Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tony Brandenburg: What is UP with PUSD Subdistrict 3?

Guillermo Arce
Slugfest at PUSD District 3: With four candidates vying for Seat 3, the logic behind disassembling and destroying the “at-large” districts becomes clear. The current model is easier to control for the political machines who want to assert their influence. This eliminates loose cannons, voices of true independent thinkers, and any possibility for outsiders to be heard. It is designed to destroy the people’s voice, not to enhance it. These particular four candidates are Guillermo Arce, Ruben Hueso, Deirdre Duncan, and Tyrone Hampton, and they are running for Board of Education Seat 3.

Ironically, this is the only sub-district with so many voices trying to be heard. You will recall that this 2013 election is the one where us Sierra Madreanos are not allowed to vote in thanks to Billy Barty Doyle and the finaglers at the PUSD Redistricting Clearing House. The subcommittee that was designed to clear out the people’s voice on the Pasadena Board of Education and replace it with the politician’s choice (click here) by telling us that this would increase the people’s voice. There is nothing quite like circular reasoning and promises.

I have already given some consideration to Tyrone Hampton (click here) and my curiosity regarding his interests, being a local construction contractor, etc. After running into him twice and hearing him speak, I have come to the conclusion that he is a polite man and one who is readily available to talk with people, even those he doesn’t represent (such as Sierra Madre voters). He went as far as to offer me his card, and with his cell phone number no less. I like that. Do I think he would make a good Board member? Well, I don’t believe his idealism has been polluted yet.

The intriguing candidacy of Deirdre Duncan is one that certainly interests me. Ms. Duncan gives her profession as Foster Parent and has received notable support from Occupy Fights Foreclosures in rallying against the repo'ing of her home last November (click here). There are those among us who choose foster care as a form of employment. I am not a fan of residential facilities, but I have a soft spot in my heart for people who enter the field to support kids in a neighborhood and try to carve out a life for them amidst all of life's insanity. Deirdre Duncan’s venture into the arena of Board Member is not likely to be taken seriously - I have seen little information on her campaign, but I love her moxie. No financial backers, no party affiliations, and embroiled in a lawsuit against Lee Baca. What’s not to love?

Another of the lower visibility candidates is Guiellermo Arce, whose candidacy raises more questions than answers. Arce went after Kaiser Permanente and because of him, many families with autistic children will benefit. He would have my vote if I had one in this subdistrict because he is, like Deirdre Duncan, a person with special education in his background, albeit one that is through social services and not through schools. Not a politician, he refers to himself as a bureaucrat, but he is another outsider without any affiliations who applied for the position on a recommendation. I know he has dealt with the PUSD and their befuddled leadership in special education, getting the benefit of both buffoons - Liz “Bucking” Blanco, and Michael “The Invisible Man” Jason - that have run the circus in recent years. Lucky guy.

Arce has missed opportunities to express his viewpoints, both through the process with the city, and through speaking engagements, one of which he wasn’t notified of. Like so many things that happen in the PUSD, they just didn’t bother to make sure he knew about it. Oh, oops.

Without financial support to run an election, and without the knowledge of protocols and the dirty rat bastard tricks PUSD throw up all the time, he is finding out the hard way that this is a game designed for well groomed political tools, and well greased self-serving political machines.

Speaking of which, that brings us to the ACT endorsed candidate (click here) Ruben Hueso. I’ll discuss that other guy they endorsed for Subdistrict 5 - the millionaire immigration rights attorney (how does that work?) Luis Ayala - the hand picked, machine funded shiny new tool plucked from the shed to throw out Scott Phelps - at some other time.

A Letter from Guillermo Arce to ACT President Jon Fuhrman:

Jon,

Your organization missed a great opportunity to take a stand for the kids of the PUSD.  Instead, your organization voted to keep the machine running just the way it is.  I am concerned, as a parent in this district, that our best interests are being sold to the highest bidder and your organization, will go down on record supporting, in my district's case, a "least effective teacher" who happened to be an union organizer at LAUSD who is taking money from Nunez better known for lobbying the Governator to get his son off the hook after being charged and convicted as an accessory to murder.  Public opinion about the latter ran in favor of keeping the kid in jail for the full length of his sentence.  This is what your organization supported.

I was asked to run for the Board by parents who are familiar with my dealings with the PUSD and felt that I could be their voice on the Board.  I have been able to advocate, in behalf of children up and down the state and they wanted me to do the same for them.  My efforts have afforded health coverage for therapy for autistic kids up and down the state by mandating HMOs to pay for it.  In turn, that translated in savings in the hundred of millions to the State. (click here).  I was also a member of the North Los Angeles County Task Force on Autism (click here) who was responsible for the passing SB946, the law mandating HMOs to pay for behavioral therapy for kids with autism.

I went naively thinking that I could be a force for change and a voice for parents who are constantly being disenfranchised by those who are currently running the district and the Board majority.  Instead, the establishment, wanting to keep the status quo, decided not to provide any support to my campaign but, as I said, if elected, it will be by using my own money and the nickle and dimes from those parents who do give a rat's ass about what's going in our schools.  Win or lose, I am in this until the end.

And, you are welcome to share this e-mail with your membership.  Thank you for responding and sharing my e-mail with your membership.

Best regards,
Guillermo A. Arce

Ruben Hueso, Who’s Yer Buddy?Ruben Hueso is an interesting candidate. I have heard him speak, and he left out a couple of things when he did. He mentioned he was a teacher, and that he supports the unions, and he’s a big fan of community groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, whom he celebrated at least 5 times the day I heard him.

According to Ruben Hueso’s Facebook page (click here) he speaks Spanish. Apparently he forgot to mention that he also speaks English. You may not know this about me, but I also failed to mention I speak English on my FB page. I did point out that I speak Simlish, Klingon, Food in My Mouth and Cursing In American Sign Language, however.

FYI, Ruben Hueso does speak English, but like me, he apparently failed to mention it. I suppose it is a given, or maybe Ruben took that LA Times analysis stating that Hueso falls within the “least effective” category of district teachers in math, and within the “least effective” category in English (click here) to heart. I suppose it is OK that he failed to mention he doesn’t speak math. I’ve never mentioned it either. I need to be fair.

Hueso also has failed to mention that he has a brother who is an Assemblyman, and has a rich buddy down San Diego way (click here); the kind with rich deep political pockets that run in the millions of dollars in available funds for aspiring politicians. It sits in an account and waits for the right interests to come bounding along. I always become suspicious of people who downplay little details and things like that. That rich buddy has already floated something like $5,000 for the Hueso campaign.

Fabian Nunez, who you may or may not recall made headlines a while back for pulling a clemency favor from Arnold Schwarzenegger (click here) to get his son a little time off after killing someone and disposing of the evidence. A clemency so suspect, and so smacking of political favoritism that it still raises eyebrows. Yes, yes, yes -  that Fabian Nunez. Nunez likes funding the Huesos, including Ruben’s brother the Assemblyman. Keeping it all in the family, I suppose (click here). Just like those wandering Alarcons and their party child Andrea “Dude Where’s my Job?” Alarcon (click here) - you don’t have to look too far off the Cronyism Trail to find the connector to Charlie Sheen’s pal, our very own chick magnet, The Party Fuhrer of Cabo - Antonio “Don Juan” Villaraigosa (click here). I bet his ex wife is so proud that he adopted her surname.

So. Back to Ruben Hueso. Ruben has come on strong to support the United Teachers Pasadena (UTP), and why not? He won’t get anywhere without them after the election, and probably not too far before it, either. Still, one has to wonder why a former teacher such as Hueso - one who like most of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) was sold out by their union to the Los Angeles Times (click here), is so eager to hop into bed with the enemy. It’s really easy to scream foul when things don’t go the way one wants them to, it’s quite another to know when to just say “no” when management is stepping over the line. In any event, as they say, politics make for strange bedfellows, and in the case of this crappy teacher (click here) we can rest assured he’ll be a crappy board member, too. But, hey, at least ACT and the UTP will be satisfied. Every good carpenter needs a reliable tool.

Maybe the UTP can look forward to the same kind of review that UTLA handed Hueso. I suppose Ruben can keep going to bat for the union leadership. After all, they sure went to bat for him.

Hueso comes with the backing of Chris “710” Holden, Mr. Ed “The Talking Jackass” Honowitz, and, of course, Anthony Portantino. Are you paying attention, District 3?  Draw your own conclusions. Mine go with Arce, but I don’t get to vote until 2015. I can’t wait to see my choices. I will just revisit the redistricting subcommittee.

I’m sure our future candidates and their talking jackass puppets are all over it.

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90 comments:

  1. So much corruption it boggles the mind.

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  2. Well Tony B. you have a couple years, but maybe you should throw in for our subdistrict.

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  3. Politics and cronyism, fancy that?

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  4. Hueso has a good friend in Nunez. Maybe he'll buy him a seat where his brother works.

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  5. Hey Tattler a few months back you indicated you were contacted by the FBI in the Lady Wistar case. You were going to reveal the true identity of who this Sierra Madrean was that was posing as Lady Wistar. Any word on that yet?

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    1. No, not yet. I promise you will be the first to know.

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  6. A racially balkanized school district with one community in particular frozen out until 2015. Can we get Peter Dreier in here to explain just what the advantages are in this? And maybe while he is at it he can perhaps explain why the City of Boston practically ran him out tarred and feathered and on a rail for the housing fiasco he created when he was a govt official there? And if he thinks that this same scheme, which along with Chris Holden and a number of other sketchy dudes he is currently involved with, will work any better here?

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    1. Herr Dreier, where are you? What have you been up to lately?

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    2. The rumor I heard is the reason why they aren't building the Middle School is because they want to build low income housing there.

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  7. Tatler:

    You forgot Dr.Pomeroy who has been asleep at the wheel for years (literally) and is completely oblivious as to what's going on around her. She also received the endorsement of ACT. Lord have mercy!

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    1. ACT also conveniently forgot Kenne and predictably ignored Phelps. Those in the know are fully aware that some candidates can't be made into political tools for the Dreier machine.

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    2. What a wonder it will be. A fully compliant development Board of Education made up of newly elected contractors and other similarly interested people. Now that's social equity!

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    3. Now that's green!

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    4. What could be more important in the fight to stop global warming than six story 500 square foot poverty flats lined up on properties that formerly held public schools? We're saved!

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    5. Isn't it interesting that the stage is set for development of these school property's and after the new school board is in, nothing is in the way of stopping them. Even if a city is against a project, the school district is exempt from a city's jurisdiction. Short of a court injunction, (if the city council is willing to sue). What a coincidence!!
      God! Doyle is good at this stuff!

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    6. 8:55am, that is why local elections are so important. We need a majority council willing to take these guys to court. That is the only voice we have left, and the only card left in the deck to play.
      The huns are at the gate.

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    7. 7:26, I'd call those "Poverty Heights"

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    8. Modern slavery. Living at the pleasure of the government.

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  8. Please note that Mr. Hueso is a Cub Scout leader. The Cub Scouts are a notoriously homophobic organization. I wonder how organizations like, notoriously liberal, ACT or the Foothill Democrats can support someone that is so deeply entrenched in an organization that openly and actively discriminate against gay and lesbian youth.

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  9. Is Susan Henderson still claiming that we will get to vote in this election?

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  10. The PSUD and Sierra Madre DIRT/UNICORNS have turned us into a CULTURE OF CORRUPTION like most of CALIF. and WASHINGTON D.C.

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  11. I heard Mayor Moran was at the Buc trying to find someone to listen to him about how our stolen Board of Education vote was not his fault.

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    1. I saw him! He had positioned himself directly beneath the spigot of the beer keg while he lamented.

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    2. Did Joshie have a spare change of undies?

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    3. 7:22, really?

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    4. 7:22's parents have left him alone with the computer.

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    5. Yes, really. Josh is messing his pants as he's been called out for his part in the whole measure A fiasco. This little snafu may interfere with his future plans.

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    6. It was only a matter of time until Josh went off script. A crack in the Unicorn shield that is supposed to protect and elevate the dark lord. It may result in the Mayor's fall from realtor/morgtgage/developer grace. I think a spare set of undies is more than appropriate under the circumstances.

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    7. Looks like some inebriated unicorns have wandered onto the Tattler to control some of the damage Josh caused at the last council meeting.

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    8. No doubt the fellow's underwear are an object of interest for some.

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    9. Maybe some Dirts and Downtown Investment Cub Members are posting school yard euphemisms in order to bolster their claims about the mean spiritedness of the comments. Ironic coming from people who supported Jim Snider.

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    10. Lady Wistar? May I introduce Fredo?

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  12. The PUSD just last night, canceled the parent summit meeting and has called for an urgent meeting to discuss 3 topics. 1 the middle school 2 school safety, and 3 the division and complete seperation of both schools. By seperating both schools, it is my humble opinon, we lose our collective clout and PUSD will close the middle school down entirely. We can kiss that bond money bye bye. The meeting is tonight in the auditorium at SME at 6 p.m. I hope to see many of you there. Maybe we can show PUSD we will not stand for there shananigains any longer.

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    1. Bbqg, I don't think the summit was cancelled. I saw the same topics on the website on Sunday. I also doubt any representative from PUSD besides site staff will be there. They surely don't want to step directly into this minefield. It needs to be dropped on their doorstep- maybe the next board meeting?

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    2. Why would they put the separation forward? Any idea what the supposed reasoning is there?

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    3. I received an email last night around 730 p.m., stating the summit WAS canceled. I believe they waited till the last minute to send out the email, so not as many people were notified in a timely manner. as far as the reason for separating the schools, it's popular opinion that by separating the schools we no longer have the combined student numbers therefore, they justify closing the middle school. I don't doubt more than just site staff will be there, they pulled this out of their "hats" (ok arses) at the eleventh hour, in hopes no one will show. Bet they are loving this weather too.

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    4. Makes sense bbqg. There's no reason to separate the schools. There's 2 other k-8 schools in the district....so why now? Maybe the principal, or the SSC can answer that. Didn't the co chair of the SSC ask since she's so involved with the middle school construction issues?

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    5. Thanks for the info, but I was wondering what they are saying the reason is.

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    6. Here's a link bbqg. The plan was to discuss the 3 "urgent" topics. I'm wondering if the entire meeting was cancelled...

      http://sierramadre.pasadenausd.org/modules/calendar/showCalendarDay.phtml?oc_id[]=7242&&year=2013&month=1&day=24&eid=74886274&sessionid=0184b97d7cbb243cb514ae2f293a24f6

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    7. I confirmed with the school office. The summit was rescheduled from last week in order to have PUSD admin. staff available to answer questions. Dr. Pappalardo ($$), Sahakian (child welfare), and Adam Wolfson (communications/Public records req) will be at SME at 6:00. Could be interesting.
      ~Mary B

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    8. Can Dr. P tell us where the missing money is?

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    9. Thx Mary... In my blondeness I misunderstood the begining of the email stating "they reschduled the summit meeting" thinking this was a different agenda than the "summit", not that the summit mtg had been rescheduled for tonight. A round of apologies on me! In any case, my blonde question of the day is do we know if anyone from the city council will be there?

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    10. Will Fredo be on hand to hand out martinis?

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    11. John Capoccia will be there to represent Sierra Madre.

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    12. That is good news.

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    13. 12:10 pm, that's an excellent start is re-claiming our right to representation! John Capoccia is a good man with no interest other than the interests of the residents and what's right for our kids!

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    14. Interesting that Dr. P has decided to make this the moment for one of his special appearances. I wonder if perhaps he has heard something ...

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    15. Thanks Tony for bringing up that touchy subject with the mayor the other night. I think it may have finally been heard that we're not going to accept things without question.

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    16. As far as I know all the middle schools are being broken off, or gotten rid of. Don Benito lost their 6th grade class and Norma Coombs lost their middle schoolers. That leaves us and McKinley.

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    17. Josh will be hosting a pre summit happy hour at the Buc. He would like let everyone know he had nothing to do with our current situation. Cheers!

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  13. We sold the Sierra Madre school sites to Pasadena USD for $1.00 so can we buy the site on Canon back for 50 cents? Make a normal-sized tract of homes like those to the north on Laurel and have some new neighbors and a bit more property tax.

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  14. I say let's put a new city water well there.

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    1. You can drill wells on every block in town, but if there's no water in the acquifer, there's no water.

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    2. I do like the mental image of Inman holding the dousing rod while Elaine nags him about the proper interpretation of the results and what it means for the retirement of the water bonds.

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  15. jc and tb, using the Tattler laser to focus on the PUSD is an incredible public service. Most of what is going on would have done so without the knowledge of Sierra Madre taxpayers, parents, and interested individuals. What we're seeing is nothing less than the cracks in the wall of deception and silence PUSD and the City of Pasadena have erected against our rights to have our children educated as well as our constitutional right to NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. Show up! Carry placards! Support this movement! Take every opportunity to lay the fault at the doorstep of Moran and Buchanan for elevating the disgraced Bart Doyle to represent our interests.

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    1. I don't know who you are, but a big YES to all you have said here. One town can only take so much. We have been walked on like we are a doormat. Who the he'll do these people think they are?

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    2. I applaud the Brandenburg's who spat in the face of bigotry and gave the rest of the folks in this city a chance. Shame on those parents who sacrificed the Brandenburg's child. Do you see what these two people have done for ALL the children?

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    3. So? They stand to benefit as well.

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    4. Yes, the PUSD have functioned for too long veiled by lies, secrecy an thievery. Thank you Brandenbergs and JC for drawing some attention where it needs to be.
      Tony and Mary, I hope that the PUSD dark forces don't retaliate- but if they do, you have plenty of ammo. Truth and light will win over the darkness.

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    5. Geez, what's your problem 12:45? You want a little attention?

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    6. Well said 12:00. Lets see how many of us turn out!

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    7. thanks folks.

      1245 everyone gains when facades come down. try letting yours go and see.

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    8. I don't think, if you're referring to PUSD school kids, any of the three will benefit. Doyle's kids all went to Gooden School; Buchanan's kids are in private school; and Moran is a product of Gooden as well, and a damn good private college too. Any educational deficits can clearly be attributed to subsequent events and behaviors where Moran is concerned.

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    9. Sounds more like they were referring to the Brandenburgs.

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  16. Many here are anonymous, when somebody brings up valiid points for our city, the tax payers, and especially our children, we could hold up a salute like the one from "The Hunger Games" to show a solidarity instead of aplause. Let them see the masses are paying attention, not just one lone council member. Bravo by coming John, it just seems as if PUSD is just giving us a courtesy fluff. Just an idea?

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    1. Do you think questions will be allowed?

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    2. If they aren't just yell.

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    3. Or bring posters.

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    4. Just an idea....yes, this is a "PUSD putting out fire" tactic. There's an investigation going on, people are asking questions, there's elections coming up.....they want to quiet things down and stall for a bit. Hopefully people will forget there's kids going to school on a demo site and that we pay taxes and have no reps. Yeah, right.

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    5. @4:43- yes, I can tell you that PUSD can show solidarity when it comes to putting out serious fires.
      They banded together when their Board Member sided with the parent elite petitioners, and forcing our son from his school.
      Staff worked together to dupe a Federal agency, hide records, stall, lie, etc. Then those who couldn't take the heat retired. One even had the auditorium named after her, at the behest of some of the very same PTA folks that gathered up the signatures for the petition. Still waiting for the apology from any of them...
      ~Mary

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  17. The zoning for thbe canon property is institutional. Will need to be changed to build houses on site. Why don't we make it a charter middle school and take it away from PUSD!

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  18. PUSD own the property. They got rid of Maranatha who leased it from them.

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    1. School districts are the largest land owners in most cities, right?

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    2. Maybe Nunez will throw some of his campaign funds to PUSD?

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    3. You have to be Fab to play with Fabio.

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    4. Remember that school districts are a creature of the state. Construction on their property does not have to go through local regulatory processes, hence no notice to the community about what will be built there. Zoning and building construction are reviewed in Sacramento. No property taxes go to local government.

      No way should these properties owned by PUSD be given over to any other use, such as housing. There are strict limitations on what can be done with school properties, posted by the State of California.

      http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/schoolclose.asp

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  19. Anyone attend the Special Council Meeting; Wed. Jan. 23? Was it on the telly? Do we have a new law firm representing the city?

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  20. The zoning for the oldsters was changed on the blvd from business to residential inorder to make room for the non-room giant.
    The Canon ave institutional zoned property can be changed to residential low income HUD Mental Health housing and they can be zoned as units for an institutional use!

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  21. It cost the city plenty of money when Maranatha was told by certain council members (Bad Bart), that it would not be a problem to build on Number One Carter. When it was found that the zoning could not be changed; the tax payers once again paid their dues by way of losing the lawsuit and for casting a ballot in the local elections for someone who could care less about zoning laws.

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  22. 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.

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    1. 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.

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    2. Your notion of new ideas is snuggling up to one of Dreier-Holden's hand picked hacks?

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    3. Yes lets not forget Holdens meeting with PUSD to "discuss their assets" so much corruption... How can there every be new ideas, the people with the "new ideas" certainly aren't backed by a giant political machine like the scum there now!

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    4. Arce is a better candidate since he hasn't sold out to the interests groups trying to buy influence on the PUSD Board. He is in it for the parents and kids. The PUSD Board and the PUSD Administrators are full of teachers and educators all of whom are fleecing the district. Just being a teacher doesn't mean that he is a good administrator.

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    5. it is one thing to celebrate scouting, which builds up young men. It's quite another to accept money for a campaign from a man who exacts political favors to free a young man who took another's life.

      you ever bury a member of your family who was murdered, and watch the killer get out of prison after serving a suspended sentence? when you do, talk to me about it and we'll have something in common.

      Arce has skills that are competitive at the level necessary to do the work. he's been doing it for the county for years. It is like comparing a teacher's assistant to a superintendent.

      ACT is a sham, it's days of being NP are behind it, It doesn't seek out the best qualified, it's research is based on who is popular with their mindset.

      you want to tell me that kim kenne isn't better qualified than hd cooper? really? they couldn't give her that so the said nothing. fools

      Luis Chawkins Ayala over Phelps? Are you serious?

      Pomeroy over Stella Murga? insane.

      follow the money trails. that's where the special interests are.

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    6. 437, 502. Go ahead CHAWKINS keep plugging your boys.

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  23. Taxation without representation. Didn't somebody fight a revolution over that?

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    1. Let's have a revolution!

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    2. taxation without representation is tyranny. they sure did.

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  24. Dude! Where's my vote?

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