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School parcel tax backers raise $16K

Only $350 reported spent by April 16 report date

The committee backing two parcel tax measures in the Menlo Park City School District has reported that it raised $16,241 from 29 donors but spent only around $350 as of April 16.

A campaign disclosure statement filed on April 22 by the "Committee to Support Menlo Park Schools, Yes on Measures A & C" shows the campaign has a cash balance of $15,893.

No committee has registered to oppose the measures.

Top contributors are: Jody Buckley, community volunteer, co-chair campaign committee, $5100; Jeffrey Weiner, occupation and employer not provided, $2,500; Scott Hinshaw, vice president, investments, Morgan Stanley, co-chair campaign committee, $1,044; Geoff Ralston, founder, Imagine K12, $1,000; and Terry Thygesen, trustee, Menlo Park City School District, $1,000

Other donors are below. Where there is no occupation or employer listed, the information was not provided in the disclosure statement.

● $500: Alison Leupold and Ashley Honerkamp.

● $250: Jamie Dalessandro, Realtor, Windy Hill Property Ventures; William Thompson, investment adviser, Cambridge Associates; Jennifer Bartle; Emily Record; Elizabeth Ouren; David Bingham, physician, Stanford; Jennifer Schindler, management, Google; Stacey Jones, project manager, Kondra Systems; Mark Baker, president, Alan Baker Co.

● $200: Kim Jabal, CFO Weebly; Cathy Tokic.

● $150: Laura Paul.

● $100 or less: Sherwin Chen; Ashley Montulli; Joy Kellman; Christine Keefer, marketing consultant; Nell Swartzberg, attorney, Manatt, Neela Gentile, consultant; Joanne Lofthouse, homemaker; Caryn Wasserstein, stylist; Katie Ferrick, community relations, LinkedIn; Susannah Hill, director, Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation.

Barbara Wood

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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The report does no comply with state requirements. The identity of contributors of $100 or more must be complete.

Based upon their expenditures, it appears that they are saving their funds for the sequel. As of midday, more than 3,800 ballots have been received by the Elections Department. Total registration is less than 16,000.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm

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The supporters ran a big ad in this week's Almanac. It did not contain a single fact except the names of the supporters.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

"The supporters ran a big ad in this week's Almanac. It did not contain a single fact except the names of the supporters."

When the facts aren't on your side appeal to others to go along with the "in crowd."


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Posted by Equity
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 27, 2016 at 12:01 am

We don't need a gold plated model!

Please relax everyone.

Your children get 1000 times more than most children in the world, 100 times more than children in East Menlo Park and 10 times more than even the other affluent schools in our area.

1. Giving them so much is not good for them.
2. Having so much is actually not good for the district. Use what you have and don't waste it. You'll all retire and be gone and we'll be stuck with the taxes paying your pensions and the "tuitions" of your employees' children.


To explain my points:
1. The rates of anxiety, depression, stressed out kids, and the like is skyrocketing and mostly in this area. When are kids see us giving them EVERYTHING, it puts pressure on them to be everything.

2. I used to think that MPCSD was AMAZING. I've seen an "insider's club" and elitist attitude among the employees.
The supt. is happy to cover up for the mistakes of his staff instead of helping teach them to move through the world with integrity the way he talks.

VOTE NO ON A AND C AND MODEL FOR OUR CHILDREN A NOVEL IDEA; living within one's means


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:53 am

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Equity raises a fundamental issue that is not addressed by the current taxation proposals - Quality education for ALL students in our community.

We do have a Community Responsibility to educate ALL of our children and we need to recognize that our “community” is larger than our small, self-centered elementary school districts.

Let’s create a UNIFIED school district that includes ALL the students and ALL the schools in Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and the adjacent unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.

Such a Unified District would require far fewer administrators than do all of the smaller component parts.

Such a Unified District would permit specialized magnet schools for sciences or languages or special needs.

Such a Unified District would have an integrated curriculum from K through 12.

Such a Unified District would leave no child behind.

Creating such a Unified District would not be without problems, particular how to blend the State Aid and Basic Aid funding models.

Such a Unified District would mean that some parents and children would “give up” some special privileges in favor of everyone getting a really good education.


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Posted by Equity
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 27, 2016 at 7:44 am

Peter C. "Such a Unified District would mean that some parents and children would “give up" some special privileges in favor of everyone getting a really good education."

This is true. Could we really as a society do this? this being "give up" some special privileges so that ALL children could have the basics?

My brother in law went to M.-A. in the 1960s and the problems there today have hardly changed in fifty years. Money is not the only solution but the act of sharing the existing wealth would it an of itself start to move us in the right direction because of the attitude shift (away from entitlement and toward sharing) that would occur.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

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"Could we really as a society do this/"

Yes and the Fire District, which serves East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and the adjacent unincorporated areas of San Mateo County provides the SAME level of service to ALL of the residents of these areas regardless of how much they pay in property taxes.

And tomorrow the Fire District will have a formal Opening Ceremony for its newest station - Station 2 in East Palo Alto - a $10 million investment in continuing to better serve that area.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 27, 2016 at 9:59 am

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Equity, you used the keyword "basics". A no-nonsense unified district should be able to provide a basic education for less than $10,000 per student. That includes the hidden expenditure of servicing bond debt,(including bonds used for state matching grants) which, for MPCSD exceeds $3,000 per student.

And, a unified district should consider a sale-leaseback of it's facilities, with proceeds used to retire the local bond debt. That way, a more accurate per pupil expenditure could include the cost of facilities.

The reduced property tax burden might provide incentive for families, not satisfied with a leaner district, to seek alternatives offering "some special privileges". This would promote development of a natural continuum of alternatives. That would be a good thing.


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Posted by Drink your woes away
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Backers should save the money for alcoholic drinks. They will need 'em when the counting is done.


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