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Friday, June 30, 2006

LAUSD "Alternative" to Antonio's Takeover Plan

Mayor Villaraigosa is working hard on his plan to take control of the LAUSD, community activist David Hernandez is working up the Republican grass-roots to urge Arnold to give up support for the plan and veto it.

This old, dead Republican mayor has not decided if he's in favor of the mayor's plan or not, but in the meantime, its time to have a little fun looking at the LAUSD's lame alternative to Antonio-care.

LAUSD Reform #1 Pay School Board Members More!
During public testimony to the Joint Commission on School Governance (December 1, 2005) Julie Korenstein a veteran of the school board for 19 years, argued that board members should get paid more money.

“Ms. Korenstein feels that a larger salary will attract better candidates…LAUSD should be a full-time job and be paid a commensurate salary.”
President’s Joint Commission on School Governance, December 1, 2005

LAUSD Reform #2 Keep Our School Board Part-Time!
Right after Ms. Korenstein gave her views on how to best reform the district, School Board Member Mike Lansing got up and argued differently.

“Full-time politicians spend much of their time to get their next “elected” position and will use the school board as their next “stepping stone” to their next job.”
President’s Joint Commission on School Governance, December 1, 2005

LAUSD Reform #3 It’s Our Dog
In front of the Senate Education Committee Bill Ring, a parent advocating for the status quo had these remarks regarding reform.

“LAUSD is an easy dog to kick, but it’s our dog. We want the right to work on it.”
California Senate Education Committee, June 28, 2006

LAUSD Reform #4 Secede!
Jeff Prang a city official in West Hollywood was asked by the LAUSD to give his comments on the school reform legislation. Having been invited by the LAUSD to speak in their defense from a municipality within the school district boundaries he defended their honor by saying that the district should be broken up.

“The city of LA should secede from the district”
California Senate Education Committee, June 28, 2006

LAUSD Reform #5 No Reform Necessary, Everything is Great!
Michael Casterly the executive director of the Council of Great Schools gave the most ardent defense of the school district. Roy Romer and Marguerite LaMotte happen to sit on the Board of Directors of this Council and are effectively Michael’s boss, but why let facts like that stop us from hearing his unbiased testimony.

“The LAUSD is not broken… These reforms are among the most substantial and promising reforms of any school district in the country.”
California Senate Education Committee, June 28, 2006

Its going to be a fun summer.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD Reform #6: Shut down Academia! These seperatists want to teach our kids to give Los Angeles to Mexico, and Tony Villar loves it.

LAUSD ain't broke, it's the damn kids who are broke! They only speak Spanish and come from a culture that thinks education is less important than selling tamales and privated DVDs on the street. Plus, their parents are too busy working 2 or 3 jobs to care. These lazy Mexicans need to go back where they came from, period.

June 29, 2006 9:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is Huizar in this picture? He did not go against Antonio, did he?

June 30, 2006 1:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

funny post mayor sam.

June 30, 2006 1:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam its obvious with this post your with Antonio on this one. If you want to see something really funny go to

Its a story by David Zahniser but has a copy of flyer by California School Board Association that shows how confusing this bill really would bE. HILARIOUS!!!

June 30, 2006 7:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of the newspaper needs to file a public information to find out how much Antonio's Committee is spending on the school campaign. Nathan James doesn't want to tell the media. They must be hiding something.

Committee on Government Excellence and Accountability..with funds left when Villaraigosa left the Assembly, said Nathan James, spokesman for the committee.
James would not disclose how much money is in the account or how much had been spent on efforts so far to promote the legislation, but said the information would be filed by a July 31 reporting deadline...The committee is in addition to the mayor's communications office, which has nine employees - one dedicated full time to education issues - who are paid a total of $688,000 in annual salaries.

"It would frankly be much more effective public relations for the district to be getting down to work and doing its job educating the kids than board members flying up to Sacramento to hire a team of P.R. experts to convince the public otherwise," James said.


June 30, 2006 7:53 AM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

I fully support the MAyors efforts to bring accountability to LAUSD.

He should be applauded in his efforts.

I also have a question Mayor Sam ... What is up with Jose Huizar in that picture you posted. He is on board with el alcalde.

June 30, 2006 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Don - maybe Antonio will give you a JOB! LAUSD needs janitors.

June 30, 2006 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's not Jose Huizar, its Stewart Waldman.

June 30, 2006 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happened Marcos Aguilar?

June 30, 2006 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

did anyone catch the "passion" speech your Mayor gave yesterday at the new LAUSD "puppet" Board member Garcia's swearing in? it was all about "passion"....remember he has a lot of "passion"....all of his cronies have "passion"....blah, blah, blah,...."passion"...oh yeah the fire commission was there really to "roll".... don't forget "passion"......

June 30, 2006 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I meant fire commissioner president ready to "roll" ...."passion"...

June 30, 2006 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop obsessing over the picture people! damn, it's a freaking picture! it is such an old picture, look at Wuizar... he looks ten years younger!

June 30, 2006 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam although you say you have not made up your mind we can certainly tell which way you are leaning!!!

June 30, 2006 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't believe the audacity of Jose Huizar to make such a quote when he was prez of the school board for 4 years and DID NOTHING!!!

"I can tell you from personal experience that there is no accountability over there," Huizar said. "I can tell you from personal experience that there is resistance to even examining change."

"People think we are doing this as a dollars-and-cents issue, that it will be good for the economy or find jobs for young people," Huizar said. "But this is more than that. This is a moral issue on how we treat our children."

June 30, 2006 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fatboy Higby supports mayoral takeover because he's a republican. He knows ADV will help the Terminator win again.

June 30, 2006 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Passion? Where was this?

June 30, 2006 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1102 = kevin roderick

June 30, 2006 11:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin Roderick: is he a professional basketball player?

June 30, 2006 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD Reform #7

Pay Darry Sragow tens of thousands of dollars every month, so he can rob money from taxpayers that should be going to the classroom.

June 30, 2006 11:37 AM  

Anonymous David Hernandez said:

June 27, 2006

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

With both the California State Assembly and Senate controlled by liberals, the Governor's veto–his constitutional power and duty to protect Californians from dangerous legislation–is the only hope left for the men, women and families of California. But this power is useless if the willingness is not there. The people of Los Angeles County need your help.

The actions of Mayor Villaraigosa, the California Legislature and the leaders of the teachers’ union supporting the mayor's efforts to take over Los Angeles Unified School District, would result in legislation designed to take away control of the duly elected school board thus thwarting the electoral process.

This legislation needs to be overturned, i.e., vetoed.

Governor Schwarzenegger, we the people of Los Angeles County ask that you exercise your right and duty and veto AB1381. We ask that you announce that any legislation which circumvents the rights and votes of the people will be VETOED.

Please do not let this become an issue of your re-election campaign (such as the one created by Gray Davis when he signed the drivers’ license bill for illegal aliens).

Please do not allow this Mayoral takeover to take place. Please do not turn me and other Republican voters away.

On a personal note: one of the most exciting nights in my political career was spending it with you on the evening of the recall election when you were elected Governor. Every hour sacrificed away from my family, business and friends was worth it.


David Hernandez
Two-time Republican Nominee US House of Representatives, District 28
Board member Republican Party of Los Angeles County
Chairman, Committee to Support the Los Angeles County Seal
Former Chairman, Greater Los Angeles Republican National Hispanic Assembly
2006 Candidate Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Valley Vote Board
Republican Jewish Coalition
Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley
Volunteer- Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003(in which a 40-line telephone bank in Panorama City was set up to contact Hispanic decline-to-state voters to support Arnold)

June 30, 2006 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the guy in the picture next to huizar and behind romer is our own archie bunker

June 30, 2006 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Schwarzenegger isn't going to veto the bill, since he has come out publicly supporting it.

This whole debacle is bad news for Tony, since the chaos that will be created will dog him the rest of his "reign". Which will be just fine with the Republicans.

June 30, 2006 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wonder how the report from the President's Joint LAUSD Commission that VOTED AGAINST a mayor takeover will go over with Antonio. They will be sending their report to the legislatures stating that. Representing LA that's not going to make Antonio look too good.

June 30, 2006 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To 4:50pm

You are wrong according to CNS they took no position at all.

School Governance
City News Service
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Serving on the Los Angeles school board should be a
full-time job with better pay, but members should be limited to three four-
year terms, a panel recommended during its final meeting today.
The Presidents' Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance also agreed that the
seven-member school board continue to be elected by district, rather than at-
A vote recommending expanding the school board to nine members failed.
``This goes back to our message of decentralization and focusing attention
on the children,'' commission president David Cunningham III said.
The panel met for the last time today to develop recommendations for the
school district, but several members will continue to meet to write a report
for the City Council, Cunningham said.
``The meetings may be over, but I definitely plan to remain involved with
the whole process,'' Cunningham said. ``Our voices will be heard, and we will
make sure the stakeholders are taken into consideration as this process moves
The commission, created by then-City Council President Alex Padilla and
then-school board President Jose Huizar, does not have authority to implement
a governance plan, but spent the past year debating what its members believe
are the best options for Los Angeles students.
Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Assembly
Education Committee, attended the meeting to encourage the panel to bring the
final report to legislators in the next few weeks.
``We have five weeks for everybody to try to come together on something
that everybody can live with ... where nobody wins everything and nobody loses
everything,'' Goldberg told the panel.
``The key, if you want to have an influence, is to visit us while we are at
home,'' Goldberg said, noting that the Legislature is in recess for a month.
``If you want to be heard, I would divvy up the L.A. delegation ... send them
your report and discuss it with them.''
Cunningham and commission member Drew Furedi attended the state Senate's
Education committee meeting in Sacramento yesterday to listen to testimony
about a plan that would allow Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to have a
role in district's governance.
The commission has declined to state an opinion about the bill. The Senate
committee voted 7-1 yesterday to approve Villaraigosa's plan, which could be
considered by the full Senate as soon as late July.
The school board passed a resolution today opposing the bill and any
similar legislation bypassing district voters to change how the school
district's governing structure.
Villaraigosa pressed ahead today by launching a new Web site aimed at
garnering wider support for his plan. The Web site,
www.excellenceinlaschools.com, offers browsers to read a summary of
Villaraigosa's plan and to read the bill's text.
``Yesterday was a clear victory for reform, accountability and change,''
Villaraigosa said. ``But the hard work of improving LAUSD will take place here
in Los Angeles.''
Since taking office nearly a year ago, Villaraigosa had repeatedly said
that he intends to take over the LAUSD before the end of his first term, but
conceded those terms as part of a deal struck with state legislators.
Villaraigosa could have sought a change in district governance through a
time-consuming and costly ballot measure, or lobby the Legislature to change
laws that currently bar him.
Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, and Assembly Speaker
Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, introduced a bill last Friday calling for the
establishment of a Council of Mayors -- consisting of the mayors of the 27
cities served by the district -- charged with selecting a superintendent to
manage the nation's second-largest school district.
The plan would also allow Villaraigosa to oversee three clusters of the
lowest-performing schools, with assistance from a ``Community Partnership for
School Excellence'' that would include educators, parents and community

June 30, 2006 6:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With an endorsement like this: Who Needs Critics?

“Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villagairosa, a Los Angeles Unified School District victim himself before he turned his life around, is already undertaking a bold move to wrestle control of the district from a Jewish dominated school board and a White superintendent. Something has to be done and Mayor Villaraigosa is on the right track.”

From: La Voz de Azlan, The Voice of Aztlán, a magazine publishing news, analyses, and scholarly writings on La Raza


June 30, 2006 10:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

President Clinton, Karl Rove, and Mayor Villaraigosa Among the Speakers at the 2006 National Council of LA Raza Annual Conference in Los Angeles -- ground zero of illegal immigration.

June 30, 2006 10:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok I was beginning to like the LA Times again but now they're back to kiss ass to Antonio. Their opinion piece states not much has changed in Antonio's 1st yr. ...the schools aren't stellar, the subway doesn't run to the beach, the homless haven't left the streets, traffic doesn't move, housing remains scarce, a city budget crisit, police shortage, smog still hovers....but then LA Times states we need patience. Yeah right!!!!

July 01, 2006 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Kenneth Hahn said:


It's funny that they say all of this for Antonio but didn't show such patience for my son when he was trying to bring more funds for D.C. for Homeland Security, Improve traffic, improve resident services and fix that mess at LAX.

July 01, 2006 8:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Education needs to be put in the hands of teachers, plain and simple...the district orders these freaking expensive textbooks that are just crap...they could order highly readable texts for half to a quarter of the price from smaller companies but then the textbook companies would not make so much money.,..it is so not about the kids and all about the money............but yet I still love LAUSD...there are really some outstanding people in the district............

July 02, 2006 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The matter is really quite simple. The issue in the school system is discipline. I teach both regular and AP English (PC term - Language Arts). The primary difference between the two groups is much less aptitude than attitude. The teachers union is neither the problem nor the solution. If you really want change in performance, change the rules, create large alternative schools for kids who refuse to behave, and fail those who do not perform. If a parent plays the race card, the teacher needs to sue for defamation of character, if a parent sues, the district needs to countersue. Once parents realize teachers are not hired to raise their children for them, you will see a change in the kids' behavior, and scores will climb- fast.

July 03, 2006 8:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

An UNHOLY THREE were running the U.S. Government. Not only Hillary Clinton, but her former Rose Laws Firm cronies Webster Hubbell and Vincent W. Foster, Jr. Up to the time he was put in jail for swindling that firm, Hubbell, as a top official, ran the Clinton Justice Department, NOT JANET RENO. A long-time expert in money laundering and espionage and continuing that role as deputy counsel in the Clinton White House, Foster was the courier worldwide for illicit funding. Foster reportedly handled the huge cash flow from dope, gun smuggling,and such. Ostensibly used was the Mexican bank octopus Grupo Financiero Bancomer. And Bancomer has been a part of the whiskey, dope,and hot money money headed by the booze-soaked Bronfman family [Seagrams] and their Bank of Montreal together with their Chicago unit, Harris Bank. Another unholy three.

July 03, 2006 7:05 PM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

To: Kenny Hahn

From: Phil Krakover

Re: Your son

Kenny, are you sure he IS your son? All of the charisma, charm and polital savvy seems to have gone to your daughter; the man you call your "son" is a doofus.

Maybe that's why no one supported him.

Next time, get a DNA check done at the hospital.

July 04, 2006 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Julie Korenstein. In my thinking, anytime you want a school board quote, one that sounds kinda dumb, tune in to the conveniently aired School Board proceedings, and brace yourself.
Maybe she's hoping they'll consider a pay-by-the-word system. She'd definately rake in!

July 05, 2006 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am a LAUSD teacher and I strongly support Antonio Villaraigosa's plan. I, too, was a product of LAUSD and unfortunately, things haven't changed much in the past 30 years. Students are graduating not able to spell and with a 4th grade reading level and these are not newly arrived students!! They have been with LAUSD since elementary school. I TRULY believe that we need accountability, not only from administration, but also for TEACHERS. Many of our teachers can't spell themselves and are teaching our kids! As for the IDIOT who made the comment about our kids being broken, you know nothing about our students. Education is a priority in Mexico and students who come from Mexico are way advanced in Math and Science and they work harder than most students. By the way jerk, how can you say they are lazy when they hold down 2-3 jobs!!! Did you attend LAUSD schools? Your spelling is terrible (seperatists???, pirated!!!!) You should educate yourself first!

July 23, 2006 11:40 PM  

Blogger race card said:



Please people learn the difference between your and you're.

There is no excuse for this type of grammatical tragedy beyond 7th grade (9th for LAUSD grads).

If you are going to remain anonymous and hurl insults at the bloggers...please, please, please learn English.

Call me elitist, racist, selfish, uninformed, even unattractive. But if you're going to speak in Aramaic, please include a decoder ring.

Good day. Good night. Good luck.

July 27, 2007 8:59 PM  

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