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Pleasanton Weekly endorses Joan Laursen, Jeff Bowser for school board

Original post made on Oct 8, 2010

The Pleasanton Weekly today endorsed former PTA Council president Joan Laursen and businessman Jeff Bowser for election to the Pleasanton school board on Nov. 2.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 8, 2010, 7:42 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by West Side Observer, a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

People should look again at Piderit because she is not heavily invested in the status quo in the Pleasanton schools. We need a fresh perspective to solve long-range school financing issues. And, she is well qualified.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

Stacey is a registered user.

I agree. Piderit does not have years upon years of emotional attachment with the status quo. She is well-spoken and was involved in the committee which picked the new superintendent. She's definitely qualified. All the candidates in this race are pretty strong so the choice is not as easy as it appears.

Posted by You've got to be kidding, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Oct 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

West Side Observer

I did. You've got to be kidding me. Sandy has no K-12 experience and has only lived in Pleasanton for 2 years. Where is her committment to this community and what is her qualifications? Answer: When will she move again? and she has no qualficiations. Volunteering in your kids class does not qualify you to run a school district. After Sandy pays her dues in the schools, classrooms, budget advisory, PTA, parent groups will she be ready to run. Teaching part time military officers is not the same as teaching kids.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Oh, so someone has to teach kids in order to be qualified as a school board trustee? I guess we've had unqualified trustees all these years then!

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 8, 2010 at 9:25 am

Stacey is a registered user.

P.S., Sandy _is_ PTA. She moved to Pleasanton _three_ years ago and hit the ground running. She's on the school site council at Alisal. She also played a role in the selection of the new superintendent and has been an outspoken proponent of the schools. That's a lot more than just volunteering in a classroom and a hell of a lot more involved than people who have lived here much longer.

Posted by Tina, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

It's important not to vote for a candidate endorsed by the Teacher's Union. We have to eliminate tenure for teachers, which the Teacher's Union want. Tenure allows not only incompetent teachers but teachers who verbally abuse students to remain in positions of power over children for decades.

Posted by Ptown Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

I agree that Piderit is absolutely the right candidate for right now. Experience, commitment and no attachment to the status quo--that's precisely what we need. Shame on the Weekly for taking the easy way out. They overlooked a real gem.

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I'm voting for Piderit! And, I urge others to take a look at a woman who seems to be sincere, without aspirations for higher office, or allegiances that could prove detrimental to doing her job.

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