The PAUSD sports programs take up the school gyms for most prime-time slots, and the City gives Foothill college first priority over renting two of the three Community gyms at Cubberley. The JCC has the other one for the next two years until their facility is complete. That leaves city taxpayers with -- no gyms to rent, for love or money!
Why are we renting out one of our most scarce resources when city leagues, with resident teams, would pay top dollar to rent them? The first answer is always quoted as money-- Foothill is willing to pay for a huge chunk of Cubberley on a mega-lease. But why does the City own property for the purpose of leasing it to other state organizations? Especially when we don't have enough of that resource to satisfy local, paying demand.
Why don't we lease out our soccer fields, or Mitchell Park, permanently? or the libraries? Because they are important to the citizens, who make sure their voices are heard.
and anyone whose kids can't sign up for Foothill College classes!
We need to tell our City Management and Council that we do not want the Gyms leased to Foothill College. City taxpayers should have first priority over non-city students and friends of Foothill who want to rent our gyms.
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