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Survey Shows Strong Support for CSUS Project

The phone survey showed that 62 percent of respondents supported Crystal Springs Uplands School's proposal to build a new middle school in Belmont.

The potential financial benefits to the City of Belmont, the possibility of the creation of 200 construction jobs, and the projection of a boost to the local economy, all proved to be influencing factors in the show support by Belmont residents for the Crystal Springs Uplands School proposed project.

In a September telephone survey conducted by Godbe Research, 62 percent of those surveyed said they either strongly or somewhat supported the construction of the new middle school on Davis Drive; 26 percent strongly or somewhat opposed the project, and 24 percent responded "mixed opinion or don't know."

The 17-minute survey was conducted using 401 respondents who are registered voters. According to Bryan Godbe, president of Godbe Research, registered voters are selected for surveys because they typically represent people in the community who are engaged and care about local issues.

Respondents were asked to rank various features of the development project--both positive and negative.

The biggest positive influencing factor was the statement that CSUS will provide $150,000 more to the city than the current warehouse and office building that occupies the Davis Drive site. (74 percent said they were more likely to support the project based on this.)

Godbe pointed out that of all the influencing supporting statements, the one that ranked the lowest, (CSUS is committed to diversity amongst its students), still had the support of a simple majority (52 percent). Overall, the project received a 62 percent show of support.

"62 percent is a very strong place to be," said Godbe.

Of the negative influencing factors, traffic ranked the highest. 

According to David Bowlby of The Bowlby Group, CSUS has offered to sit down individually with the Belmont city councilmembers and the pollster to present the results.

"We are pleased to see that the Belmont community overwhelmingly supports our project," said CSUS board member Jill Grossman.

The Belmont City Council will consider the General Plan Amendment, Planned Development Rezoning, and Conceptual Development Plan for CSUS at its Oct. 23 meeting.

Up on the Hills October 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
City Council is correct. While evidence points to the general support of the CSUS proposal, interests of the minority group need to be protected. Having said that, I do not support the working attitude of Coralin in this matter. When you levy too much ego into anything, judgement will be compromised. As a wise woman said before, don't confuse leadership with stubbornness.
Rob October 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Amen "Up on the Hills". Her ego is way way in her way at this point. She doesn't seem rational in her thinking. Mary Beth...I agree...it's sad that she and Warden aren't listening to those who voted them in office. I can't wait for next November after witnessing the blind leadership we seem to have in a few who sit on the Council. Time for big change. They have had their time for many years. Time for Belmont to move forward with the rest of Silicon Valley. This narrow mindless leadership has become old to listen to. CSUS is positive for Belmont. They will and should be held accountable if they don't vote for it.
resident October 23, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Rob, I understand your frustration, but don’t give up on our current Council too fast. I believe the Mayor is still making up his mind and he has shown the potential for significant leadership in the past. I have a sense that he is more forward-thinking than some others on the Council and possibly not as beholden to some interest groups. We may still get the right decision for Belmont. And, if not, all the great connections that have been made among the citizens of Belmont over the past few months are the perfect start to a new, grass-roots movement for change next November.
Another resident for improving Belmont October 23, 2012 at 04:10 AM
It looks like the city is trying to get CSUS to solve the existing problems rather than mitigate any impact they might have. Are the Planning Commission and the School District working on solving the Ralston Middle School problem or are they waiting to find the Davis Drive prospective tenant to do this? Belmont has a traffic problem without increased occupancy of Davis Drive. CSUS would be the least problematic as far as increasing traffic. Let's not transfer the existing problems to the prospective occupants unless you want the site to remain vacant.
Annie October 24, 2012 at 05:36 AM
That seems to be the plan by the nay sayers and the 3 no votes on the City Council.

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