Happy days are here again, everything’s perfect in the most perfect of all worlds — how do I know? I read it in the Daily News and the Times
”Nearly 700,000 students head back to Los Angeles Unified classrooms
today, and tens of thousands of them will no longer suffer through
chaotic, year-round schedules thanks to the district’s massive ongoing
construction program.” — Daily News. And thanks to you the taxpayers
for your generous $19.2 billion investment in bad schools which soon
will be $26.2 billion unless you wake up and reject the ill-conceived $7
billion LAUSD bond issue in November.
“Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed to double the rate of academic improvement at schools under his stewardship in benchmarks announced Tuesday. The marching orders apply to the 10 schools that make up the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Villaraigosa’s hgih-stakes effort to improve some of the city’s lowest-achieving campuses.” — L.A. Times. And the mayor sends his regrets to the other 700 failing schools that will be left at the mercy of LAUSD’s low-stakes efforts to make negligible improvements year after year.
“Homicides over the past three months in Los Angeles have fallen to their lowest levels since the Summer of Love more than 40 years age …(thanks to) collaboration with other police agencies, an intense focus on gang crime and a crackdown on illegal immigrants with criminal records.” — Daily News. Who knew? Forget Jamiel’s Law — but if the city’s recently dismantled gang program was working so well, how come they just dismantled it and want approval in November to impose the most regressive of all taxes, a parcel tax, for it.
“In a surprising and ambitious move, local transportation officials said Tuesday that they would pursue planning for two subway lines to the Westside…” — L.A. Times. Talk about counting your chickens — the MTA’s is so optimistic about getting another half-cent sales hike approved in November that it’s already publicly boosting not one but two subway routes to the sea. Of course, the rest of the county gets nothing.