Friday, December 14, 2012

Tony Brandenburg: The PUSD Seville - This Ain't Your Pappy's Cadillac

Gold is the new green
I had surgery this week. It’s nothing serious, but I will miss about a week of work. It’s the price I pay for living the life of Reilly. In the long run it will come out of my paycheck, as it should. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Real life, cold hard economics. Yet, I bristle any time anyone gets served a free lunch when they have plenty of bread to make their own sandwich. David Azcarraga, PUSD Chief of Facilities, is taking paid administrative leave effective immediately. Paid for by you, and by me. I know, I know. It’s tubthumping time.

Thanks to some wheeling and dealing, Sierra Madre was robbed of its vote in PUSD elections to support what was considered “being fair” to Board Member Tom Selinske. Selinske’s elected position of four years would have been shortened to two years from four. Never mind that the same gratis offer could have been taken by Kim Kinney, who, in a selfless act that of respect for the people she serves, will step down and back onto the election block after serving two of her four years. Keep that in mind, voters of District 1.

Listen, I personally have no personal interest in whether or not it is “fair” or “unfair” in regards to whether Tom Selinske gets to serve his full term or not. I suspect that the people that dumped all that money into his campaign are the ones who are really crying “foul” in the first place. He seems like a pretty mellow guy, I somehow don’t sense it’s his feathers that are getting ruffled, but it sure seems to matter to someone. Who? Why? Passive figureheads surrounded by jackals and financed by sharks don’t generally surprise me, but someone is working hard clogging up the pipes to keep this guy sitting on that seat for some reason.

See, in my simplistic world, the real issue here is equity and access. Sierra Madre, which is part of Subdistrict Region 6, deserves a voice. That ain’t much, just basic American idealism. We were sold down the river by our City Council when Bart Doyle was chosen to serve on the Redistricting Commission (click here) to look out for our interests. Really? I have never seen Mr. Doyle at a PUSD Board Meeting. I did see him at the Cafe 322 a couple of times surrounded by harpies and throwing a couple back, and once around 2000/2001 I saw him in my driveway all red faced yelling at me that I couldn’t put a wall on my property, but never at a PUSD Board Meeting. Not once.

So. We are taxed on our souls - to fund a school district that sold its own- all thanks to a man who has none. Beautiful.

The Boston Tea Party was staged on a similar premise, was it not? No taxation without representation. Maybe it will take a group of Sierra Madre Soccer Mamas painted up in something that won’t show their grey - I mean green - roots, something nonchalant (click here), stealth in their birkenstocks, slipping in at lunchtime, maybe even tipping a few file cabinets out the windows of the PUSD offices - to get someone to take this seriously.

So, dig it, the buck never stops anywhere near here. At least according to an article in the Pasadena Sun (click here).

A top Pasadena Unified School District administrator and a consultant with a $312,000 schools' contract have been removed from their posts pending an investigation into improper billing practices by contractors on the $350 million Measure TT capital improvement program ... PUSD Facilities Chief David Azcarraga has been placed on paid administrative leave and bond consultant Robin Brown's contract has been suspended. The district also terminated four contracts related to Measure TT, including consultant Peter Condis and project assistant Arturo Arce, plus two companies, LCC3 and the Seville Group ...

Keeping it real, we can always count on the machine to keep it running clean and never letting us down (click here) because after all, that’s what neighbors are for.  The Seville Group, a Pasadena Building Contractor located at - are you ready for this - 199 South Hudson Avenue - just got dumped as a consulting group with a few other companies  by “hello sailor” neighbor  Pasadena Unified School District at 351 South Hudson Avenue. Smooth sailing on the Hudson, right?

Anonymous Dec 6 9:44 a.m. - "PUSD Board Member, Tom Selinske, has ties to Seville Construction Services. They donated $1000 to his campaign. Right alongside the LA County Building and Construction Trade Council PAC ($500), California Teamsters Local (a whopping $9,999), Plumbers and Steamfitters PAC ($250), California Laborers for Equality and Progress ($1,000), and Pankow Builders ($300)."

We even have our very own hometown developer, John Hutt, who donated to Selinske's campaign, and our most famous central planner - Bart Doyle, as well.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that U.S. Communist Peter Dreier's group, ACT, also donated $2,000 to his campaign.

We won't have a say when/if Selinske runs again due to sub-geographic districts. But that doesn't mean we can't campaign AGAINST him in his own back yard in 2015. Or better yet, let's identify a good candidate of our own to run in that district!

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63 comments:

  1. Selinske is the Honey Boo Boo of PUSD Board Members.

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    1. Hey, Tony -

      You posted my comments made on the Tattler recently verbatim regarding Selinske, Seville, and all of the campaign donations,etc...Heck I'm flattered, but I think being the stand up guy you are and so forth, it probably would have been appropriate to say something along the lines of, "Comments left on this blog last week..." Blah Blah Blah. John does it this way, and I'd like to see you do the same.

      Just sayin'

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    2. Actually that is my fault. It was in Tony's original, but I somehow edited it out. Replacing it now. My apologies.

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    3. Well thanks, Mod - but the quote should go all the way to the bottom :)

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    4. E-mail it to me. I'll post it tomorrow.

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    5. Uh oh. I plagirimiser ;) sorry 'bout the confusion, agent 944

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    6. Yep, the quote was the whole last bit. Mary saw it and said this AM, "the style changed after the Mutiny on the Hudson gag" I told her, "yep. I think john was saving it for me because I didn't have a proper ending." I hadn't checked the doc because I was on telephone not computer today when I first opened the tattler. I meant to ask about the 9999 figure because I located a straight
      10k, either figure is totally insane for a school board election.

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    7. This is 1:17 - I love you guys for your integrity in reporting and correcting an innocent error. And that is what separates you from the rest.

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  2. The Measure TT rip-off is the companion to the Measure Y rip-off.
    Are these people ever going to sober up?

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    1. The idea that the front office of the PUSD is a secure place to stash a few hundred million dollars is not a good one. To say the least...

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    2. Exactly 6:54, and there are some of the same players from Y and TT- coincidence?

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  3. I recall the Measure TT discussions before the council. Don Watts asked insightful questions that exposed the PUSD guy as a snake, while Buchanan praised PUSD and threw all his phony gravitas behind the Measure. Thank goodness we're spared all of his rationalizations at the next meeting.

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    1. There is no better word to describe Buchanan's speaking style than "bray."

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    2. I miss Don on the city council! I miss MaryAnn on the city council and I miss Kurt on the city council!

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    3. If the forensic audit had taken place they would still be there. Why is Buchanan having his sock puppets push for a 12% UUT? He knows where the fiscal bodies are buried, and he knows how much they are worth.

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    4. We need a forensic audit, more than ever.

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    5. They're doing a forensic audit of the TT debacle.

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    6. Great. They're closing the door after the money horse left the barn.

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  4. Off subject...city just sent out emails cancelling Dec 20th planning comm meeting staff did not get work done vthey had promised on R-1 code........it is time to hold people accountable....starting at city mgr and head of development services.

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    1. They must have had other priorities. I wonder what they might have been?

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  5. It's all about Seville-ity these days. And what is greener than piles of hundred dollar bills . . .

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    1. Why is it, that when I think of our mayor, I think of a Sedan De Ville, oh, . . . I see . . . it's that creepy face hair . . . honoring Satan, the Devil.

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    2. And Dancin' Nancy can be Cruella (I'll take you out!) DeVille.

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    3. It'll take a lot more than 101 Dalmation puppies to cover that backside!

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    4. Tony, now what on earth did you do to tick Bart off?

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    5. Cruella, Horace, and Jasper: your duly elected representatives, working to turn your tax dollars into their own personal and political paydays.

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    6. @ 921, i wanted to build a brick wall and his friend didn't want me to...... the wall, she stands.

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  6. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_22189947/pasadena-unified-considers-closing-schools-again

    So now besides the redistricting, they're talking about redoing the attendance boundaries. Wonder who will be looking out for Sierra Madre? Oh, I forgot, we don't have a board rep.

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    1. We are expected to be the PC chumps in Peter Dreier's race based political scheme.

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    2. Oh great, so now we're going to change the attendance boundaries?

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    3. Are you really surprised 12:42?

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    4. It is going to make the world a more beautiful and equitable place, 1:47. Didn't you know? Here, have a joint.

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    5. Don't waste the paper, bro. use my pipe.

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    6. It's aqua free. don't want to waste water either... they need it for the Alf......

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  7. Ok.. Off topic.. Hey smpd, think now you can do something about the creep stalking the elementary and middle schools, which are not secure from crazy people?

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    1. 27 people, including 18 elementary schoolchildren, dead at a CT elementary school. This according to Associated Press.

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    2. The NRA must be proud of this clear example of 2nd Amendment rights.

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    3. It's not just the SMPD 11:23. It's up to the PUSD to make sure the school is safe. They need to secure the school, like all the others in the area. They also need to monitor who comes and goes.

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    4. Don't you just hate the Bill of Rights.

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    5. Americans are entitled to be as violent as they want to anyone they want.

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    6. The part of the Bill of Rights that spells out the need to allow insane jerks semi-automatic weapons so they can bag a dozen or so 5 year old children? Yeah, I do hate that part.

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    7. PUSD schools are on lockdown, just saw SMPD cruising around school. It can't just be after a tragedy.

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    8. Maybe teachers should carry assault rifles.

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    9. Got the 411 that the school gates had been closed and the keystone chops were beefed up today... But what about Monday? Or anyday after that? You could dress in full camo and walk straight onto campus at SME. My prayers go out to those families today.
      TB, I hope you make a speedy recovery, and thanks for going to the mtg after getting a tennis court inserted in your belly! You are a trooper! And a pain in the pusd arse! Bravo!

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    10. What happened to just hitting an idiot who pissed you off with a cream pie?

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    11. Bbqg, Sierra Madre school is under the false assumption that nothing bad will ever happen here, so there's no need to prepare in advance. Just like the stepped up SMPD- AFTER a tragedy. The school gates should be locked EVERY day and people go through the main office only.
      The Principal at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut had instituted just this year that all people not readily recognizable be id checked prior to entering. Sadly, the young man that slaughtered the innocents was likely well known as his mother was a teacher at the school. You just never know, but should always be prepared, especially when children are involved.

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  8. Hey, Tony! This is a rather impersonal venue to inquire about your health after the surgey you mention but how the heck are you? We can organize a Tattler chicken soup brigade! We care about you now that you're one of our happy band of anarchists!

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    1. Or a Tofurkey if that's how you roll.

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    2. Only sierra Madre brand chicken stock, raised on the property line, if you please! I am doing much better. I have a few new staples and netting, too. its like I have a staplegun tennis court in my belly now!

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    3. i actually went to the board meeting tuesday night an few hours after the surgery. if you thought the redistricting was a set-up, you'll be glad to know the PUSD is looking at zoning the schools differently now, too. there was also a SM parent there (who also serves on the oversight committee) asking the board to please get the construction back on track.

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    4. The TT oversight committee? There's an SM parent on the committee and they didn't alert anyone?

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    5. Did they discuss what was going on with the missing money??

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    6. didn't hear any discussion at all about the missing money. if the meeting is up online, the woman spoke at about 8:25 PM

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    7. Glad to hear you're doing better Tony!

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  9. At December 13, 2012 Thursday's METRO meeting Najarian also accused Messina and Fasana of violating the California public meetings act by allegedly trying to convince other cities to vote against him at the December 6, 2012 meeting.

    Of course both of these folks have said No Brown Act Violation took place?

    Then why did these two not jump on the criminal activity Nick Conway was up to in the SGVCOG and vote him off, of which both Messina and Fasana are both members of?

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    1. Messina and Fasana are liars and crooks. That's why.

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    2. lack of integrity, honesty or character would be my answer

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    3. There is a possibility they're on the take.

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  10. The property on Canon will be sold, the school closed down

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    1. School consolidation: move them down to the lower campus.

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