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Guest Opinion: Music studios, private schools providing jobs

Original post made on Jun 5, 2009

Your April 24 editorial regarding private schools and other cultural uses in business parks misses the mark on several counts ("Is commercial zoning losing out to private schools, music studios?" page 10). Both the reporting and the thinking are below your usual clear-headed logic.

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Posted by Self Interest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 7:21 am

Brad fails to point out that he owns the condominium that the music studio rents that is the subject of the debate. Full disclosure of his self-interest would be nice.

The jobs that Brad talks about are mostly of the low-wage, short-term variety. These types of businesses make it difficult for neighboring industrial uses which provide a living wage to thrive. But as with the rest of the good old boy's at the Chamber of Commerce(which currently controls our City Council), they prefer the 1950's version of the sweatshop economy. It puts more dollars in their pockets.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

Hirst fails to mention, of course, that most of these 'private schools' and 'learning centers' are in fact unlicensed daycares, with no valid state license for childcare, transporting children after school, keeping children in strip shopping centers and office spaces that don't even meet minimum state standards for credentials and qualifications of staff, indoor and outdoor space required for licensed facilities, minimum ratios required for children and teachers, building codes required by the State, etc. after school and all day during holidays and the summer. Keeping children where a particular child will rot 40-50 hours a week in a storefront with no play area or an office suite with no play area is what he favors.

These so-called 'private schools' and 'learning centers' disquising unlicensed daycare centers provide low paying jobs because the staff are not required to be credentialed because they are 'unlicensed,' don't require the staff to be background checked per state requirements, and the facility is not up to State mandated building cods.

Hirst, an advocate for keeping children in industrially zoned areas, was one of the authors of the ballot measures for Yes on Measure G measure that failed. How ironic is it that he pushes for more taxes to have Pleasanton schools exceed the State's mandated standards, yet as an advocate for these strip shopping center/business and industrial park unlicensed daycare centers, he advocates not having them meet any of the state mandated standards or staff qualifications. That's hypocrisy at its best!

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Posted by ???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 9:37 am

"The jobs that Brad talks about are mostly of the low-wage, short-term variety"

They ARE jobs nevertheless, which are harder and harder to come by these days.

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Posted by Charlie
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I am always amazed by folks who make statements as fact when they do not have the correct information or throw generalities around and hope you believe them. Please do not lump all learning centers together with Music Studios and day care centers. The question here should be what is a "business park" and what type of business is allowed there. This is defined by the City and regulated by them in a non biased way. The person who stated this "Music Studio" is "rented" (of which Mr. Hist is refering to) again wrong facts,is owned by the person who teaches music there. As for the statement "low wage, short term" again you do not have your facts correct. Some of the music teachers who work at this studio rely entirely on this job for their income which keeps them off state programs and allows their children to go to school here in Pleasanton as well. They are licensed by the City, each has a Masters Degree in their subject and they are members of the Music Teachers assoc. of Ca. Please check your facts before you make a statement that may cause harm to someones livelihood or business. What you think you know may not be correct! And yes I know of what I speak!!

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