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Yes on Measure E Committee in Debt?

Original post made by Start Afresh, Country Fair, on May 20, 2011

Word on the street is the Yes on Measure E Committee is several thousand dollars in debt. And is passing around the proverbial tin cup (along with Uncle Vito) to collect more funds to pay off the debt.
The committee's April 20th financial filing showed $20,000 in the bank and they had a fundraiser at the Wine Steward that raised $7,000+. Somehow, this campaign spent far more than $27,000 in the last two weeks of the election and is now thousands in debt.
Great. Another organization spends more than it has, loses an election, and will get recognized by PUSD at the upcoming school board meeting (Web Link).
Maybe those balloons and streamers at the anticipated election night party were just a bit too much? We can't wait to review the next financial report to see the final expenditures. Maybe this was a $500,000 campaign (PUSD and community) after all.
So while the community is raising funds for PPIE/CORE, CSR, PSEE it has to finish paying off the Measure E campaign as well.
Who is going to pay back PUSD for the $400,000 it spent on the election, consultants, glossy mailer, lawyers and staff time? That alone is 6 teachers that PUSD had to layoff this year in order to pay for the failed Measure E.
The astoundingly poor decision making continues to be revealed.

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Posted by give it up already!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Just give it a rest, already! The vote came out the way you wanted it to, so there's really no need to keep beating a dead horse.

There may remain a few bills unpaid, but I'm sure the campaign will be responsible and will find the last few dollars to settle up with those who provided services to the campaign.

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Posted by Nomad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

To 'give it up already' - You seem to think it was all about the vote. Measure E people seem to think it was all about getting supporters to mail their ballots (and badgering those who hadn't voted yet after going to the county ROV and getting the lists of those who had voted). PUSD seems to think it was all about marketing using glossy mailers, and polls, and consultants. And the unions? Well, they think it was all about protecting their paycheck.
As long as you and all those groups think that way, it is the kids who are getting hurt.
I agree with 'Start Afresh' and want to know why PUSD had to layoff 6 teachers in order to pay for Measure E.

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