Atascadero filches FEMA funds, youth center rises on tainted land

January 11, 2008

By KAREN VELIE

Jan. 11 2008

Over the past four years, Atascadero city officials conspired to bilk taxpayers out of more than $4 million in disaster aid to construct a replacement youth center under the guise the previous center had been rendered unsafe during the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake.

Last month, the replacement center, constructed on an abandoned sewer site and gasoline depository, opened its doors to the city’s youth.

City Manager Wade McKinney, Councilman George Luna, and Councilman Tom O’Malley have not responded to repeated queries from UncoveredSLO.com.

Asked if he was aware of the youth center deception, Councilman Jerry Clay replied, “I didn’t know if both [buildings] were being used or just what. But it’s pretty neat; we have both facilities now, a community center and a skate park.”

City officials identified the city’s historic Printery Building as the site of the municipal youth center in their application for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds.

In an April 28, 2004, letter to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), city staff requested an “improved project” to build a replacement youth center. The city went on to say, “The youth center is currently located in the … Printery Building that was severely damaged during the San Simeon Earthquake,” the state agency acknowledged the city’s claim in a May 12, 2005, letter to FEMA officials.

However, at the time of the quake, the Printery Building, located at 6351 Olmeda Avenue, was not functioning as a youth center, but as a meeting hall for the Freemasons. The city’s youth center then stood approximately a half-mile away, at 5493 Traffic Way.

Even so, eventually aware the Printery Building no longer served as the city’s youth center, prior to doling out funds, FEMA officials apparently opted to sweep the issue under the carpet and allow taxpayers to foot the bill for the city’s third youth center in 10 years, the latest perched on the remains of an ex-sewer plant and petroleum storage area.

Atascadero’s shell game

So how did city officials pull this off? The youth center’s portability, and the malleability of the federal agency, helped make the sleight-of-hand possible.

Youth center number one began to materialize in 1994, when owners of the venerable Printery Building, the Freemasons, donated it to the city – with the agreement that the city would maintain and renovate the building into a youth center.

Three years later, the still-structurally unsound facility opened its doors to the city’s youth. Immediate concerns surfaced regarding the structure’s condition and the cost of improvements. Following an accident in 1999, resulting in a claim against the city, the council opted to find new digs for the city’s after-school programs.

In 2001, the Freemasons asked the city to return the building due to the city’s inability to abide by its contract with the Freemasons, according to the minutes of numerous city council meetings. In August 2003, the city council agreed, with the understanding that developer Kelly Gearhart would be the eventual owner. (Four months later, when the quake hit, the property was in the final days of escrow.)

Shortly after the city’s abandonment of youth center number one, city officials elected to purchase and transform a one-time animal feed storage building into youth center number two. To fund the conversion, officials used state grants and per capita funds awarded to the city in 2001. (Following the quake, the city morphed the non-insulated aluminum building into an indoor skate park.)

Earlier this month, the city opened the doors to the city’s third youth in ten years, a facility already surrounded in controversy, just like its predecessors.

From 1937 through 1983, the site held a sewer treatment plant constructed of both unlined settling ponds and sludge beds which were simply buried on-site when the plant closed. In 1983, a 500-gallon tank of gasoline was added to the land and the production of used oil and gas began. Testing of the soil prior to the start of the youth center’s construction unearthed numerous carcinogens including arsenic, Aroclor 1260, benzopyrene, and indenopyrene, according to the site’s Human Health Risk Assessment prepared by Mearns Consulting.

Atascadero City Clerk Marcia McClure Torgerson—much maligned for her closed door policy on public records—claimed boxes of files regarding the youth center sites and the Printery Building were lost or misplaced due to the 2003 quake.

Nevertheless, numerous city officials and residents—including Gearhart—provided multiple documents regarding the youth center sites. Gearhart claims city officials asked him to hold off on his purchase of the Printery Building while they attempted to procure funds from FEMA by making the allegation that the structure was an active youth center at the time of the quake.

“I was supposed to close escrow in December [2003],” Gearhart said. “After the quake I met with [City Manager] Wade McKinney, [Community Development Director] Warren Frace, and [Councilwoman] Wendy Scalise. They asked me to hold off on the close of escrow until FEMA was dealt with.”

Gearhart said the city’s youth center—at the time of the quake—was located at 5493 Traffic Way. ”There is no recourse on the city, they can do what ever they want and there is no recourse on them,” Gearhart added.

During the past seven years, the city’s official description of the Printery Building’s usage has alternated between an active youth center and a hazardous, primarily vacant, structure, depending on the date: pre- or post-earthquake.

One pre-quake city staff report notes, “Because the building is an unreinforced masonry structure, the city virtually never used it for youth purposes and seldom used the building for other purposes.”

Following the quake, City Manager McKinney’s concept of the building appears to have changed markedly.

“The Printery Building has served as the City’s Youth Center for many years and was significantly damaged in the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake,” McKinney wrote in a letter to Gearhart on April 20, 2005.

FEMA’s vapid response

Repeated telephone calls to the FEMA hotline regarding Atascadero’s FEMA claims went unanswered. Eventually, a request to speak to a member of the agency’s complaint department was diverted to FEMA’s public relations machine. No other agency officials are authorized to speak to the media.

FEMA Public Relations official Kelly Hudson eventually agreed, after reviewing numerous documents including escrow papers, that funds had been requested by the city under false pretence.

She then claimed FEMA may have funded the project regardless of the discrepancies. She also asked a reporter to drop publication of the issue, as the FEMA official assigned to project was having problems in his personal life.

(Contacted by UncoveredSLO.com earlier this week, Hudson first refuted, then admitted to, previous conversations with a reporter. Hudson said she planned to deny any comments attributed to her.)

FEMA’s public relation machine’s recorded response states, “We take allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse seriously. To report fraud, call the hotline.”

According to the federal Stafford Act and the FEMA Handbook, which govern FEMA, and its public assistance programs, to qualify for disaster funds, a facility must be actively utilized for an eligible purpose at the time of a disaster. If closed down for repairs, disaster aid is available only if a date to reopen has been set. If only a portion of a building is being utilized, then only that portion is eligible for funding.

At the time of the quake, local children frequented a concrete skate park that stood on the Printery Building grounds, though it was slated for relocation following the Printery Building’s impending escrow. Even though the skate park and functioning youth center were undamaged by the quake, FEMA readily handed out funds to replace the alleged Printery Building youth center.

In addition, facilities under contract to be replaced using non-federal funds do not qualify for FEMA dollars, according to the FEMA handbook. In 2001, the city received $547,000 in state grants and per capita funds to transform the hay and feed building into youth center number two. (Councilman Clay claims a portion of the $547,000 in state funds was used to convert youth center number two into an indoor skate park.)

The FEMA handbook also states that buildings primarily used as meeting halls for religious based organizations do not qualify for public assistance funds. At the time of the quake, the Printery Building was primarily functioning as a Freemason meeting hall.

Freemason’s claim to be a fraternity dedicated to the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of a supreme being, according to http://freemasonry.org. Every Masonic temple has an alter holding a “Volume of the Sacred Law.” In the United States, the volume is usually a Bible.

In the destructive aftermath of fires, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes, desperate Americans rely on FEMA to help get their lives back in order. But FEMA itself may need to be rescued.

Nationwide, the program is riddled with fraud, abuse, and scandal. Fraudulent FEMA claims over the past few years have cost taxpayers millions of dollars and produced thousands of court cases. In the past five years, according to Justice Department statistics, corruption cases in New Orleans have jumped 452 percent.

It’s been more than a year since FEMA public relations officials first became aware of the Freemason meeting hall’s youth center disguise. Yet FEMA continues to distribute funds to the city.

Gearhart closed escrow on the Printery Building. Youth center number three opened its doors.And the Atascadero City Council awarded City Manager McKinney a merit raise in recognition of his financial prowess.


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5 Comments

  1. ccn_debate says:

    Member Opinions:
    By: Anonymous on 1/27/08
    There is a staff report circulating from August 12, 2003. Masonic Temple/Printery Disposition.
    GO TO: http://www.atascadero.org/media/council/a7b0bd2081203-PrinteryIssues.htm

    Read it and decide for yourself folks. Considering that the property was in escrow three months later, I guess we can all figure out how the council voted.
    It’s time to STOP THE LIES Wade. You have done all the damage that the citizens are going to take.

    It’s time for Karen to post the escrow doc’s and signed deed.

    By: Anonymous on 1/27/08
    I can confirm that this story has been under investigation prior to Mike being elected. Kelly’s actions have nothing to do with Mike Brennler.

    By: Anonymous on 1/27/08
    Glenn, Kelly Gearhart is trying to feed Mike Brennler any bait.. This story has been under investigation a long time and Kelly made his statements and provided his documents befor Mike was even elected. and.. you can take that one to the bank. Go ask Kelly.Go ask Karen.

    By: Anonymous on 1/27/08
    Hey Glen, get a clue. It’s all true. And the city won’t be chasing it’s own tail. Some officials will be running trying to hold onto to their tails. Rumor has it that this site has already been very successful. You just don’t know about that part yet. Save your hits for the Tribune.

    By: Anonymous on 1/27/08
    Glenn-Sounds like you may be afraid of hearing the truth. Since the local papers have some difficulty in reporting the complete stories at times I find this blog to be very informative to myself and the thousands of other people who are getting their eyes opened to the tactics of the City of Atascadero. The answer to all of these questions may also answer why no business wil come to Atascadero. Would you want to deal with these actions?

    By: Anonymous on 1/26/08
    Just remember this is a blog and as such information is not vetted in any kind of normal method and success is dependent on the number of hits the site gets. I’m just sorry that I provided one more hit. The city will end up running around in circles chasing their tails while no business gets done. Looks like Kelly is trying to get Brennler to go after the bone and make a fool of himself. I hope he does. I also wonder if Dave Congelton has invested in this new blog. He seems so overly supportive.
    Thanks to the blogisphere for more junk.

    By: Anonymous on 1/24/08
    The printery has been at risk for years. Previous Councils paid for plans to update the mechanical and electrical systems to turn the building into a youth center. They abandoned the project when costs came in at about a million dollars. Another million was the estimated to structurally upgrade the building. This was in the mid 90’s. If they would have upgraded the building it would have survived the earthquake and the City would have a youth center in nationally registered historic building for about $2 million instead of the 6.5 million we spent on a less attractive building.

    In 2002 the Masons blocked an effort to register the building on the national register. (they said they wanted to protect their financial interest in the building). Kelly G the developer offered to build them a new building on traffic way in trade for the printery building.

    In 2002 under pressure from the Masons the City Council relented and agreed to transfer the ownership back to the Masons since the City had failed to convert it into a youth center as promised ( The agreement with the Mason’s was to give the building to the City if they turned it into a youth center). One condition was required by Councilman George Luna. He insisted that the building be registered with the National Register of Historic Places.

    The earthquake struck days before the escrow closed. I asked Warren Frase ( Planning Director)if the City would now have to take over the project to get the FEMA funds and restore the building. He said that would be the likely outcome.

    Fast forward another few months and the plan was presented to apply the FEMA funds to a new youth center since FEMA was said to allow replacement of facilities if they are damaged more than 50%. This time the Council agreed to transfer the funds to the new youth center project and to allow Kelly G to proceed with closing on the escrow of the Printery Building. I asked why they would allow a private developer to take over a City treasure and I was told that he could do it cheaper than the City and they would get a New Youth Center and a restored printery building.

    Now years later again the printery is still not restored. Apparently the Council forgot to draft up a written contract with Kelly G defining the exact terms of the restoration process and schedule. It appears now he is stonewalling on a state required historic plan.

    So in the end its clear that Kelly G is coming off ahead and once again the Council (previous) has got egg on the face.

    We may if fraud is found have to pay back FEMA funds and re-purchace the Printery to finish the restoration.

    Good Grief! Another day in almost paradise
    By: Anonymous on 1/24/08
    The printery has been at risk for years. Previous Councils paid for plans to update the mechanical and electrical systems to turn the building into a youth center. They abandoned the project when costs came in at about a million dollars. Another million was the estimated to structurally upgrade the building. This was in the mid 90’s. If they would have upgraded the building it would have survived the earthquake and the City would have a youth center in nationally registered historic building for about $2 million instead of the 6.5 million we spent on a less attractive building.

    In 2002 the Masons blocked an effort to register the building on the national register. (they said they wanted to protect their financial interest in the building). Kelly G the developer offered to build them a new building on traffic way in trade for the printery building.

    In 2002 under pressure from the Masons the City Council relented and agreed to transfer the ownership back to the Masons since the City had failed to convert it into a youth center as promised ( The agreement with the Mason’s was to give the building to the City if they turned it into a youth center). One condition was required by Councilman George Luna. He insisted that the building be registered with the National Register of Historic Places.

    The earthquake struck days before the escrow closed. I asked Warren Frase ( Planning Director)if the City would now have to take over the project to get the FEMA funds and restore the building. He said that would be the likely outcome.

    Fast forward another few months and the plan was presented to apply the FEMA funds to a new youth center since FEMA was said to allow replacement of facilities if they are damaged more than 50%. This time the Council agreed to transfer the funds to the new youth center project and to allow Kelly G to proceed with closing on the escrow of the Printery Building. I asked why they would allow a private developer to take over a City treasure and I was told that he could do it cheaper than the City and they would get a New Youth Center and a restored printery building.

    Now years later again the printery is still not restored. Apparently the Council forgot to draft up a written contract with Kelly G defining the exact terms of the restoration process and schedule. It appears now he is stonewalling on a state required historic plan.

    So in the end its clear that Kelly G is coming off ahead and once again the Council (previous) has got egg on the face.

    We may if fraud is found have to pay back FEMA funds and re-purchace the Printery to finish the restoration.

    Good Grief! Another day in almost paradise

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  2. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 1/21/08
    You think this is bad. Look into what McKinney and crew is trying to do with the Veteran’s building. That is a real case of fraud and misinformation. Somebody, McKinney, needs to go to jail for stealing our tax money.
    By: Anonymous on 1/20/08
    Can’t we all just get along?
    By: Anonymous on 1/19/08
    Ryan,
    You are such a liar. God didn’t talk to you. The people at FEMA did.
    By: Anonymous on 1/19/08
    I would have printed this story in New Times, but God told me not to.
    By: Anonymous on 1/18/08
    Mike Brennler will be addressing this next week on the radio (KVEC – Dave C. show Thursday afternoon I believe) He too was surprised by the developments (they all happened long before he took office) and is doing some responsible fact finding. Very hard to do in Atascadero…..
    By: Anonymous on 1/17/08
    I agree with Dan and Chip. Stop impersonating important media types or we will crush you.
    By: Anonymous on 1/17/08
    This is a disturbing article. Whats more disturbing is that our City Officials haven’t responded and the press is staying quiet. I hope this is only because they are doing thier own investigation. How long can it take to confirm these facts? It should be relatively easy. Maybe Karen should just put her documents up on this site.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    Hey Chip,

    Mellow Out, Everyone knows The Tribune post is an impersonation. Thou does protest too much. try writing something valuable that serves the public instead.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    I fully agree with Dan. Stop impersonating Tribune staff or we will take action.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    I’m getting worried. Mayor Brennler hasn’t responded to any of this yet. I hope he isn’t going to ignore it. I don’t think he will be able to because someone has to answer for this if its true or even if it’s not true. I’m sure the government has been notified of this by now.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    I have been patiently waiting for some answers. No one from the city has stepped up to explain any of this yet. This may be a jon for bigger gov. We deffinetly need to answers about the testing and ground water.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    WoW, I cannot believe what I have just read. How could anyone think that this is O.K., putting our youth at risk. Has anyone brought up suggestions for more soil analysis and ground water evaluations to the area? I’m very concerned about the long term health risks and legal issues that may develop.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    I wish someone would investigate Atascadero’s “Chamber” and Joanne Main in particular. I’ll wager that most of our economic woes can be laid at Ms. Main’s feet for such an inept job running the organization that is supposed to help local businesses

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  3. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    Please, folks. Don’t impersonate. Cute, but problematic.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    Steven Curran is an excellent reporter and has always printed exactly what I told him to.
    By: Anonymous on 1/16/08
    I think our Atascadero reporter Stephan Curran may have some explaining to do about how he missed this story and didn’t get it for the Tribune. Anyone want to start a pool before how long it is before I fire his butt and send him packing?
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    hey this is a “real bummer”. We the people are probably going to have to pay back the money. We might not even end up with a Youth Center at the end if the land is toxic. This sure is the last straw as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be waiting, watching and listening in the mean time.
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    I am saddened by the news our city manager is at the center of yet another serious controversy but not surprised. Mr. McKinney has made a living of duping and manipulating and along with the “old guard” has demonstrated leadership where only his crony few benefit at the expense of everyone else.

    Ellen Beraud and Mike Brennler were elected to bring transparency back to city hall. To this end we now have televised city council meetings which provide welcome insight into local government many of us weren’t privileged to see before. Like the efforts of Mike and Ellen, we “long-timers” who have endured the old guard who work to hold our town back applaud your efforts. You are helping to peel the layers back so all can see the truth. I look forward to learning more more about my home town and what we as individuals can do to be better informed citizens.

    Thank you for your excellent work!
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    Oh Geeez, I received an e-mail telling me to hurry up and take a look at this. Now I understand! We knew that the Youth Center wasn’t at the Printery and at the time couldn’t understand why the Tribune was saying that it was. I was reading things that I knew weren’t corrent. Must have been some mis-information being passed around to mislead the public. It almost and would have worked even though many of us knew better. Thanks for the enlightenment. It’s worse than I thought it was.
    Keep up the good work.
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    To the extent that this article is true and correct. Then I am also betting on the B’s and George Luna. I know that some Council members had to have known about this and one is mentioned but I have faith that Luna will prevail as innocent of any wrong doing.
    Right now I’m waiting to see what Mayor Brennler has to say about all this. I’m certain that he is in a very difficult position.
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    We are pleased that “uncoveredslo.com” is now here. This city does need to be cleaned up and it’s true that someone should take a look at the chamber. The Chamber has never done a darn thing to help the local merchants. If you are a developer or a realtor then they are in your pocket. Something is very wrong here. I have high hopes that the City Council will finally do something about Wade McKinney and his club (the chamber). All the leaks coming out of city hall itself are more than telling. Give them the boot.
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    I am so pleased to see that someone is reporting the facts. Maybe we can finally turn this city around and replace management with someone who doesn’t have a hidden agenga. I think a new city manager will do wonders to Atascadero bringing in new business. We could use a new chamber president too.

    Thank You for being out there in the firing lines for all of us.
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    I trust Mayor Brennler, he and Ellen both ran on honesty and open gov and said they would clean up our city. He will do something about Wade this time after hee gets all the facts.

    My bet is on the B’s and Luna

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  4. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    get ready for the BIG CYA folks. I hear Wade is already drumming up some phony documents for the press. I can’t wait to see him try to wiggle out of this one. My bet is on “uncoveredslo”.
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    The notion that Brennler is in Wade McKinneys pocket is absurd. What planet have you been on lately. Brennler is giving McKinney indigestion like no other! Brennler has smelled that “fishy” smell coming from McKinneys office and has vowed to clean it up! Hurray for his efforts and keep it up!! This guy (Wade) has caused more damage to this poor little city than people even realize. As for Kelly G., don’t drink the Kool-aid! While he touts such noble deeds for Atascadero, pull-back the shade a bit farther and see the many-many projects he has bullied or bought his way through. In their wake we have an eye-sore of what was supposed to be a small golf-course development, a cracker-box senior development that is mired in controversy and he still ahsn’t paid his due permit fee’s (which he thought he was going to get away with, and still might), etc., etc.. The thing is, Atascadero is trying to “grow-up” and legitimize itself and not only survive, but prosper. The Good ol’boys who have run things for so long with self-serving interests are feeling the heat, and trying to keep their control. It isn’t working and they are being exposed more and more everyday. They are going into survival and soon panic mode, but the citizens and make-up of the city has and is changing – and they are not going to continue to allow this leadership (wrong word) this group to continue to sink us. Look at the forward direction of virtually every community surrounding us, including little old Santa Margarita, while we just get continue to find controversy after controversy. Hah – and Jerry Clay just shares stories of when he threw baseballs in the park and shot squirrels along the creek in the good ol’days..I love the good ol’days too, but they have passed and are fond memories. We need to constructively, legitimately, and honestly move forward. We need leadership with integrity and savvy. It is time for a very big change!
    By: Anonymous on 1/15/08
    Brennler, a yes man? Nothing could be further from the truth. “Former Employee” has no basis for that statement. If you are going to throw stones, please back it with facts.
    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    I disagree with ‘Greg’s’ description of Kelly Gearhart as “a profit obsessed developer”. The fact that he makes money in Atascadero is immaterial. Ask the High School about his donations to local sports, ask the local Jewish Temple about his generosity and there are many, many more.

    Wade McKinney is crooked and he always has been. In 2002, he forced many good employees out of work so that they would not be part of the new retirement system.

    If anyone is in McKinney’s pocket it is Brennler. He is the ultimate “yes man” for the City Manager
    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    Pleae, do not describe Kelly Gearhart as a victim. He has been in bed with Atascadero City for ages and has profited immeasurably from it. Please just describe him as a profit obsessed developer and I will be happy. Great website…g
    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    Welcome to the blogosphere!
    I wish you both the best of luck!
    Great article, whole lotta CYA will follow this.
    KUDOS

    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    Welcome to the blogosphere!
    I wish you both the best of luck!
    Great article, whole lotta CYA will follow this.
    KUDOS

    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    I heard you on the radio and came to your web site. I heard people in the past say some of the things that you are talking about here. Now I understand what happend. The city will try to lie their way out of it. I hope you have all your documents ready. Good Luck, I hope this will wake some people up.I’ll tell all my friends about you.
    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    This is the exact type of problem Atascadero’s Mayor Brennler has been talking about. Even though it happened prior to his election, I am confident he will follow up on this information. He could just say “I told you so” since he has taken so much heat for trying to change the ways of the past. Looks like now this Lone Wolf will get the support he deserves to help clean up Atascadero.
    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    It will be interesting to see if the city council will at least investigate these claims using an outside firm.

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  5. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 1/14/08
    This is the kind of reporting we need in the local press. Listen to more from Karen and Dan on my radio show Monday, January 14th at 5:05 on KVEC 920AM. Tune in. Call in.
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    I have kids and I’m worried about the toxins that are mentioned. Is the location safe? Where can we get the reports? There was never anything in the paper about any clean up done or anything about the site being a sewer plant and all.
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    Ms. Woods writes there must be proof or else why would they write it. Since I am writing this it must all be true. Dan and Karen have wings. There, I wrote it. Must be true. Keep flying Dan and Karen. Keep fighting the good fight.
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    Is the government going to make the city pay back the money? Does anyone know what happends when things like this happen?
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    I looked up the date of the quake. It was 12/22/03. Kelly Gearhart says (according to this article) that he was closing escrow in December 2003 etc etc. It would appear that he has gone on record and provided documents. Also there must be proff of all this or else how could they write it and go on the radio. I heard KVEC say they would be on the radio Monday.This is really mind boggeling. I can’t believe it yet. I don’t know where the youth center was at the time but my neighbor say’s it wasn’t at the Printery because her kids used to go there and it was up the road from the Printery!!???
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    Is this site based on opinion or facts – I don’t see anyone on recorder support your claims.
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    Interesting article. Turned into an opinion piece at the end but the first part was good.
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    EXCUSE ME WHILE I PICK MY JAW UP OFF THE FLOOR

    ATASCADERO DAVE
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    Sounds like they stuck it to everyone, even Kelly Gearhart!!
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    Oh Good Grief – You have to be kidding but your not, are you? Oh SHI–. Now what will happen? Did all the City Council know about it?
    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    I’m speechless. I have read this article 3 times already and don’t know what to say butI do have a question. What will FEMA do about the misapprpriated funds?

    By: Anonymous on 1/11/08
    Is this for real? How can this happen and what can be done to stop this behavior.Is the new Youth center and danger to my children? this is quite an embarrassment if it’s true.

    Any information you can give us parents would be appreciated.

    Thank You
    Cathy J

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