Debbie Look's Speech at Council Meeting Tonight Around Town, posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Comparing Pleasanton to Brentwood and Antioch? Laughable.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 8:18 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
She compared the percentage drop in housing prices in Pleasanton versus Brentwood and Antioch, admitted that other factors play into housing prices, then tried to somehow attribute Pleasanton prices to the schools. When comparing housing prices linked to school quality, all other things must be equal like house characteristics and community characteristics; house age, number of rooms, square footage, median income, demographics, crime rate, etc. Would anyone here consider Pleasanton, Brentwood, and Antioch as comparable?
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 8:59 am
The Pro-G people have nothing but emotional scare tactics to promote their agenda.
The real estate thing has been beaten to death and we know that the tax is not for the kids...with 83% going to teacher raises what's left for the kids? Too many people have asked too many questions and they don't like the answers.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:07 am
People like her make the argument for us that the tax is stupid and not needed. We do not need another tax to add to the teacher raises. Let her keep talking, rational people will be turned away from the tax issue just by listening to her.
Posted by Diana, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Apr 23, 2009 at 6:50 am
There is nothing vicious about asking for honesty, accountability and stating facts.
Debbie was not being honest when she said that, if passed, the parcel tax money would be required to be spent on the listed items. There is no legal requirement to do so. Given PUSD's track record there is no reason to believe it will happen.
The parcel tax is a discretionary pot of money that can be used anyway the district chooses. It is also a shell game that allows money from other areas to be freed up to allow for those continued raises.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:25 am
Who would want to live in Brentwood? It is far, and many people who live in Pleasanton work in Santa Clara County, a decent commute from pleasanton but not at all good from Brentwood.
Pleasanton cannot be compared to Brentwood. Brentwood, by the way, saw sharp house prices decline even before the market crashed. Houses are hard to sell over there, but that is nothing new, it was like that even before the market crashed.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:32 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
When you could purchase a brand new house for about the same price as a house built in the 1960s in Brentwood, who would go for the older house? That was the biggest problem with the wild development going on over there.