The very vocal opponents of the Menlo Park playing field Measure J either have not read the measure or they are being unprincipled.
Take two examples. The opponents claim Measure J will cost the city $17 million. Measure J is only advisory. Passing the measure asks the city to determine a cost. In any case, if the opponents are correct, the 17 acres of Measure J fields are a pretty good deal with Menlo Park property now costing about $4 million an acre.
The opponents claim the Bayfront site has environmental problems and will unearth hazardous waste. Passing the measure asks the city to investigate these issues. Maybe the opponents, including council candidates Heyward Robinson, Vince Bressler and Rich Cline, are against having this investigation because they fear the results will show their claims are overblown.
Menlo Park desperately needs soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football and softball playing fields. The fields being discussed would cover only 10 percent of Bayfront Park. All other options have major difficulties. Council candidates Lee Duboc, Mickie Winkler and John Boyle favor investigating fields at Bayfront. I urge anyone who wants a fair evaluation of playing field solutions to vote for these candidates.