(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?
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