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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:04
The Pasadena Unified School District is a majority Latino serving district 61 percent of our current Latino students. Currently, there is no Latino presence on the board of education and it is my hope that the current vacancy will be filled by a member of the Latino community. As an African American, I understand the importance of representative democracy and the reference of authority in communication with constituents. While we are all responsible and attempt to be responsive to all members of our district, I do understand that it is important to see someone of your background who shares some of your life experiences in a policy making position.
African Americans are very well represented at the board level with the recent addition of Tyron Hampton, Jr. to the PUSD board, occupying the seat serving District 3. Tyron also joins me in a leadership role for the PUSD Board. For the first time in my memory, there is an African American President and Vice President on the Board. Tyron is a product of PUSD and his presence as a board member represents an important generational shift for the district. Like Councilmember and Vice Mayor, Jacque Robinson, he is a product of the "Eddie Newman Era" at John Muir High School. No high school in our district, public or private, has produced more civically engaged adults. It is quite an achievement, and I know Dr. Newman is proud of her graduates and follow their achievements closely.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:44
Do your children know how to respond during an emergency or what to do when confronted by a stranger?
If you are unsure about your answers to these questions, then you might consider enrolling your child in the Pasadena Kids Safety Academy.
This is a seven-week program for youth ages 6 to 12 and their parents or guardian. The program is taught by the Pasadena Police Department, the Pasadena Fire Department, and other City Departments and it is sponsored by the Pasadena Police Foundation.
During the program, attendees will meet at various locations in Pasadena for seven (7) consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The first session is scheduled for June 15, 2013 at the Pasadena Police Department.
The Pasadena Police Department is now accepting applications for the summer academy program. Space is limited and classes will go quickly so early registration is recommended. Enrollment is free and includes snacks and beverages.
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