Measure G is flawed and deceptive. Schools & Kids, posted by Diana, a member of the Hart Middle School community, on May 23, 2009 at 8:36 am
Some want us to believe that we can have confidence voting for measure G. That $15 million of the $18 million of our taxes collected may not go directly to raises. That step and column might be renegotiated after this tax is passed.
Superintendent Casey has not demonstrated a sincere will to reduce expenses from the start. The token concessions have only resulted from pressure from measure G opposition.
I do believe step and column must be renegotiated to zero (with no retroactive payment at the end) until the economy strengthens. There must be serious cuts to the glut that remains at the district. Pro-tax proponents have credited the district with making serious cuts to the PUSD budget but in truth they used the reserve to cover state cuts. All reforms should have been done before coming to the community; it is foolish to ask us to trust that it will happen after the tax is passed.
Measure G is flawed and deceptive. Without specific ballot language that would absolutely prohibit all raises during the term of the tax student programs will be sacrificed to pay raises.
Posted by Check the data yourself, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 23, 2009 at 9:34 am
Teachers contracts are not negotiated yearly, but are more often negotiated every three years.
The current teachers' contract ends June 2010.
The $15 million dollar figure was provided by PUSD as the amount they are budgeting for step & column increases over the next four years. It was a figure that was originally given as $1.5 million per year which led many people to assume the total for step & column increases would be $6 million over the next four years. Only when PUSD was challenged to be more specific, did the PUSD explain that step & column costs are additive, and the projected total for the next four years is actually $15 million.
The PUSD is budgeting under the assumption that there will be no change to step & column increases.
See the FY 08/09 1st Interim Report Dated December 9. 2008 which provides budget assumptions for the next four years. (on the PUSD website).
Diana is using the information provided by the PUSD. She is relying on their numbers and their budget assumptions.
Poster Yes on G - if you don't like the numbers, then talk to the PUSD - no one is making them up.
Posted by Carl, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on May 23, 2009 at 9:58 am
The greed I see is union-led teachers with the most seniority keep their salary increases, while entry level teachers get laid off and our kids suffer. I see the teachers union still taking $1000+ out of each teacher's annual salary. Have the unions reduced their union dues to help out our teachers? Or are they being greedy, too?
As long as teachers automatic salary increases are off the table, exactly who is causing the kids to suffer?
Save Pleasanton Schools...Save teacher jobs...No on G.
Force the board of trustees to negotiate with the unions.
For more information: www.PleasantonParcelTaxInfo.com
Posted by Lost my Vote, a resident of the Las Positas Garden Homes neighborhood, on May 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm
As a Pleasanton resident who has put six kids through Pleasanton Schools, starting in the old Murry School District, I have watched with growing alarm the specious arguments for Measure G. 64 cents a day, home values, etc.
The final straw was yesterdays article in the 'other paper', The Independant, that stated that almost all of the funds raised by Measure G would go to teachers salary raises. For the first time the teachers union president was quoted as saying that the union was opposed to losing "even one year of step and column increases" because it could lower future retirement payments.
With clients loosing their jobs, their homes, filing bankrupcy and being forced to raid what is left of their retirement to survive, I find this argument the height of greed.
Tax yourselves so we can keep getting our raises, while you loose your homes and your retirement.
Posted by NO on G - a Reality Check, a member of the Foothill High School community, on May 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm
I’d like to add on to the previous comment. Pleasanton school teachers are among the highest paid in the region. Every teacher I know, who teaches in a different district, has tried to gain admission to the Pleasanton School District to obtain these salaries at some time or another. The high schools are also is rated among the top 100s in the nation. I do not think, in these times, they need “more.” We are still paying for Measure B from years ago and yet they cut music and art programs. More taxes are NOT going to provide better programming. Raises are inappropriate considering what is happening to the families in the district, the families who would be taxed to provide these benefits, families who cannot afford healthcare or who have lost their jobs and are trying to hold onto their houses. I support Pleasanton Schools and its teachers. I count many as my long-time friends but cannot support raises for them when others are losing their jobs, benefits or using up their own retirement. This is a completely inappropriate request at this time. There is nothing so permanent as a temporary tax.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm
You know what I think it ironic humor: The people who write:
No on measure G
Nothing positive will happen for kids, teachers, or the community by obstructing Measure G, yet this Alice in Wonderland logic is being used to make people feel like voting "no" isn't anti-kids, teachers and community.
Posted by Right Wing Extremist, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm
Why wouldn't opponents of Measure G be pro-kids, pro-teacher, pro-community?
Why would you think any of us would want to harm our kids, teacher or community? Perhaps, we have reasoned there is a better way and we want what is best for the kids, teachers and community.
Perhaps you should consider how Measure G does not benefit kids, teachers or the community - maybe then you'd understand how we could want what is best and that it simply cannot be done with Measure G. Perhaps then you would see the shortsightedness of this support you claim to have for Measure G and how it does not benefit the kids, teachers or community overall.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on May 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm
Pro-kids--oldest sibling of a large family, have three children, proud grandmother.
Pro-teachers--served on school groups, on the board of trustees, work in K-12 education, have friends and family who are teachers.
Pro-community--chose to move back to Pleasanton after a brief stint in another state.
No on Measure G--not willing to throw more money at the problems this district has until there has been a thorough review and all possible solutions are presented, including a more specific parcel tax (X counselors, X teachers for CSR, etc.)
Posted by NO ON G, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm
If G passes, please write a check to Dr. Casey for $9,000 because that's how much he'll continue to receive for a car allowance for the next year.
I don't want my hard earned money paying for a perk for someone making $227K per year (plus a $10K per year bonus, plus the $5K per year the District spends to purchase him a life insurance policy).
He's not being asked to give up salary, he's being asked to give up the car allowance and turn that money back over to the district to help save teacher jobs. He's being asked to do that now because this is a very different economy than when he was hired in 2002.
"Volunteering" to give up $250 a month of his car allowance is not even a token, and he didn't volunteer to even give this up until he was pressured into it by public opinion.
I oppose any discussion of cutting teacher salaries until Dr. Casey and every other administrator who lives in the area gives up their car allowances.
You don't seem to mind PUSD spending taxpayer money on non-essentials, so please write out that check to Dr. Casey. Oh, and if G doesn't pass, make the check $12,000 because his token sacrifice is contingent on G passing.