Purpose

To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Monday, February 18, 2013


Roadshow: Are high gas prices worth the trade-off for clean air?

 http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22582046/are-high-gas-prices-worth-trade-off-clean

By Gary Richards, February 14, 2013

 Q To the silence of mass media and our elected officials, gas prices have been rocketing up the past few weeks. In Fremont, the price for regular gas increased 42 cents in just 14 days at an Arco station. Many stations are either at or closing in on the $4 price tag. Amazingly (not really), there is not even "fake" outrage from our elected officials about the oil companies hurting middle-class families by raising prices for no apparent reason. Or are the higher prices our punishment for the California and Obama "green" agenda? 

What do you think?

Devin Foley

Fremont

A Our high prices can indeed be linked to our special blend of clean-burning fuel we've been using for about 15 years, since we cannot import that blend from other states. But after seeing TV broadcasts of the awful smog in China and in Salt Lake City, many have no problems with our type of fuel -- especially when they can see the eastern foothills that too often were blocked by valley smog when we moved here in 1984.

Oil companies now keep just enough supplies to meet demand, and when refineries go down for whatever reason, our prices soar. Do I like it? No. Do I like clean air? Most definitely.

Here is something else to consider.

Q This is a response to Jeffrey Novick's comments recently regarding charging electric/high-mileage 
 car owners more for registration "and leave everybody else alone" to make up for the loss in gas tax revenue.

I find it interesting that Novick's proposal ran in the same edition of the Mercury News as the lead article on the Bay Area's high rate of hospitalization for children's asthma as a result of air pollution, etc. Charging a higher registration fee to owners of electric/high-mileage cars to make up for the loss in gas tax revenue is counterintuitive and counterproductive to national and state goals of reducing oil use and air pollution.

As the owner of two older petroleum-burning vehicles (gas and diesel), I would be willing to pay a bit more in taxes at the pump to make up for lost revenue, but only if those moneys went solely to improve and maintain our roads.

Alan Keith

Mountain View

A Too often as gas prices soar above $4 a gallon, we tend to overlook the benefits of the more expensive fuel that you point out.

Q I find it amusing reading the comments about gas prices. Gas should be priced at what people are willing to pay. That is what capitalism is all about. Is this good? Not necessarily, but it is what we have. I never complain about gas prices.

Michael Arellano

San Jose 

 A You are one of the few who doesn't.

Ignore the Newspapers, Mailers and TV Ads — Vote for Kevin James or Jan Perry for Mayor If You Want to Turn L.A. Around

 http://ronkayela.com/

February 18, 2013


Politically, L.A. is “more like a kindergarten sandbox than a grown-up municipality,” writes esteemed Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters, who sees the “a deeply troubled city, with a moribund economy, rising ethnic tensions and deep fiscal difficulties.”

At a time when the city “needs bold and courageous political leadership” for a change, it is faced with mayoral candidates, “especially” Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, who have a “collective image … of political cowardice – refusing to endorse new taxes, calling for a tax cut, pandering to voters on taxes and unions on layoffs, and ducking questions on how the city’s immense budget deficit should be handled.”

“In other words, they want to be mayor of Los Angeles but don’t want the responsibilities that go along with the title – not unlike the man they hope to succeed, one might say.”

Tough and true talk from afar but close to home the Daily News chose to tepidly endorse Valley girl for no good reason. She and Garcetti are “too nice” for the job but Wendy gets the endorsement for “lightly pounding” the table during her interview to emphasize a point.

Kevin James actually captured the widespread discontent of the populace and Jan Perry offered blunt and honest talk and even newcomer Emanuel Pleitez was more appealing than Greuel and Garcetti but everybody knows they are going to make the runoff because they have the most dirty special interest money.

The LA Times didn’t shed any more light on the mayor’s race in its feeble endorsement over the weekend of Garceti to lead “an underachieving city led in recent decades by a succession of underachieving mayors — people who came in with big dreams or big talk but soon got bored with the day-to-day task of steering a municipality.”

Without a single decent candidate who is up to the job, the Times gives the nod to Garcetti because lightning might strike and inflame his weak and self-righteous soul and help him “rise to the occasion” although nothing in his 12 years on the Council, six as its president, suggests that claim is anything but a fantasy – or a lie to deceive the public.

Even in its limpid endorsement, the Times has to concede that more than most, he must “bear some responsibility for the city’s current fiscal problems, which were dramatically worsened when the council negotiated employee contracts that were unaffordable, leading to a budget too far out of balance, and leading, in turn, to deep cuts in services.

Greuel is dismissed because she is too “smart and ambitious” yet less “abrasive” and effective as Controller than Laura Chick was.

Jan Perry is made of sterner stuff and “is often right, but being right is not enough” because  courageously stood up to the dictatorial little labor union stooge Herb Wesson when he was abusing his power as Council President to turn redistricting into a politicized exercise in racial profiling and got punished for efforts.

Attorney and radio talk show host Kevin James is “interesting and his words are riveting” when he talks about the depths of corruption that put L.A. into its current troubled state.

But, the Times intones, “his critique is wrong.” The problem isn’t the overwhelming influence of special interests who own and control almost everyone in city offices – the problem is that “a lack of leadership, a lack of mission and discipline, have led to low-quality work being delivered by a high-quality workforce.”

Say what? Riordan, Hahn, Villaraigosa – when the Times ever hold their feet to the fire and demand they take command, provide leadership, mission, discipline?

Surely, all three of them exhibited more leadership in their careers than Greuel and Garcetti have.

Why would anyone expect any mayor of this troubled city with its kindergarten politics when the civic, business and journalistic leaders themselves stand for nothing and exhibit no courage at all.
Kevin James or Jan Perry would make better mayors of L.A. than Greuel or Garcetti. They both have demonstrated better understanding of what’s broken and the courage to tackle some of the big problems.

The odds are overwhelming that they won’t get a chance and this desultory campaign without hope for the future will move to a runoff.

Frankly, the political cowardice of the city’s politicians is easily matched by the political cowardice of what passes for an establishment and the sheeplike ignorance, apathy and defeatism of the small minority of voters who will even bother to cast ballots.

Roski, state squaring off over legality of NFL development

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_22611436/roski-state-squaring-off-over-legality-nfl-development

By Ben Baeder, February 17, 2013

 

 

 

INDUSTRY - Developer Ed Roski Jr. and the state are embroiled in a legal dispute over a proposed National Football League stadium on the east side of the city.
Roski's plans for a 592-acre development depend on $180 million in property tax money, according to city officials. The money would pay for infrastructure around the stadium.

The state on Dec. 18 wrote a letter prohibiting the public money from going toward the development, saying some of the contractual obligations haven't taken place and therefore cannot be enforced.
Roski's lawyer fired a letter back to the state earlier this month, calling the state's conclusions "demonstrably wrong."

"Frankly, we are shocked by the completely erroneous analysis and conclusions set forth in these paragraphs and respectfully request an immediate review of these determinations," wrote Roski's attorney, George Mihlsten, in a letter to the state.

Roski's lawyers recently had a meeting with the state, but the issue still isn't resolved, said Kevin Radecki, Industry's city manager.

The money to be spent on the stadium would come from accounts formerly controlled by the city's redevelopment agency. Such agencies were outlawed by the state government in 2011, and only projects with existing contracts were allowed to move forward.

The state argued that several parts of Roski's contract with the city haven't been formalized, citing instances where one part of the project would not take place until the other parts were finished.

Roski's attorney said that the state's arguments don't make sense because they would preempt any phased project from taking place.
Industry's City Council has taken the opinion that the project is eligible to go forward.

Conspicuously absent from the letter to the state was any mention of football. The letter mentions only a commercial development that gained environmental approval in 2005. Roski in 2009 sought and gained the passage of a law that exempted the change to a stadium project from parts of the state's environmental review process.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that, as far as the NFL knows, Roski has not stopped seeking an NFL team.

Roski was not in the office Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

Roski, who is the billionaire president of Majestic Realty Co., in 2008 announced that he hoped to 
buy all or part of a team and then move it to an $800 million stadium that would be cut into the hills on the east side of the city.

At the time, he called the stadium a "sure thing" and said it was a completely private development with "absolutely no taxpayer dollars."

But Roski had trouble convincing another team owner to sell him all or part of a franchise. And in the months following the announcement, it came to light that the stadium site was owned by the city and leased to Roski for no up-front money. The city was to be reimbursed through a profit-sharing agreement. And last year, city officials said the arrangement included $180 million in public funds for grading, streets, and other infrastructure.

While Roski was still looking for a team, his former business partners at Anschutz Entertainment Group announced that they hope to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Most experts believe a downtown stadium would rule out the possiblity of Roski attracting a team to Industry.

The substance of the disagreement is tied up in the language of the California Environmental Quality Act, which calls for builders and municipalities to consider the consequences of a development and then to try to make up for damage caused by the project.

The contracts for those make-up projects have not been formalized.

When it comes to California's environmental law, such disputes are common, said Doug Johnson, a fellow at the Claremont McKenna Rose Institute of State and Local Government.

"CEQA makes for some very, very complicated disagreements," he said.


 
 
CALL TO ACTION

From Sylvia Plummer:
 
With big headlines in the LA Times OP-ED page, MTA Power Play, this is our opportunity to defend Ara Najarian against Antonovich, the transportation bully that represents us in the San Gabriel Valley, John Fasana, and his cohort, and bigger transportation bully, Barbara Messina.

Please comment to the article MTA Power Play 
online or by emailing latimes@latimes.com

This could be a major turning point and certainly our chance to show the LA Times that the tide has turned in our direction, with all the opposition to the 710 freeway and toll tunnels.

Be sure to read this article and why Antonovich is working behind the scenes to get rid of Najarian.
 
 

Newton: An MTA power play

L.A. Supervisor Mike Antonovich and others would like to oust a fellow board member.

 http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-newton-column-mta-antonovich-20130218,0,2116555.column
 


Dan Walters: Its politics make L.A. look more like a sandbox than a major city

 http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_22612087/dan-walters-its-politics-make-l-look-more

February 17, 2013

 
LOS ANGELES is the nation's second-largest city, but in political terms it's more like a kindergarten sandbox than a grown-up municipality.
Its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, was seen as a rising political star with national potential when he was elected eight years ago.

However, a series of tabloid-worthy exploits, unresolved budgetary crises and other negative factors appear to have short-circuited his political career.

A campaign is under way to choose Villaraigosa's successor, but the aspirants exhibit no vision for the troubled city and are busily trashing each other in hopes of surviving the first round of voting on March 5 and making it into the runoff.

The City Council has placed a half-cent sales tax hike on the same ballot, and the city's administrative officer warns that if it doesn't pass, mass layoffs, including hundreds of cops, may be the city's only option to close a $200-plus million budget deficit.

But none of the candidates for mayor endorses the tax hike - while most back a cut in the city's business tax that would widen the deficit - and most of the council candidates are running away from it as well. Villaraigosa finally endorsed the new tax after weeks of indecision, but only tepidly.

The two leading candidates for mayor, the ones most likely to make it into the May runoff, appear to be city Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti.

Neither supports the sales tax hike, but neither offers any reasonable alternative to the severe layoffs and other spending cuts that city Administrative Officer Miguel Santana warned last week would be required if it doesn't pass.

Santana, in a 48-page report to the City Council, said a 500-officer cutback and other reductions "are the only options left" to close the deficit.

Greuel did offer a budget plan of sorts, backing the elimination of the $400 million business tax and pledging a big Police Department expansion, but has refused to say how the new spending would be financed. She's drawn ridicule from Garcetti and other mayoral candidates, but they haven't offered any alternatives.

The collective image of those running for mayor, especially Garcetti and Greuel, is one of political cowardice - refusing to endorse new taxes, calling for a tax cut, pandering to voters on taxes and unions on layoffs, and ducking questions on how the city's immense budget deficit should be handled.

In other words, they want to be mayor of Los Angeles but don't want the responsibilities that go along with the title - not unlike the man they hope to succeed, one might say.

Los Angeles is a deeply troubled city, with a moribund economy, rising ethnic tensions and deep fiscal difficulties. It needs bold and courageous political leadership, but hasn't had it and won't be getting it anytime soon.





Roadshow: School buses are 'rolling death traps,' grandmother contends

 http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/breakingnews/ci_22599482/seat-belts-required-california-school-buses-manufactured-after

By Gary Richards, February 18, 2013

Q Dear Mrs. Richards: If you have any influence with Gary, you might consider bopping him over the head with a baton to get him in on a worthwhile endeavor. Several weeks ago I emailed your husband about a topic that I feel is very important: the safety of schoolchildren.

Perhaps you are no more aware than I was that school buses often don't have seat belts, thereby making them rolling death traps. Now that we both know, I'm asking you, as a mother, and future grandmother, for your help. I'm willing to do as much work as it takes, but I don't know the ins and outs of finding out how widespread the problem is, and whom to contact to right this wrong. If you could take up the baton and work with me in an effort to get these buses retrofitted with seat belts, I'd be truly grateful.

The week before Christmas I was one of the chaperones going to a play with my granddaughter's second-grade class. When I boarded the bus I couldn't believe that, in this day and age, there were no seat belts. An airplane doesn't take off until everyone is belted in. When I drive I am subject to a fine if everyone in my car is not belted in. And yet our children riding old school buses are at risk of being flying projectiles in a large metal box with metal seats.

I know that nothing will be done until there is a public outcry. You have the perfect bully pulpit to spearhead an effort to close this gap in child safety. You can make a real  difference.

Annie Bryant

A I understand your worry and applaud your passion, but progress is being made. California is one of a handful of states that requires seat belts for all school buses manufactured after July 1, 2005. In addition, buses without seat belts are considered very safe with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which concluded that "there is insufficient reason for a federal mandate for seat belts on large school buses."

Why? Buses have improved emergency exits, more solid roofs and "compartmentalization" in which they provide occupant protection for children without the need to buckle up. Crash protection is provided by a protective envelope consisting of strong, closely spaced seats that have energy-absorbing seat backs. Go to www.nea.org/home/19085.htm for more.

Q Why do buses continue to stop at railroad crossings? It seems this maximizes the time it takes to cross the tracks. Wouldn't it make more sense to keep rolling at speed to get across the tracks?

I saw a bus almost get rear-ended due to stopping at a relatively unused track (not to mention the backup of traffic it caused and the inherent danger of people changing lanes to get around the bus).
David Spencer

A Here's why: The damage done to a bus that is rear-ended by a car pales in comparison to the damage that would result from a collision with a train.

All buses and large vehicles transporting hazardous materials are required to stop at all railroad crossings. Drivers must look both ways and listen for oncoming trains before they can proceed.





Mapping 11 Projects Currently in Pre-Development

 http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/mapping_11_projects_currently_in_predevelopment.php

By J. Williams, February 17, 2013

 (Two of the projects are in Pasadena.)


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Permits for new construction are going up, up, up and dirt's being moved all over Los Angeles. So what can we expect to see in 2013 and beyond? It seems like a good time to take a look at some of the projects currently wending their way through the entitlements and design review process as they make their way to a neighborhood near you. Here, then, is our first installment of the Pre-Development Watch map, highlighting projects that you may or may not be aware of, but all currently in the pre-development stage. Are you a loose lipped land-use lawyer, chatty planner, or gossipy architect that knows of a project currently in the throes of conception? Email us and let us know! (Bonus love if you have renderings).
3330 E. Foothill Blvd
3330 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91107
 
11 New Developments Knocking on the Door
 
 
421-427 Coylston, Arts District
Proposed conversion of an existing three story manufacturing building into retail space on the first floor and 24-units of joint living and working quarters on the second and third floors.
Panorama Mall
Proposed 45,000-sq. ft. exterior expansion of Macerich's Panorama Mall in Panorama City.
722 E. Washington Blvd
Proposed demolition of 3 of the 4 existing industrial buildings on-site and renovations and addition to the remaining building to construct a mixed-use project with 56 affordable units, ground floor retail and parking.
12th & Grand
Sonny Astani's proposed two-phase, 7-story mixed-use project containing 640 units and approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of retail space with 595 parking spaces.
Columbia Square
Proposed mixed-use development, scaled down from the previous iteration, featuring 200 residential units with approx. 621,000 total sq. ft. for residential, office, restaurant, retail uses, and a health club.
Sixth and Arizona
Proposed 6-story, 39-unit mixed-use building with 2,500 sq. ft. ground floor retail & 38 parking spaces in a 3-level subterranean garage.
105 S. Los Robles
Proposed 5-story, approx. 50,000 sq. ft. mixed-use development with 50 residential units, and ground floor commercial above two levels of subterranean parking with 70 spaces.
3330 E. Foothill Blvd
Proposed construction of a 212-unit residential project (4-5 stories)with subterranean parking on an existing vacant lot.
1439 Poinsettia Place
Wiseman Development's proposed 4-story residential project with 39 units and 78 parking spaces in one subterranean level, with a 32.5 percent density bonus for setting aside 3 units for very low income households.
2775 Cahuenga
Lennar's proposed 42-unit small lot subdivision project conveniently located in the Cahuenga Pass.
Veterans Village of Glendale
Proposed 4-story, 44-unit affordable rental housing project with 59 parking spaces in a single level semi-subterranean garage.


Tony Brandenburg: Unintelligible at any Speed - the Legend of Luis Luis ICEman Carlos

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/

February 18, 2013

 

ICE ICE baby



 Did I mention Ayala is an Immigration Attorney?
Ayala for School Board District 7 has 60 likes on Facebook. I know, I know. The Sierra Madre Tattler doesn’t use any social media, but I certainly do. I’ve used many, and I continue to utilize Facebook and Twitter. I like the medium. It’s funny. So, poking around on FB, Mary Brandenburg located the Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala page and started to drop in a couple of questions about Ayala’s work for ICE (click here). The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I mean, that’s kind of a cool job, right? I mean, something that a person should be proud of, I would think.

Well, yeah, it is, if your job is securing the borders to protect the citizens of both countries from the invasion of hostile forces. For someone like me, maybe not so much, because I think fluidity between countries is a good thing, and exchanging ideas is a good thing. I mean, it goes without saying that you can’t stop crazy, no matter how hard you might try.

In any event, if you are a person who reads the kind of history books that I do (click here) you have a differing opinion anyway, and you aren’t really trapped by any ideologues in the first place. Unlike Screwy ICEman Luis Luis, some of us see value in both books and the computer (click here), and don’t believe that one is better than the other.

I wonder if Ayala got with the 21st century before he turned into Mr. Ed Honowitz, Jr. (click here). You know, say nothing until the person you are avoiding talking to isn’t around, and then talk trash about them. Luis Luis ICEman (click here) Carlos and Mr. Ed Househusband Honowitz no doubt have a great deal in common and could have a whopper of a shindig (click here).

What the Hell is UP with the Kindergarten Sprechen?
One of the most offensive things this guy does is to speak to audiences as if they are stupid, or too stupid to keep up with his big three syllable words. He speaks very s-l-o-w-l-y and takes time to e-n-u-n-c-i-a-t-e every word so that his important m-e-s-s-a-g-e doesn’t slip by our peanut brains. I swear to God, I almost hope this f-o-o-l gets elected so that I can watch him talk to the rest of the Board of Education like they are a bunch of i-d-i-o-t-s.  ICEman, let me assure you that I am not as stupid as I look, and you can speak to me like a big boy.

ICEman speaks s-l-o-w-l-y so that we proles will u-n-d-e-r-s-t-a-n-d the important gobbledygook he is feeding us. We g-e-t it, ICEman. You speak s-l-o-w-l-y so that your L-I-E-S seem more credible. I don’t need to be reminded that you are an a-t-t-o-r-n-e-y every thirteen m-i-n-u-t-e-s because my A-D-H-D is not a license to assume I lack c-o-m-p-r-e-h-e-n-s-i-o-n.

Away, the ICEman Runneth
So anyway, what if you are campaigning for a political office, and you want to downplay your role in an agency like ICE because, after all, one of the roles of ICE is to deport foreign nationals? Along the southern border, which I am pretty sure is about two hours from here, that means primarily nationals from Mexico. You might not want to chat people up on that.  I mean, get it, because......regardless of what your actual role is, you aren’t going to want to step into to something like that because......... if you do, some of it might get on your shiny black FBI shoes (click here). You may be mistaken for being too cozy with The Man. People might believe that your role is to deport and not support. It would certainly make a person who is simply a resident here uncomfortable if they needed to come to ICEman for supporting their kid’s education.

How would you explain it? Well, one way is to dodge it altogether.  Don’t mention the stuff that is over here  from 2005 which clearly states Luis Luis Carlos (click here) Ayala ICE/CBP/CIS Los Angeles District Liaison. Be sure to also dodge the stuff over here from 2006 letterhead which clearly states Luis Carlos Ayala EOIR and ICE Trial Attorney Co-Chair along with Nicky Jacobson. Look, I don’t care either way, but like lots of things, things are sheltered, denied, and glossed over. The immigration attorney thing has been common knowledge forever (click here) but the ICE part, not so much. If it ain’t so, just say, “It ain’t so.”

Mary posed this question on Ayala’s campaigning page on Facebook. Mr. Ayala, you say you will support all parents. Why are you censoring my question re: your working for ICE? Why have you not disclosed this? 

Instead of an answer, this is the message Mary got from Darla Dyson (click here) who is currently running interference .....uh.... I mean …...  the campaign manager who answered nicely enough: Mary - I'm afraid you've been misinformed. Mr. Ayala has never worked for ICE, though he did consider doing so at one time. Thank you for asking. So many wild rumors pop up when one runs for office - but then soon after blocked first Mary’s, and then my ability to post live questions on an open political forum.

Darla Dyson later informed us that the page is intended for information to engage supporters in volunteering for phone banking and walking the precinct. I won’t be able to volunteer, and neither can my friend from Amsterdam, but on a positive note, Petey Herr Dreier and Steve Cole, both of  “the non-partisan” grass root group Invest in Pasadena Kids (IiPK) can still access the page and volunteer to their hearts’ content. Luis the ICEman (click here) would probably be better off with those guys anyway. They don’t knock and run away like I do.

Look, I know the head Tattler doesn’t like social media. Me, like I said, I love it. It keeps me in touch with people I never see, and as a musician, it gives fans an opportunity to interact with my band and I. It requires everyone to either be brutally honest, or an absolute phony, and best of all, it’s out there live, 24/7. Recently more and more politicians are figuring out what everyone else already knew - you can get the word out quickly and effectively. Like, if  Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) wants you to know that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party endorses him, he’ll make sure you know about it.  The down side is, of course, you also might have people like Mary and I writing and calling horse slop on the lies.

Dahling I Love you, but Give Me Park Avenue
Just like Petey “Apartments are Cool for You, Not Me” Dreier has figured out how to live in the suburban shade of a detached home in Pasadena while grooving on the pack and stack Urban Housing for Pasadena plan, so has Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala figured out how to groove in the upscale housing district of Pasadena to the tune of a cool million dollars (click here) for his crib back in 2004, right about the time his name showed up on those ICE docs. That’s some pretty promising cash flow for an..... um..... immigration attorney, and that’s hardly the housing my favorite communist, I mean, columnist Petey Dreier thinks we all should be dwelling in - but just the same, maybe the ICEman is one of the special ones, too. I wish I was special (click here). Outside of the ACT endorsement though, the ICEman doesn’t quite fit on the chassis of the machine too well.

Up until recently I thought Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala was handling his campaign out of his own pocket, which, I have to admit, was something I admired. Alas, it wasn’t to be so.  Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) has his campaign contributions up (click here) at the Pasadena City Clerk page, and he got a hundred each from attorneys Dale Gronemeier, and Phyllis Colman. No surprises there, after all, Luis always proclaims he’s a lawyer (click here). There was also $242.25 from  a non-lawyer, Measure A commandant and SCE side door buddy Kenny Chawkins. The ICEman also got $1,000 each from Peter Knell and Mrs. Knell, investment manager at KCB Management (click here), and another $1,000 from Edmund Sutro, PHD, an Arcadia Unified Teacher (and former PUSD teacher) who also appears to be a part-time investor (click here) and likes to kick in money now and again (click here) around election time.

Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala doesn’t want to talk about ICE, and he doesn’t want to explain to myself or to Mrs. Brandenburg why his children deserve to go to private school, and why ours aren’t good enough. Really? An immigration attorney who sends his kids to private school is going to make administrative decisions for my three kids? He is so out of touch with American public education that he thinks that discussing that he learned three languages studying abroad is going to somehow resonate with people who grew up sleeping in a garage and a trailer like I did, or trying to carve a public education out of a boulder in Pasadena, or learning to do algebra from a tent on a wrecking yard like the kids in Sierra Madre do.

See, not everyone is privileged enough to go to private school. All that talk about Linda Vista being closed is hogwash. Our boy Luis is like house-husband Honowitz in more ways than one, it seems. Word is that it is the Mrs. who has put the ixnay on the ublic-pay ool-schay idea. She was overheard saying she would never send her preciousssss ones to PUSD schools. Oh, hell no. Mrs. Ayala doesn’t want her special ones taught in the squirrel cage with our special ones.

Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala is from a privileged class. He doesn’t want us to forget just how special he is. He has repeatedly let the lesser class know about his foreign learning as opposed to our silly old Californian edumacations (click here). Here’s a nice byte of Ayala’s ego and bravado to chew on: I learned peoples' different perspectives of culture and politics by studying in France, Mexico, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Singapore (click here).

Tell me about studying in Portugal, and I’ll tell you about a kid raising his four siblings and then dropping out of high school. Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala, you have no idea what people who aren’t privileged like you have to go through to get a basic education in this country. Tell me, Screwy Luis, if a parent of a child attending school in America is not a citizen, maybe they’re a resident, or undocumented - will that parent feel confident that they can go to the Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala, and secure an education for a child without the fear of being deported by a  .... uh.....  board member?

See, Luis Luis the ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala maybe you should’ve stayed in America to learn some basic math. You seem to have forgotten how many years you were in private practice vs. how many years you were an ICEman. Last week at Marshall he added 12 years to Scott Phelps’s 8 years as Board member.

Take that Silver Spoon out of your Mouth and Answer the Question
February 11, 2013

Dear Mr. Ayala,
I've been trying to find some information regarding your affiliation with ICE and EIOC, and why you have not disclosed this. I sent a message on your Facebook campaign page weeks ago and received no response. I then tried posting the question on the wall, but was removed and I am now blocked.
My question is one that others in the Latino community will also have, and rather than silencing me, why not just clarify?

When you speak of working as a Board member with all parents, that should also include those that you may not agree with, as well as those that are the disenfranchised, such as us.
Thank you in advance,
Mary Brandenburg

You see, there will never be an answer to any of these questions  available before the election. Not a chance. Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) “No Worries, I’m an Attorney” Ayala doesn’t seem capable of answering questions through anything other than a very controlled forum that are hosted by ACT or the unions, and doesn’t know how to handle an audience/family member like me. There are people who run over and tell me their rules. They don’t understand that a person has to first recognize the authority of the rule maker to actually follow them. This is my problem with city governments and boards of education who lie. I don’t recognize their authority.

So. How on Earth is he going to provide leadership for our kids? His campaign sounds like a scripted and generated infomercial. He has no platform other than he’s a g-man with a law degree. Big deal, who isn’t these days? He dodges questions, casts stones, shows up late for forums, sends his kids private, went private himself, but, by God the elitist  has the solution for public education in Pasadena. We proles are so lucky to have someone so special in our midst.

He’s turned Andre' Coleman down for an interview or two already, well, I assume he just hasn’t responded. Good luck to the Coleman trying to get Ayala to say anything other than “I am an attorney” (click here) if Andre actually gets the pleasure of  Ayala’s company. Mary Brandenburg, following Darla Dyson’s suggestion, has written Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) through email. The 21st Century is so cool. She had actually tried earlier in the month as well. It took her two minutes to write it and send it. It would have taken about that long for Luis Luis Carlos to respond. The emails have gone unanswered. Ayala has no problem slamming the other District 7 candidate, Scott Phelps every opportunity he gets,  but doesn’t seem willing or able to take two minutes to explain exactly why his name shows up associated with ICE, and his people don’t seem willing to either. Certainly seems that deflection is his only card trick, or maybe the ICEman just can’t count that high.

Until Luis Luis ICEman Carlos (click here) Ayala decides to open up and share with us, the little people, we will just have to wait. We may assume his job is much like this information outlined by ICE co-chair Faith Nouri (click here), who is listed on the same docs as Luis Luis Carlos (click here) since she probably did the same job did the same job that Luis the ICEman (click here) did. Well. At least one of them knows what the job looks like, and isn’t too shy to explain it. Thankfully, there is this single bit of footage of Luis Luis ICEman Carlos that snuck through before the candidate cleaner got ahold of him (click here).

Thank heaven for the candidate Roto-Rooter. Cleans all the bad stuff right out.