2nd AAA Visit

More maps, a tour book and some interest points along the way…  Smog test Monday, oil change on Tuesday, business meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, packing on Friday and hitting the road on Saturday the 17th…  I’ll be back shortly…

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AAA Visit

I went to AAA yesterday and picked up some maps…  I am really going to get in the car and drive for a bit.  I have a few more maps to pick up, but I didn’t want to get too crazy at the AAA office yesterday; I’ll go back next week for a few more.

I also found my handy dandy recorder that was given to me by a former colleague – thank you colleague!  This little device will help me capture those moments on the road when I can’t get to my laptop or tablet to note down my crazy thoughts, or my more serious thoughts, or my story ideas, or my business ideas, or my ‘get it together Carolynn’ ideas… they all happen when you’re on the road and usually when you’re traveling 70 – 80 miles an hour on the Interstate.

I’m still working on my departure date as it is still ‘to be determined’ based on some business events I’ll be attending later next week.  I’ll be back shortly…

 

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Thoughts and Travels

I had a small jolt recently in my professional career path, one that wasn’t unexpected, but one I still wasn’t ready to deal with…  however, when the universe opens a door for you, a door you (eventually) wanted open, and you are totally afraid for it to open (no matter when it happens) – you walk through it – at least that’s my plan.

I am going to take a couple of weeks to follow a bucket list dream and on these pages, I hope to share my thoughts and ideas as I travel around this amazing country visiting sites on my list and family along the way.  I’ll be back shortly…

Open Letter in Spectrum Magazine

11/2/13:  While researching this subject I found this letter, published in a past issue of Spectrum Magazine.  The letter was published in May 2012.
 
A message from Eneas A. Kane, President & CEO Redwood City SaltworksDear Friend,As you likely know by now, our development and restoration planning for Redwood City Saltworks has reached a pivotal juncture.

I want to communicate with you directly on our decision earlier this month to withdraw our previous Saltworks development application, and on the steps that we will be taking toward determining the future of the Saltworks, given the dynamic range of truly transformative opportunities — social, economic and environmental — presented by its unparalleled scale and location.

I also want to thank you for your engagement respecting our initial 50/50 proposal. The input that we have received from literally thousands of stakeholders – both during the process of developing the original 50/50 proposal and, more recently, through the city comment processes – will guide us in creating a revised Saltworks project and a future of which we can all one day be proud.

Specifically, and based on public input, we intend to bring forward a smaller, mixed-used, transit-oriented Saltworks project confined to a development footprint less than half the acreage of the earlier 50/50 proposal. The revised plan will be confined to the areas of oldest industrial use and the greatest historic disturbance. From a physical perspective, the areas where the revised plan will now be focused are the most heavily manipulated — filled, clay lined, engineered and leveled as crystallizer beds for the final stages of industrial salt-making over the last 100 years — and the least suited to being excavated and recreated as marshland. To briefly digress, this portion of the 1,433 acre site nearest to Seaport Boulevard was filled beginning in the late 1800s, a process that continued through the early 1900s until the expansion of the outer levee system to its existing configuration in the early 1940s, pursuant to the Department of War permit. From a local planning perspective, these confined portions of the property have long been designated under the Redwood City General Plan as Urban Reserve which specifically contemplates inclusion within future expansion of the urbanized area of the city.

From our analysis, we believe a smaller Saltworks project on this limited segment of the property can deliver the privately financed public benefits sought by Redwood City residents — more affordable housing, improved traffic flow, new parks, sports fields, miles of Bayside hiking trails and more.

Recently, regional and state leaders have identified the need for an estimated $1 billion worth of levee upgrades, for both near-term and long-term flood control and sea level-rise protection safeguarding South Bay communities, both to preserve natural habitats and to protect and enhance the residential and business areas essential to the future vitality of the Silicon Valley region. The revised Saltworks project, because of its scale and location proximate to existing neighborhoods and millions of square feet of existing and future employment, can play an important role in bringing private resources to help meet this critical local and regional challenge.

I also want to share our immediate next steps. Given the significant changes to the project scope and its physical footprint, we will be making a formal request to federal agencies to clarify certain aspects of the federal regulatory approval process. We believe concluding this regulatory process is an essential and responsible next step prior to presenting a revised Saltworks plan to the City of Redwood City and the public.

Let me thank you again for your engagement with us in working toward the future of this important resource.

Very truly yours,

Eneas A. Kane
President & CEO

Posted 21st May 2012 by Spectrum Magazine

Redwood City Neighbors United

This grass-roots organization came into existence because Redwood City citizens didn’t believe their public officials had their best interests in mind with regards to the development of this large parcel of land adjacent to state highway 101.  Recently the group sent questionnaires to all six current City Council candidates asking them about their stance on the project.  Follow the second link to the site to read the responses from the candidates.

Organization Website:  http://www.rcnu.org/

Candidate responses to the RCNU Questionnaire: http://www.rcnu.org/index.php/council2013/

 

Save The Bay

Save the Bay is against the development of the Redwood City salt ponds.  Save the Bay is working with opposition groups to prevent the development of these important wetlands, sloughs and marshes.  Home to many local and migratory birds and animals.

http://www.dontpavemybay.org/?ms=STB_DPC_navlink

Check out their website for more information:

Save the Bay: http://www.savesfbay.org/

Save the Bay on Wikipedia – History, background, and further resources and readings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Save_the_Bay