Pasadena Weekly: "Battle Lines: Former school board member calls changing to district elections a step backwards"
If approved, Measure A would allow registered voters in Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre - three communities that make up PUSD - to cast ballots only for candidates running in one of seven designated districts, devised over the past year by a special citizens' task force.
"This is a step backwards," said Bibbiani, who recalls a time when the district was racially segregated. Bibbiani also remembers the lawsuit that forced integration of the district in the early 1970s.
"The district was on the wrong side of the racial issue in the 1950s and '60s and has done its best to be on the right side of the issue over the past 40 years," he said. "In the 1970s, the district was forced to integrate, and now we are being forced to divide."
"In the guise of helping minorities or allegedly reducing inequality, this race-based division will harm everyone's right to vote and right to influence the board of education," Bibbiani said.
(Not to mention that the PUSD is screwing us out of representation until 2015. The rest of this article can be read by clicking here.)
Victorville Daily Press: "Steinberg's War on Californians"
Wendell Cox is not exactly conservative, and he has the liberal bona fides to prove it. A transportation consultant, he served three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission under the late mayor Tom Bradley.
So when he wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal April 6 ("California Declares War on Suburbia"), pointing out that California's regulatory and tax climate is driving business investment to other states, you know his agenda was not a reflection of any ideology, but a frank assessment of what troubles this state's culture and economy. As he said, "California's high cost of living also is driving people away. Since 2000 more than 1.6 million people have fled, and my own research as well as that of others points to high housing prices as the principle factor."
And, he pointed out, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) only will exacerbate the issue because it "wants to require more than one-half of the new housing in Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties to be concentrated in dense, so-called transit villages, much of it at an even higher 30 or more units per acre."
(The rest of this article can be surmised by clicking here.)
Daily Breeze: "Michael Reagan: Republicans need to take back the state from the crazies"
Cuba is a one-party state. North Korea is a one-party state. California is a one-party state.
I'm not trying to draw any false parallels. But I've noticed bad things happen when one political party has complete control of a government too long, whether it's the Communist Party that's wrecked Cuba for 50 years or the Democratic Party that's wrecked California for 40.
So far, the Democrat monopoly in Sacramento has done nothing to cause Californians who seek greater freedom, lower taxes and a better business climate to begin taking rafts to Oregon or Mexico. But give the Democrats time.
They've already bankrupted the state and strangled its economy with high taxes, expensive green-energy policies and "progressive" regulations that scare off businesses, jack up housing prices or inhibit growth.
(You can read the part where he also says bad things about California Republicans by clicking here.)
CNN: "Gary Johnson wins Libertarian Party presidential nomination"
Former GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson won and accepted the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party on Saturday, which his campaign said earns him a spot on November ballots in all 50 states.
Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and business owner, won the nomination with more than 70% of the vote at the party convention in Las Vegas. He entered the Libertarian primary race after dropping his 2012 Republican bid in late December.
He is best known for his support for the legalization of marijuana and the end of the so-called war on drugs. He supports same-sex marriage, an immediate end to the war in Afghanistan, and proposes slashing the federal budget by 43% to eliminate deficit spending.
(A candidate who supports both getting the government out of peoples' personal lives and their pocketbooks? And at the same time? You can read more by clicking here.)
Pasadena Star News: "Star-News to open newsroom"
It won't be in the pages you receive on your doorstep or on the website or mobile app you visit online. Instead, that new look will be in our newsroom, which we are opening up to the public for the first time in the 100-year history of the Pasadena Star News.
What's the big idea?
Well primarily it's to be more transparent. We want to show you that we practice what we preach. But, there's another reason too - the Star-News is a part of your community - just like your neighborhood grocery store, your favorite coffee shop, or the place where you and your family worship.
We'll do it by creating a community space where readers and residents can drop in to pitch stories, ask questions or make use of public blogging stations with free wi-fi access. While we are the first newspaper in California to break this ground, community newsrooms have been successful elsewhere in the country and the Star-News hopes to duplicate that success.
(For all those folks that claim the Star News is unresponsive, here is your chance to be heard. Hell, they always listen to me when I wander in there. Click here.)
Enjoy your Sunday. And please, rest up. The barbarians are at the gates and it is going to be a big week.