California Governor Gavin Newsom expressed surprise on Tuesday when he learned of the plans for a new city being developed by tech billionaires near San Francisco. Speaking at a forum hosted by Politico, Newsom revealed that he had only been informed minutes before the news broke. He expressed his immediate curiosity and stated that he wants to meet with a representative from the development soon.
The project is being spearheaded by Flannery Associates, a subsidiary of California Forever. Prominent investors, including Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Laurene Powell Jobs, and venture capitalist Marc Andreesen, are involved in the venture. According to the California Forever website, Flannery has already acquired over 50,000 acres of land in Solano County. This area is strategically located between San Francisco and Sacramento, and in close proximity to the Travis Air Force Base.
The website outlines the vision for the development, which includes creating walkable communities, generating local employment opportunities, addressing homelessness, improving schools and public safety, and making investments in infrastructure. However, the project has garnered mixed reviews since it was reported by the New York Times.
The secretive nature of the land acquisitions has raised suspicions among some members of the public, with concerns being voiced that it may be an attempt by a foreign government to acquire land adjacent to the air force base. Newsom expressed interest in the speed at which the “China track” theory emerged and urged caution in considering such possibilities.
During the Politico forum, Newsom also commented on the credibility of the investors, stating that they may have damaged their own reputation due to the lack of transparency surrounding the project.
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