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Herald Editorial: Pleasanton voters should pass Measure G

Original post made by Herald fan, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 2, 2009

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"While we would prefer that the state provide equitable money for all districts, it's clear that the governor and Legislature cannot be counted on. Consequently, we urge voters to support Measure G."

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

Stacey is a registered user.

"There is understandable concern in the community that the money will simply go toward teacher salary and benefit increases. We hope that's not the case. The money should be used to provide more services for students, not to make the existing services more costly.

We hope that the school board and the citizens oversight committee that would oversee Measure G funds will ensure money from the parcel tax and the general fund are spent appropriately."

I'd rather not rely upon hope on. I'd rather have actual ballot language to this effect.

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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Typical idiotic editorial. "We hope" is part of what got us into this financial mess. We hoped the economy would keep chugging up the hill. We hoped the school board was fiscally responsible. We hoped the state would keep sending us money.

Well, our hope was misplaced. And Measure G is just more of that misplaced hope, and will just perpetuate an irresponsible band-aid attitude towards finance.

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Posted by Teacher G
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I am a teacher in the district.

I pay for my own health and dental benefits ($8,880 annual cost). The retirement we receive works just as Social Security in the private sector - part employer contribution, part employee deduction. The district provides no additional health, disability, dental or vision benefits to its teachers or classified staff.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

As a teacher you can get medical insurance for free once you retire from the district; 100% paid for by the district until you reach 65. That is costing the taxpayers $1,000,000 this year alone.

For pension, if the pension company (STRS, CalPERS) makes less than 7.75% annual return, and especially if they loose money, the district/taxpayer has to make up the difference since school employees have a defined benefit plan.

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Posted by Luke
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm

'As a teacher you can get medical insurance for free once you retire from the district; 100% paid for by the district until you reach 65. That is costing the taxpayers $1,000,000 this year alone.'

While this is true, the medical coverage is for 7 years for a single person, 5 years for a married couple, so it is not as if a teacher can retire at age 40 and get medical until they reach the age of 65.

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