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City Refutes Claim That Membership Has UN Ties

The City of Murrieta's membership in ICLEI is to satisfy its state conservation requirements, city officials said.

Recent citizen allegations that the City of Murrieta is involved in a treaty with the U.N. are unfounded, city officials said.

During a , the Temecula Murrieta TEA Party claimed Murrieta's membership in ICLEI Local Governments For Sustainability USA was tied to United Nation's Agenda 21, a global initiative formed decades ago to shape sustainability in the 21st century.

City Manager Rick Dudley said Murrieta's membership in ICLEI came about to adhere to California law.

"It's much ado about nothing," Dudley said in a phone interview Thursday. He said he was "flabbergasted" at the connection some citizens are making.

"(ICLEI) is not affiliated or under the U.N.," Dudley said.

The city joined ICLEI in 2009 as it began the process of updating its General Plan, according to Dudley. The state requires certain elements to the plan, one of which is conservation.

For its conservation element, the city is required to submit how it will address biological, cultural and energy resources, solid waste reduction, sustainable development and green building, according to the city's General Plan website.

Under Assembly Bill 32--the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006--the state seeks to cut its greenhouse gases tremendously by 2020. Another piece of legislation, SB 375, monitors local air quality.

"You have to include a greenhouse gas emissions plan," Dudley said. Joining ICLEI provided resources to fulfill those requirements, he said.

Instead of spending $18,000 to $20,000 to get information needed to lay out its conservation plan, staff opted to join ICLEI for $1,750. The membership gives the city access to the organization's sizable resources, he said, and saves thousands of taxpayer dollars, Dudley said.

City Council never voted on joining the organization, as it was a staff matter--a matter of saving money--he said.

Dudley said the city's membership in ICLEI was for those purposes, and that council members do not attend conferences put on by the organization.

City Council members reiterated Tuesday that the city's membership in ICLEI was to adhere to California law, and refuted a citizen's claim that they had committed treason by joining the organization.

Mayor Pro Tem Doug McAllister said making the connection was like saying one plus one equaled seven.

"The fact that the City Council is implementing (these) measures has nothing to do with whether we disbelieve or believe in global warming," said Councilmember Rick Gibbs.

LBV Collins July 20, 2011 at 04:16 AM
It’s nice to hear that our Councilmembers didn’t buy into the “One World Government, UN Agenda 21, ICLEI, Sustainability-is-for-Communists, We’re-all-gonna-be-herded-into-high-rise-cubicles” conspiracy propaganda that a handful of people have put forth. (Thank you, Councilmembers.) It’s also nice to learn that our City Manager found a way to save the City (and us taxpayers) thousands of dollar by joining the ICLEI for $1,750 to acquire needed information instead of spending $18,000 to $20,000 to acquire the same info through a consultant. (Thank you, Mr. Dudley.)
Susan Marsh July 20, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Mr. Dudley, where do you get your information that ICLEI is not part of the United Nations? ""(ICLEI) is not affiliated or under the U.N.," Dudley said." The following is from the ICLEI website: "ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives'. The Council was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York." Just to be clear the Temecula Murrieta Tea Party did not accuse the City of Murrieta of entering into a treaty with the U.N. I did hear that others make this accusation but it was not included in the information given out at the Temecula Murrieta Tea Party meeting.
Susan Marsh July 20, 2011 at 04:24 PM
"Under Assembly Bill 32--the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006--the state seeks to cut its greenhouse gases tremendously by 2020" So glad you brought this up; you want to talk about conspiracy theories? There is no scientific evidence that global warming exists. Polar bear population has been increasing for years, etc...... Search for the facts not what fits your ideology. Then go read "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006", it does nothing to control or reduce greenhouse gases. It simply charges you to emit them. Some of the money will go to the state but most will go to the brokers who sell the emission certificates (commodities). For more information read the law or check out the information available at www.cfactsocal.org
Susan Marsh July 20, 2011 at 04:28 PM
"City Council members reiterated Tuesday that the city's membership in ICLEI was to adhere to California law" This statement could be very misleading; the State of Calilfornia does not require the city to belong to ICLEI.
Brad Jones November 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
UN Agenda 21 is where it all started in 1992 at the Earth Summit. Here is some background information: http://www.goldprospectors.org/Communication/LegalInformation/tabid/157/EntryId/668/Action-Alert-Stop-the-land-grab-for-proposed-Rim-of-the-Valley-and-San-Gabriel-Mountains-national-parks.aspx
Brad Jones November 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
More reading on UN Agenda 21: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13104860-agenda-21
Brad Jones November 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Glenn Beck’s new book on UN Agenda 21: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/agenda-21-glenn-beck/1112483608?cm_mmc=googlepla-_-book-_-q000000633-_-9781476716695&cm_mmca2=pla&ean=9781476716695&r=1
Brad Jones November 23, 2012 at 09:53 PM
This is not a partisan political issue. It is just wrong! http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/
Brad Jones November 23, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Public Lands for the People: www.plp1.org
Brad Jones November 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM
American Land Rights Association: http://www.landrights.org/
Brad Jones November 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Wildlands Project Map: (Note the areas marked as "little to no human use" in red. This is all part of ICLEI and the UN Agenda 21 plan to take away your land rights and access to public lands: http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/articles2/wildlands_project_and_un_convent.htm
LBV Collins November 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Hi Susan & Brad. Here's a link you may find entertaining (and, hopefully, enlightening): http://www.real-time-with-bill-maher-blog.com/real-time-with-bill-maher-blog/2012/11/20/the-common-cult.html
Brad Jones November 26, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Sorry, I can’t stomach Bill Maher. He is a comedian and not a very good one at that!
Brad Jones November 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Bill Maher is looking for laughs in all the wrong places.

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