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The Mirabella blues

You get the feeling Foster City officials wish that critics of Mirabella San Francisco Bay Parkview Plaza, a major development planned for 15 acres next to City Hall, would just kind of fade away.

But that seems unlikely, especially now that Foster City parents are clamoring for the construction of a fourth elementary school on city land. Some of these parents are well aware that four acres of the 15-acre Mirabella site remain available, since plans for a public charter high school there fell through last summer.

The Foster City Council was never particularly fond of the charter school idea and its backer, the Foster City High School Foundation, so it’ll be interesting to see how it reacts if and when parents of children in the San Mateo-Foster City School District suggest the eastern corner of the Mirabella property as a possible school site.

Regardless, the small but committed group of residents who oppose Mirabella is not going anywhere. In fact, they may be about to amplify their message.

Let’s put aside the questions of the moment — those pertaining to traffic and construction noise and other issues covered by an environmental impact report that the city is currently reviewing — and step back for a look at the bigger picture.

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Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2009
Under: Aaron Kinney, Activism, City Council, Foster City, Planning | 1 Comment »

Brisbane’s new City Hall

The Times ran a couple photos yesterday of Brisbane’s new City Hall, which opened to the public on Monday. We have a few others in the hopper that didn’t make it into the paper. Here’s the facade:

Here’s one of the building’s open staircases:

A worker puts the finishing touches on the audiovisual equipment in the City Council’s new meeting room:

This is where the city planners sit:

Click here for more information on the renovation.

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
Under: Aaron Kinney, Brisbane, City Council, Planning | No Comments »