By Matt Artz
Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 8:59 am in Uncategorized.
I forgot to mention the only juicy thing at Tuesday’s council meeting: Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman going off on Union City Mayor Mark Green.
Usually it’s the other way around.
Green is perpetually annoyed with Wasserman and Fremont for opposing Green’s prized, but underfunded, Dumbarton Rail project. If it’s ever built, it would establish a rail link over the Bay from Union City to Redwood City, and secure Union City’s BART station as a Bay Area transit hub.
Wasserman never misses a chance to call it a huge waste of money. He only has eyes for extending BART to San Jose, which, to be fair, several regional transit planners also think is a big waste of money.
Anyway, Green apparently wasn’t happy that the latest countywide long-term transportation plan has designated $160 million for BART to Warm Springs ($60 million of which is part of Fremont’s share of the state funds) and nothing for Dumbarton Rail. The previous plan, which is updated every four years, had $14.8 million for Dumbarton, and Green didn’t want that cut even if the project remains on hold the designation turns out to be purely symbolic, Councilmember Bob Wieckowski reported to the council.
So a deal was reached in which Union City and Newark designated $4.4 million of their funds to the project, which will run through both cities, and BART, AC Transit and Fremont designated the rest of the $14.8 million. It essentially meant that road improvement projects at Auto Mall Parkway and Mission San Jose would be designated to get $9 million instead of $10 million in the long-term plan, Wieckowski said.
Wasserman wasn’t having it.
“This is another con game by Mark Green,” the mayor said. “This has gone on and on and on. Now he’s conned you (Wieckowski) out of $10 million.
Wieckowski responded that it was just $2 million, and that it was merely a symbolic gesture since the long-term funding plan is revised every four years.
Wasserman replied: “It’s not a symbolic gesture when you give away money.”
When Wieckowski also said that Green had called the meeting hastily, so he didn’t have time to discuss it beforehand, Wasserman replied, “That’s the way he does it; That’s the way he does it.”