Monday, January 28, 2013

Tony Brandenburg: Master of Puppets

Marching into the future
Cherry Pickin’ and Grinnin’
There’s not a great deal of point sometimes in responding to posts. I figure no matter what I say is moot. My opinions aren’t really that important (click here). So, go ahead and file these under Dear Crabby.

Tony, why do you think Arce is a better candidate than Hueso? Are you shying away from him because of his political connections? He is an educator, more so than any of the other candidates. 

And Tony, why the assumption that Ayala is a tool, rather than a parent who wants his kids to be able to attend PUSD schools? What has Phelps done since he's been on the board? Maybe it's time for some new ideas.

Hueso Impreso
Which new ideas has Hueso brought forward? Ruben Hueso lost me not because he was rated a crappy teacher (click here), but because he didn’t bother to mention it when he’s discussed for being a teacher, nor did he discuss why the teacher rating system is flawed, nor how he plans to block this kind of pollution from being spread into the PUSD. He’s laid claim that he is the only candidate who is a full time teacher, but that means what, exactly? It means like most of America he needs a second income.

For what it is worth, Elizabeth Pomeroy was a college teacher, as was Scott Phelps. Phelps also taught high school. If you don’t clean your ears out you might have thought that Dean Cooper was a former preacher, but actually he was a former teacher. Luis Carlos Ayala teaches adults ESL. The sweet lady at the Yamaha store teaches keyboarding. I’d like to think we all do our part (click here).

In fact, I am a teacher. That is hardly a qualification that would make me a good board member. Having said that, if I ever decide to run for school board, I will need to use Reputation Cleaner to scrub that out, and get myself a hotshot like Fred Register to wipe my political career clean and then manage my campaign like he does for the elite.

Hueso still hasn’t mentioned the money he has received for his campaign comes from Fabio Nunez (click here). That may not be important to the poster above, but it makes me laugh out loud. Mr. Hueso received his money about the same time Cabo Party Fuhrer Antonio Villaraigosa (say it out loud for full effect) got some get out of trouble free cash (click here). And let’s not even dance down the DWP highway. Those free basketball tickets ended up costing much more than he thought, eh?

That slick 8X10 of Hueso was brilliant marketing, by the way. Maybe he can sign one and hang it on the wall at Robin’s BBQ.

With Friends Like These
Speaking of great friends, this week’s Friendship Awards go to Robin Salzer and Michael Babcock. The Grand Prize, of course, goes to Robin. You will recall the Ishmael “Alarcon” Trone housing  debacle discussed last week by Jan B. Tucker here on the Tattler (click here). It just got a little deeper thanks to Andre Coleman’s Pasadena, Weakly (exclusive?) spill a couple of days ago (click here). Seems ol' Andre has been sharpening his knives to dine on Ramon Miramontes for a couple of years (click here), and now with Miramontes getting ready to step down, he dropped more than a quarter into the Old Town parking meter:

According to the Coleman article:

Although (LA County Deputy District Attorney) Anne Ingalls declined to say who wrote the complaint about Trone, and no other newspapers have reported on the DA’s inquiry, Miramontes seemed to know all about the investigation, according to a series of text messages he sent to his friend, local restaurateur Robin Salzer, a former District 1 candidate rumored to be considering a Mayoral run in two years.

Can this really be something that Salzer would have outed to the Pasadena, Weakly? If so, Rockin' Robin and his wood smoked ambitions could be revealing a need for the Holden/Trone political love touch.

So can I get an ouch? I suppose Salzer doesn’t need to count on Ramon’s vote for catering by Robin’s BBQ at the next PUSD potluck, but I will tell you this, I will be checking that place for wires the next time I go over there for a garbage pail lid fulla pulled and packed meat products. Or maybe I will ditch Robin’s for a more reliable friend like my new buddy, Big Carl (click here).

The Booby Prize goes to Michael “Football Field” Babcock who pulled an about face worthy of Benedict Arnold on his long time friend Scott Phelps.

Hi Scott,
I had a long conversation with Luis Ayala this morning and I want to let you know that I will be supporting him in the upcoming election. On a personal level this causes me pain because I have long considered you a friend …........This decision is based on my belief that the school board needs to be reconstituted. These past years have been marked with personal animosities to the extent that much of the discussion has devolved into individual pettiness. A new cast of characters would, in my opinion, break that pattern and provide the much needed collaboration and cohesiveness. You’ll remember that I have always been big on that! At any rate I wanted to you to know this before anything goes public. If you end up winning the election, you can count on my support.

Amazing. Babcock avoids conflict to the point that even discussions are considered confrontational. Maybe that football field should be used for peace rallies instead of sports. His passivity and fear of any meaningful dialogue has not missed a beat, and he stands to be as much of a "yes man" as he was before. Viva Larry Tate! Long live the rainbows and unicorns! Don't worry, be happy!

Word of advice to Ramon and Scott: time to clean house. You’re both too good for this circus, and clearly the clowns have gone utterly beserk.

Howler of the Week
This week’s howler goes to Luis Carlos Ayala who is quoted by James Figueroa in the Pasadena Star News (click here) as challenging the role of technology with this gem.

“There's a misconception if you have a laptop then you are learning more or better than someone who has a book.”

Of course, this misses the mark so significantly, and so fundamentally, that Ayala spent much of his speaking time Sunday repairing that gaff. I would loved to have been a fly on the wall at that public image meeting with his PR people. “What were you thinking? We told you, just sit there and smile! Don’t try to show off how smart you are! We don’t want you to talk, we want you to win.” LOL.

Apparently, beside having absolutely no idea what the mission statement of the District is, his computer gaff will no doubt be the funniest blunder of the campaign, topped only by his suggestion that special education achievement will be elevated with more art and music. Way to keep the sights set high. Guess no one prepped him on reaching out to all of the politically relevant constituencies.

I suggest you listen to Kim Kenne and Guillermo Arce before you jump into that Special Ed talk again.

Speaking of which Luis, nice little blurb on Facebook about supporting Sierra Madre. Maybe you were busy campaigning, but we had two important meetings here about the building of our Middle School. I don’t recall seeing him there, but then, he’d have to come down from his million dollar house to notice that not all of us have a public school in our community that we can shun and send our kids to private school. Must be nice to have that option. We plebes unfortunately do not.

The Iceman Cometh
No doubt about it, Ayala is on the political fast track, and this is just a stepping stone. It is clear as day that he is a mark set up to take out Phelps. Good luck with that, Luis (click here).

Ayala hasn’t missed a single opportunity to promote his legal skills. In fact, he announces he is a lawyer more times than James Brown says “James Brown.”

Of course, in the middle of all of that self congratulatory posturing (click here) about speaking three languages and studying abroad and “Hey, did I mention I’m a lawyer?” he has the endorsements of ACT and Ken “Measure A” Chawkins, which are generally are pretty good indicators that things are starting to smell funny (click here).

I have been practicing law for more than 12 years and have been a solo-practitioner for more than 10 years. Running my own small business has given me a keen awareness of how to make prudent financial decisions and focus on results....... Prior to practicing law, I externed for the Hon. Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Steven J. Hillman, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Central District of California. I also worked as a legislative policy aide for former Los Angeles City Councilmembers Gloria Molina and Mike Hernandez.

Ah, here comes the pedigree and the cred. Oh, hey! I remember Mike Hernandez (click here). So, uh, the tubthumper in me wants the scoop.... was that before, or after the, uh, you know, nudge nudge, wink wink. All that Ninth Circuit stuff, oh yeah! Color me impressed, but uh, my math isn’t so good, and I don’t know how Ayala could be in private practice and work as a for um, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Department of Homeland Security) in 2006 (click here). I’m pretty sure that was like, seven or so years ago, and, um, when he said he was a trial lawyer..... well.

At least I didn’t mix him up with, um, with the Luis Carlos Ayala who liked to dig the tunnels (click here).

Master of Puppets
I wonder what old Ed Honowitz will be doing in May. Photography isn’t really a job. I mean, no more than being a hand model. Will he become a house husband, leaving the real work to Mrs. Honowitz Pais?

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81 comments:

  1. ...and Hueso forgot about his ACT endorsement as well. Luis Ayala sounded like he was on something with this art and music stuff. Do cows fly? It must have been a revelation from up above or something. Wow, color me impressed! Yeah right!

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  2. Ayala worked for ICE? No wonder he is telling people he was in private practice.

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    1. Ayala worked (or workS) for ICE. So much about "immigrant rights". No wonder he lives in a million dollar mansion in Linda Vista. He's paid by the US Govt., clearly not doing pro bono for immigrants. Nice, real nice Carlito.

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  3. ...the Latinos should run away from him, he works for "La Migra." Wait for the green vans rolling in a neighborhood near you to resolve the issues afflicting PUSD. Deport them all to their countries of origin.

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  4. ICE ICE Baby. But apparently not the vanilla kind.

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  5. Hueso's campaign 460s reveal an interesting pedigree.
    - Ed Honowitz
    - Dale Gronemeier (SM rez, lawyer and member of the Redistricting "No Vote for Sierra Madre" Task Force)
    - Fabian Nunez

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    1. But, Mr. Hueso conveniently forgot to mention his reputable pedigree. He is not on this for the kids, he is on this to use it as a stepping stone to higher office. I have always said that if it has the feathers of a duck, beak of a duck, the feet of a duck, walk like a duck and goes cuack cuack like a duck, it is a duck.

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  6. PUSD Districting Task Force had 3 Sierra madre residents on it? How can we not have a vote? Click on my name.

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    1. Innarestin' document My Name. Joe Mosca regrets leaving the country but will be back in 3-4 years?

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    2. My Name, some of us need a little more info: who are the three who were there? Baby steps for us toddlers

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    3. Not "my name," but the three attorneys residing in Sierra Madre and on this Task force were City Councilman Joe Mosca, Former Mayor Bart Doyle and Dale Gronemeier. You would think that with such heavy weight representation we could have emerged from this process with the right to vote in the 2013 Board of Education election. Alas, not the case!

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    4. 9:44, are those 3 listed as official task force members? If so, there needs to be accountability. Who would investigate what they had to gain from their failure to represent Sierra madre for their own special interests?

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    5. Bart and Joe never really cared about PUSD parents or students. They were there to work favors for their friends.

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    6. 3 attorneys. How coincidental.

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    7. Yeah, haha, right 10:38. How did those guys get on the task force again?

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    8. Special favors, don't you know?

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  7. Wow. So Ayala had a "solo practice" in 2006......yet he was working for ICE at the same time as well? And teaching ESL to those immigrants he wasn't deporting? Busy guy!

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    1. How do you say "Run for your life, it's ICE!" in Spanish?

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    2. Maybe Ayala got his nice mansion from Mike Hernandez?

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    3. Vamanos! La Migre!

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    4. Yeah, how did an immigration lawyer make enough money off the backs of these people to buy a million dollar mansion? Oh, wait, it must have been his other job teaching English.

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  8. I've been listening to Ayala. He's a typical politician- full of inconsistencies and about faces. He goes where the wind blows and if he's on the board of ed, it will be to cater to the majority.

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    1. All of the solons of education discussed here bow to deeply to the Holden political machine.

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    2. No 7:23, not all the candidates- just the spiffy new tools ACT have endorsed.

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  9. Slick and shiny new tools. Nico job Fred Register.

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    1. Sounds like it's time for a couple of tools to go back to ACTing school. They need a little more shining up, Mr. Register.

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    2. Please explain, who's Fred Register? How does he figure in all this?

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    3. I googled him earlier 2:44. He's a Public Relations firm. His work address is given as being on Midlothian in Altadena.

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    4. Register is a political reputation construction team. Bring him your poor, your huddled idiots, and he will create a political chainsaw out of them.

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    5. Fred Register is the real puppet master.

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    6. I think you got it 340.

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  10. Wow, ICE? What's Ayala going to do? Detain and deport by day, con the community by night? I hope the Latino community gets wind of this. I'll make sure to share.

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  11. Nice Metallica ref TB.

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    1. I had planned onusing the songs as subheadings, but the muckracker in me squeezed out the artist at the last munute

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  12. This is my take on the candidates. Kim Kenne and Scott Phelps to continue serving on the board, I like them both. Their records speak for themselves. Then it comes who to support in District 3. Well, my support is for Mr. Arce for District 3, he will make an excellent and interesting Board member, he is clever, smart, witty, truly independent, passionate, an outstanding debater, quick thinker, no afraid of speaking his mind, not a sell out, willing to give parents and students a voice on the Board and, I believe that he will be fair with all stakeholder as long as whatever is proposed enhances the quality of education that our children are entitled to at the PUSD.

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    1. And Arce knows the laws when it comes to Special Ed. The guy took on Kaiser and won. That's impressive.

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    2. The PUSD cabal is not looking for people who know anything. They are looking for people who will vote as they are told.

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    3. Poor little old Elizabeth Pomeroy can be the next Board Pres and do a splendid job of leading....ah....what's their names again?

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    4. 8:08 - please don't speak truth so early in the morning - it is so much harder to take before my requisite 2 cups of coffee.

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    5. 746, nice summation, lol 810

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    6. He and Ginger ChaCha Walsh can shake a tail feather at the meeting, Head on Fire meets the Iceman!

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  13. Ayala's probably too young to remember that 70s ditty "You're as cold as ICE".

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    1. Somebody should bring a boombox to his rallies and play it.

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    2. ICE ICE Baby. Could be the theme song of this election!

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    3. Can Ayala dance?

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    4. He can tap dance, but not fast enough it seems.

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    5. Those darn strings keep getting in the way.

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    6. He had to give up his skates because the ICE kept melting.

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    7. Of course he can dance! He dances around all the issues.

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    8. The Carlos ICEMAN Ayala song and dance routine will be at the upcoming ACLU candidate forum February 7th, can't wait!

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  14. Hueso and Ayala's candidacies needs to be put on ICE.

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  15. The PUSD land rush is on. And is usually the case when there is big money to be made, all sorts of colorful characters are coming out of the woodwork.

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  16. Hueso and Pomeroy are eating out of the palm of ACT's hands, and their campaigns are fueled by public employee unions. These two are very dangerous and want nothing more than to build Community Schools in which to indoctrinate our children in socialism.

    Ayala doesn't even send his kids to PUSD. They attend private school in Pasadena. He's a snake in the grass with a big agenda. He also has no problem lying during forums. I'll take Scott Phelps any day of the week over this guy.

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    1. Ayala doesn't have any beliefs, he says what he thinks people want to hear- or what hes told to say.
      He figured that when asked the question regarding PUSD being in program improvement for spec Ed and English language learners that he would talk about pushing the arts and music for the spec ed students- skipped the english lang learners. Somehow he thought creative dance would fix the achievement gap.
      ~Mary

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    2. I have never seen this as being an ideological fight, 1:00. I believe the motives for certain individuals is land and money. The PUSD has a lot of land it isn't using, and it has a few hundred million in bond dollars the voters stupidly entrusted to them. That is why the buzzards are circling.

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    3. It's also a stepping stone into high political offices. Besides, have you noticed how some of the board members get their private businesses to do business with PUSD? Bob Harrison, former Board pres. happens to be the owner of Green Street Restaurant. PUSD is still using them for catering. Tom Selinske? Doesn't he have some sort of printing/sign business? The list goes on and on.

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  17. This TOTALLY off topic, but...Anyone else completely irritated that after decades of having open access to Mater Dolorosa they've now gated the entrances and padlocked them so the public can't walk the grounds?

    That was very jerkish of them.

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    1. They have a point, though. To them the monastery grounds are sacred land. And try as they might to keep people from walking their dogs up there to take their morning or evening dump, people refused to listen. Then there are the vandals. Finally they got sick of it. People are very disrespectful. I am not a religious person, but I found much of what I saw there to be very moving. They have a right to defend it.

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    2. I used to walk through their grounds all the time. I took a poop bag with me and I wasn't even walking a dog....I was embarrassed for our community; here is a wonderful place to get some exercise and some dog owners had zero respect. I don't blame them for locking the gates.

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    3. Totally agree 4:13. The disrespectful dog owners ruined it for those of us who walked up there for exercise and peace.

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  18. They have been having trouble for many years , It is their property and it seems kind of funny that somebody on the Tattler would complain about property rights . I still hope they can keep the bottom trail open

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    1. Well, it is an institution that has had open grounds in Sierra Madre for 90 some years. It's not like it's a residence for a family of four. People have been able to walk the grounds, sit in the olive groves and enjoy the serenity of the Monastery for decades. The fact we lose access to it stinks. And yes, I think it's very jerkish of them.

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  19. My friends in Pasadena have supported S. Phelps since the beginning and will continue to do so. Now texting out support in addition of word of mouth and the old fashioned knocking on doors should keep Mr. Phelps on the board. The parents in Pasadena acknowledge the difference with those who aspire a political gain; to those few that have shown real concern with the classrooms, families and children Mr. Phelps has shown that quality and is there to really make a difference.
    Too bad about Robin S. I hope he has not sold out to the political machine of; ask not what you can do, but what can you do for me?

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    1. Until I hear some kind of explanation from Robin I am going to confine my pig outs to Stonefire Grill. Even if the babybacks aren't quite as good.

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    2. Me too. That Weekly article definitely rattled my opinions. He'll need to thank Andre.

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    3. Coleman was jealous that the Tattler beat him to the presses with the Trone scoop. He had to one up, and he destroyed a friendship in the process. Nice job Andre.

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    4. Phelps hasn't sold out to the Holden machine. Never will.

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    5. I have heard that there is a sign on the wall at the Pasadena Weekly offices that reads: "What would Peter Dreier do?" I think Andre asks himself that question everyday.

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    6. Oh no, 5:08. That was all Robin's doing. Where I come from a person who snitches on a friend is the lowest life form.

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    7. They all do what ACT tells them to do.

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    8. Friendship? What's that? Snitching to further one's own political ambitions is typical in Pasadena.

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    9. And I thought Robin Salzar was one of the good guys.

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    10. You don't have to worry about Robin. He can take a ribbing.

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    11. Can we call it pork barrel politics yet?

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  20. Haha TB, that's funny about ol Ed and the Mrs. Not everyone knows that she's the puppetmaster in their house. Community schools? She has a nice job involving community schools. Wonder if he'll continue hounding everyone in PUSD about that, or simply go to bug his buddies at the CSBA.

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  21. I wonder if Luis ICEman Ayala has gotten the ok to use his new name.

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  23. Great article(s) blogger. While I have only lived here a few years, I am supporting the Tyron Hampton Campaign for DISTRICT 3 (see www.tyronhampton.com for more details and volunteer opportunities). He's a great guy, a local guy and has an understanding of community as it relates to public education.

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    1. i like him. wish we had our at large still. i think there are a few talented people in this election.

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