Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mary Brandenburg: How Many PUSD Lawyers Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?

The PUSD has long relied upon the tactics of stalling and evasion in its hopes of avoiding difficult situations. If anyone has looked at recent Board of Education closed session items regarding current litigation, you will quickly notice an increase in settlements being paid out. Why? Obviously they have gotten themselves into more messes than they can otherwise handle. Any how, you might also ask, do they manage to get themselves into such situations?

Well, one answer is that the Pasadena Unified School District has assumed that rather than honoring agreements and following the law, it's better to just avoid dealing with matters. Done in the hope that people will just forget. A possible reason for this is that by engaging in endless stalling the applicable statutes of limitations will be reached. Another is that legal fees for private families will become so outrageously unaffordable that they'll be forced to just give up. The PUSD's legal resources, on the other hand, being as deep as the taxpayer's pocketbook.

Yet another possibility is that the staff involved in these legal infractions may get a promotion, leave the district, or even retire. And therefore are no longer the PUSD's responsibility.

The Board of Education invariably focuses more upon ceremonial resolutions and other fluff. They do certainly like to put on a show of being effective. Something they far prefer to working together and effectively governing on such minor matters as their apparently permanent financial crisis. There are certain members of the Board who do call into question the hypocrisy, the waste, the nepotism, and lack of transparency, but they are in no way the dominant faction.

The Board majority apparently has aligned itself with the actions of rogue member Ed Honowitz. We’ll see where our censure request goes, but I’m not holding my breath on that. Perhaps it is their hope that by throwing up such smokescreens it will deflect away all of the negative press and violations Honowitz is racking up in his quest for political supremacy. These people do need to remember, however, that by aligning with Honowitz, they are exposing the entire Board to the possibility of litigation.

Here are some questions that we've sent to various PUSD staff, and which invariably remain unanswered. We’ve had to come up with our own conclusions, and we’ve actually been able to dig up some interesting information.

- Given there is no PUSD Board policy regarding investigating the actions of individual community members while on district campuses, why has this District-wide school student security and safety issue still not been resolved? When will a Board policy be adopted to address this?

Steve Miller, the PUSD Director of Human Resources, informed me via a January 7th, 2011 letter that "The District has no process to investigate the actions of members of the community..." Following that stunning statement, especially in the wake of the whole Matheson debacle in Sierra Madre, I started asking the Board of Ed why there wasn't a policy. Still waiting to hear the answer ...

- How can a School District conduct a fair and unbiased internal investigation of a UCP  (Uniform Complaint Procedure) case (involving discrimination, harassment, etc.)?

Consider the ineffectiveness of such an investigation, especially if those investigating the complaint are directly involved in the issues. Also, remember that it's not in the District's best interest to investigate a violation as it could cause them to be legally liable. Especially if pertinent documents are "unavailable" or "destroyed." Or, in Mr. Honowitz's unfortunate case, "forgotten." As in not giving them to the District complaint investigator. The result being there's conveniently “not enough evidence” to determine non-compliance.

Voila! It must be that the complainants are not telling the truth, right Mr. Honowitz?

- Why are documents requested through the Public Records Act (PRA) altered? Who does the altering? Is it OK to destroy documents requested through a PRA? Is that within the law?

It is one thing to redact information that can potentially violate confidentiality, but it's quite another to purposefully remove sections without reason or explanation. I have seen this personally, and when I've asked why it was done, and who was responsible, invariably there is no reply. I'm still waiting for an answer. My assumption is that this was a big no-no, they had hoped that we wouldn't notice, and that it could potentially be grounds for further action.

- If a Board member does not represent the interests of a family, and publicly defames them in the process, how do you get an alternate member to represent that family at a school?

Nobody seems to know. We've tried email requests to the Board of Ed President Renatta Cooper. We've tried emailing Ed Honowitz, who ignores us. At least until he can take the opportunity to publicly use that information and sway opinion against us. We've tried displaying posters and making public requests at Board meetings, but nothing seems to happen. Does anyone know of another way to get heard by these people?

- Why does the PUSD retain so many law firms? Why are they still associated with the law firm of Lozano Smith, who apparently has been sanctioned by a Federal Judge for ethics violations? How much in School District funds are spent on the legal maneuverings necessary to keep PUSD staff out of hot water? Why don’t they just do what they’re supposed to?

During our work on the PUSD Special Ed Task Force, we tried to figure out exactly how much money was being wasted on lawyers through discovering the amounts spent on legal fees, rather than on ensuring compliance. I filed a Public Records Act request and finally got a minimal amount information from John Pappalardo (Finance Chief), but it certainly did not account for all of the settlements I’ve seen coming out of closed sessions, nor the monthly purchase orders.

This also does not explain why the PUSD continues to work with the associates of Lozano Smith. It seems very clear from PUSD monthly purchase orders that they have maintained that connection.

Here is a link to an excellent article dealing with Lozano Smith and their delicate ethical condition. It is also a poor reflection upon the PUSD's record in matters of ethics, public records, and special education. Click here.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

114 comments:

  1. Mary, you raise some good questions, but can they be answered?

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    1. Of course they can be answered!
      All it takes is someone with a sense of integrity to start talking.

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    2. 8:55, are there staff with integrity in Pasadena Unified?

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  2. Sure does fit the pattern of local government malfeasance . Hire laws firms that specialize in hiding government business, which then frees up the elected officials to chatter about things that are not important. The smoke filled backroom might not be as legally convenient as it once was, but it sure has been replaced by the BS filled public meeting room.

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    1. Got that right 6:59.

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    2. Taxpayers are just a necessary nuisance. The less they know the better.

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    3. Maybe if we corner the PUSD powers that be and force them to listen to one of Honowitz's soliloquys they'll start talking.

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    4. 7:25- the problem is that sometimes those left in the dark have wonderful imaginations which lead them to the truth anyways.

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    5. Nobody believes the official version anymore. Ever wonder why so many people read blogs?

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    6. 8:16- precisely why I read the blogs. Even if there's some questionable information, there's generally a way to find fire where there's smoke. I'm tired of the puff pieces- leave that to the Patch......yawn.

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  3. One answer would be to shake up the status quo- start with Honowitz and the PUSD lawyers getting the likes of him out of hot water.

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  4. Did Doyle or Mosca tell us the PUSD redistricting commission was working to cheat us out of a Board of Ed seat until 2015? Of course not. The gangster code of omerta is heavily practiced by these guys.

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  5. Since public disclosure became law, all government entities have learned to destroy records as soon as possible. Once gone, you cannot supeona what no longer exists.
    It should be a felony for any public employee to destroy public records, and those records should be no more difficult to obtain than logging on to Google.
    Until that happens, the public scofflaws will do as they please behind closed doors.
    Just ask our Scofflaw in Chief, Bart Doyle.....

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  6. Excellent point 8:39. Until then, it's up to the upper administrators to enforce accountability, or go down with the cheaters they support.

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  7. Who says government doesn't use business practices? This is straight out of the development industry Bible:
    '...legal fees for private families will become so outrageously unaffordable that they'll be forced to just give up.'

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  8. I think the Brandenburgs just want a settlement paycheck. I don't think this issue and watching them stack the comments board is Tattler material. Granted the PUSD has faults and is in need of investigation. But not the Brandenburg way. I hate to see the Tattler used in this way.

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    1. I always take the side of the underdog. And when Isaw the kind of things that were being said about the Brandenburgs on Patch, and literally hundreds of times, I wanted to be on their side. I don't like lynch mobs.

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    2. Hey, dog pile on the Brandenbergs time!

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    3. @9:00- can you honestly not appreciate that these folks are asking questions and demanding answers ?

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    4. I'm with the Mod on this one.
      I myself do not know the truth of what happened. And I don't believe what either "side" says anymore.
      But with long experience in local politics, I am very familiar with both the waste of money and the scurrying to hide facts that the PUSD is doing in this case.
      In addition, the Brandenbergs are obviously in this fight for principles, not bucks.

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    5. 9:00, what's the "Brandenburg way"? Do you mean being up front and out in the open, and insisting that public officials behave?

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    6. I kind of appreciate that the Brandenburgs will interact with commenters, and are will confirm/negate information and questions. What's wrong with that?

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    7. You know 9:00, have you stopped to consider if what the Brandenburgs are saying is false, why haven't PUSD shut them up yet? Couldn't they file a cease and desist? Maybe what these people are saying is truth. But why haven't they filed a huge lawsuit yet? They should!

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    8. I like the "Brandenburg Way! and I'm thinking they should write a book. I like the Brandenburgs because they are passionate. Their motives are pure. I'm thinking that if we're just now hearing about a single family, a single child, over a period of two or three years, how many other families and chldren have been steam rolled by a system designed to promote the educational system at the expense of extraordinary youngsters and their families. The Brandburgs are courageous and know how to handle a crowd!

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    9. Truth? No, I observe they are sociopaths, they set up the publicity, they answer themselves, they aren't accepting their own responsibility nor the needs of the children, that will need to function in society after their demises. They are looking for a big pay out. They are using the kindness of the editor like a con man in a christian church.

      I read the LA Weekly comments and the Patch comments, about 3/4's of the comments are theirs while they claim to be different users/people. While there were a few cruel comments, the majority of negative comments came from kind people who know the truth, observed the incidents first hand, and are at a loss to deal with
      the autistic child and psychopathic denial of the parents.

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    10. There you go 5 of the above comments answered by the Brandenburgs themselves.

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    11. Project much, 9:51?

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    12. Well gee 9:59 not a pro like you,

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    13. Question for 9:51. How many of the comments were yours?

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    14. So.... the autistic children of sociopaths (yet to be proved) can be denied access to appropriate education and excluded from public schools? Is that what you're saying, 9:51am?

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    15. When did you get your license to diagnose 9:51?

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    16. Maybe 9:51 asks the mirror mirror on the wall.

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    17. I'm curious as to why the animosity directed at family follows them from the Patch to here. Maybe they've hit a nerve?

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    18. I think it is called stalking.

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    19. "Anonymous" @ 9:00, 9:51- Do you really think we need to set up our own publicity and answer our own blogs? Can you not fathom that there are people outside of this area that might be interested in what is clearly a civil rights issue? Do you honestly think that there's no other citizens disgusted with the sleazy politics and abuse of power we see?
      What makes it worse is when a child, the victim, then becomes the scapegoat for people more interested in covering their "indiscretions" (Honowitz, Diaz, Blanco, Bluemel)- so they can move on, and up.
      They leave us to sort through the damage they created, and to find resolution in all of this. How do you give a child back 2 years of a childhood where he's been completely ostracized through gossip and lies perpetuated and supported by a school district?
      We don't hide behind anonymity, so we take all kinds of abuse, and yet we're the psychopaths?

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    20. I think 9:51 did what they set out to do, typical smear tactics and then jump ship when it's time to answer questions regarding their statements. How stupid do you think we, and Crawford are?

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    21. Insanity accusations are very Soviet. Have we been visited by Peter Dreier today?

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    22. Ah ha! The return of Herr Dreier? But where's his lap dog?

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    23. Who is Pistol Pete's lap dog?

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    24. Despite massive ink on this issue, I have no idea what this devoted and tenacious family would consider a "win."

      Is it the district's disclosure of the names of the no doubt socially progressive families that ran their son out of class?

      Is it retribution against the school district?

      Is it new school district lawyers to negotiate against?

      Or is it a place in new, mainstreamed class for their son?


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    25. I can't answer any of this but I do have a question. What do you mean by the term "socially progressive?" Seems ironic.

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    26. It would be ironic were I not confident that the families who requested removal of the Brandenberg's son would proudly describe themselves as "socially progressive." So, it is literal, though perhaps simultaneously ironic if one were to focus on the behavior of the rats.

      Regardless, I would like to know what the family's goal is.

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    27. I think the term socially progressive may have been a misnomer? Maybe socially elite?

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    28. I think socially progressive means you never miss an opportunity to shop at the Farmer's Market.

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    29. The gossip/smear campaign against our child resulted in PUSD accumulating lots of paperwork which was placed in the school file, including nasty, bigoted and frankly hysterical parent letters. It didn't matter if the information was substantiated, some was even labeled "hear say". All this information could potentially be used as "data" in later specialist reports, or even for the PUSD lawyers. I found unverified class parent information cited by PUSD counsel in a due process complaint. So to correct the file of all the bias and polluted information, we needed to know exactly what was in it. It's taken over 2 years, and we're still getting documents. I even learned of a special black filing cabinet where "certain" information goes. I doubt we'll get to see what's in there. I wonder if other parents realize that even simple notes to teachers can end up in the central district file......

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    30. I am not certain how banding together to throw a special needs child out of a public school can be described as "socially progressive." Can someone enlighten me about the appropriate usage of that term in this context?

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    31. Well, social progress through racial extermination........um.....Eugenics was a term that came to my mind. Boy, I thought that type of thinking went out with that sociopath with the little mustache.

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    32. Hey, what's wrong with sociopaths?

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    33. Just as long as they are socially progressive.

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  9. Great picture :)

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  10. 8:39, although its not a felony, there's still got to be accountability, who enforces that?

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  11. "the staff involved in these legal infractions may get a promotion, leave the district, or even retire"

    Yep, just like city hall staff.

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  12. I think it's rather charming that the poster is looking out for the Tattler, and thinks that the author of this blog can be hustled and "used."

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    1. Moderator, do you feel hustled and used by the Brandenburgs?

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    2. Wow, are there a lot of PUSD trolls on today. Must be a slow day in the PUSD District Offices.

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    3. I don't know. But the last time I was at their house they got some Einstein's bagels for me. Quickest way to my heart.

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    4. Maybe one of the PUSD trolls can anonymously post some answers so the Brandenburgs can stop digging. Who knows what they'll find?

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    5. 12:04 - the Tattler is a known work productivity killer.

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  13. How did we pick a law firm in fresno?
    Well they were retained by past PUSD president Percy Clark.........remember him the crook out of Ill

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  14. Lozano Smith, Fulfrost and LRP: Do an Internet search and you'll find the developers of the sleazy education lawyer guides aka LRP where school district lawyers learn tactics such as: stalling until families run out of money, or give up; paint the parents as crazy, justify why students don't need services, etc.

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  15. if I were the Brandenbergs Id be filing my lawsuit on PUSD for excess of 1million dollars. The damage that has been done to them both by PUSD and the mean spirited on this blog warrant as such. I cant believe how mean people are here in this so called "friendly" village we live in. Just sours the feeling of this town.

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    1. The people who said those awful things were not treated well here. I think they got what they deserved.

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    2. I'm with you 3:53!

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    3. What was done towards the Brandburgs on this blog is nothing from what I saw over at the Patch. Over in AOL land they allowed those parents to discuss the child in not so nice terms. Wonder how they'd like it if the tables were turned?

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  16. The socially progressive families that requested the removal of the Autistic child should remove themselves; I consider them very scarry people indeed, society has taken a step back into hatred and I cannot help but feel it is for the worst; as these children of the hateful parents become adults and view the world through what they have learned from home.

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  17. Wow. just dropped in. I think there have been a myriad of great discussions all over the topic, how we became the moving targets (again) is beyond me. Mary simply provided information, and asked some questions, and I became a target. Again. Oh, because of the picture. I get it. I love Vonnegut. The ironic humor. I haven't written a single post prior to this. I thank everyone who has something nice to say. I will try to later copy and paste it all into a page and then write a blog up on it. This is one of the 6 busiest times of year for me. So. Just to share, I work all day on a teacher's calendar,; on weekends and breaks I generally tour. I write poetry, I wrote songs, I make what I still call records. The poster who accused us of padding this doesn't want you to know what the facts are. That is because bullying my family is what they do. They started with my kids, then when they found how easy it was to do on the internet, they started in on us.

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    1. See, that's what they do, and they got nailed. We have their names, we have the letters, and finally, after all of this, we are finding an audience that see beyond the gunfights and hyperbole to actually read what we say. I don't need to post anonymously, and the voices you are hearing are not mine. It is no secret that I make records. Over 30 years I have sold 100,000 of them. At the very least, that would put something like 4,000 fans in this world. I tour around the world. Anywhere from 100 to 5,000 people go to those shows. I use social media, my fans use social media. I twitter, I facebook, and I used to use that other one. Things I write frequently get out there to anywhere from 1,000 to 30,000 people. That is just fans of music. That doesn't count people who are touched- directly or through friends and family- by autism, by disability, by bullying- and that adds 20,000 more people. Come now. Does anyone REALLY think that I need to anonymously post things here? I state my name, I state my initials. I am not hiding because I am not embarrassed. I have never threatened anyone with a lawsuit, but I have demanded answers to the questions that remain unanswered, and demanded accountability for what happened.

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    2. You'll notice that the bullies stay hidden. By doing that they can continue to bully and belittle us from the safety of their hypocrisy. That's fine. I know who they are, and I wouldn't piss on them if they were on fire. They know that, and they know I will say it straight to them. That's where we differ. They can't excuse their behavior, and I won't give them a pass that gives them an out to excuse it..... So they call me a sociopath, or say I'm mentally ill. That's the best they can muster up. They do it because they believe they are insulting me, or that it makes them better than me. What do I respond? Is there something wrong with mental illness that I should be offended? I don't even know what a sociopath is. If it means that I don't go around telling people who can be included in public schools, and who can't, then OK that's me. Now what? The only difference between this kind of mindset from what I dealt with my whole life is that nowadays they can't use racial slurs, sexuality slurs, or body type slurs to attack me- so now they go after the only thing they think is fair game. Mental illness. How pathetic, but OK, fire away.

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    1. You wrecked my soapbox rant. I can't respond to my post for fear of wrecking the punchline, and that's something I just can't do.

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  19. I hear the entire district is taking a staff development day Monday for a workshop called, "What hell are we going to do about the Brandenburgs?"

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    1. Maybe they'll clean house and get rid of anything incriminating, including that suspicious file cabinet.

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    2. Who knows, maybe they'll find all that Measure Y bond money they "lost."

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    3. Or maybe the missing board rep

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  20. Columbus Day in United States
    www.timeanddate.com › Calendar › Holidays › United States In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. The date on which ...

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  21. Does anyone know what prompted school privacy regulations that are in place today about not giving out ANY information about students?

    The abduction of Patty Hearst.

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    1. Is it called the Tanya Law?

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    2. Yes 6:42, so true . How is it that privacy rights are allowed by PUSD to be violated by board members and staff?

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    3. Up The Stairs MisterOctober 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      They think they're untouchable.

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    4. I guess it took two mentally ill sociopaths to show them they're mot

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    5. gaw. wrecked my own punchline. well, double the t and dig the mott.....

      'and my head is down and i'm called a clown by comedians that grace- the living stage of every page of worthless, meaningless space- and i swear to you before we're through you'll feel our every blow- we ain't bleeding you, we're feeding you, but you're too fucking slow......"

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    6. Shine on you crazy psychopathic diamond.

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  22. Seriously, tho, 642. That's a neat bit of trivia. thanx.

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    1. Speaking of which, ever been to the los Angeles police museum? It's pretty cool.

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  23. I don't know the family or the child at issue, but I do know this:

    Children who are disruptive take the teacher away from 30+ other children who are there to learn. So where in fairness does the balance truly lie?

    Sure the district should provide whatever accommodation the law requires, but if it didn't and the law is not being followed then the answer is fairly obvious: take some of the profits from the 100,000 albums and file suit. (Don't wait like the 9 months it took to make a public records request and another 9 months to follow up when the records were not produced.)

    Above all, parents should spend time as much time as possible with their children. Many of us had hobbies and a variety of interests that took up a great deal of time before having children. But when we had children, those other interests were eliminated or severely curtailed.

    There will be plenty of time for hobbies and crusades when the nest empties, but there will be no time to make up for the memories that could have been.

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    1. 10:57- You're correct, you do not know our family, so you do not know how much time is spent in raising in my children. It has come in handy that I obtained 2 teaching credentials and an MA in special education. I use it not to help support our family financially, but to help our children- so it's become a hobby of sorts. It's not easy to make ends meet in a single income situation, but we do it, and have managed to stay married 20+ years. We were forced into this "crusade", not by choice, but by our neighbors bullying our child. It's not fair to trivialize our public records requests and PUSD hiding records, without those documents we had 2+ teams of PUSD lawyers, PUSD staff and bigoted parents painting a picture of a monster to excuse what they did to a 7 year old child.

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    2. if i had my rathers i would sleep all day, every day, and eat spam and bacon. i don't have hobbies. i have jobs, and when you work as hard as i do, you get rid of the illusion that music is a vacation or a hobby. i do what i do to pay off a mounting legal debt. file suit? with which law group would that be, i mean the free one that will do the legwork we are doing? as we have previously stated, through lawyers we asked for the public records twice- the district LIED and said there were no such documents. It took two years of us doing it ourselves to get what we got. If we had a lawyer do that we would be further in the hole than we already are. understand something: school districts have the money and the time to wait out ANY complaint, and stall it as long as they can until they bleed families into bankruptcy. The others they either settle quickly (they have a specific amount/offer for every type of smaller actions) and the others they simply annihilate.

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    3. but....... for reminding me the value of my role of parent....... it is spoken with the knowledge and care of one who knows, and for that i humbly thank you.

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    4. (and my cut from 100, 000 records over 30 years- not enough to live on for a week)

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    5. But 10:57 I do see the wisdom in enjoying the time we have now with our kids- thank you. When they were infants I remember people telling me to enjoy those times, it seems like yesterday, and now my oldest is 16 and looking into colleges.

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    6. Suggestion (and only that): check with public interest lawyers, law schools with public interest programs, heck -for some sensitive readers - the ACLU and other public interest organizations, and find out if you truly have been denied that to which you and your family are entitled. (Yes, I use the word entitled not pejoratively as many politicians do, but in the sense of what a just society requires.)

      There may even be private lawyers who will take the case if there are any fee shifting provisions in the law for pursuing matters in the public interest.

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  24. I find it highly offensive that these two parent would be labeled as Sociopaths for simple asking for accountability and an apology. The level of humanity just seems to get to lower and lower levels as time progresses with this situation. Making assumption that they are gold diggers I find absurd as well. I mean really really REALLY adsurd.

    The character of these parents is so blatantly beyond such pathetic motivations it can't even be expressed in words. I am simply dumbfounded by the accusation. But I suppose it is all in the game these bullies are playing against the Brandenburgs. I can speak from my opninion, and that opinion is that this is ALL about principle and fairness. These two things being very high on the Brandenburgs lifelong way of life. Principle and fairness. Is it really all that absurd to seek justice or fairness?

    These parents feel their family was wronged and they have simply stood up for themselves in the face of extreme pressure and ridicule from those who are assinged to protect their child and a vigilanty group of bully parents. Stand back and think about something here. Who has reason to hide? What are the Brandenburgs asking for that is not realistic or fair? That should tell you all you need to know.

    Anthony Dauley aka Tony Baloney

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  25. @ 9:00: Seriously? The Brandenburgs are in it for the money? Would you be so kind as to give us the court case number or at least the court in which a lawsuit was filed and the attorney who filed it? Or did the Brandenburgs go pro per? What? There is nothing filed? No lawsuit? Kinda boggles the mind to think someone's been fighting as long as the Brandenburgs have, just to get money - without filing anything more than formal requests of the PUSD.

    @ 9:51: Do you even know what a sociopath is? Have you ever looked it up and read all the traits of one? By your ridiculous "diagnosis" of the Brandenburgs, I can tell either you haven't or if so, you were unable to grasp what you read.

    It's my guess that neither 9:00 nor 9:51 actually believe what they posted and are just here to attempt to discredit the Brandenburgs.

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  26. I love that picture.
    I assume the wife/mom took it.
    Good one, Girl.

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  27. For some reason my message in support of the Brandenbergs was not posted. In short, again, this all about principle and accountability. To call these people gold diggers and sociopaths is just simply laughable. I suggest the trolls of Sieraa Madre take their pitch forks and hoodies back to the closet from which they hide.

    Anthony Dauley
    "Tony Baloney"

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  28. I'm interested in the answer to an above question: What concrete outcome are the Brandenbergs seeking? I can empathize with their anger, sadness and outrage, as well as their desire to see some type of censure for those involved but, putting that aside for a moment and considering the best possible outcome for their child as it relates to his social, emotional and academic education, what is it that they would like to see happen?

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    1. i seek an apology, worded with whatever legalese is necessary for the district to be comfortable that they won't be held financially responsible, stating that there is a hostile environment, that it was created by parents spreading rumors, and that the board member met with the parents and in the process made it worse. An apology that confirms there was a cover up of documents, that documents were with held and destroyed, and that this child was treated unfairly as a result of these incidents. I want the sign in sheet for the meetings that were held, and the minutes of the discussion. I want my child's records purged of these lies, and I want it all sent up to the OCR. Pretty simple.

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    2. as for the rest, that is lost forever. they cannot replace his stolen childhood, nor his opportunity to be treated with a little bit of dignity. That was stolen by a "Core group" of parents, and that can't be replaced or mended. I want those parents to stay out of our business, and out of our way, so that our child can begin to repair the life they destroyed and stole from him. we will never know what his life could have been, but i would like more than anything for him to simply be accepted for who he is, and allowed to show others the beauty that I see- without bigoted bullying parents interfering in his life in order to teach me some imagined life lesson in civics that they think i need to be taught.

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    3. 8:41, thank you for asking about what outcome we're looking for regarding our child. Although I'm sure there are some that would love to see us leave the city, we're not. But after what we've seen some people are capable of, I have more questions than answers.
      Socially: I don't know, how can we encourage people to welcome our family? Will he ever be invited to parties, to playdates? Children were directed NOT to play with my son, will they ever be encouraged to play with him?Emotional well being: He needs to be accepted, not constantly judged and under the microscope. He needs people to give him a chance before assuming the worst.
      Education: He needs to be provided a challenging and appropriate curriculum, differentiated as it should be for GATE students, which he is.
      Thank you for asking, and not judging 8:41.

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  29. All this simply because two years ago their child was removed from a second grade class because he was so disruptive that the opportunity of the other 25 kids to learn was substantially impaired. The Brandenburgs still cannot let that go. Can't they see that the duty of the pusd extends to all students and not just to the autistic child of attention and conflict hungry narcissists who place no value in the interests of children not their own? How many times do they have to recycle their articles and post photos of themselves about their self made plight? Why is it that anyone who does not wholly embrace their cause part of the conspiracy against them? I saw Tony is on tv telling the pusd board that their duty was to make the district the way he wants it to be. Wake up dude. The world does not exist just to satiate you ego.

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    1. the issue is, and always has been the organized effort, led by a group of parents under the guidance of administrative staff, to collect skewed data after intentionally setting an autistic child off, then reporting it to the police and engaging a board member to join in on the dogpile. that is bullying, and it happened, and the documents support it. how many times must cowards like you refuse to level the field and debate in the open, where the rules are much different than the rules of cowardice and anonymity? step up, or step out, dude.

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    2. publish the documents.

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    3. which ones? the ones that were invented to make my child look bad, or the ones that show the progress- and how the closer it got to the January meeting the escalation in activity? you do understand, much of the parent activity took place after he was no longer in class.

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    4. a pus.dad is known in tattler speak, as a steve. 11:54 meets the definition.

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    5. instead of continuously posting pictures of yourself and your wife, publish documents that prove what you claim: your child was not a disruptive force, the other parents conspired with a pusd staff to rid him from the class simply because he was different, they falsified allegations against him, and conspired with ed honowitz to cover it up.

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    6. Revel in the agony of others much, 6:24?

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    7. I don't recall having seen a picture of Tony Brandenburg before on The Tattler. I actually studied it at length. Was pleased to see he appeared to have the normal and requisite number of ears, eyes, a nose and mouth and appear appropriately groomed for a man of his talents and interests. Looked like a cool dad to me. By the way 6:24 pm, the photo was posted by the Moderator of The Tattler, not tb.

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    8. I think maybe the shirt was what crawled up 6:24's up his %&**

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    9. take a look in the star news, sierra madre patch, pasadena weekly.

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    10. There appear to be some folks that are simply jealous of the attention the Brandenburgs are getting. Maybe they would like to have a good 'ol witch hunt directed at them?

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    11. at least he didn't call me a plate of soup. that would have really pissed me off.

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    12. Moderator: do you think that if you had made the author anonymous the message would have sunk in with certain readers? Seems like no matter what this couple says, it's got to be pulled apart.

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    13. papers send out photographers. photographers take pictures. it's what they do. i wish they would run the ones where we are standing on our trebuchet saluting with our middle fingers, but hey. it's their call, right?

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    14. There are some very primitive people in Sierra Madre. Unfortunately they have some influence. The persecution of those who don't fit into their narrow viewpoint of what is proper happens.

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