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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

Culver City Teacher's Pensions From Transparent Calif

 

March 15, 2018



Let me share an email from Representative Karen Bass. Representative Bass: “This egregious and unprecedented action carried out by the President’s henchmen to ultimately cast doubt on Robert Mueller’s investigation could set the stage for the worst abuse of governmental oversight in this country’s history. Somewhere Putin is laughing at us as Speaker Ryan and Devin Nunes receive a slap on the back and a “job well done” from President Trump in the Oval Office.”

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif,) released the following statement reacting to the release of a 3-page-long memo that was drafted by Rep. Devin Nunes with possible assistance from the White House, which insinuates, against the consensus of the intelligence community, that the FBI and DOJ corruptly sought a FISA warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

“Despite repeated warnings from the intelligence community, the Department of Justice and the FBI of material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy; the President and House Republicans today released a noncomprehensive memo (one that they may have drafted together) about the federal surveillance of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Cater Page.

“The idea that Carter Page was surveilled because of the Steele Dossier ignores many basic facts of this investigation, such as the fact that the FBI first contacted Carter Page in 2013, well before the steele Dossier was even a thought in anyone’s head and that if the warrant to surveil was extended three times, that means there was useful information presented in court to do so. The memo’s additional omissions about how the investigation began and what other information the FBI had about Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election pile on to discredit this memo as a disingenuous attempt at providing the American people transparency.

Culver City Unified School District Teacher’s Annual pensions: Amounts from Transparent California

Joseph Nazzaretta $75,442

Ellen Schmalholz $75,139

Judith Sandstrom $74,641

Sara Fields $74,499

Julia Scholtren $73,481

James Mashburn $73,438

Claudette Dubois $73.406

Sue Ward $72,791

Steven Lenno Pollman $72,233

Curtis Mortenson $71,871

Virginia Grawe $71,863

Cesar Peralta $71,306

Marilyn Culbertson $70.434

Audrey Stephens $70,350

David Ruebsamen $70,101

Melvin Stowsky $69,985

Martin Siegal $69,840

Terence Scott $69,078

Arlene Malkasian $68,097

Amy Maldonado $67,469

Deborah Zarate $66,992

In 2016, Teacher pensions paid a total of $11,390,424. In the opinion of many we need a Beverly Hills CPA and a Philadelphia lawyer to keep expenses under control, but now you know the real reason the school district needs more money its pensions and wages

Why does Culver City need to sell pot? One reason could be our city is in the red $360 million or there about. We have so many IOUs floating around we could sink the U.S.S. Iowa and bring the Queen Mary to her knees. Inglewood you already know from this column passed the weed mess to somebody else. The Compton voters rejected marijuana by 76.54 percent. All over California users will soon discover “legal” establishments with their overhead and taxes will be so expensive people will go back to the underground economy.

I was so excited when Cousin Neil read in The Los Angeles Times January 12, 2018, “Inside Brown’s final budget plan” to give each school district $11,614 per pupil and even more if repayment of debts owed to the schools is included.

A ballot initiative in Florida cold restore voting to 1.5 million ex-felons this November.

The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every moth at 7 p.m. in the Culver City Senior Center Room C77, 4095 Overland Avenue, Telephone (310) 253-6675. Recently elected Chair is Tori Bailey and dedicated members are Daniel Lee, Steven Fisher, Wayne Slappy, Rev. Carolyn Wilkins and Latrice Williams. The Committee is focusing on a possible community forum or an event centered on the five elementary schools in our district.

I see Marion Country Pubic Schools in central Florida with 20,236 elementary school students have began a new program Superintendent Maier of no homework. Maier wants parents to read for at least twenty minutes every night and Maier doesn’t care what is the subject matter. For additional information read USA Today, August 10, 2017.

If you are one of many who enjoy going to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, then mark your calendar on April 21st and April 22nd at USC.

In the Westway’s, an Automobile Club of Southern California magazine, playing at the Ivy Substation from February 8th through March 24th will be the New Colossus. A play conveying stories of our immigrant ancestors journey from oppression to freedom. (theactorsgang.com).

Can we file this in the folder marked unbelievable? Hawaii Governor David Ige told reporters his delayed response in correcting a false alarm on January 13, 2018 about a ballistic missile approaching was because he had forgotten his twitter password.

Can this be on the up and up? A recent research review involving more than 400,000 people linked artificial sweeteners to weight gain, obesity, diabetes and other issues.

For those who missed an article, all my commentaries can be found at http://www.culvercityobserver.com; strolling down the page and underneath Opinion look for Rubenstein.

 

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