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Spectrum - April 30, 2008

Guest Opinion: Two campaigns for the heart of the community

by Jon Foster

The heart of a community is its civic spaces and its commitment to finding common ground on which its residents can come together, learn and exchange ideas.

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Jon Foster is one of four co-chairs for the Measure A campaign. He served in the same role for the PAUSD parcel tax campaign in 2005. Foster is senior vice president of global operations for a Palo Alto-based software company and lives in Palo Alto with his wife and two children. He can be e-mailed at


Posted by paraphrase, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm

"It will be wonderful if only you all did as I ask and never question anything."

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Question it if you must, but we are not afraid of questions. That is how we learn.

In return, I will ask you a question. "If your roof was leaking, your bathroom outdated, your car totalled, would you borrow money to pay for these improvements?" The answer is probably "yes". If the answer was even to give no more money back just pay the same interest for longer, would that help to make it even more so? The answer is probably "yes".

It can be argued that the money from selling schools years ago should have been saved for this, but the fact is that it was and it is now gone, even the principal. We can't sell more schools, in fact we can't keep getting rent from the properties we now own and are renting out as we need them. So, the rainy day money has gone, already spent. And now it is raining again.

Compare the schools to your own home and if you want improvements in the home to keep up to date, then why should our students be any different?

Now that you have questioned yourself, any more questions?

Posted by JSD, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm

What specific parts of the Measure A spending plan address the student population growth? Under what timeline?

Posted by paraphrase, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 30, 2008 at 9:43 am

Parent, to answer your question, if I had 5 bathrooms in a 2 bedroom house, I would consolidate and have 2 nice bathrooms instead of wasting money renovating all 5.

Posted by PAUSD parent, a resident of Barron Park
on May 1, 2008 at 12:00 am

It's hard to consolidate when the family is growing. More like having to add 2 more bedrooms to the house and spruce up the bathrooms.

Posted by paraphrase, a resident of Downtown North
on May 1, 2008 at 8:54 am

And yet, our neighbors only have one fantastic bathroom whereas we still need 5 rundown water closets, which we pay twice as much for! PA must just have an incontinence problem.

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