I am a community gardener in Happy Valley who attended the meeting for discussion on "new models" for the management of the gardens. Parks and Recreation Department Director James King is advocating privatization of the management of the gardens because he said that he doesn't think that taxpayers dollars should be spent where private parties can do a better job of managing the gardens, although it is just $15,000 of a $4 million parks and recreation budget that is used to manage the gardens. He has asked the gardeners to come up with proposals of their own to take over management and when asked how the change would impact low-income people who utilize the gardens he said, "I don't know, next question." Is this the kind of city that Bellingham is turning into? The fact is that he sent out a letter saying that he has decided to stop leasing the property at Happy Valley at the end of 2013 and it is up to the gardeners and the property owner to come to an agreement to continue to use the property as garden space. This is not a discussion on "possible new models or management." That decision will leave Happy Valley gardeners scrambling to come up with a plan to manage and liability insure the space when most people cannot afford to pay more than what they are already paying to rent the garden plots. Is this director representing our values as a community?