Saturday, December 8, 2012

On Their Website the Pasadena Unified School District Now Admits Sierra Madre Has No Board Of Education Vote Until 2015

Apparently the folks over at the Pasadena Unified School District are readers of the Sierra Madre Tattler. But then again, who isn't? We had pointed out last Monday that the notice on their website regarding the Board of Education election next March was incorrect in that it claimed Sierra Madre would be participating in the voting. This was a kind of "insult to injury" error on their part because our right to vote in that election had clearly been stolen by the very people now declaring that we would be doing so in 2013. Here is what they had been saying:

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).
Did Ben prophesy the PUSD?

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?

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46 comments:

  1. My God! Is there any hope left, anywhere?
    Seems everything in California is corrupt.
    It's as if the criminals have completely taken over and are draining everything dry (of $$$) before everything completely collapses.

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  2. filing paperwork is only a problem in the PUSD when their attorneys are building up arguments against autistic children, and children with learning disabilities. at those times they have attorneys quite capable of criminalizing children. this is an equal opportunity offender- they will rip apart the reputation of any chilld- but they lean towards criminalizing males on a larger scale than females through suspensions and expulsions, and with a special knack for males who are African-American, who are more likely than any ofther subgroup to have been treated in this manner. the real criminals build stuff. well, they pretend to build stuff. it's like an erector set for a 'shroom head.

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    1. actually, a new breed of 'shroom head. these are wholly organic and grow free range in the wild.

      well what's left of it.

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    2. Hey 6:41 - perhaps we should pray that the entire house of cards collapses, and soon. because then we can begin to rebuild. all the rats will have either been crushed or run away and the we can begin to rebuild again using common sense and honesty and accountability. We must continue to be grateful to things like the Tattler that help to shine a light on the corruption and we, ourselves, mug be willing to stand up a nd fight this corruption. the coming months will not be pretty or easy, but we must continue on through to the other, better side. Remember, it's always darkest before the dawn.

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    3. The administration of PUSD should have been shown the door years ago. We need to bring in a private company to run the place. A forensic audit needs to be conducted as well. Who was it that thought putting $350,000,000 of our money in the hands of such nincompoops was a good idea?

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    4. audits of this situation will only matter if they come from outside sources, and those sources will make the district actually follow through on recommendations.

      The TEN special education audits which should be driving one whole department as recommended by the Special Education Task Force, have not been honored, and the gatekeepers will make sure that continues. It is the tireless efforts of parents to keep an eye on that dept, as well as to continue challenging the status quo that are the warriors for systemic change, and they are the first to be targeted by the rest of the system as being "unrealistic" and "delusional" and "narcissistic" for being the most aware and active members of the educational community. No one dares say that against the power brokers (parent volunteers) who run the local schools, though, for all thought and purpose, essentially serve the same role- to work tirelessly for free so that thieves can steal the community's tax money.

      I will also say that most of that document was written by parents and what their concerns were, and that the gatekeepers will obvious to spot as well. anyone who knows the parents who were involved will figure out who wrote which part, because parents were involved enough to be positioned in every subgroup.

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    5. The incompetence and corruption of the PUSD is fully backed up by the Peter "PUSD Dad" Dreier smear machine.

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  3. the los angeles times picked it up, though it looks like not much more than what the pasadena sun ran. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/pasadena-unified-to-investigate-handling-of-350-million-bond-fund.html

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    1. well the times picked up the bond part. they don't much care about the underlying problem regarding the denial of representation. that stuff doesn't matter to pusd, but then again, it doesn't matter to 90% of sierra madre either. The 1% who care are called bitter and disgruntled by the 9% who believe in leprechuans.

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    2. I got yelled at in the parking lot of Albertsons by a leprachuan believer about a week ago. She said I didn't know her, but if I did I would like her. She also called be a rat b*st*rd, something that didn't make me like her right away. Maybe the nice stuff comes after the attempted public humiliation. She kind of looked like an aging extra from the movie "She Wolves of the SS."

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  4. How much was stolen? Do we know yet?

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  5. I think we all owe a vote of gratitude to Joe Mosca and Bart Doyle for making sure we won't have to go to the bother of voting in a Board of Education election until 2015. I think we are all tired and this will be a much needed break from having to do that Ink-A-Dot thing.

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    1. It seems that only a handful vote in the PUSD elections anyway, so what's the problem? Out of 600 voters in one Sierra Madre precinct only 60 cast their ballot (not counting absentee) in the PCC election last year. Shameful

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  6. The PUSD as well as others located in the state of California are run by "want ta be" Important political ladder climbing politicians, who don't care about where the money goes on any school project.

    These special people know they can cover up the truth since their previous commrades on the school board have sone so, with out any investigations or criminal charges being brought against them.

    School board members are to continue any previous cover ups and always ask for more money from the parents and cities they reside in.

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  7. 7:35
    Thank you for your comment. Sometimes we just get discouraged.

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  8. Home school your children. Remove them from the system and then the schools receive less and less money from the state. and then they either change for the better or just go away.

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  9. Instead of low income housing how about low income private education? Make private schooling affordable and people will leave the PUSD in droves.

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    1. Affordable private education exists. It's known as "vouchers". Like the kids in the DC schools had.

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  10. Tony Brandenburg for Board of Education *2013* Protest at the 12/11/12 Board of Ed meeting.

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    1. Hey 8:48! I think you have something there.......maybe if a group of us go to the board meetings and make some noise, ask for explanations publicly.....maybe get agendized for the comment- we can get an answer, and some action.

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    2. OnTuesday Feb 5 the joint PUSD - Sierra Madre City Council meeting is to be held at City Hall. What better a time for people to show their concern for PUSD's theft of our vote?

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    3. 9:12, I can't find the announcement of the meeting, can you post a link?

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    4. It is on the latest City Manager report on the City site. It is quite a treasure trove of information.

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    5. nope. i am not qualified. when i put my mind to buildig things, they actually get built. i have also broken the critical taboo; i peed in the woods once or twice.

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    6. I think PUSD is in need of the "crash and burn" politics of Tony. There needs to be some big change.

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    7. i need to discourage this idea. ok. i inhaled. i had relations with that woman. i used to have a gardener. i drove a car once without insurance. i own chickens and chinchillas. i pocketed the tt money. have i convinced you that i am the wrong choice yet?

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  11. Mtnviewsnews.com is still advertising (in it's Twitter box) that Sierra Madre will have a vote in the 2013 election... new edition will be on line Sunday or maybe in the print edition that is delivered by unicorn to secret locations...

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    1. To correct the nonsense she posted about the Board of Ed election Susan would have to admit she is clueless. Something she thinks is a secret.

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    2. Not secret locations, 9:27 - targeted at elders. Hart Park House senior center always has copies as does the post office, and, of course, city hall. Bet city hall is the first stop. "See, I'm publishing and distributing the adjudicated paper, so you better keep paying me."
      Also, Henderson never knows when she might have to hit up an elder for a "loan" to the paper.

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    3. The paper is out and Susan blames the PUSD.

      'Sierra Madre Will Not Vote In 2013 Election For School Board Candidates - A press release issued by the Pasadena Unified School District last week, and published in this paper, incorrectly stated that "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)." However, it has since been learned that Sierra Madre is in the newly organized District 6 and will not be choosing their candidate until 2015. A subsequent release was sent on Monday that eliminated that statement.'

      So how is it Susan didn't know what just about every sentient being in Sierra Madre knew, and instead printed a untrue press release week after week? Can it be she had no understanding of what Measure A was really all about, and instead just cut and pasted her coverage from the PUSD website verbatim? Giving it no thought at all? As a reporter this woman is without value.

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    4. I still want to find out what the mystery tweeter told her. Whatever it was Susan was in a high dander over it.

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    5. Susan Henderson did not take responsibility for the veracity of what was printed in her paper?
      Really?

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  12. I can't stop laughing! PUSD is in perfect step with the double dealing hypocrisy which pervades our local public service and government agencies.We need to look no further than at our own City establishment!A call to the Attorney General or a forensic audit might be a place to begin for both of them..

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    1. FBI involvement would be nice.

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  13. Big yard sale at the Buchanans today. Are they moving?

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    1. One moves, another appears.They are like weeds!

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    2. Has a new carpetbagger arrived in town? An employee of a utility perhaps?

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  14. Doop-de-doop-de- doo,
    I guess it will be time to vote for another group of corrupt Dumocrats.
    They sure doo look after our interests, ya know...

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    1. I have Bob Huff fatigue.

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  15. Why did Susan just print the wrong information when she, if she was a jounalist or newspaper writer/publisher, could have said but districts x y and z don't vote on a representative until 2015. Why? Because she would have to do some work to print the correct information. Work? Oh my! She is a cut and paster (not a journalist or newspaper writer/publisher, and that is even more evident when you see the current issue (I wrapped up a purchase in it so it wouldn't break on my way home from the market) where the issue of the water bond is covered/copied: click here for the website to the .... Excuse me! This is a print rag, not a computer web site. Give me a break!

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    1. Calling the paper "News" should be considered actionable fraud.

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    2. Damn. And here I have been clicking on that newspaper all day.

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    3. That sounds like classic Henderson; both inaccurate and badly written, neither edited nor proofread, and erratically available.

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    4. Susan did reassure her readers that the timing of Middle School construction being stopped and the scandal involving Measure TT funds was just a coincidence. I know that I felt much better.

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  16. I am very happy to be a Sierra Madre resident with 2 kids in PRIVATE school. The situation at PUSD is an absolute outrage.

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    1. You may want to reflect on the fact that it's your tax money being squandered and the children who are receiving a substandard education will be paying (or not) your social security and if they aren't able to find a job you may be on the hook for their incarceration tab. That's not to say you have any moral or civic obligation to support the public school parents...

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