LA WATCHDOG--The Los Angeles Unified School District is closed for business because United Teachers Los Angeles and its over 30,000 members are striking for higher wages, fully staffed schools, and the curtailment, if not the elimination, of charter and magnet schools.
@TheGussReport – (This is the first of a series of in-depth reports on the current investigation into the possibility of corruption at Los Angeles City Hall.) On Sunday, the LA Times published a story on how the FBI’s recent raid on the City Hall offices of City Councilmember Jose Huizar as well as on the home he shares with his politically crafty wife Richelle, are part of a broader investigation on Southern California political corruption.
DEEGAN ON LA-Part of the bigger conversation about the homeless in Los Angeles is just how many there are?
DEAR MR. BEUTNER--You don’t know my two children who attend LAUSD schools or me.
FIRST PERSON-I can't think of a better way of accelerating the corporate takeover and privatization of public education with corporate run charter schools than UTLA going on strike at this time.
BCK FILE--“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” --Donald J. Trump, presidential announcement speech, June 16, 2015
ANIMAL WATCH-In the midst of #MeToo Movement controversy, LA Animal Services' employees received a City of Los Angeles Inter-departmental Correspondence form recently with the subject line: "Notification of Close Personal Association," issued April 1, 2009.
SAVING OUR SCHOOLS-Austin Beutner, the current Superintendent of LAUSD, was essentially appointed to his position by Eli Broad and his Billionaire Buddies who funded their charter school supporting candidates for the Board of Education.
NEW GEOGRAPHY--The Democratic Party’s triumphal romp through suburbia was the big story of the midterms.
@THE GUSS REPORT-Well that took long enough! On January 8, Southern California Congressman Ted Lieu (Photo above-right) finally announced he washed his hands of $18,500 in tainted campaign donations he received from controversial Democratic fundraiser Ed Buck.
ALPERN AT LARGE--Sometimes our worst fears are realized. Sometimes life imitates art (in this case, the movies).
VIEW FROM HERE-Let's get real. Trump does not care about the federal government.
CORRUPTION WATCH-The Threat of Donald Trump: As was evident before the election, Donald Trump suffers from serious psychological impairments.