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Measure H Shy of Two-Thirds Majority

With all of the the precincts now reporting, the New Haven Unified School District tax measure appears to have fallen short again with 62 percent of votes in its favor, which is still shy of the required two-thirds majority needed to win.

Updated 1:01 a.m.

The mood at the New Haven Teachers Association office Tuesday night was less festive than it was last May.

Last year, when the New Haven Unified School District was pushing Measure B, district officials, teachers, youth and community supporters were gathered in hopes of what they were sure would be a win. Then the election results trickled in — , followed by a recount and, later, officially deemed .

This Tuesday night, only few were present at the NHTA headquarters, waiting in nervous anticipation of the results in the election for , New Haven’s rebooted parcel tax measure. By 9:45 p.m., only NHTA President Charmaine Banther and two teachers were left.

“We’re nervous,” said NHTA President Charmaine Banther, who chaired the Measure H committee, said before the election Tuesday night. “Getting two-thirds of the vote is hard to do.”

Though results are not yet official, all 36 precincts had reported by 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The measure received 62.29 percent of the votes in its favor, which is still shy of the required two-thirds majority.

Earlier Tuesday night when only less then half of the precincts had reported, Banther remained hopefull Measure H would pass.

“If it doesn’t, it won’t be school as we hoped, but we’ll figure something out. We always do the best we can for our kids,” she said around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Regardless of the ultimate outcome, Banther thanked those who had campaigned, volunteered and supported the measure.

“Our community has been so supportive, and we’ve had parents and teachers and students all working for the same cause and that’s to make sure our children have what they need for next year,” Banther said.

If passed, Measure H would “support high-quality local elementary, middle and high school education, to prepare students for college and careers with outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math and science, with highly qualified teachers and classified staff,” according to the ballot statement.

The measure would levy a $180 per parcel tax for a period of four years, beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2016.

If approved, the measure would raise $3 million for the school district each year, according to the ballot statement.

The school district currently faces $10.7 million in cuts for the 2012-13 school year, with if state voters don’t approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan in November.

As a precautionary measure, New Haven issued for teachers and classified staff earlier this year and is planning to increase class sizes and eliminate elementary school specialists and middle school electives.

On top of that, the district cut the school year by five days this year with a total of six unpaid furlough days for staff. Three additional non-student days are planned for the 2012-13 school year, adding up to a total of nine unpaid days for staff.

Banther said the teachers association has developed two scenarios for what next school year may look like — one if Measure H passes, the other if Measure H fails.

If Measure H were to pass, then some of the cuts the district faces may be mitigated. But Banther couldn’t speak on the alternative yet.

“We’re hopeful that measure H passes because the other [scenario] is quite grim,” Banther said.

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Tim June 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Jack, did I boast about Measure H doing down? I don't recall doing that on this or any other thread. There are no winners in this case. You can read my earlier posts. I don't want the kids to suffer. I donated to the Boosters last year as well as numerous supplies to the "Stuff the Bus" event last August at Walmart. I don't have kids in the district but it wasn't that long ago I was in school and each year, the taxpayers supported their budgets (this was NY where the schools get their taxes DIRECTLY from the local property owners who vote on the budgets. No taxes for the schools are sent to Albany. Why we send the money to Sacramento first is a disaster I'll never understand). I just need to see some effort on the part of the district administration and union to give something back in the interest of shared sacrifice. You keep saying "razz the hippies". I don't even know what you're talking about. I'm not trying to "razz" anyone, just get people like you who are baffled that nearly 3,000 of us turned out and said "NO" that there's another side here, a reasonable position that the district isn't operating in a way that has the best interests of the kids at heart. If they did, they would have agree to concessions after Measure B's defeat rather than have these furlough days. I'd' bet my next paycheck that H would have passed if NHUSD took this path.
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I mean really, who could possibly imagine that a subject as trivial as the education of our children wouldn't be enhanced by a liberal dose of Tim's marvelous insults and name-calling. Certainly not I when you so graciously gave us your insults and name-calling when the Patch covered the recent death of a Union City youth. I'm sure his parents were comforted by your sensitive insults and slurs. Yes sir, you are right up there in the rhetorical ranks with other great statesmen who resorted to schoolyard name-calling like... ummm... and... ummm... Well, I'm sure there is someone of note who used anonymous accounts to name call. I'm sure I will come up with it at some point.
Tim June 07, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Jack it's not that the dialogue has to lead to an attack, but your side's idea of compromise is that conservatives need to abandon their beliefs and just accept yours. That is the left's idea of compromise. Well, it's not mine, sorry.
Publius June 07, 2012 at 01:08 AM
This election has given me renewed hope for humanity. This community had the opportunity to take advantage of a defenseless minority and chose not to! You seniors and renters who saw through the targeted unfairness of this measure, I applaud you!
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Tim will not run for office. He will just hide in anonymity and cowardice throwing stones at people who actually do things. There are doers, and there are the nay-sayers. You guys are the nay-sayers. Don't blame me if I'm calling you on it. Pick yourself up and do something positive in your community for once.
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 01:15 AM
What attack? What are you talking about? Ah well, sense has left the crazy train. Time to get off and let you guys back to your game of 'razz the hippies'.
Tim June 07, 2012 at 01:20 AM
"Tim will not run for office. He will just hide in anonymity and cowardice throwing stones at people who actually do things." Do things like what? Defend public sector unions and their gravy train while their pensions and benefits are bankrupting us? Jack which union are you in... SEIU? NEA? Teamsters? The more you talk the more thuggish you sound. If I used my real name you and your fellow goons would be at more doorstep with baseball bats to "persuade" me to accept your positions. I grew up in NY. I know how the mob operates. No thank you.
Davis June 07, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Publius, The citizens of Union City need to make sure that the City Government is for the Citizens of Union City and not for the City of Union City! 100K for Mark Greens Rings?, wasn't it enough that he got HIS Sports Center that charges the citizens an outrageous amount to enter?
Publius June 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
"...recent death of a Union City youth"???? Excuse me, but he did not die trying to save a baby from a burning building. He died in the process of an armed robbery. His parents should be horrified by the circumstances of his demise and understand that he was a threat to the people of the community.
TTFN June 07, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Let's not forget Mark gets to give away free memberships when he pleases - who pays for those - all of us!
UC CeCe June 07, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Hooray, maybe more of their residents will actually attend school there, and not at Logan!
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I see, so if I criticize you then I'm a 'thuggish union guy'. But if you criticize, name-call and insult then thanks a-ok. Nice double standard. So FYI, not in a union, not a civil servant, never on welfare, employed consistently for 25 year, never in jail, blah blah blah. Believe me, I am no threat to you in any way. I just don't like bullies. And what I see from you guys here is bullying plane and simple. You sit there behind your anonymity and say harassing stuff that you would never say if you actually had to be accountable for your words, or say them to that person's face. I honestly don't care who you are. But I do care that you use your anonymity to cowardly attack people who actually are standing up, in the real world, to try and make our town a better place.
Tim June 07, 2012 at 02:18 AM
You don't like bullies so I guess you don't like Democrats then, right? I don't hear any conservatives threatening Obama or other Democrat politicians, but your ilk are making death threats against a duly elected governor in Scott Walker. You've got it backwards pal. It's YOUR side that loaded with bullies.
Tim June 07, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Didn't the "Independent" (LOL) Mark Green just lose his bid for Assembly?
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Yes, because clearly with all of the name-calling and insults that I have been hurling I am the bully. Right... So one moron makes a threatening call or whatever and suddenly the whole 'Democrat' party is to blame. But some wingnut blows up an abortion clinic and he is a 'lone wolf'. How do you keep all of your double standards straight? Point stands, you are the one bullying behind your cloak of anonymity. If you want to try and shift blame away from yourself fine. But your just deluding yourself as the proof is written all over your comments on this thread and many, many others. Sadly, as I say, you clearly have good points to make but this Jekyll and Hyde sideshow you have going on belittles everything you say.
Tim June 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
JoAnne, it will never happen. I would venture to guess that close to half of the "Yes" voters are not parcel owners but either renters, living with someone else as a dependent or freeloader, or exempt senior so they weren't going to be paying a dime to begin with. They were just voting to screw their neighbors.
Tim June 07, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I'm not in the mood to fight with you any more. Say what you want. Again, I'm not thrilled about the situation the kids could find themselves in and I am hoping that the district and union can actually surprise me and work out some concessions like I mentioned earlier. If they do, I'd gladly vote for this tax it if they put it back up for the November general. It's really as simple as that with me. There may be others just dead set against paying anything period. That's not me and never has been. I think you and your side are just so upset about the measure's defeat you refuse to accept that maybe we who voted no have a valid point.
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I don't begrudge you your points, when plainly made, and in some cases I agree. I take you to task, rightly, for your cowardly bullying of those who choose to serve the public in public. Those people take risks. Those people fight for what they believe is right. Those people face criticism with guts. They have courage, decency and honor and whether you agree with them or not they deserve your respect. These are concepts you clearly do not understand.
Tim June 07, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Jack, the insults go both ways. Here's an example from another Patch post on Measure H today... Pete 6:04 pm on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 "Horribly disappointed in my city. The kids needed this to pass. Lazy citizens can't get out to vote. Greedy citizens that would rather have an extra latte than help the kids. We moved to Union City because of the schools and loved the fact that the citizens would vote for school measures. Don't folks know that better schools mean better housing prices? Quit being so greedy and vote for the schools!" I've thought about what you said, honestly, and I'll tone it down and stick to the points and try to be more respectful. Just don't think that those on your side are all saints.... some, like above, and there are others are quite bitter and unwilling to look at the other side with any sense of an open mind.
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I haven't said anything like that, and I call it when I see it on both sides. That being said, I don't know of anyone calling names like you seem to love to do. And honestly, human to human, I don't get it. What does it mean to you to mess with someones name? It means very little to me beyond the very lame insult value, but it seems to really give you guys a thrill. There is an example in this thread of you fawning all over each other about credit for "Preparation H". Really? It's not even that creative. And "Captain Jack Sparrow" for me? That's not an insult. I'm almost flattered. As for trying to tone it down. Ok. But like Reagan I will "trust but verify."
Zinn June 07, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Let me cut to the bottom line. The administrators attempted to push through a tax hike on a select few homeowners. The ballot failed. No new taxes. So now school administrators and all New Have employees need to decide whether to cut programs and services or return salary and benefits in order for the kid's programs to continue. This is not only a community issue but a worldwide issue. Counties, states, countries all padded a lifestyle on a credit card and now the chickens have come home to roost. Either the world reigns in a runaway civil service budget or face certain economic peril..
TruthOverDare June 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Jack, don't you read?!! He said the LOWEST was 47K. Not the average, not the median!! Lowest was 47K!! Median income in Alameda county is $41,964. NHUSD LOWEST paid (for 180 days of work, plus pension and benefits) is higher than Alameda country median pay. If they don't like their pay, they should go work for Google. Good luck! Here's a link to all NHUSD salaries. In case you do read. http://tinyurl.com/7hq96t8
Jack Herrington June 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The insulting comments about my literacy are not consistent with the Terms Of Use of this website and your comment has been flagged as inappropriate.
Sam June 07, 2012 at 10:42 PM
My comment wasn't necessarily about the dollar amount of the parcel tax but rather to try and compare salaries between the 2 districts... So we can judge whether or not UC teachers/administrators are more "greedy".
Barry Becker June 10, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I voted for Proposition H, but not without some reservations. The state of California has gotten itself into a desperate situation, and there may be no fix without a change to its constitution. http://www.amazon.com/California-Crackup-Reform-Broke-Golden/dp/0520266560 There are a lot of similarities between the situation in California and that of Greece. We built up a large debt during the good times, and now services are getting squeezed as we need to lower that accumulated debt in the bad times. Unfortunately, the situation may get worse in coming years before it gets better. The students, though, should not have to pay for the mistakes of the adults.
Barry Becker June 10, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Ideas for fixing budget - Delay progress on the multi-modal rail station in favor of school funding - Consider selling the UC Sports Center to a private concern like 24 hour fitness - Take this opportunity to renegotiate with unions. - Install more traffic cams. Everyone hates the tickets, but they probably generate a lot of revenue. - Charge for after-school programs. School is free, but why can't there be a small tuition requirement for after school programs that are just going to be cut if we don't? There could be exceptions for families in dire economic straights. - The kinds of tasks parent volunteers are typically asked to do today revolve mostly around fundraising. I think parents are capable of more.
Barry Becker June 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Ideas for making the schools more efficient - Reward good teachers, and fire the bad ones. When teachers are let go because of budget cuts, is seniority the primary metric for determining who stays? There may be new teachers that are very effective, but are let go because they simply have not been teaching as long. - Can we create a charter school for Union City? Having a choice for teachers and students about where they want to go, would improve the quality of all schools. This may not be a popular idea with the teacher union or the school board, but it would probably be good for teachers and students. Teachers would have the opportunity to get better compensation based on performance, at the expense of some union protections. - Use Khan academy and other online resources to lessen load on instructors. Monitor online progress. This would make a larger class size more manageable. - More self-paced learning. Students should be able to skip ahead by doing well on comprehensive exams. Why do all students have to progress in lock-step according to age?
Edward June 11, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Because everything you mentioned will go to Alameda County, Union City and private schools and not a dime to NHUSD. Not replacing retireing teachers, eleiminating electives and enlarge class sizes will cover the shortfall for Now but it will also require parents to be more pro-active in helping their own kids learn at home.
Edward June 11, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Or they could come back with a "REAL percentage property tax Idea like .05% of assesed value of ALL real eatate in the District and raise some REAL Money off the Wealthy land owners. The Flat Parcel tax hurt the poor andthe large multi-million dollar Apartment Complexes, full of Kids, got an almost" free ride". A person with a $300,000.00 assesed Value home or condo would pay $150.00 per year. A landlord with a 5 million dolar complex would pay $2,500 for his 30 Units full of kids. 20 million dollar business, like Wal-Mart, would pay $10,000 back to the community. And this time do not exclude the over age 65 crowd and make them fill out any complicated forms they do not understand "every yea" like measure "H" didr to get the exemption they would not need in a percentage type Tax. They were grandfathered into prop 13 low assesments anyways so they would most likly pay less than $100.00 per year. Alameda County already will wave taxes on homeowners overage 65for as long as they live, then, collect the tax due on the property when the heirs take control.
Tim June 11, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Now, THAT would piss off the NHTA like you can't imagine!

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