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Mountain View Whisman eyes ‘Shoreline Community’ funds SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY PROPERTY TAXES HAVE BEEN DIVERTED FOR LONG ENOUGH — CITY DISAGREES By Daniel DeBolt
or seven years Mountain View has been home to Google, the hottest company in the world. But for all that time its substantial property taxes — and those of other major companies in the area north of Highway 101 — have been diverted into a special city fund through something called the Regional Shoreline Park Community.
It’s an arrangement that some local school officials would like to see reevaluated. Craig Goldman, CFO of the Mountain View Whisman School District, says his district hasn’t been getting the full benefit of those companies’ property taxes. This year alone, he said, Mountain View’s elementary and middle schools are missing out on $5.8 million in property tax revenue from Google and other big-ticket Mountain View companies located in
“We’re not interested in picking a fight with the city.” CRAIG GOLDMAN
the Shoreline area. Another $4.3 million would go to the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District. The Mountain View Regional Shoreline Park Community, also known as the “Shoreline Community,” was created in 1969 to funnel property taxes into paying for Shoreline Park maintenance and for improvements to the surrounding indusSee SHORELINE, page 8
Council OKs flood basin concept for McKelvey Park the waters of Permanente and Hale creeks overflow their banks hough they took issue with — and to save homeowners in several design details, City certain areas from having to Council members approved buy flood insurance. Three other a conceptual plan Tuesday for flood basins have been proposed, turning McKelvey Park into a including two in the Los Altos area 15-foot-deep flood basin, includ- which have yet to be approved and ing new baseball fields and a play- another one, already approved by ground paid for by the Santa Clara the council as a concept, in the Valley Water District. Cuesta Annex. The council voted 4-1 to approve A handful of neighbors opposed the concept with the use of artimembers Jac ficial turf proSiegel opposed, posed for the A handful of Laura Macias new ball fields, abstaining and neighbors opposed which they said Mike Kasperzak would keep absent for the the use of artificial them from being third week in a to walk their turf proposed for the able row. dogs at the park. Council memAnd a new playnew ball fields. bers and sports ground for the leagues were park, which has largely supportnever had one, ive of the idea, saying it was an was slated for a dangerous location, opportunity to upgrade the park neighbors said, facing oncoming at no cost to the city and that traffic at the northern tip of the lowering the park by 15 feet could park on Miramonte Avenue at the actually be aesthetically pleasing. corner of Park Drive. But neighbors said the park’s new Council members agreed, and conceptual design was too orient- said the playground should ed towards sports and not enough trade places with a portion of towards neighborhood needs. the parking lot in the design, The concept is part of a larger which is twice as large as the Water District plan to protect current one with 72 spaces. 2,250 homes in Mountain View from a “100-year flood” — when See COUNCIL, page 11 By Daniel DeBolt
Helen Kim examines artwork by Monta Loma students while perusing “Arts in Action,” an annual exhibit put on by CSMA which showcases the works of local students and faculty. The show is currently on display in the City Hall Rotunda through March 21.
MVLA board approves bond measure By Kelsey Mesher
fter 18 months of “exploration,” trustees of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District voted 5-0 at their regular meeting Monday to place a $41.3 million bond measure on the June 8 ballot.
In the last few months, board members and administrators have been reaching out to various groups to gauge support for the bond, said Superintendent Barry Groves. He himself had spoken with at least 20 groups, he said, including PTAs, the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce,
and received “really positive” feedback. The proposed bond would extend the current tax rate — $14.70 per $100,000 of assessed valuation — by six years. The current bond, approved by voters See MVLA, page 12
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If you are occasionally slowed down by an upset stomach, indigestion, heartburn or even an ulcer, you certainly are not alone. Over 95 million Americans experience some kind of digestive problem. While many digestive problems are more common as people get older, they can occur at any age, even in children. Our community is fortunate to have the Board Certified Gastroenterologists at Peninsula Gastroenterology Medical Group specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the digestive system. Each year they perform hundreds of endoscopic procedures, including colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy. PGI provides the latest advancements of endoscopic procedures such as: Colonoscopy, the “gold standard” procedure for colon cancer screening and prevention. Endoscopic procedures are also used to investigate rectal bleeding, diarrhea, anemia and abdominal pain; E.G.D., Polypectomy (removal of Polyps), E.R.C.P. (endoscopic evaluation and removal of stones in the bile duct), and Wireless Capsule Endoscopy that allows a visual examination of the entire small intestine; the only part of the G.I. tract that is beyond the reach of conventional endoscopy. Gastrointestinal disorders treated at PGI range from a minor bellyache to much more serious complaints such as hiatal hernias, ulcers, diverticulitis, colitis, jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, management of acid reflux disease, c-diff infection, and stomach & colon cancers. Mountain View: 2500 Hospital Drive, Bldg. 8, Suite B, phone (650) 964-3636. Redwood City: 2900 Whipple Ave., Suite 245, phone (650) 365-3700.
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FED DECISION MEANS STRUCTURE WILL BE LEFT A SKELETON UNLESS OUTSIDE FUNDING IS FOUND
By Don Frances
OW LONG will it take for Silicon Valley to save us all from the Great Recession?” That’s the question I put to Ken Layne, an old friend of mine, in his new sort-of advice column, “Ask Ken Layne” (www.trueslant. com/kenlayne). His response was brief: “Oh they just need to come up with another couple dozen Social Networks and interactive tablet experiences and everybody’s rich. Probably about 27 days from now. Be ready!” This can’t be right, seeing as how we already have the ultimate social networking tool in the form of Twitter — which, by the way, the Mountain View Voice has joined. Follow us there at www.twitter.com/ mvvoice. These columnists, I tell you. Sometimes I think they’re just making it up. Interestingly, counting forward 27 days from the date Ken posted his response gets you to April 1. ... “ALMOST 1,000 WOMEN and family members attended the El Camino Women’s Hospital Day of Dance event Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center,” wrote Hatti Hamlin on behalf of the hospital. The event, she said, “focused on cardiovascular health” and incorporated “dance and exercise demonstrations ranging from line dancing to Bollywood and yoga to kickboxing. See EDITOR’S DESK, page 6
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SUPERFRIENDS: People dressed as superheroes take in the sights at Taqueria Los Charros on Dana Street last Sunday. One organizer said the group was taking part in a kind of seminar “to let go of negative feelings.”
Arrest made in $1K robbery on Terra Bella By Kelsey Mesher
olice have a Mountain View man in custody following a late-night armed robbery on Terra Bella Avenue last week in which the victim lost more than $1,000 in cash. At about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, an employee of Elit Litigation Solutions at 1160 Terra Bella Ave. was exiting the business when two men approached him, one of them holding a small
handgun, and demanded his wallet, said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. The men took the victim’s wallet and car keys — although they didn’t take his car — before ordering him back inside the building, Wylie said. The wallet reportedly contained more than $1,000 in cash that the man was intending to use to pay his rent. The victim described the robbers only as black male adults of average height and build, and said
they fled in a beige or gold Lexus or Toyota. Twenty minutes later, a patrol officer somewhere in the vicinity of the crime pulled over a Toyota Camry with two black male adults inside, Wylie said. “We had nothing to connect the two at the time,” she said, adding that “They weren’t even wearing necessarily the right clothing.” However, “We took down their names, and the officers docuSee ROBBERY, page 7
Police probe several copper thefts Kelsey Mesher
olice say a string of copper wire thefts have hit Mountain View in recent days, with the third incident reported last Friday after thieves ripped $32,000 worth of copper wire from the roof of a vacant building on Shorebird Way. According to police, a property manager discovered the theft while inspecting the roof of the building at 1371 Shore-
bird Way. Police got the call on March 5, but believe the theft occurred sometime in the month between Feb. 4 and March 4. “Somebody got on the roof,” said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. “There’s no sign of forced entry — the assumption is they used a ladder — and ripped all the copper wiring off the roof.” Meanwhile, Mountain View police are investigating the theft of copper wire ripped from
several electrical boxes in the parking lot of Shoreline Amphitheatre. That theft was reported on Monday, March 1, and is believed to have happened over the previous weekend. A report of copper wire theft from Diamond Systems Corporation at 1255 Terra Bella Ave. was also made on that date. In the Shoreline Amphitheatre incident, a groundskee-
he federal government has concluded that NASA Ames will have to pay for any restoration of historic Hangar One on its own and without the Navy’s help, leaving the structure with no designated restoration funding even as it faces partial demolition later this year. The decision, released Friday, caps months of review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, which last year took over negotiations between NASA and the Navy over how to pay for renovating the iconic 200-foot-tall structure, slated to be de-skinned this November as part of the Navy’s clean-up obligations at Moffett Field. The OMB’s conclusion puts the situation back to where it was last year, when NASA said it could not afford the $15 million-plus to re-skin Hangar One. This year the NASA Ames Research Center is seeing a substantial increase in funding, but has not commented on whether it can now afford to re-skin the hangar. Hangar One’s siding is layered with PCBs and asbestos, and the Navy is in contract to have the siding completely removed in November to meet EPA standards. As a result of community pressure, the Navy will stop short of completely removing the skeletal frame. Preservationists say that unless funding is provided by Congress or someone else — perhaps a private developer allowed to restore and lease out the hangar — it appears that the massive skeletal frame will be left to the elements come November. That situation is opposed by every elected official in the area. The OMB’s decision was announced by Navy representative Kathryn Stewart in a March
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Nearly $17 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants have been awarded to Silicon Valley public transportation systems, with one of the three grants funding hybrid buses for the Valley Transportation Authority. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said investment in transit is a great use of stimulus money because the work creates jobs in construction and transit operations. Other benefits are fewer automobile commutes by residents and less traffic, with less consumption of energy, Eshoo said in a press release. The VTA will purchase 20 40-foot-long hybrid buses under a $12,251,784 grant. Samtrans, in San Mateo County, will purchase two 40-foot replacement buses
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and two 35-foot replacement buses under a $2,045,371 grant. And Caltrain will fund the San Mateo County Railroad Bridge Replacement Project under a $2,684,596 grant. â€” Palo Alto Weekly
BAR BUDDY GETS PHONE STOLEN, FACE PUNCHED A man lent his iPhone to a stranger last week at Fredâ€™s Place on Old Middlefield Road, and in return got a punch in the face and the phone stolen, police say. According to reports, the victim, a 29-year-old Mountain View man, and his friends had struck up a conversation with the robber and his friends at the bar last Wednesday evening. The two groups did not know each another, said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. dreds hitting the dance floor.â€? She added that people from Mountain Viewâ€™s own Cheryl Burke Dance Studio were on hand. â€œIt was all part of a nationwide event organized by Spirit of Women (SOW) Hospital Network, a national coalition that
â€œAt some point the suspect asks to borrow his iPhone,â€? Wylie said, adding that this occurred sometime between 12:30 and 1 a.m., though the incident was not reported until nine hours later. â€œThe suspect makes a call but then starts to leave the bar with the phone in his hands,â€? she said. â€œThe victim went after him and tried to stop him, but the suspect turned around and punched him in the face multiple times.â€? When others from the bar came to intervene, said Wylie, the robber fled and drove off in a light-colored SUV. He was described as a black male adult, of average size, in his 20s or 30s. The victim suffered multiple minor abrasions on his face and a swollen eye. â€” Kelsey Mesher aims to improve womenâ€™s health and health policy. El Camino Hospital is the only SOW member in Northern California.â€? V
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Pentagon shooter had run-in with Mountain View cops JOHN PATRICK BEDELL, KILLED LAST WEEK IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WAS ARRESTED IN 2007 By Kelsey Mesher
ohn Patrick Bedell, the man killed after opening fire on two officers at the Pentagon last Thursday, had been arrested in Mountain View back in 2007 for violent and erratic behavior, police said. According to police records, Bedell was arrested after an encounter with a father and his then-6-yearold son while they were playing soccer at Bubb field. On Aug. 11, John Bedell 2007, police received a phone call from a man reporting that Bedell had threatened him and tried to hit him with a stick. “This man and his son were playing soccer at the school when John Patrick Bedell came up wearing no shirt and carrying a six-foot-long wooden stick,” said police spokesperson Liz Wylie. Wylie said Bedell asked if he could play soccer with the man and his son. When the father refused, Bedell got angry. According to reports, the father directed the boy to leave for home on his bicycle. He then tried to confront Bedell about his behavior. Then, Wylie said, “Bedell threatens to knock his teeth out, and starts swinging the stick around.” The father fled on his bicycle, she
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mented that they had talked to them and released them.” Soon after, Wylie said, the detective investigating the case obtained a surveillance tape from the company. Patrol officers recognized one of the men in the tape as one of those in the vehicle that evening, she said. “Since we knew who he was and had him identified, we ended up getting a search warrant,” she said.
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per called police after discovering a vandalized electrical junction box at the base of a light pole in the parking lot. Police found that nearly all of the 21 junction boxes at the bases of the light poles in the parking lot were damaged, Wylie said. Estimates put the stolen wiring at about $1,000, and repairing the lighting system at an additional
said, and Bedell attempted to chase him on foot. Police caught up to him up at the corner of Montalto Drive and Hans Avenue, and arrested him for brandishing a weapon, Wylie said. She added that he was never close enough to actually hit the father, so he was not charged with a more serious crime. Bedell was booked in the county jail and pleaded no contest to fighting in public. He was given 20 days of work furlough. “That’s the only contact we’ve ever had with him, and we don’t know why he was in Mountain View,” Wylie said. At the time of the incident, Bedell was reportedly living in Hollister. “There were times when he was completely coherent and he would answer our questions and do what we told him to do,” Wylie said of his time in MVPD custody. “And in between there were times when he was speaking complete nonsense.” “It was nothing that the federal government was going to want to know about,” she added. “It was the equivalent of talking about rainbows and flowers. It made absolutely no sense.” Bedell reportedly has been put on “psychological commitment holds” many times while in police custody over his life. Wylie said she could not give out information on whether Mountain View police placed him on such a hold in 2007. V
The following day, on Thursday, March 4, 18-year-old Dante Brown was arrested in his Rock Street home in Mountain View, Wylie said. He was booked into the main jail in San Jose for one count of robbery. A second suspect remains at large, she said. Wylie said some evidence was found at Brown’s residence, but she would not specify what it was. “We believe he is the one with the gun, but we did not locate the gun, she said, adding that the stolen items have not yet been recovered. V
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trial neighborhood. Today the area, bordered by Stevens Creek to the east and San Antonio Road to the west, is home to the city’s wealthiest companies. As a result, “We have an incredible white-collar commercial industry in Mountain View, but we receive a relatively small contribution of tax revenue for our local schools,” Goldman said. Although he is not calling for the tax district to be abolished outright, Goldman says he would like to reassess ways that local schools might receive a larger slice of the city’s
district, meaning it can benefit from increases in local property tax revenue. The city does make sure that some of those funds make it back to the schools. In 2006 it agreed to give $450,000 a year from the Shoreline Community to each of the two school districts in Mountain View, and that amount increases by 3 percent a year. As part of the agreement, those funds must be used for technology-related programs, and the high school district uses it to fund the Freestyle Academy, a supplemental program emphasizing multimedia education. Local schools also get a portion of the Shoreline Community’s property tax revenue
“We have an incredible white-collar commercial industry in Mountain View, but we receive a relatively small contribution of tax revenue for our local schools.” CRAIG GOLDMAN
biggest pie. City officials say that without the Shoreline Community tax revenue, the city would not be able to operate Shoreline Park or maintain and improve Shoreline’s industrial area, which is central to the city’s economy. The Shoreline Community is expected to bring in $26.8 million in revenue this year and has $19 million in ongoing expenses. They also say that the Shoreline Community tax district is the reason those big companies came to Mountain View in the first place. “If the Community did not exist, it is unlikely the property taxes would be at the level they are at,” said city finance director Patty Kong in an e-mail. “Before the (tax) district was created there was basically nothing there but landfills.” But school officials believe circumstances have changed since then. Today, Goldman said, the money diverted from local elementary and middle schools equals about a quarter of Mountain View Whisman’s entire $24 million general fund budget — at least another $1,000 in annual revenue per student. With that money, he said, the district could have more competitive teacher salaries, smaller classroom sizes and more funding for programs that serve the district’s poorer students. Part of the reason Goldman is singling out the Shoreline Community now is that last year Mountain View Whisman was designated a “basic aid”
based on 1969 property values. In 1969, Shoreline Community properties were worth $200 million, but now total over $3 billion. City manager Kevin Duggan pointed out that the city also gives back by providing services for local schools which are uncommon in other cities, including after-school programs, field maintenance, sports facilities at Graham and Crittenden middle schools, crossing guards and two police school resource officers. School officials say they are grateful for those services, but that it doesn’t make up for the many millions in lost tax revenue. Never sunsets It’s not unusual for a redevelopment area to siphon funds from schools. There are almost 400 such areas in the state, including another one in Mountain View, also created in 1969, that is soon expiring: The “downtown revitalization district” will sunset in 2011, releasing $832,000 in property taxes to Mountain View Whisman by 2019. But the Shoreline Community was created by a state Assembly bill which allows it to exist forever — basically for as long as the Shoreline Community has debt. Right now the Shoreline Community is on the hook for about $38 million in bonded debt, Kong said, and over $50 million more has been proposed. Largely thanks to Google’s Continued on next page
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increasingly valuable property, the Shoreline Community’s property tax revenues have been increasing. In 2005, its property taxes totaled $17.1 million, but are estimated to have grown to $26.8 million this year. According to county tax assessor Larry Stone, Google is behind only Cisco and Lockheed in Santa Clara County when it comes to having the most valuable “business personal property,” which is everything a company owns besides real estate. Google has about 10,000 employees in the city. History of success Without the Shoreline Community, the Shoreline area would not be what it is today. The Highway 101 overpasses at Shoreline Boulevard and Rengstorff Avenue were built with its funds. Every extension of the Stevens Creek Trail was paid for, at least partially, by the Shoreline Community. The area’s street maintenance, along with numerous city employees, are covered by Shoreline Community funds. Probably the most unusual costs in the Shoreline Community are the ongoing maintenance of three closed landfills under Shoreline Park (about $200,000 annually) and Shoreline Park itself. “The city’s general fund would not be able to sustain the costs associated with operation and maintenance of its hundreds of acres” without the Shoreline Community, Duggan said in an e-mail. In total, the Shoreline Community’s ongoing costs this year are $18.7 million. That includes $3.7 million in “direct operation costs”; $6.9 million in debt payments; $5.2 million in “reimbursements” for ongoing police, fire and administrative services; and $2.8 million in payments to local schools and the county, which also forgoes taxes to the Shoreline Community. Once all the bills are paid, the city expects to have about $20 million in the Shoreline Community fund at the end of the fiscal year, Kong said. City staffers have proposed using a bond to fund a series of recently approved Shoreline Community projects, including a $9 million athletic field on a former landfill along Garcia Avenue, a $10 million fire station on Shoreline Boulevard and a $4 million crossing for the Permanente Creek Trail over Highway 101. The most expensive Shoreline Community project in the works is a boutique hotel and conference center next to Google,
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which would be subsidized with a $31.5 million no-interest Shoreline Community bond. In return, the city’s general fund could receive $1.5 to $2 million a year in new land lease and hotel tax revenues, which Duggan said is “probably the best alternative we have to continue to generate new general fund revenues.” Google backed out of deal to develop the hotel in 2008, but another developer has since stepped in and negotiations are underway. City officials say the project will help Mountain View compete with other cities to attract new business. Other expensive projects may be needed to support the major growth expected in the Shoreline area. A transit system for the Shoreline area that connects to the downtown train station seems likely, and planning director Randy Tsuda has suggested the city help pay for it with Shoreline Community funds. The city may also have to help pay to mitigate increased flood risks predicted in the coming decades for the Shoreline area. The Prop. 13 problem Goldman said he could see why the Shoreline Community appeared to be a workable idea when it was created in 1969. But in 1978 it became unworkable, he said, when Proposition 13 passed, making it difficult for local schools to increase property tax revenue. No renegotiation of the Shoreline Community fund was made then, and it became a case where “one hand didn’t account for the other,” Goldman said of the city and local schools. Goldman says he understands that the city has some very expensive obligations for the Shoreline Community funds. “We’re not interested in picking a fight with the city,” he said, only in looking at “ways the school district can see greater benefits without having a negative impact on the city.” Meanwhile, Mountain ViewLos Altos officials had a different take on the issue. Thanks in part to substantial Los Altos property taxes, the high school district has the highest paid high school teachers in the state. Joe White, the district’s assistant superintendent of business, said he did not know exactly how much money his district was losing to the Shoreline Community. But when it comes to the $450,000 MVLA gets from the Shoreline Community, via the city, “We are satisfied with the agreement we have entered into,” he said. V
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OFFICE DEVELOPMENT UNDETERRED BY HSR The City Council approved a three-story, 50,000-squarefoot office building Tuesday to be built next to the downtown train station. The building, slated for 150 W. Evelyn Ave. alongside the tracks just west of the station, is intended to compliment a pair of existing two-story office buildings that will flank it on the east and west sides of the four-acre lot. The new building, which would take up an existing parking lot, includes an underground parking garage three stories deep. The architect said it misses the water table, though he added that is common to seal it off if water is found. Council members had expressed concern about a three-story hole being left in the ground if the downtown office market soured. But representatives of the developer, PSAI Realty Partners,
said they already have huge demand from prospective tenants because of an unusual need for office space downtown. “A good-looking building is always better than a parking lot,” said council member Ronit Bryant, reflecting the largely positive opinion of the council. The project’s architect said the development team had met with the California High Speed Rail Authority and felt sure that plans for two additional tracks along the Caltrain corridor would not affect the office building project. He added that high speed trains would be quieter than existing trains, and that an access road was included in the design in case trains required more room in the future.
GOOGLE GIVES $75K TO KEEP BOOKMOBILE GOING The city’s budget problems were eased slightly on Tuesday when the City Council
approved a $75,000 donation from Google to keep the library’s bookmobile in service. The donation effectively removes the elimination of bookmobile service from a list of potential budget cuts this year as the city faces a $5 million general fund budget deficit. The city’s bookmobile was unveiled in 2006, and built with a $200,000 grant from Google. It was called the most high-tech bookmobile in existence as it is equipped with WiFi and several computers for its users. Despite the new funds, the bookmobile may still have reduced service next year and could be eliminated in 201112, said library director Karen Burnett in a staff report. The increasingly popular service is usually funded with $97,000 a year. It stops at Castro School and the Googleplex, among other places.
say, ‘We can put this into the plan.’ I really wished that could be part of the park.” Representatives of local youth sports leagues were largely supportive of the conceptual project, including the proposed artificial turf, which would allow them to use it year-round. The park’s fields currently are closed in the winter months. The conceptual plan includes a long list of improvements for the two baseball fields, including new snack shacks with garbage disposals in the sinks, batting cages, bleachers, even WiFi throughout the facility.
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The City Council will likely impose new design requirements on the project in the future to address neighbors’ concerns. Macias was advised to abstain from the council dais because of the proximity of her home to McKelvey Park, but she decided to oppose the project from the public speaker’s podium. She said that when voters approved the Clean and Safe Creeks Act of 2000 to fund the project, they did not intend to have such an impact on open spaces. She added that the city does not have the space for what has become known as a “regional” sports facility at McKel-
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