Here's an example of what I mean. A couple of years ago the Pasadena Unified School District went through its "redistricting process." Which is the politically correct term for political gerrymandering based on racial and ethnic identity. Or pretty much the opposite of what some obtrusive people attempted to accomplish with busing back in the early 1970s. So it isn't a totally bad idea.
Unfortunately, those who were in control of that PUSD so-called redistricting process threw in something a little extra. They denied three of the more traditional suburban locales in this area (such as Sierra Madre) the right to vote for their subdistrict representatives until a full 2 years later than the urban subdistricts.
Terribly unfair in my opinion. If the term "taxation without representation" doesn't come to mind, then you must have slept through history class.
Among those responsible for this PC vote theft is a gentleman straight out of P'dena named Ken Chawkins. And when I attempted to discuss this matter on the Pasadena Politics site with him, he reacted in the following unfortunate and intolerant manner:
Come on, Ken. Can't we all just get along?
Another of the Pasadena PC Posse who finds my mere presence on the Pasadena Politics page entirely intolerable is Occidental College Professor Peter Dreier. Peter, in case you are blissfully unaware, is a lifetime radical activist who carries on like he believes that 1968 never ended. And woe to anyone who might disagree with him.
A quixotic pursuit made comfortable for him due to his tenured professorship at Occidental College, a liberal arts institution in Eagle Rock that costs parents of the youngsters who go there about $60,000 a year.
I'll bet you can buy some real nice office furniture with that kind of dough.
Now one of Professor Dreier's bugaboos these days is the $15 minimum wage. He's written whole articles on the matter, and has even given a few speeches about it as well. Here is a portion of an LA Times op-ed piece he penned a year or so ago (link).
It's surprising, then, that Los Angeles has not yet seen a campaign to adopt a citywide minimum wage for the more than 800,000 city residents — 46% of working Angelenos — who make less than $15 an hour. That comes to less than $30,000 for year-round full-time work.
That amount of money doesn't go very far in Los Angeles, where the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,523. A family needs to earn $29.29 an hour to afford that rent, according to the Southern California Assn. for Non-Profit Housing. At the current state minimum wage of $8 an hour, two minimum-wage workers would each have to work 73 hours a week to afford that apartment.
Worse yet, wages are going down in Los Angeles even as the cost of living rises. Between 1979 and 2011, the median inflation-adjusted pay of L.A. workers declined by 14%. For the working poor — the bottom quarter of income earners — yearly pay plummeted by 26%.
Where, then, is the City Council? Where's the Mayor?
Now this matter has been up for discussion on the Pasadena Politics site lately, mostly because the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Garcetti, along with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, got with Peter's principles. And nobody was more giddy with delight than the Professor. Check this out:
As you know, I always try to be as helpful as possible, no matter what someone's opinions might be. And one of the ways I try to do that is to point out the contradictions in things people are saying. The contradiction for Professor Dreier being that the college where he serves as a senior professor, Occidental, pays their more blue collar help simply terrible wages. Or at least by Dreier's standards.
Here are some unhappy examples:
I am not sure being an "on-call banquet assistant" for $11.66 an hour is quite in the spirit of that $15 an hour minimum wage campaign Peter Dreier has been championing. I attempted to point this out to him, but wouldn't you know it? He cussed me out quite roundly, and with little regards for my feelings I might add.
Then he posted the following bold statement:
But here is the thing. And believe me, I take little pleasure in saying this. While the Los Angeles City Council did pass something along the lines of what Professor Dreier describes, it isn't quite what he has represented it to be. Here is how CNBC describes that pain (link):
As Los Angeles moves to become the largest city to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from $9 an hour over the next five years, a key question is which other large cities might follow suit and hike pay.
The Los Angeles City Council agreed on Tuesday to draft a proposal to raise wages by 2020. The plan will go to a vote next month and Mayor Eric Garcetti has said he will sign it into law.
And there is the catch. This is a $6 an hour raise over the course of five very long years. And in the next year or so current $9 an hour minimum wage earners will see their life's bounty make a feeble leap up from what they earn now to the rather unlordly $10.50.
I am not sure this is going to make all of those Tiger Temps and Banquet Assistants at Occidental College jump for joy. Or put in their orders for new Audis, either.
This despite the bold promises of a $15 dollar and hour minimum wage Professor Dreier made on their behalf over at the Pasadena Politics Facebook page. And failed to deliver in a timely manner.
Just don't you dare go and tell anyone.
This article has since been pulled from the Pasadena Politics page.