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Letter: Cargill development is a Menlo Park issue

Original post made on Jun 3, 2009

When a mini-city is proposed for the wetlands adjoining Menlo Park's Bayfront Park, the proposal becomes an issue for Menlo Park's residents. Indeed, the proposal will affect all of us who live in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and who care about the future of our bay lands.

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Posted by Waiting for Leadership
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

If Cargill's shameful development is a Menlo Park issue, I'll be looking for Morris Brown and his comrades to get organized and join regional leaders who are in opposition. Finally, our MP no-growth soldiers will have a truly destructive development to fight. How refreshing it would be to see both the true environmentalists and the nimbys join forces. Menlo Park lost its chance for a good development near the train station that would have produced some below market housing. Ironic that this happened during the terms of council members who claim they're concerned about the environment and have paid for a study on our city's carbon footprint.

If this council is looking for Morris Brown's direction on all development, could he please step forward and take the lead. Surely Mr. Brown's concerns for traffic are not limited to his neighborhood. Just wait until Menlo Park citizens travel on 101 where Cargill's new city of 30,000 dumps their traffic.

Come on Morris, we're counting on you.


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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm


I have always suspected Martin Engel and Morris Brown were purely self-interested NIMBYs ... but would be most pleasantly surprised to see them pour their apparently copious spare time and indefagitable energies into this good fight to stop the massive and unjust enrichment of the huge and fabulously wealthy trans-national private Cargill Corporation and Arizona-based luxury sprawlburb home developer DMB. They seem to have realized that paving over and developing Cargill's restorable bayfront wetlands/habitat is a much more lucrative way to extract wealth from their 1,433-acre Redwood City plot rather than continued salt production. For them, it's a simple matter of wearing down the local opposition and developer-friendly Redwood City council. That's DMB's forte. That's what they do. Another 30,000-resident Foster City right on the border of Menlo Park and Redwood City -- and all they need is to wangle the council into rezoning their land (currently zoned "tidal plain"). Of course ... Cargill and DMB will sooner or later leave town after pocketing their riches ... and who but us locals will be left with the problems of traffic, dwindling water supply, land subsidence and/or flooding and levee maintenance when sea levels rise and storms threaten the new city built on low-lying bay fill?


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