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LA Metro Sep. 17 2013 — AMASSMAG

The Ash Grove: LAUSD iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?

Ash Grove List ** LAUSD iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?
From: Kim Kaufman []

Sent: Sunday, September 08, 2013 11:02 PM

Did LAUSD go through the proper channels in order to promise to pay $1billion+ for iPads with bond money from Measures Q, R and Y – which we voted on to build new schools and update existing schools?

Please click on the link here (or below) and sign the petition asking for an investigation into our school bond money purchases. (See supporting articles below.) And please pass on to your lists. Thanks! Kim “The next economy will be defined by the struggle to get there.”

Kevin Zeese September 6, 2013 ** LAUSD iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?


To the LAUSD Inspector General, the LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee, and LAUSD School Board, Scour the iPad project before $1 billion goes down the drain! LAUSD’s $1 billion project to buy iPads for students has only begun its roll-out. $30 million into the project, it already shows signs of missteps and even possible improprieties. § Using 30-year construction bonds to buy computers with a 3-year shelf life? Voters intended Measure R (,53089&_dad=ptl&_schema=PTL_EP) and Measure Y (,201386&_dad=ptl&_schema=PTL_EP) to address overcrowded classrooms, dilapidated facilities, fire and earthquake safety, and other capital improvements that outlast the time it takes to pay for them. § Now the LA Times reports (,0,6184460.story) that the district forgot to include keyboards. That oversight will cost an unbudgeted $38 million. What else got overlooked? §

The LA Daily News reports that one board member recused ( himself because he owned Apple stock. What other relationships did LAUSD officials have with contracted vendors? Were these all properly disclosed? Now is the time—before millions more are wasted—to take a closer look and correct course or stop it altogether. Sign the petition to tell the LAUSD Inspector General: Scour the contract. Scour the process. Keep LAUSD clean . Sign our petition here: Why Is L.A. Spending School Construction Bonds to Buy iPads? ( LA Times: $500 Million for iPads Did Not Include Keyboards ( ** In school iPad project, L.A. might need to tap funding for keyboards ———————————————————— ** School district’s $1-billion tablet-for-every-student project could need a further outlay for keyboards. ————————————————————,0,6184460.story First L.A. Unified school gets iPads in $1-billion effort,0,6929665.story#tugs_story_display Apple Sells iPads to LAUSD — Something Does Not Compute

Sunday’s event and ‘The Musical Legacy of the Great March’ This Saturday

Sunday’s event and The Musical Legacy of the Great March’ This Saturday

Hi. As the holiday weekend and war approach and occupy the mind, I take a time out to report that Shakespeare’s “All’s well that ends well” applies to the Ash Grove Picnic of last Sunday, and should, to tomorrow’s musical event in Pasadena.

First, the picnic: Great music from one person after another in a large circle of diverse folks, often from surprising sources. Everyone participated, became friends, drifted off to eat, greet and talk; then returned. Newcomers arrived, even towards the 6pm closing. The sentiments of the letter just below were expressed by everyone I spoke to, heard from on the phone, etc. I found out the next day that people actually continued until midnight, inside the house. Our hosts, Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl loved it and have asked that we make it an annual event. I promise to have it together and send you far fewer emails, next year. I won’t have to.

Ross Altman, the featured performer of tomorrow’s event was there, shared and I’m sure will draw many folks still in town to Pasadena. Me, too.