Cheers to the Fairfield City Council’s decision to reduce park-and-recreation fees on new apartments.
The reduction went into effect immediately, dropping the fees from $4,285 to $2,143 per unit. That was after city planners pointed out that there has been no apartment construction in the city in nearly a decade. The lower fees will apply to a maximum of 750 units built within the next two years – serving as a short-term stimulus to developers.
There’s no guarantee that it will work, but construction of any apartment buildings will be a boost to construction and ultimately to city tax coffers. If a fee reduction helps, we’re on board.
Jeers to the Solano County Office of Education for choosing to not participate in an upcoming town hall meeting in Vacaville concerning Common Core state standards.
Superintendent Jay Speck says there’s no need to debate the issue because the state already decided to institute the standards, but he ignores the fact that interest is rising in a policy that was largely overlooked when approved.
Why should the titular education organization for our county choose to ignore a public forum where a major policy is discussed? Isn’t that part of the role of our public officials – to contribute to the public debate and help educate taxpayers?
Cheers to the 18 students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District who recorded double perfect scores on the California Standards Tests. The Daily Republic this week profiled Gabriella and Isabella Biscocho, twin sixth-graders at Nelda Mundy Elementary School, who were among the seven Nelda Mundy students recording the double perfect scores. But there were 16 others in the district who achieved that standard.
A further cheer to all the students who achieved double perfection and to the hundreds who had a perfect score on one or more of the tests.
Jeers that another Vacaville school board member has moved out of town, requiring that panel to find a second replacement member in a month.
Neither Larry Mazzuca nor Theresa Nutt planned to leave town before their term expired, but the expense of the school board’s time – and the fact that the district board will now have two unelected members – is far from ideal.
We look forward to the board making a quick, wise decision and hope this is the last time for a while that the board needs to do this.