Life with the Freedles: fire taxes, SOJ, now our schools

short-sheeting-_6I’ve met Wade and Fran Freedle (a former County supervisor) once — at a fundraiser for our Assemblyman Brian Dahle at Foothill Flowers in downtown Grass Valley. It was attended by progressives and conservatives alike. It was a civilized affair.

But what I read about the Freedles makes me think that somebody must have short-sheeted their bed or something — a prank that would make them uncomfortable and understandably cranky.

Freedle once led in our County during a bitterly divided political scene, as I’ve written previously.

Then the Freedles helped defeat a needed fire tax in South County, as discussed here.

Along the way, the Freedles have advocated that our County join the State of Jefferson.

Now the Freedles are attacking a sensible plan to improve the infrastructure in our schools. It is the same “anti-government” rant that surfaced during the fire tax, peppered with falsehoods and innuendos.

We are a declining and aging population, and our community needs to get behind the schools, so we can attract more families. Likewise, we need to build — not burn — bridges with the rest of the state.

The Freedles, as “retiree activists,” are moving us in the wrong direction. We need to support our schools and their initiatives. It is our future.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

10 thoughts on “Life with the Freedles: fire taxes, SOJ, now our schools”

  1. Without the fire tax passing in south county, some homeowners are really feeling the sting by exorbitant property insurance premiums.
    The state of jefferson has no real platform other than more freedom, lower taxes, and less government yet one can be sure a grow will have them up in arms (so much for freedom). So how are these folks going to accomplish that?

  2. According to NJUHSD Superintendent Dr. Louise Johnson, those opposed to helping the high schools via Proposition B have never once contacted her to clarify their facts. It is untrue that there are plans to close a high school campus. It is untrue that declining enrollment hasn’ t leveled off ( k-3rd grades especially). It is untrue that high school campuses don’ t need important repairs ( specifically gas and water pipes). What is true is that the state of CA gives school districts no money for such repairs. Dr. Johnson has also mentioned that anyone who wants actual facts may contact her directly. Schedule a tour of a campus and see for yourself!

  3. It hasn’t been mentioned that I’ve seen but Bear River H.S. will finally get an all weather track if this passes. Anyone that doubts the value and community building of this addition just needs to visit Nevada Union’s Track on weeknights and weekends. The better the maintenance and the facilities are at our schools the better the retention of enrollment. Build it (and maintain it) and they will come (and stay).

  4. The Freedle’s are penny wise and pound foolish. I don’t think they even live in the Higgins fire district, but those of us who do are experienecing our fire insurance going from $1200/year to $5,000/year to save $112 on taxes (if you can find someone to write a policy for you anymore). Thanks so much Freedle’s. The entire county owes you a debt of gratitude.

    1. Patricia- I think you have the makings of a law suit against these people who lied Higgins District into voting against their own best interest. As you point out- Fire Insurance in the area is out of control, and getting worse. In the land of The Freedle’s/Jefferson’s, you wouldn’t have a Fire Department to worry about. They would have sold and cut down the forest around you already, so there wouldn’t be anything to burn-

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