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Schools, students get set for classes next week

Original post made on Aug 19, 2010

School doesn't start until Wednesday, but campuses across Pleasanton were humming this week with students and their parents, teachers and staff.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 19, 2010, 8:32 PM

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Posted by John D
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I just noticed this year that the students who drive to school and park in the Foothill High school parking lot have to pay $50.00. How long has this been going on? I would like to know if the faculty also has to pay for parking? Do the employees at the district office also have to pay to park? Somebody enlighten me.


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Posted by pleasantonparent
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 20, 2010 at 7:33 am

I was literally SHOCKED to find out how much the parking permit cost. Amador charges less than HALF. I questioned the "services" that the $50 payed for and according to the gal at the registration table, it payed for the patrolling of the parking lots. I wondered at that point how much patrolling was actually being done and if the parking lot monitors actually enforced "ticketing" those who didn't have a permit. She claimed they did. Funny, my son drove and parked for some of the last part of the year once he got his license and not once did he have a problem without having a $50 permit. Honestly, I'm tired of paying for what seems to be "hidden" costs as we continue in PUSD. And some wonder why there are those of us who wouldn't vote to support the property tax? Mostly, some of us already pay the tax amount and more just during the registration process.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 20, 2010 at 8:28 am

When my first child attended HS there was no charge for parking. They started charging $15 then it was $25. Las Positas College only charges $30. More price gouging.

What they charge for the poor quality food is absurd. PUSD has a captive audience of 14,000 kids a day and they can not produce nutritious food at the cost of our local restaurants?


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 20, 2010 at 8:28 am

When my first child attended HS there was no charge for parking. They started charging $15 then it was $25. Las Positas College only charges $30. More price gouging.

What they charge for the poor quality food is absurd. PUSD has a captive audience of 14,000 kids a day and they can not produce nutritious food at the cost of our local restaurants?


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Posted by High School Parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 20, 2010 at 8:43 am

Parking is a privelege not a right and students pay for the privelege. It's absurd to ask if the staff pays to park. Get something real to be concerned about. Are you more willing to pay more to have better quailty food and subsidize the families who cannot afford the higher price tag? Or just plan complainers? Step up and offer to find solutions to what you see as problems instead of being a complainer.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

Well said High School Parent!


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Posted by parking really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

If you are buying your teen a car and paying insurance why are you complaining about $50?! Mind-boggling!


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

Seriously!


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Posted by Tammy
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

If you live in Pleasanton, it's all about money. So if the $50.00 goes for patrolling the parking lot, do the teachers get that service for free? I'd also like to know if the staff at Foothill High pay a fee for parking. I don't think that question has been answered. "Privilege" is the correct spelling.


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Posted by Tammy
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

The school lunch program is federally funded.


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Posted by Walk & Use the Bus
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

We have a school district that is facing and dealing with millions of dollars of funding cuts from the State & Federal governments and parents are complaining about $50 parking fees. There are people loosing their homes in this town, people without jobs and students who can't afford lunches and gym clothes - let alone worry about parking permits!!! Talk about skewed perspectives. I went to a school that solved the whole issue by getting rid of ALL student parking. Just didn't exist....yes, there was a security guard and you had to show teacher ID for the teacher lot and then there was the parent lot, which was closed but for 20 spaces during school hours. BTW CSUEB is $90/quarter (and that Las Positas $30 is semester or $60 for the year).


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

For families like mine who have experienced dramtic loss of family income and are already stuggling, this and other school related financial demands make it very difficult.

The start of the school year can cost a family with three children hundreds of dollars to get through registering our kids. We have not even gotten to all of the demands for workbooks and lab costs. It did not used to seem like so much before we lost 60% of our family income. These days it is difficult to afford a FREE education.

BTW my children's school lunch is parent funded.


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Posted by one of "those" teachers
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I also second High School Parent. In addition, starting with the Fall Quarter, CSU East Bay parking will be $130 per quarter or $7 per day.

Also, the lunch program is partial funded by the Federal Government.


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Posted by Yo Mom
a resident of another community
on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Move to Stockton. No parking fees here. House cheap. School cheap.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

If you think it's bad now wait until the federal tax rates go in effect in 2011 and you are forced to pay for Obigger's health care.

Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families.

These will all expire on January 1, 2011.



Personal income tax rates will rise.

The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed).  
     
The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  
     
All the rates in between will also rise.  
     

Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.  


The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:
The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
The 25% bracket rises to 28%
The 28% bracket rises to 31%
The 33% bracket rises to 36%
The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%


 
Higher taxes on marriage and family.  

The "marriage penalty" (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income.  


The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.  


The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level.  


The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.


The return of the Death Tax.

This year only, there is no death tax.  (It's a quirk!) For those dying on or after January 1, 2011, there is a 55 percent
top death tax rate on estates over $1 million.  A person leaving behind two homes, a business, a retirement account, could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.  Think of the farmers who don't make much money, but their land, which they purchased years ago with after-tax dollars, is now worth a lot of money.  Their children will have to sell the farm, which may be their livelihood, just to pay the estate tax if they don't have the cash sitting around to pay the tax.  Think about your own family's assets.  Maybe your family owns real estate, or a business that doesn't make much money, but the building and equipment are worth $1 million.  Upon their death, you can inherit the $1 million business tax free, but if they own a home, stock, cash worth $500K on top of the $1 million business, then you will owe the government $275,000 cash!  That's 55% of the value of the assets over $1 million!  Do you have that kind of cash sitting around waiting to pay the estate tax?



Higher tax rates on savers and investors.

The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011.  

The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011.  

These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.



Second Wave:

Obamacare


There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011.  They include:



The "Medicine Cabinet Tax"

Thanks to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).


The "Special Needs Kids Tax"

This provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) of $2500 (Currently, there is no federal government limit). There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  

There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.

Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington , D.C. ( National Child Research Center ) can easily exceed $14,000 per year.

Under tax rules, FSA dollars can not be used to pay for this type of special needs education.


The HSA (Health Savings Account) Withdrawal Tax Hike.

This provision of Obamacare increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Why would the GOP Congress enact tax cuts that expire?


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm

@ Stacy

At the time the tax cuts were voted on the GOP only had a small advantage in the Senate. In order to give the American public tax relief they compromised with the Demoncats and stipulated the tax cuts would expire in 2011.


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Posted by solution
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 21, 2010 at 7:05 am

"Parking is a privelege not a right and students pay for the privelege" **misspelling originated in quote.

Yes, like many things parking is a privilege. Here's a solution. Let's go by gpa. The students with the highest gpa get to choose their parking spot and get a discount according to a scale; the higher their gpa, the less they pay. Now that truly would be working on "EARNED" privilege. btw, most schools in pusd assign the teachers a parking spot. Are they "free"? Nope, they are considered a privilege.


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Posted by geeezzzz
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Why does everyone use these threads to WHINE ALL THE TIME! Is there nothing constructive that goes on in our community. Good God people use your energy for something positive.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

It's great to see school starting up and the return of the children to learning. It also brings back the whiners, haters and nutjobs to the PW blogs. With all of the changes that have happened to PUSD, new superintendent, new principals and the prospect of two new board members, it should make for great blog theater. Fortunately, most of Pleasanton doesn't give a rat's $%^& about what is said here. Welcome to Pleasanton Ms. Ahmadi!!


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