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Re: “Berkeley: Never Mind on that Global Warming Thing

While the City of Albany is holding a fair to educate and inform home owners the City Council in Berkeley is proposing to spend $3 million for 2009 and $6.6 million for 2010 on a climate plan. That's a nearly $10 million dollar spend to lay the foundation for mandatory regulation. The plan actually says on page 44 that its scheme should "...continuously be ratcheted up and become more aggressive." It's not consultive or deliberative. Compliance would increases costs to home owners, renters, and business owners. Values such as retention of home ownership, retention of historic housing stock, lighting and natural air circulation for health and safety, and more effective means of reducing emission at the same costs are either not considered or not respected as individual choice. And of course all of this is proposed as cost burdens and budget spend during a major recession.

The plan strongly advocates changing the RECO ordinance from upgrades at the time of sale of a home, when there is an escrow, to a tightening ratchet of new regulation throughout home ownership.

An informed public might consider demanding that the proposed $10 million spend be halted or directed to other higher uses.

Posted by EastBay on 04/23/2009 at 1:16 PM

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