Posted by resident, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2009 at 7:36 pm
We can only hope that he takes the loss on measure G as a no confidence vote. When he leaves (firing would be better but no one in this town has the cajones to do that) he should also have to repay the $300,000 extra for the special election. And however many thousands of dollars were spent for the PR firm to try to cram G down our throats. Casey is a loser whose time is over. Do the right thing and leave, you are not wanted here.
Posted by Rob, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 2:07 am
A little clarification - having measure G a part of the May 19th election or on the 1st Tues in Nov would of cost $225,000.
By having the election no a separate day such as June 2 was an additional $75,000.
"No" people like to say by having the special election on June 2 cost the district $300,000. That is incorrect - it cost an extra $75,000 to have it on June 2nd.
As for John Casey - in spite of the haters out there - he has done an overall solid job.
Did the district error in suing the developer - yes - but, it is always easy to play monday morning quarterback after the fact. The District and John Casey were advised to file suit against the developer by a highly regarded attny and that the district would win their case.
As for not building Neal School - that alone has saved the PUSD millions of dollars. That Neal School if it had been built would be on the chopping block. There is no way PUSD could afford the operating cost of a 10th elementary school.
Our PUSD has been a Great School District - it is sad to see people who have personal / petty vendetta's against the District Admin try their best to bring the overall PUSD down.
Hardcore No people do not like education. Hardcore No people do not like or care about their home values. Hardcore No people do not like or care about the education of current Pleasanton children. Hardcore No people do not like teachers.
Hardcire NO people - go ahead and keep second guessing everything the district does after the fact.
The FACT is that the STATE of California education has never seen a financial crisis like we have today.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:38 am
Rob, This has been solely about fiscal mismanagement; no personal vendettas or hate or desire to bring the district down. The whole harcore no stuff is just another emotional attack with no basis in fact. We have kids or grandkids in the schools, family and friends in education, have served on the school board, and care deeply enough about education to want to see it's future secured. We talked to board members about concerns prior to their vote to put the tax on the ballot; they chose to move forward.
Has the district ever openly admitted it couldn't afford to run Neal? At one time they had set aside money (now gone?) for the first year of operation (operating costs would have been something to consider for a parcel tax, if the community wants a tenth elementary school). Someone told Signature they would sue, so Signature beat PUSD to the court. Not good planning.
As to the cost of the election, the figures quoted were given by the registrar at $150,000 for May and $300,000 for June. If it has changed and it is only $75,000--well, that is still someone's job.
Yes, the state does have a problem. Districts do their best to prepare for the economic downturns that have come before and will occur again. This district didn't do that.
I'll say this again, as taxpayers we are all the customers of this district. They don't get to raise the price of their product $18 million without expecting questions and due diligence.
Posted by Johnny, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 7:06 am
My point is that if education and funding is as important as the bloggers state then like any entity we need to look at methods of funding other than a parcel tax as that is dead for now and look at disposal of non essential assets to fund our current needs. In my book that means selling off real estate holdings if necessary. I mean we are going to starve now so why reserve food for the future.
Posted by mac, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 8:45 am
I find it interesting that BTB has caused me to feel threatened and intimidated...now not wanting to say what I actually feel about this topic. So now freedom of speech is compromised by someone issuing a passive aggressive warning.
Posted by Rob, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:02 am
You are nothing more than a "monday morning quarterback" doing your best to try bring down the PUSD because of a personal axe to kind.
The FACT is that this state has never seen or had this bad of a financial hardship hit schools in Calif ever except for maybe during the depression.
You mentioned that when you were on the board in the early 90's you and the board had to make hard financial decisions. The early 90's were no where close to what all districts are seeing in terms of lack of funding from the State right now.
You said your boards big cut back then was getting rid of the school buses - give me a break - how much would all school districts love to be able to cut a "non-educational" item like simple transportation. You call that a "tough decision." Are you kidding me.
Also, quit comparing Pleasanton to Palo Alto - we are not Palo Alto.
Keep on being negative on everything this board and Admin say and do.
I do give you credit for volunteering your time and serving the school board in the early 90's. A school board member's job is a tough job - escpecially now more than ever.
And yes - thankfully from a financial standpoint the school district is very fortunate that Neal School was not built.
Posted by FYI, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:04 am
BTB - Nobody is going to harm anyone. If they didn't take out Henry Germain they aren't going to throw their lives away for you being bad at your job Doc. Don't pay it any mind and let people vent. Better than calling you on the phone in the middle of the night right? Public figures get ridiculed by the public.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:06 am
From BTB -- Law is subjective and open to interpretation. Harm is subjective and open to interpretation. Fine line here people.
No kidding! Ask Jeb and Gina how they interpreted the law when Jeb violated the PW written policy of never, ever, revealing the actual name of posters who are registered. Kathleen is the one who has every right to pursue the legal aspect of that huge screwup. I am still hoping that she does. That was not just a mistake, it was a deliberate action that could have caused major harm to someone.
FYI BTB -- when you mean to say "you are" it is "you're" not "your". Makes "your" argument sound even weaker than it is already. Oops, sorry, have I threatened you?
Posted by LOL, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm
I guess that is what comes from people living in CA who took Spanish in college, but got to take their final exam at El Torito!
That is seriously what happened to me. We took our Espanol final exam at the restaurant. Our "exam" was to order in front of our class and professor completely in Spanish, then during the meal tell a joke in Spanish and we got an A on the Exam. The Final was 50% of our grade. Everyone got an A in the class...but we don't speak Spanish!
Posted by Parent, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm
With the lack of support and personal attacks he has received, why would he want to stay around? Again, when are the no on G people going to come and save the district? We need you now more then ever because you said there was fat to be trimmed and that our kids didn't need to be affected- not looking that way at the moment but I'm sure you have a plan to save us all!
Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 8:27 pm
Parent, good point. However, is it not true that the District forgoing raises for next year would have been enough to keep 20:1 K-3? At the very least, wouldn't it have been preferable to layoffs? Why is this never addressed? I would have been happy to pay the extra $233 but it rubs me the wrong way that no one else wants to sacrifice, so just dump it on the homeowners.
Posted by Johnny, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2009 at 2:52 pm
senior cut days have been around since I attended Amador back in 1974 and all of my kids cut the day as did their peers. Parents have a right to take their kids out of school without paying to take them on a family vacation afterall not all of us get to take the summer off. Who and what school needs a bus to get the kids to school?