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Monday, March 07, 2011

Van de Kamp Coalition's Dan Wright urges support for Reform Slate in LACCD Trustee Election

Reform slate for Los Angeles Community College District.
Blogger note: In my four plus years of blogging on Mayor Sam, one citizen activist stands out for his ceaseless dedication and devotion to causes of his choosing, that person would be Mt. Washington Attorney Daniel Wright. Whether it is his tireless crusade to reopen the Southwest Museum or legal work on the behalf of the Van de Kamp Coalition, Wright is not one to stand down if a cause is rightous and ethical. Below we post his email on the behalf of the Reform Slate for LACCD which has this blogger's full support. (S.J.)
Los Angeles Voters-
If you were angered in 2009 when the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees took the $72 million Van de Kamps campus away from LA City College, TODAY you can spread the word for change in tomorrow's LACCD Trustee Board election.

If you read any of the six Los Angeles Times articles on fraud, bond abuse, and senseless waste of millions of dollars of your tax funds by incumbent Trustees Mona Field and Miguel Santiago and LACCD management, TODAY you can spread the word for change in tomorrow's Board election. Read the series: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-community-colleges-html,0,3512910.htmlstory

Read the rest after the jump.
If you were astounded when the LACCD Board leased out the newly constructed community college to a charter high school connected to Mayor Villaraigosa instead of opening the decade-long promised community college at Van de Kamps, TODAY you can spread the word for change in tomorrow's Board election.

Voters all over Los Angeles are outraged, including Columnist Steve Lopez: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0306-lopez-communitycolleges-20110306,0,2459391,full.column

Direct your outrage for positive change: Please open your address book and send this message on to your friends and facebook/twitter followers:

TOGETHER, we have a strong reason to go to the polls tomorrow and vote to change the way LACCD is running the largest community college bond construction program in the United States. The LACCD works for the voters and the LA Times articles establish incompetent management of the LACCD's bond program at the highest level: the Board of Trustees who can be replaced with a slate of candidates who have committed to changing the culture at LACCD.

Here is what you and your friends may be wondering about. Who can you vote for to carry out change at LACCD? The reform candidate slate has promised to take control of the construction program and end the abusive practices highlighted by the LA Times, impose term limits on board members, restrict ability of construction contractors to finance Trustee elections, return to the Northeast voters the campus stolen away by Mayor Villaraigosa and his SEIU and Charter school cronies.

Voter turnout is historically low in the March municipal elections. This means your getting to the polls is even more powerful because just a few votes can change the outcome of the election!

Here is the LACCD Board Trustee Reform Slate of Candidates I support:

Seat No. 1 Joe Essavi (endorsed by the LA Times in the 2009 Trustee election)
Seat No. 3 Joyce Burrell Garcia
Seat No. 5 Lydia Gutierrez
Seat No. 7 Erick Aguire

You have received in the mail three or more slick brochures and slates with the "construction contractor and public union endorsed" candidates. This is the list of candidates that should be REJECTED:

Mona Field (an incumbent pretending she is a new candidate on the ballot), Steven Veres, Scott Svonkin, and Miguel Santiago (an incumbent who voted to give the historic Van de Kamps Bakery building to the Mayor's unemployment programs). The construction contractors and unions want you to vote for the Villaraigosa machine and they have filled your mailbox with these slick flyers.

Send them a message by electing the LACCD Board of Trustee Reform Candidates listed above. And please help Get Out The Vote by passing information about the Reform Slate to others on your lists.

We can make a difference.

Daniel Wright

Your thoughts..............

Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Blogger Joe B. said:

I completely agree with you Red. I can't say enough about Dan Wright. Brilliant guy.

And remember folks; Friends don't let friends vote for Scott Svonkin!

March 07, 2011 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

After reading the LA Times articles, it is clear that we need to follow Wright's lead on this one and send this link to everyone we know. The Community College trustee election is tomorrow.

If the LA Times was endorsing candidates, there is no way it could endorse the incumbents and those whose campaigns are financed by the construction firms feeding at the public trough.

Let's go with the Reform slate because the incumbents have squandered almost $100 million by my count in reading those articles.

March 07, 2011 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wright's right, for once (not often). Like a broken watch.

March 07, 2011 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Van de Kamps Coalition took a lot of information to both the District Attorney and the Civil Grand Jury last year.

Now, elected officials are calling for criminal investigations.


Contact: Tony Bell , Communications Deputy

Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176

E-mail: tbell@bos.lacounty.gov

March 7, 2011 For Immediate Release


LOS ANGELES COUNTY — In a letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich has called for an investigation into the Los Angeles Community Colleges and the allegations contained in the recent series of reports in the Los Angeles Times.

The 6-part series revealed numerous transgressions including gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. In his letter, Antonovich also called for the Grand Jury to investigate.

“If what the Times reported is true, it is another reason why the taxpayers have a legitimate growing distrust of government and their use of public funds,” Antonovich wrote. “Those responsible should be held accountable to the maximum extent possible under the law.”

March 07, 2011 5:02 PM  

Anonymous Luis Alvarado said:

Please, do vote tomorrow. This is a good list of candidates you are supporting. Tell your friends and family to vote. Specially if you know anyone who attends the LACC schools.

March 07, 2011 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is REALLY IMPORTANT. All the incumbents on the board who are running for office need to be replaced.

Love you, Dan Wright. Thanks for all your effort on our behalf.

March 07, 2011 8:31 PM  

Anonymous g said:


March 08, 2011 6:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And it really mattered since the losers on the Community College Board are all winning. I don't know what could be more sad.

March 09, 2011 1:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonovich, lol. Pot calling the kettle black?

Didn't he endorse Englander in 12? Say no more Mr. Gross-Misuse-of-Taxpayer-Dollars.

March 09, 2011 1:19 AM  

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