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June 12, 2018 > Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Ramirez Farm response
Elizabeth Ames, whom I know very well, has written a lengthy letter on Ramirez Farm and Peterson Farmhouse Complex (Tri City Voice, June 5th) based on her own imagination thinking that she can exploit the naivete of Union City residents if she mixes up issues to make them more complex than what they really are. Here are some of the fallacies in her argument for not developing the Ramirez farm to as the City and the County intend.

1. Quarry Lakes Regional Park, adjacent to the 35 acres of Ramirez Farm, is close to 500 acres in size and is more than adequate to serve the intended purposes. Adding 35 acres to it doesnÕt add any value in comparison what else can be done with it to make our lives better.

2. The claim that that the East West Connector will generate over 50,000 daily new trips is a fantasy and not based on facts and no wonder Elizabeth did not offer for the source for this claim! East West Connector is essential for the development of the land adjacent to the Union City BART station and for other projects such as the probable fast train to the Menlo Park being studied by Facebook.

3. Elizabeth pretends to be speaking for Save Our Hills, a grand coalition of concerned citizens like me. This was not authorized by Save Our Hills to speak for it on this issue. She ignored our multiple requests not to speak in this way without taking a vote of the core committee of which I am a member as well. Elizabeth is a talented person with a lot of experience in civic affairs but went overboard here purely on emotional basis and without checking with others in the core committee before writing this letter as if she is speaking for the Save Our Hills Group. In the past, she had exploited her position as the Chairperson by issuing mass e-mail requests full of misleading and false claims.

4. Most of the traffic in Union City is by people who are going elsewhere. The East West Connector would help to ease the traffic problems. Most Union City residents need to get out of the City to work elsewhere and this would help them as well.

5. In her letter, Elizabeth claims that Union City has a park deficit of 77-acres. Deficit from what? The deficit is from an ideal situation and we donÕt live in an ideal world. There are many people who canÕt afford to live here and are forced to live in faraway places like Stockton and spend many hours in traffic daily. I have driven around Union City many times and never seen our existing parks overcrowded. Why do we need another park? Are we crazy?

6. The City has not decided to do anything other than assess how much it will cost to go ahead with the East West Connector project. Our City is fortunate to have strong support at the County level for big projects such as this one. It is a blessing and not a curse.

7. ElizabethÕs statement that the Òsave Our Hills is questioning how a small suburban residential town can manage a project of this magnitudeÓ is totally unauthorized and false. It is based on misinformation and bias and not caring for the fellow citizen who is not as fortunate as us to have a house to live in this great city of ours.

Subru Bhat
Save Our Hills Core Committee Member and Union City Resident

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