I would like to respond to the letter written by Ms. Madden complaining about Dave Machado being utilized to help us build the Hangtown Haven on Broadway. In the first place, Mr. Machado is not the “project manager” on our project to provide a shelter for the homeless in our community. I am, and I hate to be demoted, especially in the newspaper. Under my direction, Mr. Machado is leading the effort to build 700 feet of fence to define the area. The city did not appoint him: I did.
I don’t care what he did in a previous life. We are utilizing his skills for two reasons. First of all he has built a number of fences before, and he is doing a bang up job for us now. Secondly, he volunteered to help us at a time when no one else stepped up to offer. I have seen him with sweat dripping off his forehead driving a post into the hard ground and leading his team through the blackberry bushes to get the job done. He has designed, purchased material, planned with me and executed the work to build the fence with great skill.
Ms. Madden, I don’t remember that you volunteered to help us in our efforts to provide shelter to those who are unfortunate to be without a roof over their heads. If you”d like to help, we have a pick and shovel for you any time you wish to drop by. Wear Levis and hiking boots and bring along poison oak pills. There is still much to be done in clearing brush, pouring concrete and building the fence. However, you might be working for Dave Machado; life is full of ironies.
President, Hangtown Haven Inc., Placerville