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Original post made by Ptown resident, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 10, 2009

Parcel Tax still needed?
Schools & Kids, posted by Carl, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, 20 hours ago

Quite a few pro-G supporters claim that PUSD is a well managed public entity.

At the Feb 3 PUSD workshop Trustee Kernan said, as quoted in the PW (Feb 6, 2009) Web Link

...Trustee Pat Kernan said there isn't enough information to go forward on a parcel tax at this time. "Until we know [the final state] budget, we can't go to the public because we don't know what we're asking for," he said. "We do know it's going to be a shared sacrifice."...

Several weeks later the Board proceeded with the parcel tax measure without knowing the 'final state budget'.

With the news in the last week of the receipt of $6.7M from the state, with approximately $4M more on the way, it is clear that the PUSD Board's decision to proceed with the parcel tax was premature and unwise.

At this point in the game, to proceed with the parcel tax only shows that the PUSD Board and Unions are joined in a game to extract the greatest amount of tax dollars from what ever source they can obtain it from. This is their shared objective and it satisfies their mutual goals to have as much money as possible. In this twisted sense, maybe the pro-G supporters are right. For a lot of us, greed is not right.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I am on the Budget Advisory Committee and I must have missed the part of the district receiving $6.7M in new funds from the State let alone $4M more. The $10M in cuts are real and required to balance the budget. I not sure how this translates to greed. Measure G funds will be used to restore programs to benefit students. It’s about the kids and property values. Check out a CBS news story on Pleasanton property values Web Link.

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Posted by Practical Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm

It is pretty well known that district management kept the budget advisory committee out of the loop by not even providing essentials such as the complete budget. The district has kept the first monies of $2.1 (recently updated to $2.5)pretty low key but surely you knew about it Hmmmm.
But now just this weekend the governor's office announced the amount of ARRA funds that we will be getting---$4,244,533.00!
This isn't rumor. It can be verified here Web Link

With this pass through of federal monies and more yet to come plus the cuts that are warranted and away from the classroom the parcel tax is NOT NEEDED. The school district should cancel the election in order to save the balance of election costs.

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Posted by John Adams
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 11, 2009 at 8:28 am

Hmmm, having been there, I understand the many hours of meetings you attend for the BAC. I appreciate your service to the community.

Unfortunately, BAC (or school board) meetings do not offer a complete picture. To really fulfill your responsibility, you need to do your homework and dig deep for relevant information. I encourage you to go to this page Web Link and click the link to add your email to the update list. Those on this list were the first to know about the release of SFSF funds. These funds are so important to our community at this time that school board members and BAC members need to stay on top of the subject.

Why is CBS not picking up Jack O'Connell's announcement on this subject? Web Link As they say, "No news is good news." Apparently good news is not news.

I did watch your CBS story, but careful consumers know not to believe everything they see on TV. Here's a different story from the Contra Costa Times:

PLEASANTON — The Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center will host a session on how homeowners can protect themselves from foreclosure. Web Link

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