The mini tea baggers take down Pleasanton Schools again. Schools & Kids, posted by bill, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Well congrats to the anti measure E group again for defeating a $98 a year parcel tax in our rich and safe community. As a parent I can see how your negative committee won such a sweet victory over kids and teachers. I bet you are all very christian and, by your actions, really follow the teachings regarding your fellow man. Your victory stopped those bad teacher guys from getting raises and punishes them for having it so good! With such a large sum taken out or our wallets I feel good you saved me from going broke. Now with that $98 I can play eighteen holes of golf, or eat our at least once in dowtown Pleasanton. I can buy a tank of gas to make it to the wine country and on the way wave at an unemployed teacher walking on the side of the road. Or visit one in the mental ward due to having larger class sizes or for losing their job and house. Good work you crazy WASPS for taking down such a dangerous system again. We all know that Pleasanton schools are failures, dangerous and let our kids down at every turn. Good point you made! Crazy is what crazy does!
Posted by curious, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm
So I see bill cut/pasted his own thread/post ....And "great post" who obviously agrees w/ bill is embarrassed by this town (really??
So in the spirit of "repeat" here is my own cut and paste!
I was going to report the above comment as objectionable but I think its better that Bill tells us what he really thinks ( or maybe feels...not sure any thinking happening in bill). I do feel sorry for you too that you'd give yourself permission to post what you wrote.
Posted by I wonder, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm
Well UnPleasanton, this year I've donated over $3000, last year it was over $2500, and over $1000 each of the several years prior to that. I have also volunteered 100+ hours per year for the past four years. What have you done besides insult people with whom you disagree? bill posted an obnoxious comment, like many people on this site, and I've asked him a fair question.
Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on May 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm
What a load of crap. I did not vote for it because in my opinion it was a flawed Tax Measure. Money does not solve all problems. I am not a "mini tea bagger" or any kind of "Tea Bagger". I vote my way. Not for a PARTY no matter what Initial it is, D, R or I, etc. I support kids, my community, and in the past PUSD. But presently it is a troubled and arrogant school district that needs a "Spring Cleaning" starting in the Admin Office and right through to some lousy teachers that have tenure. And I say that being a past UNION GUY. I realize the world changes every 24 hours and Unions hadbetter realize it. Incompetent teachers are promised nothing and neither should incompetent Administrators and there have been a ton, both past and present. The School Board wake up and smell roses and quit spending money on Initiatives or Tax Measures. People are tapped out and won't spend good money on bad people and policies. New people with new methods ARE WANTED. The old ones spent all the money and need to go.
Posted by Samantha, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 9, 2011 at 12:52 am
I agree with Scott Walsh.
Many people who are not republicans or tea party people voted against this flawed tax measure. Many democrats voted agaist it. When you are giving out $15 million in automatic raises over 4 years, how can $2 million per year save any actual program?
The list of items promised on the measure mapped almost exactly to the exact same ballot language that TBWB has been peddling to the Districts throughout the entire Bay Area.
EARTH TO PUSD -- Can't you Google and see the near identical TBWB powerpoint presentation pawned off to multile school districts?
It did not even pass the "smell test." $2 million per year with an average teacher costing the district $100K, would only fund 20 teachers. That would barely cover one teacher per school site, with nothing left for anything else.
The measure promised science specialists, reading specialists, "emphasis" (whatever that means) on math, science and reading, plus libraries and everything else but no hard numbers.
Also the wording "Attract and Retain Highly Qualified Teachers" just led to the obvious question...does that mean you are finally going to get rid of the awful teachers and administrators that you've been carrying on your payroll for years? No of course not. You are going to retain everyone.
The PUSD's personnel problems effect the entire community. Everyone knows who those awful teachers and administrators are that never seem to go anywhere. You need to fix your own problems before you come asking the taxpayers for money. Scott Walsh is right. He's a past union guy and I'm a past union gal. And I voted No.
Posted by Steven, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on May 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm
In my interactions with PUSD leadership, I have always been left with the feeling of arrogance. Even to the point that they point out what kind of "degree" (post graduate) they have! Give me a break!!! That would impress someone from some other part of the world, not the Bay area. We have college degrees as well. It seems like "they know everything" and are unwilling to even listen to anything.
The senior exemption fiasco has shown that the leadership has always been interested in just getting the money, it was never for the children. You can just tell when someone is not genuine.