PUSD Board of Education Subdistricts: The official filing period for candidates for Seats 1, 3, 5 and 7 on the PUSD Board of Education is now open. Interested candidates can only run for the seat that is in the geographic subdistrict where they reside. PUSD board districts became geographic subdistricts after the passage of Measure A last June, replacing the previous at large system. Board members will be elected to a four year term for subdistricts 1, 3, 5 and 7 next year and subdistricts 2, 4 and 6 will be on the ballot in 2015. The filing period to run for the PUSD Board of Education will close December 7, 2012. Voters in Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre will go to the polls March 5, 2013 for the primary nominating election and April 16, 2013 for the general election (if necessary).
Fortunately those at the PUSD had read our complaint and the necessary changes were made to set the situation straight. No, we still have had our right to vote in next March's Board of Education stolen by the sneaky little runts running the place. That part wasn't changed. But what was remedied was their website notice, which now accurately reflects the great injustice done to the people of Sierra Madre. Here is how it reads today (click here):
The official filing period for candidates for Seats 1, 3, 5 and 7 on the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education closes December 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The Pasadena City Clerk’s Office must receive all nomination papers by that time.
PUSD’s at large board districts became geographic subdistricts encompassing Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County after the passage of Measure A last June. Board members will be elected to a four year term for subdistricts 1, 3, 5 and 7 in 2013 and subdistricts 2, 4 and 6 in 2015. Voters will go to the polls March 5, 2013 for the primary nominating election and April 16, 2013 for the general election (if necessary).
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Sierra Madre is located in Subdistrict #6, which means we will be not be allowed to vote next year. To view a map of this gerrymandered mess click here. While viewing this map, please note that the majority of those subdistricts voting in 2013 are in the western portion of the district, while the 2015 vote subdistricts are predominantly on the eastern side of the divide. I will leave it to you to conclude why that might be.
All that said, it is refreshing to see such candor from the Pasadena Unified School District. There is also a valuable historical lesson contained here for school children attending the PUSD outposts in Sierra Madre. You may recall that during the American War For Independence one of the rallying cries for those opposed to the misrule of the then British Empire was "Taxation Without Representation." This was considered to be a bad thing at the time because people in the Americas were being told they had to pay onerous taxes while having absolutely no say in how they were levied. This was often referred to by the word tyranny, and was something that helped bring about an historic event known as the American Revolution.
Today in Sierra Madre we find ourselves in a similar situation. We will be expected to continue paying the taxes that go to sustain an ever shrinking Pasadena Unified School District, but will not be able to elect representation until two full years after most of the rest of school system. You see, we live in a subdistrict that has been decreed vote anathema by the runts, and therefore will not be allowed what are basic democratic rights. We still have to pay our taxes, but with no Board of Education representative will have no say as to how that money is raised or spent. Taxation without representation, plain and simple.
In other words, what was known as "tyranny" back in 1776 has now become a politically correct practice in 2012. At least it has for the PUSD.
School Construction Bond Money Is Getting Stolen at the PUSD? Let's All Put On the Shocked Face
In a strong column published in today's Pasadena Star News, Larry Wilson reminds us about the last time bond money was going out the backdoor at the Pasadena Unified School District. The bond measure back then was Measure Y, and yes, a good amount of it got stolen. Apparently just like Measure TT bond moneys have been stolen now. Here is what Larry has to say (click here):
As we reported in 2008: "Pasadena police Friday blamed shoddy bookkeeping and lack of oversight by the school district in administering the projects funded by Measure Y ... `Nobody was checking, nothing was being done,' Pasadena police detective Lt. John Dewar said. "There was no paper trail verifying work was being done. ... From the beginning of the investigation, police `found some serious issues with lack of control and oversight,' Dewar added. `There was no audit to check what was done,' he said. `The thieves got in and took the money."'
Even one of the suspects in the alleged failure to perform work at Washington said the accounting and the entire project was chaos: "Peterson said Wednesday he was the `13th project manager. Everybody else either went nuts or walked off the project,' which he described as `pandemonium."'
Things got so bad back then that the District Attorney refused to prosecute the culprits who took off with all of that Measure Y bond money. Why? Because the PUSD didn't have the paper work necessary to prove that they had actually cut any checks to these guys.
Who knows? Maybe it is deja vu all over again. But then there is also this. If you are taxed without having any representation, does it still matter if later on the money gets stolen?