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Tuesday Last Day for PUSD Primary Election Voter Registration

Eligible individuals must complete and mail a voter registration application to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters.

The March 5 primary nominating election for Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education and Pasadena City Council is right around the corner.

Tuesday is the deadline for voter registration for the elections.

Those eligible to vote in PUSD Board of Education Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 and Pasadena City Council Districts 3, 5 and 7 must complete a voter registration application and mail it to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters.

Registration forms are available at the City’s public counters, community centers and U.S. Post Offices.

Those needing registration help can visit City Hall, the Jackie Robinson and Villa-Parke Community Centers, La Pintoresca and Santa Catalina Branch Libraries and the Public Health Building during regular business hours where City staff is available to help with completing registration materials.

For more election and voter registration information, call the City Clerk’s Office at (626) 744-4124 or go to www.cityofpasadena.net/CityClerk/Election.

D Shelley March 07, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I maintain that this mismanagement of the middle school scene will haunt PUSD for as many years as that busing scene did. Whether it ends up that that school doesn't get built for a very long time or that it gets built and only filled by adding a large amount of outside students (thereby collapsing THEIR neighborhood middle schools), SMMS is NOT going to end up doing what the PUSD intended (increasing middle school enrollment for SM and therefore the district s a whole!) If you or anyone else have any doubts, look up the stats for what the opening of McKinley (another school built to attract those mythical white kids) did NOT do for the district. After it opened, enrollment did NOT increase, white enrollment did NOT increase in the district, but the siphoning off of those students was a direct cause of the collapsing and closing of Noyes (which had almost the exact scores of SMES the year before McKinley opened!) and many other schools over the years. It was years before McKinley's test scores approached the scores that Noyes had had, one of the schools the PUSD knowingly sacrificed to create McKinley. This idea of creating vacuum cleaner schools to suck up all the white kids is WRONG!!! It hasn't worked in the past, it isn't going to work in the future, and it is ethically wrong (to say nothing of illegal) to make that the focus of this district.
navigio March 07, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Yes, I understand the impact of those LONG memories very well. It is a shame that people use historical behavior as a basis for current decision-making, but alas, we are humans, and that's how we work. I even had someone tell me they wouldnt vote for measure cc because they didnt like percy clark (of course, he wasnt even super at the time). Regardless, I agree that the district does not do the best job it could to try to counter these perceptions. I think a fundamental reason is too many of its 'leaders' do not understand Pasadena area history. Worse, I dont think they think they need to. I think principals who come from outside the district eventually 'learn' how different Pasadena is, but central admins probably never do. The board could probably improve on that situation by making it a priority to hire leaders either from within, or from the community, but obviously there are also problems with that. But I think until that happens, we will see more head-butting than not between the community and the district. And I'll agree with you on busing. I dont think anyone would disagree in retrospect that it was the proper solution to the problem at hand. I recently read "This happened in Pasadena" and its clear that the situation had been brewing for more than a couple decades before the supreme court and the BoE brought it to a head.
navigio March 07, 2013 at 06:40 PM
The TT issue is very complex. I know I dont need to explain facilities stuff to you. :-) But I think the failure lies more with outside consultants than with 'standard' PUSD staff. I do think some board members share responsibility given they are the ones eventually overseeing everything, and more importantly, because they approved the useless COC. I am still surprised that more of the public is not outraged at the lack of oversight by the 'oversight committee'. Of course, there is a lot of money to be had there, and the community also benefits from that, so that's probably why. It should not go unnoticed, imho, that measure TT passed but measure CC failed. TT was a way for the community to make money off of schools. CC was a way for schools to get money from the community. It should be clear where the 'voting' priorities lie.
navigio March 07, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Is it wrong because it wont work, or is it wrong in principle? The area around McKinley is one that I believe could mostly care less that they had access to a public school. I think thats why you saw what happened happen. Same applies to Blair I guess. Although I would respect the principle argument, I think pasadena schools will fail without community support. An area where 30%-40% of all kids go to private school (and take most of their financial and logistical support right along with them) is clearly going to have a school system that does not match the expectations of those who chose against it. Its clearly valid to make the arguments for leaving, but having left, its as easy to see what impact that has on the system and the remaining kids. I think the district has a responsibility to think about how to address (correct?) that, if it can. I wont argue that their methods were the right ones, but I cant see how they would be responsible to ignore their own community's resources. Especially this community's. Most public districts are challenged by volunteer and financial resources. PUSD is extreme in that most all of those who would be most involved (in both ways) have been extracted from the community, in a sense. We are lucky to have many die-hard parents and community members who put in herculean efforts (luckily some are also quite well-off), but its almost a losing battle when they have to essentially work in spite of the beat-down from the community.
navigio March 07, 2013 at 07:01 PM
And to be clear, my goal is not to deflect any blame from the district. There is clearly a lot that belongs there. But things will not improve by people running away or further hindering their abilities. I recently re-read Lord of the Flies (again--incredible prose btw) and there was a short blurb at the end from an interview with Golding about the book. He put it incredibly succinctly, "the theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature." I am an optimist, so I dont view that as a defeatist point of view, rather as an opportunity to understand the things that can be improved upon. Can we improve in spite of human nature? I think so, because human nature is a complex, not singular force. But the sure way to succumb to those flaws is to not realize that they are flaws, or that they even exist. IMHO, anyway.

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