Saturday, June 2, 2012

Is Measure A Anti-Sierra Madre? Plus: The Peter Dreier Connection

Over on The Patch there is something they refer to as a blog (more like an opinion piece) from Peter Dreier, who writes about why you should vote "yes" on Measure A. It is pretty much the standard boiler plate menu of not very inspiring arguments in favor of taking away your right to vote for 6 of the 7 seats on the Pasadena Board of Education. Peter is considered to be one of the primary leaders behind this effort to curtail resident voter rights in Board of Education elections, done in hopes that those aligned with his rather radical points of view (more on that in a minute) could be more easily put into office should these elections be limited to the far smaller voter pools of so-called sub-districts.

And then there is a possible race politics angle to Measure A, which is also the mark of a Peter Dreier run PUSD election effort. The attempt to play one ethnic group off of another to preserve the interests of Dreier and his old boy allies on the Board of Ed is apparently in play here. In a letter to the Pasadena Sun, former Board of Education member and 30 year Pasadena Unified administrator Bill Bibbiani puts it this way:

Measure A will result in a style of racially oriented, ward-based, "what's in it for me" politics and politicians. And it will exacerbate tension between blacks and Hispanics who share many of the same neighborhoods.

Measure A represents a significant step backwards for PUSD and the increasingly diverse communities it serves. Forced to integrate its schools in 1970 as a result of its own intransigence, now is not the time to divide the district itself, as Measure A would do.

There is a definite "divide and conquer" component to Measure A. One that plays the more urban so-called sub-districts against suburban areas such as ours. The best indication being that we, along with two other areas, will not be allowed to elect our Board of Education representative until 2015. Whereas the inner city sub-districts will be allowed to elect theirs in 2013, a full two years earlier.

Not having representation on the Board of Education until 2015 will hurt Sierra Madre's schools as we will have no one there to speak for our needs. This at a time when hundreds of millions of dollars in Measure TT money are being allocated. With 4 other sub-districts having representatives while we are with none, who will fight for us?

The argument has been made that old line PUSD Board of Ed members such as Tom Selinske, who will be allowed to serve until 2015 as an at-large representative, will step into the gap and be our voice. But when you consider the huge hit in Measure TT money we have already taken under this current Board of Education, one run in large part by the gent named here, I don't see them suddenly becoming advocates for our cause. With these sorts of folks serving alongside the 4 new sub-district representatives elected in 2013, it is pretty obvious that we will be out in the cold, and severely ripped off.

I think it is pretty safe to say that Measure A is anti-Sierra Madre. And largely by design.

Peter Dreier, who many regard as being one of the Godfathers of Measure A, is a gentleman with a fairly radical past. And remains so now for that matter. Dividing the Pasadena Unified School District along community lines in the name of empowering minorities is hardly out of character for someone who has advocated for the kinds of things Peter Dreier has over the years.

If you click here you will be taken to the Key Wiki page of Peter Dreier. There you will be treated to various links connecting Peter Dreier to the Democratic Socialists of America, a quasi-political party that continues to advocate for radical causes to this day.

Saturday evening delegates recognized the contributions of DSA vice chair and Washington Post columnist Harold Myerson, Occidental College sociologist and longtime DSAer Peter Dreier and insurgent California Congress member Hilda Solis who in turn provided in-depth perspectives of the political scene.

So what is the Democratic Socialists of America all about? This is how the organization is described on their Key Wiki page (click here):

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the US. It is one of two official U.S. affiliates of the Socialist International. It was formed in 1982 from the merger of the Michael Harrington led Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the smaller New American Movement.

Interesting that such an organization and its influences have now come into play here locally in the form of Measure A. It certainly explains a lot.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

43 comments:

  1. there's the explanation for the mess the PUSD has become. It is run by cranks and nuts.

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  2. Very insightful remark from 7:28..

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  3. So much important information but coming so late. How to get the word out and educate the voters.

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    1. We're hitting the streets today at 9am. Passing out flyers all over Sierra Madre. Measure A must go down.

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    2. Done! A big thank you to all who helped!
      Who's doing a sign wave at Kersting on Tuesday?

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    3. That was fun. I got to talk to a some people who were shocked that Measure A was even on the ballot. I told them to call all of their friends and most said they would.

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    4. I worked against Measure A today, too.

      Once people heard that Sierra Madre doesn't get a District Board member until 2015, 100% told me they'd vote NO!

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  4. Q) What is the difference between a Democratic Socialist and a National Socialist?

    A) One has a beard, the other a mustache.

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  5. Actually, Honowitz is termed out in 2013. He shares the same sub-geographic district as Elizabeth Pomeroy, who also terms out in 2013. They will have to run against each other in 2013. Selinske terms out in 2015, and currently shares a sub-geographic district with Renatta Cooper. They will have to run against each other in 2015.

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    1. Fixed the article. Thanks. My road to perfection is filled with pot holes.

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  6. I got a no on measure A postcard yesterday. Very funny and pointed with the four clown faces. The point that was made that hit hard was the take over by four votes and that the voters only have access to one representative. This is just awful!

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    1. Measure A is the most undemocratic thing to come our way in years. They want to take away our control.

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    2. Dirty politics. Play the numbers. Promise something to some, and stick it to others.

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    3. Just what has Sierra Madre controlled in PUSD in the past? Please, let us know!

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    4. The irony is the PUSD is run by a bunch of old white guys who say they set up Measure A to help minorities get representation.

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  7. Those flyers in Sierra Madre, what about the other SIX areas?

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    1. Saddle your pony and ride, pilgrim.

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  8. They must have changed their name from National Socialists to "Democratic"
    the National Socialists was the group in Germany before WW2, the NASI's.
    The political tactics are along the same lines, to Balkanize the electorate.

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  9. "A" will pit group against group. This very unhealthy.

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  10. we are blessed with politicians who were not born, the were hatched, Measure A must be a blood relative of Prop 218. Someone must have access to the lab that created Frankenstein. Lucky us!

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  11. Get NO on A mailer came yesterday.

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  12. Just time traveled to Bill Coburn's Chamber of Commerce pseudo community news site. If any of you doubted Bill's ability to present an unbiased approach to Sierra Madre's events he "covers", take a look at the VFW Memorial Day photos and look for shots of the day's Keynote Speaker, former Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray. Yes, there are two: 1) her nose appears peering out of bushes; and 2) as recognizable only by one of her infamous sweaters. Bill was dilligent in NOT portraying her in the high regard in which the VFW holds her. What a d***.

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    1. Yeah, what is it with the sweaters anyway?

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    2. Bill is a bit of an enigma. Usually when somebody does the kinds of things he does they get something out of it. Bill, on the other hand, is poor as a church mouse and gets paid in crumbs.

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  13. Makes you wonder what kind of childhood Peter Dreier had emotionally, educationally and socially.

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  14. Is 'radical' a bad word now too?

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    1. There are radicals on both sides of the political spectrum. And apparently both play the race card.

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  15. Here's a Harrington quote from wiki:

    "The Democratic Socialists envision a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning...and racial equality."

    Very difficult to argue against that. And even more difficult to argue that such beliefs created the dismal economic environment of today. Perhaps I'm naive, but methinks the plutocrats got us here.

    (Please don't infer from this post that I support Measure A.)

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    1. All pols proclaim that if you follow their beliefs a bright new day will Dawn. You can hardly expect them to say otherwise.

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    2. It always comes down to the same problem:
      "popular control of resources and production"
      Control as determined by whom?
      It's the whom that makes everything go bad.
      Until the species evolves from competition into cooperation, in maybe a couple of hundreds of thousands of years, the Utopian political systems are just easy prey.

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    3. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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  16. I am a big fan of education, but also recognize that people who spend their lives in the rarefied air of a college campus tend to be unrealistic.

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    1. Dreier probably thinks he is saving the world from something.

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    2. The privileged professors of the world could very well have excellent ideas, brilliant solutions to all the ills of society, global visions of harmony - good for them. They have a place in culture, as the dreamers.

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    3. Not in this case, though.

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  17. One only look at the Pomona Unified School District for examples of how this type of district representation fails. Polarized neighborhoods, ethnic groups pitted against each other for control, limited resources (code for funds) for some district while others enjoy nothing but the best. In a nutshell, it is a mess.

    This is not a proposal for improving the schools or the leadership running the district....it is a proposal by a quasi political group of individuals (such as drier) who hope to use the system for their pet projects.

    This one should be easy, vote no.

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  18. The "A" stands for Absolutely not. For a Sierra Madrean to vote for this would be an act of self loathing.

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  19. Got another reason to vote "No" on A. Susie Henderson and her MVNEWS just said to vote yes.

    She endorsed Orswell for Congress, too. So I'll vote for Duran.

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    1. Who are the Democratic Socialists running this year?

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    2. Saddam Hussein.

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    3. We call Orswell (orshole). He's a fake, don't vote for him.
      If you're in the Rep primary, vote for Bud Duran. He's an honest guy, not really supported by any of the establishment, so that's a good thing.

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    4. I thought that in this primary you can vote for anyone, Dem or Rep. Just not for President.

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