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Ben Boychuk, associate editor at City Journal, John Seiler, managing editor at CalWatchDog.com and special guest, Wayne Lusvardi, a regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com and the author of the recently published Investigative Report up at CalWatchDog, Gleickgate Pollutes Enviro Movement.

Climate activist Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute of water policy in Oakland may face criminal charges that he deceptively obtained data from a conservative think tank, the Heartland Institute, then “doctored” it and disseminated it on the web to libel that organization. Gleick has admitted he is the source of the leaked data but denies he produced the doctored document.

We’ll also talk with Wayne about his article posted Monday, Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton, a case study in why is it not a good idea for public sector officials to play Real Estate Developer? How bad can it be? I wouldn’t want to be the cat holding the bag when the value of properties has dropped over two thirds since 2007!

We’ll talk with Ben on the latest developments with the Parent Trigger and a new scandal perpetrated by the Teacher’s Union against the parents at Desert Trails School, what’s new at City Journal CA and his take on Lance Izumi’s new book, “Obama’s Education Takeover.”

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Today live with Martha, John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, we welcome back regular contributor to CalWatchDog, John Hrabe.   John’s written a couple of investigative reports on the recent Redistricting of CA and his take is not flattering in outcome, the process nor the actions of any of the players involved.   What does it mean for California’s  jobs, economy, growth, and future?
CA GOP ‘Idiots’ Lose State Senate | CalWatchDog 
11 More Ways to Fix Busted Redistricting | CalWatchDog 

We’ll also ask John Hrabe about his take on the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad. 
John Hrabe: Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong 
and his most recent post, just in time for Valentine’s Day: 
Cal State Prez Salaries Top Facebook Exec | CalWatchDog  Feel the love!  But for whom? 

More from CalWatchDog.com
Kamala Harris’ Totalitarianism | CalWatchDog
and related story:
Group suspends California public pension reform ballot effort – Sacramento Politics – California Politics | Sacramento Bee

And we’ll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest posted over at California City Journal:
  David Crane’s California Quest by Judith Miller, City Journal Winter 2012, a different take on the recent Redistricting outcome and possibilities and


California’s Demographic Revolution by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Winter 2012
If the upward mobility of the impending Hispanic majority doesn’t improve, the state’s economic future is in peril.   I found reading her piece a prescription for restless agitated sleep.  In my opinion she paints little  possibility other than to stop anymore of “those kinds of people” and  only tangentially touches on the role of the white Anglo Saxons who dominate all the powerful state public employee unions, including the 800 pound gorilla in the room–The almighty teachers union, the CTA and their definitive role in the impoverished level of education of the economically and socially impoverished Latino population of CA.    I’m sure Ben and John will have a different take.  What?  We’ll find out. 

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with special guests Arun Ramanathan on teacher quality & Diane Goldstein on drug wars in LA County and what does Obama snack on?

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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Jan 31, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com

Arun Ramanathan from Education Trust West speaks to us about a recent report they just published on the findings of a two- year-long study of data from the second largest school district in the nation, revealing profound inequities in access to effective teaching.  In Learning Denied: The Case for Equitable Access to Effective Teaching in California’s Largest School District, The Education Trust—West finds that low-income students and students of color in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are less likely to be taught by the district’s top teachers – the very teachers capable of closing the district’s achievement gaps. These inequities are exacerbated by teacher mobility patterns and quality-blind layoffs.

YouTube Ignores LAPD Cop’s First Place Question for Obama About Legalizing Marijuana  
 WASHINGTON, DC — “Yesterday YouTube ignored a question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police (watch that video at the link above) that won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House’s “Your Interview with the President” competition on the Google-owned site. They did, however, find the time to get the president on record about late night snacking, singing and dancing, celebrating wedding anniversaries and playing tennis.”
Retired LAPD deputy chief of police Stephen Downing asks President Obama about the growing support for marijuana legalization among voters. Stephen is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which anyone can join for free at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com.

I invited Chief Downing to join us but he was already booked, but we do have Diane Goldstein, also a retired law enforcement officer with LAPD and member of LEAP, to speak with us on this slight to American Voters’ pressing concerns, and the assault on the state passed laws to legalize Medical Marijuana in Los Angeles, CA.


More links to hot stories:

by Joel Fox
A couple of months ago, at a discussion on the initiative process at a Zocalo Public Square meeting in Los Angeles, the panelists were asked what one thing they would change with the initiative process…

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A Tale of Two Missions & Kids Aren’t Cars – National School Choice Week

A Tale of Two Missions & Kids Aren’t Cars- National School Choice Week
 

WHEN
January 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

WHERE
Orthodox Union (OU) West
9831 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Hosted by Anthony Krinsky and Martha Montelongo

Click here to register to attend or to find other events happening in your area you can attend, to learn more about School Choice and what you can do to advance it.

Google map and directions

Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guest, Ben Limoine, on Nat’l School Choice Week, and the New Orleans Miracle

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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Jan 24, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  Special Guest Ben Limoine of Fleurish Productions and Producer of the film documenting the transformation of New Orleans schools after Katrina in the film called The Experiment.


This week is National School Choice Week, and we’ll talk with Ben about what that means and about his film, The Experiment and what is so special about New Orleans schools today, post Hurricane Katrina?  The movie is available right now on Starz, and Netflix for on demand viewing! 

Related Links:

Editorial: Superintendent Deasy, LAUSD board member Galatzan to attend town hall – LA Daily News

Gov. Jerry Brown said in this week’s State of the State address that K-12 education will lose nearly $5 billion next year if voters don’t approve his tax measures in November. And in response to the budget pressures, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has called for putting $270-a-year parcel tax on the ballot.  

Whistle-blowing teachers to open a charter school – Los Angeles Times 

They lost their jobs during a cheating scandal at Crescendo schools. Former union chief and charter foe A.J. Duffy will lead them.

 
Whitney Tilson’s School Reform Blog: At his charter school, ex-UTLA head would target tenure 

The longtime anti-charter crusader wants to make it harder for teachers to earn tenure protections and wants to lengthen that process.

He even wants to require teachers to demonstrate that they remain effective in the classroom if they want to keep their tenure protections.

And if a tenured teacher becomes ineffective, he wants to streamline dismissals.

The process now in place can stretch out for several years, even with substantial evidence of gross misconduct.

Some union leaders, notably Duffy, have defended this “due process” as a necessary protection against administrative abuses.

“I would make it 10 days if I could,” Duffy now says of the length of the dismissal process.

And what does Duffy’s [predecessor]… think of his [A.J. Duffy’s] new direction? Not much — LOL! 

Former UTLA President John Perez said he wished Duffy well but said he could not endorse Duffy’s new direction. Charter school operators, he said, are laying the groundwork for using public-school funds at private schools through so-called vouchers. They’re also opening the door for corporations “who want to destroy public education by getting their hands on the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on public education in this country,” Perez said. 

Golden Missed Opportunity by Larry Sand – City Journal

School choice is on the move everywhere—except California.

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Jan 17, 2012:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  Bob Bowdon is the founder of ChoiceMedia.TV and the producer and director of the film The Cartel. Joel Fox is the Editor at Fox & Hounds political daily.

We’ll visit with Bob Bowdon about the second annual National School Choice Week coming up next week, from Jan 22nd to the 28th. Bob is going to be involved speaking, reporting, and filming at events all across the USA. He’s got a lot of exciting information to share.

We’re going to speak with Joel about two op-eds he recently published in Fox & Hounds, and one of them was also published in CA Political Review. We’ll speak with Joel Fox about Initiatives Weapon of Choice in Policy Wars published today, and a precursor article, Public Employment Retirement Costs Are At “Tipping Point” published earlier this month. 

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Gadfly Radio Tonight: It’s the Holidays but the news doesn’t stop so neither do we!

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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Dec 27, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and special guest, Joel Mathis. 

Joel Mathis is a writer and stay-at-home dad living in Philadelphia. He co-authors—with Ben Boychuk—a weekly political column for Scripps Howard News Service, his own weekly column for Philadelphia Magazine’s website, and is a regular contributor toMacworld.com. Visit his blog at www.joelmathis.blogspot.com.

While everyone is on holiday, a pernicious, many would call sinister bill has passed both houses and awaits the President’s signature. the National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA is decried by watchdogs from all walks of the political spectrum, who believe in and defend civil liberty and civil rights. What is it and why should you care?

The Great CA Redistricting Sting:  California’s redistricting of political districts turns out to be worse than even the Pro-Publica report suggested last week in How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting ProPublica

 The taxpayer supported Teacher’s Union Jobs Program, popularly known as California’s K-12 Public Education System fails to adequately prepare more than 60 percent of all CA college bound kids,
despite billions of tax dollars spent on the K-12 public education.  “The remedial numbers are staggering, given that the Cal State system admits only freshmen who graduated in the top one-third of their high-school class. About 27,300 freshmen in the 2010 entering class of about 42,700 needed remedial work in math, English or both.”

Larry Sand of The CA Teachers Empowerment Network wrote a piece today in which he argues that “there are those among us who think that teachers unions, collective bargaining and peer assistance review are the way to a better education for kids. They look like earthlings, but in fact are extraterrestrials.”  Indeed, there are a rising chorus of voices that all vilify, denigrate, and dismiss with conspiratorial overtures, all organizations focused on reform that incorporate accountability with measurable results and integrity.   We’ll touch on several of the targets of these attacks, and we’ll stick to addressing the attacks on Democrats, liberal Democrats, just to be more than fair and balanced.  

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Related links to the NDAA: The NDAA Repeals More Rights

The Moral Liberal – ‎4 hours ago‎

The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues that slip toward tyranny and in fact accelerates it significantly. The main section of concern, Section 1021 of the NDAA Conference Report, does to the 5th Amendment what the

The Nation and the National Defense Authorization Act | World Socialist Web Site – ‎17 hours ago‎  | By Tom Carter and Barry Grey 

A comment by Robert Scheer published December 15 on the Nation magazine’s web site dealing with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) demonstrates that the left-liberal layers for whom the magazine speaks are

NDAA closer to becoming a reality in the United States | Examiner.com – ‎Dec 25, 2011‎

There is a growing concern in the Tri-Cities of East Tennessee over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) because it contains provisions allowing Americans to be detained without trial, and even transferred to foreign prisons and is ever closer


An egregious violation of due process  | Washington Post –

Congress sent the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to President Obama with provisions making possible the indefinite detention of US citizens suspected of terrorist activities, without due process, in instances authorized by the president

Related links to  The CA Redistricting Sting:  More Proof Dems Manipulated Redistricting

Related Links to the Taxpayer Subsidized Jobs Program for incompetent K-12 Public School Teachers and Administrators: Are Teacher’s Evaluations a Substantive Improvement for Public EducationOklahoma is not the first state to adopt a teacher evaluation system based in part on student test results, but is part of a growing trend across states and schools to move to the growth or value added evaluation models.
By Megan Rolland Dec 25, 2011

These last three articles deal with the Teachers Union Establishment and their Spokespersons in the media demagoguing demonizing reformers and sanctifying the status quo.   The last piece is one Larry Sand must have been referring to in his oped about “extraterrestrials”


Letter: Don’t let lawmakers hijack public schools

Posted: December 17, 2011

Charter schools are not the solution: The widow of famed UFT leader Albert Shanker blasts ‘reformers’
They are unwilling to work within the system

BY Eadie Shanker  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, December 26 2011

Teach for America: Liberal mission helps conservative agenda
  
By Valerie Strauss
This was written by Andrew Hartman, who teaches history at Illinois State University. He is the author of Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School. This was originally published at jacobinmag.com. It is long but well worth your time.  (See Larry Sand’s reference to this piece above)



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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guest, Yolie Flores, former L.A.U.S.D. School Board Member, catalyst for reform

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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Dec 20, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com welcome special guest Yolie Flores of Communities for Teaching Excellence, on the web at 4TeachingExcellence.org


We’ll speak with Flores about: 

  • her decision to leave the L.A.U.S.D. School Board, 
  • her decision to not endorse a candidate to fill her seat. 
  • The organization Communities for Teaching Excellence, she now heads up
  • What does she make of the latest contract agreement between the L.A.U.S.D. Superintendent and the UTLA teacher’s union? 
  • What does she make of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • formally referred to as THE LAUSD-UTLA LOCAL SCHOOL STABILIZATION AND EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE OF 2011?

 

We’ll cover the latest hot talk from around the state of CA.   John Seiler has a new report up on Mexico:  U.S. Govt. Destroying Mexico | CalWatchDog,

and we’ll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest published on CA City Journal and his latest Head to Head weekly column with Pia Lopez:  To boost the economy should Congress extend the holiday on payroll taxes? 

Related Links: 

The Huntington Park campus newspaper infamously ripped into Flores when she began to push for change, very clearly echoing the hurt expressed by their teacher(s), who understandably don’t want to shoulder the blame for the high school’s terrible standing.
But Flores won’t back down in her conviction that enough is enough. Now, she tells the Times: “This school has been waiting for decades, and people say wait a little longer. To me, it’s a stall tactic. I’m tired of waiting.”–Huntington Park High School Becomes Guinea Pig for Radical LAUSD Reform: 50 Percent of Teachers to Get the Boot –LAWeekly, By Simone Wilson Tue., May 10 2011

School Reformer Yolie Flores Departs LAUSD to Fight From Outside – Page 1 – News – Los Angeles – LA Weekly  She forced through the most radical idea in recent lausd history. So why’s she leaving for a Bill Gates start-up? By Jason S. Mandell Thursday, Mar 10 2011

Supt. John Deasy asks LAUSD board members to stay impartial on school control – Los Angeles Times October 01, 2011|By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

UTLA signs contract with LAUSD that holds teachers accountable for student performance – LA Daily News By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer, 12/15/2011 05:15:30 PM PST, Updated: 12/15/2011 05:16:47 PM PST 

The UTLA characterizes the tentative agreement as a solution that “will stabilize schools by stopping the giveaway of sites to outside operators and limiting reconsitution.” 
As Howard Blume reports in this morning’s Los Angeles Times, the agreement, in negotiation for several months, “virtually [ends] the two-year policy that allowed [under the 2009 LAUSD School Board ruling on Public School Choice] charter operators and others to take over low-performing and new campuses.”  —Unleashing the power of the professional”: LAUSD brings back local control – California’s Children 11-30-2011

The demands of the “Don’t Hold Us Back” coalition, which includes the California Charter School Association (CCSA) went completely unheeded. Insiders will tell you that their protests could be dismissed as harmless “theatrics.” The continuance of school board management is simply a continuance of union rule. While reformers have done a poor job organizing themselves, the results show that their efforts were wholly insufficient.  –Anthony Krinsky’s Education Blog: UTLA members rubber-stamp 6 more years of union rule  Dec 16, 2011 

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guests, Ben Chavis on School Boards, & Jack Dean on Public Pension Costs

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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Dec 13, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  

Special guests tonight are Dr. Ben Chavis, author of  Crazy Like a Fox , of American Indian Public Charter School fame, on the critical role of School Boards in support of the current prevailing paradigm that is our K-12 Public Education System,  and Jack Dean of  Pension Tsunami on the significant increase in the level of the public’s awareness to the dangerous current system of public policy formulas for wages, benefits and pensions for our Public Employees or Public Sector workers, including a look at the most recent Field Poll, Gallup Poll and political developments in San Jose, San Diego, and other happenings in CA.   

I love Whitney Tilson’s write up on his blog, about Ben Chavis.  Here’s an excerpt:

His schools are grades 6-12 and his first group of 27 seniors graduated last year — and 100% went to four-year colleges. He’s grown AIPCS from one school to five and all of them got API scores above 900 from the CA Dept of Education (scores range from 200 to 1000 with a statewide goal for all schools of 800; needless to say, nearly all other Oakland schools are nowhere near 900, much less 800). He told me his black and Latino kids are outscoring white and Asian kids — so much so that leaders of the Chinese community in Oakland asked him to open a school in their community — and it’s his lowest-scoring school (so far anyway)! His brash, in-your-face style would make any reasonable person uncomfortable, but great leaders often have this trait (think Patton). Here’s what I know: if I had to send my kids to an inner-city school, I’d want them at one of his schools (if there weren’t a KIPP nearby of course; interestingly, critics level some similar charges against KIPP as they do against Chavis: the discipline is too harsh — oh boo hoo hoo…).

 
John Seiler’s latest hot piece up at CalWatchDog is another must read: New Chart: More Spending Impossible | CalWatchDog
And it’s a must discuss too!  

Related links are a sampling from Pension Tsunami’s posts for Today, Dec 13, 2011:


The State Worker: Poll: Government workers favor lower pensions for new hires 

PPIC POLL: Big majority support Brown’s tax increase plan | SignOnSanDiego.com

San Jose Needs to Continue Bargaining on Pension Reform (editorial – San Jose Mercury News)

Poll Finds Little Love for Big Gov; 64% of People Surveyed Said Big Government Is Biggest Threat to the Country (M.J. Lee / Politico)

PENSION PULSE: Most Misunderstood Asset Class Today? (blog – Leo Kolivakis)

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler. Steve Greenhut, maybe, and Oscar Cruz of Families in Schools

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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Dec 6, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, may be joining us to discuss his latest posted commentary at CalWatchDog, addressing Gov. Brown’s open letter to the CA Voters issued on Monday, Dec 5th, what Brown says and Steve’s interpretation of what it says and means to all of us.   


We’ll welcome Oscar E. Cruz, the President and CEO of Families in Schools, a partner with other groups such as 4Teaching Excellence in Los Angeles, committed to causing reform and transformation in what is known today as public education.  He’ll give us a brief sharing of who they are, what they cause, who is impacted, how they measure their results and how can  listeners learn more about them.

Related link: 
The Small Business Action Committee joined with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers Association to file the initiative, which will re-establish the Gann Spending Limit of 1979. Although still in effect, the Gann Limit, named after proponent Paul Gann, was made ineffective by subsequent measures. Since that time, dramatic increases in spending have constantly put the state budget under water. The updated spending limit will stop the problem of unbalanced budgets.

 We’ll talk with our listeners and panel about the future of Gadfly Radio, moving forward, what we stand for, and what we want to be accountable for in our communication.

Last time Steven was with us, I wrote the following about who Steve is, as he occurs for me, and it’s so spot on, I want to repeat it, in case you missed it.  Steve Greenhut writes about policy on various news and think tank websites, on various issues, and they are all related and stem from a unifying set of core values and unwavering principles through which he analyzes and communicates.   His work is instrumental to help raise public awareness and consciousness of truths v how the public is manipulated by slick and effective media campaigns and public relations by those in positions of power over our “free” society.   His bias is for championing the individual, the underdog, the entrepreneur who respects others’ rights as well as his own.   A truthsayer and a truth teller with a lot of heart, soul, wit and irony, he is self described curmudgeon.    He is a lover of liberty and I feel lucky to have him on our side.  

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog, we have CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Larry Sand of CA Teacher’s Empowerment Network

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November 22, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal welcome Larry Sand, President of California Teachers Empowerment Network CTEN .

We’ll talk with Larry Sand about two very important stories related to CA’s critical financial situation and the crippling effect of an unsustainable public sector union group that swallows up more than 40 percent of the state’s revenue and yet produces mediocre and worse results–the K-12 Public Education Establishment is the most powerful and organized, institution and public sector union bar none.

They have the most state of the art public relations agencies at their service and win and secure the hearts and minds, and pockets books of an uninformed and trusting loving public.

We’ll talk with Larry about his article published today at Union Watch–A Project of the CA Public Policy Center, called California’s Looming Fiscal Disaster: Sunlight and an Informed Public are the Best Disinfectants

And we’ll also talk about a very illuminating battle playing out in Los Angeles Unified concerning The Stull Act and JANE DOE, et al, v. JOHN DEASY, et al, a lawsuit filed by a group of anonymous parents along with Skid Row educator the Rev. Alice Callaghan against LAUSD and its two big employee unions, United Teachers of L.A. and the Associated Administrators of L.A.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Marcia Friz of Fix Pensions First

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November 8, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com. We welcome back Marcia Fritz of Fix Pensions First . We’ll talk with Fritz on the Hot Button role of Public-Sector Pension reform initiatives and the mayoral candidate races today, in two major cities in CA–San Diego and San Francisco. We’ll talk with Marcia about the reform measures just recently proposed by Gov Jerry Brown, and we’ll ask her about the two initiatives that California Pension Reform just filed with the CA Attorney General, reported in the OC Register on November 2, 2011 as Aggressive pension reforms closer to ballot box.   Do they go far enough?

We also want to chat with Fritz about their recently updated publication of the California-$100,000-a-Year-at a-Minimum-Pension-Club.  It’s grown 99% in the past two years ($100K pension club soars 99% in two years)!

Related Links:

San Francisco’s Pension Crisis
by Judith Miller
San Francisco’s Pension Crisis:  Will the liberal city’s residents, worried about retirement costs’ “crowding out” services, embrace reform?
November 7, 2011

$100K pension club soars 99% in two years
by John Seiler,
CalWatchDog.com, November 3rd, 2011
Municipal Bond Credit Is Imploding By CHRIS STREET at CalWatchDog.com, NOV. 7, 2011

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, an Encore with Special Guest Anthony Krinsky on The “Don’t Hold Us Back Coalition”

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November 1, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com. And back for an encore, and because this topic spans across so many issues that plague our Country’s current sorry state of affairs, we welcome back special guest Anthony Krinsky, the publisher of  Anthony Krinsky’s Education Blog.

We’ll talk with Krinsky on “The Don’t Hold Us Back Coalition” pushing hard for real substantive reforms in L.A.U.S.D. Moreover, we’ll talk with Krinsky about issues he raised last week and which we’ll explore further including what the piece he posted by Ned Ryun, about Conservatives and the Tea Party means to him, and how he believes it plays out in the Education reform movement and its shortcomings?

From CalWatchDog, we’ll talk with John about GM pulling its advertising from John and Ken on KFI. I got an email recently from a group called Cuentame, and it included a video of its Director or President Alex Caballero asserting that they were not backing down and that their intention to have John and Ken removed from the airwaves.

I bet there are a lot of groups that would love to have John and Ken removed, and many of them are in Sacramento, either as elected officials, lobbyists and or union bosses, all doing the work of backing the all powerful and in charge public employee army ruling CA.

This all mighty coalition includes the California Teacher’s Union, the Prison Guards Union, CA law enforcement unions, the SEIU, and more. John and Ken lead the way to fight against police abuse of power and corruption.

John and Ken are powerful, influential voices for transparency and the rights and needs of free enterprising small businesses and wanna-be small businesses, if only those enterprising individuals can scale the ever growing snare of costs, fees, red tape, and cronyism.  

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Anthony Krinsky on UTLA’s “Big Business Interests” to Occupy L.A.

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October 25, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Special Guest Anthony Krinsky, the publisher of  Anthony Krinsky’s Education Blog. We’ll talk with Anthony about his recent blog post and the questions he raises and discusses in this post:  

LAUSD Occupation is big business for the UTLA

This blog is cross-posted in the Echo Park Patch.
http://echopark.patch.com/blog_posts/lausd-occupation-is-big-business-for-the-utla

We’ll also discuss a previous post on his blog concerning an alliance between Republicans and the Teacher’s Union, concerning No Child Left Behind’s renewal and the elimination of accountability standards.   Rand Paul is leading the charge for the elimination of these requirements, but will these help the Education Reformers or will it set the movement back?

Rand Paul (R) embraces the NEA/AFT position on ESEA
Why is Rand Paul begging for legislators to invite under-performing NEA teachers to testify against basic testing that costs around $15 per student per year but which tells us whether teachers are doing anything useful with the $700 billion we spend every year on public education? 
Why is Rand Paul casting deciding votes with the National Education Association to scrap the best (and arguably only) good laws that the Department of Education has ever promulgated: RTT and the accountability provisions of NCLB?

We’ll check in with John on the latest hottest stories posted at CalWatchDog.com including:
 
Govt. Union Boss in Top 1%
John Seiler Oct 25, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street crowd is protesting against the high pay of the top 1 percent in income in America. They say they’re part of the “99%ers” — all the working people who keep the country going. Our friend Larry Sand points out that California’s government worker unions, especially the teachers’ unions, are joining the bandwagon, claiming to represent the 99 percent. He writes: It’s almost Halloween and the California Teachers Association, a rich and powerful outfit, is in costume as one of the “99%ers” – protesters who claim to be have-nots. A couple of weeks ago United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten made sympathetic statements about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now the California Teachers Association has jumped in with a full endorsement and suggestions on its website as to how teachers and others can get involved in OWS activities. Well, guess what?  (click on the link at the title to read the full article)

Politics Still Beats Down Police Reform
OCT. 24, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS
A mentally ill homeless man was beaten into a coma that proved fatal by six Fullerton police officers as he screamed, “Help, dad!” Fresno police repeatedly punched a homeless man in the head while he was face down with his arms behind his back. Three BART officers in Oakland detained an unruly passenger, who was then fatally shot in the back. When the victims’ families, the media and civil rights groups tried to discover whether these officers committed any previous acts of excessive force — or even to obtain their names — a gulf of silence ensued.
Welcome to five years after Copley Press v. The Superior Court of San Diego.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Steven Greenhut, and Mark Cabaniss

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October 18, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome CalWatchDog’s editor in chief Steven Greenhut, and former public defender and DA  Mark Cabaniss.   

We’ll ask Steve about the news, from bad to worse concerning California’s fiscal crisis, and the battle over what to do about it. 

We’ll ask Mark what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus’s choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down.

KFI’s John and Ken host the number one drive time show in the country, second to New York City market in numbers, and first in monetized market share.  Love ’em or hate ’em, if you’re in radio, you wish you had their numbers.

They’re populist and some of their political rants and perspectives line up well with the principles of liberty, sound fiscal policy and limited government that doesn’t infringe on a healthy entrepreneurial class, the middle class, the small business class.

Some of their ideas are reactionary. But that’s another topic. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 19th, they are going to Fullerton, CA to support the recall of three sitting City Council members who make up the majority of the City of Fullerton’s City Council, and their reason is spot on for all the latter perspectives about their populism.

The issue that brought this recall into being was the police brutality against and murder of Kelly Thomas, a 37 year old 135 pound schizophrenic homeless man who also happened to be son of a former Orange County deputy sheriff and a loving caring father. The reason this case was not buried under the rug as so many police brutality cases and sometimes even the murder of a detained person or prisoner are, was the forming of an alliance between Kelly Thomas’s father and the writers of a local and popular blog called Friends for Fullerton’s Future.

Guest, Mark Cabaniss, who lives in the Sacramento area in Northern CA, is a former DA and a public defender. He has written on this case on at least three separate occasions and his pieces have been published at CalWatchDog, Friends For Fullerton’s Future Blog, the Greater LongBeach.com online news publication, and other publications. You can find a compilation of his works on this issue here.
Each of the different op-eds he wrote on this case appeared is various different publications but are only listed here one time.

Tonight we’ll ask Mark to explain to us what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus’s choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down. L.A. Times Blog reported the D.A.’s charges like this:

Two Fullerton police officers have been criminally charged in the violent confrontation that left a homeless man dead, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday.

Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic man. Officer Jay Cicinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

Are the charges fair?  Can the public expect justice be served?   Yes or no, and why? 

Special guest, Steven Greenhut, studies, writes and speaks about public policy.  In addition to being editor and chief of, and regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com,  he regularly contributes columns to online and hard copy publications, including the Opinion section of the O.C. Register, and the hard copy of City Journal.  He has authored two powerful books on abuse of the public trust in public policy: Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain , and his most current, Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation .

We’ll talk with Steve about as much as we can and have time for, concerning the ongoing battle between citizens who want to reign in the costs, power and burdens of the Public Sector in California, and those who defend the status quo, and are pushing to up the costs of sustaining the current paradigm onto the tax payers, in terms of raising taxes, and reforming or diluting Proposition 13, raising fees,  and further restricting citizens in cities or municipalities from enacting reforms at the local level to cut down the costs of their public sector services, employees, benefits and retirement pay.

Steve lived in Southern California until recently, and worked as an editor for the Opinion Section of the Orange County Register and their blog. He wrote a lot on police practices during his tenure at the O.C. Register and has much insight to share with us on the issue of the Kelly Thomas case, the DA’s charges, and the policy, politics and practices that enable police and sheriff Departments to develop into a culture of abusive practices.

Other related links:
Outlook goes from bad to worse for CalSTRS under proposed accounting standards: By Dale Kasler

California’s big public pension funds are already short tens of billions of dollars. An organization of accountants is about to make the picture look even worse. A proposed change to pension accounting standards could give more ammunition to conservatives seeking to reduce pension benefits for public sector workers. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to issue a wide-ranging proposal to overhaul pensions sometime soon.

Departing DeVore Zings Union Ally Spitzer Silencing Local Gov’t Truth-Teller

Merging cities: ‘Out of the mainstream’?

De-Development Nightmare Haunts CA Biz

Convicting an officer is a tough challenge, experts say: Jurors are usually sympathetic toward police officers and even when prosecutors get a conviction, the sentence may be reduced.

Baca says he was out of touch with county’s jails: The Los Angeles County sheriff said he failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized brutality. He also said his command staff has at times left him in the dark about jail conditions.

30 jailers punished for inmate beatings, report says: Sheriff’s Department watchdog releases study on inmate abuse. Sheriff Baca plans to install more video cameras in jail to document misconduct.

L.A. County deputy says he was forced to beat mentally ill inmate: The rookie, top recruit in his class, resigned after the incident, which he said was covered up. The deputy’s supervisor was allegedly threatened by the young man’s uncle, a sheriff’s detective.

L.A. County jail guards aid drug trading, sources say: Inmates pay to get narcotics and other contraband through deputies. Baca says guards’ financial hardships are usually involved.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Bob Bowdon & John Moorlach

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October 11, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome John Moorlach, Vice Chairman of The Orange County Board of Supervisors. 

Also  joining us is Bob Bowdon, the Director of the Cinema film, The Cartel–a movie about the public school unions and their establishment and the rule they hold over public schools in New Jersey.   He’s got a new project on Education called ChoiceMedia.TV and CA is one of the states on his radar.

We’ll get John Moorlach’s assessment of the debt crisis in various O.C. Cities, in light of the City of Santa Ana talking bankruptcy.  He’s been doing some research on how other cities and counties in CA stack up.  We’ll get a teaser about his statewide research and findings too.

Related Links:

John Moorlach is a blogger.  You can visit his blog at John Moorlach’s Postings Focused & Understandable Government that Works.

The Cartel,  was a game changer film in the realm of public education reform.  

ChoiceMedia.TV

Governor Jerry Brown has just signed several of the hundreds of bills that were passed by California’s most public-sector-union dominated  legislature, but he proves to be even more beholden to the union cartel than the legislature.  We’ll touch on a few of the most egregious bills he signed and one he vetoed.

 He signed:

  • AB144, which bans open carry by law abiding citizens.  
  • John Seiler writes that by signing AB 499, Gov. Brown Undermines Parental Rights,  allowing 12 year old minors to be administered Gardasil, the HPV immunization injection without their parent’ consent or even knowledge. 

He Vetoed:

“This measure would [have] overturn[ed] a California Supreme Court decision that held that police officers can lawfully search the cellphones of people who they arrest,” Brown said in a statement on why he shot down the bill. “The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizures protections.”

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Richard Rider of San Diego’s Tax Fighters Group

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October 4, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Richard Rider of San Diego’s Tax Fighters Group for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. Used this last line last week, and lo and behold, it still fits.

Yesterday, Katie Grimes of CalWatchDog.com wrote Brown Hands Out More Union Gifts. It is a bloody gutting of a bill at the 11th hour, to fill it with an egregious flagrant power grab, to neuter, nullify, squash, smash, any efforts by citizens in local governments to govern themselves, to do what Sacramento is too corrupt and dysfunctional to do, to reign in the Blob that controls the Governor and the majority of the Legislature in Sacramento. The bill SB 922, that started out as a bill to legislate immunizations and tuberculosis screening was gutted and transformed into a death knell on City or Municipally passed initiatives to ban Project Labor Agreements anywhere in CA, because what has been brewing in San Diego has been getting the attention of activist around the state, inspired by the success of the activists in San Diego, to build coalitions to establish sound fiscal policy in San Diego, to protect vital services and restore financial solvency.

The coalition for Comprehensive Pension Reform C.P.R. announced on Friday, last week, that they had qualified a major game changing initiative for the ballot, in June next year, to reform public employee pensions for the City of San Diego. Earlier in the month of September, activists in the City of San Diego just qualified an initiative to ban Project Labor Agreements for Construction in the City of San Diego.

We’ll talk with Richard Rider on the reform measures that have been passed, and the two that have just been qualified for the June ballot and this move by the Governor and the Union controlled Legislators who have passed a bill to cut the San Diego reformers off at the knees. What now?

I want to talk about my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.  It is not a coincidence that the same week, Governor Brown refers to John and Ken as part of a group he coins as the ‘Legion of Acceptability’ in a interview with the NYT.

Related links:
Anti- Project Labor Agreement Initiative Qualifies for Summer Ballot

my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.

  
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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Jack Dean, Publisher of PensionTsunami.com

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September 27, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  welcome Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. 

  CA hits a new record at 12.1 percent unemployment level and Sacramento proves to be an island where unemployment numbers are down.  Meanwhile for our government employees, it’s business as usual.  John Seiler will walk us through a myriad of bills the CA Legislature passed this session, over 600 bills, but we’ll stick to the most egregious, expensive and job killing ones the Governor has signed into law. 

With Jack Dean we’ll look at Public Employee pension costs, their impact on local communities up and down the state, and a few notables in the news lately across the country.
 

We also want to touch on the fatal beating of 37 year old homeless schizophrenic, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of 6 City of Fullerton police officers.   What lessons do we take from this case?   What happens next?  How do citizens expose corruption in their communities?

Related Links: 
From CalWatchDog.com:

In this CalWatchDog.com blog post on Sept21, Steven Greenhut writes Brown Says It All.  

Speaking to a group of government officials and law enforcement leaders in Sacramento today, Gov. Jerry Brown reassured them that there will be plenty of money to implement the realignment plan that shifts responsibility from the bureaucratic and incompetent state corrections department to slightly less bureaucratic and slightly less incompetent county governments. He pledged to back a November 2012 initiative toward that end,… Brown said one thing that epitomizes the state Capitol: “Don’t worry about the money. We’ll get it to you one way or the other.”

In this piece, Brown Continues Attack on Jobs,  John Seiler writes Gov. Jerry Brown remains unfazed by California’s accelerating economic decline.

Brown’s Government Expansion Project 
In this piece published yesterday, Katy Grimes reports:

Many in the state say that Gov. Jerry Brown has demonstrated a propensity for doing things his way, even if it means bucking his own party. But what Brown really has shown a gift for is expanding government.

Faced with 600 potential new laws sent to him in bill form by the state Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appears only to be prolonging the insecurity and uncertainty in California with his bill-signing pen.

A few good vetoes along the way have gotten more headlines than the impact of what he has signed into law.

Here are just 7 of the 10 entries at Pension Tsunami today.  The other three are no less compelling, but I am sure you get the picture from this  sample list below:

For related links to some of the stories we’ll discuss related to the Kelly Thomas murder and what lessons we can take to heart from this story and how it is unfolding, see this post here:

Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.

  
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Court upholds ‘citizen’s right’ to film cops

The second article down on this post was posted by David Bailey on our Gadfly Radio Group wall on Facebook, as a comment or amendment to a post I made of this Reason Youtube video called

Who will watch the watchers? In a world of ubiquitous, hand-held digital cameras, that’s not an abstract philosophical question. Police everywhere are crackiing down on citizens using cameras to capture breaking news and law enforcement in action.

In 2009, police arrested blogger and freelance photographer Antonio Musumeci on the steps of a New York federal courthouse. His alleged crime? Unauthorized photography on federal property.

Click on this www.youtube.com direct link to watch the video and or to read more.

Yesterday, David Bailey, resident of the City of Fullerton, and our guest tonight on Gadfly Radio posted this article yesterday.–

August 29, 2011

Court upholds ‘citizen’s right’ to film cops
Arrests for filming cops violate Constitution, court ruled

By PoliceOne Staff

BOSTON — Arresting someone for filming the police is a constitutional violation, the Massachusetts district court announced Friday.

The case began when Simon Glik was taken into police custody for recording an arrest with his cell phone camera, according to Tech Dirt. Glik told police he saw an officer punch the suspect and believed their use of force was excessive, sources say. Officers reportedly asked him to stop recording because audio recording — a capability of Glik’s phone — violated Massachusetts wiretap laws. Click to read article.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, with special guest Ben Austin of Parent Revolution

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August 23, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and also policy adviser for education at The Heartland Institute and a former managing editor of School Reform News, joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, and  special guest, Ben Austin, Executive Director of The Parent Revolution  and co-author of The Parent Trigger Law.   

 “While it has changed over time and changes somewhat from year-to-year, about 52 to 55 percent of the State General Fund Budget is spent on K–12 and Higher Education.” (CA.Gov)   
Ben Austin is a proven effective education reformer.  He is also a self described Progressive who vehemently defends unions, collective bargaining and even card check.   Ben Austin, together with co-author for The Parent Trigger Law, Senator Gloria Romero and supporters,  developed and helped bring into being, a powerful and effective tool for The Movement which Diane Ravitch claims in an op-ed posted below, is “already failing.” 
The coalition of reformers includes Progressives,  Democrats for Education Reform, conservatives and libertarians, business leaders, and of course parents.  
What is the strength of this coalition?  How threatening is the divide around unions and card check, and partisan politics? 
  Do all Democratic Reformers defend Teacher’s Unions?  Both Steve Brill and Joel Klein are also formidable leaders with Democrats for Education Reform.  Brill prescribes turning around public schools  “not by abolishing the unions but by persuading or forcing them to engage in real reforms so that they can help move those 3.2 million teachers in the right direction…”
Tonight’s show will be a spirited discussion among allies who want to see parents engaged and empowered, and all children have a shot at being well schooled–no excuses.  If a child can read, write and is numerate, he or she is capable of forming his or her own opinions and venturing outside of dogma to seek truth.  That is why everyone who believes in individual liberty and possibility should be engaged in this very real movement. 


Some related links:

When Adults Need to Act Like Grown Ups by Ben Austin, published today, Aug 23, 2011

…The vast majority of the public discourse around education reform ends with name-calling and finger pointing — depending on which ideological extreme has the microphone, either charter schools or teachers unions are single-handedly dismantling American public education.

So it was no surprise that all sides retreated to comfortable ideological corners last week when the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) accidentally released their secret plan to “kill” the Parent Trigger.

The Parent Trigger is an historic law in California, Texas, and Mississippi that gives parents unprecedented power to transform their children’s failing schools through community organizing. The Parent Trigger allows half the parents at any failing school to transform their school based on what’s good for children, not adults.

Four Opinions are posted in an excellent series, published this week online at Reuters Blog and I’ve posted them below: 
The Great Debate

First Two are by Education Reformers (Two Education Reform deniers follow below): 

The school reform deniers by Steve Brill–A label is coined.  The whole piece is fascinating, but scroll down to the facts section… for a super charged reminder for why reformers are so committed. 

Whitney Tilson, Director of Democrats for Education Reform noted the following excerpts from Steve Brill’s, and Joel Klein’s op-eds posted below, in his e-newsletter yesterday:   

That said, the issue of whether we need to throw out a system in which we allow unaccountable, unmeasured civil servants to produce failure when our nation’s economy, security, and core values depend on success is not complicated at all. It doesn’t take Woodward and Bernstein to see that the deniers are running on empty. It reminds me of the old debates over whether cigarette smoking is bad for your health. Curing lung cancer is complicated. Identifying a leading cause wasn’t. It only seemed complicated for as long as it did because those with an interest in denying the obvious spent so much for so long to keep the debate going.

The parents: the force that can’t be beat By Joel Klein

…But relying on strong leaders alone is folly. Their survival, as Fenty’s experience suggests, depends on building political constituencies that will support them, and push them to be even more aggressive. If that is to happen, we have to start with parents, who must stop tolerating a system that is failing their kids, and start insisting on great schools and teachers.

The unions know that parents are the only force they can’t beat and, as a result, they’ve done an incredible job over the past couple of decades cultivating them as allies. But, increasingly, parents — especially those in high-poverty communities — are coming to understand that it’s their kids who are bearing the brunt of the current union-driven, adults-first focus of public education…

Whitney Tilson goes on about Klein–“[He] also gives a nice and well-deserved shout-out for an important new book by Terry Moe, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools:

When it comes to persuading the unions, there’s another recent book, “Special Interests”, by Stanford professor Terry Moe, that’s well worth reading. Moe spends considerable time discussing what he views as the misguided notion of “reform unionism,” which is similar to Brill’s idea of persuading the unions to get on board for real reform. The simple truth, according to Moe, is that “beneath all the talk, important fundamentals are at work — and the fundamentals drive most of the action. Teachers fully expect that their leaders will protect their jobs, promote their economic well being, and win work rules that give them valuable rights and prerogatives.” Union leaders who fail to do those things, Moe adds, “do so at their own peril.” In fact, more than once, union leaders have told me that, even though a proposed reform made sense, they couldn’t support it and survive — and, they would always add, for good measure, that whoever replaced them would be worse for reform.

Let me be clear, reformers should always seek “to persuade” the unions to join them, and there are several encouraging examples to support this approach — some that I personally achieved together with NYC’s union president Randi Weingarten, and others that Brill recounts in “Class Warfare”. But so long as persuasion is the reformers’ only weapon, Moe concludes, “the reform movement will never get where it aims to go. It will never be able to build a school system that is organized for effective performance. It will never be able to simply do what’s best for children.”


Brill’s second theory of change — ” forcing [the unions] to engage in real reform” — appears to be more realistic.  But how is that going to happen?

I take the liberty to add to the preceding excerpt, what follows in Klein’s op-ed:

…The next political force for reform that needs to be unleashed, as Brill notes in “Class Warfare”, is teachers, especially those who are new to the field and haven’t yet bought into the union-driven long-term seniority- and pension-based system that has long served the veterans. Teachers need to be convinced that the model Brill advances — where salaries can increase significantly if we build a system based on performance, rather than longevity — is better for them financially, while also likely to enhance public respect and support for their profession. This is not so much a variation of reform unionism but, rather, the creation of a second — and different — teacher voice in the discussion. 

Klein mentions Educators 4 Excellence as an example.   Would California Teacher’s Empowerment Network CTEN be another example?
 
And two Deniers:

If only the unions were the problem By Deborah Meier  (below, this denier’s answer to Steve Brill’s comments on the Rubber Rooms… She loses me at ‘Hello.’

1.  Rubber Rooms. I happen to know some terrific teachers and principals who were sent to the Rubber Room.  They left 30-40 years of extraordinary work in despair and dishonor.  It wasn’t the union that created the Rubber Room—but former schools chancellor Joel Klein.The fact that many never get charged with any crime, much less given the opportunity for a hearing, is not the union’s fault either.   Brill might acknowledge that the contract was created by two groups, and that both the original decision to remove the teacher and the subsequent investigation and final appeal are part of management’s responsibility.  I don’t blame my lawyer if the prosecutor delays an investigation or hearing.
But should they be “sleeping, playing board games, chatting” for their $85,000 a year? Would Brill have been happier if they were reading Crime and Punishment?  One friend of mine tried to get excused from the Rubber Room to volunteer in New Orleans after Katrina.  She was not allowed.

The reform movement is already failing by Diane Ravitch

We are in the midst of the latest wave of reforms, and Steven Brill has positioned himself as the voice of the new reformers. These reforms are not just flawed, but actually dangerous to the future of American education. They would, if implemented, lead to the privatization of a large number of public schools and to the de-professionalization of education.

More Related Links: 

The Parent Trigger: A Positive Step or a Distraction for Improving Our Public Schools? an online debate featuring Ben Boychuk and Julie Cavanagh.

I want to ask our panel, Why the media black out of Ron Paul’s 2nd place victory at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll on Saturday?
I said I’d do it last week… Now a week later, hope to squeeze it in.  Um, will try; Would love to get John Seiler’s take on it.   

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Hrabe, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, with special guest Mark Cabaniss

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August 16, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Hrabe of CalWatchDog on the CA Redistricting, and Mark Cabaniss on his take on the Fullerton Police Department gang of 6 who should be prosecuted for murder and what the public needs to watch for and resist from the O.C. District Attorney.  We’ll discuss Ben’s on-line debate on the Parent Trigger for Education reform,  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villareigosa’s pronouncement today at a press club event calling for “reform” of Prop 13, and why is Ron Paul ignored as a top tier candidate? 


Related links:

To end police abuse, punish abusers By Mark Cabaniss, an attorney from Kelseyville, California, who has worked as a prosecutor and public defender in his former state of residency.

The Parent Trigger: A Positive Step or a Distraction for Improving Our Public Schools? an online debate featuring Ben Boychuk and Julie Cavanagh.

Mike Ward: Redistricting Panel Broke Law by John Hrabe of CalWatchDog.com

Carla Marinucci blogged today following LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for overhaul of “corporate giveaway” in Prop. 13 “in a much-anticipated speech to the Sacramento Press Club today, urged progressives to “stand up to the idealogues” of the Tea Party and called for massive overhaul of state tax system — including Prop. 13 — to protect California’s future and resources, including education.”

I want to ask our panel, Why the media black out of Ron Paul’s 2nd place victory at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll on Saturday?

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/Martha, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, Tax Payer Advocate Richard Rider, CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, and Nate Bradley of LEAP



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August 9, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with:  

City Councilman Carl DeMaio on his efforts to pass city legislation to reign in the fiscal crisis of San Diego and fix the unsustainable costs of the city’s public employees’ pensions and benefits.   

Richard Rider, San Diego Taxpayer advocate and president of San Diego Tax Fighters Group joins us on the real size of Govt debt when local, county, state and Federal Government debt are looked at all together.   

John Seiler has a new report posted up at CalWatchDog today on how the Market Crash Slams State Pension Funds.

Nate Bradley of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) on recent testimony he provided against California drug asset forfeiture laws.   

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Thank you for supporting our program, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this post with others.

It’s a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog‘s team of government policy watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce! 

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Hrabe, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, AntiWar.com’s Angela Keaton

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August 2, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with:  

Angela Keaton of AntiWar.com Radio about her focused campaign to build a broad based and effective coalition united around the singular issue of Anti-war, or peace (this includes ending our “War on Drugs.”    (Post Script to the show Wed 12:26AM Aug 3, 2011) Per my promise to Angela Keaton during  our live interview, please visit  ComeHomeAmerica.us:  Americans United in their Alarm about the destructive consequences of our country’s runaway militarism. Read the letter addressed Dear President Obama and Members of Congress. And sign it if you agree. I invite everyone to listen to her interviews on Liberty Radio and to her production at AntiWar.com Radio.

John Hrabe of CalWatchDog.com joins us to bring us up to date on CA Redistricting–the maps, the partisan politics, the current state, the unintended consequences and blatant disregard for the will of the voters, the negligence and or naivete of the CA GOP and the possibilities moving forward

Ben will talk about a new report on term limits and an argument for eliminating them.   I hope to keep coming back to the recent op-ed by Joel Kotkin, in the hard copy summer issue of City Journal Magazine, called Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to Hell.   We talked about it last week.  It offers a lot of perspective on CA political economic policy, politics and polemics.  A version of it is available here on line at the WSJ with an online subscription or for a two week free trial.   Eventually, it will be available online at City Journal

We’ll also discuss the POWERFUL lesson for political activists  on the significant impact a small band of dogged citizen bloggers in a community can have on Big Government by looking at the story of the Friend’s for Fullerton’s Future Blog (FFF.org) coverage of the murder of Kelly Thomas, the cover up by the City of Fullerton’s Police Department, the tacit complicity and indifference of the City Council and the Orange County D.A.    FFF.org blew the lid off of business-as-usual.  

It didn’t happen over night.  The crime was committed on July 5th, and it did not get coverage from any large news outlet until July 27th and then it caught fire.  As a result of a few brave, dedicated bloggers, the story is now too big to ignore, dismiss, excuse, or cover up.   What are some of the issues this case underscores and how do they relate to other cities and counties throughout the country? What are some of the lessons to be gotten by activists for limited government?


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Uh-oh: Los Angeles County retirees won’t disclose pension information – latimes.com & Brown vetoes replacement for senior care cut from budget – Bee Capitol Bureau

As I drive down the Freeway with my partner recently we’re sensitive to the big expensive toys of our emperor class of Public Employees, we see a big new shining red truck with a fireman sticker on the back of it, new rims and cherry red and we think that guy should thank us.  We’re paying for that truck.
He’s probably retired and on his way to the lake to his second house.  Maybe he’s got a double dipping job where he’s working at a different public employee job and racking up some more retirement benefits.   My partner sighs, I should have been a fireman.  We’d be rich and retired now and living the life on some other guy’s back.  We’re both proud to not be doing so.  We do value our honor. 

Now the Legislature, whose political campaigns are largely funded by the public employee unions are stripping services for the old and poor and least able to fend for themselves in order to fund the lifestyle of the lucky dogs who chose to be public servants.  Never did any of us dream that they would end up having the retirement income and lifestyle of millionaires at our expense.    The rest of us are working away, if we’re lucky to have jobs,  to foot the bill for all of them, and stay afloat ourselves.  

Well it doesn’t look too good when greed is going to put seniors out of their homes and into warehousing institutions, leave kids with no summer programs to keep them out of trouble, and is forcing closed other programs for the needy.   It’s just another picture for me to ruminate on in my head as we pass those trucks pulling boats to  cabins  owned by our contemporaries who hit the jackpot.  We jokingly laugh out loud how they should share their toys and homes with us, their friends in the private sector who are paying for all this wealth being sucked up by our new wealthy class of public servants.

Los Angeles County retirees won’t disclose pension information – latimes.com
By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2011

Los Angeles County retiree group won’t reveal pension information
Even as other counties are being ordered to disclose pension amounts, the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. is standing firm against the trend.

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Assn. is refusing to disclose how much its retirees are receiving, even as other counties have agreed to make pension information public.

In the last two months, appeals courts have ordered retirement associations in Sacramento and San Diego counties to disclose the information, and agencies in other California counties are complying with requests to release information on the  pensions of retirees.
Click here to read the article.

Brown vetoes replacement for senior care cut from budget – Bee Capitol Bureau Posted at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2011By Torey Van Oot  
 Bee Capitol Bureau

Gov. Jerry Brown riled advocates for the elderly and disabled on Monday with an announcement that he vetoed legislation to create a replacement program for senior care services scrapped as part of this year’s budget agreement.
Assembly Bill 96 would have allowed roughly half of the state’s 300 Adult Day Health Care centers to continue to operate under a new, federally approved program. It was approved in response to an agreement to ax the Adult Day Health Care services to cut state spending.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, Assemblyman Chris Norby, Carlos Rodriguez of CA Libertarios

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July 26, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton, CA, John Seiler of CalWatchdog and Ben Boychuk of City Journal join us, and Carlos A. Rodriguez, Immigration Attorney, Libertarian Candidate for Congress in 2010, drops by to share a bit of what he got at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas two weeks ago.  We’ll see just how lasting the good vibes he picked up have held up with him. 

We’ll talk with Assemblyman Chris Norby, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk about: 

  • Steven Greenhut’s published op-ed,  “Making [the] Public Pay for Budget Cuts,”  “’Armstrong & Getty,’” a talk-radio show in Northern California, recently featured a morning drive-time discussion during which listeners shared similar stories of police indifference. Police officials are blaming budget cuts for their cutbacks in service, but it’s hard to accept this explanation…”  “…’The California Highway Patrol is handing out more traffic citations than it did a few years ago, and that has generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments…’”  Public safety officials are handing out more tickets and shutting down services that are important to the public.  Why? What’s the alternative? 
  • John Hrabe’s piece on redistricting,  Jeanne Raya Failed to Reveal Donations, about another California Redistricting commissioner who failed to disclose a campaign contribution to a political candidate.  The purpose of the Redistricting Commission is supposed to avoid the “taint of partisanship.”
  • The CA Legislature’s maneuvers to curb citizen direct democracy including a bill requiring an hourly wage and banning pay for per signature gathered, which is on the gov’s desk for signing, and two other reform measures in the Legislature, that curb citizen direct democracy.  
  • After getting present to the reality of CA’s situation, we’ll touch on a previous piece by John called Rutten’s Amazon Attack Ignores Reality.  What is  Amazon’s Referendum about and why the contempt from the Left on this issue?  “Rutten is upset that Amazon is using the initiative process, created a century ago by the progressives who battled Southern Pacific, to thwart the recent Amazon tax. (The tax actually hits 25,000 small “affiliates” a lot more than it does Amazon because Amazon and other companies fired their affiliates.) But until now, Amazon has had close to zero political involvement in California. It’s only involved because it was attacked by Rutten and crew.
  •  Last week we didn’t have enough time to do justice to a piece by Joel Kotkin in the summer issue of City Journal Magazine, called  Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to hell so Ben Boychuk will talk about it tonight.  

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My Opinion on The Buzz: Poll mixed on voter views of online ‘Amazon tax’ & CalWatchDog’s Published Smoking Gun Report on Redistricting Commissioner Dr. Gabino Aguirre and his CAUSE.

The small time merchants who’ve lost a significant income stream when the employment prospects in CA only get darker, were already responsible for paying the taxes, on their own.
Amazon as a company, operated in the red for years and years, and for a state, even full-of-itself-California, to dictate to a company how they must act as the tax cop for the State Govt is tyrannical.

A rumor I heard at a recent Word Press blog camp I recently attended told of many individuals who were incorporating in Nevada to get around the law. Meanwhile the State is now out the income tax they were actually collecting from all those law abiding citizens who made an income in the high unemployment State of CA, and who paid their taxes on their income, as was the working model.

California is broke and we now have a higher unemployment rate than Nevada and our Legislators just slashed a major revenue stream because they are reactionary toward small business private enterprise, the job cow of the job market–providing well over 80 percent of the jobs when the economy is healthy. The small business economy is still the super majority of jobs provider, but the CA State Legislators beg one to assume they are innumerate or deliberate, or morally bankrupt, or for sale to the highest bidder.

Reminding me of while Rome burned, Republican authoritarian-leaning State Senator Tom Berryhill has co-authored a bad bill totalitarian and otherwise useless, in the name of protecting a dead child while Californians face a worsening unemployment situation and breakdown of cities on account of a fiscal disaster, as a result of the cost of government and the assault on private job producing companies.

Steve Chapman at Reason wrote this on Berryhill’s co-authored bill, before Barryhill and his co-author, also Republican, Paul Cook, announced their co-authored bill for “Caylee’s Law.”

CRP Chairman, Tom Del Beccaro gets tough around the redistricting and the one commissioner who has a strong connection with CAUSE Central Coast Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy. The chart at CalWatchDog is a smoking gun.

I digress. Amazon tax stupid or reckless.
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My Opinion on “Ben Boychuk and Pia Lopez go Head to Head over Should California let universities use race as a factor in admissions?”

By Martha Montelongo

I was admitted to UCLA through affirmative action, and my ethnicity was a factor. How much of a factor? I don’t know. And I always wonder if I could have been admitted without that as a factor, on my merit alone. My background was interesting and harsh, and would have been so, had my parents been Jewish, Polish, German, Italian etc. My resiliency, doggedness, and spirit could have been that of a Chinese or Vietnamese or an Anglo or Irishman just as well. So why would I get special treatment based on my ethnicity? The hardest thing about the question race as a factor for admissions raises for me is the cloud of doubt and denigration race based admissions has had on my own sense of self-regard. The doubt this issue casts in my own regard, over my ability without the advantage of the race card has been hurtful on many occasions.

Most recently I moved back to Whittier, CA after living in Santa Cruz for 23 years. I’m still in the process of sorting out my affairs but I had to change my medical group to a local group so that I could resume preventative and proactive personal health care for myself. The thought occurred to me several times as I was looking at the names of doctors in the assorted HMO groups available to me.

I remember Killer King Hospital, a.k.a. Martin Luther King Jr Hospital in Los Angeles County near Watts and South Central. Race trumped qualifications and the results were ghoulishly frightening. So many people died, were maimed, and tormented as a result of a policy that strictly adhered to race as the number one criteria for leadership, control and administration of this hospital. It was allowed to carry on it’s reckless neglect and malpractice for years, and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors failed to act because of their fear of standing up to the politics of race identity political groups that roared at the mere suggestion of any serious reforms in policy.

I say it often–I love being Latina. I love speaking Spanish. I love my Mexican American cultural heritage. I have fond and delightful memories of family gatherings and experiences and my music collection includes classics from the 30s, 40s and 50s of Mexican Bolero and Romantic songs. But I don’t want to look at the name of a doctor and wonder, are they qualified or did they get here because of their name and cultural background? Did they get in to their medical schools by meeting the standards as an equal, or did they beat out a more qualified person because of their race?

Or let us ponder what if both applicants were equal in every since of their test scores and academic achievement, then, do we sanction a choice be made by a public government agent based on an individual’s ethnicity and race?

It reminds me of an incident when I was a child of six or 7 years of age. A little girl our same age lived two houses up the street from us. For a few summers, we, my twin and I, would spend almost everyday at her house. She had so many toys and so many games and they always had a dough boy pool in the back and it was so hot and that pool and then the cool of the air-conditioned house and the toys and the snacks, were all so wonderful.

We’d endure her petulant and unfair behavior of taking the stack of Candy Land cards under the table in the middle of a game so that she would draw the best cards. She’d mess up every once in a while and one still had a shot at winning. We loved the colorful board, and all her games and playing together. And they were very generous with us.

But one day we had a disagreement over I don’t remember what. It was a shouting match on her front lawn. She got so mad, she slapped my little sister who was only four years old, to get at me. Without thinking, and just reacting, her little brother, equal in age to my little sister was near me, and I grabbed his hand and slapped him. I was so instantly ashamed. It was a primitive reaction. I won’t condone policy that acts in the way I did, in that moment.

Pia Lopez responds to comments in the piece posted here in the SacBee.

She implies that all other things being equal, that for the sake of diversity, so that the University environment reflects the diversity of the community, the race factor matters. She says: “The aim is to gather a pool of qualified candidates and then to look at each person, on a case-by-case, individually to see what they would bring to the mix in an entering class.” What right does anyone have to play God in this mix? How about a lottery, all things being equal?

How about this Pia? How about we put all of our efforts into transforming, not just reforming, but transforming our public schools that are the only option for the poor in every community, save for the lucky few who get saved from the failures that are our public schools, because they win a lottery and get into one of the few Charter Schools allowed by cowardly and or compromised politicians and the teachers unions that control them? How about we stop perpetuating the myths that black and Latino kids aren’t capable of high achievement in math, science, English, and more?

I got A’s in my major at UCLA. I worked very hard to learn how to write a decent sentence, paragraph, and essay. I was too proud to quit, give up or fail.

I went to a high school that sent a lot of non Hispanic kids to elite colleges. We, those kids and I, had the same teachers. I got decent grades in those same classes. Why didn’t those teachers have to teach such that when I got to UCLA, I wasn’t below the basic Subject A course in skill level? I was fortunate in that the Affirmative Action Program, then directed by Steve Duarte, had a Summer Program component to it. They housed those of us admitted under special admission in a dorm for 10 weeks, and they gave us an intensive course in remedial math or English, depending on our major as well as two university undergraduate level courses, simultaneously.

It is a high price we pay as a society to tolerate and enable the job programs that dominate what passes for our K-12 Public Education System. We fail the majority of our students who are poor and or lower middle class, whose parents can’t afford to move or to send their children to private schools or who are not educated enough themselves, to teach their own children.

Supporting race based quotas is to support a system that fails the majority and saves or gives a chance out of mediocrity and failure to a handful of tokens, so that liberals can feel good about themselves while they go on enjoying the luxury of our taxpayer supported State Universities, a welfare program for the rich and upper middle class in our country.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, City Journal & Claremont Institute’s Ben Boychuk & Hoover Institute’s Bill Evers on CA Charter Schools in Peril, Congressional Candidate Craig Huey’s Amazing Race, and Mike Shaner, Entrepreneur in business to Advance Liberty

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July 5, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT: Bill Evers, a formidable specialist in CA Education Policy, along with fellow education policy expert and commentator, Ben Boychuk on the precarious condition and peril of Charter Schools in CA. What are these ominous bills, including AB 114 and AB 440 and SB 645.

Here’s a comprehensive webinar put together by The Charter Schools Development Center, breaking down SB 645’s proposed changes to current Charter School law in CA, and the severe impact these changes bode for the survival of Charter Schools in CA.

We’ll also look at AB 86 by Tony Mendoza, which as currently amended would require at least half of all teachers and  classified employees (i.e., non-teaching staff) to sign off on any  petition to convert a school to a charter. (This is somewhat related to the Parent Trigger.) And as Boy Boychuk puts it, “speaking of the Parent Trigger (and in keeping with the rule of three), there remains the threat of AB 203, which could very well lock the trigger by giving districts more power to deny petitions, etc.”
 

Next Tuesday, July 12,  Craig Huey squares off against sitting L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn in the special run off election to replace Jane Harman in the 36th Congressional District.  The fact that Craig Huey is in this two-top-vote-getters race defies conventional wisdom about what is possible, even in a district that is as solid blue as this one.  Is it his message, his outreach, and are old and tired campaign strategies working for Janice Hahn, a poster child of Los Angeles political machine politics?

Mike Shaner, is an entrepreneur who is passionate about winning hearts and minds over to stand for liberty and stand up against the ever expanding size and power of government. He’s got a very popular blog and he’s active on FB too.   He’s a transplant from Alabama and lives in Oak Park, CA, thus the name of his blog, The Oak Park Republic.  He’s a convert from the left, to the far right, to libertarian policy.  We’ll talk with Mike tonight about his first full op-ed ever published on Lew Rockwell, called A Tale of Two Elections: Historic or Unimportant. He’s passionate and thoughtful. We’ll get a taste of his talent tonight.

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My New Show on KRLA 870 AM: If you can’t beat ’em join em…or um, The Business of being Free–Why are pro liberty activists losing in CA?

Jan 8th at 11 PM, we launch our new program on KRLA 870AM. My partner and manager, Dan Gutierrez and I have asked friend of liberty, Chris Thompson to join me on the air, so I’ll have a co-host. Chris Thompson resides in Fullerton, CA and is part of a circle of active and engaged residents who’ve enjoyed success at inspiring community members to self-govern with integrity. They participate, comment, blog and either run for office or keep candidates who run and are elected accountable. He is a member of Friends for Fullerton’s Future and the very formidable Taxpayer Advocacy Group, Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayer’s.

We’ll hear from Eric Christian on the success of his team’s efforts in San Diego this past November, to win passage of legislation that helps keep the playing field open and fair for labor contracts with government entities. They’re taking their show on the road and activists for liberty and the business of being free can partner with Eric’s team or learn from them on the importance of banning Project Labor Agreements for the purpose of securing integrity in the labor market and in the cost of construction to the taxpayers.

We have more in store for this week’s show, and for shows to come and I look forward to sharing them with you. I’m very excited about the purpose and conviction we bring to the show. Living free, being free, and enjoying the great sensation of being alive and fully self expressed in the process is our inspiration. Californians are not doing well at self-governing if our budget deficit, our debt and our unfunded public employee pension obligations are any indication.

Californians have abdicated our power to our elected officials and allow them to carry on void of integrity as our civic leaders.

Activists who shout the loudest are ignored and thus ineffective. Many activists and business owners are giving up and leaving California. But many of us love California too much. It’s our home and we’re committed to making a stand and being a cause for transformation in the people of CA such that we embrace self-government as our responsibility, and hold our elected officials and ourselves accountable.

Sustainable is a buzz word tossed about with frequency, but it’s not often applied to the behaviors and the lack of leadership and integrity in our political class nor ourselves as the voters who elect them and then ignore what they do.

Most Californians all want the same thing: we care about preserving the beauty of California, the education of our young, and want to prosper and enjoy our lives while we engage in the pursuit of happiness. Where is the breakdown in communication and where is the possibility for affinity and collaboration that will create a thriving California? We’ll have fun while we entertain these big ideas, efforts, successes, and the greatest possibilities before us.
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Steven Greenhut’s “State GOP verging on irrelevant” may be a great understatement. The Dems aren’t the only ones who’ve been in denial over the destructive course of their actions.

And it appears there is little sign of any large or significant aspect of epiphany. All the same, I believe and so, I cannot resign into cynicism. Hope you read it and move into a positive course of action.

Republicans have been amused by President Barack Obama’s thick-headed response to the Democratic Party’s electoral defeat. Despite near-historic gains for the GOP in the House of Representatives and significant GOP gains in the Senate and statehouses, Obama refused in his news conference Wednesday to pin the blame on his agenda, instead pointing to economic frustrations and a failure by his administration to adequately explain his policies.

Despite the president’s delusion, Democrats would be wise to engage in some soul-searching if they hope to reconnect with the public.

Republicans in California need to do some soul-searching of their own as they find themselves in a much deeper hole than the Obamaites. The Democrats eventually will regain some steam across the country, but Tuesday’s drubbing of the GOP in California suggests the state party might now be an irrelevancy. Click here to read the article

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