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Original post made on Apr 3, 2009

Sitting side by side the other day at a joint meeting of the Pleasanton City Council and school board, City Manager Nelson Fialho and School Superintendent John Casey told very different stories about how they are handling the impact of the state budget crisis and the economic downturn on their two jurisdictions. Both have largely the same local taxpayer constituency and boundaries, and both are seeing revenue falling from their traditional resources. For Casey, the situation is critical. Ever since Prop. 13 reined in rising property taxes in 1978 and resulted in the state taking over the funding obligation for California schools, local districts have been increasingly dependent on Sacramento and state finances. In recent years, as state budget deficits soared, education funding has been in peril with significant cuts made last year and again now by a governor and legislature that simply can't find the will or the money to keep adequate tax dollars flowing to the classrooms. Casey said this year has been the worst in his 17 years as a school superintendent, with the state telling Pleasanton in the eighth month of its current budget year that it was cutting payments by $4.1 million. Now, it's likely the state will force nearly $10-million in downward adjustments for the district's proposed 2009-10 fiscal year budget, which must be balanced and approved by July 1.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 3, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 3, 2009 at 7:35 am

Stacey is a registered user.

The contrast between the two jurisdictions is stark. One was fiscally responsible, implemented, and stuck with important conservative budgeting and planning practices. The other was not. Perhaps the District should take note of City practices, which yet again won an award for the City, instead of asking for more money to cover their poor planning.

"Casey said this week that state officials are planning to divert those funds to Sacramento for state budget relief."

I guess Casey didn't mention that the State has already been warned not to do this.

P.S. Again there is no disclosure of Jeb's personal connection with the District.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 3, 2009 at 7:48 am

The city had at one time recently for an extended period at least 2 or 3 planning directors on the payroll at the same time. I'm not sure having taxpayers pay nearly a $200,000 salary three times for the identical position is exactly conservative fiscal management. And with that, they still can't find planning entitlement documents in their department.


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Posted by Sensibly Save Our Schools
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2009 at 8:12 am

Perhaps one of the reasons why the City Of Pleasanton is facing the same problems PUSD is facing is because Nelson Fiala doesn't receive a $1000 per month car allowance. His is less than half that. Like Dr. Casey, Mr. Fiala lives in Pleasanton.

Other posters have noted Jeb Bing's connection to PUSD - a connection which gives him a personal reason for supporting PUSD...his wife is a PUSD employee.

Mr. Bing has chosen to not disclose this disconnection; his articles reflect his lack of objectivity by omitting facts (e.g. the Governor has stated that education funds will NOT be diverted from school districts for state budget relief)

This kind of reporting isn't reporting, it's propaganda.



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