Please keep the warm pool
I am a retired woman from Richmond in my late 60s. About five years ago, when I was about to retire, I discovered the Berkeley warm pool.
As a very overweight person, this pool provided me with the exercise I needed in a positive environment. I also brought two of my friends to this pool.
There is no other facility like the warm pool for the likes of me. It gives me a comfortable place to swim. I love swimming, and it is a great exercise for someone with weight issues.
I beg the city of Berkeley and the school district to reconsider their decision to destroy this pool. It already exists; it functions. To build anything like it will cost more than is possible in these days of cutbacks.
Please consider the requests of our small group of disabled, overweight and needy people and keep the warm pool operating. A charge or fee could be possible for those who can pay -- anything to keep our pool.
Thank you for hearing our pleas.
Many people value the warm pool
I was a warm pool user for about 12 years. Swimming in warm water has been a therapeutic lifesaver for me.
I have arthritis in both my knees, and arthritis likes warm water but doesn't like cold water. Warm water exercise is a necessity for seniors and disabled people. This is not to
It was amazing to see some severely disabled children and adults become transformed once they hit the warm water. Not only did the warm pool have an essential physical benefit for the many patrons, it was a community that also added to the therapeutic value. The warm pool was a mecca for seniors and the disabled. It is a tragedy the powers-that-be want to destroy it.
I have always felt the Berkeley High School students would benefit from being educated about the warm pool: its function, its purpose and the many people who use it for a lifeline.
In the end, I feel the students would be proud to have such a place, so essential to so many seniors and disabled people, on their campus. It is a terrible legacy to be responsible for destroying such a life-affirming and necessary place.
It would be amazing if the responsible powers would come to their senses, find their hearts and allow the warm pool to live and its patrons to thrive.
Cal has been a good neighbor
I am a 30-year resident of the Panoramic Hill neighborhood of Berkeley.
Our home is located very close to Memorial Stadium, and for the last year we have watched its renovation. I must say, when the work was first started I was very unsure how the construction would impact our day-to-day living due to our proximity.
Well, we are now about one month before the first game, and I want to say that I am amazed at how beautiful the renovations look.
Given the complexity of the renovations and the short time frame in which all of this work has to be completed, I am very pleased with the project. Cal and all of the various construction crews have done an outstanding job minimizing any impact for the residents. In fact, I cannot think of any time in which I was inconvenienced by the work.
I wish to thank UC Berkeley for the job well done. The university is a great neighbor, and my family can hardly wait to see the finished project.
Post office belongs rightfully to city
I am outraged that the U.S. Postal Service thinks it has the right to sell Berkeley property that taxpayer dollars built. This is theft.
The building in Berkeley is historic and should remain public -- that is, the property of those who built it and paid for it. It also has WPA art that was paid for by the public.
The Postal Service should offer it to the city for $1. The city can use it for its finance office and other public purposes.
Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers
City's bond savings would be diverted
Once again, city officials are diverting money from infrastructure needs to fund employee costs.
Under ¿a scenario being planned, $3.8 million in savings from refinancing of capital projects bonds will be used to reduce Berkeley's CalPERS liability rather than putting the money toward the city's $500 million-plus infrastructure liability. Employee pension/benefit contributions need to be implemented and directed to the more than $500 million liability for employee benefits.
At the same time these and other capital funds are being similarly diverted, the city will ask voters in November to approve $50 million in brand-new infrastructure bonds without even having an overall plan and set of true community-based priorities.
At the same time the city avoids right-sizing city employee contracts, we are taking money away from community-based safety net services for the most needy.
Please consider writing to the City Council on this matter and voting "no" on all new taxes or bonds until we have the facts, right-sized employee contracts and a comprehensive community-based plan to address our unfunded liabilities.