Parents Summit on the Crisis in LAUSD
Pacheco Calls for Parents Summit on the Crisis in LAUSD
Los Angeles, CA - "Parents are vital in bringing about any change in the LAUSD," said former city Councilman Nick Pacheco. "We have to include our schoolchildren's parents and loved ones in any solution to the problems facing our disintegrating school system."
Citing high drop out rates, increasing racial tension in the classroom and lack of parent outreach, Pacheco said that politicians and education experts alone wouldn't find solutions. "That's why I am calling for a Parents Summit," said Pacheco, " I want to hear first hand, before the recently set up committees and commissions get too far along, what our children's parents and loved ones have to say to us. I want to hear from the children, as well. Neither politicians nor experts have a monopoly on caring for our future generations".
Former Councilman Pacheco said he is writing to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to ask him to co-sponsor the summit, which hopefully will be held as early as next month.
Here is a copy of the letter to the Mayor. Click on the image to enlarge.
In other Pacheco spam news, we get updated on the following:
Q & A Session Available Regarding LAUSD Budget Woes and Issues:
Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 PM
El Sereno Senior Center
Representatives from LAUSD and the State will be available on Tuesday, July 26 - 6:30 pm at the El Sereno Senior Center to discuss the current financial woes at LAUSD. Find out:
- how did LAUSD overspend their fiscal year 2003-2004 budget by $253 million? What assurances do we have that those funds were spent in the classroom and not the bureacracy?
- what does it mean that State Controller Steve Westly has put LAUSD on the state's financial watch list? How does the "watch list" work and what can parents and teachers do to help the school district get off the list?
- why is the district considering spending $49 million for a parking structure so soon after spending $184.2 million to move top brass and staff into a downtown building?
- why did LAUSD submit a "qualified" financial rating to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, indicating that the district is uncertain whether it can meet its financial obligations over the next 3 years?
- can Romer's secret fund be used to make improvements at local schools?
The Senior Center is located at 4818 Klamath Place, (x-street Eastern) Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 223-1399.
Mayor Villaraigosa Plans City Budget Cuts
As was reported in the LA Times the city budget woes have caused Mayor Villaraigosa to push the departments to "start scaling back a bit." It is reported that the City could face a $225 million dollar deficit beginning July 1, 2006 if changes are not made immediately.
As former Chair of the Budget and Finance committee, I can tell you that the Mayor is in a good position to impose cuts and get things on track. As the Chief Executive he can reign in the departments and make sure that they maintain the current level of City services.
I am committed to working with the Mayor and utilize my prior experience as Chair of the Budget and Finance committee to assist him in this important task.
NO INCREASE IN TRASH COLLECTION FEES: I will fight back any desire to impose a fee for collecting trash from single-family homes in Los Angeles to solve our budget problems.
We will get through these lean years and, unfortunately, the City Budget will only focus on the basic city services for CD 14.
However, there is good news for us below!!!
CD 14's "Million Dollar Baby": CLARTS Amenities Fund
Many of you have tracked the various CD 14 motions spending CLARTS Community Amenities Trust Funds (04-2219 $50,000 to Para Los Ninos, 05-0795 $30,000 to Self Help Graphics, 03-0307-S5 $2,369.99 to Mariachi Festival, 03-0307-S6 $60,000 to Centro de Ayuda, & 05-1371 $66,000 to Council District 14 Staff Costs) and have wanted to know how this fund was created. For the last three years this fund has been in the works and I want to personally thank Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for completing this project while Councilmember.
When the Department of Sanitation approached me with the idea of purchasing the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (CLARTS) in 2002, I told them that I would agree to the purchase ONLY IF a community amenities trust fund was established. I had known about the one for Sunshine Canyon Landfill and figured "if it was good enough for the Valley, it was good enough for us on the Eastside." They agreed and thus the agreement for the CLARTS Community Amenities Trust Fund was born.
According to the very first motion (04-2219) introduced to spend the funds, every fiscal quarter generates $226,000.00 dollars for CD 14, around $1 Million a year.
This fund puts CD 14 in the unique position of not having to rely on the City's budget to fund local projects. As I have walked in various neighborhoods the following projects have surfaced and seem worthy of support:
-- bus shelters and cement platforms along Valley Boulevard in El Sereno
-- $10,000 to each fire station that services CD 14 for station repairs, including removing barbed wire and putting wrought iron
-- historic lamps along Figueroa north of York Blvd. -- maintenance contract with Clean and Green for the Evergreen Jogging Path
-- Northeast Film Festival -- Farmers Market in Boyle Heights
-- Art Scholarships for residents of CD 14, redeemable at Self Help Graphics
-- padded chairs for all the Senior Centers
If you have any other suggestions e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is an exciting time to be a resident of CD 14 and I look forward to being a hands on Councilmember that spends our resouces in the community.