It really can’t get more obvious than this. In the March 3 Daily Journal, David Bohannon is quoted as saying, “We think for a site like Hillsdale, Measure Y is not a good thing, and we are engaging with the public trying to have conversations about the benefits of height and density.”


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Terence Y

Thanks for your letter, Mr. Gibson. To answer your question regarding the council, I guess it depends on whether democracy will donate more to their campaigns than developers. Perhaps enterprising folks could provide a summary of how much each councilmember is receiving in donations from developers and builders. But in the end, does it matter if voters continue to vote in councilmembers taking “advice” from developers? People deserve the government they vote for… We’re seeing the results… Recall?


Let's have a majority vote on seizing Bohannon's property. What's the difference?

Ray Fowler

Good morning, Rob

Thanks for your LTE. Developers pushing increased height and density for their commercial projects is a real concern. Such projects will pad the developers’ bottom line while at the same time those projects can negatively affect residents who live near such developments.

Your prediction if developers in San Mateo receive special treatment, then others will follow is already coming true. In Redwood City’s District 1, Longfellow Real Estate Partners has proposed knocking down one and two story office buildings then replacing them with a 3.3 million square foot office and lab complex that will be five and six stories in height… maybe taller. This project is intended to be built adjacent to residential neighborhoods… not in a business park or commercial development zone that would permit such construction. As a result, Longfellow is asking the Redwood City Council to amend the City’s plan put in place decades ago that provided sensible construction height restrictions.

Your other prediction that council members will have to declare their bias publicly could also be coming true soon. This is no more apparent than the non-position adopted by the Redwood City District 1 representative, Mayor Jeff Gee. More than 1,000 of his constituents have signed a petition opposing the Longfellow project. Yet, over the past year, Mayor Gee has declined to respond to several requests for his thoughts on this project. Will he stand with his constituents or with the developer?

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