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Viewpoint - March 31, 2010

Letter: With Cargill, Redwood City changed direction

Thank you to the 92 current and former Bay Area elected officials who signed the letter expressing their disagreement with the massive salt pond development project Redwood City is reviewing.

When I moved to Redwood City 10 years ago, I was impressed with the city's fleet of hybrid vehicles, restoration of the historic City Hall building, and infill housing projects at Franklin and Maple streets. Now I'm furious and baffled.

The city's own planners recently recommended that when Cargill retired the salt ponds, some of the property be used for badly needed playing fields and the rest incorporated into the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge.

But rather than attract business and residents to the existing downtown and restore our precious Baylands, Redwood City is considering filling in the salt ponds to build a competing city — at sea level, with no potable water on site, and adding traffic to already congested freeways and roads. What made Redwood City go so far off the environmentally sustainable track?

Mimi Campbell, Redwood City

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