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May 19, 2010 The Julian News 13 California Commentary Los Angeles School Bureaucrats Take Advantage of Hard Times by Jon Coupal In a state hard hit by recession, the Los Angeles area is even worse off than most. Its abysmal unemployment rate is over 13%. No one around here says they have enough money, except the divorcing owners of the Dodgers, Frank and Jamie McCourt, and each says that about the other, not about themselves. So perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the Los Angeles Unified School District is once again approaching voters with strains of sad violin music in the background and tin cup in hand. This might elicit pity if the District had not already hit up taxpayers for five bond measures over thirteen years to pay for a mammoth $20 billion building program that has proceeded even though school enrollment has been declining for nearly a decade. Many Los Angeles homeowners are paying hundreds upon hundreds of dollars each year for new classrooms for which, in the end, there may be no students. Now, the LAUSD bureaucracy says their situation is so dire that if they do not receive a taxpayer- funded cash bailout in the form of another increase in property taxes, they may be forced to lay off teachers. It is obvious why they threaten teachers. If they threatened to lay off part of the massive LAUSD bureaucracy, For some, a teachers union president -- in the state that has the second highest paid educators in the nation -- may lack credibility on fiscal issues. But it cannot be denied that in a dispute over resources, the teachers hold the moral high ground. It is they on whom we depend to instruct our children, not the cubicle workers in the headquarters buildings. So in a school district that has a budget larger than many states, where does the money go? While pleading poverty, the District would have the public believe that it spends about $10,000 per child, but before anyone is tempted to approve another tax for Los Angeles Schools, or any other school district for that matter, they would do well to examine the newly released study by the Cato Institute (www. cato.org). The report titled, "They Spend WHAT? The Real Cost of Public School," shows the actual amount spent by the LAUSD is over $25,000 per pupil! Why the huge difference between what we hear and what the District actually spends? It's because, like many school districts, the LAUSD excludes whole categories of expenditures that are necessary for schools to function, such as capital costs, debt service, and employee benefits. Don't Let Make You A Target (NAPSA)-Social networks are a growing Web destination-and a growing target for cybercriminals. Facebook membership has grown to more than 400 million active users, a 229 percent jump over the previous year, while Twitter recently reported a 1,500 percent growth in new registered users during the course of a year. But the risks have also grown. Webroot, a leading provider of Internet security software for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets, has seen an increase in attacks on social networks in recent months, including a 23 percent increase in spam received on such sites in the past year. A recent study by the company revealed how social network users still put their identities at risk: 28 percent of users report they've never changed their default privacy settings. 81 percent place no restrictions on who can see their recent activity. 53 percent aren't sure who can see their profile. 33 percent of users use the same password to log on to multiple social networks. What Can Users Do? Here are a few guidelines for safer social networking: HOMES CABINS LAND RENTALS . 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