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Editorial: Vote No on Measure C, child care sales tax marred by vague context

Original post made on Feb 14, 2020

Just be direct with the voters about the tax measure you want them to adopt. That's not what we've seen here. Vote No on Measure C.

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12 people like this
Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2020 at 6:34 am

Go to the "Yes on C: Care for Our Kids" website, and good luck finding the phrase "sales tax" anywhere (unless you manage to find the link to the full 13-page ordinance). Are they trying to hoodwink voters? Be upfront about the basic terms.

Yes, they are.

The "basic terms" are the similar so called "progressive" (socialist) ones. Whatever people need and/or want becomes a "right" and subsequently needs to be provided for "free" by the taxpayers and/or the "rich". Anyone who objects/refuses either "doesn't care" or is "greedy".


15 people like this
Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 14, 2020 at 9:01 am

The county registrar can't answer? More likely he/she WOULDN'T answer. Alameda County is beyond redemption. If this tax passes then I'll be spending my sales tax dollars in Contra Costa County because even if their half cent sales tax measure passes their tax will still be 1% lower and if it doesn't pass it will be 1.5% lower!


4 people like this
Posted by Listener
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2020 at 10:05 am

This weekly editorial appears to be saying: We, in Pleasanton in the county of Alameda, don't need to pay taxes to support children in other parts of our county because our kids come from homes that don't need this help. ... eg. let the poor pay for the poor. Really???


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Posted by Mark Jan
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 14, 2020 at 10:17 am

Last year I participated in a focus group in Fremont for this measure. The focus group presented certain wording such as: choose the pleasant phrase. We reviewed the most sympathetic photos, what colors to use in the logos and such. They paid me $170 for this evening. There were 2 groups of 10 that I saw participate. I was shocked at how many of the group immediately said "it's only 1/2 percent". I was the conservative old guy in the group that had to remind everyone how much we already pay for sales tax (9.25%) and property tax. The sales tax in Alameda County is already too high. The measure sneaks in the words "benefits the middle class". No it doesn't! It's not clear what household income is considered middle class. This tax will benefit a hospital in Oakland that I will never use. This hospital should use fund raisers and other means of funding not sales tax. Do not raise the sales tax in Alameda County. VOTE NO!


13 people like this
Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 14, 2020 at 10:30 am

"This weekly editorial appears to be saying: We, in Pleasanton in the county of Alameda, don't need to pay taxes to support children in other parts of our county because our kids come from homes that don't need this help. ... eg. let the poor pay for the poor. Really???"

And you appearing to be saying: taxpayers in the county (already pay 9%+ in sales taxes) need to be paying even more to underwrite childcare expenses for everyone vs. those choosing to have/raise the children. Really???

Enough of the "need this help" argument. You can use this "fairness" reasoning process to endlessly justify tax increases to subsidize someone/something - for everything. Are car repairs next? Mortgage payments? Shoes?


12 people like this
Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 14, 2020 at 11:50 am

The CA sales tax rate is 6% plus 1.25% that goes directly to city and counties. That brings the total amount to 7.25% for Alameda County...some cities have it as high as 10.25%. That means that Alameda County gets 2%, at least, that is going where? That is a lot of money. Take care of your own family, or don't have one. My tax dollars already go for free birth control...take advantage of that.


6 people like this
Posted by Pops
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:23 pm

I calculated the impact on my expenses for the year. For me, it's around a $200 increase for every half cent added to sales tax. Spread out over the year, that's about $4 a week. Given that I'd probably just spend that on coffee, I'll let the kids in Oakland have it.


9 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 14, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Assuming the kids actually see the benefit of your generosity.


11 people like this
Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2020 at 5:07 pm

They also have their "Yes on C" campaign signs illegally plastered on city property around town. Looking like a "No" to me.


12 people like this
Posted by tim
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 14, 2020 at 8:41 pm

anyone that votes to raise their own taxes is foolish


11 people like this
Posted by Naveed Khan
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Feb 14, 2020 at 9:37 pm

Both Measure C and Measure M are deeply flawed. Measure C is just an extension of sales Tax for very dubious causes. $150 Million of Tax Payer money in Alameda County's junk spending. Measure School Bond is also deeply flawed. To Pay schools $323 Million Taxpayer have to pay over a Billion Dollars over the life of the Bond. What is missing in PUSD Flyers is accurate information. Tax Payers are being misled. Where is the information on interest rate? It is also misleading that all money will stay in the area. How will PUSD ensure that interest paid by Tax Payers would stay in the valley.


1 person likes this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
8 hours ago

Enough sales taxes already. We already pay enough. Make good use of the money going in, find out where the leaks are, find out where the existing moneys are being misdirected to.


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Posted by BT
a resident of Downtown
5 hours ago

This is absolutely a yes. This measure is led by a community who is directly being affected by the issues at play. Most of the organizations supporting this measure are parent led,grassroots organizations.

Also the Children's hospital in Oakland Pediatric Trauma Center is only one of two in the state and any children in Pleasanton that need those services will have to go all the way to Oakland so yes it does affect the Pleasanton families.

Regarding the sales tax, it is a half cent. What that looks like is a nickel for every dollar you spend, and a half a penny for every dollar you spend-so it would be absolutely ridiculous to not give that to your community especially if you live in a neighborhood like Pleasanton, where the average household income is $138,269.

This affects all families and should be treated as a historic moment in history as this is a community led effort, period.

YES ON C!


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Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
1 hour ago

Okay BT, you can pay for me because I won’t pay it. It’s always just a little here and a little there and we have Measure M and Prop. 13 and all of those hidden taxes that nobody talks about. Like I said, I’ll spend tax dollars in Contra Costa County. Only a dumb democrat/communist would vote to tax themselves...so go for it and pay my share.


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