<b>For Prop. 30</b>
EDITOR: The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District has had to reduce the school year, resulting in our students having five fewer days to master the required curriculum. Our teachers have not received a cost-of-living adjustment for the past five years, they took a 2 percent a pay cut, and they now pay a significantly greater share of their health care costs. Classified employees, who also provide essential services for our students, have taken a similar financial hit. Despite these severe funding cuts, we continue to offer rigorous programs that have resulted in improved student test scores.
This past June, Rohnert Park and Cotati voters passed Measure D to address the budget crisis facing our district. If Proposition 30 doesn't pass, our district will see a cut of $2.45 million in state funding, and schools throughout California will experience an immediate cut of approximately $5 billion. Not only will schools take a devastating hit resulting in 10 fewer days of instruction, many other essential services that support our neediest children will be cut, and money for police and fire protection will also be reduced.
We therefore urge voters to support Proposition 30.
President, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District board of trustees
and RICHARD NEFFSON
President, Rohnert Park Cotati Educators Association
<b>Protest fire &‘fee'</b>
EDITOR: I, like thousands of others, received a bill from Cal Fire. Mine was for a residence I own in Redwood Valley. It is within the Redwood Valley/Calpella Fire District. I pay a fee to this district every time I pay my property tax. The fire station is about a half-mile away. I believe I pay for Cal Fire through my income taxes. The Cal Fire station is more than five miles away. I believe this "fee" is really a "tax," an illegal tax. If you received one of these bills, pay this "fee" before it is due so you are not hit with interest or penalties. Then, file a protest.
I have, and you can, too. The form can be found at firetaxprotest.org. It's easy to do and takes very little time to complete, print and mail. There is also a petition outlining why this fee is illegal that you should attach to your protest.
A major organization is taking this fee to court. If the court says this fee is a tax, you may (should) receive a refund.
EDITOR: I've been reading about the issue of district elections for Santa Rosa. I find Susan Gorin's support for City Council districts to be inconsistent with her behavior as a county supervisor candidate. Gorin says the people of Santa Rosa would be better represented with district elections, as the City Council would then have members from throughout Santa Rosa. So why doesn't Gorin think the people of the Sonoma Valley deserve the same? Why doesn't she think that the county is better served when all regions of Sonoma County are represented on the Board of Supervisors?
Gorin's recent move from the home she owns in the 3rd Supervisorial District into a rental house in Oakmont to run for 1st District supervisor was a direct assault on the people of Sonoma Valley who desired to be represented by one of their own residents. The June primary proved that the majority of 1st District voters agree that a Sonoma Valley resident should occupy that supervisor seat.