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California Must be Building Its Schools Out of Gold With Our Silver

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There was a short story in the Oct. 25, Daily News (Oct.25), titled Schools’ Measure Q brings in $704,800.

It caught my eye, because for years my guiding principle in voting on ballot measures has been, except for the rarest of rare exceptions: If there are $$$ attached to attached a ballot measure, vote NO!

One, because towns, cities, counties and states must live within their budgets just as you and I must.

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Two, it’s outrageous to keep taking on debt that our children and grandchildren’s children will have to pay for, putting them three steps behind even before they’ve taken their first step.

Considering that the writer is probably overworked and underpaid, it looked more like an edited press release than a story, story, and had more holes in it than a cancan dancer’s fishnet stockings.

Since it’s so short, I’ll break it down paragraph by paragraph.

Donors have given more than $700,000 to support a proposed $7 billion bond that would benefit charter schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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Donors have given, first alarm bell.

The Yes on Measure Q campaign reported on Thursday receiving $440,500 in the first 2 weeks of October, bringing the total sum of contributions to $704,800.

A majority of the donors are construction and management groups.

Okay, it figures that $440,500 would come from construction and management groups, which are probably either in on the take or want a piece of it. Who came up with the lesser portion of $264,300? The question most likely answers itself; the same people.

Two groups - an iron workers union and a Riverside construction company - each donated $50,000 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 18, the highest donations for the reporting period.

No surprise there; the piece of the lucrative pie eaters placed their bets that they’ll make a bundle off the tax payers.

No formal opposition campaign to the measure has been established.

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No surprise there either. Of course, not. Who wants to sound like a kid-hating, cranky, old curmudgeon like me, who thinks they’ve wasted enough of our money, and who doesn’t trust them to spend new bond money any more wisely than old bond money.

C’mon. These are the same people who built a zillion-dollar high school on top of a toxic dump.

The Coalition for Safe & Healthy Neighborhood Schools, which is running the campaign, spent $310,000 during the same period, bringing the expense total so far to $426,373.91.

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Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)

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