Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tony Brandenburg: Tony and Mary Go to the "State of the District" Board of Education Meeting

On September 28 I attended the PUSD "State of the District." It cost me a sick day, which eventually means more money than I can afford to lose. So why do it? I do it for the joy of being active in the affairs of my children's school district, and to share why I have a problem with bullying, and why I have a problem with Honowitz. Yes, I was there with Mrs. Brandenburg, with picket signs and flyers, with a couple of friends to help out, and with my child. I was teaching him the fine art of peaceful protest, and I did a great job. I spent the latter part of the school hours in a meeting planning my child's education with PUSD staff.

Riddle of the Day:

Q: Why does it take two Brandenburgs to attend a single PUSD meeting?

A: Ten years of being lied to makes the Brandenburgs rely on witnesses.

I didn't say it was a funny riddle. It is just a riddle.

I will say this, however, I am finding more and more of the staff who have come into the district and have begun working with us in the aftermath of our situation to be more empathetic, patient, and willing to work with us. It is a fragile situation, and we have become guarded and jaded because of the past. It was nice, for example, when arriving in a shirt that shouted "CENSURE HONOWITZ" to be invited to a seat by Sierra Madre staff, even though the elephant in the room is that we are the flu.

So, we did our thing, we passed out informational flyers, we talked to the press (LA Times, Pasadena Sun, Pasadena Now) - we got our pictures taken so that we could promote our own brand of narcissism, and we talked to the people who were kind enough to take our flyers, and to those who politely declined them. The Pasadena PD were very respectful, with the chief even taking the flyer I offered to him. It was the interaction with a representative from the office of Anthony Portantino that caught our attention. His representative couldn't be bothered and flatly told us, my child included, that she didn't care what it was about. Now being treated like crap on the sidewalk, or looked at like I have a booger wiped on my face has been the story of my life, but to have a woman who is obviously a person whose profession centers on, revolves around, and is supposed to be driven by, the needs of children - acting in this manner was something of a surprise.

So I got up on Saturday morning and, instead of trying to bait traps to catch the vermin on Ramona Avenue, I sent an email to Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and was told,

"My staff person is a state employee on state business when she saw that someone was taking photos of people with signs dealing with another public official she did not want to be put in a compromising position by being captured in a photo for which she was unsure of its use or purpose. My staff and I have a very bright line between staff work and politics. Had my staffer known of the issue she would of course been happy to converse with you or whomever brings an issue forward. I'm sure you can understand the situation when there are signs and activity unrelated to case work that would make a person in her position not engage."

There you go. Makes sense.  Dismiss a child and his advocates because you might chip a nail taking a flyer. I get it. So Mary and I looked her up, as we are known to do. We found that both she and Portantino were featured in a pictorial with Invest In Pasadena Kids, and we see all the usual suspects, former superintendent Edwin "I fixed the telephones" Diaz, as well as one of the "core parents" (as they referred to themselves) - both central characters that bullied my child out of school - and what are they doing? They are all part of a group that is currently lobbying the Pasadena City Council to accept and pass an 8th guiding principle into the ten year General Plan for growth and development. It seems to have caught the ear of Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck who will, according to IIPK  (Invest In Pasadena Kids) propose the language to be included in the General Plan that:

 “Pasadena is committed to community planning that supports vibrant educational resources responsive to the broad needs of our diverse community. Quality public schools are a shared community responsibility.”

Now, I may only be a school teacher/punkrock singer/amateur narcissist, but I am pretty sure that language such as vibrant and quality are not quantifiable terms, and while I may think Mr. Beck is a super swell and nice guy for showing me I have a nose at the end of my face at the last Pasadena City Council Meeting I attended, and did a dynamite job over there in Riverside, all of this verbiage is just eloquent hokum. The terms look great in mission statements and on sugar-sweetened cereal boxes, but they have no real meaning when it comes to development and planning. Call me persnickety, but I promise that there are differing opinions on what those terms actually mean. Add to the mix that the IIPK gets Peter Dreier so warm and fuzzy that he jumps to attention and starts to sing, but then, PUSD could poot the mere hint of social equity smoke, and ole Petey is gonna sit up, wag his stubby cropped tail and wave his paws in the air.

I haven't heard anything from Ms. Hines stating she has any opinions on anything at all, but her twitter profile says she is just a little ole social worker, doin' her thing in the best Assembly District in California. That's cool, I'm just a little ole accidental activist,  and while I don't call myself a social worker, I have been doing social work for most of my life - and would never snub a family asking for help for their child simply because someone might take my damn picture. Maybe the real issue is that she is just a little ole fashioned figurehead that doesn't give a damn about anyone but herself and her free breakfast that you and I are paying for. Bon appetite!

Scott Wilkins: "You are just a one man wrecking ball, aren't you, Mr. Honowitz?

What is really at issue here is that my wife and I have touched the Honowitz nerve center, and that nerve center is politically connected - we know because he called us political, though we aren't - and when you look up the pictures on the websites of these groups, and follow the money trails, you see familiar faces, maybe even the faces of the people that sabotage your life and the lives of your children. If you stand up to these packs of bullies, and those bullies are in the same "grass-root" parent groups that rub shoulders with the Peter Dreiers of the world, and if your Board of Education representative breaks every by-law he can with the blessing of the puppet masters and the feeble minded, and you show up to public events to share it with the public, then Ms. Julianne Hines doesn't want to hear about it, and she doesn't care what it is about. That's pretty much the long and short of it.

Just like the PUSD - when they say they want the best for every child, what they really mean is that they want the best for some of the children, and they don't give a damn about the rest.

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    1. Why not? That is some pretty good writing.

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    2. It's ok learn about the connections that extend beyond Sierra Madre.

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    3. The Doyle/Buchanan cabal and the PUSD are all a part of the same can of worms. Why do you think PUSD is getting into the low income housing game? Coinkydink?

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    4. Well Portantino is leaving and Chris Holden is going for his position.........and Honowitz is drooling to step into Christ Holden's spot. Word is that Honobutz has been doing him some nice favors.

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    5. 6:49 if it's ok to learn about connections that extend beyond sierra madre, why aren't posters supposed to talk national politics?

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    6. 7:04 - I don't think it is possible for Honowitz to run for Holden's seat since Holden is in Council District 3 and Honowitz lives in Council District 2.

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    7. Why couldn't he just pack up his carpetbag and move?

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    8. Correction on 7:04 above. Council district maps were redrawn. Honowitz is apparently in Council District 4 now. That is Gene Masuda's district.

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    9. My understanding was that the districts were drawn up to create options for Honowitz's agenda.... Maybe I was wrong....

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    10. Never post until you have at least 1 cup of coffee - Post 7:04 is incorrect. Honowitz is in Council District 2. His mother is registered to vote in Council District 4 but she hasn't lived there for many, many years, but she was still voting there until 2011.

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    11. Why what 7:32?

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    12. 6:09 you're a fool. If you can't get beyond the messenger or the delivery format you deserve to end up in the "urban utopia" that's being planned under your nose.

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  2. What? You mean 'ol Honowitz and Dreier are in cahoots?

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  3. http://udhoktoberfest2012.eventbrite.com/
    Honowitz's buddies will be at this beer fest at the United Democratic Headquarters......should be fun. Tony, why don't you guys recycle your nice banner?

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    1. The sounds of highly enthusiastic butt kissing will echo through the canyons.

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    2. Honowitz's seat on the board of ED is up in 2013. He hasn't decided whether he will run again, according to the Sun.... Does anyone believe he's going to retire from politics?

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    3. I wonder if any of the bad press from the Brandenburg front has encouraged Honowitz to rethink his campaigns.

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    4. unfortunately i will be in santa cruz. i would love more than anything to watch these buffoons show how progressive they are with their beer and bratwurst stereotypes.

      hummel, hummel.

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  4. Something has to be said for the robust practice of free speech. It is too bad more people don't take it on the road like Tony and Mary do.

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    1. Hear! Hear! 7:17- nothing wrong with exercising (or exorcising?) those 1st amendment rights.

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  5. i feel sorry for your son. there is a reason hes not welcomed in sierra madre

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    1. There are a lot of people that certain groups within Sierra Madre attempt to exclude. We call the excluders the "special people." Bob Matheson used to be one of their leaders.

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    2. Please elaborate 722

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    3. What's your problem 7:22? That child is lucky to have parents with the guts to stand up to these bullies! It's ok with you that they're not welcomed?

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    4. Probably a "civility slate" voter.

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    5. that is an interesting thing to say, 7:22. i feel sorry........ no. i feel bile and vomit- for cowards that make statements from the safety of anonymity against their neighbors- and who are naive enough to think that their actions and statements of cowardice, from their cellar of their self-loathe and fear, can touch the people brave enough to stand up with the power of their convictions. you are the stain that makes people like me have to repeat the obvious.

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    6. The pity is for a child whose parents are begging for them all to be excluded, and deserving it.

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    7. so the "sins" of parents should be visited on the children? i blow my nose into your opinion.

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  6. And what would that reason be 7:22? There's something wrong with advocates?

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  7. oh the people of this town are a bunch of crybaby's

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    1. Crybabies. I sign my be to my wines.

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    2. and type with my thumbs and toes, even when bumbling on my homophones ;)

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    3. There's a subsection of whiners. There's also the whistleblowers and the unicorn seekers. That's what makes this town interesting. You start removing segments and you'll end up with the likes of Doyle and Honowitz counting their coins.

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    4. The most beautiful sound bad politicians can ever hear is silence.

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    5. if you go to the PEF Leadership page you will see many names familiar to the tattler. connect the dots, urbanites. http://www.pasedfoundation.org/about/leadership/

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    6. D. Barton Doyle
      Attorney at Law
      Term: 2013

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    7. Peter Dreier
      Professor, Occidental College
      E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics
      Chair, Urban and Environmental Policy Department
      Term: 2013

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    8. Peter Dreier
      Chair Urban and Environmental Policy Dept.
      Term: 2013
      ACT member (very powerful Pasadena political group)


      Jonathan Furhman (husband of former PUSD Board of Ed member Susan Kane)
      http://eec.co.la.ca.us/bios/fuhrman.html
      ACT member

      William Bogard
      Mayor Pasadena
      Term: 2015
      ACT member

      And a whole lot of attorneys besides Doyle.....guess Honowitz (ACT member) decided to step down this year from PEF leadership...

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    9. TB, you're on to something here. Too many coincidences looking like an organized agenda with the powerful and connected.

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    10. There is a definite pattern emerging here. Especially since this involves development. Why our
      local school district is getting into the low/mod housing game is interesting. This calls for a lot more investigation.

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    11. Yes, this pattern is something that should be thoroughly explored by inquiring minds.

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  8. That's hilarious! So Tony openly infiltrates the pusd event wearing a shirt expressing free speech? He should have gotten a paid day for that!

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    1. I doubt that Mr. Honowitz has ever experienced free speech carried out with such enthusiasm.

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    2. It's about time, right? He's been untouchable through way too many shenanigans.

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    3. Democracy would work a lot better if there were more Brandenburgs out there.

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    4. I think the majority in these parts appreciates a good dose of reality to clear out all that glitter.

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    5. I seriously would like to figure out how Dreier figures into all this low income housing/community schools stuff, and what's the motivator for him.

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    6. Remember, we're talking Peter, not David. Very different brand of critter. As one of the big organizers of the ill-fated Democratic Socialist Party back in the previous millennium, perhaps Peter Dreier sees this as an opportunity to organize the proletariat.

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    7. The Green Committee is pushing for low income housing here as part of the social equity things they copped from the UN documents. I wonder if Dreier is in on that.

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    8. What bothers me about this entire discussion is that it long ago ceased to be about the Brandenberg's efforts to get their son back into a mainstream class.

      What's left? A doomed effort to discover the names of parents who for whatever reason did not want the Brandenberg's son in the same class as their precious little ones. An unmoored "protest" against a board member whom the Brandenberg's have decided to target with their ire. And now an effort to drag the political friends of the targeted board member into the vortex - to what end God only knows.

      The Brandeberg's need two things: A goal and a plan to accomplish it. It would also serve them well to seek assistance in converting their free speech into effective speech. The current program is a road to nowhere.

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    9. Don't like the way the conversation is going, eh? One thing leads to another as they say. They also say the genii is is out of the bottle. Equally true.

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    10. i give up: i am not trying to create a slippery slope argument. what we have found is that there are connected people, and disconnected people. the bully parents, some of whom served on these parent groups, have the blessing of board members and politicians. when we started trying to find out who these people were and why they had so much influence with the board member- so much that he would violate ethics and protocols- and why he won't give them up. i mean why not? i know who most of them are, anyway. The reason is because he would have to admit he did this- and he won't because it makes the district liable for a lawsuit (one we never filed), and the parents blew it, too, and if they are called on it they might not be allowed to be the parent leaders at the school. Silly, right? But we are asking critical, valid questions. 1) why aren't community members held accountable for their actions on public schools? 2) Why did a liaison to the PTA help organize an effort to remove an autistic child from the school? 3) Why are the same bullies at SME still running the parent education component at SMS, and why are they still allowed to work with children? 4) Why isn't there a fence up? 5) Why aren't volunteers fingerprinted before going on to campuses in PUSD? 6) Why is every public school in the SGV secured, but SME and SMU are not? 7)Why does Honowitz protect these people, and why do they protect him? 8) Did Honowitz and Diaz have a professional or social interest with these parents prior to the meeting?

      Do you want me to continue?

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    11. @I Give Up- our efforts to get our son into a general Ed classroom has never ceased. The problem is that the toxic environment at Sierra Madre school continues. PUSD will not guarantee his safety, as there's no board policies overseeing the actions of community members while on school campuses ( remember?). I have to stay at school with him because of this. Honowitz set the precedent for these parents on how to treat those that don't fit the mold. Guess what? The lead parent bully ( also a pTA board rep) continues at Sierra madre school TRAINING other parents. No apology, no growth, just more of the same ignorance. And this is an example of the what is allowed to continues in parent leadership at SME.

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    12. absolutely. and 'i give up' if the political friends say to me and my friends and child, in response to the statement "this is about an incident of bullying that happened at sierra madre school" with a response of "i don't care about it" on September 29, then go to Norma Coombs and promote healthy habits in the schools on October 3- you best believe I am going to call foul. http://sierramadre.patch.com/articles/pusd-schools-celebrating-international-walk-to-school-week i don't care who they think they are and who they are friends with.

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    13. Yes, Portantino's associate, Julienne Hines has shown her hypocrisy.

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    1. i will say it again. we are buzzing like bugs, and honowitz doesn't like it. his friends don't like it. they don't want us in their land development facilities meetings. they don't want us looking at purchase orders and asking how tax money is spent. why? how much money are they spending covering up what they did to us? how about the other incidents? hey, stfu @1204- do you actually GO to meetings? did you know child was stabbed after being bullied at smu? his parents came to a board meeting and shared it. where were the parent vigilantes on that one? i care about the place i live in, and i try to talk to people. i am sorry when they don't like what i have to say, but i would rather say it than to remain placid and allow stupidity to reign in its place. sorry if that bugs you, but not too sorry.

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  10. i mean, i am very clear when i say it is an accident that i am doing this. i am looking to support my claims that these events happened. for two years mary and i were called names and bullied, stalked, and berated mercilessly by a handful of people. they were the ones that, through their arrogance and harassment, gave us the information that led to the PRA and honowitz. they also were diverse, they seemed politically connected, and used legalese. they have jobs where pushing people out of their homes and into cages is routine. they tried to do it to my 7 year old. they are the reason we became interested in this. we read the tattler. we found similarities in the way city governments and school governments work. then we started noticing the players were the same, but that they wear different uniforms.

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  11. Check out today's Star News
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_21789170/lowe-and-holden-highlight-marked-contrast-41st-state
    One of those sneaky back room meetings between PUSD and Pasadena City has gotten out- of course the Board member in charge of PUSD Facilities subcommittee is not mentioned.

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    1. Thank you Mary B.

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    2. Good catch Mary. And good on Brian Charles from the Star News for calling this one out. Vote Lowe. Holden = Honowitz = Peter Dreier.

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    3. That Facilities subcommittee chair being Honowitz?

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    4. anything smell funny yet? The biggest mistake that dummy ever made was meetingwith those fools to talk about our kid. the second was removing the words, "I'm sorry" from his lexicon.

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    5. i should point out that the finance subcommittee "legit" meeting was discussed on the Tattler 5 or 6 weeks ago. Why Bryan is just getting around to discussing it NOW is anyone's guess, BUT it should come as no surprise to anyone who is actually paying attention to what we say, HONOWITZ had a SECRET MEETING and broke a bunch of rules talking about my kid. It was in an OFFICIAL CAPACITY on district property.

      Read that article of Brian's. Doesn't sound even REMOTELY FAMILIAR to ANYONE? an UNNAMED secret meeting, ethics called into question (you can call them conflict of interests). Let me ask you, legal people- shouldn't this have been a public meeting and fall under Brown? Shouldn't there have been minutes taken and people who were there recorded in public interest.

      OH WAIT!!! just like the meeting honowitz and the bullies (and i promise their day under the spotlight is coming) had about MY KID...... he is DOING TO YOU, TOO!!!! Breaking all the same protocols. PAY ATTENTION to the words URBAN HOUSING and COMMUNITY. Pay attention to the names. Ask yourself, was this POLITICAL meeting on DISTRICT PROPERTY? was this on COMPANY TIME? Who set this meeting up? Is this what Honowitz was talking about at the legit meeting? why discuss building? please, someone explain this to me.

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    6. QUOTE: On Aug. 26, Holden arranged a private meeting between Urban Housing Communities and two executive staff members of the Pasadena Unified School District: PUSD Chief of Facilities David Azcarraga and Chief of Finance John Pappalardo, according to the PUSD officials.

      Holden said the meeting, although private, did not represent a conflict of interest.

      "The nature of the meeting was to give some creative ideas to the (school) district on how they can maximize an asset," Holden said. "I wasn't voting on anything and we weren't asking them to vote on anything. It wasn't anything that I was voting on."


      ASK: the chief of FACILITIES and chief of FINANCE were both there? no board member involved? so.... they were going to talk about BUILDING WHAT with um, the PUSD debt (projected cuts) is guesstimated at $5 MILLION at this time, and if those bills fail, could be $12 MILLION...... MAXIMIZE WHAT ASSET?!!!

      no, exactly, what creative what are they discussing again? help me understand. please.

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    7. a toast......... to narcissism.

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    8. 5:13, explain how asking questions equates with narcissism.

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    9. It is kind of an inside joke.

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    10. With you, yourself, and ? Talk about egocentric.

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    11. So 5:36, I'm taking it not as a dig at TB, but the political dirts

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    12. i have been called a narcissist. coming from the people who first used it, i wear it as a badge of honor. coming from the others, i wear it with a smile.

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  12. Honowitz is starting to squirm. More attention and awareness are increasing. Support for the Brandenburgs is growing and the voices are becoming louder. More people are becoming involved. Outside, as well as inside, dealings are being discovered.

    He thought this would've blown over by now.

    I wonder what he'll regret more: that he didn't do the right thing to begin with or that he didn't stop it when it continued, thus, adding negative discoveries to his resume. All for public and possibly legal scrutiny.

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  13. when the smoke clears, once again, we have demonstrated that Honowitz has a habit of setting up secret meetings that shouldn't happen, we pointed it out 5 weeks ago, and we pointed it out two years ago. we have shown a pattern of behavior that is questionable at best, and we have shown how the system covers for its own. i will celebrate the day this guy steps down, and i, for one, will take great pleasure in seeing him go just like bluemel, diaz, and blanco. we have given julianne hines fair warning: we know your name, and now you know ours. maybe you'll think twice when you blow off the next people who approach you with a simple request. ......... we have learned that it is the historical societies and preservationists that are the last hope for blocking these worms of destruction who chew up our cities and poop out mcvillas to support their train lines from riverside shores to muscle beach ........ in a place that is known for names like HUNTINGTON you would have to be lost to not laugh at the irony............ at some point you have to take a step back and look, or sit quietly as they build a nice craftsman or spanish style east bloc apartment for y'all to retire into. goodnight comrades!

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  14. For all the horrible things these parents may or may not be I do not understand as an educator of 30 years how in God's name the Board of Ed could ever or would ever get involved with a Special Education Child's Educational Life EVER EVER EVER. That is not their job.

    It is up to the Director of Special Ed, the Principal, the Special Ed teacher and the parents. Period.

    This is a pathetic situation which NO matter what anyone says about parents, it is up to EDUCATORS, not VOTED officials to handle.

    This is a small public school. They cannot handle their own group of children? Wow, imagine the nightmare if they were to work in Dallas, Chicago, Miami, LA or
    any other large urban area.

    Chilling and unqualified.

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    1. Exactly 8:21- District staff and Board members have specific duties that they didn't follow. They should NEVER have met with those parents. They should NEVER have validated privacy violations. What the hell were they thinking?

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    2. The special people of Sierra Madre felt they had the right to run a public school like it was a private one. And among their rights was the ability to excommunicate those children and families not worthy of them. They even brought in a sad excuse of a Board of Ed politician to enable their delusion. They're about to become famous.

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  15. Isnt Sierra Madrean Lisa Spigali Perez a well respeted teacher there. I wonder what her take on this bullying is. she ought to chime in.

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    1. I hear her husband started to call himself Elizabeth.

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    2. Nope, word is the Mr. exited. But 9:57, are you suggesting she's the Wistarious one?

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    3. I think that well respected teacher is the wart that's been stirring up shite here.

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    4. Oh, this would be very interesting. Of course, it would violate the mores she supposedly stands for. Yes paisana, tell everyone how you dragged them out of their comfort zone and fed their child to the animals.

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    5. I think Lisa divorced Perez a while back. Good on her!

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  16. really that probably explains the divorce

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    1. Yeah, she's all show and no substance.

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    2. Well, since I have nothing nice to say, I am not going to say anything.

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    3. I'll just blog about it later.

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    4. but for the record, I have referred to her in my house as "The Town Cryer"

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  17. FLASH NEWS: The COG has it on the agenda to fire Nick Conway tonight. There is a closed session item to deal with him too. The question is if the COG will pay him off or has the expensive attorney Nick hired while the COG paid him 40 Grand a month gotten him a deal with the DA. There is an item about the 70 Grand illegal payoff they gave Nick the last time he got his appendage in a ringer.

    The buffet may run out of food tonight with the length of the meeting. How much of this they are going to hide from the public is still questionable. Maybe our delegate will report to the City

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  18. Our City Council has not voted to drop from the COG. We have no City representation in reality.

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  19. A court of law will give the child of the parent-petitioner what the child is entitled to receive. After two years, the court of public opinion only serves the needs of the parent-petitioner.

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    1. yep, that's why the docs were hidden for so long. that's ok. i will just do my best to make sure no one publishes all the docs and the parent bullies names. oops.

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    2. i would fold those peacock feathers, it hasn't been two years...... i love that you are keeping track, tho, 1025. i love to play cat at rat as much as you.

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    3. 10:02- spoken like an attorney.....

      In fact, there were a few lawyers (2 teams working for just PUSD) working hard to make sure all those nasty documents remained hidden - yes, for close to TWO years.......for SOME of the violations.....but not all.

      The docs, including the petition, showed that a known disabled child was under surveillance by hostile parents, and that these parents had an agenda- with the knowledge of Honowitz and PUSD staff.

      No wonder they hid all this from the Office of Civil Rights and during the PUSD internal "investigations".

      How on earth could a couple of teachers/parents of a disabled child stand on their own against all this?

      Ever wonder why Sup Diaz and Gayle Bluemel both unexpectedly retired that same year?

      And guess who sent that petition over to Honowitz and Bluemel? Interestingly, a representative of the school site PTA Board......married to a high profile City Attorney.......who happened to have worked with Honowitz's wife.

      This sure is a tangled web, but liars and cheaters have a tendency to get caught, don't they?

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    4. 1002. not 1025..........there is a reason i wear glasses..........keep bragging, or whatever you cal that posturing, you and your princess get loose tongued on friday nights..... i want the BOE to know that you think that they are letting the bullies get away with it, and how you rub their noses in honowitz's mess on the carpet...... there are still some who will stand up to MR. ED the talking jackass. i mean, to me, exposing you worms is worth whatever retaliation you bring on me.

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    5. What can they do? Bully your kid out of school? Serve a property injunction on you for having a purple house?

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  20. Secret meetings, bully parents, missing docs, lying/cheating, etc. - all of these complaints have been hashed, rehashed, and re-rehashed in public fora. It seems reasonable to conclude that the public complaints are not working and if administrative demands to PUSD are not getting the desired results, it's time to get the courts involved. Public interest lawyers are not too difficult to find in CA, though many will likely want to focus on the educational issues and shy away from the other issues.

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    1. You make a good point 9:01. The problem is that focusing on the educational issues helps with placement and services, but it does not deal with the discriminatory environment that persists.
      Our experience to date is that civil rights attorneys don't come cheap, or on a contingency- despite the compelling evidence....

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    2. All too often those with grievances believe the "other issues" support and even bolster their main concerns.
      All too often though the "other issues" serve only to detract from and even undermine their main concerns.

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    3. Well, the main concern apparently is a violation of a child's civil rights, harassment and disability discrimination- which then impacted the child's access to an education. If those underlying factors are not dealt with, the child will never be able to access his right to an education IMHO.

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    4. The other concerns wouldn't have been found if dummy had just apologized and the school communiry hadn't acted like a mob of bigots.

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    5. Mary: I find it hard to believe that you have to resort to your tactics for lack of an attorney. Civil rights attorneys are entitled to their fees if they prevail. I suspect no attorney is working for you now because its obvious your case has no legal merit.

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    6. Anonymous October 22 11:31 AM aka some Honowitz/Dreier flunky:

      Whatever my "tactics" are.....coward......they are out in the open. We don't hide behind anonymity, is that a "tactic", then so be it.

      Every week at the past few Board meetings, it's become clear the bullies are rampant at Sierra Madre School- and it's not just coming from us.

      "No legal merit"? Really? Is that why certain PUSD staff were sitting on those precious documents? We've finally got them, and fraud statutes of limitations are not exceeded.

      Why do you think Diaz, Bluemel and Blanco unexpectedly flew the coop? Because we had nothing?

      And why do you care?

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    7. dear 11:31, i suspect you are too far into this to know better. Consider this blog is at the 1 week spot, still drawing lots of readers. I personally find more value in the court of popular thought than the court of law. I have seen how it is bastardized by egos who care nothing about justice, and only about winning. I won't get into a pissing contest with you, i'll let you go ahead and piss into a fan. when the piss on your face is cleared, and this situation, which is world known now, is researched- we personally are sitting on the 700 pages of documents with the names and the dates, all primary sources. you are a fool if you think we are going to sit on this stuff.

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    8. Sounds like things are heating up and someone is a little worried.

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    9. Word is Honny is running again. Maybe Bart should too.

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