Campaigns on for mayor, City Council, with no election for school board Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Aug 14, 2012 at 9:07 am
With the deadline now past for filing for municipal and school board elections in Pleasanton, two City Council members are vying for election as the city's mayor and four are seeking election to fill two seats that will be available on the council in the Nov. 6 election.
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Posted by common sense, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm
If the City Council 'mandated' a special election to fill the obvious need for a 3rd Board member, can they 'Unmandate' it and declare the 3rd highest vote getter the one to fill the position and save the city some money?
Posted by Beeky, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm
"Only the three incumbents are seeking re-election to the school board, which means there will be no election in that race."
It is scary that the number of people who post on thsi forum will absolute hatred of the School Board and how badly they do, yet it appears that no one cares enough to actually do something about it. Just remember, if the school board comes forth with another parcel tax, don't complain, you missed your chance. (I'm not saying you have to vote for it or can't argue its merits, I'm just saying you can't blame the school board for proposing it).
Posted by Nomad, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2012 at 8:47 am
Beeky - With your logic, the only people who can "blame the school board" for proposing a parcel tax are those who run for a school board seat. And you confuse "absolute hatred" with democracy and the political process. That thinking isn't worthy of a comment.
There are plenty of people who can, and will "do something about it". You just don't like how we do it. People like you make us do more of it. Keep it up.
Posted by local, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2012 at 9:13 am
Beeky, the issue at hand is that two of the three incumbents that were running for re-election are the only board members who ask questions and don't just vote yes on everything that the staff asks for. Somebody running at this election could have the affect of removing one of them from office (the general public does not know anything about the school board members). I believe you will see a good election in two years with members of the public going against the other two incumbents. Then the public has a chance to take the school district back from the administrators and have at least three (a majority) of the board members who are not just rubber-stampers for the administration.
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Actually, I think Beeky was pretty clear in what she was suggesting and as it relates to 'absolute hatred' - let's see, it's been suggested, cynically, on many occasions that JB is ethically challenged, CG has no spine and is a go along to get along guy, and, along with JL, are there collectively to rubber stamp whatever the administration puts forth. (Let's ignore the hours, commitment, intelligence that they all bring to the job.) The condemnation of their individual/collective positions has been well-documented on these boards to the point that most of the commentary is senseless and certainly not adding to the constructive discussion of the issue in any way -positive or otherwise. What Beeky was suggesting, that those with the loudest, and most critically opinionated voices could show some committed interest, and run for a position, particularly as they seem to be so engaged. After all, knocking off CG would have certainly created a new majority on the board, or did no-one take a deep enough breath, engage the brain, and figure that out for themselves.
Posted by Alfasteve, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2012 at 8:39 am
I agree with Beeky and Joe on this one. These forums give people an opportunity to rant and rave, all with the veil of anonymity. It's so easy to tear down something when you don't have to stand up for anything. Get involved! The School Board is composed of elected people, and one of them can be YOU. I may not agree with everything the Board does, but I respect every one of them for their hard work, dedication, intelligence, and passion they bring. There are many people who complain regularly on this BB. If you can do better - go do it! Much great change in our country has come about simply by somebody saying "I think I can do this better." Well, can you?
And, before you accuse me of not putting my time where my mouth is, I've been a volunteer all my life, including a past president of PPIE. If I can do it, you can too.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Incumbents win when they run, and people know that, plus it costs money to put your statement on the ballot, and money to campaign. The teachers last time got behind the two yes people currently on the board, and they won - sadly, unless you are a yes person it is hard to get elected, especially if all the incumbents choose to run. Look who won last time: a PTA type (Laursen) and a teacher's husband! That says it all, doesn't it?
I think most of us will continue to speak with our vote (parcel tax) and wallets (donations) and do the best we can for our kids. With proper parental guidance, kids do well despite bad teachers, despite bad board decisions. Why waste energy trying to save the world? I'd rather focus on my own kids, make sure they get the education they need, let each family do the same.