Now it is a full three weeks later, and guess what? Sierra Madre's Board of Education representative Larry Torres is going to address the City Council Tuesday evening about, you guessed it, the real possibility of PUSD slipping into insolvency.
Suddenly the concepts of government transparency and timely proactive response have taken on an entirely new meaning. Of course, this talk from Mr. Torres is listed as a presentation only, which I believe means there will not be much of an opportunity for any Q&A from the public. Hopefully the City Council will want to fill that gap and jump in with a few questions. Otherwise this experience will not be quite so rich.
In case you haven't seen it yet, below is a financial report card on the PUSD's parlous financial condition (link). This comes to us from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the organization that oversees the PUSD and actually has the power to take the whole thing over and remove any administrator it sees fit.
So how is that going to be done? Here is how the Pasadena Star News describes it.
Pasadena Unified to cut teachers, security guards, assistant principals and more due to budget woes (2.12.18 - Pasadena Star News link): Facing a large financial shortfall and under the gun from county officials, the Pasadena Unified school board voted 5-1 on Thursday to make significant budget cuts.
The plan, which would eliminate the equivalent of 139 full-time positions in the district — including 87 teachers, four security officers and two assistant principals — was approved by all school board members present except for Kimberly Kenne. Board member Lawrence Torres was absent.
I wonder why Larry couldn't make that meeting? Seems like it was a momentous one.
Sierra Madre's PUSD Board of Education member Larry Torres will be hopefully be discussing all of this at the very beginning of tomorrow night's City Council meeting. Before the Consent Calendar even. Plan to be there early if you wish.
The stuff posted on the Arcadia's Best blog is often appalling
You really have to wonder where they dig these windbags up. The topic is cell phone towers, and here is what one incredibly ill-informed Arcadian had to say.
There is no such federal law. What the commenter is claiming here is complete nonsense. There was a proposed state law similar to what this Edmund L. character is ranting about, but it was mercifully vetoed in October of 2017 by Governor Jerry Brown. An account from The Mercury News describes how all that went down.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill easing permits on cell phone towers (10.16.17 - The Mercury News link): Gov. Jerry Brown late Sunday vetoed a bill backed by the cell phone industry that would have made it easier to install microwave radiation antennas.
Senate Bill 649, authored by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego and co-authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, proposed to scale back the permitting process for antennas and other equipment in an effort to meet demand for wireless services.
In a signing statement, Brown wrote that while he saw the value in “extending this innovative technology rapidly and efficiently,” the bill took too much control away from cities and counties.
The bill was primarily supported by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, the main trade group for the U.S. wireless telecommunications industry. The group said SB 649 would help boost the economy.
Yet the bill had alarmed many local government officials around the state. They worried if SB 649 became law, it would cap how much they could charge phone companies for leases to $250 a year. Others raised concerns about the risk to public health from cell towers.
Grass-roots activists and scientists said that if SB 649 became law, a projected 50,000 new cellular antennas would be installed on public buildings and utility poles in California neighborhoods, creating a risk to public health because of the dangers of radiation and electromagnetic frequencies emitted by cell towers.
“I am thrilled that Governor Brown showed strength and stood up to this powerful wireless industry and said no — you are not going to do this in my state!” Ellen Marks, a San Francisco-based leader of the California Alliance for Safer Technology, wrote in an email after Brown’s decision was posted online.
“This is a tremendous victory for democracy,” said Marks, whose group is trying to keep cellular antennas away from homes, schools, offices and parks.
The rest of the article is available at the link. What is it about Roger Chandler that he attracts the support of such poorly informed and frankly obnoxious people?