Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pasadena Star News: No PUSD Vote In Sierra Madre? No Worries!

(Mod: This is the first time an opinion piece of mine has made it to the Sunday editions of the Pasadena Star News, SGV Tribune and Whittier Daily News. Significant as the combined readership of these 3 papers jumps to around 320,000, making it the most widely read post in my storied muckraking career.) 

We here in Sierra Madre have begun to call it "this month's crime of the century." It isn't exactly the noisiest crime of the century since most people wouldn't vote in a Board of Education election even if you held a fully loaded howitzer to their heads, though there are those here who do actually care.

Under the too closely parsed legalities of Measure A, an initiative that passed everywhere in the Pasadena Unified School District except Sierra Madre last spring, only chosen special portions of the district will be allowed to elect new subdistrict representatives next month. Sierra Madre, along with certain other fragmented areas, having been booted off the Board of Ed until a later election in 2015. During this period our city will have no meaningful representation, with the dubious exception of a seventh of Tom Selinske. Or, even worse, perhaps an appointed Chris Chahinian.

That this will occur at so delicate a moment as when all of the remaining $240 million dollars in Measure TT school bond money is to be divvied up is troublesome. An effort in school rehabilitation spending that will be completed over the next two years by a new majority of Board of Ed representatives beholden only to their brand new subdistricts. District-wide Board of Education members, who theoretically cared about all of God's little PUSD children, going the way of the dodo.

But there is one option open to us. While we have somehow been proscribed from voting in the March election, or even an April runoff, no law has been passed so far by the PUSD that prevents us from talking trash about those running in the chosen districts. Candidates who, should they be elected, will likely treat our little voteless town like an unwanted stepchild.

Take the case of District 3 candidate Ruben Hueso. Ruben is very proud of his association with the Boy Scouts of America, so much so that he put a picture of himself on his very first campaign postcard dressed up in Scout leader regalia. Ruben also included a photo of Boy Scouts under his care saluting the flag in a classroom. Politically pleasing I suppose, but in direct violation of the Law of the Pack. The Boy Scout brass was not amused.

Also in District 3 is a youthful candidate named Tyrone Hampton. Tyrone is the only registered Republican running in this district, one where GOP'ers are as rare as residents who vote in Board of Education elections. He recently won the endorsement of the California School Employee Association, which is a union. Being politically ambitious, Tyrone showed up a few days later at the Green Street headquarters of TeaPac, proclaiming that he deserved their help because he is a Republican. Few politicians have the chutzpah to accept the endorsement of a teacher's union, and then go looking for something similar from TeaPac.

Our favorite is District 7 Board of Ed candidate Luis Ayala. Luis had presented the voters with a resume' that claimed a two year period of his legal career for "private practice." Something that came a-cropper when it was discovered he had instead spent that time in the employ of ICE, an organization that is not exactly beloved by recent arrivals to America.

Luis, it turns out, also sent his children to private school. The reason he gave, that the Linda Vista School had closed before his kids could enroll, was also discovered to be false. Luis closed escrow on his home in 2004, while the school in question wasn't shuttered until 2006.

Lots of fun, I suppose. But no substitute for having candidates of our own to kick around. Maybe next time they'll think of including us.

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64 comments:

  1. Question: has anybody once heard Josh Moran, Nancy Walsh or John Harabedian speak out against the PUSD stealing our Board of Education vote? Or even talk about it at all? Conspiracy of silence perhaps?

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    1. Josh Moran, Nancy Walsh and John Harabedian are enemies of Sierra Madre.
      If the people of Sierra Madre had any courage to do the right thing, they would throw these three bums out of office.

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    2. Nobody on the Council are enemies of Sierra Madre they are people who we can disagree with. The last time we tried to throw somebody out (recall) they got relected to another term

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    3. It's not like they aren't being asked, 6:52. They seem to think the public aren't entitled to an answer. I'd say that's a lawsuit begging to be filed.

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    4. 8:19 the1st: Are you talking about Pinocchio Joe? The guy who quit the Council and left the country?

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    5. Mayor Moran has spent far more time talking about chickens than the horrible way the PUSD has treated the children of Sierra Madre. A wrecked school, a stolen vote, ripped off bond money, and complete and total silence from our Mayor. It is just unreal.

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    6. 8:38, it's par for the course for the Dirts and the Downtown Investment Club Members - and Moran is their chosen guy, along with Walsh. They are both people who can be easily manipulated through flattery, and who can be expected to vote pro-development all the time.

      8:19 is right about the result the last time a recall effort was made. That happened not because Mosca wasn't guilty. He was a stone cold liar. But the group did not have enough activists and the leadership fell apart. It's hard to mobilize, especially on the heels of another big effort.

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    7. C'mon Josh! Who's side are you on? The kids of Sierra Madre or those bums running the PUSD? Do your damn job, man!

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    8. I know bart Doyle was hanging around some of the parent meetings when it became obvious the PUSD was going to screw us on the Middle School. Bart said he was going to help with this. Nobody has heard a peep from him since.

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    9. Yes, Bart is trying to stay in the background- after doing his business on the redistricting. He's just sitting back and admiring his handiwork.

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    10. Yeah, you wish Doyle was sitting back. He's still very much in the game. Currently he's a member of the Oversight Board - CRA Successor Agency.
      Ever since Bad Bart moved to town, he's been working it at city hall.

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    11. Bart did a wonderful job for Sierra Madre at the PUSD Redistricting Commission. By the time he got done Sierra Madre didn't have a vote anymore.

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  2. congratulations Mod! this achievement of yours was worth "unbalancing" my weekend. Good article.

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    1. It's funny moderator, but the Tattler is getting PUSD "hot information" before the local rags. How is that?

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    2. There are some very dedicated and hard working journalists out there. To be perfectly straight with you I often rely upon the reporting of papers like the Star News for this blog. Why? Because there is some good reporting there. But that said, I also happen to be privileged to know some very smart and idealistic people who are willing to share what they know with me. My job is to make certain that what they know gets out there to as many as possible. That is the mission here.

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    3. Aha, you're like father confessor?

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    4. Sorry John, I'm not really idealistic- more of a sh#@ stirrer.

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  3. I guess that the District 3 election is going to be between Hueso and Hampton. The rest of the challengers will be history comes March 5.

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  4. I disagree. The voters there are going to elect Guillermo Arce, the candidate that does not belong to the PUSD wrecking political machine.

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    1. Arce, unlike the other candidates is proud to say he isn't endorsed by the political puppeteers. It's refreshing, and shows he's not likely to succumb to the machine.

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    1. Luis ICEman Ayala is a joke. Listen to him speak, he has nothing to say. That's interesting considering he's a trial lawyer.

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    2. A trial lawyer for ICE.

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    3. Shhh! You are not allowed to know that!

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    4. You know, I am an attorney!

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    5. Wow. So he is going to help teach the kids whose parents he helped to deport? What is wrong with this picture?

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    6. Excuse me 9:36, Ayala also teaches ESL to adults. So he helps them too. Before he deports them, they have a marketable skill!

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  6. Good Morning Tattlers,

    Only thing I can say is that our vote is being bought by the special interests groups responsible for the fleecing of the PUSD. How sad that our chance for real reform is being stolen from us. There is no way I could compete with the amount of money that the other candidates have amassed and in-kind services from special interests groups which, it is my understanding hasn't been reported at all. Some cannot hide who they really are but, they put up smoke screens and mirrors in an attempt to hide who they really are. This money and in-kind contributions coming from outside sources and individuals (look at their endorsers) who are actually responsible for the poor quality of our education. I am hoping that people can see beyond the soundbites and choose a candidate that can straighten up our schools, the finances and give everyone the voice we have been denied for so long.

    Happy Sunday,
    Guillermo

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    1. Guillermo - Thank you for standing up. It is sad to think that the corrupt big money political machine could very well be allowed by the voters to finish the destruction of public education in our area. Rather than educating our children they see it as an opportunity to steal. Talk about a crime of the century. Why the DA isn't looking into some of the criminal behavior of some of these people is troubling.

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    2. Mr. Arce, will you be at the joint PUSD/Pasadena City council meeting on Tuesday? Will you be commenting on the community schools plan?

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    3. Mr. Arce, I hope you will be able to attend this meeting. It's a great way to get your message out. (P.S. Take donation envelopes with you and be sure to invite folks to knock doors for you.)

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    4. Here's a link to the meeting

      https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=13ce6beb671ea273&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D9704b8b2af%26view%3Datt%26th%3D13ce6beb671ea273%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbQpPYmOFQPNN5LLxfnn770XZgSv9A

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    5. Here's the 3 year City/PUSD work plan. It's buried on the website, and it's up for approval Tuesday after a few meetings were held for public input.

      https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=13ce9101770923f1&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D9704b8b2af%26view%3Datt%26th%3D13ce9101770923f1%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26realattid%3Df_hdafjnhd4%26zw&sig=AHIEtbTn51q-kZioK9mtzGsZsTYDqLrnPw

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    6. Congresswoman Judy Chu will be the puppet for the evening.
      Chu will be selling "Community Schools", which embodies the 3 year Work Plan.
      Maybe Mr. Ed and Petey will make a guest appearance?

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    7. Good to see Judy Chu pitching in to turn public school property into privately developed condominium projects. I'll bet Bart and Buchanan send her roses and flowers every Sunday. Though I did hear she turned down Josh's offer to do the forbidden dance for her.

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  7. Congratulations to Mr. Phelps and Ms. Kenney for being endorsed by the Pasadena Sun.

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    1. The Pasadena Sun made a good choice in Phelps and Kenne, but they should have remained mute on the Pomeroy selection.

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    2. They made an awful choice on Hueso. In reading between the lines, he was chosen because he is a teacher. However, missing is the fact that Mr. Hueso is a crappy teacher and, if you look at the people who are endorsing him, it reads as to who is who of what's wrong in Pasadena schools. Mr. Hueso embodies what's wrong with the schools. He will be a sell out to the Board majority. He has some HUGE bills he must pay off if elected to the board and, if he wants to run again, he better pay off or he will be yesterday's news 4 years from now.

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    3. What bills does Hueso have? Can you elaborate?

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    4. He owes the Devil himself, which is the author of confusion and lies. The devil never grants long leases.

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    5. The Boy Scouts are homophobes.

      http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_22605136/readers-respond-should-boy-scouts-keep-their-ban

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    6. Hueso owes a big favor to Nunez, who gave him a nice $5000 donation.

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    7. Oh, right. Fabian Nunez. The Sacramento pol who got Schwarzegger to issue a pardon for his murderer son. A charmer, that one.

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    8. Nunez has a large fund of campaign donations and he's spreading the wealth to his childhood buddies- the Hueso brothers.

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    9. Figures. As a formed Lt Governor he was high on the payola gravy train. How much does an Arnold Schwarzenegger "Get Out Of Jail Free" card go for?

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  8. Hueso is a puppet and a buffoon.

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  9. I am waiting patiently for you to finally realize Sierra Madre should finish the process of the divorce started by PUSD, and form it's own school district. DUH!

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    1. How about a student strike? Every time a kid misses a day at school, the PUSD gets less money from the state. So how about every kid in Sierra Madre stays home for a week? Those bums would be here in a heartbeat begging to build the school.

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    2. i second

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    3. That would be very big. Besides the money, what an embarrassment for the school district.

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    4. And, 11:11, if the site isn't being used for what it's been slated for, they district is fined until the building is finished- serious. I think the info is in here....

      https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:fhI5LbVD3hsJ:www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/bsc/Title_24/T24TrainingGuide.pdf+public+school+california+building+fines+for+not+building&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESh0mSuu0YhN8wwhRMDLXOkFvm3x4OrnLwHbUhUH3Bi71DJ9MALGB7v7BHSi2AiAe5uDGV49X1Jf_JOTBqLRfnMTAQ6qfq2Ws4ad_FTl6VFSIgS0jWbJtUncJl2sjkxhpy85iBrK&sig=AHIEtbR8SSmJ-hRbG6vmzREeAwB98V8xkQ

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    5. I cannot understand how you want to keep square dancing with all the dishonest pols, corrupt district, and cannot figure out what to do, when the district is spelling it out for you. Q-u-i-t the district and form another. PUSD is too far gone to fix.

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    6. I get what you're saying, but it has been tried. The courts shot it down. We're slaves to these rotten SOBs.

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    7. All of the public school parents should take their kids on vacation at the same time.

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    8. When my son was bullied out of school and I was forced to keep him home for his safety, Sierra Madre school still collected ADA on him. He was marked present for 8 months.
      ~Mary

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    9. I do think it would be more difficult to clear ADA for a large group of students, say the entire middle school student body.....

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    10. Why so sore, everybody? All the PUSD did was a bait and switch on a bond issue, leveled half of the middle school and then forgot to rebuild it, and stole our vote. What is so wrong with that??

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    11. Now PUSD is entering a partnership where the city will have even more influence in the lives of all parents, including those without any representation. The master plan of the new order will be unveiled on Tuesday, all hail Herr Dreier

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    12. Someone needs to file a PRA with the City of Boston. Dreier tried this crap there and they rode his fanny out of town on a rail.

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  10. It's all very simple....no new school is built...existing school closes....property sold for a handsome profit...land developed for housing....lose-win-win.

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  11. I have no doubt that I had heard about this Pasadena Rehab before.

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