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Original post made by Ann Martin, Amador Valley High School, on Apr 27, 2009

Last week the Pleasanton City Council approved lending PUSD 1.2 million via a revolving loan.
I can't speak to the soundness of this action - sounds an awful lot like using one credit card to pay the interest payment on another, but certainly the City Council's generosity is appreciated!
I think PUSD should return that generosity by making an effort to use Pleasanton businesses as much as possible for any PUSD purchases.
In reviewing the PUSD vendor history report, I began checking the vendors listed, and a number of them offer services that are also offered by Pleasanton businesses.

On a number of occasions, the community has been asked to support Pleasanton businesses and I agree with this sentiment and hope PUSD will as well.

For a listing of Pleasanton businesses who are members of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, please go to their website:
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Posted by Mom of 4
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Apr 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

I guess we should be happy that most of those lunches that the administrators expense to PUSD credit cards are at local restaurants.

It has always bothered me that every penny counts in the classroom, so my children must supply their own paper and glue sticks, but $50 lunches are no big deal to the superintendent.

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Posted by Ann Martin
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Mom of 4
I did request and receive copies of the superintendent's expense reports for the period beginning 7/1/08 and ending, well, I'm not sure when it ended...I asked for copies of expense reports to date, but the last expense report filed for which I was given copies was dated 2/13/09, the first 7/2/08.
For the period covering these 8 months, $550.05 was charged back to PUSD for "working lunches," including lunches with PUSD paid for consultants.
I have requested copies of the expense reports filed by the superitendent dating back to 2002 as well as expense reports filed by assistant superintendents.
While approximately $60 a month in "working lunches" is not a huge amount, I can certainly agree that every penny counts, particularly as we reach the end of the school year and teachers are running short on copy paper and other school supplies and find themselves digging into their own pockets to purchase these items. (also, I do not yet know if other PUSD employees are charging back meals to PUSD)

I have emailed the PUSD Business Director and suggested that in light of the budget crisis PUSD is experiencing, "working lunches" paid for by the taxpayers should be discontinued.

I have prepared a list detailing lunch dates, locations, amounts, individuals present and notations regarding the purpose of the working lunch. If you would like to see the list, please email me directly at

Copies of the actual expense reports are available through Business Services at PUSD.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I do not think we want to tie the hands of the PUSD by forcing them to use supplier X or business Y. I think what we should do is encourage them to be able to quote multiple businesses and select the one that offers the most value (not necessarily the cheapest). Forcing the PUSD to use only local businesses may create another problem of local business taking advantage of the school district because they know they have to use a local business. Obviously, that is not what we want.

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Posted by Ann Martin
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Pleasanton Parent,
No argument with what you said - just would like to see PUSD make an effort to use local businesses when it can. I do think they obtain 3 bids for certain types of work, or over certain estimated costs.
I wouldn't want to force PUSD to only use Pleasanton businesses - just encourage them to consider doing so when it's possible.

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Posted by do it now...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Pleasanton businesses should donate more to the schools.

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