I received an e-mail from the Wendy Greuel for Mayor campaign.
It contained a pledge to improve public schools in Los Angeles, but with no recognition of the costs or the source of funding, but since when has Greuel ever been concerned with balancing a budget?
Here are some key excerpts:
“Given California’s unemployment rating as the second highest in the nation, we need to revolutionize the way we think about our education system. The only way to get out of the unemployment hole that we fine [sic] ourselves in is to ensure that our [sic] we are educating and training the next workforce right now–in our schools. By investing in education we will help our kids succeed, and get Californians back to work.”
“We must also improve the infrastructure at our school campuses so that they’re safer, more energy efficient, and last longer. Improving the infrastructure of our schools can save us money in the long run, and it can produce tens of thousands of jobs from the emerging green and clean energy industries.”
First of all, nothing even as noble as improving education is going to reduce high unemployment for the foreseeable future. Growing our production capacity and exporting more products overseas must occur before we see any marked improvement in the economy… and we need jobs in order to generate the tax revenues to support education.
Also, “tens of thousands of jobs from the emerging green and clean energy industries” will not emerge from improving the infrastructure of our schools, especially when China dominates the production of solar components and is likely to do so for years to come.
Greuel’s statements are typical of her superficial approach to financial management and represent political pandering to gain support from the teachers’ unions.