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Mercury News Endorses Measure G

The newspaper stated that the parcel tax is necessary to deal with millions in state budget cuts and to ensure that San Bruno schools are equipped for 21st century learning.

The Mercury News recently published an editorial that stated that San Bruno's $199 parcel tax deserves to be passed.

Simply put, the newspaper said Measure G—and several other bond measures on the ballot for four other San Mateo County school districts—is necessary to ensure that San Bruno schools are "equipped for 21st century learning," especially with Proposition 30 in doubt. Prop. 30 is Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative that would tax the rich and increase the sales tax by a 1/4 cent for everyone in California.

The Mercury News further explained its position:

To deal with millions in state budget cuts, this eight-school district has increased class size to 31 and eliminated music and programs for the gifted. Staff hasn't gotten a raise since 2007.

It won't be clear precisely what these funds will pay for until the fate of Proposition 30 is known. But if the state and local measures fail, Superintendent David Hutt said, the district will likely have to cut "a significant number of days" from the school year.

The San Mateo Daily Journal also wrote an editorial on Measure G and stated that it opposes the parcel tax. The Daily Journal said the school district suffers from poor leadership and communication, and those deficiencies need to be fixed before any other ballot measure is passed.

Measure G, which would tax each parcel $199 annually for five years to generate about $2 million a year, is the first parcel tax to go before voters since the San Bruno Park School District opened. Voters rejected the school district's bond measure during the last election in November.

John Hanson November 05, 2012 at 10:19 PM
All you have to know, is the Leadership can not be trusted with your money. No on G
ScienceRules November 05, 2012 at 10:38 PM
YES on G. It's time San Bruno showed that they care about education, their children and the quality of teachers in their district. As a San Bruno teacher, I can tell you I will be looking for a job elsewhere if this doesn't pass. It's important that the city I work for CARES about education, and I'm tired of San Bruno turning its back again and again on its kids and teachers.
John Hanson November 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
How many people want Hutt and Skip Henderson to lead their Children into the 21 st Century?
John Hanson November 05, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Good luck on finding a new job.
Chuck Zelnik November 06, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Vote NO on G Then we can say good by to the 3 voting block heads and Hutt. Chuck Zelnik
Annie Goldstein November 06, 2012 at 02:29 AM
YES ON MEASURE G!!!!!! ScienceRules: Although I don't want to lose you, I understand that you need to look for a school and a community that values you; If this tax does not pass, I wish you luck on your quest for a better community. Also on a side note although you may not feel that you are valued, their are many parents that feel you do above and beyond the call of duty, everyday; WE THANK YOU!!!!!
John Marinos November 06, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Vote yes on G and keep the strong momentum going that has been put forth in building an even stronger school district.
Bill Baker November 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
NO ON G. The SBPSD doesn't need more tax money and might even operate more efficiently if it had fewer tax dollars fed into it. The SBPSD needs to balance its budget and find new leadership. San Bruno residents need to keep the tax base open for fire, police and emergency services which are more important than feeding more money into the SBPSD which already gets more than $20,000,000 in taxpayer money each year to educate approximately 2,500 students. We all need to live within our financial means during these tough economic times. This is especially true for school districts, like the SBPSD, that refuse to balance their budgets.
John Marinos November 06, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Yes on G and I am more than happy to hand over my $199 to the SBPSD. Contrary to some posts on this board the SBPSD is required to have a balanced budget every year.
watchfultaxpayer November 06, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Taxpayers have NOT turned their backs on education. If you ARE a property tax payer,in San Btruno, take a look at your tax statement. As for quiting your job, I believe one of the goals of this Measure is to HIRE and retain quality teachers. That led me to wonder if any present teachers felt threatened by the possibility of 'quality'replacements. I think I would have felt at least a tad insulted.
Bill Baker November 06, 2012 at 07:14 AM
John, read the SBPSD 2012-2013 Budget document. The San Bruno Park School District Board is so proud of its reckless deficit spending that the San Bruno Park School District’s 2012-2013 Proposed Budget proclaims: “The [SBPSD] District continues to deficit spend.” Also John, even if Measure G doesn't pass, you can still be just as happy by handing over $199 every year to the San Bruno Education Foundation: http://sanbrunoedfound.org/ Problem solved. Now you can vote NO ON MEASURE G.
Annie Goldstein November 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Bill Baker/watchfultaxpayer: You do not know what you are talking about; you just don't want to pay ANY taxes; We do not live in a country that everyone is out for themselves; We live in a country that takes care of others. I would be careful of what you wish for because it will negatively bite you in the butt later on. If everyone decides that San Bruno is not a city that cares for people then the good quality people will leave and you will end up with a city that is a ghost town. I don't believe that higher local taxes will hurt our city; it will improve our city greatly. Burlingame and San Carlos did not always have the "education is important" model. Years ago they built up momentum and got it started. I feel that we could be a city that cares for the whole and NOT just for oneself. You guys say things like the board and district are spending money recklessly; they have been cutting programs, jobs and such for the last years. If you think you can do a better job of being a board member and/or a super THAN apply/run for office!!! All I hear is Negative, Negative, Negative; there are NO solutions without sacificing children's needs. I say shame on you.
Judy November 07, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Again, give the money directly to the schools. Forget giving money to the schools through more taxes.
watchfultaxpayer November 07, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Shame on me ??? For what??? Having an opinion ??? I don't want to pay ANY taxes??? I don't have much choice. They send me an itemized tax bill. I don't know what I am talking about??? Annie, what is it I dont know about??? I could say Shame on You for thinking this will solve the ills of the SBPSD. But I respect your right to your opinion so I won't say that. This country was founded on individual effort and hard work, not gimme, gimme, gimme. The gimme started about 45 years ago. If all the quality people leave what will SB be left with???Unquality people??? Burlingame and San Carlos have a different demographic than San Bruno and much higher priced real estate equating to higher income citizens. San Bruno is a blue collar town. Always has been and probably always will be. Making the comparison as to what they have done and can do is silly and senseless. We don't have the number of affluent taxpayers that those two cities have, generally speaking, of course. You could move to one of those cities if SB displeases you so much. I know I wish I could afford to. I don't know why you would think more money equals 'educaton is important.' Parental participation and support, brain matter as well as desire equals 'education is important.' Money does not buy that formula, I respectfully submit.
Edwin S November 07, 2012 at 07:20 AM
But you never submit a solution - never put any effort into improving the situation. Other than type a bunch of babble and meaningless rhetoric on the patch. So get off your high horse and just admit you want to keep your money for yourself.
watchfultaxpayer November 07, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Oh Contraire !!! I submitted the suggested solution of ridding the District of present leadership and THEN going for another tax increase.on the ballot thereby giving the taxpayers some glimmer of hope that their tax dollars would not be squandered again. Giving you the benefit of the doubt, you did not read that post.
watchfultaxpayer November 07, 2012 at 07:59 AM
That plus always suggesting parents participate and do their part in the success of their chidrens education. The school district cannot do it all. nor should they be expected to.

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