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Using RDA funds for stadium renovations is wrong

POSTED February 2, 2010 7:54 p.m.
Dear Editor,
The Turlock City Council is giving Redevelopment Agency money to the Turlock School District. The community members who filed the lawsuit want Turlock citizens to know we believe this RDA project is against RDA and state law. The neighborhoods around the high school are not blighted, the Joe Debely Stadium at the high school is not inside the RDA boundary, the project has not gone through an environmental impact report and City Council member Ted Howze has a direct conflict of interest as a youth football board director.
Many people I have spoken with agree that RDA monies should not be used to fund the turf and track at the high school stadium.
If you live in the neighborhood affected or are a citizen who needs more information, please meet with us at the Turlock Library on either of the next two Saturdays at 3 p.m. (Feb. 6 and Feb. 13) in the Study Room.          
Thank-you to those interested neighbors of the stadium who showed up last Saturday. We appreciate your support. I am a long-time citizen of Turlock and neighbor of the Joe Debely Field.
— Lynn Sarraille

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