Sunday, February 22, 2015

Is Peter Dreier The Meanest Old Dude In The Valley?

In case you aren't up on all of the excitement, we are in the midst of a stemwinder of a PUSD Board of Education election here in Sierra Madre. Not that many more than 15% of the voters in town are actually paying attention, but it is still pretty wild. Last week the Sandra Siraganian campaign dropped a bombshell of a postcard on the badly faltering Larry Torres effort. Here is the message:


The word on the street is that this postcard has badly staggered the Torres campaign. After painstakingly attempting to construct a narrative of educational experience and competence, it now turns out that the school Larry Torres has been helping to run for a number of years has a record for failure that is amongst the worst in the state.

And while it is true that some of the students at the City of Angels school are "at risk" (we are all at risk if you think about it), a 77% failure rate in mathematics hardly makes them any less so. This should be the last place that any caring parent would ever want to send their child.

Many here had hoped that the "culture of failure" issue that has dogged the Pasadena Unified School District over the last decade or so would have finally subsided. And since this is the first Sierra Madre election for a BOE seat under the new "subdistricting" system (an unfair designation since our election is two years behind some of the other "subdistricts"), the hope here has been that we would be the community to choose the person who could finally turn the PUSD around.

It is now painfully obvious that Larry Torres is not that person.

Endorsements from such over-development stalwarts as Bart Doyle, John Buchanan and Rob Stockley have not helped the Torres effort, either. Sierra Madre is now desperately fighting to save itself from the kinds of atrocious Mansionization that have engulfed Arcadia, and because of that association with these kinds of people the Torres campaign is taking considerable heat.

Nutty Uncle Pete
So where does a failing candidacy from this particular crew go when things have gone so bad? To a gentleman named Peter Dreier, an Occidental College professor who has over the years earned a reputation for being one of the meanest political smear artists in the San Gabriel Valley.

Dreier, who is very much a lingering survivor of the failed 1960s Marxist "New Left" political movement, was once upon a time a senior figure in the now kaput Democratic Socialist Party (link). A rather oxymoronic name for a political organization if you think about it. This sad little party was neither democratic or socialist enough to satisfy many of the warring factions claiming it as their home, and eventually collapsed under the weight of its own absurdity.

Starting on Friday many Sierra Madre residents began to receive e-mails posted from Dreier's Occidental College account. A practice that could be at odds with California political law since it puts Oxy in the position of having made a monetary in kind donation to the Torres campaign. Something that the people who actually run that place probably weren't told about. In many companies such a misappropriation would be considered theft and grounds for dismissal.

True to form, Pasadena resident Peter Dreier's mass distribution email is comprised of a series of unfair attacks on Sierra Madre resident and single mom Sandra Siraganian. Teaming up with another political hack by the name of Robert Niles, a writer who until now was known mostly for writing reviews of amusement parks (Robert's moaning about a recent price hike at Disneyland can be read by clicking here), the product they've generated is way out of place for this community. Then again, neither of them have ever lived in Sierra Madre, so how would they know?
Local Dreier fans

I have pulled out a couple of the nonsensical attacks that Dreier/Niles attempts to make against Sandi. The first one deals with court ordered busing.

Siraganian's first flyer dredges up the ancient history of court-ordered busing in the PUSD, claiming that "The PUSD never allowed me to attend my neighborhood school." But no family is (sic) the Pasadena Unified School District these days is denied the opportunity to attend its assigned neighborhood school.

This one is almost funny. Many people in this community can still remember the effects court ordered busing had on both them and the quality of the Pasadena Unified School District. The PUSD went from being one of the best in the state, to something that few parents with the wherewithal to send their children to private school would ever think of using today.

The double-talk here is fabulously whack. What Dreier/Niles appears to be doing is defending busing while at the same time noting that there is no such thing happening here today. And why is that? Because that policy failed, miserably. Their intention, of course, is to race bait Sandi over something that no longer even exists. And merely because she dared to mention this court imposed and failed state policy.

Where the silliness takes a far darker turn is with this unfortunate passage.

Perhaps when Siraganian talks about "supporting neighborhood schools," she's not talking about making sure there is space available in them for the neighborhood kids, since that's not a real issue. Perhaps, then, she is talking about making sure that there is no space in them for anyone else — such as children from outside the neighborhood, from elsewhere in the district.

People with a long memory for politics remember how "support neighborhood schools" has been used as a segregationists' rallying cry. Given the complete lack of PUSD families in recent years who've been denied the opportunity to attend their neighborhood schools, plus Siraganian's political background, it's hard to see her mailer as anything other than a coded racial appeal.

As I hope that many of you are aware, the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be observed on April 24th of this year. Millions worldwide will participate. Here is how Wikipedia describes the reasons for this (link):

The Armenian Genocide[7] (Armenian: Հայոց Ցեղասպանություն Hayots Tseghaspanutyun),[8] also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern (Armenian: Մեծ Եղեռն, "Great Crime"),[9] was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. 

The total number of people killed as a result has been estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.

To snottily accuse Sandi Siraganian of "coded racial appeals," someone whose own Armenian ethnicity fell victim to an almost incomprehensible cataclysm of race-based murder and hate against a minority population, is truly beyond the pale. That the attack was made this year, during a time of great importance to Armenians everywhere, is equally outrageous.

It is time for Larry Torres to call off his misguided attack dogs and stop the madness.

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91 comments:

  1. Sandi has my vote. She will be the hardest worker on the School Board.

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  2. writing while mexican (wwm)February 22, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    Don't you love it when two privileged white dudes race bait in order to cynically promote their self interest and agenda.

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  3. the last refuge of a liberal loser is to play the race card. when that comes out, you know they have no argument of substance. The worst racism is what Larry Torres seems to support: the soft bigotry of low expectations for students.

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  4. Peter Dreier is a victim of the racism of too much fatty food.

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  5. It has been proven time and time again that the basic reading, writing, and arithmetic are the best ways to educate students.

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  6. Torres' record of failure as an educator is a perfect reason to not vote for him. PUSD has had enough train wrecks without adding his losing record to the mix.

    For Torres & Co. to attack Sandra Siriganian, a single mother who raise three kids in Sierra Madre Elem & Sierra Madre Middle Schools, just proves how much they hate women.

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    1. You nailed it 6:07

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    2. I don't care if the students at Torres's school were "at risk". Motivate them and give then a good curriculum and you get the results seen in the movie "Stand and Deliver". A 77% failure rate in mathematics is not the kids' fault. The Torres camp is trying to blame the failures of that school on the kids. So Mr. Torres, its the grownups the run the school that have to take rsponsibility.

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  7. Not voting for TorresFebruary 22, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Just want we need in education. One more woman-hating male.

    I say hell no!!

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  8. Two old white dudes accusing someone who is a member of a minority herself of racism? What?

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    1. This woman is an honest hard working single mother who will be an important addition to our school board!
      I can't believe these jackasses whose bad policies have HURT our education system are now slandering this good lady.
      Sandi Siraganian! You have our vote.
      We pray you will win this election so you can help ALL children and ALL families! !!!!!

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    2. "Some of my best friends are Armenian." - Peter Dreier

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  9. Where is Niles from?

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  10. What is Avesian talking about? The American way is lying cheating stealing? Have you tried North Korea yet, Jerry? You sound like Kim Jung Un.

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  11. Key Wiki on the Democratic Socialists of America:
    While claiming to be socialist, Democratic Socialists of America is a Marxist organization, that draws heavily from the ideas of the late Italian Communist Party theoretician Antonio Gramsci. Orange County California DSA acknowledged its debt to Gramsci in its February 1984 newsletter. "Antonio Gramsci was a founder of the Italian Communist Party. He developed theories on "open ended Marxism" and independent Euro-Communism. His writings have remained influential among European parties of the left for several decades. They have also formed a vital part of the ideas that brought about the formation of today's DSA."

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    1. Great. Just what we need at Sierra Madre Elementary School.

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    2. Mayday will take on a whole new level of significance.

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  12. Sandra Siriganian!!!!! You go girl!!!!!! Damn arrogant men who have created this damn mess in our schools...now want to continue the damage!
    Please Tattler readers...tell your neighbors and friends to please go vote on March 10th...vote for Sandra. She's trying to help kids and stop all these corrupt politicians from continuing their failed and dangerous policies.
    People need to realize that this election is probably more important than State or National elections....especially here in California....Sandra needs all your votes to win over this corrupt machine....haven't we had enough of them?
    Vote for Sandi,.....Save a kid's education! Damn good investment for the price of going to vote on March 10th. Please help Sandi to win.

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  13. Here is an unpleasant little incident. Dreier, claiming he cannot find my email address (it is clearly visible on the right hand side of this blog) has taken to emailing members of my family.

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    1. That's horrible John,
      What a low class piece of garbage this man is!
      Anyone who would follow this a-hole is really, really dumb.
      Good luck Sandi. You have my vote.

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    2. So Dreier's also a stalker, too? Another symptom of a dedicated woman hater.

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    3. Why would he use Oxy's account for this? GMail accounts are free.

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    4. So Dreier is a cyber stalker, too? I wonder if Occidental College encourages that type of behavior. I hope not.

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    5. The Communist Stalkers for Torres group is rallying at Kersting Court around noon..

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    6. If he is e-mailing the Mod's family, what else is this nut capable of?

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    7. this cyberstalker knows his address, our resident commie has a nice little pad. he's not living in the projects he wants YOU to live in.

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    8. and if that self righteous bloated commie was ever stupid enough to bring my kids into this i would let them sort him out with every prank known to man. and believe me, that would be a hoot.

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  14. Oh my goodness! Pete Drier is a scary Marxist! and the fact that he supports Larry Torres tells you all you need to know about Larry Torres. Let's give our kids a fighting chance. We don't need anymore Marxists in our school system. I'm voting for Sandra.

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    1. Weird with a beard.

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    2. Pete Drier and Larry Torres will ruin the schools and then blame the kids. I think the kids deserve better leadership.

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  15. Does Oocidental College know Dreir is using his college email account for political purposes?

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  16. The Armenian Genocide was one committed by an Islamic state against a minority Christian population. I wonder how Professor Dreier feels about Isis.

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  17. I'm concerned with the fact that Sharia law is taught at middle schools in the PUSD. Including Sierra Madre.
    They can't teach proper Math but they can teach SL? We need to get back to basics and abandon all this ridiculous "political correctness"
    Elect a down to earth MOM to the school board.

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  18. so Torres' record is 62% BELOW average for English and 72% BELOW average for Math using his curriculum, and yet P. Drier, J. Buchanan, E. Joffe, R. Stockley, and T. Torres all endorse this guy to make decisions about our children's future. I think it speaks volumes about their hubris and arrogance. who do all these folks think they are? Talk about racism!

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    1. You can judge people by their friends. I don't know anything about Torres but if its true that he's supported by the crowd listed above, that tells me all I want to know. I will vote for anyone but Torres.

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  19. Regarding the double-speak of Drier and Torres about school busing. One of the definitions of insanity is being able to hold two contradictory ideas in one's mind at the same time and not see a problem with it.

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  20. Thanks to the Tattler for airing this. Drier and Torres seem disgraceful political puppets.
    Vote for anyone other than those two pathetic pols!

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  21. Saraganian has misunderstood the function of the school board if she thinks she can change curriculum decisions, and the Torres school is Continuation. More than "at risk", those are the kids that everyone else has given up on. Working with that student population is the toughest job in teaching, and having a few kids succeed is an accomplishment. That's the last chance kind of school before unemployment and no high school graduation.

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    1. School Board members can use the bully pulpit to advocate for curriculum changes. I believe Sandi understands that such decisions are made on the state and national level. Perhaps it is you who have misunderstood?

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    2. 9:12
      All the more reason to elect Sandi....at least she has a chance to improve a bad situation.
      By the way...are you a member or retired member of the Teachers Union.?

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    3. 9:12 seems to be blaming it all on the kids for the failure rate when its usually the teachers, administrators and yes the curriculum. Torres needs to take responsbility for things not turning around at that school.

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    4. Torres needs to take some responsibility for his campaign. Setting this wackjob loose on the people of Sierra Madre is a frightening error in judgement.

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    5. Who is this Torres guy, anyway? I never heard of the guy before his running for School Board. Smells like a plant. Sure doesn't sound like a volunteer-minded Sierra Madrean.

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    6. If Torres is in charge of such a "last chance" school, sounds like the students would be better off if Torres quit. What a failure as a leader.

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    7. torres is the brother in law of the sierra madre city council team member that tried to sell your city to developers a few years back. that seems to be left out of the discussion completely.

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    8. What a disaster they have been for our community.

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  22. 9:12
    I think you misunderstand the purpose of education.

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  23. 9:12 -.The PUSD website states that the duties of the board include adopting the annual budget, approving all expenditures, establishing district policy, authorizing employment of personnel, approving textbooks and courses of study and approving new and innovative academic initiatives.

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  24. You know what I don't get? Why would a single Mom like Toni Moran attack another single Mom like Sandra Siraganian? And go on Facebook record as a hater?

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    1. When you're a pro-development person like Toni Moran, the sisterhood goes under the bus. The Dirt agenda always comes first. And the Dirts like Doyle, Stockly & Buchanan support Torres. Good reason NOT to vote for him.

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    2. What did Toni Moran say about Sandra Siraganian?

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    3. 12:18 read the Facebook excerpt in the photo above. It wasn't a warm hug.

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    4. Toni Moran posted on facebook about the slanderous column Professor toad stool had Niles write about Sandi Siraganian . She told everyone to spread this venom around. Toni Moran is a boa snake that just swallowed a hippopotamus.
      She is a big bully who threatens people she doesn't like, not unlike most of these dirtbags.

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    5. Who really cares what Toni Moran says or thinks about anyone....She is not a class act, nor is her son, Josh, our former "mayor".

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    6. Worrying about what Toni Moran thinks is like worrying about what you'll do when the pigs fly by.

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  25. If you think the PUSD is the best it can be then vote for Torres. If you think it can be improved then vote for Siraganian.

    Now that was easy, wasn't it?

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    1. The only way to change things for the better is to go to the trouble to vote for Sandi. Not voting is a vote for Torres.

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    2. Those who do not vote have no right to complain.

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  26. That fat professor is the perfect human embodiment of indulged white, male privilege. He can't believe he has been called out for attacking an accomplished Armenian woman, so he lashes out at sir Eric's wife and children.

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    1. What a creep that guy is. I can't believe anyone would stoop that low.

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  27. The Marxist collapse of academia in this country has really taken its toll.

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    1. Yes! Love it tb
      I sure hope these criminals will finally get exposed...they sure have been no friends to Sierra Madre schools where your children attend.

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  29. Mr. Torres needs to put out a statement repudiating the boorish behavior of this horrible man.

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  30. Welcome to Sierra Madre Professor Dreier. We fully know how do deal with creeps like you.

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  31. Every member of the Crawford family is honest tough and un afraid.
    This learned left wing blockhead is going to make even a bigger ass of himself than he already has.
    Tattler research team? Go after this jackass.I trust you'll find plenty of violations.

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  32. Crawford family are all damn smart too 10:57

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  33. donuts in the faculty lounge!February 22, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Please stop calling this privileged member of the oppressor race, gender and class a Marxist. When the revolution comes he and his ilk will be the first to go.

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  34. Too true 11:28. Torres and Dreier and their ilk believe they will triumph and remain in power. Little do they know that they are really just useful idiots and will be summarily discarded when they are no longer needed. (sort of like the old adage - no honor among thieves)

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  35. You're probably right, donuts......these useless eaters will be the first to go to the gulag. LOL

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    1. The gulag diet is a good weight loss regimen.

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  36. Can you imagine being the poor dumb parent who shells out $30k a year to send Junior to Occidental, only to have him come home spouting a bunch of useless Marxist gibberish he picked up from Dreier?

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    1. Yeah. You can pick up useless Marxist gibberish for much cheaper at any CA Community College.

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  37. Catherine Addé has a travel agent business. You'd think she'd be bright enough to not hang in partisan politics if she wants business. Goodness knows there's plenty other travel agents around.

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    1. 1:42 thanks for the info. I was thinking of using her but I'll go somewhere else. Sure don't want my $$ supporting that.

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    2. Right flipping' on. Or something.

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  38. Seems to me, this guy Torres is just running so he can vote himself big pensions and favor public unions . There seems to be an epidemic of that in Pasadena lately.
    Siraganian is a nice lady from a nice Sierra Madre family. She cares about our children Other guy doesn't.
    Vote for Sierra Madre resident Sandi. Mother of 3.
    Supports herself with money she earns....wow what a concept!
    Choice should be very clear. Sandi will fight for all kids.
    Isn't that what this is about?

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  39. It should be what it's about.
    Please help Sandi get the vote out!

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  40. I have a friend who took "support neighborhood schools" to heart and transferred her kids from Sierra Madre to Altadena, where they live -- if she wants to create positive change, she wants to do it close to home. Little did she know that that phrase was racist code! you'd think, since she's black herself, she'd know that. But she's not as smart as a tenured radical who sends his own child to private school.

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    1. Gotta love the fact that in CA, about 50% of public school teachers don't have their kids in public schools. Hmm.

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  41. since her people were victims of genocide 100 years ago, she is incapable of racism?

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    1. I have no doubt that the Dreier attack on Sandi was race based.

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    2. He seems to have problems with women as well, 10:36.

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    3. Dreier is a woman hating racist. And he endorses Torres. When will Torres denounce Herr Dreier's actions?

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  42. There is some big news from Robert Niles. King Kong is returning to Universal Orlando. No, really!

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