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Looking to Make Change in our Community

Original post made by Sabarigirish Somanathan, Amador Valley High School, on Apr 6, 2013

Hello everybody,

My name is Sabari Somanathan and I am a Sophomore at Amador Valley High School looking to make real change in the Pleasanton community, namely the School District. After reading the Town Square forums along with many other political books about change and reform, I feel like a student who is driven to speak up is what has been missing in this town.

Being a student who is constantly engaged with schoolwork, it is hard to stay updated on what is actually going on within the school district and community. This prevents me from bringing up any real topics for which to pass legislation or bring up debates. For this I ask of the Town Square community to share your ideas with me as to how I may proceed with this task of mine, and what topics I should work towards.

I thank all of you for your time and look forward to hearing from you all.

Sabari Somanathan

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Posted by nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

Sabari - i am glad you came forward asking for help, i am a little dismayed that as a third quarter sophomore with the internet at your finger tips you couldnt research a bit more on your own, qnd im saddened ny the fact that you havent learned these thongs in our schools.

I understand with homework you may not be able to attend these meetings, cut the following would be very benefical for you. You could always DVR them and watch at your convenience. They are:
City council mtg
School board mtg
Planning commisson mtg

you must remember that most of what you find in the forums are opinions, especially in the comment section, and therefore biased. You need to gather all the facts on an issue and form your own opinion.

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Posted by Freedom Loving Bob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 7:49 am


The important thing to remember is that taxes are tyranny and tax reductions are freedom. Because when you fix roads or help feed kids with food stamps, you make people dependent on the government. And that's tyranny. But when you give people potholes and empty stomachs, that's freedom. I strongly advice you to look up some of the important TEA Party documents and speeches. I'd begin with early Ku Klux Klan documents, move to John Birch Society, and then jump right into Sarah Palin's most elocuent speeches. And Donald Trump.

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Posted by DJohns
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

DJohns is a registered user.

HI Sabari,

You are absolutely correct that the student voice can be very powerful but students are too busy to be active in a meaningful way. It is necessary to get the support of others with shared concerns to be effective. At the schools there are the leadership groups but they are strongly guided by school staff and focus on school activities. The City has the youth commission but they are strongly guided by City staff and are guided away from anything meaningful. Even adults do not know how to navigate the system to be effective, and are rarely committed enough to preserver through the obstacles that are designed to maintain staff preferred status quo.
What are your concerns that you would like to make changes in? There has been a failed 20 year effort to build a community/youth center. Many community members have expressed concern over the continued overcrowding of our schools. There has been outrage over the anti-youth attitude of many Pleasanton merchants and community members who want to ban kids from downtown. There is concern about the limited pro-kid places for kids to gather and the shutdown of the water-slides, an important youth asset. For many years youth have asked the city of Pleasanton for a safe place for the benign activity of air-soft battles but kids are instead the target of Pleasanton's SWAT team. Pleasanton police profile (harass) our youth, an activity that is illegal to do to adults.

Our youth do need representation, I hope you identify something meaningful and follow through on it. I wish you success and would love support your efforts. Feel free to contact me,

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Posted by Sabarigirish Somanathan
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Sabarigirish Somanathan is a registered user.

You all have shared some really great ideas and I have made it a priority to attend the City Council and School Board meetings as I believe they will provide the most insight into current affairs regarding the district and school. With this information I hope to prepare arguments either against or for certain proposals and will obtain the consent of my school peers so that I may speak for the youth as a whole. I feel this is a strong plan and will bring about much needed representation. If anyone has any further suggestions or ideas please let me know. My email is if anyone wishes to contact me via email.

Thank you all for your support.


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Posted by nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

nancy s. is a registered user.


Also there is a youth commission in pleasanton. You could look into what they do as well.

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