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Viewpoint - March 30, 2011

Letter: Cargill paying for Redwood City staff time

On March 22, Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira said that Cargill is paying for staff time to work on their application to develop 1,436 acres of salt flats. This "provides an additional revenue source" for the city, he said, which is particularly helpful in these lean times.

Unfortunately for the citizens of Redwood City, it seems that not all revenue sources are equal. When staff in the city manager's office raised over $100,000 in grants in 2009/2010 to study and implement a climate action plan and environmental program, the council in a March meeting last year criticized them and ordered an audit to make sure they were not costing the city any money.

Is it that when the source is Cargill, the revenue is good, but when the source is the Packard Foundation for implementation of environmental programs, the revenue is bad?

Bryan Beck

Redwood City

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