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Where are the voters?

Original post made on May 19, 2009

Wondering where the voters are, these four volunteers at Precinct No. 520230 at the Vineyard Villa mobile home park have time on their hands for what may be a light turnout today for the statewide special election.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 10:31 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 19, 2009 at 11:57 am

Stacey is a registered user.

They probably already voted by mail.


Posted by Just guessing, a resident of Del Prado
on May 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm

The voters are busy at work, paying the wages and benefits of public union workers. Others are looking for work. I predict turnout will be in the 20% range, state-wide.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Downtown
on May 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm

You go to one precint in one small city an hour or so after the polls open and from that you conclude that there "might be a light turnout today". Amazing piece of reporting.


Posted by Get out of the wagon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Our family did our civic duty today...we just voted No on ALL of the Props. Let's get control back from the Unions and the Legislature and get this state a lower tax rate, encourage businesses to return, and get back to work - all of us. We have to counter balance all the yes votes by all the state employees who want a pay raise. If you haven't already done so, please GO and vote NO on ALL the props 1A-1F! Your NO vote isn't heard if you don't connect the arrows!!


Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on May 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm


On the East Coast today, but voted NO 1-A, 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, YES 1-F.

Dropped off at Post Office Sat. the 9th. Not one penny more!! Spend what you have. Taxes are not the cure.. they're the problem. Say no to career politicians.. vote the greedy bums out!!!

unclehomerr..


Posted by Pete, a resident of Downtown
on May 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Will get there later as I have to work to pay for public employees salaries and retirement plans.........what a joke!!! and yes I am voting no on everything except the pay for officials which should be reduced by 50%!!!


Posted by Concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Amen to all the above. No on everything except 1-F where we need a big pay cut. Same on Measure G. Break the public sector unions either thru bankruptcy or some other way. This is GM and Chrysler on a bigger scale. They have monopolies and terrorise and blackmail people. Have the guts to stand up and fight.


Posted by Mary, a resident of Del Prado
on May 20, 2009 at 12:07 am

Once again the voters get their say. And a say it was!


Posted by Get out of the wagon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 12:09 am

Woo-hoo!! Party on Main, Party on Main! :)

Oh, I am SO PUMPED for JUNE 2.

NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G! NO ON G!


Posted by Don't Party Yet..., a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 20, 2009 at 8:36 am

To Get out of the wagon...

Don't plan your party yet. I may have voted no on A-D (yes on F), but I plan to vote YES on G!

If I am going to pay more in taxes, I want it to go towards supporting our public schools. I believe we will all see a "return on our investment" through continued premium real estate values among other benefits.

And, no, I do NOT have children in the school district.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Birdland
on May 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

DPY,
Do you understand that your investment will be to continue raises for District employees? 15m out of the 18M over the four year period of the tax goes to raises. This is not an economy that can support continued raises which is why the state and fed will not pay for those raises now.
If the language of measure G stated NO raises for the term of the tax them I would agree with you.
No On G!!!!!


Posted by Joey, a resident of Mission Park
on May 20, 2009 at 9:01 am

The pleasanton senior center had two activites in addition to the voting center. The parking was crazy!!! I think folks just gave up and left.


Posted by Don't Party Yet..., a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

Mike,

If that's what it takes to retain the best of the best, then so be it. There is a reason that our district is one of the highest rated in the surrounding areas and it would be hard to argue that 'district employees' have not had a direct impact on that statistic. I believe that the children of this community (and in turn the community itself) will suffer greatly if measure G does not pass.

I know well the argument that everybody else is taking a hit in this economy, so why not the teachers and other district employees. I personally am feeling the pain (our household is currently running on 38% of our previous years income - ouch!), however I still believe that this is a 'tax' worth paying and will help ensure our property values in the future.

Just my view, you don't have to agree - we can express our varying opinions at the poles...


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 20, 2009 at 11:53 am

Stacey is a registered user.

38%? Ouch. And the district shortfall for this current year and next is only roughly 7%. Sure that number may go higher, but it will nowhere be near 38%! How come school quality seems to depend on only 7%?


Posted by Ptownman, a resident of Amador Estates
on May 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Shame on all of you!!! Stacy run for office so we can vote you down too!


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Most if not all people living in Ruby Hills have large incomes (AKA very well off), so saying one is experiencing 38 percent of previous years income probably means something like "we are only pulling down $380K right now relative to the $1MM we are used to".

It is just these people who will vote for regressive taxes like the parcel tax, because to them the amount is meaningless. What is puzzling though, is the question whether the poster has kids in the PUSD public school system and if so, why are they not sent to private school when you can afford Ruby Hills? Or is their support for the tax simply to keep the game going on perceived home values?


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