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Original post made on Mar 22, 2011

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to endorse Measure E, the $98-per-year parcel tax for schools that voters will decide by May 3 mail-in ballot.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:00 AM

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Posted by business leaders endorse
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

How unusual, for business leaders to endorse a measure alongside teachers' and staff unions. It seems that the logic of preserving the quality of education in Pleasanton is convincing to a wide range of Pleasanton residents.

The Chamber's Board of Directors is worth examining:

Web Link

Directors include business people from large and small firms.

The list of individual endorsers is also well over 800.

Web Link


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

From the list of supporters, these are some interesting names:

Patty Bowser - a teacher
Trevor Knaggs - pleasanton teachers' union guy
Bill Radulovich - former PUSD principal collecting 100k+ pension

The list goes on with people like that.

Of course they are going to support parcel taxes. Why would they want to reform a system that has given them so much and will continue to do so unless it is reformed?

Just compute Bill Radulovich's pension over the next 10 years. It will be more than a million dollars!


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Posted by patriot
a resident of Old Towne
on Mar 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Everyone knows the Chamber of Commerce is a communist front, established by John Dewey, Horace Mann, and other pro-teacher bigots. They want to beat us down into submission until there is no tax morale left in this town.


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Posted by Proud of our schools
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh, that's a good one! "The Chamber of Commerce is a communist front." The chamber is almost always right-wing conservative, business over the concerns of workers and people. I am pleased (and surprised) that the chamber is coming out in support of E. Good schools are good for children, for property values, for businesses, and the community at large.


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Posted by William
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

Patriot-

Name calling? Really? how old are we that we can not talk about issues with out name calling.

you are making your side of the coin look bad. I am sure that there are people on your side that are actually have valid points to make. So let them!


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Posted by comment
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

Agree with William. Just because you disagree with Measure E doesn't make you a communist.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

Don't delay the problem and create a new one at the same time. No on E. It's a blatant attempt to get the camel's nose into your pocket book without fixing basic budgetary problems.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

Don't delay the problem and create a new one at the same time. No on E. It's a blatant attempt to get the camel's nose into your pocket book without fixing basic budgetary problems.


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Posted by Kemo Sabe
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

Don't you wish each of us could pass our own individual Measure E when our expenses are larger than our income? C'mon people, use some common sense. These taxes never go away they just multiply like rabbits. If the city/state/feds can't balance a budget why do we have to pay for their ineptness.

Oh, and of course we want good schools - translation we want good teachers, and we want control of those teachers.

Solid NO on E.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

Stacey is a registered user.

That the Chamber endorsed Measure E is not at all unusual. Flat parcel taxes usually don't burden business as much as they do single-family residential in a community. The Chamber also endorsed Measure G, but added the caveat that the district needed to do a better job with its finances.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Note that in Alameda, a bunch of businesses opposed a parcel tax because it was structured as per square footage with a cap, which would have made it regressive and a bigger burden on business. That's the only time I've really seen a business community oppose an education tax measure.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Old Towne
on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

Fact: the Chamber of Commerce supports Measure E.

Fact: Measure E seeks to take money out of the hands of hard working tax payers.

Fact: Measure E is anticapitalism.

Fact: Measure E is communist.

Fact: Chamber of Commerce is Communist. Always has been, always will be. Don't be fooled by established Communists like John Dewey and Horace Mann. They don't care about education. You don't need to go to school to get educated. Everything is on the Internet. They only want your money. Where is Old Joe McCarthy when we need him? No, not in this administration. They're too busy golfing.


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Posted by comment
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

And like Beth said we want good teachers but our teachers stink. We need to control them like Beth said. About all they can teach is how to put a condom on a cucumber but not reading and writing and arithmetic. Why do you think so many public school "graduates" can't even read or write. It is the liberals, the teachers. We took God out of the classroom and filled it with immorality. Teaching evolution means that everything is relative and you can just do whatever you want. Evolution is junk science and all scientific evidence clearly validates the literal biblical creation story of 6 days and 6000 year old earth -- bet you didn't know that! No on taxes and no on government schools.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

You may attempt to discredit me an others by endeavoring to lump all those not in support of new taxes to support ongoing raises and pensions in with fanatical crazies. Of course most will consider the source of such attacks and disregard the posting.

No on E.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

You may attempt to discredit me an others by endeavoring to lump all those not in support of new taxes to support ongoing raises and pensions in with fanatical crazies. Of course most will consider the source of such attacks and disregard the posting.

No on E.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

And I'm not sure why my post continues to appear twice. Sorry.


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Posted by comment
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Who are you calling crazy? The liberals with all their tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend. That's what's crazy! I'm taxed enough already! It is a blatant attempt to redistribute wealth. I for Joe the plumber and Sarah Palin all the way!


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