|Marching into the future|
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.
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.
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?