Friday, February 14, 2014

Ramon Miramontes: Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

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(Mod: At the dank depths of the SGV's political Cloaca Maxima lurks Occidental College's own tenured wannabe Nicolae Ceaușescu, Peter Dreier. Embarrassingly enough, this badly faded flower of the 60's left has developed some sort of strange obsession with perhaps the most effective PUSD Board of Ed member we'd seen in quite some time, Ramon Miramontes. Dreier's most recent attacks in the Pasadena Weekly were discussed here last week by Tony Brandenburg - link. Today Ramon Miramontes responds to Dreier's addiction. Enjoy.)

Just about any objective person reading Peter Dreier’s opinion column “Keeping Ramon Onboard” in the Jan. 30 edition of the Pasadena Weekly would come to the conclusion that Dreier has some sort of axe to grind with me that almost borders on an obsession.

This is evident in the way he uses half-truths, innuendo, mystery “sources” and downright tried and true yellow journalism to buttress his hack job on my character and my company. The purpose of his gossip column is an attempt to deter third persons from associating with and doing business with my company and me.

So, let’s set the record straight.

When I first ran for political office, Dreier actually endorsed my school board race. However, when he discovered that I was not willing to read off his political script and that I would not pray at the Temple of Dreier, well, this was too much for Mr. Dreier’s delicate sensibilities to manage. The bottom line is that he didn’t like that I wouldn’t dance to his radical leftist tune and this is what his smear campaign is truly about.

I refer the reader to Tony Brandenburg’sSneaky Pete Is Back” on the Sierra Madre Tattler for a wittier analysis of Mr. Dreier’s diatribe.

I stand by my record with the Pasadena Unified School District. I am a mainstream Democrat who pushed for the first-ever Project Labor Agreement in PUSD, delivered more resources to our Northwest Pasadena students, and I never once voted for a school budget that laid-off teachers. I was always the lone dissenting vote.

My commitment to the community extends beyond the PUSD. For the past 11 years I have worked with John Muir students to achieve their dreams to attend college. Dreier made no mention of this or the thousands of dollars I have personally donated and the tens of thousands I have helped to raise. For more information, please visit mpyd.org to help our local kids go to college.

Mr. Dreir all but accused me of forming illegal contracts with the PUSD. There is no law or board policy that prohibits a former board member from working with the district. Mr. Dreier alleges that there were some shenanigans between PUSD Superintendant Jon Gundry and I that led to my firm being given a contract to do work. The fact of the matter is that the superintendant has discretion to enter into contracts without board approval as long as those contracts fall below a certain monetary threshold. Mr. Dreier was fully aware of this.

So why all the insinuation that there was wrongdoing by anyone involved? The answer is that Mr. Dreier and his crony, Board President Renatta Cooper, are looking for any toehold to oust Mr. Gundry, and if they can take a swipe at me in the process, all the better.

Dreier wondered aloud how I was able to hold down more than one job at a time, that this aroused his suspicions. One thing that Dreier either could not conceive or elected to ignore and not mention is that I have a small consulting firm with staff.  Here’s a news flash, Dreier: My firm can bill for the work those employees or consultants do.

Dreier’s personal smear campaign goes on to throw me in the mud of the city of Bell corruption scandal for my work representing the Southeast Cities Schools Coalition. It should be noted that this was a government agency that included several cities, not just Bell, and it in no way had anything to do with the corruption in Bell. Using Dreier’s logic, I would be able to assassinate his character by insinuating he had a hand in sexually assaulting students at Occidental College merely because sexual assaults occurred at Occidental College and he happens to work for Occidental College.

If you really want to know the core of this man’s beliefs and the techniques he advocates in his very own words, read Mr. Dreier’s “The Case for Transitional Reform,” published in Social Policy, January/February 1979, pp. 5-16, where he blatantly advocates intentionally collapsing the US economic system in order to usher in a socialist state. Better yet, just read the section on Mr. Dreier written by author Stanley Kurtz in his book, “Radical-In-Chief, Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.”

The political landscape is rapidly changing and the old guard is worried.  Dreier, Cooper and ACT, the status quo political machine, have been given a brutal beating in recent local elections, due to good progressive candidates and Martin Truitt’s brilliant political brain.

I don’t dismiss the fact that Mr. Dreier has his supporters and fan base in town. But Jim Jones also had his followers. And the Kool-Aid these people are drinking will only lead them to a political cemetery.

Time and demographics are on my side, Mr. Dreier. The ramblings of grumpy old men are soon forgotten.

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54 comments:

  1. Hell hath no fury like a Peter Dreier scorned.

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  2. Interesting comment left on the Pasadena Weekly site:

    PRECIPITATE A CRISIS - Still bolder aspects of Dreier’s strategic vision are laid out in his February 1979 Social Policy essay, “The Case for Transitional Reform.” This piece, influential within organizing circles but virtually unknown outside, supplies a Marxist framework and a long-term strategy for community organizing. Here Dreier draws on French Marxist theorist Andre Gorz’s notion of “transitional reforms,” or “non-reformist reforms,” to suggest a way of transforming American capitalism into socialism. The central idea, borrowed from Gorz, is to create government programs that only seem to be “reforms” of the capitalist system.

    Rightly understood, these supposed reforms are so incompatible with capitalism that they gradually precipitate the system’s collapse. Dreier’s strategy has two parts. On the one hand, quasi-socialist institutions need to be pre-established in the heart of capitalist society, so as to turn a coming moment of crisis in a socialist direction. These quasi-socialist institutions, of course, would be groups like ACORN, with a significant semi-governmental role via their insertion into the banking system, public utility commissions, business boards of directors, and so forth. The second part of the strategy involves “injecting unmanageable strains into the capitalist system, strains that precipitate an economic and/ or political crisis.” Dreier has in mind a “revolution of rising entitlements” that “cannot be abandoned without undermining the legitimacy of the capitalist class.” “Proximately,” says Dreier, “the process leads to expansion of state activity and budgets, and … to fiscal crisis in the public sector. In the longer run , it may give socialist norms an opportunity for extension or at least visibility.” So Dreier’s plan is to gradually expand government spending until the country nears fiscal collapse. At that point, a public accustomed to its entitlements will presumably turn on its capitalist masters when they propose cutbacks to restore fiscal balance. Dreier fears that this intentionally wrought crisis might actually backfire and produce fascism instead of socialism. That is why he believes it’s so important to have a left-wing grassroots movement already in place. Left-wing community organizers will turn the national fiscal crisis in a socialist direction. Dreier seems to think that some revolutionary violence may emerge at this point. Yet his stress is on conditions designed to achieve a gradual transition to socialism.

    Kurtz, Stanley (2010-10-19). Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism (pp. 46-47).

    Great. A guy who wants to destroy American society has a lot of influence at the PUSD. Explains a lot.

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    1. Sounds like Sierra Madre and its Measure UUT pension grab.

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    2. The main problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.

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    3. 7:27, I disagree. The main problem with socialism, as with communism, is that people just aren't good enough to live up to the ideology.

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    4. True. The people let Joseph Stalin down. That's why he had to kill a couple dozen million of them. They had it coming.

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    5. Exactly - there are people like Stalin. Systems that call on people to be their better selves can't work.

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    6. Someone is enjoying the benefits of California's relaxed marijuana laws.

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    7. Gotta love that confidence - if somebody has a different political viewpoint, it must be because they're loaded.

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    8. If someone makes excuses for a system of government that led to the murder and death of hundreds of millions of people, well, loaded should be the least of your assumptions.

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    9. What excuses would those be?

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    10. Communism and socialism won't work because of human nature.

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    11. The only difference between Nazism and Communism is the propaganda.

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    12. Have we landed in one of Goss' classes?

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    13. Professor Goss tolerates no Kulaks.

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    14. Brew a fresh cup of Tea for Tax Me Goss.

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    15. 2008: The UUT. It's for Paramedics.
      2012: No wait, it's for Paramedics and cops.
      2014: No wait, its for paramedics, cops and the library.

      Wait....it's really for Pensions.

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    16. I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a UUT vote today!

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  3. Martin Truitt's brilliant political brain: mailers, mailers, and more mailers. Oh, and a few phone calls made by the candidate.

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    1. It beat the crap out of the wine glass politics of ACT during the last PUSD Board of Ed election. Of course, anyone could look like a genius running against that bunch.

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    2. Truitt's no dummy. He knows if the candidate just does mailers that she can't be misquoted. Live performances always mess things up.

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    3. Nancy Walsh babbles like an idiot, yet she got elected.

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    4. Nancy is a Doyle/Buchanan puppet. The Doyle zombies voted as they were told to do so.

      No Nothing Green and Goose Goss are next.

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    5. Has Rachelle knocked on anyone's door yet? It'd be interesting to hear her thoughts.

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    6. Why yes she sure has! She was by my house a week ago. Very much opposed to Measure UUT, and that is why she'll get my vote. Have you tried to call her yet? All of her contact information is on her web site. I am certain she will be glad to hear from you!

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    7. Oh, I'll wait for her to knock on my door.

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    8. How many visitors have you had so far?

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    9. Still waiting for Noah, Denise and Gene as well...

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    10. I think you would have better results if you reached out to the candidates. To assume that each of them will knock on every door in Sierra Madre is a bit naive. It isn't that good of a job.

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    11. Guess it depends how serious the candidate is. In 2012, at least 3 maybe 4 candidates walked most of the town. We shall see.

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    12. I hear Green and Goss are calling their walk "Tax Trek."

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    13. I heard Rachelle has been to some houses twice! Maybe didn't get the message through the first time. I've had Goss, Rachelle and Denise Delmar at my house and I am most impressed with Denise. She knows the problems of the city and can articulate solutions. She told me she is working on a newsletter that gives more detail on her views.

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    14. Gene and Denise have been by our house, although we missed Gene and just found a note on the door.

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    15. John Capoccia went to every house in Sierra Madre when he was running for City Council. He told every one not to vote for the UUT extension. Now it is two years later and he is for the UUT extension. Will he go to every house in Sierra Madre and tell them about his change of heart?

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  4. Isn't Renatta Cooper the Board of Ed member that falls asleep during meetings?

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  5. The Sierra Madre Tattler made the Pension Tsunami website today! http://www.pensiontsunami.com

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  6. SIERRA MADRE NEEDS CHANGE...

    1) I surely did not vote for Obama, but he is 100% correct on one issue!

    2) The City of Sierra Madre needs change immediately!

    The City manager and staff have been looking for new jobs for the past 2 years and no other city has hired them,

    Therefore, why should we keep them,

    Change should be on the way,

    The residents of Sierra Madre are pay huge monies to keep and empower in competent people!

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  7. Miramontes is a businessman working hard (more than one job) to support his young family.

    Did Dreier object when his political ally and friend and former PUSD board member Ed Honowitz' wife got a City of Pasadena contract?

    Did Dreier object when Ed Honowitz left the PUSD board and took a government job related to education?

    Did Dreier object when the campaign manager for Dreier's PUSD candidate Tom Selinske got a PUSD contract for more than $100,000?

    Nope, because Dreier is a hypocrite.

    And of course no response to the material showing that Dreier is really a committed socialist who has advocated intentionally collapsing our economy by proposing fraudulent "reforms" deigned to fail so that his left-wing friends can seize control and usher in a Socialist Paradise.

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    1. That would be the same Ed Honowitz who now works for State Sen. Carol Liu!

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    2. Lookie Liu and Mr. Ed! Oh what a force for education!

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    3. Nope, because Dreier is a hypocrite.

      I'll just note that Dreier being a hypocrite is not logically disjoined from his accusation also being true.

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  8. Did Dreier object when Dreier's chosen PUSD candidate Bob Harrison's business (Green Street Restaurant) was paid money by the PUSD while Harrison was a Board Member?

    Did Dreier object when his Dreier's chosen PUSD candidate Tom Selinske's business (Encore Awards) was paid money by the PUSD?

    Nope.

    Because "All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.”

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  9. Dreier and the napping Board of Ed President are playing stupid political games. No wonder the PUSD is such a mess.

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  10. Don't forget, Sierra Madre, that former PUSD Board Member Miramontes was the only Board Member who introduced a Board resolution to commit to building Sierra Madre Middle School after Council Member Koerber had asked 6 of the Board members to do so.

    Thank you, Mr. Miramontes, for moving the PUSD Board forward. Now our Middle School is underway!

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  11. Why did Peter Dreier, Bart Doyle, John Buchanan and Joe Mosca try to steal our Board of Education vote?

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  13. SIERRA MADRE NEEDS CHANGE...

    1) I surely did not vote for Obama, but he is 100% correct on one issue!

    2) The City of Sierra Madre needs change immediately!

    The City manager and staff have been looking for new jobs for the past 2 years and no other city has hired them,

    Therefore, why should we keep them,

    Change should be on the way,

    The residents of Sierra Madre are pay huge monies to keep and empower in competent people!

    Someone posted a "great Post", I had to read it again!

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  14. Voters did what?
    Sierra Madre water customers approve revenue rate hike?
    The fact is most people believe if they don't vote then it's a NO, but not in this case, a NO vote is needed to be cast other wise dead people carry the majority.

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