Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of the Woodside: Emerald Hills neighborhood, on May 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm
Training of police officers, fire fighters, nurses, medical technicians, etc. should be subsidized by the unions into whose ranks they will enter. Reimbursement could then be readily collected as a surcharge on their union dues.
To find the real beneficiaries of the Parcel Tax see the pre-election campaign disclosure statement filed by James Keller, Executive Vice Chancellor of San Mateo County Community College District($188,000/yr.)for "Citizen's for Support of Community Colleges in San Mateo County" . The contributor list reads like a Who's Who of businesses seeking or having contracts with the District. More than $184,000 has been raised from these beneficiaries of District largesse! Keller and Ron Galatolo($240,000/yr.), Chancellor of the District, are Treasurer and Principal Officer respectively of "Citizen's for Support of Community Colleges in San Mateo County".
Those of you who have received the glitzy mailings urging you to vote YES on Measure G should take a look at that statement. You will find that, as expected, the San Mateo County Community College Foundation headed by Stephanie Scott(on the District payroll at $148,000/yr.), plunked down $64,260 in this effort to ram the parcel tax down the taxpayer's throat! I thought foundations raised money from willing givers, for legitimate purposes, not political advocacy!
SMCCCD can’t find money to give “students the classes they need.” Yet they found money to build (in their words) first class faculty housing ... with stunning views ... and rents at half the market average. One cluster of housing was built on Canada College property, formerly the home of a Checkerspot Butterfly colony. The new faculty housing is also tax exempt, meaning they won’t pay their new tax on us! As an aside, many students on the _wait list_ don't like the early morning classes given them, and "want" later classes.
The District should sell the faculty housing as well as property in Half Moon Bay and get out of the realestate business. If they want to subsidize staff housing it should show in their budget as part of the compensation package.
The SMCCCD Parcel Tax is the first ever for Community College Districts in California. Don't let them become the poster child for the others. Vote NO on Measure "G"
Elected Member Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors,
Candidate for San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.