Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tony Brandenburg: It's a Good Thing the Mayor of Pasadena's Got Our Back

Renatta the Recycled
The Presidential Seal
In PUSD, as in any other elected position, there are defined rules for how a Board President is chosen. It is not done on a whim (click here) but up until a few days ago, I always assumed it was. You see folks, I don’t know much about how this local government thing works. In fact, I didn’t even know school district board meetings were political at all until the day Ed Honowitz waited until the window for public comment had closed, and then accused Mary Brandenburg and myself of being political.

We had no idea we were on the politics wild and crazy fast track. Actually, we didn’t even know we were in a car.

Based on the way Mayors and Board Presidents are created and abdicate in Pasadena and Sierra Madre, I pretty much figured all decisions of this nature were done with a coin toss.

So. Redistricting was a failure. This brings forth some interesting questions that should be considered. If the redistricting did not bring the desired leadership to the table, how was this exercise in gerrymandering (click here) productive? If the school district is 61% Latino, how is it that we are now at 0% Latinos on the PUSD Board of Education, where we were at 14% before the Redistricting Task Force made its recommendations - the same recommendations that the school board accepted, and that Pasadena and Altadena (not the Sierra Madre) voters passed into law?

 If it wasn’t productive, then, was this a failure?

Consider the wisdom (click here) of the Presidential Seal,  “I believe the school board should be representative of the constituency served by the school district,” said School Board President Renatta Cooper. “With that in mind, given our demographics, clearly we need Latino representation at the school board level, at least one person.”

Really? Well, the constituents in a largely Latino region voted for an African American, Tyron Hampton, who the PUSD Board immediately placed into the role of Vice President of the Board of Education (click here). The Latino, Ruben Hueso, who had thousands and thousands of dollars of (Dem) support from friends, and families, and non-partisan (Dem) groups like ACT, well, um, he pretty much got trounced. The same can be said of the other Latino with lots of ACT support - Luis Luis Carlos the Iceman Ayala.

So what does this suggest? Is Republican the new Democrat?

If the goal of redistricting was to place Board leadership who were ethnically - not  politically - tied to their constituents, then redistricting was a failure. However, if Ms. Cooper is suggesting that the remedy is that the Board can just pluck a Latino out of a gene pool to represent the 61% Latino population, she is mistaken. It is not something that is to be decided by the Board. That is something to be decided by the people, and the people have spoken.

Voters like me don’t care about political endorsements, by the way. Personally, I don’t care who they think their friends are.

The Presidential Whim
Whim. A sudden desire or change of mind, especially one that is unusual or unexplained.

I have changed my mind. The presidents on the PUSD School Board are chosen by whim. There is no sensible way to explain it.

Unless it’s all rigged.

Selection for the President of the Board of Education is generally done on a rotation basis. For some reason, however, for the last two years it has rotated right on past Scott Phelps, even though it was his turn. Why?

Well, there is a line of thought and thinking that suggests that, because the president has access to more documents, that somehow placing a person into that role who believes in transparency could result in more documents becoming accessible to the public. There are people who don’t want that. They don’t want you to know what’s going on.

Scott Phelps had been passed over last year, and instead, Renatta was given the presidency for the second year, while Ed Honowitz was given the vice presidency. It was a given that should Phelps be re-elected, he would assume the presidency. So much so that rumor has it the PUSD had already ordered the nameplate and business cards. But something happened.

Those promises of goodwill and harmony have fumbled. While Selinske is trying to figure out which way the wind is going to blow now that Honowitz is gone, will the old guard still hold the positions of influence? Probably not, and it is scaring them.

Scaring them because they are afraid of change. And some of them are willing to take drastic steps to stop that.

Board Room Etiquette, or One Endless Act of Buffoonery
Thinking back to Renatta’s comment on Latino representation reminded me of something I’d been considering. Last time I checked the roster,  we had a Latino Board member. His name was Ramon Miramontes.

NOT ONE person from the community said a single nice thing about him at his final board meeting because the entire meeting was designed by the ACTors to elevate, uh, that one guy - old what’s his face.

To be honest, it was an embarrassing sight to watch. I mean, I am socially oblivious by design, but even I sensed that the Honowitz appreciation had reached a saturation point and was beginning to just sound ridiculous (click here).

I mean how many creative ways could they come up with to call him The Dimwit, the All Inclusive? I mean, I got the message, all right? Ed Honowitz was the most amazing, and inclusive human being on the entire planet. OK. I GET IT.

Hell, he’s so inclusive I am sure he even invites Hamas and Al Qaeda over for latkes and borscht at least once a week to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. He is so damn inclusive that the harmony seeps out of his single eyebrow. Even the food he eats sings his praise before ingestion.

That means the ONLY family he excluded was mine, and the ONLY child who wasn’t good enough for Pasadena schools was mine.

Anyway, I didn’t hear Ms. Cooper reminding the audience there was another board member leaving. Oh wait, she mentioned it in passing, when comments closed and the room emptied.

That certainly seems rather lackadaisical for someone so concerned about Latino representation as to discuss it to the newspapers and all.

Climbing Mountain Avenue
Mountain Avenue is one of my favorite streets in Pasadena. Mostly because it is an easy shortcut street to get from Sierra Madre to mid city Pasadena. But, wouldn’t you know it, there are some Tattler All Stars who also live on that street. That’s right, some of the Mountain folk are the esteemed What’s up Doc Petey Dreier (click here), Mr. Ed Honowitz (click here), and even the Elizabeth Pomeroy (click here).

For the last week or so a small handful of dedicated parents and activists have held silent vigil in front of the home of Elizabeth Pomeroy in order to remind her that her that in order to bring unity to the PUSD Board, she needs to begin by honoring the agreement; the one that would place Scott Phelps into the leadership role of President.

As I have stood out there a couple of dark nights with candles in silent vigil with a group of mostly women, holding candles and waiting for Ramon “Meet at 7:30” Miramontes to show up at 9:30, I have to weather a whole new group of curious onlookers - this time from the Mountain (Ave.) folk. Yes, we look like a group of giggling onlookers at a Wake.

Still, there’s a part of me that worries that at any moment, Petey and his droogies from Mountain Avenue - Honowheezie, Pomeroy, and their buddy Renatta, could come strolling down the street decked to the nines in white with black bowler hats, and demand to parley at any moment with a bit of the good old fashioned ultra-violins.

So, to anticipate the possibility of violins, Mia Brandenburg, our daughter, brought her violin over to Mountain Avenue and played while a group of fifteen or so protesters showed up on the thirteenth to picket at the home of Elizabeth Pomeroy in an attempt to get her to reconsider her position. Ms. Liz didn’t come out from behind the Wonderful Wizard’s curtain, but the Presidential Seal drove by.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Regurgitate
Apparently it worked, because within 24 hours the Seal was recycled.

That’s right, it was one of the most ridiculous events of the year. Another power move in which the Honowitz Method - that is, bully the others, bully the Superintendent, make the decisions and let the schmucks think it was their idea - is alive and well.

The Board already demonstrated it had a green policy, it immediately placed Tyron Hampton into the Vice President seat. Wow. Bad move.

Just like our own little greenie, Johnny Harabedian, the Board of Ed has its own greenie that they gave a pair of big boy pants to. Now it’s time to show us that he can fit into them - just like dad!

The first major blow it by Tyron Hampton was to begin discussing the Superintendent’s salary - much to the enthusiasm of the UTP in attendance. The same UTP who don’t think they should give up any furlough days - even though every other state worker has.

The most ridiculous suck-up to an audience that I have seen from a newcomer. Really? Mr. Big Britches sure learned Gundry a thing or two. Just like Honopuss - who set the tone for how to mistreat and bully Superintendents.

I guess no one told the greenest of the PUSD Board Green Committee that we keep our lips sealed during public comment. And we never, never, talk about non-agendized items during public comment, especially when we get to play marbles with the big kids.

Maybe he wants to be censured in his first month.

Good old Pomeroy began asking all sorts of questions and making comments during non-agendized public comment, too. I couldn’t help it. I laughed.

Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention that she missed becoming the Board President by one vote last week.

All the President’s Phlegm, or Renatta’s Putsch
Maybe all these nervous mistakes were the visible signs of a coup d’etat?

After  a week of what was probably an illegal set of meetings, the Board of Ed reconvened and gave the scepter to Renatta Cooper, yet again.

That’s right.

After losing control of the meeting on April 23, 2013, to the point that a UTP bargaining rep was allowed to lead a group of teachers to bully me during public comment, and then allow a community member to kick at me - the Board determined she was the best choice.

Surprise, surprise, surprise, she was rechristened Queen of the Hive after being nominated by Larry Tate Selinske (click here) in one of Larry’s bolder moves.

Way to step up.

Selinske, in what was the most ridiculously staged plant of recent memory, pulled his hand from his side and lifted it - just like Wimpy orders a cheeseburger in a Popeye cartoon, and said, “I nominate Renatta Cooper.”

Good god, I was hoping someone, even that little UTP Rodent with the big mouth, would chug a can of spinach and speak up. But no one did.

Look at the video of the meeting. You will see Cooper insist on the vote, Kim try, repeatedly, to get clarification, and then Renatta dart a look at Selinske. Selinske then nominates Cooper. It’s hilarious. I swear, he looks like a beat down “yes dear” house-husband. What a hoot.

When the smoke cleared, the Weenie, the Greenie, the Presidential Seal, and the Lost Lady of the Mountain had all placed their votes. Cooper wins, 4-2.

I am flat out saying that I believe that this election was staged, and that what is about to go down with this vacant Board Seat is all part of a set-up.

Hilarious, really.

Just two weeks ago she couldn’t control her board room. Now she is falling asleep at the front of it.  I should ask Larry Tate Selinske if those are the stand up qualities I should expect a Board President to show.

She may as well have taken that crown and stuck it on her own head.

Citizen’s Committee? Wait, Isn’t that what an Election is For?
Prior to the Board Meeting of May 14,  poor, poor Renatta - the recycled Presidential Seal - figured out she had a little problem. That problem is that 38 interviews need to be conducted.

Wait. A whopping 38 people volunteered to be the Vacant Board Member?

 Well, yep. It’s true.

It’s a regular old smorgasbord of people who represent every interest and disinterest imaginable. Folks from every angle possible. Everyone from the folks we already said no to the first time, to pesky gnats, to the disenfranchised cities like Sierra Madre and Altadena, to aspiring rodentia, to the creme de la creme of the soda social.

Oh, and there are even a couple of outsiders.

Well. There is something going on that should concern the citizens of Sierra Madre. I have discussed the first one, and that was the election of the Board President. It smells funny. It smells funny like - go to DTLA and straight to the City Attorney’s office and file a Brown Act Violation - kind of smells funny. There was a meeting before the meeting, that is a no-brainer. That’s when they discussed renewing and recycling Cooper.

This second question is why Cooper was discussing this with the Mayor. She wasn’t the Board President at the time, so whose authority was she acting under? The third concern is why the Mayor of Pasadena and his City Council are so interested in this to begin with? This wouldn’t have to do with Community Schools and the Pasadena City Plan, would it?

Renatta Cooper brought up that she spoke with Pasadena’s very own Mayor Bogaard on Tuesday to discuss the interview calamity. Mayor McCheese then offered some guy to solve this problem. A guy named Mark Jomsky could come in to to work with the Board.

Hey. Stupid question time. Why is the Pasadena Mayor making decisions for the Board of Education?  Did Mayor McCheese discuss it with Sierra Madre’s Mayor? How about Altadena’s Mayor? What is Jomsky like? Is he going to look out for our interests?

I’m sure the Mayor’s proposition is legit.

I know from my experiences with Bogaard and Renatta that neither of them have ever shown favor to the special people over the rest of us proles.

I have a question. Why was the Mayor of Pasadena offering suggestions to the Board member Cooper? Renatta Cooper was not the acting president when she approached Bogaard on Tuesday May 14.

According to Renatta Cooper at the Board Meeting, Jomsky has his own ideas on forming a "citizens committee" to screen the 38 applicants for the vacant seat.

Well of course he does. How nice of him to share.

So, now we can expect an array of the finest slop in Pasadena will serve up, just like the creamed corn from Beadle’s Cafe. We can expect something easy on our palates, something we can gum down without our falsies. Maybe even some well known establishment cronies. Maybe Dart Boil or Petey Dreier, or even Tattler buddy Buchanan.

A Citizen Committee will decide which applications to keep and which to discard, right? They know what you want better than you do. How cool is that?

Don’t laugh. It could already be going down.

Mary sent me some concerns that she wrote this morning. Funny, but don’t laugh. That’s how we communicate. Two laptops on opposite sides of the table.

Mark Jomsky is the Pasadena City Clerk who was right in the middle of the push for redistricting, You’ll recall that PUSD swore that they could be sued for big $$ if they didn’t redistrict. At last night’s meeting the newly recycled Renatta had already spoken to Bogaard that day. Bogaard told Renatta that Jomsky had a great plan to lighten the load of interviewing 38 applicants (who all threw in at the last minute, of course). They could assign a “citizen’s committee” to screen (read: weed out) the applicants. Renatta said that another city council member asked for all 38 applications, which they were going to go through very carefully. 

They have already ordered copies of the applications. Including mine. Everyone say hi to the friends of Larry Tate Selinske and the Presidential Seal. Let’s all give it up for the Pasadena Association of the Mrs. Kravitz Clan.

Of course. A Citizen’s Committee run by the same people who forced through redistricting.The committee will, no doubt, know what the Board is looking for. They will know which applications to dump. But of course they want to help form this Citizen's Committee! They will have it all figured out for you, the voters.

Sometimes it helps to be one of the smart guys.

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89 comments:

  1. This is a typical political retreat and regroup tactic.

    Please don't let this small victory cause you to lower your guard or resolve to make changes and get more facts to keep "political involvement" alive and well for your children's future.

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    1. TB- I hope you realize where your application will now end up. You made a mockery of your 4:6 possible votes. You make me proud.

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    2. Tony Brandenburg, applicant for the vacant seat on the Board of Ed. Great article. Will this be added to your resume?

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    3. if they were smart they'd get everyone on board to place me in there. then they could set up a couple of office pools through PEN or PEF or IiPk, get a good bookie, and set up a couple highh stake bets... like one could be "who will get tb to blow a gasket during public comment?" or "how many days can tb go before being reprimanded?" or "which board member can ask the stupidest question to get tb to publicly ridicule them into censuring him?" I think we could earn that 7million dollar deficit quickly.

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    4. Oh you're funny Tony. Just for the morning laugh to start my day I'd support you taking the seat.

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    5. Tony is one of the wittiest guys around. His columns are like stand up comedy done sitting down.

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    6. Sierra Madre needs a straight shooter like you looking out for them TB. The unicorns have been asleep at the wheel too long. The PUSD needs a little shaking up- you could be the guy.

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  2. Thanks for the laugh Tony B.
    I was pretty disgusted by the behavior of Cooper and newby Hampton. Selinske was predictable. He's weak, and a fool. Pomeroy? She doesn't even know who she is half the time.

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  3. The ACT goon squad has their fix in? Another big loss for the parents and children of the PUSD.

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  4. Is it just me, or does it look like Renatta is becoming one with the woodwork?

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    1. All Hail Renatta the Recycled! Queen of the Green!

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    2. Renatta has morphed with a combination of Honowitz, Bogaard and Jaba the Hut.

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    3. Cooper was actually sleeping during the meeting? She's probably wiped out from all the secret meetings.

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  5. Maybe it was all a part of the process, and we just don't understand it.

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    1. In the Peoples Republic of the PUSD voting is not considered a part of the process. They have experts for that.

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    2. And there doesn't need to be an expert to tell me that we need to force an election for the vacant seat.

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    3. "The Process" is a lot like Yoda's "The Force" from Star Wars. You're supposed to believe in it.

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    4. "The Process is strong in this one, My Lord."

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    5. So are the Dark ones.

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  6. It's a travesty what happened the other night. It was clear that the whole thing was organized. Why was Cooper already planted in the President's seat? Wasn't that seat open? Or shouldn't little Mr. Fancy pants have been sitting there as VP?

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  7. Phelps is a little too much of a truth guy for the ACT crowd. But then again, so is Pinocchio.

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  8. One of Renatta's first acts in her new term as president will be to lead the community schools in a community nap.

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  9. Recall Tyronne Hampton!

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    1. I bet Hueso would share some of his campaign fund to get the recall going.

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    2. His brother is a member of the state legislature. Of course he's got plenty of campaign cash. The special interest lobbyists pump it into those guys straight with an IV.

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    3. I don't think you can start a recall for the first and last year of someone's term.

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    4. Please don't ruin my day 11:05

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    5. Johnny Process is fair game.

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  10. Hueso would have voted for Renatta too. No Bones for me!

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  11. How can Renatta Cooper get away with what's she's doing? Who is backing her? She's a heavy breathing fool. Why does anyone take her seriously?

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  12. That the school board wants to appoint a citizen's committee to make the first pass over the applications is so typical of the board's aversion to taking responsibility for it's actions. In fact, I think this decision takes them deeper into the mire. when the short list of candidates comes back, the board will say"this is what we were given to work with, don't blame us". the fact is they carry the blame no matter what. they will be selecting the folks to be on this committee and then selecting the person to fill the vacancy. thus they will be responsible for two sets of bad selections instead of just one. I think this needs to go to an election...it's the only way to resolve this fairly. Look at all the money this board has spent just to try to get a Latino on the board and all they have succeeded in doing is making everybody angry.

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    1. 8:52, you're right on it. The public shouldn't allow the board to again pass the buck.

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    2. It certainly does help explain the literal swarm of last minute ACT candidates that announced at the last possible moment. This is all a part of a carefully worked out strategy to keep the balance of power as far away from the parents, taxpayers and voters of the PUSD as possible.

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    3. Yes, 8:56, that swarm at the last minute was planned. There were maybe 15 applicants until the last day.

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    4. And who will get weeded out? Those 15.

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    5. The PUSD makes Pyongyang look like Walden Pond.

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    6. The Stormtroopers of Social Equity.

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    7. PUSD Team Green: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Imbeciles

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  13. I absolutely love it TB! You brought your daughter into the fold of civic activism- through music.

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    1. thank you. she was honored to play music for the community, and for the board member. i am very proud of her. i'm not half the writer or musician that she is.

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  14. She is like the jelly of the month club, the gift that keeps on giving month after month! She is what's left of the machinery. Nothing but an attempt for survival.

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  15. The original proposal said that every candidate would be interviewed at an upcoming, public meeting. If they weed out candidates before that they would be breaking that promise.

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    1. It was posted on the PUSD website as you stated 9:08. I'll check and see if that's changed all of a sudden.

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  16. the process listed april 9 by Papallarado states that the board will do all the work. there is no mention of a Citizen Review committee. Is this even legal?

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    1. 9:41- the whole vacant seat appointment process is in the board policies- not sure where. Changing the rules in the middle of the process is disingenuous , especially for Sierra Madre. On our behalf, Halcyon Koerber requested transparency and fairness. Otherwise, I'm sure more citizens would have been demanding an election.

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  17. Tyron Hampton double crossed his own supporters including Scott Phelps and Kim Kenne. Kim Kenne was Tyron's biggest financial contributor. Scott Phelps walked precincts for Hampton. Hampton gave his word that he would support Scott for President and asked for support to be Vice President. On May 6 Scott Phelps nominated Tyron for VP with Kim Kenne seconding the nomination and they both voted for Tyron. Tyron became VP. A week later when it came time for a battle to determine who will be President Tyron betrayed Scott and Kim and voted for Renatta Cooper. Tyron Hampton is a deceitful, double-dealing liar whose word and integrity are absolutely worthless. Hampton is now part of the politically corrupt majority (Cooper, Selinske, Pomeroy). The Petition for Special Election is being typeset as of this morning.

    Anyone who gets in the way of a Special Election will be smashed. The voters will now be heard.

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    1. Hear hear 11:38! The voters will be heard. Enough of these double crossers. Shame on Tyron Hampton little Mr. Fancy Pants!

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    2. Hopefully some of the Sierra Madre residents will run in the special election, or we'll end up in a similar situation....maybe they'll do more recycling of ACT candidates?

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    3. ACT candidates AKA "The Usual Suspects."

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    4. I'd cast my vote for Brandenburg if there's a special election. Tony, would you consider running?

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    5. 12:30, we need Brandenburg where he can call it like it is, without the issue of being censured. I doubt he'd be able to comment so freely on the Tattler as a Board member.

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    6. Gee, MT, are you a bit sore that your guy is not following your rules?

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    7. @11:38: There are some people who may suggest that there was a Brown violation in regards to the vote for Ms. Cooper, I'd like to suggest that the same could be suggested of Mr. Phelps, Ms. Kenne and Mr. Hampton. The vice president's position was also decided before the vote. Ms. Cooper stepped in to rectify a problem, rather than leaving the running of the board to a newly elected member.

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    8. The problem is that redistricting was a flop, another of those threats......"ooooo, you're going to get sued if you don't do this...." only no one was suing. It's the same b/s ploy they use to get funding for education, law enforcement, road work, etc. the threat of the spectre of worst case scenario, and people are guillable to fall for it time and again. Only this time, the wiseguys fouled up, and the great gamble backfired.

      Now the "majority" is knocked on its collective butt, and everyone knows it. It's too early to determine where Hampton is going to fall. He is young an inexperienced, and he acts like it. That hardly means he can't learn from his mistakes.

      Meanwhile, the usual suspects are swarming to get that 7th seat in their court, they think, to try to stabilize their paper tiger, but it ain't working because the kitty is out of the bag where everyone can see it.

      Have an election, put all 38 people on the ballot. Let's watch how fast the little ACTors started ripping each other up. There is nothing more entertaining than watching insects buzz around the lightbulb trying to one up each other in order to touch the sun.

      Save me a seat up front, I will grab the popcorn

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  18. Hey Mod, Is there a winner in the "Name the new committee" contest?

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    1. The winner will be announced Sunday. That has always been the plan.

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    2. Some people just can't wait! 😺

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    1. We're going to need the signatures fast, possibly by May 28th.

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    2. Here's the petition, please share widely

      http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054CA4A62EA46-petition

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    3. Thank you to those that worked on getting the petition ready to go!
      I sent a request to Sup Gundry for this to be an action item for the May 28th meeting of the Board.

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  20. Why was Hampton nominated rather than Kim Kenne for VP? Wasn't it ridiculous to put someone so inexperienced into that position?

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    1. Tyron Big Britches Hampton was ripe for the picking.

      He looked soooooo cute at his first board regular Board meeting sitting next to his sleeping comrade and benefactor, Queen Renatta the Recycled

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    2. First, because Tyron asked his supporters to support him for the position and secondly because the politically corrupt triune of Cooper, Selinske and Pomeroy wouldn't have voted for Kim Kenne so there would have been a deadlock. At least with Tyron as VP, he was supposed to chair the next meeting because the office of President was vacant. Instead, Renatta Cooper unlawfully continued to act as Board President even though she had not been elected at the initial meeting. Notice that Renatta also unalwfully refused to allow discussion before calling for a vote to make her President...most likely because she knew she had the votes because she polled a majority of the board before the meeting (which is a Brown Act violation).

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    3. Yes, 1:34- I saw that Queen Renatta silenced Kenne's questions. But Kenne is a big girl, and she needs to stand up to bullying tactics.

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    4. It's more difficult to stand up to Dictators, which is what Renatta Cooper is. She plopped herself in the President's chair and dares anyone to move her out. Did anyone see Selinske? He was almost hiding when he made his nomination.

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    5. Renatta Cooper has been handed the torch by Honowitz as Board Bully.

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    6. Who better to bully the Superintendent with Honowitz gone? Tyrone felt the power the other night. He picked on Gundry about a pay cut, and the UTP peanut gallery showed their appreciation for Tyrone, the mean, lean, Green machine.

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    7. Our tax dollars working hard for us.

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    8. Why is everyone against the "board majority"? Why can't it be seen as a group of people invested in finding solutions, as a governing board- rather than constantly naysaying? Maybe that's why Phelps was overlooked as President?

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    9. The "board majority" has been calling the shots for a while now. A couple of more years of their investing in finding solutions and there won't be any students left.

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    10. Maybe the board "minority" spends so much time getting the details and disagreeing about everything that the students are going elsewhere- and these same members encourage it.

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    11. No, it is because of the poor product the majority faction has been offering PUSD parents and their children over the last few years. I don't know if you are familiar with the word because it is regarded as being politically incorrect in certain circles, but it is called failure. That is why people are leaving. Cooper, Selinske, Honowitz, they have failed to achieve any successes whatsoever. Deal with that.

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    12. Go Public was a fantastic example of what PUSD can provide. If there are board members that are so down on public education, they can always step down.

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    13. Face it, all the board members have their own agenda. It's surely not for the measley pay through PUSD. There's other "benefits" to being a board member.

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    14. Go Public was IiPK propaganda.

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    15. go public was fluff and had as much substance as cotton candy. keep shaking your pompoms, little cheerleader. we'll never stop rooting, no matter how bad our team is losing.

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    16. tom selinske is the reason sierra madre has no board member. he should have been ousted and run again. why not? well, maybe he was just too expensive an investment to reinvest in for 2013.

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    17. Go Public? Really? You don't see private schools having to pander to film makers to drum up support for their product. No, that is Pasadena public schools. What a sad, desperate last gasp of a dying institution.

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    18. Maybe you should consider it's an attempt to restore the image after rags like the Tattler, certain negative board members, and parents like the Brandenburgs all complain about PUSD.

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    19. Blaming the messenger is a very weak defense. Usually used by those incapable of taking responsibility for their own sickening failures.

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    20. pretty weak, 1152, you lack our conviction. we started analyzing the corruption and the deceit and the hypocrisy after our child was bullied and we were attacked by anonymous cowards, hiding behind a keyboard like you are.

      we stand up and face our accuser straight on, not protected by a pack of sniveling red shirts crying "more more for me" and who act more like facisti than educators. we are jeered, bullied, even physically confronted and threatened.

      we have effectively dismantled a hierarchy of maggots only to find another ten layers. That's hardly our doing, we didn't destroy the structure the saprophytes feed on; we simply inherited it.

      The change people like us bring will save your sinking ship, but you're too busy watching fantasy films that say what you want to believe to figure out that you hit the iceberg 20 years ago.

      Our fault, if you can call it that, is that we still believe in public education, regardless of the abuse that we take from cowards like you who lack backbone and even a hint of aesthetic...... but it still doesn't stop you from pointing your finger like a mcarthyist at anyone who isn't like you or doesn't think like you.

      IMAGE is not what needs to be restored. That shows how one dimensional and shallow your understanding is.

      so, go on then. no one makes you read rags, hemingway, go find some one dimensional tampon written by a journalist with a target readership that caps at tenth grade- the kind that says everything you want to hear- and dig right in.

      come back when the 'shrooms wear off and you realize that all the good juju was just a jingle you heard at church last week

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    21. That, TB, is quite a platform statement for your campaign to run for Board of Ed! Well said.

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    22. Sounds like the Tattler was IiPK'd.

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  21. Thanks Tony for keeping the community informed. We'd never have gotten the real story by just reading the Weekly or the Sun.

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    1. you are welcome. hopefully we can get this fixed.

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    2. Now that's a pipedream.

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