Community center was built for ladies who play bridge | Editorial – California News

Community center was built for ladies who play bridge | Editorial – California News

Remember a couple of years ago, when the Ted Adcock Community Center was the Ted Adcock Community and Senior Center? The word “senior” was no lark; San Mateo County built the facility with federal money and gave it to the city expressly to facilitate senior services.

Now that commitment has been forgotten.

Take, for instance, the city’s decision to almost double the fee for a couple of dozen members of the Coastside Women’s Club — some of them approaching their 90th birthdays — who simply want to play bridge in the Adcock Center on Wednesday mornings.

Until recently, the club set up six or seven tables once a week in the center. The Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside had been charging $50 for the space. Now that the city has retaken control of the facility it wants $30 an hour or $90 for the morning bridge game. That would be $4,500 a year or the equivalent of 2½ scholarships the nonprofit organization would give to area teenagers as they leave for college. That is, if the club didn’t have to pay so much for an empty room.

City officials would surely bristle at that characterization. They say the city isn’t raising rates, but rather using the rates that existed before they abdicated responsibility for recreation to San Carlos and then the Boys and Girls Club, which charged much less to nonprofits. The city says it has expenses. It must open the building, turn on the lights, and so forth.

That is true, but what is the purpose of a municipal government? Shouldn’t we expect the city of Half Moon Bay to subsidize some…

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