October 19, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Decisions defy logic
Letter to the editor: Decisions defy logic
Thank you for raising the issue of leadership and decision making at Fremont City Council
(TriCity Voice "The chicken and the road," Oct. 12; and, "Council lite," Sept 28). Indeed, Aristotle and other notable philosophers would be at a loss trying to "actualize the potential" of Tuesday night proceedings at the Fremont City Council, where decision making and, alas, voting, seems to defy logic. Both, chicken and road have been swallowed by a colossal sinkhole! The case of the Sept 14, 2010 vote for a new skate park is relevant.
What your readers might like to know is that the City Council spent months in secretive planning with special interest groups to design this $2 million Olympic-size skate park and ill-place it in an unaware residential area. On Sept 14, 2010, the City Council blatantly and unjustifiably turned down a petition signed by 96 residents of the affected area asking for a short deferral of the vote to study the potential impact of a skate park on their neighborhood (noise and visual pollution, traffic, insufficient parking, no provision for restrooms, potential for vandalism and crime. The Livermore skate park is a case in mind). Also, the City Council ignored the residents' thoughtful proposal for two alternate sites, suitable and immediately available within Central Park.
Instead, the Mayor and City Council went on to discuss the case of the... Burrowing Owl, an endangered species in California ( http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/nongame/docs/boconsortium.pdf ), whose likely disturbance in the designated skate park area could delay, if not obstruct, construction of the park.
The City Council's noble concern would have certainly earned plenty of merit amongst civilized chickens, especially on an election year, if it weren't for their arrogant apathy to the simple, basic and due rights of the... humans who, unlike the migratory owl, don't just want to cross the road (in this case, Paseo Padre) but nest there permanently. Thanks to Mayor Wasserman and the City Council, the law-abiding, tax paying citizens of Fremont can, since Sept 14, consider their rights to be critically imperiled and extinct; henceforth not to be argued by Aristotelian Ethics and defended by the rule of law, but-alongside the birds of Central Park-by the Endangered Species Act.
Please join the effort to build the skate park in a location that would benefit all of Fremont. Voice your opinion to Mayor Wasserman: Ph: (510) 284-4011, Email: email@example.com .
Lilian Tsappa, Ph.D.
Nicos Herodotou, Ph.D.