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Back to today's original post.
Measure A, which will now limit your right to vote for or against Pasadena Board of Education representatives to one single sub-district seat (from the seven at-large seats you had some say about previously), was voted into existence by a 54.7% to 46.9% margin. The overall turnout numbers were equally sad as well. Out of a potential voter turnout of 113,142 voters, a mere 22,384, or roughly 1 out of every five voters, even bothered to show up.
What this means is Sierra Madre will not have a representative of its own on the PUSD Board of Education until the year 2015. With 4 other sub-districts, however, having their own representation in 2013, a full two years earlier than us. Parents of public school kids who were upset over the Measure TT bond money bait and switch rip-off announced by the Board of Education recently, will wake up this morning to the happy news that in addition to the Middle School not being built as was once promised, they now won't even have a vote on the matter. Nobody on the Board of Education will have the least reason to listen to them.
And you wondered how things could get any worse. When it comes to bad news, you certainly never can underestimate the Pasadena Unified School District.
Of course, this wasn't completely all about what schools are going to get the lion's share of the Measure TT money, or who will be allowed to control it. There is also the power that goes along with so much taxpayer cash as well, something that might very well have been on the minds of the people who drew up these sub-districts. Or at least that is the opinion of a commenter who shared the following observations on this site yesterday:
The fact is the commission that drew up the maps and decided which sub-districts would get elected first was made up of failed Board of Education and Pasadena City Council candidates.
Their names are: Ken Chawkins, who lives in West Pasadena. He failed in his run for school board and so drew a District for himself and designated it as open in 2013.
Roberta Martinez, who lives in Northwest. She failed in her run for school board and so drew a District for herself and designated it as open in 2013.
Khatchik Chanhinian, who lives in North East Pasadena. He failed in his run for Pasadena City Council.
This is the true reason why the Districts were drawn the way they were and why Sierra Madre has to wait until 2015 ... because the Sub-District Commission members designated the seats they intend to run in up front in 2013.
Mark my words. These three Commission members will all pull papers to run for school board in 5 months to run in the sub-districts they created for themselves and made sure were available in 2013.
If this is true, then Ken Chawkins, the Chairman of the PUSD Redistricting Committee (and an Edison employee, by coincidence), is apparently ready to hit the ground running. He is already on file as a Board of Education candidate with the California Secretary of State (click here).
It will be interesting to see how the Sierra Madre vote came in on Measure A.
The results for the 41st Assembly District seat are fairly intriguing. It is worth noting that Michael Cacciotti, who boasted of his endorsements from Josh Moran, Nancy Walsh and John Harabedian at a Kiwanis Club "meet the candidates" function last month, nearly came in last. Or almost DFL as the kids at work like to say. Victoria Rusnak, who was DFL despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars in her own money spent on political postcards informing us that she is not a politician (which in hindsight is apparently the case), can now return to what she does best, selling Maybachs to Pasadena's career leisured classes.
And you certainly couldn't possibly find a greater contrast in ideological positions than in those of the two winners, Donna Lowe and Chris Holden. Of course, Holden will have to deal with some of the revelations left to us by non-politician Victoria Rusnak. I am currently looking at a flyer she funded recently stating that Holden "had multiple tax liens filed against him by the state for thousands in unpaid taxes." Where I come from that is considered to be a bad thing.
For those of us who are concerned with slow growth and local autonomy, particularly on the issue of individual city control over development, the choice is fairly clear. Chris Holden supports SB 375, the state central planning law that is exerting considerable pressure upon places like Sierra Madre to build 'transit village' style high density development downtown. Despite the obvious wishes of those of us who actually live here. Donna Lowe opposes SB 375.
Holden also supports the completion of the 710 tunnel under South Pasadena, a public health debacle that will dump massive amounts of carcinogenic 710 corridor truck and auto freeway traffic onto the 210. Something that will also create some truly world class traffic problems for the San Gabriel Valley. Lowe is opposed to any tunnel and surface routes connecting the 710 with the 210, no matter where Caltrans wants to build them.
As the adage says, in the end all politics is local. This race will certainly be a fine example of that.
Top 5 Losers on Election Night (click here)