Several Alameda County school districts seeking voter approval on bonds, parcel tax measures

Tri-Valley districts absent in this election's bids for more funding

School districts throughout Alameda County are asking voters for additional funding on the Nov. 2 ballot, which includes seven school bond or parcel tax measures.

The Berkeley Unified School District is asking voters to approve Measure H, which would continue an existing parcel tax, and Measure I, which would allow the district to borrow $210 million in bonds. Measure H requires two-thirds voter approval, while Measure I needs 55 percent.

The Measure H funds would be spent to maintain school buildings, classrooms, playgrounds, roofs, and electrical systems, and address fire and safety hazards.

Revenue from Measure I would construct new classrooms, complete seismic upgrades, construct science labs, upgrade computers and other technology, renovate playgrounds, replace restrooms, cafeterias, roofs, heating and fire safety systems, remove hazardous materials and improve energy efficiency.

Measure L proposes a $195 tax per parcel annually for 10 years by Oakland Unified School District.

Measure K would allow Fremont Unified School District to levy a tax of $53 per parcel annually for five years to maintain math, science, reading and writing programs, keep school libraries open, maintain college and workforce preparation programs, and retain qualified teachers.

Among other school revenue measures on the November ballot, Measure G would allow the Ohlone Community College District to borrow $349 million in bonds. The funds would be spent locally, and none would be spent on administrator's salaries or be sent to Sacramento.

Measures J and M would allow the Emery and San Leandro unified school districts to borrow $95 million and $50.1 million in bonds, respectively.

Measure M would allow the San Leandro Unified School District to improve and modernize its schools, and renovate athletic facilities including Burrell Field and the pool at San Leandro High School.

Both Measures J and M require the approval of 55 percent of voters.

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Posted by john
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

Alameda county school district request for bonds and parcel tax measure increases should be voted DOWN! If those in Sacramento (Politicians) did their jobs the school districts would not be in such a mess! Also many of these school districts have way too damn much management.....and before any request for monies is made where is the accounting of the school district budgets? No more of this crap! Vote no to any increase for Parcel taxes and bond measures.

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Posted by question
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

Dear john,

Couldn't we just reduce Medicare and Social Security payments instead. I mean, they are just Welfare programs. I'm sure you would agree to that.

Vote yes on Medicare and Social Security cuts!

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Posted by just me
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Medicare payments to providers have already been reduced. It's difficult for seniors to find doctors who will take a new medicare patient. Social Security benefits have been frozen for a second year in a row. The feds say "except for food and energy" there has been no inflation. But food and energy is where social security recipients where spend most of there income.

Everybody is going to have to do with less. That includes schools. Things will get better. But in the meantime, we'll have to tighten our belts.

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Posted by question
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

"Social Security benefits have been frozen for a second year in a row"

But they're still taking out way more than they ever put in. Its time to stop the madness. I'd start with a 4.5% cut in benfits. On average, recipients would be getting way more than the put in, so they have nothing to complain about.

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Posted by don't be fooled
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

don't be fooled the parcel tax money will only serve to ensure step and column raises continue uninterrupted through the state budget crisis and worst economic recession in 50 years.

I paid my taxes and the state was negligent in managing the funds so don't come back with your hands out PUSD. Yes our children will suffer but asking for a few hundred bucks per parcel is not going to solve the problem. Public pension reform like has happened in the private sector is long over due.

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Posted by question
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Don't be fooled. A 4.5% cut in Social Security would more than make up the difference. They should be happy to get anything at all, so 4.5% is very reasonable. Social Security is just welfare, and they should be happy to get anything at all. Any cuts should start with Social Security, then Medicare. If you're going to take my tax money, I'd rather see you put it use on something worthwhile, like schools. Stop the giveaways before any cuts are made to school services. Cut Social Security and Medicare first.

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Posted by no on 22
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm

We end up paying everything in every direction. Don't be tricked with 22. It would 'LOCK IN" guaranteed state increases. ....then there would come massive new county taxes, fees, bonds, and assorted increases. Vote NO on 22. we need to keep all things visable and able to increase or decrease as we need.

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