The cemetery land was transferred to the State of California two weeks ago, as these politicians should know. The cemetery will happen. It's not a local issue at this point.
Neither initiative is about the cemetery. They're about Monterey Downs .
3rd Annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day is Saturday, May 18, 10am, Marina Equestrian Center, corner California Ave and 9th Street, Marina 93933.
Thank you, Gail, an eagle-eyed visionary and incredibly hard worker.
Oldguy49, please don't reserve out your text, it's very interesting, but very hard to read.
So glad he's okay!!
This is too, too rich. The grand jury, and now Squid, have missed the whole story.
There have been three ad hoc committees since 2008. The first, which Gary Wilmot and Nancy Amadeo served on--and which had no minutes or public meetings--accomplished nothing. Likewise the Dave McCall and Ken Gray committee that met once time in 2010, apparently only once.
By contrast, the 2011 committee is making real strides, precipitating opposition.
The city council ignored the Marina Equestrian Center and allowed it to degenerate under poor management for nearly twenty years, with staff and former councilmembers, including former mayor Gary Wilmot, Jim Ford, and Nancy Amadeo, trying their darndest to get rid of the equestrian center "problem."
Amadeo, Ford, and Wilmot were on the council that in 2008 attempted to allow development of the MEC as a private college campus, and when called on it, claimed the city general plan superseded the public-park use mandated in the National Park Service deed, so they could do as they wished.
Meanwhile, council candidate Darlena Ridler, as head of the recreation committee, has for years been okay with $100,000 being drained out annually of the MEC's protected National Park Service account for unrelated city purposes.
For six years, Amadeo and friends have not been able to wrap their heads around the idea that the land MUST remain a public park or be taken back by the National Park Service. Welcome to what people have tried repeatedly to say.
In March 2012, the current ad hoc committee presented comprehensive information about the MEC to the Marina council and public--information compiled and presented for the first time ever. Mayor Delgado's administration has been making good progress towards turning the 35 acres into the park and recreation area it was meant to be. This includes trailhead facilities for all users, including bikers and hikers, and a full range of equestrian services.
These positive moves seem to have irritated Ms. Amadeo, who for months has been trying to discredit Mayor Bruce and the current MEC ad hoc committee. And now the grand jury has been elbowed in the ribs. Unfortunately, the grand jury failed to understand that the 2008 and 2010 ad hoc committees are not the same as the present MEC committee, either in organization or purpose.
Whereas the first two committees had no public involvement or input or minutes, and NO progress, the current committee has held many public meetings and received and publicly shared hundreds of pages of data.
So now the grand jury has found that the draft minutes of the committee were not posted fast enough. Oh-kay.... The scandal is that it's taken 20 years for the city to take the MEC seriously. Thank you, Mayor Bruce and ad hoc committee for your action, vision, and persistence.
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