As Mayor, I propose that the city-owned Community Center be open daily for extended hours to support a city directed “after school” Student Success Enhancement Services Programs, i.e.: homework, tutoring assistance, recreational activities, as well as an after school “safe-place” for our children to go after school.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.


  1. Peggi Fries on August 4, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    There is a far deeper problem that you are trying to address. The problem of unengaged parents, pervasive violence, unrestricted access to video games and internet accesses and an aging infrastructure within our schools and our learning institutions. The Mayor and Council cannot change what happens in the district. I believe there has to be more Charter school options. Maybe then we can improve our facilities and infrastructure. I, for one, am truly tired of bond measures, assembly bills and tax diversions to “mitigate” asbestos and lead paint. How is this still a thing? Less administration and more teachers. This is not a council issue. This is a school district issue. Using the community center for “after school” activities is a good idea, but is in not addressing the core.

    • Paul Courtney on August 5, 2020 at 7:09 am

      The City Council has a “overall” responsibility to know what is going on in the city. I agree, yes this is a “school board” and the council has a responsibility to offer to help in becoming a part of the solutions.
      Thank You for your view and opinion.

  2. Peggi on August 6, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    The council can offer to help or provide, but that has the same teeth as the council telling the California Assembly what to vote on or when to meet. I think competition might inspire the change we need or want from the district. But, if that competition goes unchecked, we will only create larger problems in the long run. Our schools need rebuilding. Not refurbish, rebuild. The aging and, quite frankly obsolete facilities are not refurbish-able. Why are our students attending schools that look like prisons? Security does not need to look like prisons.
    I certainly do not wish to second guess those elected to make the decisions regarding the school district. I do not envy their job. Especially during this current crisis. But, as with all positions, local, county, state and federal, nothing will change until something changes. We have the power to vote. Nothing can possibly be stronger than that. If we want change, we have to vote!

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