The Chapter has submitted its first set of comments about Redwood City's environmental document process for the 'Saltworks' project proposed by developer DMB. Saltworks would cover over 1400 acres of Redwood City salt ponds with offices and housing, raising concerns about traffic, pollution, wetlands restoration, earthquake safety, and economics, among other subjects. Although the city proposes to address all of these issues, they haven't addressed them yet.
The Chapter's Executive Committee voted unanimously on April 5 to appeal San Mateo County’s approval of the "Big Wave" project to the California Coastal Commission. The vote came just one day after the County's official notice of the approval started a 10-day appeals window. In alliance with several other organizations, the appeal has been filed. Big Wave proposes a large development near Half Moon Bay in a location entirely unsuitable for this kind of project.
Lehigh Cement is currently proposing to expand its operations near Cupertino and is drafting an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this expansion. Lehigh is already emitting more mercury in our area than recently revised federal regulations allow, and rather than working to reduce emissions, Lehigh is suing to overturn the regulations. The Chapter has sent a letter to Santa Clara County outlining a number of concerns about any expansion of Lehigh's operations.
"It's like the old adage, 'If you've got your health, you've got just about everything,'" says retired Santa Clara County Planner Don Weden. "That applies to cities, too." The first Healthy Communities Forum explored what we must do to make our cities livable for the growing population of elderly. Join us on May 31 for further discussion of what we must do to make them livable for everybody else.