On Aug. 6 three other bad bills were approved by the State Senate Housing Committee: AB 725, AB 2345 (lets developers override city standards on height, open space, parking, setbacks, side yards and other careful planning) and AB 3040 (lets cities "upzone" single-family areas to fourplexes)
On Aug. 11, SB 1120 (co-authored by state Senator Lena Gonzalez, it would crush single-family zoning, allowing 4 market-rate homes where a one home now stands) and SB 902 will be heard in the Ass'y Local Gov't Committee. SB 902 lets city councils toss out voter-approved protection of lands.
SB 1085, SB 995 remain problematic.
|(August 7, 2020) -- Sometime today, negotiators for LBUSD management and the Teachers Ass'n of LB (TALB) are scheduled to discuss on what terms teachers may teach from classrooms or from remote locations. At some point, the respective parties may reach an agreement on an MOU governing those terms.
That's fine for the union and management, but it may not be fine for parents, students and taxpayers. The interests of the teachers union and LBUSD management may or may not be the same as LB parents, students and taxpayers.
LB's five-member School Board is elected to represent parents, students and taxpayers in setting LBUSD policy. Alas, that's not what we heard at the Aug. 5 School Board meeting.
School Boardmembers listened to teachers. They listened to LBUSD management. But when it came to speak for parents, students and taxpayers on the key policy question facing the Board, LBUSD's policy-setting boardmembers didn't say if they think it's responsible or reckless to order teachers and students back into classrooms despite the pandemic circulating COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Juan Benitez declined to take a position on classroom instruction and teachers being in the classroom "because that will be adressed through our negotiations with our labor partners." His Board colleagues fared no better, avoiding policy decisions they were entrusted to decide, not to defer to union and management negotiators.
Later today or in coming days, the LB teachers' union and LBUSD management reps may announce a deal on these matters. It will presumably reflect their interests. Sadly, it may or may not reflect the interests of LB students, their parents and taxpayers, because those elected to speak for parents, students and taxpayers didn't do so when they could have, should have, and didn't.
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