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Coupe Welcomes Calls Per Pleasanton Weekly

Original post made by Anonymous, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2008

Here is the publication's take on the meeting held on 1-28-08.

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Posted by Another Gatretree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 5, 2008 at 8:17 am

One question came to mind after reading this article.

Did Bill Coupe ever mention that the District and Amador would prefer the sports fields not be a cut-through now that thousands upon thousands of our tax dollars were spent on rehab?

I find it ironic that this is said to be a "neighbor" problem when I believe the school and district (based on conversations I've had with Lou Cesario in the past) would prefer field access be limited.

I notice the word "honesty" was left out of item 5 on the Good Neighbor Policy. (Web Link)


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Posted by Matt
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 5, 2008 at 8:49 am

This is NIMBY at its worst!!!!
That path was a vital access to the school for decades. Those residents bought their homes knowing it was there. They bought their homes knowing they shared a boundary with a high school if it is not working for them they should relocate; the school will always be there. They have no place demanding change that causes a burden on the greater community.
As long as one resident wanted to keep the path open the historical precedence should have prevailed.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 5, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Matt;

The path that was a vital access to the school for decades is now dealing with a different type of student and community.

If you differ, then I suggest you read the story from this publication at this Web Link

I can tell you the High School I attended decades ago is worlds different than when I was a student there.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm

I agree with Matt. Take the pricipal up on his offer. Everyone disappointed with the decision to close the field gate and the associated cost of $16700.00 should call the school and voice their concern. It would cost the district nothing to re-open the gate and that money could be spent where it is really needed in the district. It is really a shame those few neighbors aren't being "good neighbors" themselves with regard to closing the gate.


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Again I remind folks there is also a desire to minimize sport field cut-through after spending thousands upon thousands of our tax dollars on the track, football field and new softball field areas.

Make sure to ask Bill Coupe, if you call, whether that played a role in the decision to keep the gate closed.

If any of you think there is no expense to maintaining the fields and addressing damage done due to "cut-through" traffic, then I really want a piece of the fairy tale land you're living in.


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Posted by ANOTHER gatetree resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm

To Another Gatetree Resident,
Not sure if you were at the meeting, but I was, and when Bill Coupe was asked about having kids travel across the field, he said something to the effect that in a perfect world, he would not have kids cutting across the field, but it was not of big concern to him. THAT was obvious. This is an all weather field and will sustain plenty of foot traffic. Your point is not valid.
The few neighbors who cried "safety" and had the gate closed will now cost the district over $16,000 in an already tight budget. But what do you care....you don't have children in the PUSD. Shame on you.


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 9, 2008 at 7:09 am

Quote: To Another Gatetree Resident,
Not sure if you were at the meeting, but I was, and when Bill Coupe was asked about having kids travel across the field, he said something to the effect that in a perfect world, he would not have kids cutting across the field, but it was not of big concern to him. THAT was obvious. This is an all weather field and will sustain plenty of foot traffic. Your point is not valid.

The few neighbors who cried "safety" and had the gate closed will now cost the district over $16,000 in an already tight budget. But what do you care....you don't have children in the PUSD. Shame on you.

Posted by ANOTHER gatetree resident,

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Some of the work being funded out of that $16,000+ has been discussed for years. It was one of the discussion points that came up during the field restructure meetings, along with the Redwood trees that were on the plans yet NEVER planted by the district down the common property line. But we got a new obnoxious scoreboard in!

As for not having kids in the district, perhaps that is true, but my taxes still go towards those schools utilized by my neighbor's children. That gives me the ability to have a voice in this discussion WITHOUT shame. I do care about the kids. They are our future. That's why I am thrilled "A Gatetree Circle Family" who voiced their concerns in the related thread no longer need to be worried for the safety of their 3 year old.

PUSD has long lived high on the hog from developer fees. Those fees are now dwindling with the town being close to build out. They are being forced to look to traditional sources of funding which are also in short supply. Eliminating the Public Information Officer salary from PUSD might go a long way towards funding the work under discussion. It might even leave a few dollars on the table to purchase items that directly enhance the quality of education the kids receive. Example: Media & Technology is only 2% of the General Fund budget. General Administration is 5.6%, with School Administration at 4.8%. Seems a tad off balance to me.

Too bad this topic is the one that has apparently forced many into reality. Before claiming this money to be a waste, perhaps you should review the District Budget via the following Web Link and look at where there the educational dollars are being allocated, IF education is your real issue/concern.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Thank you ANOTHER Gatetree resident for calling your neighbor on their misrepresentation of the facts. They are in need of the reality check. Yes the district does have less funds for education which is why forcing their hand to spend $16700 on a walkway is truly a waste. Suggesting a postion be eliminated to pay for the walkway is absurd. Even if the position was eliminated the point is the money should be spent on education. Again, re-opening the field gate would cost nothing.
Stating the mother now need not be worried about the safety of her 3 year old is a riduculous statement as well. A mother always needs to be concerned for her children's safety and I'm sure residents of the street will still drive by this child's home, and the mailman and delivery trucks and the garbage trucks and so on.
This resident must feel guilty for exaggerating their claims to AVHS and is trying to push any idea to lessen their guilt. Obviously they don't care about AVHS kids, "our future", who would like the gate re-opened.


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 10, 2008 at 7:59 am

Quote: This resident must feel guilty for exaggerating their claims to AVHS and is trying to push any idea to lessen their guilt. Obviously they don't care about AVHS kids, "our future", who would like the gate re-opened.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood

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I feel guilty about nothing. And if the AVHS kids would really like the gate reopened, why weren't THEY at the meeting?

And FYI -- I misrepresented nothing. It's simply MY perspective. I don't ask, nor care, that you agree or disagree.


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm

FYI -- A call was just made to the Pleasanton PD. My husband was coming into Gatetree Circle using the "non-Amador" side of the loop. Some kid in a late model blue Pathfinder came speeding around the corner, riding well over his side of the street, and when the kid realized he was over the line, he had the gall to play chicken with my husband. Fortunately for the kid, he realized he'd lose the game.

If anyone knows who this kid is, I'd love details so we can update Pleasanton PD. Feel free to e-mail me via Yahoo at gatetreecircle@yahoo.com

Thank you.