Waterless toilets and solar panels bought from friends
of Antonio … $1 billion for the incompetent internet technology division …
$1 billion for schools already built with previous bond money … $450 million to
get charter school operators to keep their mouths shut … umpteen millions for
new school kitchens to produce food kids won’t eat and to buy high-tech radios for campus police as if that will help them take back control of schools form gangs….
Buoyed by polls showing the public is as gullible as ever, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s school board unanimously approved the fifth school bond issue in a decade — $7 billion to be paid back by taxpayers over 30 years.
While the mayor’s off partying in a faraway land, the seven board members and Superintendent David Brewer went off the Pacific Diining Car to celebrate their triumph.
And what a triumph it is. There’s something for everybody but not one cent for kids or teachers, not one cent that goes toward ending 30 years of dismal failure, not one cent that offers any hope of reducing the 50 percent dropout rate or raising the achievement level of students.
But think about who benefits from this feeding frenzy at the public trough.
Certainly, it’s tje army of bureaucrats who will get massive pay raises guaranteed. Certainly, it will be all the contractors who will provide the services and materials required to fulfill this massive shopping list. Certainly, it will be the unions since insists on paying the highest cost for labor.
But most certainly, it will be the mayor and the rest of the political entourage who will decide who gets all that money, your money.
And how, you ask does any of this educate kids or motivate teachers to do a better job?
It doesn’t. That’s not the goal of LAUSD. It hasn’t been for decades. The district exists to serve itself — and the circle of insiders of L.A. corrupt political culture.
The mayor promised to take over the school system and carry out massive reforms. In fact, he failed so completely at that he has control over just nine of 700 schools, barely 1 percent. Failure without accountability breeds contempt and that’s what this is about, contempt for the public that is so gullible they can be sold a fifth bond issue without any sign of significant progress in educating children.
This is a fraud. And if you look the other way and buy it, you deserve the bill you’ll get now and until 2044. You should live that long. You should live to see this produce a better educated generation of public school students than the last two generation. But don’t hold your breath, it isn’t going to happen.
It hasn’t happen with the $20 billion already invested in LAUSD through four previous bond issues and a state bond issue.
Has anyone even seen an accounting of where that money went and whether the public got what it paid for?
Junkies will say anything to get your money for their next fix. And that’s all this about: A system addicted to the public’s money and desperate for more.
Here’s the mayor’s press release on passage of the bond issue: