South Bay Community Stands Up To City Hall

A San Jose community is trying to stop the city from fencing off part of John Mise Park so Archbishop Mitty High School can use it exclusively during certain hours.

By Damian Trujillo
|  Monday, Aug 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:43 PM PDT
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A San Jose community is trying to stop the city from fencing off part of John Mise Park so Archbishop Mitty High School can use it exclusively during certain hours. Damian Trujillo reports.

A San Jose community is trying to stop the city from fencing off part of John Mise Park so Archbishop Mitty High School can use it exclusively during certain hours. Damian Trujillo reports.

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A San Jose community is trying to stop the city from fencing off part of John Mise Park so Archbishop Mitty High School can use it exclusively during certain hours.

Mitty would pay for part of the $3.5 million renovation of Mise Park, and pay for the park’s maintenance,.

“This is an improvement to this park that many neighborhoods have been begging for years. This is a major improvement,” said Councilman Pete Constant. “They’re (Mitty) paying over $300,000 of investment into the field and in exchange for the rental fee they will be doing the maintenance of the entire park.”

In return, Mitty gets exclusive use of the park Mondays through Fridays between 2:45 and 5:30 p.m.

Neighbors say that’s not good, so 8th Grader Isham Sharma began collecting signatures to stop the project, and neighbor Pete Campbell just filed an injunction against the project, saying it violates the City Charter.

Isham told NBC Bay Area, “It’s a local park so residents around the park should have a say in what’s happening with the park itself.”

City Attorney Rick Doyle said the City has not been served, and earth movers should arrive by August 13 to begin the work, unless the City is ordered by the courts to stop.

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