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Young Education Advocates Take to the Bridge

Proponents of Props 30 and 38 will unfurl banners on Patriots Bridge over Highway 24 in Lafayette Friday afternoon.

Watch for some smallish advocates high overhead Friday, unfurling banners in favor of the education-funding state propositions on the "Patriots Bridge" overpass over Highway 24 near the I-680 interchange.

“I’m excited to dance and wave at the cars and get their attention," said Lafayette second-grader Sophia Rich, according to a news release from Lafayette For Education. "If they vote and honk they will help my class.”

Wearing bright shirts and hoisting orange pom poms at 3 p.m. Friday will be schoolchildren from Lamorinda and Walnut Creek.

“It’s election crunch time and if neither of the two education props (30 and 38) pass, our elementary school district will see 1.5 million dollars of cuts,” said Shelly Hamalian, parent and Lafayette resident. "That is bad for California kids."

Organizing the yes vote on the two propositions on the state level is Educate Our State.

Don't Tell Me What To Do October 30, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Please do not do this. I have no problem with 30 & 38. In fact, I'm voting for one of them and against the other. But every time you people - and this goes for every patriotic group with all them flags, advocacy group pushing voting issues, etc. - do this, it completely screws up the traffic as motorists slow down to see what you're doing. Please. Stop. It's an overpass. Not a billboard.
KFrances October 31, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I don't think it's right to use kids as political pawns - ever.
Frozen Waffles October 31, 2012 at 06:13 AM
everybody does."think of the chidden" is always the nonsense we hear with every election and it often works.
c5 October 31, 2012 at 01:19 PM
this is typical cynical use of in this case, little kids who have no idea what this all means. just one more reason to vote against these horribly destructive propositions. the massive tax increases on top of what is already one of the highest tax burdens in the country, will help destroy this state imo. this policy of 'soak the rich' has been tried here already, and look at the fiscal disaster we have become. the money never shows up as businesses and individuals will shift as much income away from this state as they legally can, or they will expand elsewhere. some will just leave altogether. the state has a spending problem, pure and simple, and you cannot fix it with additional taxes. the state has not cut spending at all in spite of the rhetoric you see. all that has been done is to cut education spending while bloated state staffing, bureaucracy, benefits and pensions continue to be maintained. my best guage is to look at state employment levels (from state dept of finance). in 07-08 state 'personnel years' was 343k...in 2011-12 guess what, employment years was 343k! time to pull the plug on higher and higher taxes and force real reforms in state government. it is the only way to save education, or anything else, over the long haul.
Cooper Hall October 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Kids are used as pawns in divorce cases, politics, and TV advertising. Sad.
Andrew October 31, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Why are we even talking about Prop 30 and 38 ? Wasn't the California Lottery supposed to solve all of the funding issues for California schools ? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Schools should make do with what they are already soaking us for.
Katherine Welch November 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I am so proud of all of you for stepping out and teaching kids - who cannot vote - to speak out in ways they can!! It looked like they were having a BLAST!!! Let's fix this mess and not keep putting kids last! YES for education -- yes on 30 and 38!
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