This was one of the more peaceful meetings I attended in June! It’s an update of what WILL happen and what is planned for the future.
The can’t happen yet aspect of the update is a sad case of funding that WAS available, but because the process took so long to approve, the money went away. On the bright side – if you really don't want something to happen – stall it long enough and it will go away. On the dark side…if you really want something to happen, you'd better be part of making sure it DOES happen, or it will go away and could take a VERY long time before it comes back – if ever. Just a thought.
The California Coast is so young to foreign invaders, we are just getting around to celebrating 200 years of occupation. I grew up on the east coast and that 200 year celebration was many decades ago. It’s a big deal to call some place “home” for 200 years.
When you first come to settle an area, you are an outsider. You may want to belong, but that takes time. The first generation establishes turf, the second generation has called this new place home all their life, so it's no longer foreign. By the time the first batch of kids grow up, they have no knowledge or recollection that there ever was another place called home.
The August 28th meeting opened with an announcement that Bodega Bay School will NOT close - to the relief of everyone attending. It appeared that the meeting was not adequately prepared for a large public meeting. There were no microphones for speakers and no transators for the Spanish speaking peope in attendance. 55% of the school district is Spanish speaking so this will have to be addressed at future meetings.
But the public did get a chance to speak - if not be heard by others in attendance at the rear of the room. People asked questions about WHY the district is in trouble and what they can do to prevent a future potential closing.
Sept. 8 for Ad Hoc meeting to address concerns before the next Board meeting
Sept 11 for next Board meeting - the 3 year defecit still needs to be addressed before the MCOE September deadline
Daylight Savings time is, to me, a questionable improvement. When I get up in the dark, it’s as if the stars, still twinkling, wonder why I am so grumpy about their beautiful, dawning day. Even the birds are just waking. Doves call and respond from every fence; the crows start their quarreling and the quail are calling their distinctive warning. Bodega Bay has lots of birds; from humming birds to pelicans. They make getting up earlier more palatable.
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