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Today’s Press Conference

February 16th, 2017 Comments off

I read the transcript of the press conference with the illegitimate president that took place today. (I watched a bit of the video but I could read the entire transcript in about 5 minutes while watching the video would take an hour). What is most interesting are the following claims: (1) the news media reports regarding former National Security Adviser Flynn and the Russian connection were described by the illegitimate president as fabrications and “fake news”; and (2) he wants to track down those in the White House that are leaking this information to the media. Ok, which is it: are the reports fabricated (so there are no sources) or was the information supplied by sources and thus factually correct? At least one of the claims must be false since they are mutually exclusive. Obviously (since Flynn was asked to resign) the answer must be that the media reports are truthful and the impostor president’s repeated claims of fabrications are simply lies. This would be laughable except for the fact that people and our planet are being harmed by this idiot.¬†How can anybody believe a person that states contradictions that are logically impossible to be true?

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Vergara v. State of California

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

This is the case regarding the challenge to the teacher tenure statutes in the California. Several students (funded by outside interests) claim that they are deprived of their right to equal protection in public education because tenure laws caused them to receive an inferior education. I had a chance to read the trial court’s ruling this morning. The finding of the court was that 1-4% of state public school teachers are “grossly ineffective.” The trial court judge also found that the removal process for teachers was complex and cumbersome. Applying the constitutional protections of Brown v. Bd. of Ed. and the California Serrano cases, the judge found that the teacher removal process in the statute was unconstitutional, because it is almost impossible to remove a grossly ineffective teacher. He also found that the seniority statute was unconstitutional, which seems to have no relationship at all to the issue at hand. IMHO, this is a poorly reasoned and written decision and there is a good change that it will not be adopted in its current form on appeal. I agree that the funding and motivation for the case came from anti-union, ultraconservative interests. There is a legitimate concern in those rare cases when a student is stuck in a class with a “grossly ineffective” teacher, but here the remedy goes way beyond what is needed to address this concern.

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Landlord and Tenant

January 5th, 2012 Comments off

I had a client with a landlord-tenant issue come up today. Some quick research revealed a lot of regulations regarding dealing with substandard buildings. A letter to the landlord citing the relevant law seems to have solved the problem. Sometimes the magic works.

I also ran across the new statute regarding political signs in rental housing–tenants are now guaranteed this 1st Amendment right.

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