Is it concessions or extortion?
Original post made by Reg Rice, Menlo Park: Sharon Heights, on Oct 24, 2006
Even though they agree with the goals and features of the project, they claim that they could obtain more "concessions" from the developer. In plain language, "concessions" translates to mean "dollars that can be extorted from developers for permission to build."
They claim that the city should get 2 percent of construction costs in exchange for a building permit. This amounts to $l million that the city should get in addition to all the other concessions the city obtained during three years of negotiations.
Why is it legal for the city to extort money, but not for you and me?
Please support the council's efforts in the past, and vote for Winkler, Duboc and Boyle. In spite of negative attacks by a few activists on just about everything they have tried to accomplish, they have remained steadfastly on course and their efforts are paying off now with successful progress on the Rosewood Hotel at Interstate 280; the General Motors auto mall at Bayshore; and, eventually, the Derry project on Oak Grove Avenue. Note that none of this development is in residential areas.