Readers are writing to express their concern over the nature of the current AUSD Survey on the Financial Master Plan. As it is being conducted online, and no paper copies being distributed to non-computer owners, it may not be an honest sample of Alameda residents. But AUSD Board President Mike McMahon says that nothing can be done.
In an email exchange between a reader and Mike McMahon, which was forwarded to us, and which we reference here with the permission of our reader, McMahon writes “Unfortunately, there is no simple [way] to translate online surveys into hard copy for distribution. Sorry.”
Here are some ideas for the AUSD board to translate the online survey into hard copy:
1) Go to the survey page, and print the survey out. Then photocopy it and attach it to clipboards. Surely AUSD can get some volunteers to stand on a street corner and ask people to tick the boxes on the survey.
2) Print the survey in the Alameda Sun and Alameda Journal – perhaps either or both papers would provide free space or at a reduced price for the district to distribute the survey.
3) Print out and distribute this file, which we created in 5 minutes from the online survey. Actually, you might want to do this yourself for any Alameda voters and residents you know who are not online and cannot respond to the survey online.
Also, we have an unconfirmed report that the check for $1 million in redevelopment funds last year, payable from the City of Alameda to AUSD, and intended for the District Capital Outlay Fund was never cashed. We have queries into AUSD pending, to confirm or refute that report, and provide a copy of the canceled check.