January 25, 2007
Here are some of the things you would have learned from speakers at Monday night’s Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting: There’s a New World Order, and they’re trying to kill us. This is the year 2007 and “justice,””service,””friends,” and “familia” are all seven-letter words. And banks now print their materials in Spanish because there’s a plan afoot for one North American Union. Alex Jones’ Infowar listeners ran amok Monday night, making Sen. Kirk Watson’s first meeting as chair of CAMPO’s Transportation Policy Board one big ode to conspiracy theories and clearly the oddest CAMPO meeting since toll roads were introduced more than two years ago. Still, Watson pressed forward with his proposed changes to the board, recommending that CAMPO signatories approved bylaw amendments that would downsize the board’s size, diminish the role of proxies, and expand the public hearing process. The Phase II toll plan was pulled down indefinitely while a new financing task force looks at the issue. Members of the task force, which will start meeting Jan. 29, include Watson, Mayor John Trube of Buda, Travis Co. commissioners Gerald Daugherty and Sarah Eckhardt, Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley of Austin, Williamson Co. Commissioner Cynthia Long, a Hays Co. representative, plus former Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce President Greg Marshall; Frank Fernandez of Community Partnership for the Homeless; David Ellis, who authored the Texas Transportation Institute’s study on mobility financing; and Michael Replogle, national director of transportation for the Environmental Defense Fund.