Viewpoint - November 3, 2010

Letter: Vargas is best choice for supervisor

As your newspaper has noted, the candidates for the Board of Supervisors do indeed differ on key issues.

In fact, they differ most significantly on the one that will shape the future of this entire region — the potential development of a new city of 30,000 on the Cargill salt ponds.

Don Horsley has said "he would wait to get information from an EIR (environmental impact report) on the project, but the development is essentially a Redwood City issue." Well, he has missed the boat on both counts.

First, we don't need an EIR to tell us what we already know: Our streets and freeways can't handle more cars, houses built by the bay will be underwater as sea levels rise, and if there's an earthquake this site will be prone to liquefaction, the consequences of which will be borne by taxpayers. While he's waiting for the EIR, Don Horsley has collected the maximum allowable campaign contributions from Cargill and the site's Arizona developer DMB. So maybe it's not "essentially a RWC issue."

Don Horsley likes to say he has "never been a part of the good old boys network." Yes, when you have been inside that world for so long, that's what looks normal. But the rest of us can spot it a mile away. More of the same insider influence, big money, developer-oriented local politics. It is past time for a change and that change is named April Vargas.

It is refreshing to be able to support a candidate who actually takes a stand. April Vargas has said unequivocally that she is opposed to any kind of development on the Cargill salt ponds. She is knowledgeable, full of integrity and accountable to her constituents, not to the good old boys that have been running the show for all too long.

Vote for April Vargas for Board of Supervisors.

Nancy Arbuckle, Redwood City


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