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Complaint filed over councilwoman

Daily Journal Staff Report, 6/29/10

The Fair Political Practices Commission has two weeks to determine if it will investigate whether Redwood City Councilwoman Rosanne Foust should not make decisions about the Cargill Saltworks site while heading an economic business group which has vocally endorsed the development.

The FPPC will decide within 14 days whether to act on the complaint filed by Menlo Park Councilman Andy Cohen.

The complaint argues Foust is conflicted by being both a Redwood City councilwoman and CEO of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association, otherwise known as SAMCEDA.

SAMCEDA has formally endorsed the 50-50 balanced plan which calls for developing the 1,436-acre site with up to 12,000 homes, retail and open space.

The Redwood City Council is currently awaiting an environmental impact review of the project and members have repeatedly said they are awaiting the results to make any decisions.

A conflict occurs when an officials participates in a process to make or attempt to influence an official decision which ultimately impacts them personally, either positive or negative, said FPPC Executive Director Roman Porter.

Porter said it is impossible to comment on the complaint against Foust until the FPPC looks at it.


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