About Us

Our Track Record
"Friends of Redwood City" was formed in 1982 by a group of citizens concerned about the City Council's approval for development at what is now Bair Island National Wildlife Refuge. In that year, citizens overturned City Council's decision in a voter-led referendum (Measure "O" - the first referendum in city history).

Twenty-two years later, in 2004, members of FORC along with other citizens founded "People for Housing Not High Rises" in response to a City council approved skyscraper development on the bayfront adjacent to Bair Island.

Our petition and subsequent voter referendum (No on Measure Q) allowed voters to once again overturn a City Council decision that would have resulted in unacceptable environmental impact to the city and the region.

Both City Council decisions were overturned for similar reasons: traffic congestion, water supply and environmental concerns.

Since that victory, our focus has expanded to other areas of planning for the city, supporting "smart growth" (urban in-fill, near shopping and transit), a solid plan to develop our downtown, and ways to improve the dialogue between residents, businesses, and Council.

Contact us any time. We'd love to hear from you.


Our Mission

"Friends of Redwood City" is a group of concerned citizens acting together to protect and enhance the quality of life and environmental resources in Redwood City and our region.

Our Values & Methods

  • Citizen involvement in key government decision-making
  • Seeking balance and rationality in community discourse
  • Effect positive change through education and democratic processes


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