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October 4, 2011 > Letter to the editor: Cal Poly contract raises questions

Letter to the editor: Cal Poly contract raises questions

Regarding the Government Briefs of the Newark City Council (Sept 27 edition), the City Manager requested permission from the City Council to sign a research agreement with Cal Poly to update Newark's General Plan. This is not a modification of the general plan.

The draft general plan update will be presented to the city staff in late March of 2012. That's just six months from now. Will the city receive a copy of the general plan as part of this update? No, not unless the city pays more money. Page A-2 of the agreement states that, "If given financial support, we will make the following available to the client; one hard, color copy and electronic copies of the General Plan."

As the editor and publisher of Tri-City Voice knows, Fremont has been updating its general plan; holding meetings and working with consultants. The process has taken more than six months. If only Fremont had made a contract with Cal Poly, Fremont could have had an updated general plan for less than the cost of a few pizzas and a case of soda and it would be finished by now.

If I had not asked that this item be pulled from the Consent Calendar there would have been no discussion and the whole matter would have been swept under the rug like so many other city actions. When other cities begin the process of updating their general plans there is community involvement. In Newark there is not.

Margaret Lewis
Newark

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