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THE SOLUTION -- MEASURE H

Original post made by Russell, Vintage Hills Elementary School, on Jun 3, 2009

Measure G was poorly marketed and badly written. Something closer to San Ramon's measure C would be more likely to win here. Someone suggested a priority survey, and that sounds like a good idea. I think a lot of voters won't be so complacent when the second parcel tax comes up for a vote. It is time to get the ball rolling. If we set good deadlines and manage the process well, we could have a parcel tax ready for a vote this fall.

Good luck to everyone and let's keep a positive attitude.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Russell,

my google skills are failing me. Do you have the text of the measure?

How did it differ from measure G?


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Posted by Another Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:09 am

Wow count you among the many members of the board that apparently don't get it. Out of almost 35,000 registered voters the highly motivated yes team landed less than 10,000 endorsements. Regardless of the opinions of board members at tonight's meeting reflected in their clueless comments, that constitutes a community mandate.

Find a more equitable solution than taxing only the property owners. Many of us support our schools, and would support other methods of raising revenues, but will defeat any measure for additional property taxes EVERY time it comes to vote.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 4, 2009 at 5:46 am

And, of those 10,000, many could be seniors and others who would qualify for and take the exemption, lowering the endorsements tied to money even further. It will be interesting to see the breakdown of the vote.

I would work for a well written ballot that is specific in its target for the funds (determined by the community), limited in length (two years?), and allows no raises (not against a contract that finds other ways of rewarding the best teachers).


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Posted by Russell
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 4, 2009 at 8:18 am

Sandy,

I didn't know there was a real Measure H. I just meant a different parcel tax, a new one.


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Posted by Parent of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

Parent of Two is a registered user.

Russell,

Why so anxious to TAX? Why not just budget more conservatively or plan more accurately? Your zeal to dip into the pockets of the homeowners sounds suspiciously like the board.


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Posted by hard head
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2009 at 8:45 am

You people still don't get it. The poorly written ballot language did little to influence my NO vote. The wasteful spending and incompetency at the highest level are reasons why I voted NO and will continue to vote NO until I see some positive changes from the district and the union. Get a clue!


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

Russell...Have you been on another planet for the past few weeks? The voters have said NO MORE to the State and PUSD. Government agencies at all levels have got to fix their budgets and live with what they have. You need to get a bit more creative with your solutions than ANOTHER TAX MEASURE with more money wasted that could have gone to the schools.


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 4, 2009 at 9:35 am

Sorry, Russell, I meant San Ramon's measure C. I'm not convinced that tweaking the language in the measure and creating a "Pleasanton measure H" in the future is going to permit passage if the board could even be convinced to put it on the ballot in the next two years.

After the district runs out of stimulus money, and has to make another round of program cuts about next February/March, the community may be willing to consider something. But clearly not just a "do-over".

Clearly there were 38% of voters who wouldn't go for this tax. Some of them won't go for any tax. Some of them will only consider voting for a tax after certain conditions are met (specific kinds of additional cuts, etc.)


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Posted by Russell
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Sandy,

I don't have any numbers to back it up, but I'm not sure all the Pleasanton voters would vote the same way, and that we wouldn't have new voters who got a wake up call from these results. I don't think it is clear that 38% of voters wouldn't go for any tax. A few key guarantees in the language could sway a lot of people. Better marketing to get the message out would help a lot. I talked to plenty of Pleasanton residents who had never heard of it. Also, here on these boards, the no on G side was clearly over-represented. Those are just two examples. The amount or duration of the tax could be changed. Kathleen had some suggestions.

Joe,

They said yes in San Ramon and Peidmont. 62% of voters supported Measure G. I don't think everyone agrees that all taxes are bad or that all branches and levels of government need to cut spending (plenty do need to cut spending in my opinion). I hate to see it happening here in Pleasanton, but we appear to be doing the "starve the government" thing that Phil Gramm pushed at the federal level. It leads to more borrowing, and not necessarily less spending. That creates a worse problem down the road. Already, the PUSD is looking to borrow more, I think that could lead to trouble. People want the services but don't want to pay for them. Democrats and Republicans don't want to live within their means.

@Parent of Two

Why suspect that I am on the board? If I am, I not listening to myself. I'd like to see both more efficiency and more tax revenue.


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Posted by Russell
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Sandy,

San Ramon had a "No funds can be used to pay for administrators' salaries" bullet point right up front on the Q and A. It was also a smaller amount of money. Also "Independent citizen oversight, annual audits and an annual public report will ensure that funds are used wisely " was there. The presentation looked better to me.

I don't see any reason we couldn't do better than they if we got more feedback from our community.


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Posted by Another resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I think you are missing the obvious point. The district had the perfect storm and still couldn't convince the voters. I realize that they are already positioning for a "perfected" storm, but the opposition will be much better organized and prepared as well. What the district has done is put their practices on the community radar, which will make further shenanigans much more difficult to keep under the carpet. And I would be surprised if more than one board incumbent survives their next election.


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Russell, I'm open to all of your suggestions. I didn't mean to sound argumentative... I really was just tired.

It is important to remember that 62 percent of those voting approved of the measure. A total of about 17000 voted, so the difference between 62 percent and 67 percent is roughly 700 voters.

I still believe that it is important to begin the process of soliciting community input again. Working together to address the big cuts coming at the district from the state level may include another attempt at a parcel tax, but it must include other approaches as well.


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Posted by Diana
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:03 am

You have heard input from the community, freeze ALL raises and get rid of the perks. Make real efforts to reduce expenses.


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