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Follow the Money
published October 23, 2004 in the Redwood City Independent

Dear Editor:

It's not what they're telling you about Measure Q that's significant, but rather what's not being spoken about that will have major repercussions for years to come.

The real reason I'm opposed to Measure Q is because it's really a tax initiative, and as such should require a two-thirds majority vote to approve. Your yes vote means that your taxes will increase to support this private developer's grand scheme. The city of Redwood City has already dug deep into your pockets in preparation for this pork project and it's just the beginning. A close look at the real issues here can lead to only one conclusion: It's all about the money. No, not the money for you and me, but to line the pockets of an elite few.

The pro-development City Council has an agenda here. The Jefferson Avenue theater compex began it all. After spending $20 million of your tax dollars supporting this complex under the guise that it's good for local business, they now see a need to bring in a substantial population base to support this disaster in the making. That money comes from you and me.

Their agenda was further advanced with the reclaimed water project. We all paid for it with dollars and traffic delays, but the net effect was to free up good dsrinking water for this monster high-density housing carcinoma called Marina Shores.

The biggest bubble yet to burst is the traffic nightmare ahead for us. The effect of 20 theaters off Jefferson Avenue have yet to be realized, but it's coming. The effects of complete occupancy of the already-developed but vacant real estate such as the former Excite@Home building, the offices at the end of Seaport Boulevard, the corporate offices of the approved but not yet built for Eli-Lilly on the old salt mound property, the new Sequoia Hospital site near Granite Rock and so on. We won't be able to move on the access roads, let alone the freeway system.

This doesn't even count the traffic created by this monster of a project. Five thousand people generating 15,000 car-trips per day, adding to already-clogged roads, spewing more air pollution, and you can see where this is going. The only defense will be to run for the hills--if you can get there, because you won't be going anywhere fast. The only solution to these cluster block messes will be to throw more tax dollars at more band-aid attempts to keep traffic flowing in ever-slowing jam-ups.

To call Measure Q a rezoning density issue is just a plan and outright attempt to pull the wool over your eyes. This is about taxation, and as such should require a two-thirds majority vote to approve. The special interest agenda of lining developers' pockets at our expense means years of paying the bills for you and me. Deceptive politicians advocating the many benefits of overdevelopment can mean only one thing: They must be on the take, too.

Follow the money, people. Vote no on Q.

Kevin Germano
Redwood City

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