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Jan Neff-Sinclair

Alex, you need to check your facts before you express knee-jerk opinions. The people who oppose North River Farms support the high density residential area that is going to be built next to the Sprinter Crouch station! That is the kind of development our city needs. It will (hopefully) be affordable, which NRF will not be. It is close to public transportation so it will save pollution, which NRF will encourage. There is no public transportation near where they are going to try to build NRF! So there will be significantly more vehicular traffic on an already jammed Hwy 76. It took 2 hours to evacuate people in the path of the Lilac Fire...which came very close to where they want to build more kindling. It will take significantly longer if houses are where that buffer area is now. Please think about what development is good for the city and what is bad. Unless you work in the building trade, real estate sales, or some industry where you will personally benefit from growth on the agricultural land, you should oppose this project. Frankly, I hope you'll oppose it for the public good even if you do expect to make money from it.

Feb. 5, 2020

Just to be clear, the person talking to the police in one photo and the guy to the right in the next photo were NOT signature gatherers for our Referendum petition. They were "blockers" that were hired by the developer to disrupt our signature gathering and harass us. The one talking to the police came up to me and spent several minutes just yelling nonsense at me, and then took off. He came again a day or two later and again got in my face, made false statements, and harassed me. I never saw him with a petition -- he seemed to be brought in only to intimidate and harass. Note the brochures in the hand of the guy on the right in the final photo -- those were the North River "Farms" propaganda pieces they were handing out against our petition effort.

Feb. 5, 2020

Alex, these people are not "nut bags" at all. They don't feel like having another piece of badly designed development shoved into their city, aided and abetted by the city council. (Of the five votes on the council, two are appointees, and one of those is the mayor.) Then there's the councilman who was very open and loud in his support for the development, even before it came before the council. These folks have a legitimate objection to the design and the way it has been pushed.

The developer now seems to be getting desperate, seeing the approval slipping away, along with all the bucks it spent getting it this far along. The suits may intimidate a few people, but they may also backfire on the developer. If it does go that way, it would serve them right.

Feb. 5, 2020

Excellent reporting. Sounds like these citizens need to get a good anti-SLAPP attorney. And given how they have coordinated their dirty tricks, the whole cabal of Sutton lawyers and their clients should be charged for racketeering.

Feb. 5, 2020

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