Friday, June 11, 2010

One Teacher Can See the Light

The other day I spoke with a person from North Orange County who felt compelled to share some of their personal philosophy with me on public employee unions, fat pensions, and job security. The person, we’ll call them Jo, gave me some information I would like to share with you.

Jo opted out of the California Teachers Association (CTA) when she was hired by the local school district. She decided it was worth the payroll deduction to opt out rather than feed the union beast. You see, Jo isn’t your typical CTA dues-paying teacher; she is that inspirational teacher who lives to stimulate you minds.

Jo said she couldn’t believe just how bad some teachers really were and how the union protects them from being held accountable. When Jo first earned her teaching credential she was a substitute for several districts. One of those had a teacher who would call in sick at least once a month. Jo would regularly show up to sub only to find that there was no lesson plan or activities planned by the teacher. Jo finally refused to take the calls from this flaky teacher. A couple of years later, Jo read that the flaky teacher who was always being reprimanded was elected as the local teacher’s union president. Fitting, isn’t it?

Jo recounted for me several instances of lazy and incompetent teachers being shuffled around to various assignments and protected by the union rather than being fired. She has told district officials that she earns too much money when considering she has, in her opinion, the best job ever. That’s the spirit of a good teacher who isn’t just simply riding the gravy train of public education.


Jo’s story is a matter of supply and demand. Here is a quality teacher inspiring children everyday to learn and grow while her peers are stagnant and hardly effective as educators. Every time there is an opening for a teacher, the district receives hundred of inquiries, resumes, and applications – for a single opening! The supply of teachers exceeds the demands of the school. When this occurs, the parties must reevaluate their respective values. Teachers should have more to offer (not necessarily advanced degrees) and schools should have less to offer (not necessarily lower salaries). This creates an equitable balance between the two parties so that the school gets the absolute best at a reasonable price. These basic principles are applicable to every job field, including providing professional land surveying services.

The economic disaster taxpayers have stepped in will soon force public employee unions to reconsider their position. The employees do not dictate who runs an agency or how it is run, although they certainly would like us to think they do. We, the People, run agencies by electing officials, who will be held accountable this November.

The apparent ineffectual leadership of our public agencies can be corrected November 2, 2010 by choosing candidates who hold the public’s trust paramount to the interests of the employees. But I have my doubts. There were several candidates who should have been tossed out with the primary election but weren’t. It seems common sense has succumbed to name recognition.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CHP Threatens Bloggers Over Free Speech

(Originally posted by Travis Kiger from Friends For Fullerton's Future blog)
On June 7th a few of us took a banner onto a public sidewalk along a freeway overpass in Fullerton to participate in constitutionally-protected free speech in support of Bill Hunt for Sheriff. Almost immediately, a CHP officer told us to leave or we would be ticketed and removed.

Citing the 1st amendment, we declined and held our position for nearly an hour.

Eventually backup arrived and we were threatened multiple times with arrest, although the officers would not say which law was being violated. Here is a clip of the event, which reveals several disturbing statements made by the officer.




We decided to leave after the officer began to quiver with anger and his threats of arrest became more forceful.

The officer then suggested that we were being paid and then made disparaging remarks about the candidate who we were supporting. Those statements were extremely unprofessional and suggest that the officer’s intentions may have been political in nature.

We have been informed of similar accounts of intimidation of sign-holders by the CHP at other freeway overpasses throughout Orange County on that same day.

A complaint of officer misconduct will be filed with the California Highway Patrol shortly.

SHAWN NELSON WINS 4th DISTRICT PRIMARY



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

CHP Threaten to Arrest Hunt Supporters



During a Bill Hunt for Sheriff rally known as Operation Overpass III, an officer from the California Highway Patrol threatened to arrest hunt supporters who were holding signs and banners on the sidewalk of the Yorba Linda Blvd./57 freeway overpass. Later, a Fullerton Police officer intervened and helped diffuse the situation. When a CHP sergeant arrived, things heated up. It would appear that holding signs on the sidewalk of a public right-of-way is somehow a violation of law. The right of the People to peaceably meet and speak freely has been trumped by the thin blue line of the CHP.

I don't know all of the details, but stay tuned for more from the Friends For Fullerton’s Future blog.

Greg Sebourn

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The Beauty of a Storm

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My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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