Update from Villaraigosa Meeting: It's all about control of $420 Million in LAUSD Money Like ZD Has Been Warning You About
Larry Frank (Deputy mayor for "Neighborhood Outreach" in charge of these B.S. propgandafests.) From: The meeting: Mayor V: Delivering Results For Los Angeles. Mid-term Community Check in.
Villaraigosa's Larry Frank announced to the crowd that because the work force money in the city has diminished, they are interested in $300 million in LAUSD workforce investment money to be used for skill centers. So that's part of what they are after with Villar-backed LAUSD school board. And, oh yeah...the $120 million in Community College workforce money, too.
The Workforce Investment Act money in 2000 was $120 million (from Fed and State). In 2006, it went down to $37 million. So Antonio is looking at the combined $420 million work force dollars to rake over his way.
But, Ooops...he did it again! There is nothing in the Charter for the mayor to involve himself in education. The State says you have to be part of LEA (Local Education Agency) -- the conduit to receiving State education funds.
So the City/Mayor's office would not qualify to receive this money. So that is his con job. This is a HUGE issue. It's breaking the State constitution. That's why AB 1381 was overturned in court by a judge. And now, he is trying to create his own laws, again. Trying to take away the vote and voice of the people.
The $420 million workforce money is separate state public school system money. That is not City/Mayoral control money. And then there's LAUSD land issues, since LAUSD is one of the largest land owners in the city. If he takes over LAUSD, he will control the land. (And with four board members, he basically got his AB 1381/mayoral control.)
BY THE WAY: Is it true the mayor's big community meeting only drew 10 people. Someone called ZD to say there were only 10 people in attendance compared to the 40 staffers from the mayor and councilmember offices. NICE OUTREACH MAYOR AND COUNCIL! PRETTY EFFECTIVE! NO ONE CAN ACCUSE YOU OF NOT DOING YOUR PART. Now spinners can say, "We can't help it if people don't care enough to show up." THERE ARE 9 MORE MEETINGS...Do you want ZD to get out there in the media and help you promote the meetings if that's the best result you are capable of producing?
Ten (10) people? Why not just go to the Venice Beach Boardwalk and stand in one of the spaces. The Invisible Man could draw more than ten people with his mouth closed. I will confirm and update later.
Click here, and see LAist.com coverage of ZD including in-depth ZD interview in serious political campaign talk.
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