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5 of 6 statewide measures defeated; Pleasanton braces for revenue takeaways

Original post made on May 20, 2009

With five of six propositions defeated at the polls statewide yesterday, Pleasanton officials will confer this morning on the possible financial impact to the city if Gov. Schwarzenegger follows through on his threat to start reducing the state's now $21-bilion-plus deficit by "borrowing" the money he needs from cities and counties.

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Posted by ptown lifer
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2009 at 7:48 am

Great job City of Pleasanton to plan for this. Thank you for taking such good care of our city - unlike our school district who spent it all - and borrowed even more (using a loophole to avoid voter approval) for extra capital improvement projects, then had to beg the city council to help them make their payments. Wish the schools would have been more responible. Everyone could see this coming ... Vote no on parcel tax. Our schools and kids will be fine. They school district has plenty of money if they appropriately restructure. Shame on Pat Kernan for supporting a parcel tax when he won't have to pay it. Are you going to make an annual charitable donation for your part, Pat?

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2009 at 8:17 am

Why wouldn't Kiernan have to pay for it?

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Posted by Native of CA
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 8:19 am

I wouldn't be so quick to praise our city government. Beware, they will have their hands in your wallet faster than you can say "hey, this is a hold up!"

Our entire way of governance is broken.

For starters, we, the people, need to end our addiction to entitlements: defined retirement benefits for public employees. Allowing public employees to retire at 50 with full medical coverage for life plus, in many cases, more monthly income in retirement than they made on the job – all true – read another thread on this site about it. Cut social service programs. It may sound harsh, but there are millions of people living in California that just can't cut it – I'm not talking about those that truly have problems, like mental illness. I'm talking about those that don't care/won't put the effort in to better themselves and their families. Welcome them to find a new beginning, in another state.

Illegal immigrants should get ZERO tax payer paid benefits. Support legal immigration. Encourage those from dysfunctional countries to reform their country, not take advantage of ours.
I could go on and onÂ…

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Birdland
on May 20, 2009 at 8:29 am


Trustee Kernan sold his Pleasanton home and moved to Camino Ca. PUSD did not disclose this information when he ran for reelection.

He will not pay the parcel tax that he is supporting but his two daughters who work for the district will benefit from it.

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

Wait a minute here. Are you saying that he is on the school board and was reelected and is not even a resident of the city? How did his daughters get the district office jobs? Come on you have got to be kidding me here and this is just plan wrong. I work in private industry and if my daughters got a job like that I would be fired as it is a huge compliance issue. Please clarify. By the way, where is Camino California?

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 9:41 am

Pat Kernan rents an apartment in Pleasanton. I assume the contract is listed under his name. If so, he does, in fact, pay any property taxes, indirectly, through whatever rent he pays. This is the concept of "Pass-through". Landlords pass property taxes, building code upgrades, etc. to their tenants.

Please note, I firmly believe Pat Kernan needs to step down as a school board member. At minimum, he's out of touch with our needs. At worst, he's a rubber stamp for the administration AND the various unions that represent workers in the district.

Camino is in El Dorado County, off Highway 50, about 70 miles east of Sacramento.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

So are we to believe that his two daughters got jobs at the district on their own and in no way did him being on the school board influence this? He needs to resign as do they. This is ridiculous

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 10:29 am

Pete, the last time this issue was brought up, there were lots of emails from the Kernan family – distraught that the cleansing light of day was shining on their not-so little secret. I honestly doubt that anything will happen. Do you really believe the Mr. Casey and the rest of The Board will touch this issue?

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2009 at 10:46 am


I guess you are right and maybe I will just join the ranks of the indifferent and disillusioned. I guess I was just hoping the justice and integrity would prevail and maybe the Kiernan family would see how corrupt or unethical this would appear and step down honorably.

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