LAUSD BOARD CANDIDATES: PLATITUDES WITHOUT A PLAN

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On March 7, 2017 we will have a primary election for 3 of the 7 seats on the LAUSD Board that will be followed up on May 16th by a run-off in the general election, if no one candidate has gotten a majority in the primary. In going over the candidates statements- be they incumbents or new candidates- one cannot help but be struck by the fact that none of these candidates have put forth any detailed and substantive platforms to address the endemic problems of an LAUSD that has been failing for a long time and is clearly on the verge of both financial and academic bankruptcy.

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

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If you go up to the average person and ask them if they would like a million dollars, the not surprising and almost universal response would be, "But of course!" In proceeding further, by doubling the amount offered, you would still be hard pressed to find anybody who would ever say at any point, "You know...no... that's enough. In all honesty, I really don't think I will ever need more than what I already have." But it occurs to me that people in just fulfilling their human predisposition of taking too much will clearly not leave enough for everybody else. Might this just explain why the world is in such neverending chaos?

DOES A FREE PRESS STILL EXIST FOR TRUMP TO ATTACK?

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While I more than share the concerns of Professor Robert Reich and others that find an impending Donald Trump presidency to be a scary prospect, I do not find it productive for Reich to fabricate a fantasy ideal of a supposed free press in the United States, that if the truth were to be told, has not existed long before Trump came on the scene to attack.

THE REAL COST OF MARGINALIZING THE "ELDERLY"

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The recent victory of Donald Trump and his now almost across the board appointment of ultra-conservatives to fill key positions in his administration should be seen as no surprise. Rather, it's just the latest expression and expansion of the now longstanding laissez-faire corporate theories touted by the late University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman.

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO REFORM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE "5TH COLUMN"

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In watching the Our Revolution online event tonight supporting Keith Ellison, who is being put forward to head and implement past due reform in the Democratic Party, there remained the proverbial 800 lbs gorilla on stage with Ellson in the person of AFT President Randi Weingarten.

THE 10 IDEAS TO FIX PUBLIC EDUCATION TRUMP APPOINTEE BETSY DEVOS IS LEAST LIKELY TO PROPOSE

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After rereading Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine in the context of Trump's recent election as president with incessant ultra-conservative appointees, it occurred to me that the social and ecomomic subversion and conspiracy she so aptly describes in the context of Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and elsewhere under the guise of free market laissez faire Milton Friedman Chicago School economics is something that Americans are now going to experience first hand. What follows is a more rational and far less expensive alternative vision of what could be done to fix public education, short of bringing American imperialism home to America, while privatizing the root organization necessary for a true democracy of, by, and for the people.

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WANT TO STOP MANSIONIZATION IN THE MIRACLE MILE?

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There's a war going on in the Miracle Mile of Los Angeles between residents. They are divided over what is the best and most effective way to stop unrestricted out of scale growth that up until now has had little or no concern for maintaining the intrinsic character and charm of this Miracle Mile neighborhood.

PROPOSITION M- THE WRONG SOLUTION?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) While improving transportation is right up there with motherhood and apple pie, when it comes to things that most people are for, I am not so sure that Proposition M is the best solution for resolving what is the historically premeditated traffic nightmare that Los Angeles County has purposefully been allowed to become.

STATE AUDIT OF LAUSD TEACHER JAIL COSTS- JUST ANOTHER COVERUP

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) What kind of a credible and independent audit of the costs related to LAUSD's removal of allegedly bad teachers can the State of California Auditor objectively perform, when it goes into the audit without questioning anything LAUSD tells them?

WHAT ABOUT A CARBON FREE ENERGY "MANHATTAN PROJECT" - WHY NOT?

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Today the threat posed against all humanity by global warming is a far greater threat to the future existence of this country and the world than anything we faced during World War II. And yet, not only has the government proposed no program(s) to address this threat, it rather continues with the further development and expansion of clearly outmoded carbon fuel technologies like fracking. In short, we seem to be moving in the opposite direction of where we need to go if we have any hope of surviving.

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