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Occupy Redwood City Forms 'Occupy Saltworks'

The group will be protesting the project outside the developer's offices.

Members of Occupy Redwood City have formed a new group targeting a planned Bayfront development.

The group Occupy Saltworks will protest the planned Saltworks development with a series of actions, starting Monday with a protest outside the offices of developer DMB Associates.

The Saltworks project is planned on more than 2.2 square miles of Bayfront property formerly used for salt harvesting by Cargill. The proposal, which could involve as many as 12,000 homes as well as new office buildings, schools, playing fields and restored wetlands, has drawn fire from residents due to concerns about environmental, traffic and other impacts.

The project, which is still undergoing a lengthy environmental review process, has proved so divisive that city officials are reportedly considering for a public vote.

Occupy Saltworks members plan to be at the DMB Associates office at 1700 Seaport Blvd., Suite 200, Redwood City, at around 3 p.m.

--Bay City News

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Barb Valley April 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Headline is misleading. From an eMail sent by Occupy Saltworks to other Occupy groups: CLARIFICATION: ORWC's respect for the consensus process and for friendly disagreements within our General Assembly means that the Occupy Saltworks group and the direct actions they intend to plan have not received an official ORWC endorsement. Therefore, to be perfectly clear, this is an autonomous action group being organized by Occupiers in Redwood City with the goal of collaborating with other Occupiers from other Bay Area cities and towns. Occupy Saltworks is not a subsidiary of ORWC or any other Occupy group and as of yet has not been formally endorsed by any Occupy group except for Occupy San Jose.
Roger Brina April 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Occupy Saltworks' working statement of intent is here: http://bit.ly/I9iVw4 More info on Occupy Saltworks can be found at the following locations: Site: http://peninsula.livejournal.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/OccupySaltworks Facebook: http://on.fb.me/HNm3zI
Roger Brina April 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Barb, To clarify further, the disagreement is between one person and the rest of the General Assembly. And this person isn't even really for Saltworks. They are just afraid that if we take a position that we won't be able to work with the SMC Labor Council on future actions, since the SMCLC has been actively pushing for the development. Besides consensus, one of the principles of Occupy Wall Street is autonomy and direct action. Occupy Saltworks is an autonomous action group consisting of ORWC members that is dedicated solely to stopping the Saltworks development.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive April 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
From the Occupy Saltworks Facebook Page "Occupy Saltworks A previous post about Foust being a prostitute for the developer was removed from the page. It would appear that Facebook censored the post." Anyone seem to remember a kerfuffle a few weeks ago over a talk show host who called a woman a "slut?" Nice to see the occupiers are keeping the discussion on the high road.
Roger Brina April 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
You do realize that anyone can post on a Facebook page, yes? Occupy Saltworks worked to put together a lengthy, multiple-page single-spaced draft statement which they've posted for anyone to read in which the discussion is very much "high road." But no, I'm sure you're quite right, surely a random line someone posted on Facebook is a far more accurate representation of what Occupiers think.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive April 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Then why bring it back with a comment that Facebook was the one to "censor" it? Whoever is running the page apparently approved of the perjorative.
Barb Valley April 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Roger, my point was that the headline for this article "Occupy Redwood City Forms 'Occupy Saltworks' is misleading. I completely understand the group's intention.
StormtrooperStue April 25, 2012 at 07:05 PM
So in other words Lou, you believe in media censorship. Why even have a blog if you want to censor what everyone says?
Lou Covey, The Local Motive April 25, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Nope. don't believe in it. Not sure how you arrived at that belief. If the Occupy Saltworks people want to devolve into calling women sexist, demeaning names, have at it.
4freedom April 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The fact that Lou and Barb seem to be looking over and keep ignoring is that anybody can post whatever they want on the internet, including Facebook. It does not mean it is an endorsed comment from any particular group. In this case somebody out of their own frustration wanted to call Foust a prostitute for corporations. This was not endorsed by any occupy group this was just a frustrated individual using their right to freedom of speech against a public figure. I think what Storm was trying to say was that you are for the censoring of facebook so that makes you look like you are for censored media when it is in your favor.
4freedom April 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Also Foust and her husband violently approached one of the occupy members after a city council meeting last Monday. Although it was very offensive for Foust's husband to try to start a violent confrontation inside the city hall. The dispute was taken care of peacefully due to the mature self control of the occupiers. Foust was notified this comment was not endorsed by Occupy Redwood City, Occupy Saltworks or any occupy group. Foust understood and pleaded with her angry husband to calm down and she walked him out the doors.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive April 26, 2012 at 07:03 PM
4, I know exactly how Facebook works. I know that FB has algorithms designed to remove truly objectionable content. What I was pointing out was that whoever runs that FB page repeated the objectionable comment by pointing out that FB had removed it. That indicates that the owner of the page did not find it objectionable and made sure it stayed on the page, making it an endorsement.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive April 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
And while I don't encourage the kind of behavior you are describing, if someone in your group verbally accosted my wife with the same kind of language (which, by the way, I and my family members have endured from your side of the argument on many occasions) I might be understandably upset as well. The Occupy movement has no moral high ground... just a strong opinion.
Carol Cross April 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
"The Occupy movement has no moral high ground... just a strong opinion." Lou, you need to add, "in my (strong) opinion" to that last statement.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive April 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
You already did ;)
Alex Wright April 27, 2012 at 01:10 AM
All of that to determine whether someone has the right to call someone else a whore but very little discussion as to whether or not it is right to do so. Interesting. I remember during the "deadwood city" years of vacant storefronts and empty buildings when our council was vilified for not bringing businesses to our city so I find it ironic that they are now vilified and called whores when they are seen as friendly to bussiness.
4freedom April 30, 2012 at 05:58 PM
1. Occupy is not on any particular side. Occupy is not on the left, Occupy is not on the right. Occupy looks at each topic as individual topics. Occupy does not just endorse a candidate because they are on a particular side. Occupy endorses ideas from anybody which is for equality and human rights. Occupy is in nobody's check book, Occupier's do not get paid anything from any association, corporation, or political party. 2. For an individual to react that way without understanding the context and the position of that individual's spouse whom publicly serves the community shows how ignorant and rash thinking that person really is. If somebody called my spouse a derogatory term on a webpage I would first look at the reason that term was used. Then I would realize this is the internet, anybody can say what they want and it does not matter to me what they think, I know it's not true. That is because I use logic and think before I react. I am human, I am not a reptile.
4freedom April 30, 2012 at 05:58 PM
4. The occupy movement has strong morals. Occupiers respect each other, they do not discriminate. They listen to everybody's opinion and believes that everyone has a voice no matter what their occupation is, no matter what their marital status is and nomatter what race they are. We share everything with each other and the community. That is why we have Totally Free Markets. That is why we have craft making events and public meetings with free materials that we share. No decisions are ever made privately. All events are voted on during our General Assembly which is open to the public. I don't see any lack of morals within Occupy. The establishment corrupt, developers and huge corporations are the ones that lack morale.
4freedom April 30, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Alex, have you been downtown. Broadway is full of vacant buildings. Just because a theater complex is booming does not mean all RWC businesses are booming. It is still deadwood city, it just has a pretty mask on. Go down main on a Friday/Saturday night. Are those businesses booming like they should be in downtown on a weekend? The theater is hiding the issue rather than helping the issue. That theater complex is meant to take all the business but it does not help advertise other business. It has underground parking and all of it's lighting is facing inward so to keep the guests from looking elsewhere. There are high powered lights that shoot up from the ground on the sidewalks that have no purpose. What we need to do is light up main just as much but with a purpose. To give main more business.
Alex Wright April 30, 2012 at 06:46 PM
First I'll say that I rarely bother responding to folks who feel the need to hide behind a pseudonym in order to voice their opinions publically, BUT... I think I've discuscovered the problem. We do not live in the same Redwood City! The answer was in front of me all along and it explains so much. Mine is 94063, 94061 and 94062. Where is yours? Broadway is full of vacant buildings? Yes, there are vacant storefronts, but nothing like it was in the 90's. I worked on Brodway in the late 90's and on some days could count on one hand the number of people who walked past the front window. The theatre complex is booming? Really? The theatre is booming and on Friday and Saturday nights the plaza in front of the theatre is booming but the theatre complex is filled with vacant spaces. (though I'll take this opportunity to say that the new Arya restaurant on that block is wonderful!!) I'm of mixed opinion on the Theatre complex but if you've been around long enough to remember the block as it looked before with the old PAL services opperating out of the corner of the old JC Penny storefront, you'd almost have to agree that it is an improvement. We lost a couple great businesses like Bonsai and Paradise Coffee, but we gained some too and the block looks much better.
Alex Wright April 30, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Are the Main Street businesses booming? Well, I was down there with my wife last weekend. Millagros (sort of Main street) had a waiting list as did both the patty shack (awesome!) AND Angelica's which was featuring not one but two live shoes. Martin's West was full as well. We waited to eat at Patty Shack and by the time we got out of dinner the Tequila Lounge was also filled. My mother in law is a frequent flyer at the Puzzle Shop and they are doing well also. Last summer I enjoyed several of the Main Street Jazz events. Ralph's vaccum has moved onto Main from El Camino and is doing well. Main Street has long been the example of what is wrong with Redwood City, but that is no longer the case. Main Street is doing alright. Sure it could be doing better. Sure the city could do more. More can always be done and we can spend our time only griping about that or we can celebrate what is already happening while working together (not in masks, not in the middle of the street, not in anonymous blog posts, not in hate filled shouts from the back of council chambers during meetings, not in sidewalk confrontations) to make it even better. I have yet to see in any of your posts a single positive comment about anything other than your own movement. Is there truly nothing about this community you enjoy? Have you not enjoyed a dinner downtown? Have you not enjoyed any of the city's free events? Have you not seen a movie in the theatre or a show at the Fox? Anything?
4freedom May 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I agree with having a theatre downtown. I don't agree with having undeground parking for the theatre because the guests can get to the theatre via elevator and never be exposed to the outside. Do you see all the vacant spaces on the side of the theatre. Also look at the lighting. All the lighting points towards the theatre or shoots straight up into space. What the heck is the point of that? Those lights are on the sidewalk, they are blinding, and they are an expensive waste of electricity. Over by Latartine I saw a blinding spot light shooting up from the sidewalk at a lamp. What sense does that make? My point is I agree with having a theater in RWC, I just think the architects, designers and engineers were very misinformed or they just plain out did a really bad job. That building is designed to bring business to only itself and to block businesses from the view. That is all I have to say on that matter because we are getting off topic and I actually have work to do. Please, you don't respect pseudonyms, am I supposed to just give you my real name so you can look me and my family up like some stalker? Only people who don't know anything a bout the internet and are completely oblivious to personnel protection would give their real name. A belief is a belief regardless who it came from. Why do you think Spider Man wore a mask?
Katheryn October 01, 2012 at 03:29 PM
We could certainly use 100's of occupy people to help us with our problems. Why isn't Gov. Brown and Attorney General Harris doing anything to stop this? Please click on the You Tube Link below and then watch the You Tube Video in the story. If you are as angry as many of us are then please add this video to your Facebook, we need to get the word out to the world. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds

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