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Living in San Carlos May 14, 2009

San Carlos Group Sues to Block Turf at Highlands Park…

by Chuck Gillooley

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City to defend its Turf…

I wrote a post earlier today entitled “San Carlos doesn’t want turf.  What about new taxes?” in which I published the results of the recent poll regarding installing synthetic turf at Highlands Park.   Talk about timing…not only do some of the residents not want turf at Highlands,  apparently they’re willing to sue the City to make sure it doesn’t happen.    The City of San Carlos announced today that it is being sued by a local group over its decision to replace the grass surface at Highlands Park with a synthetic, all-weather surface.   Click here for the press release with all of the details:

City To Defend Lawsuit On Decision to Upgrade City Athletic Field.

The other cleat drops…

This announcement should come as a surprise to probably no one.  The anti-turf group in San Carlos has been so well organized and vocal against the installation of synthetic turf that you somehow knew they weren’t going to take the City Council’s recent turf approval lying down.   They didn’t.

Regardless of whether you’re for or against the installation of turf, it makes one wonder how a cash-strapped city will be able to pay for legal fees to defend itself.   There’s no such thing as a cheap lawsuit.   Consider a quote from today’s San Jose Mercury News about lawsuits:

“They’re expensive.  I haven’t found a low-priced lawyer yet that’s any good”

— Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp

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Comments 6
  • Are you kidding me? Shame on you for suing the city. The last thing we need in this difficult economy is our tax money being used to pay a bunch of lawyers over an issue that was settled with the appropriate political process (albeit over a ridiculous 9-year period). If you don’t like the decision, run for council or organize a recall or vote-in supportive candidates. Don’t harm our city further with this waste of precious time and money.

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  • The City wants to spend $3,700,000 on a turf field when $2,000,000 of this is coming out of thin air. The City has suggested a possible city tax increase to fund it. Want to pay for it? Admist teacher layoffs and class sizes being increased, not enough money for police and firefighters – wasting the money on plastic is a joke. Why do you think it took NINE years to pass this – the majority of SC folks don’t want it! By the way, the City refused a settlement conference in lieu of going to court. They sort of forgot to mention that in their press release.

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  • $3,700,000 – I can’t believe the City wants to spend that kind of money in these difficult economic times! I certainly will not vote for a tax increase to fund plastic turf! I am so glad we have citizens watching this issue and caring enough to take action. Thank you!

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  • The city does not have to pay any legal fees…they can just abandon this ridiculously wasteful project and it all goes away. Adding legal fees to this project just makes it that much less feasible.

    This is why I have a hard time voting for parcel taxes and increases of any kind…this is what happens when we entrust even more of our money to the city government, or any government for that matter.

    It’s just another example of how our elected officials just don’t get it…they spend their time wondering how to spend more money that we don’t have to spend and allowing vital services to dwindle, expecting us to pick up the difference.

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  • Eric and Jenny:

    1. The money for the field is restricted funds cannot be used for teachers, police or sidewalks.
    2. The Measure G money is what we voted for to improve fields
    3. Settlement? I read they were demanding the decision be reversed before they “settle.” Sorry guys, our city should not negotiating with the mafia

    The No Turf mafia is just flat NIMBY when they say put it in an industrial area.

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  • Artificial turf is garbage. Why should these residents have to smell melting tires every day? Would you want to? It looks great for a year or 2 & then it wears out, quick & becomes slippery & black. My son plays on this crap. Today he plays on it & it’s 95º outside. That means the temperature will be 120º on the turf & 150º on the surface of it. Takes the fun out of playing at all. The 80-something year-old umpire hobbled off after the game yesterday & seriously looked like he was going to die. If that was my family member & he croaks, you’re damn straight I’ll be suing the city. This turf is a cess-pool of germs & bacteria. Every time my son plays on it, both knees & elbows are bloody (he’s a GK). This does not happen nearly as much on grass. You don’t think that poses a health risk? You don’t think kids can have AIDS or hepatitis or staph? Kids don’t spit any less on this stuff, either. Germs & bacteria are absorbed & eliminated on natural dirt & grass. But it thrives on this stuff. I’d rather see my kids play on dead grass or plain old dirt. http://www.health.state.ny.us/environmental/outdoors/synthetic_turf/crumb-rubber_infilled/fact_sheet.htm

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