Bike/Pedestrian Path Putsch
School District to Emeryville Residents:
You Are Not Respected,
You Are Not Respected,
"Bike/Ped Path Never Rose to a Level of Priority"
Emery School District's chief architect for the Center of 'Community' Life, Mark Seiberlich, said it all on July 25th when, speaking for the District, he told Emeryville's Planning Commissioners the bike/pedestrian path associated with the project "never rose to a level of priority" for the District. Meaning that they never took the required ECCL path seriously when they designed the school/community center.
That quote, seemingly innocuous in its banality, hidden amongst more demonstrative testimony at that meeting, was really a remarkable admission. It was an admission of insubordination from a retrograde public agency. For those paying attention to Emeryville politics, hip to Emery's intransigence, it was like one of those incriminating utterances, an ah-ha moment picked up from a bugged East German dissident's apartment a Stasi official might listen years for.
Mark Seiberlich's utterance about the bike/ped path not rising to a "level of priority" is remarkable in that it gives up the game, really. Because all this time, the School Board has been assuring us that they want what we want; they're working in the community's interests. But Mr Seiberlich tells us all what the real program is with the Center of 'Community' Life: Emery is not really legitimate, it's a rogue independent agency, driven by something not known but not good, posing as a school district.
Everyone Has Told the District to Comply
|Emery School District to the people of Emeryville:|
It's our way or...you can go here
Our School District thinks its not beholden to the people of Emeryville. They think they're above the democratically institutionalized deliberative process.
|School District to the people of Emeryville:|
'We got your bike/ped path right here'
As City Hall prepares to give the School District $21 million of our money to build this Center of 'Community' Life, we need to push back. We need this bike/ped path built and all the other things the School District is taking away like the 53rd Street Greenway and the 47th Street 'Green Street'. We'll have our chance when the Planning Commission meets again to see the latest anti-bicycle & anti-pedestrian ECCL design on August 22nd. Perhaps the Planning Commission will have the fortitude to again one more time, tell a brick wall to build the ECCL path and respect the people of Emeryville.
(left to right) The Emery School Board,
the Superintendent of the Schools and the
management staff of the Emery School District