The gray Japanese robot on the right preparing to burn down with its flamethrower the Los Angeles Cathedral across the Hollywood Freeway has recently been named The Ramon C. Cortines School of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Which makes the following from the L.A. Daily News even funnier (the details keep piling up as the excerpt goes on):
Los Angeles Unified [School District] will pay $200,000 and give lifetime health benefits to settle a sexual-harassment allegation filed by a facilities executive against retired Superintendent Ramon Cortines, officials said Wednesday.
Scot Graham, who has worked in the Facilities Division for 12 years and is now director of leasing and asset management, claims that Cortines made unwanted sexual advances during a weekend spent at the superintendent's second home in Kern County in July 2010.
Graham's attorneys notified the district in March - nearly a year after Cortines retired - that he intended to file a sexual-harassment claim.
Hoping to avoid potentially expensive litigation, the school board met three times in executive session before voting 4-3 on Tuesday to approve the deal.
The settlement gives Graham $200,000 cash, plus lifetime health benefits that officials valued at roughly $250,000. In exchange, the 56-year-old Graham agreed to retire from his $150,000-a-year job on May 31.
During a briefing for reporters, officials released a statement from Cortines that outlined his years-long friendship with Graham and how he'd alerted his buddy to a job opening at the district in 2000. He also admitted to a single incident of consensual sex in 2010, but denied that his advances were inappropriate.
"As the district's former top staff member, I regret allowing myself to engage in such spontaneous, consensual behavior," said Cortines, 79, who has never beeen married. "However, Mr. Graham had never indicated to me that our interaction was unwelcome."
Is this $450k coming out of retired Superintendent Cortines's pension? If not, what evidence is there that this isn't one big gay collusive scam?
However, I think it only fair that Cortines be punished by forcing that absurd high school, with its Water Slide of Doom, to continue to bear his name.