Hall: ‘No excuse for bad behavior’

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By Carol A. Clark

County Council Chair James Hall said he felt ashamed of the behavior exhibited by various community members caught up in the skate park project set for construction in downtown Los Alamos.

After much discussion and a 5-to-2 vote in favor of final design plans for the project, Hall said at Tuesday’s council meeting, “Regarding the skate park, I understand and appreciate people having opposing positions – but in my mind that is no excuse for bad behavior. I have heard of people getting angry, accusatory phone calls with personal attacks and I think that’s a shame - that has no place in Los Alamos.”

Hall described having “deep respect” for people on both sides of the issue and denounced any of them being attacked. “Frankly, I’m appalled that people would accuse other people on either side of this issue of bad motives or bad faith,” Hall said. “We have thoroughly and carefully reviewed the information before us and I’m ashamed for our community that this kind of behavior can come forward over this. I urge it to cease and desist immediately.”

Councilor Jim West described the skate park project as the single most divisive issue he’s experienced in his 42 years living in Los Alamos.

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