What a difference a day makes.
In 24 little hours, the L.A. school board journeyed last week from chaos to harmony; from nothing to a November ballot measure; from no new taxes to a bond measure that will ask voters to raise their property taxes for schools "one last time."
If voters go for it, these local school bonds would be the fourth in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) since 1997, and would raise $3.985 billion to pay for new and repaired schools. Part of the money is needed to make up for the feverishly rising cost of school construction; the rest would fund a program that has expanded to some $15.2 billion, perhaps the nation's largest ongoing public works project outside of Iraq.
Why would a group of more than 40 Jews from various occupations,movements, ages and geographic locations stand, arms entwined, in a circle, singing Jewish melodies at the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area?The common bond they share is environmentalism, or more specifically,Jewish environmentalism. With help from Tree People, the group symbolically planted a sapling Monday in the park as part of the closing ceremony of the COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) Jewish Environment Leadership Training Institute.