Fiery Newark residents sway Planning Commission to delay vote on general plan environmental repor

In Thursday’s paper …

NEWARK — A vote to certify the general plan’s final environmental impact report has been pushed back at least two weeks, after a fiery Planning Commission meeting where residents complained the city gave them just a day to review the document.

The draft report was made public Monday and posted on the city’s website, but some residents told the commission on Tuesday they could not access it because the large file kept freezing their computers.

“The public’s ability to provide substantive comments during this public hearing are being thwarted because the documents under review were not provided in a timely fashion,” said Carin High, member of the environmental group Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge. “I’ve never encountered a situation before where the public is given only one day.”

High was one of 10 residents to address the commissioners, with each speaker calling for the vote to be delayed.

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Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Every once in a while a public official will go against the tide if they think they are right.
    I congratulate Commissioner Theresa Ballard Dias for Her motion to delay the vote until Newark residences has a chance to exam the document and comment on it.
    Since the document was not available, in a timely manner, hopefully they will open public discussion on the document.

  2. Another reason to reject Newark’s area 4 for a golf course and McMansions

    According to National Park Service scientist Dr. Sarah Allen, Castro Rocks, Mowry Slough, and Newark Slough serve as the primary pupping sites in the Bay.

  3. In the constant search for local News Here is a couple of web sites.


    I have quit the Oakland Argus and am know a happy San Jose Mercury subscriber. I almost forgot what a real newspaper looks like. It has more local news then the Oakland shopper called the Argus.

    I do not blame the Argus reporter Chris DeBenedetti, He has done a excellent job considering his work load. They have gone from several reporters to ONE.

    I have read Chris’s reporting in the

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