Viewpoint - March 17, 2010

Letter: Woodside should speak up on Cargill project

The Woodside Town Council should speak up against Cargill's plan to build housing and office buildings on its salt ponds in Redwood City. We should indeed concern ourselves about what is happening in our neighboring city when the quality of our collective environment is at stake.

San Francisco Bay is our area's best asset. A healthy bay pays dividends to every single resident of the area. It is an economic asset, a visual asset, a health asset and a physical asset that we all have a responsibility to protect.

When it comes to Cargill/DMB's scheme to convert open-space salt ponds to a high-density city, the size of an entire Foster City, it would be taking away open space that we collectively all have a right to.

We here in Woodside do our part in maintaining a rustic rural atmosphere for our neighboring towns to enjoy. Bicyclists and horse riders from all over the peninsula are more familiar with our many scenic lanes and trails than I, a resident, will ever be.

Our bay was saved once, in the 1950s, by just three East Bay women who were watching the bay disappear before their eyes. They spoke up to stop the city of Berkeley's plan to double in size by filling in the shallow bay off its shore.

Now we see Redwood City moving towards growing by 33 percent again doing the same. (Redwood City's current population. is 79,000; Cargill's proposal has 12,000 homes for approximately. 30,000 residents.)

We all have an obligation to express concern now, before so much money and so many well-meaning careers are invested that it becomes harder and harder to stop this development in our bay.

Redwood City has an award-winning plan to develop its downtown as a vibrant, healthy, mixed-use community right along the transportation corridor, where development belongs. Instead, Cargill is developing in the bay, on the wrong side of the Bayshore Freeway, which causes only problems — destruction of desperately needed wetland restoration to resuscitate our ailing bay, traffic nightmares on the wrong side of gridlocked 101, flooding of homes below sea level, and most of all, permanent loss of increasingly critically needed open space as our peninsula population grows.

Gita Dev

Mountain Home Road, Woodside


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields