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San Mateo County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Measure Q
City of Redwood City

Majority Approval Required

10,214 / 45.8% Yes votes ...... 12,109 / 54.2% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Dec 15 1:37pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (47/47)
Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall Ordinance No. 1130-332, which was unanimously passed by the City Council, and that rezones property located at Peninsula Marina, Pete's Harbor, and adjacent roadway parcels, to a Planned Community District to allow a combination of uses including residential, commerical, marinas, parks, and open space, be adopted?

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
A "yes" vote means that the Site should be rezoned and that the Ordinance would take effect.

A NO vote of this measure means:
A "no" vote means that the Site should not be rezoned and the Ordinance would not take effect.

Impartial Analysis from City Clerk
Ordinance No. 1130-332 ("Ordinance"), unanimously adopted by the Redwood City Council on June 28, 2004, amends the City Zoning Map to rezone approximately 46.5 acres of land ("Site") located at Peninsula Marina, Pete's Harbor, and adjacent roadway parcels from General Commercial (CG) and General Commercial Residential (CG-R) Districts to a Planned Community (P) District.

The City Zoning Code regulates and classifies land uses in Redwood City and places them within "zoning districts." Peninsula Marina is currently zoned CG, which permits hotels, offices and schools, and other commercial uses. With a conditional use permit, additional uses could include parks, open spaces, marinas, and other uses. Pete's Harbor is currently zoned CG-R, which allows residential uses, as well as those allowed in the CG district. Both districts have a current height limitation of 75 feet.

If approved by the voters, the Ordinance would replace these designations with the P District, which would allow for the uses set forth in the Marina Shores Village Precise Plan ("Precise Plan"). The Precise Plan, with City required conditions, permits the construction of up to 1,930 residential units in multi-story towers and buildings. The units will consist of town homes and condominiums of which at least 5% of the total number must be affordable to very low income households and 10% are to be affordable to moderate income households. The City Council may direct the developer to construct the very low income units off-site. The maximum height of the tallest towers will be 205 feet at Peninsula Marina and 240 feet at Pete's Harbor. The amount of land area used for construction of these taller buildings may not exceed 7.5% of the total site.

A locally-oriented commercial/retail area of at least 25,000 square feet, up to a maximum of 50,000 square feet, is required. Up to 150,000 square feet of office space and a hotel of up to 200 rooms could be permitted. Marinas totaling a minimum of 7 acres, with dock space and/or moorings for a minimum of 60 boats, are required. Public parks and open space as well as public waterfront access ways must consist of at least 6.8 acres, up to 50% of which could be public waterfront walkways and marina.

A "yes" vote means that the Site should be rezoned and that the Ordinance would take effect. A "no" vote means that the Site should not be rezoned and the Ordinance would not take effect.

Complete copies of the documents referenced above and other related documents may be obtained from the Clerk's Office of Redwood City, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, California or viewed at Redwood City's internet web site address of

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Q. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the City Clerk's Office at 650-780-7220 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Compiled by the City of Redwood City City Clerk Patricia Howe

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Arguments For Measure Q Arguments Against Measure Q
Measure Q ensures that a currently developed, under-utilized industrial site east of Highway 101 can be transformed into a well-planned, environmentally sensitive new community of residential housing, neighborhood-serving businesses, marinas, public parks and open space. For nearly four years the Redwood City Council, Planning Commission and public have thoroughly studied Marina Shores Village. After numerous public hearings and presentations, the City has reshaped and reduced the project, and has ordered over 250 public benefits and mitigations.

Measure Q will result in benefits and improvements to enhance the quality of life in Redwood City--at no cost to us! These include:

o 6.8 acres of new public parks and open space.

o $10 million for traffic improvements that provide alternatives to local streets and highways.

o New public waterfront access and walkways, public trails, open space and bay wetlands.

o New affordable housing for teachers, firefighters, nurses, civic workers, police officers and others.

o Over $6 million in fees to local Redwood City public schools.

o $10 million to build new water delivery systems to help Redwood City protect our water supply.

Measure Q will generate over $2 million in new tax revenue for Redwood City and over $1 billion in private investment and associated job creation. Our City will be better able to provide essential public services without raising taxes. These new funds will assist in protecting neighborhood services such as libraries, public safety, senior programs, parks and street repairs.

Marina Shores Village has won the support of the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, and was approved unanimously by the Redwood City Council.

Please join us and hundreds of Redwood City residents including seniors, environmentalists, firefighters, teachers, nurses, police officers and business owners in voting YES on Measure Q for Redwood City's future!

/s/ Anna G. Eshoo August 12, 2004 Member of U.S. Congress

/s/ Jeff Ira August 11, 2004 Mayor of Redwood City

/s/ Maria Diaz-Slocum August 13, 2004 Redwood City Elementary School District Trustee

/s/ Adrian Anderson August 10, 2004 President, Redwood City Firefighters

/s/ Larry Buckmaster August 11, 2004 President, Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce

Rebuttal to Arguments For
Measure Q creates an environmentally insensitive, out-of-scale development to benefit a few at the expense of many. With 17 skyscrapers, Redwood City would have more skyscrapers than Sacramento or San Jose. The facts -- from the City's own documents -- don't support the developer's claims or justify the project's costs.

Developer's Claim Public input

Facts There were two project-specific public hearings before 2004. The majority of public concerns are not reflected in the final project.

Developer's Claim Affordable housing

Facts Most teacher, and many firefighter and police families, cannot afford even the moderate-income units.

Developer's Claim Public parks/open space

Facts Nearly 75% of project open space is located under power transmission towers/lines (and is intended for project residents) or is open water (private marinas).

Developer's Claim "No cost to us!"

Facts Consider a few of the costs to the rest of us:

o Fills 11.54 acres of navigable waters

o Privatizes hundreds of public boat slips and limits use to project residents.

o $10 million is a drop in the bucket for the required traffic improvements. Taxpayers will be stuck with the bill and 17 unsolvable traffic problems.

o $10 million is a fraction of the cost of the recycled water system. Ratepayers will pay increased water and sewer rates and still face water shortages.

Developer's Claim $2 million in tax revenues

Facts At current spending, over $5 million would be required to provide City services for the 4,000 project residents, creating an annual deficit, not a surplus.

Voting NO on Measure Q is a vote for responsible growth.

/s/ Gwenythe J. Scove August 23, 2004 Landscape Architect

/s/ Judy Kirk August 23, 2004 Retired Teacher, Sequoia High School and Redwood City School District

/s/ René White August 23, 2004 Redwood City Business Owner

/s/ Michael Spence August 23, 2004 Publisher, Nature & Science Guides

/s/ Ralph Nobles August 23, 2004 People for Housing Not High-Rises, Friends of Redwood City

Vote "NO" on Measure Q, which changes existing zoning to allow a developer to build skyscraper condominiums on bayfront fill. Over 3,600 residents signed a petition to put the Marina Shores Project to a vote.

Measure Q rezones Redwood City's waterfront, tripling the current citywide height limit of 75 feet to permit seventeen skyscrapers 180 to 240 feet tall! It allows for extreme density, 1,930 units, on an isolated bayside peninsula next to a wildlife preserve. These zoning changes compromise the quality of life for all Redwood City residents. A "NO" vote ensures that the developer complies with zoning laws in place when the property was purchased.

Don't be fooled by Measure Q's language promising "marinas", "parks" and "open space". These are diversions from the real impacts this project will have on our community. The costs are too high: traffic gridlock, water supply issues and environmental degradation; all caused by the extreme height and density. 14,000 additional auto trips per day will snarl traffic on Highway 101, Whipple Ave., Woodside Rd. and Veterans Blvd.. Redwood City is already over its water allotment. The city cannot even guarantee water for this project. A "NO" vote tells the City Council to meet future housing needs without creating a record-setting 23 unsolvable environmental problems.

Eighty-five percent of the units are luxury condos and the "moderate-income" housing requires a family of three to earn $109,800 a year to qualify. This is not the affordable family housing Redwood City needs. The City's own Housing Element shows that low cost housing can be built without destroying our bayview with skyscrapers or harming our wildlife and environment. Redwood City families need housing located near transit and downtown services, not 23-story luxury condominiums on an isolated bayfront peninsula.


/s/ Matthew Leddy August 13, 2004 People For Housing Not High-Rises

/s/ Hilary S. Paulson August 13, 2004 Attorney at Law

/s/ Ralph Nobles August 13, 2004 Former Redwood City Planning Commissioner

/s/ Robin Winslow Smith August 13, 2004 Sequoia Audubon Society

/s/ John O. Dempsey August 13, 2004 Former Co-Chair, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association

Rebuttal to Arguments Against
Q stands for Quality Community! WE URGE A YES ON Q.

For nearly four years, Redwood City professional planners, the Planning Commission, City Councilmembers and the public reshaped, reduced and required the builders to create Marina Shores Village with EXTENSIVE PUBLIC BENEFITS available to everyone in Redwood City.

These benefits are numerous and will not take place otherwise:

PUBLIC GREEN SPACE is emphasized. New parks and waterfront walkways will be created + 6.8 acres + at NO COST TO TAXPAYERS. Access to these new walkways, bike trails, the Bay Trail, and marinas will be constructed by the builder.

TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS including new roads and Shuttle service will be provided + $10 million to take cars off Highway 101 and relieve traffic + paid for by the builder.

Our schools benefit + $6 million goes to Redwood City schools for future new construction.

Drinking water supply is increased + the builder will contribute $10 million for NEW WATER SYSTEMS to protect and expand our drinking water supply. And pay several million more for NEW EMERGENCY WATER STORAGE SYSTEMS. These improvements will benefit Redwood City water users at the builder's cost.

Affordable and market rate for-sale housing will be constructed + helping seniors, retirees, newly hired teachers, fire fighters, nurses and others in our community.

We respectfully urge that you carefully consider Measure Q. WE'VE THOUGHT IT THROUGH and support Measure Q. The City Council approved Marina Shores Village unanimously. Nurses, teachers, firefighters, police officers, seniors, and numerous others urge a Yes vote on Q.

/s/ Jackie Speier August 18, 2004 California State Senator

/s/ Barbara Pierce August 20, 2004 Vice Mayor, Redwood City

/s/ Nola Bright Hackett August 20, 2004 21-year Redwood City School Teacher

/s/ Ginny Hughes August 20, 2004 Senior Advocate

/s/ Betty J. Moran August 19, 2004 60-year Redwood City Resident

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