Whoever replaces Fabiani...

Fabiani has alienated many in San Diego, but has he really done any harm to the link 'tween the fan(atics) and the team? The die hard fans don't give up easily, and many don't pay attention to the posturings of that mouthpiece (or for that matter the owner) when he goes out of his way to insult the local pols. We have the spectacle of the new "mare", Kev-boy, being willing to accept all the insults and just come back for more with his proclamations that he'll get that new stadium, "somehow, someway, someday." What he should do is tell Deano to take his team and shove it. But Kevbo doesn't know how to sell the locals on that sort of idea. So he spends his days on this Quixotic search for a way to keep the team (against its will) by bribing the Spanos gang with a new and unnecessary sports palace. The Light News today has a front page story about Deano and how he has managed to hide out in plain sight, letting others speak for him. He's a smart guy, and knows that paid mouthpieces can do a better job of spinning his story than he could ever do. So, he has that stone face and the ever-present Ray-Bans that hide his bloodshot, beady eyes. My take is that Deano would love to sell the team at a big gain. After the inept Clippers were sold for $2 billion, will the settle for less? So, that means that to move to LA is also to cash out. Real estate mavins like him know there is a time to buy and a time to sell. He's angling for the right time to unload the team for, well, why not OVER $2 billion. That's my opinion and others will have opposing opinions.
— November 30, 2015 8:52 p.m.

Murdoch says L.A. Times to be sold

monahan, you are so temperate with your posts nowadays. I'd like to quibble a bit. Yes, charters were conceived as an answer to the pressure to allow vouchers. But while the voucher deal was on the ballot, I recall that the charter school laws were legislative. As such, it was a hastily drawn law that has many flaws. But the passage of the law helped defeat the voucher initiative in 1993. The concept of the charter school might be a good one, but as they now operate in California charter schools receive little or no scrutiny from elected bodies. Most "send a bill" to the state based on their attendance, or what passes for "attendance" in them, and the funds are handed over with no questions asked or strings attached. As I've mentioned repeatedly, the chartering districts are supposed to provide oversight, and I can't think of a single district that really does that. So much for legal requirements. Many charters may be, as you say, "student-centered, communal in feeling and enjoy strong parental support." But that doesn't mean that they are properly run, well-managed financially, or really accountable to anyone. In too many cases, popular ones have hidden agendas. One here in No County has enabled large-scale white flight from one of the old and established high schools. You refer to the "fly by night" schools that could have lapped up voucher funds. Well, I hate to tell you, but many of these charters can be best be described as "fly by night" too. They secure charters from small, rural districts with the understanding they will not take any enrollment away from the chartering district, Instead the school pops up many miles away, even hundreds of miles away in an urban area, and starts to peddle its snake oil claims of academic innovation and excellence. Far too many parents just lack the smarts or time or interest to ever make sure that the schools' promises are kept.
— November 30, 2015 8:54 a.m.

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