Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker on the recall
As a longtime Alameda resident, parent of two daughters who both attended Alameda public schools and an elected official representing the city of Alameda, I strongly oppose the attempt to recall the majority of the Alameda school board.
Alameda should be a strong, vibrant, respectful, and supportive community for our children. It is this principle – on top of the numerous requests received from students and teachers – that compelled the majority of our school board to take the vote that they did. As an elected member I have made various difficult, controversial, and tough votes. When you take elected office one understands that those tough votes will happen. The school board has taken such a tough and difficult vote. They heard testimony, received input from various sources and made their decision based on the totality of information from the community and staff. Their vote is one I can respect.
This vote was a common sense action to take in a city like Alameda, where we value all our children and their safety. Don’t evaluate a public official based on one vote. Ask yourself, will this one vote take away from all your expectations and hopes for each trustee? Are you going to wipe out all the other contributions that each has made because of one vote?
Now, a local group is collaborating in an attempt to get the recall on the ballot for a special election. This special election will cost our school district as much as $500,000, a significant amount of revenue, which will come straight out of our school’s already ailing budget. Our school district is in a very tough financial situation – class sizes are getting bigger; there are pressing, ongoing capital needs; teachers could be laid off – and we need each member of the school board to focus on these very important type of issues.
A recall of our school board does not serve Alameda at all. I hope you will join me in opposing the recall. Please, if you see a recall proponent, DO NOT sign their petition.
ALICE LAI–BITKER, President
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3