I totally sympathize with the parents. I love libraries. I haunted my junior high library. But I also sympathize with the dilemma of the Monrovia School Board. As long as money is not coming from the state (and I don't see much more coming any time soon) I fear that not cutting in one place will simply mean cutting more in another place. I'm afraid it is not a question of whether school programs are hit, but which school programs are hit.
Many years ago, school districts controlled their own money. As I recall, they had taxing authority and raised their own funds. Then a judge ruled that it was unfair because poorer districts couldn't spend as much as wealthier districts, so all state education funds would be collected by the state and distributed "fairly." Well, you know what happened. The state decided this was its money.
I think that back then all the state's school districts should have banded together and fought to collect and disburse education tax money themselves, rather than ceding that authority to the state. When a governmental entity gives up its taxing power, it becomes a begging, insignificant pawn.
I know, I know. 20/20 hindsight.
- Brad Haugaard
Not exactly love and kisses, but Republican State Senator Bob Huff, who represents Monrovia, is making some positive noises about Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's latest budget:
"Senate Republicans believe that the Governor is moving in the right direction by making education and law enforcement funding a top priority. We're also pleased that the Governor chose to embrace Republican proposals to pay down state debt and, at the same time, provide some badly needed job-creation incentives."
But, he adds, "the Governor's proposal still sets the state on a course of unsustainable spending growth in the future."
- Brad Haugaard
"Senior ditch day is not a school endorsed activity. If your child participates in such a given activity with an unverified absence, he/she will lose their senior privileges which include grad night, senior breakfast and graduation. Refunds will not be given if tickets are already purchased. All absences must be cleared by Friday at 3:00pm."
- Brad Haugaard
~ Consider raising school lunch prices from $2.25 to $2.50 for elementary lunches and from $2.50 to $2.75 for secondary school lunches. And apparently this is required by the federal government. http://goo.gl/wodpV
~ Hear a budget report that says finances look slightly less dire than last time the board got a report, but still nasty. In order to come up with a balanced budget, Director of Fiscal Services David Conway says "additional budget adjustments will likely be necessary." http://goo.gl/CkGde
~ Consider spending up to $10,000 to re-roof four buildings at Mayflower School, from July 13 to August 12. http://goo.gl/g3PXJ
~ Consider switching Plymouth Elementary back to a traditional schedule. Apparently this will save money, but in the short run it'll cost $159,012. Yikes! http://goo.gl/yOtNq
- Brad Haugaard
~ The full list of winners of the Fountain to the Falls race. http://goo.gl/TIf3z~ Assemblymember Anthony Portantino. who represents part of Monrovia, had legislation passed in the Assembly making it illegal to carry an unloaded gun in public. http://goo.gl/5zdqH - Brad Haugaard
http://goo.gl/cpKms - Brad Haugaard
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Workshop will be held tomorrow (Monday, May 16) through this coming Wednesday at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. The meetings start at 8:30 a.m., and a friend of mine, Roger Wiens, Genesis Project Leader at Los Alamos National Labs, said that as long as there is room, the public can attend. The topics look very technical ( http://goo.gl/S4ltd ), but if the discussion on where to land a spacecraft on Mars is of interest, you may want to attend.- Brad Haugaard
- Brad Haugaard
Star-News opinion editor, Steve Scauzillo, is making progress in his push to get local communities to adopt the Peck Road Water Conservation Park, which is in county area just a smidge below the Monrovia border ( http://goo.gl/Gw3Wz ).At his suggestion, I went and looked at the park and have two observations: 1) It is indeed a beautiful park with a nice lake. 2) The front gate is ugly and easy to overlook - a plain sign next to a scruffy chain-link fence. (See here: http://goo.gl/Id2zU ). Maybe a good first project would be to make the entryway easier to notice and more attractive. Unless he had told me that there was a beautiful park back there I'd have never known. I even passed it by when I was looking for it. Neat project! - Brad Haugaard
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Report for May 5-11 – Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 556 service events, resulting in 96 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:
May 6 at 3:45 a.m., an officer was flagged down regarding a shattered front window at a business in the 300 block of West Foothill. The owner of the business was notified and an investigation was conducted. It was determined that there was no theft at the location.
Outside Assist – Alhambra Police Department – Suspect Arrested
May 6 at 9:49 p.m., a subject entered the Monrovia Police Department lobby requesting advice from an officer regarding a dispute he had with his girlfriend in Alhambra. While talking with the officer, the subject stated he had been involved in a minor altercation in Alhambra. Alhambra was contacted and advised the officer that the subject was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon involving a firearm. The subject was detained for Alhambra Police Department. A search of the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot rendered the recovery of the firearm. The suspect was taken into custody by Alhambra Police Department.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 7 at 2:42 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Evergreen observed a suspicious vehicle. The driver was leaning to one side as he drove the vehicle. The officer stopped the driver when he failed to use a turn signal in the 100 block of Montana. During the investigation, it was determined that the driver was under the influence and the driver was arrested.
Unlawful Sexual Intercourse – Suspect Arrested
May 8 at 2:45 a.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 1100 block of East Huntington after receiving a 911 call from a citizen. The citizen reported hearing a female screaming for someone to get off of her from inside the hotel room. Officers arrived, contacted several subjects, and discovered a 19 year old male who admitted to having consensual intercourse with a 16 year old female. The suspect was arrested. The female subject was later released to a guardian.
Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to a solo vehicle traffic collision in the 500 block of West Duarte Road. The vehicle had crashed into a light pole and a tree on the south sidewalk. The driver was identified and officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested.
Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 9:02 p.m., the manager of a business in the 900 block of West Huntington called to report a subject on their roof. He was concerned because of recent burglaries at their store, so he called the police. Officers arrived and were informed that a male, white, subject, thin build, and balding had just left on a bike. Officers checked the roof area and found a storage shed, which is normally kept closed, was now open and several backpacks were found. The backpacks contained burglary tools, including a lock-pick set. A male subject matching the description of the suspect was detained within minutes by officers. The subject was known by the officers to have recently been arrested for possession of burglary tools. He told the officers the bags and contents on the roof of the business were his. After being identified by a witness who saw him in possession of one of the bags a short time earlier, he was arrested and charged for possession of burglary tools.
- Game booths and activities at Library Park.
- A spelling bee at 11 a.m. in the Community Center.
- A concert at Library Park, starting at 4:30 p.m.
- Balloons and a balloon artist for kids.
- Free Samson the Bear Face Painting.
- More See more here: http://goo.gl/tgaXP - Brad Haugaard
- Brad Haugaard
~ Charlotte Schamadan reports on the busy month of May in Monrovia. http://goo.gl/mr3Cm
~ Wildcats over South Pas in baseball. :-) http://goo.gl/wXJom~ Neat old picture of Bob Longpre Pontiac dealership in Monrovia (You'll have to scroll down.) http://goo.gl/K7DMU - Brad Haugaard
~ The Monrovia High drumline took third place at the American Drumline Association Championships in open class this past weekend, and it was promoted this year to a higher division.
~ In track and field, tenth grader Amanda Mansoorbakht is ranked first in league in the 800 and mile and ranked in the top five in the school's division. Eleventh grader Max Armenta is ranked second in the 800 and mile and in the top ten in the school's division.
- Brad Haugaard