Friday, May 2, 2014

Pasadena's Nutso Public Health Head Dr. Eric Walsh Was A Leading PUSD "Community Schools" Advocate

Bogey and Walshy
As wacky as things can get in Sierra Madre from time to time, we have yet to have a situation like this come up. At least as far as I know. I am out of town a lot for things like my day job, so it is possible I missed something. Chicken fights in Council Chambers maybe. But the exalted high leader of Pasadena's Public Health Department, Dr. Eric Walsh, is apparently in a special class all his own for our slice of the SGV. Think of him as the Donald Sterling of Pasadena health bureaucrats, and existing right beneath the sensitive snouts of such enlightened city leadership as Bill Bogaard, the vastly politically correct and uber fastidious Mayor of the world beloved Rose City.

Here is how the Pasadena Star News's Frank Girardot describes Dr. Eric Walsh's somewhat controversial views on a few of the important issues of our times (link).

Dr. Eric Walsh needs to immediately resign as the head of Pasadena’s Public Health Department.

Small-minded bigots who would condemn homosexuality, single mothers, Catholics, Muslims, unwed couples, Harry Potter movies and popular culture from the pulpit on Sunday cannot work with those same people Monday through Friday.

I do not say that Walsh shouldn’t be allowed to practice his religion. That observance is protected by our First Amendment. I do say he should end practicing his profession on the public’s dime.

But why? You ask. Surely the two things are separate. Right? No. I’ve listened to several hours of Walsh’s sermons. You can find them on YouTube.

Here’s some of what he believes:

• Oprah Winfrey is harboring the spirit of the anti-Christ;

• The prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, was influenced by Satan;

• The devil set up Catholicism;

• Acceptance of homosexuals is a satanic ploy to destroy America;

• Rapper Jay Z is a disciple of Satan;

• Single mothers are ruining their children;

• Disney movies, which are loaded with violence, sex and magic, are a satanic ploy to split up families;

• Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is a “satanic belief”;

• The distribution of condoms to a public in need leads to higher AIDS rates;

• The pope is the anti-Christ.

Seems a little out there, even for Pasadena. A place that has always put its "we care more deeply than you do" foot forward at every opportunity it gets. And probably because of that Dr. Eric Walsh has now been suspended from his duties as the head health honcho for the Rose City. Again, from the Pasadena Star News (link):

Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh placed on administrative leave after homophobic sermon furor - City Manager Michael Beck announced Thursday that he has placed Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh on paid administrative leave following the discovery of online videos of religious sermons in which Walsh expresses discriminatory views on homosexuals, Muslims and others.

The announcement came just two days after Walsh stepped away from giving a commencement address at Pasadena City College, citing a scheduling conflict. The recordings, posted on YouTube and other websites, chronicle Walsh’s sermons given to Seventh-day Adventist congregations, including one on North Lake Avenue in Altadena, where he is an associate pastor.

You'd think that having Dr. Walsh's little sermonettes posted all over YouTube for the last couple of years might have prevented his views from being such a secret up until now. Alas, that hasn't been the case.

Now as much as we might selfishly revel in any embarrassment caused to Pasadena City Hall by members of its vast and largely unctuous bureaucracy, you could wonder why I care as much about this story as I do. Outside of the fact that it is a very satisfying one, especially in an ironic humor sort of way.

Well, I have to level with you. There is another reason. And that is Dr. Eric Walsh, along with such Tattler favorites as '60s right on radicals for life Peter Dreier and Board of Education President Renatta Cooper, were leading advocates for the PUSD Community Schools program last year. Designed to incorporate feel good social welfare programs into educational institutions formerly dedicated to such boring reactionary stuff as math and science, it was adopted by the gleefully enlightened Bill Bogaard lead City Council of Pasadena in February of 2013.

And, I might add, without bothering to inform those other two cities in the Pasadena Unified School District, Sierra Madre and Altadena. Not that either of those burghs should have ever expected to be told anything in a world where only God's own Pasadena has ever counted.

Peter Dreier's personal PUSD political advocacy front group, Invest In Pasadena's Kids (or IIPK for the acronymically inclined), couldn't get enough of its Dr. Eric Walsh a year ago. And in a flyer created to help turn out the faithful to the Pasadena City Council meeting dedicated to approving the PUSD Community Schools "8th Guiding Principle" concept, praised him as being, ahem, visionary.

Check it out:


I guess if that vibrant "Eighth Guiding Principal" includes hating on Gays, Oprah, Catholics, Walt Disney or anyone else the "visionary" leader Dr. Eric Walsh has problems with, then apparently IIPK, Renatta Cooper and Peter Dreier are alright about it. Or right on with it, man.

No word about any of this yet from the Pasadena Weekly.

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25 comments:

  1. I always had my suspicions about Oprah.

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  2. Off topic, but … Sandi Levin left the firm in December 2012 to take a full-time job as Executive Director of the LA Law Library (see http://www.metnews.com/articles/2012/snip122012.htm), but Colantuono & Levin did not change its name for another 16 months --- April 2014. It is now Colantuono, Highsmith and Whatley -- http://www.wysk.com/index/california/penn-valley/hff4dpx/colantuono-highsmith-and-whatley-professional-corporation/profile

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  3. 7:13am guess Sierra Madre is just a cash cow on the stepping stones to higher rewards. She didn't do SM an favors but must have done something right somewhere. When are we going to get someone who is working for the residents and not the politicians?

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    1. Our city attorney protects city hall from the people who pay for both.

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  4. Pasadena's Public Health Department, Dr. Eric Walsh sounds like a very scary man. What laws does he really want us obey? We can't even trust our local government officials to protect us from the likes of a man with such far out views and disciplines.

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    1. His views are his business, and I don't see how they're going to influence his position as Director Of Public Health. I'm tired of anyone with a viewpoint that is anything other than liberal being chastised in this country. For God's sake, we have a President (unfortunately) in the White House that holds some of the most radical beliefs of any previous leader of this country, but because they're heinous, liberal beliefs, that's okay??? Just goes to show that what is up is down in this country anymore. If we're going to force this Walsh fellow out, Obama should have been gone looooong ago.

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    2. Umm, Dr Walsh is about as liberal as it comes. And let me ask you this. Do you also believe that the Roman Catholic Church is the spawn of Satan?

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    3. Odd that the poster would conflate bigotry with political conservatism.

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    4. Pasadena is a mess.

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  5. There are notable exceptions, of course. But the Pasadena Unified School District seems to be a place where a lot of lunatic fringe personalities find a leadership role.

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  6. We really need to be careful of people who are so friendly and wear such big smiles.

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  7. Your tax dollars at work.

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  8. We go to work, we pay our taxes, and we fund a vast parasitic government apparatus that is for the most part bonkers.

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  9. i find it very concerning that one of the driving forces behind the pasadena/pusd/iipk community/schools/public health- which is thew future basket all of the eggs are being tossed into- excludes two communities: sierra madre and altadena- as well as an entire class of people (the disabled). It gives more power to district/teachers to identify students and families they don't like (calling the children assaultive) and bring in law enforcement and social services as they choose.

    this is exactly what i was telling pusd and the city council last year when bogaard shut me off- while burying his head up dreier's tookus, he apparently forgot there might be another point of view that recognizes the built in danger associated with this plan to INDIVIDUALS who still believe in a free democracy.

    you should be very concerned about the power that is being given to these people, and even more concerned that the separation of church and state has been significantly breached.

    arm in arm with a bigot, the city of pasadena/iipk/pusd march forward.

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  10. Could anyone give us an update on what happened at the Planning Commission meeting last night? Specifically, did anything happen that will affect the Monastery property?

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    1. I will address the Retreat House property first. According to staff and the PC, the potential 60 lots that are being included in Sierra Madre's build out numbers will not affect the number of lots that would be permitted if and only if a zone change is permitted. You can believe this if you want.

      Staff was called out on not removing potential sites from the list that have already been build.

      The scary thing about the potential building sites is the amount of lot splitting that is going on in the city. The city will be getting a lot of smaller lots with large houses. Many builders have figured out that they need to keep the square footage under 4000 sq ft and then the avoid review. A past commissioner John Vanderveld-architect is really playing the odds with his big houses.

      The Planning Commission tweaked the General Plan a little but nothing of any consequence.

      The other thing that Danny announced is that the Stone House tract is scheduled to be on the next agenda in May

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    2. Thank you knowledgeable poster. There are a lot of challenges on the horizon.

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    3. Stone House Tract? MacMansions galore?

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    4. You don't have to wait for Stonehouse or Carter. Check out what is going up on Lima, east side of the street, a few houses north of Highland.
      unbelievable.
      Our codes allow for that?!

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  11. New Eric Walsh story on on the Star News website. Has video links to some of his "sermons."
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/government-and-politics/20140502/pasadena-health-director-dr-eric-walsh-sermons-city-reaction-cause-twitter-storm

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  12. you can't discriminate based on race, creed or color and there is no doubt that these views are part of his creed

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    1. Who are the people who attend those churches where he speaks this crap? They don't have a problem with it?

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  13. Walsh makes $193,600 a year, plus he gets $56,900 in bennies. Not bad for a hater!

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  14. http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/pasadenas-250000-health-director-says-accepting-gay-people-an-idea-from-the-pits-of-hell/news/2014/05/02/86656

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  15. Walsh celebrates human rights day with mayor Bogus
    http://www.pasadena.una-socal.org/materials/Human_Rights_Day_2013.pdf

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