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Will the Absurdity End in East Bay?
East Bay Regional Park District is now running television ads on Bay Area TV
stations. They have also been running ads in local newspapers for some
The new EBRPD TV Ad shows a ranger bending over a plant looking at an insect
warning park users to look but not to touch these important little creatures.
This is typical of the hypocrisy in the park district. They allow cattle
to destroy the wildife habitat in wilderness areas like Sunol Regional
Wilderness but warn park users to be careful not to touch the bugs. They
allow cattle to deposit thousands of pounds of cow feces into the parks each day
yet insist that park users must pick up after their dogs.
When will the absurdity of it all end?
Friends of Sycamore Valley (FSV) recently obtained a copy of the new budget and
the park district is spending over $2,000,000 on a public relations. One
of the objectives of the budget is "to develop a comprehensive marketing
plan, incorporating a consistent 'brand' message..." Are we selling
cars here or trying to run a park system?
In a public meeting at Sycamore Valley Open Space (SVOS) on June 28, 2003 FSV
asked Beverly Lane, EBRPD Director for the Danville CA region, what happened to
the $55,000 in Measure AA funds that was supposedly spent on the SVOS park for
Equestrian Staging & Access Trails? The park district records obtained
by FSV dated 2/3/2003 show that this money was awarded October 6, 1998 and the
grant closed December 31, 2001 yet no such improvements were ever made in the
park. Beverly Lane had no answer to give as to what happened to that
What is happening to our parks? How many parks in the US have so much
money in the budget that they can waste it on newspaper and TV ads? The
park district claims it does not have the money to open SVOS in Danville yet it
will spend over $2,000,000 this year wasting money that could be better spent in
our parks on unnecessary items such as newspaper and TV ads?
Why does a park system need to advertise? Is it because the politicians
are trying to sell themselves?
The politicians that are running the park district need to go...can we include
them in the recall?
Friends of Sycamore Valley