Posted by Its not just the parents, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2011 at 11:08 am
Mayor Jac seemed to be the reluctant councilor at last night's meeting, pointing out that only 12% of the population is of school age. Is the subtext "only kids should care" ? A more prudent pol might add parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts to their voting block calculations.
Of course parents will argue for their kids but let's also credit others in the community with being enlightened enough to see that everyone benefits from educating the next generation of citizens to be productive and useful members of society. I'm not talking about property owners seeing their house values climb but about how we all benefit by building a good community, one kid, one class one school at a time.
Better to spend on schools now than prisons and food stamp programs later!
Posted by Just Another Parent, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Thank you to Daniel Debolt for his articles to bring this issue to our attention and thank you to the Share Shoreline group for spearheading this push.
I just read the original March 2010 article and can't figure out the real reason why the MVLA school district is not behind this in a more vocal way. I read that they're better funded with the Los Altos property taxes, but why would anyone in the right mind leave millions of dollar on the table? What's the REAL reason?
Posted by MV Parent, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm
They need to eliminate this "special tax district". You need to keep entire Mountain View competitive.
"Among the projects in the works are new soccer and baseball fields on Garcia Avenue..." Who lives on Garcia Avenue to use these fields???
By the sound of some of their arguments, they want to turn Mountain View into Redwood City and Shoreline into Redwood Shores. I vote NO to this right now. Any city council with such inclination should be voted out.
Give the same privileges to Shoreline business district as Symantec/Netscape business district area and eliminate to the special tax for Shoreline.
Posted by jupiterk, a resident of the Gemello neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Most of these money will go as salary rises for people like Goldman and other folks in the school district. very little if not nothing will be used in using these funds for the kids. ANother robbery scheme by the school districts by inciting parents to get involved. Just watch the salaries and benefits, travel expenses of these school district officials go up like crazy so that they can buy more houses, yachts, shop at Tiffany's,etc..Welcome to land of Oppurtunities, folks. 3 yerars from the folks who are making $300K in the school district will be making $500k or above. salaries, travel expenses, benefits are all destined for the sky now.
Posted by Response to GDM, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Response to GDM: Parents/residents are NOT strong arming the city. They are simply exercising their constitutional right to express their preference in how their city is run. Parcel Tax? Sure why not - specially when Prop 13 is gone and many residents and businesses start paying their fair share and providing the funds that are needed to run the schools. I sincerely hope you will join them and dedicate endless weekends and evenings to work on that problem.
Posted by jupiterk, a resident of the Gemello neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm
I remember reading somewhere in the local newspapers that one of the exec is making $300K. Aside from yoru question, do you think that most of these will be used for the kids and the school? You are clueless to think that this money will be used for productive purposes. I bet 95% will be used in giving themselves substantial rises and the top guys taking home more, travelling around,..may be you ahven't been reading newspapers how local /state/federal officials/employees are getting paid.
Posted by Thank you Share Shoreline, a resident of the St. Francis Acres neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm
... this isn't a new tax, simply a reallocation of funds from one public agency to another.
Even if I bought into your rant on how "all public employees are corrupt, why is it better for the money to stay in one group of public employees (Shoreline District, Golf Course employees...?) vs. another (School District)?