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:
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.
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.