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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Big Win for Villaraigosa Pending at LAUSD; All Eyes on Martinez Vote

UPDATE: LA Times: The Los Angeles Board of Education voted today to open up 250 schools, including 50 new multimillion-dollar campuses, to outside charter operators and others. The move came after a nearly four-hour debate on a 6-1 vote, with board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte opposing.

You read it hear first at Mayor Sam's Blog where we report the news before it happens.

A potential major win for Mayor Villaraigosa in his efforts to wield influence over the Los Angeles Unified School District and present his vision of school reform is currently in the works as the LAUSD school board is about to vote to pass the controversial School Choice Resolution. While this is a significant victory for the Mayor, it's a devastating setback to the UTLA Teachers Union. UTLA President AJ Duffy has called the plan "the privatization of public education."

The plan will allow private operators to take over about a third of all LAUSD schools. Key to it's feature is a process that allows parents to decide how their campus would be run and who will operate the school including allow private operators to manage the school. Villaraigosa and his supporters feel offering this choice will make schools more competitive and improve performance.

While our sources tell us that the plan will pass later Tuesday afternoon with a solid majority, insiders are saying all eyes are on recently elected board member Nury Martinez. While the plan is popular with parents in her district Martinez is receiving threats from some quarters that UTLA would seek to start a recall attempt against her. As well Martinez is seen to be considering pulling a Tamar Galatzan in two years to run for the 7th District Council seat to be vacated by the termed out Richard Alarcon so certainly she is weighing that in this first major decision of her term.

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24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow,

For some reason the Mayor Sam blog has gotten back some of its old luster back by scooping the LA Times, twice in one week.

August 25, 2009 3:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The entire process that the Mayor is pushing has little to do with education of students and a lot to do with his own agenda, setting up the chess pieces on the board so that he gets whatever he wants and achievement in education is somewhere in the background.

Interesting that his own 10 plus the additional newly-built school have a lot of teachers voicing no-confidence in him. Then the idea that operation of the schools in Los Angeles is not even within the purview of the Mayor's office, but Tony never let that stop him.

Backing up in the chronology of events, you might wonder why Tony thought of himself as some sort of authority or even competent engineer of anything to improve education. His personal history was not evidence of any great mind or achievement in education, where he personally was repeatedly at odds with schools, getting ousted from one school or another, and arriving at UCLA to stage/participate in the takeover for institution of Chicano Studies there. I think it was the Teachers Lounge or Cafeteria building that was damaged.

So when I see Tony and anything to do with "teaching" or "learning", it's hard to expect that any good results will happen- and so far, that's been exactly what's happened.

Would that Tony show as much meddling into his own mandated authority as Mayor and do some CITY BUSINESS a little more than 11% of the time. I'd like to see a computation of his recent calendars to see how he adjusted entries so he wouldn't be caught like that again.

In L.A.

August 25, 2009 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeay for reform! Forget the Mayor and Labor, this is about choice!

Duffy got his ass handed to him. Again...

August 25, 2009 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hurray!!! Finally a win for parents and students. Finally failing schools can have some hope of getting better. Finally something can be done about the 50% drop out rate and low test scores. Finally bad teachers and administrators can go bye bye.

Finally.

August 25, 2009 6:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This victory is a victory for parents and students. It has nothing to do with the mayor or school board members.

Congratulations to parents and students!! Take back the schools and get a voice.

August 25, 2009 6:15 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

KFI's Eric Leonard reports that the vote was 6-1 for Aguilar's Motion.

August 25, 2009 6:20 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

So the concept is great and I'm all for it. Lets hope to god it works and we as citizens can keep the shady out.

But what's in it for Villaraigosa? Who does he get to funnel jobs and money to?

I know this isn't ideological for him. Otherwise the union would be in charge.

August 25, 2009 6:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah but the blog still hasn't reported that Zuma Dogg was the only one fooled by saying he "heard" that there was a raid on Local 300 and not challenging him on (1) being wrong and (2) not correcting it when he found out it was wrong.

Stop patting yourself on the arse when you get something called right, when you fail in other areas. It makes you look somewhat like a jackass. We shall see if you are too hypersensitive to post this.

August 25, 2009 7:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"too hypersensitive" is a redundancy.

a teacher.

August 25, 2009 8:51 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

7:28pm, How desperate are you that out of three years of blogging, that is your big anti-ZD strategy when everyone who read the item, also read the first sentence, "I heard a rumor that you may be reading..."

And I have stated that the purpose of the post was to try and vet to see if anyone else had heard that. That was all part of the post. But good luck on pushing that noise. THAT'S what people are talking about out there. You're the PULSE, man!

Don't need to say, "I heard a rumor that you MAY be reading," when I say you are a confirmed nutcase!

August 25, 2009 9:03 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Can you imagine a full Mayor Sam's blog report:

Still no evidence of Zuma Dogg's item that he heard a rumor that you may be hearing..."

The BIG story! I bet Matt Drudge would pick that story up. It's HUGE!!! Higby, how could you not have covered that???

August 25, 2009 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

851, you're obviously an LAUSD teacher.

You can be hypersensitive.

You can be hypersensitive to an extreme. That's too hypersensitive.

It's the same as being ill. You can be ill. And you can be VERY ill.

You're obviously a dumbass. Look that up in Roget's.

August 25, 2009 9:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:28
Who are you talking to?
This is a blog- it doesn't have an "editorial policy."

August 25, 2009 9:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How is this a victory for parents? In a year when the outside operators ignore all your concerns and leave you out of their lotteries (just like they've done in Chicago and New Orleans), remember that it was the mayor and the Board that did this.

Last year the mayor said he had to have control of the schools because the students can no longer way and he would deliver quick results. With poor results this year, he says you can't expect results overnight. Watch the outside operators use the same trick while helping themselves to even higher salaries than what you pay city council members. Great victory indeed for parents.

August 25, 2009 9:42 PM  

Anonymous THE THREE WRATHS!!! said:

Mayor T. VILLAIN-AR Once again made
an ASS of Itself!! It was FOAMING
at the GUTTER-MOUTH and RAVING like
the 'HOMIE-VULTURE-LUNATIC THAT IT
IS...Today before the MEDIA !!

The 'MEXICAN-HOMIE-VULTURE' VENOM-
OUSLY! RANTED THE FOLLOWING CRAP!!!
........"No More Status Quo"!......
........"Choose Innovation"!.......
........"Choose Freedom"!..........

The T. VILLAIN-MEXICAN-BANDITO-ASS
VULTURE-MOTHER FUCKER!!! Only wants
Charter School.....thus Privatizzzz
ation under It's SLIMY-THUMB.......
Where it can stick! It's BLOODY-
VULTURE-CLAWS into & manipulate it,
under the FOUL guise of ("freedom")
Independent Education!!!

The MEXICAN-HOMIE-VULTURE-SCUM.....
Only intends to DICK-TATE in WIDE-
RANCID-CORUPT; NON-INNOVATIVE &....
DESTRUCTIVE MODUS OPERANDI FASHION!

Master of Ruthless Manipulation &
Intimidation....Has deviced this
independent, private education plan
to fullfill It's IGNOR-ANUS-BIAS...
("VIVA LA RAZA") Angry-race-Agenda!

'Racist Agenda'!! That supremely...
DICK-TORLY FOCUSES ON INFERIOR.....
SO CALLED "EDUCATION"!!! Such as;
shove it! down your fucken throat!
Bias subject material, ie:(GARBAGE)

........."MEXICAN HISTORY".........
........."CHICANO STUDIES".........
....."MEXICAN MACHISMO & ABUSE.....
....."MEXICAN RACISM & PROFILING...
....."MEXICAN CHICANO CULTURE 101..
....."GANGBANGING EVERYTHING102....
....."GANGBANGING EVERYONE 103.....
....."MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL DEGREE...
....."MEXICAN ILLEGAL CAYOTE 101...
....."BACKYARD FARM ANIMAL BREED...
....."ROOSTER FIGHTING/GAMBLING....
....."SPEAK SPANISH FIRST IN USA...
....."NUISANCE LOUD PARTIES 101....
....."DRUNK CULTURE IN KID PARKS...
..."MEXICAN LOUD/PUBLIC SPEC 101...
..."MEXICAN WOMANIZING/MENIZING....
..."CATHOLIC MOLESTER PRIEST 101...
..."LATIN/MEXICAN TRASH ST.'S 101..
.."MEXICAN CORUPT OFFICIAL DEGREE..
..MERCADITO/CARNECERIA OWNER 101...
..ILLEGALL ROACH COACH OWNER 101...
..ILLEGAL FOOD FRUIT/HOTDOG VEND...
..LARGE-ROACH/RATS EXTERMINATION...
..HOMEDEPOT/GENERAL BUSN./SWAPMEAT-
PUBLIC PISSING;PUCKING;FUCKING
DAY LABORER/HARASSING/WHISTELING
STOCKING/PUBLIC FONDELING/RAPE
ADVANCE COURSE IN ESPANOL ONLY...
..BARRIO-GHETTO SPANGLISH 101......
...GANGBANGER/IMPOSTER DESING LABEL
(FASHION COURSE 101)
..UNDERWAGES/SWEATSHOP SEWING 101..
..SCHEMING MONEY PYRAMID(CUNDINA)-
SWINDEL MONEY/STEAL ANTICS 103..
...PARTY PINAITAS/CLAY CRAFTS 101..
...GRAFFITI VANDALIZING PROP. 103..
..MEXICAN/NO USA LAWS NUISANCE103..
..HOTEL/AIRPORT STEALING 103.......
..NANNY("I TAKE BETTERCARE OF YOUR-
CHILDREN-I-NEGLECT MINE")103....
..WELFARE/SOCIAL SERVICESFRAUD104..
..MEXICAN-CORUPT-MAFIA POLITICIANS-
PREACHING/PROMOTING TO OVERTAKE-
U.S.A./CALIFORNIA/L.A. & DESTROY-
ADVANCE RETARDED MASTER DEGREE....
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

!MAYOR TONY-HOMIE-VILLAIN-AR
YOU JUST DIGGED A DEEPER SHIT
HOLE FOR YOURSELF!!!YOUR CRAP
CORUPT POLITICAL "CAREER" IS...
OOOOVERRRR!!! BROKEN-THUG-FUCK-
FACE!!! LAUSD AND ALL OF YOUR
NOTORIOUS ANTICS OF ILLEGAL....
MAGNITUDE....IS TO NO DOUBT....
YOUR DEMISE AND THE LIGHTED!...
MATCH...THATS SENDS YOUR WUSSY
ASS TO CYNDER-A-ROARING BLAZE!!
BURN MOTHER FUCKER!!BURN TO....
ASHES! BURNED AWAY TO...NO MORE
RECOGNITION!!YOU WILL ALWAYS BE
RECOGNIZED, HEE!HEE! AS THE...
FAILED-MEXICAN-TURD THAT BULL-
SHIT HIS WAY & DESTROYED HIM-
SELF IN THE END!!!" THE ANGRY-
HOMIE-MEXICAN L.A. MAYOR WHO IS
THE BIGGEST LOSER OF THEM ALL!!

(P.S.) YOUR NEW ABODE AWAITS YOU &
WE WILL BE AWAITING YOUR.......
HAUNTING-MORBID ABODEWARMING!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memitim#Memitim

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
* Your's truly the THREE WRATHS: *
{AIR OF MYSTERY/ALWAYS STUNNING}
{Own UP!!!}
{RIDDLE ME THIS/RIDDLE ME THAT}

August 25, 2009 11:12 PM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

Attention: The Three Wraths!!! said--- Fantastic post.Love it.Love it.LOVE IT!!!Thankyou.And may Aztlan retreat back into the pages of P.C. history books!

August 26, 2009 5:00 AM  

Anonymous Lydia said:

As a Community Activist and an LAUSD Parent, having worked with the LAUSD, to get help for our local schools, for about 10 years, I am happy about the LAUSD vote yesterday. It has been like hitting a block wall. I have listened to thousands of complaints. I am excited that there is now hope for the future of our Children.
Valley parents are especially thankful to Nury Martinez and Tamar Galatzan, for listening, and understanding the problems that we have been facing in the Valley. I personally delivered thousands of cards from Parents and other Constituents, to both of them, and Their votes made a difference.
Parents waited outside the LAUSD
Board Meeting room, starting at 5:00 yesterday morning, for the chance to get in the Board Room.
It was a very long day.

August 26, 2009 7:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Competition is always good. Let the schools compete to get students just like businesses compete to get their customers.

The schools will them complete to be the best schools.

Congratulations to parents for finally getting a voice.

August 26, 2009 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Never been a fan of Tony V. (who will be gone soon, so all the better), but anyone who can continue to wrestle some power away from the incredibly inept, incompetent, and increasingly corrupt LAUSD and put it in other hands that might revive actual Ed-U-Cation in L.A. gets my applause. We spend money hand over fist to poorly educate thousands of kids at LAUSD schools, meanwhile every charter school in the area dramatically outperforms them while costing the taxpayer less, proving that there's a better way.

Remember that this was one of the reasons given to justify secession. Maybe now those who favored that can have some cake AND eat it, too!

August 26, 2009 8:09 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Congrats Lydia!

It s always a good thing when you can use Tony V's insane ego to the advantage of THE PEOPLE.

This was one of those times.

Again, congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 26, 2009 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

wHEN WILL ALL YOU FOOLS WAKE UP AND SEE ITS NOT ABOUT THE KIDS OR EDUCATION?? Its about the power that comes from having Millions of dollars that you can wash into political pockets or the Developers of the the new schools lausd will be building, if they dont build they lose the money, they are land banking, why do developers Eli Broard, Soberoff so into education,NOT cause they are NICE people cause theres money to be made. So rant and rave all you want, blame the Mexicans for fucking up everything, it was fucked up before the Mexicans, BUT i understand your need to have a scapegoat and its always the MEXICANS, never the Canadians, the BRITS, The Chineese, The VIETMANESE, the India people, the Salvadorians, its the Mexians, so rant on bigot Bro, let your freak flag fly.

August 26, 2009 10:48 AM  

Anonymous THE THREE WRATHS!!! said:

8/26/09 5:00 A.M.
***RITA OF SUNLAND/WALLY WHARTON***

THE AZTLAND TRAIN, HAS ARRIVED....
GETTING THEM TO GET ON BOARD......
IS THE DILEMMA AT HAND!!!

ESTEEMED FELLOW AMERICAN NEIGHBORS,
YOUR...WELCOMED TO PARTAKE OF THE
WHOLESOME AMERICAN PIE, BAKED FROM
SCRATCH....PIPING HOT! OUT OF THE
OVEN!!!!

WE ARE CELEBRATING, THE CARGO TRAIN
'S PROMPT ARRIVAL!!!

Sincerely yours,
***THE THREE WRATHS***

August 26, 2009 10:22 PM  

Anonymous THE THREE WRATHS!!! said:

8/26/09 5:00 A.M.
***RITA OF SUNLAND/WALLY WHARTON***

THE AZTLAND TRAIN, HAS ARRIVED....
GETTING THEM TO GET ON BOARD......
IS THE DILEMMA AT HAND!!!

ESTEEMED FELLOW AMERICAN NEIGHBORS,
YOUR...WELCOMED TO PARTAKE OF THE
WHOLESOME AMERICAN PIE, BAKED FROM
SCRATCH....PIPING HOT! OUT OF THE
OVEN!!!!

WE ARE CELEBRATING, THE CARGO TRAIN
'S PROMPT ARRIVAL!!!

Sincerely yours,
***THE THREE WRATHS***

August 26, 2009 10:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:48, it is not about the Mexicans. It is about "illegal aliens" that the taxpayers have to pay $5,000 a year to educate each of their children. It is about "illegal alien" children getting priority over children that are legally here in this country. It is about "illegal alien children" making schools overcrowded.

When it comes down to it "our own" kids, those there legally from anywhere which are now called "Americans" should come first and have priority over those that broke the law and should not even be in this country.

Our kids "American" should come first.

It is not about children here legally getting priority over children that are here "illegally" or that are anchor babies.

August 27, 2009 8:10 AM  

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