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Fees going up; “go back” causes anger

INCREASES in development fees for new construction will be on the agenda of the Garden Grove school board when it meets on Tuesday night.

A public hearing on a proposal to raise fees paid to public schools by developers is on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education.

What’s proposed is:

  • increase fees for residential development from $3.48 to $3.79 per square foot
  • increase fees for senior housing construction from 56 cents to 61 cents per square foot
  • increase fees for commercial/industrial development from 56 cents to 61 cents per square foot
  • decrease fees for self-storage properties from 10 cents to six cents per square foot.

Development fees are designed to compensate public schools for the impact of the school system including increases in enrollment due to new construction.

The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove and well as portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. The board meets at 7 p.m. at 10331 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove.

College wrestles with “go back” comment

Officials at Golden West College in Huntington Beach and the school’s parent Coast Community College District are mulling what to do about a videotaped exchange in which a faculty member at GWC told a married couple “you need to go back to your home country.”

Identified as Tarin Olson, a professor and counselor at GWC, the woman made her remarks off-campus while walking along a sidewalk in Long Beach. The video was shot by Tony Kao, who posted the video on Facebook last Thursday. He termed Olson a “bigot and a racist.”

She told a local TV station that she wasn’t a racist, and commented about her willingness to discuss “the displacement of European-Americans.”

Since the incident took place away from the college, it’s unclear what the next step would be. The college posted a message on Facebook stating that “Golden West College believes in an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.”

Volunteers sought for Human Relations Task Force

There’s a vacancy on the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force. Positions are filled by appointment by the city council. Task force members must be citizens and residents of Huntington Beach.

Regular meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of the month. The mission of the HRTF is to promote and celebrate diversity in the community. For more information, call (714) 714-374-5307.

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