District hikes building fees

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The district’s fee study projects that 1,250 homes will be built in the next five years, adding 725 students to the 3,400-student district. The state has set $2.63 per square foot as the standard residential developer fee for financing school construction, but districts can charge more if they meet certain conditions. The Southern Kern district in Kern County is among six Antelope Valley districts now charging higher LevelII fees. In the L.A. County portion of the Antelope Valley, the developer fee is split among the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the individual elementary school districts. The money pays for portable classrooms and restrooms, consultants, infrastructure and architects whose plans are used when portables are moved or are brought into the district. ROSAMOND – Projecting that 1,250 homes will be built in the next five years, the Southern Kern Unified School District has raised by more than 22percent developer fees that help pay for portable classrooms and other school facilities. Levied to help accommodate students who move into new housing tracts, the developer fees were raised to $4.15 per square foot of floor space, up from $3.39. That amounts to $8,300 for an average-size new house of 2,000 square feet. The board unanimously approved the increase in developer fees at Wednesday’s meeting. No developers attended. “They just take it as a matter of doing business,” said Charlene Melchers, the district’s chief business officer. last_img read more

Community rallies for Betty

first_imgThe family of critically injured Santa Fe Springs Councilwoman Betty Putnam asked the community for volunteers in their time of need.They were overwhelmed with the number of responses.“The city was inundated with calls and hundreds of e-mails,” said City Manager Fred Latham. “The response is typical for our community, and of course it has to do with how loved Betty is in Santa Fe Springs.”“We are so very grateful for the incredible kindness and generosity of so many of the people of Santa Fe Springs,” said Marian Putnam, one of the five Putnam children. “We thank everyone for their prayers and believe they are working to heal our mother.” Although there were dozens of people on the list to spend time with Marvin while the Putnam children are at the hospital, the family had to decline their help.The Putnam patriarch was uncomfortable with new people coming into the household, said Tom Yarwood, 86, another volunteer.The two veterans spend time talking about World War II, he said.“I would do anything for Betty or Marv,” Yarwood said.As would the others, including Rob and Jane Roberson, owners of Griffith Drug, Marlene Vernava and Juanita Trujillo. The Robersons, both 62, helped the Putnam siblings with their dad’s medicines.“They’ve been coming here for years,” Rob said. “We’re just doing what we can to make this time easier for the family.”Taking supplies — such as Kleenex, medicines and snacks — from the store to the Putnam home is pharmacy manager Trujillo, 33.She said she had tried to stop Putnam from going to eradicate the wasp’s nest.“When she told me what she was going to do, I told her to wait for my husband to help her,” Trujillo said. “She waved me off saying she could do it.”A couple of hours later, her daughter, Alyssa, 13, told her about Putnam’s accident.“We could never repay Miss Putnam for all she’s done for Santa Fe Springs,” Trujillo said.“Everybody loves Betty” said Vernava, 75, another longtime friend and president of the Santa Fe Springs Women’s Club. “She is Santa Fe Springs.”[email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAs of Thursday, Putnam, 77, who suffered severe head trauma in a fall last month from a 6-foot ladder, is breathing on her own and is able to sit up for short periods of time, said longtime family friend May Sharp.“The family is discussing a transfer to Presbyterian \[Intercommunity\] Hospital to start rehab in the near future,” she said.Putnam, who took the fall while trying to take down a wasp’s nest in a constituent’s back yard, is still in the critical care unit at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.“She can’t speak clearly yet,” Sharp said, “but she is doing a lot better.”Sharp, 75, is one of a core group of volunteers who have given support to the Putnam family, including caring for Marvin, 90, who needs dialysis three times a week.last_img read more