Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sierra Madre Gears Up for PUSD Board of Ed Election

Election fever has returned to Sierra Madre with an announcement of the very first candidate nomination period for newly enacted subdistrict representation on the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education. As attentive Tattler readers know, this will be the beginning of exclusive district by district representation on the PUSD's elective governing body, a widely proclaimed important step in truly democratic rule for our troubled public school district. This being a product of recently voter approved Measure A, the ballot initiative hailed by many influential Pasadena area dignitaries for its supposed inclusiveness and fairness to all who call our public schools their educational home.

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.

Pink Flamingos?

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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40 comments:

  1. I recall the justification that was given for disenfranchising Sierra Madre for a couple of years - "It wouldn't be following the people's mandate to end a term before the original end of term that was involved in the voting process." Yep. We need to sacrifice ourselves.
    When people objected and said "We need a vote," Mosca and Doyle responded, "We have to be fair to the vote ad let people serve out their terms."

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    1. We have to give up our seat so that a lard butt like Tom Selinske can lounge around the Board of Ed for another two years? Why are we being called upon to make a sacrifice that will serve no apparent good purpose? Why couldn't they just add an extra chair at the dais?

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    2. Do you imagine either one of our 'representatives' thought of that?

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    3. If Bart and Joe both wanted it, then there must be more to it. Maybe they're in on that low income housing boondoggle that Honowitz and Holden are pushing.

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    4. That is hardly a legitimate reason. Bart and Joe should be ashamed of themselves for even saying that.

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    5. Cronyism is alive and well.

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    6. selinske needs to stay on because someone has to look out for dreier and honowitz's interests

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    7. These old boys watch out for their own.

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  2. The flamingos are really just a grown up version of tossing toilet paper over someone's yard. I think the twist with the birds is that in order for them to appear you make a donation to some worthy cause and the will decorate the yard of your choice.

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    1. that rules. i hope the city will do that to my yard. toilet paper is so passe'

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    2. One of the special people once dumped a few large bags of dog poop in my front yard.

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    3. Well one of those special folks put a flaming paper bag on my porch. I went to stomp it out and inside was dog poop!

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    4. Renatta Pooper?

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    5. Moderator, this comment thread has gone to #@it

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    6. I think it has something to do with the approach of Nibiru.

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    7. Yes, it is the planet hiding behind the sun that will crash into the Earth on December 21st. Or so say the doomsday folks. Something to do with the end of the Mayan long run calendar. Niburu's influence is supposed to cause a moral collapse upon the planet before finally smashing it to smithereens in a few weeks. 10:17, that may explain it.

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  3. I think the birds are an homage to the filthiest person alive, and who resides in our fair town. Once mayor, now jack of all dirts- "Filth are my politics, filth is my life!"

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    1. That would be Mr. Bart Doyle!

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    2. El Monte is suing Bart a whole bunch of ways. I wonder how that is going.

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  4. Flamingos are the smelliest animal at the zoo.

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  5. Two military jets are buzzing this town pretty heavily. What is it those fly boys are doing?

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    1. They're looking for unpermitted granny flats. The period of grace is over.

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    2. the took a couple granny flats out. it was brutal. hit 'em like bird droppings

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    3. I pity the fool who thinks they can hide from City Hall.

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    4. The jets are getting ready to bomb the city hall...

      Or maybe getting ready for the UCLA vrs USC football game.

      Go Bears....

      final score 38 UCLA vr 28 USC...

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    5. UCLA beats the Useless Spoiled Children. There is a God in heaven.

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    1. Insults work best when there is some truth to them. There was none of that here.

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    1. Tony, Mary and Crawford....keep telling us the truth about these criminals. People need to know!
      Thank you for what you are doing.

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  8. Dirty Doyle always has been up to no good. Great posting 9:58 and 10:01.
    PUSD; serve out their terms? I say let's term out Bart Doyle.

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  9. Stealing votes is a fine tradition for folks like Bart Doyle, Joe Mosca, John Buchanan, and Josh Moran. let's recall that Josh,Nancy, and John B. all wanted to appoint someone to replace Mosca rather than hold a vote. And of corse they need to stay in a good light with the power elite of PUSD so they don't mind if Sierra Madre has no effective representation on the school board for several years. I mean do you think the school board is really concerned about the childrens' education?

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    1. Sierra Madre is being punished for it's high scores.

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  10. Could anyone blogging clairify something for me regarding the Los Angeles School District (and possible the Pasadena School District, unless it has already been done). I over heard that; basically the LA School Dist. will be doing away with all of it's Special Education Classes and moving everyone on all levels of learning into regular class rooms in order to save money. Any truths to this?

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  11. How strong are unions? Ask Hostess.


    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_22011170/twinkie-offense-hostess-shuts-down-ovens-closes-bakeries-1-850-californians-lose-jobs?source=rss_viewed

    18,000 now unemployed.

    Thanks dudes!

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  12. The tradition of "being flocked" arose in San Marino in lieu of toilet paper. This is because there are laws against pink flamingos. So it means that Police and Fire are being visually assaulted by a plastic flock.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=San%20Marino&defid=1771242

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  13. Remember if your really upset then do as the Garvey School district community members did and are doing, ReCall.

    A group has initiated a ReCall against Janet Chin, she was presented with recall papers at a board meeting.

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