On Nov. 6, there will be no election for the three open seats on the Pleasanton school board. Our three seats were not contested and we will be serving another four years. We, Trustees Arkin, Grant and Hintzke, would like to reaffirm and assure the community that our commitment and passion is as strong as ever.
During these uncertain times with the lack of education funding, the continuity of board members with experience and historical knowledge of the district will help to ensure that our school district continues to move forward. We truly appreciate the community's continued support and confidence in our leadership. Four years ago, you entrusted us to be stewards of the school district's policies, budget and what matters most -- the future of our children. We pledge to continue to represent the community with integrity and honesty. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
Trustees Valerie Arkin, Chris Grant, Jamie Yee Hintzke
Pleasanton Unified School District
Thorne best for mayor
Thank you, Jerry Thorne, for voting against putting Alameda County Measure B1 on the ballot. Unfortunately, you were in the minority and we will be voting on Measure B1. If it passes, it will add 1/2 cent to the current sales tax rate, moving it up to 9.25%. This 1/2 cent increase would remain "in perpetuity," according to the plan.
Alameda County sales tax is already one of the highest in the state. If California's Proposition 30 also passes, it will raise our sales tax another 1/2 cent to 9.75%. That's not only one of the highest rates in the state, but one of the highest in the nation.
California and Alameda County don't have a tax problem, they have a spending problem. California's tax rates are forcing people and businesses to leave our state and they are crushing the California taxpayer. When is enough, enough?
Please vote for Jerry Thorne for mayor of Pleasanton. He is not running to "go along and get along." He is not afraid to take a hard stand against taxes and public employee wages and benefits. His No. 1 concern is: "What's best for the citizens of Pleasanton?"
Frank Capilla, 43-year resident