October 12, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Dusty shelf?
Letter to the editor: Dusty shelf?
"We dance around in a ring
But the Secret sits in the
middle and knows."
Robert Frost, The Secret Sits
This letter is in reference to "Skategate." I quote from the September 28thissue [Tri-City Voice]: "Mayor Wasserman and Councilmember Harrison voted approval of the staff recommended site not because they thought it was the best plan, but rather they feared that if left for an investigation of another site, the skate park would be lost to the time honored tradition of the dusty shelf. A decision based on fear and loss of control is rarely a good combination."
Dusty shelf? An already-funded and heavily-pressured project never lands on a dusty shelf - and they know it. Perhaps they voted to approve the site because it appears that the Mayor wanted it in there. The project was not made known to the people who would logically oppose the folly of that location - namely the neighborhood residents across the street.
When the project was finally exposed by sheer happenstance by one of the residents, the council let the residents dance around with their good advice as to a better location, but from day one it was obvious that this was not a "dusty shelf" but a "done deal" matter.
The Stevenson location is a win-win case for everybody. The approved location next to the Waterpark is a "lose-lose" situation for both the neighbors and the skateboarders. But in a "done deal," true facts are hidden and false statements are made, such as that the Stevenson site was never considered because it was allegedly reserved for a Fine Arts Center. However, it appears now that the Fine Arts Center will go to another location.
Also, how could a councilmember say he thought only two residents opposed the approved site when the Board received a list of 96 signatures from neighborhood residents opposing it?
But why was this clearly wrong site pushed through in haste and secrecy? The answer remains a puzzle to anyone of common sense because it makes no sense.
Mayor Wasserman has created a situation that has divided the citizens of Fremont. Shame on him!
When a child eats cookies because he can't wait for dinner, he is apt to get a bellyache. If Skategate is built next to the Waterpark, the bellyache will begin for those who pushed it to be there, for they will most certainly rue the day!