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Monday, September 18, 2006

How Come LAUSD Was NOT Invited to AB 1381 Bill Signing Today?

You would think board members of LAUSD would have been invited to the signing of AB 1381 which is ALL ABOUT LAUSD: But there was some kind of "unintentional" mix up, I guess.

You see, it was inaccuratley reported in the media that LAUSD WAS invited to the watch Mr. Kindergarden Cop sign the Bill today, because the Mayor's office TOLD the media LAUSD was invited.

But it looks like LAUSD is getting the same treatment that kids and parents got who wanted to attend town hall meetings, because according to SEVERAL different people I spoke with at LAUSD including the Superintendant's office, the invitations never made it. (ZD confirms neither Roy Romer or Marlene Canter were invited, WORD!)

Wow! What a great sign of things to come. The Mayor says he wants to work with LAUSD, but doesn't include them at the damn signing of the Bill. Very telling...very symbolic.

When LAUSD followed up with City Hall, to see who was in charge of actually notifying LAUSD of the event, just like the problem with the Bill itself, there was NO ACCOUNTABILITY. Everyone just said, "Duh...I don't know, it's not MY job." We'll I guess it was EVERYONE's job to be nobody's job. However, it was very clear it was someone's job to notify the press that LAUSD WOULD be in attendance, even though they weren't notified. (Maybe we need the Brown Act to include Bill signings.)

The Mayor's spokesperson told me, "It was their understanding that LAUSD WAS invited, as far as they knew." (Aka: Transfer accountability from the Mayor and place it on his staff, just like this Bill transfers legal liability from the Mayor and places it on LAUSD.)

And speaking of lack of accountability, it should be noted that no where in AB 1381 is there an actual plan/wording addressing student achievement or drop out rates. (How does the Bill achieve this then?) And, nowhere does it allow for parent involvement/input.

Luckily for the Mayor and his money grabbing bandits, there is plenty in the Bill addressing how the Superintendent has complete control over all the money at the same time they removed the REQUIERMENT of an Inspector General to investigate for fraud, waste and abuse. (So I hope you guys trust Mayor V with the billions in LAUSD money, because now, you HAVE to.)

So to sum it up, AB 1381, which removes the School Board and public from oversight of this Bill; that only addresses the issue of how the Superinendant gets control of all the money and contracts, was signed today by Governor Girlie Man, but LAUSD doesn't play enough of a significant role in this Bill to even be invited to the signing. One word to everyone who supported this Bill...SUCKERS!

Zuma Dogg
Public Advocate of The Communities
www.ZumaDogg.com

...and oh yeah, no on r.

69 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica Garcia was there. Please, you cannot miss her. She took up a quarter of the stage.

September 18, 2006 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Okay, this proves this guy isn't for real.

Who's paying you to make the city leaders look sane in comparison, Dogg?

Eli Broad? Dick Riordan?

Someone's put this guy up to it. City Council members are looking like 15 modern day A. Lincoln's once people get a whiff of him.

September 18, 2006 1:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lay off Monica, you f'n moron.

September 18, 2006 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica has such a large personality.

September 18, 2006 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD is s marriage between BF and the Internet Troll and its repulsive.

Why is Mayor Antonio doing the "we clean your toilets" bit? I got stuck on the posts about the cyber trolls and the one where Antonio doesn't live with his wife and must have missed it

September 18, 2006 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Umm if School Board Monica Garcia was there along with 2 area superintendents why wasn't the school board?

They were invited -- but because of a screwed up constituent service their secretaries never opened their voicemail.

September 18, 2006 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica got a personal invitation, the rest of them must of got a half-assed, intentionally flubbed invite.

September 18, 2006 3:06 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Remember, to the ZD spinsters who claim I take any one person's word and print it, I would like to note, I'm the only one who DIDN'T do that, and the first one to expose what you will be reading about tomorrow. Sorry losers...you lose again...that's why you're losers.

ZD

September 18, 2006 3:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica Garcia was the only school board member who supported AB 1381.

September 18, 2006 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh geeez -- How sad is it when the district has to cry over spilt milk to Zuma Dogg!!!!!!!!


Go team go!

September 18, 2006 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where was Roy Romer today?

September 18, 2006 3:55 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Did LAUSD cry to ZD, or did ZD read that LAUSD was supposed to be there, and when I heard they weren't there, I followed up?

NO ONE FROM LAUSD IS CALLING ZUMA DOGG TO FIGHT THEIR BATTLES, but they provide me with the answers to my question when I aks them, and I guess I'm the only one aksing them.

And although the Bill isn't transparant, the Mayor's jack-move is. Because how funny the only person who was invited, was the only person who supported it. (The Mayor's cronie, Monica Garcia.)

If the Mayor's office was smart, they should have told Monica, "Sorry, you have to sit this one out, so they could have kept their story straight and make it look like an actual oversight, instead of confirming the shadiness by having ONLY Monica there.

But that's why the round-the-clock paid City Hall spin doctors lose to ZD EVERY TIME, the way Ken Shamrock loses to Tito Ortiz every time.

AND HEY! Can someone tell me why the Tamale Festival that was supposed to take place last weekend was cancelled?

Event organizers say it was over "security concerns." (They expected too many people were going to show up, so they are going to reschedule it for sometime next year.

I would like to think they cancelled it because they don't want to get busted for shady business tactics, and are trying to come clean.

BUT THAT IS PURELY SPECULATION ON MY PART, AND MAYBE THEY PLAN ON CONTINUING BUSINESS AS USUAL.

Inspector General Zuma Dogg

September 18, 2006 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD-

How did your candidates do in the neighborhood council elections yesterday? You were urging support for Dowd and asking people to oust Luchs, rights?

September 18, 2006 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The plan has drawn criticism from the LAUSD school board, which voted 6-1
earlier this month to file a suit challenging the bill's legality.
Superintendent Roy Romer and school board president Marlene Canter appeared
to soften their sentiments toward the measure today. City News Service.


The LAUSD School Board is backing down!

About time.

September 18, 2006 4:44 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

zd where did you get the info on the tamale festivsl?

I went to their website and it doesn't llok cancelled. When did this happen?

Tamale lovers want to know.

September 18, 2006 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dude, you need to get a real job.

September 18, 2006 5:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Everybody's a "crook" to Zuma Dogg, City Council, city departments trying to help organize events, community volunteers trying to bring a little sunshine into dingy communities, vendors trying to make a living selling trinkets at these events.

Any yet, why is it he's the shadiest looking player on the tarmac?

September 18, 2006 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:47 PM
He isn't. You are.

September 18, 2006 5:58 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

4:41P,
I covered this yesterday. I never urged anyone to vote for anyone -- AND I did not support any candidate for the seven seats.

I DID however, thank Matt for posting the "Vote No on R" video that I used for Sunday's story, and mentioned that he was running for Venice NC and that there were seven seats open and reminded people in the area to vote. (See story below from Sunday.)

I wish you would go to as much trouble as I do to get the facts straight, like I did today on my story. But we know, you aren't paid to tell the truth, just try and discredit me with lies and mis-representations. And NONE of it ever relates to the issue.

Sorry, nice try!

ZD

Don: The Tamale fest that was cancelled was the one from Sept 8-10th. There is a different one coming up in Nov., so don't fret.

AND, I support the HELL out of these community festivals. From a personal standpoint, there is NOTHING I enjoy more. (Maybe that's why I like Venice Beach, so much: It's like a street fair, 365 days a year.)

My point is, crybaby loser, that these events should not be allowed to be used as opportunities for the Rich and Famous to milk the community under the guise of the public events that the City is paying for.

I'm fighting for the money to go where it is supposed to, non-profits in the community.

THIS WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION BY AN ANGRY CONSTITUENT WHOSE ORGANIZATION WAS DENIED, THEN CONTINUED TO SEE CORPORATE/SPONSORED EVENTS CONTINUE TO STEAMROLL THROUGH THE AGENDA.

And City Council would like to thank you for extending the life of this story another day.

I'll be sure to do some more investigating. I always know I'm on the right path, when after one too many of the right (or wrong) questions, they say, "And who is this I'm speaking to?" They said that a couple of times today, loser.

zeetothemuthaphughingee

September 18, 2006 6:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah but Zuma they're here watching you. Don't think of it as the nasty opposition. Think of it as a chance to air your bus stop wish list.

September 18, 2006 6:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD-

Didn't you urge voters to throw Luchs off the council? I heard she was not even up for reelection.

And if you are contending you did not endorse Dowd, then you are as bad as the "parsing their words" electeds you spend so much time condemning.

September 18, 2006 6:39 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Dude:

Good argument. I print something in simple ZD wording, not hiding behind agendized legalese, and you call it "parsing words."

Plus, all of this hoopla, around a comment reminding people there was an election in Venice, doesn't have a thing to do with any of the issue-oriented stories I am posting. First you lied about what I said, then you call simple ZD wording, "parsing", about a mere mention at the bottom of a story (and YouTube video) about why people should vote "NO on R".

Why don't you comment on that, lying crybaby. Look how you keep suffering such public losses, time and time and time again.

Here's all I am saying: Criticize me on the content of my stories. Not these little footnote diversions you keep trying to argue on. Read Sun Zu "Art of War" or Al Ries and Jack Trout's "Marketing Warfare". That'll explian it to you, and you obviously have a lot of time on your hands to read them.

RE: Luchs, The reason I thought she was up for re-election, is because Venice NC has re-elections every year. But Lucky Linda was voted in when it was a two year term, so she has one more year.
(This brilliant strategist is referring to one comment I posted -- NOT INFORMATION POSTED ON A STORY -- That Linda was up for re-election, so vote for everyone else. But, like I said, they only changed it to one year terms, THIS YEAR, after the Mayor's appointee of another community group, was voted in for the last and final time someone could ever be voted in for two years.

And, a local Venice advocate, who was bummed that Matt (who didn't campaign outside his TV 35 appearances) didn't get elected, wanted me to mention: BECAUSE Matt's name was on the ballot, some City Hall opponents of Matt were forced to scramble to make sure he lost. There was a write in candidate who got 40 votes. So that's nice of my homie to spin it The People's way.

You can make fun of Matt. But all he did, was try and get involved, and I wonder if any of the people, that local powers that be fought so hard to rally against him, would ever even wake up, drive in rush hour traffic, sit through a boring-ass 3 hour City Council meeting, for a chance to speak for only a few minutes? And he's done that about three times a week, for the last six months. Plus all the other meetings (not on camera) and driving of others (at his expense), fighting for what he feels is right (against what many believe to be wrong, about Venice Beach, and now the entire City of Los Angeles. AND HE'S NEVER BEEN PAID TO DO IT, AFTER CC UNCONSTITUTIONALLY BANED HIS INCOME.

And now, I bet everyone reading likes him even more. And if you think Matt is just up there wasting people's time...Simply go to www.YouTube.com and search "Matt Dowd". He's the guy that local powers that be were fighting to make sure wasn't able to perhaps fight to inject a little "Ethics" into CC, by being on NC.

Way to go, loser. And you're getting paid to do what you do? Now THAT'S a bigger waste of taxpayer's money than the money being wasted to fight for prop R and all the money it will cost people if it actually comes through...loser.


and oh yeah, "no on r"
z............

September 18, 2006 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dogg:
An example of a Straw Man argument from Wikipedia:

Person A: I don't think children should run into the busy streets.
Person B: I think that it would be foolish to lock up children all day with no fresh air.

That is what you're up against. And you are doing an excellent job of exposing it for what it is. A lot of City Hall Smoke and Mirrors. The mayor should be embarrassed that this is the only way his staff can think of to fight you.

September 18, 2006 7:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whaaaa, Whaaa, Whaaaa

Tamales!

September 18, 2006 7:45 PM  

Blogger Vladimir Bierko said:

Zima Dog, the LAUSD board members were invited to the bill signing at Roosevelt.

Did you have an alternative plan for mayoral control? Or, are you okay with the status quo dropout rate?

September 18, 2006 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More importantly ZD, are you okay with Antonio's 1.4 average and the fact that he flunked the bar how many times?

September 18, 2006 7:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And Best of All, are you content with AV's BFF developers enough to support AB 1381?

September 18, 2006 8:02 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

blah blah blah over nothing....so many anonymous posts too...I think, anonymous = gutless

September 18, 2006 9:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Handi Wipes at the bus stations. That would really rock my world!

September 18, 2006 9:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When is LAUSD filing the lawsuit (or have they already)?

September 18, 2006 9:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wonder if the reason Kerry never mentioned Arnold's name today while campaigning with Angelides in West Hollywood is because Antonio told him "don't mention ARnold's name today. He's going to be with me signing the LAUSD bill.

September 18, 2006 9:29 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

7:46P says, "Did you have an alternative plan for mayoral control? Or, are you okay with the status quo dropout rate?"

You MUST work at City Hall, look how you "mingled" two separate items into one handy item.

I DO have an alternative plan for the mayor, and it includes allowing for input from the public, input for LAUSD, I would take the over $20 2/3 BILLION real estate budget out of the hands of the School Superintendent (controlled by the Mayor, if he gets his way) because a School Super is supposed to be too busy running the schools than to be running a real estte development conglomertate, like Donald Trump.

I would mandate that an inspector general be appointed to make suree the Super isn't wasting, abusing or fraudulantly spending the money, since now he is control of it all.

I would make sure the Super IS accountable for ALL expenditures OVER and UNDER $250,000, cause right now, it's neither.

Then, after some of that was taken care of, I would let LAUSD run the schools, while I, as Mayor of The City of Los Angeles, would fight in Sacramento, not to overtake the school system in a combative way, that has only added layers of additional beauracracy -- instead of removing layers, for money to reducer classroom size to about 25; to pay teachers more money, so we can replace the ones who are retiring earlier than ever, while all the college graduates are taking jobs out of the state because the Mayor hasn't done enough to provide affrdable housing for these teachers to live.

I would do more to get money that Bratton needs at LAPD, like the crime reduction czar he has asked for to coordinate community based policing efforts, to make the streets safer, so kids are not scared to go to school. (After all, the school itself IS safer than the streets the Mayor is already in charge of.

So, those are a few things. Maybe I'll post more later, cause this is just for starters. But thank you for at least asking a question about issues.

And one more thing...don't be bamboozled...vote no on r.

zd

September 18, 2006 9:31 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

ps: the bill signing wasn't AT rosevelt...so don't holla that noise, no leg to stand on loser.
the bill signing was at richard riordan library, dumb ass. So what the F*CK good does it do to send someone an invitation to the place it isn't at. Strong point.

September 18, 2006 9:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Felipe Aguire, the corrupt, criminal, voter fraud advocate, Mexican mafia, DEPUTY MAYOR OF MAYWOOD was standing behind the Mechista mayor...hugging and kissing AV!

Go to www.watchourcity.com to see his photo and read his bio.

He is one of the Mayor's Council of Mayors.

What a bunch of scumbags!

September 18, 2006 9:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor can do NOTHING to impact drop out rates. They are indicative of the socio-econonmic status of the students' families.

When you have an overwhelming influx of lower class, non-English speaking students into a school system that is struggling with its own native underclass, what you get is low standardized test scores, low achievement, and the resulting drop-outs.

Ask any experienced teacher (that doesn't mean Teacher Union official; they are as corrupt as Polloraigoza. In fact, they laid that egg.)

Go to the new high school that just opened up. It is already tagged with gang graffitti. It won't be long before it looks like total shit thanks to the "students" that atttend!(And don't even talk about the shootings and riots!)

They'll F%#k it up just like this mayor is doing to this city and will do to the school district. But developer friends of Pollo need not worry. And Pollo doesn't have to worry because the hypocrite sends his kid to private school.

September 18, 2006 9:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor played Arnie good on AB 1381. Don't worry. Arnie will get him back. Arnie may be a dope but there are none dumber than AV and the goon. For all his ranting on Mayor Sam about what genius researchers they are "children."

September 18, 2006 9:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Felipe Aguirre, Oh hell ya! Eric Robles in da house!

September 18, 2006 9:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've been watching the city hall cyber goon all day. Trying to call out the whole city instead That's some scary shit with this beeoch.

September 18, 2006 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Rebel Red said:

Overheard at a candidate's luncheon as a response to what the next step is after AB1381:

"Now that AB1381 has been signed into law, I need to find an Avon lady and get myself a new tube of lipstick in Repeal Red. That's going to be my color from now on. Pucker up, baby and let me kiss you goodbye." (Samantha Allen-Newman, Republican candidate for AD-45)

Actually, she had a good point - repeal the legislation and start over from scratch only this time actually INCLUDE parents, teachers and the voting public and do it out in the open for everyone to see.

Repeal Red lipstick. Nice.

September 18, 2006 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Lipstick. Nice style tip for the J-City Hall Beeoch. Not that she ever leaves the house. Rumor is the poor screwball is locked to the computer. Taling about how others need to get with the "real world."

If you believe the news, LAUSD board seems to be backing off the legal action. Too bad.

September 18, 2006 10:32 PM  

Blogger Vladimir Bierko said:

Zima, my legs are for kicking, not standing. Right now, your ass is the object of their affection.

Of course I know the bill signing wasn't as Roosevelt. My point was the bitter board took a vote, in closed session, to nix that venue.

Since you missed it earlier, that's called sarcasm.

Grab a pencil, you may want to write this down.

Whatever the details of the bill, whatever it does or doesn't do, the Mayor is accountable.

That's the public perception and it won't change no matter how much you "holla."

That's great that you have an alternate plan. What have you done to push it forward? Whining and bitching doesn't count.

Be a man, Zima Dog, and give the Mayor credit for sticking his neck out.

If school still stinks, the Mayor will have a hellva time getting re-elected. You stink, but no matter what, Mayor Sam will let you hang out in his lap.

I know guys like you Zima Dog, you can dish it out, but you can't take it. And worse, you see what you want to see, not what really is.

You can stop taking notes now.

September 18, 2006 10:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dogg,
Long as this is the Dear Abby Advice Space, JB's Troll will not give up. Write that down, too.

September 18, 2006 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that the J City News? Hahahahahahahahahahaha

September 18, 2006 11:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More like JB and the Troll will not give up. I think it's both.

September 18, 2006 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hard to say. You could be right. CM J and MS and ZD will figure it out soon enough. Assuming they don't already know.

September 18, 2006 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hope to see Walter Moore again soon if not tomorrow. I think it's amply clear that many of the people attacking Moore were just alter identities of the Troll. I don't always agree with Moore, but he does a good job with the issues. As long as the Straw Man stays away. Let's have a good dialogue about the issues. That is what MS is for. The rest of it is crap.

Peace.
Out.

September 18, 2006 11:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Avon Lady? It's going to take more than Avon to help the troll. How 'bout some Bondo? Bondo and duct tape can fix anything!

September 18, 2006 11:26 PM  

Blogger Vladimir Bierko said:

Anon 1:30 PM, I don't know how much you weigh, but you are a fat loser.

September 18, 2006 11:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Having trouble keeping track of your identities JB's Troll? This is a brand new one isn't it. What did you create it when you and Bickhart were called out? As usual you love calling people fat. ISSUES baby. You left too much of a paper trail Get yourself a whole new life. Try blogging about mental health issues.

September 18, 2006 11:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Troll can't. For obvious reasons.

September 19, 2006 12:01 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I admit. The Mayor DOES have his neck out on the line with AB 1381.

Before I knew a thing about it, I thought the Mayor got "tagged" with this albatross for some reason, then I found out he WANTED to do it. And it's practically impossible to win now, cause it's only made things worse (more beuracracy, not less), and it's an uphill battle, at best. At this point he must know his political career is over anyway, so let's hijack LAUSD. Here's what we'll do: We'll take control of the Superintendent, put him in charge of the BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, won't mandate an inspector general to watch over the person in chrge of ALL spending , including $20 2/3 BILLION in facilities money (repair/new construction), then we'll let him spend up to $250,000 for anything he/she wants, and isn't required to tell LAUSD, or anyone at all. And anything the Super spends OVER $250,000 ONLY REQUIRES 45 DAY NOTICE...HOWEVER It IS ONLY NOTICE. (no input or accountability from LAUSD, or anyone, like the parents).

So watch for these low ball contracting bids the Mayor's Superintendent (after all Maor gets approval or rejection rights, right) hands out. Cause when you can keep tacking on $250,000 here and $250,000 there, the cost goes up real quick...And that's how a politician, who must know his re-election chances are over, sticks his neck out for a plan destined to lose, under this Bill, so you take the kids milk money, and facilities money, on the way out.

Next question or comment, please.

September 19, 2006 12:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg How do you know his reelection chances are over? I'm hoping you're right, but what is that based on, other than MAV is a stupid greasy lying wonk?

September 19, 2006 12:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm going to take a shot at this: It's based on the fact that Antonio is a stupid greasy lying wonk who hired stupid greasy lying wonks with SKELETONS in their closets. And when he isn't doing photo ops he's either screwing things up worse or doing nothing at all, besides plotting to take the milk money, I suppose. Which I didn't even know till now.

September 19, 2006 12:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does that mean Jumbo the Procurer will have to get a job fetching coffee and paper clips in the private sector? OMG what will the Cyber Troll do?

September 19, 2006 12:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah guys be nice to Vladimir Bierko okay. He what moved here from Russia only weeks ago, since no one ever saw him here before so what what? But already figured out how to sign up in September as a way to back the Troll in every stiffle free speech on Mayor Sam. This guy must be a member of the Junior Mensa! At least he should be sponsored.

September 19, 2006 12:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio's triumph
Mayor's school-reform vision inches toward reality

LA Daily News

THE signing ceremony that brought Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to Los Angeles on Monday was an amazing illustration of how Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's school-reform efforts have turned the political world upside-down.
Here was a Republican governor, six weeks shy of Election Day, enacting a law that will give L.A's Democratic mayor extensive control over the Los Angeles Unified School District.

More remarkable still, the bill - AB 1381 - was supported by the very teachers unions that were Schwarzenegger's sworn enemies only a year ago.

Meanwhile, the unions' closest allies - members of the school board who owe their election to union clout - weren't even invited. Nor was LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer.

The anti-reformers were so miffed about losing power that they wouldn't even let Villaraigosa and Schwarzenegger use a school for the occasion, thus forcing the two politicians to descend on the Central Library instead.

But while members of the LAUSD old guard pouted - and planned lawsuits to stymie reform and prevent the kids from getting a better education - the signing ceremony continued, ushering in what most people hope is a new era for education in Los Angeles.

"Today we are proclaiming a victory for the students of LAUSD and their parents," Schwarzenegger said, congratulating Villaraigosa for "having the vision and fortitude to put our children first with this effort to increase accountability in L.A. public schools."

He can say that again.

Villaraigosa certainly isn't lacking in vision or guts. Taking on the educational establishment was a politically risky and unnecessary move - but exactly what his city needed and wanted most.

The mayor has boldly taken responsibility for turning around L.A.'s schools, and he has built a far-flung, diverse coalition to make it possible.

It won't be easy, but the moment for real education reform couldn't be better. The public is engaged, and a charismatic mayor is in control, with a popular governor behind him.

And the political establishment is upside-down.

September 19, 2006 12:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah guys be nice to Vladimir Bierko okay. He what moved here from Russia only weeks ago, since no one ever saw him here before so what what? But already figured out how to sign up in September as a way to back the Troll in every stiffle free speech on Mayor Sam. This guy must be a member of the Junior Mensa! At least he should be sponsored.

Who cares what the hacks at the Daily News say. They are lagging behind the LAT anyway, which has already noted that the MAYOR is already a lame duck. (sorry Vladimir, this is democracy in action. Tell the J City News that your identity was a bust.)

September 19, 2006 12:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What did you do today to make LA better?

Your Mayor...

1. In Reversal, Waxman Seeks to Repeal Ban on Red Line Tunneling
In a boost for Red Line extension, Rep. Henry Waxman leads a campaign to reverse his 1985 measure. But many obstacles remain.
By Noam N. Levey
Times Staff Writer

September 19, 2006

WASHINGTON — Two decades after the federal government effectively blocked construction of a subway to Los Angeles' Westside, Congress is on the verge of clearing a major obstacle to the long-deferred project.

At the urging of Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), the House is expected Wednesday to repeal a ban on tunneling through West Los Angeles, a key step in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's drive to bring the Red Line from its current Mid-Wilshire terminus to the sea.

Senate approval is expected soon afterward.

"The progress of Mr. Waxman's legislation is great news for Los Angeles," the mayor said in a statement Monday, adding that it would "allow the city to renew its partnership with the federal government to reduce traffic congestion."

2. LOS ANGELES -- More than 2,000 homeless people living in Los Angeles will receive $100 million in financial assistance to find permanent homes, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday.

The funds come from the Los Angeles Housing Authority's Section 8 program, which focuses on helping families move from transitional housing and emergency shelters into permanent homes.

"Los Angeles has the ignominious distinction of being the homeless capital of the nation," Villaraigosa said. "Providing permanent housing for more than 2,000 families does not solve the crisis, but it will make a huge difference in the lives of these mostly women and children who can begin to stabilize their lives"


Villaraigosa also announced the creation of the "Skid Row Families Demonstration Project," a city-county collaboration to move 500 homeless families into neighborhoods away from downtown's Skid Row. The city will contribute $18 million, while the county will kick in $6 million for the program.

Last week, Villaraigosa announced that the Los Angeles Affordable Housing Trust Fund will receive a $100 million investment from the city for a second year in a row, with half of the funds going toward providing permanent housing for the city's homeless.

3. Gov. Signs Mayor's Dream Into Law
In a bill-signing ceremony at the Central Library, Villaraigosa fulfills a hard-fought goal: gaining clout over the city's public schools.
By Duke Helfand and Howard Blume
Times Staff Writers

September 19, 2006

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger handed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a much-anticipated prize Monday, signing a law that will give the mayor substantial control over the Los Angeles public schools.

Appearing together for a bill-signing ceremony at the Los Angeles Central Library, the officials said the change would bring new accountability to a system that fails students, teachers and parents.

"With this bill, the community will gain more control over its schools," Schwarzenegger told the audience packed into the children's reading room. "We will move graduation numbers up. We will move test scores up. And we will move our dropout rate down."

Villaraigosa, who was flanked by more than three dozen ministers, parents and politicians, called the effort to pass the bill the toughest political battle of his career, but added that it was only a beginning.

"Together we are standing up for the idea that we are all accountable for the state of public education in the city of Los Angeles," Villaraigosa said. "We all have a responsibility to lead this historic journey."


What did Zuma did today -- oh yeah he bought some soap.

September 19, 2006 1:02 AM  

Anonymous a_villar said:

Zuma Dogg is dividing America

September 19, 2006 5:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Absolutely disgusting to see Arnold schmoozing with the power-hungry ethno extremists Fabian and Villar. Then Mr. 1.4 GPA ordering the school board to "respect the will of the people" when he opted to bypass a public vote. I hope the school board fights this vigorously in court.

September 19, 2006 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would not have invited the existing school board either. Why would they invite people who do not want them to succeed, that would be like allowing party crashers to your party. Also, I did not vote for the Mayor, however lets not kid ourselves. The mayor and his people are clearly the winners in this election, wheather you or I think so or not. He has gotten far fast, including getting the governer to agree with his plan and sign Sept. 18,2006, did you vote for the Governer? All of this blogging does not change that. This is for real very very real, think about that. The only thing we can do to change the outcome is vote next time!

September 19, 2006 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

School Board had thier chance, its over for those do nothings, look at what they did with Belmont High School, NOTHING! I was also told that they threatened the last Old Women reamining on that property who would not sell to them. I am not a Villar fan, but I am sure glad Romer is out, also anyone but Nick Pacheco, let's really hope that the Mayors heart is in the right place for the sake of our children.

September 19, 2006 10:12 AM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

With Jessica's law in the works and unawares to many of us. I sincelrely and honeslty beleive that the skid row initiative to remove families has to do with Jessica's law.

The Jessica's law will make it very difficult for sex offenders , registered , sex offenders from living almost anywhwer in an urban environemnt.

By removing the children , these not for profit sros' in skid row could become the only place registered and no resistered sex offenders can live anywhere in los angeles.

September 19, 2006 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is never a good idea to seperate good parents from their children. For those of you who do not know what is up, they are seperating parents from thier children in the homeless areas because of all of the mentally ill who now live there, and the many sex offenders. Their are alot of families who live there for no other reason than a financial one. The Mentally ill and the sex offenders should be kept in an other facilty. Good parents and innocent children should not have to pay for the lack of budgeting by the city of Los Angeles. The situation is so unfair.

September 19, 2006 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Their are alot of families who live there for no other reason than a financial one. "

Thats not true at all. Very few families live in the area. Thats a lie made up by the people who advocate on behalf of the homeless because its an easy emotional picture that can easily be "sold" and advanced to society at large. This argument makes it easier to secure sympathy and funding.

This is why on any given morning you will see far more people waiting for buses at say 9th and Broadway or 7th and Main than at San Pedro and 7th or San Pedro and 5th. There are just as many people living in both areas, but the people more towards the historic core area are family people on their way to a job. The people in the skid row area are single recovering addicts who don't have children(or don't have custody of them).

September 19, 2006 12:38 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

Let me clarify this.

Families are going to be moved , not just the children.

I don't beleive families will be seperated.

September 19, 2006 1:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg you ain't nothing but a sucka. One day, ZD's gonna be walking down the street and catch a quick one from a real "G".

Zuma Dogg: "whut chu hit me fo', I'm the D-O double G?"

G1: "Cuz I can fool. Stop trying to represent something you ain't".
ZD: "but......"
G2: "but nothing cabron, shut the fuck up cuz you're fucking it up for everyboyd puto"
ZD: "where my shades at?"
G1: "and stop talking like you black cuzz fo' i take your ass to the projects and drop your monkey looking ass off there with the homies and let play with your punk ass"
ZD: "why ya'll messing with me?"
G2: "por que your maricon ese"
G1: "yeah, you's a punk and you better stop trying to say that you cool with my nigga Herb"
G2: "If you keep shooting off your mouth, we really gonna mess you up ay"
ZD: "but...(slap)"
G2: "take that fool"
G1: "damn, that sounded like Rick James slapping Charlie Murphy"

September 19, 2006 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well you might just be one of those poeple who puts that budget together, I can tell you havent been there, go there, 5th and St. Julian streets, you see the most horrible things there, the first thing I saw when i got there was one child pretending he was dead, and the other 2 children about 3 years of age checking through his pockets, that was their game. I saw business men in suites picking up prostitutes, and drug dealers selling for all to see. I know you have'nt been there! It's horrifying, for this to be happening in the richest country in the world, or is it now that our President has squandered our tax payer dollars.

September 19, 2006 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Our Mayor is doing a good job of that too.

September 19, 2006 11:50 PM  

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