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CSUC Proposal Tonight @ City Council Meeting

I retract my past blogs overweening about Belmont and it’s amazing community.

I retract my past blogs overweening about Belmont and it’s amazing community. I sit embarrassed about the way in which our city’s government governs after viewing the city council meeting tonight regarding the CSUS proposal. I am outraged and saddened about the way in which a neighboring city is so unwelcomed by our “village.” Why can’t we welcome, warmly, this intellectual (investment) into our city? How could it do anything but improve our base, line our city’s pocketbooks and positively influence athletic programs and educational interests? Are we not all products of our environment? Do we not want to improve those products? How could excluding a good influence benefit us?

Allowing CSUS into Belmont has so few negative impacts that it simply cannot be ignored that age is a major, maybe only, factor in the negative responses to their proposal at the city council meeting tonight. The only other consistent opposition was traffic, and again I invite you to stand outside of Oracle and watch as the majority of traffic on Ralston derives from their lots toward 280. Go march on their doors. Please go ask Mr. Ellison if he can chip in an extra $250K/year to improve our roads, monitor our lights and improve our educational base – and to plant a few extra trees since his employees’ exhaust are killing them.

The sarcasm and self-righteous responses from (some of) the council was beyond upsetting to hear and view. To state ill-represented photos, and that the evening is too late to discuss further, was weighted by the typical three members. No surprises. Well versed and thought-out, pre-planned and executed. Sad and upsetting and I bow my head and ask that our community members, especially those who attended tonight’s meeting and recognized these serious concerns, pay heed to our city’s future.

Change is the only option. Stagnancy is regression.

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Annie September 14, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Dennis, I agree with you. I said this awhile ago. We should put this on the ballot. As it has been mentioned it is expensive and I am usually not a proponent of ballots when our elected officials can't make a decision, that being said, I do believe this belongs on the ballot, only a small group of people in the community know about this project and it impacts the whole community of Belmont. Taxes, traffic and a host of other issues. We need to do what is right for the whole community. This proposition, in my opinion, is vital to the growth of our community. CSUS has tried to do polling, but to a select few people. Polling on the phone puts many people off. It is election time and flyers in the mail go mostly into the garbage can if you don't really know what it about. Coralin also sent out an email to a small group in the community, not the whole community. This might be to late to put on the ballot, but maybe a grassroots campaign can be started to let the community know what is going on in our community. The trees can and will be replaced.
Rob September 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?type=opinions&title=School%20fight&id=1754746 Editorial piece on the CSUS issue. Interesting...
Buck Thomas September 14, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Truth by repetition? The malcontents seem to collect on Patch blogs with their misinformation that they repeat endlessly. I can almost hear them say, "Don't confuse me with the facts." I'm driven to the inevitable conclusion that they are interested in one thing: Belmont ELECTION 2013. CSUS, like Koret field in the last election, is just something to create an election issue over. They don't give a damn about CSUS, they are using CSUS as a excuse to get Reed, Selman, Stone or others of their ilk elected to Belmont Council. The Belmont City council has done a great job in leading the nation in the smoking ordinance that was based on solid science. They have saved open space, created more parks, saved the Belmont Fire department when San Carlos pulled out, balanced the budget in trying times, hired a great city manager and city attorney, acquired downtown properties for redevelopment, well ... the list is long. Clearly, logic is of little use in dealing with these cranks who use tea-party tactics for their own ends.
Marit Hsich September 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
This issue has nothing to do with our school district. It was to do with our city and the financial benefits via a group of people who are willing to work with us at just about every angle - have accommodated the many combative issues suggested by resistance to this proposal. I can't imagine this even being a discussion if a business were to move into this location.
Member September 14, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Charles, the CSUS traffic report is being re-run with corrected data. See my comments in the Wed Sept. 12 article http://belmont-ca.patch.com/articles/midnight-looming-council-postpones-csus-vote-till-oct-9

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