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bubbafett April 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM
No, the CBO just got a 5.5% raise. Another question though is why the board gave her a raise atRead Moreal l? She only has 3 months left on her contract and I think at $160K per year she was more than sufficiently compensated. And yes, we will all be paying for her now increased pension for the rest of her life. The people at the top always take care of themselves first and best. The School Board works for us and this is an election year. Make them earn it. When you see them around town, ask Charlie Mensinger or Nancy Thomas why they want to waste our kids money like this?
Nick April 16, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Mr. Marken knew the CBO from their days at Dublin Unified. It's a going away present for her atRead Morethe expense of the future of NUSD children. Wasn't it a few months ago that Mr. Marken was asking for support of his Measure to get more money for school facilities, this is why he was asking for it, so he can meet a promise he made to a "valued friend, when she made the jump with him to NUSD. When I look at the people the Board approves for hire, there is no one of color to match the demographics of NUSD. Most people of color won't even bother applying for those types of positions to save the embarrassment. I wouldn't wasting my time with Mensinger or Thomas, I just vote against them going forward. It's shocking that one hand is asking for money, but the other is just pocketing personally.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) April 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM
We are getting a new platform soon and things will be slowly updated. For now, I am the only editor Read Morefor 16 sites so I have to catch these things as readers bring them to me. Thanks for letting me know.
Nadja Adolf April 18, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Jennifer, you run and I will support you. Mona, I did run. I ran my entire campaign on less thanRead More$10 0, and it consisted of me and volunteers distributing my leaflets. The most amazing thing was the number of special interests that want to see about "endorsing" a candidate. The real estate people wanted someone who would endorse multi-family and high-density housing in Newark - I went all the way to Pleasanton to be interviewed where I learned that they seemed to see Newark as a place to put offset housing for developments elsewhere. About the only question they had was how much "multi-family" housing I would be willing to see in Newark. The unions wanted someone who would give endless raises and tax increases to pay for them. The end result is that all of the special interests want public money - which is why the Mall will now get to keep 80% of the sales taxes generated by new businesses, and the Chrysler dealer gets to keep most of the sales tax they generate, and the city wants to extend the utility tax to pay for basic services. The problem with tax subsidy of business is that it encourages business operators to open short term businesses that last only as long as the tax subsidy and it discourages serious long range planning. If one can operate an auto dealership for five years and keep much of the sales tax, it's easy to do a cheap remodel on a building, take the excessive profits for five years, and then move to a more desirable location if the subsidy is no longer forthcoming. For the mall, rotating business in and out becomes a good plan - because the subsidy for new business sort of discourages making a serious effort to locate tenants for the long haul that might build a marketable image for the mall. The mall receives both rent and a subsidy for new businesses - which creates a perverse incentive structure that leads to encouraging businesses to depart when they no longer qualify for the subsidy. The mass amounts of money bled by Solyndra are merely an example of this crony capitalism on a larger scale. Studying the price point for Solyndra - and noting that Chinese solar panels are also subsidized by the US government - made it pretty clear that Solyndra would not be a serious player in solar power. But crony capitalism isn't really capitalism, it is a form of the cartel system where political friends receive rewards.
Nadja Adolf April 18, 2014 at 04:48 PM
One way to reduce the amount of money required to run in Newark is to divide the city by districtRead Morean d require candidates to reside in the district they intend to represent. For grins and giggles take a look at the campaign finance records in city hall - not all of our elected officials seem to bother to comply with the law and actually submit those allegedly required forms - and check out how much money is spent per vote on city wide offices. By district elections tend to lead to less spending per vote.
Jennifer Snyder April 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Well, see, here's the thing, and a reason why I doubt I could actually get elected. I am fiercelyRead Morei ndependent and have a ton of principles and I am big on integrity. Special interests will not like me. Is there like a like a people-who-take-no-crap-and-have-a-chip-on-their-shoulder special interest group? I would align with them. Seriously though, I would run if people want me to. I just think I am too brazen for most people to handle. Then again I believe in honesty, accountability, integrity, open and transparent government - truly and doing the right thing even when others are too afraid to, so I guess those are decent characteristics too.
casey April 16, 2014 at 05:06 PM
nice to see someone speaking out! I do not have a school age child, but will in a few years and IRead Mored read her going to any Newark school. The counselors I had going through all the jr high and high school were only there for certain people. Clearly nothing has changed! I hope the best for your son. Maybe try getting him transferred all together.
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