Hey City Lifers, as usual, LBREPORT always has some unique news scoops and this one is no different. It's a bit late but, it's interesting. LBUSD is considering getting rid of a few high school requirements for students. What do you think? Are they making requirements for graduating from school easier for students?
"Citing the possibility of Sacramento reductions in school funding (due to Sacramento's own budget deficit), LBUSD management is seeking School Board authority for further budget reductions on March 1, this time proposing to eliminate three LB high school graduation requirements -- that it added several years ago so LB schools would exceed state minimums:
- (1) One semester course in health
- (2) The coursework requirement to demonstrate computer proficiency; and
- (3) the 40 hours of service learning starting with the Class of 2015.
"Beginning with the Class of 2015, students will not be required to complete the local Board requirements for Health, computer literacy and service learning hours to receive a high school diploma," states the proposed amendment to LBUSD High School graduation requirements."
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What's up City Lifers? Recently, fellow City Lifer Jesus Hernandez and I went to 4th Street to ask people on the street what is a Greaser to them? Honestly, I don't even know myself, but thing I had my camera on me to ask the experts. Check out the video and let us know what you think. Big thanks to Jesus for writing the content for this blog!
The greaser movement started out back as early as the 1930's when kids in the slums, or less fortunate areas, began taking on a look. Most of them didn't have enough money to afford new clothes, good shoes, or even hair cuts. Usually, a kid in a poor family got a pair of pants handed down to him and the pants were either too big, or the bottom of the pant leg was torn up and tattered, so the cuffs helped conceal all that. the cuffed t-shirt sleeves have the same reason behind them. When growing up in a poor family, a pair of Chucks might be all you could afford to wear, but some might have worn boots because it was unheard of for someone to have owned more than one pair of shoes. Your friends were either gangsters or greasers, and being a greaser was a way to be out of a gang but still be part of a crew. Back then, all the gangsters had slick back hair; a greasers hair style kind of mimics this but since it would get so long, they thought of a way to make it work and differentiate themselves from those gangsters.
Greaser was used as a derogatory term; in a time when there was much more social class separation, the richer people would call those poor, dirty, greasy kids...well...greasers! it was not directed to any one race, it was more toward a "lower-class" individual.
Today, a "greaser" is used to describe a whole spectrum of people who might look like they appreciate a classic look. Classic car club members, rockabilly/psychobilly fanatics, rock-and-rollers, and vintage lovers are all people someone might consider a greaser. Some people will correct you and let you know that they are actually something else, others will proudly say "Yeah, I'm a greaser." But when it comes down to it, a greaser is someone who appreciated the culture, likes the music, digs the women, and keeps the spirit alive.
So what comes to mind when YOU think of a greaser? Did you find the history lesson insightful? Living in Long Beach, you are bound to have run into a greaser, what do you think about them?