On Sept. 6, 2013, Redwood City Neighbors United sent all six 2013 Redwood City Council candidates – Jeffrey Gee, James Lee Han, Diane Howard, Corrin Rankin, Ernie Schmidt, and John Seybert – a Candidate Questionnaire that requested their positions on a number of important issues related to development on the Redwood City salt ponds. We asked their views on responsible growth in Redwood City, including sea level rise, traffic, water, open space protection, downtown development and more. These issues related to developing on the salt ponds are very important to the city and region, and we believe Redwood City voters deserve to know each candidate’s opinions.
We’re pleased to announce that five of the six candidates provided detailed responses to our Candidate Questionnaire, and RCNU really appreciates their participation. Ernie Schmidt did not respond to our Questionnaire, but did submit a brief email comment, which we are providing along with the other candidates’ responses.
Do not think that development of the salt ponds is a dead issue. Although Cargill/DMB Pacific Ventures withdrew their initial Saltworks Project application, they continue to lay the groundwork to develop the site in the future. Last year, Cargill and DMB petitioned the Army Corps. of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency to exempt the site from federal environmental permitting requirements – a decision that is still pending.
As election day approaches, we hope this dialogue helps inform Redwood City voters about the candidates’ views on a vital issue likely to face our community in the near future. Our goal is to offer insights into each candidate's perspective and potential for leadership on this bayfront planning and environmental stewardship issue.
While RCNU is not endorsing any candidate, these survey responses empower voters to pursue their own questions and follow-up as opportunities arise during the remaining few weeks before the November 5th election. Please feel free to post your reaction and opinions.
Click on the links below to see each candidate's answers exactly as they responded:
Full Text of Questionnaire
- this is the full text of the questionnaire sent to the candidates along with the request from RCNU. The questions are also included in the submitted responses