Posted by Who cares, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 11:42 am
She is a disgruntled former district employee who was fired from her job and has issues with the superintendent over her departure. She has never attended any of the board meetings, forums, town halls or committee meetings. I think she just makes stuff up. She presents herself as an expert but has not participated in the process.
Posted by That's a lie, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 11:45 am
I worked with Kathleen when she resigned and MOVED with her family to Texas. Kathleen was not fired. You may disagree with her but stop lying about her. It just isn't American to do that. Don't debase another to elevate your idea. Just present your idea and let it stand on it's own merit!
We all gave our opinions on this site. She was actually published by the PW. I don't think they'd stand behind her if she didn't know something about the sitation and didn't have something of value from experience to share.
Posted by That's a lie, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm
Hi Who cares,
"Free speech is very American. Just look at these blogs filled with hate, false information and half-truths."
Freedom of speech is absolutely American because it is Constitutional. Just because you can say "anything" doesn't mean you *should*. As you put, hate, false information, etc, is just that and don't have merit.
Don't contribute to it if you have already decided it is wrong. That's all I'm saying. Please contribute, dissent, voice your strong opinion, but don't base your argument on something that isn't truth.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on why you specifically disagree with Kathleen vs attacking her for her informed decisions. Just present it as that and your opinion will be heard for it's actual idea not dismissed because of lack of content.
Posted by Diana, a member of the Hart Middle School community, on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm
As a past PUSD trustee and someone who has proven to do her research, only giving factual information, Kathleen has been a very informative and credible resource on the parcel tax issue. I have respect for her willingness to be public on this issue knowing these kinds of attacks would be the result.
Is it any wonder that many people were not willing to do so?
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Who Kathleen is doesn't matter to me. Or Stacey or anyone else. The person who posted this original topic, and some of the other posters are doing nothing but running a hate campaign. They have a few screws loose and shouldn't be let near a keyboard or any sharp objects.
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm
She posts under her real name and doesn't hide behind a myriad of "blog" names unlike all of the attackers on this site. I respect her and her opinions and although I have never met her I would consider her a friend and a valuable asset to Pleasanton. "Community of Character"...it takes backbone to have character and she has it. You want someone to run PUSD and get it right, well there she is.
Posted by BLF, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Yes, it is everyone's right to express their opinion. The complaint has been- Kathleen has presented misinformation, half of the truth, and a false perception of the district administration, causing many in the community to have a distorted perception of the district. This doubt led many to come to conclusions that are false. When questioned about her facts, the point people were making was avoided, and her point was simply restated. When questioning her motives, she avoided addressing her past and current relationship with administration. As many questioned PUSD employees motives, it is other's right to question hers.
Kathleen, I look forward to seeing you at tonight's board meeting so you can present your solutions and ideas to the board.
Posted by 2ME4U, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm
Why her? Was she close to the worst poster? Seems there are others that didn't use their real name, like I don't, that can be blasted. Easier target though since nobody knows or cares about 'Problemed child' 'Santa Claus', etc.
Posted by BLF, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 3, 2009 at 4:26 pm
Kathleen did use her full name, posting not only here, but also in the area newspapers. Why her? Many have felt she has used her past position as former board member, and administrative assistant to Bill James, to give her postings credibility. Kathleen is not a part of PUSD currently, nor has she been a part of the year and a half long budget crisis process, yet she speaks as an authority on how the district is run. Her information was false, and as I said before, when questioned specifically about the false accusations she was making, the subject was avoided. Yes, Kathleen has a right to post what ever she wants, just as those who are well aware of her false information have the right to respond to her manipulation of the facts.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Jun 3, 2009 at 8:22 pm
Hi BLF, Not at the board meeting; just getting home from work. I can and will participate in other ways. I have ideas; I'll post them on the idea thread for starters.
My credibility has everything to do with my experience as a board member, in working closely with many board members and superintendents since, and in K-12 education for 14 years. Now, that's not to say you can't ignore that if you choose.
There are a lot of threads out here. Did I miss something you asked? I sincerely believe I've tried to respond to every question. If you have questions, I'm still willing to try to respond.
Posted by Courtney, a resident of the Avignon neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:28 am
I think that is the most disgusting, hurtful, vial thing I have ever read! You should be ashamed of yourself. How dare you question a mother's time spent with her children, and to use her grandson as a weapon is down-right evil.
Posted by Billie, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:46 am
WOW! We sure have a lot of folks in Pleasanton - you know, what we like to call our Community of Character - who I'm sure also consider themselves Christian.
You all know who you are - you're the judgemental, hypocritical commentators. You're the ones who are always more than ready to throw the first stone while you incite others to throw even more. You're the ones who think name-calling and pitting neighbor against neighbor is a fun sport. Anyone who has an idea that is different from yours is immediately attacked with personal comments about their family, lifestyle, even IQ - because the only right idea is the one you, and those who agree with you, put out there. Of course, that's when you actually put an idea forward instead of just making snide comments about other commentators.
Let's get a grip folks! Every community will always have hot button issues that get people excited. It's how we handle those issues that will truly make us a Community of Character and allow us to find real solutions to problems.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2009 at 11:07 am
Your post is the kind of post I asked people to please stop posting (on another thread).
Please stop. Implying that anyone is/was a bad mother is just another form of name calling and is not the kind of behavior any parent wants their children to imitate. Many students read these blogs and are losing respect for the adults in this community who tell their children to behave with respect, but don't do the same themselves.
I went back and read some of Kathleen R.'s earlier posts. She mentioned she had a grandchild attending a PUSD school, she mentioned that her children attended PUSD schools, and she mentioned that she is an active grandparent who spends time with her grandchild. But not once did she ever state that she was raising her grandchild.
I'm not sure why you made this assumption, but I think you owe Kathleen an apology.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm
Me, Sorry to burst your bubble, but I know for a fact Stacey is another person and I have no idea who Bill is. I have been accused of posting too much and you actually think I could take on being two other avatar's (yes, I know it's really a gaming term) out here?