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$200,000,000 Bond Measure for MROSD

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Jan 14, 2014

Property owners in Portola Valley, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Atherton, Redwood City and San Carlos take note.
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District(MROSD)spent $500,000 of your property tax dollars on a "visioning and priority-setting process". They are now conducting a poll to test the waters for a $200,000,000 bond measure to make the collective vision a reality.
Vision this: San Mateo without an open space district.

Originally established as the Midpeninsula Regional Park District, MROSD is already collecting $Millions in property taxes which could be supporting San Mateo County Parks and Recreation. It has acquired more than 60,000 acres of open space land. Since the change from Park District to Open Space District, recreational uses of those lands are relatively non-existent. There are no revenue-producing uses of those lands.

_________Brief History of MidPeninsula Regional Park District(MRPD)

August 1971 San Mateo County(SMC) Board of Supervisors(BOS) voted against creation of MRPD in their section of the midpeninsula.

March 1976 MRPD Board of Directors adopted Order to annex 81,500 acres of SMC land including the cities of Woodside, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton and certain adjoining unicorporated lands.

June 1976 Voters responded with 23.7% yes, 21.7% no with 54% ABSTAINING.
Not exactly a MANDATE!!

Redwood City vote was 17% yes, 21.7% no with 61.3% abstaining.
San Carlos vote was 20.7% yes, 23.2% no with 56.1% abstaining.
Woodside vote was 25.2% yes, 28.9% no with 45.9% abstaining.

1977 MRPD underwent "name change" to become MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District(MROSD) to reflect a de-emphasis on PARKS and Recreational activities.
_______________MROSD should be detached from San Mateo County.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

The link Web Link provides some history of Edgewood Park which includes:
"Master Plan Report for Edgewood County Park" Prepared(in 1982) for the Division of Parks and Recreation San Mateo County - by CHNMB Associates. (excerpt)
"The clubhouse will provide both golfers as well as other park users with indoor and outdoor sanitation and food-serving facilities. Inside will be ... an educational display showing park ecology and endangered habitats... The site of the clubhouse will provide visitors with an attractive setting among natural vegetation and offer excellent views overlooking the park." and, a link Web Link to a letter from Robert Trent Jones II in support of a golf course in Edgewood Park, as well as a letter from Cecil Andrus(then Secretary of the Interior)Web Link who contributed ~$1,000,000 from the Secretary's Discretionary Fund for the purchase of the Edgewood Park land for recreation and open spaces comprised of nature trails, picnic areas, a golf course and other compatible uses.

MROSD should pursue revenue producing use of a small fraction of lands under its control, not a $200,000,000 bond measure.

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