A few days ago, I was walking in downtown Redwood City, California and I was noticing a lot of places that use to have businesses for example; coffee shops, restaurants, specialty stores, even a photography studio are now empty and are either up for lease and/or up for sale. I thought to myself why is this happening in Redwood City where we just finished building and opening a brand new movie theater complex with several small stores, restaurants, and office space along side to keep the local city ecomony strong and flouirishing. I kept walking along and even at the new movie theater complex there were a couple of spaces that use to have a business there but is now empty and the usual for lease sign. Then at a spur of the moment, a friend of mine and I were discussing how expensive it is to live here in Redwood City, now do not get me wrong I love Redwood City and the San Francisco Bay Area in general but in my opinion it is getting very expensive not only to live here but it is even more expensive to work and/or start a business here in Redwood City with all the fees, requirements, monthly lease, and other costs that make prospective business owners, propietors, and even future homeowners nervous, scared, and decide to go somewhere else to start their American dream as well as help the financial economy of another city instead of Redwood City that is not a good idea in my eyes or in other citizens of Redwood City that see more financial opportunity and prosperity disappearing because of the financial obstacles that can be fixed. What we need to do here in Redwood City as well as the entire San Mateo County, we need to help lower the prices of business spaces that are available for sale and/or for lease and at the same see if the city of Redwood City will help and cooperate by lowering just a little bit the fees, costs, and requirements to start up and/or open up a new business that in the long run will ultimately help Redwood City financially. In the past couple of weeks, I have noticed almost 4 or 5 spaces that are empty and available for new businesses and entrepreneurs to start up but I guess not only the monthly rental fee is a liitle bit to high but the city business permit requirements are also very high as well. I do not even want to start about the property taxes that are charged by San Mateo County not only to current business but of course to homeowners as well they are completely out of control that could be another factor why prospective businesses and owners are looking at other cities to go to. My point is the city of Redwood City needs to start thinking about the future and start to look at how they can lower the cost(s) and requirement(s) so that prospective businesses and owners will want to come here to Redwood City and make our future brighter. Because if we do not act now, more people and businesses will leave Redwood City and we might end up as a neglected and deserted place.