Wednesday, March 4, 2015

So How Did The Teachers' Unions Hand Pick Its Candidates For This Board of Education Election?

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It was a relatively easy process. They invited their potential candidates to a big dinner and then had a beauty contest. Well, OK, they're not exactly beauties in the Miss America sense, but I am sure they know how to take orders and smile. And in the discerning eyes of the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the United Teachers of Pasadena (UTP), obedience is at the very heart of perceived loveliness. They're not exactly turned on too much by spontaneity or original thinking.

Here is the invitation. It went out to all union teachers in PUSD Districts 2, 4, and 6.


This was a mass mailed "special invitation" to all of the UTP and CTA members (public school teachers) who live in the areas represented by these three particular PUSD seats. They are the even numbered district seats where taxpayers were denied the right of the vote for two years. This by the likes of Ken Chawkins, Bart Doyle, Joe Mosca and the rest of the Mayberry Mafia that ran the so-called "redistricting process."

Taxation without representation is what people in our country called this at one time. Do they teach that sort of thing in PUSD schools any more? You still pay the taxes of course, but they took away your vote for two years anyway. 2015 is when they graciously gave it back, and even supplied you with candidates.

It is important to remember that these are the same people who have now endorsed the candidacy of Larry Torres.

The purpose of the invitation to this teachers' union "candidate surfacing" dinner was not to sell the attendees a time share, or even the chance to win a 3 day all expense paid cruise ship experience to the Bahamas. This was an attempt to find "union friendly" candidates. That is, people who will do exactly as they are asked by the unions in exchange for an endorsement, some money and other forms of campaign support.

Here is how one observer put it:

The teachers' unions send out letters to all candidates for public office (school board, city council, etc. ) and offer endorsements and money. The catch is, to receive these items, the candidate must sign a document stating that they will support (by their votes when in office) things that the teachers' unions support. It is very transparent vote / influence buying. Why would anyone with an ounce of integrity sell his soul to these unions? How could anyone in the public have any trust for anyone who has the endorsement of these unions?

Larry Torres received his invitation in the mail because he is a California Teachers Association member. Apparently he went to the dinner with hopes and dreams.

Larry Torres became a potential candidate after attending this soiree, and then had further meetings with the United Teachers of Pasadena to seal the deal. He must have promised to be their extra special boy once he is on the Board of Education, because they gave him their endorsement and set him up with a several thousand dollars in postcard money. Torres is their creature. They hand-picked him, are helping to pay his bills, and he will vote as they tell him to vote if elected.

They also hand-picked similarly pliable candidates for Districts 2 and 4. Here is how this is all stated on the United Teachers of Pasadena website (link).


Here are screenshots of the three candidates who emerged from this beauty contest selection process. All three were specially chosen by these two teachers' unions. They were hand-picked by them to run for the Pasadena Unified Board of Education.

Larry Torres - District 6
Patrick Cahalan, District 4
 Roy Boulghourjian, District 2

Should things fall apart next Tuesday and the above three all be elected, they will be the guys making all of the PUSD decisions for your kids. Hand-picked by people who really don't care too much about you, or what you might believe is right for your children. They have other agendas, for other people.

These three will cast their votes for whatever the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the United Teachers of Pasadena (UTP) ask them. The folks who got them there will continue to have an undue amount of influence over these Board of Education members.

And you won't.

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80 comments:

  1. Isn't "surfacing" what they do when they recover sunken ships?

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    1. I'm familiar with it as a term used in spy novels. Spies who come in from the cold are said to be surfacing.

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    2. "Surfacing" is what the dermatologist does with dermal abrasion, isn't it?

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    3. From Wikipedia:
      Surfacing is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Released in 1997, it was produced by McLachlan's frequent collaborator, Pierre Marchand. McLachlan set about writing Surfacing in 1996, after two and a half years touring for her previous album, 1994's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

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    4. Here's my favorite definition from www.freedictionary.com:
      " To emerge after concealment."

      Does that mean like concealing one's DUI conviction?

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    5. It also means to cover something in tar or cement. Like a Torres voter's head might be.

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    6. I'm less worried about the long-time-ago DUI conviction as I am the blatant support of the Teachers Union. This is buying votes big-time. It only hurts our children in a way we won't be able to imagine.

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    7. We need somebody on the board of ed who will just say no.

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  2. The teachers' unions send out letters to all candidates for public office (school board, city council, etc. ) and offer endorsement and money. the catch is, to receive these items, the candidate must sign a document stating that the will support (by their votes when in office) items that the teachers' unions support. It is very transparent vote/ influence buying. why would anyone with an ounce of integrity sell his soul to the unions? How could anyone in the public have any trust for anyone who has the endorsement of the union?

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    1. I remember seeing a copy of one of those pledges. To get the UTP endorsement, the candidate had to swear he/she would support all proposed salary increases.

      Come to think of it, no pledges to improve PUSD educational practices was included. (UTP must have forgot that part.)

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    2. Johnny Harabedian & Gene Goss had the UTP endorsement. 'nuff said.

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    3. Thanks to the Tattler for exposing what this is all about. The unions handpick the candidates, not because they have any special ideas to improve test scores or otherwise help the kids, but because they will do what the union wants whether its salary increases, layoffs based on seniority and not merit and other union policies. When will people wake up to that? Remember when the police unions would endorse candidates because he or she was the "law and order" candidate or "tough on crime." Its all nonsense. The endorsements were based only on which candidates would give the union members salary increases, lower retirement ages and bigger pensions. Its all a charade. The problem is that the uninformed voters don't realize what goes on behind the scenes. The unions count on that ignorance which is how their candidates get elected. If Harabedian and Goss subscribe to that playbook, they should be ashamed of themselves. Unfortunately, the kids in the failing Los Angeles and Pasadena schools pay the price and its a price that will dog them for the rest of their lives. I guess for Mr. Torres and the Teachers Union, that price is worth it.

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    4. That's right. They get theirs and to hell with everyone else

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    5. Harabedian and Goss have little to do with making decisions about the welfare of our children as it applies to the Pasadena School District. So, I can let that slide since Goss is a teacher and Harabedian's mom is a teacher. I can only worry about what Torres does once he is on the school board.

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    6. You are wrong 12:43. Harabedian went out of his way to endorse Torres who was handpicked by the teacher's union. If you think as I do that the unions have had a pernicious influence on schools and ultimately the kids, then Harabedian's endorsement is reprehensible. When he tries to help someone get elected who shares the mindset of those who policies hurt the Pasadena school, then he should be called out on that. Its called indirectly harming the kids by voting in people who will hurt the kids.

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  3. Ran into candidate Cahalan on an on-line forum. What a nut. Totally figures he's an UTP drone.

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    1. Sure enjoys talking about himself.

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    2. I asked Larry about this and he said to me the reason he was asked to run is because he wanted someone who understands education to be on the board. He said it wasn't ubtil Sandi declared her intent to run that he decided he should.

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    3. Yeah, understands. This from a guy who runs an LAUSD school where 77% of the kids fail math.

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    4. Larry didn't decide until Bart Doyle & John Buchanan asked him to run. Understanding education had nothing to do with it, trust me.

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    5. Yeah. Those guys hate a powerful, successful woman.

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    6. Seems like you have a lot of insight on Bart and John's mindsets on women's rights. When was the last time you say down and talked to them about it?

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    7. Actions talk louder than words.

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    8. White dude hierarchy rules, man!

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    9. Everybody in the hot tub!

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    10. Especially the women!

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    11. I'll drink to that!

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    12. How can they hate powerful successful women when Mikala Rahan was Torres' chief endorser, even through his kick off party at her house?

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    13. Bart & Buchanan never endorsed Mikala before she was appointed by the PUSD Board. Nice try, though!

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    14. 10:25, did you mean "threw" the party or did they run "through" her house? Grammar matters.

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  4. People need to send a message to the unions and vote for Siraganian if for no other reason that she will not be a union lackey. Pro-union policies are always very favorable to the teachers and almost always detrimental to the kids. Look no further than how the LA schools are performing and even Pasadena for that matter. To the extent that union policies are implemented, the schools and the kids end up suffering. Even former Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigoso recognized this. Why a smart guy like Mayor Harabedian doesn't recognize this is beyond me. I hate to say this but because Mayor Harabedian is too smart not to know this, it means that he knows that to climb the ladder in the Democratic Party today, you have to kow-tow to the unions whether its the Teacher's Union, Police Union or Prison Guard Union. They control the Democratic Party in California today and they are able to throw alot of Union money (actually taxpayers money) towards candidates who will do their bidding. When personal aggrandizement is put ahead of the community or the state, we all suffer. But that explains why Mayor Harabedian has come out so publicly to endorse Torres as have others who share the same ambitions. The only thing that is starting to change thanks to the Tattler and others is that people are starting to wake up and understand the game. That's why you only need to see who is endorsing the various candidates to understand where their loyalties will be once elected. When the unions give $10,000 to a candidate and joe blow in the public gives $50, I think we can all figure out who is going to have the most influence. Its a voalitle mix of money, greed, lack of principles and personal ambition.

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    1. Harabedian realizes it. It's the foundation of his Democratic Party, duh.

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    2. For sure. No wonder moderate & conservative Democrats has registered as "Decline To State."

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    3. I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The Party left me.

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    4. Well, that explains the smirk on Tonya Torres' face when I gave her $50.

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    5. I was a member of a union for over 40 years, they don't get us any more money, but keep us from politicians using us and terminating us for their own political benefit. The flat out disdain for unions is short sided and foolhardy. I don't see any over paid PUSD teachers. They are able to keep the politics of the school board from dictating what happens in the classroom. I read someone say that all this negativity is not "anti-teacher." But as a retired teacher these attacks have been very hurtful. I worked for 42 years and only have a measly pension to show for it. If it weren't for social security, savings, and IRAs I would not be able to support myself. You talk like our pensions are so huge and that we are fat cats. I have to live to be 92 just to get out everything I paid into it when you take into account amortization. So think twice before you sully an entire profession for your short sided political gain. Also I never had a summer off because I had to teach summer school to afford to live in Sierra Madre and raise my kids here.

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    6. No one says that you're rich.

      However, you have a defined benefit pension with COLA and life time medical. As small as your pension may be, my defined benefit pension and COLA and lifetime medical are Zero. Just a reality check, OK?

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    7. Ummmm...teachers don't receive Social Security

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    8. Teachers don't pay into Social Security, either. Fair enough.

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    9. Don't pay into Social Security or Medicare? Wow, that would save a 7.65% deduction out of every paycheck.

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    10. yeah this "teacher" is lying. teachers do not receive social security. nice try

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    11. Kids! Parents! Taxpayers!

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    12. Aaaaaaaaaaaah!

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    13. There is a lot of tension in the air right now.

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  5. Nothing in the invite about making the pusd better. Only qualification needed in the invite is "union friendly". Knee pads free.

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    1. I had a neighbor who was a police officer and a mamber of the union and he told me how it works, They invite the candidates one by one into a room where they face about 12 union members around a table. Each candiate is asked for specific questions. You have a few throw-a-ways like how they feel about the 3-strikes law or some such things to avoid making the purpose of the meeting too obvious. But then they get into the real purpose of the meeting. How does the candidate feel about salaries? Does the candidate support increased medical benefits? You get the point. They then endorse those candidates who will do the union bidding at the negotiating table. Its really a pretty pitiful specticle when candidates appear at these forums hat in hand trying to get union support. It shows everything that's wrong with politics today and shows why giving the public employees the ability to collectively bargain over salaries and pensions was such a mistake, We let the genie out of the bottle and now we've created these unions that basically use taxpayer money to undermine so many of our institutions.

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    2. The guy who hands you the contract. Does he have red horns on his head?

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    3. I'd like that retired teacher to tell us how many teachers have gotten fired in the Los Angeles School district for poor performance in the last 10 years and how much it cost in attorney's fees to get rid of these bad teachers that harm the kids? You can probably count them on one hand. That's the unions in action. Or if you have to have layoff's, why you can't lay off the worst teachers, you can only lay off the new teachers even if they are great teachers. So the kids get stuck with a bad teacher because the layoffs are based on seniority. Its criminal when you put the union protections ahead of what's best for the kids.

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  6. Thanks to people who called us for Sandra Siraganian yard signs!
    Please support Sandi....be happy to deliver a sign to your home.
    John or Diane
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    1. Friends don't let friends have a DUI convicted Torres sign in their yard.

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    2. Saying "Well I know Larry has a DUI conviction. But he really loves the children. That's why I have a Torres sign in my yard" is no way to impress people with your smarts.

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    3. Thank you Diane! Everytime I see a Sandi sign I feel so much pride!

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    4. Who cares about a 1986 DUI conviction? George Bush was snorting cocaine off of stippers stomach in 1986 and no one made a big deal about that. And he turned out to be one of the greatest presidents of our time. He who is without son cast the first stone.

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    5. 8:36 you'd certainly be relevant if George Bush was running against Torres. Get a grip.

      I care about ANY DUI conviction, especially one Torres did not disclose. What a great example for "the children."

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    6. That is your reason for voting for Torres, 8:36? Because George Bush snorted cocaine off of a stripper's belly? Is that going to be on the next Torres postcard?

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    7. "Is that going to be on the next Torres postcard?"

      I wouldn't be surprised.

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    8. If I was a dues-paying member of UTP, I'd be very unhappy that my union dues were supporting the candidacy of a convicted drunk driver. Just sayin'.

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    9. That would be awkward.

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    10. 30 years ago?! Any of you do anything stupid 30 years ago? Good God!

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    11. It is not the crime, it's the cover up. And as far as drunk driving goes, you might want to spend a few quality moments on the MADD site.

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    12. Give Larry another chance!

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    13. "Kids, a DUI conviction is no big deal. You can over come that and run for School Board!"

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  7. Those are some pictures. I hear Larry, Pat and Roy have a TV series debuting soon. Dork Dynasty.

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    1. That's intelligent

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    2. Really? I find a lot of these reality shows to be a bit lowest common denominator.

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    3. I doubt these Three Stooges will be giving Duck Dynasty a run for their money anytime soon.

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    1. As are the vast majority of posts here,read them..........

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    2. Then go someplace else. Why read things you don't like? Just because you don't like what goes on here doesn't mean others feel the same. We get a lot of readers and comments. Why should I interfere with that?

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  9. Just received the second post card sent out by the United Teachers of Pasadena PAC for Torres. Remember, these mailings don't have to be declared on a candidates list of contributors, so not exactly a cover-up, but a sure sign that there are huge sums of money being spent to insure his election. I wonder why?? lol

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    1. That tells me they're worried.

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    2. No Larry, no big teacher pay raise?

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    3. I have no qualms with Torres being endorsed by the Teachers Union. What worries me is that he is accepting money from the Teachers Union. Big red flag.

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    4. The endorsement and the influence peddling is what bothers me. What do they stand to gain by Torres getting elected? That's a rhetorical questions. Of course they stand to gain something which is why they endorsed him and why they are funding his campaign.

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  10. I got a postcard today from the union supporting Larry. The law requires that their name be on it in at least 10 point type. It's substantially smaller than that so I am filing a complaint with the FPPC. It also doesn't say “Not authorized by the candidate or a committee controlled by the candidate” which I am pretty sure is required.

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  11. Never thought I'd see so many people rooting for a real estate agent who gets 6% of the appreciated value of your house just for showing it and filling out some forms.

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    1. Doesn't say much for Torres, eh?

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