Patch Blogger, Two Other Students Fast To Oppose School Budget Cuts

Size of the district's reserve fund a key issue as emotions run high after years of cuts.


Three San Leandro High School students are continuing a hunger strike they announced Tuesday night to protest the School Board's unanimous decision that could eliminate music, sports and other programs.

"I am nervous, but willing to keep going until the board notices how much money they really hold," said San Leandro High senior Kayla Ely, one of the hunger strikers and a Patch blogger.

The two other hunger strikers are Veronica Mandujano and Anai Rosales, also seniors at San Leandro High and, like Ely, members of the school's Social Justice Academy, according to a Hayward Daily Review article.

Before Tuesday's board meeting, Ely had urging the district to dip into its reserves rather than issue layoff notices to an additional 53 school employees whose departures could shut down all athletic activities, enrichment programs like music, library assistance, counseling and other services.

The size of the school district's reserve is a central issue.

The San Leandro Teacher's Association argues that the district has a 14.5 percent reserve.

School Board President Morgan Mack-Rose said only three percent of that is discretionary, with the other 11 percent is already earmarked for near-term school expenses like textbook purchases.

Issuing the layoff notices is also a tactic by the board to get teachers to continue a set of concessions that could lessen or eliminate the need for the cuts -- but at the expense of maintaining what amounts to pay cuts for instructors who have not had a raise in years.

Another factor that could lessen the need for layoffs is what Sacramento does. In May the Governor is supposed to issue a revised budget projection, and if revenues increase, there would be less need for cuts.

So the three pieces in the board's budget puzzle are: how much to extract from reserves, how much to seek in teacher concessions and how much to expect from the state.

Amidst this the hunger-striking students have upped the emotional ante. As Mandujano told the board Tuesday night, she hoped the fast would show that "like our schools, my body can’t survive with just the bare minimum."

Last October, Mandujano, Ely and other Social Justice Academy members led one of the earliest Bay Area protests to .

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David March 09, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Leah, are you ever going to cut the BS on "anonymous" contributors, or is that all you have to deflect from your utter inability to provide facts to support your opinions, or even to disprove other posters' opinions? Never mind, the question answers itself.
Craig Williams March 10, 2012 at 05:28 PM
An unusually mild February meant much larger inventories since people were using much less heating oil. I guess the oil industry defies the laws of supply and demand.
Tim March 10, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Of course it does... traditional economical rules of supply and demand do not apply to oil.
Craig Williams March 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Nice story about the students last night on KPFA Evening News with an interview with Veronica. http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/78578, the interview starts at almost 26 minutes into the newscast.
Rob Rich March 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Not sure how this thread moved to oil, but I am sure of two things: 1. Increased fuel prices hit schools hard, and 2. The oil companies will profit handsomely
Tim March 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
How about the government? The federal and state governments stand to "profit handsomely" with an increase in fuel price... the more the price of gasoline, the more the tax revenue they get.
Rob Rich March 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM
How 'bout the gov't? My goodness Tim, is that just a reflex? Aren't Federal and State taxes by the gallon, so that rising prices don't benefit them?
Leah Hall March 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Hmm...nah On this fascinating string I'll let the Ambiguously Real Duo asphyxiate reason and common sense. Carry on!
Tim March 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Rich, let me educate you.... the gasoline tax in CA is a flat 35.7 cents per gallon (on top of the federal 18.4 cents per gallon) but there is an additional 2.25% state sales tax on gasoline as well so as the price goes up, the tax revenue on that percentage goes up as well.
Rob Rich March 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Tim, you are right to point out the 2.25% excise tax on gas. Where we part ways is your conclusion that increased prices will lead to increased revenue for the state because of the 2.25% tax. If demand drops, just a little, then it is a wash, or a loss in revenue. In fact, that is what is happening. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/29/4300853/california-gas-usage-was-falling.html Alas, increased fuel costs reverberate throughout the economy, including hitting schools hard while Big Oil rakes it in.
David March 12, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Rob, even in this time of relatively high oil prices, the "Big Oil" companies profit margins average around 10%. (look up XOM, COP, CVX, TOT, BP on yahoo finance). Apple's net profits? almost 26%. Microsoft? 33% Heck, even Ford has a 15% profit margin. Oil is not a very profitable business.
Mike March 12, 2012 at 02:19 AM
David Only problem with your numbers on oil company profits is the fact that with modern day accounting principals no one knows what the real profit percentage number is
David March 12, 2012 at 02:38 AM
What would be an acceptable metric for you? Cash generated per dollar of revenue? Exxon generates $0.12 of cash from operations per dollar of revenues. Apple? Over $0.33 of cash per dollar from sales. Whole Foods -- groceries which typically are some of the least profitable businesses, generates about $0.07 of cash per dollar of sales, Safeway is around $0.05 cash/dollar revenues. GE? Over $0.20. No matter how you slice it, oil is not even above the median corporation in profitability. Commodity businesses NEVER are. Part of the problem with all of these discussions is that people around the Bay Area are really, really, really convinced of a whole slew of utterly wrong beliefs. Such as "Big Oil" being amazingly profitable, cops/teachers/firemen/paper-pushing bureaucrats being "middle class," or that there's some shortage of tax revenues (see my post on the state budget, where Jerry is proposing a $3 BILLION/50% increase in "general government" spending AND a 10+% increase/$1+B increase in prison spending - when the prison population is dropping 30%, but somehow can't find $2B for schools)....
Mike March 12, 2012 at 02:42 AM
how about ebitda
David March 12, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Would favor other companies over oil even more. Look it up. (and I assume you mean a ratio such as EV/EBITDA or sales/EBITDA). Again, commodity businesses never have above average profit margins, however you slice it--it's a commodity, the market won't pay a premium for it.
Tonto March 12, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Here is the communist view on oil companies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrA9zj94NuU :(
Leah Hall March 12, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Wow, now y'all are linking /doctored/ Fox News clips? Virtually unmoderated forums with locals in lycra pontificators = confirmation bias on steroids.
Tim March 12, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Yea, much better to get your news from Ed the Red Shultz or Rachel Madcow over on MSLSD.... there's some real hard and unbiased news.
Tonto March 12, 2012 at 04:56 AM
There is more - http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7400631n&tag=pop;videos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwhKuunp8D8 - just for you LH this is the original - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3I-PVVowFY&feature=related
David March 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Tim, etc, don't bother responding to the clown, until the clown steps up and actually posts her first ever fact-based rebuttal or position. Until/unless the clown ever does that, there's no reason to ever respond or take a clown's commentary seriously. Unless you enjoy clowns. Then by all means, enjoy the clown.
Tim March 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
David, clowns, while not typically the brighest stars in the sky, are amusing. Of course we don't take them seriously, but the comic relief is a good thing nonetheless.
Tim March 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM
By the way... what's the status of the food hiatus? Did they make it through the weekend before they resumed stuffing their faces?
Tonto March 13, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I can't resist. From the mother of all illegals - http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/12/danny-davis-he-shares-our-values
Rob Rich March 13, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Big Oil's margins may be too tepid for some, but Exxon's profits are nothing to sneeze at. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2011/performers/companies/profits/ As big and successful as they are, making record profits even in a recession (http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/27/news/companies/exxon_mobil/index.htm), oil companies' most significant role may be as a driving force of our environmental and foreign policies. Unfortunately what may be "rational economic behavior" for a multi-national corporation isn't always in the best interests of "non-corporate persons." You know, the old-fashioned kind made of flesh and bone who pay taxes at the higher personal rate.
Tony Farley March 13, 2012 at 05:47 AM
All of you taking this discussion off topic and ranting your pathetic left vs. right bickering is just pathetic and is a big reason why we are in such trouble right now as a country. I wish there was a website you could all go to and bicker and argue till you got it out of your system and could then come here and act like human beings.
Tim March 13, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Sorry Tony.... you know, if you don't like political debate they're a number of places you could go and presumably be very happy because there is no such debate... places like North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, etc. You can sit back, relax, and not have to worry about political bickering, and just enjoy life.... oh wait.
David March 13, 2012 at 07:09 AM
"shut up," he explained.
David March 13, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Economies of scale are necessary when profit margins are thin, rob. And Exxon paid more corporate person income taxes than about 100 million of your fellow taxpayers, combined.
Tonto March 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Off topic? The liberals have bankrupted California and now are holding a gun to the school childrens heads demanding more and more and more tax probably to help line pockets like yours who just want to all get along. I think people are right on topic.
Monique Gordon June 24, 2013 at 08:39 AM
They don't care if you fast. Stop supporting Walmart, Sam's Club, Comcast (they don't want to pay benefits to workers) cable TV...don't load new apps on phone, don't buy new gadgets if you don't need it. Shop @ thrift-stores. You can buy in bulk @ supermarkets, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's... Don't attend Welcome America or Made in America concerts. If every student and all lay-off staff did this, big business will suffer.


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