Ms. Gleason’s letter in the Contra Costa Times, “Picking right candidates for weapons station future,” (27 Oct), regarding the CNWS Neighborhood Alliance‘s endorsed candidates for Concord City Council is misleading, misrepresents other candidates, and plays on the fears of residents.
All plans for the Concord Naval Weapon Station include a minimum of 2387 acres be granted to East Bay Regional Parks District as part of the transfer of the property from the Department of Defense and is not an exclusive issue to the Neighborhood Alliance candidates, and there is no reason to fear losing that.
She also implies that only their three candidates do not have developer ties when in fact at least three other candidates for city council (including myself) have no developer ties. I support slow, smart, and considerate development of the weapon station property. I also support conservation, and keeping the character of our wonderful city intact. Other candidates also share these concerns and there are other choices that can assuage the fears of overdevelopment.
Unlike their three candidates, however, I (and others) have no ties to organizations that are still pushing and attempting to circumvent the process and go back to the concentration and conservation plan that would not only place all of the burdens and impacts of development solely on North Concord residents, but increase those burdens for those few while keeping all development from impacting their own neighborhood.
The current Clustered Villages plan was developed with the entire city in mind and by a consensus of the residents of Concord that participated in the process for many years. However, as Ms Gleason states, three votes by city council members can completely undo that entire planning process in less than a minute and revert to a plan favored by one neighborhood in an alliance with groups from outside of Concord to protect their own self-interests and promote their own agendas over those of the city. So which three candidates the voters chose is vitally important.
We live in a community. That entails everyone accepting changes and sharing burdens in the growth of our city, not forming alliances or making pledges to protect a few neighborhoods while sacrificing others. I live between Denkinger and West, and yes, when houses get built on the land adjacent to that area, those streets should be incorporated to share the traffic load across all neighborhoods.
I urge all Concord voters to research the candidates, and vote for candidates that have the best interests of ALL of Concord residents at heart, and to not succumb to the protectionist fear mongering of a group consisting of 1% of our city’s population.
From the Oct 27 Contra Costa Times Your turn:
A VOTE for three Concord City Council members can make the difference between preserving maximum open space, parks and recreation and overdeveloping the Concord Naval Weapons Station.
From an environmental viewpoint, the stakes are high. Now is the time to help guarantee future generations will have access to open space, parks and recreation, and a great East Bay Regional Park.
Now is the time to ensure that wildlife will be protected and continue to exist on the CNWS. Now, in the planning process, is the time to take a close look at the impact of traffic, noise and air pollution on family, friends and neighbors.
The CNWS Neighborhood Alliance is an all-volunteer group of local residents dedicated to maximizing open space and parks and minimizing traffic, air and noise pollution impacts in the development of the CNWS.
We believe that Carlyn Obringer, Ed Birsan and Laura Hoffmeister are three candidates who will follow through with their commitment to preserve open space, parks and recreation.
In addition to environmental issues, they share a commitment to address the overall economic and safety issues facing Concord.
We understand it will take many years to develop the CNWS. Let’s put the pieces in place now during the planning process. Let’s preserve what we can.
If open space and the environment are concerns today, how important will these quality-of-life issues be in the future?
How important will they be to you, your family and neighbors when development of the CNWS actually begins?
Look to the future. The CNWS is Concord’s largest development ever. Let’s do this correctly. Put candidates in place now to make decisions that will improve the face and future of the city.
These three candidates truly represent the people and have no developer ties. Vote for Carlyn Obringer, Ed Birsan and Laura Hoffmeister. Vote for a green future for Concord.
Kathy Gleason is the co-founder of the CNWS Neighborhood Alliance and is a resident of Concord.