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Carl Petersen III April 23, 2014 at 11:51 am
Thank you for sharing. I think that this helps prove that the LAUSD can do better!
Wizzo April 23, 2014 at 01:18 pm
Good for you Carl!! Rather than just sit and fume about the problem you are looking to be part ofRead More the solution. I really do hope you win your campaign and applaud you for your efforts both secularly & at home.
Carl Petersen III April 23, 2014 at 02:29 pm
Thank you, Wizzo.
Desi Kiss April 23, 2014 at 09:24 am
@ Josephina or whoever you may be. I certainly did and I have a copy of it. The Community ServicesRead More Report and Recommendation that passed with a 6-1 VOTE, dated May 1, 2006 also stipulated that if a dog park is constructed, restrooms should be considered at the at the facility. Why was that NOT implemented at the new $ 2 million dog park? The price tag quoted in the 2006 report is highly inflated and out of date. Restroom construction technology and design since then has changed and it is more efficient and cost effective these days. The City of Portland, Pittsburgh and others have already installed stainless steel unisex restrooms with solar panels. There are several manufacturers of stainless steel unisex restrooms and the cost of one unit fully installed at the site is around $ 100,000 including the panels and the batteries. The price for a prefab masonry or concrete unit restroom starts at $ 30,000. I suggest reading more and researching the subject before commenting on this matter or perhaps attend one of my seminars at a university. My estimate is based on cutting-edge design and value engineering and I stand by it. After all I'm a licensed professional engineer that is very familiar with design and construction. While at Disneyland in 1988, I design-built (structurally) one of the first high tech, cutting-edge restroom in Socal. It is there today at the Videopolis area and passed the public, time and earthquake tests. It is about 2500 Sqft and had a price tag of approximately $ 250,000. It needed a very special design to preserve the environment and the landscape, special retaining walls etc. My proposal is for 20 new low cost restrooms 100-150 sqft in size for a price tag not to exceed $ 2 million. May I ask what is your professional background? Are you an engineer? or architect? or just someone who does not know much about architecture, engineering, planning, construction, building techniques and cost estimating ?
Josephina April 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
Hi Desi: I really am Josephina. Why do you ask? As to your question about my occupation: my answerRead More is no. I do not share personal information publicly. I value privacy, as do many in our fine city. Could you please provide links from the City of Portland or Pittsburgh that reflect the costs you are citing? Like I said, I want independent hard sources to corroborate what you're saying. It still seems like you're just making numbers up...
Desi Kiss April 23, 2014 at 10:30 am
Hi Josephina. Why do I ask? because I would really like to know if the person/commentator is realRead More and really interested in the matter. After all I have plenty of experience in this field. Here is one link that you may be interested in and may find the info you have asked. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/408156 I don't work for the City, I've done my own research and I presented it on Monday @ the CC. The numbers are very accurate. One more link for reference: ftp://ftrftp.slcgov.com/attachments/1-15-13-A7.pdf You may find plenty of additional information here, about costs and how others conduct business w/ regards to public restrooms. Hope it helps. Please feel free to e-mail me @ desikiss4mv@gmail.com if there is anything else I may add or if you may have additional questions. Thank you and have a blessed week ahead of you.
Martha L. Bridges April 22, 2014 at 06:12 pm
What is important to celebrate is that each of us is freedom to follow their own spiritual beliefsRead More without impediment. I believe that there are grains of truth in every established religion and much wisdom to be gained in studying all of them. What we need is less talk about religion and more living the ideals that are embodied in all of them.
andy fischer April 22, 2014 at 06:19 pm
"What we need is less talk about religion and more living the ideals that are embodied in allRead More of them." Atheists are smaller in proportion than christians are in prison. In a 2013 report released by the US Federal Bureau of Prisons, 0.07 percent atheists, 28.7 percent identify as Protestant and 24 percent Catholic. Atheists are more generous too. Atheists are driven by emotions, such as compassion, as opposed to religious people, who may be more influenced by “doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns. Finally, A new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades has concluded that religious people are less intelligent than non-believers. A piece of University of Rochester analysis, led by Professor Miron Zuckerman, found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies.
Lucy Gidrebs April 22, 2014 at 09:26 pm
Typical one sided take on an issue.Read More http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/atheists-are-more-intelligent-than-religious-people-thats-sciencism-at-its-worst-8759526.html ___________________________ "At most what the majority of papers reviewed in this analysis show is that because smart people spend more time in education and because high schools and especially universities tend to be secular institutions they will produce proportionally more atheists people than those who drop out. " Written by an atheist...
Who doesn't love cookies!
Margot Ferron April 22, 2014 at 01:08 am
Hi, friends Thank you for your comments. I value your opinions. How do you know if the storeRead More bought cookies, meat, etc. are safe? The City of Mission Viejo has been doing this for many years as well as other bake sales like the recent Bunny Days that raised money for Senior Services at NPM Community Center. They have never had an incident. How do we know if the bake sales at countless schools are safe? I am positive and optimistic that we aren't living in a society that would stoop so low as to harm our Marines or our friends and neighbors. Many people in the community know me. For 4 years and several times a year with Lion's Heart Youth Group, we make cookies for Meals on Wheels. We have never had an incident. Also, many community groups make cookies all year round for Seniors and functions at NPM. In light of this question I asked many people in charge and no one has had a problem. We prefer homemade with love...cookies, but it is your choice. Have fun baking and make it a family affair. With many thanks for supporting our Marines.
andy fischer April 22, 2014 at 06:44 am
" How do we know if the bake sales at countless schools are safe?" We don't.
Margot Ferron April 22, 2014 at 10:40 am
Hi, Andy I am happy for you to research that. I am only writing articles on activities I think ourRead More community would like to participate in. I would love to read some articles that you can share with our community on fool proof safe events. Thanks for your comments.
John David April 23, 2014 at 06:33 pm
Tom Thumb, I'm the father of a 33 year old autistic man, and know many autistic adults. Like Carl,Read More I've not researched why "autism is on the rise". I think part of the reason is that many more professionals are aware of the disorder, more children and adults who might not have received adequate examinations or not seen by knowledgeable professionals might have fallen thru the cracks, or might have been diagnosed as intellectually impaired or other incorrect diagnosis. My son was seen by many doctors and professionals over many years in the 80s and 90s before he was diagnosed. We also knew of no other child like him until his senior year in high school. Since then, we've seen many, many more people like him. The condition itself may or may not be on the rise, but awareness, treatments and educational opportunities have certainly identified more autistic people and provided more help for them.
Tom Thumb April 23, 2014 at 06:34 pm
You're saying, with autism on the rise, and 2 of your 5 children having it, and with all yourRead More articles on all the Democrat talking points posted everywhere, that you haven't looked into it. And you want people to elect you to whatever position it is in a supervisory position at LAUSD. One ringy-dingy.
Porter gladstone April 23, 2014 at 07:11 pm
- Carl, by your logic, how does homophobia affect you ?
lisa shoshannah shaw April 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm
LOL@snow!
Brian Moloney - The Freelance Retort April 20, 2014 at 05:53 am
Thank, Snow...I think. I guess that's why my pizza is always cold before I get it home....
mimi April 20, 2014 at 08:41 pm
Hey Snow - I think you are giving us a snow job. Don't take that wrong- it's more interestingRead More that way.
andy fischer April 20, 2014 at 07:03 am
Parent Skill Number 1: Don't send your kids to poor performing schools (because poor performingRead More peers/students) like what are in most of the LAUSD.
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:23 pm
The layout of the grammer school makes a difference in what the child is exposed to and learns.Read More That sounds inconceivable but whan they made the decision to put the children is separate bungalows with just one teacher all day it meant that they would not be exposed to specialist teachers such as literature, art, and music appreciation until they get to Jr. High School. I grew up during the great depression. Most assuredly there was no excess money for education, yet we had a gym teacher, we received instructions in drawing and painting, and we listened to classical records in our one day a week music class - because we walked to the specialist teachers classroom. Getting instruction in the humanities costs no more than sitting all day with the same teacher. It is the number of classroom hours spent per week that counts. The Superintendant does not have to hire more teachers, he hires specialists who excite and stimulate the kids in the subject that they themselves love so much. When the child gets a singlr teacheer who teaches math, English, history, etc. that teacher is bound to not be too good at some of the myriad subjects. If we could expose kids tothe very best at the hight of the depression we can do better by them than to have them sit on their behinds all day with someone who is a master of some and a bore at all.
Carl Petersen III April 20, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:06 AM "Karl has not blamed teachers and in fact he laments thatRead More Parents are ignored especially the Parents who want the besat for their kids. Over all the teachers are very much respected." ________________________________________________________ I think that the current tenure system is an insult to great teachers. The first special education classroom that I witnessed for my daughters did little more than babysit them. We were told that they were doing all they could for them and that they were meeting all of the goals of their IEP. Their next teacher was still taking classes towards her masters degree and was excited to try new things. My daughters made amazing progress. ____________________________________________________ When the LAUSD was forced to lay off teachers, do you want to guess which one lost her Special Education assignment? Instead she was assigned to a kindergarten classroom. What a waste of a special talent!