Dear Mayor Villagrosa, If you want to eliminate LAUSD school board, why don't you just say so. Sincerely, Zuma Dogg
To tell the mayor's side of the story (as it has been told to me by his ally), "Imagine taking office as Mayor of Los Angeles, you take a look at LAUSD, it's a complete disaster, and what would YOU do? Whatever the school board was doing, clearly wasn't working, and the mayor felt he had to do more to help the situation, because people were calling for school reform."
However, ZD feels (based on what he has heard) that the mayor didn't give a sh*t about LAUSD or the kids,until Eli Broad and Richard Riordan called Mayor Antonio on the Bat-phone and told him to take control of LAUSD, because there is over $20 billion in school construction money to be "mayorally controlled."
But, let's just keep looking at this from Tony's point of view: If indeed he DOES think the problem with students of LAUSD is the school board itself (and not over-crowded classrooms/not enough teachers, unsafe streets and other "outside" community factors that face students of the most economically challenged neighborhoods), then he WOULD want to effectively eliminate the LAUSD school board.
And that is what he is doing, with his protege, Assembly speaker, and mayoral candidate versus Zuma Dogg in '09, "Nucklehead" Nunez.
First with AB 1381,(zero percent about student achievement, one hundred percent about putting all the control, including $20 billion construction budget and all other LAUSD spending in the hands of one person, that the mayor and "nucklhead" nunez thought they could control); then by imposing staff limitations on boardmebers; by running to Eli Broad for money to back your own candidates for school board; and now people are saying you got rid of Tokofsky through some political tactic.
Well Inspector General Zuma Dogg will be watching to see which feeder schools you select under "mayor control" of LAUSD and it better have EVERYTHING with lowest performing schools (not just "low" performing as a weasel tactic) and not have ANYTHING to do with the over $20 billion in kids' school construction money.
It's bad enough Brewer can spend up to $250,000 on anything he wants without even having to notify anyone, and anything over $250,000, all he has to do is NOTIFY the school board, but they can't do anything about it/veto it. (And that's the person the mayor was upset he didn't have input into hiring.)
ZD says, "It ain't about kids, y'all...It's about over $20 billion in construction money, y'all. So if you have to eliminate the school board to grab it y'all...at least call it what it is.
But maybe the mayor is right, and the problem with our students IS the LAUSD school board. In that case, he's doing a great job of "neutering" the LAUSD school board, if not effectively eliminating it entirely. (Under AB 1381, all the school board is left with is writing school policy and negotiating with the unions.)
It should be hilarious watching the teacher's union pull a power play on the mayor, by striking, with the mess falling right into Brewer's political lap. Poor Brewer. I can see, however great a guy he is, he's got to deal with a bull in his china shop...the next Governor of California (unless he can cut a VP of USA deal first), Part-time Mayor of Los Angeles, part time LAUSD School superintendent of three feeder schools, Antonio Villagrossa.
And finally, Tony, Fabian, Brewer, LAUSD School Board (current members only), non-Antonio backed OR Antonio-backed City Council AND LAUSD candidates, Eli Broad, all City Hall/LA City staffers, Richard Riordan, KABC listeners, Mayor Sam readers (and maybe one or two Councilmembers) are invited to the ZD Holiday Karaoke Party THIS SUNDAY at Lava Lounge in Hollywood, on La Brea (8:30pm). www.LavaHollywood.com or leave message on my cell at (310)-928-7544. I'll call you back.