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Carl Petersen III
www.changetheLAUSD.com
You can thank Operation Rescue for my political activism. It was 1988 and this group had begun their campaign of violent intimidation against a woman’s right to choose her destiny. I had just moved to Los Angeles from the suburbs of New York to attend Musician’s Institute in Hollywood when I saw a flyer requesting help to defend against Operation Rescue’s actions and volunteered. Before long I was spending my Saturday mornings helping to forcibly reopen health clinics and escorting patients into their appointments.
Elections do have consequences and Bill Clinton’s residency in the White House brought the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. This ended Operation Rescue’s activities and gave me back my Saturday mornings. For a Liberal, I settled into a very conservative life. I got married, raised two children (Becca and Jessie), and bought a house in Van Nuys. Eventually I continued the education I had begun at New York’s Pace University, getting a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. I was living the American Dream. This dream was enabled by hard work and a drive to improve myself. My first job in California was at J. B. Chemical Company, a small automotive care company in North Hollywood. I worked my way up from the factory floor to General Manager. After 15 years, I left the security of this job to advance my career at Unified Dispatch, LLC, a startup company in Altadena. Shortly afterwards I was invited by Arecont Vision to manage their Operations Department as they progressed from development to production of high-definition security cameras. At the time I was hired, there was only one other employee. Nine years later we have over 150 employees worldwide and manufacture our cameras in Glendale. Life does not always go the way we plan and in 2006 I found myself in the new role of single father. This was followed by the pleasant surprise of falling in love again (Sammy Hagar speaks the truth), moving to the Northridge / Porter Ranch area and marrying Nicole in a clandestine ceremony at Disneyland. As an added bonus, I became a father to Nicole’s triplets, Sydney, Zoey and Morgan. In addition to my work and family responsibilities, I have also played drums in several local bands. I love the adventure of a good thrill ride and can often be found with the family at an amusement park. I also write “The Different Drummer” blog which revolves around “Politics, Family, Music and other Musings.” My wife and I also foster for Ayechimomma dog rescue. Life is busy, chaotic and satisfying. Unlike others who have held a seat on the LAUSD school board, I do not see it as a stepping stone to higher political office. I have experienced the dysfunction of the district and know that the system needs to change. After speaking to other parents, teachers and community members, I know that my feelings are not unique. My candidacy is about using my talents to find solutions. Follow me on twitter at ChangeTheLAUSD
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