News and information from Patch and your neighbors about local schools. Flag as Inappropriate

Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors. What's on your mind? What's on your mind? Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell something
Posts awaiting your approval 0
Patch file photo.
Tom Brown June 30, 2014 at 06:22 am
The way the Lottery was sold to voters 30 years ago after a couple of failed attempts at approvalRead More was the promise that a % of funds collected would go to fund schools. They tricked us all at the time by not making it clear that they would be "instead of" funds as opposed to "additional funds." The more that the Lottery contributes to schools equal amounts are diverted from preexisting funding and used for stuff like High Speed Rail and other dumb stuff. If voters had gotten what they approved there would be no shortage of school funding today.
denny rane June 30, 2014 at 07:34 am
THANK YOU Tom...!! Look you F'ing Morons... Right from the first day..."the lottery" hasRead More been the text book definition of a shell game. LOOK at the condition of our public schools. They have fallen further from grace with each passing year. Check back in 30 years and the lottery ... ASSUMING There Still Is A Public School System...will be our schools sole source of income. Across the world, "Americans" tend to be the most politically stupid and gullible of any citizen of any country. Wake The F Up already. "private" .....that means FOR PROFIT schools have been riding the coat tails of the lottery. THAT is what capitalism is all about...The Worship Of PROFIT. For the first time in history, the USA sends just as much Private Security personnel into a battle is it does Military Soldiers. Speak up now against this B.S. while you still can. God Bless
Carson W June 12, 2014 at 10:49 am
Tom, I dont think we have "tenure" in the classic sense... nor is our system a permanentRead More job, but the situation you described, but for all but the most dogged administrators, is just that. why SHOULD it take 3.5 years if a employer doesnt want the services of an employee any more.....? Most principals just dont bother rocking the boat, and let teachers be...then shuffle them off somewhere else...
Tom Ontis June 12, 2014 at 11:27 am
@Carson W. My 'friend' was not a jock, the principal was. My 'friend' may have not been the bestRead More teacher in the world, but he wasn't the ogre the administration made him out to be. My 'friend' worked with one teacher for many years that admitted he was lazy, came in right before the kids and couldn't wait to get out the door at 3 pm. Yet he was not targeted. The bottom line is that is no objectivity.
Carson W June 12, 2014 at 11:42 am
it is like that in any profession though isnt it..? My point is this. when an employer basicallyRead More CANT fire someone... that is good for the people who DONT deserve it (maybe your friend)..but also awesome for the people who do need a good firing. and in education throwing kids onto that altar of sacrifice for the teacher's sake is unacceptable.
Patch File Photo
Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
California High School took first place at the competition. Photo provided by Contra Costa County Office of Education
Lindsey Welch March 2, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Your article has the wrong placement of the teams. Northgate came in 3rd and Doughtery Valley cameRead More in 4th. This is reflected on the Contra Costa County Office of Education's Mock Trial website.
The Acalanes Union High School District board of education discusses a proposed parcel tax measure on Monday night
Jojo Potato January 29, 2014 at 09:10 am
I had a look at my property tax bill on the most excellent CC county assessors site. I see that IRead More am currently paying two parcel taxes for the Acalanes district. $189 for measure G, no sunset and $112 for measure A as noted above. Also there are three bond issues still being paid off for a total of $421. That's a more than $700 per year for that district. I think that's enough and I will be voting no and urging my neighbours to also vote no on the upcoming mail ballot.
Jojo Potato January 29, 2014 at 09:17 am
Whoops! I forgot, property tax bills are for six months, so that total is really more than $1400Read More per year for Acalanes district. More than enough. Be sure to watch for the envelope and return it with your no vote.
mlm2013 January 29, 2014 at 09:30 am
I agree - we will be voting no also - AUHSD is "banging their tin cup" one more time. NoRead More sunset or future review? That's crazy. My husband turns 65 this year, after paying these taxes for so many years, we will now opt out. How about parents "donating" their tax deduction for each child to the school district? I'm wondering how many parents pay up to the school the missing tax dollars when they take their kids out for vacation.
Parents and children who live along Newell Avenue show some of the signs they use to try to get drivers to slow down
mlm2013 January 10, 2014 at 01:44 pm
The County just doesn't care about the safety of residents. At south-bound Cherry Lane andRead More west-bound Treat, the no left turn restriction that has been in place for over 20 is most likely going to be removed this month or next BECAUSE John Muir Medical wants it removed. Residents have raised their voice to Supv Karen Mitchoff, but it appears she has not heard them. It will be interesting to see what she announces at the January 21 Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting. Cherry Lane already carries approx 1000 cars per day - this is a 22 foot wide, no sidewalks & no shoulders lane. The County just doesn't care about what we need in order to live safely on our streets. The traffic studies they conduct are just a bunch of BS - criteria? what criteria? Isn't it enough that residents do not feel safe on their street? Oh don't get me started. If anyone is interested in attended the next MAC meeting, leave a comment and I'll post the info - take care and be safe.
Johnny Jerico January 12, 2014 at 01:51 pm
First--Idlewood Drive doesn't even show up on Google Maps. Why? Because its a driveway. YouRead More don't realize how good you have it until you live in metro areas outside WC. The communities along the 680 corridor do an excellent job planning and preventing traffic from commuting or taking shortcuts through residential areas. btw, the plan to change west bound traffic into a bike lane is a joke.
Parkmead Elementary School parents show some of the signs they've made to encourage traffic to slow down on Newell Avenue
Mom of the Horde December 9, 2013 at 11:58 pm
I drop off kids at 3 different schools in Walnut Creek (with afternoon pick up at those sameRead More schools, just in a different order), and I've come to the conclusion that a lot of drivers simply don't care. It also doesn't help that there are a lot of pedestrians that just assume cars will stop for them. Drivers need to slow down, put their dang phones down, be courteous and pay attention.
mlm2013 December 11, 2013 at 08:49 pm
We have this same issue up on Cherry Lane and Treat. The latest is Supervisor Karen Mitchoff isRead More working with John Muir Medical to eliminate the left turn restriction from WB Treat to SB Cherry. This restriction has been in place since 1988. This is a 22 foot wide windy road with no sidewalks and barely any shoulders. Supervisor Mitchoff claims there would not be a "significant impact" on traffic is the turn restriction is removed. This street already has approx 1000 cars per day traveling SB & NB, some have been clocked at 51 MPH and we've seen cars passing cars on Cherry. We had a Dodge Ram drive thru our front yard and TOTAL a Range Rover and a big ol' Ford pickup. Then a couple of years ago, a drunk driver ran off the road - if my husband and I had been facing the other way, we would have been killed. Neither the City nor the Supervisors listen to what the residents of these neighborhoods say - in our case, John Muir will get their way I am sure, regardless. They don't care, after all, they have a business to run, we are just trying to live our lives. Don't get me started!!! Thanks for listening and good luck to the Parkmead residents - my heart is with you.
Johnny Jerico January 12, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Doesn't CA have the yellow signs with blinking lights that say "15 mph when childrenRead More present?" or something like this: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-3008350/stock-photo-sign-for-school-speed-limit-when-children-are-present.html
See more »