lets them do.

Read more about CDBG’s

The City of Edmond- CDBG Community Development Block Grants

The City of Edmond is one step closer to addressing these needs, thanks to citizen participation and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG program was authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Each year, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development provides eligible metropolitan cities with CDBG funds to revitalize neighborhoods, develop affordable housing, expand economic opportunities and provide public services, principally to benefit low and moderate income persons or households.

All projects and programs must meet ONE of three national objectives:

  1. A benefit to low and moderate (L/M) income persons or households;
  2. Aiding in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or,
  3. Urgent Need (Meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community, such as natural disasters).

Link

Oklahoma City, OK: The City of Oklahoma City is currently working on a sustainability plan using EECBG funds, lighting upgrades to City facilities, and Energy Management System Upgrades to City Facilities. In addition, the City is preparing to advertise for bids for our compressed natural gas fast fill fueling station and bike share program.

http://www.icleiusa.org/blog/sustainability-progress-across-the-southwest-and-south-central-u.s/?searchterm=oklahoma

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program-EECBG

Award(s): 56 totaling $36.5 million, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program (EECBG)

LINK

Location: Statewide

Fifty‐six communities in Oklahoma received a total of $36.5 million for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program (EECBG) to develop, promote, implement and manage local energy efficiency programs.

Oklahoma is using this funding to support various energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The State is competitively awarding 60 percent of the funding to local cities and counties, prioritizing projects based on measures like energy and cost savings, job creation, renewable energy generation and carbon emissions reductions. EECBG funds also allow Oklahoma to upgrade the electrical distribution system in Waynoka, where the installation of new transformers will result in a 25 percent reduction in power consumption. The remaining funds are being used to install solar and wind technologies in jurisdictions across Oklahoma and enhance local recycling programs

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Planning and Zoning

Review Criteria

In determining whether to approve, approve with conditions or deny a site plan application, the Planning Commission will consider the following factors:

Consistency with the applicable provisions Chapter 4, Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 of Title 22;
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ORDINANCE NO. _ 3068______

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING THE EXISTING TITLE 22 ZONING ORDINANCE ORIGINALLY ADOPTED IN 1972 AND AMENDING TITLE 22 TO READ AS HEREIN SET OUT.

Purpose

This Ordinance classifies and regulates the use of land, buildings and structures within the city limits of the City of Edmond, Oklahoma. The regulations in this Ordinance are necessary to:

(A) Promote the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants;

(B) Implement the policies found in the current version of the Edmond Plan;

(C) Encourage the most appropriate uses of land by dividing the City into zones and regulating therein the use of the land;

(D) Maintain and stabilize the value of property;

(E) Reduce fire hazards and improve public safety and safeguard the public health;

(F) Facilitate the flow of traffic and decrease hazards;

(G) Prevent undue concentration of population; and

(H) Create a comprehensive and stable pattern of land uses upon which to plan for transportation, water supply, sewage, schools, parks, public utilities and other facilities.

LINK

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FEMA National Flood Insurance Program

“Since the Federal Government does not have land use authority, the NFIP is based on the Federal government’s power to spend under the Constitution rather than any Federal authority to regulate land use.” Link

“When a community chooses to join the NFIP, it must adopt and enforce minimum floodplain management standards for participation.

“‘Floodplain management’ refers to an overall community program of corrective and preventive measures for reducing future flood damage. These measures generally include zoning, subdivision, or building requirements, and special-purpose floodplain ordinances.” Link

Recommendations by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for local landowners to purchase flood insurance are nothing more than a scam, a levee district official told a crowd of concerned residents Saturday.

Some communities are very unhappy with how FEMA is re-drawing their flood maps.


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ARRA Stimulus funds

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Stimulus Applications

City of Edmond EECBG Application June 2009 EECBG-Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

Other reports or articles that may be of interest:

Monthly Progress Report – August 2009

2009 Edmond Oklahoma EECBG Fund Proposal Presentation

Edmond Oklahoma Budget and Financial Plan FY 2010 – 2011

Edmond Public Works Authority Meeting June 2010

Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign

What Is Health Equity?
Health equity is a new idea for most people. It’s not hard to grasp, but it does require us to reframe the way in which health differences are usually presented and perceived.

Tackling health inequities requires widening our lens to bring into view the ways in which jobs, working conditions, education, housing, social inclusion, and even political power influence individual and community health. When societal resources are distributed unequally by class and by race, population health will be distributed unequally along those lines as well.

What is Health Equity?

Partner Contact List

CITY OF EDMOND

Shannon Entz

405-359-4789

shannon.entz@edmondok.com

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City Charter

The Edmond City Charter was first adopted by the voters in 1925 and approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1926. The Charter provides the basis for Edmond government as its organic law and structure as a home-rule city under the laws of the State of Oklahoma

There is a Charter Review Committee:

The Charter Review Committee is composed of citizens appointed by the City Council by action taken on April 9, 2007. The members of the Committee are shown on the attached exhibit 1.
The Committee includes broad experience in Edmond municipal affairs. The Committee membership includes one former mayor; five former city council members; two former Edmond City Attorneys; one former city manager, one University Professor expert in municipal affairs; and all have experience in affairs of the City of Edmond over a period of many years.

Here are some of the recommendations of the Charter Review Committee from 2008:

  • The Committee recommends that Section 9 of the Charter omit the requirement that a candidate be a freeholder in the city of Edmond.
  • office of Treasurer would in the future be appointed by the City Manager
  • the Charter that would allow the Edmond City Council to have the ability by ordinance to consider such additional campaign finance rules and regulations as it may desire in the future.


Read the 2008 Charter Review Committee’s recommendations for changes to the Charter

HOME RULE background


“It’s a shame that we have to ask the Legislature for permission to change our form of government.” Sen Leftwich 2006

County home rule amendment fails in Oklahoma on parliamentary move

Journal Record, The (Oklahoma City), Mar 7, 2006 by Marie Price

An attempted rehearing of a bill to which state Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, added a county home rule proposal last week was quickly tabled Monday on a vote of 27-10.

Some 300 officials from mainly rural counties were at the state Capitol Monday to lobby senators against the home rule idea.

Leftwich’s amendment to Senate Bill 1763, by state Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, would allow Oklahoma and Tulsa counties to adopt a home-rule type of government. The language was attached to Lamb’s bill last week, but the bill itself was defeated, with Lamb serving notice to reconsider.

Former state Sen. Dave Herbert, now with the County Government Legislative Council, charged that the home-rule proposal was a move by local chamber officials to get their hands on county money.

You don’t know what it’s going to do once they pass it, he said What they’re saying is, give us permission to change government, but we’re not going to tell you how it’s going to be changed, and that’s just a bad idea.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4182/is_20060307/ai_n16168841/

Kay County Officials Pleased With Defeat of Home Rule Bill

By MARK GALVIN

News Staff Writer

NEWKIRK — Kay County officers here say it’s just fine with them that the Oklahoma House has rejected two “county home rule” bills that would allow restructuring of county government.

Kay County Treasurer Pat Schieber, who was outspoken lately against the two House bills voted upon Monday, said officers had not just simply been opposed to the bill because they have a vested interest.

“We have a vested interest (but) our citizens have elected us, so we feel it’s our duty to watch over something that could ultimately be very bad. The way I interpret it, it would take the vote away from them on who their officials are at the courthouse.

“It’s the first step to the people losing their local control,” she said.

“The ultimate goal (of such bills),” Schieber said, “is to consolidate offices, then to consolidate courthouses, and eventually move everything to the control of the state.”

link

Home Rule in Midwest City Oklahoma causes some consternation….

Owner determined to fight ban in OK

Wed Jul 15, 2009

“Really, probably the key thing about this case is that it’s not about dogs,” said Katherine Bolles, city attorney for Midwest City. She said the city is most interested in having the courts define the powers of a home-rule charter city, which Midwest City is. (Emphasis mine)

A home-rule charter city is one which has adopted a charter that allows them to rule over local issues. As far as state concerns, state laws and statutes still trump home rule municipalities. Bolles said, however, that the safety of citizens against dogs is a municipal concern.

“If a home rule charter can’t regulate animals in a city, what can it regulate?” she asked. This is the question she wants to take to the court.

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So MWC admits that this case was ultimately  about control, not safety.  Interesting

CHARTER OF THE CITY OF EDMOND, OKLAHOMA

As Last Amended
April 7, 2009

We, the people of the City of Edmond, Oklahoma, in order to form a more modern government, facilitate civic improvement and promote the general welfare, do ordain and establish this Charter for The City of Edmond, State of Oklahoma.
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Reports

Edmond Sustainability Key Documents

Green Infrastructure Initiative Report to Stakeholders
City of Edmond and Edmond Land Conservancy Facilitated Meetings Summary
March 27th – 28th, 2009
March 26th, 2010

Definition of Green Infrastructure
Green Infrastructure is defined as a “strategically planned and managed network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserves ecosystem values and functions and provides associated benefits to human populations.” The network consists of Hubs, Links, and Sites.

The Green Infrastructure Initiative Vision
Create a plan and process that commits Edmond to preserving, protecting, and restoring its interconnected natural resources for the future development of the community.
The long term vision in creating a plan will accomplish the following:
1.It will create a GIS layer for the city that can be used by staff, planning commission, and the city council to make decisions and guide policy.
2.It will allow the ELC to better focus their efforts in acquiring conservation easements.
3.It will create changes in city code to provide approaches to construction that are environmentally sensitive, economically viable, and that comply with federal requirements.
4.It will make specific recommendations that lead to more sustainable practices and a more livable community for the long-term.

You can download the entire report here

According to the Edmond  report the ” Top Priorities for the Green Infrastructure Initiative” are:

  • Conserve forest lands in Edmond through a combination of regulations and incentives.
  • Educate landowners and promote use of conservation easements through educational materials and ongoing public awareness efforts.
  • Preserve floodplain and watershed lands through acquisition of conservation easements or, when necessary, whole properties.

Important information about Conservation Easements HERE

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Edmond Plan IV (also Edmond Plan III)

The Edmond Plan IV is the City’s comprehensive plan, which acts as a general guide for how the City should grow and develop over the long-term.

Edmond Plan IV builds upon previous plans, incorporating elements that remain relevant and revising others that require updating to reflect current conditions.

What has Changed?

  • A General Plan has been added to depict the desired general vision for physical development and growth in Edmond. The General Plan is supported by the various goals and policies found throughout Edmond Plan IV, and considers constraints (such as protection of natural areas or anticipated availability of infrastructure), trends, desired growth patterns and preferred community character.
  • The site-specific land use map, previously known as Edmond Plan III, has been updated and the name has been changed to the “Ordinance Plan”. Updates to the Ordinance Plan reflect the vision and desired character of the “General Plan”, particularly in regards to east Edmond where the majority of change will occur.
  • A Preface has been added to provide a quick overview of the plan and how it is intended to be used by stakeholders.
  • A Community Profile section has been added (Chapter 2), which provides a current “snapshot” of Edmond examining demographic and development trends, key community features, and current development-related issues. The Community Profile provides the context for the long and short range goals and policies throughout the rest of the document.
  • The Transportation chapter (Chapter 5) has been revised to reflect the Edmond Transportation Plan.
  • The Utilities chapter (Chapter 7) provides an analysis of the City’s sewer and water infrastructure and its capacity to handle projected growth.
  • An Implementation chapter (Chapter 9) has been added to the plan to cover all remaining bases needed to move from plan to reality. Administrative goals and policies, as well as other tools to implement the plan are discussed.
  • Policies have been revised to provide stronger direction for decision-making.
  • The community vision, developed by citizens through the Tomorrow’s Edmond process in 1996, continues to provide the guiding vision for Edmond Plan IV.

Edmond Plan IV
Edmond Plan IV Ord. Map

http://edmondok.com/communitydev/planning/edmondplan

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Edmond Greenprint Report 2003, 46 pages


See also Conservation Easements and Your Property Rights

From the Executive Summary:

To develop a long-term plan for enhancing outdoor recreational amenities and preserving natural resources, the City appointed a task force to explore these issues and develop a “greenprint” which will guide future growth and development.

The Green City Task Force, made up of 17 civic leaders, spent roughly one year exploring existing City plans, efforts, and needs, and developing a series of recommendations to the City for future efforts.

The ultimate goal of the Green City Task Force and this Greenprint is to ensure that the best natural areas which still exist are not lost

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Financial


Look for The Triple Bottom Line

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The triple bottom line (abbreviated as “TBL” or “3BL“, and also known as “people, planet, profit” or “the three pillars” captures an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success: economic, ecological and social.

With the ratification of the United Nations and ICLEI TBL standard for urban and community accounting in early 2007, this became the dominant approach to public sector full cost accounting.  Read More

What’s Wrong With the “Triple Bottom Line”? A critique from the accounting perspective

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
What is it?

“Each year all State and local governments prepare a financial report on assets, liabilities, revenues and expenditures in more or less a standardized format that must conform to the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) accounting and financial reporting standards. This financial report is called the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR, pronounced “cay-fer”). Most people have heard of the budget, which is the document that plans and authorizes the spending of money. The CAFR describes what actually was spent and the status of assets and liabilities at the end of the fiscal year.”

Read More about CAFR’s

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT for the City of Edmond Oklahoma  2009

Edmond Oklahoma Budget and Financial Plan FY 2010 – 2011

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Oklahoma State Energy Office
Operated by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the State Energy Office looks at energy efficiency as a tool for economic development to help sustain and grow Oklahoma communities.

NGO’s-Non Governmental Organizations

ELECTRONIC GLOBAL NETWORKING AND THE NGO MOVEMENT:

THE 1992 RIO SUMMIT AND BEYOND

by Shelley Preston

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development was unprecedented in bringing together people from all walks of life, cultures, political systems, and environment-development experiences. Because the gathering cemented relationships and forged new alliances, international networking and mutual understanding of common problems or national predicaments are bound to flourish. As electronic communication becomes more available, a basis of international consolidation and reciprocal respect also will become more firmly established. Without that basis, there cannot be an effective transition from unsustainable to sustainable development.(1)

Link


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Going Green – Sustainability
Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce

http://www.edmondchamber.com/programsgo-green/going-green-sustainablility/

The Oklahoma Sustainability Network

“Oklahoma Sustainability network is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about implementing more earth-friendly policies. “

In 2010  The OSN received a $493,000 stimulus grant

Sustainability chapter started in Edmond

Journal Record, The (Oklahoma City), Jun 21, 2007 by David Page

Jeff Tate first learned about the Oklahoma Sustainability Network from Harlan Hentges.

Tate and Hentges are both attorneys with Mulinix Ogden Hall Andrews & Ludlam, a law firm with offices in downtown Oklahoma City. Hentges is general council for the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and is a member of the group’s board of directors.

“It was through my friendship with him (Hentges) that I gained exposure to the Oklahoma Sustainability Network,” Tate said. “I realized I had a lot more in common with the group than I realized.”

Tate, a resident of Edmond, attended the group’s annual conference in April. Hentges also lives in Edmond.

“I decided it was important to begin an Edmond chapter,” he said.

. . . “We will discuss how to improve our quality of life and our community in ways that make sense economically, environmentally and socially,” Tate said. “We also want to promote environmental stewardship through individual, community and business understanding of long-term consequences associated with climate change and other environmental issues.”

Sustainable Edmond is the state group’s seventh chapter. Other chapters are based in Oklahoma City, Norman, Tulsa, Stillwater and Shawnee. There is also a Green Country regional chapter. Other chapters are being formed. The nonprofit Oklahoma Sustainability Network actually got its start in Edmond. In 2001, a small group started meeting at the 501 Cafe in Edmond to discuss what could be done to “green” up Oklahoma, according to the state group’s Web site.

Those small meetings in Edmond resulted in the first Oklahoma Sustainability Network conference in May 2002 at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. About 125 people attended the first conference, “Sustainable Solutions: Envisioning Oklahoma’s Future. LINK

OSN Programs and Projects

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2010 Sustainable Communities Initiative

Sustainable Edmond

ACOG “Association of Central Oklahoma Governments”

About ACOG
Established in 1966, the Association is an association of city, town and county governments within the Central Oklahoma area. ACOG works on mobility, public safety and quality of life issues that impact Central Oklahoma.
We are the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Central Oklahoma. The MPO is a federally recognized entity that coordinates transportation planning and determines priorities for transportation funding.

INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION TECHNICAL COMMITTEE VOTING MEMBERS AND ALTERNATES

http://www.acogok.org/Newsroom/Downloads10/may10ittc.pdf

Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council
OREC is a broad coalition of individuals, companies, organizations, and agencies working to develop Oklahoma’s bountiful renewable energy resources. These resources include wind, solar, biomass, Geothermal and small-scale hydroelectric.World-Wide Sustainability Resources Inventory

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I will be adding information that seems relevant to this posting.


For your further research-Here is a collection of some of the documents pertaining to Oklahoma and sustainability that I have gathered so far

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Additional Resources and Reading:

Alabama Property Rights GLOSSARY OF TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

TAKING LIBERTY How Private Property is being ABOLISHED in America

What is Communitarian Law

Understanding Sustainable Development Agenda 21

Sustainable Development Global to Local Action Plans

A selection of papers about dealing with predetermined consensus, the Delphi Technique and  group manipulation tactics .

Sustainable Development or Sustainable Freedom

Smart Growth shows its ugly side in South Carolina

Conservation Easements and Your Property Rights

Kaye Beach

Dec 28, 2010

Surfing the ‘Net’ tonight, this article caught my eye.

Conservation Easements (CEs)*:Read the fine print before you sign

The fact that it caught my eye is solely due to the fact that I have been doing some “green reading” trying to get a handle on the array of sustainability policies making their presence known in our cities across the state of Oklahoma.

Conservation Easements are a featured topic of a report originating from Edmond Oklahoma that I read and posted about here recently.

Green Infrastructure Initiative Report to Stakeholders

City of Edmond and Edmond Land Conservancy
Facilitated Meetings Summary

According to the Edmond  report the ” Top Priorities for the Green Infrastructure Initiative” are:

  • Conserve forest lands in Edmond through a combination of regulations and incentives.
  • Educate landowners and promote use of conservation easements through educational materials and ongoing public awareness efforts.
  • Preserve floodplain and watershed lands through acquisition of conservation easements or, when necessary, whole properties.

The PPJ Gazette posts this warning to landowners about “conservation easements”;

”A normal easement by a landowner usually grants a right to someone to do something on the landowner’s property; but a conservation easement gives away the landowner’s rights to do something on his or her own property.

Land trusts and environmental groups regularly use conservation easements to take control of private property.”

A basic Constitutional tenet of private property ownership in America is the landowner’s right to determine the use and disposition of his or her land.   This ownership gives the property owner the right to occupy, use, lease, sell, develop, and deny public access to his or her land.   Today, landowners can lose these rights simply by signing a ‘standard’ or ‘model’ conservation easement (CE) offered by ‘nonprofit-environmental-friendly’ land trusts, NGO environmental organizations, or government agencies unless the easement has been worded to protect the landowner’s rights.

According to the PPJ’s post, “Land trusts exist to remove private property from production”

As the article recommends, check the wording on these easements to make sure that your property rights as a landowner are protected.

The informative posting goes on to explain how this works and what purpose it serves.  Highly recommended reading for land owners and especially perspective land owners.  

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Another great article about conservation easements;

Make an Informed Decision about Conservation Easements

Liberty Matters | Dan Byfield | December 2, 2010 -

If you’ve ever considered placing a conservation easement on your property, make sure you understand everything you need to know before you sign on the dotted line.

Conservation easements are not an easement in the traditional sense.  Rather, they are better thought of as servitudes, restrictive covenants, or negative restrictions that run in perpetuity with the land.  There are only two entities that can legally hold them – non-profit land trusts and government agencies, which in most instances ought to raise red flags immediately.

Even the trusted Natural Resource Conservation Service is offering them in perpetuity or for lesser term of years, but be sure to find out from the IRS how much of a deduction, if any, you can claim for terms lesser than perpetuity.  The primary purpose of conservation easements is to tie up private property forever and it wasn’t until recently that lesser terms came into play.

Proponents of conservation easements like to say they are “voluntary agreements.” That is true, but once signed, they are nothing of the sort.  But, everyone recognizes that it is strictly the right and choice of the individual landowner to place a conservation easement on their land.

To make an informed decision about conservation easements, landowners need all the facts.

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Oklahoma Conservation Easement Enabling Statutes

From the Oklahoma Bar Association 2000;

Description of Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is a non-possessory interest in real property created through a voluntary agreement between a landowner and a qualified entity chosen by the landowner to “hold” or enforce the easement. The easement then imposes upon the parties and their successors use restrictions or affirmative obligations to protect some aspect of the property which has conservation or preservation value.

The Act permits the parties to agree upon the term of the easement.8 However, in order for the owner to receive federal tax benefits, the easement must be perpetual.9 Most conservation and historic preservation groups will accept only perpetual easements.10 For these reasons, conservation easements are typically perpetual.

Easement Incentive Cosponsors in the 111th Congress

An amazing 267 Representatives from all 50 states — including majorities of both parties — have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 1831!  Senate legislation, S. 812, now has 41 co-sponsors. Scroll down below to see if your Senators and Representatives have signed-on in the new congress.

What the Heck is Wrong with Edmond?

What is wrong with Edmond I am finding out is the same thing that is wrong with a lot of cities all across the US.  (more on this later)

See also-

Tonights Sustainability Meeting in Edmond is a Sham!

So what is wrong with Edmond?

What the people expect from their government and what they are getting are two different things.

Well, for one thing,  the city changed its form of government.

**I do need to make a correction-the change in the form of city government was not recent.  However, addition powers were added to the city manager in 2009 and I suspect a hard look at the progression of the cities government will show continuous broadening (in fact, I’m sure of it) of the scope of power held by the managers and not all of it the fault of the city.  The federal government is pouring money into these sustainability initiatives and the businesses that have cropped up to feed off of that money hang from our cities like so many fat ticks.**

I took the former mayors statement in 2009 to indicate that this was a recent change (2009)

“The City has adopted a charter and operates under a Council-Manager form of government pursuant to the charter and is recognized by the International City Management Association and the National League of Cities.”

That does not seem to be the case.

According the charter Article III-the City Manager was given only the additional power of hiring the city treasurer in 2009. (the Treasurer was formerly elected and now is appointed)

The charter now reads:

“The city manager shall hire a city treasurer with the advice and consent of the city council and the city treasurer shall work under the supervision of the city manager. (Added General Election, April 7, 2009)” Link

According to the City website, Edmond has had a Council-manager form of government since the charter was established;

“We operate under a Council-Manager form of government established by the 1925 Charter. The Mayor and Council are the policy-making and legislative body, and appoint the City Manager as well as the City Attorney and Municipal Judges. The City Manager provides centralized direction and leadership for the day-to-day administration of city services.” Link

Nevertheless, the same pitfalls of a weak mayor form of city government still apply.

Here is some excerpts from an interesting article on the issue;

A Short History of the Strong Mayor in California:

That [moving away from a mayor-council form of governing] was a mistake,” said Adrian S. Kwiatkowski
, president of the San Diego-based Strong Mayor-Council Institute
, a consulting firm. “Ethics rules would have been a better fix.”

The organizational chart of a council-manager run city more closely resembles a corporation with a board and a hired CEO than the institutions established by the founding fathers, said Robert Huckfeldt, political science professor at UC Davis.

“The reformers wanted to take politics out of government, but the irony is that the framers of the constitution believed that everyone acts in their own interests they established a system of checks and balances,” Huckfeldt explained.

“It is a fallacy that the city manager is not a political position. They may be professionally trained,” Kwiatkowski said. “But they still serve at the whim of a political body.”

Huckfeldt said the benefit of the mayor-council system for citizens is accountability.

“When there are so many chefs in the kitchen, who do you blame when the soup comes out wrong?”

In the strong-mayor form of government, the top elected official can’t point the finger at his colleagues on the council.

The whole article is worth a read-

LINK

Since the 1990′s;

“The council-manager form has been replaced with the mayor-council form in nine cities with populations over 100,000:[i] Fresno, California; Hartford, Connecticut; Miami, Florida; Oakland, California; Richmond, Virginia; St. Petersburg, Florida; San Diego, California; Spokane, Washington; and Toledo, Ohio. The council-manager form replaced the mayor-council form in El Paso, Texas, and Topeka, Kansas, and the commission form in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.” LINK

There are 3 forms of municipal government described in brief here

History of the council–manager government in the United States

The concept of the council–manager form of government was a product of a confluence of the prevailing modes of thought during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Probably the foremost influence was the Progressive Movement;

Another influence was the “Scientific Management” movement, often associated with Frederick Winslow Taylor.

What is TAYLORISM ?

A System of scientific management advocated by Fred W. Taylor. In Taylor’s view, the task of factory management was to determine the best way for the worker to do the job, to provide the proper tools and training, and to provide incentives for good performance.

Taylor had very precise ideas about how to introduce his system:

It is only through enforced standardization of methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation that this faster work can be assured. And the duty of enforcing the adoption of standards and enforcing this cooperation rests with management alone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Winslow_Taylor

The first duty of government is to promote justice- NOT efficiency!
The necessary deregulation that a managerial type of government requires leads to injustice for the citizens.

H. George Frederickson of the University of Kansas writes in

Public Ethics and the New Managerialism
Consider some of the primary characteristics of the new
public management:
• First, sharply reduce governmental regulations and red tape;
• Then mix this with privatizing and contracting-out many public
functions thought heretofore to be primarily governmental;
• Now reduce significantly the directly employed governmental
workforce;
• Do not train a cadre of government employees to be competent
contract managers;
• Now mix all of this with the widespread application of market
logic and particularly the idea of institutional competition;
• Finally, stir for a decade in a hot political and social
environment.

I wondered, why do we have Planning Commissions?  The handbook I found for Oklahoma made me wonder what is going on.

The 2007 Oklahoma Planning Commissioners
Handbook Commission states:

“The idea of the planning commission originated in the Standard Planning and Zoning Enabling Acts developed under Herbert Hoover in the 1920’s. These model ordinances were drafted in order to standardize land use planning procedures across the US.”

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So, the Council-Manager form of government looks at city government as an enterprise.  This would explain why Edmond has several key leader that rather than being long standing community members they are imported from other states where they have also been city managers or similar.  The Council-Manager type of government view is that these people should be professionals above actual community members.

Here are a few of the professionals;

-Larry Stevens- City Manager (that means he is the “CEO” of Edmond under the Manager-Council form of city government)

“I have been the City Manager for the City of Edmond, OK since March 2002. Prior to coming to Edmond, I was city manager in Pittsburg, KS and Brookfield, MO. I was also the Community Services Director for the City of Nevada, MO. http://www.juntosociety.com/government/ls_citymanager.ht

-Ross A. VanderHamm Finance Director

Previous Positions

•City Manager, Paola, KS, 2005-2007

•Deputy City Manager/Finance Director/City Clerk, Hutchison, KS, 1995-2005

•City Manager, St. Mary’s, KS, 1988-1995

Professional Organizations

  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • International City/County Managers Association (ICMA)

http://edmondok.com/news/bios/rossvanderhamm

-Steve Commons Assistant City Manager of Administration

ICMA 25 Years of Service Award, 2004

Previous Positions

•City Manager, Emporia, Kansas, 1986-2006

And
-Nicole Hufford, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Edmond

All of these people are imports and all members of an organization called the ICMA-

What is the ICMA? International City/County Management Association

ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by fostering professional management worldwide.

Learn more about ICMA

Here is some interesting news.

The Department of Energy gives ICLEI and ICMA millions in 2010

ICLEI partners with United States Department of Energy

May 07, 2010

Department of Energy Announces up to $10 Million for Solar Energy Education for Local Governments

April 16, 2010

It looks like to me we should all be looking at our city’s charters first.

Then, if you want to know who is promoting Sustainability, take a look at your federal government-

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2010

(Hat Tip to Amanda Teegarden for finding this information!)

Page 51 excerpt reads:

Of the amounts made available under this heading, $150,000,000 shall be made available for a Sustainable Communities Initiative to improve regional planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions, and increase the capacity to improve land use and zoning: Provided, That $100,000,000 shall be for Regional Integrated Planning Grants to support the linking of transportation and land use planning: Provided further, That not less than $25,000,000 of the funding made available for Regional Integrated Planning Grants shall be awarded to metropolitan areas of less than 500,000: Provided further, That $40,000,000 shall be for Community Challenge Planning Grants to foster reform and reduce barriers to achieve affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities: Provided further, That before funding is made available for Regional Integrated Planning Grants or Community Challenge Planning Grants, the Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of Transportation, shall submit a plan to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs, and the House Committee on Financial Services establishing grant criteria as well as performance measures by which the success of grantees will be measured: Provided further, That the Secretary will consult with the Secretary of Transportation in evaluating grant proposals: Provided further, That up to $10,000,000 shall be for a joint Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation research effort that shall include a rigorous evaluation of the Regional Integrated Planning Grants and Community Challenge Planning Grants programs: Provided further, That of the amounts made available under this heading, $25,000,000 shall be made available for the Rural Innovation Fund for grants to Indian tribes, State housing finance agencies, State community and/or economic development agencies, local rural nonprofits and community development corporations to address the problems of concentratedrural housing distress and community poverty: Provided further, That of the funding made available under the previous proviso, at least $5,000,000 shall be made available to promote economic development and entrepreneurship for federally recognized Indian Tribes, through activities including the capitalization of revolving loan programs and business planning and development, funding is also made available for technical assistance to increase capacitythrough training and outreach activities: Provided further, That of the amounts made available under this heading, $25,000,000 is for grants pursuant to section 107 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5307).

AxXiom For Liberty Radio Dec 10, 2010 Show Notes

AxXiom For Liberty Radio Dec 10, 2010 Show Notes

 


Howard mentioned a story about Red Light Cameras and short yellows. Here is the referenced article:

Critics call for longer yellow lights at monitored intersections

Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, claims yellow lights at camera intersections are too short.

“The cities say they’re all at 3.5 seconds right now,” said Hurst, who believes that time is too short for drivers to cross the intersection. He’s working on legislation to make 4-second yellow lights — the state standard at red-light camera intersections. Read More

My good friend, Chad Dornsife whom I mentioned on tonight’s show represents Best Highway Safety Practices Institute

See his presentation: Camera Enforcement Vs Best Engineering Practices

-Find out how to measure the timing of yellow lights here

As always, Chad cuts straight to the chase by revealing the basis for best engineering practices;

We have the knowledge; all we need to do is apply it. Since the 1930’s, it’s been known that large numbers of violators are more often than not caused by engineering problems, rather than an out-of- control motoring public. “What we know” in 1989 FHWA paper referencing a 1930’s finding;

“In general, motorists’ noncompliance is indicative of a problem. The problem   may be due to some failing on the part of the traffic engineers or the lack of understanding of the driver, but seldom is the problem a wanton disregard of the law by the motoring public.”

More Best Practices Papers

Stop Making Sense! Real Red Light Running Solutions

Also see:

STOP Short Yellows the NMA “tackling our biggest challenge yet: the ticket camera industry and its unabashed exploitation of short yellow light times.”

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We spoke about Biometric Finger Scans Come to Oklahoma Schools-here is that article:

Kids Are Giving Oklahoma Schools the Finger

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We also talked about the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign that is putting the Secretary of DHS, Janet Napolitano on telescreens in some Wal-Marts.  Discusion about the origins of this campaign and the philosophy of the New Paradigm driving it ensued.  Stay tuned for full documentation…

In the meantime you might want to look at

Fusion Centers, Gun Control and the UN

If you aren’t outraged about the new revenue enhancement system that our Governor decided to “gift” us with on his way out the door-then you aren’t paying attention.

America-You are Being Framed! The New Paradigm for Public Health

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Colin Henderson was our first guest tonight.  He recounted his experience with Narconon Arrowhead in 2007.

Here is the introductory video that Colin put together about that experience;

Narconon Arrowhead

Narconon Arrowhead Oklahoma Timeline


We referenced a Narconon New Life   2 part Oklahoma news report:

Narconon’s ties to Scientology exposed – Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOu-Yg-Wtww&feature=related

Background about Narconon in Oklahoma from various sources:

 F.A.C.T.Net, Inc.
         (Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network, Incorporated)
      a non-profit computer bulletin board and electronic library

The Narconon Story

As Recorded In The Pages of the Newkirk Herald Journal

1989

“Trained Scientologists to staff huge Oklahoma facility,” reads a headline in the February 1989 issue of “The Auditor,” a copy of which was made available to “The Oklahoman.” Narconon, the article states, gets Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “technology applied broadly in the society

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•In the early 1990s, Narconon opened a large treatment center near Newkirk, Oklahoma, resulting in a series of critical articles in a local newspaper.[16] The Oklahoma Department of Health demanded that Narconon be licensed with the state,[17] but the Board of Mental Health refused approval, stating “No scientifically well-controlled independent, long-term outcome studies were found that directly and clearly establish the effectiveness of the Narconon program for the treatment of chemical dependency and the more credible evidence establishes Narconon’s program is not effective”
•… The Board concludes that the program offered by Narconon-Chilocco is not medically safe.”[18] Even the New York Times wrote a story detailing how the town’s initial euphoria at the prospect of a drug treatment center has been replaced by distrust, frustration, and fear. Townspeople said that Narconon was not honest about its affiliation with the Church of Scientology, its financing, its medical credentials, and its plans for the project. A Narconon spokesman quoted for the story said that all the appearances of deception reported by the townspeople, such as the group that praised Narconon at a public ceremony and presented it with a check for $200,000 and turned out to itself be part of Narconon, were due to “false information being fed in there by somebody who’s in favor of drug abuse … They’re either connected to selling drugs or they’re using drugs.”[19]
•Narconon’s Scientologist attorney Tim Bowles filed a series of lawsuits against Oklahoma institutions and officials and eventually obtained accreditation through the Arizona-based Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in 1992;
•Oklahoma officials then agreed to exempt Narconon from the state licensing requirement and the facility was allowed to operate.
Tribal members sat the “state” and the “governors” office involved in bringing Naconon to Chilocco-1989

Narconon-Chilocco Drug Treatment Plant
May Be Part Of Notorious Religious Cult

Newkirk Herald Journal April 27, 1989

Tribal members contacted about the Chilocco project were not aware of a possible connection to the Church of Scientology. All they’ve been told is that it is a “private corporation .” Pawnee office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs said they were not aware of the connection, and were very “surprised” because the “state” and the “governor’s office” were involved in getting Narconon to come to Chilocco.. . .(emphasis mine)

1990

Narconon Claims It’s Not Subject to State Regulation
By Michael McNutt
Daily Oklahoman July 11, 1990

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1991

Town Terrorized for Fighting “Church
Aug 4, 1991 Newkirk HeraldWhen Narconon comes to town, the Church [sic] of Scientology— and trouble— follows, residents of Newkirk, Okla. warned yesterday. Read MoreSimilar StoryFindings of Fact regarding the Narconon-Chilocco
Application For Certification by the
Board of Mental Health, State of Oklahoma
13 December 1991

Narconon Staff Earns Certification

Ponca City News
December 22, 1996


CHILOCCO – Three of Narconon Chilocco’s senior executives have been certified as chemical dependency counselors by the National Board of Addiction Examiners.

The announcement came in the wake of Narconon Chilocco’s third consecutive accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Ponca City News
December 22, 1996

http://www.stopaddiction.com/index.php/Narconon-Program/Narconon-Arrowhead/CARF.html

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NARCONON Chilocco, 1989 – 1993 summary
Written by Tilman Hausherr

Talks about the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) Legal troubles that have plagued Narconon.

Caveat-I have no knowledge of the author of the above summary and cannot vouch for the veracity of all that is documented there.  Please do your own research.

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We mentioned concerns about state government and Narconon.  From the Ponca City News-here is the reference:

Sheriff Marion Van Hoesen lashed out this week against Senate Bill 721 after both of Kay County’s state senators (Paule Muegge, D-Tonkawa and J. Berry Harrison, D-Fairfax) joined in its sweeping approval last Monday. The bill is now being considered in the House, where it died last year on the last day of the legislative session.

Van Hoesen harshly criticizes the Oklahoma Community Corrections Act as a cleverly developed “power play” by the state department of corrections to dump its financial problems onto the individual counties.

And worse, it can’t solve the overcrowding problem either, he said.

The act, recommended by the proponents of truth-in-sentencing programs for the state, would introduce local community-action boards to provide alternate sentencing recommendations for local offenders. But it obviously overlooks the CSSP, which is already successful in several counties.

“You have to read between the lines to understand the bill,” Van Hoesen said. “It’s not what it says, it’s what it doesn’t say.”

What it doesn’t say is how a county board of volunteers will pay for medical expenses and court-ordered programs such as mental health, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narconon, which are currently funded by the DOC. (Emphasis mine)

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Oklahoma State Sen Richard Lerblance spoke at a Narconon Arrowhead celebration on Sept 19, 2003

LINK


2004 SAHMA and Narconon OK meeting

On August 5th and 6th, 2004, over 100 people from both the faith-based community and drug rehabilitation field, including 20 churches and 25 drug rehab groups from 21 different cities and towns, gathered at the lovely new Reed Conference Center in Oklahoma City for a two-day conference on substance abuse. The conference was co-hosted by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and Narconon International, along with Oklahoma’s Narconon Arrowhead drug rehabilitation and training center.

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APRIL 23, 2009 – State Regents’ Partnership Recognition Program Links Business, Higher Education

Eastern Oklahoma State College and Narconon Arrowhead – Collaboration between EOSC and Narconon Arrowhead began in 2007 after the college was interested in sharing Narconon’s successful drug rehab program with other drug abuse prevention professionals and counselors. Cooperative efforts between the two led to course material being submitted and approved by several Oklahoma certifying agencies.

LINK

David Love from Canada called in to offer some thoughts

Video

Scientology critics:

Operation Clambake

Formerly Fooled Finally Free

ODIT

Naconon Exposed

•SPEAKING OUT ABOUT ORGANIZED SCIENTOLOGY – The Collected Works of L. H. Brennan (Vol 1)

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Theodore King called in with a report on the protest Monday Dec 7, 2010 in Bartlesville.

Dozens in Bartlesville protest for more conservative Oklahoma legislature



Theodore is the author of The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State, (available at Amazon.com) and  has been a columnist for the conservative quarterly The Oklahoma Constitution newspaper since 2000.

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And Last but not least, we briefly touched upon the Edmond Oklahoma Sustainability meeting last Monday.

The City of Edmond’s UN-Sustainable Sustainability Forum Dec 6

I encourage all who want to know more to listen to the Wed Dec. 8th broadcast of the Free Mind Report for a good overview and some excellent advice from Stacy Lynn who is fighting the ICLEI battle in Colorado.

One recommendation that Stacy Lynn made was that Edmond residents take a close look at the city budget.

http://edmondok.com/government/financial/budget

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