We concerned citizens of the Hercules Bayside community share the concerns of all Herculeans regarding the budget issues plaguing Hercules. However, fire selling valuable land, for short-term budget fixes and incoherent development is not the right way forward.
We believe the Hercules City Council violated the California Brown Act by not providing for an adequate and fair degree of transparency in recent real estate negotiations for the sale of Sycamore Crossings, Parcel C, and Victoria Crescent prior to numerous closed-door sessions in which the public had no voice.
As stated in our formal complaint in our Cure and Correct demand letter to the council, glaring violations of the Brown Act include: no requisite resolutions in open council sessions prior to closed-door sessions publicly announcing the real estate negotiations; the brokers hired or potential buyers; and no formal appraisal or approval for major land-use changes prior to numerous closed sessions.
The Bayside community is already impacted by the overwhelming size of Sycamore North and will be further impacted by adjacent large-scale developments currently proposed by the city.
The proposed developments will yield little sales tax or property tax revenues, will further erode Bayside housing values, dilute our suffering rental market, and strain city services.