Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tony Brandenburg: Making the Right Friends In All the Wrong Places

Renatta has her mind made up
File Under “With Friends Like These” Department
The sub-districting fiasco, created by a paranoid city to fend off a lawsuit that was never filed and never would have been, is one of the follies of recent time that shows how absolutely inane a local government based on rules on top of rules has become. It is so far-fetched and ridiculous that we now stare into an abyss and wait for a Board of Education - one voted in by regional self-interests, is going to somehow make plausible decisions not just for their constituencies, but for the others as well.

Yeah. That will happen.

At this point in time the absolutely laughable is taking place right before our eyes.

Renatta Cooper has suddenly become the number one public commenter on the value of a Latino voice on the Board of Education. The most obvious declaration is found here in an editorial where Renatta tells us all how important it is to have Latino representation by writing three paragraphs about African Americans in leadership roles.

She not only fails to show where the Latino representation in the district is, she also fails to explain why African American children in this district are overrepresented in special education, why the children of African American descent are more frequently suspended and expelled in Pasadena, and where the African American leadership is while all of this is going down. Most tellingly, she fails to show why she does nothing about it but to occasionally mumble.

Now Renatta, who has done so much, is suddenly concerned about the Latino voice.

Really Ms. Cooper?

I can think of a couple of autistic Latino children in Sierra Madre that you didn’t do a damn thing for (click here).

The Presidential Seal, or: Today’s Dictator, Today
Two weeks ago, in a totally laughable coup, Tom “Baby Otter” Selinske nominated Renatta “Presidential Seal” Cooper for president, effectively stealing the presidency in an election that should have never happened in the first place. It was a bold move, one that even Larry Tate would envy.

See, if anyone bothers to read the ed code and the bylaws and the board policies would know that the position of president is supposed to based on seniority and rotation. Technically that would place Scott Phelps in the position of president - a position already held by Renatta Cooper last year - and that would place either Kim Kenne or Elizabeth Pomeroy in the vice president’s position. If I recall correctly, Kenne declined the position, and in a mind boggling move, the newbie, Tyron Hampton was made Vice President.

His first order of business was to challenge the superintendent in a bid to placate the UTP. In two days Tyrone went from a newbie to a gold card member. Not bad for the first month. Put the guy in the spotlight, let him make his mistakes out in the front of the class, and distance themselves or embrace him as the political chips fall. It almost hurts to watch.

Now I am going to do the unthinkable. I am going to ask a couple of questions. I want you to think about this.

Why was Renatta Cooper’s first piece of writing after becoming president an essay that was not designed to bring about unity, but to splinter off and reach out to one single segment of the community? Did she believe that would validate how she changed the rules and then stole the presidency? Does she believe that justifies how they have changed the rules for the vacant seat, and how that will be stolen, too?

Does she believe that her advice should be followed by the Latino population, and that they should follow her lead? Or is it the last wheeze from a dinosaur who is well past her political prime? The last gasp from a self-serving nonentity that nobody took seriously in the first place?

Does she really believe she has done the children any favors when so many kids are misidentified and punished on a scale that doesn’t match the larger population?

Does she really believe that the schools to prison pipeline routes around her, and not directly through her?

Isn’t there a little secret memo that came from a local Latino group, one with a few names on it that happened to show up in the top 9 candidates to squeak through? Maybe a memo that went to all board members, and thus is a public record that we don’t know about? Maybe one that supports my assertion that three or four Board members had a little talk before the paper screening took place?

Which reminds me.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Custodian of Records: Denise McElroy, Beth Leyden
RE: Public Records Act Request
Dear Superintendent Gundry,

Pursuant to my rights under the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), I ask to (inspect/obtain a copy of) the following, which I understand to be held by your agency:
Any and all video footage from the May 14, 2013 Board of Education meeting involving cameras facing the audience during the meeting. The requested video footage is during public comments made by Tony Brandenburg, including the public comment directly following.
We also request any and all correspondence between May 3rd and May 16, 2013 between Lt. Gourdikian of the Pasadena Police Department and the following PUSD staff/Board members:
Tom Selinske
Ed Honowitz
Renatta Cooper
Elizabeth Pomeroy
Adam Wolfson
Diane Orona
I ask for a determination on this request within 10 days of your receipt of it, and an even prompter reply if you can make that determination without having to review the record[s] in question...... etc.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
Tony and Mary Brandenburg

The Angler......?
I was once told to ask Renatta how many people in her family enjoy the fantastic health benefits of that PUSD plan she’s been getting as a board member.
So, I am asking. How many, Ren?
Check it out, UTP, the health packages that you have, as I am sure you have been told by PUSD,  are rather expensive. They are one of the things that cost the district, and thus the public, and the budget so much. They are also one of the best perks in the Board members’ packages.
I know one of the applicants who didn’t need the package, and was going to actually donate his stipend (click here).  Haha. He got one vote, probably from the only Board member that read the application.

Oh, By the way, Renatta, I Think You May Have left Something Out
May 23, 2013
Custodian of Records: Denise McElroy, Adam Wolfson
RE: Public Records Act Request
Dear Superintendent Gundry,

Pursuant to my rights under the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.) and including the precedent established in the ruling in Smith v. City of San Jose (Case No. 1-09-CV-150427) re: electronic messaging, including texts, emails and voicemails from private accounts, but pertaining to city/school district business. I ask to obtain a copy of the following, which I understand to be held by your agency:
All emails, text messages, and voicemails, including those from private accounts, during the period of May 6 through May 15th, 2013 between the following officials of PUSD and the City of Pasadena and regarding the appointment to the vacant Board of Education seat, and also regarding the appointment of the President/Vice President of the Board of Education:
Renatta Cooper- Board of Education Trustee
Tom Selinske- Board of Education Trustee
Tyron Hampton- Board of Education Trustee
Bill Bogaard- Mayor of Pasadena
Mark Jomsky- City Clerk of Pasadena
I ask for a determination on this request within 10 days of your receipt of it, and an even prompter reply if you can make that determination without having to review the record[s] in question..... etc.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
Tony and Mary Brandenburg

Touche’ Madamn President (May 28, 2013)
The following was presented by me, with no one holding my hand, nor speaking on my behalf,  to the Board of Education on May 28, 2013 (click here).

These are some of the anomalies I have found thus far in the process. It is not my intention to figure out who, or what occurred that allowed this to take place. I am aware that there are Board members who were compelled to participate through coercion, through the threat of having no voice in the process, or who lacked the knowledge or skills to resist these decisions. For this reason, I apologize in advance for having to make broad statements, but must do so because this unit -willingly or not- allowed many of these events to take place.

I. The Board of Education has shown bias in the screening process.
A. In reviewing the files for the 38 applications, one of the application files referred to the applicant by first name, and the remaining 37 by their last name. This suggests familiarity to a single candidate and shows preferential treatment and bias.

B. The second example of bias by the Board is the screening process, itself. In failing to redact the applicant names the applications are simply a formality and the criteria is based on popularity and not on skills.

C.The third example of bias by the Board is that there was no process for screening and there was no standard for criteria in the decision making, thus the review was not objective and relied solely on the personal opinions of the six members.

D. The fourth example of bias by the Board lay in the failure of each member to independently read and review the entire 38 applications, and  instead relying on one another for information within the applications.

E. The fifth example  of bias by the Board lay in their failure to develop and use an unbiased tool to screen the applicants.

F. The sixth example of bias by the Board rests in the failure of the Board to have a rating tool at all prior to taking a vote in the paper screening process.

II. The Board of Educations has committed Brown Act violations in regards to the interview process and screening process. The Board President should be held accountable for these actions as the leader who presided in these actions.
A. The first example of Brown Act violations is for failing to  disclose all meetings and discussions related to the screening process.

B. The  second example of Brown Act violations is in regards to meetings in which decisions were made which changed the  interview process which was set for June 1st and should have included all 38 applicants if they were eligible-and which was changed without notifying the public of the changes, nor notifying the public of the meetings in which these decisions were made, nor posting the minutes from said meetings.

C.The third example of Brown Act violations is in the discussion of the applications by Board members in private meetings prior to making decisions.

D. The fourth example of Brown Act violations took place in meetings which discussed the placement of the current president and vice president prior to formal elections, and which changed the process by which the leadership is designated.

III.The Board of Education is not qualified or competent to interview the candidates
A. The Board members are not knowledgeable in Robert’s Rules, and yet are interviewing applicants in their use. At the May 14 Board Meeting, two Board Members spoke during public comment in violation of the very rules that they are supposed to uphold. This suggests that the Board is not qualified for the interview process because they themselves do not understand Robert’s Rules.

B. The Board is not qualified in the interview process because their criteria shows a fundamental lack of understanding and clarity.
According to the Board’s own criteria for the process an applicant should have a layperson’s understanding of public education. The statement itself denies access to qualified applicants and further suggests that applicants should be without knowledge of the process. This contradicts the rest of the criteria which suggests applicants should have knowledge that a layperson would not have.

C. The Board of Education is not qualified to interview the candidates because the Board has ignored the voice and will of the voters.
The Board has shown its inability to honor the voice of the people by accepting applications and interviewing candidates who were flatly rejected in the Democratic Election process.

IV. The Board President has demonstrated  Bias and Incompetence in this process
A. The Board President has demonstrated incompetence to perform the interview process by failing to control the Democratic Process and the Constitutional Rights of the public
. At the April 23 Board Meeting I was kicked by a community member, and verbally accosted by a district employee during public comment. This was all under the supervision of the Board President who did nothing. This demonstrates that the Board President lacks control of the Board Room, and does not understand Robert’s Rules.

B. The Board President showed bias prior to the screening and interviews through her statements to the press prior to a vote being held. In making statements to the press on May 2 and May 22 and May 23 regarding ethnicity  and her personal preferences prior to the screening and interviews.

C. The Board president influenced the outcomes with those statements and which may have influenced the outcome of the process.The Board President should recuse herself from the process for these and other previously stated actions.

D. The Board President made statements demonstrating that she believes she is above the Constitution of the United States by denying equal access and opportunity to all applicants.

Sorry, Charlie, We don't want Tuna with Good Taste; We want Tuna that Tastes Good
A finer “thanks, but no thanks” has never been had. Well, by me, and the 27 other people that have already gotten one, I mean. Oh well (click here). I think I have already addressed this above, but maybe I should ask Diana Orona. I am sure she knows where all the bodies are buried, so to speak.

Thank you for applying to fill the vacant Seat 4 on the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education in a replacement capacity.  Because of the overwhelming number of applicants for the seat, board members conducted a preliminary screening of applications on May 28 to determine who will appear before the board for a final interview.

After careful consideration, the board has not chosen you for a final interview, but wanted to express their appreciation for your willingness to serve the children of the Pasadena Unified School District. They thank you for your time and hope that you will remain involved in PUSD.

Diane D'Arco Orona
Superintendent's Office

It Should Come as no Surprise, or ... Not All Grapes Are Sour
Before I am accused of sour grapes (click here), and it is bound to happen due to the inevitable poster who doesn’t read the whole blog before firing, you should know a couple of things. The first, and most important thing is that I proudly exercise my right to free speech.

That means that the Board are well aware of what I write. Having said that, on May 27 an investigative reporter contacted Elizabeth Pomeroy about the events at Sierra Madre Elementary School a couple years back. I am certain my name came up. Two weeks ago my daughter played her a serenade, and there were nightly silent vigils at her house.

I betcha Doctor Pomeroy didn’t vote for me. Neither did Tyron, or Renatta. Speaking of Renatta Cooper, she called Tom Selinske "Doctor Selinske" three times at the last Board meeting. Nothing like puffing up an undeserving ego, Coop. I figure that I got a “no” vote from Selinske because Renatta said so. It must be nice to have someone new pulling the strings.

Can you tell I am crushed and devastated by it all? Lament with me (click here).

The second thing is that I have already said I will not run for the office. That is simply because I refuse to spend my money on an election I don’t care about, nor to raise money means to owe favors. I don’t do well with that. I was OK with an appointment. It required no money, and no promises.
I like to be debt free.

The third thing is that there are far better people for political positions like these. The kind that say, “Yes, Sir” (click here) I am not so good at that. I ask way too many questions.

I am unhappy that the President and her little puppets changed the rules. There was supposed to be an interview. You don’t really think I was going to sit there and answer their questions, do you? I had planned to show everyone how little they know about this charade. Oh, they knew it was coming. They made sure it didn’t happen. They may be stupid, but they’re not stooooopid - if ya know what I mean.

As for Gretchen Vance, I know everyone loves her and all, but exactly what has she done on the Oversight Committee? Besides nothing, I mean.  The fact that she had a perfect opportunity last night to ask about the Measure TT bond and construction when it came up on the agenda, but said nothing means ... what? Would it have interfered with her interview? Does it matter? Maybe there’s a good reason why Gretchen Vance doesn’t want to be my Facebook friend. Maybe she and I aren’t made of the same stuff.

Mikahla Rahn? I don’t know her, but as an adult who was once a child who was tossed aside, and because of programs like hers, I managed to stay involved in school through ROP type programs, and out of jail. I learned to print my own shirts and flyers and stayed out of the kinds of trouble that the rest of the system had already planned for me. As the father of a child treated the same way, I am personally indebted to people like her. I don’t know if she has a conflict of interest asking to be appointed to the board, but ya know what? To be perfectly honest, I don’t really care.

All the same, I am sure I will never recover from this major setback (click here).

To be honest, I was quadruple booked for June 1st anyway. I had booked the Board interview, and a robotics competition my son is in, and my other son is supposed to test for his first belt, and I have a book reading I am scheduled to do. It kind of makes it easier for me to not participate at all in the the rest of the Board of Education charade.

In fact, it wasn’t news to me at all. I was notified last week when I was on my way to Las Vegas where I planned to see the Weirdos (click here) who I hadn’t seen in ten years, and I was scheduled to sing a few songs with a couple of guitar players that I really admire - James Williamson (click here) of the Stooges and Captain Sensible (click here) of the Damned. It probably doesn’t mean much to Elizabeth “Where am I?” Pomeroy, but it meant a whole lot to me.

Oh yeah, and I got to make fun of the PUSD to about 4 media outlets.

I leave in a few days on an East US/Canadian tour, and then a couple weeks later I'm off to Europe for five weeks. I have tons of press I need to do for a new album. Most of my life is booked through 2013 already.

So. I really didn’t have the time to be a board member, only the desire to help the kids. The smart guys will have to do that part. I am sure they will do just fine. After all, they’ve done a smash-up job so far.
I will just have to be content to be the pitbull on the sidelines.

Growling.

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  1. You're right Tony. You're better off on the sidelines, calling them out.

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  2. You called the Board incompetent right in their faces? That's hilarious!

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  3. E-Mail to Tony Branderburg:

    Tony,

    I knew that I wasn't going to be selected even if interviewed but, at least, they should have given everyone the courtesy of being interviewed, friend or foe. I have been in government way too long to know how the game is played by wanna be politicians (PUSD BOE inclusive). Just make some believe that you are doing something for them when if fact, you are doing absolutely nothing. Of course, some BOE Members don't want anyone that knows more than they do sit next to them. They don't want to look dumb. They are afraid of having someone that is actually awake while other BOE members are slumped on their chairs, in public view, snoozing and then, deny it.

    However, the fact of the matter is that the BOE and PUSD's management is NOT representative of the student body they claim to serve. Even if they put a Latino on the Board, which is most likely to happen to avoid a civil rights lawsuit for two years, In two years, the vast majority of students at PUSD schools will be like the folks up in Sierra Madre, without representation. Therefore, for as long as the largest voting majority in PUSD are whites and African-American, a qualified Latino doesn't have a real chance of being elected to the board. All these gerrymandering that occurred didn't serve us well.

    The Board, to be equitable, should have at least, 4 to 5 Latino members, not ZERO or one as it is likely to be for the next couple of years. The PUSD doesn't serve the Latino community well. I am likely to skip all this "complaint procedure" process and take it to Federal Court and have the courts make a finding to resolve all of these equity problems we are currently facing. Again, I have been working long enough in government to know how investigations of this nature are conducted and how crafty can management be in putting their best feet forward by hiding and concealing the truth coming out smelling like roses. Your only chance is the judicial system and I am waiting on the fence for the right opportunity to act. And Tony, I don't make threats, I make promises. Just saying!

    Best,
    Guillermo A. Arce

    And, before anyone comes around saying that I am changing my position. No, I am not changing my position regarding the representation of Latinos or lack thereof since, after all I voted for Hampton, kind of regretting that since, I thought that he could represent us well. Unfortunately, after doing the about face on the presidency issue, reelecting someone that couldn't care less about the Latino or the African-American community for that matter, I am a kind of wondering whether race and ethnicity and national origin should play a role in BOE politics. Right now, the Latino community at large is in worst shape than the Sierra Madre community. We really have no representation in any of the districts and remaining at-large seats.

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    1. Arce, I'm seeing some flip-flopping. Others may see it too.

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    2. Only if you are seeing the world through a small hole in your underpants, 7:03. I'd call it learning from experience and then changing your mind. All the big people do it.

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    3. 7:11 Except Obama.

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    4. Guillermo: just get your folks to vote. If they did, and only voted for latinos, it would happen.

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  4. Tony, Gretchen is a working mom. Is it fair to critique her? At least she attends board meetings to keep up on things.

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    1. I cannot see how the Measure TT disaster can be blamed on a small group of hardworking volunteers who were consistently denied the information they needed by Honowitz and Selinske. Why should they be forced to take the blame for all of the big fish?

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    2. Then maybe she shouldn't have signed on for an oversight committee if she was too busy to do what she was commissioned to do?

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    3. Cool, 7:03. Right out of the Peter Dreier playbook.

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    4. Has anyone forgotten who else was on the TT Oversight Committee? The financial guru of ACT, John Furman. These people on the committee were NOT simply hardworking volunteers. Just look at the list.

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    5. Oh yes 7:04. the many of the Dreier team were on that Committee ALL looking the other way, until it was exposed by a PUSD employee- who happened to be put on paid administrative leave when it blew.

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    6. really? i have seen her a couple of times. i guess i could try typing gretchen vance into the board archive, and then type brandenburg. i am sure the numbers would balance.

      i am not putting her down for being a working mom. in fact I am not critiquing her at all. my mom worked, had five kids she tried to raise on her own, and never went to a board meeting. I am a working dad. so what? that is not what we are discussing.

      what i said was that she and i are not of the same fiber. that she has not done much on the oversite committee (spelled wrong on purpose).

      it is interesting how history is revised. take a look at the sequence of events. she has been hailed as this stand alone committee member who has spoken so beautifully at meetings etc. and she has. but that forum opened up because i kicked the door open for her. she then stands with the VERY people who pulled their crap on my kid. she is in an uncomfortable position, i would imagine. i know, i live in the same place. i am sorry if that bothers you, 6:54. i really am. but i don't apologize for noticing the irony.

      37 interviews, or no interviews.

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    7. The Measure TT Oversight Committee became the Fuhrman Cover Up Committee. The only member who spoke out was Gretchen Vance. Shame on all of you liars.

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    8. Uh....7:15, are you calling TB a liar? I'd suggest that he's pretty much proven that what he says he can back up.

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    9. Vance and Rahn were the chosen ones to temporarily pacify Sierra Madre for losing their vote.

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    10. tony, I'm sorry you are so bitter about not being selected for an interview, but taking it out on Gretchen Vance is a bit immature.

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    11. Uh (or is that duh) I am calling you a liar, 7:19. Stop the projection.

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    12. 7:26 -- there is a way that Sierra Madre can get that vote back. Believe me, the petitions are ready.

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    13. 7:35, calling Tony immature is a bit sheeplike on your part. He's questioning the process that Vance and the other 8 are taking advantage of. If the 9 who were chosen had any scruples, they'd question the clear bias in the process. Not go to a board meeting and sit nice like a good student. Stella Murga brought her group of admirers in to sing her praises to the board. Vance only had one. Notice difference though. It cheapens the process even further.

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    14. It's called opportunism 8:20.

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    15. I think it is more like applying for a job. You rarely get one of those by being confrontational with the people doing the hiring.

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    16. Oh yes, 9:48. It's much better to watch quietly as leaders break the law, right? Just so you can get a volunteer job on the Board?

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    17. Kind of like how some people sat back and watched a group of adults bully a kid, right 9:48? Some people do it to protect everyone's rights, others do it to grandstand when it can look good on a résumé.

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    18. Storming the PUSD barricades makes for a good show, but I cannot think of an instance where it actually worked. They're gangsters and they know how to handle it.

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    19. apparently someone didn't read the blog, or
      more likely is looking for a debate. I was very clear about my objectives from day one. I never begrudge an opportunist, hell I wanted an opportunity to be interviewed, took it, and they changed the rules. I am simply pointing it out. if that makes me bitter, immature, and full of sour grapes, then fine. that's me. now what do you want to call me? john won't let me call some of you what I would to your face, and that is a vulgar form of stinkhole.


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    20. 1010. I agree. I never denied being an artist. performance is how I make a point that others can't seem to make.

      Ms. Vance has the support of many people I admire and respect. she does not require mine, but it doesn't mean anything. I have walked with the piranhas she is going to deal with, and the people she chooses to sit with from SME aren't anyt better.

      if she truly is the crusader she has been portrayed as, show me. and remember, what I am serving up is nothing compared to what they will serve up if she really steps on their toes.

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    21. Tony, I like your spunk, but not everyone does. Some people like being sheep. That's why we are currently without representation. Keep standing up for your beliefs, those silly people who dumped tea in the ocean may have looked immature to some as well.

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    22. I don't know 10:10 - it may have forced them to pick two Sierra Madre hopefuls in the process to appointment...

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    23. But both choices are questionable for different reasons.

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    24. Damn good thing Sierra Madre didn't get to vote.

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  5. Why would anyone go to Las Vegas to see weirdos when there are so many in Pasadena?

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  6. As to Latino representation...Renatta Cooper currently occupies the sub district seat that should be filled by a Latino.

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    1. It is too bad the Latino community does not turn out to vote. The result being we end up with timeservers like Cooper.

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    2. And in 2015 her seat will be filled, hopefully by someone who can stay awake.

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    3. 7:41 Most can't vote. Most are here illegally.
      But they do crowd our schools and health system.

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    4. That's a bigoted generalization 9:21. Do you have numbers to back up your statement?

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    5. 9:55 The Feds say there's 10 million illegal aliens (US Federal Code term) in the US, predominately Latino, and widely believed to be a VERY low estimate.

      Nice try, though. Don't let facts get in the way of your agenda.

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    6. 9:55.
      I am a teacher in one of the PUSD schools.
      Enough said.

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    7. 1:16 hope you're not coaching the debate team. Just sayin'.

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    8. Just to tag team with 9:55 #2 - these illegals are costing California taxpayers over $13 BILLION dollars per year.

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    9. So their only value as humans is their voting potential?

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    10. What is your only value?

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    11. I'd rather see the money spent on health and education for the "illegals" than on weapons to kill children in other countries.

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    12. As long as it is your money I'm fine with it.

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    13. unless you are indigenous, we are all illegal. Can we move past this idea?

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    14. I personally live for politically correct bromides. They make me feel warm.

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    15. Like alka seltzer? I support freedom. I won't fault anyone for desiring it. and I sure as hell won't fault their wanting it for their kids. deal with it.

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    16. Tb how easily some have forgotten your recent article on eugenics. Let's revisit what happened to the Mexicans (metaphorically of course)

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    17. It's freedom until someone else has to pay the bills. After that it's dependency.

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    18. Paying taxes and paying for programs is a choice. You can ot out by creating a majority at anytme. Apparently someone votes these taxes in. it isn't the residents without the vote. its too easy to throw out a term like politically correct. how about politically relevant? If it is your belief, why hide behind the veil of anonymity?

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    19. I see. How about guilt trip?

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    20. I'm sorry. I am confused. I don't understand.

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    21. i kind of like the way that thread ended. it should be locked.....

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    22. Why TB? It's interesting to watch bigotry being disguised as fiscal responsibility. Shoveling deeper and deeper. There's a reason for anonymity.

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    23. Americans owe reparations to third world peoples. We have exploited them for too long.

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    24. i liked how ambiguous my 346 was. it was aesthetically pleasing to me.

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    25. 4:45 get out your checkbook and get on it. Please let me know how much of your "fair share" you'll be paying today.

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  7. In the eyes of Furhman and the rest of the Actors good business practice is socially inequitable.

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  8. if you asked a Latino person if they served on the board if they would be able to equitably represent African Americans or Armenians of Asians, etc. what do you think they would say? Exactly. so, why must there be a Latino on the board?

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    1. Maybe there should be several boards of ed. One for each ethnic area.

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    2. That would certainly make it official. Redistricting has already Balkanized the PUSD to the point where it has become a kind of education Yugoslavia.

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  9. people who are criticizing tony for sour grapes are wrong. the issue is not that HE wont get interviewed, rather that only some will and most will not but based on criteria that was not stated before the process began. The board could have easily asked every applicant to re-submit their applications and that those would be used as a first screening. even that would have been better than making up a new criterion after everyone thought the criteria was something else. the fact that it is impossible to criticize that process without sounding like sour grapes is surely something the board took into account when it made that decision. but that is just a bullying tactic. and that does not make that decision right.

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    1. And Tony takes plenty of bullying, from a variety of places. Thanks Tony for taking the hits many of us are too chicken to stand up for.

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    2. 7:59 is 100% correct. As the other Sierra Madre "passed over" candidate I found Cooper's "We could use you on a task force" speech insulting. I thank Tony for his comments. . .two trips to the podium to explain how unfair this process has been. JM

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    3. In total agreement JM. I watched the meeting and as far as I could tell, Tony was the only applicant that spoke up for ALL the applicants. The other applicants there had others speak on their behalf. They took care of themselves, forget the rest. Perfect for the Board of education!

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    4. fanx. 37 applicants, 37 interviews.

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    5. 759, that is exactly what I am saying. some people are mote equal than others. I realize that I am not the likely choice, but that is based on self-fulfilling prophecy. I, and everyone else, however, signed on for am opportunity to be interviewed. that opportunity was stolen.

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    6. JM, I just checked out your resume. Impressive. The secret criteria certainly had nothing to do with level of education.
      I don't care what anyone says, it is not pompous to expect the leaders in a school district to have a higher level of education. Education is the foundation a governing body of a school district needs. Education impacts the ability to make decisions on how to determine policies and funding decisions.
      Think about it: what does it say to the students in the district? No need to go to college, anyone with a high school education can be a school board member.

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    7. Yes, education is important. Selinske, Honowitz and Cooper are all highly educated people.

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    8. Highly educated, highly qualified people have given us one of the worst school districts in the state. Time to let a parent try.

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    9. Besides Vance- German Barrero, Mikala Rahn, JM, Mike Severa,Tony B, etc. are all parents. There were lots of parents who applied. Why weren't all the applicants interviewed?
      ALL 37 applicants should have been interviewed since this was in lieu of an election. The paper screen should have disqualified the candidates that already ran in an election, and lost. The paper screen should have identified the special interest candidates.
      Instead the some of the parents that have made the most noise were disqualified, for that reason alone.

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    10. I'd bet money that most of the attacks on Vance today on this blog are from those who support the special interests. What is interesting are some of those who jumped in to help them.

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    11. This isn't about who is a harder working parent, or who has more education. this is about six people from Pasadena telling altadena an sierra Madre who can be interviewed and who can't be. if my city tells me, sorry tony, we don't think you are the right fit, I will accept that. why is the city planner and Pasadena mayor are deciding with six Pasadena residents which sierra Madre citizens are worthy of holding court with them. if my city says we support whomever, then I will step out of the conversation. let's not split heirs over minutia.

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    12. This is why it has to go to a vote of the people. No matter what the cost. This Board of Education can hardly eat corn with a spoon. Who are they to usurp democracy?

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    13. I think that is best. I will support the strongest candidate with my vote.

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  10. Did you forget to include a link to the Board President's editorial?

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  11. Love the photo moderator! Democracy in action.

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    1. In the Chamber
      the peaceful Chamber
      Renatta sleeps tonight

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    2. Night-Night Jaba.

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  12. Proper accounting practices discriminate against the math impaired. I don't see why we should limit important PUSD financial decisions to those who can do math. We either have full equality, or we don't.

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    1. People who can do math aren't "equal", are they 8:44? Probably because they measure things and can show when the PUSD is screwing up.

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  13. I'm of the belief they Tony may have said what many of the other applicants thought. In comparing the resumes, yes, I did see them. In fact I wrote one. There were plenty of other, better qualified, and better educated candidates than Mrs. Vance. What was the screening process? It wasn't level of education. It wasn't based on those who served in the prior election. It wasn't whether they were outspoken proponents of measure A. So what helped the board narrow things down? I'm not seeing it in the rejection letter. We as voters have a right to know. Doesn't anyone else see this?

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    1. You are talking about a Board of Education where the bar is set lower than snake feet. Are you aware of just how pompous an ass you sound like here?

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    2. The PUSD is shot full of highly educated, ivory tower personnel. As a result things are so bad students are leaving in droves. Give me someone who lives in the real world anytime!

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    3. I'd say Mikala Rahn is highly educated, but she lives in the real world, doing the work that helps plug the school to prison pipeline.

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  14. They have been leaving since the early 1970's when busing started.
    Anyone that can afford to put their kids in private schools. The smartest kids are in the private schools.
    In most private schools parents have a voice---sometimes too much.(La Salle for example)

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    1. Here's another take on it: Children of Desegregation, produced locally on that issue.

      http://vimeo.com/27135769

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  15. I can count on one finger how many board members consider the children. It's all politics

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    1. ... and deals.

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    2. Tony, when you get the PRA documents, will you be sharing them? I'd love to see what they release. Could be interesting.

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    3. I'm curious how Tony can teach, blog, tour in a band, go to board meetings and file records requests. How do you do it all without keeling over?

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    4. @ 254 i will share everything, but it will be the usual b/s. @ 311, two heart attacks before i turned 50. i am not going to meet my goal of curmudgeon if I don't slow down.

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    5. Take care of yourself Tony. We need you here to keep things out there.

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  16. Why is the middle eastern crowd lumped into the white count when all the boxes are checked off by the school district? maybe there should be a box to check off for the children of the middle east and africa who are used as killers, poor dears. why not spend the money to re locate some of those children to the school district and give them a better life?

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  17. that 'editorial' from cooper is frightening and sad. too bad the board of education president feels so strongly that democracy and representation are nothing more than an accounting of 'attributes', the term I think she used in a recent board meeting to describe how the applicants would be chosen from. i am also surprised she sees the result of what the board is currently doing as some form of democracy.

    furthermore, I am dismayed by the implication that principals or district administrators are quality educators for no other reason than the color of their skin. I have experienced the best principal ever and have experienced the worst principal ever and they both happened to have the same color skin. the fact that our board of education will be chosen as the result of such beliefs is bad enough, but to subject the children in our school district to incompetent educators because it happens to satisfy someone's skin color attribute checklist requirements is abhorrent. coming from the president of the board of education of pasadena unified school district, it is appalling, irresponsible and politically negligent.

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