The Oak Grove proponents are misleading in their statements regarding the benefits to our schools. The developer is claiming $2 million in fees to our schools now. School impact fees are based on square footage and they're paid by individual homeowners as the homes are built. These funds cannot pay for operational costs such as teachers, counselors, custodians, etc. These fees don't help our budget shortfall. The $300,000 that the developer claims will come directly to our district from property taxes is also misleading. That isn't how school funding works. The funding comes from the state and it's not enough to educate our students, hence the reason for fundraising and parcel tax attempts. The $300,000 isn't going to be enough money to educate these students and doesn't put our district in better financial shape as the developer claims.
One focus area of Pleasanton Unified School District's Strategic Plan is Environmental Awareness. The Oak Grove development isn't a good project from an environmental perspective. Destroying our ridgelines for houses isn't the right thing to do. Pleasanton has always prided itself on our high quality of life and that includes our pristine ridges and views. The developer should come up with a better project for this land. Pleasanton Unified believes in educating our children on protecting the environment. It is our responsibility to stand up and say "no" to a project that doesn't respect the environmental concerns of our beautiful city.