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Original post made by Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows, on Sep 21, 2020

This is how I rated the candidates:

Steve Maher +++

Mary Jo Carreon ++

Chong Wang ++

Jamie Yee +

Kelly Mokashi +


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm

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Going forward - the needed experience for PUSD board would well be represented by Steve Maher.

He has years of experience as a teacher and special needs experience. His four years served on the board will help guide new comers to the board if they are elected.

We do not want a twelve year board member continuing for another four years, where her previous Eight years on the PUSD board have been a disaster.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 21, 2020 at 10:36 pm

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I’m going to say Chong Wang and Kelly Mokashi. Steve Maher has this hands down. We do not need Mary Jo Carreon, a former PUSD teacher, nor Jamie Yee (12 years are more than enough) on the board.


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Posted by Candace Cease
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 23, 2020 at 9:51 am

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In response to Kathleen, why not a former teacher and parent? Mary Jo has devoted her working years to education, and I applaud her for taking this step when she could have just enjoyed her much deserved retirement. Mary Jo has a unique perspective that is needed on the board. It is vital that board members understand the current climate of our schools and the pressures facing students in 2020 and beyond. Teaching in the district has given Mary Jo firsthand knowledge of what works for children and what is needed to make PUSD an even better learning environment. I was fortunate to work with Mary Jo when I was the reading specialist at Alisal Elementary. MaryJo was always knowledgeable, professional, and a fierce advocate for her students, and I know she will work hard to ensure all of the students in PUSD have opportunities for the best education possible. Mary Jo has my vote!


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 23, 2020 at 11:26 am

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Candace, Mary Jo is also a union member.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 23, 2020 at 6:33 pm

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Future PUSD School Board Bond Measure Language:

If Bond measure passes:

The PUSD board must have contracts signed within Eighteen months of the passing of the bond measure. The contracts must cover all those things the bond measure was written for.

If the PUSD board does not have commitments and signed contracts for all those things the bond measure was intended for within Eighteen months of its passing, the bond is rescinded and canceled.

All monies collected for the canceled bond measure will be credited back to the property owners parcel tax debt.

PUSD board candidate Yee claiming it takes Two to Three years to get anything started after a bond measure has been approved by tax payers is NONSENSE.

Much of what needs to be completed can be done before the bond measure comes before the taxpayer for a vote.

Do the work before you ask for more money.


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Posted by Candace Cease
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 23, 2020 at 7:02 pm

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Kathleen,
Hmmmm, so what is wrong with being a member of the Association of Pleasanton Teachers, the bargaining unit? Do you have a problem with workers who are unionized? Many Americans are. I was a proud member of APT, and in my 22 years in PUSD, we never experienced a strike; APT and PUSD reached compromises. So, can you at least point out what you do not like about a candidate's policies rather than position. Should a parent not run because he or she has a student in PUSD? Plus, MaryJo is retired!! Please talk policy rather than attack character.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 23, 2020 at 8:30 pm

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Candace, We do not need a teacher (former) on the board, particularly when there are negotiations. I hold no personal animosity toward her.


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2020 at 7:47 am

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I just finished watching the forum. Thanks to the Weekly for hosting the forum. I generally agree with Michael's assesment based on how the candidates answered the questions. I think I would rate Jamie Yee a bit higher than Michael did.

What surprised me that with regard to district finances, not one candidate mentioned collaborating with the city to look at ways to share expenses or ways the city could help with programs. (If I missed something on this please comment.) Its in everyone's interest that PUSD continues to be ranked with excellent schools. That's why I think this election is so important with one open seat on the board.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 24, 2020 at 2:48 pm

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There are actually three open seats. Steve Maher and Jamie Yee have to win their seats like anyone else running. Jamie, however, has 12 years on the board and no children or grandchildren in our schools. We need a fresh look. I believe Chong Wang and Kelly Mokashi are the two people who should be on the board. Steve will win.


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Posted by Liking Wang
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 29, 2020 at 8:21 pm

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Maher and Yee have served us well And deserve reelection. I am impressed with Chong Wang for open seat. Like that he was nominated for two budget subcommittees and can look objectively at budget challenges. Like that he is a technology leader and volunteered to help teachers who may need support transitioning to remote learning. Like that he would be the only parent of school kids on the board. This is a valuable perspective. Like that he is a long time volunteer in our community and someone who cares and wants to serve.


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Posted by Michael
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 29, 2020 at 8:44 pm

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@Liking Wang:

I disagree with your opinion electing Jamie Yee.

If Jamie Yee is elected, she would be a deterrent for Chong Wang and his effort towards a practical unbiased fundamental approach the PUSD board has not had for years, primarily because of Jamie Yee.

Jamie Yee needs to be voted out of office. (TERMED OUT BY THE VOTERS).

The first item of business for the new PUSD board is to establish term limits.


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