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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Truth About the Dinosaur's Arrival in SJC

Author calls upon Cultural Heritage Commissioner Jan Siegel to retract statements that Juan arrived under the shroud of night.

We at Zoomars would like to call upon Ms. Jan Siegel to retract her statement made at the Cultural Heritage Commission hearing on Nov. 27 and published in the Patch that same night. The statement suggested that our dinosaur statue arrived "in the middle of the night." The implications of this statement are completely untrue. As a commissioner, it is her duty to present factual information regarding this issue. 

The truth is, the dinosaur statue was delivered on the afternoon of June 11, the same day we removed an existing playground it was to replace. We even posted pictures and video on our Facebook page as it was happening. 

It's no secret that Ms. Siegel is part of a small faction of naysayers guilty of making false statements about Zoomars. We insist that this stop.

The dinosaur statue was never intended to cause controversy or circumvent the city's procedures. It was purchased at an auction and brought to our zoo with the best of intentions. It was our hope that it would inspire children to learn about all things past, while having fun, finding fossils around it.

We understand that there are those who love the dinosaur and those who do not. However, it is the duty of both sides to keep their arguments to the facts. False statements and slanderous remarks are beneath the values of this community and should have no part in city proceedings. In the spirit of the coming season, let us take responsibility for the things we say and continue our efforts with dignity and truth.

Kim November 30, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Good night JV.
Steve Behmerwohld November 30, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Mark, I want a raise.
Steve Behmerwohld November 30, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Kim, typo |ˈtīpō| noun ( pl. typos ) informal a typographical error. ORIGIN early 19th cent.: abbreviation. You meant to type "member", and instead you wrote "Chamber CEO/President". WOW, your keyboard must be different than mine.
Kim November 30, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Be nice STEVE, we all multi-task. Perhaps I should address your spelling errors. Try to be forgiving and nice in your tone, it would be appreciated by me as well as Penny. XOXO
Steve Behmerwohld November 30, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Kim, yesterday after the CHC meeting, you say "Steve, I saw you there last night, why didn't you speak on behalf of the dinosaur which you obviously support? Perhaps you were waiting to see how the vote went before you stuck your foot in your mouth!". Then tonight ,"STEVE, talk about "Huevos", go buy some at the market, you need them!". And YOU want ME to be nice? Do you eat with that mouth?

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