It turns out that current and former Redwood City Council members Jeff Ira, Jeff Gee, Jim Hartnett and Rosanne Foust are or were Chamber of Commerce board members. Nancy Radcliff, Redwood City Planning Commission member, and John Bruno, a principal of DMB Associates, also serve on the Chamber's board. I doubt it is no coincidence that the Chamber failed to disclose their $25,000 to defeat a measure directly opposed to DMB's interests.
This is now the second time that Redwood City public officials have been either directly or indirectly found in violation of California State Law (the first violation was in 2010 and involved Rosanne Foust). The decision to approve or reject DMB/Cargill's massive development plan for the salt ponds is still pending before the Redwood City Council and Planning Commission. However, the public can no longer trust that they will make a fair and impartial decision free of undue influence.
Marsha Cohen, 7th Avenue, Redwood City