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January 8, 2010

Golf analogy

On Wednesday night, the City Council voted to give Mif Albright a reprieve and keep it open until the responses to the RFP are reviewed and the private operator selected makes a decision on how they would run the Chuck Corica complex as a whole.

But that wasn’t the most interesting part of the discussion which was this mini rant that the Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant went on after clearly being frustrated by the direction the vote was heading.

…Because it’s very difficult in the market for anybody to borrow anything anymore to get money.   They could not invest the capital based on the condition of the course today and the requirements in the RFP.  It’s going to get harder to invest the capital because the quality of the course is going to continue to get worse because we’re not putting a dime into it on the capital, so in four to five months, is it going to go down that much if we go to May?  Maybe, maybe not, but to keep it going like this it’s going to be difficult to get any private guy to come in and try to get it up to course.   There’s just, it’s just not going to pencil.

We’ve got to realize there’s a point in government services, whether we like it or not, no matter what program we run, whether it’s golf, building inspection or whatever, whatever you choose to privatize there is a point in the game where it’s too late to privatize because the private guys can’t come in and borrow that capital to make the transition.  So, at some point in time, you’re getting very close to having to make a business decision here and — in this year — we’re just going to have to do it however we choose.

To continue to do this and to think that we’re not going to be able to make a decision and that we can continue to operate so many things here in the city the same way we’ve been operating them before is just not today’s government reality.  And I know that’s a message that is hard for everybody to hear, not just the golf guys, the public safety guys because everything we are doing in government, every department has been affected by these cuts, is having a hard time adjusting to the fact that government is not the same.  We’ve got to accept it and understand it and the general fund cannot subsidize non-general fund services.

Here’s the amazing thing about the rant, swap out “golf course” for Alameda Point and you have the same argument being made by some proponents of Measure B.   That the longer we wait, the less attractive Alameda Point is going to be for anyone to develop.


  1. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

    Comment by Ralph — January 8, 2010 @ 7:29 am

  2. “…more expansive considerations can result in different conclusions that do not reflect desultory mental processes, but rather an active, engaged, and inquisitive mind.”

    -Frank Monaldo on foolish consistency

    Comment by Susan — January 8, 2010 @ 8:27 am

  3. “Big girl socks can change the world.”
    — Tracey age 3
    (while getting dressed)

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 8, 2010 @ 8:52 am

  4. Speaking of, “… the less attractive Alameda Point is going…”, I heard, last evening, that the city made Hangar 1 remove the palm trees from behind their Hangar. Scuttlebutt says removal ordered because bird lovers caught tree huggers sleeping under limb which was scaring birds away. Anybody know for sure?

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 8, 2010 @ 9:46 am

  5. Jack: I checked with Deputy City Manager Lisa Goldman who said that the palm trees around Hangar One were planted without approval or permits. Because palm trees grow really really tall they are verboten because the Least Tern predators could swoop in and attack. Same reason why there are height limitations around the perimeter of the Wildlife Refuge area as well. Because of the Least Tern. And the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 8, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  6. I hate that stupid least tern with a passion. the only reason it survived was because of the navy scaring off predators. now no navy, we should let nature take its course. and sell off that valuable waterfront property.

    Comment by E — January 8, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

  7. 5.
    jesus, that’s what I thought! What bunk! This whole Least Tern thing totally does not make sense. Why aren’t the bird people trying to keep their precious little fledglings out of a cesspool of pollution.

    You’d think they’d all be standing on the runways yelling, “FOWLED DECK! TERN AROUND THERE’S NOTHING BUT DEATH OR MUTATION AWAITING YOU HERE!!! But no, we just entice them in so their little eggs can maybe hatch some new mutant form of protected species.

    And furthermore, making Hangar 1 chainsaw those palms down really, really sends a clear message to those tenants who may be considering long-term leases. Next they’ll make them station people on the hangar roofs to shoo the birds away like they did on the estuary cranes.

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 8, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

  8. Am I the only one who noticed that the clip is captioned Interim City Manager but it’s actually the City Attorney who is speaking??

    Comment by LindaonOtisSt — January 8, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  9. Linda:

    The woman speaking is Ann Marie Gallant the Interim City Manager, the City Attorney sits next to her and her name plate is angled in such a way that it looks to be in front on the ICM.

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 8, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

  10. OK, I see what you’re saying, Lauren; I’ve never been to a meeting so I do not know them by sight. What a weird way to put the City Attorney’s name plate. Thanks.

    Comment by LindaonOtisSt — January 9, 2010 @ 8:18 am

  11. Learn to love it later…

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 9, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  12. Lauren: Touche!

    Comment by charlie — January 9, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

  13. Not really about golf except the icons are round. But interesting nevertheless. Hit the play button.

    Comment by Jack Richard — January 10, 2010 @ 9:14 am

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