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City of Pleasanton - inconsiderate to young children

Original post made by Sharon, Parkside, on Sep 11, 2011

My daughter booked two fall sports classes for my 3 year old grandson.

Thursday he got up and dressed for his baseball mini camp, went to pre-school and told his friends about it, and then after school, my daughter gets ready to take him, but first gets a voice mail, just a few hours before it saying Class was cancelled due to low enrollment.
My daughter did not tell him early, but waited until that day to be sure that class was planned. Getting a call a few hours before class is INCONSIDERATE to children. They knew the enrollment was low before that day. They need to have the consideration to call ATLEAST 48 hours early.

Then this is not all, he was also signed up to go to Mini Sports on Saturday morning. She never got a cancellation call for that, so she took him down to that class on Saturday morning, hoping to let him have some class time finally, and what happens, this time, he is there ready for fun, and the find a hand written note on the door saying that the class was cancelled due to low enrollment. Four families showed up for this and find a note, no call, just a note after they all prepare their children and dress them for class.

THIS IS RUDE AND inconsiderate twice that I know of in one week.

Watch out everyone when you work with the city for kids classes.
They don't have any consideration for people.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm


This must have been a terrible disappointment for your young grandson.
Such occurrences, however, are an outstanding opportunity for the organizations that offer these programs to improve their operations.

Look forward to a better experience next year!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Children are very the adults in their lives respond to disappointment can shape their responses.

Consider spending extra quality play time with the kids, they will value that more than any class...go for it!

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Posted by Pleasanton Dad
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

Shame on the people in Pleasanton in charge of these programs. They must be typical city admin folks on our taxpayer dime more concerned about their paychecks than being parents.

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Posted by Jaycee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

These things happen - I'm sure the city did not set out to form, enroll, and then cancel these programs! I agree with Cholo, the children will respond according to their adult's response to situations like these. Your grandchild is only 3 yrs old, there will be PLENTY of classes to sign up for in his future!

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Sep 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

Sharon, stop making it into a big deal, at that age the kids don't know the difference, they recover quickly from such things at a cancelled event, tell your daughter to get the child busy with another activity, like a coloring book.

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Posted by Steady Eddy
a resident of Spotorno Ranch
on Sep 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

It's clear enough the city administration folks are using their union clout to make things difficult for three year-olds. It's all part of the indoctrination program. Pump the kids up with expectatioons for good stuff, then deflate them. By the time they get to school, they'll have lower expectations and the union teachers will have at them with their Marxist crappola.

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

Is this really topic-worthy??

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Posted by Ayala
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:39 am


Is it really worht making such a big deal about this? I don't know how long you've lived in Pleasanton, but just in case you don't know Pleasanton is known for one of the best city's to do sports, the city cares for their residents and also they are good at what they do. things like this can happen but not because of this you are going to say: "watch out everyone when you work with the city for kids classes"
I'm sure your grandson moved on to something else the same day and you are here making such a big deal. sometimes we "ADULTS" need to learn from kids to let go of not so important stuff and use our time on someting more positive. Don't you think?

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

Boy! Talk about rose-colored glasses! Whew! That's right, everybody, forget about how our children are all being mistreated by unions. Has anyone read the most recent Calpers report? There's a tsunami forming right over there in Sacremento, and your kids can feel it if you can't! But go ahead, ignore it. Sharon, I'm with you. Stay strong, Sister.

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Posted by Jesee
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Sep 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I don't believe you people. What happened to communication? When you sign up for anything, they always ask for a phone number. Is it really that tough to call the parents and let them know the activity was canceled? Sure, he was only 3, but he was clearly very excited about playing. Isn't that what we want, for our children to be excited about being outside and having fun? Or maybe you people like the videos and TV's to be babysitters? Communication goes along way these days.

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Posted by Slim Marvin
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I bet the union thugs took over the phone lines and wouldn't let anybody call!

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Posted by Sportyspice
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Sep 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Yes, a phone call a week before the first class would have been nice, but it's not always feasible. I think Grandma is up in arms over the wrong things here. It's not like the daughter drove an hour or more to get to this class. Geez, chill out and take this opportunity to teach your daughter and grandson about life's little disappointments!! There are certainly bigger things to worry about right about now!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

While I feel these situations present a wonderful opportunity for organizations to improve, the unfortunate reality is that the poor treatment of a consumer shows a failure of the organization to plan ahead and train its staff to handle the embarrassment of failing to attract customers in a professional and dignified manner.

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Posted by Al
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Yes, something really must be done about this, beginning with a dismantling of all unions.

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Posted by Boris
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Sep 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm

hey Sharon-have you ever thought about saving money and taking you daughter and grand kid to a park and play there? We have wonderful parks you should try it sometime.

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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Sep 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Get over it. You could live in Iraq or someplace worse. Be thankful we even have such programs even if not everyone is taking advantage of them.

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:33 am

Anyone else notice how the original post was on 9/11?

I can see how this is good water cooler talk, but not really on this site ... on 9/11...

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Posted by Stagger Lee
a resident of Rosewood
on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

It's now 9/13, so I'm not sure what's your point. As Mike says, live for today, and don't dwell on the past.

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Posted by kim
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

How very true that your grandson will learn more important things than soccer by watching how the adults in his life handle disappointment and change. I hope you are not going balistic in front of him because that is what you will be teaching him to do when he faces even the smallest of challenges in life. Think about it.

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Posted by Tracey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Actually, SL, Mike stated that folks shouldn't have to wear their memories on their sleeves. You are correct. It is Sept 13th today.

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Posted by Indya
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I couldn't agree more with Cholo and Spudly. Things happen Sharon. Get used to it. I think the city workers made a great effort to get the word out - a phone call the day of one event and a note on the door of the other event. At least there was a notificaion, just not what you desired.

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