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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Brevity: The Essence Of Wit

"Doesn't the mayor of Los Angeles have enough on his plate fighting crime, smog and traffic?" asked Sen. Jeff Denham (R-Salinas), an Education Committee member. "And now he wants to take on the schools?"

[From Tuesday's L.A. Times.]


Anonymous Anonymous said:

That was my first thought on hearing
about the takeover plan.

Secondly, it's obvious that a 22
person committee is mainly for SHOW.
It is too large to accomplish much.

Third, the purpose of the committee
is mainly to use the approach seen
in many corporations: bring in
a highly paid outside "savior" to
run things (CEO). Hasn't this
already been tried with the case
of Mr. Romer, who has governed an
entire state before?

May 30, 2006 8:22 AM  

Blogger Mitch Glaser said:

When did ambition become a vice? Politicians need to earn their salary by trying to fix as many problems as possible.

Mr. Moore, I'm confused. Weren't you "leaning in favor of the mayor's takeover plan" as recently as May 21? To be a viable candidate in 2009, you must be consistent on this issue.

I don't know if the Mayor's plan is the best way to fix LAUSD, but I have no doubt that LAUSD must be fixed. No one else is offering any solutions!

And don't tell me LAUSD's woes are all caused by immigrants. California's education system ranks near the bottom nationwide with states like Mississippi and Louisiana -- those states don't have Latino students who speak Spanish! We need leadership, not demagoguery.

California's schools were once some of the best in the nation. It's no coincidence that schools began to fail after Prop. 13, which froze property taxes, a devastating blow to school funding. Maybe we should repeal Prop. 13 instead of supporting the Mayor's plan?

May 30, 2006 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Personal ambition in the guise of community advancement is definitely a vice and character flaw.

May 30, 2006 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mexicans need to go...and AV has to go with them.

And Mitch Glazer...what an asshole.

May 30, 2006 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mitch I couldn't disagree with you more. I'm sure those states don't have over crowding in there schools by as much as 3,000 students. You can't tell me that doesn't make an impact on learning for students when there's no where to sit, no books etc. AMBITION becomes a vice when you can't accomplish anything in your own city. AV should be attacking the homeless issue, traffic, illegals in his city and much more.

May 30, 2006 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV could easily solve the over crowding in our schools, the traffic on our streets, the need to build more housing ALL BY SIMPLY ENFORCING THE CURRENT LAWS ON THE BOOKS REGARDING IMMIGRATION.

See, fixed. Of course this would hamper his power grab and the billions of dollars he would be able to hand out to his friends so he can move on to higher office...

May 30, 2006 1:04 PM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

If a politician's ambitions bring about positive change - isn't that our system working as it is supposed to?

As a city, we've done "unambitious". We had Mayor Hahn quietly doing his job - and he got voted out of office.

This whole post (by Moore) reminds me of the complaints of a losing t-ball team.

May 30, 2006 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


The irony here is that except for the whole LAUSD takeover, Hahn did all the work that Villaraigosa is reaping the benefits of, certain Federal Funding for Homeland defense protection, LAX settlements (all of which were taken care of BEFORE AV was inagurated), Subway to the Ocean the lifting of Waxman's ban, Money to pay for speedy pothole repair AV couldn't have programmed that, keeping the city thrive financially, keeping spending relatively in check.

May 30, 2006 1:50 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

there is a troll posting .

don't feed the trolls.,please

May 30, 2006 4:43 PM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

Aaaah!!! You're onto me dgarzila! Back under the bridge I go!


May 30, 2006 6:34 PM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

Anon at 1:50 pm:

You left out helping to keep the valley from detaching from L.A. and firing Bernard Parks. Hahn paid a dear price for all that hard work - he got fired by the people.

May 30, 2006 6:40 PM  

Blogger Gaussia said:

I'd like to see Villaraigosa take over the school system. That would lay bare his incompetence and we'd be able to move on more quickly.

May 31, 2006 4:04 AM  

Blogger Gaussia said:

Then he'd be able to finally take some time out and pass the bar. They do allow people to take the CA bar more than four times, don't they?

May 31, 2006 4:07 AM  

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