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Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Gives One-Sided Endorsement of Measure A

Sources close to the proceedings of Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee say that the committee voted to endorse Measure A at that meeting, after a Measure A proponent gave a presentation that was not on the agenda, and without hearing any opposition arguments.

Sources say that one committee member abstained from the vote. Leland Traiman, a former member of the Committee and an opponent to the measure, told Action Alameda News, “In taking this stand in favor of a regressive tax, Alameda County Democrats are also taking on their own Democratic president and governor. As a lifelong Democrat and a thrice-elected member of the ACDCC in the 1980’s I am saddened by this inappropriate and precipitous action. When I was on the ACDCC, any endorsement of any ballot measure had to be put on the agenda ahead of time for all to see. This action was taken in a way which is neither democratic nor in the traditions of the Democratic Party and it should be rescinded.”

Nobody from the Democratic Central Committee had responded to press inquiries via e-mail by press time.

16 comments to Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Gives One-Sided Endorsement of Measure A

  • DHL

    This is just silly—why do people think they are optimizing decisions and directions for our city without a proper public forum, discussion and argumentation?

  • Vania

    This circumstance is an example of why many people have stopped identifying themselves as Democrats and have started calling themselves Independents.

  • Anon

    I hope that Jerry Brown doesn’t suggest any more cuts for K-12 education, or this parcel tax won’t be enough to keep schools from closing. Is it too late to increase the amount of tax from $.32 per square foot, to something like $1.00 per square foot, with no cap? I fear that is what will be necessary after the Guv announces his new budget.

  • A dollar per square foot with no cap would make Alameda totally unliveable! The prices at Safeway would go through the ceiling, and no one would shop on the island at all. Real estate prices would plunge. Just to keep schools open and teachers overpaid!

  • Jerry Brown didn’t suggest ANY cuts from K-12 education. We already pay 1/2 our state income tax toward schools.

  • c gottstein

    Wish the discussion wouldn’t say “schools” in general. Alameda simply doesn’t always do schools well. Every 8 am (& in the PM)when in session, Grand ST is a solid line of cars (parents dropping off kids @ Wood), from Encinal south to the beach. Residents can’t use driveways or even pull away from curb easily. And Santa Clara is a zoo btw Haight & the buses. Not all schools would close. If parents are driving them, couldn’t children go just about anywhere on the main island?

  • There is a myth in Alameda that all kids walk or bike to school. That myth is belied by the long line of cars you mention on Grand Street, and the long line of cars snaking down Island Drive from the Otis street bridge to Amelia Earhart.

  • Hot R

    Adam: Although Jerry Brown did not suggest any cuts to k-12 schools the amount of money available has gone down because the one time stimulus funds from the Feds are no longer available. He did however, propose to significantly cut funds available to community colleges, CSU’s and the UC’s – so much so that the cost of education at those institutions has risen to as high as $30,000 per year.

    In addition, Brown is continuing to ‘defer” payment of money to the schools up to the tune of over $4 billion. This accounting ‘trick” like the rest of the tricks will come back to bite California.

    And if you don’t like traffic at schools now, wait until some of them close and we have mega schools.

  • Wayne

    My wife and I are upset about the fact that the people who rent and have children in school get off scott free when it comes to paying for their children’s education. Surely there should be some way that they too can contribute funds for the education of their children. How does the school district in New York City fund its schools with so many students living in rental property?

  • Landlords pass the tax increase on to tenants in the form of increased rent.

    As for “mega schools” – during the Measure E campaign, AUSD said they needed $14 million to prevent 11 schools from closing; this time, they say they need $12 million to prevent 5 schools from closing. (And not a single school has closed since the failure of Measure E to pass.) Something is not right about AUSD’s calculations on school consolidation.

  • We talk about school closure as if the kids in those schools will have nowhere to go. Not true. And NOT a disaster if they do. Such efficiencies are practiced by the private sector all the time. Public school managers, like Hot R, make it sound like the end of the world. But of course he has a huge vested interest in pouring more new money into AUSD, his employer!

  • Betty

    Since I have no children I don’t know too much about Alameda Schools at this time. I went to Mastick, Washington and Encinal. I went to a web page and found that Alameda’s population is 72,259, with 4057 children under 5 and 56,725 over 18 which leaves us with approximately 11,477 children attending school. I also found we have 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 4 high schools. I could not locate a budget for the school district. To me, this seems like a lot of schools for just 11,000 kids. Could someone fill me in how this works? Also what is the budget?

  • There are around 9,000 kids attending alameda schools these days, with an $80 million budget.

    During the Measure E campaign, AUSD and parcel tax proponents said they needed $14 million to keep 11 schools from closing.

    During this campaign for Measure A, they say they need $12 million to keep 5 schools from closing.

  • Betty

    So, it takes 80 million dollars to educate 9,000 kids…. and they want 12 million more. I have to think about this one.

  • Betty

    Do you know what % of the budget goes to administrative, to teachers, to the kids?

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