The lovely lull between Christmas and New Years has been shattered today by reports of lunacy from Team McEuen. Parks Director Doug Eastwood seems to have suddenly discovered the McEuen project was “too scaled back”, in his almighty opinion. According to this morning’s Press, “Eastwood said he noticed the park was getting too scaled back. Planning was focusing too much on the estimated $14.2 million budget at the time, he said, and items like the playground and splash pad, which should have been the park’s focus, started to get chopped away. I think we have to get back to what this project was all about at the beginning,” he said. “This puts it back and recaptures the vision.”
How silly!–gosh, they were focusing on the budget, but Doug thinks they should focus on the “vision”. Now they need an extra $6.5 million.
Councilman Mike Kennedy, who promised a few months ago that the project “would not go over budget”, has been silent. The Mayor, who promised that no taxpayer money would be used on the park, even though we all know that LCDC money is taxpayer money, now advocates using the city’s Rainy Day Fund, which is unarguably tax money. But Councilman Woody McEvers takes the prize for absurdity. The Press reports that Woody said “Five million bucks to make it bitchin’,…Bite the bullet and go big.” (Miss the Recall yet?)