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Officials to speak out against building homes on salt ponds

Daily News Staff Report, 2/25/10

Dozens of Bay Area elected officials are expected to come out today against a developer’s proposal to build up to 12,000 homes on roughly 1,440 acres of salt ponds in Redwood City.

Save the Bay announced Wednesday it plans to stage a press conference at Menlo Park’s Bayfront Park, adjacent to the project site, to “unveil high-profile and widespread opposition” to Cargill and DMBAssociates’ plans.

According to Save the Bay, the project would be 17 times larger than any Bay fill development approved since state and federal agencies began regulating shoreline development in the 1960s.

Expected to speak at the event are former Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier, Menlo Park Council Member Kelly Fergusson, former state Assemblywoman Sally Lieber and Save the Bay Executive Director David Lewis.

A list of officials who are against the project obtained by The Daily News indicates widespread opposition, ranging from Richmond to Half Moon Bay and Santa Clara to Marin. Lewis declined Wednesday to confirm whether the list was authentic, though it was provided by a source familiar with the project.

The press conference will take place 1 p.m. at Bayfront Park, located at the end of Marsh Road in east Menlo Park.


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