The arrogance from some media and some reporters

I attended a Committee of 100 panel where a 25 year (?) veteran, Washington Post Associate Editor and Columnist David Ignatius shared his perspective on reports covering China. Just shared several of his responses.

  1. When asked why Gordon Chang with no credibility(The author of The-Coming-Collapse-of-China, forever) can consistently gain top focus and prime coverage on the main media,  Mr. Ignatius first pretended that he never heard that Gordon Chang ( that is a lie, right?). Then after asked by the host whether there was a bias from the media, he murmured he did not know.
  2. Then the panel host George Koo asked David why so much negativity covered by US media on China, instead the 2017 C-100 survey found out that the US general public had a favorable view on China than what the reporters and media had?

Mr. Ignatius said he did not care about others point of view  and he just wanted to report what he was interested in and what he cared.  And that was he was taught about what a true journalism was. (literally the exact word of his answer)

I found an article on titled: “‘Fake News’ And How The Washington Post Rewrote Its Story On Russian Hacking Of The Power Grid”,


School Board Primer

I think this primer is helpful for understanding the basic structure of school board.

What is a school board’s most important responsibility?

The most important responsibility of school boards is to work with their communities to improve student achievement in their local public schools. School boards derive their power and authority from the state. In compliance with state and federal laws, school boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed.

Your school board is responsible for:

  • employing the superintendent
  • developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget;
  • overseeing facilities issues; and
  • adopting collective bargaining agreements.

– See more at:

What makes a school board effective?

Effective School Boards:

  1. Commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement.
  2. Have strong shared beliefs and values about students’ ability to learn and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.
  3. Are accountability driven.
  4. Have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community.
  5. Are data-savvy.
  6. Align and sustain resources to meet district goals.
  7. Lead as a united team with the superintendent.
  8. Take part in team development and training.

– See more at:

I believe I can be an effective school board member. 🙂

Extremely Low HCPSS School Bus Utilization Rate for one school

The average ridership per bus is 24.32% on 10 school buses for a specif school. This is the rate I computed from data that some parents shared with me. The data was collected by bus drivers. Assuming the bus is a 72-seat bus. So I can see there is a potential and need to increase our school bus utilization rate. This can partially address the later high school start time initiative which I strong support.

A school by school bus utilizatiom rate will be more helpful. I will request those data from HCPSS and have a look.

school bus ridership rate

CA board meeting summary 2017-05-25

Resident speakout:

Paul Verchinski, Oakland Mill, DC metroplex, oakland mill village board, BWI Roundtable, BWI airplane noise issue because of next-gen implementation. Asking for CA endorsement to send a letter for mitigate the noise issue. People wake up at 5:00 AM because of that, the noise last until midnight. More than 10 metro-cities are suing the FAA.

It seems this airplane noise is the next problem after Merriweather Post Noise hang there for several years.

Allan Feinstein, disabled man, falling three times at swimming center. Columbia gym is much better. Mats are needed at the Swimming Center. Handicap accessible bathroom is needed. Mold in Swimming Center. New swimming center park lot has only four handicapped parking space. His falls was not documented after his report.

Nina Basu: Long Reach board chair, their board voted to support the County’s Long Reach Village Development Plan.


  1. Presentation on Planning for Columbia’s Lakefront, from Groundswell Design Group.
  2. The board experienced live video-streaming of board meeting. It will go online on June 22.

Board Action:

  1. Purchase exception – Graphic design services and production-Columbia Gym, Athletic Club and Supreme Sports Club
  2. Endorse CA President’s letter to DPZ to support Long Reach Village Center urban renewal proposal from Orchard Development










Seeking Common Ground

I attended the C-100 (Committee of 100) Annual Conference 2017 as the next generation leader last week.  I know C-100 for a long time since it is often quoted both in US and China’s media for its great contribution to bridge US and China, especially during difficult times.  I strongly agree with C-100’s mission. However, I feel it is somewhat detached from the first generation Chinese immigration community.   The website is :

C-100 background:

The Committee of 100 is a membership organization of Chinese Americans dedicated to the spirit of excellence and achievement in America.

Current members include I.M. Pei, master architect; Yo-Yo Ma, renowned cellist; Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube; Leroy Chiao, NASA Astronaut; David Ho, AIDS researcher and 1996 Time Man of the Year; and Michelle Kwan, figure skating champion. Membership to the Committee of 100 is by invitation.

The Committee of 100 is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit headquartered in New York City, and has active regional chapters in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Beijing.

C-100 mission:

The Committee’s purpose is to provide leadership and act as a constructive force in the dual mission of:

  • Promoting the full participation of all Chinese Americans in American society and acting as a public policy resource for the Chinese-American community
  • Promoting constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China.

Here is the picture for the opening ceremony.

Chrysalis Rental Pricing Structure

The CA board got the document from Inner Arbor Trust about the Chrysalis Rental Rates and terms.  For non 501(c)(3) entities, $320/hour and $1280 minimum rental; or $250/hour, $1000 minimum for 501(c) 3 entities.

Using Merriweather park at Symphony woods has a different pricing. See pictures below.

Chrysalis rental pricing p1

Chrysalis rental pricing p2

Chrysalis rental pricing p3

Chrysalis rental pricing p4

This was taken at 25th Wine in The Woods event. It was a great event.