New Player in the Saltworks Wars

There's a new group in town opposing Saltworks.

Got a call out of the blue this week from a reporter asking me about called Redwood City Neighbors United (RCNU) whose sole purpose in life is to stop the Saltworks Project. Not discuss. Not review. Stop. No other opinion need to be offered.

OK. In our polarized world having an all or nothing position is not unusual.  So I'm good with that.  However, one of the founders, Dan Ponti, was indirectly quoted in the coverage in the SM Daily Journal that while "the group does not have a uniform opinion on what, if anything, should go on the site ... the effort is to take the project off the table completely so that conversation can take place."

No that tells me that Dan and his buds might actually have another idea of what to do with not only the site, but all the issues that face us.  And I want to let him know...

Dan, there is room on the table for other ideas.

Look, even IF there were an actual plan on the table today from DMB (and there isn't) it will take between 18 and 24 months to complete the draft EIR.  Nothing will go before the city for evaluation until that happens.  Right now, DMB is still revising the plan, based on input they are getting from various public and private sources and nothing official is going to even start until they are done revising the plan.  So it's not like we are going to fill and concrete over the 1400 acres tomorrow... or even next year.  So we have a lot of time to consider options.

That's what our little group at Sustainable Redwood City is looking for.  We'd like to see options. In fact, when it comes down to a decision, we'd like to see at least three options for what to do with the site that can go before the electorate.

And getting those options out of people opposing Saltworks is like pulling teeth on a live shark.

So, let's see the plans.  Let's put them on the table.  That means telling all of us what you want to do, how it's to be funded and how it will affect/benefit Redwood City.

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Eggbert October 09, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Which may well be true, but doesn't address Ms. Valley's very relevant assertion that no fine was assessed. It is rather dazzling that anyone with Ms. Foust's education and legal sophistication could imagine her position could be considered at all impartial. Makes for a convenient and profitable "mistake", to say the least.
Sharon Levin October 10, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Eggbert, you and Ms. Valley are correct. I stand corrected on the 'fine' part, Here's what happened: Rosanne Foust's double duty as a city councilwoman voting for the project and the CEO of a pro-business lobby endorsing the project isn't kosher, the Fair Political Practices Commission said Again, though, her conflict of interest was VERY obvious. Is she like Mayor Ira, not caring how things look, although having the public trust IS part of their job?
Sharon Levin October 18, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Heard this on Quest on KQED this a.m. If not for forward thinking people, our Bay would be a garbage dump and a river, not a bay. Check out the story and the scary, scary photos from what it was like before Save the Bay: http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/the-amazing-transformation-of-san-franciscos-sludge-puddle/
Jack Hickey October 18, 2011 at 06:06 AM
I don't think the Saltworks project would turn the Bay into a garbage dump. Nor do I believe that Foster City was a mistake. But then, we all have our opinions.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive October 18, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Exactly right, Sharon, and Cargill has been front and center in making the restoration of the bay possible. http://vimeo.com/23396384. Save the Bay stopped the expansion of development on the bay. Cargill made it possible to restore the bay to a size it has not been for 100 years.


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