I read with dismay your article on Johnson Field. The article smacks of sensationalism and I believe is quite inaccurate. I seriously question your figure of $47,990 in public funds spent to build and maintain Johnson Field. Of the relatively few statements that were true, one was that the Johnson Field falls under the control of the Water and Power Department. The access road is locked and so are all other gates that are governed by either the flood control or water and power.
You are right that it is a "jewel" of a field. Had the city provided the field, it would probably be far inferior, compared to what the employees did on their own. I personally know that one member of the Water and Power Department spent two weeks of his vacation time building the restroom and storage facilities. Multiple other employees donated their time and equipment and expertise to make this field what it is.
The total improvements ran approximately $12,000, and more than half of that was paid by donations from the employees. As far as the "full-time groundskeeper," I have been told that the groundskeeper works only approximately half time. He is a MASH (Maintenance Assistance Service to Homeowners program) employee who makes minimal wages, and if you figure half-time employment at minimum wage during the 22 weeks from April through August, the total amount expended would be approximately $1,500.