ALRIGHT, it’s official…time to wave your finger in front of you and say, “SHAME ON YOU, TAMAR GALATZAN!” YOU HURT KIDS! And not only that, your LAUSD mailers, are indeed…PURPOSEFULLY DECEIVING IN MY OPINION. Here’s the scenario on the mailers as seen through the bamboozle-busting eye of L.A. City Council Candidate David Saltsburg, better-known in the community as, “Zuma Dogg.”
First of all, the LAUSD mailers that Tamar Galatzan sent out to people in CD 2 over the weekend WAS NOT paid for with taxpayer money. IT WAS, HOWEVER, paid for out of her LAUSD Officeholder’s Account.
The money was transferred into that account from her Tamar Galatzan for Boardmember Campaign Contribution account when she ran for LAUSD school board, which you all remember because it was not that long ago that she was running for school board. (Yes, she’s walking away from her committment from schools and kids and parents if she gets her wishes of leaving the school board in favor of the bigger and longer pay-day as L.A. City Councilgoeralonger. (And yes, when asked at the Sunland-Tujunga candidate forum about how she felt if voter approved a pay cut from $180,000 to $90,000, how she felt. She shook her head “no” and said, as someone with a family of five (was it five?) she couldn’t afford the pay cut. So in other words, she is doing it as a money-gig and snubbed at doing it for only a mere $90,000.)
Anyway, it’s all relevant, and here we go:
When Tamar had her LAUSD campaign account, she had two accounts. The infamous campaign account with the approximately $2 million raised privately by Mayor Anotnio Villariagosa.
She also had her own separate Tamar for Member/Shember and it had approximately $150,000, or so in the account.
A WHOPPING $100,000 OF THAT WAS DONATED BY ONE SINGLE PERSON, CASEY WASSERMAN.
You may know Casey Wasserman’s name, not only as a relative of MGM mogul Lou Wasserman, but of Casey’s own Green Dot Charter School support. Wasserman is also a big supporter of the LAUSD reform motion being voted on tomorrow (Aug 25) by Tamar Galatzan, who is still a school board member. So I expect Tamar to vote, “Yes” on the motion, and I would also expect her to “thank” Casey Wasserman for his contribution to this motion. Maybe she’ll use the word, “effort” instead of “contribution” come to think of it.
Now here’s the part that hurts kids and schools and will sicken you:
Out of the $150,000-$160,000, (approx) in the LAUSD campaign account, SIXTY THOUSAND OF IT ($60,000) WAS LEFT IN THE CAMPAIGN FUND AND TRANSFERRED INTO HER LAUSD OFFICE HOLDER ACCOUNT!!!!
And what does she use it for? Books, computers, after school programs, another teacher, a tutor for a kid…whatever you could think of to help out in this budget crisis — what does Tamar Galatzan spend it on?:
[Click on flier for heart tugging, “much, much more to go…” as she hopes to walk out the door. Flier courtesy of Mayor Sam’s blog.]
SENDING OUT AN LAUSD FLIER THAT SAYS, “There is MUCH, MUCH more to do…” EVEN THOUGH IF SHE GETS HER WAY AND WISH…SHE WILL BE WALKING AWAY FROM ALL THAT “MUCH-MUCH” MORE TO DO!!! In other words, just when the absentee ballots hit the mailboxes, SO DOES TAMAR’S FLIER ABOUT HOW MUCH PROGRESS SHE HAS MADE (laughable comments) AS LAUSD SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. In other words, she is sending out a flier touting how great she is…AS BALLOTS ARE IN THE SAME MAILBOX AND SHE IS HOPING THEY VOTE HER AWAY FROM LAUSD AND THE COMMITMENTS SHE MAKES IN THE FLIER.
But besides that, here’s why I consider absolutely intentionally deceiving at a much shadier level. (And the flier saying, “much much more to do” while you are hoping you are able to quit as soon as the votes are counted is deceiving enough because no where does it say she wants to quit.)
Here’s what’s worse: BESIDES the officeholder account money being to be able to be used for classroom and kids and programs or to donate to the right non-profit or to feed homeless students, or whatever — and using it for your own self-serving mailers during while you are campaigning for a bigger paycheck away from LAUSD…
THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE YOU MONEY FOR YOUR TAMAR FOR BOARD MEMBER ACCOUNT GAVE IT TO YOU TO USE FOR LAUSD AND THE SCHOOLS!!!
In other words, I’m sure when someone gives money for you to run as LAUSD school board member, they are not expecting you to use it to run for City Council. So they gave you the money, back then, FOR LAUSD AND THE SCHOOLS AND THE KIDS. And look what you do with it. THAT, to me, is purposefully deceiving.
AND WORSE, the fact that the rest of us City Council candidates have to stick to a $500 limit per campaign contribution, AND YOU USED MONEY TO PAY FOR YOUR MAILERS WITH MONEY FROM A CAMPAIGN WHERE YOU WERE ALLOWED TO RAISE $100,000 FROM ONE, SINGLE DONOR (Casey Wasserman)!!!
THAT’S PROBABLY MORE THAN YOU HAVE IN YOUR ENTIRE TAMAR CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN FUND.
AND YOU LEFT $60,000 IN THAT FUND (WHO LEAVES THAT MUCH LEFT OVER IN A CAMPAIGN, AREN’T YOU SUPPOSED TO SPEND IT TO MAKE SURE YOU WIN? (Maybe Tamar knew the mayor’s $2 million would be enough, so she went out there and “raised” $100,000 from Stuart that she knew she could keep around for when she runs for City Council.
So no offense to Stuart, who may have had no idea Tamar would be using the money this way.
ADD IT ALL UP…AND YOU HAVE CAMPAIGN MONEY LAUNDERING 101!!!
Not very becoming of a city prosecutor or Los Angeles City Councilmember. IS THIS THE TYPE OF SHADY TRICKS YOU WANT TO PERPETUATE???
And if there are any Tamar supporters left, they thank Casey for those slick LAUSD mailers that may allow her to walk away from the “much, much more.”
http://electZUMA.com Yes, my name is Zuma Dogg and if elected, I will make sure any and all money left over in the office holder’s account is contributed into the community, not money launder it.