Measure L Parcel Tax Advocates Make Case

Levy would cost single family homeowners $39 a year, raise about $2.4 million and allows seniors to get exemptions.


The last time San Leandro Unified School District sought a parcel tax to increase funds for classroom spending the measure won 61 percent of the vote but not the needed two-thirds.

In November Measure L will once again ask San Leandro property owners to pay more to underwrite local education. 

The cost of the tax would break down thus and raise an estimated $2.4 million:

  • Single Family Residential $39 per parcel
  • Multi-Family Residential With 2-4 Units $39 per parcel
  • Multi-Family Residential With 5 or More Units $19 per unit
  • Commercial/Industrial $0.02 per square foot of lot size
  • Vacant/Unimproved Parcels $39 per parcel
  • Seniors and disabled residents who receive federal Supplemental Security Income would be able to get exemptions.

    Measure L would remain in effect five years. It has been endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce and San Leandro Teacher's Association, among other groups.

    "We have to get our schools out of the fiscal hole that Sacramento has put them in," Mayor Stephen Cassidy told the Oakland Tribune.

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    Leah Hall October 08, 2012 at 01:30 AM
    Young people commute all around the Bay Area in pursuit of a good education, much like adults travel around the Bay for their good jobs and other aspects of everyday family life. What kind of /bubble/ does one need to live in to find this hard to understand? :)
    SanLeandroBubbleBurster October 08, 2012 at 01:35 AM
    What Leah said! :)
    Marga Lacabe October 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
    Really, Fred? And you know this because you've been following this kids? Stalking them? You should be able to identify the culprits then, give their description and home address. Why don't you go to the district and do so? What seems more likely is that you are just making this up. Because to the normal rational person it would seem unlikely that a kid that lives in one of the areas of Oakland near BART would buy a bus pass so they could take a bus to BART from the HS (a little more than a mile away, a perfectly walkable distance), and then pay BART fare to go to Oakland ($2.30 round trip at the discounted student rate), when they could just stay on the bus and go all the way to Oakland.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 02:09 AM
    Yeah Marga, they do it so they don't have to go to Castlemont, Fremont, McClymonds or any of the other failing crap schools in Oakland. Hell, to these kids San Leandro High is a like a private prep school.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 02:10 AM
    Leah, I understand that kids would commute to a private school. But, Berkeley High? Like I said, you'd have to be a dopehead to want to send your kid to that school and environment.
    SanLeandroBubbleBurster October 08, 2012 at 02:13 AM
    Really? Good for them, SLHS, and shame on Fred Egler. I hope the commute time is more than worth the inconvenience.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 02:39 AM
    Those kids need to be going to school in Oakland.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 02:41 AM
    Absolutely correct Allan, we cannot afford to be taking money out of the private sector and pouring it into the rat hole known as SLUSD. All this money spent on kids whose parents don't even care about their own childrens education. Money spent on theaters, baseball fields, television studios and the kids can't read, write or do math. Makes all the sense in the world. (sarcasm) VOTE NO ON L!!!!
    David October 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
    Couldn't the schools at least pretend to have a plan to spend the money more wisely than all the money they've thrown away in the past for schools that have only gotten worse? No, they just want more money. School enrollment is completely flat over the past 10 years despite school age kids increasing 10%, scores are worse, spending is up and all they want is more taxpayers' money for more of the same. Schools don't get better with more money. They get better with involved parents, competent teachers, principals, and rigorous curriculum and discipline. Alameda schools are better? How about the school administrators convince us taxpayers that they learns something from alameda schools and they need $x to implement it. That's how things work in the rest of the world. These "professionals" can't even do that.
    David October 08, 2012 at 03:06 AM
    You moving to Berkeley finally Leah? Otherwise how do you propose your daughter attends BHS?
    Mike October 08, 2012 at 04:08 AM
    Fred you should stop posting in order to stop embarrassing your self. Oakland Tech has several very good academic programs. One of them sends almost 100% of their graduates to some of the best private and public universities in the country. Same with Berkeley high which is one of the best public high schools in the bay area. I wanted my daughter to attend Berkeley High, she had many of her middle school classmates go there and I would have moved to Berkeley to facilitate her. Do some research before you post your drivel here.
    Rob Rich October 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
    Increasing financial resources through Measure L is one of the most important steps we can take to help our local schools. By no means does it end there. Being active in our schools and increasing volunteer opportunities are additional concrete steps we can take. It's all well & good to sit back and complain, but our schools could really a little more tangible help.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 04:14 AM
    Please Mike, no parent worth their weight in salt would want to send their child to either Oakland Tech or Berkeley High. You mean to tell me you would want your child to be exposed to all the worst in society in that area? Please don't insult us with your meaningless drivel.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 04:15 AM
    I agree that there needs to be more volunteering in the local schools. Get these parents off their couches and away from their Playstations, act like adults and take responsibility for their children instead of going to some stupid rally and complaining about "racism".
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
    I remember when SL, Pacific and Marina were all good schools, in good neighborhoods. The parents weren't all college grads, in fact many were high school dropouts, but at least they had the wisdom, thoughtfulness and will to take an interest in their childs education, unlike these slackers, welfare cases and other sloths for parents that the SLUSD has to deal with today. Then they want more money to pay for a foolish, unproductive curriculum.
    David October 08, 2012 at 12:11 PM
    As I've posted repeatedly before, Berkeley high only does a "good job" educating white kids, who are much more likely to be upper class children of highly educated parents. In other words a population with whom it's quite easy to do a "good job." In other words, not the model for san leandro.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    Exactly David; children of white, extremely liberal, upper middle class, academic types who think it's so enlightened for them to be amongst the less educated.
    Mike October 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    I'll make sure to tell my daughter's friends of color and those that came from working class family's that they shouldn't have succeeded at Berkeley High for you David
    SanLeandroBubbleBurster October 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    Gee, I can't imagine why anyone would call Fred Egler a racist. Flaming racist is more like it. Wow. As for young people and families who commute far distances for a superior education - this seems to me exactly the kinds of high achievers and go getters that any school would welcome gladly, including San Leandro High School. As point of fact, however, I don't recall that SLUSD has such an agreement with neighboring school districts. Anyone care to fact check this point?
    Leah Hall October 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    "Our students deserve to have the programs and services that students in neighboring districts have. Measure L lets San Leandro prioritize its kids, even if Sacramento won't," --Morgan Mack-Rose, SLUSD President I agree with Morgan and other leaders in our community, we need to prioritize our kids and fight against any and all types of ignorance and neglect of poor families. The kind of willfull "blinders" that nay sayers advocate are utimately holding San Leandro's people and resources back. Think like these folks in bllinders, and we'll simply get left behind as our neighbors surrounding us prosper and strategize their own recoveries grounded in reality and proven educational enrichment for young people. San Leandro friends and neighbors, spread the word: Yes on Measure L!
    David October 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    Mike, you can tell your daughter's friends whatever you want. What I'm stating is public information. For all the rending of garments about how SL's minority kids do terribly in school, the scores for black kids at SLHS and BHS are almost exactly the same (and to be fair to the garment renders, they're both terrible). For Latinos, BHS does a bit better, for Philipinos (a significant population in SL), SL does a bit better, and overall it's mostly a wash for minority kids between here and BHS. BHS's overall scores are higher because white kids (50%+ of the students there) do *very* well, indeed, much better than white kids at SLHS (who are only about 10% of the students anyway). Go look it up. I've posted it plenty of times on here.
    David October 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    Parents are prioritizing their kids by not sending them to SLUSD, except for a couple of the well-known "good" grade schools. Again, school-age population is up 10% over the past decade, public school enrollment is totally flat. How about SLUSD show that they're going to spend our money more wisely by giving us a credible plan for improvement. As an example, I recently received a fundraising call from the Catholic high school I attended. It started out with a description of the overall, impressive achievements of the recent graduating class. Then a description of recently funded, awesome programs like the robotics/engineering program they have. Then a request for funds for their next, soon-to-be awesome program involving more hands-on biology classes/research collaborations with local universities. Where in heaven's name is anything remotely like that kind of leadership around here? Again, they don't even *pretend* to propose to do anything but the same old **** that's taken the schools here from at least average/slightly above to the gutter.
    Leah Hall October 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    Actually, I violently agree with David that strategy, high-quality messaging, and awesome programs in school and afterschool are fundemental in attracting young people and families and the go getters who are socio-economically diverse. We also need health and wellness programs for those families that need the scafolding for parent/student success. The last thing we want to do is neglect struggling families, for that is expensive, tragic, and morally corrupt. One doesn't have to travel to travel to Chicago or open the Catholic HS alumni news to see the writing on the wall, though. College educated families know where to go for locally relevant information, believe me. Check out http://www.gopublicschools.org/ (Oakland) or http://www.cityoflivermore.net/civicax/filebank/documents/7830/ (Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin) ...to gain a sense of the process of coming together as a community and the resulting positive changes happening now in Alameda County.
    Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    David, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on Catholic High Schools. They don't impress me much. When I see the such products as Vincent Hallinan, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsome, Bill Clinton, Ellen Corbett, Steve Cassidy and other Left Wing nuts I have to scratch my head and why anyone would waste their money sending their kids to Catholic Schools. When reading the local Catholic Voice and they have a yearly edition of High School graduates and the pure Left Wing dogma coming out of those kids, I really have question the wisdom of spending $15,000 a year to have your child become a Communist.
    David October 08, 2012 at 08:30 PM
    Fred, I attended a Catholic high school not located in California.
    Tom Abate (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    There continues to be some discussion on this so I'm moving it out to the front. Anyone else have a thought on Measure L?
    Nucky Thompson October 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    I love how Measure L supporters tout the Chamber of Commerce endorsement. One of the main reasons for the Chamber's endorsement is John Gooding (Chamber board member) who manages Bayfair Mall. The Mall is in the San Lorenzo school district and will not pay the parcel tax. The Chamber Board has thrown the San Leandro business community under the bus by endorsing Measure L. The Chamber should be standing up for businesses not endorsing the saddling of extra costs. They are completely derelict in their duty to serve the business community.
    Marga Lacabe October 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    According to the SLUSD district map, the mall is in the San Leandro School district.
    Nucky Thompson October 15, 2012 at 03:49 AM
    Maybe you should go back to school and learn to read maps. It is not in the San Leandro USD.
    Marga Lacabe October 15, 2012 at 04:10 AM
    Maybe. Here is the map of the SLUSD Area 4: http://www.sanleandro.k12.ca.us/20771032619436600/lib/20771032619436600/SLUSD_TA4.pdf Isn't Bayfair located in that big empty blue area bordered by Hesperian and Fairmont? I may be wrong, but that's where Google maps locates it.


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