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Pleasanton school trustees and senior staff members are starting to wrestle with a most challenging budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

That's what award-winning writer Tim Hunt writes in his blog in today's

It amounts to educating guessing because so much is unknown and well beyond their control.

Hunt points out that decisions on teacher staffing next year must be made in the next four or five weeks so notices of potential layoffs can be sent in mid-March. Of course, the district will only have a set of "best guesses" upon which to base its plans. That's nothing new.

"What is different is Gov. Jerry Brown's budget hinges on voters passing in November his five-year, one half-cent sales tax increase coupled with an income tax surcharge on the wealthiest Californians (sound familiar)," Hunt writes. "He's tied passage to further cuts in education and public safety. He didn't choose prison guards."


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Posted by I like the recycling
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

It is very easy to just toss all the paper, cans, recyclable plastic in one can, and I'm sure more people recycle than places where you need to separate all that.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

This is interesting to me . . . you have to be logged in to comment on Mr. Hunt's topic, but the editor then posts it so we can comment here instead. Why not just open Mr. Hunt's posts up to all?

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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Jan 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Kathleen, We posted this to promote Tim's blog, not to encourage posts here.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Thanks Gina. Don't know that additional comments will end up here; it has happened with previous topics though. I am registered, so it's not an issue for me; but I do wonder, for all the promotion Mr. Hunt is receiving, why those posts remain locked.

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Posted by RestOfStory
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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Get used to it. We live in a socialist state and elected a socialist president. The majority of people do not want to be free, they want the government to take care of them. A friend of mine, now living in England, said that one interesting thing he observed there is that the reduced personal choices that socialism brought also reduced controversy. When everyone gets the same poor option, nobody objects. Hmmm.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

There used to be a team of workers at the Pleasanton Transfer station that sorted all of the incoming refuse to make sure recyclables were separated from non-recylable waste.
I don't doubt these guys did a much better job of sorting waste than most homeowners, but they were laid off to launch the in-your-face 3 can program. It gives the appearance the garbage service cares, but the program really requires much more effort on the part of homeowners and garbage truck drivers, which in the end results in more recycable garbage in the general waste collections.

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Posted by Mr. Slippers
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Let someone else do the sorting. I'm too busy. As far as this outfit of crusaders waging 10 cent bag-fee jihad on us, I think they'd find a more welcome audience among the Taliban. Comes from living in a socialist state with a socialist president I guess.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

To Mr. Slippers: It's not as if President Obama visited Pleasanton or Alameda County and mandated that plastic bags will now be available on a cost-recovery basis for the local businesses. Golly gee, the town of Pleasanton is a bit behind the curve in this respect. But any true Republican capitalist should be cheering this development loudly and proudly! After all, the small business owner is being compensated fairly for services provided...YAY!! And the citizens still have a choice -- either bring their own bags of purchase bags from the retailer! Darn, what's not to cheer about choice and free will and capitalism?

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Posted by MrsMMM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 2, 2012 at 2:55 am

To RestofStory:

It seems to me that drawing an unpleasant conclusion about a country's social system and political climate based on one anecdotal comment by one friend is a rather irrational and unwise thing to do.

After all, if I were to tell one of my friends back home in England about your astonishing comment, I trust he would not immediately conclude that all Americans were politically naive xenophobes.

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