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#1 Feb 25, 2010
Merging school districts is not as easy as it may seem. It has been done. Ross Valley is the result of a merger of 2 districts. There are many steps, and it is my understanding that ultimately the citizens of a school district need to vote on a merger. Salary differentials between the two districts have an impact. Years ago there was a study evaluating whether citizen support existed to create three K-12 districts out of the Tam High Union District and all the feeder school districts. This idea did not have enough support. A few districts do share administrators now to reduce costs while serving students effectively. Marin County Office of Education has spear-headed studying mergers and resource sharing in the past. If anyone is serious about merging districts, it starts at a grass roots level with your neighbors and your local school board.
#2 Feb 25, 2010
I'm amazed and appalled that the League of Women Voters is opposed to allowing a vote on something as controversial as local governments launching startup utility ventures.
Wasn't the League of Women Voters formed to promote giving voters a voice in government?
How far this formerly respected group has fallen.
#3 Feb 25, 2010
Yeah, first the Grand Jury falls from grace with their PG&E written report and now the LWV supporting democracy via the elections that preceded all the work done on MCE. It's not like people didn't elect all the Town and County officials that were encouraged for years to move ahead with the state approved local energy initiative.
What next, do you want voters getting line item veto on the budget. Is that what you really think the League of Women Voters is about?
MCE was a product of our democracy, if you don't like democracy then opt out, move out or do anything that will get you out of the way of progress.
#4 Feb 25, 2010
MCE is doing NOTHING to counter climate change or global warming which is the whole point of the exercise.
"The King had no clothes". MCE has no measurable benefit to Marin nor Mill Valley.
MCE exposes Mill Valley & Marin County & its citizens to very REAL and significant financial risks & costs, without adding ANY substantive value in any dimension.
MCE is a fraud.
#5 Feb 25, 2010
Stop sucking on the exhaust stacks of PG&E. MCE reduces carbon producing generation by using consumer demand to redirect production of electricity from oil and coal to clean energy methods such as wind and solar.
Having trouble with basic math lately? Get that checked out.
You are the fraud and a cheap shill for PG&E's monopoly position.
Nice try though, keep repeating the lie you'll get a few gullible fools to join you.
#6 Feb 25, 2010
The only gullible fools here are the ones who believe in man-made global warming or climate change.
#7 Feb 25, 2010
The dirty little, but nonetheless open secret in the power industry is that more renewable energy is sold than is actually produced.
How does the unsophisticated MCE even audit the path of an electron generated by a solar panel or a wind turbine to an electrical outlet in Marin?
Given the realities, it is very reasonable of the Grand Jury to question how much incremental renewable power the MCE/Shell contract would really even deliver to Mill Valley/Marin County -- if any at all.
We've seen the MCA/Shell movie before ... its called the Enron/State of CA energy fraud disaster. History repeats.
So sad. Thank King Charles, the fraudster.
#8 Feb 25, 2010
How quickly they self identify.
#9 Feb 25, 2010
I agree with Patricia McEntee of Fairfax. I do my shopping elsewhere also.
#10 Feb 25, 2010
The idea of merging feeder districts to high schools has been brought up a few times in the 42 years I have lived in Marin, but
any movement in that direction has been killed by school boards and the administrators of those districts. The same goes for
merging sanitary districts into one district based on watersheds and treatment facilities. I have been involved in both politically
for at least 30 years, and believe you can have your local control and provide better services by consolidating these districts.
We spend too much on high paying multiple administrators and supporting facilities than we should. Just exactly what is our
LAFCO folks doing? My thoughts are the only way we are going to get it done is by ballot initiative. It is a shame, as our
political leaders are more interested in protecting their jobs and interests than the public good.
#11 Feb 25, 2010
During the time my kids were in the Larkspur/Corte Madera school district (10+ years ago), there were at least two superintendants that retired. Each time, I wrote a letter to the school board recommending that we merge with Kentfield instead of replacing the position, and each time I was told it wasn't possible. As I recall, the reasoning wasn't very sound, and trying to challenge the decision was pointless because they were already in the process of hiring the replacement. These administrators aren't cheap. They have very high salaries (relative to teaching staff), secretaries and other spending for enrichment seminars and travel. The members of the school board seemed more focused on preserving their fiefdom than saving money. Now districts are paying the price with larger class sizes and reduced staff.
#13 Feb 26, 2010
Debora Bussee and "Fed Up With Stupidity", you are both so right. My son was also in the Larkspur School District, many of us have talked about this for the last 10+ yrs. Everything you both said is absolutely right, and well said.
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