This was illustrated in stark contrast at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. In an impressive display of civic involvement, the South of Forest Neighborhood Association (SOFNA) presented a request to City Council to fix their streets.
Santa Clara or Sarajevo?
The South of Forest neighborhood has some of the most gruesome pavement seen anywhere since the war in the Balkans. Here are some of the pictures shown to City Council.
The hazards are very real. Here is what happens when kids ride their bicycles on these streets.
The residents of South of Forest are understandably very upset about this. They would like the city to fix their streets, and soon.
Compare their request to the proposed stadium.
- The cost of street repairs is $15 million.
- The city's share of the stadium costs has been estimated to be around $297 million.
- The repaired streets will be available for enjoyment 24x7, 365 days a year.
- The stadium would only be in use about 30 days a year. The rest of the time, well, it would be just as attractive to drug dealers as Candlestick or the Oakland Coliseum.
- The SOFNA request got loud proclamations of sympathy from the entire Council. Councilmembers Moore and Caserta both talked of precinct walking in that neighborhood during their campaign. A member of the audience addressed Council afterwards, and pointedly wondered where have Messrs. Moore and Caserta been in the 3 years since the election.
- The stadium, on the other hand, got this unabashed endorsement from Mr. Moore: "We're going to bring the ball all the way down the field and score on this one." (KPIX TV)
Misplaced priorities? You decide.
Here is a copy of SOFNA's presentation to City Council (982 KB.)