|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.