Part 2: Social Engineering and Federal Overreach Coming to Johns Creek?

This 3-part series explores some lesser-known facts about how the city of Johns Creek has subjected itself to unnecessary outside influences and Federal government overreach.

In part 2, we will look at the recently obtained Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant and the mandatory Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) that was triggered by the receipt of Federal money.

All of this is subjecting our city to Federal overreach through efforts toward forced social engineering. You see clear Federal overreach today with US states that are currently filing lawsuits in response to Federal funding cut threats. And in these cases, the Federal threats have no real basis in law. But the states have been forced into litigation.

One of the consequences of forming the City of Johns Creek was the loss of Fulton County grant money to local area charities like the Drake House, North Fulton Community Charities, and other important social services. Rather than look internally within the city for this funding, the city ended up pursuing a Federal grant, specifically CDBG funding.

This funding had serious strings attached with required compliance to a myriad of Federal mandates. These mandates are summarized in a Federal document called the CAPER, Federal HUD form HUD-40110-D. Let’s examine some text excerpts from our city’s 2014 CAPER.

The city responded as follows to an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice study in 2010: Since 2011 the City has approved 480 apartments including 90 age-restricted, reduced cost apartments for seniors and in 2013 approved 216 high density housing units.

Additionally, the City Council has approved funds to launch a study for the development of a City Center that encourages the development higher density residential and rental properties within walking distance of employment opportunities.

In response to general questions, the city stated: The City Council approved the construction of 264 apartment housing units in 2011 and while the city did not approve any new apartments in 2014, there are currently 3,133 tenable units in the city. (Barrier 1 & 7)

The City Council approved 214 higher-density owner-occupied projects in three separate zoning cases in 2013. (Barrier 1 & 7)

The City launched a regional arts festival in 2013 and held again in 2014 and 2015 that includes entertainment that specifically celebrates the diverse culture and the varied minority groups within Johns Creek. (Barrier 4)

The Mayor of the City continues as an active participant at the Atlanta Regional Commission, particularly as an advocate for public transit. He has been installed at the first vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association, and will continue to work toward economic stability initiatives in that role. (Barrier 13)

Hud LogoThe City has posted links to education materials for Fair Housing from HUD and Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) on the City web site for our community.

City staff has hosted public fair housing workshops and is making plans to partner with Fulton County on workshops going forward.

The City will continue to consult with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Metro Fair Housing Services of Atlanta. (Barriers 3, 4 & 14)

In response to questions about addressing barriers to affordable house, the city stated: …the City has taken positive steps towards encouraging additional high density, rental housing in conjunction with a city center development plan.

In response to questions about community development, the city stated: While Johns Creek remains in the earliest stages of its identification as an entitlement community the city continues to monitor use of all CDBG funds through normal accounting procedures under the direction of the City Finance Director and CDBG Program Administration.

In response to questions about managing the process, the city stated: City staff is regularly briefed on CDBG requirements as per training and advice received by the Program Director, Program administration staff and the Deputy Director of Community Development.

Program administration consults regularly with HUD offices when questions arise and HUD’s response is communicated to staff and City Attorney as appropriate.

Keep in mind these are just a few excerpts. In all, the Johns Creek CAPER for 2014 contains 19 pages. Parts of it are inapplicable since we have not yet triggered all possible compliance mandates.

In closing for Part 2 of this series, if you have read both parts up to now you should be scratching you heads. How in the world did our suburban agricultural community of unincorporated Fulton County get tangled up with Inclusionary Housing initiatives, developer subsidies for higher density projects, and HUD compliance mandates?

Are city leaders 180-degrees out-of-sync with the vast majority of city residents? Are city residents too busy to see this social engineering storm brewing in their back yards? It should be noted, the CDBG money received in 2014 amounts to only $270K.  But regardless of the amount, the compliance mandates still kick in.

Stay tuned for Part 3 where all of this information will be summarized and analyzed further.

8 Responses to Part 2: Social Engineering and Federal Overreach Coming to Johns Creek?

  1. Judith says:

    Hideous! Throw the bums out.

  2. W. F. Casey III says:

    All money comes with strings attached whether it comes from HUD or the Bank of America. I don’t see how this is “social engineering.”

  3. Angry old white guy says:

    We need to construct a BIG WALL around Johns Creek as we are being overrun by Asians and other non-European stock. Also, we should stop having dense, walkable neighborhoods for our seniors – when residents get old and retire, they need to get the heck out of our city if a big house and yard is too much for them to keep up !

  4. KneelShop2 says:

    Angry OWG, think the City should hire UDA to build your BIG WALL?

    https://www.johnscreekpost.com/limos-liquor-the-decadent-cost-of-the-district/

  5. Lakisha Dixon Kaseem says:

    Crooked Bodker and his corrupt cronies won’t rest until they turn our “exceptional” city into an urban jungle.

    > Bodker said: “I appreciate an active residential community with a vibrant downtown.”

    > But Bodker said it’s not him who needs to be con vinced. Many citizens in Johns Creek “don’t want density or development.”

    http://saportareport.com/plano-texas-shows-rail-transit-can-positively-transform-suburban-city/

    • R Thomas says:

      Tom Dewiest, American Policy Center (new book is Erase), educates local officials and citizens on the what is happening with HUD and private property. This is the latest email I received from him:

      Listen This Time or HUD Will Destroy Your City
      By Tom DeWeese – July 20, 2016

      America’s homeowners should be shaking in their shoes. The federal government has decided that people who have worked, saved and planned so they can buy homes in nice, safe neighborhoods of their own choosing, are racists. They charge that it is a “social injustice.” The government now claims that it’s unfair unless everyone can have the same, whether they earn it or not. And it doesn’t matter whether they can afford such a home. We’re told that it’s racist to deny someone an equal home, just because they don’t have the money for it. White privilege, don’t you know.

      You may be watching the “Black Lives Matter” protests taking place on city streets around the country. You may be alarmed that such violence can happen in your downtown. And you may wonder what is behind such activity. Well, get ready for the same kind of threats and violence to possibly come directly into your own neighborhood simply because you have a nice house.

      Does that sound far fetched? Well you need the details on how the federal Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) is working to enforce its new rule called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

      Social Justice is the name of the game under AFFH. That means the rule of law is dismissed in favor of “fairness.” Social Justice is enforced on us using pure emotion, basically operating on the level of a twelve year old girl in a pet shop who doesn’t like seeing the puppies with their sad eyes looking out from a cage. “Let the poor little doggies out,” she cries. Social Justice is purely based on redistribution of wealth. Your wealth. That’s money you worked for, saved, invested, and protected for YOUR needs; YOUR dreams; YOUR future.

      “SELFISH,” cries the social justice mongers. Why should you have so much when others have so little? Never mind that you had to save your money while forced to pay 50% of it in taxes that theoretically went to those less fortunate. The fact is, there is no “justice” in such a policy. Envy, desire, jealousy and theft are much closer to the truth.

      Do you think that sounds harsh. Well, Mr. and Mrs. Property Owner, tell me how harsh this sounds! As reported by John Anthony of Sustainable Freedom Lab:

      First HUD is forcing every community which is applying for its grants to complete an “Assessment of Fair Housing” to identify all “contributing factors” to discrimination. These include a complete break down of race, income levels, religion and national origin of every single person living there. They use this information to determine if the neighborhood meets a preset “balance,” determined by HUD.
      Second, HUD demands a detailed plan showing how the community intends to eliminate the “contributing factors” to this “imbalance.”
      To produce the community’s plan for compliance, HUD rules demand that a wide array of “interested parties” participate in its creation, just to assure community input and to keep things fair, of course. These include civil rights groups, affordable housing developers and civic activist organizations. They call this “civil society.” All have a specific, left-of center agenda and a definite interest in the outcome.
      Once the plan is prepared, then the community is required to sign an agreement to take no actions that are “materially inconsistent with its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.”
      Once the community provides answers as to how they will implement the grant under these guidelines to HUD’s satisfaction, then they will receive the grant.
      These are the rules your locally elected representatives are forced to agree to in order to get that “free” grant money. And nearly every city council and county commission in the nation has already taken such grants.

      Now ask yourselves, just why HUD would be so insistent in demanding that the community tie itself to the so-called civil rights groups in order to get the grant. The answer to that question is diabolical.

      You see, if the community hesitates to comply in any way; perhaps local voters decide to turn down a program, or there aren’t enough local funds to fully comply, then HUD has a secret weapon waiting for them. Lack of compliance, in HUD’s eyes, results in law suits over civil rights violations.

      The civil rights groups them become a useful tool. They start protests and demand “fairness.” They get on television. They pressure city hall. And to the rescue comes HUD with its own law suits.

      Baltimore, Maryland became one of the first cities to feel such pressure and threats as the NAACP sued Baltimore over alleged housing segregation. The NAACP argument was that Section 8 subsidized housing programs “bunch people together, and that only fuels more crime and other problems.”

      The solution, says the NAACP is to “integrate the poor among wealthier families.” Outrageous as it sounds, such social justice mongers actually accuse those living in affluent neighborhoods of “self segregation for white privilege.”

      The pressure from these groups, along with the massive force of HUD backing them, has resulted in Baltimore being forced to agree to spending $30 million of tax-payer dollars over the next ten years to build 1,000 low income homes in affluent neighborhoods. The result will be a destruction of property values and the loss of equity for the homeowners. In short, destruction of earned wealth, leading to destruction of the middle class. That’s what socialism does. It creates more poor.

      On top of that, Baltimore has moved to destroy the property rights of landlords by denying them the ability to not rent to people who can’t afford their properties. Of course the government doesn’t say it that way, preferring to pretend that denying people who can’t pay for your property as “discrimination.” And who will pay the landlord when he is stuck with the bill? The only result will be fewer landlords and fewer choices for housing.

      In Portland, Oregon, the infamous “poster child” of federal Smart Growth development policies, the city council has now unanimously approved a new tax to raise $12 million per year to pay for “affordable housing.” “The lack of affordable housing is the greatest crisis facing our city right now,” says Commissioner Dan Saltsman. Perhaps he should take a long look at the twenty year Smart Growth history of Portland in which massive amounts of land were locked away to limit the “sprawl” of the city. This lead to land shortages, which led to bans on single family homes, which led to the need for massive high rise apartment buildings, all of which led to higher costs and shortages of homes. Now, they have a “crisis “of low income housings. Their solution now is another tax on construction, driving up housing costs even more.

      Do they ever learn? Government control over every aspect of our lives, as demanded by socialism never works. High costs, shortages and sacrifice are the only result. It has never been different wherever it has been enforced.

      Now HUD is rushing to enforce AFFH with a vengeance. HUD has raced to make Westchester County, New York the example for more suits. Right out of the new HUD playbook, a private civil rights group called the Anti-Discrimination Center sued the county under the Federal False Claims Act, claiming Westchester County lied when they filled out the HUD compliance form for their grant. Since there is no official definition of “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” the definition is whatever HUD declares it to be. There is no way for the local government to win such a suit. The result of the suit against Westchester County was $62.5 million – a sum greater than all of the community development and related funding received by the county from HUD.

      More suits are being filed against communities across the nation as HUD steps up its enforcement and local officials are scared, wondering what they can do to fight back, if anything. Some have tried to stand up to HUD, refusing to comply. But once the law suits are filed, and the “community organizers” start their pressure, most have quickly backed down.

      Let’s make one thing clear. The civil rights legislation of the 1960s made it illegal to bar people from neighborhoods based on their color or ethnic background. It guaranteed them the opportunity. But it said nothing about forcing people into neighborhoods to live beyond their means. No one, no matter their color or ethnic background, has a right to force their way in to a neighborhood they can’t afford. Instead, they must do the same thing those who already live there did; work, save, invest and prepare. Then no one can stop them. It has noting to do with race or some perceived special “privilege.”

      For twenty years we opponents of Agenda 21 and Smart Growth have warned of the dangers of taking these HUD grants. We were ignored and called conspiracy nuts. The result now is that HUD has taken the gloves off. There is no longer a pretense that any kind of local control over spending the grant money exists. HUD now controls your community. Property rights are dead, property values are dying, and the local officials you elected to guide your community have been rendered irrelevant by HUD mobsters who have come back to collect.

      So what do local community representatives do? First and foremost STOP TAKING THE GRANTS!!!!! Second, stand up to these thugs who intend to rule our communities. Stand up to the law suits and stand up to the pressure of the special interest groups. In short, represent your community as you were elected to do. And finally, you might try listening to those of us who have studied these policies for decades instead of the slithering snakes of the American Planning Association and their ilk who fill their own pockets with those grants.

      Our American liberties are counting on local and state officials to start standing on your own two feet and represent US, instead of cowering in a corner because you sold us down the river.

      The American Policy Center is now working with officials who want to understand and fight back to save their communities. Recently we held a conference call for such officials. Here is a link to it so you can hear first hand of the dangers you are facing and some solutions for you to fight back. Perhaps this time you’ll listen.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Johns Creek is changing so fast you know it is not an accident. The billboards, townhoums on top of each other – the last one, next to NTB sitting literally on State Bridge rd, with ugly wooden fence and their “backs” to the road (what happened to the ordinance?!), no landscaping between the road and the fence, etc. And the city has explanation to everything. Just a few years, so many scandals within the city leadership. Is that the city we were fighting for and hoping to build?

  7. Kay Thomas says:

    This gentleman educates local officials and citizens in what is happening with HUD and social engineering. Here is a current email from him:

    Featured News Item

    Listen This Time or HUD Will Destroy Your City
    by Tom DeWeese
    America’s homeowners should be shaking in their shoes. The federal government has decided that people who have worked, saved and planned so they can buy homes in nice, safe neighborhoods of their own choosing, are racists. They charge that it is a “social injustice.” The government now claims that it’s unfair unless everyone can have the same, whether they earn it or not. And it doesn’t matter whether they can afford such a home. We’re told that it’s racist to deny someone an equal home, just because they don’t have the money for it. White privilege, don’t you know.

    You may be watching the “Black Lives Matter” protests taking place on city streets around the country. You may be alarmed that such violence can happen in your downtown. And you may wonder what is behind such activity. Well, get ready for the same kind of threats and violence to possibly come directly into your own neighborhood simply because you have a nice house.

    Does that sound far fetched? Well you need the details on how the federal Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) is working to enforce its new rule called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

    Social Justice is the name of the game under AFFH. That means the rule of law is dismissed in favor of “fairness.” Social Justice is enforced on us using pure emotion, basically operating on the level of a twelve year old girl in a pet shop who doesn’t like seeing the puppies with their sad eyes looking out from a cage. “Let the poor little doggies out,” she cries. Social Justice is purely based on redistribution of wealth. Your wealth. That’s money you worked for, saved, invested, and protected for YOUR needs; YOUR dreams; YOUR future.

    “SELFISH,” cries the social justice mongers. Why should you have so much when others have so little? Never mind that you had to save your money while forced to pay 50% of it in taxes that theoretically went to those less fortunate. The fact is, there is no “justice” in such a policy. Envy, desire, jealousy and theft are much closer to the truth.

    Do you think that sounds harsh. Well, Mr. and Mrs. Property Owner, tell me how harsh this sounds! As reported by John Anthony of Sustainable Freedom Lab:

    First HUD is forcing every community which is applying for its grants to complete an “Assessment of Fair Housing” to identify all “contributing factors” to discrimination. These include a complete break down of race, income levels, religion and national origin of every single person living there. They use this information to determine if the neighborhood meets a preset “balance,” determined by HUD.
    Second, HUD demands a detailed plan showing how the community intends to eliminate the “contributing factors” to this “imbalance.”
    To produce the community’s plan for compliance, HUD rules demand that a wide array of “interested parties” participate in its creation, just to assure community input and to keep things fair, of course. These include civil rights groups, affordable housing developers and civic activist organizations. They call this “civil society.” All have a specific, left-of center agenda and a definite interest in the outcome.
    Once the plan is prepared, then the community is required to sign an agreement to take no actions that are “materially inconsistent with its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.”
    Once the community provides answers as to how they will implement the grant under these guidelines to HUD’s satisfaction, then they will receive the grant.
    These are the rules your locally elected representatives are forced to agree to in order to get that “free” grant money. And nearly every city council and county commission in the nation has already taken such grants.

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