Caswell leads, Dauber trails, in fundraising Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Oct 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm
School board incumbent Melissa Baten Caswell led and challenger Ken Dauber trailed in fundraising for next month's election for the Palo Alto Board of Education, according to campaign finance reports through Sept. 30.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 5:30 PM
Posted by What's-It-Cost-To-Buy-A-Seat-On-The-School-Board?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm
Seems that there were only 148 people (actually 147 including Dauber's money) that are financing this school board election. There are somewhere in the order of 8,500 homes contributing students to the schools, and possible 25,000 taxpaying properties in the jurisdiction.
Interesting that fewer than 150 of this lot is interested in buying this election for those winning seats on the Board. Would be interesting to see who is contributing, and how much?
Posted by Mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm
I have been contributing as much sweat equity to Dauber's campaign as I can, because things are tight financially right now. I am really grateful that he's been willing to put up his own money, and I just wanted to say Thanks Ken, you speak for me and my family!
Posted by Raise issues not money, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm
Ken Dauber is doing an important service to the community and he got in late and primarily to ensure we would even have an election at all. Instead of raising money by palling around with the so called 400 and trying to cozy up to the rich and powerful interests, Dauber bought some yard signs and set out to meet voters in a grassroots campaign to raise awareness of important issues. Instead of a popularity contest we are having an issue driven campaign about site based control, homework, stress and achievement for all. I saw him last night at the special Ed forum and he was fantastic, just what this district needs. I glad he's spending his time raising issues not money. Go Ken we need you!!!!
Posted by soccer mom, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2012 at 7:57 am
In this post Citizens United era, keeping money out of politics is national headlines. I am concerned that Barbara Mitchell, a current Board member is donating significant sum of money to Heidi Emberling and Camille Townsend. Of course Ms. Mitchell is free to contribute to whom she pleases. However what happens when Heidi and Camille need to make independent decisions on important Board issues that affect all of us in the District? Will they feel beholden to Ms. Mitchell and agree with her viewpoint out of a sense of obligation? I thought I was evaluating the candidates based on their stand on important issues. I thought that I could expect them to vote the way they told me that they were going to at the Forum I attended. Now I am not so sure.
Posted by Insider, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm
A few comments:
No one seems to have noticed that Barbara Klausner's husband Michael is on Ken Dauber's donor list. That fits with her editorial that basically endorsed his candidacy, and the fact that I've heard that she's been calling electeds about him.
Melissa/Camille is not a slate, it is 2 incumbents scratching each other's back. They both have a sense of entitlement. I doubt if Melissa really wanted Camille's endorsement.
Barb M giving a big check to Heidi is unusual in a contested race. I suspect she's worried about Ken getting on the board (Mitchell has been the sole holdout on changes to counseling at Gunn, for example, and wasn't a big fan of the A-G change), and would rather have Heidi sitting next to her than Dauber ---- especially if Barb has paid some of Heidi's bills.
Posted by Umm, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm
M. Klausner is on the faculty of Stanford Law with Dauber's wife. I would expect that is a closer tie that any faux endorsement. If B. Klausner wanted to endorse Dauber, I imagine she would just do so.
I find it interesting that none of the current board members have endorsed Dauber, despite a fair amount of cross endorsing. It seems like none of them are excited about him joining them.
Posted by Puzzled, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 11, 2012 at 1:17 am
If seems Mr Dauber has had more ad space on the Weekly website than any of the other candidates, and his yard signs are everywhere (which cost $$). I'm surprised that he "trails" in overall funding in this election. Is the Weekly giving him some ad space for free or at a discounted rate?
Posted by parent, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Oct 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Very interesting the significant differences in funding/self-funding. I seem to recall that in the last governor's race, one candidate spent an enormous amount of her personal funds on her campaign and it didn't end so well. Perhaps the Weekly has propped up this candidate from the very beginning because the theatrics from his group generate a lot of hits to the website??
In any event, while there is certainly room for improvement in the school district, as there is in all of us, I think the tactics this underfunded candidate employs will be more destructive than helpful in the long run.... and the ones who will be at the short end of the stick will be the students.
Posted by Look around, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Oct 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm
Dauber has a lot of yard signs out because....he has a lot of supporters. It takes money to buy signs but support to get them out there. People like the message and the focus on kids and the clear vision. Some insiders don't want fresh ideas fresh blood and high expectations. Thats why we have democracy.