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This post is the last post on Measure G the PW needs!

Original post made by Problem Solver on May 31, 2009

So…On every post about Measure G the same people are arguing the same points, and the same, intentionally or unintentionally, rude and angry people are chiming in with there useless comments that more often than not hurt their side's arguments. This post is for those undecided. Oh, there are none? Nobody is being swayed by posts form anonymous people or rather people than can give any name they want? The facts, opinions, problems, and predictions are all out there already? There is no need for this post or anymore Measure G posts because all the aforementioned are true? Then I guess this is the last G post the PW needs. Yeah right! There will be dozens more still and they are less useful than putting perfume on a pig, pounding sand, peeing in the ocean and polishing a turd. I look forward to seeing people post that they are undecided with one name, then with another giving their reason why there imaginary second self should vote yes or no. If you are undecided you have been living in a cave and probably shouldn't vote anyway since you haven't put the time in to research the issue. Yes there are some good points being made on both sides here, but also enough factual errors, or out and out lies, here to only confuse the issue more.

Comments (26)

Posted by Ptown Lady, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on May 31, 2009 at 11:18 pm

OMG, that is so right on and so funny!

Posted by Gary, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 31, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Vote Yes on G because it's the right thing to do!

Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 1, 2009 at 1:31 am

Vote No on G because its the ethically sound, fiscally responsible, and only true way to ensure an equitable solution that is trully focused on putting our children's education above all other interests.

Posted by :), a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2009 at 6:31 am

Thank you for this post! This site has devolved into a magnet for crazy people!

Posted by Problem Solver, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 1, 2009 at 8:27 am

I posted this at 11 PM Sunday and this morning there are already 4 new posts(and counting) about measure G. Shocker huh? Thanks for understanding 'Ptown Lady' and ':)'. 'Gary' and 'Pleasanton Parent' you have not swayed me (or anyone else probably) either way. Help a child or be fiscally reponsible instead of wasting your time.

Posted by make it...., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2009 at 8:28 am

Make it 5....

Posted by make it...., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2009 at 8:41 am


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:12 am

Stacey is a registered user.

If you're undecided, it means you have some doubt about whatever is on the ballot. Then vote no. Don't vote yes on things you aren't sure about. Voting yes would be like buying a car anyway when you're not sure about the warranty.

Posted by Really?, a resident of Avila
on Jun 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm

But Stacey, what if you really, really, really NEED the car to get to your job or you will be fired. Seems you should buy it regardless of the warranty. Sometimes we have to do what will work out best for us even if we are lacking (or perceive we are lacking) all the information or assurances.
Anyone have a crystal ball? I think that's the only thing to satisfy the NO ON G folks.

Yes on G. Keeping the faith!

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm

You could do the necessary research and buy a better car.

Posted by So Kathleen, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Jun 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm

You going to provide us with a "better car" if we vote no?? Are you saying that by voting no we will get a better school district? Maybe you need to disclose your personal issues with John Casey before you continue to post.

Posted by No ON G, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Or insist of getting the warranty before buying the car. :)

Posted by To no on G, a resident of Avila
on Jun 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm

And in the meantime lose your job because you don't have a car. :)

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Don't like him, it's mutual. Done and done. This isn't about Casey; it's about mismanagement. I have ideas to run the district better, with or without a tax, and so do others. I believe in process and doing it right.

There's BART and options to get to a job; by the way, if you buy the car with the questionable warranty and it breaks down, then you do what?

Posted by No respect for Casey, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Dr. Casey gets paid $227K per year, gets a $10K per year bonus, the district pays $5K towards his life insurance, he got an interest free loan of $200K which isn't due until 18 months after he leaves the district and he gets $12K a year for a car allowance.
What did he finally agree to contribute? $250 a month of his car allowance and only if Measure G passes.
I can't respect an administrator who talks about the importance of providing Pleasanton children with a world class education, but is unwilling to give up anything but a small part of his car allowance to put his money where his mouth is.
But he sure is willing to see the teachers take two days without pay!

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:10 pm

The teachers are not taking two days off without pay....they are just not doing two staff development days. They are NOT working - so they are not contributing anything back to the cause. It would be a different story if they were in the classroom teaching and not getting paid....but two more vacation days in not much of a sacrifice.

Posted by KGM, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Not doing two staff development days is taking two days off without pay. They are not vacation days. For heaven's sake, please get it right.

Posted by Bottom Line, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Again, I encourage you all to take a look at this site.

Web Link

Spend some time comparing districts. When you find districts of our size in California you will see that less money and different student demographics (ours are changing, wake up people!) equals educational disaster.

If we want to remain a top rated district it is not going to be free.

Posted by Pay to fix it, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:33 pm

If you buy the car with the questionable warranty and it breaks down then what?.....

You pay to fix it. Pay now or pay later! You are always going to pay.

Posted by An Idea, a resident of Civic Square
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Can't we just get rid of special education? That would free up a lot of funding.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Pay to fix it--so good money after bad?

Posted by Bottom Line, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Web Link

For real data look here. Best districts = more money. Less any overwhelming influences like poverty and lack of language skills.

Posted by So true, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

"Can't we just get rid of special education? That would free up a lot of funding."

Great idea, but it's such a powerful force and federally mandated (even though the federal gov't. doesn't have to pay their share, they just make us pay, regardless). Not to get off on a tangent, but many people don't realize the billions of dollars our state spends on special ed, not to mention, the education of the children of illegal immigrants. (Once again, we're talking VERY powerful lobbies ensuring that neither of these groups is affected). As many have already said, this points to larger problems with CA state gov't. Measure G won't fix these problems. It's a bandaid. And as a parent with an incoming kindergarten it's a "hold your nose and vote "yes" for me. I'm hoping we can pass the bandaid and still go on to fix the larger problems. If we're not already too far gone...goodbye sweet America!

Posted by Kelly, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm

So Kathleen, you are so right about Kathleen's personal issues with Dr. Casey. I have been reading her half truths over the past months and it is unbelievable the lengths she has gone. And the worst part is, so many people believe her! I am so disappointed that someone who worked in this city for the schools for so many years would work so diligently to tear them down with propaganda. We know the truth Kathleen, and you have not portrayed PUSD, the administration, the teachers, and the schools in an accurate light. As someone who has known you for a long time, I am so disappointed.

Posted by Grow up, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2009 at 7:18 pm

So what has Kathleen said that was negative about teachers Kelly? Or the schools unless you consider her compliments about the education her children received at Walnut Grove negative.
As for administration, what she has said about Dr. Casey is that they dislike one another. She has spoken specifically about the board abandoning their goal of maintaining 7% reserves and how even with the state's budget cuts, had that policy not been abandoned, PUSD would have had the time to make decisions when they had all the information about funding in hand rather than making decisions without all the facts. She has said it's important for PUSD to talk with the community about what it values and then put the community's values first.
If I were Kathleen, I would be disappointed in you, not only for twisting her words, but not having the courage to post your full or real name as she has.
I'm disgusted with people like you who come out with these personal attacks which are just a lot of nasty innuendos, but then cower behind a keyboard.
There are people on both sides of the issue who have done this, and I think all of them should grow up and stop behaving in ways they would not want their children to behave.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Kelly, I have no personal issues with Dr. Casey. State what you believe they are, I'll respond. No half truths--tell me where I'm incorrect, I'll fix it. I've said this over and over.

I have not spoken ill of the teachers or the schools. I've often said that teachers (beyond union leadership) and principals should be asked their opinion. When I speak of the administration, I speak to the board and the superintendent as they are the leadership. Contact me if you wish; I'd be happy to talk about your beliefs. Truly.

I have a grandchild in the schools, chose to move back here after Texas, have friends who are teachers, family as well. That I think these leaders have failed is my opinion and based on the facts presented. Many others have spoken as loudly on the other side. There are no lies on my part and I believe all who spoke on the other side are sincere in their beliefs as well. If you are someone who has known me for a long time, then you know the person I have always been and continue to be.

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