Point Molate needs your attention once again. There is a City Council meeting happening 5:00pm tonight 6/21/2016. In a closed session, the former proposed casino developer Upstream Development will hold a “conference with legal counsel” regarding existing litigation Upstream holds against the City of Richmond. Arrive before 5:00pm and fill out a speaker card to be heard during the brief window for public comment on the value of Point Molate.

Agenda for City Council meeting 6/21 at 5:00pm TODAY

TODAY JUNE 21, 2016

LOCATION: Community Services Building 440 Civic Center Plaza Richmond, CA 94804

TIME: arrive 4:45pm to fill out a speaker card

We are foremost requesting that any plans for Point Molate be open to public process. We are concerned that Upstream Development will present a new housing development plan to City of Richmond in form of a settlement offer. The City may vote and decide to accept the plan, without asking the public. Many times the residents of Richmond have stood up and said they don’t want inappropriate development there, away from many services and closely neighboring the Chevron refinery. Settling now would be a loss to the City on many fronts. See Citizens for Sustainable Point Molate recent blog post: http://www.cfspm.org/

Our organization will advocate firstly, that land use commitments not be made tonight. We will continue with insisting that want to see the most valuable plant communities preserved, that of the watershed area immediately above the Beach Park. (Have you visited the Point Molate Beach Park on Stenmark Drive yet, which is maintained by volunteers and open to the public?) We believe the best use of this area is as park land, and needs boundary protections for flora from Coastal Prairie bunch grasses stretching all the way up the hillside, to the eel grass beds in the bay.

We do not want decisions made tonight on the fate of this beautiful diverse resource, without due opportunity for public process. We fear that a hasty decision will reflect the City’s current hurt for funds and ignore what the public actually wants there.

CONTACT your Richmond City Council Members today, to voice your concerns. Model letters follow which you are welcome to use. All voices are important at this point, even if you are not a Richmond resident. If Point Molate is important to you we value you adding your voice.

Please help us shed light on Richmond. Thank you. Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
Sincerely,

Karen Whitestone
Conservation Analyst
East Bay California Native Plant Society

510.734.0335

conservation@ebcnps.org

 

LETTERS:

Pt. Molate Alert – East Bay CNPS, Conservation Committee

Below are Council email addresses and samples to reach Richmond City Council prior to the closed-door session on Pt. Molate, Tues. 5pm

tom.butt@intres.com          natbates@comcast.net               jovanka_beckles@ci.richmond.ca.us     eduardo_martinez@ci.richmond.ca.us                       gayle@definingourdestiny.net      jael_myrick@ci.richmond.ca.us                               vinay_pimple@ci.richmond.ca.us

cc: <conservation@ebcnps.org>

Subject: Open and Public Planning Process for Pt. Molate (short version if you just have a moment)

Please do not make any land use commitments to Upstream or any other developer in closed door session. We ask you to initiate an open and public planning process for zoning of land use at Pt. Molate.

Sincerely,

Richmond resident, member of California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter

Subject: Open and Public Planning Process for Pt. Molate (longer version).

This Tuesday, June 21, at 5 p.m. the members of the Richmond City Council will be reviewing in closed session a lawsuit against the City by the casino developer, Upstream Development. Upstream Development has been approaching the City recently, and it is feared that they are trying to obtain Council member approval to build a big housing development in the diverse and ecologically-rich south watershed basin that surrounds the Pt. Molate Beach Park. Their

Housing development in Pt. Molate’s south watershed was one of the proposals rejected by the Richmond voters in November, 2010 when we voted overwhelmingly against Upstream’s project, including the casino. Also, recent business expert advice sought by the City wisely recommends concentrating any development in the Winehaven area, reserving the south watershed as parkland due to its amazing ecological diversity and future value to all Richmond residents.

The City has not yet done a public planning process to codify land use zoning at Pt. Molate. Zoning is a public process and precedes any approval of land use.

We ask that the City Council initiate a public planning process so Richmond residents have a say on land uses at Pt. Molate, and that the Council make no land use commitments until a public planning process for Pt. Molate is completed.

Sincerely,

Richmond resident and member, California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter

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