District 9 Councilmember Donald Rocha submits Memorandum on Park Maintenance to City Council Rules Committee

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The following is a quote from Councilmember Rocha’s newsletter:

“Dear Neighbor,

Over recent months, I’ve received an increasing number of complaints from residents about the condition of parks in my district. Residents report problems such as dead grass, dead trees, overgrown weeds and decaying fixtures. In many cases they have waited patiently for these problems to be fixed, but are increasingly frustrated at the City’s continued inability to address their concerns. (As an example of the kinds of complaints I’ve heard, I’ve included some pictures of our parks at the end of this newsletter.) Given the seriousness of the problem, I have issued a memorandum intended to help bring forward potential solutions to the problem in time for next year’s City budget.”

Click here to read Councilmember Rocha’s memorandum 

 

3 responses to this post.

  1. MOST OF THE ITEMS COUNCILMAN ROCHA HAS PHOTOED ARE DUE TO THE DROUGHT. ALL PARKS AND OPEN AREAS HAVE SUFFERED. ONE OF THESE YEARS IT WILL BE OVER. JUST LEAVE THE WILDLIFE ALONE.
    FIX WHAT MANMADE STRUCTURES NEED FIXING, WE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY OR STAFF TO MANICURE THESE AREAS.

    KIDS USED TO PLAY IN VACANT LOTS AND WERE JUST AS HAPPY. SOME OF YOUR BEST BASEBALL/FOOTBALL PLAYERS CAME FROM SANDLOT SPORTS.

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    • Posted by Patrick P. Pizzo on November 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

      The items photographed are due to the action and reaction of civic leaders and staff as a consequence of the drought. Photographs of ‘destination’ parks in our fair City will not reflect anything about the drought….. Municipal Rose Garden or Bramhall Parks as example. ALL CITY PARKS should be destination parks.

      “One of these years, it will all be over.” …. what exactly? The ‘wetter California’ period goes back to about 1750. Prior to that, in anthropological and geological history, in the tree rings of our oldest trees, in sediment information in the north bay and elsewhere, the wetter California is the anomaly; not the drier California.

      Sandlot Sports?? Modern day Cuba maybe? Leave the Wildlife alone? Great recipes for ground-squirrel and pigeons can be found at:

      http://www.wideopenspaces.com/squirrel-recipes-according-pawpaw/

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  2. Posted by Patrick P. Pizzo on November 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

    First, consider this from Councilman Rocha’s memorandum:

    “The 2016 Status Report on
    Deferred Maintenance and Infrastructure Backlog indicates that there is a yearly need for $48,422,000 in capital funding to replace PRNS assets that exhaust their useful life. The report also indicates that in FY14-15 the City only spent $21.1 million for that purpose, leaving a one year shortfall of $27.3 million. The entire deferred maintenance backlog for parks assets is estimated at $227.4 million. I welcome any short term options that parks staff may wish to propose for increasing capital funding for urgent maintenance needs such as those depicted in Attachement A”

    I attended the Rules Committee meeting where this item was discussed. The Mayor, Council Members (not all) and staff make up the committee. One Councilman quickly asked Councilman Rocha’s Exec and Angel Rios, head of PRNS “this is not a request for more funding or staffing, is it!?” To paraphrase the response, ‘Oh no, not at all’. Then the Mayor said something to the effect that people would not accept giving up the chance to get an injured family member to the emergency room on our roads to direct restricted funds to better City Parks. Vice Mayor Herrera asked why PRNS doesn’t round-up (paraphrasing) more volunteers to deal with these park issues. Many of us park volunteers were in attendance and most everyone, over 70 years. Unbelievable. They accepted the report, as long as it did not involve budget nor staffing increases.

    If Angel Rios does meet Rocha’s requests to improve our parks with existing staff and existing budget…. well then, what would that mean??

    I do thank Councilma Rocha for laying out the condition of City Parks and hope that more will come from this effort at the Council Meeting where this is to be discussed!

    pppizzo

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