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WCIA/Jefferson welcoming proposals for site use

From Heidi Benzonelli of the WCIA:

Westside Community Improvement Association is requesting proposals from programs interested in operating at the Jefferson Site.

Proposals are sought from Charter schools – We have 6 classrooms available for primary occupancy by a charter school and 4 potentially shared classrooms.

We are also seeking proposals from organizations and programs that offer recreation, art, performing arts, cultural enrichment, after school programs, nursery schools, health, nutrition, physical fitness, literacy, and other community resources.

The Jefferson Campus is proposed to house a Charter School in the South Building and by fall of 2014 (if not sooner) all space in the South building will be dedicated to that purpose. We are seeking proposals from Charter Schools that will recruit students from our community and offer free quality education to the children of the Westside, elementary schools preferred.

The North Building will house a Community Recreation and Cultural Enrichment Center. Programs in the North Building are expected to share space in order to maximize the benefit to the community and minimize the cost to operate programs here. We are also proposing the development or renovation of 2 more spaces outside the North Building.

There will also be a public park available for outdoor recreation programs, a neighborhood events center with a stage, and a permitted kitchen. Programs are expected to offer free opportunities to children and families that live within ½ a mile of the Jefferson Project. We welcome proposals from organizations serving all ages.

The proposed timeline for completion of the improvements at the facility is September 2014, but parts of the facility will be ready much sooner.

Please include financials with proposals and mail by October 15th, 2012 to:

Westside Community Improvement Association
PO Box 5315
Eureka, CA 95502

Questions can be directed to
Heidi Benzonelli
(707) 498-5764

  1. Anonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Ouch… the cruel irony of the district selling the building, only to have a charter move in. (Public charter schools are one of many ideas dreamed up in conservative think tanks to bleed schools dry in their effort to privatize public education. It has nothing to do with improving the quality of education. Charters fail at the same rate as traditional public schools. Philadelphia and all of Louisiana are the first to fall with plans to eliminate public education.)

  2. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    govenor jerry brown and the democratic state reps have done more to defund and destroy public schools than any conservative ever dreamed of.

  3. September 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    That’s horse shit, Unanonymous. The goal of “conservatives” since the Reagan administration has been to attack, weaken, undermine and defund government programs so that they can point to them and say “they don’t work.”

    California is hobbled by defunding from Prop 13 and and the long list of voter-approved initiatives that must be funded every year by the legislature. Until we confront those problems, were fucked, no matter which party is in the driver’s seat.

  4. September 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    So says Joel whose big government utopia, California, is collapsing.

  5. September 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    And Fred’s libertarian utopias (e.g., Arizona and Nevada) are thriving.

  6. jr
    September 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Joel is correct in his analysis. Prop 13 and the various initiatives are the root of the problem and need to be addressed.

  7. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    nope schools have been defunded by jerry brown. it is a fact, sorry, democrats in control of house since…..when? and repubs are to blame. yep, denial is deep on this page.

  8. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Nevada is a libertarian utopia? home of Senator Reid, that is pretty ignorant.

  9. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    pres obama has also reduced school funding.

  10. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    liberals are education worst enemy based on their record

  11. jr
    September 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Schools, and everything else, have been defunded because of the lack of revenue in the form of taxes due primarily to the effects of Prop 13. Initially, Jerry Brown opposed this measure and only after its passage in 1978 did he become a “born-again tax cutter”. If California residents want the level of services that existed prior to 1978, then prop 13 needs to be adjusted/amended/changed to reflect the needs of the state in 2012 and beyond.

  12. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    the initiatives are largely bond money and have nothing to do with school funding unless they added to debt for…… maintenance. bet you all voted yes on every one of them

  13. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    everything else? kinda vague can you elaborate?

  14. jr
    September 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Highway improvements, mass transit development, State Parks, senior centers, home health care, tourism promotion, the arts–all have suffered because of lack of state funding.

  15. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    yes because of cuts by democrats while ignoring the real culprit , out of control expansion of govt programs, unsustainable employment benefits and loss of tax base by running off business. numbers dont lie

  16. Anonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The education reform movement began in the 1980s by conservative think tanks. Step 1: push the idea that schools are failing. Step 2: create change that assures schools fail.

    A range of reform actions are designed to weaken public education — vouchers/school choice, standardized testing, impossible-to-achieve academic goals (and I do mean impossible), charter schools, and, of course, a steady drain on funding. State funding is decreasing in almost every state, and federal funding is decreasing, too. \

    Politicians sign on the many different reforms for many different reasons. Destroying teacher unions is a big one for the GOP. Helpless cluelessness with a feeling they need to do something is big with Democrats. Even Obama is pushing the teacher accountability herring. Highly trained teachers, good pay and equity in school funding is what improves public education, as evidenced in a number of successful countries that turned their education systems around in the past 30 years. Our schools could have used help in the 1980s, but they weren’t failing. They are being made to fail today, by design.

    Why would think tanks want schools to fail, besides the union angle? Curriculum can be rewritten with a conservative hand much easier with standardized testing (if it’s not on the test, schools aren’t likely to teach it. Removing evolution from the test removes evolution from science classes.). You avoid battles on a district-by-district basis by making a change at the state or federal level. Likewise, when schools are privatized, Bible classes are kosher. School prayer is kosher. In California, we don’t realize how important this is in the midwest, to restore the legality of school prayer in their vision of a Christian America.

  17. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Since former Gov. George Deukmejian’s final budget in FY 1990-91, state spending—including the General Fund, special funds, and bond funds—has increased 180.9 percent, or an average of 5.91 percent a year. Spending increased from $51.4 billion in FY 1990-91 to $96.4 billion 10 years later in FY 2000-01. And spending continued to skyrocket to its current level of $144.5 billion in FY 2008-09. Since FY 1990-91, General Fund spending alone has increased 156.8 percent, or 5.37 percent a year

  18. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Examining the state’s revenues clearly demonstrates there is not a revenue problem. Since FY 1990-91, revenues have increased 166.9 percent, or 5.61 percent a year, and have risen rather steadily over this period

  19. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    the programs you list are mostly funded by the state income tax not property assessments

  20. jr
    September 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Expansion of government programs is one reason, but one must look seriously at making changes in how Prop 13 provides for funding of government services and programs. It is very difficult to operate a government using a tax structure that is over 30 years old. Until this is addressed the state will continue to hobble along and robbing peter to pay paul.

  21. unanonymous
    September 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    the income tax is over 100 years old? i think that is a red herring. prop 13 only limits the rate of increase to 2% a year until a new value is appraised after a sale. this allows retirees you know old people keep their homes and not be taxed out of them by greedy politicians. you want to hurt old people?

  22. Thorstein Veblen
    September 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Prop 13 is part of the culprit, written to protect corporate assets from property taxes. But the scary part of it was real, grandma was being taxed out of her home, and that’s just not right.

    Second culprit is the explosion in property owned by churches and non-profits. Tell me, if a church catches fire and the fire dept puts it out, does that cost anybody anything?

    Third, charter schools are largely a scam, like putting a bunch of small scale Haliburtons in charge of educating our youth. One possible fix; year around school. Somebody please explain summers off for a bunch of i-phone addicts who aren’t interested in working for the folks back at the farm.

    Finally, congrats to the WCIA and what it is trying to accomplish. I love neighborhoods. Keep up the good work.

    Dang, I’m starting to sound like my grandpa.

    Thats all.

  23. jr
    September 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I stand corrected. Perhaps it is time to make systemic changes in how the state government operates. We cannot continue as we have for the past 30 years and the governor needs to call a special session of the Senate and Assembly to deal with it.

  24. moderated
    September 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    i like how they moderate you out of the conversation when you school em -unanon have fun. prop 123 was a voter inititive that passed with 69% of the vote

  25. Political Watcher
    September 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Hooray to the WCIA and to the Westside Community Center. Allow me to point out here that some of Humboldt County’s best schools (I believe) are charter schools (or at least in charter districts): Jacoby Creek, Freshwater, Coastal Grove and Union Street Schools. And don’t forget North Coast Prep and Performing Arts, one of the highest ranking high schools in the nation (look it up).

    The schools that have gone downhill are Eureka City Schools and the charter school phenomenon up here has been largely in response to ECS and their ilk having piss-poor administration. That’s not to say there isn’t bad charter schools in Humboldt (there are); it is just to say there are also some very good ones, so don’t rush to knock ’em or paint them all with a broad brush.

    I hope that WCIA finds a good charter school that is the right fit for the neighborhood. With all the support around their project, my hunch is that it’s just a matter of time.

  26. 713
    September 26, 2012 at 4:18 am

    The charter schools dont have to take every student, just the ones who want to be there and can afford it. So you get the wealthy and/or the involved parents taking their kids there because they are “better” schools, although it is a self-fulfilling prophecy because the public schools get the rest. The kids that dont get breakfast, have learning disabilities, and socio-economic disadvantages. Look up the stats on those charter schools and you might see a trend among the parents that goes right along with the test scores: wealthy, educated, white. and those kids need another advantage?

  27. September 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    …yes because of cuts by democrats while ignoring the real culprit , out of control expansion of govt programs, unsustainable employment benefits and loss of tax base by running off business. numbers dont lie

    Numbers do lie, of course, when an ignoramus like Unanonymous offers them as “proof” of any goofball, idle speculation he wishes to advance.

  28. HUUFC
    September 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Money is the key, it always seems to be when talking about education. education of the children is secondary, just like in Chicago.
    In Fortuna the government high school wants to pass another bond to renovate it’s buildings. The superintendent states in his mailer that the money the school gets from the state is not for the cost of upgrading, modernizing,and repairing facilities. Really? I’m voting NO on more taxes on my property.

  29. FUUHC
    September 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Bootstraps! We don’t need no stoopid socialized educashun. Don’t want to be anotha brick in the wall, bring down the wall. Vote no on taxes and shop at Wal*Mart for low prices alwayz!

  30. September 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Why would a “conservative” be surprised that “money the key”?

  31. FUUHC
    September 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Money iz God and Greed iz Good.

  32. September 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    And, of course, why shouldn’t teachers ask for more compensation?

  33. Goldie
    September 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Did you know that arguing is addictive? Sure, you say you can stop anytime but can you? You might say you would stop but the other person’s so stupid you just have to set them straight so badly that you wish your happy face button had a bear spray option.
    After years (YEARS!!) of community effort, hard work and progress Jefferson is looking for tenants. A school would be wonderful as the children are bussed to other areas. The building is very roomy and there is room for other tenants as well.
    Now, what were you saying?

  34. September 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Sorry, Goldie.
    Back to the subject: request for proposals for the Jefferson Site.
    Please spread the word on Facebook, word of mouth, etc.

  35. Heidi
    September 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you Goldie!

    you can share this page with your fb friends


  36. Thinking Anonoymous
    September 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The terrible economy has done more to defund public schools than any Republican has in the history of public schools. California has been controlled by the Democrats for the last 50 years except for 2 Republican governors. The Democrats have controlled every single thing in Sacramento the last 12 years. Republicans can do nothing there. California’s economy is in the crapper.

    Coincidence? I think not.

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