Did you catch the CBS-5 news last night? Our Blair Park conservation vs. development concerns are no longer hyper-local, as they made the early TV newscasts.
First, the Friends of Moraga Canyon’s Sandra Pohutsky and Peggy Esposito appeared on air. “I agree more soccer fields are needed,” declared Esposito. “It’s a wildlife corridor, so you are destroying a lot to appease the soccer clubs.” The Moraga Avenue traffic problems were discussed as well.
Then Steve Schiller, past president of the Piedmont Soccer Club, explained that 1,200 Piedmont kids play soccer and “there isn’t any other space in Piedmont.” The plans for two soccer fields, snack bar, overhead crosswalk and parking lot were mentioned in the newscasts.
In coming months, there will be environmental and other reviews by the City of Piedmont. Oakland has officially submitted their concerns, with our city bordering the potential project. Of course, sports field development is hardly a fait accompli.
From this TV coverage, we suppose that Bay Area viewers understood the classic conflict and little else. This report merely wrapped up with a “stay tuned,” as Piedmont’s review process plays out.