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Original post made by Having some fun, Birdland, on May 27, 2009

My friends and I were talking the other day about how the parcel tax issue has really divided the community.
One friend said that it's certainly made her start watching the school board meetings and thinking about the people on the board.
So we began to discuss the School Board members and a couple of margaritas later, we decided to come up with a three word phrase to describe each board member. Here are our favorites:

Valerie Arkin, A for effort
Chris Grant, please stop talking
Jamie Hintzke, please start talking
Pat Kernan doesn't live here
Jim Ott, yes Dr. Casey

Comments (12)

Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 5:04 pm

This might be the most productive list generated “by the board” this year.

Posted by Funny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 5:32 pm

This is hilarious...why? Because I am not really super familiar with the faces of the school board so I only knew the names from articles and PUSD website AND yet after watching a couple of the school board meetings on cable, where they don't show thier names, I'm sure I know who they are just by your description above!

Let me take a shot at it...solely based on last night's meeting,

Is Valerie Arkin, the woman in the middle who hoped everyone would attend the EIE awards next week?

Is Chris Grant the man that sat to the far left with the microphone so close to his mouth it distorted his talking (and drove me nuts to listen to him drone on and on...)

Jamie Hintzke, Is she the woman on the right that kept making little comments "under her breath" (except that the microphone picked them up) but never really said anything constructive except we are in a mess?

Jim Ott, is he the guy with short "pepper" colored hair that laughs at everything Dr. Casey said?

This is TOO funny that because of your post's description I think I can now know the names and faces of the board.

I can't wait for the next voting cycle...when is that again?

Posted by Appt vs Elect
a resident of Golden Eagle
on May 28, 2009 at 12:07 am

This is what happens when you don't "elect" but instead APPOINT your local representatives. Not sure it would be any different in the final analysis, but one has to wonder. I will say that although the current majority was ultimately voted in the last general election, it still makes me wonder if ADMIN didn't have a few vocal hand-picked bosses in its back pocket if Measure G would be on the ballot this time around????

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 28, 2009 at 8:26 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Or you could use his own words...

Pat Kernan: Cut the Cr*p

Every time someone mentions him, those are the words that now pop into my mind. Sad, but true.

Posted by Beth
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 28, 2009 at 8:53 am

What we need is someone like Anne Fox on the School Board to really shake things up. Now that she's done with the Planning Committee, maybe she'll consider it...

Posted by Having some fun
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 8:54 am

There has been so much talk about Pat Kernan's residency, when we thought about him, the first thought that popped into all our heads was that he doesn't live here.
But I like "cut the cr*p" better because it says something about what he believes. Do you remember the context of this comment?

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

Stacey is a registered user.

"Cut the crap" actually came from Opinion Pleasanton Web Link

It was in response to this: Web Link

"If those cuts are implemented, this is going to be a crap district," he continued. "I didn't move here to have my kids go to a crap school. I'll be damned if the kindergarteners are going to get a secondary education while I'm on this board."

Here's from OP:

"You cut the crap Pat

Pat Kernan, Pleasanton Unified School District board trustee, has strong opinions regarding a parcel tax to close the district’s budget deficit estimated to be $8.7 million over the next year and half. He favors it. A few weeks ago, faced with opposition to the tax increase, Mr. Kernan expressed his viewpoint in a colorful manner. He apparently behaved himself in the January 28 meeting. Oh, he was still passionate about the parcel tax but his language less colorful. However, an exasperated Mr. Kernan said that the parents would have to decide what kind of schools they want.

No, Mr. Kernan. The parents have always been crystal clear about the schools they want. They want the best. It is your job to make that happen. You cannot be a trustee only in the good times. You have to do some dirty work too. Make the necessary cuts and increase the reserves to cover us during the continued turmoil at the state level (it will not end soon) and do it tomorrow. Dragging this out will only prolong your agony."

Posted by Having some fun
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

Thank you Stacey for providing the information. The articles were very interesting and so were the blog comments. I was surprised to read that the School Board was suggesting a parcel tax long before they had any information on the state budget.

I think I'll just stick with "doesn't live here," for Pat Kernan.

Posted by Rob Tennant
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 9:51 am

You should be careful what you wish for. There are some other school districts in the Tri-Valley where the school board members are truly ignorant. In comparison, Pleasanton's board looks like the shining light on the hill.

Being a school board member is a thankless job. Most of the belly-achers wouldn't put in that amount of time and effort themselves. If want something different on the board, you best encourage some good, capable, intelligent people to run.

One of the big problems with schools today, is too many parents are too given to complaining and too uninvolved in their children's education. Have you made sure your kid is attending class, doing their homework, and not being a disruptive jerk in class? Are you volunteering to be a classroom parent on a regular basis? Are you are worker-bee or a rock-thrower?

Posted by Nick
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 28, 2009 at 10:49 am

This is pretty crazy. The PUSD Board Members are running a very large organization. Would anyone here hire any one of them as a CEO of a company? Unless, you are Obama the answer has to be a no!

Posted by speechless
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2009 at 11:53 am


Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 28, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Nick, the board members are elected. And it's not their full time job to serve on the board.

One of them actually is a CEO, I believe. Of a credit union.

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