More than 500 joined a rally Sunday sponsored by the newly-formed Save Pleasanton Schools organization to support the $233-a-year parcel tax that the school board has placed on the June 2 ballot.
Many carried homemade signs urging a yes vote on the tax, waving them at passing motorists on Del Valle Parkway before the group moved into the Valley Community Church sanctuary for the 1-1/2-hour rally. Speakers included School Board President Chris Grant, students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools, leaders of the Parents Teachers Association and Joan Laursen, who along with Tanya Ludden is co-chair of the Save Pleasanton Schools organization.
The rally followed a decision last Thursday by the school board to ask voters to approve a $233 a year parcel tax in an election scheduled for Tuesday, June 2. The tax, board members said, would help bear the brunt of an $8.70-million shortfall stemming from the state's $41.6-billion deficit. In order for a parcel tax to pass, it would need a two-thirds voter majority.
At the rally, speakers urged the parcel tax boosters to "get out the vote" on June 2, with a focus on making sure everyone 18 and older is registered in time to cast a vote. To pass, two-thirds plus one of those voting in the June 2 election must approve the parcel tax measure.
Meanwhile, the Amador Valley High Parent Teacher Student Association announced that it may take a vote on whether and how to support the parcel tax measure at its March 18 meeting.
"Although less than one percent of the membership typically attends the monthly general meeting, the PTSA is interested in hearing the opinions of all members," the organization stated in its email to members.
To learn more about Save Pleasanton Schools, visit www.savepleasantonschools.org.
Check PleasantonWeekly.com for updates on the parcel tax measure.