click here) and it looks likes someone has pulled papers to run for the PUSD Board of Education District 3 seat. I never understood this whole redistricting thing, anyway, but he looks like a small business owner who runs a couple of local building businesses with his wife (click here). It looks like Scott Phelps (District 7), Kim Kenne (District 1), and Elizabeth Pomeroy (District 5) have pulled papers, too. I’ll send you a link." (click here)
“Cool. Thanks,” says I, “but I am getting a migraine from trying to figure out this Measure A stuff, too. Just the redistricting minutes alone are complicated. I keep trying to figure out who these people are, what’s their angle. I want to scroll through all the minutia, you know. I was just looking at Selinske’s financial disclosure for his election run. Crazy. Oh, hey, thanks for the links ... Can’t say I would blame anyone for wanting to work together with their spouse, you know, the way these Hamptons seem to roll. "You get to be the President of that company, and I’ll VP for that company, if I can be President of this company, and you’ll be VP. That way we can either succeed at one, or we can burn together in both. Haha.”
There are a couple of things that catch my ire, one being the failure of public offices to strictly adhere to the separation of church and state, and the other is to fail to disclose information, stuff like construction companies. I have found that both are pretty common practices. God finds His way into public politics all the time, and into the PUSD classrooms as well. So do building companies. Those financial disclosure statements are tons of fun, and they too, help connect the dots between otherwise free floating and zero gravity entities.
All the same, the infusion of a single religious dogma into government meetings (what comes to mind is the almost pathetic groveling I have seen at Fullerton City Council meetings) to invasions into the classrooms still makes me bristle. My middle child’s outrage that he was being force fed the opinions of a pastor from Grace Communion International (click here) in his 6th Grade classroom a couple of years back still comes to mind. The pastor brought in an officer from the Pasadena Police Department who shared one of those anonymously written statements from “an unnamed officer” that sounded like something straight out of Snopes. The lesson discussed rape, murder, and drug abuse. I think it was supposed to be a discussion about bringing communities together. I was glad to see that not much has changed with Grace Communion from their glory days back when they used to use the same scare tactics and were still called the Worldwide Church of God. Yes, a religious education, funded with my tax money and provided courtesy of Pasadena Unified School District.
Yeah, yeah. Go easy on me, Bible thumpers. Whatever. You all know preachers don’t belong in PUSD classrooms spreading the gospel. That’s why people like me come to this place for the sermon from up yonder Grove Avenue. Thank your Higher Being (or name your poison here) for the Sierra Madre Tattler is all I have to say to that.
So. Why would anyone want to be a PUSD Board Member? I ask that earnestly. I have yet to hear anyone with even a rudimentary brain stem say anything remotely close to “I am satisfied with the state of affairs in PUSD” in the last twenty years. It is a headache that has been nagging a great deal of us since forever, and to have someone with integrity and half of their marbles actually voice the desire to be navigating the folly that is the PUSD, if you catch my ... uh ... drift, is like someone with able foresight willingly signing on to the Titanic at the eleventh hour. You know, when the deck chairs had begin to slide.
I don’t know everything about the existing board members, and that goes for those running for re-election. All of them are educators or have some business knowledge, maybe even a social/religious base for exacting some sort of social change or higher knowledge. I know that Scott Phelps is a teacher at the college/university level, as is Ramon Miramontes, that Renatta Cooper is involved in Early Childhood Education, Mr. Ed Honowitz is a photographer and active in intellectual rights on some level, that Kim Kinne is obviously a number cruncher of some capacity, and that Tom Selinske is some sort of businessman. Who I have been totally in the dark about is Elizabeth Pomeroy, who, should Honowitz decide to run for a fifth term, would be running against him. Most gamblers would put their money on the talking horse, but I’m not so sure.
I have spoken to Ms. Pomeroy briefly at a couple three performances at various schools in Pasadena, and had assumed that she was interested in the arts because that’s where I have run into her for parlez- vous. She seemed to have a genuine interest in music and fine arts in the school. Just my hunch.
So. I asked Mary Jo about her, Mary seems to be more informed than I when it comes to reading up on school politics and stuff. Mary told me some basics, that Pomeroy is from San Marino, that she graduated from Stanford and received a PhD from UCLA, and that she writes books. She had been a college teacher in the area for some time (click here).
A self publisher (click here) and owner of a small press that specializes in mainly local histories, this is someone that I immediately took a liking to on second look. I can appreciate anyone who believes in their art enough to back it up with their own bankroll. She worked at the Huntington for a spell, and also participates in living history (click here) performances, which is a kick I am sure.
It was about that time when the socially inept in me triggered an alert boo-boo response: “Uh-oh,“ I realized, “faux pas. She is Dr. Pomeroy.“
Shame on me.
Still doesn’t explain why she’d throw in her hand with Mr. Ed. In fact, it makes me think she should know better. But in this day and age - an age where the victims become called the bullies, and the bullies become decision makers, task force appointees, and council members - who really cares? History belongs to the victors, and if ole Ed decides to pull papers, I will support Doc Pomeroy all the way.
I guess my campaign - Don’t waste your vote on Honowitz, vote for this rock - will have to wait.
And so. Back to this new paper puller. Armed with nothing but a name (Tyrone Hampton), a company name (Pasadena Interiors), and the query term PUSD board candidate, thus I searched ... and searched ... and searched. It took a little sleuthing because it is a tangled web. I forgot to pay attention to the “Junior” part.
Tyrone Hampton, Jr. is connected to Pasadena Construction & Interiors, Inc. (click here) which is a Pasadena based construction company was established in 1971. As far as I can tell, father started the business, son keeps it going. An associated company for Rccs-Pci, Pasadena Construction & Interiors has listed a number of very impressive clients, including Parsons Corporation, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Ritz Carlton, Martin Luther King Hospital, Western Justice Center, Pasadena Court of Appeals, Pasadena Convention Center, Ambassador College, and Edwards Air Force Base.
Wow. That’s a pretty fine group of clients. Color me impressed (click here).
So let me see if I can connect any dots ...
According to Corporate wiki Rss-Pci, there are many connections, mostly to the last name Hammond, but also to a couple of companies, those being Pasadena Construction, Pci & McDowell, Inc., and Rccs-Pci. I am assuming they are all family. Family businesses are what make the world go around, and these companies seem to share the same officers, presidents, and employees, as well as the same Pasadena address (click here) also comes as no surprise. There are lots of Hamptons, Tyrone, Nora, Denise, and Tiyesha. I must assume that Tyrone Junior’s father started this company, thus, there are two Tyrone Hamptons, and it is the son who is running for school board. Nice, maybe he has school age children in PUSD.
But wait. What’s this? Who (or what) are Eye Dreams? (click here) Nora Hampton, founder, Tyrone Hampton president, Denise Hampton D&H Design, and Tyrone Hampton, Jr. Their web page outlines a non profit which, as far as I know, never came to fruition:
Eye Dreams is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that believes in "Creating a community of overachievers. Eye Dreams mission is to create stronger and healthier communities by providing support, education, advocacy, and training to those in need. Our programs empower the community to achieve their dreams and assist them in overcoming obstacles. Thus, leveling the playing field for the systematically disadvantaged."
Eye Dreams has an interest in construction, as well (click here) and therein, perhaps, lies the connecting piece to Measure A. I wouldn’t be surprised if I find a God connection, too, and ... yep, there it is. Dr. William Turner, Pastor, New Revelation Baptist Church (click here). Dr. Turner is the Founder and CEO of the Community Outreach Center of Pasadena (click here) who have an active role in housing assistance. His name also showed up on the Quality of Life Center, Inc. (click here), a group I am familiar with through the Bright Scholars Program that offers support and workshops aimed at keeping children with high GPAs in school. All in the Eye Dreams family.
Oh, and dig on the names of the highly connected political personages listed as the Board of Directors on that Quality of Life Center, Inc. site as well. A who's who of Pasadena political power.
What does this have to do with PUSD, property and housing? Hell if I know, probably nothing. But here’s some more from the Hampton-heavy Eye Dreams website:
Eye Dreams sees the excessive employment & housing needs in our community and the damage to families that occurs when these needs are unmet.
Eye Dreams continues to provide training and job resources by forming alliances with the leading employment agencies, small business organizations, housing agencies & construction companies, to provide training and job resources for the disadvantaged & displaced families in our community.
Our construction training programs, supply families and individuals with competitive skills needed to lead positive career and lifestyle improvement.
OK, so, I get it. This is the education based non-profit wing that hoped to be connected to the family business. A religious family with socio-economic ideals that are centered on fairness for all, leveling the playing field, and tangents that include housing equity. These are great things. I personally benefited from grants and loans and I came from poverty. I can appreciate there are people doing things to help others. I really can. Joy to the world and all that crap.
So, Tyrone Jr. is running for school board and his dad (Tyrone) is the CEO of Pasadena Construction and Interiors, and is also the LA County Small Business Commissioner.
Here we go again. The beast in me says, “Apartments, building, train stations, green politics, and the inevitable- nepotism, Pasadena City Council 8th Guiding Principle, PUSD, community based projects, government interference, free taxpayer funded handouts to rich developers, etc.”
Thing is, I am not finding it.
Tyrone Hampton (father) is actually listed as the 2012 OSB Vice Chair on the Small Business Commission Roster (click here). The Los Angeles Office of Small Business and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (OSB-PTAC) states their mission is to bring small businesses together with federal and state government opportunities (click here). Denise Hampton (mother) has sometimes filled in for Tyrone (father) at meetings according to the LA County database (click here).
All the same, Tyrone Hampton received an award in 2011 for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, and that always resonates well with me (click here). Maybe he builds access points or something. It’s nice to see that the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration still gets used. Of course, it’s just a matter of time before someone levels it to build a newer one.
Lots about dad, not so much out there about son. So who is Tyrone Hampton, Jr., and why does he want to be a PUSD Board Member?
Maybe he is a young parent, and wants to institute change. I sure hope so. It certainly can’t be the pay.
Serving on the Board of Education pays next to nothing, although there are some perks like health benefits. Just the same, it is a headache “job” and almost everyone who serves on the board has a primary business or work obligation - even photo boy Ed Honowitz.
It is a thankless, merciless job, filled with the joys of dealing with people like, uh, me. Why anyone would choose to go that route is anyone’s guess, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want to serve in politics at all. Maybe I am the wrong person to ask or even to discuss it to begin with ... That’s what’s so beautiful about the first amendment in the first place - its ability to be wasted on every man’s voice, even mine.
Until the next time ... remember ... our progressive neighbors to the northwest still call them Accords ... maybe it’s still OK even if it’s not ...
Think green! (click here)