If G wins and if G fails. Schools & Kids, posted by Wondering, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on May 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm
Will all be forgotten or is this board going to be full of "Ha, Ha, Ha, you lose loser!" or "Told you so we won, child haters!" comments? Will the PW site be almost abandoned compare to now? Will we go back to a town where people rarely honk if you take ten seconds to get your car moving at a green signal light and people are civil to each other on this message board?
Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on May 30, 2009 at 8:51 am
The passage of G will lead to continued spending that is no longer supported by the economic climate we're currently in. It will be a band-aid at best. There probably will be an attempt to control some spending, but nowhere near what is actually required to support a sustainable solution for years to come.
The failure of G will force spending reform. It will most likely require the district and union to come to the table and discuss current contracts and future contracts. It will also require the district to look much harder at it's expenses and find new ways to spend money more efficiently.
The failure of G definitely requires more of a commitment and a "lets roll up our sleeves and really get in there" approach to solving many of the problems the district faces. Measure G is a hail mary pass that seeks to sustain the district through the economic downturn in hopes that by the time the measure expires, the economy will be back to the levels it previously was and enable the same levels of spending as before. Prolonging the inevitable only makes it worse. Lets come together as a community and make the changes required now. If we can solve the issues today in a poor economic climate we will be better prepared for the future. We should focus on the long term solution, not the short term.