I wrote last week that the folks in Nancy Pelosi's home town of San Francisco voted against Prop 83 otherwise known as Jessica's Law. They were the only city in the entire state of California to do so, indicating that they were not all that concerned about "the children," who Nancy Pelosi said the Democrats' ascension to the House leadership was all about.
Once again, the folks in San Francisco proved that they don't really care that much about "the children": the city's Board of Education killed its JROTC program. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
After 90 years in San Francisco high schools, the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps must go, the San Francisco school board decided Tuesday night.
The Board of Education voted 4-2 to eliminate the popular program, phasing it out over two years.
Dozens of JROTC cadets at the board meeting burst into tears or covered their faces after the votes were cast.
"We're really shocked,'' said fourth-year Cadet Eric Chu, a senior at Lowell High School, his eyes filling with tears. "It provided me with a place to go."
The proposal approved by the board also creates a task force to develop alternatives to the program that will be tried out next year at various high schools.
The board's decision was loudly applauded by opponents of the program.
Their position was summed up by a former teacher, Nancy Mancias, who said, "We need to teach a curriculum of peace."
Mayor Gavin Newsom understands full well how this affects the city's future:
Newsom also said he believed the vote would push more city residents away from the public schools.
"You think this is going to help keep families in San Francisco?" the mayor added. "No. It's going to hurt."
Exactly. Michelle Malkin makes a great point:
Fact:In 1970, children younger than 18 made up 22 percent of the population compared with just under 15 percent in 2004. San Francisco has the lowest percentage of households with children among the 50 largest U.S. cities.
Cities, like civilizations, die by suicide, not murder.
Update: California Conservative has followed this story and has more.