On November 8, 2011 Nancy Goldberg will get my vote for Culver City Unified School District School Board. She “Believes that the students’ safety is first and foremost.”
Put another way in her mailed literature, “Protect our students, first and foremost”. This may seem like a simply statement but it is in my opinion an important issue. It was so important of an issue that back in 2008 I showed a video at a CCUSD School Board Meeting. A Los Angeles City Councilwoman had spearheaded a “School Safety Valet” program in North Hollywood. It was basically a curbside drop-off program to prevent people from double and triple parking around schools. It was a program to make it safer for children around schools and protect the neighborhood. The program was later expanded to 29 schools in the area. The cost for each school was around $500. The Police and Department of Transportation trained the volunteers. I figured it would be a no brainer for CCUSD to implement a similar program at ALL of the schools in the CCUSD. I figured it would be a win-win for the community. During the CCUSD meeting a representative from Congresswoman Watson’s office even gave his sympathy to a School Board Member whose son had been hit by a car near school. Do all the CCUSD schools have school safety valets after over 3 years? No. Are cars illegally parked around schools today? Yes.
When I showed the video again last month I got laughs from the Board when the video showed an on going problem around our schools. The video showed eight cars double-parked. They snickered when I showed a car triple parked. Nancy Goldberg, who was seated in the audience near where I was standing at the podium, said this is important.
Who is my second vote? Well I have a second and even third choice, but I am not voting my second vote. Why am I going to only vote for one person? Because I think it is very important that Nancy Goldberg wins one of the seats. One of my other possible choices had an opportunity to establish a school safety valet program, at all schools, as an active CCUSD School Board Member, working with the other members. My other possible choice had an opportunity to establish a school safety valet program in her leadership role as the President, Culver City Council of PTA’s. Neither of them chose to do the right thing.