Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bart Doyle Will Speak @ Tuesday Evening's City Council Confab About Measure A

The Agenda Report for this one is a very slight document entitled "Update on the Pasadena Unified School Districting Task Force." Which is definitely one of those "putting lipstick on a pig" moments we see from time to time here in the Foothill Village. And that style continues in the small paragraph that follows:

At the request of the City Council, Mr. Bart Doyle, the Council's designated representative to the Pasadena Unified School Districting Task Force, will be updating the City Council on the progress of the PUSD Districting Task Force.

The document then goes on to inform the City Council Members that "staff recommends the City Council receive and file this informational report." Which is a rather dry way of saying what is done is done, and that the consequences of so unfortunate an appointment to the PUSD Districting Task Force as Mr. Doyle are now on them. They're just going to have to live with it. It's in the hands of the voters now.

Bart Doyle is being dragged before the City Council to explain a core outrage contained in "Measure A," the unfortunate initiative that will change the way Board of Education members are elected to serve on this august body. Up until now those representing the parents and students attending our public schools were elected on a district-wide basis, and therefore had to answer to everyone.

Should Measure A pass on June 5th that would all change. Exclusive representatives from 7 individual areas carved out of the PUSD's overall jurisdiction would then speak for their so-called "geographic subdistricts" alone. A somewhat misleading term as these districts have been gerrymandered to empower individual ethnicities, leading to what many are now terming a "Balkanization" of the school district.

This is how William Bibbiani, former Pasadena Board of Education member and outspoken opponent of Measure A, puts it:

Measure A supporters falsely claim that it will "bring more democracy and local control." In reality, it takes away your right to vote for all 7 school board members and gives you the right to vote for only 1 board member every four years ... Measure A drastically reduces your voting power by forcing you into a segregated political sub-district which will be drawn in large part beased on someone's perception of your ethnicity.

Which is politically correct for 2012, I suppose. Certainly portions of the 1970s notion of desegregation having now fallen by the wayside, with a current form of resegregation now back in vogue. With certain fresh nuances thrown in, of course.

Should Measure A not pass, there is also the matter of something called the "Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law," an organization that will sue the impoverished PUSD for vast sums of taxpayer gold under the edicts of the California Voting Rights Act. Two senior fellows from John Harabedian's law firm, Latham and Watkins, being amongst this organization's leadership. Hopefully Mr. Harabedian will take this opportunity to show his respect for the community by recusing himself during Mr. Doyle's time at the podium.

It was MaryAnn MacGillivray who demanded that Bart Doyle come before the City Council and do some explaining. So her good work lives on. And the reason Bart has been called upon to speak Tuesday evening is because of the second class status Measure A would slap on Sierra Madre.

As we have said, should Measure A pass individual representatives from each of the 7 new districts carved from the PUSD's overall bailiwick would be elected. What is unfortunate here for Sierra Madre, and especially the parents of kids who attend public school here, is that each of these representatives will not be elected at the same time. Most of them would be voted onto the Pasadena Board of Education next year, in 2013. However, and for whatever reason, Sierra Madre's district will not be permitted to elect its representative until 2015.

What this means is that during the critical two years when $350,000,000 in Measure TT bond money is being divvied up for new school construction and overall maintenance, Sierra Madre will not have a representative in the mix fighting for our fair share. Rather the other sub-districts, those with elected and exclusive members on the Board of Education, will have a distinct advantage when it comes to getting that money for what they want. Which I doubt will have very much to do with Sierra Madre.

We have already seen what the PUSD is capable of with the issuance of their recent announcements regarding the severe cuts in facilities upgrade money for our schools here. The lion's share of those cuts falling upon us. This despite the fact that we were promised such moneys should we vote for Measure TT. Which many obviously did since it passed. About as blatant a bait and switch as can be imagined.

So what does Bart need to explain? As our City Council appointed representative to the so-called "redistricting task force" that made the decision to stick it to Sierra Madre, how exactly is it that he did nothing to stop this injustice? From people I have spoken to who attended those meetings, Doyle apparently raised no objects to kicking us to the back of the school bus. Instead choosing to silently sit by as the other districts were given rights that we will not have when $350 million in Measure TT cash is split up. Which is an outrage as far as I am concerned.

In the current edition of the Pasadena Weekly, a publication that usually echoes whatever it is the satraps running the PUSD are demanding at the time (I suspect it is their Peter Dreier connections that compel them to inflict such degradation upon themselves), there is an article that encourages a "yes" vote on Measure A (click here). And the preeminent reason for claiming we should do so goes as follows:

Do you want to bring more democracy and local control to the Pasadena Unified School District? If so, vote "Yes" on Measure A. A diverse citizen task force has proposed a way to elect PUSD school board members that will give citizens a stronger voice in electing the board, save money on PUSD elections and strengthen local control and grassroots democracy in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.

So how will Measure A "strengthen local control and grassroots democracy" for Sierra Madre if we don't get to have a representative on the Board of Ed until 2015, a full two years after most of the other sub-districts? What "local control" will we have? None, apparently.

The Pasadena Weekly piece was penned by the Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard. However, listed below are other interested parties, people who endorsed the happy braying of the Rose City's chief potentate. Included on that list is "former Sierra Madre Mayor Bart Doyle."

I hope Bart will be asked by the City Council to explain how he could possibly voice support for something that bestows a crippling second class status on the community he was appointed to the "redistricting task force" to represent. And quite obviously failed.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

44 comments:

  1. That's Bart for you. There was no money in it for him so why should he speak up for us. Oh wait, maybe there was some money in it for him and we just don't see it.

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    1. I wonder what the trade off was ..

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    2. You are right to wonder... we may not know just yet but you can bet there was one...

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    3. It had to have something to do with that one third of a billion dollars worth of Measure TT bond money.

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    4. I think the one and only reason Mr. Bart was appointed to serve on the task force was reputation rehab.
      The dude is hooked up with some skullduggery in El Monte, and being able to say to the judge, "But your Honor, I work for the good of the little children in my town" might help him. Remember, his chief claim to innocence when he was the chief financial officer was that he didn't know Chinese. He's just an innocent child education advocate.
      I figure he called in a favor or two from Buchanan.

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  2. Looks like we wont be going to that CC meeting, can't stand the shyster and don't want to be in the same room with him. Besides it is dangerous standing too close to such a crook. The guy is a disgrace to Sierra Madre.

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    1. He is more than a disgrace to Sierra Madre. Bart Doyle is a DISEASE.

      However, we should all go and protest this outrage.

      Don't let this vile little Doyle get away with this.

      By the way, John Crawford....I love your picture, if Bart had that WC hat, that picture would look just like him!
      Except, WCF was a much nicer and more honest guy than Bart ever was. Also better looking! WCF used to have a place in Sierra Madre Canyon, on Woodland!

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  3. Another item on the Tuesday agenda is #6 which will review the process in which to appoint commissioners. This was a Moran request to agendize this process. As we all remember, it was Moran who said he would appoint his friends over other applicants. The all important Planning Commission will have two vacancies. Who knows what they have up their sleeves with that one.

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    1. Oh great. He'll probably nominate Steve.

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    2. Aiyiyi, 10:09, how dangerous is that!
      The Planning Commission has to be scrupulous in integrity and uphold the law.
      Aiyiyi.

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    3. All Josh wants are people like him on the PC. Realtor yes-men.

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    4. Has the council been appointing commissions by a vote?

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    5. 10:30, the staff report for agenda item 6 on the city website lays it out, and yes, currently they all vote. There are some alternative methods, and I'm making a wild guess that the current Mayor wants one with more power given to the Mayor. Yeesh. We'll see if anyone on the council wants to give up their vote.

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    6. I'm sure Walsh will. It will be one less thing to burden her already heavily taxed abilities. Not certain Harabedian will go for it, though. I'm not sure he has bought into Moran's shtick.

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    7. All Josh cares about is improving local business conditions for his family members in the real estate business.

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    8. Josh is the ultimate townie.

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  4. I hope Capoccia and Koerber roast old Bart. It is time he was called out.

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    1. I hope they get the truth from him.

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    2. It doesn't appear that Capoccia & Koerber has the courage to roast anyone...

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  5. "despite the fact that we were promised such moneys should we vote for Measure TT"
    Not so Tattler. The PUSD administrators are much more clever than that.
    There's enough wiggle room in their comments for an 18 wheeler to drive through.
    Lots of "intend to", no "will do".

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  6. Measure A is being sold as racial equity, social equity, pure democracy, and I'm worried that people will fall for it.

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  7. There is an editorial from Peter Dreier on the Pasadena Weekly site. Written in 2008 and calling on everyone to vote yes on Measure TT. There is a whole bunch of flowery language about how perfect everything in the PUSD if it passes. Now it is 4 years later and all we see here is an empty lot filled with weeds. What a bunch of crap that was.

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    1. Oh yes.
      You'd think the PUSD would have some shame about repeatedly failing with large sums of money.

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    2. It's always the same people, 10:23. And all they care about is all that bond money. The kids are just hostages to a bunch of greedy old men.

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    3. There's some greedy old women in there too, my friends.

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    4. And young ones of both genders.....

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  8. You've got to love the city council liaison appointment agenda item. "At the previous meeting, the Mayor recommended City Council Liaison appointments to the various Commissions, Committees and Boards. There was one Committee that was inadvertently left off the chart for consideration - the Liaison and Alternate Liaison appointments to the General Plan Steering Committee."

    So much for the "Constitution of the city," "the people's document" and it's importance in the minds of the mayor and the city manager!

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  9. The RHNA appeal is also on this agenda. Can somebody pick up the phone and call San Marino and find out how to get a RHNA number of 5?

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  10. Bogaard drops a lulu in his Yes on Measre A spiel. Says this will "save money on PUSD elections." Yeah, but whose money? It won't be any cheaper for the PUSD to run the elections. What it will do is make it cheaper for all his pals to conduct their campaigns when running for these 7 seats.

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  11. The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is, in reality, advocating racial segregation - where's the law firm that will take them on?

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    1. The law in California now backs segregation. Though, of course, it doesn't come right out and say it. What this mess is intended to do is give minority communities representation on school boards that have traditionally been run by Caucasians. The PUSD is around 60% Latino, with African Americans around 17% and Caucasians 14%. Which, ironically, makes Caucasians the minority here. At least in the school district since most families that can afford it got their kids out of there long ago. But that is not whose rights are being watched out for here. The lawyers involved, Harabedian's bunch, see this as a grand opportunity to cash in on the PUSD's misery. That they'll be screwing a lot of poor kids out of whatever is left of the education the PUSD can give them is besides the point. Their goal is to grandstand on how caring and magnificent they are, while lining their blood soaked pockets with our tax money.

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    2. What is the percentage of Asian students?

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    3. If you add:
      60% Latin
      17% African American
      14% Caucasian

      That leaves:
      9% Asian (and maybe a fraction of "other")

      Duh!

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    4. Many people in the Asian community will break their backs to get their kids into a good school district.
      There aren't a lot of them in the PUSD.

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    5. Asians who live within PUSD put their kids in private schools if they are able; otherwise they live in Arcadia, San Marino, Monterey Park, maybe Temple City and Alhambra. From what I can see the education of Asian students becomes the duty and foucs of the entire family. Good on them for it.

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    6. Hope the political incorrectness of this remark won't make anyone's head explode, but one of the reasons Sierra Madre wasn't overrun with McMansions everywhere in the late 80's and mid 90's was because of our schools. They were not a selling point. Arcadia, on the other hand - no limit to building and a great school system equals massive overbuilding.

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    7. According to the PUSD site 3.2% of all students there are Asian. Maybe those trailers are bad feng shui.

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  12. What a terrible mess.
    And how appropriate that Joe Mosca, then Bart Doyle, were our contribution to it.

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    1. The representatives matched the product.

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    2. They kept it all secret. or at least they tried to. They think people can't figure this stuff out.

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  13. Do you reckon Mr. Doyle will apologize to the community?

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    1. I doubt it. I'm sure he has invented an elaborate story that he thinks we'll all believe.

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    2. Ex Mayor, Ex Councilman, Ex Chief Financial Officer of the Titan Group Bart Doyle has so many apologies to make to this town that we'd be there all night if he were to find the courage to do it.

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