Re "City should embrace train repair facility" (Editorial, Aug. 6): Our city needs no more free riders like the proposed CalTrans rail yard. Wherever CalTrans puts its planned facility, it will pay zero property taxes just like other state and federal buildings in our area.
By contrast, developer Phil Angelides offers our city the prospect of a consistent and growing property tax revenue base estimated at $15 million a year, as well as customers for local businesses. The two previous toxic rail yards proved that over the long run, rail repair is fraught with problems.
Fortunately for our city, we have a better choice. McKinley Village would be a sustainable, profitable and environmentally friendly long term enterprise. Its proposed site is a higher and better use of valuable city property.
-- David DeCamilla, Sacramento