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Posted on June 1 at 7:17 a.m.
There is another old saying Schifter points out. "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." Obviously Mr. Giffin and Elings Park are not familiar with this one. According to Mr. Giffin the 150 birds in hand were not as valuable as the ones they see in the bush. The wealthier birds? Or how about the old saying, one day chicken the next day feathers. It appears Elings has a handful of feathers. Are there any more old sayings that may apply to this folly?
On Elings Park Foundation Clears the Air on Taxpayer Subsidized Tennis
Posted on May 31 at 9:06 p.m.
There is another old saying " easy come easy go". Elings is motivated to get others to donate money to do the work and if it does not happen, no big. Any money raised is probably unsolicited, so it just goes into the slush fund for Elings payroll and pension and "improvements". If it doesn't work out Elings can give the courts back to the city with a 30 day notice. Big commitment. Hey Elings if you are committed to putting 1.1 million dollars into the deferred maintenance at Las Positas then put in writing and and give the public a schedule. The definition of maintenance is to keep the facility as it is at the best it can be and not create new corporate offices right in the middle of the tennis complex. If the new construction is included in your deferred maintenance estimate, then no thank you.
Posted on May 31 at 5:38 p.m.
Elings has lost the 150 players that used to play there by ignoring and refusing to work with the public who built and has used the facility for decades.
The 1.1 million dollar deferred maintenance is a myth if not an outright lie. Please provide the public a clear breakdown of these figures.
A private juniors academy has been installed against the public interest and it appears Elings is trying to raise money to save an apparently failing endowment as described by Danny Vickers, the park director.
Elings received the courts for almost free and spends almost nothing to maintain them. They have grand plans to build their mediterranean villa style corporate offices at the top of court 3.
The public does not want a free pass, they just want to pay for what needs to be maintained and not for Elings grand plan. Elings has refused to work with the public or any other non profit to manage the tennis facility because they seem more interested in generating profits then accommodating the public for lower fees.
This article is a smoke screen trying to hide a very offensive and unacceptable public park give away.
If good government is letting things go into disrepair while the city covers pensions and payrolls, then give it away for free to avoid any expense, then we disagree on how an effective democracy works.
Las Positas is a public park and the Las Positas Tennis Group is forming a non profit to challenge the city and Elings park on this insider deal.
Please lend your support as our group emerges with an alternative plan.
Bruce Giffin the author of this article has written disparing comments about the public that uses the courts. He is on the board at Elings Park and apparently supports the privatization of this public park.
David NilesSanta Barbara
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