In the community, Local government

Vale youth makes democracy work to pave the way for new bike racks

VALE - Ben Fife knows how to make government work for its citizens.The Vale 10-year-old recently noticed as he rode his bike around town there were no bike racks.That was a problem.Especially since he spends a lot of time behind the handlebars of his Crossfire BCA bike.After he brought the issue to the attention of his mom, Brittany, she encouraged her son to get involved and help make a change.“Mom said I should write a letter to the city,” said Ben.So, Ben sat down and put together a short email to Todd Fuller, Vale city manager; Mayor Tom Vialpando, and members of the Vale City Council. The email was polite and to the point:“To Whom it May Concern,“I’ve recently noticed that there are not very many places in our city with bike racks.  I believe that Vale could . . .