Friday, October 12, 2007

An UN-endorsement

All candidates running for reelection to the Board of Education of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District should lose reelection on November 6, 2007 and let newer, better folks lead that district!

Students, their parents, and all other residents living in the "Eastview" section of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes are sick and tired of being treated like second class citizens when it comes to how we are represented as far as OUR local schooling goes.

It is true that school-age kids living in the "Eastview" area have the opportunity to go to either L.A.U.S.D. or P.V.P.U.S.D. schools, but L.A.U.S.D. is still the default schooling, and that is now very backwards.

Our education portion of our property taxes goes into L.A.U.S.D. coffers and they do reimburse P.V.P.U.S.D. when kids go to P.V.P.U.S.D. schools. But this should be rearranged so that P.V.P.U.S.D. gets the bulk of the revenues, because more and more kids are now going to P.V.P.U.S.D. schools.

Too many folks on "The Hill" and still too many members of the Palos Verdes Board still have the juvenile mindset that they "allow" our kids to attend "their" schools.

These folks need to get a real grip on reality and learn some really good lessons. The first lesson is that Palos Verdes High School was able to be reopened because of revenue brought into the district in the form of reimbursements due to the "Eastview" kids now attending Palos Verdes schools.

P.V.P.U.S.D. Board members should also realize that there are quite a few older folks still living in the "Eastview" area who don't have kids attending any public schools, and our education dollars still go to Los Angeles, instead of on "The Hill".

"Eastview" voters also need to stand up taller and demand the right to be fairly represented, too. We should be able to vote in elections for the Palos Verdes Unified School District since so many of our kids now go to their schools. Many of us know that our taxes may go up somewhat, but at least we would get represented as we are being taxed.

Also, as we have become more active and organized fighting Bob Bisno, so too, we might get organized enough to do some pushing around, ourselves. If "Eastview" residents voted as a strong block of voters, we would be able to pick whoever we want to represent us on the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council. That might, might be able to push the school district and its Board to allow us inclusion into their "club".

4,000 potential votes in a city of 42,000 residents may not mean much.....until you ask a real politician. Those kinds of numbers can sway elections one way or another.

In this particular case, might does make right and we should have the right to be permanently included into the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District. We should have our taxes and our votes go to where we live.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District's Board of Education has been off keel for too long and it needs to be righted by electing members with sound judgement and a fiscal responsibility to learn that our tax dollars our more than worth our inclusion into the district.

So if you can vote for members of the Board of Education, please send a strong message that you want revenues increased into your school district by electing members who want the money residents of "Eastview" now send to downtown Los Angeles!


Anonymous said...

Great point! The two challengers are Paul Neights & Larry Vanden Bos. Paul Neights has actually been campaigning in East RPV where the votes are. This would be a great campaign question for the tax-and-spend board members, including Dora de la Rosa, Barbara Lucky & Malcolm Sharp. They're using Eastview dollars to pay for a new administration office building, while they claim to not be able to afford to build better and larger classroom buildings and bring in Eastview children!

M Richards said...

Thanks anonymous 9:56 PM!

As it continues to be, folks like me and my neighbors in "Eastview" do not have the chance to vote in the election of school board members.

Some day, more residents will learn what you already know and then perhaps, we can be included fully into the district so many of our residents already send their kids.

Just imagine when all the portions of property taxes now going to L.A.U.S.D. finally get transferred, permanently, to P.V.P.U.S.D.. We might get enough money to reopen or build a new elementary school on the east side of "The Hill" so we won't jam up P.V. Drive North trying to get all those kids to Dapplegray.

This is another point that seems to get lost with the folks who wish to keep their colony clean of folks in tract housing, east of Miraleste Drive and P.V. Drive East.