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Doctors, hospitals, medicine, Medicare: Adult day care centers, caregivers, assisted living; Supplementary insurance, special foods: The costs are so high in Los Angeles and everywhere. All of the above on a fixed income too! Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2011 at Ssgoldurs's blog
This was a spam Email that I received. “Make a difference in schools by becoming a teacher.” “There are many teaching programs available.” Who wants to become a teacher today? Public education is under fire and under scrutiny. People think that teachers are overpaid and underproductive. These same so called... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at
If another American League team signs Yoenis Cespedes, the Cleveland Indians can counter by signing Orlando Cepeda. They need a first baseman and Cepeda could probably fall out of bed and get an extra base hit. Did anyone notice that the lowly Los Angeles Dodgers have taken a page out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at
Cut! But away from the schools. Eliminate the Local District Offices. Cut the Beaudry bureaucracy by 90%. Sell Beaudry and Channel 58. Exterminate all outside offices. Sell all cars. Drastically reduce testing. Eliminate work books and go back to pencil and paper work. According to Education Week "the state treasury... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at
Today, Ohio State University hired Urban Meyer as its head football coach. "The contract includes $4 million in base salary, bonuses — for everything from players’ graduation rates to playing in a national championship, up to $700,000 annually — and lump payments in 2014, 2016 and 2018" Public School teachers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at
Existing schools in LAUSD could be renamed after musical performers: Evelyn Champagne King Middle School Paul Revere and the Raiders Middle School Lee Dorsey High Hollywood Flames High Tito Jackson High Aretha Franklin High Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds High Jefferson Airplane High Dion and the Belmonts High Clarence Frogman... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at
It is November of 2011 and the Expo line has been running successfully from downtown to Culver City for 1 and 1/2 years. It opened on time as promised and ridership continues to grow as Westside traffic problems have diminished. Phase 2 from Culver City to Santa Monica is well... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at
Frank McCourt owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers is paying his estranged wife Jamie McCourt $637,159 a month. LAUSD continues to pay staff members no longer under contract and instead of firing lemon principals shifts them around or gives them cushy, better paying jobs downtown. The McCourts took money from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at
"Daily is 573,000 for the six months ended Sept. 30, down more than 5 percent from the prior six-month period, and Sunday is 906,000, down more than 4 percent." Twenty years ago or less the Times daily circulation was greater than 1 million readers. You alienate LAUSD teachers by posting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at
For all he was and for all he could have been. I hate to see Grady Sizemore leave the Indians! For his speed and power and defense. I hate to see Grady Sizemore leave the Indians! For his ability when healthy to drive a contending team. I hate to see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at
I don’t like it! How about you? It is 4 times more than the next agency receives from me. I am paying for: Cars and drivers, Downtown administrators who never go to schools, Test preparation materials, Rental offices throughout the district, Assistants to the politicians (school board members), Maintaining the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at
What does testing do for your children other than teach them to bubble in? Teachers can tell you their progress, strengths, and areas to improve without consulting tests! The “Race to Nowhere” warns parents about the high stakes of testing, pressure from excessive homework, and competition to enter the best... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2011 at
The students. California is 46th in K-12 spending per student. “California Watch” reported the new analysis by the “California Budget Project”. “California ranked last in the nation in the number of students per teacher (20.5) and per librarian (5,489), 49th in the number of students per guidance counselor (810) and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at
I don’t. I care about the need for jobs and our failing infrastructure. I care about the traffic problems in Los Angeles, and the delays in phase one of the Expo Line. I care about MLB forcing the Dodgers owner to sell to someone with money. I care about the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at
They are too busy sending American jobs to Asia in order to increase their bottom line. They are too busy to care about the working and middle classes. They are too busy trying to unseat the Democratic President to care about the country and its people. Money and power is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at
I teach Language Arts at the same exact time as the other teachers on the grade level at the school and for the same period of time. We all teach the same skill. I follow the scripted step-by-step lessons in the book. No creativity. No fun or personalization in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at
(The following is fictional.) SnortingNews, Cleveland, Ohio, December 1, 2011. To the shock of the baseball world the Cleveland Indians signed Albert Pujols. He contract is rumored to be $34 million a year for 7 years with a personal services contract for another 10 years. Chris Antonetti, General Manager of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2011 at
If you Google failure it should show up. I have seen the Overland onramp to the westbound Santa Monica Freeway so totally full, so gridlocked that drivers could not turn with a green light and the Northbound lanes approaching the onramp were backed up beyond the onramp to the eastbound... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at
Charles Nagy becomes Cleveland Indians pitching coach. Nick Colletti becomes Cubs general manager Buck Showalter as Orioles GM and Terry Francona as the manager. Bobby Valentine as Dodgers GM. Eddie Bane as Angels GM. Ryne Sandberg as Cubs manager. Ted Simmons as Mariners manager. Tim Wallach as Nationals manager. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at
Wait a minute! The presidential election is 13 months away. We are hearing the platitudes from the political pundits. There are Republican debates, rumors, and a restive electorate. I remember from my Political Science classes that the British Parliament is dissolved, then the electoral progress takes 90 days. Doesn’t 90... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at
The only way that people in America and Los Angeles will get jobs is to move to India, the Philippines, and China. Companies have sent their customer service jobs to India and the Philippines and their manufacturing jobs to China. They aren’t coming back. American companies save millions each year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at
They say it is to save class sizes from increasing. In reality they are saving the positions at the Beaudry building, the local district offices, and satellite offices like the one at La Brea and Coliseum in Los Angeles. This is not for the students! Superintendent Deasy has hired new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at
Are there any good schools? There are plenty of fine elementary schools. However, the parents at the fine elementary schools usually find the neighboring middle and high schools undesirable. What about the magnet program? It takes a lawyer and a CPA to figure out the point system? Do the school... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at
The Superintendent said, “"There is no room in our budget for any cuts." How about the following: Sell the Television station. Eliminate most downtown positions and house the remainder in empty classrooms. Sell the Beaudry building. Close all local district and other offices sending the people to classrooms or retirement.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at
This week, every other school district and almost every private school started classes. LAUSD starts Wednesday, September 7, 2011. The offices close Friday, September 2, for Admission Day. Year round schools and some LA high schools have already begun. Tuesday the 6th is a pupil free day. Some principals have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at