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The Armas Theorem: A proof to a parcel tax

By Eric Kurhi
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 am in Fairview, General, Hayward, Schools.

While the Hayward Unified school board didn’t actually vote on whether to place a $58 parcel tax before voters come June, they indicated at Wednesday night’s public hearing that a majority of trustees support it.

Board President Jesus Armas laid it out in a manner reminiscent of a geometric proof, asking questions to hear givens from Asst. Supt. of Business Services Stanley “Data” Dobbs that led to his conclusion that yes, a parcel tax should be placed before voters.

Did state triggers recently mean another $900,000 hit to the district? Yes.

Has the district seen a loss of funding to the tune of $26 million over the past three years? Yes.

Has the district taken steps that could be considered Draconian to deal with those cuts? Yes.

Is an increase in classroom size one of the ways that the cuts have been reflected? Yes.

Have employees already made concessions? Yes.

“We’ve already grabbed all the low-hanging fruit,” Dobbs said.

“I have no reservations,” Armas said, adding that as leaders, they need to go forward with whatever measures possible within the district because the state has trashed public education funding to the point where it “is not acceptable.”

The tax would collect $58 annually from about 35,000 parcels in Hayward, with an estimated 5,000 opting for the senior exemption, according to Dobbs. That adds up to $2 million a year for the district, or $10 million over the life of the parcel tax.

While that’s not going to cover an ongoing $7.4 million deficit  cited in the staff report for this fiscal year, Supt. Donald Evans called it a “beneficially small yet significant first step to bringing the community together to support local schools.”

Trustee Maribel Heredia agreed with Armas, saying they “can’t wait for the state to do the right thing, we have to take matters in our own hands.”

Trustees William McGee and Lisa Brunner were also supportive, albeit with more reservations. Brunner said the tax must be coupled with an audit of programs so they can make sure the money is being spent wisely and not on things that haven’t been working. She compared it to a house that needs a new roof.

“You can add three roofs before you get rid of the old one, but sooner or later you’ll have to get rid of it,” she said.

Trustee Luis Reynoso said the district is wasteful and that the $2 million that would be reaped annually is about the same as what is “squandered.” He pointed to the hire of Asst. Supt. Francesca Sanchez in the fall as money that wasn’t budgeted but spent without due process, and said the district’s project bidding process is faulty. He also said that homeowners are in trouble, with many foreclosures and vacancies, and that it is also a period of underemployment.  He concluded that the tax “might be necessary, it might not be but the way it was put together was very fast and sloppy.” He said they should go to the community first, “find out their needs, not just look at bullet points on a poll.”

About a half dozen teachers and the head of the HEA spoke in favor of the tax. Opposition included John Kyle, who vowed to fight it and said trustees need to go after the parents of truant students.

The tax would need two-thirds approval. Draft text of what would appear on the ballot:

To protect critical education programs, with funds that cannot be taken by the State, including:

  • math, reading, writing and hands-on science classes/lab;
  • enhancing library services, technology and college preparation programs;
  • providing programs for all students to meet State academic standards; and
  • attracting and retaining qualified teachers;

shall Hayward Unified School District be authorized to levy $58 per parcel annually, for five years, with an exemption for senior citizens, mandatory citizens’ oversight and all money used for classrooms in the Hayward schools?

Story to come, vote is expected at the next meeting in March. The New Haven district decided this week to go ahead with a much larger parcel tax. Castro Valley trustees said earlier this year that they would not.

 

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  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    I’m glad to see that Eric reported the “scripted” conversation between Mr. Armas and the Business Mnager. What Eric didn’t report was the cost to HUSD for the parcel tax to be placed on the ballot. The cost would be anywhere between $60,000-$150,000 regardless of whether the measure passed or not. I find that to be outrageous!..If indeed HUSD is in the financial bind it says it is, and if the money generated from a parcel tax would be “small” how can they justify the cost which would come out of the general fund?

    The uses for the proposed tax are deliberately vague and leave the door open for items that would not necessarily be directed to students in a tangible form, such as classroom supplies. $2million from parcel taxes would relieve the burden from teachers to use their own resources to provide those items that the state mandates a district must supply.

  • Eric Kurhi

    The $60K-$150K cost is campaign related and the district will not use general funds for any of that. It is to be raised through the community and fundraisers and the like. The district did pay nearly $31K for the survey that was conducted in October, something trustees had approved in the budgeting process. Info is in the story I filed today but because of space constraints in tomorrow’s paper you won’t see it until Saturday so I figured I’d fill ya in.

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    Eric,
    I’m sorry but I believe that fundraisers are for the costs of running a “support the parcel tax” campaign. I really would like to see a statement from HUSD assuring the public that they will raise ALL of the costs of this parcel tax, campaign and ballot costs and that no further expenses for this will be taken from the general fund or any other fund. I hope that you are correct, however given the lack of transparancy in HUSD it is very hard for me to believe this.

    I certainly hope that there are a lot of deep pockets in Hayward to pay for this, especially since the huge expense of the ballot costs must be paid regardless of the outcome of the election.

  • Sherry Blair

    Eric, I too was impressed by the Q&A of Armas and Dobbs, but I didn’t think of a geometric proof. Nor did it occur to me that it might have been scripted. It sounded to me like Dobbs responded Armas’s commanding presence with the “Sir, yes sir!” expected military response.

    I hope you are going to give us more information about where the election money is coming from.

    I have a problem with the intent to exempt seniors from this tax. Today’s seniors don’t need that kind of protection as a class. Think about it, Warren Buffet is a senior. If he lived here wouldn’t you want him to pay his fair share?

    If we are going to exempt whole classes of people, we should exempt those who actually don’t have the money to pay! You know, those who are unemployed and living below the poverty line already.

    Finally, whatever they decide, the issue still is what they are planning to do with the money. A 2/3 majority is not going to be easy even if they do buy off the senior vote.

  • Qodrn

    I don’t support this. The district is not efficient, and frankly, 2 million is a drop in the bucket as far as lost money goes. Again I ask, why $58? What programs are trying to be saved? I can’t help but feel this is a secretly very directly levy. Enough already.

    I would like to also see the district balance its budget by not being allowed to lay off its employees. There are other solutions.

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    Sherry,
    Once again you voiced my thoughts, this time on the senior issue. Quite frankly I think that the survey company determined what we all know…seniors are a heavy voting group in elections in Hayward. If you give them a “pass” then they are much more likely to vote for the parcel tax. We have our own versions of Warren Buffet living right here in the hills of Hayward.Frankly, I was a bit surprised that there weren’t representatives from the rental property owners present at the meeting. It would seem to me they might object to a parcel tax.

  • Michael Moore

    This really is a simple decision. Vote No on this increase. It is time for the district to knuckle down and do their job. No parcel tax increase. No tax increase. No nothing. Vote No. Vote out Armas, Heredia, McGee and Brunner. Reprimand those that chose to spend the money for the measure. This is a poor exercise for the voters. Vote no.

  • Observer

    I will vote Yes for a parcel tax. With the education cuts from state funding, school districts aren’t able to even offer basics such as summer school.

    Burbank and Longwood had the greatest increase in test results. Both have class size limitations, summer school, math and reading specialists, and technology specialists. No other schools in Hayward have these. It is not equitable in the least.

  • John Kyle

    ALL
    tHE SADDEST THING ABOUT LAST WWEDNESDAY NIGHT’S VOTE FOR A PARCEL TAX WAS THAT THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WAS THAT THEY FAILED TO RECFOGNIZE THEIR DUTY. They MUST NOW DEAL WITH THE VERY HIGH RATE OF TRUANCY WITHIN HUSD ! the parcel tax will be absorbed by the continued AND climbing rate of truancy!

    THE DATA IN MY POSSESSION RELATES TO THE TRUANCY FACTORS OCCUIRRING WITHIN THE SCHOOL YEAR 2010 2011, FOR EACH HIGH SCHOOL IS AS FOLLOWS:
    Hayward High experienced a truancy totaling 1477 TRUANCIES SOME OF WHICH WENT BEYOND THREE DAYS. AT EACH OCCURENCE. At MT EDEN THE FACTOR WAS 1,634 INDIVIDUAL ACTS o F TRUANCY; AT Hayward High, the number was 1,477; AT TENNYSON the count was 1,185 and at at Brenkwitz 1761 ALL WITHIN A RANGE OF 85.44% TO 91.44% OF THE STUDENT BODY BEING INVOOLVED.
    Hayward High had 1477 students clasifies as ‘truants’ against 1624 enrollments equate to a 90.95% truancy rate. Mt Eden’s TRUANCY RATE WAS REPORTED AT 86.O5%; Tennyson at 91.44% AND BRENKWITZ AT 85.44% had 91.44% TRUANCY RATE and BRENKWITZ had an 85.44% Truancy factor.
    EACH DAY AT WHICH THE TRUANT CUTS A CLASS, THE CUT EQUATES TO THE LOSS OF ‘AVERAGE DAIlY ATTENDENCE’ (ada) MONEY FOR THAT ‘CUT’. It may not be the current number which the State pays but My aged memory calls up $28. per day for each DAY OF TRUANCY, IS QUITE A LOSS.
    SO, INJSTEAD OF INVOKIING STATE SENATE bill #1317 , THE TRUSTEES VOTED TO IMPOSE A PARCEL TAX. AND IN THAT ACT LET THE PARENTS OF THE TRUANT OFF THE HOOK FOR THE UNEXCUSED ABSENCE… I say enough is enoughaqnde the waqy to wake up the TRUSTEES IS TO VOTE AGAINST THE PARCEL TAX.
    That is tantamount to failure by trustees to take parents to task for their failure to meet their legal obligation. Under State Senate Bill 1317 Passed in the California Legislature in September 2010 and taking effect on January 1, 2011, the School Trustees are derelict in their duties to the electorate !!

    Filing a charge with the District attorney under the rules of SB1317 can see them in jail and.or fined for parental neglect ! One or two complaints against the parent or parents involved with truanys in their household, if well publicized,canhave an immediate positive affect upon that money drain and correct our problem with trustees….. it is anelecxtion year and we might as well swendthe kmessage sooner rather thanlater…… vote aginst the parcel tax !!!

    tHE EXTREKME ANNOYANJCE OCCURRING WITH THEIR DENIAL TO ENFORCE sEN lENO’S BILL sb 1317 ( sEPTEKMBER 2010 ) COSTS US ABOUT $8,000,000 IN ADA MONEY.

    sTATE sENATE BILL 1317 OENS OPPORTUNITY TO FILE A CRIMINAL COMPPLAINT AGAINS THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF THE TRUANT WHICH NECESITATES,IN THE MINDS OPF OUR UNDISTINGUISHED TRUSTE4ES IS EASIER THAN FRIKLING CHARGES AGAINST THE PARENTS.

  • The Silent Observer

    Dear Observer,

    The parcel tax will not provide the special programs that you mentioned in your entry. I believe these programs are funded with large amounts of money from the federal government (because Burbank and Longwood schools performed so poorly in the past). HUSD hasn’t had summer school for all students in ages.

  • Eric Kurhi

    RE: Quick q re: parcel tax
    From: Dobbs, Stanley
    To: Kurhi, Eric
    Cc:

    correct

    Stan “Data” Dobbs
    Asst. Supt., Business Services
    Chief Finance, Operations & Technology Officer
    Hayward Unified School District

    From: Kurhi, Eric [mailto:ekurhi@bayareanewsgroup.com]
    Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 2:00 PM
    To: Dobbs, Stanley
    Subject: RE: Quick q re: parcel tax

    Thanks Stan. Just to make sure, the district spent the money on the survey, as was budgeted, but that’s it as far as general fund money being used for the parcel tax election? The $60K-$150K estimated cost will be covered entirely by fundraising and non-district sources?

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  • Eric Kurhi

    CLARIFICATION: Just got a call from Mr. Dobbs to clarify — the district will pay the necessary fee to get a parcel tax item on the June ballot. That’s not the $60K-$150K estimate, which is what it costs to mount a campaign. He said there are a lot of variables still in play that determine what the fee will be, but said that putting something on the ballot in a previous district cost $1,700.

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    Eric I believe you need to watch the video of the Wednesday meeting. The lady representing the survey firm said, in response to Mr. Reynoso’s question that the cost of the election, NOT THE COST TO MOUNT A CAMPAIGN, would vary from $2.50-$5.00 per person. That is the cost that I am concerned about.

  • Cynthia Rodriguez

    Vote out Reynoso. He is a loose canon. One thing he said that was brilliant was the hiring of Francesca Sanchez and the budget constraints. Who did the hiring of her?

    Kathy Booth, you post a lot, and I agree with you on a lot of things, but you are wrong on this. A school district can’t use general fund money for a campaign! That is ludicrous.

    The district does need to figure out its finances. I think there is waste that is going on, but they also need help in the form of a parcel. I am going to support. And who would pass a parcel to pay for school supplies and things like that??? I wouldn’t vote yes for a parcel if it said things like, “Buy pens, paper, binders, backpacks, etc.” I want the money to be used for programs.

    What about oversight so that the money doesn’t get abused???? I want that!

  • Michael Moore

    Cynthia, you have done an excellent job of landing precisely on the issue which is oversight. There is none that is effective and likely never will be.

    The place to start is to vote the existing HUSD Trustees out of office and start all over again. None of the present board has shown any ability to do anything other than to waste time, money or both.

  • Qodrn

    The measure comes with an “oversight committee” included to watch over the funds, but I thought this was the school board and admin people?

    This is just a horrible idea. Right now.

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    Sorry I post so much…I am going to check with the regestrar of voters on Monday to get my questions answered and will post what I find out. I understand that the wish is for programs that will benefit children in our schools. As Ms. Brunner stated, many of the programs that HUSD has invested money into have not produced the results that were promised and I fear that the same thing will happen again. I would support a parcel tax that would return music to our elementary schools, however I will not support investing money in the vague language that is currently in the ballot statement presented at the Wednesday board meeting. Perhaps the best idea is to not hurry for the June ballot and be more thoughtful about what the tax would be used for and place it on the November ballot. HUSD just seems to always be in the “hurry up” mode.

    Ms. Sanchez was hired during the summer of last year with only 4 board members present on a 3-1 vote. Mr. Reynoso was out of town and Mr. McGee voted no. The position was not advertised, in fact it was a position that the board had voted to eliminate, yet somehow it was recreated just for her. Ms. Sanchez actually was a candidate interviewed for the position of Superintendent and was passed over, then somehow HUSD decided to hire her for the eliminated position.

  • K Rocchio

    I wanted to respond to the questions surrounding the conversation between Mr. Dobbs and Mr. Armas. I have attended a few meetings relating to the parcel tax I wanted to try to clear up what you may have seen. Mr. Armas and Mr. Dobbs have been present at all of the meetings I have attended where the discussions included comments from a variety of community members. The exchange you describe above leads me to believe this was an effort to share some of that information with the community via the Board Meeting. It is likely that Mr. Armas wanted to repeat some of the frequently asked questions to get the information to the community.

    Regarding the vague wording of the parcel tax, I understood from a briefing that the language must stay open to allow the District to use the money toward the most critical areas if additional cuts are necessary. This tax is not meant to “add” programs that are currently missing as much as it is to “save” programs from further hits. We are facing as much as $7.4M in cuts and it isn’t rocket science to see that this tax would only offset some of that pain. My thoughts are 15.89 cents a day to provide some balance for the children of our future, it’s worth it.

    I shared this thought at a meeting … I am more than happy to see the results of the Bond Measure. However, as our school prepares to move into a beautiful new state-of-the-art building … I am pained to learn that we do not have the funding to staff the new library. It is time for balance. We put our faith in the Bond and it has produced some amazing results, on-time and on-budget. Now let’s invest in our kids and the operations in the classroom. If you participated in the phone survey, you know the options put before the public. They responded clearly and also demanded an over-sight committee, even though this is typically only required for bonds. If you have questions regarding where this money will go, by all means, step up and volunteer your time.

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    ms. Rocchio,
    Thank you for your information and update, it is much appreciated. I was not called for the survey. I would be more than happy to volunteer time to help oversee the expenditures, however the possibility of my being selected is as likely as a snowball’s chance in hell if the board is participating in the selection process.

    It is unfortunate that the meetings regarding bringing forward the idea of a parcel tax were not available to those of us who, for whatever reason, cannot attend meetings; especially meetings that did not seem to be highly publicized to begin with. I would love to see librarians returned to our schools and a restoration of services lost to our students and again I would support a parcel tax that provided those types of items. I, like many others, am just not confident that the money will actually provide direct and tangible benefits to our students.

  • Michael Moore

    Look closely please at the oversight committee and its authority. It has none. Just another way to create more people doing less with more money.

    There should be no options to opt out if this passes which it should not. The language is terrible. Stand up and insist first on performance within the existing boundaries. Do more with less. Vote no.

  • John Kyle

    All;

    Why has the district cut it’s own throat by ignoring the potential benefit available by uswe of Senate Bill 1317?

  • Sherry Blair

    The local agency meetings (HLAC)are not very well known, but they are a good source of information. They will meet Thursday and discuss the parcel tax as well as an interesting item about the future of the Eden Youth & Family Center.

    http://www.hayward-ca.gov/citygov/meetings/other/hlac/2012/OM-HLAC020212.pdf

  • Sherry Blair

    Cynthia, I have been thinking about what you said about people not voting for something that provided school supplies. (#14)

    Why do you think people won’t pay for classroom supplies?

  • Cynthia Rodriguez

    Kathi- Sanchez interviewed for Superintendent???? Where was she before?

    Sherry- I think supplies are least of the worries. I saw the presentation about fees and do not think there should be any fees charged to students for any supplies. With technology, there should be a less of a need for paper and pens and things of that nature. I think there are money for supplies, but use technology instead. Be creative. My daughter is able to type a lot of her papers on the school computer. I do not know what the supply level looks like at the elementary schools though.

    The state is balancing their budget on the backs of schools and it is at the expenses of programs, higher class sizes, and busing. Schools are not a priority in California!

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    Cynthia,
    Sanchez came from San Francisco Unified.. She was one of several that were interviewed during the late spring or early summer and did not pass muster. I have no idea why the job that was once held by Christine Quinn and was then abolished was resurrected specifically for Sanchez. A review of some newspaper articles and other items showed she had some “problems” while she was there.

  • John Kyle

    All:

    HUSD Trustees have failed to employ Senate bill 1317 which was authored by State Senator J. Leno and adopted by the California State legislature in late 2009, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2010. Not much later, I suggested at public comments, that the trustees employ that device which was intended to grab the attention of the parents and which bore applicable penalties placed against neglectful parents, of up to a year imprisonment. The response from Ms Brunner, then the chair-person selected and annointed by to that position by leadership of HEA, was something to the effect that ‘we would prefer’ to engage the parents of truants in a discussion. Those discxussions, oif they evefr did occur were entirely ineffective and the money loss due to truancy is staggeringly high.
    In school year 2010 – 2011 truancy factors applicable to each school were as follows
    As to Middle schools;
    Bret Hart 83.64% involving 547 truants against an enrolment of 542
    C. Chavez 80.54% involving 484 truants against an enrollment of 601.
    ML. King 69.81% involving 439 truants against an enrollment of 616
    Ochoa 71.92 % involving 479 truant against an enrollment of 666
    Winton 80.18% involving 453 truants against an enrollment of 563
    As to our esteemed High Schools:
    Hayward 90.95% involving 1.477 truants against an enrollment of 1,624
    Mt. Eden 86.05% involving 1,634 truants against an enrollment of 1,899
    Tennyson 91.44% involving 1,185 truants against an enrollment of 1,296
    Brenkwitz 80.18 involving 176 truants against an enroll,ment of 206
    The decision to impose a parcel tax upon home owners ignores HUSD’sresponsibility to deal with the basic cause of Truancy…. Trustees are ‘soft on negligent parents’ despite having senate Bill 1317 available to educate parents the ‘the hard way’, if that is what is needed. All the HUSD administration needs is the impelling direction of the trustees to file charges with the County District Attorney under the terms of Senate Bill 1317.
    OF COURSE THOSE WHO ELECTED THIS PRESENT BOARD have opportunity remedy their error later in this present year. Right?

  • Justwatching

    Parcel Tax???? HUSD. Folks that were not aboard when the Maintenance Assessment District was approve several years ago may not recall the presentation to the public. At the time the Maintenance Assessment District was presented to the public I believe it was stated that this Assessment would only remain until a Parcel Tax was approved and then the Maintenance Assessment District would be dissolved. Now it seems HUSD wants to have both taxes left in place.

  • John Kyle

    Just watching :
    Is it not true that the Maintenance Assessment District was established in the early 1990’s for the purpose of ‘improving’ the playgrounds at our elementary schools; especially those at the elementary school level where the soils were of the black adobe type that opened up ankle busting fissures when dried out.

    I recall being personally involved to the point that I chose the order in which each school was to receive a dose of ‘Mad Money’. Placing the Markham school site at the top because it had become a camp ground for drug users who spent their day at the grounds around the Library. I advised the then principal at the Longwood school of the fact that I pushed Longwood school down on the list since it was not the worst problem despite it’s own poor appearance and proximity to my own home.. Principal Hassell agreed since he had been Principal at Markham at an earlier date when he made a habit of inspecting the school grounds, especially at it’s western access point… to boot the drug users out before the children started arriving for class. Recited how one day a guy in a sleeping bag would not be aroused …. the poor chap had died of an overdose during the night! Principal then picked up the discarded needles before curious children found them.
    Interesting consequence of that uproar was that I personally picketed the former School principal who was upset that the public was not able to vote on that matter and attempted, as an act of vengeance, to recall the Chair of the Board of Trustees who had also been his wife’s cousin AS WELL AS THE ‘ADVOCATE’ FOR HIS own CASE WHEN HIS PERSONAL PERSONNEL MATTER was brought before School District’s personnel commission. The target for the recall was a cousin of the upset former principal’s wife who also happened to be serving as presider over of the Board of Trustees when the mad assessment was created. I Personally picketed the disgruntled former principal’s recall attempt in 1994.
    The Mad ASSESSMENT HAS SEEN BENEFICIAL MUCH USE AT HUSD SCHOOL GROUNDS AND ATHELETIC Fields BUT IN RECENT YEARS I CAN ONLY SURMISE THAT IT HAS BEEN SUBVERTED TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS ALSO NOW USED TO MAINTAIN SCHOOL BUILDING STRUCTURES… or perhaps something else.. especially since the abandonment and neglect of the City’s donated site resident structure at Longwood School. Poor Longwood / Winton Grove area which if it had been more recently developed under present city planning considerations would have required a park area of something near 10 acres. It’s location near Kennedy park is not conducive to use by local children for the reason that Kennedy Park is a money making operatoion for HARD and has the additional use discouragement of two major arterials which are hazardous to k-6 children and the inadequate size of the 1.5 acre ‘Longwood’ park on Reed Ave is a ‘HIKE’ for children living northerly of Longwood Ave.
    So, in order to accomodate, the grounds of Longwood School are opened between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays….. when husd is able to find someone to unlock the GATES at north and south side of the premises… which is often not co-ordinated by the M & O SECUIRITY DETAIL!
    In short…keep the MAD assessment….but go after parents of Truants who cost us a loss of ADA money to the tune of about $8,000,00 per year! In short HUSD ought take a hard attitude toward parents of hooky players…. Like prosecute them under terms of senate bill 1317 and do it promptly rather than try to talk to those parents who do not listen nor care!

  • The Silent Observer

    This year (2012) the school bond tax will adjust to the next tier…it will double from the 2011 level…am I right about this??? Maybe that’s why H.U.S.D. is in a hurry to pass the new parcel tax.

  • Michael Moore

    Looks like Greg JOnes is going to run for Hayward City Council so that should certainly provide us with some excitement. WooHoo.

  • John Kyle

    Alol:

    Does anyone grasp what I said in # 26 above….. there would be no need forthe parcel tax id the Trustees made use of SB 1317.The Silent Observer is cdorrecft…. there will be a doubling of the parcel tax imposed by the MeaSURE i bond issue…. and in a few years later anotyher bump. each to last 25 years…….

    The pARCEL TAX WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY IF ENACTED BILL bILL 1317 WERE UTILIZED TO DISICPLINE THE PARENTS OF HOOKY PLAYERS…. SILENCE OF THE TAX PAYER IS THE CAUSE OF THE husd tRUSTEES GOING OFF ON A TANGENT…

    THE SIMPLE FACT IS THAT THE BOARD IS NEGELCTFUL OF THE ‘DUTYY’ THEY OWE THOSE PAYING TYHE PROPOSEDE PARCEL TAX… WHICH IS TO BRING DISCIP0LINE TO TGHE PARENTS OF THE hOOKY KIDS AS WELL AS THE HOOKY PLAYERS TYHEMSELVES.

    iN SHORT THE ELECTORATE DOES ITSELF N0O FAVOR BY FAILOING TO CONFRONT THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO PURSUE THE SOURCE OF THE MONEY LOSS WHICH IS TO SAY PUNISH THE PARENTS OF hOOKY PLAYERS WHO HAVE CAUSED THE MONEY SHORTFALL.
    dO THETY REALLY THINK THE MATTER WILL ESCAPE VOTERS IN THE FALL ELEC6TIONS WHEN SEVERAL SEAQTS WILL NBE AT RISK FOR FAILURE TO EXCERCISE SENATE BILL 1317?

    sHAME ON THOSE WHO REMAIN SILENTNON THIS MATTER!

  • Justwatching

    I too was deeply involved in the Maintenance Assessment District but it is my understanding you can also specify this same type of projects in passing a parcel tax and also use the dollars to offset salaries. The point is a good portion of the public was against a parcel tax back then and the Maintenance Assessment District has less restrictions for passage. The public was told that this Maintenance Assessment District would be dissolved if and when a parcel tax was approved in Hayward.

  • John Kyle

    Inresponse to # 32 above…. hoe does relianced on Maintenance Azssessment relieve Trustee from pursuit of parents who have children ‘tagged’ as persistant truants. Excercise SB 1317 for about three months,following this suggested course:

    Pick out the worst of the truants on the basis of race. The every 30 days prosecute a white, a black and a brown trusnt fromj the top levels of truancy

  • John Kyle

    … dog gone keyboard….
    #33 above is continued herewith..

    then prosecute themsimultaneously… thus d0o we eleiminate possibility of an argument over race realations ships within HUSD.
    Continue that action at leat once every 30 days untilo the reality sets in amongst irresonsible parents! Watch us regain financial solvency within 12 months!
    You were involved in the Maintenace ASSESSMENT dISTRICT I DO NOT RECALL ASSISTANCWE GIVEN TO THE FIGHT I CONDUCTED AGAINST ‘langia” LEADERSHIP…… HOW WERE YOU IMNVOLVED?

  • Eric Kurhi

    Last night the City of Hayward approved an additional $120,000 for use toward the June election because the Registrar increased the estimated cost to hold an election, between $3 to $5 a voter instead of $3/voter, which was in the budget. “Among the factors driving the potential higher cost for the election is the need to publish the voter pamphlet in five languages.”

  • Eric Kurhi

    HUSD parcel tax vote is on tonight’s agenda, action item #3.

  • Teresa Conti

    I wish I could support the tax. I need performance first.

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    LAST NIGHT’S HUSD BOARD MEETING:

    Sherry thank you for speaking up for the low income families in Hayward and the burden of a parcel tax on them. Thanks to Mr. Reynoso for attempting to place an amendment on the parcel tax to exempt low income families…too bad it Ms. Heredia did not accept his amendment.

    The information that MR. Reynoso provided regarding the real costs of the election should raise some very strong concerns in the community. He pointed out the following:
    1. There are several costs that are billed directly to HUSD for this election, starting with a charge of $3.00-$5.00 per REGISTERED VOTER for the election itself. According to Mr. Reynoso there are over 66,000 voters in the HUSD area. A minimum of $200,000+.

    2. HUSD will be billed for the entire cost of the printing of the sample ballot itself…at this time the cost for that has not been determined. Included in the cost is typesetting, printing and mailing of sample ballots in 4-5 seperate languages.

    3. There is also a prorated fee for the actual filing of the intent to issue a parcel tax and that fee is to be determined.

    4. THE ABOVE COSTS WILL BE BILLED TO HUSD REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE TAX PASSES OR NOT!

    With this in mind…where will the money come from to pay for this election? Are there enough “deep pockets” in Hayward to raise money for a campaign and then to donate as much as $300,000 additional dollars to pay the election costs??????? And all of this money must be raised by June.

  • Teresa Conti

    There has got to be a better way to use that $600,000 for the school district. I intend to write to the school board and let them know. Good heavens! How many teachers could they save with that money? 8, 10?

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    They are banking on it passing and somehow a group of “deep pocket(s)” will cover the total costs for the election itself.

    Then the $2million will essentially be used for staff development; other teacher needs; perhaps saving a nurse or two; perhaps programs and ????? who knows.

    If they used the majority of the money raised for the purpose of restoring librarians or elementary music prep teachers or reducing class size it would not be enough dollars.. I would certainly be more inclined to support a parcel tax for bringing back eleminated positions or reducing class size.

  • Michael Moore

    This is a typical end run around the voter which will stop shortly I suspect. HUSD has already tested the water and found that there was not much support for a new parcel assessment.

    Teachers will continue to have to fork out money for supplies that are not covered by the district.

    Substantive programs that enhance student learning like music and library access will not benefit. In fact no one has really been able to provide much of an understanding of what will be added in light of the upcoming electoral efforts.

    And then of course the truly political nature of the board reared its head with the filing by Trustee Reynoso for Mary Hayashi’s spot. He will do well there provided no one actually tells the story of how he came to the board. Integrity appears to be lacking in this part of town.

  • teachermama

    3, Teresa. Hahaha. Don’t I wish. Even though I am still going to vote yes on the parcel tax, I agree that even if it passes, the $$ raised will not be enough to feel much impact and the directive for spending it seems vague. And then I suppose people will have even less faith in the district, because they will be expecting to see some results from their investment. Still, I can’t begrudge the kids my $58. Like reynoso said, I have a different set of problems, so actually, I would gladly pay more.

    According to the summary of the board meeting notes, a good number of administrators are being released or reassigned. What gives?

  • John Kyle

    All;

    The ,annual, truancy rate report for school year 2010 – 2011 is quite revealing…… if you analize it yourself ( in other words,,, do not take my word for it) you will discover that the truancy rate for our High schools reveals an overall truancy rate of 87.25% !! expressed another way…total enrollment of 5,025 high school students odf which 4,372 absented themj selves for 3 days or more which earns those involved the descriptions as a truant. So expressed another way the truancy factor applicable to our high schools is 87.25%

    Do not take my word for it…. Andrew Kevy in administration wilol print out and supply you with a copy of the latest tally gathered on an annual basis.

    Having seenthe truancy rates at each of our schools from k-6 through senior high, you will come to an understanding of why it is we lose so much money duwe to the ‘Truancy expense’.

    So my advice is to join the clamor for use of SB 1317 !
    Haul the parents of chronic truants into court. Or otherwise,just pay your new property tax assessment and keep your mouths shut!

    Stand before the Board of Trustees and chide them for not employing SB 1317…. when they see 10 or 20 folks at public comments, at one meeting chiding them on the same subject,they will eventually get the message. Hell’s belss, even the Daily Review might pick up the threaad of a much needed story

  • Sherry Blair

    Thanks Kathy.

    It’s not over yet folks. The fat lady is just beginnng to sing!

  • Sherry Blair

    Here’s some more, a copy of the email I just sent to the BofEd:

    “Now I remember why I quit going to school board meetings a long time ago.

    I can’t tell you how sorry I am that you, our elected representatives, are so blind to what is happening in the world, much less in our community today. It’s like you didn’t even hear about the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring. What newspapers do YOU read?

    How can you miss the economic struggle of the people of Hayward and the need for our government to change? How dare you call for a flat tax on property when people are losing their homes? How can you ignore the harm you do to those who do not have the money to pay? How dare you compare the cost to a latte’ when real people, including the children you are entrusted to educate are having difficulty securing food? Don’t you realize that it is not any one cost, but the “death by a thousand cuts” that is killing off the poor?

    Then, to top it off, you exempt the rich for no apparent reason. How generous you are with our money! Can’t you see this only perpetuates a system that already favors the rich and drives the poor into the ground? Or do you think we are too stupid to see that?

    How do you think we the people feel when of our so called leaders and officials who have money and jobs and power, whine about what they need without regard for what we need? Sure you have had losses, but you are so much better off than so many of us. You should be grateful. In fact, you should worry about your jobs.

    I have been arguing politely for quite a while in favor of non-violent change through citizen participation. But I see clearly, mostly from watching the Hayward board of education for 38 years that the change that is needed is not going to happen in the board room, but on the streets. Our children’s most necessary education is not going to happen in the classrooms, but outside with us. The choice is very clear now.

    Count on me to campaign against your tax and your re-election. Count on me to wake people up. Yesterday, listening to Dr. Luz Calvo at Hayward’s teach-in honoring women, I realized that I have become a “radical woman of color” now and that nothing will do but fundamental change whatever that takes.

    When my children first entered Hayward Schools, we stood on the picket line with the teachers. Will the teachers join us now? I want my grandchildren to see how change really happens, from the bottom up; out in the open where we the people come together.

    Sherry Blair”

  • http://NA Kathi Booth

    WOW Sherry you made me cry. Please post this on the newest entry of the blog that Eric just posted. EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS. IN FACT YOU SHOULD MAKE IT A MY WORD PIECE. THANK YOU!!!!

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, well said.

  • Michael Moore

    Venceremos!

  • Justwatching

    I was deeply involved in the Maintenance Assessment District when approve but it has always been my understanding you can also specify this same type of projects in passing a parcel tax and also use the dollars to offset salaries in the maintenance dept. A good portion of the public was against a parcel tax back then and the Maintenance Assessment District has less restrictions for passage. Approximately 50% of the money was used for upgrading the back fields at variuos school sites and the remaing 50% was used to offset the salaries for the folks the HUSD Maintenance Dept to maintain the improvements. I believe the public was told that this Maintenance Assessment District would be dissolved if and when a parcel tax was approved in Hayward by HUSD.

  • Sherry Blair

    FYI – The HARD agenda for tonight’s meeting has been posted.