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Local officials urge yes vote on Prop 22

Millions from local government taken by state policy, they say

A crowd of local officials gathered Tuesday to protest a state practice that's shifted billions from city budgets to the California budget, and to ask voters to approve Proposition 22.

The policy, known as ERAF (Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds), has taken millions from Pleasanton alone, according to Mayor Jennifer Hosterman.

"In our little town of Pleasanton, with only 70,000 people, the state has stolen a little over $100 million," Hosterman said. "It's completely dysfunctional."

Hosterman was joined by Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel and others, including representatives from the Fremont library and chamber of commerce, outside a firehouse near the Livermore Airport that's been shut down as a result of ERAF.

Miguel said the station's closure had led to increased response times for firefighters, who now have to travel from other stations.

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 13, 2010 at 9:19 am

I agree with Adam mostly. Some parents do not take responsibility. Schools force teachers to teach for top State Testing Scores which may be all about money. Kids and teachers who misbehave should be tossed out so that those kids who want to learn can and teachers can teach. I think an education is a kid's right and our responsibility. Cameras are a good idea in my opinion. And I have sat my butt down in my children's classrooms and watched a kid disrespect a teacher and cause commotion. Camera's would show what "hellions" parents "little angels" really are and would show up the crappy teachers. Workers who do work in other job fields do work under the scrutiny of cameras, no big deal because you are there to work (teach) and kids are at school to learn. Hopefully fun can be had doing both. We know about the bullying and violence that goes on in schools. Does anyone know how many teachers were assaulted last year by students? Lots. My two cents.


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Posted by Lori
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

I agree with you Scott. I volunteer at school in the local area. There were 25 children in the class, 1 disrespectful student, another child who clearly had mental issues & 2 who just could not seat in their seat. The teacher had a difficult time teaching the class all year. I think she did an excellent job considering 2 of the parents thought their children where angeles like you said. They are always angles when the parents arrived. The principal did nothing to back the teacher. Cameras would have been have been an excellent tool for the teacher. It works both ways, excellent tool for the children too. If Police Officers have to have cameras, why not teachers?


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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

I am truly sorry to have placed this in the wrong thread. Should have been under schools.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Regarding the schools, these are all excellent arguments for a voucher system, in which parents have educational choice. We'll soon see what is better for educating children. Now, the bottom line is that a smart kid/good student will excel in nearly every environment, however, the problem is that bad students ruin it for everyone; for example, studies have shown that the presence of ESL kids in a classroom depresses the performance of native English speakers. This is unacceptable. We should be putting extraordinary resources behind the gifted kids, instead what we do is completely backwards and upside down - we put the extraordinary resources on the worst students, in a misguided effort to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse.

This is why we aren't graduating enough kids in SEM (Science, Engineering, Maths). But we have a plethora of kids getting out of high school who are literally at an 8'th grade level, and completely unequipped to tackle college work. This helps nobody. Students who are academically weak need to be put into a technical trade or skilled professional track so they can learn a useful skill. Just because you are a bad student doesn't mean you can't learn skills that are in demand.

As for this measure this thread is supposed to be about, please vote for it - it is high time the state quit stealing local money. All local governments should simply refuse to turn over these payments to the state. Its not right. Local revenues should stay where produced, period. Enough of this "equalization" crap - we don't work like dogs for years to afford to live in a great town with a bunch of other high achievers just so the state can steal the fruits of our labor and spend it on other people's children - what is the point of getting "ahead" if it doesn't give your children a superior opportunity secured by all of your hard work??


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I'll be voting no on Prop 22. The segregationist called "anon" who classified ESL children as a 'sow's ear' is completely disrespectful.

If your kid is gifted, enroll them into UC Berkeley classes at age 10 or something (dual enrollment). Don't expect me to pay for 2nd and 3rd and 4th year college level courses in our high schools.


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Posted by anger ?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm

ANON IS SO RIGHT ! ! Why should we have to sit here with our kids getting screwed ?? SO UNfair for us to be assulted and be forced to accept it...didn't we move here for our kids and outsiders come in and steal it away. and the teachers just saw 'aw' but your kids will 'make it' on their own...and the poor outsiders won't...so suddenly it becomes OUR problem ? Anger ? u bet
and them to satisfy them, they say, ante up more if you expect your kids to get what they were entitled to in the first place !


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