Someone, many years ago, once penned, “A democracy will continue to exist until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.”
Well, this year the Long Beach Teachers Union is depending on you to give them that power by voting for their candidate, Mr Bodner. Frustrated with the fact that the current president of the school board, Roy Lester, will not agree to a 6% yearly raise, at a time where the tax cap is less than 1%, they have decided to try to fool us taxpayers into electing a current teacher, who is getting ready to retire, to the school board. Although their candidate has no business or board experience, they are taking the position that because he is a teacher, Mr Bodner is qualified to sit on the school board and negotiate contracts with his fellow teachers, with our money. If he is elected, the school board will have 3 former LBCSD employees on the 5 member school board. So, hold onto your wallets.
Mr. Bodner and his wife (also a former district teacher) have been actively involved in teacher union politics for many years. Now that he is retiring, it’s no surprise that he has gotten the support of the teachers union, which does not want to pass up this opportunity to control the purse strings and raise our school taxes. That’s like putting the fox in the hen house.
Mr Lester, on the other hand,has a long history of trying to control expenses and has been opposed by the union at every opportunity. Because of his efforts, Long Beach has remained with one of the lowest tax rates in the county, and has managed to live within the tax cap, while still maintaining the programs for the children.
There is no question that the teachers will come out to vote in droves, as they know a victory would almost certainly give them huge raises at our expense. The only obstacle in their path is if the rest of us taxpayers come out and vote.
The teachers union is betting that we will be too tired or busy or apathetic to vote on Tuesday. If that’s the case, don’t complain when you open that big fat new school tax bill.
Vote for Roy Lester. He’s against taxpayer rip offs.
What’s the saying, “You can’t make this sh*t up”? The Long Beach School vote is still hanging in the air. First my congratulations to Mr. Mininsky, if anything I’ve learned to spell his name correctly writing it so many times. More to the point I am bursting at my pajama jeans seams that Long Beach Politics continues to entertain and delight, despite the fact that politics should not be at School Board elections.
Darlene Tangney and Gina Guma who tagged teamed Mr. Mininsky are still at a tie. The Patch’s latest report The District Clerk may make the decision. Now who is the district clerk you may ask? Wrong, it is not David Fraser. He is the Long Beach City Clerk. In my other post I explained that our school voting had nothing to do with the City Council and associated management.
The District Clerk is Carole Butler – Long Beach City School District (NYSLRS Member). Her voice may be the tiebreaker or we could spend 15,000 dollars of the school budget we just passed for another election. Or….wait for it….. We could have our own version of the Hunger Games minus the finality part.
Toss a coin in Kennedy Plaza? First one to Hang Ten wins? Blink and something new happens. Looks like Ms. Butler’s out of the decision department according to the latest update from The Patch: longbeach.patch.com/articles/election-tie-could-come-down-to-district-clerk.
Now you know why every vote counts.
UPDATE: Guma caved.