I recently received a glitzy pamphlet created by an ad agency, containing half truths and emotional pictures pushing the West Park plan to develop the Crows Landing Naval Air Station. The pamphlet did not inform me, but did make me suspicious about who paid for it. When a paid phone solicitor called, interrupting my family's dinner, wanting to know if I had any questions about the pamphlet, enough was enough and some big questions came to mind.
Isn't it a fact that representatives of the Port of Oakland said they are not interested in participating in an inland port project at Crows Landing? If the viability of this plan is based on sending products by rail from the new facilities to Oakland, what good is this plan? When I asked the phone solicitor about these facts, she did what any self-respecting worker hired for minimum wage would do -- she hung up on me.
Efforts by the proponents of the West Park Plan to coerce residents into believing that we need this plan at the Crows Landing Naval Air Station have succeeded in convincing me that this is another developer-sponsored shell game. It will squander a valuable county resource to make a developer rich.