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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Anti-Lauritzen Blog Gone: Was Tamar Involved?

Less than a day after we reported it, an anonymous hit blog targeting school board member Jon Lauritzen has been deleted from the web.

The blog sought to pin the blame for many of the LAUSD's woes against Lauritzen. The blog penned by "Possibly Jon Lauritzen" also received critical comments from a blogger dubbing themselves "Possibly Tamar Galatzan."

Sister City readers were awash in attempting to guess the identity of the anoynmous blogger with speculation running from the campaign of school board candidate Louis Pugliese to operatives working with Mayor Villaraigosa backed candidate, attorney Tamar Galatzan. Some of our readers alleged that Longtime Villaraigosa operatives Miguel Santiago or Daniel Tamm while others tried to finger Galatzan's campaign manager and former Sister City blogger Mike Trujillo. I contacted Trujillo earlier and he denied having anything to do with the blog.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Louis Pugliese said:

Mayor Sam-

I am fully and visibly on the ballot- not a write-in!
Though the Daily News made me disappear for a day- it didn't stick!

Louis

February 21, 2007 11:53 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Sorry about that Louis. My information was wrong. Do you wish to deny your involvement at this time?

February 21, 2007 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHAT Chief Faker resort to dirty campaign tricks and then LIE about his involvement?

NEVER . . .

I'd swear to that on a stack of

80 FAKE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES in CD14

started by Attention-Deficient Villaraigosa.

Chief FAKER has the proof they exist, and is going to post them on the MS blog 1750 hours ago (mas o meno) -- AND Mayor Sam vouched for them, as well (and endorsed ADV).

They're ALL honest as the day is long.

February 21, 2007 12:31 PM  

Blogger Possibly Jon Lauritzen said:

What?

I disappeared?

Where did I go?

Why haven't I attended any of the debates or forums?

My blog is much like me being held accountable for my actions.

non-existant!

Thanks Mayor Sam -- this was merely a tactic to prove that I am disapearing quickly from public thought.

February 21, 2007 12:43 PM  

Anonymous Possibly A Voter said:

When Tamar and her boys (and I don't mean the little blonde toddlers) stop playing games let us know.

In the meantime we will be voting for a grown-up Mr. Lauritzen.

We prefer people over puppets.

February 21, 2007 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And does anyone actually believe that Antonio (by way of Ace Smith and/or Mike Trujillo and/or Nathan James) is not responsible for this nasty stuff? C'mon, folks.....

February 21, 2007 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is no need to name names. We all know damn well that the people in charge of Tamar's campaign did the fucking blog.

Move on. She doesn't stand a chance in hell. Too many people are pissed off at the mayors takeover plan to ever vote for one of his candidates here.

Bye bye Tamar. Better luck in your council run. You are a virtual stranger to us. Good luck with your kids entering school in the fall. (you can always put them in private schools like you really want to when you lose)

So nobody cares if it was Trujillo, Miguel or Daniel. I would stay away from Daniel. Bad news there. Zero credibility in the valley.

February 21, 2007 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh yeah, and the thought of Ace Smith sitting at a fake blog makes me laugh. Sure, he's not too busy for that.

February 21, 2007 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

they mentioned us by name, I love that.....but does their lack of net savvy with the link help to narrow the list of perpetrators:

Possibly Jon Lauritzen said...
Another Sign of the Times Matt is that i want a 600% pay increase.

Matt, you and Zuma are more effective rabble-rousers than i am -- yet people want me to get a 600% pay increase.

I love it.

Read it here: www.lauritzenfiles.blogspot.com

February 20, 2007 4:40 PM


Matt Dowd said...
we also know how to set a hyperlink

February 21, 2007 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course it was Meat Trujillo. What an embarrassment he is! Tamar - did you know who you were getting into bed with?

February 21, 2007 1:57 PM  

Anonymous G. Vernon Bennett said:

If Tamar didn't know she's an idiot. Everyone knows how the Villaraigosa package deal works. Its like working with the Sopranos.

In my years I have seen some dumb moves in politics. This takes the cake.

February 21, 2007 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

so funny -- did anyone else see this post where possibly jon lauritzen kicked frown upside down's butt?

the best...


FROM SMILEY
"Possibly Jon Lauritzen said...that's cute. No really. Before we go any further, I've received two hit pieces from Tamar before I ever saw Mr. Lauritzen respond."

ANSWER-POSSIBLY JON LAURITZEN
You received two hit pieces did you??? Did they call into question (possibly) my voting record on important issues that valley voters care about?

Like…why did I do NOTHING to stop the downtown machine from continuing to grow?

OR why did I allow money to be funneled from classrooms to be used for WASTEFUL PARKING LOTS FOR BUREAUCRATS?

Now I wouldn’t call those “hit pieces” more like – factual evidence that voters should know about me before they go to the ballot box. Accurate-yes - Fair-absolutely!

Now I did respond – but you notice unlike the book reports I assigned years ago – there is no bibliography – in other words I don’t cite my work. My hit piece is based on a bad game of TELEPHONE. So bad in fact that it’s laughable and no one will believe it. But like my record suggest I sometimes do UNBELIEVEABLE things, like vote to cut valley magnet programs, increase class size and make sure we hire more bureaucrats than good teachers like yourself Mr. Smiley.


FROM SMILEY
"The video on You Tube is great also. Making it sound as if he were shirking his job when the man hasn't missed even one board meeting in his four years."


FROM POSSIBLY JON LAURITZEN
Yes I do like to attend downtown based meetings – A LOT. So much that I can’t even have my campaign schedule me in the valley anymore – I mean it is my reelection and voters deserve a chance to know what my education plan is for the next 4 years. But because I like DOWNTOWN so much – why come down to the valley?

I think my opponent was highlighting the fact that I have a 2 for 8 candidate forum participation rate (25%). Mr. Smiley I really don’t want to have to answer questions from informed voters like yourself in the evenings when these organizations set up their very civic-like candidate forums, it’s local democracy at its best, but ignoring it all is the route I want to take. Mr. Smiley I’d much rather be in downtown – which is what the You Tube post was about, I think.


FROM SMILEY
"As far as accusing him of taking money from people, there's a credibility factor here. Tamar, if she ever got her nose out of the Rear End of the current mayor is still sleeping with one of the biggest lobbyists in the City.

No, she is literally sleeping with the President of VICA one of the largest lobbying organizations in the city! Ok fine, nothing illicit here, she married the guy, but still, he's the head of an organization that says in its mission statement that they "define, promote and advocate the agenda of its business community."


FROM JON LAURITZEN
Mr. Smiley let me clear up one thing for you. IT IS PUBLIC RECORD WHAT I SAID, and then I DID THE OPPOSITE. I AM A HYPOCRIT. I don’t think the question has been asked of my opponent, but how would I know I never attend any of the forums anyway.

As for my opponents husband – let me give you a little history lesson on why the K-12 system was set up.

Over 100 years ago Mr. Smiley our society was transitioning from an eguarian society to a more industrialized one. A society that was creating more manufactured items to ship out across the world. So as Americans left the farm for the assembly line we needed a more educated workforce to hold down these more complicated jobs.

You understand that across the Great Plains and from Coast to Coast before the GOVT set up free public education, it was the business community that forced our govt’s hand in offering this service. That is how the K-12 education system was born, and in a nod to our eguarian roots we ended schooling during our harvest season as a great education compromise.

Now Mr. Smiley we are at another education crossroads, we are leaving the industrial age and moving into an information technology era where the jobs are much more complicated and we need to revamp our workforce to hold down these more complicated jobs.

Do you know who is going to lead the way locally? Places like VICA and our vibrant chamber organizations that need a more educated workforce so we can keep middle class jobs in Los Angeles. So yes Mr. Smiley – my opponents’ husband is actually part of the historical reason why people like you and I have jobs – the business community advocated on our behalf to exist. So a good k-12 system is part of their agenda – done, simple, point (to possibly) me Jon.

But because you are blinded by my greatness you may have missed or overlooked this important historical factoid.


FROM SMILEY
I am a teacher and a parent. When given the choice of having a teacher or a lawyer serve the best interests of my children and students, to me that's a no-brainer.


FROM JON LAURITZEN
Me too! I think you should pick the trained prosecutor. Mr. Smiley have you actually ever seen my daily agenda on a normal board meeting?

57% of my agenda for the last 3 years has dealt with very legally complicated real-estate matters.

18% of my agenda for the last 3 years has dealt with very legally complicated contracts (and oversight) with vendors, unions, and other law firms.

11% of my agenda for the last 3 years has had to deal with very legally complicated disciplinary issues that are sensitive in nature and in negotiation.

10% of my agenda for the last 3 years has had to deal with very legally complicated budget items and other expenditures that are required by either federal or state law.

4% of my agenda for the last 3 years has had to deal with other non-legal agenda items where people like ME can actually understand what they are without the aid of others.


FROM SMILEY
All of your smear tactics will not work. How anyone can support someone so ill-qualified for this critical position is beyond me.


FROM POSSIBLY JON LAURITZEN
Mr. Smiley I couldn’t agree more. The smear tactics on this website on my behalf have made me chuckle, but I REALLY AM NOT QUALIFIED to sit on this board. It’s beyond me how you WOULDN’T vote for Tamar Galatzan.

Yes I am possibly Jon Lauritzen and I want you to vote for Galatzan.

February 21, 2007 2:59 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen (removes hat and bows low):

Sots, have you ever played with a Rubik's cube? What happens when all the colours line up and the cube becomes one? The game is over, savvy? Monies earmarked for Don Jose's race will now flow into this one for some damage control; only it got legs and got loose. Oh bugger, I hate it when my tuppence roll where they not meant to.

If I were a betting man, I would say that certain phantom IE accounts would kick in right about now for various candidates, savvy?

February 21, 2007 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Ralph Williams said:

Do you know who is going to lead the way locally? Places like VICA and our vibrant chamber organizations

BA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

Have you ever met with any of these Valley (or LA for that matter) Chamber types or VICA folks? Not a whole lot of brain power there.

They make Jack Kyser look like Stephen Fucking Hawking.

February 21, 2007 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And, of course, the head (if that is the appropriate body part?) of VICA is none other than Tamar Galatzan's husband? and before going to VICA, he was a staffer at L.A. Chamber....

February 21, 2007 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good one, Ralph

February 21, 2007 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

well, if this blog is at all representative, the mayor's plans look a lot like a snowball in hell

no chance

February 21, 2007 7:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And LA Chamber endorsed Tamar. So incestous.

February 21, 2007 8:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If that's the case, my company is out of the Chamber.

February 21, 2007 9:42 PM  

Blogger Smiley said:

Smiley Responds.

Sorry for the delay in responding to the previous post. I was busy making phone calls for Mr. Lauritzen. Managed to bring 5 Tamar voters out of the shadows and into the light. I seriously hope Mr. Lauritzen wins by 5 votes. Ok, I actually hope he wins by thousands of votes, but five would be especially sweet.

To the young man who brazenly goes by the name anonymous, I offer this response. Wisdom and experience matter. Institutional memory it can be called. After a lifetime of working in a classroom with too many students, not enough resources, and being degraded by amateurs, one develops a certain world view. All that matters in education takes place in the classroom. As a teacher, Mr. Lauritzen was responsible for creating the best learning environment for his classroom. As a board member he is responsible for the classrooms of every child in this district.

When he votes, he votes on how it would affect the classrooms. Not just his, or his daughter’s, but all of them. Did he vote to up the class size of the magnets? Yes, magnet classrooms have a 30 to 1 ratio in secondary. Most other classes have ratios of 36.4 to 1. Except PE classes, they are at like 50 to 1.

Institutional memory means that you do the least harm possible when tough choices need to be made. The 50,000 kids in magnets got 1 more kid in their classrooms. The 650,000 benefited from that decision. A teacher understands what one more body in the classroom means. Prosecutors don’t. Or is there really no crisis in the prision system?

I am so very pleased that you brought up the parking lot issue. It lets me use the way-back machine. Go watch an episode of Bullwinkle for that reference. A long time ago in a nighmare far away, there was an evil wizard who had the initials of Eli Broad.

LAUSD had a perfectly fine headquarters at 450 N. Grand. Since you seem to be into history here’s a tidbit. It was built on top of a old blacksmith’s shop where the good citizens of Los Angeles used to stage their public hangings. Something a prosecutor should be fond of.

Along comes Mr. Broad. He convinces the old mayor’s muppet, Caprice Young that the district really needed to move to a bright and shiny building called Beaudry. At the old hanging site would emerge a beautiful new fine arts magnet to be designed by an architect of Mr. Broad’s choice. He even volunteered to pay for the design.

The public was however, lied to. Ms. Young touted the move of district headquarters to Beaudry as a solution to the over-crowding at Old Belmont High School. Ms. Young told us how everyday, thousands of students are bused out of the Belmont area to schools as far away as West Hills. Moving the HQ would allow a couple of thousand to get off the buses.

So, the district bought Beaudry. Turns out that Mr. Broad and his friends had a sizable investment in the property and received million upon completion of the sale. In one of her last acts as President of the Board, Caprice Young garnered a decision of a lame duck board to christen 450 N. Grand into a fine arts magnet.

When she moved the HQ to Beaudry, no consideration was given to where employees would park. Yes, Mr. Lauritzen voted to fund parking for district employees. What else was he to do? Where is it that Ms. Galatzan thinks they should park their cars?

Ms. Galatzan seems to be very quick to point out problems, but where are her solutions? She said "I'm open to anyone's ideas and suggestions right now." (Daily News 1/11/07) She said this while standing in front of Mayors Riordan and Villagaigosa.

Last point for tonight, I’m tired. Yes schools were built around the agrarian calendar. Yes it is antiquated and probably needs to be changed. That’s why Mr. Lauritzen propsed moving the start of school to early August two years ago. It was wildly unpopular and it was an issue that I fought against strongly.

Mr. Lauritzen had the courage to propose something that he knew would be unpopular but beneficial to the kids. In the end however the public was not ready to move on this. Institutional Memory, it takes 4 votes to pass change on this board.

Ms. Glatzan, has no institutional memory of education. She has no world view of what a classroom is like, no basis to make sound judgements, no background. The people who sit on the board of education should be dedicated to curing the ills of the classroom. To creating an envioronment where learning can flourish.

I trust experience, and the most valuable experience in understanding the needs of a classroom, is to have been a student, parent, and teacher within the context of the classroom.

I’m tired and I’m going to bed, if you want me to, I’ll address the other issues tomorrow evening.

One last thing young man. The word you were searching for is agrarian, not eguarian. Another blogger could, and possibly will comment on your education, or the system you were trained in. Spelling however, is not that important, you conveyed your meaning. You are to be commended.

February 21, 2007 11:10 PM  

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