It seems that the surge of public support for building more playfields has some of the challengers changing their positions from "who says we need more playfields" to "I can build playfields faster than they can."
Heyward Robinson in a mailer this week and on his website now claims: "I have created fields before, successfully negotiating with Stanford to build the fields along Sand Hill Road." Can someone please tell the voters what role Mr. Robinson played in negotiating and building playfields at Stanford and what that has to do with Measure J?
Rich Cline's website (Web Link) says "I don't want to wait for studies and EIRs -- the demand far outweighs the supply now...I want full-sized fields where we were promised they would be -- in our neighborhoods....I would like to also find new areas for land acquisition -- and continue to push for new territory as we fix the current fields." Well so much for public input and process. Can someone tell the voters which neighborhoods are ready to accept night-lit, competition sized fields in their backyards? And what about land acquisition in the heart of town. If we can't afford the $1 million/acre at Bayfront, how are we going to purchase land for $3-5 million/acre in town? And the claim that the city built too much parking at Kelly Field…..well I guess Rich has not been there on an AYSO game day.
Lets get back to the facts - all Measure J is asking is whether or not the community wants to use 10% of an open space preserve for playing fields. Why aren't any of the opposition candidates stating their position on THAT question?