Pave Anna Yates & Put Up a Parking Lot
Below are the documents obtained from Monday's meeting:
The third document listed above is of particular interest. First, it differs from the document distributed in advance of the meeting as part of the packet. Key documents were omitted from that packet and only distributed at the meeting itself. What was in these last minute documents? Most interesting are the pages describing three possible scenarios for future uses of the Anna Yates Elementary and the City Recreation Center sites. Scenario #3 is a real eye-catching design, as seen below:
|Scenario #3 discussed at the Full Service Community Task Force Meeting on July 29, 2013.|
Parking lots, shown in gray, cover current Recreation Center site and most of Anna Yates site.
That's right. In this proposal under discussion at Monday night's meeting is the idea of bulldozing the main Anna Yates building and the Rec Center, paving over them both, including the Anna Yates basketball courts and field, and replacing them with... wait for it... 166 parking spots.
What can you say? The School District and its well-paid consultants have no shortage of brilliant ideas. And to the consultant MKThink, it only cost $7,700 per meeting to generate fascinating recommendations such as these. The Tattler is told that $7700 paid for more than these option ideas at Monday's meeting, apparently pizza and beverages were also served.
Of course, if Task Force members weren't forbidden from talking to bloggers, then perhaps the Tattler could place this document in the fuller context in which it was discussed. The Tattler might learn that this scenario was not seriously proposed, but merely put forth as one extreme from which members could work. But with the gag order in effect, we'll never know. The "guiding principles" of the Task Force don't seek to create an informed citizenry through honest and open dialogue. Instead, it's barely-disclosed documents at semi-private meetings... that's the authentic community engagement the District's consultants say they provide.
With apologies to Joni Mitchell:
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved Anna Yates
And put up a parking lot