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Concered La Mirada Parent

Downey, CA

#1 Sep 19, 2009
It seems that the teacher union is more concerned that their fellow teachers on the board didn't vote their way for the superintendent.

I've met the new superintendent and she seems like a great person who cares for children.

I glad Valencia and Adams made a choice to bring on new leadership even though the teacher union didn't agree. It shows that they have the children and district's interest first and are not cronies of the union.

Good for them, they have my vote!
Whittier

Whittier, CA

#2 Sep 19, 2009
I will vote for anyone this teacher's union is against. I am a staunch democrat and union supporter but having spent 11 years in the Norwalk La Mirada School district with these poor schools, bad teachers and uncaring principals let's get some change in here.
Very Sad

Downey, CA

#3 Sep 19, 2009
Funny you mention...fellow teachers...i know tanla is a union for teachers and i understand they are going to support someone who will do what they want...but what about the children....isn't it time we elect people who will actually represent both cities and put the children first.......voters need to see what has happened over the last many years with the people who are on the board..remember just because a person fund raises or attends meetings does not make them a good candidate....
LM Rez

Torrance, CA

#4 Sep 20, 2009
The only thing Valencia has going for her is that she is attractive and runs a good campaign. If you've ever been around her fundraising parties, all that is there is democratic legislators, or their representatives, from up and down the state. No one from the schools. No one from the NLM communities. What is her real interest? Doesn't appear to be NLMUSD? She's needs to go.

And Hengler just needs to retire. This 72 yr old guy is senile. He's on a power trip for the position because he's ineffective and worthless.

We need to vote out the incumbents. However, Rios brings nothing to the table.
Matt Piazza

United States

#5 Sep 20, 2009
For what it's worth:

There is little debate or question that Ana Valencia was originally voted in as a first-time candidate because I was in the 2001 school board race and affected the dynamics.

When I called to congratulate Valencia--who was all smiles and charm to me during the campaign--on winning and left a message, nothing back. Been waiting 8 years for that call!!

Moreover, if you want an ultra-leftwing person who has ties to a Democratic legislature that has bankrupted the state and destroyed public education, go ahead and vote in Valencia again. I'm sure she'll continue to advocate a leftwing agenda in our schools; we get who we vote for.

The only problem here is that anyone that gets the teacher's union endorsement doesn't get my vote either. Teacher unions (I'm a teacher, by the way) are also a major reason for the high-spending, low-result culture of our schools. So, sorry Hengler and Jesse, you are being endorsed by the devil. When you renounce that endorsement, let's talk.

That leaves Adams and a need to know more about Rios.

Wow, what a great list of possibilities for our children!!
LMHS

Valencia, CA

#6 Sep 20, 2009
Can La Mirada get out of Norwalk/ La Mirada school District
LA MIRADA SCHOOLS can fund themself get rid of shitty teachers & Keep out of city gang bangers from our schools
MATADORE FAN

Whittier, CA

#7 Sep 20, 2009
I would love to know how and if we can do this?
LMHS wrote:
Can La Mirada get out of Norwalk/ La Mirada school District
LA MIRADA SCHOOLS can fund themself get rid of shitty teachers & Keep out of city gang bangers from our schools
sure

Chino, CA

#8 Sep 20, 2009
it would be easy,

we just need to build a new district office, new admin facilities, new district kitchen, etc. etc.

Of course we will need a new teachers union, our own superintendent

This will of course be funded by state and federal funding that will be even lower then now.. cuz it is all about the number of students.

But other then that it should be a snap.
sure

Chino, CA

#9 Sep 20, 2009
I too would love to split off.

But it is just not realistic.

But maybe the city of La Mirada could levee a new tax to support the effort.

Of maybe they can implement a whole new round of fee increases on the already strapped residents of LM.
sure

Chino, CA

#10 Sep 20, 2009
Oh wait I got it get rid of that damn splash.

with that no longer sucking money from the city they could help support an effort like this
MATADORE FAN

Whittier, CA

#11 Sep 21, 2009
I'm talking about the legal ways of splitting a district up. You make up some good points but here are some solutions, they might not be perfect, but they are ideas.
-Split the properties with Norwalk they get the properties in Norwalk we get the properties in La Mirada.
-Close one of the elementary or middle schools and we can use that as a District Office.
-We can split actual property from busses to computers.
-We can do a share program with Norwalk for district services i.e. a central kitchen (many districts subcontract this out)bus drivers,and maintenance workers.
-As far as disrtict staff, you make it proportional to the amount of kids that are within the disrict.
-Another alternative we could consider is for La Mirada to join forces with the South Whittier Unified School District.
[QUOTEw]who"sure"]it would be easy,
we just need to build a new district office, new admin facilities, new district kitchen, etc. etc.
Of course we will need a new teachers union, our own superintendent
This will of course be funded by state and federal funding that will be even lower then now.. cuz it is all about the number of students.
But other then that it should be a snap.[/QUOTE]
LMHS

Valencia, CA

#12 Sep 21, 2009
MATADORE FAN wrote:
I'm talking about the legal ways of splitting a district up. You make up some good points but here are some solutions, they might not be perfect, but they are ideas.
-Split the properties with Norwalk they get the properties in Norwalk we get the properties in La Mirada.
-Close one of the elementary or middle schools and we can use that as a District Office.
-We can split actual property from busses to computers.
-We can do a share program with Norwalk for district services i.e. a central kitchen (many districts subcontract this out)bus drivers,and maintenance workers.
-As far as disrtict staff, you make it proportional to the amount of kids that are within the disrict.
-Another alternative we could consider is for La Mirada to join forces with the South Whittier Unified School District.
<quoted text>
Love your ideals
NLM Parent

Long Beach, CA

#13 Sep 22, 2009
Does anyone know if the candidates will be having a forum?
Parent

United States

#14 Sep 22, 2009
LMHS wrote:
Can La Mirada get out of Norwalk/ La Mirada school District
LA MIRADA SCHOOLS can fund themself get rid of **** teachers & Keep out of city gang bangers from our schools
This thinking is a prime example of the problems the kids, yes people the kids, have to deal with. The students are the priority, no matter where they live. If the two communities spent more time working together, would come together to make things better for everyone, instead of spending energy pointing fingers, we would all be better off. Wake up people, put your biases aside, before you take us all down this black hole together.
LM resident

La Habra, CA

#15 Sep 23, 2009
finally a voice of reason. By the way South Whittier school district is BROKE!
PRES

Valencia, CA

#16 Sep 23, 2009
Obama is that you
yes

Chino, CA

#17 Sep 23, 2009
Yes there is a Fourm in the planning stages.

most likely Hosted by the LM chamber
and
moderated by the Women League of Voters

Details still being worked out
Parent

United States

#18 Sep 23, 2009
LM resident wrote:
finally a voice of reason. By the way South Whittier school district is BROKE!
Thank you. FYI, I am not a La Mirada Resident. Humm? Where do I live, I am sure you can guess. And trust me, it's not just a the differences between two cities I have to deal with. Its in my own city, we are our own worst enemies. I simply ask everyone to remember that our children need us. After all, we are the adults here. What kind of example are we setting for them.
Potsie

United States

#19 Sep 23, 2009
People need to stop worrying about the bureaucrats, and start raising their kids right. How come great, successful kids come out of the same classrooms as the nitwits? How do some kids succeed and others don't, in the same classroom with the same teacher? HOW? We all know how. Some parents started early in training their kids to do well, and some didn't. Sure, there are exceptions, some kids do have actual disabilities. But most cases of struggling kids have to do with the fact that those at home never did what needed to be done. Face it, and change it.

Do your job, mom and dad, and we'll have a fraction of the problems.

And don't look for the community leaders to say something this true. They'd never risk offending possible voters.
MATADORE FAN

Whittier, CA

#20 Sep 24, 2009
LM resident wrote:
finally a voice of reason. By the way South Whittier school district is BROKE!
My mistake, I meant Lowell Joint Unified School District. We need to do this and do it now.

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