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Parcel tax fails

Original post made on Jun 5, 2009

Voters defeated a potential funding source for the school district Tuesday, and now members the Pleasanton Unified School District and its board are looking to reduce staff and programs in order to end the year with a balanced budget.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

Since Steve Brozosky, Kay Ayala, Kathleen Ruegsegger can't get elected to local office, they have to jump on a divisive issue and make our children pay as a result. I wish these tax-revolt Republicans would take to their act to Bakersfield or Texas so they can be around likeminded people. That way, they can live in their conservative wonderland and pay for everything with magical conservative pixie dust, since they hate taxes so much. Once they’re gone we can get back to the business of funding our schools and move away from Republican selfishness.

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Posted by Sara
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

I’m surprised Steve Brozosky found the time to fight against Measure G. It seems like he would be too busy looking through Mayor Hosterman’s email account.

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Posted by @ Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 8:53 am

If all Republicans do move to Texas, who's going to fund your welfare checks and free school lunches?

Remember, don't bite the hand that feeds you! :)

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 5, 2009 at 8:59 am

Sandy is a registered user.

Some opposed measure G, some supported it. Taking sides is a normal part of the political process, but there's no reason why opponents have to be singled out for personal attacks.

Knock it off, already!

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Posted by Pedro
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2009 at 9:06 am

It was and is not about the children but rather simply teachers raises at a time when everyone is hurting financially. Pleasanton children will be fine and everyone is going to need to tighten up their belts and reduce wasted spending as that is the problem we just spend to much money.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2009 at 11:08 am

Whoever the "Joe" was in the first comment, it wasn't me...I'm the ORIGINAL JOE FROM DOWNTOWN, so I guess there is something to be said for registering to post afterall.
Anyway, fake Joe, stop the personal attacks and try to look forward with a solution(s). If all of the registered Republican voters in Pleasanton had voted No, then there would have been many more no votes than were actually recorded. Alameda County may be mostly DEM. but Pleasanton is split roughly 50-50. What if we got all the Democrats to move to Cuba and once they're gone we can get down to business and move away from Democratic socialism. Its always a two way street.

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Posted by fred
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I'd like to thank all the Republicans and Tea Bag Heads for ruining our schools. I'm hopeful that as Pleasanton's demographics continue change, the conservatives in this town will get scared and move off to some backwards town in the Central Valley where they can live out their GOP fantasies.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Fred & Joe of another Pleasanton neighborhood,
The productive way to respond to the election is to write your check for $233 this year and each of the next three years to a PUSD school or the district office.
As Sandy said - knock it off already!

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Sorry, wrong Joe....above message meant for Joe of Downtown!

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Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Doug Miller is a registered user.

Your editorial today about the defeat of Measure G got some things right, and many things wrong.

Those of us who were part of an organized opposition were not anonymous. We signed election papers that contained our names and our reasons for opposing the measure. Your paper interviewed some of us and used our quotes. We blogged on your website continuously using our real names. As a result, several of us were personally and publically attacked for our opposition to this measure. Those personal attacks continue to this day.

And to say that "it will be difficult for board members in the aftermath of the defeat to ever determine what they did wrong" is a statement that flies in the face of reality. Our website and your own blogs contain everything one needs to know about our opposition to the measure. The problem was that the board was not interested in our position or our recommendations, at least not until Wednesday morning.

Had you studied our position, you would not have concluded that Pleasanton voters wanted to go ahead with deep cuts to the teaching staff and cuts to important programs. That conclusion was the school board's position if the measure didn't pass. In a nutshell, we support schools and teachers, not perks and raises. Herein lies a feasible solution.

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Posted by fred=joe=todd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm

fred, joe, and todd are the same guy. pasting identical posts to multiple topics...the same old leftist cliches we've heard for years. put your money where your mouth is and give to the schools. i doubt you've ever done it before nor are you likely to do it in the future. no ideas. no solutions. just bitterness.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Even the voters who voted for Measure G are sick of posts by the Freds, Joes and Todds.

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Posted by Michele Hankin
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 5, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Stop picking on conservatives! We will not leave town so stop threatening us already! We taxpayers in this area have been taxed enough already! The taxpayers can't afford to bail out the local schools now so we'll have to cut out a lot of the bureaucracy in the schools here to save money. The schools here have enough money we just need to spend it more wisely!

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Posted by Third Joe to the right
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Well, I gues the imposter Joe has a point!

The TEACHERS very well could be going to TEXAS!

I just read this:

TEXAS to Hire CALIFORNIA Teachers!!
Schools & Kids, posted by Blown Away, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, 3 hours ago
Now is this good news, or bad news? Thousands of California Teachers are getting their Final Layoff notices this week!


Other states woo California teachers amid wave of pink California slips - Yahoo! News (broken link)

SAN DIEGO - Precious Jackson has two years of teaching under her belt and two school teacher-of-the-year awards to show for it. She also has a pink slip.

Now Jackson is a prime target for growing school districts across the country hoping to cherry-pick from thousands of California teachers who have been warned they could be laid off because of state budget woes.Your future is in our classroom," the Fort Worth, Texas, school district says on a San Diego billboard. It plans to send recruiters to the city next month to dangle $3,000 signing bonuses. We don't have an ocean but we have a very good climate, and for a teacher's salary we're considerably more affordable than what San Diego or California is," said Clint Bond, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Independent School District. In San Diego you're throwing yourself at principals and begging them to hire you, and you maybe get an offer two days before the school year starts," said Konen, a California native. "I don't want to live that way, and I think we deserve better."

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Posted by me
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Michele Hankin,


"Pleasanton Schhol Have Enough Money"

Really? California Has ZERO Money as of June 15th and the schools are funded by the State. This situation is NOT going to be getting better any time soon.

Un employment is not getting better adn CA home values have plumited 60% overall.

Were in this for the LOG haul.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2009 at 7:30 am


Stack them in the corner, but please don’t burn them on spare the air days.

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