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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

L.A. Times Endorses Pugliese Over Lauritzen And Galatzan For LAUSD District 3

The L.A. Times has joined yours truly in endorsing Louis Pugliese for the LAUSD School Board election in District 3. Let me quote:

"District 3: Louis Pugliese

"Incumbent Jon Lauritzen has spent far too much of his first term carrying UTLA's agenda, including his failed attempt to impose a moratorium on new charter schools. Villaraigosa's favorite for this seat, city prosecutor Tamar Galatzan, displays dismayingly little knowledge about the district and lacks a basic understanding of the appropriate role for the school board. She sees her legal expertise as one of her top qualifications for the job because she could ferret out problems in the district's many real estate contracts. That's the job of staff lawyers, not the school board.

"Pugliese, an independent candidate, is the best choice, though without major funding, his chances are slim. A teacher and teaching instructor, he understands how well-intentioned mandates from the central office can become busywork in the classroom, and he voices a refreshing interest in clearing up bureaucratic floundering."

When the L.A. Times and I both agree on the issue -- well, okay, it's never happened before -- but please, people, stop outsmarting yourselves, and start voting for the best candidate. The only way to make special interest money irrelevant is to stop giving it power over your vote.

Pugliese's website is named, aptly enough, SmartenUpLA.com. Visit it. The guy is the ONLY qualified non-crony in the race. Vote for him.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

one thing Walter, if we're talking about education:

the word dismayingly (you got my attention cause I never see it)is actually an adverb and as such should be attached to a verb. you have it attached to an adjective "dimayingly little...." when in fact it should be before the verb ie dismayingly displays little knowledge.......
doesn't change the fact, though.
all the kiddies who read this blog can take down that little note. you see the show "are you smarter than a 5th grader?"?

February 28, 2007 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter,
yes, this was a bold move for the "LA ANTONIA TIMES". Further they endorsed La Motte in District 1. But then revert back to their namesake moniker with their endorsement of Aguilar, Vladovic. Lets give the "OLD HAG ON SPRING STREET" credit for getting it half right. This is better than the "MOLDY GREEN SHEET" which swallow "HIS POLLONESS'S" kool-aid on all choices.

FREEDOM AND FREE ENTERPRISE

"RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14"

February 28, 2007 8:59 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Louis,

Congrats, my man! Triumphant indeed. That Galatzan must be even more inept that I initially thought. Here you have the Times endorsing two other mayor muppets, but not her? Hmmm...Hope all the discussion of Galatzan on Mayor Sam didn't hurt. Maybe it's just so obviously Galatzan is so wrong, it's one thing the whole City can agree with.

February 28, 2007 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Louis Pugliese said:

Yeah yeah, Y'all!!

February 28, 2007 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That could be it. Mayor or no mayor, puppet or not, Galtzan is probably one of the least qualified candidates to seek the school board since Roberta Weintrau or Bobbi Fiedler.

Shameful Galatzan's campaign is putting out rumors that Jon is anti-semitic.

February 28, 2007 10:15 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Anonymous --
This really is a big and good move for the L.A. Times, and the paper deserves credit and encouragement for endorsing the best candidate, regardless of his supposed odds of winning. And shame on the Daily News for failing even to disclose Pugliese's existence in its endorsement of another candidate!

Matt --
Since you tried to help me with my grammar and syntax, let me try to return the favor.

The use of quotation marks typically indicates that the words within those marks comes from someone other than the author. In this posting, you may notice, I was quoting the L.A. Times. When I quote someone, I do not put words in their mouth.

It would therefore be inappropriate and misleading for me to change their wording, even if they had mis-used an adverb.

Furthermore, an adverb may be used not just to modify a verb, but also an adjective and even another adverb. (See for example: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/esladjadv.html .)

Thank you, however, for trying to help me improve my writing.

Love,
Walter Moore
Former "Higly Qualified" English Teacher

February 28, 2007 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Galatzan is a rank amateur, Lauritzen is a union hack. We hope Louis can get the traction he needs in this short of time. Problem is there are no deep pockets to fund him.

February 28, 2007 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

well thank you. that is interesting. yeah, my bad, it was the LA times quote. not yours.
just the word dismayingly really twisted my head. its so obscure really.
for them to use it, it must be bad.
for Galatzan

February 28, 2007 11:32 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Not to worry. You were polite. Others would have begun with, "Wacko, you @##$% idiot! Don't you know adverbs can only modify verbs?!"

February 28, 2007 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

you never said if you saw that show on TV last nite. the first contestant was a college grad. but he struggled, used all his 5th grade lifelines, then left when his lifelines were gone, cause he was stumped by 'who was the first president impeached?' all the kids knew it.
I didn't either, but I do now. =)

February 28, 2007 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Dockweiler Mutt said:

Fucken Walter

Tamar is going to win. we've fixed it that way. deal with it puto.

February 28, 2007 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Possibly Anonymous said:

Yo, DMutt,

It's a PRIMARY.
51% for Tamar in the Valley? Nah. Not anymore.
Sorry dude- RUNOFF. You better start writing some more big checks quick- L is on the way. (hmmm-what does that mean?)

February 28, 2007 12:34 PM  

Anonymous West Valley Progressive said:

I'm surprised to be able to say it, but I agree with you Walter.

I notice that the Young Dems and all the local party organizations seem to falling in behind Galatzan and I'm 'dismayed' by it. People, this is a race for an education policy making position. Don't you want someone who knows about education? Galatzan has no experience in the field!

If you really believe what you say and think we need a change, how can you support Galatzan in good conscience? Pugliese is a former LAUSD teacher, a CSUN professor, and a holder of an advanced education degree. Seems like a no-brainer.

The local political hacks who support Galatzan are making it clear they've shut off their brains simply to curry favor with the Mayor. Shameful. We don't need a political machine, which, make no mistake, you're helping to create by indiscriminately supporting the Mayor's candidates. The education problem is too real not to support the qualified candidate. I agree with Walter.

February 28, 2007 3:17 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Thanks, and don't even worry about whether you're agreeing or disagreeing with me or anyone else.

Pugliese is the best person for the job, period.

Anyone who votes for a special interest "hack" merely on the theory that the best candidate "can't win" is GIVING the special interests control.

I'm never voting for "the lesser of two evils" again.

February 28, 2007 5:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You just have to wonder if the newspapers want a runoff in these races to sell more newspapers.

Their endorsements are irrelevant to people who study the candidates and vote.

February 28, 2007 6:01 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I hope Ed Burke is aware of these Young Repulicans who Galatzan's campaign team will be sending to the polls to vote.

February 28, 2007 6:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jon Lauritzen has been a teacher for over 33 years. I have found him to be scholarly, polite, honest, patient, reasonable, and more than willing to form collaborations with the City, County or any qualified partner to improve education. His wife is a retired special education teacher. His chief of staff, Ed Burke is a 30 year teacher who has demonstrated his comitment to our kids. Donna Smith is a former LAUSD Hign School Principal. These are people who care about students, open to genuine collaborations if they benefit students. Jon is not a union hack, AND, the truth is the little putz from the union did not support Jon, the teachers had to make their choice known for Jon to obtain the Union endorsement. Lauritzen is the most qualified by far, and has demonstrated integrity, and is in favor of educational improvement. Isn't Brewer a good choice? Aren't our test scores consistantly improving? Louis and Tamara have good intentions, and I believe integrity, however in this race there is but one qualified choice.

March 05, 2007 10:07 PM  

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