Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sierra Madre Residents Tony and Mary Brandenburg Call for the Censure of Pasadena Board of Education Vice President Ed Honowitz

(Mod: I have always admired anyone who takes on the entrenched political powers that be, especially when the odds are so firmly stacked against them. Tony and Mary Brandenburg have a bone to pick with the PUSD. A very serious one that involves their autistic son. They have been relentless in their pursuit of his rights, have attended countless PUSD meetings, and have won many adherents along the way. The Brandenburgs have also done an awful lot of research as well, in particular regarding one Ed Honowitz. And based on what they have found are now raising some very interesting questions. Here is their story.)

On August 28, 2012, Mary Diliberti-Brandenburg and myself approached the Pasadena Board of Education and requested a censure of Board Vice President Ed Honowitz. Our complaint against Mr. Ed (click here) simply states that he violated numerous Board Policies, Board Protocols, and my child’s civil rights under FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act). The item was agendized and televised via the Internet at PUSD’s website, under Item Q, and was also filmed by supporters of my family (click here). It received coverage in the LA Weekly (click here) and has resulted in a number of friends offering to help us prepare more formalized complaints and protests.

I met up with the always smug, if not uninspiring, Ed Honowitz at a Facilities Subcommittee meeting a few days later, on September 4, 2012. Honowitz was as cocky and evasive as usual regarding the trauma he has inflicted upon my family. And he showed his usual flippant arrogance, which included scoffing and snorting, eye rolling, and a “What, me worry?” attitude. And why the hell should he worry? He talks about the kind of stuff that gets people excited, and if a few people get smashed in the process, who cares? I sat there, with my son a few feet away from him, and he laughed at me for daring to challenge his inconsistencies and lies. That is the compassion he has.

Let’s examine our dear Mr. Ed (click here). According to his PUSD bio (click here), our Mr. Ed (click here) “....served two terms as National President of the Advertising Photographers of America, a trade organization whose primary goal is to educate members about issues of copyright protection, business practices and intellectual property rights. He has been a speaker and moderator ... discussing issues of digital copyright protection and electronic imaging.”

That is certainly more impressive than his now somewhat dated webpage (click here) which gives no indication of legalese such as intellectual property rights and digital copyright . So- why is it that a photographer is in such a position of prestige and power, and has been in that role for three terms- totaling some 12 years? No offense to photographers, but I have met very few that can eke out a living doing that exclusively. What’s the skinny, Ed?

So, my X-Files trained inquisitive mind asks, who is Mrs. Honowitz? She seems rather elusive - golly, at first glance she doesn’t even warrant a name - she is simply his wife ... “Ed and his wife were founding members of the Community Coalition” and “Honowitz’s wife ... used to work for Planned Parenthood ....” (click here) and blah, blah, blah. She is almost as elusive as the Mona Lisa’s smile.

But Ms. Honowitz has a name - Ellen Pais - and contrary to the biographies that are out there that imply Ms. Pais (Honowitz) came out of thin air around 2006 (“Ellen Pais as President and CEO, effective January 15, 2012. Ms. Pais previously served as the Senior Director of Los Angeles Education Partnership’s President (click here) says the LAEP bio, but what about before that?

Well, as far as I can tell, after some digging ... she was an Assistant Deputy Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. That is information that I find ... well, intriguing, especially now that her license is not current (click here). Well, gee, if I earned a law degree, I would keep it current. I wonder why Mrs. Honowitz doesn’t want a current license. Would it imply a conflict of interest somewhere down the line, or work against her in some future dealings? I don’t know. I am not a bright guy, just a curious one.

So, what does it all mean? Damned if I know. What I do know is that Mr. Ed (click here) is trying to push through a construction company deal, a plan for affordable housing on PUSD land (Muir High School, I believe), and this stuff is going down right NOW. He has a big idea for community education, and if you sniff enough you will probably find it leading right back to his own “community education” back porch. Maybe Pasadena Weekly writer Mary Dee Romney’s inquiries (click here) weren’t all that far off target?

Where I come from that’s called nepotism, but favors are favors, and everyone in this town seems to owe and collect, except dumbass me. Just the same, I have tons of questions for Mr. Ed, none of which will be answered ... but at the top of the heap, just the same ...

Why did you, the husband of a former Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles (click here), meet with the husband of, and possibly with a current City Attorney for Los Angeles, and discuss MY son? Why is it that less than three months after said meetings I was served with a due process complaint that tried to force my son into a non-public setting?

What was discussed at that meeting? Did you talk about intellectual property? Community learning and supports? Land laws? Who else participated in the meeting? District staff? Construction companies? Where is the petition? Why have you hidden so many documents from my family? Why didn’t those documents go to the Office of Civil Rights?

Who are you covering for? Who is covering for you?

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com .... Photo credit Chryss O'Raidy

163 comments:

  1. that is supposed to be husband of a former......., but i kinda think honowitz might be the wife in that house, so no worries

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  2. also clarification- the mary dee romney queries are part of an article by andre coleman and all of that was part of a messy little ongoing problem regarding self-serving proposals and our pal honoweasel........

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    1. Anyone interested in learning the long-term agenda planned for the PUSD by the "team" of Ed Honowtiz and Ellen Pais (aka, Mrs. Honowitz) might want to travel up to San Francisco for the weekend of November 29-December 1, specifically to San Francisco's Moscone West, 800 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94013.

      During this time of budgetary constraints for school districts across the state, Mr. and Mrs. Honowitz are flying to the California School Boards Association (CSBA) "Education Conference and TRADE SHOW" to present workshops.

      http://aec.csba.org/

      The workshop where Mr. Honowitz and Ms. Pais are conspicuously absent, "Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls and Conflicts of Interest," would be of immense help in correcting this couple's corruptive self-dealing in gaming the K-12 system/PUSD, as seen in their mutually supportive participation in the below workshops.

      ED'S (busy) SCHEDULE:

      Friday, November 30
      8:30 am
      "Rethinking Secondary Education"

      9:45 am
      "Braided Resources: Creative Strategies for Financing Full Service Community Schools in Tough Fiscal Times" (according to the
      workshop summary - "using other people's money")

      10:00 am
      "Serving Students, Pleasing the Public"

      4:00 pm
      "Authentic Public Involvement"

      Saturday, December 1
      8:30 am
      "Serving Students, Pleasing the Public" (second round)

      ELLEN'S SCHEDULE:

      Friday, November 30
      8:30 am
      "Making Your School a Community School"

      Saturday, December 1
      8:30 am
      "Full Service Community Schools: Tools and Strategies for Your District"

      NOTE: Ellen Pais is the PAID CEO of the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) specializing in the promotion of "Full Service Community Schools" - tied in nicely with Ed's job of accessing "other people's money" to make it happen . . .

      At Tuesday's (9/4/12) facilities committee meeting Ed managed to push the concept of "Full Service Community Schools" up to the Board of Education agenda by filibustering the entire room, stridently reading ad nauseam from a paper-copy power point, apparently supplied by his wife.

      COMMENT:

      Ed Honowtiz was elected to the PUSD Board of Education in April of 2001.

      Ed Honowitz is the one, single constant presence to continuously preside over this past decade's loss of enrollment by the PUSD.

      data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest

      TOTAL ENROLLMENT, PUSD
      2001-02
      23,447

      2011-12
      19,802

      Maybe local families are tired of exposing their children to all the gaming associated with the leftie-elitist drivel posed by Mr. and Mrs. Honowitz?

      The bottom line now is crystal clear: as a PUSD Board "Trustee," Ed's the guy with access to "other people's money" and Ellen's the gal doing the "creative braiding."

      The "trust" is broken. It's time for Mr. and Mrs. Honowitz to go.

      Mary Dee Romney




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    2. Hear, hear Mary Dee!!!

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  3. Why is the PUSD building low income housing projects?

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    1. Why does Bart Doyle involve himself so deeply in PUSD matters? There has to be a connection.

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    2. And what is Bart Doyle's connection with the Honowitz/Dreier machine??

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    3. @6:53 and who benefits from the low income housing development? Word is that Honowitz has some buddies that are developers....

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    4. Dreier posts on the Patch under the name of PUSD Dad. You'll probably get a chance to ask him today.

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    5. PUSD Dad is Dreier? Makes sense then why the guy's been cyber-stalking the Brandenburgs trying to discredit their story.

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    6. Hey pusddad, what's your relationship with Peter Dreier? Why so busy in the Brandenburg business?

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    7. I'd like to know why Honowitz is pushing the community schools project so hard. What's the kick back?

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    8. Well I'd like to know what favors Honowitz is doing for Chris Holden. Word is that Measure A carved out a nice city council seat for Ed.

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    9. good question, why is this a concern of pusd? is facilities doing this on COMPANY time?

      well, housing bumps up the enrollment of the only people who can't afford to go to private schools....... ? oops, did i say that?

      also- draw a line to community education programs. connect the dots.

      honowitz may be a BORED member now, but you better believe he has his eye on a different kind of SEAT- hint hint, nudge, nudge. I am not holdin' back.....

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    10. They are all intertwined like worms in a can.

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    11. The PUSD crowd are there for the hundreds of millions of dollars in bond money. The kids and their parents are the hostages. It makes perfect sense that Honeybun would be in on a housing scheme.

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    12. @7:21 Honeybun? Too funny!

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  4. @Tony- are you saying that there was some high powered pressure influencing your son's education at Sierra Madre Elementary?

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    1. City attorney pals comisserating to oust a kid from school? No wonder Ed's mum. How would that look on his campaign bio? Speak up Ed, the blathering doesn't make any sense. If you did no wrong to the kid, tell the family what you guys did at the meeting about THEIR child!!!

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  5. If you peel back the rotten onion that is the vast majority of the PUSD Board, you find: More rotten onion.

    G*d help Sierra Madre.

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  6. i am saying that there are some high power people protecting honowitz's folly. someone provides him legal advice. hmmmmm....... well.

    he insisted on that meeting in January 2011, against the advice of three senior administrators and he hosted it anyway. according to an email from the wife of a city attorney the meeting needed to be in a room large enough to host a large group. the letters and complaints against my child were from a nurse, a cop, a person from universal (so stated the signature page) a couple of teachers, and quite possibly pusd staff.

    were land developers involved? who knows. honowitz wont disclose WHO was THERE. There is NO RECORD of the meeting because they tried to COVER IT UP. i stand by my belief that honowitz is a liar who hides documents. if he did it in the case of a child- one whom he is supposed to serve, then he would- and i can infer- DOES- hide them in regards to business dealings. does a leopard change its spots? maybe, but it takes alot of hair dye, doesn't it?

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    1. @Tony B.- I've done some reading. How can PUSD officials deny information to a public meeting held in their own district building, discussing your child- without you there? Did the invitation get "lost in the mail"?
      IF Honowitz did nothing wrong in holding this meeting, why all the secrecy? And what does former Sup Diaz have to say about all of this?

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  7. pusddad, pusdpapa, and pusdpop are alle the same guy. we outed him in 2010 on a weekly thread. troll weasel.

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  8. Housing developement @ muir property? No wonder they have no money to complete rehab of old sierra mesa campus! Appears Doyle had reason for Sierra Madre to have no voice in board till after this all went down! Keys to fix our city,
    1. Bypass dancing nancy as mayor (we can't afford j moron the second)
    2. dump Doyle as rep for school liasion or any other postion.
    3. Get out of scag
    4. Bring county Fire and Sheriff in
    5. Replace C & L as legal consel in town

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    1. Exactly. Here is my question: Is any Measure TT money being used on this housing project? If so, then we have a big problem.

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    2. In support of all your suggestions!

      1. YES
      2. YES
      3. YES
      4. YES
      5. YES

      We are run by criminal organizations.
      Good luck Tony B and family.
      Parents of Sierra Madre school children. Stand up and help this man, Tony and his family fight these criminals.

      I don't have children in Sierra Madre schools, but I have an autistic nephew, fortunately, not in the Sierra Madre school system.
      Please, decent people out there....help Tony fight this.




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    3. Great list 8:22.

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  9. I'm having trouble following the connections - do Honowitz and/or his wife have some financial interest in the development of low income housing on city owned land? Is that what is going on?

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    1. My guess is the usual suspects on the PUSD Board are enabling this. Just like 2004 City Council enabled the DSP here. I guess they just get a charge out of being near to other peoples' money.

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    2. At the recent PUSD Facilities subcommittee meeting Mr. Ed tried to hide who the developer is, and the connection to Chris Holden......

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    3. @ 8:45 "do Honowitz and/or his wife have some financial interest in the development of low income housing on city owned land? Is that what is going on?" Great question, I'd like to know the answer to that one.

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    4. I'm having a lot of difficulty connecting Ed Honowitz, a low income housing project on city owned land, the PUSD and an autistic youngster. The child and his family should be the focus! All the rest is business as usual as far as I'm concerned.

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    5. @9:22- You're not getting it. The business as usual "stuff" steamrolled this kid and his family! Looks like the problem is that the family stood back up afterwards and are calling them on it. Good for them.

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  10. Why is Honowitz allowed to break all the rules year after year? Why is the PUSD Board of Ed majority in his back pocket? Why isn't the Board of Mr. Ed looking out for the students of PUSD, including this child who was wronged by Honowitz's self serving political aspirations? Why is he immune to a well earned censure- that he can throw it in the family's face prior to the Board vote?

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  11. The story of the Brandenburg's young son's education at the hands of PUSD is hearbreaking. I've read many of the posts by his parents on the Patch and the responses by those claiming to have an interest in the situation. Literally, it makes me ill. The vitriol and hate spewed on both sides makes it hard to remember they're talking about a very young child who is guaranteed an education by the law and is a citizen by virtue of the Constitution and is entitled to all the rights contained therein. That all of this happening in Sierra Madre at the hands of the Pasadena Board of Education is unfathomable. Where is the humanity in all of this?

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    1. @9:04-I too have been doing some reading. The Brandenburgs have been the focus of some local cyber bullies, BESIDES having to deal with their boy being bullied by adults. Any vitriol on their part to anonymous harassing posters is well earned IMHO.
      I also wouldn't blame this on the entire BOE. Remember, the PUSD BOE is really Mr. Ed's.

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      Decency and humanity took a hit in Sierra Madre when Bart Doyle showed up here and took control of a very bad group of people doing some very bad things.
      This is what has happened.

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  12. And where were all the Sierra Madre school staff when all this garbage was going down? Honowitz couldn't have done it alone.

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  13. I suggest that Bart Doyle is our duly appointed PUSD representative and an attorney. Does he not have a moral obligation to file suit against PUSD and Sierra Madre on behalf of the Brandenburg family to right the wrongs done to their son and all autistic children in the district?

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    1. Great suggestion 9:31! Besides the morality non issue, is that part of Doyle's job specs?

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    2. Maybe not, 9:40 am, but it'd be a giant leap toward rehabilitating his image in this town. I'd be impressed and I don't even like Bart Doyle (and yes, I do know him and his family personally).

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    3. Well, 9:45, why don't you suggest it to Doyle and see if he's interested in fixing his public image? Methinks he may be too enmeshed with Honowitz/PUSD to do so though....

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  14. Measure A did not carve anything out for Ed. Rumor has it he is on to bigger and better things. I doubt he will run for school board again. By the way, Pasadena City Council elections are in March, 2013.

    And I am so glad that everyone is chiming in on the PUSD issues. It's time to clean house and get some new board members who are more interested in education, instead of development projects and social justice programs that brainwash our children to hate America.

    4 seats are up for election in March, 2013. Filing period begins right after the General Election. Just because Sierra Madre's seat isn't up for election until 2015, doesn't mean that you shouldn't be involved in making sure that we have good candidates who don't have an unsavory agenda. Remember - good board members can vote for us, even though we can't vote for them.

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    1. 9:32- Do explain why Ed was so pro measure A? From everything I've seen, whenever he's gung-ho on anything it's for something that will line his pockets.

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    2. I think we all owe the PUSD a debt of real gratitude for rigging the system and denying us representation until the year 2015. And we also owe some special thanks to Bart Doyle and Cut & Run Joe for sitting quietly by while we were politically raped in this way.

      "Good board members can vote for us, even though we can't vote for them." Ain't we the luckiest ducks in California?

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    3. 9:48, please be patient. Bart Doyle says you can vote for Sierra madre's PUSD Board Member in 2015.

      Come to think of it, you'r right. How more lucky can we be?

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  15. For those interested, the Facilities Subcommittee/Capital Projects meetings are where all of the TT bond money is discussed, and issues such has the PUSD becoming a "workforce housing" developer takes place. Of course, finding an agenda on the PUSD website is like "Where's Waldo." And the agenda reports are not available for the public - seriously! They say it's because they are "drafts" when they are at the committee level, and can't be seen by the public until the PUSD board meeting.

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    1. you should care, and you should pay attention. you will regret the decisions being made for you on your behalf.

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  16. I heard the child in question was violent and endangered the other special needs kids, their aides and the teachers. That does happen sometimes, and it requires a different environment than a public special education department can provide.

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    1. Do tell 9:42, if the child was in a regular classroom, how was he endangering other special needs kids?
      And a young child was able to endanger a whole staff of adults? Come on! Public education is supposed to provide for ALL students, given the proper supports, which PUSD is known for denying. Ever check the number of due process settlements the Board passes each session?

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    2. @9:42 Well I heard through the grapevine that the biggest supporters of the whole debacle were a couple of Sierra Madre PTA board hens, one who happens to be married to the powerful city attorney. Maybe the environment PUSD supplied to the child was noxious and harmed him?

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    3. my son sat at the finance subcommittee meeting, and numerous special education subcommittee meetings and board meetings. He would be the child that looks like his father, the man in front calling BS on the liars. The videos are ALL online and available for your viewing.

      What you HEARD and what you are trying to PROMOTE are the same RUMORS and LIES that the same liars and bigots tried to run past the district and community already.

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  17. So the voters were really brilliant when they turned hundreds of millions of dollars in Measure Y and Measure TT money over to these guys. You know?

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  18. You know I read this story, then went researching, my first thought is that I truly believe that autistic children are savants in areas that normal people could not dream of.

    I enjoy lifting rocks, exposing political cockroaches to the light of day. Mr. Honowitz may be involved in the acts being implied above. But he is not responsible for the situation involving your child. I read several stories and hundreds of comments. The story title from the Patch listed below and it's 600 some odd comments gave a more neutral arena of observations. I suggest other Tattler readers use the title to search it them selves and read.

    Autistic Student Makes Bittersweet Return to Sierra Madre Elementary, September 15, 2011.

    Your son is violent, I know you love him, but what you are doing is not right. You had an offer for a special school to really help him learn to cope, you refused it. You think you are fighting for right, you aren't. You yourself are exhibiting obsessive compulsive behavior, it is in your comments, your irrational without evidence accusations.

    I am going to tell you straight, get him into the school where people specialize and can help him defuse and find his right way to deal. My guts are screaming that if you do not, he will kill someone or a normal kid will ruin his life by killing your son whether by bullying or in self defense. Either way, your son will lose, you will lose. If your fight is for your son, then drop the vendetta, do what is truly right. Stop hurting other people and students, help your son.

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    1. @9:53- You haven't done enough reading if you dare to say they don't have evidence. Are you a Honowitz buddy?That's the problem for PUSD, they have the evidence right out of PUSD's own files. That's also the problem for Honowitz. Maybe the Brandenburgs should start showing the evidence since their detractors are begging for it.
      That's what my guts are screaming for.......maybe by showing the ugliness of the political influences, and how they treated this child like a second class citizen- maybe then this child will have a chance at a good education in a public school.

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    2. 600 Patch comments, most of them written by the same three idiots using a series of different identities. Some of them very cruel. It was ugly and I was astonished Patch allowed it to happen.

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    3. my vendetta is to hold every one of the liars, snakes, and sneaks ACCOUNTABLE. I WILL NOT STOP UNTIL THEN. words from HONOPIZZLE to MY CHILD would solve it all, and they are, I AM SORRY

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    4. 9:53 so much for your sleuthing. The family has brought this so called "violent" child into public meetings where cameras are rollings. Sounds like you're worried this kid might be placed at the primo PUSD school, SME.

      Besides a sleuth, you're diagnosing Mr. Brandenburg? Great tactic that PUSD legal teams has used time and time again for those problem parents: Make like they're crazy, no one will believe what they say, even with all the evidence stacked in their favor.

      Sounds like you're trying to absolve Honowitz by throwing obvious PUSD violations back on the child and family. Nice try.

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    5. thank you 12.41- i am used to this kind of poster. they are cheap as thunderbird and m-train. they always have advice for me, the solution to a question never asked- they analyze me out of fear; they are the first to solve my problems for me, the last to ask me what i need. all too common- "you need to DO THIS" but never, "what do you need?"

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  19. 600 comments, most of them written by the same three mean people using a series of different identities. It is probably some of the cruelest stuff I have ever read.

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    1. 10:04, Don't know about 3 people, but there were a few that stood out in their cruelty- Edugreat, Pusddad, Joanne Louisa and Missy.

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    2. All Patch cares about is it's traffic numbers. They lose tons of money for Aol, and they need the drivers to sell ads. They don't care a lick about the damage being done.

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  20. These folks are paid by taxpayers to see to the needs of young children at Sierra Madre School including the Brandenburg boy: School Psychologist Jacqueline Marvel, Inclusion Specialists Kathryn Wolford, Kathy Martin and Robin Artin, Resource Specialist Teacher Ashe Macy, SDC Teacher Melanie Kobayashi and Speech and Language Specialist Dianne Holly for their dedication and untiring commitment to our students with special needs and their families.

    Where were they during the entire time?

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    1. The people you list here 10:23 are the combat soldiers of public education.
      They are the most committed and most hard working people of any school system.

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    2. @11:36 so where were the "combat soldiers of public education" when this kid's human rights were being slaughtered? In the staff lounge fueling the gossip maybe?

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    3. Anybody got the facts on what the child did?

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    4. 12:39, I don't think this controversy has got anything to do with facts.

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    5. @1:33- you're absolutely right. Sounds more like some powerful people got caught in the act and blamed it on the easiest target- an autistic kid.

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    6. Someone broke into Ms. Holly's files and took an incident form that was never supposed to be been out. Who? Why? We will never know because the school was crawling with parent volunteers and god knows who else. In fact, it was because we made noise about this that these things happened- 1) parents are required to sign in 2)Parents no longer supposed to test nor take data on students 3) All parent volunteers are supposed to be under the direct supervision of teachers. Of course, I have seen at least two of these violated since they were supposedly put "into effect"

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    7. 12:39. I almost laughed at your statement because it is so sadly true, and false. all of this started out of a rumor mill, but the facts are clear. Honowitz did the things we say he did, we have a paper trail that backs up what we say. he will laugh and say, i did nothing wrong- or more tellingly- you have nothing on me- but i have a few things, and time will tell about the rest. we have been spot on regarding most of the stuff; and you'll notice that our detractors- who have been consistent over the two years- are narrowed to two people. edugreat/lou.educe, and pus.dad why? when everyone else has walked away- why have these two stayed on it? what possible reason could they have? one is personal- a person who is a busybody, and the other is political. on the other hand- honowitz? i mean why not disclose his wife was a deputy city attorney? unless that knowledge would complicate the meeting he had with another city attorney about my kid.... messy. and the rest, the part not related to my kid? you'll see soon enough when that contract goes through and he collects his friendship fee- whatever that may be. when you show him where he mislead y'all the paperwork that supports your claim? that will stay locked in public record request limbo until you forget what the issue was, or until it's too late to touch him. FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE.

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  21. For the anonymous poster who said he read else and called this childon violent: What a thing to say and a horrble judgment call on someone they've supposedly never seen. Before I finished it, I had a gut feeling it's one of the Brandenberg's opponents trying to come off a neutral and caring person. Well played - NOT. It only serves to show the levels the other "side" will go to. Despite Honowitz's outward demeanor of not being worried, I would say he's not so sure at this point.

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    1. Sherri, sorry to disappoint, I am a regular tattler reader and poster,
      no connections to any of the people you mentioned. My concern is the child and the well being of the other children. Someone mentioned the group of inclusion instructors etc. at Sierra Madre, asking where they were. I imagine they bent over backwards trying to help before this situation got to this point. I suggest the family let go of their egos and help the child, by allowing him to go to the special school, where he can be truly helped before this escalates into a child protective services matter.

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    2. I agree with you 11:14.
      Anybody with special education experience knows that there are kids who need more than regular public schools have got to offer.
      I don't know the child in question, but the issues seem to have exploded into a lot more than getting a kid the help he needs.
      Evaluation by a good educational psychologist would be invaluable in assisting the parents to the most constructive path.

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    3. 11:29- Who's to say whether or not the parents haven't already gotten a good evaluation? They both are educators with obvious knowledge in the field. Maybe "regular" public schools need to support all learners.

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    4. @11:14 my ego has little to do with the issue of a board member who intentionally withheld evidence during an investigation by a Federal Agency until the statute of limitation for appeal had expired. I am, unlike you, putting my name to my claims and opinions. What happened to MY child was due to some people on a a witch hunt, and at least a few on power trips. Of the numerous people involved, in the aftermath, there have been a couple of divorces, a couple trials alleging abuse of authority/excessive force, two retired, and three left the district so as to not be held accountable. Sounds like some of these people had bigger problems to solve, but targeted my family instead. This is, and always has been, about people afraid to stand up against the bullies who steamrolled a child for being disabled, and taking it out on the child because they didn't like, nor understand- the child's PARENTS.

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    5. There are students who cannot be helped by public schools.

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    6. From the Pasadena Weekly, first comment made by anyone on this situation: "the needs of the one outweigh those of the many." posted by pusd papa on 6/23/11 @ 08:28 a.m.

      that set the stage- this is about lots of people against one. don't kid yourselves on that. Honowitz saw an opportunity to kick us down some more and be the hero of lots of Sierra Madre earth mommies and daddies(that means votes and MONEY, folks.

      It seemed like a great opportunity- except no one knew that neither my partner, nor I, would stand silently and walk away.

      The Brandenburgs were VERY noisy about the construction at Sierra Madre Upper. No one seems to recall the noise we made except the administrators, the PUSD building department, and the construction company (who are now gone) - but they figured out there was a way to SHUT US UP- and that was to go after our youngest child- the ONLY one left in a Sierra Madre school.

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    7. @12:38 "There are students who cannot be helped by public schools."

      Where do you suggest they go? Human rights are for everyone.

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    8. From the Pasadena Weekly story:

      I have seen TBees facebook postings on this and now alot more is clear to me about what is going on. This did not occur over 25 days. The boy had been in smes since pre-k, so he was in his fourth year at the school. His father described his son has having behavior problems and with accidents and play being misconstrued as acts of aggression due to sensory regulation. Parents volunteering to police the halls saw them, and documented them. The final straw was when he shut down an assembly in front of too many witnesses. Sounds like he was a well known for being prone to violence. Faced with this the district removed him, not out of ignorance or invidious discrimination, but because the boy constituted unreasonable risk to the safety of the other children. This is not a race, class or hiv thing. It is conduct related. At a certain point, societal protection must prevail no matter the underlying reason. Tony previously stated here that no child is unsuitable for a classroom setting. He has set the bar too low. The rights of the other students to a reasonably safe learning friendly environment should prevail.

      On the subject of bullying, it seems to be an overused term these days. I saw no facts where the kids were bullying your son as the article states. By your own admission, he was the misunderstood aggressor. Parents who have had enough for three years and rising up, is not bullying. However, it seems a soon as an opinion contrary to your cause was made, it was greeted by Mary and her minions with charges of ignorance, intolerance, nazism, klanism and pefism. You suggest I am someone other than I represent myself to be, a parent pusd kids who has no connection whatsoever to smes.

      posted by pusddad on 6/27/11 @ 06:18 p.m

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    9. @1:37- By all means, if you're going to quote pusddad, whoever he is, please get some of his winners:

      "If you don't like Sierra Madre and smes because it has too many white folks, move somewhere else. Don't lash out at the rest of the world because your children have social disorders." - pusddad

      "The inclusion model works for almost all the special needs kids." pusddad

      "The bottom line, however, is that at some point the collective rights of the other kids outweigh his rights. It looks like this boy failed his three year try out to be educated with the other kids. Maybe after some time, he'll be allowed to reintegrate." - pusddad

      "Common curteously at a minimum would dictate that his parents would do so. There is a difference between a high functioning autistic child and one who simply is not suitable for a regular classroom setting." - pusddad

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    10. pusddad=Peter Dreier?

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    11. pusddad=sensible.

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    12. pus dad = cyberstalker

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    13. Pusddad= bigot

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  22. Ed is pro-Measure A because he is a social justice wonk. The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights (reportedly a Soros backed group) threatened to sue the PUSD if they did not go to sub-geographic district elections. This supposedly will allow minorities to capture more seats because they have a smaller district to win. When elections were at-large, it was difficult to reach all constituents in the PUSD, let alone raise enough money to do so.

    Peter Dreir, ACT, and PEF are amongst the biggest culprits in training up progressive candidates to run for the school board. And they are all beholden to the unions.

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    1. Dreier is a former(?) bigshot of the US Socialist Party. Google Peter Dreier and Socialist. I guess denying Sierra Madre a Board rep until 2015 is progressive. Us being the enemies of the people and all.

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    2. Haven't you heard? Social equity is just another term for sticking it to Sierra Madre.

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  23. Anonymous, sorry back to you because I had your number when you said their son is violent while playing an unknowing outsider looking in.

    Is that warning of possible child protection involvement intended to be a thinly veiled threat? How classless but not surprising. Yes, I'd definitely say Honowitz is concerned. The lower and more desperate the comments, threats and actions by all of you, the more this is revealed.

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    1. Anonymous September 6, 2012 11:14 AM
      "I suggest the family let go of their egos and help the child, by allowing him to go to the special school, where he can be truly helped before this escalates into a child protective services matter."

      Hi Sherri, yeah, I caught that too. They have threatened us like that from day one. They will stop at nothing. All we would have to show social services are the threads. what a sad commentary on the sierra madre community this all is...... and there are some that say john crawford (the moderator here) is hateful. follow any thread that has the brandenburgs involved, and you'll see who the hateful people are.

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    2. I read that line too, but don't see it as a threat. Sounded like somebody with experience. Just keep the focus on getting the child the best education you can. If Sierra Madre doesn't have teachers up to the challenge, so be it, and go find someone who can teach the child.

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    3. i am the one with experience, not someone who 'sounds' like i do....... and i have experience with lots of vicious, nasty people who use very subtle language to veil their threats. who is going to call cps on whom? on behalf of whom? before this escalates? are you kidding? escalation is all this does. there is only one way to read 11:14- "do it this way, or else you are asking for a world of pain."

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  24. @12:38. I don't agree, I think most children can be better served through public education provided that the people paid to DO the job actually DO the job they are PAID for.

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  25. For all you posters criticizing these parents... i have to say you should do a little more research before popping off and making suggestions like see a "psychologist" or "let go of your ego"... or the real winner here... "Put the child in that special school where he can get the education he needs."

    None of these suggestions are based in reality... you haven't done your home work plain and simple... first of all... this child has seen the best there is as far as evaluations go... the reason these parents are fighting so hard for their child is because his home school IS where he belongs... and who would know better than two parents who expert special education instructors themselves? This child is officially classified as "gifted"... so wake the heck up! The special school the was suggested to this family by these vermin practices in treatment, including but not limited too, shock therapy. Would you honestly put YOUR child in that school? Get real!

    Tony Baloney

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    1. The diagnosis from an educational psychologist is "gifted"? There's probably a bit more.
      Families react in different ways in providing care for a special needs child.
      Frostig is a good source, and if money is a problem, there are programs that will provide that too.

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    2. nah, he took the same test the other kids in pusd took.

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    3. I'm sure PUSD would foot the bill for Frostig just to get the Brandenburgs out of their hair. They're dredging up too much dirt.

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    4. If there is any organization that stands to suffer from too much scrutiny, it is the PUSD.

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    5. That's why everyone should utilize what the Brandenburgs have done to obtain information- the Public Records Act request. Not sure how much PUSD legal counsel will chop out of the documents tho.

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  26. Kudos to the Brandenburgs for standing up to Goliath!

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    1. They are not the first family that has had to leave the district because of a "political enemies list". I remember the way Buchanan (&Doyle) used the SMS to eventually hound the Dunn's out.
      This seems to be an historical pattern.

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  27. Ed? Remember Spangler?

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    1. he does, he was there, too. i am guessing he and his wife were in middle schools in pusd........? @ 1:20 explain spangler for everyone else

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    2. http://openjurist.org/519/f2d/430/spangler-v-pasadena-city-board-of-education

      Spangler forced PUSD to desegregate in the MID 1970's.

      Sounds like Ed Honowitz supports segregation of the special education "encroachers".

      Also sounds like Ed doesn't believe in civil rights for "those" types of students. Ed is fully aware that non public schools are more cost effective than spending precious PUSD funds on fully including students in the general population, right Ed? And why not gather up a few votes in the process of it all?

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  28. I'd like to know what business city attorneys and cops have in meeting with school officials, on school property regarding a special needs child WITHOUT HIS PARENTS?

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    1. good question. same one we've asked.

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    2. Okay, so my daughter is threatened at Sierra Madre Middle School by a posse of girl bullies about 6 years ago. I notify the school that these girls are planning to jump my daughter, and even go so far as to personally call the principal and fax a note to let her know that they need to protect her the following day.

      The idiot principal FAILS to monitor the situation at break the next day, and the girls beat her up in the hallway. She defends herself while flat on the ground by kicking at the thugs.

      The following day, the principal suspends the thugs, and suspends my daughter as well because SHE FOUGHT BACK FROM THE GROUND! We proceeded to contact the SMPD because we were considering pressing charges against the PUSD and the kids who did this. We sit at a table with the police officer and the principal, and the police officer proceeds to tell me that they have no jursidiction when the student is on school property. Then, the idiot principal has the audacity to say, "It was your daughter's responsibility to place those girls on citizen's arrest." REALLY...a 12 year old child is responsible for protecting herself and for arresting other students????

      This is what you get in public school from idiots who don't want to take responsibility for not protecting the children. I find the Brandenburg situation to be par for the course.

      My kids went to private school after Sierra Madre Middle School. If this same situation had happened at their private school, the child would have been protected from the outset, and the bullies would have been expelled.

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    3. Thank you for this post, 6:42.

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    4. @6:42- you are obviously posting about Principal Rainbows and Sunshine. She allowed bullying to occur on two campuses and hoped that by ignoring it it would all go away. Good riddance to that fool.

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    5. yes, i thank you as well. your poor daughter. it is traumatic to be jumped like that, and even worse when the system does it a second time. peace to your family.

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    6. Thank you. It was traumatic. We enrolled her in Kenpo Karate immediately after that, and she became a highly awarded fighter. Needless to say, there are few girl bullies who would survive a fight with her now or ever.

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  29. I can't wait for another posting about the Sierra Madre Police Department. After what happened to me today, I also can't wait to replace them with another agency.

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    1. What happened?

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    2. i go on the record stating that over the 20 + years I have been here, that with a couple of exceptions(they do exist), that the SMPD has treated my family with dignity, respect, and fairness.

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    3. and to scaffold from that, the day I had a heart attack after leaving Sierra Madre School, and in the weeks that followed- NOT A SINGLE PERSON FROM SMES asked how I was- they were too busy railroading my kid- the ONLY PERSON WHO CHECKED IN ON ME TO SEE HOW I WAS HAPPENED TO BE A SIERRA MADRE POLICE OFFICER.

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    4. They're very expensive and don't do much outside of hand out traffic tickets all day.

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  30. bLESS THIS CHILD. Sorry 9:53am, no more special needs schools, forced medication or lock up facilities for anyone not meeting of your standards of being human; SHAME - SHAME - SHAME. No one in life should be excluded because "they" are different from "you". Have the parents been asked if their child would care to have a "one on one" ABA/Behavioral Specialist attend the class room with him? If not, the the school system has failed, not only the teacher, other classmates, but most of all this child. As for Honowitz and Doyle; sounds like they just use the PUSD to hide their own nasty activities with no thought to education, but only to build and invest in their own greed.

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    1. No more forced chemical and physical restraints, no more electro-shock, no more segregation...... and no more Honowitz.

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    2. No matter what kind of harm a child causes to those around him or her?
      You are OK with putting your children next to a child with a history of violence?

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    3. You're talking about a child who sat appropriately through one or more long, boring PUSD meeting with no disruption apparently not injuring a single adult during the entire time. Aren't you being a bit melodramatic - the both of you?

      We will not solve this problem in one day on the Tattler but it's reckless to talk s*** about a situation you know nothing about.

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    4. 548, if a child has challenging behavior that result in bursts of frustration, aren't their staff hired and trained to deal with it?

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    5. @5:48- you sound very familiar......to maybe mcpusddad, or mcdoucity attorney, or officer Mcthames, or Mcmillan....

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  31. exactly, 603. the child has sat through at least 20 meetings and there were no incidents. honowitz knows it. he knows he screwed up. the issue is honowitz, and how he has continued to hide things. if he had a backbone, he'd own his screw up, and apologize. but that might interfere with other ambitions, because a politician who accepts their mistakes is harder to find than a criminal who does.

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  32. Mr. Brandenburg, thank you for trusting the Tattler to tell your story. I've seen your name before and suspect that you've also posted anonymously because of the flow and poetry of your style. Welcome. Now, what can we do to help?

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    1. I an a horrible poker player and do not anonymously post except when I screw up the ID part. What do I want you to do? Say no to all taxes and all pleas for money fire schools. More money does not solve the problem- spending it wisely might. Don't trust honowitz and keep an eye on him. He is about honowitz, and his schemes are designed to promote his own interests and ambitions. Use the important info I located, and locate more. Most importantly, be excellent to each other. That lid that gets railroaded might be the spawn of a meaner son of a bitch than I am.

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    2. Although it's a tangent, less money is not going to make anything better. And at this point, its clearly going to make things worse. Although I understand the belief that incessantly cutting funding will somehow 'coerce' bureaucrats into behavior modification, I don't happen to agree. School districts have legal restrictions on behavior, and one of those is a balanced budget every year. More often than not the response to reduced funding is nothing more than reduced services, and worse, it is seen as what the community is demanding with their vote. What does change people is demanding answers, accountability and transparency.. like what tony and mary are (and more of us should be) doing, whatever our issue..

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  33. Is the plan to put a child into a school where he is not wanted? Does anybody really think that is a good idea?

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    1. Let me guess. You think we have club plan public schools?

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    2. You mean like Ruby Bridges? Isn't it YOUR job as Americans to stand up when someone tries to crush the civil rights of your sisters and brothers, or are you afraid to stand up for what is right and just? You tell me, 745.

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    3. @7:45- the plan should be to file restraining orders and civil lawsuits against the bastards that don't want him there. Now the public has been alerted to these BULLIES. Maybe THEY should GTFO! The world is watching you.

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    4. Dig this. 745 is trying to keep it in my kid, and off of honowitz. See the pattern yet?

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    5. There is a classless element around here who thinks attacking other people's children makes them morally superior. You can tell them by their green teeth and body odor.

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    6. that's not body odor 8:38, thats patchooli. did you see their gnarled toes peeking out from underneath their tye-died garb?

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    7. Right on Tony! Ruby Bridges and civil rights! We're looking at segregation of a group of citizens based on characteristics and there's people in the day and age that think it's THEIR right?
      Some schmuck Board of ED member and his cronies decide that THEY don't have to follow the rules? DISMANTLE THE MACHINE, IT'S BROKEN!

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  34. Mr. Brandenburg, can you tell me if you have legal representation for you and your son? As I read this post, I was struck by the overwhelming odds you and your son have faced in this ordeal and can tell you that at some point, you are going to need help.

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    1. hi gilman, well, yes, and no. we have representation for the education stuff as it is at this time, but there are lots of other things we expect we will need assistance with both past and future. the tattler has my email address, and if you're local i live in the bright purple house. i always love to share docs with lawyers and press..... it is what separates us from the liars and bullies............. :)

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    2. Tb, let me talk with someone who might be interested in helping....hard to ever know as lots of factors come into play, but this is something near to her heart so she might be interested. I know some of the players involved and feel for you.

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    3. My child needed special resources in PUSD over a decade ago due to learning disabilities, which then manifested in behavioral issues due to inadequate interventions by school staff. We were treated poorly initially. Teachers were not willing to adhere to the simple modifications and accommodations the specialists suggested. It was a lose/lose for everyone, especially my child.

      One letter from the powerful law firm of Valerie Vaneman was all it took. Apparently, uncooperative school districts shook in their boots when this champion of special needs children landed on their doorsteps. It was amazing how nice and cooperative everyone became after that.

      My child ended up being a top athlete, popular with the kids who made good choices, and a just above average student. She is now in college, and will probably own her own business some day.

      Thank you to her psychologist, her teachers that finally realized that a win-win was preferable to digging their feet in doing it their own way, and again, Valerie Vaneman's law firm for giving them the kick in the pants that they needed.

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    4. thank you for sharing. we know of the office of ms. vaneman and the great advocacy they do for children

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  35. found this 2006, connection between McKenna and Honowitz, McKenna Construction had the contract for curbs in El Monte, I was notified on a Thursday that curbs were going to be put in. while I had a crew to remove a fence there on the following Monday, on that Monday there were goons there that were ready to charge me 5 grand had I not arranged for my own labor. I had to have a worker literally fight with a spanish man, that had offered to remove the fence and huge bush for 1700.00 bucks, I got it done for 1200.00 but you could tell the fix was in since a friendly code officer had notified me on the Thursday, and the man was there when it took me only ten minutes to get to my other property to be informed about said curbs).. there is also McKenna Claremont, Mc Kenna sends up read flags for me. Copy and pasted excerpt here:

    "Dr. George McKenna, Assistant Superintendent of Operations,
    reviewed current enrollment data contained in a handout titled
    "Pasadena Unified School District Enrollment as of Tuesday
    Oct. 03, 2006 - Day 19" that was distributed by District staff.
    Brief discussion followed on trends in the enrollment data and
    The impacts of enrollment on the relationship between fixed
    costs and reduced revenues.
    Board Member Honowitz commented on the need for citywide
    efforts to provide affordable/workforce housing that might
    positively impact the enrollment situation"

    CITY OF PASADENA
    City Council Minutes
    October 3,2006 - 7:30 P.M.
    Pasadena Conference Center Rooms 103, 104, and 105
    300 E. Green Street
    SPECIAL JOINT MEETING
    That is the document title, it is late, will keep searching

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  36. honowitz is a real jacka--! and is pusdaddy!

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  37. The cast of characters Ed honowitz pus daddy and Louis /aka Mary macd !! Should all be accountable for hurting the brandenburgs boy!!! It's sooo disgusting !!! Louis organized hooded meetings in a park trying to figure out new ways of trying to get at the brandenburgs!!!

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  38. okay found this document:

    CITY OF PASADENA
    City Council Minutes
    October 3,2006 - 7:30 P.M.
    Pasadena Conference Center Rooms 103, 104, and 105
    300 E. Green Street
    SPECIAL JOINT

    Excerpt: nonowitz search

    Vice President Honowitz responded to questions regarding the
    Linda Vista School property, and discussed finding a balance
    between supporting the community schools concept Uoint use
    of a portion of the property as a park) and maximizing the
    District's need to generate revenue through its surplus
    properties (lease or sale of the property).
    2

    second nonowitz excerpt:

    Vice President Honowitz noted that the District and City are
    already engaged in a strategy of community schools in a
    significant way, and suggested the District leverage what is
    already being done with the City and other community
    organizations to realign and enhance the services that are
    currently being provided. He noted that Superintendent
    Gundry and the Director of Human Services will be making a
    site visit to Portland, Oregon to see how that City has
    implemented the community schools concept over the past 10
    years, and asked that a report on their findings and best
    practices be presented at some future date.


    Now who do we all know, has warm fuzzy feelings for Oregon? Doyle..

    There was a previous document citing a censure against Phelps for not appointing a supervisor, the next document had Gundry being appointed as supervisor, now why would Pasadena care about going to Portland Oregon?? Doyle of course..

    Director of Human Services Pasadena search
    Mercy Santaro, same page one entry below, Claremont Santaro.. both copied and pasted below

    John, please add the comment about the 2006 document regarding MC Kenna, McKenna Claremont
    and there is your juice, Doyle, McKenna, Nonowitz, Gundry and Santaro of Claremont..

    125,000,000 resultsHuman Services & Recreation Department - City of Pasadena, …
    www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/HumanServices/Contact_DirectorSend a Comment to Human Services & Recreation Director Mercy Santoro Your Name . Phone Number . Your Email . Your Message* (required)

    CLAREMONT OFFICIAL APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF PASADENA HUMAN SERVICES ...
    pasadenan.blogspot.com/.../claremont-official-appointed-director.htmlMay 20, 2011 · During her tenure in Claremont, Santoro oversaw the update to the city’s Youth and Family Master Plan, developed a phased approach to the 17-acre Padua

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  39. Sound and fury....

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  40. I wish to thank everyone who has checked in to offer support and add in docs- and even to the haters that have checked in to reinforce what mary and i say about the hostile environment at sierra madre elementary school. it is those posts that force us to continue keeping him home, and it is those posts that continue to pose the biggest challenges for pusd to guarantee his safety.

    to date, ed HONOWITZ has not done a single thing to remedy the problem, though he has been directed by the board to address the problem. that is because he is ABOVE you and especially me, he is above the LAW......he is in POSSESSION of the names and has the knowledge of the HATERS, but he is playing (?) STUPID about the meeting. that is because he violated ED CODE by meeting with other parents about my child WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE and held the meeting IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE and DID NOT RECORD THE MEETING WITH MINUTES. he is a real work of ___________ (i am blank generation, which means you get to choose what goes in the blanks)

    Anyway, as the thread starts to got into hibernation (as there is stuff moving every day,) I want to thank you all, and John Crawford- for giving us a shot here. keep an eye on the financial subcommittee, get to know its members and embrace the folks that go there who are hated by honowitz and his puppets more than even mary and i are hated, and pay attention- that district time and effort is being used to meet with city officials in pasadena on company time, that honowitz has his eye on a seat in a different forum, that pusd land is being flirted with for 'equitable' housing projects, and that the community education schemes may funnel that money right on back to honowitz. his favors to holden will be collected on later..... and none of this has anything to do with raising student achievement, nor leveling the playing field for our kids; those are just the phrases used to get the money out of our wallets and into theirs.

    lie to me once, shame on you. lie to me twice, shame on me. it isn't over, ed. you and your bullies messed with the wrong kid.

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    1. my bad- FACILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE

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    2. FYI 5:48- yesterday, while meeting with the PUSD Director of Human Resources re: the FERPA complaint involving Honowitz my son stayed with my 80 year old father- who is generally his sitter whenever I don't take him into meetings or appointments. If an elderly man can handle this child, trained staff should be able to.

      The point is the Honowitz took the gossip and bigotry of a bunch of bullies, including at least one that was pals from his wife's LA City attorney days and accepted it as fact. He went further to set up meetings with these powerful people, NOT including the child's parents, and knowing that the child had a disability- and discussed him. This is an obvious violation of FERPA, but because Honowitz holds the power, he, like all bullies, will get away with it.

      Just imagine the amount of funds PUSD is having to spend on legal to get themselves, including Ed, out of this pickle.

      Honowitz should be RECALLED for his disregard of the law, his failures to serve all children and for all of his lies and scapegoating of a child.

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  41. Comment correction: 10:38 Somehow the 2006 document stuck in my edit copy paste last night,

    CITY OF PASADENA
    City Council Minutes
    February 21, 2012- 6:30 P.M.
    City Hall Council Chamber
    SPECIAL JOINT MEETING

    Reposting the excerpts,

    Vice President Honowitz responded to questions regarding the
    Linda Vista School property, and discussed finding a balance
    between supporting the community schools concept Uoint use
    of a portion of the property as a park) and maximizing the
    District's need to generate revenue through its surplus
    properties (lease or sale of the property).

    Second honowitz:
    UPDATE FROM THE PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL
    DISTRICT REGARDING PASSAGE OF PUSD RESOLUTION
    2181, SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
    CONCEPT, AND DISCUSSION ON POTENTIAL CITY AND
    SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERSHIPS FOR CURRENT AND
    FUTURE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS INITIATIVES
    Superintendent Gundry confirmed the District's endorsement of
    the concept of community schools and intention to work with
    the City and community partners to advance this concept.
    Vice President Honowitz noted that the District and City are
    already engaged in a strategy of community schools in a
    significant way, and suggested the District leverage what is
    already being done with the City and other community
    organizations to realign and enhance the services that are
    currently being provided. He noted that Superintendent
    Gundry and the Director of Human Services will be making a
    site visit to Portland, Oregon to see how that City has
    implemented the community schools concept over the past 10
    years, and asked that a report on their findings and best

    Sound and Fury in a Hurry, sorry

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  42. George McKenna 111 or George McKenna iii, do a search, it will blow your socks off, and dot a lot of eyes, I mean lies...

    McKenna Construction????

    Looky here:

    http://notebook.lausd.net/pls/ptl/docs/PAGE/CA_LAUSD/LAUSDNET/RESOURCES/VOLUNTEER_PAGE/SCHOOL_OF_CHOICE/NOVEMBER_2009/SCHOOL_OF_CHOICE_LETTERS_INTENT/LOCAL%20DISTRICT%207%20LETTER%20OF%20INTENT%20-%20SRMS%236.PDF

    Dr. George J. McKenna III, Superintendent - Local District 7/LAUSD and
    Veronique Wills, Principal - Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy (formerly known
    as: South Region Middle School #6. Board approved name change October 13, 2009)

    Another listing,

    School Board in Inglewood Votes to Oust Superintendent ...

    George J. McKenna III, a nationally known educator whose life as principal of a Los Angeles high school was chronicled in a TV movie, is losing his job as Inglewood ...
    articles.latimes.com/1993-09-10/local/​me-33691_1_school...

    Oh gawd, The Coffee Tatt folks, you know who you are, do I have stuff to tell you..

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  43. 4:36

    Friend or Foe?

    She should have died hereafter;
    There would have been a time for such a word.
    Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
    Signifying nothing. — Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)

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    1. yeah, i watched the abridged version on gilligan's island.

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    2. Your heart starts beating faster and your blood begins to boil
      The music gets into your veins and there's a feeling to destroy
      All the hate and anger has been building up inside
      Got to let it out somehow before it takes your life

      Adrenaline, response, noises in your head
      Adrenaline, response, noises in your head

      The music is a part of you, it always will be - Sound & Fury
      The power is just surging forward, can you feel it - Sound & Fury
      Don't let it take hold of your mind - Sound & Fury
      Got to get into, but can you get out of the Sound & Fury

      Now your pulse has swelled up and you're ready to explode
      The music spins you round and round, and the urge to hurt takes hold
      You don't need a reason, the crushing rhythm won't subside
      The thin line been crossed and you're on the violent side

      Youth Brigade. First LP. 1982.


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    3. and quentin from the faulkner story?

      "it's not when you realise that nothing can help you -- religion, pride, anything -- it's when you realise that you don't need any aid."

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  44. omagine, do not do that, when people are trying to help you.

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  45. thanks again folks. i love that there are literati here. it is nice to read such great stuff. the story has been circulating on tumblr and it keeps growing. please help keep our story alive. this clown KNOWS the board won't vote a censure, but if there is enough pressure and enough eyes on PUSD, the members on the fence may rethink their position.

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  46. How can anyone now trust these teacher union trolls and their machine?

    Ed Honowitz, (PUSD Board Member, Past President) "liar, more money, excuses" should be his middle name
    Peter Dreier, The Machine's chief architect, racist, political professor schmuck
    Jon Furhman (husband of former PUSD board member, Susan Kane), another schmuck behind the scenes that should NOT be trusted.
    Tom Selinske, (PUSD Board Member, Past President), spineless, owes favors
    Renatta Cooper, (PUSD Board President), racist, provocateur, obnoxious, clueless, tired, an ass in general
    PEF, made of ignorant elitist leftist trying to make up for their flawed life; not living in reality, more of a hobby to rub shoulders with like minded ignoramus ivy leaguers
    IIPK, front for the teacher's union and Peter Dreier, Furhman, Honowitz
    PEN, discriminatory group that helps few leftist elitist find "islands of excellence"
    ACT, (outdated political group made up of mostly spineless has beens)
    GoPublic..... another propaganda arm that spins for the this above mentioned machine's failure


    These people and entities listed above, though appear to being doing good for public education, ARE the union or controlled by the union. They are all ALBERT SHANKER allums and have been allowed to run with free rein in PUSD for far too long!

    They don't get it. They are willing to bring down the whole system and are now looking to sell off PUBLIC property that has been in this community for decades!!….due to their failure as trustees.This community needs to stand up to these bullies…. these frauds,… and demand accountability. TAKE BACK THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS PASADENA!

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    1. Although I dont necessarily agree with your take on all the groups (and I think people give the union way too much credit and influence), that was a classic post nonetheless. More importantly, your last paragraph is right on.

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    2. well....... for what it's worth, albert shanker was the president of the AFT, the less influential of the teacher unions, whereas the UTP, the bargaining unit of PUSD are NEA. NEA membership is approximately three times larger (3 million members to 1 million members) than AFT according to both 'about' websites. i had volleyed a couple of times in written exchanges with mr. shanker regarding full inclusion.

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    3. The UTP is clearly part of PUSD's current problems. Apparently teachers can do whatever they want under the protection of their contract, even when it's in opposition to Federal law. The teachers pick and choose what they want for inservices, despite the fact that there are district wide needs. Rather than putting the students first, everyone else is taken care of, to the detriment of those who are there to be served.

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    4. And did I forget to say? Get rid of Honowitz!

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    5. i concur. get rid of honowitz

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    6. @navigio - i'm not surprised that you defend some of the above mentioned groups...especially if you contribute to them. They may think they are doing good.... but for who? For themselves? ....Their small little homogeneous groups?.... They raise money using the diversity and need of the School District to mainly benefit themselves! Just look at the makeup of PEF..... it is no where near reflective of the district!... PEN?.... IIPK?.... you'd think these groups were representing a school district in Thousand Oaks!

      Regarding your assessment that the Unions doesn't have "influence".... you're either playing it naive or too are clueless. How is it that the contractual agreements are in place?.... the dominant political power in place?!!.... the work is behind the scenes as you should know. It's what DREIER... HONOWITZ...... FUHRMAN..... and the likes lose sleep over. These schmucks don't care about kids!.... and the impact that resistant teachers are having on a community. They protect teacher seniority -WHICH HURTS KIDS! They fight accountability - WHICH HURTS KIDS! They allow abusive teachers to be in the classrooms (not in their families) - WHICH HURTS KIDS! Just follow all the state legislation that the "influential" Union is able to control. Hopefully the tide is changing. My hope is that Chicago will stand against the Teacher's Union.... for it'll be a sad and more challenging day for most americans if the Teacher's Union gets its way.

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  47. mary and i stopped in to the sierra madre council meeting for long enough to listen to three nice speeches and bailed. baffled and totally confused. i told you i don't understand city council meetings. we should have never left the PUSD board meeting.

    our pal HONOWITZ, after being given a typical three minute brandenburg speech about hiding documents and his participation in the bully summit, chose to read a prepared statement (!) during PUBLIC COMMENTS. besides the brown violation (he was commenting on a statement made by the public during public comment) he was also commenting on the censure before it was even filed, let alone discussed for vote (tsk-tsk) stated we were doing this for political reasons (not true, we had just stated we wanted ONE thing- AN APOLOGY), and saying that the PUSD documents i read in were thus false. who is advising this guy? how is he restoring the culture of SMES as the board rep, what is he doing to help? spending OUR money on lawyers to bail his dumbass out?

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