Letters from our Readers: Environmental review good for salt ponds plan 

It is puzzling to me why former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto would call an environmental impact review process for the proposed Cargill salt pond development in Redwood City a “smoke screen.” On the contrary, an EIR is the most open and transparent way of studying the environmental impacts of a proposed development.

This analysis by local and state environmental agencies will inform the City Council and the public of significant environmental impacts of the project and ways these effects can be minimized. It will also give a range of alternatives to the proposed project.

It is true that the Cargill site is zoned “tidal plain” in the Redwood City general plan. However, any city’s general plan can be modified as the needs of the community change. That is why the general plan amendment process is available.

A thorough EIR process will provide valuable information to policymakers and community members for their discussions about the merits of the proposed project.

Georgi LaBerge, Former mayor, Redwood City

True impact of economy

From where I live, I can look into the windows of a major corporation whose stores populate shopping malls throughout the United States, and its offices are closed one or two days a week.

A man in a black overcoat carrying a thick briefcase just walked in alone. I would not mention the company’s name because we’re all in the same boat. Out here, we know our true economic peril, which is far greater than the media and the government might want us to believe.

Al Ujcic, San Francisco

Living within our means

Sunday’s column by Dan Walters noted that a nonteaching employee of a school district summed up their message, “Give us the money. That’s the only solution.”

Money is a problem, but the bigger problem is attitude. Whether with schools or sports teams, the one with the most money is not guaranteed to be the winner. The solution in a bad national economy is to live within one’s financial means. And with less resources available for the failing government-run public school system, charter schools, private schools and involved parents can make up the slack.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

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