In this episode, Randal O'Toole of the Cato Institute joins Bob to discuss how Plan Bay Area will impact the local landscape and lives of Bay Area residents. O'Toole is equipped with the hard facts and figures that demythologize public transit, including the most romantic transportation method of all: the lofty rail. Why the seeming obsession over this outdated technology? Could the real driving force behind the fixation on rail be how well it fits in with regional planners' latest scheme for "smart growth," aka "urban densification"? As O'Toole writes, it's clear that transit has become a source of political favors to unions, downtown property owners, and rail contractors. It's less clear who else reaps the benefits.
Be careful, America. The “One Worlders” are on the attack, armed with stealth statutes and regulatory powers, seeking to wrest local control of our quality of life from cities and towns to unelected regulators. Bob knows this. He is living it. High rise multi-family residences are being imposed on small towns in order to save the planet and stop climate change (can you imagine anything more absurd than trying to stop the climate from changing?). California has been the forerunner of many public policy issues, from “right on red” (hooray) to a ban on plastic bags (boo). Now the usurpation of local zoning control is being tested. If it succeeds here, America will be doomed. In this episode, Bob is joined by Jonathan Wood of the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing ordinary citizens in a litigation to stop this planning monster in its tracks. Learn what is at stake, so you can be prepared to fight it. If you lose, your city council will be controlled by the UN!