Posted by William Teller, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 9:38 am
Or...we could reign in pensions, and quite this high speed rail nonsense. Nope--let's raise a regressive tax on poor people (sales tax); and chase what's left of the job creators out of California by raising their income tax.
Posted by Kangaroo, a resident of another community, on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:00 am
Go right ahead and raise tuition. We saved the appropriate amount of money in our 529 plan and only have 1 year left in that awful system. Just quit complaining and pay your fair share and your neighbors share as well. How dare you be so selfish.
Posted by PensionTsunami dot com, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:05 am
and CalPERS just announced it significantly missed it's investment goals this year, as it does most years (ponzi schemes usually do)... so it will send it's bill to each municipality (i.e. Pleasanton) as it does every year for additional millions to fund teachers and other public employee pensions ... Pleasanton's bill will be in the $$millions and comes right out of the general fund ... so you think you're out of the woods because your kids are finished with college (like mine) ... think again
Posted by Gloria, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:23 am
Please tell me why the UC system is not talking about lowering salaries when all other businesses have had to lower their salaries in the down turn economy. The UC system needs to cut expenses like everyone else. Why more taxes and NOT CUT EXPENSES. Please explain this thinking. How much can people afford. The UC salaries are too high. Gloria
Posted by Kangaroo, a resident of another community, on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:37 am
Honey I am out of the woods. I sold my house last year and took the money and ran. There's no way I would stay or stand for the insanity that the "geniuses" of California keep ramming down your throat.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Gloria said: "Please tell me why the UC system is not talking about lowering salaries when all other businesses have had to lower their salaries in the down turn economy. The UC system needs to cut expenses like everyone else. Why more taxes and NOT CUT EXPENSES. Please explain this thinking. How much can people afford. The UC salaries are too high."
I agree partly with you. UC administrator salaries are too high, but I don't think that UC academic salaries, including full professors, are necessarily high enough. There was a recent scandal at UC Berkeley in which a senior UC administrator, Diane Liete, boosted the salary of her co-worker and lover from about $40K to about $120K over the course of two years. She was caught and fired because of it. This UC administrator made about $180K per year, which I believe is more than most tenured, world recognized full professors at UC Berekely make.
Posted by been there..., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm
... show me one professor working enough to "earn" their pay in the UC system ... they rarely teach their courses which are taught by graduate students and student assistants ... it's very difficult to put in the effort when you see every other professor "scamming" the system, doing research or anything but teaching, heck if I was in the system I'd be doing the same thing ... that is why government cannot effectively operate anything and proves it over and over again ... keep voting for more government (Democrat) and you get what you vote for ....
"Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem" - Ronald Reagan
"Most bad government has grown out of too much government." - Thomas Jefferson
Posted by Convert HSR to College, a resident of the Apperson Ridge neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm
There is plenty of $$$ to build a High Speed Rail project. Simply conduct all the university classes on the train tracks using train employees. Problem solved--we saved the University, did not have to raise tuition or taxes, and the students receive an excellent education resulting in marketable job skills. Our Governor is such a genius to come up with this!
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:49 am
Seems like an institution like UC, that has some of the world's leading experts on finance, economics, and business would help solve the state's problems. But I guess you cannot fix stupid. The only way out of this disaster is for California to declare bankruptcy. It is only a matter of time when the massive bond and pension debt forces this issue anyway.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm
Nonsense! The administrators are getting pay raises and they are threatening to raise tuition costs?
Besides, UCs are accepting mostly out of state or country students, rejecting many California residents, why should we agree to pay more taxes to educate out of state students and foreigners? I know a lot of people whose kids had to go out of California for college because the UCs, especially Berkeley, give more priority to foreigners and out of state students.
Raising taxes may "fix" the problem for a year or two and then what? More taxes?
Get your act together, Brown: get the union's unfunded liabilities under control. Until you do that, raising taxes makes no sense because that is just a temporary fix.
I plan to vote NO on the tax initiative this november. I urge everyone to do the same.
Posted by steven, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm
I home scholed my kids year end and year out. Do they get into UC system? No. Its wrigged so that Cowcasions cant get in. We end up with liberal eletests and indocranated teachers. Give me a brake!!! And then you mention a half white half black "president" who wasnt' even born in this country and the loons call you a racist. Well America, keep on letting them in and paying for there education while the best of us are descrimenated against.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2012 at 9:16 am
Hmm said: "Besides, UCs are accepting mostly out of state or country students, rejecting many California residents, why should we agree to pay more taxes to educate out of state students and foreigners?"
You got it backwards. The reason UC likes out-of-state and foreign students is that they can be charged much higher tuitions and fees than in-state students. In effect, out-of-state students are subsidizing in-state students, and the pressure to raise tuition and fees on in-state students would be much greater if all of the out-of-state students disappeared.
Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm
True, out-of-state tuition is much, much higher. But there have also been many, many in-state increases in the last three years (some in middle of year). Those in-state increases really pinch to the point of impossible, for many middle-class students. The free-lunch crowd get a full menu of assistance, but middle-class facing those increases often can't make it happen.