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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Zuma Dogg Meets New LAUSD School Board and Steve Barr of Green Dot (Kinda the same thing?!?!)

Zuma Dogg has been talking about LAUSD since a little over a year now, since AB 1381 first came through LA City Council chambers for a vote Mayor Villaraigosa needed to send his mayoral takeover plan up to Sacramento (which eventually became AB 1381).

And it's been countless hours not only on City TV 35, but most the radio on Mark "Mr. K Germain's (old) KABC show, and now on his K-Talk 1150 show warning about concerns with the mayor's shady AB 1381 bill, and now shady takeover of the LAUSD school board through his 4 out of 7 majority. (And it appears as though Marlene Kanter will be cooperating with the other four, on certain occasions.)

One thing was pretty clear by reading the annunal order of business and by attending yesterday's meeting: The four mayoral backed boardmembers are there to keep Superintendent David Brewer on a tight leash, and not really let him take charge and do it his way.

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Dr. Richard Vladovick appears to be the CM Parks of the bunch (fiscalist), but didn't attack Brewer, too hard, on an issue he challenged; and Brewer ended up getting the flexibility he needed on the issue.

It's obvious though, that Yoli Flores Aguilar is the "bad cop" in the mayor's camp, who appeared to be reading a speech of a piece of paper in front of her. And it sure did sound exactly like the stuff ZD has heard out of mayoral spin doctors (some seen here on this blog). Hilarious. And as soon as she came off the page, she tanked.

Then, this rookie boardmember (Yoli Flores Aguilar), decides to start pushing around Superintendent Brewer, hollering how there's waste and beuracracy to find the money she was demanding.

Hey Yoli...chill out, babe. We all know LAUSD is a black-hole of waste and beuarcracy: But your second meeting is not time to start looking like you are the enemy of the school board. You gotta work on your diplomacy. A little PR panashe.

I mean Yoli, take a look what I said. I had a lot more to say, and everyone has heard me say it on radio, tv and blog. But that was my first meeting, so I didn't go in blazing like my 50th Council meeting. You are only on your second meeting. So chill babe! You're being devicive.

Meanwhile, the future does NOT look good for LAUSD for all the reasons I feared a year ago on Mr. K's show. You basically have a Brady Bunch situation. Two famlies thrown together and told to play nice in the sandbox.

But they are deciding to play "tug of war". What you have is the previous three members of the school board (and probably David Brewer) who are towing the teacher's union line (pulling UTLA's side of the rope); while you have the other four members on a mission to take the ball out the failing LAUSD hands. (Sorry when I say "failing", that DOES seem to be the perception.)

That's where mi amigo Steve Barr comes in. One of the big issues at LAUSD was Locke in Watts, that was there for approval of a first time Charter partnership between a private operator (Green Dot) and LAUSD.

This deal is different because it's not just LAUSD approving a Charter School for Barr's Green Dot to operate. At Locke, we are talking a "partnership" between the Broad/Gates backed "public school" operator and LAUSD.

I asked Barr if Charter's are a better idea because they can produce better results for the same amount of money (or less money) because they don't have the beauracy of LAUSD, isn't teaming up with LAUSD dragging down the efficeincy, right off the bat?

Barr says his goal is to help LAUSD learn how to operate like a Charter themselves. Teaching them his model and tricks of the trade. So instead of just giving LAUSD some sushi, he wants to teach them how to fish.

And Barr says he is perfectly willing to work with LAUSD in any capacity in helping the school board operate more like a Charter. (Which is supposed to be more efficently operated.)

AND, I was fortunate to be able to walk over to Green Dot offices, just down the street from LAUSD (temporary headquarters only) and I got to see the whole operation. And I must say, it does look pretty steal. Looked a lot like the radio stations I used to work at. And the small staff of employees ran about 10 schools out of the office.

Now, ZD has blogged and shouted about his concerns with the charter movement regarding the $20 billion construction and facilities budget and the "front-end loaded" management contracts that allows way too much of the money to be skimmed off the top, the way people are concerned Charters are skimming all the top students off the LAUSD crop.

However, ZD does feel, even if a CERTAIN amount of the money is falling off the truck in the proccess, if Charter operators are able to raise the API scores; then I guess it can't be any worse than the money being wasted by the public LAUSD.

See, Charters fall into that catagory of "taking public money and handing it over to the private sector through non-profit groups. But they are not required to fill out a form 700 and there is no accountability.

Now here are a few problems I see with Charters, besides previously mentioned issues.

Now Green Dot HAS proven to go into some pretty challenging districts and improve API scores. (Especailly in reading. Math seems to be harder to catch students up to par with once kids are at the high school level. So Green Dot hopes to open some middle schools to start teaching math earlier.) Point is, if ZD is not mistaken, Steve has gone into some pretty tough districts and improved the situation.

So now Eli Braod and Bill Gates have invested in Green Dot. And Barr has a long history with ZD's amigo Antonio V, of the 213. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay too long of a history for the comfort of some of ZD's LAUSD mentors. But you can't turn back time, Steve Barr has ten schools; he has the knowlegable David Tokofsky working with him; and yeah...Although Green Dot isn't the only Charter operator out there, isn't it kinda the mayor's prefered vendor? Of course.

So with the relationship with the Mayor's office, Broad and Gates (and whoever else) backing his effort; I think Green Dot wants to open about 100 charter schools in the LAUSD district.

Only problem is where are they going to build them? All the existing (already built) space is taken up by commerial owners like Cushman-Wakefield, or whoever. So it's always easier and cheaper to build a new school, I guess.

So if there isn't enough space to build a hundred new schools (500 students per school), look for a bunch of people to start losing their homes under Eminent Domian, if Green Dot is able to "max-out".

Now, maybe they should be able to take the ball and run with it, because everyone knows it's easier and cheaper to buy a new tv, than to fix a broken one. So the mayor, barr, four board members (and everyone who wears their color tshirts) feels LAUSD and their status quo teachers union need to be stripped of the ball.

Now some folks do not like the way the mayor's team (and Nucklehead Nunez' team) played ball during AB 1381 and during the board elections. (Where mayor spent millions of privately raised dollars from people pending aprovals on some pretty big projects with the city.)

But as far as the Mayor, Barr, Broad, Riordan, Nunez and anyone else who wanted COMPLETE mayoral takeover, if not this watered down version: You can't argue that they needed an intervention. And Charter schools SHOULD be able to do the job better because they can have smaller classroom sizes, more attention to the student, less beuracracy and all that.

And the reality is, you ain't gonna fix LAUSD this way. It's a tug-of-war, I think Brewer is the greatest and I wish I could go with him, but there's way too much beuracracy and diviciness and the direction is heading to Charters.

So here are some concerns:

* If Green Dot wants to do a hundred schools, is the community gonna roll over when homes have to be taken. (Tenant displacement)

* There are MANY different Charter operators. You got Green Dot and you got Semilla. So like any industry, bad competition gives the whole industry a bad name. Here's the concern. If you have a hundred Charter schools with a hundred different operators, how do you control the uniforminty and standards? At that point, it's all about the API. But then, you better make sure every single Charter is re-approved each year based on one thing and one thing only: API scores. And if you miss them "X" amount of years in a row...ADIOS!

* Charters are paid by per student attendance. So if you have problematic kids in some of these Charters, they are not disciplined or kicked out because it means less money to the school operator. So they don't crack down on problem kids at some of the shadier Charters.

But overall, as concerned as ZD is about taking public money and handing it over to private non-[rofit operators who are not required to fill out a Form 700, and all the conflicts ZD has expressed concern and proof of regarding Charters, and the "front-end loaded" management contracts concerns (that skims too much off the top, and you have Belmont Part Infinity.

HOWEVER, ZD does feel after meeting Steve Barr of Green Dot that the guy believes in what he is doing, believes he has the plan and can replicate it. And he has the leadership qualities to move it forward and have people like Bill Gates and Eli Broad support you.

My computer time is about to end. And that's a great place to end this starting point thread about LAUSD.

Looks like it's gonna be a tug of war between the mayor's team and the teachers union. With the union supporters trying to defend a guerilla warfare attack by Villaraigosa's team. And ZD says LAUSD is going down. Next step, with more students going to Charters, the mayor's team will want to cut LAUSD administration budget accordingly.

AND WHY DOES ZUMA DOGG THINK THIS VIDEO SHOWS THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION. (Medium, not content) I hope to bring more of this to LAUSD and Charters.

http://operator11.com/shows/3291/episodes/13540

zumadogg@gmail.com

32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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August 29, 2007 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://www.greendot.org/delahoya/

This is a great example of what a Green DOT charter school is capable of, it also doesn't hurt if you have multi-millionaire boxing champion who is a benefactor who donates money and helps publicize the school to attract good teaches.

If these hard working students were in classes with low achievers, problem kids, and gang bangers they would not be an environment which allows them to achieve at the level they do. The students and parents have to sign a contract with the school and not miss class, parent involvement etc.

August 29, 2007 7:47 PM  

Blogger Smiley said:

I wonder if THEY can pay their employees on time?

I'm not sure if Charters can really make the difference, being free from the bloat that is LAUSD has got to help, but I'm leery of any organization out to make a buck on the taxpayer's dime.

I'm still intrigued by Mayor V's suggestion that Beaudry be downsized to under 100 employees. I really think that this is where cost savings need to start.

Duffy, in his speech to the board, reminded them of how often they are not being given good information on issues that need to be decided. Brewer's assessment of BTS was decidedly upbeat, with no real cause to be other than that's I'm sure what he's being told.

There is one big downside to a constantly changing School Board, no institutional memory. The road to BTS looks very familiar, it's the same tact taken to justify continued expenditures on Belmont. "Everything is almost fixed, just a little more money...Just a little more money....Just a little....."

Look, even a first year teacher can tell you how to increase achievement dramatically. Reduce class size to 20 to 1 across the board. We will turn out brilliant students, but that ain't happening.

So how about letting us remove disruptive kids from our classrooms when they stand in the way of learning.

The Principal at my school is great. Supports us in the classroom 100%. Removes and suspends students who habitually cause havoc in our rooms. Our test scores have consistently gone up and we have met all State goals for performance.

How was he rewarded for this stellar performance? He had to send representative down to the district and take classes on how not to suspend so many students.

And if the kid was special ed, then watch out. No suspension, no discipline, no nothing.

When they give me 40 kids, and I can't remove the truly disruptive ones, who don't care about their grades or anything I can do to them, then the other 38 or 39 won't learn.

Simple as that. I become nothing more than a traffic cop in the classroom.

If Charters can offer me a way around the state laws that mandate such actions, then bring them on.

Until then, let's give the Charters some time, but so far I'm not seeing it.

It's easy to spoof a test score, let's see how their graduates fare in the world.

August 29, 2007 8:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Aguliar is going to try and step on Brewer's D..K. She is on a mission and it's to obtain total ethnic control. I have seen her in action. She is charming on the outside, you would never suspect unnder her pleasant appearance lives the Junta Babe.
She is on a mission,
Junta, Junta, Junta. Z

August 29, 2007 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey readers go to L.A.Weekly's interview with Steve Barr where that elequent, classy, role model, refers to Duffy as a "pig fucker".

really, couldn't make this up. Not a believer, someone provide a link.

(Barr thinks out of the box)

August 29, 2007 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IN FIVE YEARS the villanistas will have made so many people so much money from the school building $$ they will be set. Even if AV loses the Mayor's race next up, he still has the Big Power that comes with total control of the school board, and the real power, so much money it really cant be audited. (and if it is it's incompetance, not fraud) People don't go to jail for incompetance, they are admonished not to do it again. True, or no?

August 29, 2007 9:01 PM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

You guys just start blabbering before you analyse the fool's post.

Majority, means majority. We are here in America where majority rules.

The people voted for this so let's let them govern and see what happens.

Singing and dancing, clowning and blogging will not deter them from their path.

They have a plan, and they will execute it. And Brewer will follow it, or he will be fired. That's how it works, Dum Dum.

They set policy; he executes THEIR policy, not his.

Grow up and learn something about civics. Your are tedious in your utter lack of knowledge about simple things.

August 29, 2007 9:13 PM  

Blogger Officer Malloy said:

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August 29, 2007 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, Oh.

The whining defeated crybaby loser is deleting posts again.

What about OUR two minutes, to say anything WE want, Mr. Timewaster?

August 30, 2007 4:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor Camp is getting worrying about a possible rematch with Hertzberg. My sources are telling me that the Mayors people conducted a poll focusing on 1,400 voters citywide 100 per district, and the results are the following:

The Mayor 50%

Hertzberg 46%

margin of error 4%

The Poll also reveals that Mayor support among three key groups is up for grabs:
Valley "White Voter"
African American Voter have lost confidence in the Mayor.
Women Voters in Particular.

August 30, 2007 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why hasn't a reporter asked the Mecha Boy cholo Mayor why he's hiding his mistress? She hasn't been to one event with him. Dumb bimbo puts up with that crap only shows she has no class and puts up with Antonio's aggressive abusive tone with women.

LA Slimes reports on Huizar's stopping illegals from having cars impounded but FAILS TO ASK HIM QUESTIONS ABOUT CORRUPTION at Housing Authority in Estrada Courts and Grande Vista and his ex employee Gustavo. BOYCOTT BOYCOTT that piece of trash paper.

ZUMA ATTENTION: Ask your boy in CD14 who I heard was at the meeting last night where Antonio's lapdog Abrigail showed up to LIE to the community about Antonio's partnership with LAUSD. There is a group of mothers and parents pisssed off at Antonio cause he's lying. They put out a press release telling of the corruption of what they're saying about the kids at Roosevelt yet the local media is failing to report there are parents against his takeover. Antonio's people had the kids sign petitions without parents approval that lied. Inner City Struggle the radical idiot group of kids with no minds of their own is supporting Antonio. These kids hate gov't and law enforcement but support Antonio, go figure. Channel 2 Laura Diaz got the press release and is failing to report the truth. ZUMA please get to the bottom of this issue since you have been the only one setting the record straight.

August 30, 2007 7:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tell your sources and the Mayor he's wasting his time. Those numbers are bullshit. Antonio is so low in the polls for job performance why doesn't he put those numbers out? I hear the Mayor is done like a cold turkey. Latina women can't stand him and the blacks are upset with all politicans for supporting the illegals who have taken over their communities and are here breaking the law. Not one word about that. Clinton's people have told Antonio NOT to help campaign cause they know he'll hurt her with women and blacks. Notice he hasn't done shit to help her yet?

This is from LA Slimes interview with AV. You can tell this loser Mayor has no education.
....I can't speculate on that, I couldn't tell you if I have clout or not; I'll tell you I have the energy and the passion. I walk in here and I see all of you, some of you have written, some of you haven't, on things about me including my personal life, and you see me look you in the eyeball, and move ahead. I an very committed to this process, I'm passionate about these schools. And you're going to see me apply the same passion, the commitment that I have done to everything I've done in my public life. I can't tell you though that I have X amount of, you know, capital or not, I can only tell you I intend to move ahead as if I did.

August 30, 2007 7:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD again?? Well, its a great, money-saturated political football for the corrupt in power. It's a toilet ... flush already! Just two words:

Bell Curve

Uh-oh!! THAT ought to get the comments flying!!

August 30, 2007 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Comments flying? On a Zuma post?
Are you nuts?

All the smart guys have left to read Mailander and Mayor Sam; what's left here is an occassional look in by us, and a bunch of butt boys for ZD.

This thread is going nowhere, like Zuma.

August 30, 2007 8:42 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

to read Mailander and Mayor Sam ?

lol....they'll be back

the schools are our future. if you don't care now, then don't ever complain in the future.

it quite possibly is THE BIGGEST ISSUE in the City because this current move with charters signifies the shift of emphasis from Public to Private!

every city employee should be sweating it out every time any board hands over control to a private entity.

and then just watch some jobs disappear (yolie calls it 'fat'), when they have to find $35m by next Tuesday, to pay for the health scheme they just hatched.

not good business, and I emphasize this, TO COMMIT TO SOMETHING WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM!!!!!!!!!

that's what they did. the new school board.

apparently JM and MS don't see the massive precedent this action sets. tell me the $35m is not going to 'vendors' and I'll back down.

I'm saying this will not be the last time Admiral Brewer has to go in and 'find' money.

and I think Marlene Canter is far from compromised if at all. after that meeting she must be fuming.
the sparks will continue to fire, no doubt. stay tuned.

August 30, 2007 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio wants to get his hands on the $20 MILLION the two schools he oversees gets. Corruption at the highest level yet not even David Z who we all had high hopes for at LA Slimes reports the fraud. C'mon David do your homework and investigate all the mothers against Antonio taking over Roosevelt.

August 30, 2007 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only Mothers Against Antonio are Matt and Zuma.

The two insecure crybaby defeated losers.

Nice night in the van, boys? You're up early, aren't you?

August 30, 2007 10:31 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

7:10am, thanks!
4:42 am, you idiot. I didn't delete that post. can't you EVER be right?

August 30, 2007 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Comments flying? On a Zuma post?
Are you nuts?

All the smart guys have left to read Mailander and Mayor Sam; what's left here is an occassional look in by us, and a bunch of butt boys for ZD.

This thread is going nowhere, like Zuma

**************************

Oh, you mean the smart comments about gay illegal aliens in the bathrooms at Home Depot.

Yes the mental giants are all over Mayor Sam's posts.

August 30, 2007 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

None of the media is being fair and reporting this side of the issue.


LOS ANGELES PARENTS UNITE TO OPPOSE MAYORAL CONTROL OF EAST LOS ANGELS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Parents united at an East Los Angeles elementary schools to publicity decry the impending takeover by Mayor Villaraigosa of Roosevelt High School and the schools that comprise its feeder pattern. The press conference addressed the exclusion of parents and teachers throughout the process and parents expressed a complete lack of confidence in the Mayor’s ability to operate their schools. Parents asked community leaders and LASUD policy makers to intervene their public schools and city hall

LAUSD parents stated that Villaraigosa’s intention to begin the academic year as his planning year for Roosevelt High School is an attempt to retrofit his plans as a community based, teacher-wanted effort. In 2006, Villaraigosa pushed through California State Assembly Bill 1381 to give power over the district funds and the schools to the Los Angeles Mayor and to take power from the elected School Board members. The law Assembly Bill 1381 was overturned December 21, 2006 by the Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs.

East Los Angeles community resident Laura Flores says “The courts have denied him authority, and teachers have denounced this effort and even after we the parents, have opposed his governance of our schools, Villaraigosa is helping himself to whatever schools he wants through his bought and paid for LAUSD school board majority.

LAUSD parent Petra Villanueva says that leaders should focus their efforts on providing solutions to the overcrowding issue, such as moving the already functioning small learning communities to satellite locations, or getting a strong experienced principal to operate the school. Villanueva cautions “We the parents and students who will be most affected will be left holding the bag when the Mayor’s trial run at our schools is over.

Contact:” Petra Villanueva 323-488-0014

August 30, 2007 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mental giants aren't on Mayor Sam either, since he supports zuma. They are both feeling the loss of valuable comments. Left with their I Hate Mexicans and the Mayor rants crowd.

Kind of like those socalled Mothers Against Antonio. Where were they when their kids started to fail? The school is a bottom performer because their kids have fallen behind. Guess they \\\\\\\\/////////

August 30, 2007 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica Garcia "we need the improve the SERVICE MODEL" what about the academic model and behavior expection model. It will be a different take on the inablement of Bi-lingual Ed.

Parents at Roosevelt are against MAV. They have it with him. They are also mad at Jose Huizar for his strong alignment with Inner City Struggles a left wing-organization. Parents are upset at how it used the kids to sing petitions. They have no ethics and the parents are upset.

August 30, 2007 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know how to solve the LAUSD problems in qick fashion.

DEPORT all the illegal aliens in the schools, I do NOT pay my taxes to educate illegal aliens from Mexico.

Do we send our tax dollars to pay for schools in India, then why should we pay taxes to educate kids from other schools.

August 30, 2007 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is not ONE single decent middle or high school anywhere on the west side. Not one, to serve the people who have to subsidize this mess. The one exception used to be Pali High and its feeder school Paul Revere, but now even if you move to the local area for those schools, your kids are not likely to get in because they're white. They bus in the kids from all over the city instead, including the illegals. What a joke LAUSD is. The only reason to care about this issue is because we do have to pay for it anyway, even if our kids can't use the schools. So at least stop more of the waste.

August 30, 2007 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another one bites the dust. Huizar has lost yet another employee. Does anyone know why does Huizar hire gay guys?

August 30, 2007 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:35 PM

Oh, the ones who "left" ... are they the geniuses who are trying to plan a city without dealing with the problem of a huge population of people who are massively adding to the density problems, resource usage problems, traffic problems, crime problems, deterioration problems, employment problems, housing problems, etc., etc., WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PREMISES, thereby SOLVING AND ALTERING VERY, VERY SUBSTANTIALLY A NUMBER OF THE PROBLEMS THEY ARE PLANNING FOR??

These geniuses would rather ignore the "Mexican problem" and just leave it there to suck and drain away ... and then have the nerve to take a condescending attitude when THEY are the ones taking the blind and stupid approach?? Why??

Just for openers, with them gone, the LAUSD problem would be a very different one to deal with and plan for - and a whole lot less expensive ... and that is only one of a whole lot of problems that would be dealt with and planned for very, very differently!

So, excuse me, but if the "geniuses" have left because they are too dim to figure out what the real problems are, or are too evil or greedy to even acknowledge it, then I must say that their "genius" status must be brought heavily into question!

August 30, 2007 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is bullshit and we need to speak out about the illegals using our tax dollars to continue protesting use up our city resources. Again, no damn reporter wants to report how much money every time these idiots gather is costing the city. Who has the guts to report the facts and not one council member is speaking out. Where is Laura Chick on this.

Immigration reform activists are scheduling a new round of protests and boycotts, with a large demonstration planned for Downtown Los Angeles on Sep. 12.

August 30, 2007 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...
Another one bites the dust. Huizar has lost yet another employee. Does anyone know why does Huizar hire gay guys?

Answer: Sure, he's trying to get ZD and Matt to apply...

August 30, 2007 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar is more comfortable surrounded by "men" he considers to be less than himself. Huizar is managed by his ego; name on every event, placards and awards to everyone; etc. If the Mexican Mafia finds out about Huizars "brothers" they wont be happy.

August 30, 2007 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD quit wasting our money on schools for illegal aliens, the solution to so many problems is simple send the illegal aliens home.

We build new schools for illegal aliens, we give them free health care at county run hospitals. we have a Mayor and City council kissing their asses what the hell is wrong with our elected officials.

Next we will have the Mexican government passing laws for California.

August 30, 2007 6:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar has lost over 13 employees since he's taken office. They say he's the worst to work for and many of them can sue for a hostile work environment. He makes them work til really late at night, weekends, doing stuff for others like Antonio's school projects and they get fed up and leave. No one can name a damn thing he's done for his district except support illegals. The district looks like Tijuana with trash, illegal vendors, graffitti and Huizar DOES NOTHING. People who have no integrity or ethics don't mind seeing the blight cause they grew up in filth. That's HUIZAR

August 31, 2007 6:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm a leftist type who likes the ideology of Inner City Struggle, but, what have they achieved? They say there aren't enough AP classes at Garfield and Roosevelt, but are there more today? Smart kids still get screwed. ICS ended up working with the powers to make the new high school happen, and now, they're in the mayor's pocket.

August 31, 2007 11:41 AM  

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