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Saltworks Developer Gets Political

By ZUSHA ELINSON

The Bay Citizen, 10/22/10

The site in Redwood City where Cargill wants to build as many as 12,000 new units of housing

The would-be developer of 10,000 homes in the Redwood City salt flats — a very controversial project — is throwing some money into local elections. Developer DMB Associates and land owner Cargill are backing Don Horsley for San Mateo County supervisor and each cut him a $1,000 check, reports Bonnie Eslinger of the Palo Alto Daily News. Horsley's opponent April Vargas has been very critical of the the Saltworks project, calling it "Cargill's City by the Bay."

As Horsley told the Daily News, the development will not be coming before the Board of Supervisors, but there is a subtext here. A multitude of politicians from all around the Bay Area, including Vargas, have come out against the project because they think that the salt ponds should be restored to wetlands and not filled in with a housing development.

Before the June primary, DMB financed a hit piece against another Saltworks critic, state Assembly candidate Yoriko Kishimoto, as reported in this fine story also by the Palo Alto Daily News — and Ed McGovern, a political consultant involved with the mailer, warned at the time that more would be on their way:

"This is our message," McGovern said. "Elected officials certainly have the right to take sides with (Save the Bay executive director and Saltworks opponent) David Lewis and be his pawnmor work with him on his side of this issue, but we also have the right to express our opposition of those elected officials, and we did with Kishimoto, and we're very happy she was defeated. We're going to continue to look for opportunities in November to do the same thing."

 

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