Los Angeles teachers’ unions tried to shut down a South Central charter school that had been very successful at teaching low-income black and Hispanic students

In my opinion, successful schools should not be shut down.

Instead, they should be copied.

Every child should be allowed to attend a school as good as this one.

The fact that the teachers’ union tried to shut down this successful school, instead of copying it, is despicable.

This is the complete article from the Wall St. Journal:

https://web.archive.org/web/20081014175429/http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122394095677630803.html

Charter Success in L.A.

School choice in South Central.

October 14, 2008

With economic issues sucking up so much political oxygen this year, K-12 education hasn’t received the attention it deserves from either Presidential candidate. The good news is that school reformers at the local level continue to push forward.

This month the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF), a charter school network in Los Angeles, announced plans to expand the number of public charter schools in the city’s South Central section, which includes some of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in the country. Over the next four years, the number of ICEF charters will grow to 35 from 13. Eventually, the schools will enroll one in four students in the community, including more than half of the high school students.

The demand for more educational choice in predominantly minority South Los Angeles is pronounced. The waitlist for existing ICEF schools has at times exceeded 6,000 kids. And no wonder. Like KIPP, Green Dot and other charter school networks that aren’t constrained by union rules on staffing and curriculum, ICEF has an excellent track record, particularly with black and Hispanic students. In reading and math tests, ICEF charters regularly outperform surrounding traditional public schools as well as other Los Angeles public schools.

ICEF has been operating since 1994, and its flagship school has now graduated two classes, with 100% of the students accepted to college. By contrast, a state study released in July reported that one in three students in the L.A. public school system — including 42% of black students — quits before graduating, a number that has grown by 80% in the past five years.

Despite this success, powerful unions like the California Teachers Association and its political backers continue to oppose school choice for disadvantaged families. Last year, Democratic state lawmakers, led by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, tried to force Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would have made opening a new charter school in the state next to impossible. Mr. Nunez backed down after loud protests from parents in poorer neighborhoods.

School reformers in New York, Ohio, Florida, Connecticut, Utah and Arizona have faced similar challenges of late. Last year in Texas, where 81% of charter school students are minorities (versus 60% in traditional public schools), nearly 17,000 students had to be placed on charter waiting lists. Texas is currently bumping up against an arbitrary cap on the number of charters that can open in the state. Unless the cap is lifted by state lawmakers, thousands of low-income Texas children will remain stuck in ineffective schools.

Back in California, ICEF says that its ultimate goal is to produce 2,000 college graduates each year, in hopes that the graduates eventually will return to these underserved communities and help create a sustainable middle class. Given that fewer than 10% of high-school freshmen in South Los Angeles currently go on to receive a college diploma, this is a huge challenge. Resistance from charter school opponents won’t make it any easier.

February 24, 2021. Tags: , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Unions. 1 comment.

Video: Evil, power hungry LA County health inspector does ‘happy dance’ after erroneously shutting down an innocent, law-abiding micro-brewery

https://noqreport.com/2021/02/15/la-county-health-inspector-does-happy-dance-after-erroneously-shutting-down-micro-brewery/

LA County health inspector does ‘happy dance’ after erroneously shutting down micro-brewery

Who gets joy out of destroying someone else’s livelihood? Only nihilists and the truly despicable people of the world, of which there are far too many.

By Lorie Wimble

February 15, 2021

We’ve seen videos of health inspectors and law enforcement officers reluctant in fulfilling their duties during the pandemic lockdowns. Many have flat-out refused. But some, including the lady in the video below, seem to relish in the thought that they’re able to harm the livelihoods of others. Instead of being empathetic or even sympathetic, she seemed giddy about destroying lives.

https://twitter.com/stevengregory/status/1361421294508544001

The CCTV footage shows a Los Angeles County health inspector literally dancing moments after she had ordered Bravery Brewery to shut down over Covid-19 violations. She looks around as she starts to clap, then engages in a full-blown “happy dance” in what she thought was the privacy of her own abuse of power. As it turned out, she was wrong to shut them down, but the effects on the business were still felt as it kept them down for the Super Bowl, one of the heaviest alcohol-drinking days of the year.

Chef Andrew Gruel, a fellow local business in the area, noted that city and county officials have been using their new-found power under the coronavirus lockdowns to flex their authoritarian muscles.

“Moments after demanding a microbrewery in Lancaster close, this health inspector did a happy dance,” Gruel Tweeted. “Apparently, she was also wrong to shut them down and they were compliant. These stories about city officials bullying restaurants are getting all too common.”

https://twitter.com/ChefGruel/status/1361417537221660673

While most Americans are suffering under the draconian policies of fearmongering authoritarians, many of the enforcers of these dystopian policies are enjoying every economy-crushing minute of it.

February 16, 2021. Tags: , . Police state. Leave a comment.

LA councilman who voted to slash police budget called officers eight times to his house, records show

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/la-councilman-who-voted-to-slash-police-budget-called-officers-eight-times-to-his-house-records-show

LA councilman who voted to slash police budget called officers eight times to his house, records show

By Andrew Mark Miller

August 8, 2020

Public records indicate that a Los Angeles city councilman who voted to slash the police department budget by $150 million called for police assistance eight times since April, including calls for protection from protesters at his home.

“A public records request reveals that LA city councilman Mike Bonin, who voted to defund LAPD by $150 million, has called LAPD to his home 8 times since 4/4/20, including to provide extra patrols and protection from peaceful protesters at his house,” Fox 11 Los Angeles reporter Bill Melugin tweeted Friday.

https://twitter.com/BillFOXLA/status/1291898304154882048

Melugin linked to a public record request from the city of Los Angeles showing eight different requests for police to Mike Bonin’s residence in West Los Angeles’s Mar Vista neighborhood.

Bonin joined 10 other council members in an 11-3 vote to cut the police budget in June.

“I think we owe it to Los Angeles to come up with a better and a smarter way of doing public safety and emergency response, and I think this motion is the first step in doing that,” Bonin said at the time. “It’s not about random slashing and cuts. It’s about reprioritizing and … to invest in neighborhood safety, and there’s ways to do that.”

Bonin has denied calling the police a single time, and he responded to Melugin on Twitter, saying he has “never” asked for police patrols at his house and suggested the LAPD generated those calls themselves without his knowledge.

“Seven of the eight calls you cite were apparently generated by LAPD themselves, sending patrols without my request and often without my knowledge,” Bonin tweeted.

https://twitter.com/mikebonin/status/1291906656423444480

https://twitter.com/mikebonin/status/1291906658885496832

Melugin then revealed that a source within the LAPD texted him and told him that “this was definitely a call for service by Bonin or a member of his staff.”

https://twitter.com/BillFOXLA/status/1291899567093329920

https://twitter.com/BillFOXLA/status/1291912708523139072

“This is a cute tactic to try to silence or intimidate a public official who is standing up to the police union,” Bonin tweeted. “It ain’t working.”

The president of the Los Angeles city council, Nury Martinez, was criticized by the city’s police union in June after it was revealed that she had been receiving a personal security detail from the police paid for by taxpayers despite calling for the police budget to be cut.

“It’s kind of ironic. Here she is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet, she has security at her house by the Los Angeles Police Department,” the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Jamie McBride, said about Martinez’s security detail.

August 9, 2020. Tags: , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

This video proves that Los Angeles police officer Toni McBride was justified in shooting Daniel Hernandez

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 19, 2020

In Los Angeles, a police officer named Toni McBride recently shot and killed a guy named Daniel Hernandez.

Hernandez’s family is now suing McBride.

But this video proves that the shooting was justified.

The video shows that Hernandez was holding a boxcutter, he was walking toward McBride, and he repeatedly ignored her order to drop the boxcutter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4SWYSzA1eE

 

July 19, 2020. Tags: , , , , . Guns. 3 comments.

Black Lives Matter wants to defund the police. This video shows a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy saving a baby’s life during a Black Lives Matter protest.

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

June 19, 2020

Black Lives Matter wants to defund the police.

This video shows a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy saving a baby’s life during a Black Lives Matter protest.

https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1273716646344036352

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/us/officer-saves-choking-baby-trnd/index.html

A sheriff’s deputy saved a baby from choking during a Black Lives Matter protest

By Lauren M. Johnson

June 18, 2020

A video surveillance camera recorded a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy save an unresponsive baby from choking during a Black Lives Matter protest in May.

The 11-month-old boy’s mother and another woman were attending the protest on May 31 in Palmdale, California, when the baby became ill, lost consciousness and stopped breathing, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The women ran across a supermarket parking lot to a group of sheriff’s deputies who were monitoring the protest from across the street.

In the video, Deputy Cameron Kinsey runs toward the women when he realized they were in distress. The mother handed the limp child to Kinsey and after assessing the baby, the sheriff’s department said he “administered a mouth sweep with his finger and dislodged vomit.”

“None of that other stuff matters,” Kinsey said about everything taking place at the time. “Just the baby.”

Paramedics arrived and took the child to a nearby hospital where it was determined the boy had swallowed a coin, which had lodged in his throat and blocked his airway. Kinsey’s finger sweep turned the coin sideways so the child was able to breathe again, the department said.

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June 19, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter. Leave a comment.

LA Mayor Garcetti encourages residents to report violators of stay-at-home order: ‘Snitches get rewards’

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/la-mayor-garcetti-residents-report-violators-stay-at-home-order

LA Mayor Garcetti encourages residents to report violators of stay-at-home order: ‘Snitches get rewards’

By Brooke Singman

April 9, 2020

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said this week that “snitches” in his city will get “rewards” if they tattle on neighbors who could be violating the stay-at-home order put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Garcetti last month implemented the “Safer at Home” order, like many cities and states across the nation, closing non-essential businesses and urging people to stay at home.

“If any non-essential businesses continue to operate in violation of the stay at home order, we’re going to act to enforce the safer at home order and ensure their compliance,” Garcetti said, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The mayor’s office said that city officials, with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, had visited more than 500 businesses that had not complied with his order. His office said four businesses have already been referred for misdemeanor filings.

“You know the old expression about snitches,” Garcetti said this week. “Well, in this case, snitches get rewards.”

He added: “We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe,” he said.

“Your decision to stay home may mean that there’s one less person who needs a ventilator we do not have,” Garcetti added.

As of Friday morning, California had the third-highest number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the country, behind New Jersey and New York—which has become the epicenter of the virus in the U.S.

California reported more than 11,100 positive cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 240 deaths.

May 10, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . COVID-19, Police state. Leave a comment.

A person who was born as a biological male and identifies as a female has just won a women’s world championship cycling event

Rachel McKinnon, who was born as a biological male and identifies as a female, has just won the women’s 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.

As far as I know, this is the first time that a transgender person has even won a world championship in any athletic sport.

The other thing that makes this incident particularly interesting is that McKinnon believes that men who identity as women should not be required to take testosterone suppressing hormones (let alone have gender reassignment surgery) in order to participate in women’s athletic competitions.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: this is unfair to female athletes who were born as biological women.

On the other hand, for left wing feminists who claim that gender is a social construct and not a biological one, there is no legitimate reason to complain that this is unfair. They got exactly what they wanted.

October 14, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . LGBT, Sports. 1 comment.

Los Angeles unions that support $15 minimum wage want an exemption for themselves

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-minimum-wage-unions-20150526-story.html

L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

May 27, 2015

Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.

The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

The City Council voted last week to gradually increase the hourly minimum wage to $15 over the next five years.

Last fall, the council approved an ordinance increasing the minimum wage at large hotels to $15.37 per hour. That law says that provisions of the hotel wage hike may be waived in workplaces that have collective bargaining agreements.

June 4, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Politics, Unions. Leave a comment.