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Letter: Halting Hoover School construction is shameful
June 23, 2014, 05:00 AM


We live in such a bureaucracy that we can’t even fix necessities like the overcrowding of our local school thanks to a Hillsborough group, “Alliance for Responsible Neighborhood Planning” that has sued the Burlingame Elementary School District stating “it needs to prepare a full EIR on traffic impacts” for the entire property which means all construction must be halted (“Hoover construction halt won’t be appealed” in the June 18 edition of the Daily Journal).

Shame on this organization, the legal council representing them and the judge for such a lawsuit and ruling. We live in times with overcrowded schools and an education system that continues to fall behind globally. For God’s sake, this property was a well-functioning school from 1931-1979 and only closed because of declining enrollment in the ’80s. Sadly, preventing this school from reopening is costing the strapped district and taxpayers more money to defend and provide unnecessary impact studies. This money would be better spent toward upgrades to our schools. I suspect many of those blocking Hoover Elementary School from reopening come from very privileged upbringings and educations. Unfortunately, this smells more like a real selfish argument, “not in my backyard!”

Everybody in a community, even Hillsborough benefits from a better education system. Shame on this organization’s agenda.

Norm Utigard




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