College of Marin agrees to keep track...

College of Marin agrees to keep track intact

There are 16 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Sep 23, 2010, titled College of Marin agrees to keep track intact. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

College of Marin officials say they plan to preserve and restore the school's running track, which the college board condemned as a safety hazard in 2009.

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Oh puhleeze

El Sobrante, CA

#1 Sep 23, 2010
Great decision! Where do these other schools/groups get off thinking they are entitled to use or change out the college's land? Buy your own..,..or "borrow" if it doesn't inconvenience the college students or the public that pays for the track.
Out OfcontrolState

Petaluma, CA

#2 Sep 23, 2010
Hey how do they come up with money to keep fixingshit that the college itself doesn't use for classes. Are they running a public park? They are fixing the IVC pool for half a million bucks, but only a handfull of students actually use that pool...but lots of outside for profit groups use it.
Out OfcontrolState

Petaluma, CA

#3 Sep 23, 2010
Oh puhleeze wrote:
Great decision! Where do these other schools/groups get off thinking they are entitled to use or change out the college's land? Buy your own..,..or "borrow" if it doesn't inconvenience the college students or the public that pays for the track.
The "public" pays property taxes for the college to educate people, your taxes for this are not supposed to pay for another public park.
I know, you pay all the taxed and crap, but the reality is, it's never enough because the mangers mis=spend so much.
MRS

Shasta Lake, CA

#4 Sep 24, 2010
We have all of this beautiful land with maintained trails...and yet people want to stay on the track? Get out and explore trailheads...I think we are doing the RVLC and other kid-centered athletic groups a huge disservice by keeping this condemmed track...
xxx

Mill Valley, CA

#5 Sep 24, 2010
The board can say whatever it wants. If the Branson option is valid then Branson will proceed. COM officials - don't enter into an agreement if you don't plan on honoring it.

During this difficult times using public money on this project is not responsible. It makes a lot of sense to have the project funded by those who will use the facility. It sounds like Branson has the funds. I wonder if the running club can do the same.
yes but

El Sobrante, CA

#6 Sep 24, 2010
let Branson buy its own field.
Too bad so sad

Corte Madera, CA

#7 Sep 24, 2010
xxx wrote:
The board can say whatever it wants. If the Branson option is valid then Branson will proceed. COM officials - don't enter into an agreement if you don't plan on honoring it.
During this difficult times using public money on this project is not responsible. It makes a lot of sense to have the project funded by those who will use the facility. It sounds like Branson has the funds. I wonder if the running club can do the same.
As was revealed at the board meeting, Branson has no in force agreement with COM regarding the disposition of the football field/track. FYI, the mission of a "Community" College is to serve the wider "Community" that supports COM with its taxes, not the narrow interests of Kentfield elitists.
Too bad so sad

Corte Madera, CA

#8 Sep 24, 2010
Out OfcontrolState wrote:
<quoted text>
The "public" pays property taxes for the college to educate people, your taxes for this are not supposed to pay for another public park.
I know, you pay all the taxed and crap, but the reality is, it's never enough because the mangers mis=spend so much.
The Academic Senate has stated that having a regulation track facility for use by college phys ed classes and sports teams is an important part of COM's educational mandate.
Too bad so sad

Corte Madera, CA

#9 Sep 24, 2010
yes but wrote:
let Branson buy its own field.
...instead of stealing another one of COMs.
Out OfcontrolState

Petaluma, CA

#10 Sep 24, 2010
Too bad so sad wrote:
<quoted text>
...instead of stealing another one of COMs.
The "Branson Deal" stinks of corruption. This deal was set up by the former COM athletic director--- guess who hired him when he retired from COM? Branson School. He set up a sweet deal for Branson. Oh yeah, Branson paid for a lot of repairs, but then they act like they own the place and go in whenever they want.
Too Bad So Sad

Corte Madera, CA

#11 Sep 24, 2010
Out OfcontrolState wrote:
<quoted text>
The "Branson Deal" stinks of corruption. This deal was set up by the former COM athletic director--- guess who hired him when he retired from COM? Branson School. He set up a sweet deal for Branson. Oh yeah, Branson paid for a lot of repairs, but then they act like they own the place and go in whenever they want.
Like the Manhattan Indians, COM sold an extremely valuable piece of real estate for what amounts to a bunch of beads and trinkets. The tax payers got completely snookered, and to this day the fields under Branson's control are under lock and key to keep the commoners out.
yes but

El Sobrante, CA

#12 Sep 24, 2010
who are these deal-makers?
In the know

San Francisco, CA

#13 Sep 24, 2010
Too Bad So Sad wrote:
<quoted text>
Like the Manhattan Indians, COM sold an extremely valuable piece of real estate for what amounts to a bunch of beads and trinkets. The tax payers got completely snookered, and to this day the fields under Branson's control are under lock and key to keep the commoners out.
The Indians/Manhattan analogy occurred to me, as well.
fact checker

San Anselmo, CA

#14 Sep 25, 2010
Just to clarify, the event on which this meeting hinged was COM's Academic Senate saying the college needs a regulation track for its educational needs. IMHO, if there is extra field and track time left over, it should be available to entire community (or rented to outside groups for a hourly fee), rather than leased out and fenced in for the exclusive use of an exclusive entity for decades to come.
yes but

El Sobrante, CA

#15 Sep 25, 2010
fact checker wrote:
IMHO, if there is extra field and track time left over, it should be available to entire community (or rented to outside groups for a hourly fee), rather than leased out and fenced in for the exclusive use of an exclusive entity for decades to come.
this "exclusive entity" OWNS the fields.

Are you suggesting that we can all come over and play soccer in your backyard since, in our humble opinion, it shouldn't be fenced in for your exclusive use for decades to come?

That's pretty presumptuous.

If COM did decide to rent out idle fields, it shouldn't be for the exclusive use of another entity (like Branson) but available to any group fair and square.

And the usage fee should be above and beyond the extra maintenance incurred for all that extra usage.

Current COMer

San Rafael, CA

#16 Sep 29, 2010
Anywhere you go you pay a fee, I think that the folks who use the track should help pay for the repairs. COM doesn't have an endless pot of money. This is just another case of the Board listening to whoever screams the loudest. It's so sad.

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