Just How Bad Is It?

Sometimes it’s hard to put a face on what is happening in Los Angeles. It’s probably not too different from what’s happening anywhere else. I read about layoffs and failed propositions and budget cuts every day. Still, I wake up, go to work, go home, and repeat. I’m one of the lucky ones.

Today, I happened to be at the North Hollywood Home Depot, when I overheard a conversation between the cashier and a guy in line. He asked how she was doing. She said was just making the best of it. Picking up more hours here, because they keep cutting her hours at her other job – a school.

I don’t know what she does at that school. But, it’s hard to stomach the idea that her position is in any way expendable. It’s a SCHOOL, for crying out loud. That’s where the next Barack Obama could be getting his – or her – education.

I’m going to be thinking of that woman this holiday weekend. While many Angelenos are out with family and friends, grilling hot dogs, she’ll probably be picking up whatever shifts she can. A lot of people will probably be doing the same.

Hang in there, friends.

2 Replies to “Just How Bad Is It?”

  1. How bad is it? I saw a young man at the Mountain/210 off ramp, dressed in suit and tie with a sign asking for help with tuition as he lost his job as a waiter. I have two sets of dumpster divers that work my street, now the night before trash pick up going through recyclables and actually arguing who got there first for the pickin’s. Fruit sellers are everywhere and bigger numbers than before (I’m tempted to open up my back yard and just let them pick all the excess I have for free so they can turn a bigger profit).

    I can’t recall it this bad since the Carter recession depression of the early 80’s.

  2. Is the teachers union or “someone” setting up an Adopt-A-Teacher program? Or Adopt-A-Classroom? I know we already pay taxes, but clearly that isn’t enough to keep art, music or books in the classroom. I don’t want more taxes, but if the kids need crayons and paper, I’m happy to help them stock up. I’m sure there are other people who feel the same. I don’t know if that’s overly simplistic, but this whole thing is so frustrating and hearing about teachers having to take side jobs and fund their own programs out of their own money (which is not nearly what they are worth to begin). Maybe a page on the school website of things they need?

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