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Council OKs outsourcing golf course

Original post made on Sep 29, 2011

Saying they were forced to do so by difficult circumstances, the City Council approved on Tuesday the outsourcing of Shoreline Golf Links management to Touchstone Golf, a Texas-based golf course operator.

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Posted by Only Three
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Only 3 people spoke about the issue? I thought that more golfers would have been there.

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Posted by JB
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

"Touchstone also expressed interest in hiring the workers, but what they would be offered "does not mirror or come close to matching the salary and particularly the benefits," paid by the city, said Community Services Director Dave Muela. "

This right here proves why our governments so under the water financially and wanting to raise taxes.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

Baffled why Abe-Koga would prefer to subsidize something when there is an opportunity for it to return money to the city. This is the visionary leadership we need in a county supervisor!

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Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

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Only Three:

I would have been there if I had known about the meeting. Shoreline Golf Links, Park, and Aquatic Center are central to our quality of life here in Mountain View. We all know we pay a lot to live here, and this is part of the reason why.

Instead we are looking toward density mixed-mode housing.

Am I the only person around who loves Mountain View as it is? Between the changing landscape, Hangar One, these things at Shoreline, new housing demographics..... does anyone else worry about us losing the things that make Mountain View one of the best places to live in the Bay Area?

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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Sep 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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The following comment was moved from a duplicate thread, which has now been closed:

Glad to see the Council did the right thing. According to the Voice back in Jan 2011, Mountain View was paying $400K per year more for employees than Sunnyvale was (and $900K more than private operators nearby). When we don't even support our library at the average of other libraries, there is no way we should be paying far higher than the average for the golf course.
by Taxpayer Sep 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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Posted by Ned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

"City staff said 14 golf course employees would lose their jobs at the course, but Mayor Jac Siegel said a big factor in his decision was that the city could absorb 12 of the employees into other vacant positions in the city."

Oh yes, how could I forget. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

I suppose these 14 employees who just got there jobs moved over from golf course operations to doing who knows what exactly for the city (Hello, journalists at the Voice, the big question just begging to be asked was missed again!?!). Obviously, Mayor Siegal wouldn't think of opening up those jobs to the unemployed masses, some of whom might have been more qualified of these mystery vacant jobs.

And then, "We just can't compete with other golf courses at this rate," said mayor Jac Siegel. "Most other golf courses are doing the same thing."

Well he got that right. The government just can't compete at just about anything when it comes to getting job done on time and on budget.

It's just unbelieveabe. You just can't make this stuff up.

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Posted by Arthur M.
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Let me understand this...

The end result of this is only 2 people lose their jobs (the other 14 keep city jobs with the same benefits?), the cost of water still exists and won't change, the city administration fee still exists, + this management company receives a fee to run the course. How is this saving money?? Talk about a shell game!?