Monday, March 16, 2009

Measure D Newsletter - what can you do to help?

Hi Measure D Supporters,

Thank you for your support of Measure D to protect our local schools against the continuing barrage of state budget cuts that is devastating the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. My name is Rudy Ramirez and I am the campaign manager for Measure D. I will be managing the day-to-day operations of the campaign, including coordinating all of our volunteers.

We have a real challenge ahead of us to capture the difficult 2/3rds voter support necessary to pass Measure D. And we don't have much time. Our campaign will be successful as long as we have active volunteers from the MDUSD school family, including our parents, teachers and other District employees and our community supporters.

I will send out this email every Monday to keep you and all our other volunteers informed about what the campaign is doing, our progress, what we've got coming up and how you can get involved. You can also visit to get information.

Where Are We with the Campaign?

The Campaign for Measure D is led by Community United for Excellent Schools (CUES) and is comprised of a highly energetic and active group of board members, administrators, teachers, and parents, all of which have led to an excellent beginning for the campaign. Among the actions we have already taken:

Organized committees to secure campaign endorsements, raise contributions, and conduct voter outreach.

Submitted a primary argument as well as a rebuttal argument that will appear on the voter guide provided by Contra Costa County.

Opened a campaign headquarters at 2280 Diamond Blvd, Suite 350, Concord. James Busby of Security Owners Corporation generously donated the space, which was furnished by the United Democratic Committee of Contra Costa. Thanks to the volunteers who helped get our office up and running. I encourage you stop by and visit. Our office hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What Can You Do to Help?

Volunteer. We badly need more volunteers for our voter outreach, which in coming weeks will involve phoning voters and walking neighborhoods to encourage voters to cast their ballot for Measure D. This will be one of our most important tools in passing Measure D.

We need site captains for each school who will recruit and manage volunteers for phoning and walking. You can have more than one site captain for each school. Time commitment will be 4-6 hours a week, primarily in evenings and weekends.

We will hold an informational meeting for site captains - or those considering it - on Wednesday March 18th 6:30pm at the Measure D headquarters. For information, call me at 925-202-3178. We'll have pizza and drinks.

Schools Needing Site Captains

Bel Air
Eagle Peak Montessori
El Monte
Fair Oaks
Gregory Gardens
Hidden Valley
Meadow Homes
Monte Gardens
Mountain View
Pleasant Hill
Rio Vista
Robert Shearer
Sun Terrace
Valley Verde
Wren Avenue
Ygnacio Valley
Diablo View
El Dorado
Clayton Valley
Concord High
Ygnacio Valley

Headquarters supplies. The campaign is in need of spare computers and office supplies. Please contact me if you or anyone you know can help with this.

Headquarters staff. We need a few volunteers to staff the HQ during the week and weekends for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon. No special skills required. Need a friendly, upbeat attitude. If you speak Spanish, even better.

Staffing events. There are many school and community events where we can communicate with voters about Measure D (see list below). We need volunteers to staff tables, talk with voters and answer their questions, and hand out fact sheets, endorsement forms and any other literature. This is an excellent way to get involved.

Webpage Help. We need a Webmaster ASAP!! We already have a webpage up and running, just need someone for updating.

Thank you once again to everyone for your continued support of Measure D and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. Together we can continue to make MDUSD a great place to learn and interact.

Rudy Ramirez
Campaign Manager
(925) 202-3178

1 comment:

  1. there is a lot of money going into the MDUSD, the problem is where did the money spent? do we really need 16 directors in the school board which each makes over $100,000? maybe is a good time to think about it and not just keep on saying the school district is poor and blame all to the governor?