Monday, March 9, 2015

Why Are The Teachers Unions Spending So Much Money On Larry Torres?

Is it more accurate to say, "Fighting for the Next Generation's lunch money?"

Big sums of money are being spent in the effort to elect Larry Torres to Pasadena Unified's Board of Education. And it isn't only for the near 24/7 effort to demonize Sandra Siraganian, an on-going effort run by big government bullies that continued through this past weekend. It is also the third party postcards, anonymous attack mailers, rumored robo-calls from the likes of Bill "Gosh, I've been embezzled!" Bogaard, Peter Dreier's dishonest mass e-mailings and the goon squads that stripped entire neighborhoods of Siraganian yard signs.

Larry Torres' handlers have run a dirty campaign for the record books, and you have to ask why that is. Why would an entrenched political establishment spend so much of its valuable resources on a third rate candidate with a DUI conviction, and in a local Board of Education race no less? And why exactly did they decide to get so dirty?

We will pick up on that in a minute. First let's examine the cash money Larry Torres' handlers have filed with the City of Pasadena City Clerk's office. A place that can sometimes actually keep track of money, the Danny Wooten case excluded.

It must be noted that some expenditures are listed as "loans" in these campaign finance filings. That is a little trick employed by shady campaigns in order to avoid disclosing the origins of certain financing earlier than they legally have to. Once the election is over and the votes are in, these loans will then magically be repaid by the likes of the California Teachers Association. It is a campaign finance reporting loophole, and Torres' handlers are exploiting it.

Here are a few examples of the money Larry's handlers have reported. This under the "Torres For Schoolboard 2015" filing ID of the City of Pasadena site.


Just these three entries alone show $12,650.00 in outside money being pumped into a campaign for Sierra Madre's Board of Education seat. That is just a portion of what you could find now on the City of Pasadena website. It is estimated that by the time this race is over and all of the "Torres for Schoolboard 2015" expenses are racked up, the final number could well be over $25,000. Almost all of it from unions, PACS, and phony out of town political outfits like Pasadena's ACT.

The California Teacher's Association kick in of $1,250 is a particularly interesting figure because the exact same amount was also sent to the two other union puppet candidates running for other Board of Education seats, Patrick Cahalan and Roy "Big Boy" Boulghourjian. Obviously these are last minute donations that they and their union bosses had hoped would escape scrutiny.


If the CTA and its allies run the table with their three puppet candidates they will completely control the PUSD Board of Education. They will then suck additional amounts of your tax dollars out Pasadena Unified schools and leave the Pasadena Unified School District in even more dire financial straits than it is already. This is clearly a BOE takeover attempt orchestrated by a powerful state union apparatus with offices located 380 miles north of here. One that could not care less about Sierra Madre or its kids.

So why is Larry Torres' election to the school board so important to them? Are they doing it out of love for this guy? Is he a special pal that they care deeply about? Helping him to get his life together?

None of the above.

I've been around for a bit and have seen some pretty awful things happen during local elections like this. School board elections are hardly exempt from the dirty dealings of the L.A. County political machines and statewide special interests. And here, as is always the case, it is all about taxpayer money.

Anyone suspected by these entrenched special interest groups and union beholden political machines of being a threat to their continued gorging at the public tax trough is going to be on the receiving end of some pretty nasty attack politics.

Something that residents of Sierra Madre have seen far too much of this election.

Which is why all of that money was sent Larry Torres' way. To pay for the exceptionally dirty campaign his handlers thought he would need to win this thing.

Obviously there is very little they will not say or do in the short time remaining.

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76 comments:

  1. Wow. $5,000 from The Teamsters who just happen to represent the non-teaching PUSD employees such as those that work in the repair shop. What a coicidence.

    Who in their right mind would think that Torres would vote against a nice raise or richer pension when the PUSD Teamster contract renews.

    Conflict much?

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  2. At this point, $5,000. From the teacher's Union is a cheap way to secure lots and lots more money for the underperforming teachers in the district. Oh, but let's remember, "they love the children".

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  3. "Fighting For The Next Generation Of:

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  4. Platinum Pensions

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  5. Lifetime Medical

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  6. Less Testing To Measure Curriculum Effectiveness

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  7. More Taxpayer Money

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  8. - Much lower than average districtwide API scores.

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  9. School Bonds That Are Never Enough

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  10. Contractors stealing bond funds and getting away with it, again.

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  11. Vote Larry and we can have all of the above.

    Hell no!

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  12. The PUSD is nearing bankruptcy because of these unions.

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  13. - slander attacks on a Sierra Madre resident by big money out of town crooks.

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  14. They attack any community that isn't a reliable Democratic Party voter farm. They will attempt to close sierra elementary and bus kids to pasadena until current families are driven out of sierra Madre and replaced with other people who more reliably vote for higher taxes. This has been their plan in California for 40 years.

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    1. PUSD approved the Sierra Madre Middle School because a ton of SM parents had been jumping out to private - so less taxpayer $$ for PUSD. What is it, about $12,000 per student per year?

      Remember:
      It's always about the money.

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  15. Larry Torres has been bought.

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    1. In England Larry would be called a poodle.

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    2. The Teachers' Union and the Teamsters just want to wet their beaks.

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    3. Per Urban Dictionary:
      wet your beak
      To get a share of the money. Term used by mafia members.

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    4. 7:33 - should we call him Fifi ?

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    5. I like Quiche Lorraine. She's a good, good, doggy

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  16. Tomorrow call at least one friend or neighbor and make sure they go and vote for Sandi. It's the least you can do for your pocketbook and for the school kids.

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    1. Heck, give your neighbor a ride to the polls. This is such an important election. I'm voting for Sandra.

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  17. I hope people can see through this and realize that Larry Torres is just a puppet candidate to do the union's bidding. This is not about a better school system or better education for the kids, its all about the union basically choosing the person who will be on the other side of the negotiating table when it comes to their raises, benefits and pensions. What a deal for the union. That's why is so important to them. Do you think all these outside interests care about the kids in Sierra Madre? If you do, I'll sell you some swamp land in Florida. Hopefully, enough people will see Larry Torres for what he is. A guy who simply responded to the union solicitation for candidates and runs for office knowing that he has to then pay back the people who funded his campaign. This is right out of the usual union playbook. Police unions do it all the time when they endorse their "tough on crime" candidates when their endorsement has nothing to do with crime and everything to do with their own salaries, pensions and benefits. The unions are using their union dues (that really come from the taxpayer) and funding pro-unions candidates all over the state of California. They see alot of benefits from influencing these local elections whether its school board or city council.

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  18. Our very own Mayor Harabedian supports Torres because he wants the union machine on his side should he run for higher office. Its too bad, an otherwise nice person, allows himself to be used by the unions to the detriment of the kids. Shame on him. He's too smart not to know what this is all about.

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    1. Los Angeles County is a one party political machine that is owned by government employee unions. If Harabedian wants to have a political career he will have to kiss the ring as well. He apparently has no problem doing that.

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    2. I think it's ironic that Sierra Madre Mayor Johnny Jr. is a Dem machine (and therefore Union as well) supporter when Athens Services (Sierra Madre's waste hauler) is non-union and Johnny's family is involved with Athens.

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    3. The rules are different for Royalty.

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    4. Don't do as I do, do as I say.

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    5. Now that's leadership.

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    6. Damned straight!

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  19. In yesterday's comments somebody said they'd gotten a robocall from Mayor Bogaard asking them to vote for Torres, which doesn't come cheap. Anybody else get those?

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    1. Mayor McCheese? Goodness, they're pulling out all the stops.

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    2. They aren't holding the pickles or the lettuce.

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    3. Special orders do upset them, tho.

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    4. That's because they're special already.

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    5. Got a robo call from Antonovich to vote for Saraganian.

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    6. Yes, he endorsed her. Call went out to Republicans.

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    7. Thanks, Supervisor Antonovich!

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    8. Antonovich is a blowhard, just happens to be a Republican. It's time for him to retire!

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    9. He's termed out. Bogaard hung around forever, but he is finally leaving as well. Going to run the League of California Cities is the word. An organization dedicated to undermining the rights of small cities.

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    10. My LA County Supervisor trumps your departing Pasadena Mayor.

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    11. Do you think the embezzlement scandal in Pasadena had anything to do with Bogaard hanging it up?

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  20. I got a call from Bogaard and Antonovich and I am a registered Independent

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    1. Get yourself down to Happy's and buy yourself some lottery tickets. You never know, the guy might even sing to you.

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  21. Gosh! Lot's of people support Torres. Does any body of stature support Siraganian besides Crawford and his minions?
    She seems on the fringe to say the least?

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    1. If by "anybody of stature" you mean those poor fools who lost 2 UUT ballot measures in a row, and then supported Naked Noah? Yeah, Larry's got 'em. Their advice is what will cost him this election.

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    2. 3:59 must be a big fan of drunk driving and being a Union Puppet.

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    3. See 4:40's post below. Apparently the list of qualifications to be a Torres voter is a long one.

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  22. How nice but I vote my conscience not for whom I think will win. It's not a game........

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    1. Good. So you're not voting for the DUI dude.

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    2. That is one thing we can be grateful for. At least this time it was Court documents and not naked Facebook selfies.

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    3. There's not enough eye bleach in the world to erase naked drunken Noah in a hammock.

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  23. If you've lived in this town for any amount of time you've probably;
    You've driven drunk.
    You've driven high.
    You've sold drugs.
    You've cheated on your spouse.
    You cheat on your taxes.
    Don't worry I wont tell you children you're not perfect.
    All this about a dui at 23 years old.
    Is that all you got?
    This ain't Mayberry well maybe it is?

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    1. You may want to check in for an evaluation with a licensed mental health professional.

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    2. 4:40 I'm 0 for 5 on your list. Piss off.

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    3. Must be inbreeding season.

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    4. If 4:40 moves out of town the crime rate will decrease.

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    5. In 4:40's world that is what they call "keeping it real."

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    6. Thank God Neil the Pig wasn't here to read that. It would have broke his heart.

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    7. You sir are dull. Get a life. I don't believe you anyways? maybe drive intoxicated on your anti-depressants

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    8. Neil hater.

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  24. I am one I thin' my dad gone crazy!!

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  25. Here's the bumper sticker endorsement from 4:40:
    " I could have shared a jail cell with Larry Torres!"

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  26. I think 4:40 may be Bill Clinton.

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  27. Hey this is 4:40 You win I'm voting for Sandra. Really. Every vote counts. I'm older now and although a union member for 35+ years, I know their game. My vote will be cast out of conscience for the independent most child friendly Sandy Sariggian (sorry can't spell)




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    1. I'm 5/5 on my list 62 years in SM.

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    2. 6:04 if you're still married please post your name. That way your wife will know to get a HIV test.

      PS: I sure hope you're not a teacher.

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    3. Bill Bogaard called our house at 3:30 today asked us to vote for Larry Torres.
      We are registered Republicans. WTF????
      Go Sandi!!!!!

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    4. He was looking for the $6.4 million dollars in embezzled money that was stolen during his 12 year nap.

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  28. You forgot to mention the campaign money from Las Vegas.

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    1. Larry took money from Las Vegas? Were they liquid assets?

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    2. I'll drink to that!

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