While reporting for Peninsula Press, my main beat was focused around Redwood City on the San Francisco Peninsula. The biggest issue at that time was the loss of redevelopment funds as the city was seeking to transform urban blight and redefine itself in Silicon Valley.
As government funding drops, Redwood City library head taps volunteers, his own bank account
At a time when public libraries across the country have been hit by a barrage of budget cuts, Dave Genesy not only refuses to admit defeat but also remains a bit of a dreamer.
On Peninsula Press – http://archive.peninsulapress.com/2011/11/29/as-government-funding-drops-redwood-city-library-head-taps-volunteers-his-own-bank-account/
On SFGate – http://blog.sfgate.com/inthepeninsula/2011/11/30/as-government-funding-drops-redwood-city-library-head-taps-volunteers-his-own-bank-account/
On The Bay Citizen – https://www.baycitizen.org/news/education/funding-drops-redwood-city-library-head/
Redwood City downtown redevelopment in limbo as state Supreme Court decision looms
The downtown Redwood City of yesteryear earned a crude nickname: “Deadwood City.” But since the 1980s, a steady stream of redevelopment funds paved the way for a new breed of restaurants, movie theaters and shops that continue to draw large crowds of residents and visitors alike. Now, city officials say, the progress is at risk of stalling.
On Peninsula Press – http://archive.peninsulapress.com/2011/12/18/as-state-court-battle-wages-on-redwood-city-redevelopment-efforts-remain-in-limbo/
On SFGate – http://blog.sfgate.com/inthepeninsula/2011/12/19/as-state-court-battle-wages-on-redwood-city-redevelopment-efforts-remain-in-limbo/
Court says California can ax redevelopment agencies, send money to schools
The California Supreme Court cleared the way for the state to abolish redevelopment agencies, which many cities have used to spur the renewal of rundown neighborhoods.
On Peninsula Press – http://archive.peninsulapress.com/2011/12/29/in-blow-to-cities-court-says-california-can-eliminate-redevelopment-agencies/
On SFGate – http://blog.sfgate.com/inthepeninsula/2011/12/30/in-blow-to-cities-court-says-california-can-eliminate-redevelopment-agencies/
Developer pauses Saltworks development for internal review as community oppose project
Opponents to one of the Bay Area’s largest proposed developments are not taking a back seat, despite months of silence from the developer.
On Peninsula Press – http://archive.peninsulapress.com/2012/01/30/developer-pauses-redwood-citys-saltworks-development-for-internal-review-as-community-oppose-project/
On SFGate – http://blog.sfgate.com/inthepeninsula/2012/01/31/developer-pauses-saltworks-development-for-internal-review-as-community-oppose-project/
Redwood Shores residents prepare for the worst at disaster planning event
With its lagoons, manicured parks and marinas, Redwood Shores is a picturesque place to live. But if a natural disaster strikes, the community that juts into the San Francisco Bay could be a nightmare to evacuate.
On Peninsula Press – http://archive.peninsulapress.com/2011/11/09/redwood-shores-residents-prepare-for-the-worst-at-disaster-planning-event/
On SFGate – http://blog.sfgate.com/inthepeninsula/2011/11/09/redwood-shores-residents-prepare-for-the-worst-at-disaster-planning-event/