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Renee Dale April 23, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Way before this happened I said she was the wrong fit for SMMUSD! She needs to be replaced!
mathew millen April 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM
The problem is the school board. It is controlled by candidates supported by Santa Monicans forRead MoreRent ers Rights. The criteria for endorsement by SMRR is support for building low income rental housing and funding for regional social service programs. Management or financial backgrounds are not relevant. We need to start by replacing the School Board
mimi April 23, 2014 at 01:57 PM
This entire incident is unfortunate and reflects poor judgement on everyone's part. Thankfully, noRead Moreo ne was killed or seriously injured. Instead of continuing to point fingers, it's time to figure out the best protocol for removing disruptive students from the classroom without engaging in combat. At the start of each school year each student, teacher, parent and all school employees on every level must receive a copy of the protocol to read and sign. Failure to sign and/or comply----- you are out on your ass. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $100.
Apolinaire April 22, 2014 at 02:01 PM
I hope that there will be no episode in this television-series in which the "coach who hasRead Morelong proven successful history" is not suspended in the process of dealing with the troubled teenagers (c.f., recent SAMOHI episode).
Kikisquid April 16, 2014 at 01:56 PM
I know what you mean! Once one leaves southern California, one notices how fortunate we are withRead Moreou r food choices. I feel the more I know the easier it is to make sounder food choices for myself and in regards to sustainability. Perhaps it is a matter of taking personal responsibility that stops others not to wonder what is in our food. Thankfully awareness is spreading each day and that makes it harder to stay in the dark.
nonoise April 22, 2014 at 08:48 PM
It might be a better solution not to live right on the beach. There are lots of places inland that Read Moremight be a 20 minute drive to the beach and they have a lot less traffic. It all comes down to your budget. Culver City is close to Venice Beach and probly less expensive than some other places.
Maureen M April 23, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Thanks nonoise. I have heard that not living on the beach is more reasonable. Traffic seems to beRead Moreth e same complaint with everyone so far...and it being expensive. Traffic is pretty bad too here in DC. Very congested. I would consider living close to the beach if it was 20 mins or less. My biggest concern would be a good neighborhood and safety. I would have to feel comfortable but also be able to access things to do etc.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Burbank and Glendale are nearby cities that are safe but farther away from the ocean. Torrance isRead Morec lose to San Pedro. Check out other areas too.
Apolinaire April 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Are you the same Marc Gafni who was involved in a sex scandal a few years back? Will you bringRead Morepict ures to your wow talks live?
Jack Casey April 14, 2014 at 02:08 AM
Corrected copy from above post: Hi Tim, I just posted to Santa Monica Patch (Which I had not heardRead Moreo f before tonight) on this topic. I noticed a few typos After I posted and would like to correct them, but can't see how to get back to it: Sandra Lyons is in way over her head as Sup't of SMMUSD. IMHO: Lyons did not "Misspeak" as some commentators have posted. Rather she was caught out by a moment of Truth. She spoke her values: First throw the staff member under the bus with no investigation of the facts - Guilty until proven innocent seems to be her code. Then call this Drug Dealer's home and and reassure the parents. Apologize to The Drug Dealer's parents and assure them that this "Alarming" incident of Physical Restraint by the classroom teacher deserved a thorough investigation and it will be initiated. God Forbid that she could have called Coach Black's home and asked HIM what happened that day!? Who is she afraid of? Have the so-called Minorities got her on the run and kowtowing to their every concern, no matter what the topic. That Racist, Ageist District & City Political Parasite Oscar De la Torre must be in his glory. HINT: Ms. Lyons, a leader leads from in front and makes the big, tough decisions out of a desire to be fair and equitable - Not at the behest of and in fear of the loudest mob. Under Stress & Pressure you did not "Misspeak" Ms, Lyons, you collapsed into a useless, panicked Apologist for some of the worst elements and corrosive trends in our society. if you can't take the heat - Please get out of that office and turn it over to someone with a backbone and a set of clear values. Jack Casey, 30 year veteran of SMMUSD (retired).
Paul Ryan April 14, 2014 at 02:25 AM
One often overlooked effect of these immediate dismissals of teachers PRIOR to any investigation of Read Morethe facts is that the students are suddenly deprived of continuity in their course at best, and usually stuck with a very unqualified replacement. This was the case when photography teacher Alan Barnes was summarily dismissed for very questionable reasons and replaced by substitute with no photographic experience whatsoever. And at crucial time when students were preparing portfolios for college submission. Both the students on the SAMO wrestling team and in Mr. Black's biology class have certainly suffered, and will continue to do so unless Superintendent Lyons reinstates him before the end of Spring Break. It is the students who suffer it's certainly not clear to me who benefits. Ms Lyons has apologized, now she has a chance to truly help the students.
Paul Ryan April 14, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Surprised to see Rick King bringing up accusations to ONE wrestler from back in 2011. In Rick'sRead Morewor ds: "...Another was a very disturbing incident involving Coach Black's wrestling team which used a fake lynching to haze a black wrestler." It was a joke and a bad one. But one member was accused, not the team. The boy hazed went on to wrestle with his friends on the team for the rest of the season. It passed. The administration however, deprived the team of it's Olympic Class trainer and the team suffered false accusations from much of the student body due to uninformed innuendo from sensation seeking people and organizations. Venting vehement anger is one thing, uninformed innuendo is far more damaging.