No Stimulus for Napa Valley College

From the Sacramento Bee:

The $787 billion stimulus bill approved by Congress earlier this year has saved or created more than 640,000 jobs, including more than 100,000 in California, the White House said today.

Standing at Biden’s side, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said his state has saved or created more jobs than any other state in the nation. He said teachers and other educators account for more than 62,000 of California’s jobs, including those who might have been laid off if not for the federal stimulus money.

I can tell you for a fact that it did not save any jobs at Napa Valley College.


33 Responses to “No Stimulus for Napa Valley College”

  1. 1 Melissa Alexander November 1, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    I can tell you for a fact that it didn’t save any jobs at my children’s school, here in Napa either. Instead of 20 children to a classroom for Kinders and 1st graders…there are 25, and in my older children’s classrooms there are 30 in my 4th graders class and 33 in my 6th graders class. And the school had to let go of some of the teachers aide’s so the teachers are alone with all of these kids. THAT IS INSANE! And all of these kids are supposed to sit still and learn at the pace of the “No child left behind” BS level….Not a happy camper, I am. There is an empty classroom that isn’t used for anything right now at their school too….that teacher was let go due to the budget cuts. I am assuming the article is speaking of those educators who work in the district offices…because I had to donate items for each of my childrens classrooms and that can add up when you have 3 kids because teachers aren’t getting any money for supplies either. But the Superintendant of schools is still sitting pretty with his fat income. Yes…I am bitter about about how our schools seem to be getting financially worse each year…. And how I am having to pay out of pocket for a public education.

  2. 2 Michelle Benton November 2, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    More politicians toasting a job well done when the job isn’t, well, done. Tough times require more than a handshake and a toothy grin after relatively small accomplishments. We’ve got a long way to go.

  3. 3 yvonne November 4, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Really not thrilled with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, He’s not really taking a look at the big picture. Sure he’s trying to fix the budget but on whose account. The children of California have lost from all the cuts with the schools. The school closures are huge to me. No education today, means a lot of people struggling with life in the future. Just the other day my son was asked to speak on what it would mean to him if there is a closure to Vallejo’s only Adult school. I know for many adults, it would be just that much tougher to get a good job. For my son, it’s just a few more credits for his diploma, he may not get.

  4. 4 Gina November 5, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Anrnolds job is not done. I understand that there have been improvements, but there are still so many people out there without jobs. My mom recently lost her job and is looking everywhere for interviews. Its hard for me to see any of this so called “improvement” when the unemployment is so close to home.

  5. 5 Fr,K November 16, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    The usual government response, throw some money at the problem and exclaim “problem solved!” The problem is not solved, obviously, and throwing more money at it will not make the drastic improvements needed.

  6. 6 selduhhh November 16, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    I understand there is improvement in California, but how come I don’t see any of it? I only see people being laid off. I’m always hearing on the news that theres more jobs being creating and more that are being saved, but how come there’s no one that I know that has had their job saved? I know people that have been out of work for a couple years now, and they still can’t find a job. What’s up with that?

  7. 7 Karla Martinez November 22, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    While this information may be true, I feel that the governor should focus on further raising the numbers of jobs being saved instead of putting his time and energy into trying to make himself look better to the public. While the people who benefitted from these jobs that were “saved” or “created” are better off now, there are still those who are a part of the record-breaking unemployment percentage we are still dealing with today.

  8. 8 Ciara Pedroncelli November 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    I would like to see more statistics. I want to believe that more jobs have been created and that the economy is improving but this article is not very convinving. Plus, I think the whole “non-partisan” talk between Biden and Schwarzenegger is fake. The Kennedy family chose and supported Obama during the election. Maria Shriver is a Kennedy. Maria Shriver is married to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Republican. Does anyone else think that this is all fake because I definitely do not believe it.

  9. 9 Anna Hernandez November 28, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    it’s unfortunate that one of the few chances for people to continue on with their post-secondary education is also feeling the effects of the economic crisis. when i started sfsu in 2004, people were complaining of the recent fee hike to around 1400 and class cuts that had happened prior to my admittance. while in college, there was a bit of an increase as well and some classes were being cut but it was not to the extreme that it is now. i am grateful i graduated from college when i did because it would have been very frustrating to deal with the changes in the csu and uc systems. unfortunately, there is a demand for people who want an education and it will be supplied, at a high cost because the worth of an education surpasses its cost. prices will continue to go up because people will always want to pay for an education.

  10. 10 Genine Lobo November 29, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Although this stimulus bill helped create 100,000 jobs for people in California, there are still thousands of people unemployed. This number is a very small percentage compared to the percentage of those still jobless in California. In addition, this $787 billion dollar stimulus bill created 640,000 jobs, that’s $1,229,687 dollars for each new job. I am not sure if all this money was spent for creating new jobs, but at this point, people will work for almost anything. It would have been a much better plan to create more jobs at a lower cost.

  11. 11 Kathryn Koller November 30, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Yeah, I don’t believe it. I don’t think our governor has any idea what he’s doing. He cuts and cuts from the smallest of organizations that already aren’t streaming with money. Like the department of fish and game is getting hit like crazy and it makes up the tiniest of percentage of organizations that are government run. I also think cal trans was another one that he randomly decided to cut into and it’s like why we kind of need them. Then schools, teachers, professors are getting cut like crazy. Does he not care about the quality of education Californians are going to get? There has to be other options out there than our schools to get money from. if anything most of the money should be going to school so we can educate kids and adults so they will be able to aid us and not be a burden. The stimulus plan has so many flaws in it and is cutting from the wrong groups that don’t have much to offer in funds anyways so it’s completely futile.

  12. 12 nicholas joy December 2, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    articles like this show you how far we still have to go. Arnold reports on a few good circumstances in California and people seem to forget about all the other industries that are still feeling the affects of the is sad because it is often education that gets pushed aside for other more big name industries. im sure as numbers in silicon valley increase more people feel good then when small northern California community colleges have a year free from job cuts. it shows how the priorities are mixed in this state because we have to watch out for the companies that bring in money and giving them tax cuts and other perks keeps them in California. where as the education system has nothing to offer monetarily just a lot to take when it comes to money, but it also educates the youth of our state.

  13. 13 Jacqueline Guerrero December 3, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    I dont think the problem is solved at all. If anything it is far from being solved. Once again, I feel like this article is just a device to boost american moral. Although the stimulus package povides jobs for the people of California, there are still tons more of people that are unemployed out there. So the stimilus might help, but I dont think it helps enough.

  14. 14 Jordan Premo December 5, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    The problem is so far from being solved and we are how many more billions of dollars into debt??? I am so shocked at the support the stimulus package got it makes me wonder if people even know what they are voting for? Obviously our congressmen don’t read the bills that are passed… as long as they get something out of it for agreeing with majority that’s all that matters. Our government has truly failed us and it is going to take a lot more than government handouts to fix the problem we got ourselves into…

  15. 15 Samantha Fagundes December 6, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    This is definitely not even close to being solved. Just shows how far we need to go. I agree that there are still way too many people unemployed out there but I guess this is a positive step.

  16. 16 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    In a sense, I see this as being hypricritical. He shouldn’t make a statement without making sure ALL jobs are being saved. I agree with many that say he should focus on those who are actually losing their jobs rather than his reputation. I know many that have lossed their jobs and are still struggling till this day. this needs to be fixed.

  17. 17 Margaret Garbo December 6, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Although this could be true, I think a lot of us here would like to see more proof. There are people in the government who think that they could outsmart the people. If only they did their job well and provide the community results then it would be something we would be excited for. Job opportunities and other issues regarding labor are issues that should really be looked upon by th government. There are a lot of hopes that people pray for and the improvement of this economy is definitely one of them because although the decrease in unemployment is evident, the large amount of Americans without jobs is still rather large and something must be done about it!

  18. 18 Sarah Reddell December 6, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    I am shocker after reading this and knowing that many jobs were not saved. It hurts to know this is happening so close to home and to know these people are the ones running our state. I understand there are needs for the budget cuts and many may lose their jobs but to blatantly brag that California is doing a better job than other states is frustrating. I do not believe we should be in competition with other states but we should aim for the very best. We should not just save more jobs than the other states but we need to save all of the jobs we possibly can, especially those valuable in education.

  19. 19 Lukas Bradvica December 6, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    This article demonstrates some trickery from the U.S. government and leaves room for many rumors. Perhaps the California government devoted the money to the schools that were most hard hit the economy. The money could not have been given to Napa Valley College as there are schools in far worse dilemmas.

  20. 20 Yolly T. December 7, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    Wow, the article in the SacBees gave me hope right there. But as you said, it did not help save jobs at Napa Valley. I feel that nearly all of whom I have talked to and heard of, that had lost their jobs or were going to did in fact lose their jobs. I haven’t heard of anyone who has been affected by this positively at all.

  21. 21 Luke Napier December 7, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    This article brought up mixed emotions for me. To hear that Napa specifically didn’t receive any of the stimulus package didn’t worry me too much, but to hear that other academic institutions are feeling the burden as well is what worried me. For teachers to be fired is completely ridiculous. These people are trying to fix our current problem by educating future generations so they do not fall into this same situation. By firing teachers not only does it provide issues for students because of no class, but it also puts a larger burden on teachers with larger classes. Educating future generations should be a key aspect of fixing our current economic situation.

  22. 22 Chris Griffiths December 7, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    It would be expected that the money wouldnt be able to touch every part of the nation directly, for there is only so much money to be sent out and more worthy causes than we know what to do with. Its a shame that some institutions will not recieve money, however we have to think of the positives. The money that isnt spent on education has gone to another area of our ailling economey that must need it a great deal more and that we would be much worse off without.

  23. 23 Kaitlin E December 7, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    It is very unfortunate that politicians pretend like everything is “okay” or at least improving when the majority of the population knows it isn’t and doesn’t believe their lies. When are they going to step up, be honest, and then actually work to solve the problems we face?

  24. 24 Justin Castro December 7, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    This is clearly a step in the right direction for the unemployment problem but it really isnt even close to being solved. It’s completely ridiculous that teachers of all people are being fired. They’re the last people that should be fired. Not only are they smart, educated people who only better society, but they are also responsible for educating future generations and giving them a taste of what life could be like for them if this problem does not get solved soon.

  25. 25 Nicole Hernandez December 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    It is unfortunate that of the 100,000 jobs saved in California, none were from NVC. There is obviously more things that need to be done to solve this problem, and from the look of things we are not close to it.

  26. 26 Josh Highness December 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Sometimes you just have to shake your head. The stimulus bill was used to create new jobs, however, this did not help a bit to those companies and schools for that matter that are already suffering. The problem lies in how a direction of funds would save an already decaying job. Would it just prolong the unemployment? Would it help wait out the recession until the job becomes productive again?

  27. 27 Jamie B December 8, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    I feel like this is a step in the right direction, but still too many schools are suffering. I think that more should be done for educators then what they are saying is being done. This article makes me wonder about what is actually being done about the economy and education. I think that politicians need to be more honest with everything.

  28. 28 Kyle Ray December 9, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    I like that everyone is posting from schools saying how they didn’t get any jobs saved at their school. Makes me wonder where these jobs were really saved… Statistics can say anything is you bend them the right way, so I have to wonder what this data really means.

  29. 29 Broderick Nickelberry Jr. December 11, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    yeah it might be a good thing to start off with but still is not good enough if more teachers kept losing there jobs. They need to make a better improvement. Because this is making the classes bigger and bigger and the more students to the teacher makes it harder to teach and harder for the students to learn.

  30. 30 Heinrick Devera December 12, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    I agree with what some people said here. I really don’t see how the stimulus plan is working right now. A lot of people are still unemployed, schools aren’t being helped, including NVC, and there are still people out there who would agree to this. My opinion is that this is going to take a very long time to fix, maybe even when Obama’s term is up. There’s just too many jobs to save and it seems like the government can’t really cope with everything at the same time just yet. Like John Boehner said, “the unemployment rate is nearing double digits”, and he got it right.

  31. 31 Anthony Azevedo December 13, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Napa Valley College is doing better other school but it is not fair. Every school could use the money for one thing or another. Why do we reward bad behavor? If we keep bailling these crappy school out then their going to keep mess up so the big wigs fatten their pockets. There need to be more checks and balance, with bailouts. These school, should have goals to make or else.

  32. 32 Nathan Couch December 17, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    I think this is ridiculous…

    “It’s performing as advertised,” said Vice President Joe Biden.

    Yeah, b.s., lots of classes are cut down and the ones that are remaining fill up the hour registration opens. The school is in dire need of some money, you’d think for being in Napa Valley they’d have more to work with. Napa College’s technology department plain out sucks and the library is a joke. I know they’re building a new library but that better mean their relaxation, catalog, computers, and wifi are improved.

    Overall, I think coming from Shasta College to Napa Valley College was a downgrade and I expected it to be an upgrade.

    Hopefully Napa College can hire more teachers and increase their catalog classes since there is a larger number of students signing up.

  33. 33 Nick Rood December 17, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Throughout the decades, education has become an increasingly important institution. It is great to see such a high value placed on it, although this accounts for a larger percentage of the spotlight as maybe deserved. I agree that educators are essential, and it is horrible to see budget cuts and layoffs, but to what extent is the education system feeling the effects compared to other channels. To play “devil’s advocate,” I do not fully understand those who are outraged by a teacher to student ration of 1:30-35. I agree this is much higher than it could be, but I also remember being in classrooms with an average size of (25-30) all throughout my life. I went an average elementary and middle school, and my high school was one of the top 100 in the country (not that I belonged there). Point is, even during the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s, classrooms were always of a fairly large population. I do not agree with educational budget cuts to any degree, but I do believe that the issue gains popularity due to other factors than cutbacks.

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