Should There Be More Development On the Contra Costa Shoreline?

Supervisor Federal Glover unveiled his plan Tuesday to unite Contra Costa's waterfront cities into a political force.

Supervisor Federal Glover, who represents District V (including Martinez), unveiled a plan Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting to unite business, political and other leaders of the waterfront cities from Richmond to Oakley to consider future development of the shoreline.

“When it became clear to me that the new District V boundaries were going to encompass most of the northern waterfront, I asked county staff to assess its potential for economic development,” said Glover, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

The plan is called the Northern Waterfront Development Initiative. It calls for the county to convene a forum of industry, business and political leaders of the “working waterfront,” to explore the possibility of forming a political alliance that could be a force to be reckoned with. Bringing such diverse interests together, however, is hardly a given.

The areas to be studied would not include parks, open space and wetlands, which are all protected from development. The recreational part of the shoreline takes up about 60 percent of the waterfront.

The remaining waterfront area is mostly devoted to industrial uses established near the beginning of the previous century. Those industries make Contra Costa the second largest industrial area in the state, second only to Los Angeles County.

“We want to see if there are some common interests and goals shared by the industries, cities and businesses that can be accomplished more effectively if we speak with one strong voice,” said Glover.

“We want to strengthen our assets and make the area more attractive for new businesses that will provide good-paying jobs to improve the quality of life for our residents. The Northern Waterfront Initiative could be a major kick-start to Contra Costa County’s economy.”

Lawrence Risner March 01, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Oops, Dave I wasn't referring or comparing you to a child - I was just using "child" as an example - sorry!
Lawrence Risner March 01, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Wonder how the law suits against HUD is going to work out if they build the low income senior complex next to Telfer Trucking and someone survives long enough to develop cancer while there? On a positive note: I think the parking across from the AMTRAK station is the best idea in years!
Anne Mobley March 02, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Validated parking would help all the businesses downtown. We have asked about that but it fell on deaf ears. The change in the parking situation downtown hurt all of us. Lack of parking spaces makes people circle the block once or twice and then leave if they can't find any. On the 500 block we lost about 7 parking spaces. They end up going to Pleasant Hill's downtown where parking is free.
Lawrence Risner March 02, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I have always wondered why the local city governments are like that Ann. Here's a group of people put in that position by the very people they treat like underlings and are sometimes even rude to them. You can build a throne so they can look down on the meeting visitors but does that mean they have to "lord-over" people. I get the feeling of intimidation and also a sense of being treated a bit lowly having to physically look up to talk to them for not being at eye level. Have to say though that it's not just here that city leaders like to look down upon visitors by having elevated seats. Anyway, maybe instead of spending a ton of money on the marina right now perhaps a parking structure would be a wiser choice for the funds to solve a larger and more urgent problem. Just a thought.......
MIKE ALFORD March 03, 2013 at 04:34 AM
well Let me simplefie That ----- First Of All They Take So Much Money in their campains From The Busbys,Donivans,Siienos And Gus Kramer --- They Have To Answer To Their MASTERS ! ---- You Want The Truth Hear It Is ALL Deals Are Done By And Through These Special Intrests Groups That Have Bought And Paid For With The Help Of Torlickson,DeSlanure Dont Forget Glover eather See These People Are In Line To All Benifit From VERY HIGH DENESITY Building along With Goverment Housing === If You Can Not See This Well You Are Out of Touch With The Sham & Scam That Is Happing RIGHT In Front Of You ! ---- Why Do You Think They They Keep BUYING The Same People And Keeping Them (AS YOU SAY) Looking Down And Talking To Us The Un Washed Masses ! === See I & All of you Know WHY They Cant Afford To Have Someone Like Me Working For The People Of MARTINEZ ---- I Tell The People The Truth !! --- And That CANT LET THAT HAPPEN ---- NOT In MARTINEZ !!!


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