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August 30, 2011

AUSD for you and me

Filed under: Alameda, School — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Yesterday was the first day of school for number one daughter in the Blogging Bayport Alameda household.   We’re in the Ruby Bridges attendance zone and therefore are attending Ruby Bridges Elementary.   I have to say that so far in my limited experience with only a handful of staff and teachers at Ruby Bridges I love it.

Yesterday we watched as our daughter’s Kindergarten teacher masterfully handled children that were reluctant to participate right away.

Although I have to say that drop off time is a very new experience for me.   I had heard about the sheer madness that accompanied kids getting to school in the morning, but I guess I simply was not prepared for it.   It was truly overwhelming.   The number of cars parked everywhere, people walking all over the place, it was coordinated chaos, but everyone appeared to be very mindful of all the pedestrians and none of the cars were driving fast around the school itself.

I would definitely say that our first experiences have been extraordinarily positive and I have to say that I am really very optimistic about the quality of the education my kid (and eventually kids) will be getting at Ruby Bridges and AUSD in general.   I think that anyone who wants to critique the quality of the teaching at AUSD probably hasn’t stepped in a classroom in a long time or talked to an AUSD teacher in a long time.

And I have to say a big thanks for all the community members out there that volunteer at Ruby Bridges even though they don’t have kids there.  Talking to some of the Kindergarten teachers during an open house confirmed the obvious that the rise in class size from 20 to 25 for the Kindergarten class was going to take some getting used to, but that 25 was much preferable to the 30 that might have been a reality had Measure A not passed.

54 Comments

  1. School drop off is a wonderful part of the day. Whenever possible, I take a break & bike home to walk my girls to school. It’s a light-hearted parade every morning.

    Comment by dave — August 30, 2011 @ 6:16 am

  2. Ah, those were the days! I met some of the best friends I have dropping off my son at SPN. We would often go for school at SPN. In fact, when my son was in kindergarten about two weeks, my mother died. A woman I had recently met at drop off came up to me and offered her condolences then asked if I had to go back East for the funeral. I said I did. “Would you like a free plane ticket? I work for an airline and can get you a comp.” I was stunned. I barely knew this woman but that’s the sort of support parents lend each other if they take the time to meet and talk. If there are any drop off lingerers at your daughter’s school, seek them out. They are an invaluable support system and source of information and advice. I also forged great relationships volunteering at school. I’m sure you will be massively involved, Lauren (future PTA president?) and the school and other parents are lucky to have you. If you can avoid it, never drop and dash. You miss too much.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 30, 2011 @ 7:30 am

  3. Sorry about typo. iPhone keyboard is a little small. That was “out for coffee.”

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 30, 2011 @ 7:48 am

  4. LD, I though you were Director (or something) of a Charter school, yet you still send your kids to public?

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 30, 2011 @ 8:39 am

  5. The good news is that the first kindergarten drop off is likely the most chaotic morning of the all the 13+ years your kid will be in school. It gets easier.

    Comment by Ken Arneson — August 30, 2011 @ 8:42 am

  6. 4. Charter schools are public schools. “While charter schools provide an alternative to other public schools, they are part of the public education system and are not allowed to charge tuition.” “Executive Summary–Evaluation of the Public Charter Schools Program: Final Report”. US Department of Education. November 19, 2004.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 30, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  7. Nasty, Nasty, Nasty. It’s not enough to have this cr*p around every two years, now we have to endure the likes of this all year round? Why the attacks? I guess the good news is we have a chance to win Lawrence Livermore otherwise there wouldn’t be this effort.

    John T.

    http://www.unfitalameda.com/

    Comment by John T. — August 30, 2011 @ 9:26 am

  8. Jack R: As Denise mentioned charter schools are public schools. I was on the Board of the Academy of Alameda which is a middle school and therefore my Kindergartener — although fairly bright — is not bright enough to skip all those grades to start school there.

    Comment by Lauren Do — August 30, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  9. 7.:That link looks like a SunCal production–trying to scare LBNL away from the Point. b/c “if SunCal can’t have it, nobody can!”? [BTW, BerkeleyLab is NOT LivermoreLab] Thanks for the alert.

    Comment by vigi — August 30, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

  10. Ms. Do: Charters aren’t really public schools, we all know that. If they were, there would be no need for them, would there? They’re a work-around for parents who don’t like the junk public-public schools (you know, the ones unions own) spew to their kids.

    But thanks for the clarification. I didn’t know your public school was a middle school. I hope the public-public episode doesn’t dim your kinder-gardener’s brightness.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 30, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  11. 9. To quote from today’s http://www.addictinginfo.org, Vigi (et al) “are so willingly uninformed and ridiculously unforthcoming on the factual cause(s) of [Alameda] ills of today” just to save face.

    Comment by Dennis V. — August 30, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  12. John T — What are you talking about? Exactly what is “nasty, nasty, nasty” and who is attacking whom? The only attack I see is the one you posted about Alameda’s “fitness” for LBNL which has nothing to do with today’s blog. Are you new here or have you just changed your handle? I have lots of issues with the public school system, and often am at odds with Lauren’s opinions, but seriously, how hair-trigger do you have to be to freak out at today’s comments?

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 30, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  13. John T — Okay, I think I get it. You were just sharing off topic. You gotta be careful and express yourself clearly here. Some of us are not as fast on the uptake as we used to be and we’re all looking for a fight (except Jon and Kate who love everybody).. (The City Hall hiatus has been rough.)

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 30, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

  14. Denise- John T. has never commented on this site before, and he’s not outraged by the anti-LBNL site, he’s here to promote it.

    Comment by Adam Gillitt — August 30, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  15. Adam — if you’re right about that, he can go to Hell. And I mean that in the nicest way possible!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 30, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  16. Who is John T ………someone from another City ?

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    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  17. Anything is worth a try so I just sent him/her a note and it goes to a T Clifford @ unfitforalameda……think I’ll get a response?
    Will let you know.

    Comment by J.E.A. — August 30, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  18. John, those are godaddy registration addresses (based in Arizona.) He paid the extra $/year to hide his identity.

    Comment by Regular John — August 30, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

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    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  20. Lauren has the IP of John T …….i’m sure she has clue who John T Sockpuppet is…..But lets let her enjoy First Day of School Milestone for her kids……….I’m sure when she looks back 20 years she is not going too go who was the Sockpuppet back in 2011 …LOL

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  21. Re :10

    Jack Charter Schools are the same as the New Shuttle.

    For a select few that want to claim they use PUBLIC Transit while really designed for special group.

    They are a little to special to use public public transit and public public Schools.

    While Public Public anything is screaming for money we duplicate .

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  22. So someone is paying to trash Alameda in the eyes of the DOE, UC, & my old employer, LBL. And they constructed it recently, 8/25. Could that mean we’re moving up in the rankings to get LBNL?

    Comment by vigi — August 30, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

  23. 7
    “Call the Regents today –Tell them there are better options for the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs” – John T

    No, call the Council – Tell them there are better options for the city of Alameda. me

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 30, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

  24. 23

    Jack I’m not saying I disagree with you or that all the info on that website is not true but it’s interesting that someone would design a website specifically to trash Alameda and suddenly show up.

    17

    JAE The only Cifford I could tie in with the Naval Air Station In Alameda was a John Clifford. He might not have anything to do with website but a few coincidences.

    CLIFFORD ADVISORY, LLC is widely recognized and respected in the development, legal, banking,

    and investment industries for its real estate valuation and appraisal services.

    SERVING
    SAN FRANCISCO
    AND NINE-COUNTY BAY AREA

    Property Types

    URBAN
    Valuation experience with high-rise office and condominium development, urban retail projects, hotels, military base conversions, stadiums, major transportation assets, and special purpose industrial and bio-tech facilities.

    SUBURBAN
    Office, Shopping Centers, Industrial, Subdivision Analysis, Condominium Projects, Golf and Recreation Facilities, Open Space, Conservation Easements

    Complex Properties

    San Francisco Giants AT&T Park
    Treasure Island
    Mission Bay
    Ferry Building – Embarcadero
    Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurants
    Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
    Hamilton Army Air Field (HAAF)
    United Airlines Maintenance Facility
    Oakland Army Base
    Alameda Naval Air Station
    Oak-to-Ninth Project
    Siiverado Resort
    AT&T Cable System
    Geysers Fire
    California Memorial Stadium
    Wal-Mart Distribution Center

    http://www.cliffordadvisory.com/

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

  25. JAE the Other Coincedence is a T Clifford . Im not saying any of these have anything to do with Website but very interesting connections.

    Tom Clifford
    Tom is a Senior Consultant and a Principal of TRAMUTOLA. Tom manages a broad variety of TRAMUTOLA clients including candidates, private sector clients, political associations and governmental agencies from school districts to local government. Tom is also an attorney specializing in complex commercial litigation, public law and land use issues. He received his Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University, his law degree from the University of California’s Berkeley (Boalt) School of Law and his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. Tom was an Assembly Fellow and a CORO Fellow. He now sits on the CORO Northern California Board of Directors.

    Tom lives in the Temescal district of Oakland with his wife Anagha and their two boys. Tom is on the Executive Board of TRAMUTOLA’s Organizing and Leadership Academy (TOLA) that provides intensive training in community organizing and leadership through paid scholarships and fellowships to people looking to make a positive difference in local communities. Before coming to TRAMUTOLA, Tom practiced law at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco.

    Our Services

    Informed, well-calculated strategy is essential in any campaign. The TRAMUTOLA team will develop a strategy designed to help you achieve your goals – whether it is to recruit supporters, win an election, enlist volunteers or change how people think about your organization, project or cause.

    The TRAMUTOLA team is with you every step of the way. We’ll spend whatever time it takes to understand your needs and learn about your community. We’ll blend our experience and expertise with what we’ve learned and develop a plan with a realistic timetable, budget and a clear set of objectives to make the most effective use of available resources – time, people and money.

    We provide political strategy, tax election planning for public entities, polling and are experts at building community support. To learn more about these services please click onto the links above.

    http://www.tramutola.com/our_staff.html

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  26. Alameda Unified School District and City of Alameda are past Clients of http://www.tramutola.com/local_government.html

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  27. 7 ahd 23 – Don’t call anybody. You are wasting your breath. If the lab picks us, it’s pretty much a done deal. If they don’t, we get to hear again all about how spectacular the Mapplethorpe, er, Calthorpe plan was. Yawn.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — August 30, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  28. TRAMUTOLA works with cities, counties and public agencies from all over California. We help our clients prepare for and pass bond and tax measures to fund operations and capital improvements to emergency services, libraries, transit systems, roads, sewer systems, zoos, museums, health services, parks and recreation, open space, public safety and other vital public services.

    For more information on how we can help your district,

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  29. Welcome to TRAMUTOLA

    We are a full-service political consulting firm, providing
    planning, strategy, and campaign management for public
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    Our goal is to help you achieve success through a systematic, thoughtful process that incorporates smart political strategy with effective community organizing.

    We call it The Discipline of Winning™.

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  30. #25 I did all the research that you did after my request came back with Mailer-Daemon but could not make a connection between Tramutola and someone not wanting the Lab….The entire thing seems odd.

    Comment by J.E.A. — August 30, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

  31. YES on A alameda

    Save Alameda Hospital

    Just a few of TRAMUTOLA Campaigns

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

  32. It might be same Campaign Tactic they used in Measure A.

    Pretend there is Big Bad Bear in the Woods trying to destroy our Schools….Now Just say its another City.

    One trick pony stuff…LOL

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  33. John, probably Denise has it right. My guess, for socio-economic reasons (Berkeley being what it is) Richmond had a leg up.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 30, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

  34. Jack I’m just seeing this as all being very Humorous…….You think Corporations market…….What can you do with Marketing Budgets these Political Consultants Recieve……..They use Tax Dollars to Get more Tax Dollars…It’s a feeding frenzy. I’m glad this part of Economy show no signs of recession. I totally get why CTA is # 1 in Political Contributions and Employee Unions #2.

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  35. Not sure it’s that interwoven, John. The Lab will do what it will and justify their decision, whether or not politcal consultants had a hand in it. The matrics don’t favor Alameda and if we are chosen, I could be convinced the decision may have been skewed by factors not within their set parameters.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 30, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  36. Jack you may be right……. But learning about this firm answers alot of other questions.

    Although Tramutola professes being committed to improving the various communities he serves, what he really cares about is winning the game of raising your property taxes! Mr. Tramutola’s “game” dictates that you first understand the rules, and the first rule is to learn the rules of your particular election!”

    Part of Mr. Tramutola’s “game” dictates spending public money (e.g. tens of thousands of School District AND PTA funds) towards a pre-disposed political purpose: passing another tax, bond or assessment measure, and that it be spent on him/his company and “partners” before a local revenue district gets its tax measure on the ballot — because afterwards, no public money nor public resources may be spent advocating or supporting the measure itself.

    Another part of Mr. Tramutola’s “game” dictates that once a measure is placed on the ballot a campaign plan be developed, because every political campaign needs a plan.” Make no mistake, Mr. Tramutola has a plan!

    Yet another part of Mr. Tramutola’s “game” is his use of technology. According to Mr. Tramutola, technology provides the political consultant with the tools to target groups of people based upon assumptions and research about how people who share demographic traits react to particular messages. By using easily available voter files, (or District email lists of scared parents) these consultants can identify unlimited combinations of voters and send them targeted messages. And by blending polling information, census data and tax assessor information, it is possible for political consultants to classify voters based upon even more demographic variables by identifying various issues and themes that may resonate with different subsets of voters. Thus maybe you can now begin to understand how Mr. Tramutola is able to conclude, “the possibilities are virtually endless!”

    To Mr. Tramutola technology is of paramount importance because finding a theme that resonates with local concerns becomes more important than developing a catchy slogan.

    Because Mr. Tramutola instructs that the first rule of his “game” is to learn the rules of your particular election, it becomes paramount to determine who actually votes. This is critically important insofar as elections for local measures like school taxes, because: only local property owners have to pay; yet only local residents get to vote — and the two are not co-extensive.

    And because Mr. Tramutola embraces new technologies that allow campaigns to target various subsets of voters while ignoring others, he recommends that renters be sent one piece of mail concerning a local tax or bond election, and homeowners be sent another. And given that 40% or more of all local property owners cannot vote (e.g. because they’re either non-natural persons (such as trusts, estates, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, etc.); or, non-citizen residents; or, local residents owning more than a single property (notwithstanding the fact they stand to be taxed multiple times, they’re given but a single vote); or, nonresidents, Mr. Tramutola recommends they simply be ignored.

    Another important part of Mr. Tramutola’s “game” is the internet because it allows people to communicate directly with others, and it is rapidly changing the face of politics. For this reason most political campaigns these days secure a web site to provide information to voters.

    Another important part of Mr. Tramutola’s “game” is to never engage the opposition. He knows that the LSD, PTA, and Teacher’s Union, have the financial and manpower (its hundreds of employees and supporters) to fund and volunteer an effective “vote yes” campaign. Assuming opponents have no organization nor funds, why provide them with a forum to publicize their message?

    Furthermore Mr. Tramutola counsels local revenue districts that they can never win a tax measure that requires two-thirds approval if they engage the opposition or otherwise attempt to deal with them. So he recommends the focus be on persuading the estimated 30% of undecided voters to support these kinds of tax measures.

    Because Tramutola considers local tax measures to be a “game,” he unabashedly admits “there is not one campaign [he’s]…involved in [where he]…do[es] not worry that by using [his] sophisticated tools to target, analyze and segment voters, [he’s] in fact hurting the democratic process!” We agree!

    We also agree with one more piece of Mr. Tramutola’s advice: “if someone is offering something free, [you should] question its validity [because] rest assured the firm offering the free service is going to make money somewhere down the line.” Invariably the people who are the most active in shaping or promoting your local revenue district’s tax or bond measure [and the ones with the most to lose], claim to be working for free!

    Finally, Mr. Tramutola of course favors reducing the voter approval requirement for new special taxes against property from the current two-thirds to 55%.

    http://noonb.info/the-truth-about-measure-b-and-important-district-stats/who-is-tramutola/

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  37. But John, this is not something the community votes on in the ballot box. The community has already voted yea on the Lab via various events supported in total. There’s no consulting firm required for this community to be convinced. The only problem is the Lab’s published matrices which are so loose any community chosen will meet. So any consulting firm is smart enough to realize money spent here is wasted.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 30, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  38. You really think they are worried about the students at AUSD……Community of Alameda……NFC

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  39. Jack I was mostly looking at AUSD and the Measure A Con……I also see the story Building on the Hospital and they are just laying groundwork for huge Bond Measure…Call Me Stupid……I think the John T link is just something to get citizens in Alameda excited about the Lab and we need to do anything possible because of tactics being used. Maybe also be used in their sales pitch to LBL that we are being targeted unfairly Ect Ect.

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  40. I think Russo tipped his hand by saying we would take it to the Voters what services they want and what level of service and what is important to community. Versus just addressing a out of control Salary , Compensation , Pensions , and Benefit packages of the employees that could be all addressed now and satisfy the citizens but chose to kick can down road.

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

  41. “There’s no consulting firm required for this community to be convinced”

    Jack who do you think put all the pieces together to get it to this stage. Volunteers?

    Comment by John — August 30, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

  42. Tramutola advised SunCal thruout the Measure B campaign. They also have connections with various folks on the City Council — it’s a close knit group in local politics. I do *not* think this proves anything in particular, it’s just an fyi. All of this is well known to anyone who followed the Measure B campaign.

    It’s very possible that Tramutola is representing the developers behind the Oak to Ninth project, or Wareham Developers, the people pushing the Emeryville site.

    Personally I’d say that the link looks a bit tacky for Tramutola but who knows, maybe it was a TOLA project. I don’t see what good it does, frankly. I don’t believe that any of this would be news to the lab and it’s not even clear if it’s of any concern to them or not. How fabulously competent is the local government in Oakland or Berkeley or Richmond?

    As various people have said, none of these sites is really that great anyway. I think it’s the difficulty in finding available land within a reasonable range of UC and the main lab.

    #41: Yes, all the would be sites had to hire a consultant to put together a proposal. That was one of LBNL’s fundamental requirements, up front.

    Comment by dlm — August 31, 2011 @ 12:43 am

  43. >31 Larry Tramutola had no involvement in Measure A. He’s had zero involvement in any parcel tax campaign for Alameda’s public schools since March 2008.

    Comment by Andy Currid — August 31, 2011 @ 7:30 am

  44. 43

    I guess they just take credit for it on their website and all is just a coincidence. Tramutola is just worried about the Kids in Schools and Communities. Let me introduce you to the toothfairy.

    Comment by John — August 31, 2011 @ 8:16 am

  45. Tramutola is a Firm and Tom Clifford
    Tom is a Senior Consultant and a Principal of TRAMUTOLA.

    So maybe it was ran thru another shell……..But same tactics same dog droppings.

    Comment by John — August 31, 2011 @ 8:31 am

  46. 43: Nice try Andy, but U have no credibility here. Trauma-tola is a Firm & its goals look way too similar to what went on in the last election, which I would not like to be “trauma-tized” by again, w/all those character-assassinating fone calls & mailers, Denise [Not a yawn!]
    and 11: Dennis V. :”I’m so uninformed I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever remember.”

    Comment by vigi — August 31, 2011 @ 11:16 am

  47. John and Andy,

    I believe Tramutola worked on the first Measure A for schools which is probably what they were referring to. Not last years campiagn.

    Comment by John Knox White — August 31, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  48. JKW

    Like I said

    “So maybe it was ran thru another shell……..But same tactics same dog droppings.”

    Comment by John — August 31, 2011 @ 11:52 am

  49. TRAMUTOLA sounds like a pretty good consulting group. One that the anti-groups should consider hiring.

    It always comes down to swaying the uninformed to become emotionally tied to the message that has the most appeal to them. If one side spends beaucoup bucks and the other doesn’t match it, guess which message gets the vote.

    Belittling the messenger is always a losing situation.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 31, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

  50. Jack there is No way Citizens can match the Deep Pockets of the Unions. But being aware of their tactics and why all the BS it’s all about the Kids Nonsense being Shoved Like Prunes down the Seniors at Mastick makes sense now.

    California Teachers Association $212 Million Political Spending Spree

    Lisa Snell
    March 16, 2010, 3:05pm

    The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert reports that the California Teacher’s Association is the number one political spender in the state of California.

    The California Fair Political Practices Commission released a report titled “Big Money Talks” that revealed the California Teachers Association was the largest political spender in the state over the last decade, spending more than $200 million on ballot initiatives, candidates for state and local office, and lobbying.

    The $211.9 million spent by the CTA is nearly twice as much as the $107.5 million committed by the second-highest spender, the California State Council of Service Employees.

    Comment by John — August 31, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

  51. This is why they never answer any questions or come up with any answers regarding Pay Benefits and Pensions Jack…….They just Run and Hide with the Money..

    Another important part of Mr. Tramutola’s “game” is to never engage the opposition. He knows that the LSD, PTA, and Teacher’s Union, have the financial and manpower (its hundreds of employees and supporters) to fund and volunteer an effective “vote yes” campaign. Assuming opponents have no organization nor funds, why provide them with a forum to publicize their message?

    Comment by John — August 31, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  52. You’re right. The only possible answer is to take pay and benefits off the union negotiating playlist, or move.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 31, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  53. That is looking like the Plan Jack….I will leave it up to you to do Confessions with Church Kate , and try and Handle the Do Gooders/ Volunteer Socitey of JS and JKW.

    Comment by John — August 31, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  54. Denise I’m with you on this one,why don’t we just use this thread to continue this conversation about the superintendents pay raise in a down economy. Maybe we could forward the Fresno story to her and see if she understands that concept. I’m very unhappy with the school board giving her this raise at this time, of course administrators will always take care of administrators.

    Comment by John P. — September 2, 2011 @ 11:04 am


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