Tues. 7/22/03- The El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce held a meeting to update the "business community" on progress of the Downtown Transportation and Land Use Plan - 7PM, Liberty Foursquare Church (behind Jay Vee Liquors), 3640 San Pablo Dam Rd. -Photos here
Jan. 9 , 2003 - As meeting had little public notice, attendance was small. The PAC election took place. Shirley Sharp was elected and her husband, Bob Sharp was appointed yielding one couple on the PAC.
Feb 25, 2003 - Citizens voiced their displeasure at the undemocratic nature of the proceedings and lack of meeting notification. Many residents of the project area stated they had not received notification about the meeting or the proposed redevelopment plan.
March 25, 2003 - Public Improvement program, Financial Feasibility, Land Use Issues. Ditto Feb. 25th meeting!
April 29, 2003 - Project Area Boundaries, Plan Provisions, Planning & Land Use, Implementation Plan. Lots of opposition to Redevelopment!!
May 20, 2003 - Meeting was packed with attendees; Jimmy McGuire and Rick Stacis were ejected during meeting. Once again, the majority of speakers were AGAINST the redevelopment plan and objected to the lack of public notification regarding the Plan and meetings- Photos of the crowd and Rick S. and Jimmy M. gettin' the boot!!
17, 2003 - Supervisor
John Gioia basically took over the meeting and called in 3 Sheriff's Deputies
to stand guard. Once again, the overwhelming sentiment of those present was
AGAINST a redevelopment project for El Sobrante. PAC meetings were suspended
until 2004! Photos HERE