Opinion: Compost or Return Bay Lands

"Compost or get off the pot," says local resident.

Dear Editor:

Now that Measure E has opened the door to using 10 acres of park land for a Compost Facility, residents must watch the City's actions closely to make sure that a decision is made quickly, and if the real financial merit of the plant is not feasible -- make sure that the park land is rededicated.  

All concerned residents must insist that our leaders respond to the following questions:  

1.  How do we make sure that the "Cost" (market value) of the ten acres of real estate is fully accounted for in any financial feasibility study?  

2.  How do we assure that there is absolute integrity in all the assumptions used to evaluate the project (real financial merit vs. pipe dreams)?  

3.  How do we keep study costs to a minimum (i.e. if it is clear that the anaerobic digester does not meet financial return goals, stop the detailed study and return the park land)?  

Without this scrutiny, we will spend money and delay a precious park resource without delivering any value.  

Watchdog efforts like these are bad news for those hoping that there might be a loophole to convert the land to another purpose once the memory of implied promises have faded.  

That promise: The City will provide an innovative Composting plant that returns a positive financial return (including the market value of the land) or return it to park land and proceed with the long-delayed recreational vision for our water-front. 

Got accountability?  Compost or get off the pot.  

-Timothy Gray


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