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Jill Bondy: Library money should go to senior center

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Posted: April 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Once again, I open The Signal and read about four of the most selfish, self-centered people of the SCV. These four City Council members are the epitome of the “me” generation.

Voting to spend $1.3 million on a private library system that the citizens of this valley clearly are opposed to is stunning.
Bob Kellar is obviously the only council member that truly knows the privilege of being a council member is to serve this community, not one’s own personal agendas.

In light of the downtrodden conditions of the SCV Senior Center, the vote on this subject is even more egregious.

Our seniors must navigate through parking lots that are falling apart — riddled with potholes and loose gravel — just to enter the center.

Once inside, there is not enough seating or room for them to wait for the doors to the cafeteria to open, and they huddle in the foyer and suffer the elements of the weather.

On rainy days, the automatic doors open continually, driving rain and wind into the foyer. The ceiling leaks, and water rushes in the back door, flooding the center. Our volunteer seniors sit with three to four layers of clothes on to check the seniors in for their meals. The Trips and Tours volunteers bring blankets and hunt for heaters to stay warm so they can help our seniors to sign up for outings.

Many of these seniors have lived in this valley their entire lives, and now they’re being pushed aside by the “awesome” four.

That $1.3 million would go a long way to build a respectable senior center. We have many libraries in our valley, but only one senior center in our growing community. Libraries are important and should be available to everyone, but the senior center is falling apart.

Exactly what are your plans for the future baby boomers? It seems you are planning for every other demographic but the influx of seniors that will be needing the services of a senior center. 

How can this be justified? Really, is this how you would treat your parents and grandparents?

The City Council is well aware of the deterring condition of our local senior center. They push off their responsibility back on to the state, county and federal government. But when the purpose suits them, they are able to find the money to fund their pet projects.

I challenge the citizens of this valley to take a trip and visit some of the senior centers in other communities and see how they respect and honor their seniors. I volunteer at the SCV Senior Center and I see the conditions of our aging center first-hand.

Our seniors deserve better than this. I admire then immensely. Never do they complain; there are always a smiles on their faces, and they are very appreciative of the services that are offered. 

The Committee on Aging board, the Senior Center Foundation board members and employees work tirelessly to keep our programs operating and to provide a refuge for the senior citizens of this valley; a place to receive comfort, companionship and meals.

The City Council should do no less.

Jill Bondy is a Valencia resident.

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