”We now hold clear title to the property,” said Jared Rossman, spokesperson for the Garberville Town Square Committee. The TSC handed Chris Brannan a check in mid-September for $3,800 signing off the interest-bearing mortgage note on the parcel after three years of monthly payments. Brannan and his wife Brigette, of Garberville, sold the lot on the corner of Church and Locust streets to the TSC in 2001 for $220,000. Rossman said the committee still owed $21,000 in interest-forgiven private loans, but those debts did not encumber the property.
Committee member David Dickinson said the TSC was hiring a professional grant writer who would help secure funds for development. “Part of the significance of us holding title is that it opens up a whole range of grants that were not previously available to us,” he said. “Most foundations specifically state that they don’t want their grant money to be used for acquisition.”
The transportation committee of the Garberville/Redway Area Chamber of Commerce was planning a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Bear Gulch Bridge project.
Officials from the College of the Redwoods visited the Garberville Rotary Club to explain the main points of Measure Q, a $40.3 million bond issue for major safety repairs and other renovations to the 40-year-old campus in Eureka.
Casey Crabill, CR president said that to qualify for state funding, the college had to come up with matching money and that the board of trustees planned to use $20 million of the state bond issue to leverage state bond money, that would increase the amount available to $60 million for the list of improvements that were planned for the campus.
The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) had selected the College of the Redwoods to receive a grant to support the development of a new “Early College High School” near the CR campus. The grant was awarded through FCCC’s early college high school initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The new early college high school, Academy of the Redwoods, was being designed and planned to operate in partnership with the Fortuna Union High School District and the Humboldt County Office of Education.
”It is really a unique opportunity for a student to attend high school on a college campus, which is a more mature and probably more academic environment,” said David Moss, superintendent of the Fortuna Union School District, “In public education, it used to be that there were high schools and continuation schools. Now there are charter schools and necessary small schools. We suspect that early college high school will really pay off for our students in the long run.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation and W. K. Kellogg Foundation had invested more than $60 million nationally to support the development of approximately 150 new early college high schools nationally.
Humboldt County supervisors voted 4-0 to endorse Proposition 1A - a measure they hoped would provide Humboldt County some financial stability by protecting county and city treasuries from being raided by Sacramento.