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Original post made by Still waiting on May 29, 2009

They have a headline called "BREAKING NEWS - Federal Stimulus to Avert Cuts" but fail to mention the additional $6.8 - $9 million in state cuts to Pleasanton Unified added to the original March $9.7 million in cuts. A $16.5 - $18.7 million deficit when compared to $8.1 million potential federal stimulus money is a really big number to kinda forget about.

From 1 week ago: Web Link

From 2 days ago: Web Link

Seems like a pretty big "BREAKING NEWS" stories to skip over. Perhaps they feel this isn't important.

I imagine it must be harder and harder to logically explain why Measure G is a bad idea when our district is faced with a remaining $8.4 - $10.6 million deficit this upcoming year even after the federal stimulus money is accounted for. Even by their own opposing text, step and column accounts for $1.5 million of the deficit this year. And they continue to claim that step and column accounts for a full $15 million in labor costs (so called "guaranteed raises") over the next four years even though the current contract expires at the end of the year. A poor assumption since the financial climate has changed dramatically since the last contract was adopted.

Where else shall cuts be made? What's next? My guess is the schools themselves. I believe that's where the math takes us. Soon.

I suspect the real "BREAKING NEWS story" doesn't appear on the pleasantonparceltaxinfo site because they have no idea what to do with this level of disaster. What can they say? "Measure G - It's Not Enough!" No. They have to cloud the issue saying that Measure G cannot guarantee Class Size Reduction. That there's not enough information yet to support a parcel tax. That this is not the right time for a parcel tax. That PUSD is poorly managed as they're obviously the only district in the state having a deficit problem. That PUSD has artificially created this situation to grab bailout money to continue to fund their private jets and lavish expense accounts. That we should seize this opportunity to break the Teachers Union. That we should vote NO on G because the miracle of educational funding reform in Sacramento should somehow be accomplished before considering a local parcel tax to save our local schools.

Vote No if you must. But please do so because you're making a choice to not help fund our school district that is in dire financial straights. Our district is in this condition because this is a period of unprecedented financial assault against public education in California.

This is also a time of great financial challenge for people and families. I can certainly understand and empathize with a No vote in that context. But please don't vote No, considering how much is at stake, having believed the misinformation given by the pleasantonparceltaxinfo rhetoric.

Comments (7)

Posted by Jill, a resident of Birdland
on May 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I hope Measure G passes even though I am against it because I want to hear the whining and crying when the teachers get their raises and your precious programs still get cut. Then what will you do, go crying to Mayor Moonbeam? Lotsaluck, becuase you can't come back to the property owners again!


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 29, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

I'm just wondering what impact this "news" has on what the District is going to do in light of these new cuts. Whether Measure G passes or not, they (and the unions) still have some hard decisions to make. All the Federal funding does is put us back at square one, where we were back in February. CA can't cut below 2006 funding levels without risking the Federal funds so now we have a good starting point, the 2006 budget. It seems to me though that the District is unprepared for any level of cuts, since the Board abandoned the goal of a 7% reserve back in 2006 and then authorized the hiring of more counselors without identifying a funding source.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Still Waiting -

"And they continue to claim that step and column accounts for a full $15 million in labor costs (so called "guaranteed raises") over the next four years even though the current contract expires at the end of the year. A poor assumption since the financial climate has changed dramatically since the last contract was adopted"

Considering there have been no guarantees that S&C increases will be frozen (whether measure G passes or not) I think it is actually a poor assumption to think that they would be frozen / re-negotiated.


Posted by Fed up, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

The pro-G people are very busy trying to prevent anyone from realizing what you've just said Stacey.
I'm tired of the flyers and ads and "it's for the kids" rallies. What a waste of resources and time.
The bottom line is everyone has had to cut back on their spending and the school district isn't any different. It's reality.
The school district have a very "let them eat cake" attitude towards the taxpayers. I'm fed up with that attitude.
My NO vote is a no to the administration. Let them give up their perks before coming to the voters or asking teachers to take pay cuts.



Posted by No on G, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Still waiting,

In the interest of full disclosure, or as the you reminded everyone from the PPTI website "Breaking News", I am wondering why the district, you know, the One responsible for the info to the community, hasn't listed the 1.5MM annually compounded (because raises one year are the new base and 1.5 is added each year in addition to the "new" base...) funds owed to the teachers???

How come the district has shared its need to maintain a "general fund" with no strings attached? Or is that "clouding the issue also"? I mean, we wouldn't want to get mixed up in the facts!

You also stated that "Our district is in this condition because this is a period of unprecedented financial assault against public education in California."

Are you SURE you want to go there? Are you SURE the district didn't...oh, I don't know...perhaps...went back on their reserve to give out "unprecedented" raises of 14.5% to the teachers AS WELL as sneak administrative raises a year ago when the state was facing it's looming budget woahs.

Or is that unfair of me to bring up facts again about the fiscal mismanagement at the district?

Perhaps Dr. Casey is being victimized by the State! Perhaps not.

You said one thing very well in this article, and I assert it is just one of the many great ideas this community is coming up with...

"Where else shall cuts be made? What's next? My guess is the schools themselves. I believe that's where the math takes us. Soon"

That is wholly accurate and it will as soon as this measure G fails.

I suppose for you the situation appears more desperate because the deficit is getting larger. See, those of us on this side believe that that is the point. There is a point where money is no longer the solution. Unsustainable raises and diminishing property values do correlate - people will not continue to pay well over a thousand dollars a year (average if Measure G is added to Measures A and B from 1997), and we risk losing our tax base altogher.

Keep on believing the lie that more money equals better education. Since you are so interested in up to date facts, please explain where you derive that fact.

Thanks!

And....(drum roll, please...)

NO ON G!


Posted by YES ON G, a resident of another community
on May 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm

YES YES YES YES ON G!

We have to come together as a community and stop all this bickering. Let's make sure our schools stay good!


Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Yes On G -

I couldn't agree more, we need to find a fiscally responsible, ethically sound, and equitable solution to the problems our schools face. This solution should focus on the kids and balance the needs of the faculity, administration, and community.

Its too bad Measure G fails to deliver on any of that.


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