Letters to the editor

Like Peltier

To the editor:

I am writing to help Bainbridge Islanders gain an understanding of why Ron Peltier will make an outstanding councilmember. As a multi-term member of the design review board I have watched Ron work tirelessly to protect and serve this community from development pressures by off-island developers who seek only profit without any commitment or concern for our residents.

We all need to remember that as lovely as The Grand Forest is, it is barely 100 years old. It will not mature its pre timber cutting beauty until another 400 years have passed. Environmental damage is very hard to repair.

Ron’s sustainability agenda is critical to the survival of this island’s fragile and beautiful environment. New construction must be to standards that make us all proud of what can be achieved. The days of poor design, cheap construction and destructive practices are over.

Ron will lead management practices and ordinance development that will protect this jewel on which we live. If not on Bainbridge, where on earth will we turn the tide of destructive development and poor planning?

Peter Perry

Bainbridge Island

Vote Mandelkorn

To the editor:

Lisa Mandelkorn is the sole candidate committed to opposing new density on Bainbridge Island.

Others claim to support climate change action, or protection of our groundwater, but continue to promote new density on the island.

I will be voting for Lisa Mandelkorn on Aug. 3.

Kathi Jenness

Bainbridge Island

Vote Moriwaki

To the editor:

There is obviously a reason both Gov. Jay Inslee and Congressman Derek Kilmer have endorsed Clarence Moriwaki for Bainbridge Island Central Ward council member. They have never endorsed a candidate in our local elections before, and the fact that Clarence is running against a sitting councilmember is especially noteworthy.

Clarence has a long history of serving the public. He is exactly the experienced and passionate advocate we need right now on City Council. Visit his website to find out why he deserves your vote: https://www.clarenceforbainbridge.us/

Robert Bosserman

Bainbridge Island

Deets helps

To the editor:

In the past few years, the Pacific Northwest has witnessed increasingly deadlier wildfire seasons, longer droughts and higher temperatures. We are fortunate on Bainbridge Island and Washington State to have local and state governments that acknowledge the existential risk that climate change poses to our planet and actively work to reduce its impact. No one exhibits that more than Joe Deets.

Joe took a leadership role in helping to advance Bainbridge’s Climate Action Plan, and if reelected, plans to jump into implementing that plan. His history of working for the environment goes beyond his time in office. In 2011, as executive director for Community Energy Solutions, he worked to install solar panels on the roof of City Hall.

He again showed his commitment to the environment when he held his campaign kickoff party at the headquarters of Pacwesty, a local business that converts gas vehicles to electric, and promoted their business.

As a 17-year-old who will spend most of her adulthood experiencing some of the worst predicted impacts of climate change, I admire Joe Deets for his longtime efforts at creating a more sustainable world and encourage all to vote to reelect him to City Council.

Eileen Miller

Bainbridge Island

Support Nassar

To the editor:

I write to support Rasham Nassar for council. Maya Angelou famously said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Since I’m not a leader, I’ve steadily reduced my expectations of our town’s leadership over the years – until Nassar.

Though Rasham has proven herself a natural leader with a demonstrated track record of protecting Bainbridge Island, it was that very outperformance that put a political target on her back so her attackers, now, could run unproven followers in this primary, to service their needs. While I understand and decry the entrenched financial and social forces that are pushing the challengers to make their moves against Nassar now, the fact remains that neither of them is qualified to prevail over her.

I don’t agree with some of Rasham’s calls, but she’s not my personal politician – I hired her to be a leader for the entire island I’ve called home for 25 plus years. Some on council disproportionally value “collegiality,” so they don’t challenge each other, while others let a finger into the wind decide their paths, but a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus – she’s a molder of consensus (oh, all right, that’s Martin Luther King Jr., not me, but still … ). Rasham is that molder of consensus who’s managed to restore my expectations of city government.

If you value Bainbridge Island for the reasons that brought you here, vote for Rasham and get her past this primary.

Chris Neal

Bainbridge Island

Parks levy

To the editor:

The youth sports organizations listed below ask you to support the Bainbridge Island Parks levy.

BI Metro Parks & Recreation District is an essential resource for our community. This past year and a half with COVID-19 has reinforced the importance of having access to high-quality facilities and spaces for recreation, athletics, trails and natural areas.

Youth sports organizations are especially reliant on a healthy and sustainable parks district. Our upcoming vote gives us an opportunity to provide the much-needed operations and maintenance resources to keep our parks strong and vibrant. We support Proposition 1 – Parks Levy Lid Lift and encourage us all to vote yes for parks on Aug. 3.

Bainbridge Island Football Club, Bainbridge Ultimate, BI Girls Lacrosse, BI Little League, Bainbridge Roller Hockey, Bainbridge Gear Grinders, Port Madison Yacht Club Jr. Sailing, BI High School Sailing and Bainbridge Barbarians Rugby FC

BAC buy?

Whoa Nellie!

Could someone tell me why the BI Parks District is rushing at a break-neck speed to close a deal to buy the Bainbridge Athletic Club?

They are scheduled to close on or before Aug. 31. And this is all being done without a vote from the taxpayers? Why? How?

What happened to the location at the center of the island – The Sakai Community & Sports Center? This is what was promised to voters.

As a mom with two boys in high school, I want the Community & Sports Center to be located right next to the high school, where they can safely walk across the street. Did the parks district hold public in-person meetings on this issue? Did we vote to approve this purchase? Nope.

This whole deal raises many questions. I think we should ask the BIMPRD to slow down and allow taxpayers to have all the facts.

Emmy Sunshine

Bainbridge Island

Very confusing

To the editor:

I am confused with what is going on with Virginia Mason.

From time to time I receive a solicitation for a donation to VM, which claims to be a nonprofit organization. At the same time I see that they appear to sponsor major league teams including the Seattle Sounders and the new NHL Kraken acquiring advertising rights in doing so.

Are any donations therefore going to already overpaid professional athletes and why does Virginia Mason need the advertising exposure in the first place when they already have all the business they can handle, (and yes folks healthcare is a business) just try getting an appointment with them.

Surely if they are trying to maintain their nonprofit status investments in improving services and more doctors and equipment would be a better way to go.

David Reeves

Bainbridge Island

No Peltier

To the editor:

In reflecting on my vote in our Bainbridge Island City Council primary and the election to follow, I found myself concerned about a lack of coverage from our two local newspapers about the history of one of the candidates who has served an earlier term on our City Council (2016-19), namely Ron Peltier. Perhaps that is because there is an extensive record concerning his ethics issues (see Brian Kelly, Bainbridge Island Review March 19 and July 15, 2019) and his very troubling behavior regarding our former city manager, Doug Schulze.

Having chosen not to run for re-election after his first term on the council, Peltier has chosen to seek office again. I have no interest in rehashing the council’s vote to reprimand him for bad behavior or for his persecution of Schulze. There is an expression that comes to mind: “You are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts”.

Our city faces major issues and the council would in my opinion be best served by electing members to serve who have a track record of civility and an ability to work together constructively.

Edie Hartmann

Bainbridge Island

Save trees

To the editor

As a Japanese American I am very sensitive to injustice, and I have to speak out when I see unethical and unfair practices by the government.

The tax title strip City Council voted to buy at their meeting July 13 is actually a small, unimproved strip of land with a narrow lane running about two-thirds of the way along it. I live on this lane, as do six other households. The unimproved part of the strip skirts a Land Trust conservation easement property. It is mostly blocked by some huge cedars and big leaf maples that would have to be cut down to extend the land

Who speaks for these trees, 80- to 100-years old and over 38 inches in diameter? They form a vital part of the local ecosystem, which is a community of species that all interact. If you harm one part, you affect the whole system. These trees are already drought-stressed, and could not survive the impact of road building, trenching for utilities, and heavy equipment going back and forth for residential construction.

The council ignored the fact that there is another and better access at the other end of the undeveloped property at the end of the tax title strip, which could be used without harming heritage trees. As the Lorax said in Dr. Seuss’s famous book, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Karen Matsumoto

Bainbridge Island

Unfair city

To the editor:

The city would like you to think this is just a little dispute among neighbors about the use of a road. Because it’s actually a real-life case study showing why ethics and transparency in government are so important.

COBI just voted to buy a piece of property from Kitsap County so one person can have more-convenient access to his undeveloped land, where he plans to build a house. His property has much-better access on the other side, but he wants to use this lane so the city is buying it for him. His neighbors don’t think this is a good idea because our little lane is narrow, fragile and doesn’t even go all the way to his property. The part of our lane that has never been used as a road is mostly blocked with very large old trees, some over 38 inches in diameter.

The city doesn’t care about that. They just want the owner of the undeveloped property to have what he wants. If you were watching the City Council meeting July 13 you heard them talking about this issue. You heard them offer one bogus justification after another for buying this property. They said “transit connectivity”, although buying this lane doesn’t connect anything to anything else. They yapped about “environmental impacts”, although they and city staff completely ignored all of the impacts of adding car and construction machinery to an already vulnerable lane, which has been maintained at the expense of the residents for 50 years. They squeaked about “fairness” while proposing to use public funds in a way that will benefit one person and negatively affect a whole lot of other people.

So, no, this is not just a little dispute among neighbors about who gets to use a road. It’s really about having a government that is willing to spend your tax dollars to help one person because he has friends in the administration and are then willing to lie about it in public. Is that the kind of government you want?

John deChadenedes

Bainbridge Island

Vote Peltier

To the Editor:

Former councilmember and longtime Bainbridge Island steward Ron Peltier is running for City Council in the North Ward. You should vote for him.

We met Ron several years ago when we needed a carpenter who was capable, honest and trustworthy. Over the years we have continued to count on his expertise as a carpenter as well as his trusted advise on community and insight on the future of our island. Ron cares about his work, his community and the future of our island. He does not just talk about the way things should be, he lives it. He stands up for his beliefs while honoring those who disagree. He is thoughtful, persuasive and a community leader. And he has the track record to prove it.

We need Peltier on the council because he listens, stands up for what he believes and does not scorn those who disagree. We need Peltier on the council because he understands and believes in our island.

Niels and Charlotte Fallisgaard

Bainbridge Island

Mandelkorn’s good

To the editor:

I am supporting Lisa Mandelkorn for the City Council’s North Ward seat because we need people on council who work as collaborators, not dividers. While I voted previously for Joe Deets and believe he’s done a good job, I have worked closely with Lisa on multiple occasions and know she brings a new perspective that the council greatly needs.

I have seen her collaborate with very different personalities and among groups with different goals and time and again Lisa has brought them together for a final result that is agreeable to all. Lisa’s skillset is exactly what we need to set a more civil, constructive tone and achieve results on the council. Please join me in voting for Lisa Mandelkorn in the upcoming primary election.

Matt Eldridge

Bainbridge Island

Vote Moriwaki

To the editor:

I have known Clarence Moriwaki for many years, beginning with our work on the acquisition of Pritchard Park, and later in building the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. In all those years, I have been impressed and moved with his commitment to our community, his passion for public service and his eloquent defense of individual liberties.

He is running for City Council in the Central Ward, and I am grateful for his willingness to serve in that role. He will bring a depth of experience in the workings of government as well as a deep desire to work with and for our community. A vote for Clarence is a vote for his fresh, collaborative and open-hearted approach to city government.

Sallie Maron

Bainbridge Island

Vote Moriwaki

To the editor:

If I lived in Bainbridge Island’s Central Ward, I would be very happy to cast my ballot for Clarence Moriwaki in the Aug. 3 primary.

Clarence has been a familiar name in many households and businesses on the island for years. He has been a major force in creating the Japanese Exclusion Memorial and other efforts to maintain the visibility and history of the Japanese community on Bainbridge. He has been a cheerful, energetic and thoughtful public citizen. One of the reasons I moved to Bainbridge from Seattle 28 years ago was because of the presence and the contributions of the Japanese community here.

If you look at his resume, you’ll find that he is well experienced in government service: having worked with President Clinton, Gov. Mike Lowry, Congressman Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. John Cherberg, the state Senate and on the Tukwila City Council.

I am in good company supporting Clarence. Inslee, Derek Kilmer and Christine Rolfes have all endorsed him. You won’t see yard signs for Clarence cluttering the right of ways, but that’s not for lack of motivation or support. Yard signs are not environmental as they are mostly single use and not recyclable. They are a distraction when driving, and they tend to multiply.

He will bring integrity, a history of public service, and a deep knowledge of and love for our community. Please vote for Clarence so I can vote for him in the general election in November. We need him on council.

Gloria Sayler

Bainbridge Island

Yes on parks

To the editor:

By now, Bainbridge voters have received our ballots for the Aug. 3 Primary Election. Park District Proposition 1, if passed would restore the levy rate to 75 cents/$1,000 of assessed valuation. As a result of the recession in 2009, overall tax revenues for operating the district fell for several years, and only reached their 2009 levels in 2018, while the portion of revenue from the 2008 lid lift is still almost $504,000 less than collected in 2009.

In the meantime, due to increased demand, the district has added several miles of trails, upgraded existing facilities and built new ones, and increased programming. Through continuous review and actions, efficiencies have been greatly increased without adding any new permanent staff, yet expenses (salaries, benefits, insurance, vehicles, utilities, etc.) have increased significantly.

The district’s request is to maintain the status quo. The Park Board and management have been closely monitoring revenue vs. expenses for the past several years. Due to the focused efforts of management and staff, the revenue/expense lines, which were expected to cross in 2019, are crossing this year, and the district is at a point where hard decisions need to be made regarding operations and maintenance. If the levy reset passes, the district will be able to add the staff positions necessary to meet increasing demand. If the levy doesn’t pass, maintenance and operations will need to be reduced, and many planned projects will have to be delayed.

As a district commissioner, I’ve already voted “yes” and ask you to join me in keeping Bainbridge Parks healthy and inviting for everyone.

Ken DeWitt

Bainbridge Island

Like Mandelkorn

To the editor:

I am writing in support of Lisa Mandelkorn for the North Ward seat on City Council.

As a colleague, I have worked with Lisa many times over the years and have witnessed firsthand her tireless efforts to help maintain and support the integrity of this island. As a former member of the Winslow Tomorrow Committee I have been disheartened by the ongoing disregard for the overall plan that was designed to preserve our sense of community, land use and natural resources.

A vote for Lisa is a vote to put someone on the council who will represent the interest of the islanders and will help to keep the council from ruining our way of life. Join me in a vote for Lisa Mandelkorn in the upcoming election.

Gigi Michaels

Bainbridge Island

Vote Mandelkorn

To the editor:

I am supporting Lisa Mandelkorn for the North Ward City Council seat because we need a fresh energy on council. Lisa works well with others and will be able to fully represent our city without the distracting rivalries we have all seen over the past few years on council. Our island is at a tipping point with density, and we do not have any time to lose. Please vote for Lisa on Aug. 3.

Louise Cullen

Bainbridge Island

Pick Mandelkorn

To the editor:

I am writing to express my wholehearted support for Lisa Mandelkorn for the North Ward City Council seat. I have known Lisa for years, and she is committed to preserving the special character and aspects we love best about our island community.

For example, our family is very concerned about our island’s groundwater status. While I have heard that the council has ordered a study, development on the island has continued, seemingly without restriction. Large storms and heavy rains do not replenish the aquifer, as the larger amounts of water do not have time to soak into the ground and largely run off into the Sound, carrying street pollution with it.

Lisa will advocate for more surfaces and places for water to rest until it can soak in at a natural rate, like permeable roads and sidewalks, rain gardens and forests. Our aquifer is irreplaceable, and we need to protect it – before it is too late. Toward that goal, she will oversee and curtail wasteful city spending so that we can consider new investments in infrastructure to protect our groundwater, such as buying forested land to create carbon sinks and aquifer recharge areas.

She will also work with individual homeowners to help them become better stewards of our shared resources. If elected to represent us, she will make decisions through the lens of protecting our only water source and the environment that feeds it. Please join me in voting for Lisa Mandelkorn in the primary election on Aug. 3.

Regina Bellody

Bainbridge Island

Vote Peltier

To the editor:

Ron Peltier recognizes the challenges we islanders face. I am endorsing Peltier, a candidate for Bainbridge City Council. One of those challenges is the need for a groundwater management plan based on sustainability and long-term security. As the campaign progresses all candidates must address this challenge.

I am endorsing Peltier because Ron sees a need to plan for the future that is fair to all without fear of what threatens the politician’s career.

Ron is intelligent, honest and unafraid of the future. He’s a problem solver. He also has a great sense of humor. One needs it when surrounded by “The sky is falling” people.

Dick Krutch

Bainbridge Island

Like Peltier

To the editor:

After a lifetime on Bainbridge Island, Ron Peltier understands the island’s history and what most of us want to preserve; the right to a quiet home environment, the preservation of the island’s natural beauty, including animals and bird life, and of course, (where have all the kelp beds gone?) the restoration of Puget Sound.

As a former councilman Ron helped save farmland and critical areas from development. He is an independent thinker, does his research, is easily approachable by constituents, and passionately loves the essence of the “Rock”, Bainbridge Island.

A client from another state once told me that islanders were sitting ducks for development and that we would eventually look like Manhattan Island. At that time most of the island (except for Winslow) was under rural zoning or old plats from the 1800’s. Now that we are a city, we more than ever need a representative who will intrinsically protect the environment as well as the people who live here.

Marilyn MacLauchlan

Bainbridge Island

Like Peltier

To the editor:

I’ve known Ron Peltier for decades, and I’m often blown away by the depth of his ideas, his plans, and his breadth of knowledge. So I’m telling all of you – go to peltier4council.com, scroll to the bottom, click on the issues, and click on Affordable Housing.

Affordable Housing is a huge problem—not just for those who want to live here, but for those of us who want to stay here. We, too, find ourselves clinging to the rock as we’re getting taxed out. Ron addresses this problem as well.

Ron advocates for increasing the housing supply by funding Affordable Housing projects within Winslow consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. And he clearly states that supply and demand is not the key – a reality we’re well acquainted with. He considers the island’s carrying capacity – read a finite amount of water and too many cars.

He advocates hiring a lobbyist in Olympia to explore ideas such as Voluntary Affordable Deed Restrictions, a tax on house flipping, property tax reductions for landowners who maintain affordable rentals, adjustments to the way property taxes are calculated, and targeted work force housing. He proposes subsidizing the purchase of housing stock in exchange for deed-restricted rentals with permanent affordability.

The list goes on and on. The ideas are all explained. It’s a great read. I have hope.

Carrie West

Bainbridge Island

Endorse Peltier

To the editor:

We endorse Ron Peltier for Bainbridge City Council. He is experienced, intelligent and truly cares about our quality of life in this unique community.

The recent 275 Degrees development on Madison Avenue made me realize how quickly we can become a densely developed village, putting stress on our water supply, sewers, traffic and our lives.

Ron has worked in the past for reasonable density and will continue to do so again. Please help return him to the City Council.

Ted Hoppin and Anne Sommer

Bainbridge Island

Bait, switch?

To the editor:

As a lifelong Bainbridge Islander I would like to raise my voice in opposition to the BI Parks District purchase of the Bainbridge Athletic Club.

Back in 2015, we the BI taxpayers overwhelmingly voted to develop a new Community & Sports Center at the Sakai property, passing a bond for almost $6 million. The BIMPRD conducted numerous studies on the Sakai property and its viability, they collected public comment, held public meetings, conducted research, and considered each planning and zoning issue. In short, they conducted the due diligence needed for a project of this scope.

Their conclusion-the Sakai property located centrally on the island, with 23 acres would be the ideal location for The Community & Sports Center. In fact the parks director, Terry Lande, stated at the time, “It’s huge for future generations.”

And that’s exactly why I voted for it. It’s why the majority of islanders voted for it. Why then, is the Parks Department switching it up on us and purchasing the BAC instead, with absolutely no voter approval? Sounds like a Bait & Switch to me.

These questions need to be answered and soon. The Parks Department is scheduled to close on this deal Aug. 31.

Stephanie Viele

Bainbridge Island

No on BAC

To the editor:

As a long time BI resident and taxpayer I would like to voice my concern over the purchase of the Bainbridge Athletic Club.

In 2015 the taxpayers voted to spend nearly $6 million for the purchase the Sakai parcel. This purchase was supported by a majority of islanders, in large part because of its central location, right across from the high school and Ordway Elementary, near the library, within safe walking distance, and located on the bus route.

Now, the Parks Department is taking their focus away from the taxpayer approved Sakai project and is spending an additional $13 million to purchase the BAC. I believe we should ask ourselves why are we giving up on 23 acres in the heart of the city to purchase a club that is already near or at capacity, 3 miles from town, located on 5 acres with no room to expand?

What’s the real estate saying? “Location, Location, Location”… Lets keep our Community & Sports Center in the Heart of the Island where it belongs and for all to enjoy.

Lisa Wiggins

Bainbridge Island

Contact parks

To the editor:

The local Parks District wants to spend $13 million to purchase the Bainbridge Athletic Club. However, there isn’t a detailed plan available that explains the need or how it will benefit the community. There are lots of questions. As an example, much of the existing BAC space is at or near capacity. So how does this purchase increase recreational access?

How does the purchase fit with the development of the $6 million Sakai property that the pubic approved a few years ago? Sakai is close to schools and much of the downtown area. BAC is not nearby and requires transportation. Many seniors are now able to participate in free “Silver Sneakers” exercise programs. Will these seniors be pushed out?

The Parks District plans to complete this purchase before the end of August without holding any public workshops to discuss their plans. The public needs to ask the Parks District to delay the purchase 90 days and hold a couple of public meetings to get the answers to our questions. A $13 million purchase without a plan is not good use of your tax dollars. Contact the Parks District now.

Keith Israel

Bainbridge Island

Bad change

To the editor:

I’m writing this letter in response to the news that Bainbridge Parks is purchasing the Bainbridge Island Athletic Club, with the goal of making it the island’s sport and recreation facility that the voters were assured would be the Sakai property, when we approved the bond to acquire the property.

The Sakai property was sold to us as being centrally located, equally accessible to all residents, and walkable from nearby schools and library. My young friends with children encouraged me to support and vote for the bond for all those reasons.

The athletic club is on top of a steep hill on Koura road, near the north end of the island. It is not equally accessible to all. And, it was conditionally approved as a private club, with limitations. It, and the surrounding Meadowmeer neighborhood, were not designed for or planned for a public facility.

As a commercial architect who has designed several public projects under conditional use approval, I know that a public accommodation requires an entirely different set of planning and design criteria than a private use, and would need to be carefully evaluated during a public approval process.

I think our Parks Department needs to reconsider this irresponsible and unapproved change in direction and proceed with the ongoing development of the central park that was promised the voters and taxpayers of our island.

Rolland Reid

Bainbridge Island

Information inaccurate

To the editor:

I am writing to clarify the misinformation being spread with respect to the Sakai Bond measure the community passed in 2015.

It is incorrect to claim voters approved construction of a community center at Sakai at that time. The bond vote was to purchase the property, provide capital for planning and secure safe public access; all of which have been accomplished. (Attached is a copy of the Proposition for reference).

Voters approved $5.9 million for the purchase of 23 acres on Madison Avenue to provide new park land in the Winslow area.

After that, the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation District conducted the planning process, which included multiple public surveys and information gathering sessions to determine what uses the public would like Parks to accomplish there.

The Top 10 priorities included: trails, picnic shelters, multi-use outdoor complex with lighting, community recreation center, passive use(s), 50-meter pool, mountain bike park/trails, multi-use indoor complex, tennis courts, playground, passive use(s).

Parks then consulted with Jones and Jones, which developeded a plan that included a multi-use indoor complex, estimated in 2019 to cost $52.5 million. Since that time, building costs have skyrocketed. In order to begin work on that proposal, Parks would need to ask the community to vote for an additional $55 million-plus bond. Securing a bond of that scale would be very difficult, as there was no general consensus on what the community desired from that space.

While many were in favor of a large-scale development there, an equal number preferred to leave the property in a more natural setting.

The acquisition of the Bainbridge Athletic Club by the Park District accomplishes many of the goals of the Sakai planning process, including providing the community indoor recreation spaces, while keeping Sakai in a more natural environment.

In addition, the use of an existing facility is the environmentally sound choice, as we would not need to transform the rural feel of Sakai.

If the community is interested in building a large-scale facility at Sakai, that is still possible, but voters would need to approve a $55 million-plus bond.

Dawn Janow

BIMPRD commissioner

Proposition No. 1

Parks and Open Space Bonds

The Board of Park Commissioners of the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District, Kitsap County, Washington, has adopted Resolution 2014-26 concerning financing for acquisition and improvement of park land. This proposition would authorize the District to finance the purchase of approximately 23 acres of land (the Sakai family property) and to develop it as a new Winslow area park, including capital costs of planning and developing improvements and securing safe public access. It would authorize issuance of no more than $5,900,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay these bonds, all as provided in Resolution 2014-26. Should this proposition be approved?



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