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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - September 21, 2012

Letters

Commitment remains strong

Dear Editor,

On Nov. 6, there will be no election for the three open seats on the Pleasanton school board. Our three seats were not contested and we will be serving another four years. We, Trustees Arkin, Grant and Hintzke, would like to reaffirm and assure the community that our commitment and passion is as strong as ever.

During these uncertain times with the lack of education funding, the continuity of board members with experience and historical knowledge of the district will help to ensure that our school district continues to move forward. We truly appreciate the community's continued support and confidence in our leadership. Four years ago, you entrusted us to be stewards of the school district's policies, budget and what matters most -- the future of our children. We pledge to continue to represent the community with integrity and honesty. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Trustees Valerie Arkin, Chris Grant, Jamie Yee Hintzke

Pleasanton Unified School District

Thorne best for mayor

Dear Editor,

Thank you, Jerry Thorne, for voting against putting Alameda County Measure B1 on the ballot. Unfortunately, you were in the minority and we will be voting on Measure B1. If it passes, it will add 1/2 cent to the current sales tax rate, moving it up to 9.25%. This 1/2 cent increase would remain "in perpetuity," according to the plan.

Alameda County sales tax is already one of the highest in the state. If California's Proposition 30 also passes, it will raise our sales tax another 1/2 cent to 9.75%. That's not only one of the highest rates in the state, but one of the highest in the nation.

California and Alameda County don't have a tax problem, they have a spending problem. California's tax rates are forcing people and businesses to leave our state and they are crushing the California taxpayer. When is enough, enough?

Please vote for Jerry Thorne for mayor of Pleasanton. He is not running to "go along and get along." He is not afraid to take a hard stand against taxes and public employee wages and benefits. His No. 1 concern is: "What's best for the citizens of Pleasanton?"

Frank Capilla, 43-year resident

Comments

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

"During these uncertain times with the lack of education funding, the continuity of board members with experience and historical knowledge of the district will help to ensure that our school district continues to move forward. We truly appreciate the community's continued support and confidence in our leadership. Four years ago, you entrusted us to be stewards of the school district's policies, budget and what matters most -- the future of our children. We pledge to continue to represent the community with integrity and honesty. Please feel free to contact us at any time."

I just read about the 10K tv you guys approved, and the ipads for yourselves that the district is paying for, all at a time when we are seeing cuts to the classroom.

I do not know how the vote went, but if Arkin and Hintzke votes yes for the tv and ipads, I can tell you I am very disappointed. I am not surprised if Grant voted yes since that is what he does: says yes to everything. But you Valerie? Please tell me you voted no!

If you guys are thinking parcel tax, do you think the community will pass a tax given 2 already failed and you guys continue to make poor decisions? You guys do NOT need ipads, and if you want them, pay for them with your board stipend. And a 10K tv? are you kidding?

The story about the 10k tv is on the Independent, someone posted a link to the story on another forum.


Posted by Sandy, a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

The board has not had an agenda item about a future parcel tax, and nothing I have heard board members say in public would indicate that they are considering one for this year. There were a number of community member comments at the last board meeting asking the board to consider a parcel tax as a way to get the funds needed to reduce class sizes in grades K-3... but there's a big difference between a community member's suggestion and formal board action.

If prop 38 passes, it would make no sense at all to move forward with a local parcel tax. Let's wait till after November 7 before we jump to any conclusions about fiscal matters for schools next year.


Posted by Listen closely, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Sep 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Ah Mr. Capilla,

Listen carefully! Mr. Thorne said he was in favor of the projects and the tax if it didn't mention "in perpetuity". In fact he is on record as saying that he would vote FOR the tax if it did not include that phrase.

It is not the tax he is against but the semantics.

How can you be in favor of the projects and not in favor of paying for them. Where will we get that money and how will those projects get built?

He may be taking a hard stand but it is because he is trying to straddle the fence, (again).

This is pandering by Thorne and spin by Capilla.


Posted by excuseme, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 23, 2012 at 5:52 am

I've attended two of the forums. Thorne's position on the transportation tax has been pretty clear--he sees a need for some of the proposed projects but government needs to be held accountable with our tax dollars so he would only support a transportation tax measure with an end date to the tax. Hardly pandering.

If you want to talk about pandering lets talk about cook--kallio and the unions. She was "bitterly disappointed" (her words at the council meeting) that the applicant (BRE) to build the apartments across from BART and the union were not able to reach a labor agreement (PLA). Yet in the Chamber forum (think business & developers) she said she didn't support PLA's. Talk about pandering.


Posted by registered user, Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

And which way did Cook-Kallio happen to vote on the BRE project?


Posted by Lou, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Stacey. Yes, of course. She has voted Yes on all but one or two votes in six years.