|Gold is the new green|
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!