Boardman’s latest editorial on Measure B is deplorable

Nobody represents our “past” better than the bulk of our local right-wing blogging contingent (AKA, increasingly becoming cyber bullies). And it’s getting worse, as this blog has been documenting.

Another leader of the local “get off my lawn” contingent is The Union’s paid weekly columnist George Boardman. A shining example is Boardman’s column on Measure B this week. It is deplorable.

Boardman loudly opposed Measure B — a bond measure to fund needed facility improvements to our schools — but it won. So instead of being humbled or introspective (he never even toured the schools), Boardman uses his weekly bully pulpit to lash out at the school district,  high-school Superintendent Louise Johnson, former  County schools Superintendent Terry McAteer, bloggers, and residents who emailed him.

His argument seems to boil down to this: Why invest in our schools with declining enrollment? Then he tries to argue that the assessment for the bond measure (tiny) somehow helps make it even “more difficult” for young families to put down roots here. Baloney!

We still have excellent schools. This year Ghidotti ranked #1 statewide on the new CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress). That’s out of 2,033 high schools, including affluent and well-educated communities such as San Rafael, Piedmont, Palo Alto, Saratoga, La Canada and you name it.

Boardman’s latest column is one of his worst yet. The Union’s management should send him packing before he does any more damage to the newspaper’s credibility.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

7 thoughts on “Boardman’s latest editorial on Measure B is deplorable”

  1. Boardman needs to go back and get his GED. Is there a declining education level that is a prerequisite to being on the Union’s Board?
    Front Page of His own paper: Prop B—The first thing is to put two new roofs on the high school buildings. For clueless George I guess money for new roofs just falls out of the space shuttle when it passes over the county.

  2. More here from

    Francis Mcfadden · CSU Sacramento
    I am one who is happy that this school bond passed and also concerned that you have, on more than one occasion, published information that is poorly researched and/or untrue. With the passage of this bond, I was ready to put that aside, but here we go again.

    1. Can you send me the link to the place where you asked for information on feeder schools to BRHS that have increased their enrollment? I apologize if the Measure B Committee missed that, but I honestly don’t recall seeing it. As a journalist, it would have taken you very little time to contact the elementary schools/ middle schools in South County and base you aguments on enrollment facts.

    A. The fact is that Alta Sierra Elementry School did indeed add an additional class (kindergarden) this year. Their principal also indicated that it looks like that rise will continue next year, although that cannot be verified until later. According to the site principal, overall enrollment figures are also slightly up. I hope our good public schools, and the improvements this bond will bring, can play at least some role in attracting and keeping families in this area. Better internet access needed for telecommuning seems to be needed as well. I am glad to see local agencies are addressed that. Attracting a younger population requires a multi-layered approach; certainly, maintaining good local schools will be a big part of that equation.

    2. The increase in facility funds is something that ALL schools are considering (to be elilgible for matching state funds) and is not limited to NJUHSD. The headline in the paper gave the impression that just the high school district was voting on this, and buried the info that it is a county-wide decision deeper in the article. What I am saying is the headline gave a skewed impression, and you are echoing that impression.

    3. An “Our View” editiorial recently published about Measure B gave the impression that it was derived from the opinions of the editorial staff. Not true. Megan Ross, The Union editorial writer from NUHS, knew nothing about that article. Do you know who wrote it? It implied that very little besides student outreach and putting signs in the dirt took place to support Measure B. That is absolutley false.

    4. I support you airing opinions that differ from mine. My beef is that your published opinions sometimes are not based on investigated facts. Please do that. As I said ( and quoted from a national politician) in the Measure B Tea Party debate: ” We are all entitled to our own opinions. We are not entitled to our own facts.”

    Louise Mcafdden

  3. And let’s not forget George Rebane: “I will believe that the monies will actually be spent for deferred maintenance when I see it. ” Of course, he offers no evidence for that, even though the first project is roof repair.

  4. Is George Boardman stalking my wife? After misrepresenting points in his own column (which drew pointed criticism from the school and readers), he posts this addendum on his blog: “A Pelline was spotted buying gas at the Arco station on Highway 49 at Dry Creek Road in Auburn this morning. And to think he’s always whining about people going down the hill to spend their money.”

    She’s spending her gas money “on the hill.” And staying “on the hill” for a drive over to Amador County to meet with customers for promoting the Sierra foothills.

    What a creep!

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