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Dissidence Threatens Local ‘Cash Cow’ BMX Track

Few people in Santa Clara — if anybody — would dispute the importance of publicly available recreational activities, often called “public amenities.” The topic rears its head almost any time a new development is slated to come online.

The Santa Clara City Council has often put pressure on developers to include more than the bare minimum public amenities, often with much success. Whether it is parks, soccer fields or bowling alleys, Santa Clara is big on recreational activities for its citizens.

So, naturally, you might think that when behemoth developer, Related, informed the Council their new project would displace a local BMX track, the Council put its foot down and told Related the City would not sacrifice such a valued public amenity.

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Only the Council never did that.

Now, strife between the track operator and its management has caused the track to close even before the Related development forces the track to relocate or, possibly, be eliminated. Unless something changes, it could stay that way.

Finger Pointing

The organization that sanctions tracks, USA BMX, ranks Santa Clara’s BMX track the top in the nation. The Police Activities League (PAL) manages the track, and a team of volunteers operates it. Unlike many public amenities such as parks or soccer fields, the track turns a steady profit, generating roughly $250,000 a year. The track’s revenue funds a large swath of PAL’s programs despite the organization’s minimal involvement.

“For them not doing much, it is a pretty sweet deal,” said Nicholas Valencia, the track’s operator until PAL “relieved” him of his duties last month.

Valencia said PAL recently began looking for another operator after its board became dissatisfied, alleging that he and his team had engaged in “financial mismanagement.” PAL even went so far as to install video cameras at the track, something Valencia said left the volunteers feeling as if they were under a microscope despite having done nothing wrong.

They seem to be looking for a “smoking gun,” he added. As a result, Valencia resigned all financial duties, but that wasn’t enough for PAL.

“They never made an outright accusation, they just painted several scenarios…if you are not going to make a true accusation, just piss off,” Valencia said. “There is definitely something weird going on. If a program is grossing $250,000 a year, you don’t go looking for problems.”

At a City Council meeting on April 15, Mike Walke, PAL’s president, pointed to PayPal transactions for clinics and camps that had gone unreported to PAL. Despite the accusation, Walke offered little else in the way of explanation.

In an email, Walke wrote that PAL had no comment, but PAL issued a statement on social media where it vowed to perform an audit and that it is “in the process of making a new governance structure.”

Although the money from clinics and camps goes into his pocket, Valencia said he often invests it in the track. Further, the clinics and camps were on the up-and-up, and previous PAL president, Rod Martinez, had no issue with them. In an email, Martinez told the PAL board as much.

“Back when I was running PAL, the BMX crew and I had a verbal agreement that [Valencia] and the other volunteers at the track could do private instruction/camps as a way to fundraise [sic] for your race teams or track improvements as a way of us showing appreciation for the efforts that you and the other volunteers put in throughout each and every year,” Martinez wrote.

The email continues: “As far as private instruction, some of our softball coaches gave private pitching or hitting lessons[,] and they kept the money for themselves. I didn’t believe that private BMX instruction was any different.”

In addition to ratifying the handshake agreement, in the email Martinez glows about Valencia’s management, saying the track “looks amazing” and that he doesn’t believe “the board realizes what the volunteers have done for the track.”

Adding Value

Valencia and his crew aren’t just well regarded by Martinez. At several Santa Clara Council meetings over the past couple months, dozens of parents sang the praises of the volunteers. Nobody said anything negative.

Christin Marron has three children — ages 4, 5 and 7 — whose lives have “revolved around the track since COVID.” Professionally, she investigates crimes against children.

“It takes me a lot to trust people,” she said. “I trust Nick with my kids, and that speaks to his character.”

Many of the public speakers who spoke at the Council meetings emphasized how important the track is to their families, something Marron echoed. She said to lose it because of, what she calls, a “personal vendetta” would be a tragedy.

“There is not a lot of things a family can do together…That bonding time is so important,” she said. “My kids are losing their skills. They are not able to stay competitive as when we had a track. This is their joy.”

Although PAL and USA BMX, were able to reach an agreement for nationals in March, track operations have since ceased. Parents interviewed for this story and many comments at the Council meetings lay the blame at PAL’s feet.

USA BMX will not sanction the track without Valencia and his team as operators, and PAL does not have the proper insurance to operate the track without the sanction.

“The PAL board doesn’t have a good grasp of how the sport of BMX works. If they really took the time to learn…it would make the process go a lot easier,” Marron said.

Many parents and track users were in an uproar when PAL officials announced, without warning, that it was getting rid of the volunteers.

As is all too common, the issue at hand seems to be money. PAL collects half of the $10 each rider pays to use the track. USA BMX accepted a deal through the nationals because of the event’s magnitude, Valencia said, but refused to take over operation of the track unless PAL budges on its share of that fee.

Cassandra Caron’s kids also use the track. She attended the meeting where PAL announced it would be axing the volunteers. She was furious. She called PAL’s lack of willingness to accept less money “appalling,” saying it is “irresponsible, greedy and goes against their mission statement.”

“They provide nothing. They do nothing,” she said. “They are not enhancing the BMX program in any way — they are not doing track maintenance. They are not coaching.”

Rob Carnahan operates Calabazas Cyclery. He said the volunteers “work their butts off,” saying they are “the best people I have ever met.”

“Every person that I have ever sent to that track to be coached…has come back with a positive attitude,” Carnahan said. “Having it organized and having people out there that care really makes a difference.”

For a while, it appeared as if PAL and USA BMX would reach an agreement. During the April Council meeting where Valencia implored the Council to intercede and sever the volunteers’ tie with PAL, Walke told the Council PAL was still negotiating with USA BMX.

However, Justin Travis, a representative for USA BMX, said discussions with PAL are over, adding that PAL did not disclose the dismissal of Valencia and the other volunteers when they were in negotiations.

Further, he said, USA BMX is “hard-pressed” to produce a team that it would be comfortable managing the track. The track’s size, which he said is the largest in the county in terms of membership, average quantity of events and attendence demands an experienced team.

“It financially supports other recreational programs and is the benchmark for every other program in the country,” Travis told the Council. “Your City should be nothing less than proud of what has been accomplished by the volunteer group that the PAL board recently relieved of their duties.”

An Un-Related Matter

The situation with the Related development further complicates matters. Although the City has the ground lease for the track, its employees are uninvolved in its management. The development agreement requires that Santa Clara work with Related in a “good faith effort” to relocate the track.

In an email, Evette Davis, with Berg Davis, a public relations firm handling Related’s PR, wrote that “… reasonable faith efforts were made during the first two years after the agreement’s effective date, as required. The City did not relocate the BMX track during this period.”

Should the Council do nothing to relocate the track, Related is under no obligation to do so once it assumes responsibility for the land, meaning one of Santa Clara’s biggest public amenities would suddenly die.

“We should have been talking about it three years ago,” Council Member Suds Jain said about relocating the track. “[The City has] the crappiest deal with Related — they locked up our land for 10 or 15 years, and they don’t pay us a dime for it until they start developing.”

Perhaps the biggest problem in finding another place for the track is the City’s lack of available space for such a large attraction. But Jain said he actually sees the fanfare surrounding Valencia and the volunteers as a hindrance.

“If it is so dependent on two or three people, what happens afterward?” Jain said. “They don’t have a succession plan.”

Bad Blood

Because of the bad blood between volunteers and PAL, Valencia took the matter to the City Council. He implored the Council to intercede, perhaps taking over the management of the track, cutting PAL out of the equation. The Council unanimously passed the public petition to put the item on a future agenda.

During discussion, Jain directed City employees to look at the financial audit PAL vowed to produce. Valencia said he was intrigued as to what that audit will reveal because he claims PAL does no bookkeeping.

PAL’s finance and accountability score sits at 100 out of 100, according to charitynavigator.org, but lists “N/A” under independent audit or financial review. Its leadership and adaptability are not scored.

Calls to the City’s PR director, Lon Peterson, requesting interviews with sources at City Hall proved fruitless.

Vice Mayor Raj Chahal said the track is an invaluable asset because it provides an avenue for exercise, something he values very much. Since the track is likely to get eliminated once Phase 5 of Related Santa Clara comes online, he said the operators, USA BMX and PAL should come together in the meantime to reach an amenable agreement.

He worries that the track will go away and wants to see it stay open as long as possible. A diagnosis as to the best course of action is only possible when all the facts are known and the parties have been given ample time to reach an agreement.

However, if push comes to shove, Chahal said he will do what is in the best interest of the public — preserving the track. If that means the Council has to exercise its authority, so be it.

Jain said he was “disappointed [Walke] was not forthcoming” regarding the status of negotiations with USA BMX. He called the track a “cash cow,” adding that PAL’s stance on how much of the rider fee it collects is unreasonable since it collects nothing if the track is closed. He is not optimistic a solution between the two parties is on the horizon.

“It has gotten to a point where there is so much bad blood that the Council has to intervene. They are never going to reach a deal,” Jain said.

The topic returns to the Santa Clara City Council May 24.

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64 Comments
  1. Teresa 1 week ago
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    So far the only piece of fact based informational piece being presented as of yet. Thank you for publishing this piece with transparency and accuracy. Something tangible all have been waiting to see.

  2. Sherry 7 days ago
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    Now that we have the facts straight, let us not waste another moment and get PALoff of that land immediately. Us riders are tired of waiting around. Let’s put the kids first and bring them back to BMX so they can do what they love most.

  3. James Poli 7 days ago
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    The track staff’s ability to manage huge events is why they are indispensable. It is not easy to organize and run national and state qualifier races which the track staff did an exemplary job of. The mismanagement by Walke et al is shameful

  4. Susan 7 days ago
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    Finally the real truth is being told. Excellent reporting David Alexander!
    PAL is a classic case of bullying and deceit. The article is spot on!!
    Thank you!

  5. Geoffrey Willis 7 days ago
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    While the local adults struggle to act like, well, adults, local kids suffer with their bike racing track closed.

  6. John 7 days ago
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    I love it. People are misled into thinking they are paying a non-profit (PAL) for camps and clinics, meanwhile the “volunteers” are pocketing the cash. “Valencia said he often invests it in the track”. I’d like to know how much came in from camps and clinics and how much stayed in this “volunteer’s” pocket and if he was pocketing some of this money what other money was he pocketing? Transparency please…..

    • Erin 7 days ago
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      Funny- yet another accusation of money mismanagement without proof—and from someone most likely not involved at all in the sport. Maybe you missed the part in the article discussing the verbal agreement allowing for camp and clinic money to go to the T.O.—just like the other sports under PAL that hold camps and clinics. I didn’t, I read the WHOLE thing. Perhaps you should read the entire article before you respond with this ridiculous drivel.

      • Tom 6 days ago
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        As someone with first hand knowledge of how clinics and camps are currently run in the other PAL programs, I can tell you that not a dime every goes to the volunteers running the programs. Every single penny is accounted for and goes directly to PAL to cover expenses, as it should. Does the organization sometimes use the money to hire outside coaching to work with the players? Absolutely, but it is all done correctly and with the proper paper trail of transactions (including receipts). There are responsibilities when volunteering for a non-profit, if someone isn’t willing to uphold those responsibilities, they probably shouldn’t be there in the first place.

        • Marie 6 days ago
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          Tom, there are responsibilities when running a non profit and managing a huge program too and usually those tasks do not fall on the volunteers. If you feel that there was a lack of oversight here, better take it up with the guys running the show, not the volunteers. Oh wait, you can’t, because they haven’t run and audit of their books or done anything responsible regarding management in years. Good luck!

    • Steve 7 days ago
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      John, no one is being misled. Everyone who participates in these programs are glad to pay the fee. Transparency comes from an independent, outside audit which PAL has STILL not produced. Seems to me they’re having trouble finding evidence of their alleged allegations. Don’t be a boot-licker, John.

      • Thanh 6 days ago
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        David, this is great. Most detailed article yet on the closure! If you could fill in some more details to help your readers get an even more comprehensive picture, even better. You report that, “PAL collects half of the $10 each rider pays to use the track” I think what you meant to say was that PAL collects half of the $10 each rider pays to race on the track. How much does USABMX collect of the $10 that each rider pays to race on the track? If, as you reported, there’s no bookkeeping, is the $5 per rider cut based on trust and faith? Do you know if PAL and USABMX collect any money if a rider practices only – they still pay the same amount for practice – $10. It was also implied in your article that neither PAL nor USABMX collect anything if the rider uses the track for a clinic or a camp. Obviously there are many possible use-case combinations and hypothetically speaking, if a rider races 1x a week and attends a clinic once a month, PAL gets $20, USABMX gets ? and the coach gets $25. If a rider signs up for 2 summer camp weeklong sessions, PAL gets 0, USABMX gets 0 and the coach gets $400. Your article mentions insurance in passing. Inquiring minds want to know more. Is a rider covered by USABMX insurance based on his/her USABMX annual fee or based on the money USABMX collects from the track every time a rider uses the track? These are but a few of the additional details that I think would make your reporting more comprehensive. I look forward to your amendments or follow up pieces.

    • Trish 6 days ago
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      My kids did this sport for a while when there was nothing else going on during covid. And I was lead to believe that all the money I spent for these clinics (which had over 40 kids in them ) was going to the non-profit. $40x25x52 =$52000 per year. If I had known they were going into his pocket I would not have paid for them. They lied to me in other words. And I distinctly remmeber the race announcer guy saying multiple times “we are an entirely volunteer crew”. What baloney!

      • Judy 6 days ago
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        I asked for tax ID number to get reimbursed from my flex spending account for 3 weeks of camps for 2 kids. Nothing.

      • Marie 6 days ago
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        So let me get this straight, Trish…a skilled instructor should be required to teach your kids, for free? Did you ever bother to ask where the money was going or if instructors were being compensated? Or were you “misled” because you failed to do your own due diligence? And am I reading right that had you known beyond a shadow of a doubt that the money was in fact going to the skilled, certified teaching staff, that would have been enough for you to throw the towel in and find another covid friendly activity for your children? For someone to lie, they have to be asked a specific question. Please provide evidence of where you asked and were told that your clinic money was going to PAL instead of the certified teaching staff. I think you will be hard pressed to find such evidence. Further, do the teachers at your kids other camps work for free, too? And lastly, why is it so important to you that PAL get the money in the first place? Can you please share with the rest of us what it is that they do with the money they receive? You might be interested in researching how much they have in the bank, how much their annual golf tournament costs vs brings in, and how much they have earmarked to help move the track once the developments starts, then rethink just how important it is to you, that your funding go there.

        • Tom 6 days ago
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          Marie –

          Let me try to put this in a way you might be able to understand. Let’s say you go to a store to buy some shampoo. You give the cashier your $5.99 and head home with a receipt and your shampoo. If something is wrong with the quality of your purchase, you know you can go to back to that store and get a resolution.

          Now let’s say you gave that cashier your $5.99 and they simply put it in their pocket instead of the register as you assumed they were doing. You get home, realize there is an issue and go back to the store, but sorry, no record of your purchase, nothing they can do. Can’t get mad at this right? Don’t expect the cashier to work for free do you?

          If in fact, camps/clinics were being run at a track under a non-profit’s name/insurance, it is reasonable for any parent to assume that the money was being collected by said organization. If the coaches had an agreement to be paid, fantastic, but it absolutely should be done the right way with an actual trail of all income and expenses. No one forced the coaches to be there against their will to volunteer. One could say they… volunteered… for the role.

          As someone who sits on numerous non-profit boards, I welcome any entity wanting to look at finances. Doing things properly provides a level of protection that is really unmatched.

          • Marie 6 days ago

            Ahh Tom, cute. Let me put this in a way you can understand, since your response clearly lacks understanding of how this actually works. Camps and clinics are insured by USABMX, not PAL and they were not being run under PALs name. The track is called Santa Clara PAL because of PAL holding the land lease but the events there are USABMX sanctioned events. Also, that’s awesome that you sit on so many boards with clear transparency. Maybe you can get a seat on PALs board too and encourage them to get their finances, operations, and management skills in order, they could really use a guy like you it seems. Oh, and I’m wishing you the best of luck getting a receipt for your purchase with them and an explanation for what exactly you’re paying for, too.

      • Kohler 6 days ago
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        When you all figure out what to do and the track finally reopens…flushing toilets would be awesome! Seriously, we need peace and kids riding their bikes on the best BMX track we know!…and flushing toilets would be great!

        • Lease Expert 5 days ago
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          Lease prevents this.

    • Lidstone Meredith 6 days ago
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      Did you read the same article the rest of us did?

    • Marie 6 days ago
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      Misled? How are you being misled? Has anyone asked if clinics and camps go into PAL’s pocket? Also, do you know that for nearly all parks and rec program/other youth programming, staff teaching camps and clinics are paid? Why should this be any different? Are skilled and certified coaches and teachers time not valuable enough to receive compensation for what they are teaching the riders? The fact that ANY amount of money could have been reinvested into the track is paramount as no teacher or instructor of other rec programs is expected or required to invest their compensation for instruction back into the program in which they teach. On a side note, do you even know where PAL spends their money and where it is even benefiting the community? If so, please share because I am hard pressed to see anything other than the 600K they have stockpiled in the bank and the cost of the 6 figure golf tournament fundraiser they threw that actually lost money to the program, in the end. Glad my BMX dollars were spent on that.

  7. Erin 7 days ago
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    It’s good to see that the mismanagement and unprofessionalism of PAL is being brought to light. PAL has demonstrated time and again their inability to manage or even hold a land lease to a program of this caliber. Even their Facebook page barely mentions the track until recently, and they lied to Facebook to get control of the track’s page, removing admins, the kid’s move up award photos, etc. They took a well curated page and ruined it. PAL needs to stick with what they know—which is clearly not land management, personal interactions, or telling the truth.

    • NoWayJose 5 days ago
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      Marie,
      There is only one certified coach (with 2 assistants) in a 2-hour long weekly clinic with FORTY KIDS!!! Wow, no wonder Nic closed the track and demanded PAL to get off his back. And which NPO does he want to take over PAL- Foundation for Better Riders / one that he’s also involved in. VOLUNTEERS Nic and Crew – I applaud you for being ADVOCATES for the kids! Great job!

  8. Lance Clifford 6 days ago
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    It is so sad to see the number #1 track in the USA shut down because of clueless, greedy morons (PAL). The staff at Santa Clara is top notch. Living in Utah, my family has traveled to this track several times and would hate hate hate to see it gone permanently.

  9. NoNick Valencia 6 days ago
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    John,

    There was another article where Nick mentioned, or maybe a FB post, the program brought in $500K a year. With this article clearly stating about half of that goes to PAL that means the other half is in the coaches pocket. So… since we all know that the money was handled via PayPal or cash, that means he pocketed about $250K (based on his own words) in a year of cash money.

    What I wonder is does the IRS know he brought this much home.

    PAL certainly has some issues they need to deal with. But my gut is telling me they were attempting to do this with Nick and crew and were met with much resistance. I would hope that Nick and team, along with some others, could help restructure the PAL organization (as they said in their note) to develop something which supports the group who was running the facility but also draws a fine line for parents to know where their money is going.

    To me this is a scam of sorts pretty much identical to other scams run by others around the country. PAL’s mismanagement aided in this but I do not believe the spirit of anyone involved, other than the scammers, envisioned it was close to $250K of cash money. That is an insane amount. Furthermore, if you carry it out for the number of years they were running the facility, how much money are we talking in aggregate.

    Sorry for the rant. But I wanted to clarify what has been said by Nick and how I translated the total amount of money he took home cash free based on his own words. Also, I am extremely interested why Nick hasn’t shared how much he reinvested back into the facility. Why isn’t that being offered. Did he invest $10K or $200K of the $250K.

    • Lidstone Meredith 6 days ago
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      You are a liar. Nick is absolutely NOT ‘pocketing’ 250K a year. That is a ridiculous and desperate lie on your part, PAL troll.

      • Big Liar 24 hours ago
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        @Lidstone,

        Supporters listed $5,000 as 1% of the annual revenue on social media.

    • Marie 6 days ago
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      @NoNick Valencia Where is your PAL money going? I see you are so concerned with where camp and clinic money is going but where/what is your PAL money doing? Please let me know once you find out.

      • Jimbo Jet 5 days ago
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        It goes to the track for the operation and the 8 other youth programs we have. Maintenance, upgrades, trophies the biggest expense.

  10. Greg, Gary, Mike, Ian, Kim, Pete, David, Kelly, Lloyd, Leo 6 days ago
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    Wow! So many BMX management experts commenting on here! With so many of you in an outrage and that know how things work, you would think you would be openly nominating yourself to join the new management team! Sadly, most of you are new parents, parents/riders that never really knew how a track runs and just worried about your own personal gain, or you are PAL board members and/or those clueless new parents following them but wont put your real names. So I put some example names for you.

    First, the article states that PAL gets half of the $10 fee. This is incorrect. PAL receives ALL of the $10 fee. They are billed each month from USA BMX for fees and insurances. Ask any track and they will tell you that at each race there are fees that total a minimum of about $50 and tops at about $85 (bigger races are a different fee and other membership factors) so anything after that, PAL is keeping. Keeping and putting ZERO back into the facility. And if they do put some money back in, it’s a fight for anything. PAL felt the need to conduct “interviews” of out of town people at the recent national asking if there would be a reason the management team would even need paper! Paper!! Questioning a $30 box of paper.

    If anyone has been at the track over the years, you can clearly see it has drastically changed and improved. You ask where Nick has listed improvements he made to the track but has PAL been able to state that they have dramatically improved the track? No they haven’t and can’t. In fact, if you find past interviews of the PAL president, he mentions numerous times it’s amazing what the current team has done to improve the track.

    No where, anywhere, is it stated that the track made $500k – another false accusation. Shocking.

    There were NO clinics during covid so that “parent” is flat out lying, but why would that be surprising that a lie would come from anyone that is a PAL supporter.

    Speaking of PAL supporters, where are they? They claimed to have 10 new families ready to take over… where are they?

    PAL publicly lied to everyone regarding status of negotiations and also publicly stated that they do not care if the track remained open or was nothing more than a practice facility. PAL posted (what I assume) a private email they sent to USA BMX and stated that the track would be open May 13th. Well is it? You posted the email, what was the response? Funny how one sided things are.

    In a newly circulated article, the article states that PAL had two years to work with the developer to find a new location for the track, yet they have failed to do so. Seems convenient to place blame of closing the track on someone else’s shoulders.

    It’s in the best interest of the riders for PAL to be relieved of anything regarding the BMX track. The City of Santa Clara should be embarrassed that these individuals represent them, their police department and city!

  11. BMXer 6 days ago
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    A cop executive director tells a volunteer it’s OK to keep the cash as ” as a way of us showing appreciation for the efforts that you and the other volunteers put in”. Hmm. Maybe he is the one that should be going to jail for not reporting the income that Nick had on a 1099?

  12. What? Who? 6 days ago
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    In a newly circulated article, the article states that PAL had two years to work with the developer to find a new location for the track, yet they have failed to do so. Seems convenient to place blame of closing the track on someone else’s shoulders.

    Nick- it was your choice to close the track!!!

  13. Franckyfurter 6 days ago
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    My thoughts are:

    (“For them not doing much, it is a pretty sweet deal,” said Nicholas Valencia, the track’s operator until PAL “relieved” him of his duties last month.)
    PAL’s involvement in the actual operation of the track has always been very limited, isn’t that precisely why there is a track board. Volunteering for something and then pointing the finger when the parent organization doesn’t come run it with/ for you, think about it….

    (Valencia said PAL recently began looking for another operator after its board became dissatisfied, alleging that he and his team had engaged in “financial mismanagement.” PAL even went so far as to install video cameras at the track, something Valencia said left the volunteers feeling as if they were under a microscope despite having done nothing wrong.
    They seem to be looking for a “smoking gun,” he added. As a result, Valencia resigned all financial duties, but that wasn’t enough for PAL.)
    Being that the place has likely been broken into, seems like cameras might be a welcome addition. Guilt sometimes breeds paranoia.

    (“They never made an outright accusation, they just painted several scenarios…if you are not going to make a true accusation, just piss off,” Valencia said. “There is definitely something weird going on. If a program is grossing $250,000 a year, you don’t go looking for problems.”)
    How does the gross income of any organization negate the fact that there could still be problems. One could speculate that the more an organization makes, the more potential for intentional or unintentional wrongdoings and mismanagement.

    (Although the money from clinics and camps goes into his pocket, Valencia said he often invests it in the track. Further, the clinics and camps were on the up-and-up, and previous PAL president, Rod Martinez, had no issue with them. In an email, Martinez told the PAL board as much.)
    Hold up, let me get this straight. Nick Valencia puts all the money from clinics and camps in his pocket. I thought Nick wasn’t a paid track employee. Wasn’t everyone up in arms when PAL suggested adding a partially paid member to the track board? Because the current track board wasn’t making any money? And they were so kind as to put money out of their own pockets into the track? Somebody help me out here?

    (“Back when I was running PAL, the BMX crew and I had a verbal agreement that [Valencia] and the other volunteers at the track could do private instruction/camps as a way to fundraise [sic] for your race teams or track improvements as a way of us showing appreciation for the inefforts that you and the other volunteers put in throughout each and every year,” Martinez wrote.)
    This “verbal agreement” was for private instruction/ camps, does a “Santa Clara PAL BMX” Summer Program sound private? Sounds like a PAL sanctioned event the way I read it. And I assumed my money was going to the PAL program. Check the flyers and advertising, this wasn’t a “hey, I can give your kid a couple pointers off the track.”

    (The email continues: “As far as private instruction, some of our softball coaches gave private pitching or hitting lessons[,] and they kept the money for themselves. I didn’t believe that private BMX instruction was any different.”)
    Are you seriously comparing a coach giving a private pitching lesson in a public park to running a lucrative summer camp and clinic program? Was that really the intent of Martinez’s offer? Doesn’t sound that way on his statements. Sounds like he was either misinformed or just naive. If the claim is that PAL truly has no idea how this program works, didn’t the TO have a responsibility to inform them of the kind of money that would be changing hands?

    (In addition to ratifying the handshake agreement, in the email Martinez glows about Valencia’s management, saying the track “looks amazing” and that he doesn’t believe “the board realizes what the volunteers have done for the track.”)
    I don’t think anyone has ever questioned Nick’s successful performance in track operations, does that justify taking advantage of a situation you’re entrusted to by a youth non-profit organization. If the program could be more successful and produced additional revenue, isn’t the whole idea to take that revenue and put it back into the youth programs, be it BMX or another, isn’t the idea to have the community enjoy the benefits of the program rather than one, or a few individuals? When did being better at something, entitle you to take ownership and restructure the rules and laws of the entire non-profit concept? If you can start your own track, by all means, we’d likely all come support it. But not when the money to build the facility was taken from a non-profit without their knowledge.

    (Adding Value
    Valencia and his crew aren’t just well regarded by Martinez. At several Santa Clara Council meetings over the past couple months, dozens of parents sang the praises of the volunteers. Nobody said anything negative.) I’m certain I heard a previous track operator voice his opinion on the matter and they specifically stated that PAL is not all to blame here, that the issue includes as much or more blame toward the track crew than the PAL Board. But I guess, there’s never been another track operator that can be trusted, right. Or maybe this is just the only track operator many of us have known and we therefore don’t know any better.

    (Although PAL and USA BMX, were able to reach an agreement for nationals in March, track operations have since ceased. Parents interviewed for this story and many comments at the Council meetings lay the blame at PAL’s feet.
    USA BMX will not sanction the track without Valencia and his team as operators, and PAL does not have the proper insurance to operate the track without the sanction.)
    Has anyone confirmed this, I haven’t heard USA BMX state they won’t sanction the track without Nick, I have heard rumors from individuals that likely haven’t verified it.

    (“They provide nothing. They do nothing,” she said. “They are not enhancing the BMX program in any way — they are not doing track maintenance. They are not coaching.”) PAL has always had very little involvement in the operation of the track, that is specifically what the track board of volunteers is for. Why is this so hard to grasp.

    (“Every person that I have ever sent to that track to be coached…has come back with a positive attitude,” Carnahan said. “Having it organized and having people out there that care really makes a difference.”)
    Totally agree here, however does that mean that all of the previous track operators didn’t care or didn’t know what they were doing?

    (For a while, it appeared as if PAL and USA BMX would reach an agreement. During the April Council meeting where Valencia implored the Council to intercede and sever the volunteers’ tie with PAL, Walke told the Council PAL was still negotiating with USA BMX.)
    I can’t imagine why Nick would want to severe ties with the PAL organization. Other than what appears now to be uninhibited access to clinic, camp, track rentals and other unreportable funds.

    (However, Justin Travis, a representative for USA BMX, said discussions with PAL are over, adding that PAL did not disclose the dismissal of Valencia and the other volunteers when they were in negotiations.)
    Did anyone catch that after Justin made that statement, the Assistant City Manager spood up and stated that the City Managers Office verified themselves, that the negotiations were ongoing, and that Justin was not the representative their office spoke with and, she had no knowledge of Justin having the authority to make those statements on behalf of USA BMX? Are we now to believe that the City Manager’s Office is lying along with PAL?

    (“Your City should be nothing less than proud of what has been accomplished by the volunteer group that the PAL board recently relieved of their duties.”)
    Totally agree here, the operation has been very successful, in part because of Nick however, when did BMX become about any one person? Why would USA not sanction a track that has been in existence since the late 70’s/ early 80’s? Because of one individual? That seems silly. Perhaps they might remove the national but kill the sanction? Not unless there are other forces in play. Oh, and when did volunteer and paid personal become one in the same. It can’t be both ways, he was either paying himself, or he wasn’t. Seems convenient that he’d admit now to putting clinic and camp money in his pocket, right before an audit is supposed to be released.

    (Should the Council do nothing to relocate the track, Related is under no obligation to do so once it assumes responsibility for the land, meaning one of Santa Clara’s biggest public amenities would suddenly die.)
    It’s more likely that Related sees the program is floundering and the City’s in a bind. What better opportunity for a developer to try to wiggle out of a commitment to relocate the track? It’s money in the bank, think of the money they stand to save it this program dies. If Related was to back out of their commitment should the track remain in operation, shame on them and I’d hope to see the same or more effort on the part of the BMX community to publicly shame Related as they’ve spent shaming PAL.

    (“We should have been talking about it three years ago,” Council Member Suds Jain said about relocating the track. “[The City has] the crappiest deal with Related — they locked up our land for 10 or 15 years, and they don’t pay us a dime for it until they start developing.”) Council Member Jain should be ashamed of their self for slinging mud on the deal rather than simply encouraging Related to step up and honor the commitment. The City agreed to whatever deal is in place, own it and work to make the best of it rather than throwing rocks.

    (Perhaps the biggest problem in finding another place for the track is the City’s lack of available space for such a large attraction. But Jain said he actually sees the fanfare surrounding Valencia and the volunteers as a hindrance.
    “If it is so dependent on two or three people, what happens afterward?” Jain said. “They don’t have a succession plan.”)
    The succession plan is called “BMX”. This sport is a volunteer organization, always has been, always will be. There was a track crew before Nick and team and there will be one after. Either at this location or another, there are always willing, able and potentially just as talented people to operate a track as the current “volunteers”.

    ( Jain said he was “disappointed [Walke] was not forthcoming” regarding the status of negotiations with USA BMX. He called the track a “cash cow,” adding that PAL’s stance on how much of the rider fee it collects is unreasonable since it collects nothing if the track is closed. He is not optimistic a solution between the two parties is on the horizon.

    “It has gotten to a point where there is so much bad blood that the Council has to intervene. They are never going to reach a deal,” Jain said.)
    Unfortunately, Jain hasn’t been able to grasp all of the facts, or simply chose not to hear what the Assistant City Manager said at the last meeting. Jain also doesn’t seem very motivated to push for this program to continue.

    (The topic returns to the Santa Clara City Council May 24.)
    I implore anyone that plans to attend or speak at the council meeting, advocate for the track, the program, and the kids. Know what the agenda item is in advance and let’s try to get Santa Clara PAL BMX reopened. If the City Council finds that PAL is not the appropriate parent organization for the program, great. If not, let’s think about the 40+/- years this has been a PAL program, give the organization a little credit and hope they will become more involved going forward.

    You may or may not agree, this is just one person’s thought. But I can say, I’ve definitely heard that same story mentioned in an early comment, “this is entirely a volunteer organization”. Looks like it may be about a six-figure volunteer organization.

    • I want to be king 5 days ago
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      Oh, Greg. I’m sure you were an amazing Track Operator in your hay day and I’m certain you are more than qualified to run a BMX track today as a result of your experience. Do you feel better now?

      Your deep rooted love and loyalty to PAL which is similar to Ian’s is respectable. In fact I believe that at its core and up until late, PAL actually stood for their mission statement and acted accordingly. Back then they had people just like you who ran programs for them with integrity and for the good of the community. We appreciate those people and offer nothing but respect to those people doing so including yourself past and present. But I think at your core even you know that the three amigos currently spearheading PAL today specifically in this BMX context are not the caliber of your rooted days and have simply lost their own vision to ego greed and vengeance.

      By the way, what time is unsanctioned practice? And why haven’t you posted?

  14. David Alexander 6 days ago
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    Thanks to everyone for reading. I hope this story gets people talking about what is to be done down at the track. Like the rest of you, I eagerly await PAL’s side of the story. Sadly, they declined to comment but I am hoping this is the first step in an ongoing dialog.

  15. Racer 6 days ago
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    Quite a few armchair track management “experts”, (most likely PAL & some of their friends) weighing in here. Meanwhile, still no proof of financial mismanagement. Hmmm. And as for “hoping” that PAL gets more involved in the future?!?! It’s been what?? 40 years or so now?? That’s so laughable. Not to mention, PAL has a history of treating track operators and volunteers like crap and running them off. Anyone willing to work with them on anything after their recent display must be nothing short of delusional.

  16. Homer 6 days ago
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    What does PAL do for the bmx track?

  17. Winnie S. 4 days ago
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    Is it safe to presume that members of the Santa Clara PAL are part of the Santa Clara Police Department? If so, wouldn’t their training require them to do an investigation BEFORE they make an accusation? Without a financial accounting how do they absolutely know there has been mismanagement of funds? So instead, they make an accusation to malign someone and still have not completed an audit. Are these the same law enforcement members who created the donation request card for the Santa Clara POA that was sent to businesses asking for a donation and in return, the business would get “friendlies” to respond if there was ever an incident requiring the police? If this is the way that Pat Nikolai trains the Santa Clara law enforcement employees, then there is a serious problem. It is well documented that Pat Nikolai has VERY limited law enforcement background/training so maybe his lack of training is showing up in the actions of his staff!

    • BMX Parent 2 days ago
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      The only former police officer on the PAL Board is Brian Allen, who has a documented history of harassment against Hispanic minors. The rest of the board is comprised of people who are tied to real estate developers or the Mayor Gilmore & city councilmember Kathy Watanabe, who are also PAL Board liaisons. Pick a name on the PAL Board, google them and you will see this was planned mismanagement from day 1. They found an easy brown target.

  18. For the KIDS 3 days ago
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    What PAL does for the track??
    Pays for the property to city! perception it is free
    Pays for the improvements! perception is Nothing
    Pays for the lighting and the electric bill! perception Nothing
    Pays For the rental bikes and helmets! perception Nothing
    Pays for the water and Porta potties! perception Nothing
    Pays for the insurance! perception Nothing
    PAL does not pay for labor to make the improvement to the track because it is a non profit and full volunteer organization
    Who closed the track?? perception is PAL did
    So if PAl closed the track and stop all racing then why would it pay anything ? again what is the perception
    So the perception is PAL does nothing and you have to ask yourself who is spreading this false narrative???
    I would be asking what or who is profiting off of the narrative that PAL does nothing.
    So then you have to ask yourself in the article what is True and what is Smoke
    Nothing in the Article say anything about the kids and what the track stands for. for over 40 years helping the kids and community and all about a possible false narrative.!!!!!
    All you have to do is ask the right question to the right people and not to the perception

    • Mistaken 3 days ago
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      @For the kids- You are kidding, right?

      BMX pays for all of that. They money BMX earns through the racing program, that we parents pay, covers those expenses, NOT PAL. Our program not only covers ALL of its own bills, the extra money is shoveled into the 600K PAL has sitting in the bank instead of being put into a set aside to fund the relocation that is imminent. PAL confirmed they have set aside nothing for the relocation, during the town hall meeting, despite knowing for YEARS that they were on borrowed time.

      Non profit status has zero to do with paying labor. Non profits are businesses just like any other as far as expenses go.
      Labor is unpaid because Nick and his team, along with us parents, volunteer. Absent us, they would have to pay for labor.

      PAL has not been helping the BMX track for years. BMX has been helping PAL. Be sure YOU have your narrative right. BMX has maintained the track. BMX families have volunteered. BMX families have paid to participate. PAL has done nothing except collect the funds and mishandle the succession planning.

      Finally, PAL did close the track. PAL abused their volunteers to the point that even the sanction had to step in and put their own foot down. Absent the abuse, our kids would have a place to ride.

      Nice try, but not good enough.

    • ForTheKids 2 days ago
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      Pays for the property to city?? PAL hasn’t paid for that location for years. This is on public record.

      Pays for the improvements?? Which improvements do you speak of? You are correct after years of denial, an unfortunate accident & lawsuit, they did purchase a new gate for the track but then told the volunteers to figure out how to have it installed because they were not paying for installation. Volunteers requested numerous times for new fencing around the track, requests denied. Another accident and another broken child, and a threat of a lawsuit and they did purchase some fence materials, and again denied installing of the fence and told volunteers to figure out the installation. And to be clear, PAL buying materials is really BMX receiving money it earned itself. Unfortunately, it took injuries and lawsuits for PAL to give BMX permission to use its own money for improvements. I’m guessing if BMX were allowed to use it’s own money, when they needed it, without so much struggle, those kids and parents would not have had to live with those painful memories.

      Pays for the lighting and the electric bill? Lighting and electric are two separate bills?? Again, BMX pays for their own utilities and help pay the utilities of other programs.

      Pays For the rental bikes and helmets?? Ha! Ask PAL to show some receipts. BMX paid for all the rental helmets and bikes “for the kids”. God they are selfish people.

      Pays for the water and Porta potties? Again BMX pays for their own utilities, I’ll go ahead and do you the favor of including garbage & internet also.
      PAL pays for the insurance? USABMX provides insurance, which each rider pays for. What the real head scratcher is, if PAL pays for insurance then why haven’t they opened the track “for the kids”? Couldn’t it be open during this time?? Hmm…

      PAL does not pay for labor to make the improvement to the track because it is a non profit and full volunteer organization. – PAL should pay for labor when it comes to installing items that could be a safety issue if not done right. That would make things safe “for the kids”, don’t you think? Oh they did hire a goat company to help with weeds. Oh maybe that’s because the goat company is owned by Brian Allen, a PAL board member.

      ‘Who closed the track?? perception is PAL did
      So if PAl closed the track and stop all racing then why would it pay anything ?’ – Was it not publicly stated (and posted on their Facebook) that PAL “dismissed” the parent volunteer group. So YES, PAL did close the track. PAL claims they have many people ready to step in and get things going but yet, the track remains closed? At city council they claimed to have 3 former track operators who will run the facility, which would mean they have knowledgable individuals who can swoop in and open it “for the kids”. Ian Cunningham claims to be around since the 90’s and his parents ran it, so get the keys and open the gates then? Where is Kim Cunningham who claims to be snack bar coordinator? Where is Lloyd Davies who PAL has mentioned wants to take over track operations? Where is Mike Walke’s best bud, Pete Soto? Where is Mike, Dan & Brian who all claim they just want to get the kids on the track??

      ‘So the perception is PAL does nothing and you have to ask yourself who is spreading this false narrative???’ I believe you said yourself they do nothing because they are a nonprofit. It’s not perception, it a reality. They don’t do anything nor do they make the money. BMX makes the money and we need to give credit to the volunteers who are out there “for the kids”. One of the volunteers doesn’t ride or have a child who is a rider, he is there for the love of the sport. Let’s not forget those volunteers are out there before the riders and long after, they are working on bmx after hours, they have full time jobs and are parents. They are answering phone calls, messages & emails at 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. When there are big events, they are the ones getting the facility ready, or cleaning up the facility after the event they also worked all day. When these riders are sick, injured or reached a milestone, it’s these volunteers who are with them. And while these volunteers are being called selfish, thieves, & liars, by your Sotos & Cunninghams, these volunteers are still congratulating their children on accomplishments. The volunteers kids are still high-fiving and giving out words of encouragement to the children whose parents are bad mouthing their own parents. That’s the narrative I see and so should the majority.

      You said “Nothing in the Article say anything about the kids and what the track stands for. for over 40 years helping the kids and community and all about a possible false narrative.!!!!!” Can you answer that question? What does the track stand for? Because “the track” and PAL are two different things with two very different stances. When I think of “the track” I think of the group of people and families who were running it. They cared about their riders, the created a community.

      When I think of PAL, I think of them saying “they don’t want a national track….their mission statement doesn’t pertain to anyone outside of Santa Clara….we don’t mind if there are no races at the track and it’s just practice…” When it comes to PAL they have done nothing but DIVIDE a community and everything had become about money. Nothing about PAL is “for the kids”.

      Saying PAL has been around over 40 years means nothing, so has the KKK and it’s organization, who also believe they are helping their kids and community.

      My last question to you would also be, if you are so concerned about the kids, why haven’t you stepped up and volunteered?

  19. For the KIDS 3 days ago
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    Mistaken
    You missed the hole thing
    So the perception is that PAL took the money and put it in there pocket as per your words off the backs of NICK and the volunteers and besides they do not need to put in in a separate account for the relocation, because they still pay for it one way or another.
    YOU are ASSUMING ALL the money EARNED at the track went to then. Do you know this as fact, or are you being told this? ?? Perception
    If you do know for fact then please publish the actual doc’s so everybody will know the truth, Because at this point it is a Narrative and just words!

    So I can understand this again the Narrative is PAL pockets the money and is not putting the money back into the track or a relocation fund and that message is being spread around, per the people at the track as you have said. All I can say is please prove if that Narrative is right in fact or it is wrong in fact. Then this will clear itself all up, because facts are facts and all the rest is just words.

    • Mistaken 2 days ago
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      @FortheKids

      The narrative is that BMX is self sustaining. The narrative is PAL has made serious allegations of money mismanagement, yet has never provided an ounce of proof that it happened. THEY are making the allegations, THEY need to provide the proof.

      I am assuming ALL of the money that was earned at the track, from race revenue, was in fact turned over to them. No one has shown anything contrary to this. They were not due any other monies.

      No one has said they pocket the money without covering track expenses. You just put that one in the universe. For you to imply THEY are paying for anything from funding that was not BMX’s money to begin with, is incorrect. The BMX program is self sustaining and covers its own needs.

      They do pocket the EXCESS without allocating anything for the future move and admitted it, in public. They stated they have no succession plan and that the developer would be handling that, which we now know is 1) untrue and 2) they dropped the ball on the developer offer.

      We have absolutely nothing to clear up. We are not the ones abusing volunteers who built a program. We are not the ones affecting the ridership with the track closed. We are not the ones who made threats to the public about the future of the track. We are not the ones causing the closure. Get your facts straight and stop this nonsense. There is only one group here with things to clear up and it isn’t the volunteers.

    • InsideTheCity 2 days ago
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      ForTheKids
      Your comments appear to closely mirror the what PAL’s newly hired PR firm pitched to resolve, which is to quickly flip the reality of how PAL is viewed as a result of their actions.

      • I wanna be king 2 days ago
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        I can’t imagine any reason a non-profit like PAL who has silenced their volunteers since this start of this nonsense would need to spend that FOR THE KIDSs money obtaining a high profile PR firm? Anyone else find that very telling to the answers to all of the above?

      • What a waste 2 days ago
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        InsidetheCity-
        Is BMX money now being spent on a PR firm in an attempt to salvage the mess PAL has created? Unreal. So the money could be going to future development but instead, it is being wasted. This is why BMX does not need PAL to be involved. PAL is not providing anything to BMX to make the program better. They are not adding anything to the picture and at this point they are now taking away from BMX financially and physically. Enough is enough. Let BMX be.

        • InsideTheCity 2 days ago
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          When the primary goal of the institution is its annual golf tournament for the good ol’ boys club on the dime of the everything “for the kids”, you begin to understand why PAL is in desperate need of experts to help with their “perception” issue.

    • Ian 2 days ago
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      @forthekids – You really need to proofread your comments before you post. It is hard to give your opinions any value when you can not figure out where your punctuation marks should and should not go. When you don’t know whether to use “hole” or “whole”, I find it hard to believe you have any perception of the PAL/BMX issues.

  20. Pat 2 days ago
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    At one point, all the payments went to the same paypal account. How exactly were race revenues that were supposed to go to PAL kept separate from clinic revenue that was not supposed to go to PAL?

  21. Linda L. 1 day ago
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    @Pat
    Your question is another clue as to how this situation got to this point.That’s the same as saying I have no idea in my bank account which income is mine versus what income was my spouses. Certainly there is a ledger of sorts from USABMX that would show how many riders for each event were present and would distinguish race revenue from anything else. A PayPal account is the same as a bank account from the sense that it can receive money from any number of sources.Without a doubt, there’s a register of PAL events that would answer this question.

    • Facebook Page 24 hours ago
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      @Linda

      look at their social media page….wait…..they put it in “dark” mode.

      • ??? 19 hours ago
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        @Facebook page
        And why did they put it into dark mode? If you actually know what is going on here, you’ll know the answer to that. Also, that literally has zero to do with sorting out a banking ledger which Linda L is correct about. Number of racers and revenue due for any given race is easily traceable. Oh, but wait, PAL’s internal bookkeeping is a complete disaster, which is why they are being asked to do an audit, something they have not done in years. This is an issue of their own financial incompetence. Do not fool yourself into thinking anything different.

        • Facebook Page 9 hours ago
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          I recall hearing PAL paid someone on the BMX program to do the books. So if PALs books are messed up that person should be explaining why. Same for any other program (comically enough though only one is in trouble).

          Do we know if the BMX team ever provided access to the PayPal accounts?

          Anyway you slice it the team that was fired were a bunch of punks. They ran around the track with pants at their knees, music with vulgar language in it playing so loud you couldn’t even talk and an arrogance you could smell a mile away.. The dude at the top of the hill would curse like a sailor with the kids around too. I’m not the least bit surprised they turned out to be scammers. Hopefully the city attorney ensures this scam stops and they are ounishee to the maximum extent of the law. This was the reason we stopped taking our kids there.

          Now knowing they were keeping the money for some of the events occurring out there I can only think this is why they are fighting so hard to keep control. If they were truly volunteers why wouldn’t they just walk away and wish the next group best of luck? Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, must be a duck.

          • GregGaryIanLloydBrianMikeDan 9 hours ago

            Facebook Page or should we say Greg, Gary, Ian, Lloyd, Dan, Brian or Mike. 99% of the local BMX community will only accept the old team back and want you all no where near it. Please take your propaganda elsewhere. No one likes you.

        • A rider 6 hours ago
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          What a mess…

          I’ve heard Marisa Sereni was paid by PAL to do the bookkeeping for the BMX program. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I mean why PAL hired Marisa to oversee what they were doing. It doesn’t make sense at all. Crazy rumor.

          It’s also crazy to find out PAL doesn’t have an access to the Paypal account. I remember I paid for the races to the account. How did PAL know how much revenue was from the races?

          Another one is that PAL closed the track. Didn’t we all hear that Nick closed the track from him?

          The most crazy thing of all is USA BMX can’t have any other management group. I’ve heard Nick and a guy in USA BMX are close friends, but it’s hard to believe that’s their official stance.

          And I know plenty of people want to go back ride and race. They like to ride and race and it’s close to their house. They don’t like people, who closed the track because they don’t want to give the Paypal access.

          What a mess

  22. Facebook Page (aka Claudia Garcia) 6 hours ago
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    I have no idea who those people are and honestly dont care. We stopped going and quit the sport for the reasons I mentioned. It is a shame because our kids enjoyed it but i couldn’t have them exposed to what we observed while there. if a this changes we may come out again and see if its better.

  23. A rider 6 hours ago
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    What a mess…

    I’ve heard Marisa Sereni was paid by PAL to do the bookkeeping for the BMX program. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I mean why did PAL hire Marisa to oversee what they were doing. It doesn’t make sense at all. Crazy rumor.

    It’s also crazy to find out PAL doesn’t have an access to the Paypal account. I remember I paid for the races to the account. How did PAL know how much revenue was from the races?

    Another one is that PAL closed the track. Didn’t we all hear that Nick closed the track from him?

    The craziest thing of all is USA BMX can’t have any other management group. I’ve heard Nick and a guy in USA BMX are close friends, but it’s hard to believe that’s their official stance.

    And I know plenty of people want to go back ride and race. They like to ride and race and it’s close to their house. They don’t like people, who closed the track because they don’t want to give the Paypal access.

    What a mess

    • Heard 6 hours ago
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      You sure “heard” a lot of things. 🙄

    • Christine M. 3 hours ago
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      What an absolutely disgusting comment section that screams desperation. Can anyone point me to the actual PAL accusation or explanation of what is going on here or do they just have people clogging up comment sections of related articles anonymously with outrageous claims? These comments seem to come from their vantage point but where is this information coming from? It all seems so outlandish that if any of the above were true then that group would have been dismissed long before now. The treasurer of PAL works for a credit union. There’s no way he wasn’t balancing ledgers for six years. I haven’t seen USA BMX say anywhere they would only support that old group, hell if I was them I would be long gone myself. But I also haven’t seen even one person say they support PAL or will run the place. What the hell is going on here?

  24. Kelly 2 hours ago
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    Nic doesn’t want to let go of his “volunteering” duties because he made a community out of BMX. Can we get this straight once and for all? How much did Nic make off of the camps and clinics? How much did you give back to the community? Did you keep your receipts?

  25. I'm bored 2 hours ago
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    Nick finally gets his wish at the expense of SCPAL.
    http://dawginc.blogspot.com/2015/10/order.html

    Watch the blog “go dark”.

  26. Jennifer R. 2 hours ago
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    The behavior of people here is completely appalling. Pseudonyms used so accusations can be thrown without evidence or consequences is just bullying.

    How does making a Facebook page “dark” prove someone is in the wrong? Could it be possible the page was taken down to relieve any confusion around the situation, & avoid the slander that is clearly happening here?

    An even worse statement I read was that because someone wears their pants too low, or listens to a certain kind of music, that must mean they are “guilty” of any wrongdoing. This type of profiling is absolutely disgusting and just an example of some good ol’ fashioned racism.

    Everything written here is nothing more than rumors and personal opinions. Anyone with a smidge of common sense can see that accusations made behind false names are more than likely the PAL organization trying to distract you all from the real issue – THEM. They failed their programs, they are trying to use this group as a scapegoat and divert the attention away from the chaos they created. Do not be fooled.

  27. Ash 26 mins ago
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    This is what I have been able to piece together based on bits and pieces of info out there. The paypal account, santaclarapalbmx@gmail.com is santaclarapalbmx by name only. This account is actually controlled by the volunteers. All the money that is deposited into this account that came from racing is apparently handed over to PAL. The PAL bookkeeper is apparently recording this money and, at the end of the year, the bmx racing revenue is a big chunk of the revenue that PAL is reporting on their legal forms. Whenever there is work that is done on the track or materials that are purchased for the track, the vendor has to send an invoice to PAL so they can get paid. PAL pays the invoice and the bookkeeper records this as an operating expense. All the money that is deposited into the same paypal account from coaching and clinics does not go to PAL, it goes somewhere else. Since there is no bookkeeping at the track, there is no paper trail and there are a lot of questions, excuses, accusations etc etc.

  28. For the Kids 24 mins ago
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    Mistaken, Inthecity, I Wanna Be King
    No one here has still proven where all the money earned on the track went???? Just words. As for the Allegations we have only 6 more Getups and we all will find out when the Auditors have to responded to the City’s demand of an audit. So that should explain what was turned in or not. I think at the board meeting ” it was said that Nick had to supply PAL with all receipts” by the 21. As far as I know that has come and gone and as we say no ticket no laundry!! Or did we forget about that question??? So the question to Nick is why don’t you just give then to PAL??? What are you hiding???? That is all they are asking for. Silly me I forgot he doesn’t have to do that because he is the KING. He has done nothing wrong in your guys eyes but to be a great track operator. So I will let you guys in on a secret that I am not The PR firm. I am just a concerned citizen and is look at this from the outside in with an open mind. Just dealing with the facts and not BS. You guys are so quick to blame PAL but you do not have the facts to back up your statements, because the only think you know is what you have been told. So My hat is off to the quote unquote abused track volunteers(your words not mine) for all their efforts to the keep the system running at such high level, that is very hard to do. So the question I have is if you feel abused then quit, because there are a lot of VOLUNTEERS that don’t ask for anything in return and don’t COMPLAIN.

    So the answers are???? whether you like it or not they are coming in 6 more getups. Stay tuned.

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