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President of LACC Tramples on student journalists and gets burned by Journalists all over the country for her bullying ways...not the best publicity for our troubled Community Colleges

Dr. Moore was roasted, beginning on Oct. 7th, on the slowly turning spit of a

media grilling. Colleges all over the country issued editorials blasting Moore’s

heavy handed  techniques, California Senator Leland Yee issued a blistering press

release the same day taking her to task for violating student journalist’s rights. Print

media like the LA Weekly and electronic media jumped on with reports of her fall

from grace from such respected outlets as KPCC public radio


As you read on this blog before it hit “the rest of the media”  Dr Moore had caused a scandal on campus by bullying the Collegian student newspaper and cutting their budget by 40% when other departments were cut by 15%. She has also been accused of violating their rights under the first amendment under statutes that protect student journalists in California.


Given that the man who put her in place and was her protector and mentor and reputedly a little more, former Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), Mark Drummand had to step down, or perhaps more accurately in his case, stagger down, she will likely not last much longer in her exalted position.


Since then, College newspapers around the country from Cornell and Princeton to Stanford have come out in support of the Collegian. In a particularly strong passage,the editorial states: “Adam Goldstein of the Student Press Law Center said that if he had to choose the biggest First Amendment offender in the country, he would most likely choose Moore.” Makes my criticisms look wimpy by comparison.


State Senator Leland Yee issued a strong press release taking Moore and the LACC administration to task for violating provisions of state bills he passed to protect the rights of student journalists. His press release states Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) advised LACC President Jamillah Moore to respect the rights of student reporters as well as the school employees”.


Some dogs never sleep, especially if they are LA City dogs. The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is like the 50’s sci fi monster, The Blob, trying to gobble up more territory. Glassell Park and Atwater Village are slated to be engulfed by it’s gooey mass. Council Member Garcetti, who is on a mission from the density gods to cover the land in “Doomscrapers” (the LA Weekly’s name for his massive Hollywood project) is behind the CRA Blob pushing it down Glendale Blvd. and up into the hills of Glassell Park, aided by his sidekick and developer dollar addicted Council pal, Little Eddy Reyes.


The CRA is a menace that facilitates eminent domain for private gain and uses it’s considerable taxpayer funded resources to line the pockets of developers at the expense of the neighborhoods it deceptively promises to boost. A couple of examples of CRA white elephant neighborhood destroying developments are the Hollywood Highlands “no one shops there” center and the Doomscraper rising like a mushroom cloud in Hollywood.


Wonder where all your tax dollars go for such services as fixing sidewalks and streets? They are sucked up by the CRA, so thank them when you hit that next jaw breaking pot hole. In fact the deficits that are causing devastating cuts in our city bear a correlation to the CRA budget, since that is the black hole your dollars for firefighters and street sweeping are flushed down. There is a great booklet, short, to the point and illustrated with excellent cartoons called “Redevelopment The Unknown Government “, it’s a short, easy to digest education on what really goes on in redevelopment. Read it for free at this site: http://www.redevelopment.com/norby/ch01.htm 















Don’t ever say we didn’t warn you.


Doomscraper 2: Here it comes. Target stores is planning to put a store in Hollywood at Sunset and  Western. The plan in the area calls for 35 feet. Get this, Garcetti’s office is PUSHING TARGET TO GO UP, UP, UP to 85 FEET. Targetzilla meets the CRA Blob.


The battle with LACCD over the fate of Van de Kamps

Campus heats up. When informed at Public Land Use

Management Committee last week that the Charter

School occupying the site that was built with taxpayer

bond funds to be a satellite campus of LACC (them

again) triggered the need for city code application, such

as a Certificate of Occupancy, PLUM Chair and City

Council Member for the area, Little Eddy Reyes brushed

off the possibly illegal occupancy with the comment “It’s better to have it occupied”.


That is an outrageous statement. Is Little Eddy endorsing breaking LA City law?  Ask anyone who has ever tried to build or occupy an anthill in LA how tough the City is about enforcing every little tiny bit of building and safety rules and listen to the horror stories roll. Is the City’s main man on land use showing favoritism to Mayor Antonio’s pet Charter School? Is he telling people in the city to just blow off the permitting process because occupying buildings in any condition is “better” than leaving them vacant? Is it either blatant favoritism or discrimination against non Mayor and Council pets? This looks particularly neglectful of safety considerations because it involves school children occupying a partially built campus with major construction going on all around them. In fact everyone else entering the site the first day of school had to wear hard hats including District hot shots, everyone, that is except the children and school personnel. We showed you the following set of pictures depicting a student at the school dodging between hazards to get to class in our last posting. Guess little Eddy didn’t bother to look at it.


Photos below show student walking through the hazardous construction site with no one to watch out for his safety, certainly not the Community College District , not Little Eddy Reyes, not the LA Building and Safety Department.


Redevelopment by any name has a poor history of benefiting anyone but developers and investors.  Writer James Baldwin called Urban Renewal, the name for Redevelopment at the time, “Negro Removal.”

Comment by John Walsh “On the eighth day God created Charter Schools. Muslim fundamentalists may believe they will be rewarded with 72 virgins in heaven, but Angelinos think there will be two things in heaven, Charter Schools and high speed rail.” Go to Walsh Confidental for moreshapeimage_5_link_0

LACC President tramples student journalist’s rights, Redevelopment menace for Northeast LA ...

For more on the 
Van de Kamps controversy go to
Vandekamps.org
http://vandekamps.org/http://vandekamps.org/shapeimage_6_link_0

10/15/09


A word of advice to the Gover-nator - While it may be embarrassing that your wife, Maria Shriver is a scofflaw out driving around yakking illegally on her cell phone with no blue tooth - you need to remember that you married a Kennedy - a Shriver by any other name is a Kennedy - and we all know that rules do not apply to Kennedys. Tough luck guy, you may be a movie star and a Governor - but you are really just Mr. Kennedy - Shriver and the sooner you get that, the easier your life will be.


Latest on the total lack of concern about the safety of children attending Charter Schools by the City of LA. When the Van de Kamps Coalition notified City Attorney Trutanich that the new Charter that just opened at the Van de Kamps site is legally required to have a Certificate of Occupancy and be inspected by the Building and Safety department, guess what our on the job City attorney’s office did. They passed the buck and tossed the kid’s safety aside. They said they were referring it to Building and Safety, the same top notch City Department that ignored the situation in the first place. Watch the kids get passed around like hot potatoes. Is the VDK Coalition the only ones who care about these kids? Is it who these kids are? Is it where they are? Is it their parent’s income level?


We call on the Mayor, the City Council President Eric Garcetti, Council Member for this district- Ed Reyes (who blew the kid’s safety off at a committee meeting at City Hall a week ago) and the City Attorney Trutanich to do their jobs - a shocking concept in Los Angeles - and protect these children - enforce Building and Safety code!! See the photos below from last week’s post for a step by step illustration of the unsafe conditions at the school site. The rest of the City is screaming because the B&S department is putting them through the wringer for every little bureaucratic detail on the addition of a broom closet to their garage and the same department doesn’t give a rat’s rear end about the safety of school children. I know the Playboy Mayor has put out the word that Charter Schools are his beloved and protected pot of gold and the ticket to some sort of scholastic Nirvana, but does he really mean that should be at the expense of basic safety?


What is going on here? Have we all gone down the rabbit hole where up is down and down is us? Is the whole City smokin’ in advance of the big City Sanctioned HollyWEED SMOKE-IN Saturday Oct 17th (this weekend) on Hollywood Blvd. Read all about it at WALSH CONFIDENTIAL.








   
 
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