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May 10, 2012
Teachers should be angry and La Cañada citizens outraged at Scott Tracy's op-ed piece attacking California teachers (“Teacher protections can interfere with education,” May 3). In spite of his professed love for teachers, in reality he's just a local version of Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker. He wants to destroy a public employee union. Tracy clearly wants to move public education in the direction of privatization. It's unfortunate that Tracy's mentality is such that he so willingly adopts the concept that public education must, inevitably, be downsized because of funding cuts.
NEWS
By Fereva Lawrence | March 27, 2008
La Cañada politicos Carol Liu, Anthony Portantino and Jack Scott spoke vehemently against Gov. Schwarzenegger?s proposed budget cuts to public education during last Thursday evening?s community forum, ?Flunk the Budget.? Held at McKinley School in Pasadena, former assemblymember and current senate candidate Liu, Assemblymember Portantino and Senator Jack Scott participated in a panel of five speakers who utilized facts and figures to illustrate California?s already lagging resources.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
California must change course. In a recent survey of American chief executives, California ranked 50th in providing a business-friendly environment. Their finding: over-taxation and burdensome regulation, evidenced by the double-digit unemployment rate and the thousands of small businesses closing their doors. Instead of reversing the tide, current 43rd District Assembly member Mike Gatto has chosen to put liberal party politics and platforms ahead of the needs of his constituents by introducing AB 2540, which would further boost taxes on thousands of small businesses.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 21, 2012
State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) appeared Monday before the City Council and painted a bleak picture of California's finances. In her annual State of the State talk, Liu - a former La Cañada city councilwoman - said a lack of tax revenues has led to an expected state budget shortfall of $10 billion to $12 billion for next year. She said the budget crunch will lead to cuts in services, primarily in public education. “I know you are concerned with the drastic cuts to our public schools and local government that you have endured over the last couple of years,” she said.
NEWS
April 6, 2012
There is never a break for a teacher (“ Leko agrees to leave La Canada district ,” March 29). Mediocrity and incompetence are pervasive in public education, yet the slip of one foul word or a moment of rage-induced race-baiting, and a dedicated and established teacher gets the boot. School boards have no business taking up discussions over the inappropriate, and indeed offensive, off-hand comments of educators. Instead of hacking away at a teacher, why are they not hacking away at the excessive bureaucracy that is siphoning away much-needed, yet dwindling, funds in school districts across the state?
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 4, 2010
California set the record for the latest budget in state history with its 2010 budget, which arrived 100 days after its supposed deadline. All the waiting seems to have gotten under the skin of voters as it looks as if Proposition 25, also dubbed the On-Time Budget Act, will pass with relative ease as 54.9% of voters have given the legislation their stamp of approval. La Cañada Mayor Don Voss opted not to disclose whether he supported the bill, since the city hasn't officially taken a stance on the matter, but admitted an on-time budget would be nice.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 14, 2010
The record 100-day wait for the state budget is over, but concerns still remain for school districts across California, including La Cañada Unified. California school districts were required to budget for the financial year in June, but since the Legislature submitted its budget three months late, districts were forced to base their plans on assumptions of how many dollars they might receive from the state. "Think of an airplane that takes off, and once it's in the air, it finds out how much fuel it has," La Cañada Supt.
NEWS
December 17, 2009
LCHS shines in report’s national rankings La Cañada High School is the top performing open-enrollment high school in Southern California, according to recently released U.S. News & World Report rankings. Open-enrollment schools are defined as schools that educate any student who lives within district boundaries as long as those students meet basic eligibility requirements. The category excludes charter schools or schools that have specific admissions requirements.
NEWS
March 9, 2006
The Five-Star Education Coalition will kick off a free three-part information series this week on issues of educational importance. The first of these forums will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Pacific-Edison Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. The free program, which will begin with registration and refreshments at 4 p.m., is open to parents, community members, educators, elected officials, students, members of professional associations and anyone else who has an interest in public education.
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NEWS
August 29, 2012
As the working mother of three children, the proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child,” has always rung true for me. Coaches, Scout leaders, teachers, neighbors, family, friends - all of these people will shape and color my children, providing them with experiences, knowledge and role models that my husband and I alone could not offer. That's why raising children in La Cañada has always seemed like such a very special privilege - because this truly is a village and we depend on each other.
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NEWS
May 30, 2012
California must change course. In a recent survey of American chief executives, California ranked 50th in providing a business-friendly environment. Their finding: over-taxation and burdensome regulation, evidenced by the double-digit unemployment rate and the thousands of small businesses closing their doors. Instead of reversing the tide, current 43rd District Assembly member Mike Gatto has chosen to put liberal party politics and platforms ahead of the needs of his constituents by introducing AB 2540, which would further boost taxes on thousands of small businesses.
NEWS
May 10, 2012
Teachers should be angry and La Cañada citizens outraged at Scott Tracy's op-ed piece attacking California teachers (“Teacher protections can interfere with education,” May 3). In spite of his professed love for teachers, in reality he's just a local version of Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker. He wants to destroy a public employee union. Tracy clearly wants to move public education in the direction of privatization. It's unfortunate that Tracy's mentality is such that he so willingly adopts the concept that public education must, inevitably, be downsized because of funding cuts.
NEWS
April 6, 2012
There is never a break for a teacher (“ Leko agrees to leave La Canada district ,” March 29). Mediocrity and incompetence are pervasive in public education, yet the slip of one foul word or a moment of rage-induced race-baiting, and a dedicated and established teacher gets the boot. School boards have no business taking up discussions over the inappropriate, and indeed offensive, off-hand comments of educators. Instead of hacking away at a teacher, why are they not hacking away at the excessive bureaucracy that is siphoning away much-needed, yet dwindling, funds in school districts across the state?
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 21, 2012
State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) appeared Monday before the City Council and painted a bleak picture of California's finances. In her annual State of the State talk, Liu - a former La Cañada city councilwoman - said a lack of tax revenues has led to an expected state budget shortfall of $10 billion to $12 billion for next year. She said the budget crunch will lead to cuts in services, primarily in public education. “I know you are concerned with the drastic cuts to our public schools and local government that you have endured over the last couple of years,” she said.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | December 15, 2010
A La Cañada Unified School District task force made a plea this week for $2,500 annual donations to the local schools from all "stakeholders" until the state budget crisis is over. The plea came in the form of a guest column written by school-board members Joel Peterson and Scott Tracy that appears in today's Valley Sun. The task force, formed in October by the school board after it received pressure from parents concerned about over-crowded classrooms, is asking the La Cañada community to help bridge a $6 million gap in LCUSD's budget.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 4, 2010
California set the record for the latest budget in state history with its 2010 budget, which arrived 100 days after its supposed deadline. All the waiting seems to have gotten under the skin of voters as it looks as if Proposition 25, also dubbed the On-Time Budget Act, will pass with relative ease as 54.9% of voters have given the legislation their stamp of approval. La Cañada Mayor Don Voss opted not to disclose whether he supported the bill, since the city hasn't officially taken a stance on the matter, but admitted an on-time budget would be nice.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 14, 2010
The record 100-day wait for the state budget is over, but concerns still remain for school districts across California, including La Cañada Unified. California school districts were required to budget for the financial year in June, but since the Legislature submitted its budget three months late, districts were forced to base their plans on assumptions of how many dollars they might receive from the state. "Think of an airplane that takes off, and once it's in the air, it finds out how much fuel it has," La Cañada Supt.
NEWS
December 17, 2009
LCHS shines in report’s national rankings La Cañada High School is the top performing open-enrollment high school in Southern California, according to recently released U.S. News & World Report rankings. Open-enrollment schools are defined as schools that educate any student who lives within district boundaries as long as those students meet basic eligibility requirements. The category excludes charter schools or schools that have specific admissions requirements.
NEWS
July 16, 2009
Letters to the Editor Pay attention to board election I am a member of the La Cañada school board, speaking for myself only. A community member was organizing to run for school board in the upcoming November election. His attractive resume included valuable experience with charter schools from which we could learn. He had a press release prepared and two campaign co-chairs had agreed to serve. On Thursday, July 9, current school board member Jeanne Broberg called one of the campaign co-chairs and let her know that if we had to hold an election in November it would cost the La Cañada Unified School District more than $70,000.
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