Sunday, February 11, 2007

Picking three for PUSD BOE

So March 6th, Altadena, Sierra Madre and Pasadena vote for three new PUSD BOE memebers.

League of Women Voters lists the candidates for seats two, four, and six, although the candidate information is pretty sparse there.

PEN (Pasadena Education Network) has been collecting and publishing information for a month already, and despite their election info presentation being a bit crude, the information is very comprehensive, so worth suffering the mashup of pdfs and awkward html. (In fairness, their web site has come a long way in the last couple years and at least the Microsoft Word docs are all been published as pdfs these days).

Update, Tuesday, Feb 13: I just visited the PEN website, and they have created a nicely updated election info page. The old content is still there for now, but you can see the new content by visiting the homepage or going to

PSN (Pasadena Star News) published their summary of the candidates today. Though the write-up is brief (and therefore a bit superficial), reporter Todd Ruiz, includes some interesting facts, including how much money each candidate has reported.

Of course all of these sources will do their best to be neutral.

With less than a month to go, I guess it's time for me to start deciding who to support and vote for. Over the next several days, I plan on creating purely subjective posts on the contests for each seat, with my own opinions of the candidates. As usual, your comments are welcomed here on this blog.

For starters, here is a digest of each candidate's war chest (or maybe more like battle chest, or squabble chest, considering the modest amounts in question) as reported by Pasadena Star News for each candidate "as of last month":

Seat Two:
Renatta Cooper $1,340
George Loew $492
Mark Mastromatteo $720

Seat Four:
Milena Albert $88
Bill Bibiani (not reported)
Bob Harrison >$13,000
George Lewis $0

Seat Six:
Tom Selinske $10,139
Roberta Martinez $1,275

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