Saturday, November 17, 2012
Here is an announcement that ran on Nov 13 in the Pasadena Star News (click here):
Pasadena announces filing dates for council, school board elections - Candidate nominations for the March 5 primary elections for City Council and Pasadena Unified School District will open on Nov. 13 and close Dec. 7, the City Clerk's office announced Wednesday.
Representatives for Pasadena's City Council districts 3, 5 and 7 and for PUSD Board of Education members representing the newly formed district seats 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be up for election. Candidates for both City Council and PUSD all will vie for four-year terms.
For election information, go to cityofpasadena.net/cityclerk/election or call the City Clerk's Office at 626-744-4124. The city's web page will be regularly updated as candidates file nomination papers and if local measures are added to the ballot, officials said.
There is a problem, however. While the subdistricts named in this announcement really are gearing up to elect their very own representatives to the PUSD Board of Education in 2013, we were somehow not invited to that party. Rather the district that includes Sierra Madre is not being allowed to nominate and elect its own Board of Ed member until 2015, two years later. Which means that the majority of PUSD Board of Education subdistricts will have their own exclusive representation on the Board, while we will have nothing at all like that. An unfortunate disadvantage now that the fight over hundreds of millions of dollars in school construction Measure TT bond money has taken the kinds of ugly turns that it has.
This uncomfortable arrangement was concocted by something called the Pasadena Unified School District Task Force. And we did have City Council appointed representation to this august body, first with then City Councilman "Vanishing" Joe Mosca, followed by former Mayor Bart Doyle. Both of whom presumably went to these task force meetings with the intention of representing the interests of Sierra Madre's school children and their parents.
But apparently they did not.
Isn't it time that somebody finally explained why it is we were so thoroughly kicked to the back of the school bus like this? Please contact members of the Sierra Madre City Council and ask that this topic be agendized for a thorough and frank discussion. It is bad enough that we have been quite possibly illegally denied our democratic rights to a full vote on the PUSD Board of Education. After all, we pay our taxes with the same currency as the rest of the district. That "taxation without representation" issue being an important one in American history.
It is also troublesome that the reasons for this abusive and possibly discriminatory treatment have been allowed to remain such a deep and dark secret. This needs to be discussed, and now. Stealing our vote is a serious issue.
I was hoping that someone might be able to clear up a mystery. At the top of this article is a photo that was sent our way by Tony Brandenburg. It shows a scene from in front of the Sierra Madre Police and Fire Departments, one occupied by quite a few facsimile pink flamingos.
Having spent an interesting portion of my troubled youth residing in a trailer park, I am quite familiar with the devotion that some people have for these colorful tropical birds. And they are eye-catching, there is little doubt about that.
However, why were they there? Someone obviously went to a lot of trouble to arrange for this display. Plus whoever it is that organized this had to have gone out and found all of those flamingos. I am not sure what resources available to our city could supply so many of these signature birds.
And then there is the question of why it was done. Was there a purpose? Was a message of some sort being delivered? Or was it just somebody having a little fun.
Any help you can supply here would be much appreciated.
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