Editorial from the Los Angeles Times: L.A. Unified needs a leader who can guide the school district through tough times. Brewer isn't the one.
smf doesn't agree, see below.
CALIFORNIA BUDGET ANALYST RECOMMENDS RAISING VEHICLE LICENSE FEE
Mac Taylor forecasts that the state will need to close a $27.8-billion budget gap in the next 20 months. He calls for a smaller sales tax increase than Gov. Schwarzenegger has suggested.
FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR LAUSD: NEW PROGRAMS, NEW FUNDING
Expanding its role as a leader in the green schools movement, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is not only saving energy, it is creating energy. LAUSD just weeks ago began construction to install one megawatt of renewable solar power at the Pico Rivera General Stores and Food Warehouse, with expected completion before the end of this year. This project is the first in the District’s program to install as much as 50 MW of renewable energy technology, including solar power, at schools and other facilities.
CALIFORNIA'S CAR TAX MAY BE ON THE ROAD AGAIN: THE VEHICLE LICENSE FEE THAT GOT GRAY DAVIS RECALLED AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER ELECTED LOOKS LIKE A GOOD IDEA… AGAIN.
An LA Times editorial points out that the Car Tax/VLF served California well for 60 years. Undoing it has failed the state for six years. Until last year reimplementing it would have actually balanced (or come close to balancing) the budget. It's not enough anymore, but it's got to be on the table. Along with spitting the rolls on Prop 13 …but one sacred cow/third rail/taboo metaphor at a time.
And as Gordon Gecko said “Greed is Good!” Imagine how good it can be when driven by panic: Two LA Times articles describe how Wells Fargo Bank and Goldman Sachs – subsidized by the Feds - appear to be enriching themselves and their clients at California's expense
GOLDMAN SACHS URGED BETS AGAINST CALIFORNIA BONDS IT HELPED SELL
The Wall Street titan's activities could have harmed taxpayers, officials say
Goldman, Sachs & Co. urged some of its big clients to place investment bets against California bonds this year despite having collected millions of dollars in fees to help the state sell some of those same bonds.
BUSH'S TAX BREAKS FOR BANKS COULD COST CALIFORNIA $2 BILLION
Wells Fargo is state's chief beneficiary of change that allows banks to write off losses when taking over failing institutions.
Even as California's fiscal woes mount, the state is slated to lose an additional $2 billion in coming years as a result of new tax breaks the Bush administration created for a small group of banks including California-based Wells Fargo.
Erroneous information published in 4LAKids last week was verbatum from School Board Member Galatzan's E-newsletter - and she is in turn quoting Senior Deputy Superintendent Ramon Cortines - so the error goes far deeper - and further up the food chain!
2008 ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH CONFERENCE :: Sat, Dec 13, 2008
ICEF PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES $2.1 MILLION TO SUPPORT EFFORT TO PRODUCE 2,000 COLLEGE GRADS FROM SOUTH L.A.
ICEF Public Schools — a charter school organization that serves the predominately African-American community of South Los Angeles — today announced that it has been awarded $2.1 million to support its effort to produce 2,000 annual college graduates from its “Education Corridor” in South Los Angeles.
BULLYING+FEAR+LOATHING MEET “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” IN EAGLE ROCK
Following are two stories, one of a scientific study of aggression in young men and the other the incomplete story of an unfortunate incident told four times. They are the same story – and before one jumps to the conclusion that’s it’s all football's fault, I refer you to Seventeen Reasons Why Football is Better than High School by Herb Childress. - smf
BULLY’S BRAIN FEELS JOY IN OTHERS PAIN
Brain scans of teens with a history of aggressive bullying behavior suggest that they may actually get pleasure out of seeing someone else in pain, researchers said Friday.
EAGLE ROCK COACH HIT WITH HELMET, ALLEGEDLY BY EX-PLAYER, GAME AT BELMONT CANCELLED
FOOTBALL GAME CANCELLED AFTER UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS : Eagle Rock High school nixes game with Belmont High
EAGLE ROCK HIGH SCHOOL COACH IS ASSAULTED: He is struck from behind during practice, allegedly by a disgruntled former player apparently upset about the firing of the previous head coach. Friday's game is canceled.
ASSAULT ON COACH SHOWS CRACKS AT EAGLE ROCK
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