"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
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,
Contact us any time. We'd love to hear
"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