As the old cliche goes, “the silence has been deafening” in La Canada
regarding Assembly Bill 2160. This bill would take decisions on a wide
variety of issues, such as curriculum, textbooks and standards, from
elected school officials and make them part of the collective bargaining
process. Instead of being open to the public, these issues would be
decided behind closed doors by people who are unaccountable to the
public, namely union negotiators.
Leading newspapers from San Diego to Sacramento, including locals like
the Daily News of Los Angeles, Pasadena Star News and San Marino Tribune,
have written editorials strongly opposing AB 2160. But the La Canada
newspapers have reported next to nothing.
School boards from every corner of the state, including local
districts like Los Angeles, Pasadena and San Marino, have issued
statements affirming their opposition to AB 2160. But the La Canada
school board has taken a very low profile.
Virtually all Republican Assembly members and a few Democrats strongly
oppose AB 2160. But La Canada’s own Carol Liu, a Democratic member of the
Education Committee that will soon vote on this bill, refuses to take a
Are La Canadans now so apathetic that even something that threatens
our schools isn’t worth paying attention to? Is everyone in our city
afraid to put former teachers’ union president Carol Liu in an
uncomfortable position? If the answer is yes, then shame on us!
DAVID C. WILCOX
La Canada Flintridge