Letters to the Editor
Former colleague has praise for Bricker
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The Community Voice:
Kim Bricker is one of the most amazing, brilliant, energetic and compassionate employees to grace the halls and rooms of Rancho Cotate, Mt. Shadows, Creekside and the CRPUSD. Those of us who were lucky enough to work with her were/are blessed. The positive impact she had on her students and colleagues was a beautiful thing.

Five myths about CRPUSD Measure C
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The Community Voice:
• MYTH: There is only one $80 million bond.
FACT: Measure C is the second of three $80 million bonds. (Measure B, the original bond, was passed in 2014; a third bond is planned for 2018.) Total bonds issued will be $240,000,000. Total annual homeowner taxes will be $49/100,000 in home value times 3, or $147/100,000. This does not include the debt obligation for the 1990 bond and the 2015 parcel tax. (http://crpusd.schoolwires.net/cms/lib6/CA01001831/Centricity/Domain/42/2016%2006%2028%20Agenda%20Packet.pdf)

• MYTH: There is an urgent need of $240 million for building improvements to cope with an expected influx of new students.
FACT: The District’s current building capacity can already accommodate an influx of approximately 2,800 new students. Enrollment is currently stagnant and the District predicts new enrollment at just 184 students over five years. (http://www.crpusd.org/Page/4518 - Developer Fee Study dated March 2016, Table 8, Page 9).

• MYTH: The total cost to taxpayers – principal plus interest – will be $492 million. (http://crpusd.schoolwires.net/cms/lib6/CA01001831/Centricity/Domain/42/2016%2006%2028%20Agenda%20Packet.pdf)
FACT: Independent analysis puts the average total cost to taxpayers at nearly $1 billion.
The figure of $480 million used by the district is the lowest possible cost. (http://hechingerreport.org/controversial-school-bonds-create-debt-for-the-next-generation/)

• MYTH: Quality education is achieved by constructing big new buildings.
FACT: Quality education is achieved by retaining good teachers at competitive salaries and fully funding necessary programs for students to improve declining academic achievement and graduation rates.

MYTH: Homeowners on a fixed income can opt out of new bond taxes.
FACT: This option only applies to a parcel tax, not bonds. These bonds hurt seniors and fixed-income residents alike.
(Editor’s note: Timothy Nonn is a candidate for the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Board of Trustees.)

Maybe SMART could turn down the horn
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The Community Voice:
I understand the need for the horn to blow...that being said I am not sure it is necessary to be so loud.
The folks on Snyder Lane and Petaluma Hill road are in no danger and therefore do not need warning that the train is approaching. It would seem reasonable to lower the level of the horn. It is far louder than necessary to warn of an oncoming train.
Building Community Relationships
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I recently attended the Rohnert Park Citizens’ Academy conducted by our local Department of Public Safety. The goal of the 10 evening classes was to enhance community relationships by educating a dozen “students” on what happens behind the badge. We learned details about police and fire procedures and asked questions about regulations governing the use of force, local tactics, and legal requirements in a variety of situations. Details on investigations, evidence handling, traffic statistics, impaired driving incidents, and many other activities helped us understand the magnitude of the tasks at hand.

The specifics were interesting and outlined the level of detail required of these professionals on a day-to-day basis, but the one thing that was most impressive about our public safety folks is that they are truly members of our community. They coach little league teams, attend family graduations, and volunteer their off-duty time to local groups. Each instructor expressed satisfaction with assigned tasks and the opportunity to be part of our city. I am thankful that we have these dedicated police and fire professionals serving Rohnert Park. I encourage others to attend a Citizens’ Academy in the future to learn more.

Andy Durkee
Rohnert Park

Andy Durkee
Rohnert Park
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