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Editorial endorsement: Yes on Portola Valley district school bond, Measure Z

Original post made on Oct 2, 2018

Should residents of the Portola Valley School District support Measure Z, the $49.5 million bond measure that will raise funds to rebuild or repair buildings mostly constructed in the late 1950s and early 1960s? There are many good reasons to vote yes on this measure, and none that we can think of to reject it.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Brook
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Oct 2, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Thank you for this great article and for spreading the word about how important this is for our children and community! As a mother of a first grader who wore her winter jacket in class last year until the old heating system could be patched, I am greatful for this opportunity to upgrade our schools. We desperately need it!


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Posted by Brook
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Oct 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Typo ;) Grateful for this GREAT opportunity!


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Posted by No on Measure Z
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Oct 8, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Sorry Brook, but you're being conned. A heating system is one thing, but asking for a $49.5 million extra tax on homeowners and doubling that again in bond fees for Phase 1 of School Utopia, is like using a jackhammer to crack a sesame seed. There is no guarantee that the heating will work until your 1st grader is in Corte Madera or high school if this bond measure passes because PVSD doesn't know how to manage properties, how to stay within budget, how to employ contractors or how to communicate a need (not a luxury/affluent necessity) to the community it likes to fleece. No Almanac Editor, we don't want our kids to be in moldy/cold classrooms, but the real story you're missing here is how much taxpayers' money PVSD has wasted over the years while allowing basic building maintenance to fly out the window. If they spent as much time checking their maintenance schedule (guttering, roof damage, heating services, window seals, water run-off) as they did creating master plans and wishlists, they wouldn't need to enforce hardship on those that don't earn millions per year. What does $1,000 on someone's property tax equate to for the school? 3 ft of guttering? A rope step in the new playground? To a senior homeowner it could be their heating system repair for the year. No more $$$$ until they can show how exactly they're spending it, which contractors (plural) are quoting, what oversight committees are being put in place, and what basic safety issues they are currently addressing while holding out for their lottery win.


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Posted by Agree With No In Z
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Oct 12, 2018 at 1:44 am

The comment above this is spot on. Really nothing left to add to that—-it’s exactly what we have all been arguing. Refusing to interview multiple contractors, and using guesswork numbers provided by the architect (who was hired by the previous board) while simultaneously feeling out the community for how much they will cough up is just wrong. We are sick of the signs, the full-color mailers, and the rah rah attitude of spending other people’s money in a reckless and undocumented manner.

Flat out: PVSD, we don’t believe you, because we know you haven’t done your due diligence. It should not cost anywhere close to $100 million to have safe, warm, mold free, and well-maintained buildings. Nowhere else in the country is this happening.

Frankly, there are spectacular 10 + acre estates for sale in PV and Woodside and Carmel and Malibu (ocean views, or right on Lake Tahoe, or on the 9th hole) for 10-25% of this number. Are you telling us you can’t do better than rock stars?




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Posted by active volunteer
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Nov 6, 2018 at 9:56 am

Please vote NO on Measure Z! PVSD and the schools' Foundation have failed to responsibly manage the $ millions that have been donated by parents and community members. There is a real lack of financial stewardship. There have been a series of financial and personnel scandals (one resulting in the imprisonment of the school Superintendent) due to lack of oversight, transparency, and a cavalier attitude that the "rich residents" of Portola Valley will continue giving lavishly. Enough is enough! Enrollment in the schools is down and projected to continue to decrease -- this based on analyses by two different demographic analysts hired by the district. Obviously necessary repairs should be made. Of course school safety equipment should conform to current CA code. But that does not take $49.5 million. If this bond measure were for the roughly $10 million needed to make all repairs and really necessary "upgrades" I would say, absolutely support it. But as it is written, it's a grandiose plan that far exceeds what is necessary . . .


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