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Reserved seating at Del Oro would exclude citizens

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Since we pay taxes for our schools, all school properties (structures, classrooms, etc.) are public, not private, property. The stadium at Del Oro High School is taxpayer property, bought and maintained with taxpayer funds; therefore, events at that venue are rightfully open to the public on a first-come/first-serve basis. Now, a private group wants to hijack that public property and charge an exorbitant fee for reserved¬Ě seating at public events, which will exclude citizens and taxpayers from equally taking seats that they have already paid for. No, this is not the same as charging general admission fees, which are equally applied to all who attend. This is an elitist, class-based plan that takes the best seats and gives them exclusively to those who can afford them. Poor and unsuspecting families who go early to get good seats and who helped pay for the public property will be denied. The legality of using our tax-built and maintained public properties to raise money for a private group, with no public oversight, no checks and balances for their spending plans, no accountability or monitoring as to where revenues will end up, is ill advised, if not illegal, and must be investigated by the district attorney as well as the attorney general. If this scheme is allowed, then all our public properties are at risk. Will we pay for front row seats at public meetings? Can any group put up a road block to collect tolls? Public officials who approve or support this hair-brained plot must be ousted for the good of the community or arrested for what could be the biggest scam yet. Jake O'Rourke Loomis