Grade school advice for Congress | Working class and happy in Highland Park | The brothers behind Franklin High’s winning streak

A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

Who is making news on the Eastside? A Silver Lake grade school teacher who offers third-graders lessons on consent and a Highland Park woman who explains the value of being a waitress for more than 40 years. Plus, Franklin High School’s Panthers are on a winning streak, and Metro plans a new bus line for Eagle Rock.

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Inspired by Supreme Court Justice Brent Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearings, a Silver Lake teacher made national headlines for her third grade lessons on consent.

Liz Kleinrock’s lessons feature a chart on what it means to give permission and wades into how to respond to mixed messages. The 31-year old teacher of Citizens of the World Charter school told the Washington Post, consent is a lesson that perplexes some adults.

She shared some of her students responses on Instagram with this caption, “More evidence that my 8-9 year old students are smarter and have more emotional intelligence than half of congress.”

Working class values 

Highland Park resident Anne Marie Wozniak has been waiting tables at Denny’s for 42 years and she wants you to know that you don’t have to go to work on Wall Street and make 500k a year to be happy.

“I’m a people person. I’m not good with computers. I’m not a sitting person. I like to move,” she told Los Angeles Magazine.

Wozniak, who has a master’s degree in criminal justice and is married to local historian Charlie Fisher, relishes in the everyday contact she has with customers and view of the world it gives her.  The profile by Chris Nicholas, goes on:

“I’m proud of the work I do.  So many people today are focused on college instead of a trade school. You don’t have to go out on Wall Street and make 500K a year. You need plumbers and garbage collectors and all kinds of people to make up this world. Each table is a new kind of experience.”

The two valleys get their due with a new bus line

A 17-mile, $448 million busway with a dedicated lane  will connect San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley, passing through Eagle Rock and Pasadena.

That’s good news for Eastside commuters heading either way and looking for a way to avoid the vagaries of traffic. The Pasadena Star News reports the new route paid for in part by Measure M (a 1/2 cent sale tax) is still in the works but its expected to be up and running by 2025. We wrote about possible routes back in 2017.

You can put provide Metro your thoughts via email at nohopasbrt@metro.net or by calling  213-418-3228.

 Franklin High School’s Panthers coming up

In a storybook twist, two sets of brothers at Franklin High School are taking the Panthers football team on a winning streak, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Quarterback Alfred Bobadilla and receiver Daniel Telles helped take the team to a 7-0 start this season after a 42-29 win over Wilson High School, Friday night.

Two years earlier their brothers Mario and David led the school earn the City Section Division III championship.

“It’s pretty cool,” coach Narciso Diaz told the Times.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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