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Around Town: Two-time mayor lands new role with agency dedicated to improving bay

Original post made on Jul 4, 2021

In the latest Around Town column, news about a former Palo Alto mayor's new role at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and Santa Clara County's testing and vaccine officer stepping down.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, July 4, 2021, 8:18 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 7, 2021 at 1:35 pm

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What an oxymoron "San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission".

The only way to conserve the bay is to not develop around it anymore. Perhaps if the development was dismantling the Googles, Facebooks, Oracles and other developments that have plopped themselves on the edge of the Bay then it would make sense. But as development is currently defined it is the antithesis of conservation.

Similarly there is no such thing as "Smart Growth" when talking about protecting the environment. All human created growth is bad, some is just prettier than others. It is comparable to being on the Titanic in first class vs. steerage - the ship still ended in the same place. And any development around the bay is a negative for conservation.


Posted by Art Liberman
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2021 at 6:44 pm

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Congratulations to Greg Scharff on his appointment. In his prior public service work, he has never shied away from speaking out and speaking up for his constituents. Now the Bay - those who live in and all of us who live around the Bay - are his constituents.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 7, 2021 at 7:51 pm

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Greg did a good job when he was Mayor - relatively speaking. I think most people now are fully aware of the rise in the water table of the bay that is threatening the SF Embarcadero area, and Hayward shoreline. The building falling down in Florida is poiting up the problem of building on unstable ground. The news now are very busy pointing out the potentiaql problems of building directly next to the bay.


Posted by Rennie Winters
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2021 at 7:29 am

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> What an oxymoron "San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission".

Unless it involves creating another Foster City type development with housing and quaint canals where neighbors can visit one another by boat.

Another Venutian city would help to alleviate both the housing shortage and stimulate the economy by increasing boat sales.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 9, 2021 at 8:03 am

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Foster City is in trouble now. They have to reinforce the retaining walls to protect the homes. Foster City is a good example of an "idea" that was good at the time and now has hit a bump in the road.


Posted by Marion Harvey
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2021 at 3:13 pm

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> Another Venutian city would help to alleviate both the housing shortage and stimulate the economy by increasing boat sales.

Not sure about the boat sales but it would certainly ease the housing shortage in Palo Alto.

Venutian = of or pertaining to the planet VENUS.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 10, 2021 at 2:41 pm

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THe SF Chronicle has a very lengthy front page story of the Oakland Port: "Shipping delays - Slow to Deliver". Good article which points out the delays in off-loading the ships due to covid. The whole supply chain for almost every type of business that can be shipped in a container - Chips which run most cars and appliances. And the delays being experienced.
DIrectly next to that article - front page is the discussion of the Oakland A's efforts to put a stadium at Howard terminal.

Then we had the article about the increase in the level of water in the bay with maps of the most affected areas - the Oakland port most affected.

At the and of the article is the great statement - what ever they decide must be approved by the San Fancisco Bay Conservation and Development commission. YEAH!. An outside group to provide some common sense to a city that is divided and suffereing a lot of turmoil. I think due to weak management.
What is wrong with the Baseball League that puts up with this? All the wrong type of politics.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2021 at 7:54 pm

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Further in the Chronicle today is a large presentation on the increase in port traffic now that Covid is resolving itself. Pictures - graphs. Does the City Council of Oakland even read the studies and facts concerning the port? Does the County of Alameda? How about the Baseball League? This is a very active port. It is not a residential opportunity. Other groups are working to make the current colesium site better and attract new teams.


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