"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - Barry Goldwater
This is one of a round of 'open house' meetings put on by Contra Costa County to supposedly gather public input for the proposed Climate Action Plan for Contra Costa County unincorporated areas. The Climate Action Plan is NOT mandatory, but Dist. 1 Supervisor John Gioia thinks its a good way for the County he represents to 'lead the way' on climate change issues.
Only a few people showed up, mostly from non-profit groups and a small number of activists against any mandates based on global warming.
Patrick Roche from the County Community Development Dept. is the lead planner on this project. Before the meeting started, Heather Gass was trying to show Mr. Roche a map of the Wildlands Project for California and as she was asking him a question during her videotaped interview, Supervisor Gioia interrupted and asked her to stop so he could stop the meeting.
Instead of offering a concrete program easily comprehended by the public which they could vote on, the County hired a consulting firm to write the Climate Action Plan for Contra Costa unincorporated areas at the estimated cost of $75,000. A woman from this group is briefly interviewed on this video.