Jefferson showdown tonight
A neighborhood group has 2 1/2 years into working with the city and securing partners for the space they say would revitalize their community.
But critics, including the new right-wing super majority at the city’s helm, want College of the Redwoods to take over the school. CR backed out of negotiations earlier in the year after neighborhood dissent.
But CR is suffering budget woes and appears unable to take on this project.
Nay-sayers are getting a boost from liberal former councilman Chris Kerrigan, who thinks a purchase by the city is a bad idea. His letter in Monday’s Times-Standard will win him accolades from the same fanatics who blew wads of cash but failed to unseat him from the Council in the
2006 2004 election.
The Council will vote on the purchase after a report by staff Tuesday night. Mayor Frank Jager voted for it in September before winning his current seat, a mostly ceremonial position that doesn’t get a vote. Jager said at the time that the city owed it to the citizens of the West side to approve the purchase.
And though he won’t vote this time, he can voice his mayoral opinion. Perhaps he will buck his conservative base on this one. Bets?