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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Open Space Vote files over 8,000 signatures in Redwood City!

Measure poised for November ballot
June 12, 2008

Redwood City's Open Space Vote, ”a coalition of environmental and grassroots organizations sponsored by Save The Bay and Friends of Redwood City" recently filed over 8,000 petition signatures to qualify the Open Space Vote measure for the November 4, 2008, ballot. As threats to Redwood City's open spaces grow, requiring voter approval of development on open space lands will ensure that only the best possible projects for the environment and the community are built. Just fewer than 5,300 valid signatures are needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot. The 8,121 signatures submitted were collected in only 45 days, a quarter of the time allowed by law ”indicating overwhelming support among Redwood City residents.

Open Space Vote will amend the Redwood City Charter to require a two-thirds vote of the public to approve any development on existing open space. Open space deserves the strongest possible protection; once these lands are gone, they are gone forever. The measure has been endorsed by Acterra, the Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge, Clean Water Action, the Committee for Green Foothills, Friends of Bayfront Park, Greenbelt Alliance, Sequoia Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and former Congressman Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey, and State Senator Byron Sher. Major funding is provided by Save The Bay.

If you are interested in helping with the campaign to save open space in Redwood City, please email

Learn more about the Open Space Vote at

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