As We See It: Economy stifles three d...

As We See It: Economy stifles three different projects in county

There are 6 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Oct 2, 2009, titled As We See It: Economy stifles three different projects in county. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

It's been a tough week for two historic, crumbling properties along with an ambitious project slated for Santa Cruz's Westside.

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Press 2 for Spanish

Soquel, CA

#1 Oct 2, 2009
It's not the current state of affairs that squashed the Redmond House, it's the last 30+ years of waiting to turn this property into a cash cow that failed to give milk.
I'm curious, how much influence did Hare Brewer and Kelly, the developers of Pajaro Dunes have in the re-routing of the Pajaro River to its meandering location creating a moat on the landward side of the development to keep the riff raff out and create an illusion of no toxic farming to the north of La La Land by the Sea. The Pajaro kept the Elkhorn Slough in a healthy state before other interests changed it's course in history....
Patton did it

Millbrae, CA

#2 Oct 2, 2009
Like so many current ruins, the Redman-Hirahara house can trace its demise back to Gary Patton. As county supervisor, Patton led the opposition against the Wingspread development. A vicious campaign by Patton and other no-growthers culminated in a 65% voter rejection of it as Measure A in the 1988 primary. After that, Ryland Kelley either could no longer afford to maintain Redman, or allowed it to deteriorate out of spite. And in voting down Wingspread - which would have included a performing arts center provided by the developer - voters doomed taxpayers to footing the bill for constructing a center across the highway at Cabrillo, while losing all the potential revenues of Wingspread. And as the editorial states, we were left with a "home to weeds" - and not even endangered weeds.
Thanks Gary, for this nail among the many nails yo've driven into the county's economic coffin.Great job, Gary.
ihatethisplace

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Oct 2, 2009
[...]The city, which approved the development, had hoped it would create jobs and revenue[...]

How the hell does the city create revenue? Why don't they just say the city could not take more tax money from us at this time.
History class

AOL

#5 Oct 2, 2009
Press 2 for Spanish wrote:
I'm curious, how much influence did Hare Brewer and Kelly, the developers of Pajaro Dunes have in the re-routing of the Pajaro River to its meandering location creating a moat on the landward side of the development to keep the riff raff out and create an illusion of no toxic farming to the north of La La Land by the Sea. The Pajaro kept the Elkhorn Slough in a healthy state before other interests changed it's course in history....
Though the Pajaro River flowed into Elkhorn Slough in the geological past, it's followed the present course through Pajaro to the area around Pajaro Dunes at least as far back as the Portola expedition of 1769, with Father Crespi's diary indicating they crossed the river just west of Pajaro. There was a pier (Port Watsonville) and casino at the river mouth near Palm Beach early in the 1900's, with a rail line connecting them to Watsonville. Pajaro Dunes was just a twinkle in a developer's eye until 1959, when the Palm Beach property was sold by Watsonville's William Locke-Paddon to San Franciscan Gardner Mein.
GodHelpUsFromThe Developer

El Dorado Hills, CA

#6 Oct 21, 2010
In the 1980s real estate developer Ryland Kelley tried to place numerous structures on a large coastal property, beautifully situated, with a wonderful view. Thank goodness the voters at that time blocked the abomination. Now Kelley is at it again, scheming to develop a nearly 600 acre San Gregorio ranch. With utmost dishonesty, even as he stands ready to facilitate subdivision and construction, he pretends to try to preserve the property as Island Farm. We citizens need put this schemer in his place again.
Jane on coast

Pescadero, CA

#7 May 1, 2013
GodHelpUsFromTheDeveloper wrote:
In the 1980s real estate developer Ryland Kelley tried to place numerous structures on a large coastal property, beautifully situated, with a wonderful view. Thank goodness the voters at that time blocked the abomination. Now Kelley is at it again, scheming to develop a nearly 600 acre San Gregorio ranch. With utmost dishonesty, even as he stands ready to facilitate subdivision and construction, he pretends to try to preserve the property as Island Farm. We citizens need put this schemer in his place again.
I noticed this comment from 2010 just today.
So the FACTS are that R. Kelley does not own the San Gregorio property of which you speak, and has NO CONTROL over who buys it, because he is only the representative for the family who is selling it.
So you should aim your shots at the family who owns the property because they don't want to sell to a land trust to preserve the place. His preference is to see it preserved, whether you want to believe it or not, but he has no control of that either way. He has reached out to potential buyers who care about preservation to show them the property. So those are the facts. You are quite the gossip spreading wrong "information."

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