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Mr. Flannery,

You are absolutely right. A good school IS key to revitalization of an older neighborhood.

Each local school is a key part of redevelopment, as we saw with the new Lincoln High School. I’m going to talk about Proposition S tomorrow, but you are right on point. However, we do receive redevelopment funding that goes to schools.

For example, it is my understanding that at Normal Heights Elementary, those funds were used to help with a joint use field. Is it enough to impact the schools? Not always, and those decisions are made by the City Council in consultation with the school district, not at the discretion of the school district alone.

Again, you are correct, we need BOTH those redevelopment funds and Proposition S. As our schools continue to age, that is becoming abundantly apparent.

— KATHERINE NAKAMURA

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