Trendsetting California, my home state is a mess, and I don’t just mean because of the school funding problem though there’s a solution on the ballot, but while we’re on the subject of schools, let’s take a look:
Schools in Pasadena are banning Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. But not Doritos, which can be used as kindling in a pinch (same with powdered non dairy creamer, and you can also make a candle out of a can of Crisco using string as a wick–scary!–but now you know what to have on hand in case of an emergency). If kids at Andrew Jackson Elementary School are caught with the salty, spicy snacks, the banned goods will be confiscated. One woman whose grandchild attends pre-kindergarten at Andrew Jackson told local KTLA news:
I kind of think parents should have some rights.
Frito Lay, which makes Flamin’ Hot Cheetos explained their policy in a statement, saying they
committed to responsible and ethical marketing practices, which includes not marketing our products to children ages 12 and under.
Their food isn’t good for people under 12 years old! KTLA reports:
The Pasadena Unified School District has eliminated candy and junk food at elementary school campuses and limited it for older students. The district allows individual principals to decide food choices available at schools.
Some Piedmont High School students have been involved in a “Fantasy Slut League” in which male athletes “draft” female students and earn points for sexual encounters with them, school officials have told parents.
The league has been in existence for 5 or 6 years but only came to school officials’ attention several weeks ago, according to a letter Piedmont High School Principal Rich Kitchens sent out to families Friday…
“It has been reported that students on some of our Varsity Teams have set up a ‘Fantasy Slut League’ in which our female students (unbeknownst to most of them) are drafted as part of the league,” Kitchens wrote in the letter. “Male students earn points for documented engagement in sexual activities with female students.”…
The league has existed as “part of ‘bonding’ for some Varsity Teams during their seasons of sport,” the letter said. Many students, both male and female, were aware of the league and participated, either willingly or under pressure from older students or under social pressures to be popular, the letter said.
Randall Booker, an assistant superintendent of educational services, said that there were no plans to discipline the students involved.
Make down in Los Angeles County, in Santa Monica–another wealthy enclave–two investors have created a $20 million dollar headache for neighbors by “marketing” the mansion they’ve renovated with a series of parties that include:
noise and lights, to traffic congestion and safety — and even naked partygoers sleeping off a long night in their cars…
Benjamin M. Reznik, an attorney for Greg Briles and Elaine Culotti, principal owners of the property, emphasized that neither marketing a home nor running charitable events qualify as commercial activity.
Many of the rooms are hard-wired with microphone panels, fiber-optic cables and other musical innovations. A professional recording studio is also built into the home, with ceilings soundproofed in cotton and silk.
Event attendees and others taking virtual tours can purchase the furnishings online, the report said.
The charity events will continue into December. Three have taken place, and five more are scheduled, Reznik said. The most recent event last week involved about 350 guests and featured a musical performance and a silent auction supporting City of Hope‘s “Songs of Hope,” charity officials said…
Dick Newman, who lives across the street from the House of Rock, said that the events clogged the street with catering trucks, Hummers and vans while spotlights illuminated the sky.
“People could not get in their driveways,” Newman, 77, said. “Had there been any kind of emergency, it would have been chaos.”
And in national news, are we all holding onto our wigs and clutching our pearls awaiting Donald Trump “October surprise” he said that he would unleash on President Obama this Wednesday, and Gloria Allred’s competing announcement about Mitt Romney? What could these election earthshakers possibly be?