Saturday, September 12, 2015

Six vying for four Redwood City Council seats

Six vying for four Redwood City Council seats
September 11, 2015
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal

The Redwood City Council is guaranteed to have at least one new member next year as Barbara Pierce is being termed out of her seat after filling it for 16 years.

There are four seats up for grabs on the seven-seat council in the November election with Alicia Aguirre, Ian Bain and Rosanne Foust seeking re-election.

They are being challenged by Janet Borgens, Shelly Masur and Tania Solé.

The Daily Journal sat down with all six candidates to discuss issues such as the city’s booming downtown, lack of affordable housing, development east of Highway 101 and traffic.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

OP-ED: Salt ponds not zoned for housing

San Mateo Daily Journal April 01, 2015

I would like to publicly thank our local members of Congress for weighing in on the status of the salt ponds in Redwood City. Speaking only for myself, I fully support the efforts of U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and the other Bay Area members of Congress who are seeking clarity on whether the salt ponds are “indeed waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.”

The clarity at the federal level will determine whether Cargill and DMB come back to the city of Redwood City with another proposal. If they do come back to us, I want it on record that I am not interested in another housing proposal, which is inconsistent with the zoning. Right now, the salt ponds are zoned “tidal plain” which means the site can’t be developed with a residential project. Unless the residents of Redwood City want to rezone the area to allow residential use, then Cargill should not propose another housing project on that site.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Letter to Editor: EPA takes over Cargill

San Mateo Daily Journal March 23, 2015


Joy! Unadulterated joy! Deep appreciation to Jackie Speier, Dianne Feinstein, the Bay Area congressional delegates and the EPA for bringing strong leadership and powerful voices to the table — and shame on DMB (“EPA takes lead over Cargill” in the March 20 edition of the Daily Journal).

How DMB’s David Smith could claim to be confused and outraged is beyond elementary logic: Cargill has been using Bay land — zoned as tidal — to produce salt. The fact that they stopped producing salt and want to build luxury homes on mud does not change geology or the protections of the Clean Water Act. The EPA has just confirmed that the conditions that apply to all other former Cargill salt ponds also applies to those in Redwood City. Smith is “frankly outraged” over the inconvenience of a truth he didn’t want to hear.

Julie Abraham

Redwood City


Monday, March 23, 2015

A Setback for Redwood City Salt Pond Development

KQED Radio Forum March 23, 2015

Host: Joshua Johnson

A developer's plan to construct 12,000 homes along the bay in Redwood City has been stalled. The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will decide whether the Cargill Saltworks site falls under protection of the Clean Water Act, which would prohibit the development. We'll discuss what's at stake in the struggle to balance San Francisco Bay restoration efforts with a Bay Area housing shortage.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

EPA Steps Into Redwood City’s Salt Pond Development Battle

KQED News March 20, 2015

By Rachael Myrow

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stepped into one of the most contentious development battles along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. The San Jose Mercury News reports the agency has asserted its authority to review a major bayfront development in Redwood City under terms of the federal Clean Water Act.

Since 2009, Arizona-based developer DMB has been seeking permission to develop 1,478 acres with up to 12,000 homes on a site owned by food and agricultural products company Cargill. There’s a long history of salt ponds in San Francisco Bay, stemming back to the 19th century, but in recent decades the EPA and state and local agencies have been engaged in a multimillion-dollar effort to restore the ponds to their previous incarnation: tidal wetlands.


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