Some of the issues they lobby for:
- Using code enforcement (with police powers) to change from complaint-driven code enforcement to pro-active mandatory annual inspections of housing units
- Advocating for the SCEIP program (Sonoma County Energy Independence), a boondoggle which has had a tremendously negative impact on the potential for refinancing all properties in Sonoma County (pop. 500,000)
- Requiring mandatory ‘green building’ standards for Sonoma County.
- Smoke-free housing ordinances or nuisance laws giving tenants affected by secondhand smoke legal recourse.
Do you have a branch in your community? Have you taken a look at your local Lung Association? The following link takes you to the Sonoma County Asthma Coalition "Planning Healthy Communities" page.
And, since you were wondering what the larger context is for this, take a look at the sponsors of a New Partners for Smart Growth conference---the purpose of which is to extol the virtues of sustainable Agenda 21 development. You'll find the National Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the National League of City Managers, Fannie Mae, the US Defense Department, the EPA, Bank of America, the US Department of Transportation...it goes on.