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Original post made by It's done on Jun 2, 2009

Measure G - Pleasanton USD

Completed Precincts: 42 of 42

YES 9,651 61.71%

NO 5,988 38.29%

Comments (15)

Posted by Finally!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Now we can get to work in this community!

Pleasanton, it's time to unite!!

Posted by weblink for results, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Web Link

Posted by We all lost, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:01 pm

My side won. But it seems we all lost.

Horrible things took place during this campaign that will take a long time to recover from...if we let it.

The Yes on G'ers were more "vocal" with their yard signs, slicks in the mail, phone bank, rallies, etc. They ran a solid campaign. In the end it wasn't enough. It truly wasn't them. It was the perception of the administration that did this, as well as the state of the economy in general.

The No on G'ers were a more divided group: Some couldn't afford another expense, let alone a "levy" for four years on thier property. Some couldn't stomach another tax for any reason. Some wanted change before they paid.

A large portion of the Noes and all of the Yays have one thing in common: We want the best for this community's schools.

Let's start there, let's move forward and let's make something happen so this never happens again.

Posted by More than Half, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I love that 50% plus 1 of the population can take away civil rights but it takes 66% to preserve our educational status. Thanks!

Posted by My 2/100, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Prop 13 - gotta love it.

Posted by Ready to move, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Pleasanton's best days are behind us. What is this community thinking?
Thank God my kids are almost through school, but I'm not feeling great about my future property values.

Posted by teacher's Friend, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Be careful what you wished for "Nos"
I believe that is was a terrible outcome for our students and our city.
Many bloggers caused a great deal of pain, distrust, and anger towards hard working teachers and administrators. Educators aren't the enemy that some of you made them out to be.
The true losers in this situation will be our students. Community of Character? Hardlly.
Take the banners and false words down, please..... Was that campaign started when Kay and Steve served on the city council. If so, then most definitely take them down!!!

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Juanita Haugen brought the idea for a community of character to the school district and it spread from there.

Posted by Sue, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:50 pm

When anything is top heavy, it tips over
I am sure the district would be delighted to accept voluntary donations from parents and those in town secure in their financial positions. Maybe the district wants to share some more "information" first.

Posted by Privatize, a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2009 at 7:08 am

I suggest that instead donating or "volunteering" to work on a broken system, we use our energy to fix the root cause. There are no "good" public schools, only varying degrees of bad. Don't waste your energy trying to fix a problem that can't be fixed.

See my post on Vouchers. The discussion can start there.

Posted by julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2009 at 7:31 am

julie is a registered user.

To "More Than Half": I share your confusion. Perhaps money is more important than people's rights.

Posted by The City has the money, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 3, 2009 at 7:44 am

Check the city for cash...we can lend millions to the state, now turn to the school district...let the state know if they want to borrow money from us, they have to let us fund our school district.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 3, 2009 at 7:50 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Forget the City's money. Have the City lend the award-winning accounting team.

Posted by Good Idea, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2009 at 8:06 am

Stacey said
Forget the City's money. Have the City lend the award-winning accounting team.

That's a good idea. A few parents with financial backgrounds could also work with the city accounting team - great way for parents to contribute to the district!

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

Although it was an ugly campaign. The message is loud and isn't about the $233.00. I will donate mine to the school and program of my choice. It is about the perception of the administration and the sanctity of the union. It is people who are sick of paying for the ATTITUDE of both of these. We are sick of paying for fluff and apathy. Piedmont has a huge parcel tax because their school system is awesome. Pleasanton has chosen to sit on the laurels that Bill James created. Administrators need to lead - not just cater to the problems that a few create. They need to manage the operation of their business not just try to be friends with students whose parents might complain. They need to strategize the big picture up front and expect results from those responsible for carrying it out. We will be fine here. There's no gloom and doom....just room for improvement from EVERYONE....including parents and students. This is not just a school district problem - it is everyone's problem. Parents...all parents....if you recently moved to Pleasanton to suck the good out of the disrict...and get your student into a good UC....think again. Get involved, donate to programs that your student is involved in. There are NO free lunches here. The state should also rethink proposition 13. Everyone has to do their part and we will be fine without another tax.

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