Thursday, February 25, 2016
TO ALL OUR VILLAGE RESIDENTS WHO WANT CHANGE, VOTE FOR PHYLLIS RICHLAND FOR UCO PRESIDENT MARCH 4TH.
Alexander Pope said, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast…” This quote is often used when people hope for the best in the face of adversity.
Yesterday a large group of tennis players attended the Operations Committee meeting to voice their concerns about the deteriorating tennis court facilities. The group led by Les Rivkin offered a well-researched presentation outlining the concerns that tennis players here in the Village are facing. They provided details on the products that should be used on the surface of the tennis courts. They noted that because of the existing surface women players were playing on were below the minimum standards for competitive competition, that our Village players were excluded from the women’s tournaments because the league players refuse to play at Century Village. Some women described the injuries they suffered playing on our courts. Falling and damaging their knees and elbows forced them from playing on our courts. Some players stated they were forced to join tennis clubs off campus in order to enjoy their sport.
They told the committee that “pickle ball” is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. They wanted the Operations Committee to consider expanding the number of courts here at the Village and also to provide some sound dampening walls to reduce the decibel level so that residents would not be upset.
Yes, hope springs eternal, but not for the Tennis players. Based on Dave Israel’s and WPRF’s response the players were told there is a problem, and we need engineering studies before we can do anything about the issue. Dave has been in office 6 years, his administration knew there were serious issues with the tennis facilities, they resurfaced the courts – rather patched it – knowing it had a relatively short shelf life. He also stated that this issue was “on the front burner.” His solutions can be summed up, we are looking at the budget, we will get studies made, etc. This is exactly what his administration does. Place the issue in the “we will get to it later box.” All we ever get from him is we need to bring in people to do a study.
People can hope, even though they were presented with evidence that things cannot possibly turn out the way they want. So our tennis players left the meeting with a vague promise that this administration will take action based on some illusionary study that will be made by some unknown group of experts.
Just a bit of advice to the tennis players at Century Village. Don’t hold your breath waiting for things to change anytime soon. Expecting something positive to happen from this administration is my favorite crime, and disappointment is always our punishment.
THAT IS WHY WE MUST ELECT PHYLLIS RICHLAND AS UCO PRESIDENT. YES, TO LISTEN AND GET THINGS DONE.
Please read Phyllis Richland’s blog at phyllisrichland.blogspot.com