Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cargill paves the way to pave the Bay

by Stephen Knight, Political Director

Cargill Inc and their luxury developer DMB Associates recently released their plan to build a "mini-city" on 1,433 acres of retired salt ponds in Redwood City. Their proposal includes up to 12,000 housing units and 30,000 new residents and would be the largest development on the Bay shoreline since the 1960s.

The project would put new development in the path of rising sea levels and destroy Bay shoreline open space that should be restored. This is not an infill site, nor is it the place for housing and commercial development. You can help us urge Redwood City to continue its current smart growth redevelopment downtown.

On Sunday, the Insight section of the San Francisco Chronicle published an opinion piece written by Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis pointing out the arrogant and irresponsible nature of Cargill and DMB's plan. These developers, like so many before them, believe they can buy approval for massive sprawl into the Bay, spending millions on slick PR campaigns to pass Bay fill off as "green" development, and making big promises to restore some wetlands on site in exchange for destroying the rest.

Read the article now.

Our region’s quality of life and economy depend on a healthy and vibrant San Francisco Bay, which brings millions of dollars to our state from tourism, industry, recreation and fishing. The Bay and its marshes moderate our local climate, provide vital habitat to 500 species of wildlife and offer natural flood protection for people and communities.

The Bay, including these salt ponds, belongs to all of us, not just Redwood City. The era of filling in San Francisco Bay is over and the entire Bay Area should tell Cargill and DMB that housing doesn’t belong in our Bay.

Help us protect the salt ponds today by visiting our website and adding your name to the many individuals and organizations that have joined Save The Bay, the Sierra Club, and others in signing the petition to save the Redwood City salt ponds.

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