Hear Ideas On Helping School Funding?
At the Tattler, we've noticed the city council and other deliberative bodies in Emeryville make controversial votes that sometimes get forgotten by the residents over time. In deference to the general edification of public policy and to strengthen Emeryville's democratic institutions, we will publish occasional short reminders on how the Power Elite in town have voted on these controversial issues.
In 2010, the vote before the School Board was:
Should the Board hear a presentation by a citizens coalition on how to increase school funding by a 'Community Benefits' developer agreement?
Josh Simon - NO
Melodi Dice - NO
Cheryl Webb - NO
Pat Hooper - NO
Miguel Dwin - NO
The community group known as Residents United for a Livable Emeryville (RULE), concerned that the city council backed proposed expansion of the Bay Street Mall won't benefit Emeryville residents, conducted a town hall meeting to discuss the issue in 2009. More than 100 residents participated. The group also conducted a city-wide survey of over 400 residents about what benefits the new mall expansion should deliver for the city. Residents put increased financial support of the schools at the top of their lists in their survey responses.
RULE then proposed a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), an agreement between the developer of the mall, Madison Marquette Corporation and the residents themselves. RULE identified more school funding at the top of the list in the CBA.
After compiling the CBA, RULE requested to make a presentation to the school district at a school board meeting but the school board members voted NO to even hearing about more money for the schools. The Parent Teacher Organizations in town likewise said NO to hearing about more money for the schools.
The city council majority is vehemently against a Community Benefits Agreement, presumably because it represents a vote of 'no confidence' in the council, by the residents. They no doubt see RULE as meddling. The council's unwarranted effect on the school board is evident by this absurd vote of NO to even hearing about possible free money for the schools made by the school board.