Here's the note:
Several concerned citizens of the growing group of Iowans against Agenda 21 and The Tomorrow Plan attended a meeting for the Tomorrow Plan at Blank Park Zoo last evening. We insisted they answer our questions and were not quiet about it. In an attempt to intimidate us, Angela Connelly, who declared herself "an elected official" and that "they were not there to answer questions" called the Des Moines Police and THREE (3) cruisers showed up. I don't believe anybody from our group even stood up during this Q and A attempt. We did, however, comprise the majority of the room.
They insist this plan is NOT Agenda 21, but please peruse the attached article Sustainability Scan posted on their website. When confronted with this article, Todd Ashby, Executive Director of the MPO, claimed to have no idea the article existed.
When asked how much of the $2.2 million "grant" Boston firm Sasaki Associates receives, after several attempts to avoid the question, Todd Ashby finally admitted they receive 60%. When pressed, Angela Connelly made the distinction that while there was a bidding process, Sasaki was "selected" not that they had "won the bid." When asked about the additional funding of $1 million, Bethany Willcoxon and Todd Ashby, again after several attempts to not answer the question, admitted that while this money is not directly given to them, these funds come from Capital Crossroads, who apparently is funded by area businesses(?), and another entity I am unable to recall at this time, (maybe DART?) who receives tax money from cities in the planning area - specifically mentioning Ankeny. Where I come from, we call that "splitting hairs."