Posted by Sandy, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:20 am
It's free to put your name on the ballot. To mount a campaign costs time and money. $1700 just to have a candidate statement published in the voter information guide. Time to knock on doors, participate in the LWV/PTAC debate/forum, meet with people who want to know more about your reviews.
I encourage anyone with a strong independent voice to consider running, and I do understand why people with strong opinions might not take on a full campaign.
Posted by local, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2012 at 9:24 am
"Mark", you must be an administrator for the district. I don't think I have ever seen Chris ask an question or vote against anything the staff has recommended. He is a nice guy but all he does is say how great staff is in producing the report for the meeting (i.e., he is an administrator cheerleader). A bunch of "yes" people are not going to make our district strong.
Sandy is right on the cost to put a candidate statement in. I think the price might have even gone up this year. It is all due to the languages you MUST translate your candidate statement to. As the candidate, if you want a published statement, it has to be in EVERY language offered on the ballot for the county, whether you care about that language or not. This has been a total rip off. First, I thought you had to speak English to become a citizen and you have to be a citizen to vote. But lets say you don't mind the tax dollars going into producing ballots in all these languages, if a candidate does not want to pay for a translation of their own message into any of the other languages, why do we have to force them? Some candidates will want to pay for the translations because they think they will get enough votes from that voting group. Let them pay for the translation. For those who do not want to spend that extraordinary amount to translate, they should be able to opt-out. After all, not having their statement in the other language(s) only affects themselves. The candidate statement is not a legal document. It is a personal note from the candidate. Let them decide what languages they want.
Posted by Michele, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:43 am
Vote for Arkin and Hintzke! If you are an avid watcher of the school board meetings, you know that these two have the best interests of our community, students, and parents when they vote.
Their words and actions match, which is refreshing to see in politics these days! They study the financial reports, proposals, and board packets and ask the types of questions all of us parents want to know. They listen to their consituents and represent us at the board meetings and actually bring up OUR concerns. Watch the last board meeting at which the new staggered reading program announcement tried to get swept under the carpet and Arkin insisted that the school district have a meeting to address parent concerns (since the announcement went out the last day of school)! These two trustees are doing the job the way it is suppose to be done and providing a source of checks and balances (and oversight) for the administration. I hope they both garner an avalanche of votes!
Posted by Beth, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:43 am
Valerie and Jamie have done a great job in difficult positions. They have been the lone voices on the School Board for reason and common sense. Chris has shown himself as aligning with the "status quo". Nice guy, but his votes with the "other 2", whoever they were, have left a bad taste in my mouth. It was his vote that made Larson the President this year, instead of giving Jamie Hintzke her turn. If he gets back in, I wonder what the "board's" next excuse will be to not let Jamie have her turn...probably that it is Bowser's turn.
Posted by Staceleen Who Must Not Be Named, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm
Yes, I won't be ready to make my move until Kathleen has recovered the Sorcerer's Stone. Then I can move out from under her turban and have my own physical body! Naturally, running for office would come next.