|Study of Alternatives - Point Molate Goes to Pot
November 10, 2010
When the now lame duck City Council majority directed a study of alternative uses for Point Molate, it was called a “Sham Hearing on Pt Molate Casino Alternatives” by the Richmond Progressive Alliance (Richmond Progressive Alliance News letter Sept. 17, 2010), and a “rigged process” by Michael Beer (Richmond Confidential, August 5, 2010). The City advertised the process as:
Well, it turned out that its detractors were right on target.
The consultant, Berkeley firm Design, Community & Environment (DCE), headed by President David Early and Architect Darrell Caraway were paid by Upstream and pandered to their client loyally, coming up with a fatally flawed report that rivaled the EIR in the worst garbage competition category. The “W” word comes to mind, but I will restrain myself and not utter it.
So what did they come up with”? The only economically feasible use for Point Molate (other than a casino) would be a giant marijuana farm, using the landmark historic buildings as grow houses for weed to supply the local dispensaries.
I could also hardly believe it when I saw the note in the draft : “It was not assumed that historic Building 6 would need to be preserved since most of the DEIS/R alternatives fail to preserve this building.” If for no other reason, This completely undermined the whatever validity the report and its authors might have. I thought the purpose of the study was to look at alternatives, not to parrot the EIR/EIS, which is already fatally deficient.