Editor,

The June 21 article regarding Foster City Council's decision to table a discussion on land leased to Mariners Point Golf held several inconsistencies. While the council eventually did vote to seek public input in the form of a survey, Vice Mayor Richa Awasthi, Councilmember Patrick Sullivan and Councilmember Sam Hindi began by pushing for a different outcome.

Often, the journey is as important as the destination. The article suggested Awasthi was on board with a survey, when in fact she made it clear she saw the only logical choice for the council was to forge ahead and declare the land exempt. In her words, "there are not so many topics presented ... in black and white." Sullivan was quoted as stating that he wanted "to ensure as much public comment was obtained as possible," when in fact he actually drove to stifle even councilmember comments by prematurely "calling the question," making a motion to stop discussion and move forward with a vote to declare the land exempt surplus land. This motion was seconded by Awasthi and received support from Hindi. The motion failed when it did not obtain the requisite supermajority.

If these councilmembers were willing to stifle council discussion, how willing in reality are they to hear public comments? The golf course is a valued amenity to the residents of Foster City, and people are taking notice to the threat that it will be replaced with housing without meaningful and substantive community input.

Stacy Jimenez

Foster City

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(4) comments

Dirk van Ulden

Years ago, we, as Belmont voters, enacted a no-growth policy that limited new construction to a number of units. One of the results was the overturning of the foolish Belmont School Board to sell the Cipriani Elementary School property to developers. The crazed School Board had determined that the school was no longer needed and could use an easy cash influx. Guess what, today there is a waiting cue for kids to get into that school.

Residents need to be alerted to short-sighted and financially-focused members of boards and city councils. I do not live in that community but generally agree with keeping that golf course functional. We have too much housing under development in this area as it is.

Terence Y

Stacy - thanks for relating the “other side” of the meeting. One has to wonder why people want to replace Mariners Point Golf with housing when the seas will be rising due to supposed global warming. Aren’t these folks aware of the recent condo collapse in Surfside?

Jeff Regan

The special council meeting I watched showed a power play by three Councilmembers to rush a vote on redevelopment of the city owned golf course without community input. This highlight video shows shared, pre-scripted talking points.

https://youtu.be/Ib-KES4N6wE

To be clear, they were willing to take away a much loved amenity from residents of both Foster City and San Mateo, unilaterally.

edkahl

I agree completely with your letter. I go there often and there are hundreds of kids there all the time.

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