Sunday, November 22, 2015

Newzapalooza: The Three Most Wonderfully Annoying News Stories Of The Last Week

PUSD teachers getting some exercise. Video click here.

A few things have come my way that I thought could stand a little extra exposure here on The Tattler. Of course, scooping every news outlet in the SGV on the Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck resignation story was notable. I guess it was also annoying, but only to all of those newsies I beat to the punch by at least 6 hours.

But as usual I digress. The first item we have here is that rather wild teacher's union demonstration at last week's meeting of the oxymoronically monikered PUSD Board of Education. As you can plainly see from the video above they really did cause quite a ruckus, one that apparently held up the start of that confab by at least an hour.

Somehow the world survived.

The issue was, of course, money. The teachers are of the opinion that they deserve more of it. Among other things. And with three new PUSD Board of Ed members having taken bumpin' bunches of teacher's union political cash for their campaigns to get themselves elected last April, this demonstration did give the appearance of an attempt to collect on a debt.

I am sure all three, including Sierra Madre's own, the mild mannered Larry Torres, will quickly fold up like cheap cardboard suitcases and give them whatever they want. All on your dime, of course.

So you know, these people are woefully overpaid, especially if you factor in things like job performance and actual student academic results. In case anyone is wondering what teachers from one of the most consistently low performing school districts in California are being compensated these days, here is the unhappy news. They are doing quite well thank you, with benefits that few in the private sector will ever enjoy.


Keep dancing and blowing your whistles, unhappy teachers. For the rest of us working stiffs those remaining 68 pages detailing 3,385 PUSD employee compensation records can be easily accessed by clicking here.

Is Sierra Madre ready for San Diego's malodorous water solution?

I would hate to think that this is what the City Council will be considering for Sierra Madre's aquifers and spreading grounds Tuesday evening. It can't happen here, right? Even if Dr. Helene Baribeau recommends it?


Of course they are calling it that. Pure Water. For the rest of this annoying article click here.

Meanwhile, over at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, madness reigns.

Nothing says "the struggle against oppression" more than the anger of students attending a boutique college that costs their clueless parents $63,000 a year.


Link to this article in its original space by clicking here.

As you might recall, this is precisely where local political interloper and vastly privileged hinky honkey Peter Dreier teaches. Is it possible he too will soon be up for some student run re-education sessions? 

Perhaps some stink eye for the white guy? You can only hope.


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42 comments:

  1. Can anyone explain the difference between the smelly yellow water we have now, and the recycled sewer water San Diego is bringing on board? Which is better do you think?

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  2. and so those college students of today were raised by those who professed "flower power" yesterday. How'd that work out?

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    1. I believe Frank Zappa once referred to them as "cosmic debris."

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    2. In Wahington DC, the term used is "collateral damage."

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    3. Psychedelic drugs such as LSD may have had a Monsanto like effect on the nation's gene pool.

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    4. 5:54, check your math. And biology. The flower power folks are the grandparents.

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    5. Hopefully the flower power progeny have not interbred.

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    6. Depends on the age at which they began to have children

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  3. One thing these radical students have learned over the years is to make up an incident so that you have a catalyst for your protests. Whether its slashing tires as someone did to their own tires, or writing a swastika in feces on a wall, or finding a black doll handing by a noose in the campus quad, most of the time its done by the people who want to launch a protest. What better way to bring attention about black lives matter or diversity to a campus. When you hear about those incidents have your bs meter calibrated because most of the time its made up as a pretext.

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    1. That's the same way our military operates. remember the maine. pearl harbor. gulf of tonkin. chemical weapons. plenty more.

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  4. Oxy used to be known for having smart students. Obviously the admissions office has faltered.

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  5. It is good that those teachers in the video are getting some exercise.

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  6. The Occidental 'occupation' is over. I imagine it's because the students wanted to get a jump on leaving for Thanksgiving.

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    1. Did they get what they were demanding? Or did they sell their brothers and sisters out for a drumstick at mom's house?

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  7. The red shirts some of the protesters are wearing say "United Teachers of Pasadena." Here are the three members of the PUSD Board of Ed they endorsed according to their website.

    The candidate UTP recommends to the Office of Pasadena Mayor is Jacque Robinson, and to the Pasadena City Council is Calvin Wells, District 1. Both of these candidates value and support a vibrant public education system as the shared responsibility of our community. They also are willing to listen and to work with UTP to provide the best educational environment for the students of PUSD. UTP recommends to the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education Roy Boulghourjian, District 2; Patrick Cahalan, District 4; and Lawrence Torres, District 6; because they are aware of the need for greater accessibility and transparency with the PUSD budget. They also are willing to listen and to work with UTP to provide the best conducive educational environment for the students of Pasadena Unified School District.

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  8. You get what you vote for. Torres won.

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    1. Torres will do nothing for us. We were better off when we had no representation. At least them we could blame the school district.

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  9. Teacher salaries listed on Transparent CA don't seem excessive to me.

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    1. Should they be paid more than you think?

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    2. American per capita income is $28,155.
      http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06000.html

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    3. Um, er ... how could I think they should be paid more than I think they should be paid, 11:43?

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    4. Is this enough?
      Yvonne L Davis TEACHER-ELEMENTARY
      Pasadena Unified, 2014 $79,247.57 $0.00 $8,159.14 $26,844.02 $114,250.73

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    5. 12:03, your best argument is per capita (including non-working and children) income for the entire United States? You're busted with that one. I'll bet your cheeks are turning cherry-picking-data red right now.

      Why not cite median household or median worker income for the Pasadena-Sierra Madre area rather than the US as a whole? Then make the comparison.

      As for 12:10, $79k doesn't seem unreasonable for a long term employee. I don't know what the $8k "Other Income" means, but I doubt the the "Benefits" portion, most of which is probably health insurance, is included in typical per capita or median income data.

      So the point of comparison shouldn't be the total, but should be "Regular Pay" plus perhaps "Other Income" (depending on what that means) if you're making a comparison with typical demographic data, such as census data.

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    6. 12:55 - Most people - or at least the smarter ones - would go with total compensation since that is what the taxpayers are paying. In this particular case the number is $114,000. Meaning you are about $35,000 light in your math.

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    7. So 1:26, the people you think are smart would compare total compensation (that includes expensive health and dental insurance) with median or per capita income data (that does NOT include expensive health and dental insurance) when making comparisons and decisions.

      It's a good thing that people who you consider as not smart are weighing these things.

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    8. These teachers protesting for more money are most likely the same ones who have been teachers for those folks demanding a $15.00 minimum wage. Neither understand math, economics, or value.

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    9. 1:26 would have no problem accepting employment under either of these scenarios b/c in his/her mind they are equivalent:

      $80,000 salary + $20,000 health/dental insurance = $100k total

      $70,000 salary + $30,000 health/dental insurance = $100k total

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    10. 1:37. Don't forget retirement. That is a big part of that $114,000 figure.

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    11. 10:05, What are you smoking? Obviously, its good.

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  10. Sometimes it's difficult for uber-privileged students to meaningfully identify with the causes of those who are of another socioeconomic class, so perhaps they're stumbling along right now, trying to find some way to show solidarity. What they need to learn is that the casualties they create along the way may not be minor collateral damage on the way towards a greater good, but sometimes are well-meaning people with families who have devoted their careers to helping others.

    I suspect that more people would show that solidarity and support toward the more national causes if there were a little more discernment among the leadership.

    Examples: Treyvon Martin: His killer's acquittal was indeed a product of an investigation and a poorly implemented law that almost appear to have been designed to achieve such a result. Well worthy of protest for change. Likewise, many of the police shootings are worthy of protest and institutional change.

    Michael Brown: A strong-armed robber and all around thug who, knowing he had just thrown a clerk to the floor during a store robbery, decided he wasn't going to cooperate with police, instead fighting back and producing his own fate. Including him in protests dilutes important messages and no doubt causes some to remain on the sidelines.

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    1. Refreshing clarity, 10:45.
      Won't go over well with the petulant.

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    2. There is a narcissistic edge to a lot of the protestors. Rather than showing any real understanding of the topic, or trying to get some, they instead are more concerned with feeling good about themselves. That they proclaim that a place like Occidental is the seat of many of these problems is laughable.

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    3. Stop hurting my feelings.

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    4. 11:59 is engaging in micro aggression. Does the Tattler have a safe space we can get to?

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    5. Quick! Everyone run to the safe room! There's root beer and peppermints!

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    6. Everyone gets a trophy. No hurt feelings.

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    7. Raise your hand if your feeling were hurt by the pink cow from the Kersting court nativity display.

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    8. goldberg park?

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    9. 5:18 - C'mon. If it was a Muslim religious display that was desecrated you'd be screaming bloody blue murder..

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  11. Two very savvy reporters on KFI interviewed one of the organizers of the Oxy occupation and he was quite confused about exactly how they were going to force the school to do anything. He was asked, what happens if the President doesn't resign by Friday (their deadline)? After much hemming and hawing, he said it was up to the school to decide what to do next. The reporters then said, that Friday was the student's deadline. Did they have a plan? Well, no but hoped that the stand-off would resolve peacefully with all of their demands met. I read this morning that they left the president's office without him resigning. So much for their protest. My solution would be to expel them all.

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