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“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                                  GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)768-1603
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
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We, Mayors of the World, coming from 35 cities in 30 countries and representing all continents gathered in Bonn, Germany, convened by World Mayors Council on Climate Change together with our partners at the Resilient Cities 2011: 2nd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, are dedicated to confirm our commitment to globally coordinated local climate action.

Thereby, We, Mayors of the World, 

Underlining

 That recent disasters which hit in particular Pakistan, Australia, United States, Canada, Brazil, and Japan, since our last meeting in Bonn in June 2010 remind us that resilience to disasters is of critical importance. Moreover, climate change is likely to exacerbate the intensity and frequency of many disasters, with a disproportionate amount of the associated impacts affecting the urban poor and vulnerable in developed and developing countries. As such, appropriate measures need to be urgently implemented at the local, subnational, national, regional and international levels to build local adaptive capacity for all types of disasters, including those likely to be exacerbated by climate change

Recalling

 The Global Cities Covenant on Climate Change -the ‘Mexico City Pact’ and its reporting mechanism –the carbon Cities Climate Registry, key outcomes of the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City on 21 November 2010, as successful implementation of the proposals contained in the 2010 Bonn Declaration of Mayors and acknowledging the African Mayors Climate Change Declaration adopted in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2011 as providing important regional support to this global process.

Welcoming

The 2011 UN-HABITAT Report on Cities and Climate Change, the outcomes of the Mayor´s Task Force on Urban Poverty and Climate Change, the First Assessment Report on Cities and Climate Change (ARC3) and the IPCC Expert Meeting on Human Settlements in Kolkata, India, on 22-24March 2011, with a view that the outcomes of all these efforts should be appropriately fed into IPCC 5thAssessment Report and other relevant scientific and global studies in order to reflect the needs and opportunities for immediate climate action at the local level.

Building upon 

The achievements of ‘Making Cities Resilient’ Campaign launched in Bonn in May 2010, under the leadership of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

Fully supporting

Decision X/22at of the 10thConference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its annex -The Plan of Action on Sub-National Governments, Cities and Local Authorities on Biodiversity, which further strengthens Decision IX/28,with a view that UN Climate negotiations should be inspired by such ambitious and innovative decisions.

Supporting

Opportunities presented by the Cancun Agreements, in particular para.7 of Decision1/CP16 that designates local governments as ‘governmental stakeholders’, introducing city wide approaches on CDM, the launch of the Green Climate Fund for long-term finance and the Cancun Adaptation Framework. 

 We, Mayors of the World, declare the following Action Points:

Regarding adaptation and urban resilience: 

1. Considering the fact that over the next 40 years, particularly in the cities of the Global South, we will have to urgently build the same level of urban capacity that we built over the last 4000 years, efforts on urban resilience and adaptation should shift from a singular, special purpose focus on specific climate-affected infrastructure and locations towards a more integrated focus on overall risks, development conditions, and local area performance.

2. Future urban development should be assessed in terms of its contribution to improved urban resilience.

3. We recognize that the impacts of climate change will most severely affect vulnerable groupswithin our cities, and commit to pursuing strategies for social, economic,cultural and environmental development that will reduce the vulnerability of all citizens.

4. We recognise that ecosystem based adaptation offers a cost-effective and sustainable approach to adaptation that can improve human wellbeing, particularly of vulnerable groups, in the cities of the Global South.

5. We recognise the need for financial institutions to fund locally relevant and appropriate development, rather than conventional global financing mechanisms determining which local projects are eligible for funding. As such, we take note of ICLEI’s Global Report: Financing the Resilient City presented at Resilient Cities 2011 and underline the three essential bottom-up features for building adaptive capacities for resilient communities and cities;

a. Local planning processes for identifying vulnerabilities and risks,

b. Local technical and institutional capacity for designing comprehensive   adaptation and resilience upgrading projects;

c. Local procurement of investment through managed, competitive sourcing mechanisms and processes.

6. We further encourage efforts to advocate for the implementation of the below findings of the Report at the local, subnational, national and international level, supported via additional appropriate joint initiatives with business and civil society partners;

a. Mainstreaming new adaptation and resilience standards into conventional urban development projects, similar to recent ‘green building’ standards that have been mainstreamed into urban development and construction over the last decade.

b. Developing specialized financial instruments for comprehensive local adaptation and resilience upgrading projects in urban areas and systems known to be highly vulnerable.

c. Building additional local institutional capacity to prepare, structure and manage large scale redevelopment;

Regarding UN Climate Negotiations: 

7. We urge the UNFCCC delegates to commence relevant processes for the full implementation of para.7 of the Decision1/CP16 that designates local governments as ‘governmental stakeholders’ both at the UNFCCC level and within the negotiations related to international environmental governance, with a view to reach an effective and efficient global environmental system.

8. We encourage national delegations to include local government representation where appropriate.

9. We propose that sustainable and resilient urban development that prioritises climate change adaptation, poverty alleviation and improved human well-being should be defined as a thematic window in the design of the Green Climate Fund under the UNFCCC.

 Regarding further collaborative actions: 

10. We encourage all local governments to further engage in decentralized and city-to-city cooperation in order to advance adaptation actions.

11. We encourage our international networks and in particular ICLEI and UCLG to work closely together maximising the engagement of local governments in the global environmental governance system. We encourage local governments to join the Making Cities Resilient campaign. We further invite interested partners and stakeholders to consider their support in building an alliance that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Resilient Cities Congress as the global forum for learning, cooperation and networking on all aspects of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change.

12. We call upon national governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society stakeholders to recognize the value of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate -“the Mexico City Pact” and the carbon Cities Climate Registry, which has191signatory cities as of today, representing around 300 million citizens, as the global response by local governments to the call for measurable, reportable, verifiable climate action and access to global climate funds. 

13. In preparation for COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, in December 2011, we commit to support the pre-COP conference to be hosted by Durban and its partners, aimed at raising the international profile of adaptation as an urgent priority for the cities of the world, in particular those of the Global South, where high levels of poverty and underdevelopment put vulnerable populations and infrastructure at immediate and severe risk, thereby hindering progress towards achieving global development objectives. On the eve/during COP17in December 2011, in Durban, we will further communicate outcomes of this pre-COP conference at the Conference of Signatories to the Mexico City Pact, with a view to strengthening adaptation actions alongside those of mitigation.

http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/fileadmin/sites/resilient-cities/files/Resilient_Cities_2011/Press___Media/2011_Bonn_Declaration_on_Mayors_Final_20110606.pdf?utm_content=markwlowry%40gmail.com&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=2011%20Bonn%20Declaration%20of%20Mayors&utm_campaign=From%20Resilient%20Cities%20via%20COP17%20to%20Rio2012content

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In February 2011 the JoCo BOCC approved, without a vote and during a non-recorded Commission Meeting (Retreat), that written Transcripts of official BOCC Meetings would be eliminated, video recording was sufficient, based on the recommendation of the County Manager and with the approval of Chair Eilert.  Following an ADA (American Disability Act) Complaint accusing JoCo of depriving the deaf community of equal access, BOCC added video ‘Closed Captioning’ two months later using a Federal Grant for such use.

During the BOCC Meeting of January 12, 2012 the following was provided as required by KOMA (Kansas Open Meeting Act) to document the meeting in leiu of Transcripts. http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1155&doctype=AGENDA.  The questions from and answers to  Mr. Dave Losey are inaudible, non-trasnscribed and are insufficient for KOMA requirements.

Commissioners:  As a result I request the following documents under a signed KORA Request.

     * Written transcript or accurate video copy of the aforesaid January 12, 2012 BOCC Meeting.

     * Copies of subject vehicle/system “Preventative Maintenance Documents” (or JoCo equal nomenclacture) from 2002 to current.

     * Copies of subject vehicle/system “Operators’/Driver Log” (or JoCo equal nomenclacture) from 2002 to current.

     * Copies of subject vehicle/system “Hours Log” (or JoCo equal nomenclature) from 2002 to current.

     * All Reports (or JoCo equal nomenclature) justifying replacement of subject vehicle dated prior to January 12, 2012.

     * Documentation submitted for 2012 Budget to replace subject vehicle/system.

     * Copies of estimates to refurbish/recondition subject vehicle/system.

     * Copies to vendors requesting bids with requirements/specifications.

     * Copies of vendor bids with specifications.

Thank you for your prompt response and courtesy.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                                                    GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                                 
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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Johnson County Museum thinks nationally

SPECIAL TO THE STAR
An exhibit at the Johnson County Museum of History features some nostaglia-inducing items.
Jan.12
 DAVID SCOTT

The Kansas City Star
When thinking about the suburbs of Johnson County, what comes to mind?

The color beige, maybe?

For some, the lyrics of folk singer Malvina Reynolds may come to mind:

Little boxes on the hillside/ Little boxes made of ticky tacky/ Little boxes on the hillside/ Little boxes all the same.

While others might think of Thomas Johnson — a slave owner after whom the county is named — and his life’s mission to assimilate the Shawnee Indians into a more “civilized society.”

Both Reynolds’ song and Johnson’s story play a part in the Johnson County Museum’s current exhibit “Seeking the Good Life,” a chronological look at the suburbs in Johnson County.

But there’s more to the story of Johnson County. So much more that the staff at the Johnson County Museum wants to build a national museum dedicated to the subject.

“People think the suburbs are all the same. For example, when you drive down 135th Street, that’s Anywhere U.S.A. But for some reason millions and millions of Americans have chosen to live this way. Why is that?” said Andy Davis, education assistant at the Johnson County Museum. “If we can get people to stop, think and reassess, we’ve done our job.”

The story of the suburbs is not merely about housing. It’s about communities, which through the past 170 years have dealt with issues of race, culture and economics. Most suburbs, such as Johnson County, were built in the 1940s as the demand for housing increased when soldiers returned home from World War II, but Mindi Love, director of the Johnson County Museum, said the first suburb appeared in New York in 1840.

“It’s not an event that can be bookmarked in time. It’s an evolving story,” Love said. “When you start talking about the issues and the stories, people start opening up and have a better appreciation for what this musum will be about.”

Plans have been in the works since 2006 to move the museum from its current location at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee to the vacant 70,000-square-foot building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., which once housed the King Louie West ice rink. The museum is asking people for old photos of the ice rink.

Often, suburbia is thought of as a white phenomenon, a homogenous story of racial exclusivity, the rise of the middle class and escape from dirty urban cities. However, the evolving story of suburbia can be seen in a drive down the Metcalf corridor from Interstate 35 to 135th Street, Love said. Drivers see the rise and fall of commercial and residential real estate and property that is no longer in demand.

Issues such as segregation and blockbusting may no longer exist, but now the county must deal with poverty, redevelopment, diversity and vibrancy — issues Love believes need community discussion and involvement. The new museum will hold a 200-seat auditorium, the Suburban Policy Forum, as a place for that discussion and involvement.

Johnson County’s white population stands at 86 percent, two percentage points higher than the state’s average but 13 percent more than the national average, according to the Census Bureau. From 2000 to 2009, the county saw a 150 percent increase in poverty — which stands at 7.1 percent. This increase was the second largest in the six counties making up the Kansas City area, according to the United Community Services of Johnson County.

“More decision are made that impact residents’ lives on the local level than on the national level. If people are more engaged, we will be a better community,” Love said. “Our goal is to get people really thinking about the place they live and shaping it how they want it to be.”

The museum’s strategic plan calls for two phases. The first phase will be to relocate the museum, as is, into the new building at a cost of $5 million to $8 million, using 30,000 square feet of the new facility.

After the museum raises $10 million, it will seek $15 million from the county to begin the second phase, which will pave the way for the National Museum of Suburbia and Suburban Policy Forum. The goal is to garner designation from the U.S. Congress and become the only museum in the United States that is dedicated to suburbia.

The recession has delayed the project, which Love hoped would be open last year. Now, the goal is for late 2014 or early 2015.

With a price tag of $23 million, Love said, the county will save $15 million by not having to build from the ground up.

“We will still be telling the story of Johnson County. And a big part of that story is the growth of the suburbs,” Davis said. “Johnson County provides a very good story. The new museum will take a step further and tell the national story.”

Read more here: http://joco913.com/news/johnson-county-museum-thinks-nationally/#storylink=cpy

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http://sustainable.jocogov.org/ChairmanMessage.shtml

Why Johnson County is Committed to Sustainability

Johnson County is committed to maximizing the triple bottom line of economy, environment and social equity in each decision that it makes. This approach recognizes that the actions we take today can have implications for generations to come, and that we must live and work in a way that preserves the ability of our children, grandchildren, and following generations to meet their basic needs.

While our focus is on the future, much of the work that the county is undertaking in the name of sustainability has immediate benefits for current county residents. Sustainability fundamentally is about finding more efficient, less wasteful ways of doing things. As we seek to reduce our carbon footprint by constructing more energy efficient buildings, incorporating more fuel efficient vehicles in our fleet, and reducing the amount of solid waste we generate, we are simultaneously providing higher quality service at lower cost to county residents. This is not pie in the sky. Reducing waste reduces costs, and it’s a goal to which we are firmly committed.

The county established its first staff sustainability committee in 2004. Since then, the county has opened its first LEED ® Gold certified building , expanded its fleet of alternative fuel vehicles, begun working toward ambitious waste reduction goals, and engaged all 4000+ county employees in the effort to make county government leaner, cleaner and greener. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. This website will be updated frequently to allow you to track our progress and to suggest strategies for making county government operations even more sustainable in the long run.

Johnson County Government is also seeking the help of residents, business owners and community leaders in undertaking a community-wide effort to become more sustainable . There are little actions that each of us can take on a daily basis to use energy more efficiently in our homes and vehicles and to reduce the amount of waste that we generate. The tips [above/below] suggest a number of ways you can get started. Little actions by themselves may seem insignificant, but if all 530,000 Johnson County residents work together, those little actions can make a big difference.

Thank you for joining us on this important journey.

James Joerke

Sustainability Program Director

This is ICLEI’s definition of Socialism

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/620790/utopian-socialism

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                                                 GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                             
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

 

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BOCC Meeting May 13, 2010

 6. RFP No. 2009-045. Consider authorizing a contract with Clarion Associates for visioning services for the Citizens Visioning Committee in an amount not to exceed $194,685.

 Commissioner Eilert moved to Authorize a contract with Clarion Associates for visioning services for the Citizens Visioning Committee in an amount not to exceed $194,685, per RFP No. 2009-045 and monies for said contract to come from existing department funds. Commissioner Wood seconded the motion.

 The roll being called, the result was as follows:
AYES: Peterson, Allen, Lindstrom, Eilert, Wood, Hayden (6)
NOES: (0)
ABSTAIN: (0)
ABSENT: Surbaugh (1)

Therefore, the motion Passed [6-0].          BOCC May 13, 2010 

 

So what is the goal of this Citizens Visioning Committee?    Planning For a Sustainable Future  – What steps should the County take to lead us towards a more sustainable future (economy, environment, and social equity)?”

But wait, this is EXACTLY what I.C.L.E.I. and Agenda 21 want done to accomplish a Socialist Global Government.  Yet this Johnson County document dated July 2011 makes it clear that the goal is to be a Socialist state by 2030.  http://jocovision2030.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/JOCO_Vision_Report_Review_Draft_7.19.11_Exec_Summary.pdf 

Here’s the Contract with Clarion Associates that Eilert promoted for $194, 685.     Clarion Contract 

Certainly someone had to know about Clarion Associates.   http://www.clarionassociates.com/services/land-use/  Oh but they did.  Here Clarion describes the global problems as being the direct result of Capitalism and those evil Americans.  Also more commonly known as the redistribution of wealth.  Well we redistributed some of our wealth, about $194,685 worth. Click here to view below publication  duerksen-sustainable-code

Now it becomes abuntantly clear why our gang of seven refuse to answer so many questions.  Our Johnson County elected government and appointed staff have set sail for the utopia of socialism.  We must regain control of our future and get rid of these idiots, take our losses and start over with the 2012 and 2014 elections.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
 
Ken Dunwoody                                                                GOD
Henpecked Acres                                                           
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062
(913)953-0387
kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net http://NOjocoboco.net
View Sarah’s Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWuUvOZ7RY http://vimeo.com/23038312

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