Frequently Asked Questions

Our Organization

Save the Shores is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of Redwood Shores residents fighting to preserve Redwood Shores’ wildlife, environment, and community. Our core initiatives consist of: 

  • Advocating for the Shores levees to be mitigated to combat rising sea levels,
  • Ensuring our endangered species and wildlife remain protected, and
  • Educating the community on the significance of climate change in the area and what measures people can take to support our environment.

As stated in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the purpose of Save the Shores is to preserve and promote inhabitant benevolence, environmental balance, and ecological health and integrity around Redwood Shores, California.

The mission of Save the Shores is to bring together a network of scientists, citizen scientists, environmental enthusiasts, and individuals dedicated to assisting in our mutual effort for ecological protection, including mitigating sea-level rise and flood threats. Through collective effort, we educate others on identified negative human impacts and advocate solutions that protect and restore our natural habitat.


Since Save the Shores is a relatively new organization, our donations are being used for startup costs. Examples of startup expenses we’ve incurred are federal, state, and local registration fees, website hosting, postal mailbox fees, and digital tools to manage our finances and marketing.

More expenses are anticipated in the coming months as we expand our operations. Expected costs include printing more flyers and literature, creating educational content, developing brand awareness through additional advertising, and retaining legal counsel to assist in our Say ‘No’ to Big Development campaign.

Save the Shores is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means donations are eligible for tax deductions for US taxpayers. Please consult with a tax professional for more information about deductibility.

When donating online, you will automatically be e-mailed an acknowledgment letter of your donation. You may also contact us if you do not receive one automatically.

Checks may be mailed to:

Save the Shores
274 Redwood Shores Parkway #619
Redwood City, CA 94065-1173

Note: If you would like a receipt, please include your name, mailing address and e-mail address with your donation.

Say 'No' to Big Development campaign

Save the Shores does not oppose all development projects. We understand that in some situations, development is necessary. And, if done rightly with the consultation of environmental groups like Save the Shores, some projects may benefit the environment and preserve or enhance our community’s well-being.

Development proposals we oppose are those we believe are unnecessary and/or could harm our environment, wildlife, or community health. We oppose such plans until the developer and regulatory bodies adequately mitigate all raised concerns and include lifelong commitments to preserving and improving our environment and community accessibility to public-designated areas, trails, parks, facilities, and recreational amenities.

The short answer is no.

The long answer: Similar to homeowners, commercial property owners have the right to utilize their property as they wish as long as the development and use comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Regulatory bodies like Redwood City’s Planning Commission and City Council do not have the authority to reject a proposal simply because neighbors don’t like the plan or raise unsubstantiated claims, such as concern for the volatility of neighboring property values.

Our petition aims to raise public awareness of the numerous redevelopment proposals. We will present the petition signatures to show the City of Redwood City our community supports Save the Shores’ efforts and conveys our group’s concerns about the potential adverse effects on our local wildlife and community well-being if the proposals are approved without close examination and modification.

Save the Shores is launching its in-person efforts now, and will need your help to collect signatures! Please sign up to volunteer here.

Yes! You may sign multiple petitions but can only sign each of them once. You can sign our petition online here now or in-person.

Before Save the Shores became an independent nonprofit organization in November 2021, we were initially formed as a committee under RSCA in the summer of 2021. Two group members decided to depart the committee to pursue their own endeavors and not coordinate efforts.

Our team knows the application process is a long-term effort. To put things in perspective, Longfellow’s final proposal is not expected to reach the city council until mid-2024 (click here).

Since Longfellow announced their initial proposal in Spring 2021, Save the Shores and the Redwood Shores Community Association have been following their plans. Longfellow has modified their original proposal several times since it’s initial concept, including moving buildings between phases, expanding the number of phases from four to seven, and adjusting the estimated project timeline. To ensure the information we share with you is as accurate as possible, we delayed our campaign to align closer to Longfellow’s formal application submission.

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