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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

LAUSD Sticking It To The Little League?

baseball!The Los Angeles Unified School District has tabled for now a proposal to charge community groups for usage of sports fields and other facilities for after school programs.

For now, they intend to seek out sponsors to cover their costs. I would also suggest involving local community and service groups in running programs, raising funds and even volunteer to do some of the maintenance (Uh oh! The unions just crapped their pants here).

What better way for a government agency to be of service to the community than to provide recreational and other facilities, primarily for youth who need them? We pay taxes for Christ's sake and these blowhards are coming after us every single election for more money.
"The decision comes months after the district proposed charging $78 for a permit and up to $48 per hour for the use of facilities, igniting a firestorm of criticism from community and nonprofit organizations that said it would force them to cancel activities."
Daily News
We all know about the audits that have been done that show how much money the LAUSD horrifically wastes. They have plenty of other options to get their financial house in order than trying to stick it to the local little league.

Weezy are you listening? All those moms and dads in CD14 who take their kids to Little League, soccer and Boy & Girl Scouts meetings in those schools will be watching. Are you going to bankrupt these wonderful organizations because you can't find a solution to the minimal expense it incurs to let our children use our publicly owned facilities?

We'll be watching too.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

I really do not understand our school system. We pay tax dollars for them to educate our children-AND THEY FIALED. We pay tax dollars for our schools maintenance and construction--AND THEY STILL WANT TO CHARGE $$$$$.


June 22, 2005 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parents, kids, and community members, RISE UP and take down the hypocrasy of our school system. Take down all of the old HUIZAR BOOK FAIR BANNERS that hang at our tax paid schools. We pay the schools, we should have a say as to what is hung on school property. Take down the hypocracy of Huizar promoting his name by leaving the OLD, OLD, VERY OLD signs on school fences.

Take them down, rip them up and throw them in the trash.

June 22, 2005 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This idea couldn't be more insulting or stupid. Taxpayers pay to operate the schools, build the schools and improve facilities. Now the School Board is considering charging the community to use them? I'm sure every voter will keep that in mind when the next bond measure is put up for a vote.

Non-profits don't have enough money to adequately pay staff let alone pay additional fees to provide a public service.

Clearly there are maintenance costs that must be covered. But this idea of charging local groups and organizations needs to be discarded quickly.

June 22, 2005 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems the Nick Pacheco/ADV folks are gonna' start rantin' again.

June 22, 2005 9:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any conflict of interest (ethics) by Huizar having banners on school property (as prev anon mentioned) and running for political office?

June 22, 2005 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Previous blogger

Your concern over banners will escalate the problem of arrogance by politicians using government facilities for political agendas. My rant is related to banners, as so much to why LAUSD has allowed Huizar to promote himself through LAUSD media announcements.

June 22, 2005 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Schools are for kids.
Schools are not business ventures.


June 22, 2005 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sergio-call me, i know u posted the last two posts...sounds like you.


June 22, 2005 9:38 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Good posts everyone! Except for Sergio and Emma playing games.

June 22, 2005 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar didn't even attend yesterday's board meeting. He's chosen raising money over overseeing the District.

June 22, 2005 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam-I am promoting your blog with my friends at work.

I like your blog and a couple have been reading, however do not post.

Good luck with your site and hope to return soon.

June 22, 2005 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Emma is that you leaving?
Don't come back you hear.

June 22, 2005 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Emma & Sergio

Are either of you going to be in trouble with your employer by blogging on this site?

I wonder.

June 22, 2005 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Meruelo can sponsor the schools for the next 10 years. He ripped off the schools twice this year, why not give back to the kids. Win/Win situation.

June 22, 2005 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can we sell hot dogs and beer at the schools too? Since we are talking about business, let us open up shops to support the failures educators/administration) of LAUSD.

What happened to the bullying situation at the three schools an anon blogger mentioned in another thread? Advice: If you want to rat LAUSD bullying problem cover up at Multnomah Elementary, Belvedere Jr. High, & El Sereno Middle School, just contact the Daily Breeze (c/o David), he will research and do an honest and ethical job.

Let us know the extent of the cover up blogger. I may be able to help you expose this problem.

June 22, 2005 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Attention LAUSD officials

Fix all bullying problems at schools, use conservative methods of accountability, liberal crap does not work.

Best method for these political wannnabes is exposure in the media.

June 22, 2005 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sergio con Emma

June 22, 2005 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok folks back to the blog topic. I agree with LAUSD's position. I bet none of you knew that cities like Torrance, who have their own school district, already charge local organizations for usage of their facilities. For THAT very reason, students/organizations who aren't LAUSD students use OUR South Bay facilities FREE of charge. In turn LAUSD schools are left to foot the bill for things like janitorial serivces, toilet paper, security etc. In the end LAUSD schools are left paying for the services that OTHER districts fail to do so for THEIR own students.

So where is the fairness in that? Did the Daily News report that? I think NOT!

And Huizy isn't even saying that!

June 22, 2005 10:23 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Yes a lot of other districts as well as the City of LA charge. Doesn't make it right.

LAUSD can easily find the money to pay the costs of maintenance by cutting back on all their waste.

And community groups can help.

June 22, 2005 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Tokosfsky, Pacheco and all the Huizar haters:

Before spreading this lies about Meruelo bank rolling Huizar, at least come up with some tangible proof we can see. Meruelo has never given any money to Huizar.

On the banners on our schools, it's ALL LEGAL!!! It conforms to the FPPC's 199 rule as it may be considered a mass mailer. How the f--- else are people going to know that their elected representative is working on projects for them if they don't put their name on those projects. Each school only has ONE banner - and not even all that artistic. Where were all you haters when Tokofsky invites people to community forums through flyers and other mailers or when Pacheco would have those huge metal billboards stating "another project brought to you by CM Pacheco and Mayor Hahn"?

School campuses have budgets to maintain facilities under NORMAL student use. Use by soccer leagues and little leagues take a very heavy toll on the facilities. Add to this the fact that Arnie keeps cutting Prop 98 and other school funding and we don't even have lemons to make lemonade anymore.

Yes, we should have bake sales and such to raise funds. Yes we should get rid of Arnie. Yes we need to put our money were out mouth is and make sure we have the right representatives working for us - like Huizar.

All you haters are a bunch of ignorant ranters who have nothing else to do but defecate on anything their opponents have to say - even if it's the truth. Please, please, please - go play on the 710!

-El Sereno

June 22, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank god this ridiculous proposal was voted down. do people really understand that it is good for both kids and schools to have youth groups operating at the schools after school and on weekends? sure, it may cost a few more dollars for the extra TOILET PAPER, but think of all the money saved by keeping kids off the streets, using schools as a safe place where kids have fun too-- don't have any study handy that proves this but i would claim that this would reduce absenteeism and drop out rates, both very costly for the LAUSD. also, if the schools are being used, doesn't that make it less likely that vandals will come in and do real damage that is more costly than TOILET PAPER.

props to Anahuak Youth Soccer League, PTA, and Girls Scouts for winning this one. at least temporarily...

June 22, 2005 10:53 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

We'll keep the heat on. Tell the groups that use the facilities to check out Mayor Sam and we'll form a coalition to keep this from happening.

On another note, don't you love these people who are so intellectually bankrupt as to call people who disagree with them "haters?"

June 22, 2005 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't the LAUSD just make a deal with Pepsi to sell their drinks in all citywide schools for "are you ready?" $26 million!!!!! The Daily News reported last week. I want to know why Jose was out raising money for his unopposed run for board prez? If no one ran against him what is he doing with THAT money?

June 22, 2005 11:16 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

I'm going to develop some product for our store, of which 100% of our share of the sales will go to the LAUSD for this purpose. Stay tuned.

June 22, 2005 11:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

I am really impressed by your willingness to take action on this issue. I think that this kind of thing is a great use of this site. keep it up.

June 22, 2005 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno states:

"Each school only has ONE banner - and not even all that artistic."

I just passed by Breed Street School and I saw two Huizar banners, one on each corner. If Mayor Sam were to upgrade, I would show you the pictures too. You're right about them not being artistic, all you can read on these banners is JOSE HUIZAR. Regarding Meruelo, it's guilt by association and you know the money is coming, just like it did for Tony the Liar.

And since you mentioned Pacheco, remember Huizar's alma mater, Salesian High, Pacheco was able to close off Matthews Street, give it to the private high school allowing them to put a nice sports field which allowed Salesian athletic teams to have home games for the first time in their history. You know what Pacheco asked in return, that the school make available a community room and that the school allow neighborhood youth teams to use that field - at no cost. So far this has been working fine. These little league teams aren't taking a toll on Huizar's alma mater. It was a win/win situation. Has Huizar ever negotiated a win/win deal before?

June 22, 2005 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know I dont know why you blame Huizar for all the problems in the LAUSD. They have been a mess for a long time before he even got there. Some 20 years ago, I applied there for a teaching position and I couldnt believe the waste at the headquarters.

Having passed all the necessary tests, eligible for teaching with an emergency credential, and they couldnt even place me in a position. I had to battle and try to drum up a position myself and I kept thinking, what do those people do in this building if I have to drum up my own job, meet with principals etc., why do they even exist?? what do they do?

Well 20 years later as I watched as a young friend who just graduated from college with a teaching degree having the very same experiences that I had 20 years ago, and I couldnt believe things havent changed. She was asking the same questions as I did 20 years ago, going through the muddled bureaucracy of what is known as the LAUSD.

The difference between now and then, is I quit and doubled my salary by going into business, but my poor friend who just completed her first year of teaching is struggling to pay for paper for her teaching assignments, and begging for books.

Its a sad state of affairs when I tried to talk my friend out of teaching because I told her, its a mess, you dont even want to go there. She didnt listen to me, and I wish her luck. These problems at LAUSD didnt start with Huizar, they have lasted a long time prior, Bottom line: they really need to break up that school district. But I bet until the people of the city get in an uproar nothing will happen and it will be run as it has been failing the children in LA. I could go on and on, its a joke the way the teachers are forced to implement lessons plans based on passing standardized tests, as a result , watch in 10-15 years, you will even have more kids that dont know how to read and write. Sad. very Sad.

June 22, 2005 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam:

I call those posters "haters" who in their comments can only spread lies and innuendo about candidates. Yes, I disagree with a lot of what is said here and I at times have resorted to playground antics in my discourse.

But, I have NEVER lied and NEVER made such gross allegations like "guilt by association" that some folks here have blatantly spit out.

To the poster regarding Salesian, Salesian was the originator of the community benefit agreement not Pacheco. They've always had a long standing arrangement with "The Hole" for use of their glass ridden field. As a true community partner, it was always part of the plan to allow the community use of its facilities.

*** I will say this **** Nick did help in getting through the final bureaucratic roadblocks.

But I'm still voting for Huizar.

-El Sereno

June 22, 2005 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

PicoGirl and El Sereno can you tell us what Jose Huizar has done as prez of LAUSD since he's been prez going on 2 terms? I'm not talking big major things just give us a list. It will show what type of leader he is or is not. It seems as if Jose hasn't even tried to do anything noteworthy being prez. There's no way he would be able to run a district if he can't even show the leadership to run the LAUSD with other board members to help him.

June 22, 2005 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fight Breaks Out During Final Exams At High School
Injured Student Hospitalized
LOS ANGELES -- At least one student was injured Wednesday during a fight at Canoga Park High School, according to authorities.

Los Angeles police responded to the school and stopped the fight, which involved about four students.

At 10:41 a.m., paramedics were sent to the campus on North Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The injured student was transported to a hospital after being punched in the face and suffering a bloody nose. No one was arrested. The fight occurred during final exams.

Hilda Ramirez of the Los Angeles Unified School District said the injury would have been treated by a school nurse, but none of the nurses were on duty.

June 22, 2005 2:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK Huizee's relative...you made your point. You will vote for a moron no matter how incompetent he is--I hope your kids do not go to LAUSD.

June 22, 2005 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:37 PM


SILENT BROKER brokered many deals with Meruelo, the Santee Mess & Belmont Disaster.

What else do you want?

He invests in real estate and is the major silent broker between LAND/CITY/LAUSD/PRIVATE INVESTORS.

June 22, 2005 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote for Meruelo for CD14...oops! I meant Huizar, all the same anyways.

June 22, 2005 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 22, 2005 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Students who receive free and reduced lunches at campuses that haven't met federal achievement goals can request the free tutoring: Broad, Cimarron, Eshelman, Fries, Gulf and Hawaiian elementary schools; Carnegie, Curtiss, Dana, Fleming, Marina del Rey, Peary, White and Wilmington middle schools; and Banning and Gardena high schools.

More than 290,000 LAUSD students are eligible, but last year just 28,000 enrolled in the program.

"These free resources can benefit many students and families, particularly those who may be least able to provide these services on their own," said LAUSD School Board President Jose Huizar. "I encourage eligible students and their families to take advantage of this opportunity."


June 22, 2005 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



June 22, 2005 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Pepsi is it: Local LAUSD secondary schools will soon be stocked with more healthful beverage choices -- not to mention a healthy share in the profits.

Last week the school board approved a five-year, $26 million deal with Pepsi Bottling Group and Healthy Body Products to stock vending machines and student stores districtwide with Aquafina waters, Dole fruit juices and Gatorade.

The schools will share a $2 million-a-year signing bonus and a percentage of all sales made on campus. LAUSD leaders hope the cash will make up for a significant dip in student body profits since sodas and junk food were banned to combat childhood obesity.



June 22, 2005 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

School hate crimes spike

LAUSD police report that incidents have quadrupled in past decade

By Naush Boghossian and Lisa M. Sodders, Staff Writers

Hate crimes in Los Angeles' public schools have surged more than 300 percent over the past decade -- the highest growth rate of all campus crimes, fueling concerns about racial tensions in the nation's second-largest school district.


June 22, 2005 4:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For those bloggers that are intertwined in politics. How can a grassroots project commence to tackle the LAUSD problem with overseeing the waste of management and abuse of power.

Who should us parents call to get this type of group started. By talking to a couple of people after school, there are many of us interested. If anyone has suggestions, I am all ears.

June 22, 2005 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa Takes Oath of Office, Makes Plans for Extravagant Gala

Inauguration eve charity event triggers concerns about disclosing donations.

Antonio Villaraigosa took the oath of office Thursday afternoon to become the 41st mayor of Los Angeles in a private ceremony in his City Hall office, although he does not officially take over until July 1.

Villaraigosa plans a public swearing-in ceremony on the south lawn of City Hall, after Mayor James K. Hahn's term expires.

City officials traditionally take the oath early as well, so there is no break in service between midnight June 30, when the predecessor's term expires, and the time the new elected official takes the oath.

"It's simply to ensure that there is no gap in leadership," said City Clerk Frank Martinez, who administered the oath to Villaraigosa.

Martinez was one of a small number in attendance, including a few aides, Villaraigosa's wife, Corina, and his children, Antonio Jr. and Natalia Fe.

Villaraigosa's office said the mayor-elect would have no comment on the brief ceremony.

...Unlike the no-frills inaugurations held by his two most recent predecessors, Villaraigosa's two-day celebration will include a black-tie dinner featuring actor Jimmy Smits as master of ceremonies, dancing under the stars and special attention to those who pony up $25,000 for a table for 10.

The inauguration eve gala at the Music Center is expected to raise $600,000 to $1 million for the LA's BEST after-school program...

June 22, 2005 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok all you huizee lovers, your candidate does not have anything to do with Meruelo, right?

You are wrong! Dead wrong!

Unopposed, School Board Leader Still Raises Funds

L.A. Unified's Jose Huizar collects more than $330,000, much of it from the building trades.
By Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer

Los Angeles Board of Education President Jose Huizar has raised more than $330,000 for his reelection, much of it from construction-related companies and individuals involved in the school district's massive school building program.

Huizar, who spent about $194,000 on his first election in 2001, is running unopposed next month, as are two other school board members.

But unlike his colleagues, Huizar - who is considered a rising political star with ambitions of running for higher office - continued to raise money after his only opponent dropped out. Three weeks after that candidate withdrew, a fundraiser for Huizar with mostly construction- related companies netted nearly $50,000, city records show.

June 22, 2005 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


"I feel very confident and comfortable with the way we have gone about fundraising," Huizar said. "I was going to run a campaign regardless of whether I had an opponent or not. I needed to communicate with my new district…. [I wanted] to introduce myself and say: 'Here I am, your new board member; hold me accountable.' "

June 22, 2005 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar's decision not to cancel fundraisers after he became the sole candidate is troubling, said Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies.

"Why would anybody in the world want to give money to a candidate who is unopposed?" he said. "It's not a campaign contribution. It's a government access payment."

An analysis of city Ethics Commission reports shows that Huizar received at least $114,000 from architects, engineers, construction companies and others involved in the building trades. Many of those donors were frequent political contributors, but others were making their first forays into campaign financing.

The contributions ranged from $10,000 from Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott - a law firm that has helped the district negotiate eminent-domain issues for its school building program - to $100 from JCE Structural Engineering Group, which is working on a number of school projects.

Nadel Architects, which holds a $4.6-million contract with the district and is designing two schools in Huizar's district, gave $4,500. "We contribute like most other firms in the city here," said Gregory Serrao, a Nadel executive vice president. "Jose is the president of the school board. And he's a pretty important person."

Steve Pellegren, vice president of Bernards Bros., said that his construction firm typically did not donate to political candidates and that it did not make its $5,000 donation to Huizar to curry favor. Bernards Bros. has $86.2 million in district contracts to build schools in South Gate and North Hollywood; it put up a Van Nuys middle school that opened last fall.

Pellegren said he believed that board members were detached from awarding contracts and that they had "zero influence" over the management of building projects.

After the school board approves a specific building project, it is left up to the district's facilities division to administer the contract bidding process. District guidelines call for contracts to be awarded to the lowest qualified bidder. But after contracts are signed by the facilities chief, they eventually are ratified by the board.

School board members are briefed regularly by the facilities division on the status of building projects in their districts.

About $43,000 of Huizar's political contributions last year came from construction firms that did not have contracts with the district. And it is those companies, Stern and other critics say, that have the most to gain from their donations to the school board president, even when his reelection is a lock.

"It's completely a business decision," Stern said. "It gains them access and favor, and ultimately a contract."

Shallman said Huizar's donations slowed after the first of the year. In the first three weeks of January - the last dates for which records are available - the board president collected $1,500 from the Southern California Pipe Trades union.

But, Shallman said, money is still trickling in. "There's nothing more gratifying," he said, "than for Jose to walk into a school and have a teacher or parent give him a $25 check."

June 22, 2005 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Why would anybody in the world want to give money to a candidate who is unopposed?" he said. "It's not a campaign contribution. It's a government access payment."

June 22, 2005 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco hasn't started on Huizar, yet. I haven't seen anything coming out of Nick's campaign except positive, issue driven statements.

June 22, 2005 5:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who does Mereulo support? Pacheco. Meruelo and family gave $4,000 to Pacheco -- in both his 01 and 03 races -- and to his officeholder account.

June 22, 2005 5:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Meruelo gives money to Villaragosa in very large sums. I doubt if he supports Pacheco.

June 22, 2005 5:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno states;

"... I have NEVER lied and NEVER made such gross allegations like "guilt by association" that some folks here have blatantly spit out."

Isn't putting out misinformation the same as lying? I guess you've just proven to be a liar. If I recall, you're the one who still believes Tony the Liar to be the most faithful husband out there. You're handlers have sure kept you in the dark.

Rgearding Meruelo and Nick, Meruelo won't support Pacheco because Pacheco side with the small produce vendors against Meruelo. But if he gives you money Nick, don't be a fool, take it.

June 22, 2005 6:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ahhh the hypocrisy!!!

Yes, Nick take the money, you're going to need all of it because you're not going to come close to Huizar's fundraising efforts.

No folks, I never commented on AV's personal faults or lack there of. He and Corina have their own arrangements and if it works for them- so be it.

Back to Huizar - no where in any article or financial report has Meruelo been tied in to Huizar. So I really can't understand why people keep claiming that there is some quid-pro-quo here.

As far as accomplishments for Huizar - I don't want to be part of the cut and paste crew so here goes ONE - he made sure that ALL kids can get into college by ensuring that these classes be made available to all. Not even Tokosfsky with all his years on the board EVER thought about that one! This is only going to benefit our kids.

To that self identified "college recruiter” you should point out the fact that we are forced to teach remedial courses to all kids from all the 50 states that come to college. It's not just an LAUSD shortcoming but a national education crisis. With Bush's every child left behind program and lack of leadership, schools are forced to hire more paper pushers than teachers. Ask ANY teacher out there today and they'll tell you they spend more time teaching to the test than teaching the State standards.

Come on folks just be upfront with it, you want Nick in because you were able to push his buttons and got your shi_ taken care of over the needs of others. Well, those days are over. Get used to.

I’ll see you precinct walking next week.

-El Sereno

June 23, 2005 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno, we know you are one of the 14% that would vote for Huizar and not one of the 54% that would vote for Pacheco. But what do you care at the end of the day as long as you have your LAUSD contracts.

June 23, 2005 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi 10:27

You wrote,
"...As far as accomplishments for Huizar - I don't want to be part of the cut and paste crew so here goes ONE - he made sure that ALL kids can get into college by ensuring that these classes be made available to all..."

I agree with this part of the post. The speculative part comes from his last minute push of this A through G program, and why was it done before the campaign of city councilman?

The program is great for students, nonetheless, I find it difficult to find anything else he has done to help in the many years he was in office.

June 23, 2005 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ay Dios Mio 10:48 AM

How do the private schools budget? Easy---They do not overspend, fundraise, and parent volunteer.

Somehow, teachers at private schools earn less, give more time to the school and manage to have a higher percentage of graduates. What is wrong here? The Unified School District employees want more, more, and more. Bigger houses, bigger SUV's, better trips, and some of the teachers never wanted to teach in the first place. I bet many teachers are just teaching because their efforts in obtaining employment elsewhere were limited. This equals to shortchaning students from adequate and qualified teachers.

Schools are run like welfare offices. The lack of professionalism and sane treatment of students is evident.

Tell me, how much did the Huizar banners cost? The money spent could have gone to a better use!

El Sereno, choose what is best for students an not what is best for your pocket.

June 23, 2005 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any blogger care to comment, please do.

I've witnessed elementary students shouted by teachers in an abusive manner. If this same child was in a higher income neighborhood and caucasian, I doubt it would have occurred.

Teachers have it tough. Teachers that do not want to teach as a living should leave that job and look for another profession. The students need not to deal with the psychological incompetence of some teachers and personal dilemmas.

Parents: Empower yourselves and hold your child's teacher/administrators/school district representatives accountable for their actions.

June 23, 2005 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Suggestion, it would be productive to put a thread topic on City and Education complaints/situations/budget/and suggestions/ideas.

Not only the negative, but also the possible option/solutions to these problems that we have as a whole society.

Too many situations happening that we are not aware of, we might imagine they are isolated, however they might not be.

June 23, 2005 12:08 PM  

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June 23, 2005 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TO the private school poster:

You are right about the fact that private schools have proportionately more graduates than public schools, that private school teachers get paid a lot less than public school teachers, and that private schools seem to get by with a lot less money.

But let me also point out that NO private school has the funds and staff to provide for more than a handful of special needs kids, that private schools can dismiss behavioral problem students, that parents are REQUIRED, to participate in their child's education by working and fundraising for the school.

Hell, we can't even ask parents to pay for notebooks and paper so that their kids can do their own homework! We can't expel behavioral problem students who spit, hit, threaten, and or sexually harass teachers. We MUST provide services for mentally unstable and severely physically handicap students. All this is what your tax dollars go to - and that money is constantly being cut by the GOP assholes in Sac and DC. And YES they are ASSHOLES for naively believing that every child can learn at the same rate and produce the same results on a biased standardized test. For all of you have siblings or children - are they all the same? They should be - they have the same parents, right? Is just doesn't work that way.

Teachers that don’t want to teach should be fired, and there are plenty of ways of doing this. The problem is that principals don’t the balls or are too lazy to document the reasons why a teacher should be fired.

And to the poster about the teacher yelling at the minority kid – let me just tell you that there are rude people everywhere! I just hope the mother or FATHER of that kid was able to rip that teacher a new one.

I’m voting for Jose because I know what he stands for – family, students, and personal responsibility. Even when he supported Nick he took the high road and did not join in the senseless rumor mongering that Nick and his supporters reveled in. Nick, you reap what you sow, and all you have planted in El Sereno is division and distrust.

-El Sereno

June 23, 2005 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno

Special needs kids & behavioral problem students should go to a SPECIAL school. By having these students attend regular schools, it distracts from what the remainder students should be doing. Or, what the administrators should be doing for the bulk of the students that are attending and are not with special needs or behavioral problems.

The students with special needs or behavioral problems obviously need additional help to assist them with education and society at large. These students have to be in a SPECIAL school where the attention is only on them. It defeats the purpose for a regular student to have to tolerate for over 3 years bullying from a behavioral problem child. Do you think that is right? What if the victim (normal child) ends up traumatized because liberal educators protected the "special needs" student? Is that fair? Now, what you will end up with is two high school students with behavioral problems, instead of rehabilitating the "ONE" problem child.

I comprehend that teachers have it tough. Many of my colleagues are in education, nevertheless many educators never wanted to be in the profession. A large number are in this profession for the steady paycheck, benefits, and limited jobs due to their skills. How many emergency credentialed teachers have taught in LAUSD and then leave? These pre bachelor graduates want the paycheck.

An acquaintance of mine graduated from UCSB, could not get an engineering job, and now teaches. He hates it, but it pays the bills. How many of these "X" teachers has LAUSD allowed to teach to our kids?

Teaching is the most, or one of the most honorable professions, it should only be entered by those that whole heartedly wish to make a difference in the lives of children.

In essence, we seem to disagree on the who should be the councilman, but other than that, I can agree with the many things you have said about education.

June 23, 2005 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno states:

"Even when he supported Nick he took the high road and did not join in the senseless rumor mongering that Nick and his supporters reveled in. "

Jose took the high road? Is that why his staff was right in the thick of all that rumor mongering, and on LAUSD time also. El Sereno, you haven't been in too many of these back rooms, have you? Jose was closer to Nick than you think, so go ahead and attack Pacheco again Parke, remember, guilt by association. Only thing is, Nick was never guilty of anything.

You also state:

"Nick, you reap what you sow, and all you have planted in El Sereno is division and distrust."

I guess you haven't seen the details on the most recent poll. The fiasco in the El Sereno Neighborhood Council meetings came under Tony the Liar's watch. This is what happens when you break promises. BTW, is Huizar supporting the connector road? Tony's friend Victor Griego and DSO are out organizing for this project - at Tony's request. How do you think your neighbors will react when they see Huizar in bed with all these people? Who's being the divisive one here?

June 23, 2005 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Victor Griego is hosting a fundraiser for Jose on the 29th!

But none of this really matters. The voters don't care about neigborhood councils and the blame game.

June 24, 2005 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

None of this really matters?! Maybe to the uneducated voter. Because of the long time 710 fight and because of the mostly second generation status of the El Sereno voter, they are usually more informed on what is going on in their community - and not in the looky loo Alvin Parra or Enrique Gasca way. That's why Nick is raising money, to get the message out. What doesn't matter is how much money Huizar raises. Shit wrapped in a gold package is still shit. It's just like '99 all over again, the old guard lining up against Nick - watch for the same results.

June 24, 2005 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 4:35 6/23

Yes we agree on many things in Education. I think one of the fundamental problems in education is categorical funding and all the limits placed on these funds. Another issue is that we have teachers - like we have employees everywhere- that would much rather be doing something else. We are not here to change human behavior and have psychological testing of teacher candidates to see is they meet par. And all emergency credentialed teachers must least have a B.A./B.S.

Now, back to Jose.

I know he has met with both sides of the 710 Connector. I for one am for it, even though I live on a street that will be directly impacted.

Yes Griego is throwing a fundraiser for Jose. What did you expect, for him to support Nick? Payback is a bitch and Nick has earned his share.

I don't know who you are referring to as having been on Pacheco's operations while on LAUSD time, but just because some goes to a campaign office during 9-5 does not mean they are billing the District for that time. If they did not make that time up or still billed for it, then yes that is an ethics violation and they should be reprimanded - as should any political staffer who does the same.

What do you mean by looky loos? Are Parra or Gasca going to run for CD14?

I know they are both on the NC which just recalled their president. But the NC's are supposed to be separate and distinct from the CM's office. Besides, Richard was an Alarcon, Hertzberg, Hahn supporter. Why would AV step in to influence the voters in this NC and try to stop Acosta’s recall? Richard was voted out by the stakeholders, not the NC.

-El Sereno

June 24, 2005 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:23 AM

You might be partially correct. It may reflect in this manner at this time, however NC's can become empowered. If I have to organize a large group of residents and business owners to the next NC meeting, I will. NC's have not had a fair share of promotion, it can be changed. Getting people involved is my specialty, you might see me in the next, or one after that NC meeting.

June 24, 2005 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:31 AM, June 24, 2005

Hi there,

On the contrary to your point, psychological testing has to be a must. Parents leave their children at the mercy of the instructors and must be held accountable.

Influence can be wonderful or damaging, teachers influence children and the negative behavior and actions are learned, so teachers must be tested and should meet certain standards.

You will then have a dream team just like AV.

June 24, 2005 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno

You call Griego's support of Huizar payback against Nick? If this is so, it was a really cheap bill. Nick doesn't need Griego on his team. Are you aware of Griego's won/lost record. Tony the Liar even bypassed Griego when he ran for Assembly in 1994. Nick, however, was willing to give Griego a chance when he hired him to run his campaign in 1999. And what did Griego do, after his staffers had met with Nick's strategy team, he calls Nick and tells him that he would be running for the CD14 seat instead. There's a snake in the grass if you've ever seen one. What payback does Griego owe Nick? Just because Nick kicked Griego's ass against all odds and after being stabbed in the back, does that mean Griego has an axe to grind with Nick? And I hear Nick still had enough respect for Griego when he asked him to support his candidacy - knowing full well that he would say no.

Regarding the looky loo comment - Parra and Gasca and even Acosta, are those "community activists" who have never accomoplished anything significant yet expect the community to treat them as heroes. Remember those real estate looky loo commercials, that is what I was referring to. They always show up at campaigns to snoop around but never accomplish anything. You can throw the Big "O", another Huizar supporter, into this bunch also.

You are right, however, when you say Nick has earned his share of paybacks. He pissed off the whole Old Latino Guard when he won and then when he put Reyes into office over Polanco. Looky loos like yourself are just waiting around to see which ass to kiss next in the hopes that the next election might be your turn to shine. Keep hoping, it ain't going to happen.

June 24, 2005 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 11:33

Looky loos . . .

Pleeeezzzze, look into the mirror before you start foaming at the mouth with your non-sense. We WERE having a good conversation before you had to start ranting and calling people names.

So typical of a Pacheco supporter - all mouth no substance! So how many campaigns have you won? Do you even know how to put a precinct kit together let alone what a precinct is?

Blah, Blah, Blah -- if you're the campaign guru - how does Nick expect to win Anon in the know?

-El Sereno

June 24, 2005 2:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno:

We have been discussing the LAUSD dilemma, but I am not that other poster posting by trashing names. On the contrary, I want to be convinced of voting for either candidate.

I would like for you to make valid points on how Huizar is good for CD14. For the Pacheco supporters, tell me how he would be best for CD14.

June 24, 2005 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:41 ANON

Just take a walk in the 14th District and ask people if they remember how it was two years ago. Clean streets, lower crime rates, youth centers filled, regular folk getting involved. And then take a look at the schools in this same district. That will tell you who the leader is.

June 24, 2005 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 2:41

I have taken a walk around town. Prior to AV coming along I never witnessed any elected official-not even Nick- getting so many people involved for any positive community activity. We had only gathered to protest or stop bad things - prisons/incinerator/Belmont.

Nick had his opportunity and came up short. His biggest accomplishment in El Sereno was the Christmas lights on Huntington Dr.

Huizar for his part has prioritized the building of an elementary school and an addition at Huntington Elem.

My biggest point of contention is that Pacheco's ego is what dictates his actions. There was absolutely NO reason why he should have run for DA other than to try to get back in into the limelight. He set Latino and Democratic politics back ten years. After his embarrassing loss, Democratic Latinos willing to rise to that challenge are going to be few and far between. Why do you think Rocky would prefer to fight for AG and run a statewide campaign in June rather than wait a couple of more months and run against Cooley? He has a young baby at home and I think it would be much easier on the family to stay local rather than go up to Sac.

Ego is making Pacheco run - and ego will take him down, again.

-El Sereno

June 24, 2005 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno,

What is your take on our NC's such as Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, Highland Park, El Sereno?

Is LA32 productive for the community or should more residents attend the meetings?

June 24, 2005 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stakeholders should be more active, hands down.

All NC's have their problems. You have true citizen legislators - ie rookies who don't even know Robert's Rules- running the show.

We'll talk more on Monday on some other strand.

Peace and have a great weekend!

-El Sereno

June 24, 2005 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno

You're so full of shit. If you're a little sensitive about name calling, you're in the wrong business, remember, sticks and stones.

Regarding Nick getting people involved, I guess you weren't part of his empowerment councils. In El Sereno, I guess you don't notice that new library that was dedicated in honor of Nick's chief of staff, Lloyd Montserrat.

Take your head out of Huizar's ass and you'll see a real leader. You say Nick is running because of his ego, what do you call it when a failed school board member decides to seek higher office? That's were your ego is.

Regarding Rocky, don't worry about his little baby, Delgadillo was never going to run for county D.A.. He has always eyed state office and beyond. In fact, he's the one that's going to keep Tony the Liar out of the governors office.

If Huizar has people who think like you on his team, Nick shouldn't have that tough of time after all.

June 24, 2005 6:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He also has people like Henry Lozano advising him. I guess old Yoda decided to train an new Jedi knight.

-El Sereno

June 29, 2005 9:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The El Sereno writer is BORING!!!

Get to the point and do your homework! You are so uninformed and unaware about LA POLITICS...

Our taxes pay LAUSD to provide an education. The right to elect an LAUSD member is our civic right and constitutional right!

Let's keep it that way Mayor Villaraigosa! Our RIGHT to VOTE for the LAUSD School Board!

Charging the Little League to play is highway robbery!

Another way to deter kids to the STREETS!!!

July 01, 2005 3:13 PM  

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