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Portola Valley joins chorus against Cargill project

Original post made on Nov 16, 2010

Another voice -- the Portola Valley Town Council -- has joined the chorus of opposition to a proposal by Minneapolis-based Cargill Salt Corp. and an Arizona developer to convert 1,436 acres of salt flats off Redwood City into five residential communities that would house up to 30,000 people.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 15, 2010, 11:14 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by redwood city resident, a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Everybody seems to be opposed to the project, yet Don Horsley - who accepted campaign contribution from Cargill; was just elected as county supervisor....

Posted by Joe, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The fix, as they say, is in.

It's a very safe bet that the county establishment -- and all the campaign contribution money that it represents -- will not let this project go down to defeat, assuming that the Redwood City establishment will be signing off on it.

Posted by Thelma, a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Horsley accepted campaign contributions from both Cargill and DMB developers.
He is quoted in a PA Daily Oct 22 interview as saying "I would never take money from a developer with a project before the board. The Cargill project won't come before the board of supervisors. Cities are the appropriate level to address local issues."

Posted by danny, a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Sounds like "sour grapes" to me. Get over it, Mr. Horsley won.

Posted by Thelma, a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Sour grapes make great vinegar--a good solvent for cutting through greased palms.
At least Mr. Horsley will have to recuse himself from voting on this issue when it does in fact end up in the county's lap.

Posted by M. A.C., a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Nov 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Can we give something back to Mother Nature? We are overcrowded here already.

Posted by ann, a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I really feel for you folks. I love living on the Coastside.

Posted by Curmudgeon, a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

This is an urban infill project near jobs and transportation. It is not the type of sprawl we have seen over the years with commuters coming to their jobs on the peninsula from places like Tracy. That makes the Cargill Project very "green".

The cities in our area have a tremendous jobs/housing imbalance (more jobs than housing). This project could solve much of that problem. We also need the playing fields.

Considering that the current 'wetlands' are really dead salt ponds, the benefits of this project are obvious except to those that already have their comfortable homes near their jobs and don't want others in the neighborhood.

At a time when thousands of people are *still* commuting into local jobs from as far away as Stockton, spewing who knows how much car exhaust and wasting precious natural resources (most notably Time, the most precious and finite resource any of us have) the myopia of a good many "environmentalists" is stupefying.

To say nothing of how many critters were displaced by development out in the remote San Joaquin Valley, rather than here in an already urbanized area.

In short, fill in the swamps, let another Foster City bloom, and give your children (and by extension your granchildren) a chance to live near you, rather than many miles away.

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