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March 4, 2011

Squatter’s wrongs

Filed under: Alameda, Election, School — Tags: , , , — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Yesterday morning when I was trying to search for a factoid about AUSD on the Alameda SOS website.   I typed in what I believed to be the website for Alameda SOS into the address box “alamedasos.com“, turns out, I had misremembered the domain which is actually “alamedasos.org“.

Instead of pulling up the Alameda SOS site since the organizers apparently decided to not purchase the dot com version of their domain, visiting the site instead directs folks to the Committee Against Measure A’s website:

Another look:

While folks may think this is clever, it’s actually not legal.  In 2001 the State Legislature took up this issue after the 2000 general election when opponents to Prop 36 snatched up domain names that might be affiliated with the proponents campaign and redirected those domains to their sites.

This lead to this bill, which culminated in Elections Code 18320-18323 here are the relevant portions of the law:

It is unlawful for a person, with intent to mislead, deceive, or defraud, to commit an act of political cyberfraud.

Political cyberfraud includes, but is not limited to, any of the following acts:
(A) Intentionally diverting or redirecting access to a political Web site to another person’s Web site by the use of a similar domain name, meta-tags, or other electronic measures.

(C) Registering a domain name that is similar to another domain name for a political Web site.

Of course it’s not clear who actually registered the domain because it was registered via proxy and via GoDaddy.com.   Interestingly enough, the CAMA website is also hosted at GoDaddy.com as well.

This latest bending of the campaigning rules is no surprise given some of the tactics being used by CAMA.   Such as their out-of-state robocalls that conveniently forgot to include identifying information as to who paid and/or commissioned the call.   According to witnesses at a Rotary meeting, CAMA secretary Leland Traiman told the crowd that he did not include identifying information because the robocall company charged by the word.

In response to AlamedaSOS filing a complaint over the flagrant violation of the FPPC rules, CAMA decided that two could play the filing of complaint game and filed a complaint against Alameda SOS and AUSD because a campaign mailer feature a photograph of a teacher in a classroom.   They claimed that this was misuse of AUSD funds by subsidizing Alameda SOS’s campaign.  Except for the fact that it was revealed that the proper permits were secured and that the photo shoot happened after school hours.   The idea that CAMA didn’t actually consider that this may be the case is absurd which just goes to show that the filing of the FPPC complaint was not about righting a legitimate wrong, but rather creating drama in order to bring negative attention to Alameda SOS and the School District — regardless of whether the accusations are true or not.

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116 Comments

  1. Pretty funny that the No on A people like to highlight the “greed” of teachers and administrators when they’ve got a pretty good greed thing going themselves. Robocalls? If these guys are so poor that the new tax is going to break them, how do they afford all this propaganda?

    Comment by Denise Shelton — March 4, 2011 @ 6:37 am

  2. “Bending rules”? Let’s be honest here. The approach taken by the anti-A leaders is just plain deceitful, spiteful, and unethical.

    Comment by Jill — March 4, 2011 @ 8:20 am

  3. Big deal. If voters are swayed either way by junk mail, letters to whomever or robo calls and if people on the other side complain about it, they cancel each other out.

    The real issue is whether voters like the school system as it is or whether they think it’s time for a fundamental change. Like something’s wrong when APD has squad cars are lined up at Wood school because of gang recruitment, weapons on campus, out of control classrooms, teachers without classroom authority, worthless parents who have more authority in the classroom than teachers, an administration that has no say in how teachers teach because of union controls or state or fed mandates, disruptive students who can’t be removed from classrooms; ergo, threats against teachers, bullying of fellow students…but never mind just give us some more money and everything will be fine.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 4, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  4. Jack R., they have been pounding the papers with a lot of serious untruths regarding teachers benefits and salaries, administrative count, and consulting costs among other things.

    Jill is right.

    Comment by Jack B. — March 4, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  5. Jack,

    This is not about giving the schools more money. It’s about trying to make sure that millions of dollars in additional cuts don’t have to be made. (On tope of the $7 million that was cut this year.) I don’t think that the situation you describe (even if true) is going to improve if we have to do things like cut counselors and cram more kids into each class.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — March 4, 2011 @ 9:46 am

  6. Jack R is on target. The system is rigged in the favor of teachers/AUSD: no merit pay, can’t fire for poor performance, bloated pensions, … all of which needs to change and No on A is just the start.

    I am glad to see a number of letters in the Sun that are against A. Not a single person in my block is in favor … it is time AUSD realizes they can’t expect taxpayers to bail them out every year, on clockwork.

    Comment by HL — March 4, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  7. 5. What a load of poppycock!!! Not a single school was closed, following the defeat of Measure E.

    More scary tactics, similar to the runup to the Iraq war … Karl Rove would be proud of AUSD. Sheesh!

    Comment by HL — March 4, 2011 @ 10:34 am

  8. 4. Course Jill’s right. But so what? Quit complaining and put your message out. Those who think differently will ignore it.

    5. Oh the irony! It’s not about giving the schools more money? What rock have you been living under? So let’s do the things you mention without upping the tax. It’s all about the money.

    The schools will stay the same either way. With or without more kids in classrooms, all the things I mentioned (which are true) will continue unless the antiquated approach to warehousing kids and calling it education is changed.

    Easier said than done.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 4, 2011 @ 10:39 am

  9. 6
    Just to be clear. I don’t agree with #6. The system may be rigged but it’s not rigged in favor of teachers. I’m all for giving teachers total control of their classrooms…provided the seniority system is scrapped and the unions are given the boot.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 4, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  10. 7: Sorry, HL, but you are propagating lies again. The 2011-2012 school closures (the earliest closures that AUSD could legally implement following the defeat of measure E last year) were approved last fall by the Board of Education:

    http://www.theislandofalameda.com/?s=school+closures+approved&x=0&y=0

    The closures are being implemented and no longer “hypothetical.” Certainly not “poppycock” if you look at the 4 elementary schools that WILL close in school year 2012-13 if Measure A fails next week.

    It is really sad to see AFT/CAMA persisting in the spreading of false and misleading (&*%@!$%^& throughout this campaign….

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 4, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

  11. 8 — Jack, your first post made it sound like if Measure A passes, it will be a boondoggle for the schools. Not true. Thanks to cuts from state funding, we’re facing deep cuts even if Measure A passes and devastating cuts if Measure A fails. So we’re not facing a choice between more or less. We’re facing a choice between less and a lot less.

    Going back to the point of Lauren’s initial post — it looks like CAMA has also failed to disclose its expenditures for the robo-calls in its financial disclosures as it is required to do under state law. http://docs.ci.alameda.ca.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=241906&dbid=0 Maybe the FPPC will be interested in that violation of state law too.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — March 4, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

  12. Go get em!!

    Comment by Schoolsupporter — March 4, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

  13. 11
    My first comment on this thread was #3. It was about fundamental change or staying the course. I didn’t mention Measure A. Fundamental change is my preference. “Boondoggle” is your choice of word, not mine but if you mean I think the system that’s in place wastes time and money, I’ll accept your word.

    Bitching about one side’s rhetoric is fine but it doesn’t change a whit.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 4, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

  14. 13. the opposition to A has embarked on a systematic campaign of misinformation and lies and it is unfair characterization to say anybody who simply points that out is “bitching”. There are official legal complaints filed involved.

    6. this is not about some incompetent bureaucracy asking for hand outs. It’s about total failure of state funding system and a community stepping into the breech to keep it’s public education system from imploding. It’s not about parcel taxes of any configuration being fair or unfair, or any notion that sacrifices is not involved. It’s about clear priority and concern for a whole education system as linchpin of community stability.

    7. poppycock!!! yourself. refer to 10.

    Comment by M.I. — March 4, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  15. 13:

    In fact, more money (as in more staff) is precisely what can help deal with the problems you listed in #3, Jack.

    No amount of costly school support services (counseling, small class sizes,tutoring, enrichment and family education classes, etc.) can completely compensate for abusive, bad, or absent parenting, poverty, hunger, malnutrition, family alienation, divorce, drug abuse, or the other social ills that affect students’ ability to learn and achieve.

    However, the drastic reductions in the numbers of AUSD’s school counselors, special tutoring programs,small class sizes, and other resources for at-risk youth – ALL due to budget cuts – have certainly not helped Alameda’s at-risk kids who are trying to make their way in the world with far less support than they need.

    Measure A will help to retain the shredded school “safety net” (such as it is) that remains after the past decade of program and resource cuts.

    If you want fewer APD patrol cars intervening at the schools, it’s simple: hire more teachers to reduce class sizes, offer more after-school programs to keep kids off of the streets, and provide more counselors and parenting classes to help kids when they need it.

    All of these resources cost money, Jack – money that AUSD DOES NOT HAVE.

    If you want to starve the kids of needed resources and maintain the downhill slide brought on by steep budget cuts in our public schools, go ahead and vote no on A.

    But if you want to stop digging a deeper hole of hopelessness and trouble in which to throw Alameda’s kids, please VOTE YES ON A.

    It might get a few of those patrol cars back where they belong and away from Wood Middle School…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 4, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

  16. Needless to say, I think you’re full of prunes, Jon. We could argue until we’re blue in the face the reasons education is in the state it is but all we’d get is blue in the face.

    Your remedy is, as you state, more, much, much more of the same. My remedy has little to do with money. It’s more about understanding that it’s not the state’s job to educate kids, it’s the parent’s job. And if that responsibility is shirked by parents, so be it. But most parents want what’s best for their kids and will seek what’s best if they have the choice and the funding, most of which is available now.

    Neither your nor my remedy is likely to happen.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 4, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

  17. What would be the result financially if we paid the teachers DOUBLE what we pay our substitute teachers now without benefits and extras till we get out of this financial mess. Assuming subs make 135.00 a day times 180 days equals 24,300. Pay the Teachers DOUBLE that and give them 270.00 a day or 48,600 for 180 days. That would equal 70,470 a year if Teachers worked year round. So still a pretty good wage in this economy. 33.75 an hour. Even with no Benes.

    How would that effect the Budget of AUSD,?

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

  18. Jon…Have You ever worked in the Private Sector. Have you ever seen business actually look at Employee costs and look for solutions so you Don’t BK company. If Someone is Broke like the CITY STATE COUNTY AUSD believe it or not you have to make changes. Insulting as they are.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  19. We have 9000 students……We have 800 Employess….So the ratio of Students to Teachers admistrators and Staff Is What about 11 to 1………………at what an Average Pay of 100,000.00 A CLIP . Guess what Were Open less than Half the Year. 365 Days a Year and Schools open 175-180……… …While the Alameda Residents average is about 38,000 to 42,000 .

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  20. What Would Create More Value in a Community and School District than controlling Costs that have ran rampant or buckling under to Teachers and Teacher Unions trying to shove more taxes down the citizens throats Under the Disguise Its For The Kids . So you don’t keep putting gas on a fire thats totally out of control. Which is what Measure A Does.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  21. 18
    The only change the system needs is to privatize. Let parents buy the education they want for their kids on the free market via vouchers.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 4, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

  22. Whats Really Sad About all this is the Parents of Students and Business in Alameda who can’t say anything Negative about this due to it might hurt their student in school if the teachers got wind of it and if a Business stood up against it ..It Might Hurt their Business…And alot of Business are on the Edge due to economy and might cause them to close……So Please Don’t Say this is for the Kids…This issue is all about Teachers and Administrators and Staff Making More $$$$$. Please Don’t Insult the peoples intelligence.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  23. Some of the Best People in this Town are Teachers and Retired Teachers and I hold them in Very High Regards. They know as well as I do that we need to make some Drastic Changes or Everyone will get Hosed. But to try and shove another TAX down the peoples throat on a Disguise of this is for the Kids is TOTAL BS. We need to get Our House in Order then you might have case to go to the people.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  24. 21. I think that would probably be a great solution. Worth a try anyway. Whats going on now is failing its students and a out of control financial nightmare for the tax payers.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

  25. California Teachers Association and the California State Council of Service Employees – spent more than $300 million on political activities over the last 10 years. And not coincidentally, since collective bargaining went into effect for state employees, state spending on employee retirement benefits has nearly doubled as a percentage of total state spending and now even exceeds state spending on the University of California and California State University by 40 percent.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  26. Pay teachers 220 a day and 70 in Benies…alot ways to cut it up.

    Thats 73k a year if teachers worked fulltime..But for 180 days they would make 52,200

    How would that effect the Budget of AUSD,?

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

  27. Run for the exits! We’ve been hijacked!

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — March 4, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  28. 8:25 pm and it’s 14 to 1 in favor of johns, you have been hiJACKed.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 4, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

  29. “John” if you want to talk wages and be taken seriously as more than a CAMA troll, then tell us who you are, and what you actually make a year. Otherwise save your phony respect for teachers rap and the rest of your hype and, screw off.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-3-2011/crisis-in-the-dairyland—for-richer-and-poorer—teachers-and-wall-street

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-3-2011/crisis-in-the-dairyland—for-richer-and-poorer

    Comment by M.I. — March 4, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  30. I worked Part-time last year. about 175 days. We have about 600 employees. Total employer contribution to Retirement fund 128,000.00 or about 213.00 per employee. They have been in business 90 + years. Total Retirement fund about 18,000,000. Or about 30,000 average per employee. Some employees have been there 40+ years. You need more info?

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  31. Health Benefits are partially paid by employer.

    Family of 3 for Kaiser cost employee 1040.00 a month deducted from check.

    Family of four 1410.00 deducted from check

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

  32. We get thousands of Resumes a month to work and get job.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  33. Most with College degrees in a variety of fields.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  34. We get alot of resumes from people that are Substitute Teachers.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  35. So not getting any response on the question I asked all members of BOE doesn’t surprise me.

    Mike McMahon is there any reason as a member of the Board of Education you couldnt give me the reports I asked for?

    And give me an answer to my question?

    Here is copy of Email I sent you.

    Does anyone have a total breakdown of AUSD Employees Salary and Total Compensation like the one done on the City of Alameda Employees 2008 Compensation spreadsheet ?

    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=rIFilGsbA6fE5wj_cvRIP_Q

    What would be the result financially if we just paid the teachers double what we pay our substitute teachers now without benefits and extras till we get out of this financial mess. Assuming subs make 135.00 a day times 180 days equals 24,300. Pay the Teachers Double that and give them 270.00 a day or 48,600 for 180 days. That would equal 70,470 a year if Teachers worked year round. So still a pretty good wage in this economy. 33.75 an hour. Even with no Benes.

    How would that effect the Budget of AUSD,?

    Thanks for your service

    In Highest Regards

    John

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  36. How many jobs are there that they pay a Regular worker 4-5 times what a relacement (SUB) costs.

    I now find out going rate for a sub is about 100 a day…And Our Cost for our Teachers with Total Compensation is in Excess 500 a Day… Some More some less…

    What’s Insulting is how did it ever get this lopsided. If Supply is at 100 a day and your Paying 500 a day who is the fool?

    In this case the Taxpayer. Who should be insulted and are.

    Comment by John — March 4, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  37. …”if that responsibility is shirked by parents, so be it”
    This attitude is so short-sighted. Do you want to live in the same world as uneducated, virtually abandoned kids? That’s so naive. When you consider the needs of future employers – they won’t want dropouts and bare high school diplomas. Leading to further unemployment and outsourcing of jobs to other countries with better schools – schools that are, by and large, public, and far better funded than those in CA. CA ranks, what, 47th in the nation per student funding. And ALAMEDA is near the bottom of CALIFORNIA’s school funding per student.

    We’re all paying to educate each generation, but we’ll pay even more if we don’t educate them. What, are there no prisons? No workhouses? (That’s from Dickens. We can’t read much fiction in school anymore, too busy studying for NCLB).

    Comment by Alana Dill — March 4, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

  38. The state with the highest average teacher salary was Connecticut, at $57,760. California was a very close second, where the average teacher salary is $57,604.

    The Teachers are not 47TH in Pay.
    What % of Teachers in Alameda make 57,604 including all Benefits and Compensation?

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 12:54 am

  39. Does that make Alameda Teachers then #1 in using the Highest percentage of Student Funding on their Salaries?

    In Nation or Just in STATE?

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 1:29 am

  40. 18 of 39 posts from John the Troll, I don’t read’em I just count them. At least I know he’ll be gone next week after his job is done. No facts just a lot of rambling B.S. John how’s lesson 9 working for you.

    Comment by John piziali — March 5, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  41. 37
    “Do you want to live in the same world as uneducated, virtually abandoned kids?”

    Fact of the matter is we both live in such a world. Always have and always will. It’s reality. Now let’s get to the meat of the issue.

    “When you consider the needs of future employers – they won’t want dropouts and bare high school diplomas.”

    Since when is educating kids about the needs of future employers? That’s a pretty narrow view of “education”, but setting that faulty assumption aside and following your definition, we’re currently uneducating kids to the extent that if any employer needs educated kids he has to educate them himself.

    Further, you conveniently ignored the sentence that followed the one you quoted: “But most parents want what’s best for their kids and will seek what’s best if they have the choice and the funding, most of which is available now.”

    Your thesis is, apparently, that schools have replaced parents, or must replace parents in cases where parents don’t live up to your belief of what’s best for their kids. Relatively, in the funding of our uneducation system you have ignored kids who want to achieve and spent vast sums and continue to spend vast sums on those kids who disrupt and abuse the process in the mistaken belief that you can make a difference. The result is a leveling downward of the whole process.

    “Dickens”? You say, “We can’t read much fiction in school anymore, too busy studying for NCLB).” By that statement, I assume you are a student trying not to be left behind. My suggestion is to forget NCLB and read Dickens.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  42. WOW Piziali – Funny you mention Lesson 9 – That was a sure signal from AUSD that it doesn’t care a wit about the community’s views – and is a major building block in the foundation of this community’s mistrust of AUSD. Of course AUSD continued to build mistrust with the scare tactics – No wonder this is appearing to be another failed parcel tax. Hopefully the State will be able to fund schools a little better. Bravo to Brown Re: beginning to dismantle the developer rip-off of Redevelopment misappropriations – That is a skewed set of laws. Hopefully Prop 13 will also get tweaked to only protect a single residence for CA Property owners. Perhaps many of the other requirements for schools will also be relieved such as the unbalanced costs of full inclusion for special ed, too many requirements for ADA facility modifications (Is it true the DMV has a driver training book in braille?) It is quite sad to watch the dismantling of this community due to the lack of truth and favoritism in spending by CC, SunCal, Cattulus and others in a vicious circle our tax dollars being used in wasted giveaways. I will always believe this site and LODO herself wear a mantle of responsibility in giving loud voice to the vocal minority – to dobots of H.O.M.E.S. and the like who themselves have more leisure time to spread their tax sucking, community destroying desires for Alameda’s budget and quality of life. This is just the blow-back of such advantage. Now the regular folks, the real workers of our little island appear to be sick of it. Sadder still to know it will get worse, that Alameda is destroying itself, that this is just the beginning. Present CC is something that Alameda is likely to never recover from.

    Comment by b.watchn — March 5, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  43. 40 You can’t handle the facts. Your to busy shoveling BS on this Measure A

    Comment by john — March 5, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  44. These are all Facts from our company. They were in BK in 1987 becuase of employee salary’s and benefits so they had to make drastic changes to their structure or close. The same situation the CITY STATE COUNTY AUSD has been in for along time. But they just kept adding taxes.

    30 I worked Part-time last year. about 175 days. We have about 600 employees. Total employer contribution to Retirement fund 128,000.00 or about 213.00 per employee. They have been in business 90 + years. Total Retirement fund about 18,000,000. Or about 30,000 average per employee. Some employees have been there 40+ years. You need more info?
    .Health Benefits are partially paid by employer.

    Family of 3 for Kaiser cost employee 1040.00 a month deducted from check.

    Family of four 1410.00 deducted from check

    We get thousands of Resumes a month to work and get job.Most with College degrees in a variety of fields.We get alot of resumes from people that are Substitute Teachers.

    Comment by john — March 5, 2011 @ 11:53 am

  45. “I will always believe this site and LODO herself wear a mantle of responsibility in giving loud voice to the vocal minority – to dobots of H.O.M.E.S. and the like who themselves have more leisure time to spread their tax sucking, community destroying desires for Alameda’s budget and quality of life.”

    I’m trying to get my head wrapped around the above statement. Do you mean LODO, by providing a non censured venue for all opinions, is somehow facilitating a single viewpoint for “dobots” by allowing them the leisure to tap out those viewpoints on a keyboard instead of them having the inconvenience of standing on a soapbox in the town square?

    But aren’t you, in your “blowback” comment, removing the notion of a “mantle of responsibility” from her and placing it collectively on all those who comment here? ?

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  46. Here is another Fact

    I have asked for help twice in my life from the Schools and School Department AUSD CALsters Teachers union Don Perata Ect and Every Group Associated With the Teachers of Alameda. The First for a fellow Teacher of yours Mark Mckee and a Best friend of Mine. His family was in financial Peril from huge medical bills and he was in grave health. I said I would try and do everything I could to help.

    The response from the teaching community was astonishing. Everyone said they couldn’t help but would try. The results Nothing. Regreteful emails and pointing at other people who I contacted still Nothing.

    So to try and get an honest answer and effort on something so simple as a report is nothing that surprises me now.

    It certainly is not as disappointing as going in to face Mark and his Family everyday fore the best part of a year and telling them I am still trying but No One is stepping up from the schools.

    Comment by john — March 5, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

  47. I don’t see it that way Jack – there is more than a single factor in play – you know that. That mantle of responsibility comes from her severe bias and the skewed way she presents issues. Lodo clearly as a newcomer to the community began as a mouthpiece for those who were unable or unwilling to present information themselves. This was prior to Tam sending confidential info to people like JKW (and the developer and unions sitting on the other side of the bargaining table) Tam’s response that the unions and developers were “our partners” and therefore should get closed door information is still mind-numbing.

    Have a good weekend, I hope you get out to breath some fresh air.

    Comment by b.watchn — March 5, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  48. John, like I said I don’t read your posts, because your only here for the moment and when this election is over you will disapear.
    If you notice I don’t shovel much of anything, I just support “A”.

    b.watchn,, I think I saw you on the corner the other day with your end of the world sign and the tin foil hat on, that was you wasn’t it.

    Comment by John piziali — March 5, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  49. Hey b.watchn. I just realized that you sound dead up like J.R.Thomas from the past, is that you?

    Comment by John piziali — March 5, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  50. Kinda what the whole school community did to Mark Mckee..No Surprise Mr Pizalli…Ignore and maybe people forget

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  51. 30. the troll is trying to sell us the bridge he lives under. Nice try.

    One private sector example which miraculously corresponds to teaching positions is fabricated troll puke.

    Comment by M.I. — March 5, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

  52. John, you spelled my name wrong, I thought you knew me.

    Comment by John piziali — March 5, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

  53. This John guy is getting on my nerves. Especially the multiple posts spaming the same phrases over and over again. He deserves a special award. Maybe Lauren should start charging by the word for postings taking up over 25% of a thread. We’ll make some money for you out of this yet, Lauren! (Seriously, the guy worries me. Intervention, anybody?)

    Comment by Denise Shelton — March 5, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  54. 18: John, I have spent almost all of my adult working life in the private sector. I started out at age 11 as an entrepreneur, delivering prescriptions for a local pharmacy on my bike. Undercut Yellow Cab by 30%, too.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 5, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  55. One more tip for BB newbies. “Don’t Drink and Do!”

    Comment by Denise Shelton — March 5, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  56. 53: I’m not sure what to do about trolls, Denise. I have been engaging with the AFT/CAMA to try and present the truth for months. T

    he longer it goes, the more it feels like John, b.watchin, David Howard, Leland Traiman, and the others opposing Measure A are ALL trolls, or at least troll-ish to a large degree.

    The proof is here and wherever else you want to look at the so-called dialogue about Measure A. The degree of disingenuousness, deceit, and general BS is clearly evident in almost every message they post in every medium.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 5, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  57. “John” isn’t very bright.

    If he’s such a businessman, he’d have better sense than to waste his days carpet bombing the blogs where he has zero influence.

    I reckon he’s just a petty, cheap smallfry. And oh what a nozzle!

    Comment by Nozzle — March 5, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

  58. Just got a robocall from Gary Fanger telling me to vote no on A. He has a very shady history. Is he really the best spokesman for their cause?

    Comment by BC — March 5, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  59. 55
    I’ve done it drunk a lot of times, Denise. You know what they say about looks at closing time.

    Always enjoyed it…until it got light in the morning.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  60. Jon – I wish you and your fellow schmucks could pull yer heads out of yer butt to see the light. You are so full of fecal waste. You freaking clueless bearded troll.

    The degree of disingenuousness, deceit, and general BS is clearly evident in almost every message you post in every medium. Maybe it was something in the water they served in the Transportation Commission meetings. Birds of a feather with their head in the same dark hole. Still believe SunCal is best for Alameda and the more homes they e?would have built the less traffic we would have and the other nonsense you all to consistently spew? For godsakes put down the kool-aid.

    GOOD SCHOOLS ARE OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY. This parcel tax will not do it – that much is being made clear.

    IMHO AUSD’s friends running the
    public input meetings obviously didn’t mandate that AUSD do what is needed – but the proof will be in the election returns.

    Funny you and Pizzaily lump anyone who disagrees with you and being in the foil-hatted club for which you are the poster-boy.

    Comment by b.watchn — March 5, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  61. 47
    Okay, you’ve stated your problem. What’s your remedy?

    To me it seems disingenuous to complain about someone’s viewpoint by posting the complaint on that person’s blog. Who is it you’re trying to convince? Like inviting yourself to someone’s dinner party in order to tell the host and other guests the food tastes like shit.

    As for her “severe bias” and “skewed way”, if that were true she’d be way ahead of me on ass-hole votes. Which is not the case.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  62. 60
    That’s more like it.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  63. 60. b.watching so clueless does not know what a troll is.

    Observe.

    Comment by Nozzle — March 5, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  64. 59. Really? Quelle surprise! I DID wonder about some of those video posts…In fact I almost called you out on it. It takes one to know one though so I’m staying in my glass house and not doing any batting practice at yours.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — March 5, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  65. 64. My glass house is shatterproof so you can come over and practice with my hardballs anytime. I’ll stick to your curves. Figuratively speaking, of course.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  66. Four bayporters wondering if she’ll look better at closing time!

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

  67. “Now the regular folks, the real workers of our little island appear to be sick of it. Sadder still to know it will get worse, that Alameda is destroying itself, that this is just the beginning.”

    B Watchin

    Thats what is so pathetic. They have NO CLUE where this is heading except get as much as you can Now…and Fk all the rest. Anyone in way bully them with a third grade response. Probably insulting third graders now.

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

  68. 67
    What’s really sad is, anyway you and Mr Watchin cut it you’re both phonies. All you two bitch about is the nuts and bolts of how financing the current education system affects you.

    Like Watchin, thanking Gov Brown for finding ways to continue financing a failed system. He even wants to figure out how to modify Prop 13 in order to pour more
    money down a bottomless pit. So your message is, it’s okay to tax more as long as you don’t tax me.

    I’ll bet dollars to donuts you’re both card carrying big D Democrats.
    long as it doesn’t affect you.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

  69. Jack I’m not buying into any of this HS. I’m sure your a Wolve in Sheeps clothing. DEMOCRAT REPUBLICAN INDEPENDENT whatever.

    The Tactics by the Yes on A Koolaid KIDS bullying anyone on this issue is UFR.

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

  70. Here is what i will do. If I can present those exact facts regarding my employer will the Teachers agree to same Retirement Benefits and Healthcare plan for the City for 5 years til we get this mess taken care of. See who the real phonies are.

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

  71. I worked Part-time last year. about 175 days. We have about 600 employees. Total employer contribution to Retirement fund 128,000.00 or about 213.00 per employee. They have been in business 90 + years. Total Retirement fund about 18,000,000. Or about 30,000 average per employee. Some employees have been there 40+ years. You need more info?
    .Health Benefits are partially paid by employer.

    Family of 3 for Kaiser cost employee 1040.00 a month deducted from check.

    Family of four 1410.00 deducted from check

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  72. What’s your point, that you’re a poor schlep who works for a living and doesn’t want to finance people who don’t work for a living?

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  73. RLOL

    Comment by John — March 5, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  74. Measure A supporters talk out of both sides of their heads. If only they had the money teachers could solve all the children’s mental, emotional, dietary and social problems, make up for bad parents, etc. Oh wait, if the kids are messed up, don’t blame teachers, it’s the kid’s parents, not teachers, who are to blame. Make up your minds. In reality it takes 2 to tango, I blame parents and teachers and even the students themselves for the sorry state of the US system of education and the sorrier state of many of our children.

    Comment by michelle — March 5, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  75. 74
    Wow, Michelle, the closer to closing time or not, you’re looking good!

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 5, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  76. 54

    The Bell on your bike is broken

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 12:14 am

  77. Thanks Jack, it’s the candlelight wot makes me appear so fetching.

    Comment by michelle — March 6, 2011 @ 5:58 am

  78. 74. Michelle. one example. Student test scores are scientifically proven to be a very flawed way to measure the effectiveness of teachers, yet a supposedly smart, and undeniably rich and powerful, guy like Bill Gates continues to prioritize that avenue. In my view his motive is to blame teachers.

    But go ahead and BLAME everybody, but yourself of course, for the weaknesses of our education system.

    Meanwhile, many of us will continue to try to discuss the many complicated layers of responsibility for the problems of education and all the other aspects of our society which are so inextricably linked, and we will hopefully find fairer and more equitable ways than those which are now employed or are our limited options under the current systems.

    Comment by M.I. — March 6, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  79. 78 “…the problems of education and all the other aspects of our society which are so inextricably linked,…”

    Mark, regarding your statement above, would you expand a bit on those aspects of our society you see as problematic and share with us actions you and your many have taken to resolve those problems?

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 6, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

  80. M.I whatever do you mean? Have I been paying extra taxes for nothing? Because, you now say I am to blame for all the bad schools. Is it not we property owners paying for the supposed great Alameda schools already? According to the great reports about the great Alameda school system, I’ve done good! Like I said, you have your hands in our pockets but you still can’t be nice. A good reason to vote no on A is because of the extreme nastiness displayed by supporters. It is ever so, as it was with measure E before it. Why should I support the children of people who habitually insult and bully others? Especially if they don’t get their own way. Truly, it is measure A proponents, not all, but most on these forums, who need anti-bullying classes.

    Comment by michelle — March 6, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

  81. “A good reason to vote no on A is because of the extreme nastiness displayed by supporters. It is ever so, as it was with measure E before it. Why should I support the children of people who habitually insult and bully others? Especially if they don’t get their own way. Truly, it is measure A proponents, not all, but most on these forums, who need anti-bullying classes.”

    They Put me on TILT Michelle… I can’t believe the treatment I recieved from BOE and The Supporters. Snide comments thinking I was someone else referring to some #9 issue which I have no clue about.. I knew from that point forward something was VERY VERY Wrong. Which sent me straight into Attack mode. It’s very Sad what came from people I onetime respected and see the Dark Side.

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  82. I have one thing to say. Kirsten answered everyone of my Emails promtly and I believe tried to get me an answer but was reluctant with this election just around corner. Trish Spencer Referred me to Kirsten and thank her. I wish you all the best and thank you for your service.You guys have your hands full and need to turn this whole thing upside down. It certainly won’t be popular with the teachers and Staff. I had to layoff more people than the whole school Department and it is very ugly …..But was only way to salvage company and any pensions…. I hope we never get.

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  83. This is also true and Challenge the teachers to match. You might be able to save the current pension plan if you do or something very similar.
    I worked Part-time last year. about 175 days. We have about 600 employees. Total employer contribution to Retirement fund 128,000.00 or about 213.00 per employee. They have been in business 90 + years. Total Retirement fund about 18,000,000. Or about 30,000 average per employee. Some employees have been there 40+ years. You need more info?
    .Health Benefits are partially paid by employer.

    Family of 3 for Kaiser cost employee 1040.00 a month deducted from check.

    Family of four 1410.00 deducted from check

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  84. Here is your problem John: you lay off countless teachers and reduce the pay and benefits of others, so they seek out employment elsewhere. Since the point of the school effort is to educate children and to do that, it takes teachers, principals, some folks to do maintenance, paperwork, and keep things organized, when you lay off all these folks and drive others away, who educates the kids? Salaries and benefits in every school district represent the majority of the expenses. That is because it takes people to do this work. Now, we could give each child a laptop and a web site to log into and let them do it all on their own, but I don’t think it will be the same as having children interface with real people who work hard to identify how each child learns best, teach them, care about their social and academic growth. Yes, districts should be businesslike, but teaching has, since the time of the ancient Greeks, been a high calling that asks for smart, dedicated people. I know many teachers, in our district and elsewhere, and they are a hard working, dedicated bunch, often working in less than desirable circumstances with the sole purpose of helping to shape and educate our children. Blaming them for all our woes, or suggesting that they are ‘greedy’ and self serving only, is both unfair and wrong. Pension reform is needed, but remember, it was our elected officials, at an earlier and more ‘flush’ time that granted the pension systems we have. So your blame game is misplaced. Better arguments can be found for your stance against Measure A, and I have seen the whole raft of the current arguments and still feel strongly that we should all vote YES. And we should all be volunteering, contributing, tutoring, helping to make the system better as well.

    Comment by Kate Quick — March 6, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  85. Well, Kate, do I have to take Russo to the Pelican and wine board him or not?

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 6, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  86. You don’t need to layoff any teachers. You need serious concessions from them and we can TURN this Right side up…NOT by Taxing though..INTERNALLY

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

  87. Get the % in Favor of Students not in Favor of Staff Admin and Teachers..Its the KIDS frkn Money

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  88. If the teachers wont budge..We dont need them anyway…JMO…We need a NEW Mindset

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  89. You need consessions from Staff..admin all the way thru system…If they don’t want onboard …So what..Goodbye ..Lots of great people to step up

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

  90. If it was my Pension sitting there I would want drastic changes…Becuase what we have now is unsustainable. And Dividing community. If thats what you want keep down same road

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  91. Its the Kids Money and the Taxpayers. USE it Properly

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  92. If you do what I want the demand for living in this CITY would Skyrocket. Keep taxing people to death and same status Quo as every other broke city and School District everyone suffers. Thats Why I’m Voting NO on Measure A

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  93. If the City and AUSD wanted to make it happen they could. When your Broke you do Daring stuff to be sucessful. This isn’t even daring… This is just common sense. To not do something down this line is sure FAILURE to everyone.

    Comment by John — March 6, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  94. John has almost managed to block out the entire recent comments box.

    Comment by Overloaded — March 7, 2011 @ 6:27 am

  95. Note to John this is not twitter – posts of more than 140 characters are allowed. Typically people posting on a blog form complete (if not coherent) posts and then hit the send button.

    Comment by notadave — March 7, 2011 @ 8:26 am

  96. 95 Thank you! I feel like I’m reading a succession of bumper stickers.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — March 7, 2011 @ 9:26 am

  97. You are, Denise. John is sending out messages on all available venues, coordinated by the CAMA folks. It is an annoying tactic and a futile one, I think as he is just re-stating the same themes over and over in hopes that one of us will “convert”. Hard to convert people when your message is sent in such an annoying manner. I think I will stick with my “YES” vote (I guess I’ll have to because I already mailed it in, but I remain convinced that it was the right thing to do.)

    Comment by Kate Quick — March 7, 2011 @ 9:37 am

  98. 96
    I’m beginning to think that John is a plant. The only thing he’s doing is painting “no” voters as annoying repeaters of the standard message. The only hopeful result of this type tactic is to cause “no” voters to sit out the election or switch their vote because they don’t want to be identified with this type tactic. And this benefits the supporters of A.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 7, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  99. I don’t know John and do not work for CAMA, but I am a concerned parent and I am voting NO ON MEASURE A. This money will not be spent on Alameda students. It will be spent to increase the six figure salaries of AUSD administrators. Our children deserve better. VOTE NO ON A.

    Comment by DavidBeck — March 7, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  100. 98 The more straightforward answer seems more likely. Perhaps John being that annoying is just John being John.

    Comment by Overloaded — March 7, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  101. Please Vote Tomorrow and Please Vote NO on Measure A
    If this measure is passed homeowners will be paying higher school taxes starting 7/1/2011 for the next seven (7) years. Some homeowners will see their school taxes go up 300%. Renters could also be affected.
    I am a parent with four children attending AUSD. I have been in my own businesses for 39 years and have researched and analyzed the AUSD financial situation. AUSD does not need this tax.
    I do support the teachers and the parents that are concerned for the students in this district. We all want the best schools for the money we are spending. If a tax was needed I would be in line to support it but under the circumstances it is not the right time or circumstances to pass this tax. If needed a tax can be put on the general election in 2012 and funds will be available in time to replace the two existing taxes that will expire 7/1/2012.
    This tax is supported by the administrators and unions that have used scare tactics to get businesses, parents and voters to support this tax. Their main motive is to finance their salaries and benefits, not to tighten their belt like the other residents and businesses are doing in Alameda. You can go to the City’s website and see that the unions were the larges contributors to SOS.
    Be informed, don’t let the Yes on A scare or fool you. Sincerely, Gary Fanger, Parent
    Links to get more information on the district
    Financial information received through the CA Public Information Act at http://www.ausdfinancials.org
    ED-Data, link to the districts statistics. http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/Navigation/fsTwoPanel.asp?bottom=%2Fprofile.asp%3Flevel%3D07%26reportNumber%3D16
    AUSD Website, District information. http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/index.php/district-information Notice there are 1,034 teachers, staff and administrators working for the district. ED-Data shows there are 516.9 teachers in the district. This is one teacher for each staff/administrator employee.
    Registrar of Voters Alameda http://www.acgov.org/rov/
    The polls are open from 7am to 8pm. Please go to the poles and vote on Tuesday March 8, 2011.
    VOTE AT THESE LOCATIONS: THE WATER’S EDGE LODGE 801 ISLAND DR AL- ISLAND REC CENTER 1138 ISLAND DR- ALAMEDA FIRE STATION 4 2595 MECARTNEY RD-HARBOR BAY ISLE HOMEOWNERS ASSN 3195 MECARTNEY RD-GARDEN ISLE REC CTR 1060 MELROSE AVE-LINCOLN SCHOOL RM 605 1250 FERNSIDE BLVD-FAMILY ROOM 2959 NORTHWOOD DR-ALAMEDA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CH 2914 ENCINAL AVE-FRANK OTIS SCHOOL HALLWAY 3010 FILLMORE ST ALAMEDA CARE CENTER LOBBY 430 WILLOW ST-LOBBY 920 PARK ST-EDISON SCH MULTI-USE RM SIDE B 2700 BUENA VISTA AVE-CITY HALL RM 360 ENTER ON OAK ST 2263 SANTA CLARA AVE-ALAMEDA SCH DIST LOBBY 2200 CENTRAL AVE-1ST CONGREGATION CH 1912 CENTRAL AVE-FIRST BAPTIST CH 1515 SANTA CLARA AVE-TRINITY LUTH CH 1323 CENTRAL-DONALD C LUM SCHOOL LOBBY 1801 SANDCREEK WAY-SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 1515 VERDI ST-WASHINGTON SCHOOL LOBBY 825 TAYLOR ST-BARNABAS SCHOOL HALL SIDE B 1400 6TH ST-INDEPENDENCE PLAZA COMM ROOM 703 ATLANTIC AVE-WOODSTOCK SCH TEACHERS LOUNGE 1900 3RD ST- ENCINAL HIGH SCHOOL RM 717 210 CENTRAL AVE-WOODSTOCK HOMES CORP 1711 2ND ST-BARNABAS SCHOOL HALL SIDE A 1400 6TH ST

    REASONS TO VOTE NO
    • Governor Brown has committed to restore school funding and then Alameda Residents will still be stuck paying for taxes over the next 7 years that the schools do not need.
    • AUSD has 15 million in cash reserves and receivables available to use for needed funds.
    • AUSD will receive parcel taxes until July 2012 regardless if Measure A passes and there is time to have an election in the 2012 general election if our schools need money then.
    • Alameda Unified School District has one staff/administrator employee for each teacher.
    • AUSD paid outside consultants over 2.4 million dollars in the school year 2009-2010.
    • AUSD has over 42 administrators making over $100,000 a year. See source below
    • The AUSD Superintendent makes $198,500 a year and is scheduled for a 3% raise 7/1/2011.
    • There is one administrator/staff employee per teacher at AUSD. See Ed-Data source below.
    • The AUSD School Board and Administrators continue to ignore concerns of many parents.
    • This election has cost AUSD over $200,000. They could save that money by including this measure in the general election. They are banking on a low turnout to get more YES votes.
    • Big businesses are not paying their fair share. They have a cap on the taxes which puts more of a burden on the Alameda Residents. Some businesses will see their school tax reduced.
    • AUSD continues to ask for more money without making the cuts that are needed. The district wants the community to sacrifice but the AUSD administrators don’t to want to.
    For sources see http://www.acgov.org/rov/http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.ushttp://www.ausdfinancials.orghttp://aus.alamedausd.ca.schoolloop.com/

    Comment by Gary Fanger — March 7, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

  102. Don’t be mislead by Mr. Fanger’s misinformation. Here is the response from Alameda SOS:

    The proposed tax extensions at the state level do NOT solve the problem facing Alameda’s schools. If Governor Brown succeeds in placing a measure on the statewide ballot to extend current taxes, it simply preserves the status quo and prevents even deeper cuts. It does not provide a windfall of new revenue that will erase the three-year budget gap of $20 million facing Alameda schools.

    Administrative spending in the Alameda school district has been cut. Our school district is the third-most-efficient in Alameda County as measured by the number of students per administrator. Between 2000 and 2008, AUSD increased its ratio of students to administrators from 267:1 to 384:1 — a 43 percent change. In 2008-09, AUSD spent $396 per student on administrative functions, compared to an average of $608 for other Alameda County school districts. This year, an additional $400,000 was cut from the district’s central office. Finally, our superintendent is paid 20% less in salary and benefits than the average for similarly sized school districts in Alameda County.

    Measure A is the result of community input. The district held a comprehensive public hearing process in every part of Alameda last fall, providing meeting after meeting for those with views on the district’s budget to provide input. The district also consulted with the business community to ensure its concerns were heard. As a result, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, West Alameda Business Association, and Greater Alameda Business Association have endorsed Measure A. No parcel tax will be perfect for everyone — but this one was the result of absolutely thorough public consultation.

    Throughout this campaign, the Yes on A committee has sought to engage the voters of Alameda with civility and respect. We have not generated anonymous emails or anonymous robocalls, nor have we adopted misleading Internet addresses to lure people trying to reach the other side’s website.

    Don’t be a victim of misinformation. When you vote on Measure A this Tuesday, look at the ballot pamphlet, evaluate the arguments, and decide for yourself. I believe you’ll find that Measure A is a thoughtful and balanced measure that is important not only to the quality of education our children receive, but to the economic vitality and quality of life for all of Alameda.

    Michael Robles-Wong, Chair

    Alameda Save Our Schools

    Committee for Measure A, FPPC #1332297

    http://www.AlamedaSOS.org

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — March 7, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  103. Is this false also?

    Alameda Teachers Admistrators and Staff are probably in top 1% if not tops in Country and State of the Percentage of School funding going to them directly through Salaries Benefits and pensions.

    Isn’t this where the real problem lies?

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

  104. I’m not hooked to anyones Wagon Kate. Just tired of the Bullying BS and Garbage being floated that this is for the Kids.

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  105. Anybody know how many square feet are exempt from the parcel tax, due one thing or another?

    Anybody know how many voting citzens are exempt from the parcel tax, due to one thing or another?

    I’m sure these numbers are stored away somewhere and are plugged into formulae to calculate risk-of-losing equations.

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 7, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  106. Is This False also?

    We have 9000 students……We have 800 Employess….So the ratio of Students to Teachers administrators and Staff Is What about 11 to 1 ?

    If we Took away all the Out of District students what would ratio be?

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  107. 105

    That answer can be found right next to this one that never got answered.

    Does anyone have a total breakdown of AUSD Employees Salary and Total Compensation like the one done on the City of Alameda Employees 2008 Compensation spreadsheet ?

    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=rIFilGsbA6fE5wj_cvRIP_Q

    What would be the result financially if we just paid the teachers double what we pay our substitute teachers now without benefits and extras till we get out of this financial mess. Assuming subs make 135.00 a day times 180 days equals 24,300. Pay the Teachers Double that and give them 270.00 a day or 48,600 for 180 days. That would equal 70,470 a year if Teachers worked year round. So still a pretty good wage in this economy. 33.75 an hour. Even with no Benes.

    How would that effect the Budget of AUSD,?

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  108. I would urge everyone to vote for Prop A. School closures, larger class sizes, elimination of course offerings and less ability of teachers to give individual attention to the students will not benefit anyone.

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  109. Teachers work hard and deserve our support. They do not deserve to be attacked and targeted with mean spirited, cold hearted proposals to take away their medical benefits, leaving them and their families at great risk of becoming bankrupt if they get sick.

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  110. Alameda Teachers Admistrators and Staff are probably in top 1% if not tops in Country and State of the Percentage of School funding going to them directly through Salaries Benefits and pensions.

    Which has Crippled AUSD and Now going back to tax payers for More.

    California Teachers Association and the California State Council of Service Employees – spent more than $300 million on political activities over the last 10 years. And not coincidentally, since collective bargaining went into effect for state employees, state spending on employee retirement benefits has nearly doubled as a percentage of total state spending and now even exceeds state spending on the University of California and California State University by 40 percent.

    Look at What they have done to City and State Financially.

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  111. It’s an inflation Hand grenade …Business rent goes up…They have to Raise their Prices to Stay in Business. Lose Lose Situation for Everyone But Teachers Staff and Administrators. Plus it will make Real Estate Prices Drop being more highly Taxed.

    How many Business Will Have to Close with this New Rent Increase If This Measure A passes. Alot of Small Business’s in Alameda are hanging by a thread thru this recession already. Just Drive thru the business parks now.

    What Would Create More Value in a Community and School District than controlling Costs that have ran rampant or buckling under to Teachers and Teacher Unions trying to shove more taxes down the citizens throats Under the Disguise Its For The Kids …..This issue is all about Teachers and Administrators and Staff Making More Money.

    Whats Really Sad About all this is the Parents of Students and Business in Alameda who can’t say anything Negative about this due to it might hurt their student in school if the teachers got wind of it and if a Business stood up against it ..It Might Hurt their Business…And alot of Business are on the Edge due to economy and might cause them to close……So Please Don’t Say this is for the Kids…This issue is all about Teachers and Administrators and Staff Making More $$$$$. Please Don’t Insult the peoples intelligence.

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

  112. Yes on Measure A folks claiming getting Robocalls from the Following No on A Supporters

    Attila The Hun

    Maximilien Robespierre

    Ruhollah Khomeini

    Idi Amin Dada

    Leopold II of Belgium

    Josef Stalin

    Adolf Hitler

    Ivan IV of Russia

    Vlad Ţepeş

    We tried to confirm but They aren’t returning our calls

    Yes on A Throwing anything against wall now…Its getting humorous. No people like cancer earthquakes Polio The Balck Plague Malaria Aids Hurricanes Fires Volcanos erupting in Classrooms.

    Yes on Measure A folks never address the Increase in Percentage of Student Funding being consumed by the Administrators Staff and Teachers on their Salaries, Benefits and Retirement that has BURIED This District.

    Always pointing at some BS and never address the fiscal irresponsibility of the AUSD.

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  113. Hey John…..Fuck You…this is getting old….

    Comment by J.E.A. — March 7, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

  114. J E A

    Obviously someone hijacked my Name look at posts 108 and 109

    Comment by John — March 7, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  115. #108/109. My comment was not directed at you but the other John that has hijacked this site. I love a good argument on the blogs but saying the same thing over and over and thinking you are going to get a different result is insanity.

    Comment by J.E.A. — March 8, 2011 @ 7:39 am

  116. John, what ever you got paid for trying to high-jack this site your customer got screwed. Ditto post #113.

    Comment by John P. — March 9, 2011 @ 7:15 pm


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