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Jan 19 Budget Q & A

Original post made by Direct Answers, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 27, 2010

I just glanced through the the Jan. 19 Budget Questions and Answers.
Someone asked (question 46) who was on the Revenue Enhancement Committee and got an answer that was not direct. If PUSD was asked who was on the School Board, the response would be the five names of the school board members.
But when asked who is on the Revenue Enhancement Committee, the response was a roundabout explanation of how members were selected, not a direct answer to a direct question.
Is there a reason why PUSD doesn't want to provide names? Could it be that those who were selected to be on the Revenue Enhancement Committee are all individuals known for campaigning for Measure G and have continued to beat the parcel tax drum? If that is the case, how much effort can we expect from the members to investigate other revenue streams?
When PUSD does what it seems to do best - avoid directly answering questions, or providing only the most minimal of answers (e.g. when asked for the cost of sports programs, PUSD stated it pays for the cost of lighting fields, field maintenance and refurbishment of shoulder pads and helmets which begs the question - How much is that? Or again, what is the actual costs PUSD incurs each year for team sports?), PUSD continues to demonstrate that they have a very different idea of what constitutes transparency.

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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Jan 28, 2010 at 6:23 am

Do not let yourselves be played by the teachers unions and pro-tax minority like they did to us in Danville. It was only until after that our town got wind of the treachery. Thanks be to God that you Pleasantonites seem a bit more informed about the manipulation. Hold out for the sake of everyone in this beautiful corner of the East Bay. We can take our state back town by town

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 28, 2010 at 6:29 am

DA, There are at least two board members who are willing to dig for answers and provide them--Valerie and Jamie. I thought this was a grass roots citizens group, but if it is a formal district committee with dedicated staff members, membership is public information.

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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

The names of the BAC members are on the PUSD website. The meeting dates/times & locations are also on the website. Under business services, then budget information, then budget advisory committee. I was curious too & looked up the info on the website last night.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

To Kelly,
The question that was asked in the forum was who was on the Revenue Enhancement Committee? That question was not answered in the forum, nor is that information available on the PUSD website.

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

I believe that the revenue enhancement committee is actually a subcommittee of the BAC, so it's membership should be drawn from the list of BAC members. I know that Suzy Chan, the Director of Fiscal Services, is chairing the subcommittee. I left her a voicemail to ask her to clarify who is on the revenue enhancement subcommittee.

I try not to assume the motive when someone doesn't answer a question clearly. I just ask again. Let's wait and see what answer I can get you.

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

Agh! Punctuation error. "its membership" with no apostrophe. Sorry!

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Suzy Chan returned my call. There are seven members of the BAC who are serving on the subcommittee -- Ed Arndt, Suzy Chan, Mary Huk, Trevor Knaggs, Dee Osborne, Joyce Senechal. (My apologies in advance if I misspelled any names.)

She also mentioned that the revenue enhancement committee met this morning at 9 am, and offered to email me the notes from the meeting as soon as they are typed up. If you would also like a copy, please email email me at my last name (Piderit) at mac dot com and I will (with Suzy's permission) pass them along.

Finally, she said the next meeting of the subcommittee is scheduled for 9 am on Thursday, February 18. She said that over 20 parents attended, and invited me to attend if I want.

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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Jan 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm

20 parents attended? Or 20 parents who happen to be teachers?

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I was at the subcommittee meeting. I am not a teacher; I am a PARENT. More than 20 PARENTS were at the meeting, participating and offering constructive solutions. This meeting is open to the public. Come next week at 9:00 a.m. and be part of the solution.

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Gunslinger, the meeting was at 9 am on a Thursday. I think it would be difficult for teachers to attend....

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Posted by To Sandy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Here are the people you listed as members of the Revenue Enhancement Committee with any known affiliations:

Suzy Chan - PUSD Fiscal Services
Trevor Knaggs - Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) Union President
Ed Arndt - APT member
Mary Huk - CSEA (California State Employees Association
PUSD Employee, Business Services
Joyce Senechal PFC/PFA (how she is listed on BAC, but don't know what PFC/PFA stand for - a parent group?)
Dee Osborne - PUSD employee, Business Services

I only count 6 members, not 7. Who is the 7th member?

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Sorry, I was trying to alphabetize in my head as I copied from messy notes.

The seventh member is Joan Laursen. She is a parent and President of the Pleasanton PTA Council.

I did not include affiliations because I don't know these people personally (other than Joan. And I've talked with Trevor at board meetings.)

Are there other people from the BAC who you think should be on the subcommittee? Or people who are not on the BAC, but you think should be?

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