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Letter: Vote yes on G for children's sake

Original post made on May 27, 2009

Dear Editor,

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 8, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by MN
a resident of Mission Park
on May 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Instead of raising property taxes 'by forcing your neighbors to pay it', why don't you donate it directly to the school out of your own pocket.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on May 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm

If you want your kids to receive a public school education please contribute to your school of choice. Do not ask the rest of us to do it for you.

Wake up and smell the coffee.

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Posted by NO ON G
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Ms. Rodda,
Are you comfortable with asking the taxpayers to pay out money that will only free up funds in the General funds to be used for things like car allowances? Or that there's nothing in Measure G to prevent administrators from giving themselves a raise?

I'm not. But I will donate directly to the schools, as I have always done because that way I know my money goes directly where it should go - to the classrooms to benefit the students.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm

MaryEllen: First, I think it's time to rethink the budget and to prioritize what is valued before we throw more money in that hole. Second, publishing everything about the budget has to include all the previous ill advised decisions made and what needs to be done to avoid the same decisions being made again in the future. For many of us, that study means voting no.

Walnut Grove is my children's alma mater; it's a great school. It once housed 1,100 children and had some of the best teachers the district had at the time with very supportive parents and community members. While I would hardly recommend that this piece of history repeat itself, it was a wonderful place of learning even then. I think that will remain the case while we try to work on a permanent fix for today's children and their children.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 8:13 pm

The car allowance thing is getting old. They're cutting that, and it's a drop in the bucket in light of an $18.7 deficit anyway. Get a new mantra...

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Posted by New mantra
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm

a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood suggests: " Get a new mantra..."

I about this? Put a tournique on PSUD spending.

Vote NO on G

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Posted by NO ON G
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 8:30 pm

The car allowance is just one budget expense that was hidden in the budget. Who knew about it until people began digging into the budget? There's a promise that car allowances will be cut if G passes, but there is no promise that they will not later be reinstated. How many more budget expenses have nothing to do with education but are buried in the budget and have been rubber stamped by the School Board?

That is something we will never know unless the School District is forced, by not having G pass, and by public opinion, to look at every single expense and eliminate the extras.

That is not work they want to do, and it is work they will not do if they get more money from the taxpayers.

The School District lacks credibility. I'll hand over my money - but to the teachers for use in the classroom, not to administrators who are more concerned about preserving their perks than they are about our children's education.

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Posted by Randy
a resident of Del Prado
on May 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

How come nobody talks about the best debt of all and that is the 3 point city and state pensions?

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Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 27, 2009 at 9:18 pm

The school pensions are nowhere as large as the city pensions but the retiree medical is still a big problem at the school district. The current accrued liability for the school district retiree medical is $11.4M. When employees retire from the school district that have been there for 10 years, the taxpayer pay 100% of their medical insurance with no cap. This year is is $1M. I know my medical insurance went up 18% for next year so if the district has a similar increase the actual cost for next year is $1.18M. So I would imagine the $11.4M accrued liability will go up each year.

And you know how much of this liability is funded? Zero, zip, nada. Previous school boards gave out this benefit but they let future generations pay for it. It is time for this benefit to go away. It is unsustainable and unfair to the taxpayers.

I would not support any tax increase while we still have things like this on the books. I don't want my tax money used for pay raises and retiree medical. I am getting neither in the private sector.

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Posted by Pen
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 28, 2009 at 12:10 am

Can't we all just get along? Or agree to disagree? Or let our vote do the talking? Or realize that nobody is swaying anybody with their well thought out posts, or angry comments, opinions or projections? No? OK then just keep on arguing the same points over and over and over.

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Posted by curious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Given all the 'ink' you put into blogs, I think you should I.D. yourself as a past PUSD school board member and then a secretary to the past superintendent (MF Callan) until you 'left' PUSD. Sadly, I can only imagine how your comments are isolating you from your past co-workers. It may get real lonely here in Ptown for you as so many of these past co-workers have or probably will, lose their jobs. Have you no sense of respect for what should be .... your friends?
Given this, I certainly wouldn't turn my back to you! You might stab it.

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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

curious -

Wow. Are you as ugly on the outside, too?

Kathleen has always been honest with this forum and there was a recent article in the Independent that profiled her professional service to this and other communities. And she has the guts to reveal herself and her opinions. Do you? At least you know exactly where Kathleen stands and who she is. Can she say that about a coward that hides behind a computer? What have YOU ever done to contribute positively to this community - or do you sit back and let others work and prefer to watch and write a check?

What a cheap, low, shot. You disgust me.

You can only hope to be a portion of the woman Kathleen has proven herself to be in the service of this and other communities.

Shame on you.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I have to agree with "Wow". There's no reason to be so malicious. Kathleen is doing what she thinks is right. If you disagree, state your reasons why you favor G. She's not up for election, nor is she on trial.

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Posted by another Wow
a resident of Country Fair
on May 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I think Sandy said it best - Kathleen is not up for election, nor is she on trial. She has been open about the positions she has held, and her career path. She did leave the school district, by her choice, so trying to imply otherwise is ridiculous.
Your post does not make Kathleen look bad, only you.

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Posted by No on G
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Oh, my...

I am rarely left speechless - but "curious" you have left me so.



You have been nothing short of a champion for this cause, and have done so by exemplifying excellence and a distinguished expertise in educational and fiscal responsibility.

Or in the wise words of Rhino the Hamster...

"You are FULLY Awesome!"
(Bolt, the movie 2008)


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Curious, I've posted all the information about my history; must be how you know it, no? As to my friends, I spoke to them ahead of time precisely because I respect them. As is the case with my friends and neighbors, we talk, we debate, we agree, and we disagree. There is so much more to the people I hold dear than this issue.

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Posted by KR's Friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm


You are a woman of class.


You are a few less letters.

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Posted by Theresa
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Kathleen. I have never met you but if I had the pleasure to do so, I'd personally say thank you. Although we may never become friends since our paths may never cross, the gratitude I have for you will be a good enough memory to make me feel like I have a new friend in this community. Your leadership and your voice (posts, editorials etc) has been remarkable. You bring clarity to this difficult issue.

I think Kathleen has won more friends than she may ever had enjoyed before this whole Measure G even started. Any concerns about her being "lonely" are mis-founded and will be proven wrong!

Thank you again.

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Posted by Ditto
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 31, 2009 at 10:53 pm


Thank you for being a voice of reason and insight.

You have won my respect over and over on this forum and I am hoping a strong, reasoned, respectABLE voice like yours will consider seeking a position of authority in this school district community - either elected or hired. We need those in charge to have your calliber of talent and intellect and passion.

Congratulations for being one of the true and honest voices in this debate.

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