Bacon Spoiler Alert
With the discussions swirling around the repurposing of Bacon as administrative offices to the detriment of its repurposing as a rec center, it’s important to note this comment (quotes from Recorder story here):
“We need to be very careful we’re not rushing this,” Gray said. “It’s nice to have a timeline, but I’m afraid the public will think this is a cut and dry deal. There is a lot of stuff we have to do before that. It seems we’re really rushing this and people will get that feeling it’s being stuffed down their throat.”
I disagree and here’s why it is most certainly a done deal:
— The loss of the rec center did not enter into the analysis. Here is the quote from the article:
The pros are that it is eligible for state aid and has ample space, but the only con listed — which didn’t include the fact it would push the recreation center out of the building — is the loss of revenue from the Whispering Pines preschool rent.
You can be sure that the failure to mention public support for the rec center as a con is certainly not an oversight– they are messaging the financials and hence other cons get “overlooked”.
— The $250K for the fiber optic cable is the precise ploy used to close Bacon the first time. Only then, it was the cost of an elevator, which was used over and over to emphasize that it is not reimbursable and hence drive up the “cost” to the taxpayers of the non-preferred options. That’s why the costs of repurposing as admin offices is presented as so much more compelling than the other options by emphasizing the need for fiber-optics.
I’m a bit of a tech geek so it would be nice for the board to articulate why they require fiber optic connectivity in the near term. That’s a tremendous amount of bandwidth so let’s understand what drives that requirement. I’m skeptical and will resist snarkier commentary.
— Of course, I just have to laugh at the irony of the GASD board and administration repurposing Bacon when a mere few years ago it was something which the district could not shed quickly enough.
— And finally, just wait a bit for the champions of “protecting our seniors” vis-a-vis the tax rates while blissfully casting aside any semblance of “protecting our children”.
Sorry kids and families, you lose yet again.
This is a wonderfully done deal so don’t delude yourself otherwise. It’s a timeworn script and folks just love the predictability of all.
Sorry for the spoiler.