This sounds kind of familiar, right? PUSD teachers are being paid lower wages than those in the neighboring districts, and therefore are now leaving for greener pastures. Thus placing the Pasadena Unified School District amongst the lowest rated in California. Or at least that is one convenient explanation for systemic failure.
Which is pretty much the same message the City of Sierra Madre has been putting out about the Police Department and its similar desertion problems. Apparently the SMPD is losing officers to other departments because of the pay difference. Meaning, of course, you need to pay more in taxes. All because wages and benefits are being ratcheted up as local government labor amalgamates play one dumb agency off another.
All of this is starting to sound alike.
Transparent California has provided us with a list of what PUSD/UTP teachers are being paid. Somehow I don't get the feeling they are missing out on any trips to Trader Joes. Link here.
The solution, of course, is to make everything "sustainable." Right? What I think this jargonista terminology means is keeping services at the level they have always been, and have been for your entire lifetime, but making you pay more for them. You know, so the local faithless employees won't leave. Six figure compensations and all.
Nice to see Mayor Capoccia is willing to pitch in with the city's municipal employee unions to cozen even more cash out of your pocket. At least now we know who he is really working for.
Too bad he wasn't forthcoming about that when he first ran for City Council in 2012.
Judy Chu is kinda lousy
Interesting article making the Internet rounds lately. Apparently our very own Congresswoman Judy Chu is considered to be one of the most ineffective representatives in Washington DC.
So where does Judy Chu place on this Congressional roster of shame and ineptitude? Way down at the very bottom of the fish barrel. 7th worst.
Do we get stuck with the losers or what?