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Saturday, July 29, 2006

What's Wrong With This Picture?

The Daily Breeze reports that Mayor Villaraigosa has raised over $1 million for his effort to take over the LAUSD.

Huh?

It takes a million dollars for an elected official to convince other elected officials to enact legislation?

How do you think that money will be spent? Will we be seeing lots of ads on TV featuring our beloved leader, surrounded by "the children," to illustrate his deep concern for their well-being -- and his availability to serve as governor next time around?

36 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And the fun has hardly begun! Don't forget that if Antonio take control of the schools, he'll be in control of billions of dollars in construction contracts. Pay to play? We ain't seen nothing yet. I wonder if any of his contributors are developers or contractors who wouldn't mind getting a piece of the school-building action.

July 29, 2006 10:09 AM  

Anonymous David Hernandez said:

Assemblymember
Keith S. Richman, MD

Senator George Runner

Public Informational Hearing

Governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District

August 1, 2006

To better inform San Fernando Valley residents and hear public comments, Assemblymember Keith S. Richman, MD and Senator George Runner are hosting a public information hearing on education issues and to hear the proposal by the Mayor of Los Angeles for governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The hearing will be from 5:30 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at Granada Hills Charter High School located at 10535 Zelzah Avenue, Granada Hills, CA 91344.

The public meeting will give the San Fernando Valley community an opportunity to learn more about the proposal for governance of LAUSD (Assembly Bill 1381) and share their views with their elected officials. LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer will give a presentation and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been invited to attend.

We know community leaders, concerned parents, LAUSD teachers and education advocates will want have their voices heard on this vital subject. This hearing was scheduled after the Assembly Education Committee canceled their plan to hold a hearing in the San Fernando Valley.

Posted by David Hernandez Chairman
Republicans for Rational Reform
www.vetonow.com

See you there!

July 29, 2006 10:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will the Aug 1st meeting be webcasted or broadcast?

July 29, 2006 11:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This censorship is disturbing. Vido is no longer available at KTLA. Who pulled the plug, was it Bernie, AV, Fabian?

July 29, 2006 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This censorship is disturbing. Video no longer available at KTLA. Who pulled the plug, was it Bernie, AV, Fabian?

July 29, 2006 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That pays for alot of $140 bottle of wine and Foie Gras. by the way, did Arnold sign a law against the use of foie gras ?

July 29, 2006 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nunez is pressuring the cities in his district to support this nonsense bill. He thinks he's willie brown. David, are the RREPS united on this? If they get a few dems who have axes to grind ON AV they can still kill this.

July 29, 2006 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I meant REEPs.

July 29, 2006 6:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MSNBC Home » U.S. News » Crime & Punishment

Border agent gets 5 years for human trafficking
Officer admitted to smuggling more than 100 illegal immigrants into U.S.

SAN DIEGO - A Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling more than 100 illegal immigrants into the U.S. from Mexico, some of them in his government truck, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.

Prosecutors had asked for about three years, but U.S. District Judge John A. Houston decided a stiffer punishment was required for 29-year-old Oscar Antonio Ortiz.

“You violated the sacred trust of your comrades,” the judge said. “As a link in the chain, they depended on you.”

Ortiz himself came to the United States illegally as a boy, and not long before he applied for a job with the Border Patrol, he was arrested and accused of trying to drive two illegal immigrants across from Mexico.

But his superiors did not know any of that when he applied, because he produced a fake birth certificate.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14078183/

July 29, 2006 7:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

rumor has it that the School Board members are actively using their control over the billions of dollars of construction contracts to win support in their efforts to maintain sole authority over a failed educational system.

jump on board now and get a hefty payoff from taxpayers. does that sound good?

July 30, 2006 1:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The KTLA coverage of the meeting has been posted on Youtube.

July 30, 2006 5:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio is using his staff to send out e-mails and work on his LAUSD issue. I can see AV bringing in bus loads of supporters like he does a lot of his meetings. If he thinks its going to be negative he tries to stack the audience. His mother didn't teach him how to be mature and act like a man and take his punches. He acts more like a sissy and runs away if he doesn't like what people are saying.

July 30, 2006 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are only 10 donors to Antonio's $1 mil.

...The Mayor's Committee for Government Excellence and Accountability raised about $1.1 million through the end of June, nearly half of it from Jerry Perenchio, the reclusive Univision Communications chief who is one of the largest political donors in the country.... Perenchio's $500,000 donation, the mayor's committee drew $100,000 from shopping center company Westfield, Chicago-based AP Properties, and David Fisher of The Capital Group investment management firm.

DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS

July 30, 2006 7:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

YET ANOTHER BOND MEASURE IN NOVEMBER. VOTE NO NO NO ON PROP 88 !!

LA Daily News By Harrison Sheppard

Every property owner in California, no matter how big or small or valuable their parcel, faces paying a flat $50 tax to fund schools under a measure voters will be asked to approve in November.

..Critics note that the measure levies the same tax on a one-bedroom home in Reseda that it does on a Bel-Air mansion or a farm in the Central Valley.

SPREAD THE WORD. VOTE NO ON THIS TAX INCREASE AND THE BILLION DOLLAR HOUSING BOND MEASURE !

July 30, 2006 9:34 AM  

Anonymous David Hernandez said:

Republicans are not yet united against AB1381 but once the grassroots find out what is in the fine print of the bill, they join the effort to get the Governor to veto the bill.

Here are just a few of my objections.

P.S.

The backroom deal makers of both parties, espically Republicans are wrong in thinking they will be able to control the mayor by contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to his attempt to circumvent the vote of the people.

BILL NUMBER: AB 1381 AMENDED


* This bill would permit the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District to request, after a public hearing, that the state board waive all or part of any section of the Education Code, except as specified, and would deem the waiver granted for two years, commencing the first day of the following month, if the state board fails to take action on the request by its second regular meeting after, or 60 days after, receipt of the request, whichever is sooner.

* This bill would authorize the district superintendent to appoint and dismiss the personnel of his or her office, and to appoint and dismiss a principal of a school within the Los Angeles Unified School District…

* The bill would limit the authority of the
district superintendent to contract with private parties regarding the personal services that, as of January 1, 2007, are provided by represented employees of the LAUSD, as specified.

* This bill would require the administrative staff of the LAUSD to be employed by the district and not by individual LAUSD board members.

* This bill would establish the council of mayors, composed of certain city mayors and county board of supervisors within the boundaries of the LAUSD.

* The bill would authorize the council of mayors to select a representative and have that representative participate in all aspects of the selection and evaluation by the LAUSD board of the district superintendent, as provided; would require the appointment, contract term, contract renewal, or involuntary removal of the district superintendent to be ratified by the council of mayors; and would require the district superintendent to provide, as specified, each School Accountability Report Card for each school of the district to the council of mayors on an annual basis for review and comment. The bill would also require the council of mayors to have certain roles, including, among others, oversight over the creation, coordination, support, and completion of joint-use projects involving the LAUSD and providing local governmental input in the development of school construction strategic plans and determining school site locations for the district.

* In exercising any of the duties described in this chapter, the council of mayors shall act by a majority of the weighted vote of the total membership of the council.

The weighted vote of each member of the council of mayors is equal to the proportion of the population of the LAUSD that are residents of the city of the individual member, or unincorporated area of the county for any member of the county board of supervisors, to the total population of residents of the LAUSD.

So here is my challange to all you grassroots Republicans: Put down the cool-aide and get with it. Your community and children deserve your support.

Write Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger and demand he Veto AB1381.

It is as easy as going to www.vetonow.com

July 30, 2006 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The correct spelling is "Kool-Aid," but your points are valid.

July 30, 2006 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fermanagh 0-8 Donegal 0-11

Donegal won the Ulster derby in Enniskillen to set up a quarter-final clash with Cork.

Skipper Christy Toye led by example on a day when the men from Tir Chonaill came good in the second half.

Sean Doherty's opening point for Fermanagh was quickly cancelled out by Christy Toye, before Eamon Maguire regained the lead for the home side with a mighty effort from distance.

But a James Gallagher double, one from a placed ball, the other a fine point from play, had Tir Chonaill a point to the good at the end of the opening quarter.

McGrath's superb fetch in the middle sent Eamon Maguire off for his second score of the afternoon, but his game soon ended when he was stretchered off followng a challenge by Ciaran Bonner.

Fermanagh applied an encouraging finish to the opening period, a Ciaran O'Reilly free and a long distance effort thumped over by midfielder Mark Murphy sending them in at the break with a 0-5 to 0-3 interval advantage.

Donegal were an inspired and driven side on the restart however, bringing the scores level within four minutes with scores from livewire Leon Thompson and skipper Toye.

Brendan Boyle's introduction helped Donegal get on top in the vital midfield sector, where despite McGrath's heroic efforts, Fermanagh were fading alarmingly.

Marty McGrath did attempt to get his side going again with a mighty point, but they had totally lost their shape up front.

Donegal were rampant, and while they were never going to put the game out of sight, they made sure of a deserved victory with late scores from Michael Hegarty and subs Colin Kelly and Stephen McHugh.

FERMANAGH: C Breen; R McCluskey, B Owens, S Goan; S McDermott, H Brady, R Johnston; M McGrath 0-1, M Murphy 0-1; M Little, T Brewster 0-2f, E Maguire 0-2; A Little, S Doherty 0-1, C O'Reilly 0-1f.

Subs: R Keenan for Maguire, J Sherry for Doherty, N Bogue for Goan, D Kelly for A Little, F Reilly for Murphy.

DONEGAL: P Durcan; N McGee, E McGee, K Lacey; T Donoghue, B Monaghan, B Dunnion; N Gallagher, A Thompson; C Toye 0-2, M Hegarty 0-1, C Bonner; R Kavanagh 0-1, L Thompson 0-2, J Gallagher 0-2 (0-1f).

Subs: B Boyle for Thompson, A Sweeney 0-1f for J Gallagher, C Kelly 0-1 for Kavanagh, S McHugh 0-1 for Bonner, B Roper for Hegarty.

Wides: Fermanagh - 8; Donegal - 14.

Yellow Cards: Fermanagh - C Breen, R McCluskey; Donegal - C Bonner.

Referee: E Murtagh (Longford).

Attendance: 17,893.



Laois 1-9 Offaly 0-4

Laois may have been guilty of 11 wides during the opening half of this local derby contest at O'Moore Park but they still held enough in reserve to book a Quarter-Final spot against Mayo with the introduction of Padraig Clancy at midfield midway through the opening half proving influential.

Colm Quinn got the opening score for Offaly after just 20 seconds and it looked like the Faithful County would settle quickest but suddenly Laois burst out of the blocks and shot from all angles but were unable to find the target until Ross Munnelly equalised almost eight minutes into the contest.

Laois were guilty of two missed goal chances from Brendan Quigley and Brian McCormack during the opening half but still held enough composure to hold a 0-5 to 0-3 interval lead although goalkeeper Fergal Byron saw his penalty kick go over the bar before the break.

Ciaran McManus tried hardest for Offaly during the opening half and it was the towering player who got his side's only point of the second half with 11 minutes remaining. Crucially, the next score came in the shape of a Padraig Clancy goal which involved Ross Munnelly and Tom Kelly working the ball to an unmarked Clancy, who found the net.

From that point on Offaly were unable to establish a comeback as Laois captured their third qualifier win in succession.

LAOIS: F Byron 0-1 pen; A Fennelly, D Rooney, J Higgins; P McDonald, T Kelly, P McMahon; B Quigley 0-2, N. Garvan; B. McCormack, C. Conway 0-3 (0-2f), R Munnelly 0-3; B Sheehan, I Fitzgerald, B McDonald.

Subs: P Clancy 1-0 for Garvan (18th min), P Lawlor for McCormack (64th min), C Parkinson for Fitzgerald (64th min).

OFFALY: P Kelly; C Daly, G Rafferty, N Grennan; P McConway, S Sullivan, K Slattery; N Coughlan, M Daly; C Quinn 0-1, C McManus 0-3 (0-2f), P Kellaghan; T Deehan, J Coughlan, N McNamee.

Subs: J Reynolds for Quinn (51st min), T Phelan for Coughlan (64th min), S Ryan for Deehan (67th min).

Wides: Laois - 14; Offaly - 7.

Frees: Laois - 19; Offaly - 21.

Yellow Cards: Laois - T Kelly, A Fennelly, B Quigley, C Conway; Offaly - P Kelly, K Slattery, M Daly, P Kellaghan, J Coughlan.

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan).

Attendance: 16,800.

July 30, 2006 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gallagher had an impeccable performance.

I didn't know we had supporters on this blog!

July 30, 2006 12:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Typical blacks in denial about a two time convicted felon. Just like OJ they makes excuses and are in denial. The rest of the city are intelligent and know better Ludlow belongs behind bars.
latimes.com
SUPPORTERS GO TO BAT FOR EX-LABOR CHIEF LUDLOW
Civic leaders help raise money to pay legal bills of the ex-councilman, who pleaded guilty to diverting union funds into his 2003 campaignV...illaraigosa has called Martin Ludlow a "good man" who "is like a son to me." Assemblywoman Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) allows Ludlow to use her name to raise money to pay off his legal bills. Ludlow and longtime L.A. lobbyist Maureen Kindel have exchanged a draft proposal for a program for helping at-risk students. ...In March, the former city councilman and ex-leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor pleaded guilty in federal and state courts to charges that involved diverting funds to his 2003 City Council election campaign. A union local representing school employees had put six workers for Ludlow's campaign on its payroll. Ludlow quickly agreed to cooperate with prosecutors...Rather than shun Ludlow, civic leaders have wrapped him in a warm embrace...Politicians, labor leaders and others have begun a campaign to raise money to pay off more than $300,000 in fines and legal bills. Some say they have talked privately with Ludlow about rebuilding his life and, in time, one of Los Angeles' most promising public careers..."Why do I support him? L.A. needs him," said attorney Connie Rice, who was among 16 people, including actor Danny Glover and Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles), who were part of the "reception committee" at a recent fundraiser to benefit Ludlow. "The reason he's important is that he bridges every L.A. divide there is — whether it be racial, class, city, immigration. He is genuinely loved in every community."

CONNIE RICE IS AN IDIOT!!!! LUDLOW IS A FELON...GET IT????

July 30, 2006 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Colin Farrell gay?
Do you know?

July 30, 2006 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DISGUST

Execution of a teenage girl
A television documentary team has pieced together details surrounding the case of a 16-year-old girl, executed two years ago in Iran.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/5217424.stm

July 30, 2006 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Famous Latino Republicans:
Antonio "Riordan wannabe" Villaragiosa

July 30, 2006 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

so, did he raise any of that money from lobbyists?

July 30, 2006 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If I were Romer I'd make copies of video send to news outlets.

July 30, 2006 8:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Campaign finance laws harm democracy
July 29, 2006

In your July 25 editorial, "Shame on them," you argue that former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow's ability to form a committee to pay his legal expenses is not "right." I agree; it is ridiculous that Ludlow is even a felon.

Campaign financing laws are an impediment to the democratic process. Without campaign finance regulation, there would be no need for Ludlow to secretly put campaign workers on a union's payroll; rather, he could hire campaign workers legally and openly. Besides encouraging illicit and illegal acts, campaign finance laws are a threat to freedom. Spending money is a form of free speech; when Ludlow hires campaign workers, they, in turn, carry out the message of the campaign. So let's protect freedom and spend our time worrying about real felons.

JOSH M. PARKER

Falls Church, Va.

=====================

Ludlow is trying to redem himself, and his people are coming to his aide. For this we live in denial? No, it's just that we know how to look out for one another, when we deserve it. Which is less than I can say for you white folks.

July 30, 2006 8:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

YOu black people thought OJ was innocent to and when police where chasing a felony suspect you were all cheering for him. That's the mentality of the blacks and the ignornance. HE COMMITTED A FELONY. He should be behind bars. The blacks think its ok to committ a crime because we'll take care of you brother. No wonder why the percentage of blacks in our jails is so high. You won't see any Latinos doing that kind of bullshit. We say put them behind bars cause they make us look bad.

July 31, 2006 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dirty money + dirty politicans=bad news for California.

Stop the insanity! Vote NO on anything AV and the rest of his Mexican buddies support.

July 31, 2006 2:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

July 31, 2006 7:39 AM,

Cracker, you fool no one. You have kept African Americans down for centuries, and now you don't want them to ally with the Latinos, because for devils like you, this is terrifying. The thought of two groups coming together to demand justice trigers your defense mechanisms, which in ignorant hicks like you is manifested as hateful racism. "YOU black people", you say. The language of a cracker-ass cracker!

July 31, 2006 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

July 31, 2006 7:39 AM,

White people keep Latinos and African Americans in jails in almost the same proportion wherever these groups are present. The above poster is right, you're a caucasian posing as a Latino to cause division. You have failed.

July 31, 2006 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Latinos and Blacks supporting each other? What?!? When did this happen? I don't know what universe you guys are living in, but I have never seen a Black man be overjoyed when his construction job goes to a Latino. I've never seen a Latino give up his job to help out a Black person. Racisism knows no bounds and isn't the pervue of the Anglo. We are all racist to one degree or another, whether people have the guts to admit it or not.

July 31, 2006 7:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

July 31, 2006 7:40 PM,

True, you're absolutely right on that one. Racism plagues all minds, no one is innocent of this.

But what kind of sick mind tries to instigate hatred between two races, for the benefit of a third one, like our anonymous white friend tried doing?

Also, that hasn't stopped people like Martin Ludlow, for all his ethical faults, to work on trying to build bridges between blacks and latinos. That's what I got from the last couple of posters.

July 31, 2006 9:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

July 31, 2006 7:40 PM,

PS, the anglo, in his role as the ruling ethnicity, should play a model role on race relations. But the anglo's leaders don't do enough to help this, case in point, their refusal to renew the Civil Rights Act.

July 31, 2006 10:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I find it funny when the only source of Latino pride and esteem for some people is to try to convince themselves that they are better than The Blacks. Funny, yet sad. Que lastima! LOL

August 01, 2006 8:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

August 01, 2006 8:31 PM,

You should know better, that is a White person posing as a Latino, instigating hatred. By the looks of things, you must be one also.

August 01, 2006 11:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sure 11:34 PM, and The Avenues are really white people in Latino gangbanger costumes.

August 02, 2006 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

August 02, 2006 9:50 PM,

Sure, and you're not really a deranged cracker who is trying his damnest to instigage black/latino hate in LA through this blog. Pathetic...

August 02, 2006 10:03 PM  

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