The Mayor wrote this in a letter to voters in the North Pacheco Annexation area: “…Platt is a Martinez resident who opposes nearly every issue and/or project before the Martinez City Council.” He extended his attack in the ballot argument.
I wonder why is he spending words attacking me, rather than discussing the annexation issues.
He is right that I have actively opposed many of his and his City Council’s ideas/projects. For instance I opposed:
- Building up to 500 houses on the geologically unstable Franklin Hills from Highway 4 to the Marina park. It’s now mostly open space.
- His and his Council’s effort to convert the Freitas Open Space to housing development. Lawyers hired by citizens scared him off.
- His attempt to sneak high density housing in the Marina park across from the Amtrak Station by fast-tracking a project with virtually no public notice. The public excoriated him. It’s a sports facilities area now.
- The North Pacheco Annexation which is a money-loser for everyone except the Mayor and his Council’s pals and the County. Citizens got it to a public vote over his and his Council’s wishes.
- His and Mike Menesini’s “Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Master Plan” that would have allowed up to 3000 new housing units in our Downtown/Marina area. The report was passed and immediately tabled after wasting over $ 200,000
- The Martinez Redevelopment Agency which he and his Council passed. It was stopped by citizen referendum. This could have bankrupted the City, as it is doing elsewhere.
There are many more examples. If he had some ideas that truly benefitted all of Martinez, I could support them, ideas like helping protect vital open space such as the Alhambra Hills, revitalizing downtown without destroying it and the Measure H Park/Pool/Library bond, all of which I actively worked for.
We do not need more failed experiments like this current annexation proposal. Go to the website www.pachecoannex.com for more information.
Have you noticed that most of the good ideas in this town have been proposed and pushed through by citizens? Most of the bad ideas have come from the Mayor and the Council, and have been shot down by a lot of citizen effort and energy. What is wrong with this picture?
P.S. Before the Mayor attacks citizens, he needs to explain why he was publically chastised by the Contra Costa Mayor’s Conference on which he represents Martinez.
Ed. note: here is the text of the letter Mayor Schroder has sent to residents in the North Pacheco annexation area. Those residents are being asked to vote on this issue via mail-in ballots, which will be counted on Aug. 31.
This week you will receive an official ballot in the mail (Measure T) giving you the opportunity to vote on whether your neighborhood in North Pacheco should be annexed into the City of Martinez.
There is one individual – Tim Platt is his name – who is disseminating incorrect information to North Pacheco residents about Measure T. Mr. Platt is a Martinez resident who opposes nearly every issue and/or project before the Martinez City Council. I wanted to take the time to write you personally about Measure T to outline a few facts before you vote.
First, a YES vote on Measure T will mean that you support becoming a Martinez resident and being served by the City of Martinez. The specific benefits are many and well documented by facts:
- Gus Kramer, our County Assessor, has indicated that housing values could increase by as much as 5% is your home is brought into the City of Martinez vs. North Pacheco where you currently reside.
- Your garbage bill will also be lower, and you will receive weekly recycling pickup, two additional yearly pickups of bulky furniture and appliances, and seven additional special garbage pickups a year – AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.
- When you dial 9-1-1, you will no longer have to wait for a Sheriff’s patrol to respond from West or East County – the Martinez Police will respond immediately, which is critical if there is a serious crime, a burglary or an assault in progress.
Should you have any questions or need further documentation on any of the above items, or you would like to talk further about Measure T, please call me any time on my cell at (925) 708-1469. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Mayor of Martinez