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.