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Extra bus service could ease parking woes at Amador Valley High

Original post made on Jun 9, 2019

A contract for adding extra bus routes to temporarily help Amador Valley High School students get to class is up for consideration at this week’s Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 9, 2019, 7:28 PM

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 9, 2019 at 8:31 pm

Julia Baum:
Did you ask how much is the PUSD pension liability, in real dollars?
Did you ask about the lack of PUSD professional human resources leadership?
Did you ask about PUSD on floating another bond attempt, that it is a new tax?
Did you ask about salary increases, where programs were reduced or cut, how will the salary increases be funded going forward?
Did you ask what will employee benefits cost with moving them off salary schedule, what is that going to cost, where will the money come from?


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Posted by Doreen
a resident of California Somerset
on Jun 10, 2019 at 8:48 am

Mr. Austin, the $1.8 million in savings for energy expenses will help offset budget challenges at PUSD. This sounds like a win win for every one.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 10, 2019 at 10:04 am

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Doreen, $1.8 million over 25 years. While $72,000 a year is better than zero, it will do little to cover other liabilities.


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Posted by Margo
a resident of Las Positas
on Jun 10, 2019 at 10:40 am

I would like to see a permanent solution to the horrific traffic in this city. It basically shuts down during the school year several times a day. This is in addition to the work commute. We need school buses to help alleviate this car traffic. We live in a geographic bowl which is criss-crossed by 2 major freeways that are at max capacity most of the time. This makes our air quality really bad and worsens climate change issues.
Valerie Arkin and Board members, please address this health hazard.


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Please, Stick to the issue of buses to solve parking and congestion problems. Bring back school buses!!! It is gridlock in the morning and from roughly 2:30 into the commute hour. All schools have horrific queuing lines as parents line up and idle endlessly to pick up their children. That’s air quality reduction, wastes resources and blocks streets. All surrounding businesses, residences, the post office, library, etc are impacted. How come an EIR was never done City-wide on this and yet people file lawsuits over CostCo??? Unbelieveable but I guess kids, parents and schools are a third rail when it comes to admitting this huge problem.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 10, 2019 at 9:32 pm

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I don’t think you’ll ever see school buses again. Web Link Vehicles are very expensive; there’s fuel (or electricity); housing and maintenance; eventual replacement; labor, benefits, and pensions. And parents don’t like to pay.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 10, 2019 at 9:33 pm

We should pass a city ordinance for electric vehicles only


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 10, 2019 at 10:18 pm

At least consider an assessment or feasibility analysis of busing. Isn’t it strange that planners, including BART and the State officials expect us all to take mass transit to work or special events, but it’s OK that kids are driven to or picked up at school in mostly single driver vehicles (roughly all at the same time city-wide).

I never see more than a couple passengers on those big Wheels transit buses. PUSD should buy or lease those under-utilized big buses and let the County buy smaller shuttle buses instead.
Perhaps PUSD should provide adequate queue aisles at all school sites without causing back up onto public streets or otherwise be sued by the air quality board for air quality impacts. Maybe our legislators should get involved.

As far as parents not wanting to pay, that may be true but unreasonable. We pay parcel taxes for school bonds and we don’t have kids in the district. Consider a user fee to offset busing costs.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

For what taxpayers pay in Pleasanton - we could afford some school buses!!!! Any community - even very poor communities across the United States have buses to get children to school. What about other Alameda County cities - do they have buses? I suspect if parents said we can't get our children to school any longer - buses could reappear. Maybe they could do a trial run in heavily populated neighborhoods to test and to take some of the cars off the road. I have lived here over 30 years and it's just gotten worse and worse. Let's try something different folks. STOP the building and focus on infrastructure problems for a while. I know these are not easy issues but it also isn't like solving world peace. We have a lot of really smart residents here. Let's try! Bring SCHOOL buses back on a trial basis and - parents of school aged children - let's get creative so we can help solve this for everybody in our town. Also, let's take streets that have no left turns or no traffic through during school hours out of the equation. It makes carpooling very difficult and it's not fair to everyone who lives and pays taxes here. Streets should be for EVERYONE's use. If it's a busy street and you don't want that then move or don't move there to begin with. I'm thinking a particular street off Bernal. And one near Raleys. We all live here - let's not make it more difficult or cause drivers to go all the way around other streets. We can do this together. Elected representatives- start representing your current taxpayers and stop adding more housing for a while. There is plenty of that going on in Livermore, Dublin and San Ramon. We don't need to follow the leader. Let's think outside the box for a while. We have a beautiful city. Let's keep thinking.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 11, 2019 at 2:34 pm

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I think you are all missing some facts. First, you pay property taxes and the state determines how much comes back to our community based on some pretty complex formulas (Revenue Limit district). We are not a Community Based district like Palo Alto and about 100 or so other districts that keep their tax dollars.

Second, the encroachment on the budget by pension liabilities is growing, especially since the state is pushing contributions to local entities. It’s difficult to maintain quality education programs, let alone add busing.

Last, few districts in this state provide busing; many are reducing this expense. This article is several years old and speaks to this issue. Web Link

Anyone have an idea of how to pay $350,000 or more for one bus, plus fuel/electricity, plus maintenance and replacement costs, plus labor and added pension liabilities and then multiply that enough times to cover the town? Wheels is our best chance.


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 13, 2019 at 12:08 pm

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How is it that small rural areas have buses and an affluent city like us can not afford it? I think a green approach is worth some sacrifice if it eliminates a bunch of vehicle trips, idling car emissions, road impacts and traffic congestion.

What about shuttle buses like all the senior facilities have?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
15 hours ago

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What, exactly, are the sacrifices you propose? Rural communities often are spread out and likely use fewer vehicles, but that’s a guess. We need to work with Wheels for middle and high schools (Amador students definitely use Wheels). I doubt parents will put TK-fifth graders on Wheels.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
14 hours ago

The Amador and Foothill sports use buses to travel to events. Are those buses owned by PUSD or, are they private with contract?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
12 hours ago

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I believe those buses are rented for away games. I can look into it, but it seems unlikely the district would own buses that sit unused 90% of the time.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
12 hours ago

Thanks Kathleen, maybe those buses are a possible option.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
1 hour ago

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Michael, From AVHS web site: Web Link

“Athletics at Amador Valley are self-funded. Athletic director costs, trainer fees, transportation expenses, uniform expenses, equipment upgrading/replacement and tournament entry fees are self-funded.”

As I suspected, this transportation is not available to ease the issue created by the parking lot solar construction..


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Posted by cosmic-charlie@comcast.net
a resident of Downtown
14 minutes ago

I thought there was a great urgency getting this project started so the completion would not run too deep into the next school semester. So why has this project not put a shovel in the ground for 2 weeks following the school closing. Does not seem to be much urgency...


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