Saturday, March 28, 2015

City Council Candidate Tyron Hampton: Pasadena Weekly Columnist André Coleman "Asked Me To Give Him Money"

Tyron Hampton

Yesterday we received the following statement from the Tyron Hampton campaign:


Some background in case you are not aware. André Coleman writes the government and politics affairs column for a not entirely influential "alternative media" publication called the Pasadena Weekly. Though in some circles in Pasadena he is regarded as something of an authority on these matters.

You shouldn't describe the publication as marginal however, or at least in front of them. They do have a high opinion of their political importance. This ironically in a city where only about 15% of the eligible residents even bother to vote in local elections. And it is during elections such as the current District 1 Pasadena City Council runoff race that the Pasadena Weekly tries its hardest to show how significant a force they can be. 

But the question that needs to be asked now is to what purpose?

André Coleman has been accused in the past of being strictly a partisan player, and that in his Pasadena Weekly writings he heavily privileges candidates he supports. Long time PUSD Board of Education stalwarts such as Renatta Cooper, Tom Selinske and Ed Honowitz being examples of people who, while in office, could do no wrong in André Coleman's eyes. 

But can it be that André has been selling his journalistic influence? Asking for cash payoffs in exchange for favorable mentions? Can it be that the editorial opinions of Pasadena's "alternative" weekly newspaper are for sale, and if you don't pay up you will be attacked?

The runoff in the District 1 Pasadena City Council fight between former Fire Chief Calvin Wells and current Board of Education member Tyron Hampton has turned increasingly ugly. With Coleman's column being a launching pad for much of that unpleasantness. The dirt in this instance being aimed exclusively at Hampton.

The Coleman column referred to by the Hampton campaign is currently up on the Pasadena Weekly website (link). The major accusation in this case being, believe it or not, campaign yard sign theft. Pretty much a garden variety gripe in any local political race. What candidate has ever not suspected his opponent of stealing yard signs? After all, there never does seem to be enough of them.

All pretty silly stuff.

But that isn't all of it. Where Coleman gets especially deep is in the following attack on Hampton over his lifelong struggle with the disability known as dyslexia:

This is not the first time Hampton has found himself at the center of controversy. Last year, he requested the Pasadena Unified School District pay someone to help him perform his duties. Hampton suffers from learning disabilities that limit his ability to read and write and needs someone to help him read reports and issue written statements.

You would hope that in the year 2015 those suffering from dyslexia or any other similar disability would not be subjected to this level of lightly veiled bigotry. Especially in an alternative paper that fancies itself as being the epitome of inclusiveness.  

Courtesy of a website called "Famous People with the Gift of Dyslexia" (link), here is a portion of their list of famous and highly accomplished people who despite their dyslexia achieved remarkable success in their lives:


This list of folks on the "Famous People with the Gift of Dyslexia" website is far longer than what I've shared here. You should go and check out the whole thing. And seriously, when you're a part of something that includes Albert Einstein and Leonardo DaVinci (not to mention Cher), you're in rather solid company.

So is that what your money allegedly buys you at the Pasadena Weekly? Stigmatizing people with disabilities?

Pretty sad.

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67 comments:

  1. Don't care if Hampton has dyslexia. he's done well for himself. I don't think, however that any city or agency should be paying for assistants to help him with his reading and paperwork. he should cover that cost himself. no one forced him to run for public office, he chose it and therefore he should cover his own expenses.

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    1. Maybe he could hire Dre

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    2. Dre can't write straight sentences.

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    3. Pay To Play Dre.

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    4. I agree that he needs to pay for any assistance he wants/needs to get his job done, but also think he's done a very good thing here. Good luck to Mr. Hampton in his efforts to expose a racket.

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  2. I have often wondered how the Pasadena Weekly survives. It is a skinny little thing. Maybe now I know.

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  3. I thought we had moved beyond disability bashing.

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  4. It's so much more lucrative

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  5. My sister suffers from dyslexia. She can barely write a check. Yet she makes a lot of money designing jewelry. The idea that people with dyslexia cannot make positive contributions to society or need to be blocked from taking important jobs is primitive. Shame on the Pasadena Weekly.

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  6. Yard signs? Controversy over the foolish and ineffective yard signs? Damn things should be banned anyway.

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    1. Pretty Mickey Mouse stuff for sure.

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    2. Yard signs take candidates' money and time, use up resources, create divisiveness in neighbors - why not evolve past them. They're the crudest form of propaganda around, the thinking being that we are sooooo stupid that if we see a name enough we'll vote for that name.
      Depressing.
      On the other hand, without them, maybe even fewer people would vote.

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  7. What is up with he PUSD elections?! It seems to attract the most cynical, nastiest types of campaigns.

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    1. Whole lot of money there. Heck, someone can steal $6 million bucks from city hall in Pasadena and it takes them years to even notice it is gone.

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    2. Yepper. The root of all evil.

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    3. I didn't realize the school board members had access to the goods.

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    4. Your point seems obscure. Will you elaborate?

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  8. How much does a PUSD Board member get paid?

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  9. As the parent of a child with learning disabilities, I am mortified that Coleman would print that drivel in his sad rag. As someone who spews about discrimination any chance he gets, he needs to be taken to the wood shed.

    Where is the outrage from the Wells campaign? I guess he just hates people with disabilities. He is not fit for office.

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    1. Anybody who runs a dirty campaign, Bess, is not fit for office.

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    2. You are right, 10:11 - Torres ran the dirtiest campaign we have ever seen in these parts.

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    3. Unfortunately both Torres and his opponent were guilty of the basest kinds of campaigns.

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    4. The district 6 candidates should have both been disqualified.

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  10. Nice replies in return of this difficulty with genuine arguments and describing all on the topic of that.

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  11. I have heard both sides are stealing signs. Goes on in pasadena all of the time.

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  12. This negative campaign tactic will come back to bite Coleman. Anyone who has a learning disability and works with it well is even more qualified to bring an important perspective to the school board.

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  13. I am so glad Hampton has done this.
    It should be standard practice that people in public office or running for public office report any underhand dealings that go on, including whisper campaigns, emails, blog articles, or anything that ends up being personal attacks.
    Might have to create a new level in the Fair Political Practices organization: call it the ad hominem department, and give it some real power.

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  14. Pasadena is a political sewer.

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  15. So André Coleman is an extortionist? What a shocker.

    The people who sleep with the Passdena Weekly, such as Act!, The Pasadena Democrats, John Kennedy, Jacque Robinson, Chris Holden, etc. should condem these Chicago-style tactics.

    I won't hold my breath.

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    1. Smacks of a Peter Dreier operation. Go as dirty as hell, and then wail victimhood.

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    2. Andre is a known extortionist. There are others who've paid him off. The question one might ask is what will the weakly do to protect its paper-thin credibility?

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  16. So are some of these commenters saying Hampton should have to pay his own $ because he has dyslexia? Are you serious?

    The dark ages ended several years ago.

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  17. go Hildreth's... break the city halls bank account,

    just think, if the city hall looses?

    where do you think the Hildreth's money will be paid from?

    >the uut taxes / the general fund money's will be supporting another bad city hall decision!

    O - I see - maybe the city hall will ask the residents to vote for another UUT increase to pay those debts?

    1) At this point, I think the residents need to repeal all uut taxes, and the city needs to make better uses of the residents monies!

    looking forward for a written reply from Elaine & Bruce....

    Go Hildreths!!!!!


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    1. So 12:07, you're cheering for the Hildreths to make money from the residents?
      It is the residents who have to pay -not any city staff.

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    2. If the Hildreths prevail any city staff responsible for this mess should be shown the door. This is as much about mismanagement as anything else.

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  18. So what is next? Coleman calls Hampton a "retard?"

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  19. Your link to this blog post in the comments section of the Pasadena Weekly piece has been taken down.

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    1. Thanks. It was kind of shocking seeing something true on that site.

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  20. The PW article listed yard signs being stolen as only one issue. Hampton has an outsized sign right next to a polling place which is illegal. He has also not declared all the money he spent on glossy mailers. That's way more problematic than stolen yard signs. He's been playing dirty from the start and all these "Anonymous" comments in support of him smack of the same kind of thing

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    1. Paranoid much? These are petty issues. What really needs to be pointed out is the smear campaign against Hampton based on his dyslexia. Dyslexia support groups have been informed. You might as well start apologizing now. Disgraceful behavior.

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    2. Has-Been has been caught in a little pot-kettle-black situation here. After all, aren't ALL of the comments on the PWeekly site also anonymous?

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    3. Somebody at the Pasadena Weekly actually went in to work on a Saturday? Goodness, now that is news!

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    4. What a garbage paper.

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    5. You can always see big stacks of weeklies sitting untouched in front of the Bottle Shop and Happys. Maybe they should be arrested for littering.

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  21. Tyron Hampton spoke recently at the 52nd Learning Disabilities Association of America conference. The title of his speech was “From Experience to Practice.” http://ldaamerica.org/52nd-annual-lda-conference-fast-approaches/

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  22. As we are in the 25 year of ADA, it still remains interesting how the disabled still are penalized, ostracized due to seeking supports. It is equally disheartening to see petty, when so much of the resident of Pasadena are suffering through economic challenges, physical challenges and their voices are not heard. Why do you think there is low voter turn out? People are tired of being unheard, maligned lied too and played in areas while others profit. Mr. Hampton as as Board member had a RIGHT to seek resource to serve. What should have been reviewed is how other board member can be supported with staff to assist them given the many plights that have plague Pasadena. I would want someone to represent me who know what the Rights are and will not be afraid. Learning Disabilities and All disabilties are not ANYTHING to joke or make fun of. Many of your children are in that vulnerable category and are not receiving their services. This is why we need a CITY leader who understands the plight of the people they serve.

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    1. If Hampton said an assistant was a condition of his service before he was elected, I agree.

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    2. Here's the memo, 4:27. It's not about assistants, it is about gratuitous disability bashing for what some idiots thought would be a political advantage. Except it has now blown up in their flabby faces.

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    3. Thank you 4:19. Wonderfully put.

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  23. I wonder if Tyron were in a wheelchair or legally blind and needed assistance reading school board material if there would be such sarcasm. I think not.

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  24. Gotta love how the Pasadena Weekly and their leftist ill are attacking some one with a learning disability. What freaking HYPOCRITES they are!

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  25. It would be interesting to see if all these Anonymous posts originate from the same IP address. They sure seem to have a similar thread running through them. This discussion seems to be entirely dominated by someone working for the Hampton campaign

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    1. First Amendment RightsMarch 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

      Dear M. Has,
      Bite me.

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    2. M wants our personal information? How Gestapo.

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    3. Have you PW dumdums even read the article? You are all commenting on the comments not the story?

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    4. Take another pull on your crack pipe, Has.

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  26. I don't think M. Has is the real name.

    Probably M. Has Been.

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  27. If you rearrange the letters in M. Has it spells "sham".

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  28. I guess my question regarding all of this would be why is Mr. Hampton only mentioning Mr. Coleman's request for money right now? If this happened several months ago why wait now to bring it up?? We can go back and forth and back and forth about the qualities of the candidates, the whole sign stealing incident ... etc etc .. but then we would be taking away the focus from the fact that the City of Pasadena is falling apart at the moment .. and really .. who cares about that .. right ??? I mean there should be no level of concern that the police department is picking outside of City Hall .. and they are about to lose 20 seasoned officers within the next two months ... so yeah .. I totally see why sign stealing and offers of money are much more paramount ...

    carry on residents of Pasadena .. carry on ...

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    1. Tyron has brought up Coleman's money grubbing because the P Weakly has become slander central. In particular Coleman's pack of lies column. Did you ever think you'd see an alternative paper attacking someone because of their disability? Of course Pasadena is falling apart. It is run by an incompetent establishment that is dependent upon employee union campaign donations to stay in power. The rot is so deep you could grow a rain forest in it.

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  29. Actually what brought all of this on was Joe Hopkins "Weekly" column ... and it went from there ... in any event .. Pasadena Politics at its finest ...

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    1. Pasadena politics is so dirty. Must be all the money.

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  30. Got hit-piece mail from the wells campaign today; pretty damn sad. If I hadn't met Kid Hampton several times, and watch him work during the council/board joint meeting recently, it could have easily poisoned my impression of him. Instead, it poisoned my impression of wells.

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    1. Union politicians play very dirty.

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