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July 8, 2011 > Teen Center faŤade

Teen Center faŤade

I wonder how many were fooled by the Fremont City Council when it approved the expenditure of more than a 1/2 million taxpayer dollars on July 13, 2010.

This is what appeared in the City agenda for 7/13/10:

Approve Plans and Specifications and Award a Construction Contract for the Teen
Center Plaza Paving Project, City Project No. PWC 8502

1. Approve the plans and specifications for the Teen Center Plaza Paving project.
2. Accept the bid and award the construction contract to Suarez and Munoz.
Construction, Inc., for the base bid amount of $436,112.90 plus Alternate #1,
Alternate #2, Alternate #3, and Alternate #5, for a total alternate subtotal of $90,420.00, and a grand total contract amount of $526,532.90.

It was my understanding that this 1/2 million dollars was to benefit teenagers in our community, when in reality it was part of a self-serving package. I later found that the Teen Center had been converted to a rental facility to obtain revenue to ensure staff paychecks. (After all, over $300,000 of our taxpayer money is needed EVERY YEAR to compensate just the City Attorney and even more than that to compensate the City Manager. Other City employees are not far behind and this all adds up. Hefty compensation allows them to continue "perception is more important than substance" activities.

Even though taxpayers have contributed for years to the Teen Center - most with the understanding that this would be used as a Teen Center - the City will not share it or even use it to help simplify the development of a skateboard park.

After taking the former Teen Center, the City passed an increase of their fee schedule on April 5, 2011 and included the Teen Center patio. More than 1/2 million of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars could have been better spent, not hidden behind a deceptive practice that only benefits City of Fremont employees.

Bob Fifield

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