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What a Week: Who do you represent? PUSD ponders area-based elections

Original post made on Sep 16, 2021

Pleasanton Unified has tapped the brakes to slow down its consideration of an in-house proposal to shift Board of Trustees elections from at-large to area-based. The debate (and just how authentic is it?) very much intrigues me...

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 16, 2021, 4:41 PM

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 16, 2021 at 9:21 pm

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Relationship between journalists and politicians - Media helping Media

Roles and responsibilities:
In democracies, the role of the journalist is supposed to be to inform the public debate so that the audience can make educated choices.

The role of politicians is supposed to be to represent those who elected them, and to ensure that the concerns of the electorate are listened to, considered, and where appropriate, acted upon.

In such a political system, the journalist should act on behalf of the audience to ensure that politicians do their job.

The journalist should be exploring and covering the issues that most concern their readers and listeners.

In doing so they should include a diversity of voices and political opinions in order to offer the richest and most complete coverage possible.

If they achieve that, they are more likely to offer journalism that enhances understanding and encourages dialog and debate.

Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 17, 2021 at 4:55 am

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"Roles and responsibilities:
In democracies, the role of the journalist is supposed to be to inform the public debate so that the audience can make educated choices."

Not anymore. They make the (left wing) choice for you and/or withhold alternative viewpoints. Not inform to make educated choices.

Look no further than the 2008 elections where the same "journalists" bent over backwards to accuse practically anyone who criticized the far left background/voting record/paper thin resume' of then candidate Barack Obama as being "racist". Do you think that a conservative candidate with a Bill Ayers and/or Jeremiah Wright type association would not be called out/closely scrutinized for it by the media - and then subsequently forced out of the nomination process as "unsuitable"?

When was the last time you saw "journalists" scrutinize and/or question so called "progressive" politicians regarding their proposals to raise taxes, create new entitlements, get rid of fossil fuels, or impose additional gun control measures? Where are the media "fact checkers" and record keeping of the "number of lies" we had under the Trump Administration as it relates to what Biden is currently doing and/or saying?

Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 17, 2021 at 10:07 am

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The first two comments have no relevance to the subject on this story.

PUSD showed integrity in looking at this subject without any outside influence.
Would area based elections require a candidate to reside in the area? If it does, you could loose better qualified candidates.
We currently have a very good school system, many move to our city for that reason.
PUSD taking their time to study the impact of this change would is prudent.

Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 21, 2021 at 6:46 am

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Can the attention of the Board get any further away from the campuses and classrooms of Pleasanton? Area elections?

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 21, 2021 at 7:35 am

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“You may remember this issue taking prominence in the Tri-Valley amid a wave of legal challenges up and down the I-680 corridor a couple of years ago to spur conversion to district-based elections for local agencies, most of which came in the form of threat letters on behalf of the Bay Area Voting Rights Initiative.”

As Jeremy points out, this threat has not faced Pleasanton. But, it is possible more candidates would step up if they ran for a smaller area. It could make elections less costly. It could also make it possible for, let’s say the north or east parts of town, to lobby their representative about overcrowding and east side development. This is not an awful idea. We shall see where we end up.

Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 21, 2021 at 3:51 pm

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Tuesday's City Council meeting shared with us how the city has to go to District Base elections, after being threatened with a lawsuit. Is that the reason for PUSD looking into the area representation change?

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