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by Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 8, 2009
Two more NO votes here!
4 NO votes from this home!
2 NO VOTES dropped off today @ the post office.
2 more NO votes from this household
Everyone please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote on both May 19 and June 2!
A few days ago, San Ramon's voting minority (35%) imposed an increased parcel tax on their entire community because the majority of residents found it too much trouble to drop a mail-only ballot in the mail box.
The success of Pleasanton's Measure G depends on poor voter turnout.
John Adams---Low voter turnout is why PUSD wanted the stand alone election-more people would have voted on May 19. This just shows rheir desperation to get our money. But what makes me even more disgusted with this whole process is that seniors over 65 have only 10-12 days to apply for an exemption so, I'm sure, the school district is counting on not too many exemptions in the first year. We have to get the word out to seniors if this cruel tax should pass.
The Low-turnout Special Election is one of the key tactics used to pass parcel taxes. The district has spent our taxpayer dollars on expensive consultants to advise them on these tactics and others including scare tactics (We'll lose CSR, SAVE the children!), advertising using friendly terms ("it's only a latte a day"), and avoidance of unfriendly terms (don't mention the word TAX on your mailers).
I understand the SPS cold-callers are offering seniors exemption paperwork in an attempt to secure their yes vote. I wonder if seniors realize the exemption must be applied for every year?
Why would you hold the parcel tax election before knowing the outcome of the Propositions? There will be even greater cuts to education if they fail. I'm sure John Adams would be complaining no matter when the election was held.
It is easier to be negative. It helps you avoid the real issue.
The real issue is whether a majority of voters want to raise their own property taxes to insure PUSD can comfortably continue the pattern of unsustainable raises they have established.
What is negative is forcing a tax on a largely unsuspecting population with the emotional argument that "the sky is falling!"
Parcel taxes are just a sneaky way of getting around Prop 13. CA taxes are the highest in the nation, and YOU BET I'LL COMPLAIN about raising them!
A mail in ballot would have been less expensive and could have been scheduled to be turned in after the May 19th election.
It's easier to avoid the real issues than to address them.
Everyone check out the latest topic posted - $4.25 million to PUSD from ARRA. Plus the $2.5 million for special ed, plus categorical funding that hasn't yet been announced.
The information can be verified and THANK YOU to those community members who provided the information!
That's not the full amount from ARRA either. The CDE website says we'll know the amount for categorical programs by June. My guess is that the amount we know now is only about half of the full amount.
"A mail in ballot would have been less expensive and could have been scheduled to be turned in after the May 19th election.
It's easier to avoid the real issues than to address them."
That's funny because in the Danville blogs (they had mail in ballots) one of the biggest complaints is that it was a "tricky" way to hold that election.
I agree addressing the issues is crucial, that's why I attended the MANY meetings to discuss the date of the election. Holding off until we have as much information about the State budget is crucial, but also knowing that layoffs have to occur within a certain time frame. Look at the news today about the additional funding! I wonder how Danville voters feel today?
How do you feel about the $4.25 million PUSD will be getting from ARRA?
Many others have posted how it was possible for PUSD to avoid putting a parcel tax on the ballot and put into place budget cuts that would buy PUSD time to know exactly how much money it would receive from ARRA and the state. This course of action was suggested over and over again as the responsible way to address PUSD's budget problems.
The cuts of "extras" would not have happened if community members hadn't "found" those extras and brought them to the attention of the School Board.
How many more "extras" are yet to be found in the PUSD budget?
How many more grant opportunities will PUSD miss until a community member point them out - and how did the community member who pointed out a $7 MILLION dollar grant that PUSD was eligible for and eventually got treated? She was yelled at by Dr. Casey during a school board meeting. No public apology, no thanks.
Those layoff notices that upset teachers and students and created angst in the community - weren't necessary when they happened and if PUSD uses the ARRA funds as the Federal Government intended school districts to use them, will not happen.
This article in the San Mateo Times indicates that parcel taxes are more likely to pass in districts where turnout is high:
And parcel taxes aren't likely to pass in districts where they aren't necessary! Like Pleasanton!
On the next steps front: as long as there are four board members who were unable to take the time to familiarize themselves with the budget they are responsible for, the Budget Advisory Committee should now be allowed to actually "advise" about all options available for getting back to living within the district's means. The district web site should have a section with easily accessible information about the detailed budget and contracts of top administrators and the unions. Any other thoughts?
This federal money buys the district time to get their fiscal house in order and may go so far as to make it possible to ride out the economic storm. This buys the community time to consider it's priorities for its children.
Well..... 4 NO votes from us. I am personally heading to the post office to assure they get in the mail.
Please encourage everyone you know to vote NO. With the inability to have NO signs to combat those who are swayed by the yes people yard signs, the bias newspapers, no formal "no on G" campaign, and as always, the political correctness we are forced to live under, the NO on G folks need to inform the "un-informed" by word of mouth.
Anyone see the channel 5 CBS broadcast this weekend on home prices in Pleasanton. It stated that homes are being overbid because so many people from surrounding areas want to move to Pleasanton. It specifically stated the quality of schools as the most cited reason for moving here. It went on to say that, while other communities have seen their home values fall, Pleasanton has not.
fact checker, maybe you need to check your facts on that statement: "It went on to say that, while other communities have seen their home values fall, Pleasanton has not.", because somebody sure isn't checking their facts.
Fact checker gets their "facts" from CBS???? That's part of the problem in general nationwide. Processing then labeling what you hear from the main stream media as "facts". It never ceases to amaze me how many supposedly "educated " people do this.
Two no votes on G from this household as FYI and No on all the "other " CA initiatives.
We can say all we want on this forum but unless voters ACT and get to the polls.....we're toast! All the YES people will take the time to vote and I hope the NO votes follow through as well. Remember, it's how many voters turn out at the polls that matter when the results come in. Take action....go to the polls .....and vote NO...NO....NO...NO....NO.....NO....
Fed Up is right. It's important to take the time and send in your ballot or get to the polls on June 2nd and vote NO.
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