Los Angeles Mayor Anotnio Villariagosa has too much time on his hands
now that he doesn't have to run for Governor of California. So what
better way to stick it to the state by stimulating the Las Vegas and
Nevada economy with frequent round trip junkets to Las Vegas. I guess
he flies back at two, three in the morning and is ready for work (or
start a vacation) the next day! (Well same day, actually since it's
already 3am. Hope it's just for the Celine Dion concert and free lap
dances; and that he ain't blowing all his hard earned kickbacks in
SEIU THREATENS TO SCREW UP LAUSD REFORM RESOLUTION: You may have heard
of the LA Parents Revolution and LA Parent Union that is part of an
attempt to empower community members to take control of their local
school. Once 51% of parents likely to have kids in LAUSD within the
next two years sign a petition, it can be presented to LAUSD. The
community can decide whether they want to submit a plan for the school
to implement, or can decide to go Charter. The goal is to use the
power of the petitions to get leverage on LAUSD to work with parents
in a much more meaningful way.
On August 25th, the LAUSD school board will (hopefully) be voting on a
new resolution that will help facilitate this parent's movement with
the schools. The motion was introduced by boardmember Yoli
Flores-Aguilar. LAUSD Board President and Federal Investigation
Superstar Monica Garcia supports the resolution, too. And this
resolution will allow people to step up with a plan to take over the
school as in the Parent Revolution people. AND, the resolution, as is,
will allow schools under these plans, including Charters to operate
So Zuma Dogg has learned that the service union (is that SEIU) is
pushing LAUSD Board President Garcia to add a paragraph to the
resolution demanding that all the janitor, cafeteria workers and other
service jobs MUST BE UNION at under this resolution.
Obviously, some of the community members have a problem with this,
because then you are right back to driving up cost to the point where
these smaller charters will not be able to afford to operate. The plan
isn't to have only the biggest operators who can raise money to absorb
the cost, but to have people with a good plan and may even have proven
success elsewhere be able to participate in the revolution. And those
can be smaller operators. AND, even the big Charter operators will
tell you the point is to have as much money go into the classroom. And
clearly, this hurts that.
So why is this even being considered by the school board, when their
initial goal was to eliminate the unions entirely from these schools?
The service union has informed LAUSD that there would be a re-call
campaign the second they vote to approve this without requiring it to
be union. The parents have also made the same declaration. But when
you are threatened by a re-call by the union or the grassroots people,
which one do you think they will be more scared of? (Yes, more scared
of the union recall than the grassroots recall.
So looks like we will probably be looking at some compromise in order
to pull off the rest of the resolution. In other words, parents may
have to say, "Well, at least the janitors and cafeteria workers aren't
the ones making the curriculum or teaching the kids or covering
everything up as principal or assistant principal. The service unions
are too big and powerful to think you can just slam the door on
without inviting to the party.
I wonder if UTLA/LAUSD's favorite signature gathering firm will be in
charge of getting paid all that money to gather signatures for the
recall. If a guy named "Robert" calls you back...HANG UP RIGHT AWAY!
LAUSD...DO WHAT'S RIGHT...NOT OUT OF FRIGHT!
Find out more about the Parents Revolution this Saturday in Sunland
Tujunga where organizers will be having a booth. Zuma Dogg will also
be there to not only find out more for himself, but to meet people for
his "Zuma Dogg For City Council" campaign. AND, my reality crew that
is covering my campaign will hopefully be in attendance.
CAN LA CITY ATTORNEY SERVE TWO MASTERS: Something that came out of the
council meeting, recently, when LACERS Sally Choi and and her Pension
Posse stopped by Council chambers to break the bad new to the city as
to how screwed they actually are. Councilmember Bernard Parks noted
that Council has to be careful as not being seen to be "telling"
LACERS what to do, or be seen as trying to influence them, because
they are supposed to be completely separate and independent and there
was a problem in San Diego over the matter and you can get in trouble.
So it hit me: If they are supposed to be separate (because they have
different interests at hand; one has to pay the other) then how can
the City Attorney represent BOTH parties. That would be like Client A
taking Client B to collections and having the same attorney represent
both parties. I don't think you are allowed to do that. As a matter of
fact, I was told the City Attorney is not allowed to represent both
parties (LACERS and Council) and the dual-representation needs to
stop. (And if Zuma Dogg makes ONE call to someone who is an attorney,
and they already knew about this and immediately knew it had to stop,
I think there may be something CM Parks may want to bring up so Zuma
Dogg doesn't have to. (You know what happens when ZD is forced to
bring it up.) I try to blog it first so it can be checked into. But it
usually takes ZD to blast it enough on City TV 35, which triggers a
Federal Investigation, before people do anything.
ZUMA DOGG FILMS TV 35 CAMPAIGN SPOT ON TUESDAY: Remember the first
time anyone saw ZD sans hat and glasses? It was probably the City TV
35 campaign spot from when I ran for Mayor. Tomorrow (Tuesday) I am
gonna show up after the council meeting and cut my 3 minute spot. This
City Attorney/LACERS/Council thing is a good item to include. GOTTA
SPEND THE REST OF TODAY THINKING WHO'S BEEN NAUGHTY AND NICE THIS PAST
YEAR AT CITY COUNCIL....IF YOU'VE BEEN NAUGHTY (like Alarcon was when
I filmed my mayoral campaign spot) I'LL BE SURE TO GIVE YOU SPECIAL
ERIC GARCETTI PAYING PEOPLE OUT OF STREET FURNITURE FUND: Zuma Dogg
has learned that Los Angeles City Council President/Shmesident Eric
Garshady is giving one of his workers a nice raise from $50,000 to
$75,000 out of the street furniture fund. I'm sure the person deserves
the raise at this time, given the city's finances and I'm glad it came
out of money for the street furniture. REMEMBER PEOPLE...when money is
placed in a fund, THAT'S ONLY A RECOMMENDATION. You can transfer it
out of the fund at any time and use it for anything you can think of.
Like paying someone's salary and giving them a raise from $50,000 to
ZUMA DOGG FOR CITY COUNCIL: Vote for Zuma Dogg on September 22, 2009
and I promise to only pay my employee $74,000 out of the street
furniture fund. THAT'S ALREADY A SAVINGS OF $1000!!!!