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By Al Restivo | January 3, 2008
Congratulations to Susan Boyd on being elected by her peers as president of the La Cañada school board. She joins a long line of leaders who have ensured that this city has one of the best school districts in the state of California. As a former elected school board member in my former hometown in New York, I’d like to offer Susan and her fellow board members a tip. I suggest that they should not be so quick to jump at “consensus.” Why? Because in theory it might sound like a good idea for everyone to be in “total and collective” agreement, but in reality it is not the way democracy operates.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
If the state Legislature were a high school cafeteria, you wouldn’t find Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge) sitting with the popular kids. But that’s just fine by him. During his five years in Sacramento, Portantino — now fundraising for a congressional bid in 2012 — has clashed with the Assembly’s Democratic leadership on a number of occasions. When many Democrats cried foul over legislative pay cuts ordered by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Portantino argued lawmakers should also give up their state-provided cars.
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By Al Restivo | January 3, 2008
Congratulations to Susan Boyd on being elected by her peers as president of the La Cañada school board. She joins a long line of leaders who have ensured that this city has one of the best school districts in the state of California. As a former elected school board member in my former hometown in New York, I’d like to offer Susan and her fellow board members a tip. I suggest that they should not be so quick to jump at “consensus.” Why? Because in theory it might sound like a good idea for everyone to be in “total and collective” agreement, but in reality it is not the way democracy operates.
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