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Parcel tax measure is a go

Original post made on Mar 13, 2009

Registered voters, mark your calendars for another special election June 2.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:00 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by Buford, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2009 at 8:49 am

Sorry, but why should I pay some liberal parcel taxes for the spoiled, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, students of our district. What these kids need is an education in pulling up their bootstraps at the Richard Pombo Ranch. So what if they don't get into some fancy college, the Bible is the only book they need to learn about anyway. I didn't have no fancy programs at my school in Amarillo, Texas when I was growing up, but still learned to trust my gut and fight for the dream we call America. Look people, GW Bush came from a poor Texas family with little education and he became the greatest leader this land has ever seen, so maybe these tax loving students should follow his lead. I talkin' bout America!


Posted by lover of the weekly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

Thanks Jeb for reminding us to vote NO on June 2. 4 votes in my home!!


Posted by Sandy, a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 13, 2009 at 8:55 am

Sandy is a registered user.

The elementary school students who will be affected if class sizes must increase to save money are neither latte-drinking nor Volvo-driving.

What is the American dream, if not to give our children a better life than what our parents were able to give us?

Our children will not lead the same quality of lives if they cannot compete on a global basis in terms of education.

I'm voting yes on the parcel tax on June 2!


Posted by -, a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

VOTE NO NO NO NO !!!

Seems as if there is NEVER enough money to satisfy public school systems. We keep giving them money and our kids' education keeps declining more and more.

The problem with public schools in this country will NEVER be solved, unless we get rid of the PARASITIC UNIONS who have absolutely NO INTEREST in improving the education of our kids!!!


Posted by Concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2009 at 9:38 am

NO on Parcel tax. I have given plenty of reasons. Fight the blackmail.


Posted by bait and switch, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2009 at 9:55 am

"Superintendent John Casey said they estimate the special election to cost $200,000 to $230,000...This money would be taken out of the reserves from the current school year."

Why the bait and switch, Dr. Casey? We were told by you in numerous meetings that the funds used to cover this election would come from community donations. I was going to support your parcel tax but you've just lost my vote with your lies.

I will vote no on Dr. Casey's parcel tax.


Posted by Gary, a resident of Avila
on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

Thanks for your thoughts, Sandy, but I highly doubt that the $233 would make any difference in helping our children become more globally competitive.

I've traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia and witnessed first hand their elementary curriculum. With all due respect to the wonderful teachers and administrators of PUSD, but they lack the competency and skill sets to help our children compete globally. So, let's keep it real and vote no on an useless parcel tax.


Posted by Disagree w/B, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:35 am

It's unfortunate there are two threads on this one editorial. However, if you want a good read about achievement and opportunity, I highly recommend "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell. You have to read all of it to see how it gets pulled together; otherwise you will find the initial chapters disheartening. The US has a long way to go--maybe P'town would be willing to implement some of these ideas with some of the $5 billion they just gave to the new Secretary of Education with no earmarks?


Posted by duh!, a resident of Avignon
on Mar 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm

$212,179 - Salary of a governor who manages 239,791 employees in the great state of California

$227,002 - Salary of a small town school Superintendent who manages 1200 employees

You do the math.

Yes on Responsible Spending!

Yes on More Accountability!

No on Parcel Tax!


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm

In fact I am calling on the board to get a clue and call off this thing before they waste 300K on a LOSING proposition.


Posted by shelly, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm

No NO NO NO to a parcel tax....I will not add anything to my property tax regardless of property value. Some of us simply can't afford another dollar. I'm just trying to keep my house right now. I like living here and believe the teachers are wonderful so a few more kids in their class won't make them any less of a teacher. I think the district should reach out to the parents to help the classroom teacher with sevice rather than dollar.We talk about the kids and the tax will help them but we forget how some of us struggle to live in Pleasanton and we want to raise our kids here but I live on every dollar I make and not a penny do I have extra. Some people can buy a pair of jeans for the amount the parcel tax is and some of us could never!!! I got a pay decrease this month and to add that to a raise in my taxes will most likely force me to lose my house. Please vote no!!!


Posted by imo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Wow lots of posts on all these blogs. Very intelligent ones and even some that are quite funny (wearing green blog). Looks like some posters are posting on the multiple blog sites.

Having read many, many of the posts on all the blogs I find the most consistent argument and sound reasoning for the NO vote to be those written by: Disagree w/B. Lots of clarity, facts and clear reasoning in all of her/his posts. Seems to answer the opposition w/ a good sound argument.

Can anyone tell me what poster I should go back and re- read for the same consistency and sound reasoning as I noted above for the Yes vote.

I would appreciate that. thanks in advance


Posted by Concerned parent, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Mar 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I hope all of your property values plummet. You selfish, selfish people. What is more important than our children. Pleasanton is known for its great schools, that is why many, many people have moved her including ourselves. Nice to know that this community will now be known for its selfish residents. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Mar 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I would also like to comment on the comment regarding GW Bush being the greatest leader of all time. Are you SERIOUS??????? Liberal or not, that guy was a complete idiot and got us into this huge mess. Did you ever think that maybe a parcel tax would not be necessary if it were not for the WORST leader of our time. It figures that you are from Texas, go back!!!


Posted by I pity, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I really pity people like "concerned parent". The fact they are even a parent is a concern much less a citien of any community. Your anger and hatred will destroy you. Take a deep breath and think before you type.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Concerned parent wrote: "I hope all of your property values plummet. You selfish, selfish people. What is more important than our children. Pleasanton is known for its great schools, that is why many, many people have moved her including ourselves. Nice to know that this community will now be known for its selfish residents. You should all be ashamed of yourselves."

Challenge: Prove how the programs on the cut list prevent property values from "plummeting" in four years (what, like 30%?). For example, can you show a direct correlation to PE teachers in elementary school or the reading specialists contributing to property values and what percentage of the property values do they make up?


Posted by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Mar 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Jeb Bing is a registered user.

We're intentionally giving topics pertaining to the June 2 parcel tax measure and teacher layoffs a rest because the postings have become repetitive and, in some instances, accusatory and hurtful to teachers and other employees of the school district who are unable to respond to postings, most of which are made under the cloak of anonymity. The postings online will remain, but future postings to these threads or new ones dealing with teacher layoffs and the parcel tax can be made only by registered users of the Pleasanton Weekly forum.


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