What About the Los Angeles Times' Conflict of Interest?

The Los Angeles Times is finally covering the Ref Rodriguez campaign - two and a half years after the voters went to the polls.

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The Standoff Continues: GHCHS Doubles Down on Non-Compliance

GHCHS_Requests_IEP.jpgGranada Hills Charter High School continues to ask for documentation during the enrollment process that is not allowed by its own charter. When will the LAUSD act?

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Broken Promises: Another Failing Charter Gets A Pass

Snapshot_1_(10-8-2017_7-37_PM).pngUnder the control of the Green Dot charter organization, Alain LeRoy Locke High still gets failing grades but is renewed by the LAUSD.

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Bright Shiny Objects: Trump's Real Art is Diverting Attention

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

- Popularly attributed to P.T. Barnum

We need P.T. Barnum, a little bit, because we have to build up the image of our country

- Donald Trump

As Barack Obama left office the economy had “gained jobs for 75 straight months -- the longest streak on record." Of course, that had not stopped his successor from claiming that he had inherited a “mess” with jobs “pouring out of the country.” Still, even as Trump struggled to keep up with the numbers posted during Obama’s last year in office, his unshakable fans acted as if it was his accomplishments alone that had brought us to a point “close to what economists consider full employment.” Then on Friday the Labor Department announced that preliminary numbers show that winning streak has come to an end; “the United States lost 33,000 jobs in September”.

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Conference: Opposing Charter Schools

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Without Discussion the LAUSD Board Chooses a President

The LAUSD Board made Ref Rodriguez their president without properly vetting him. Did they learn from their mistake?

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Rookie Mistake?

I sent the following letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times in response to the charter industry's op-ed diminishing the charges against Ref Rodriguez. It was not published.

 

If we are to believe Peter Cunningham’s September 21, Op-Ed, Ref Rodriguez’s alleged violations of the law should be ignored because they are a result of a “rookie mistake”. This reasoning ignores the fact that the defendant was employed by PUC charter schools as a treasurer, with a responsibility to understand financial rules. He was also asked by KPCC radio in 2015, about the actions that are now detailed in the felony complaint and denied that the donors were being reimbursed. This is a case of deception, not of ignorance.

Contrary to Cunningham’s assertion, perjury and money laundering are not “crime[s] with no victim”.  The actions described deprived “the public of information about the true source of a candidate’s financial support” making every voter a victim. Furthermore, it demonstrates the character of a man who is supposed to set an example for the 640,000 children of the District.

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JUST IN: Mónica García becomes new board president

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Monica Garcia is new LAUSD board president on 4-3 vote

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False Flag: Mistaking A Symbol for the Ideals It Represents

Trump_on_Flag_Burning.pngA confession - I have burned an American flag. In fact, I have burned a few. On one occasion I even involved my young children in the process. We removed the worn, faded flag that had stood outside our house since September 11, 2001, folded it neatly into a triangle and placed it on the flames within our fireplace. In doing so, I showed them how to fulfill our patriotic obligations under section §176 of the U.S. Code. This section states that “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Trump_merchandise.pngPerhaps this is nothing more than an example of why it is a bad idea to formulate presidential policy in 140 characters or less. However, it is more likely that Trump is unfamiliar with how the law suggests how “respect for flag” should be shown. Otherwise, he would not have announced his candidacy in front of a wall of American flags. The code is very clear that the flag is not to be used as decoration and that instead “bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below should be used”. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee would also not be selling shirts emblazoned with the flag in violation of prohibitions on using it as “wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”, “for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever” and as “a costume or athletic uniform”.

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