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Bowser Really?

Original post made by Suzy Q, California Reflections, on Oct 13, 2010

Hey Folks - Wake up and smell the coffee!

Bowser are you kidding me? He might be a nice guy, but don't you think it is inappropriate for him to run for school board?

His wife is a teacher in the district and a site union rep.

He makes a promise in his ballot statement that he will bring back class size reduction and 7th period. Does he not understand the state budget process and how it funds schools?

School Board members do not have the power to bring back if there is no money or is he counting on a parcel tax? That is a whole other discussion.

He is endorsed by the teachers union. Think they are trying to put in a yes man?

He was given $1,000 by the union towards his campaign.

He has a senior in high school. Why would he run now?

In the 2008 election he came in 5th out of 6 candidates.

How much has he really done on all those committees that he has joined in the last 2 years?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

So who should we vote for? There are no great candidates this time around. Last time we had a few good ones, but not now.

Bowser and Piderit look like the best choices. If not them, who and why?

Just because Bowser's wife is a teacher does not make him a bad choice.

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Posted by Cherub H
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

It is the question of conflict of interest.

Jeff being on the board making decisions that directly impact his own family's take-home pay would make him unable to be impartial.

This has nothing to do with being a nice guy - I know he is.

The school board has to be an effective one. Having Jeff on the board would make it ineffective as he would have to recuse himself on so many issues.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

That makes sense. I guess I am voting for Piderit and that is it. Does anyone know much about Laursen, other than the fact that she has been a long time school PTA type?

No wonder the teachers' union endorsed Jeff B.

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Posted by Too close to union
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Spouse of union rep ??? I don't think that works. Either he'd be guarded (for his wife's sake), or seriously in the tank for the union. All around, I don't think I want that.

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Posted by Too close to union
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I think we need a "student union " (that's the fun pun). Really, we desperately need genuine advocates for the students. I don't see it coming from any place else ! Some parents seem to like union smoozing more than standing up to the system.

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Posted by Margaret
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

We already have at least one local government official in the tank with the unions...that would be Jerry "Food Stamps for All" McNerney.

We don't need any more union-bought government officials.

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Posted by Georgia P
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

Then we need to be sure Cheryl Cook-Kallio stays OUT of local politics for good! She has been supported by every Policial Action Committee (PAC) and UNION around -incl. some of the city employee unions. Why? Because she is a member of the teacher's union and has promised the local unions more rich contracts that will continue to bankrupt our city. Here is a link

I am backing the 2 NON-union candidates: Jerry Thorne and Karla Brown! Time for Cheryl the "complainer" to go home.

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

SuzyQ- What did you get the information about the union giving Bowser $1000? Is that documented somewhere? As a teacher, parent and Pleasanton resident I agree that there is a conflict of interest for Bowser to sit on the school board. I am interested in seeing where my dues are going.

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Posted by Another parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

All three school board candidates should be applauded for their willingness to perform what is essentially a volunteer position to serve the school community.
All three candidates are intelligent, well informed individuals who have a genuine concern for education.
As a PW article stated, there is not much to differentiate among the candidates.
Jeff Bowser is a good man, and individuals I know who have served on various committees with him speak highly of his abilities and character.
It is because he is a man of integrity that he will recuse himself from any discussions or votes that relate to teachers to avoid even the slightest question about impartiality. While that is admirable, it does impact his ability to effectively serve on the school board.
With very little to differentiate among the candidates, Mr. Bowser's inability to participate in many discussions or votes is the reason why I will not vote for him.
The irony of not voting for a candidate because the candidate is a person of good character is not lost on me.
Fortunately, the other two candidates are also of good character and have not only the willingness to serve the community, but the time as well.
I wish Mr. Bowser the best, and hope he'll continue to serve the Pleasanton community in other ways.

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 22, 2010 at 11:04 am

Mr. Bowser has no intention of recusing himself from any topic. In the 10/21/2010 Independent is an article entitled "Bowser Clarifies 'Conflict' Issue".
Bowser said he has gone to board meetings for three years. "I haven't seen items that would be a conflict."
Where is the integrity?
Sandy and Joan are well qualified and committed to excellence in education for Pleasanton students.
Piderit and Laursen for School Board!

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