Local projects are just 'economic puffery'

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re "Beware the hype in 'impact'" (California Focus, Dec. 29): Dan Walters' term "economic puffery" also describes certain actions by the Elk Grove City Council. The Elk Grove ice skating rink of last year did not return to the city's Old Town. It was to provide entertainment and boost the local economy, but the rink lost money. Now, city politicians are moving into bigger dollars for an aquatic center complex by awarding a business $700,000 for a market study and design. The goal is to make Elk Grove a destination city. There seems to be no need to look at the needs of the surrounding homeowners and residents of the city. The economic puffery of local politics is to spend our public monies in hopes of a political success that can push office holders up the ladder. Would any council members like this aquatic center as their next-door neighbor?

-- Lynn Wheat, Elk Grove

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