http://mv-voice.com/square/print/2009/02/06/leagues-abuzz-over-field-fee


Town Square

Leagues abuzz over field fee

Original post made on Feb 6, 2009

As it faces a $6 million budget deficit, Mountain View may soon start charging local sports leagues a fee for the use of its playing fields throughout the city.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 6, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by ric
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 6, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Ms. Spence is incorrect in suggesting that cities would make money off of sports leagues. The fees would be used to repair the damage the leagues cause to the fields they play on.

Monta Loma park field is a disaster and is currently off limits to the neighborhood. Why? Because so many soccer practices and games are held on it that large patches of the turf have been eroded down to bare dirt.

Why should the user's not pay to repair the damage they cause?

Full disclosure: I am a soccer player, soccer dad, and soccer referee.


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Posted by Jon Wiener
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2009 at 9:56 am

I originally posted underneath the article rather than the post (a distinction I still haven't quite figured out):

$5,300 split among several hundred players doesn't seem particularly burdensome.

One thing I've always been curious to know is what percentage of the players in the various leagues that use the fields and pools are actually from Los Altos or Los Altos HIlls. Do you have any numbers on that? Playing fields seems like another instance of Mountain View picking up the slack where Los Altos has refused to do so.


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Posted by Mr. DePortum
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

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