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Council moves ahead with major projects

Original post made on Apr 16, 2009

Budget problems notwithstanding, the City Council supported moving forward with many of its infrastructure plans during a study session Tuesday, including a $9 million athletic field, a $10 million fire station and several climate change initiatives.

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Posted by GDM
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Transferring the $1 million debt payment for City Hall from the General Fund to another Fund is NOT a cut in expenses, it is merely a part of the very old 'shell game' that politicians love to play. It should instead come from the $2 million to be taken from reserves.

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Posted by GDM
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm

$9 million for ball fields on Garcia Avenue is ridiculous.
1. That is a terrible place to put ball fields, it is way too windy and cold.
2. Artificial turf does not make a good playing surface and it is not natural. Injuries occur more frequently on such surfaces.
3. Why does Mountain View have to provide Sports Leagues with 'curb service'? In other cities the Leagues provide the maintainance and upkeep of the fields. They also fund any buildings, like snack shacks, bleachers, restrooms, etc. I'm not against athletic fields, in fact I think the city needs more of them. I don't see how the MVLA League gets by with one little dinky field.

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Does the City of Mtn.View really need a $10 million fire station on Shoreline Blvd, north of Hwy 101?
How many calls/responses to emergencies has this temporary location received in the past couple of years since it's opening?
Was this station conceived a few years ago when the city was flush with extra $$$'s?
How much will this station add to our budget difficulties in the coming years?

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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm

$9M for even MORE sports fields to accomodate private elite club teams and adult leagues for non-residents, but the long delayed secondstage project--a potential revenue generator-- gets whacked? Ridiculous!

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Posted by Dude
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I can see the fire station project - ok they are currently in a mobile trailer (Sad). But those other projects? are you kidding me? That hotel should be completely paid for by Google. Sell the land to them and let them build whatever they want. I think the City Manager is being greedy on this one. How can the city approve all these projects when a couple days ago this paper siad the city was asking for employee layoffs and cut salaries? You can not have it both ways.

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Posted by Dude
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Additionally, who uses those small parks. I rarely see anyone using them. If you're going to improve on a park make it a big park. I am sure the other side of Shoreline Park could be used to make it a championship golf course.

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