Farmington school officials review revised Maxfield purchase

first_img Reported by Most Farmington Public Schools trustees seem willing to accept $200,000 less for the Maxfield Training Center, after significant changes to the new owner’s redevelopment plan.But one official says the district has already made too many “good will” concessions.AC Acquisitions offered $1.2 million in September 2016 for the 3-acre site on Thomas Street in downtown Farmington. The initial proposal, to build a 155-unit apartment complex, stalled after neighbors raised concerns during Farmington Planning Commission hearings.The company requested the price reduction after lowering the project’s density, to 60 owner-occupied condominiums.“I’m always shocked that everybody comes back to the school district,” trustee Terry Johnson said. “I guess we’ve got this plethora of money in the bank that we should always for the purposes of good will give everything away. I’m wondering when is this going to eventually stop, and we’re going to take a business like approach to making sure that we do what’s in the best interest of our kids.”While trustee Terri Weems shared Johnson’s concerns about “good will,” she said this instance is “a matter of what the site is worth today versus what it was perceived to have been worth before.” She pointed out that any developer who came forward now would be facing the same limitations.Consultant Bill Bowman, of Great Northern Consulting, said the city’s Vision Plan for that property included taller buildings and parking, but “they’ve come down to, what can we really do that’s going to be acceptable to everybody.”“It’s a very cool project, but it’s a math problem,” he said.Johnson asked whether the city would be willing to “pony up some money” to make up for the loss to the district. Bowman said that it’s not unusual for a city to make changes after the public gets involved.“A property is only worth what someone’s going to pay,” trustee Jim Stark said. “We’re not giving anyone money. We’re getting a price that’s more realistic for what it’s worth because of what the market will bear.” “The sooner we get out of the real estate business, the better off we are,” he added. “Get it off our books so we can focus more on the education side.”The revised agreement was presented for review; officials will likely see it as an action item at their March 27 meeting.Get updates to this story and more local headlines sent toyour inbox every morning (except Sunday). Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: Honda DCT aims to revolutionise riding

first_imgNew dedicated website and feature video previews next generation Honda DCT technology for bikes. Honda VRF1200FIt is no secret that the Honda DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) stands one of the most revolutionary pieces of technology currently fielded in bikes. Honda was the first bike maker to introduce the transmission into a production bike, and it looks set to become the first to use it in a superbike as well. (Read our initial rumour report here)Honda NM4 VultusThe firm recently setup a new website dedicated in enlightening people about its technology and published the featured video above. The short film depicts what it would probably be like to ride a bike equipped with the Honda DCT gearbox, with much of the stylised film highlighting the ease of riding and the endless possibilities it promises.Honda NC700XPutting the gimmick aside, it is easy to see that Honda is really on to something here with its DCT technology. Dual-clutch or twin-clutch transmissions have contributed towards increased efficiency and reduced emissions in cars, but we reckon bikes would benefit more from the former. With the new Honda DCT website though, Honda intends to send the message of this technology much clearer.2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa TwinPutting into perspective of bikes, DCTs offer quicker shift times and improved emissions as it is much quicker in its operation as opposed to a regular manual. This is something many have already experiences in some of Honda’s bikes like the VFR1200F, NM4 Vultus, NC700X, CTX700 and, more recently, the all-new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin adventure bike.Will the next generation Honda CBR1000RR superbike gain with a Honda DCT option?And if recent rumours are to be believed, Honda is aiming to field its DCT technology into its next generation superbikes and perhaps adopting it into its MotoGP program as well. Honda does remain coy about its targeted date and time frame to get its DCT technology implemented in its performance models. Hoever, given the fact that the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is due for replacement soon, we could probably see its replacement stand as the first production superbike to feature the Honda DCT.In the meantime, you can visit the site and watch the video to see just what Honda’s ideal vision of future biking would be like with its DCT technology.Source: YouTube / AutoEvolution / Honda DCT–Ads–last_img read more

Candidate hopes to serve in Iraq

first_imgMONTEBELLO – What does a City Council candidate do after he lost an election and is waiting for his next chance to run? If he’s Montebello resident Johnny Verdugo, he volunteers for a tour of duty in Iraq. As the longshot in the Nov. 8 election, Verdugo surprised everyone by earning 10 percent of the vote, beating out three of the more heavily favored contestants. Now Verdugo is trying to land a job as an investigator with the U.S. Army as close to the front lines as he can get, he said. His explanation for wanting to place himself in such danger is an intense drive to “serve his country and community.” “I’ve got to do something while I wait for the elections,” Verdugo said. “But I only want to go \ if I can work in intelligence behind enemy lines. I want to have the same risk as everyone else does, but I want it to mean something to me.” At 37, Verdugo is not exactly a typical recruit. Sporting a sleek black Mercedes convertible, flashy suits and an expansive tattoo across his abdomen, Verdugo has worked as a California state peace officer since he was 21. He also owns a security company called Executive Private Security International, as well as various rental properties. Verdugo’s youth growing up in East Los Angeles would have suggested a different future had it not been for several key mentors and what he says is an innate sense of destiny. “I always knew I’d be that guy who came from nowhere to succeed,” Verdugo said. “But I failed a lot. My success is attributed to the numerous failures I’ve had.” Raised by his grandmother and mother after his parents divorced, Verdugo lived in a small roach-infested apartment with no central heating or air conditioning, he said. His mother worked cleaning houses and selling items at swap meets. By the age of 12, Verdugo inevitably began hanging around with gang members, although he is still hesitant to identify them as such. “Let’s just say I participated at a young age in rites of passage that entailed three other individuals fighting me at the same time – aka, `jumping me in,”‘ Verdugo said. But he said he was never around when the “bad stuff happened.” “Obviously I was in the middle of it, it was all around me,” Verdugo said. “But I was on the periphery. I’d see something coming down and I’d make myself scarce,” he said. After moving to Montebello, Verdugo flunked 10th grade at Montebello High School. He graduated at 18 after transferring to Vail High School, a continuation school. Soon after, he was taking computer classes at East Los Angeles College. Verdugo often speaks with childlike awe about finding himself as a candidate for political office. “Who would have thought a guy like me would be here, a city council candidate?” Sgt. 1st Class Steffen Maron, Verdugo’s recruiter at the Army Recruiting Office in Whittier, said officials at first were not sure what to make of Verdugo when he showed up to volunteer. They soon learned he was serious, however. “He wants to get involved in what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan … not for a political move. He’s a very down-to-earth guy,” Maron said. He said there presently are no jobs in the Army of the type Verdugo is seeking. But a spot could open up. Verdugo was 33 when both his parents and his grandmother died within 30 days of each other. His father had been ill, but his mother died of a heart attack, he said. “Before \ died, we talked,” he said. “She told me, `Run for office, Johnny.’ I said, `No, I’m not perfect.’ She said, `Who do you think you are? Great people were persecuted who did good. You can’t be exempt from pain and suffering.’ She wanted me to help people and make a difference in their lives. “I still haven’t put a gravestone on her grave yet because I’ll do it when I’m elected. `From your son, an elected official,’ it will say.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img