Chula Vista residents (many of whom skipped the Chargers' first game of the season) attended the meeting to protest the hiring of interim superintendent Ed Brand. He wasn't hired and he didn't show up.
  • Chula Vista residents (many of whom skipped the Chargers' first game of the season) attended the meeting to protest the hiring of interim superintendent Ed Brand. He wasn't hired and he didn't show up.
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The Sweetwater Union High School District board room was packed to the gills again on September 10. Frustrated parents, teachers, and community activists demanded to know why a special board meeting was called with an “ambiguous agenda” — and people wanted to unambiguously tell the board not to offer interim superintendent Ed Brand a contract as superintendent.

Almost like a rerun from the Republican National Convention, speakers had to address an empty chair because Brand wasn’t there, and, according to several speakers, hasn’t been in to work for the past three days.

One rumor that was passed around and was that Brand had resigned and was trying to force the board’s hand. When asked point blank, however, board president Pearl Quiñones said, “No, Brand has not resigned.”

After several hours of deliberation in closed session, the audience was left wondering why there was a special meeting. Quiñones told the public the board took “no reportable action” and that Maria Castilleja, executive director of curriculum and instruction, would be serving as duty officer; anyone wishing to communicate with the superintendent’s office should go through her office.

Some people in the back of the room took this for a victory and yelled out to the board, “Thank you for listening!” Others wondered if yet another Brown Act violation had not been committed as the board called the special meeting and paid for three security officers and legal counsel then did none of the things they called the meeting for. The agenda announced the purpose of the meeting to be: “Public employee discipline/dismissal/ release/reclassification/reassignment/resignation or transfer.”

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Jmbrickley Sept. 11, 2012 @ 8 a.m.

The special board meeting SUHSD held last night was one of the most poorly thought out actions taken by the board in this year. This ranks up there with the iPad program and the Southwest HS dirt fiasco.

What was Pearl Quinonez thinking when she caved-in to Brand and McCann? To call a special board meeting is to be used when something is extraordinarily important and time sensitive, To use her authority that way because the interim superintendent is throwing a hissyfit and won't come in to work IN VIOLATION OF HIS CURRENT CONTACT is just plain wrong.

Her leadership as well as her decision making process are to be questioned. It is clear that the community has had their fill of the "contractor who makes demands beyond his current contract," yet she still listens to him and does whatever he tells her to do. She is clearly in over her head and has no clue how to be a board member, let alone the president of the board.

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erupting Sept. 11, 2012 @ 8:54 a.m.

What an incredible waste of time. No white cards which are for public communication,only pink and green the pro and con cards. Confusion over what color to choose because of the ambiguous nature of the agenda. Did anyone notice that the cabinet was not at the mtg. What does that mean? I believe Brand is holding the Board hostage to get his contract. I don't want to hope. But after last nights mtg.if the board doesn't get rid of Brand I think their will be a civil obedience upheaval.

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mngcornaglia Sept. 11, 2012 @ 9:35 a.m.

How could anyone feel confident sending their children to a school in this district...

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angrybirds Sept. 11, 2012 @ 9:37 a.m.

I came to this meeting wanting to see what this hoopla is about in this district and wow did I get an eye and earful. One speaker was almost thrown out because a board member had a hissy fit when his wife's name was mentioned, well sir tell your wife to stop expressing opinions in public and she wouldn't get you into this mess.

The president is an absolute idiot who was just waiting for the two minutes that people were given to hit the gavel and go onto the next speaker she wasn't even paying attention,

The way the board was sitting it looked like little Ms. Lopez was on a deserted island or way far out in left field by herself.

This school board needs to listen a bit and stop thinking about the allegiances to people who don't support students this Brand sounds like bad news and completely ego oriented!

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anniej Sept. 11, 2012 @ 9:40 a.m.

ms. quinones is so dysfunctional and was so overwhelmed with the large crowd that she actually FORGOT THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

all of the factions are coming together and standing united - the community has delivered a no confidence vote, the Bond Oversight Committee has delivered a no confidence letter and clearly the employees representatives are more than unhappy.

Jaime Mercado, past board member, attended and spoke - he offered to do the job for free for one year. will the board take him up on that offer, doubt it. after all he is a person who could unify all factions. he did (when he was a board member) what Bertha Lopez is now doing - kept the students as a number one priority as well as answered calls from the public.

Mr. Canaris was there, another high respected community member. His words were an obvious attempt to get the board to listen to reason. When these two guys attend a board meeting to recommend change well folks i take it not as a 411 but a 911 - yes my fellow neighbors we have a crisis on our hands.

will the board listen to reason? do the board members know what is going on? so many questions and when it comes to them no answers. as one of the east side parents commented last night - "what are john, jim and arlie thinking? i have watched their body language thru this entire meeting and it is as if they are saying "do you really think we care what you think"". well folks they had better. i would think that three years of this would have brought them to their senses, but at this point who knows what direction they will go.

one of the parents spoke of receiving a response back from cartmill to an issue she is having with bus transportation. she stated that on the bottom of the letter was an advertisement for cartmill's company. she noted she had sent an email to several people and had been admonished by the schools principal for it not being appropriate. she asked why is it ok for you to promote your personal business and yet it is not 'appropriate' for me to advise parents of the issues.

and then of course there was an incident with john mccann, isn't there always. when one of the speakers questioned why mccann's wife would be telling people that her husband was not in favor of brand staying, yet he was acting as if he totally supported brand. he wanted to know which one was lying, well mccann asked quinones to have the gentleman removed, then all hell broke loose. fortunately they realized the public was not having any of that and the security guard was advised to allow him to stay. REALLY? when is mccann going to learn, he is a political official - as such the public is able to question his behavior. now all we have to do is wonder whether he will file another TRO that will cost all of us taxpayers another $6,000 plus. john mccann, is simply not cut out for political office - he is far too unstable, and very, very, very thin skinned.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 10:31 a.m.

And dumber than a sack of hammers, to boot.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 10:43 a.m.

Another name that hasn't been mentioned recently is Dianne Russo. She is also a "contract player" these days, and may, for all we know, have been part of the discussion behind closed doors.

As she has been the CFO and is now acting in that position, as well has having been named assistant-something-or-other, she is Brand's right-hand person.

She is the one who really knows and understands, if anyone does, what is going on with the Mello-Roos funds, other bond funds, what is going on with bond underwriting (is the board trying to pull a Poway and give us billions to pay back for the next 50 years in exchange for the iPads and charter schools we have now?).

Will we ever get answers to all these questions? Why is the public here in Sweetwater always treated with such great contempt by the majority board and Brand. Are we somehow less than human? Did we somehow resign from the human race because we moved to the South Bay?

Are there any legal authorities with the gumption to actually take this situation in hand and help dig us out of this mess, created by egocentric yet idiotic individuals who have long forgotten they are supposed to be here to help our children gain useful educations?

Are we stuck in a limbo because the local Republican Party has a stranglehold on what can and cannot be done here in San Diego? I certainly hope not. I voted Republican for years, but when I see what that group seems to be doing here in the South Bay, I am filled with disappointment and dismay.

Will someone in authority please wake up and get Brand and crew to understand that their way of doing business is not welcome and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

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joepublic Sept. 11, 2012 @ 10:50 a.m.

Brand is refusing to go to work, which is essentially being on strike. At the press conference held regarding the toxic dirt pile, he walked off the job before he could be asked questions from the press. Is he still being paid the $20,000 a month he contracted for? If he is, the obvious question is why.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:04 a.m.

If he is in material breech of his contract, wouldn't this be the moment to bid him farewell? Of course that would mean the board would actually have to have some sort of communal backbone, as well as the knowledge of how to proceed. I'm pretty sure they are using the same legal team that Brand is, so they would not have consulted anyone to see how to cut their losses as yet. Perhaps it is time to move in that direction.

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pugitta Sept. 11, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m.

Last night was the first time in a sepcial/board meeting, I was scared to see the security guards present. But I managed to stay and even spoke out about my special ed son needing transportation. Quinonez and Lopez promised to resolved my problem and they have followed up with me but my problem has not been resolved.

It is amazing how they can call a special meeting to discuss his new contract but they have problems calling a meeting to hear the publics concerns about the transportation, overcrowding, dirt, and iPads concerns. Let a lone call a special meeting to discuss my son Special Ed Transportation.

They can offored to pay Ed Brand $20,000 plus but not pay a bus driver to take my son to school!

I was discurraged after all the runarounds I got, but for sure I will be sending my Appeal Request/Special Meeting for my sons transportation.

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anniej Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:14 a.m.

dianne russo is gone from the distict - but is it ONLY FOR NOW????????? the new person they have in there is a consultant and he is only there for a few months. so what does all of this mean? we are one of the largest school districts around and all the 'interim' and board thinks we are worth is 'consultants'? how many are on our payroll now? how many of their spouses have been hired for the charter school or other positions?

if brand gets his contract what will that really mean long term? no one knows, that is except, brand. the board is obviously being held hostage by an interim who pledged to the community that he was giving his september moneys to the community, in other words working for free. well folks, here we are week 2 into september and no 'interim' superintendent brand in sight. guess he failed to read that book given to the board the night of the hilltop high meeting entitled "greedy bastards" (great read by the way).

JOHN MCCANN, JIM CARTMILL, ARLIE RICASA the community is calling on you to STOP THE INSANITY.

REPLACE BRAND NOW - he has left you hanging in the wind to face all of us alone - these were his ideas that imploded and he was so spineless that he chose to stay home rather than attend last nights board meeting. put in someone temporarily that has the communities trust, and BEGIN THE SEARCH FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT IMMEDIATELY.

what kind of leader abandons those he is suppose to be leading. and please, do not insult our intelligence by putting out a press release that it was your idea for him not to attend, as we can see right thru the lies and are sick of them.

JIM CARTMILL, you are not under indictment facing felony counts, you have not acted out in your position (TRO's and other childish behavior) - have the courage and leadership to do the right thing - your community is watching and waiting.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:55 a.m.

Yesterday I looked up Sweetwater Union High School District on Wikipedia. I think it is time for someone to include some updated info, which would mention all the various fiascos of the past several years, and mention the names of those responsible. After all, it should be a matter of public record, should it not? And, everyone who is considering moving to the area should know exactly what they are getting themselves into--Mello-Roos and other bond payments completely out of control? Schools run by those who are starting to resemble megalomaniac Bond-type villains...what a mess. Educational groups with oversight responsibility doing nothing, because that would mean they would actually have to earn a salary, as opposed to sitting in comfortable settings, planning their next vacation. Talk about a bunch of empty suits. Looks like there are more empty suits around the Co. B of E than in Men's Warehouse.

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cvres Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:26 a.m.

I can't believe the district is not providing transportation for a special ed student. There has to be a law about that.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:42 a.m.

As the parent stated last night, she put her son in a different school as other students AND TEACHERS were bullying her son. The district's official position was that since she changed schools, she was then responsible for his transportation. Again, Sweetwater falls short in many ways.

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jibaro Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:42 a.m.

Diane Russo knows where money has gone, and by whose direction. Russo under oath....PRICELESS !

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angrybirds Sept. 11, 2012 @ 12:12 p.m.

The only thing I can say is follow the money that will lead this community to many answers. Based on the language used above the fight is not over if Brand was not coming back they would have appointed this Maria lady to be the Interim Superintendent. They are buying time until the next board meeting where it will probably be hidden somewhere in the agenda or be very ambiguous such as the item last night. I personally think they should all go to jail.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 12:26 p.m.

Maria C. is politically aware enough to do what she is supposed to do--in terms of what Brand wants her to do. She did exactly what Gandara wanted her to do. She is part of Brand's current tactic of hiding behind the secretaries and clerks--Brand might be showing his insecurity here, or he could just be delegating what he doesn't want to deal with. She is very tight with information--in fact, I have attended meetings that she was in charge of, and all notes and papers were confiscated at the end of the meeting, so no one could have a record of what went on.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 12:15 p.m.

I think the new motto of Sweetwater's majority Board should be, "Sweetwater--where we pretend that all is well, while doing the exact opposite of what we should be doing".

Brand's new motto could be "I make the rules, I give the orders, I run the show, I clear out the bank accounts."

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bonitaresident Sept. 11, 2012 @ 1:53 p.m.

I simply can not understand Mr. Cartmill or Mr. McCann. Why would they continue to protect Dr. Brand. His abandonment of his position should give them the direction they need. If they want to prove to the us that they are looking out for our best interests then they should hold a press conference and announce that Dr. Brand has resigned. Then we can all begin to work together to build our school district back up to the level it once was.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 2:03 p.m.

Maybe Brand has "the goods" on them? Why else would they sit there, completely ineffectually, meeting after meeting? Are they really that helpless and hopeless?

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SydneyJean Sept. 11, 2012 @ 2:56 p.m.

I for one feel it is time for everyone to email the Board of Trustees and letting them know that THEY drive the train, not Brand, and if he refuses to come to work, the buck stops here, no more pay checks, vacation or health benefits. He basically has abandoned his job as a CONSULTANT, and therefore, the Sweetwater blood that runs in his body is only if he gets his own way. It also indicates what the future will bring if he is hired. This will cost a lot of money, and could have been stopped. Trustees, now is the time to let the community know you will NOT be put in a stranglehold and that NO ONE and I mean NO ONE should be backing you into a corner. No one likes conflict, and it is time to put an end to an agonizing chapter at Sweetwater. Take Jaime Mercado up on his offer. It won't cost anything, he has credibility, and the Board needs to work together whether they like each other or not. This is about our kids, pretty simple.

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justateacher Sept. 11, 2012 @ 5:07 p.m.

Brand can no longer make money off the district so holding back his paycheck isn't a threat. He has reached the limit under the new state law of the maximum amount he can earn as a contractor. In order to continue to get paid by the district he needs to unretire but he is likely going to refuse to do that until he is guaranteed a contract. Brand likes to say that he's here only because Sweetwater is in his blood and he feels compelled to save us. Mercado and Canaris demonstrated last night what it means to have Sweetwater "in your blood". You VOLUNTEER to do what is BEST for the STUDENTS without demanding huge payouts. It is always students first under Mercado and that is a stand we have not seen in our district for way too long. I will say that last night is the longest the public has been allowed to speak at a meeting. Clearly without Brand to tell her to cut off the speakers Quinones was simply at a loss - much like the situation with the pledge. We have now "temporarily" promoted the MOST incompetent individual in the entire district into leading us. An individual who is is the exact opposite of trust, transparency, and competence that our district so desperately needs. We keep thinking things will get better and yet instead they somehow manage to go in the opposite direction. If only if only . . . Mercado, Canaris, Janney . . . someone who truly LOVES the students in our district and would do ANYTHING for them . . . but alas we are only left to dream as this board simply does not care to listen no matter what we as the public try to do.

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suhsdteacher Sept. 11, 2012 @ 5:51 p.m.

Here is my guess (and please remember, I am only a teacher): The Board researched Alex_Anguiano's information about the meeting being illegal and decided that they would not take action and just name Maria Castilleja (Bruja) Duty Officer, in Brand's absence. [See, we did nothing wrong people.] Interim Superintendent cannot accept a contract, therefore, Brand will resign (for like an hour, since he hasn't been working) and at the regularly scheduled meeting, it will be announced that he is now full time Sup. [No harm, no foul] Brand has the Board by the * because only he (and D. Russo) know the details of the "Rob Peter to Pay Paul Game" (borrowing from one fund/account with 120 day limit--moving $ from another to pay the one that is due, on and on) with regard to iPad $, mello-roos, etc. If I were a betting man, I would bet Brand is Sup. by end of next regularly scheduled meeting--otherwise name Bruja Interim Sup..

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 6:28 p.m.

You may be right--but "heaven forfend"!

We really do need to get the financial info and soon.

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anniej Sept. 11, 2012 @ 7:35 p.m.

suhsdteacher: and the money, well that is number one on the list that needs to be investigated.

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Susan Luzzaro Sept. 11, 2012 @ 6:23 p.m.

suhsdteacher, one of the amazing things about following this district, this board, is that for the most part it all seems to happen behind a veil. How is it that right now, people are having to speculate the who, the what, the when about a district superintendent, or interim superintendent? How is it that last night the public was told to channel their inquiries through someone else other than the interim superintendent? Does the public deserve more of an explanation of who is in charge of the district?

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 6:33 p.m.

Exactly--why is everything a big mystery? Wheels within wheels of shenanigans, and I think all of us are beyond sick of it. What will it take to actually be in a position where we can learn the truth? Aren't we simply entitled to the truth? Why is so much being withheld? The only reason possible is that there is so much going on that is illegal that they are trying to scurry around and figure out how to hide it, or who they need to get to silently go away/pay off...as the old song goes, "I see a bad moon rising".

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anniej Sept. 11, 2012 @ 6:50 p.m.

justateacher: perhaps that is why ms. castilleja was recommended to be the duty officer. brand knows her inadequacies and wants to capitalize on them. "see board, you need me". there are others with the expertise and who have the respect of all parties that could have been placed in a position of leadership - does our board know these facts? some do, some do and don't care, and some are simply not giving a d***.

all of this has caught the attention of many throughout the state - they are beginning to pay attention. i am reminded of the mayor of trenton who was, as reported yesterday, been arrested by the fbi. here the fbi had been monitoring the situation for over two years. the fbi had been taping secret meetings, phone lines, computer activity - the works. oh my!!!!!!!!!! i wonder if any of those secret meetings were held at a trenton miguels?

perhaps we have been so focused on the upcoming trials that we have not followed thru with facts and information that need addressing. the q and r will shortly be taken out of the equation. since the c and the m are not willing to investigate our concerns seriously and do the right thing - well perhaps it is time to gather up all of that info - , all of the - - -, all of the statements regarding - - -, all of the alleged - - -of brokers, all of the - - - - regarding mello roos,, all of the - - - and unanswered questions regarding prop o, all of the data regarding - - - , all of the rumored - - - tampering, all of the alleged - - - - - - - - . it is a shame when we as parents and taxpayers can no longer depend on those we vote into office to do the right thing. in truth we have no power other than the power of the judicial system.

we must remember 'the gandara' called them antagonizers, crazy and disgruntled x employees - funny the district attorney and fbi seemed to view them as credible - but in truth it was all of that ------------ info that made them credible. but remember before the antagonists, the crazy's and disgruntled x employees went to the fbi and the da - they went to the board - BUT THE BOARD TURNED A DEAF EAR, just as they are doing now,

so i ask you what is an antagonizer to do when they are ignored?

ding, ding, ding, ding, ding - ROUND 2

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Nichole Sept. 11, 2012 @ 6:56 p.m.

The school board needs to realize their positions come from the people and they are accountable to the people of this community. The look of disinterest and annoyance on Quniones face last night was just awful! I hope some of what the community said last night sinks in.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 7:41 p.m.

What you have observed is the palpable contempt in which the majority board holds the public. They somehow still think they cannot be touched--I can't imagine how they can be so completely arrogant.

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 8:10 p.m.

You said it, my friend. May those who have ears, hear.

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Visduh Sept. 11, 2012 @ 8:49 p.m.

Just when some of you thought it could not get worse, it did. A real "banana republic" in the USA. While I'm sure that outrageous things have gone on in other cities and states and districts, I've never heard of anything as over-the-top as these events. Brand doesn't show at the board meeting? Unbelievable. Or maybe he's finally(!) figured out that this game he's been playing will not work and might send him to prison.

Thanks from all of us to Susan for keeping us up-to-date, and for keeping her cool amidst all this nuttiness.

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joepublic Sept. 11, 2012 @ 9:05 p.m.

The public has a right to know the status of its interim-superintendent/consultant Dr. Brand. Right now it's as though he's simply gone missing. When taxpayers are dishing out $20,000 a month for consultant's work, they most certainly have a right to know why their consultant doesn't show up for work. It's the school board's duty and obligation to explain why Dr. Brand's seat was empty.

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bonitaresident Sept. 11, 2012 @ 10:01 p.m.

Perhaps it is time to start a phone campaign. All who are interested call the duty officer and ask when is Dr. Brand coming back.

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suhsdteacher Sept. 11, 2012 @ 10:35 p.m.

Shhhh, can you hear Pearl? "Where's Ed? Where's Ed? Does anyone know where Ed is?" It's dejavu!

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desertwaverat Sept. 11, 2012 @ 10:40 p.m.

The Calexico Unified School District (which still employs GCR as its legal counsel) is entertaining a proposal from its active (yet STRS designated retiree) superintendent Dick Fragale for a $30,000 raise. This is the same District that claimed it was on the verge of state takeover due to insolvency and laid off over 20% of its teaching force!

http://www.calexico.k12.ca.us/supportdocs/Dept/SuperIntendent/BackupInformation/2012-2013/2012_09_13_Regular_D1.pdf

http://www.calexico.k12.ca.us/nsite/wp-content/uploads/file/dept/supt/file/agendas-minutes/2012-2013/Agenda-2012-09-13-Regular.pdf

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eastlaker Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:36 p.m.

Looks like a trend that should be stopped.

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anniej Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:50 p.m.

eastlaker: yes it should be, could be, and will be - as the momentum continues to grow, as more and more people are informed -

time to start donating to the manilla folder labeled SWEETWATER CORRUPTION CASE

the donation is NOT tax deductible, but it will definitely save us all in the long run.

are you hearing me readers? do you get my drift?

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greatness83 Sept. 12, 2012 @ 4:02 a.m.

The community needs to remember than under Gandara, the district did not lay off any teachers. Under Brand this year, this situation has been a disaster, and has been a bigger disaster than SDCSD or any other district in the county. I'm not sticking up for Gandara, but just pointing out the truth. You can blame Brand, and you can also blame Alex Anguiano and the group of union extremists in the district for making HR and district principals follow a stupid senority spreadsheet, that protects loser teachers. Both are at fault for this crisis, and both actions have caused the quality of education to drop.

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eastlaker Sept. 12, 2012 @ 8:20 a.m.

Specious reasoning--Gandara's corruption is documented and horrific.

School children do not benefit from that kind of example in any way.

The problems within Sweetwater have been ongoing for quite a few years now, and it will take great dedication from a citizenry that demands honest service to get things back on track.

I don't think you can blame the teachers for bad practices by the board, the superintendents and the financial arm of this district.

Take your spin somewhere else.

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greatness83 Sept. 12, 2012 @ 5:47 p.m.

This is a public forum. I can take my spin wherever I want, just like the public has a right to take their spin to board meetings. That being said I agree with you about the problems and honest service. I'm saying that Gandara was a more effective sup. compared to Brand because the layoff mess never happened to the full extent it did this year. It's a complete disaster when there are several teachers with more than 2 years in that don't have a full time assignment. And yes, you can blame a small percentage of teachers for bad practices whether they are at a site or at the district office. The majority of the teachers and administrators are effective in the SUHS district. However, Anguiano and his group of union extremist back the awful ones, some of those awful ones being union site reps at their school site. This practice has the administrators hands tied. I know both princpals and teachers in the district who agree that the union extremist group is a liability. It's awful that both Brand and Anguiano's group have allowed this to happen in the district, which has affected thousands in the community, whether they're an employee, student, or parent.

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Jmbrickley Sept. 12, 2012 @ 8:38 a.m.

Was totally amazed you didn't include Obama in your tirade.

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eastlaker Sept. 12, 2012 @ 11:11 a.m.

Does anyone know how to contact Karl Bradley? I'm sure he holds several more pieces of the puzzle, and could enlighten us on some of the wheeling and dealing.

I sure hope his input is included in all of this; I saw him give a presentation once and he seemed organized and capable. I wouldn't like to see him be the one who ends up being hung out to dry--the "Prime Movers" of the wheeling and dealing need to be tagged and towed, and I hope the truth will set all the others free.

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anniej Sept. 13, 2012 @ 8:31 a.m.

eastlaker: Mr. Bradley works for County now. he was back at suhsd for a short period of time before the move. ALL that he knows would be safe when telling it to the grand jury, da and fbi.

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Susan Luzzaro Sept. 12, 2012 @ 1:20 p.m.

Visduh, Thank you for the compliment.

It is a challenge to figure out which event at any given board meeting is the most important to report on -- there is a lot of chaos.

At the last meeting none of the board members remembered to have the flag salute. It should have been led by board president, Quinones. Midway through public comment a member of the audience had to remind the board to have the flag salute--then there was confusion about who should lead it...then board member McCann admonishes the audience to "respect the flag."

You should really come to a meeting and see for yourself...

You often call for Dumanis to finish what she has begun. Trials for Sweetwater won't begin until January I believe. The trials may help some of the district's problems.

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Visduh Sept. 13, 2012 @ 5:06 p.m.

As far at meeting attendance goes, the occasional VUSD meeting I attend is better than going to the theater, and free to boot. I'll think about your suggestion, but at board meetings where they hire "pistoleros" as security guards, I don't think there's a lot to offer.

The DA made a good start, but it didn't seem to scare off the wrongdoers from continuing to do wrong, and there were certainly more offenses committed this summer.

If we are waiting for the shoe to drop we may wait a long time, and it may never drop.

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anniej Sept. 12, 2012 @ 5:52 p.m.

greatness83 - check back with us after the trial.

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joepublic Sept. 12, 2012 @ 6:47 p.m.

greatness83:

When the workforce "must" be reduced, whether it is due to budget mis-management, upside down priorities, or a legitimate lack of funding, the law states (and rightly so) that it must be done fairly, not capriciously or arbitrarily. While some administrators might like to cleanse the ranks of employees who are not in line with them politically, the California Education Code prevents that from happening. You're right, greatnes83, you can think and write whatever you want, wherever you want, freely, and without intimidation or fear of retaliation. That's what democracy is all about, and that's what seniority protection for employees in times of layoffs is all about.

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anniej Sept. 12, 2012 @ 7:07 p.m.

joepublic: excellent points. i can only imagine the bigger mess we would be in if the employees would not have had the protection of the union.

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anniej Sept. 12, 2012 @ 7:03 p.m.

so i turn on my tv to eat my dinner - instant nausea - who do i see on the screen but the 'little man who wants to be king' john mccann. it appears that he is ONCE AGAIN attempting to make himself out the hero. according to him the audience disrespected the pledge of allegiance. NO, JOHNNY BOY WE WERE LAUGHING AT YOU. not one single person in that audience disrespected the flag.

for the record, board president pearl quinones FORGOT the pledge of allegiance. it was a female senior citizen who admonished the board "pearl you forgot the pledge of allegiance". now we have mccann inserting himself as the person who caught the error - NO, he himself did not realize it until a community called out then what we have is mccann jump up and jump on it like a starving dog on a bone. we all know that mccann is an opportunist. john mccann is a fibber as well. in his interview he blamed occupy sweetwater, that is so untrue - there was NOTHING to indicate the crowd was there representing occupy sweetwater. the majority of the speakers were folks from his very own community eastlake - they too were laughing; they too were able to see first hand just how emotional and dysfunctional he is. the crowd, the party favors were a dig to brand and the board for waiting till the last minute and then calling for a special board meeting on a night when the raiders were playing the chargers. then mccann in his interview, brings up the restraining order that cost, us the taxpayers, over $6,000.00 which HE LOST. mccann was admonished by the judge - she reminded him that he is a political figure. but for some strange reason mccann left that out of his comment to 10 news.

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anniej Sept. 12, 2012 @ 7:04 p.m.

ohn mccann, try talking about something the community wants the answers to that are reflective of the real politician john mccann:

explain all of those campaign donations, including from 2 of the pay to play contractors that pleaded guilty. one of them gave you a contribution 1 FREAKING YEAR AFTER HE WAS VOTED IN TO HELP MCCANN PAY OFF YOUR CAMPAIGN DEBT - why, why did that contractor do that? explain why you kept the second opinion from your fellow board members - you know the one that would have allowed 'the gandara' to be let go for cause. explain how brand got there the night the COMMUNITY DEMANDED that 'the gandara' be fired.
explain your constant disrespect for bertha lopez including turning off her microphone. explain why you filmed speakers that spoke out against you at the hilltop high meeting. explain why THE COMMANDER CALLED YOU OUT, and basically told you you were an embarrassment. remember him, as he stated, in the military I WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR BOSS. explain why you were clamoring to get on stage the day the city of chula vista honored jessica sanchez. explain your melt down against a fellow politician in chula vista

or perhaps mccann might want to call a press conference and advise the community where the hell the missing superintendent, that he, mccann brought back. - a superintendent who was the subject of a grand jury investigation. now that is newsworthy, that is more in line with mccann's responsibilities as a board member. try sticking to educational issues and stop with the theatrics. can you imagine this guy in elementary school?

john mccann, is such such a little man. he has lost any and all respect that many had for him. his political days will be over the day he is voted OUT OF OFFICE. and that 'YOU CAN TAKE TO THE BANK'. thanks to his own actions this entire community sees him for exactly who he is but more importantly WHAT HE IS NOT.

readers ask yourself this question if mccann is such a great politician, then why is the south bay in such a mess. after all mccann, cartmill, ricasa, and quinones are the block that has consistently voted together. these are their policies - the very policies that bertha lopez votes against. next time you see mccann ask him that.

just my opinion, my humble opinion

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bvagency Sept. 12, 2012 @ 11:18 p.m.

What about the fact that two of the most respected educators in the history of the South Bay - Stan Canaris and Jaime Mercado - admonished the Trustees and Ed Brand!! Too bad Ed Brand was not there to see and hear the frustration of these two respected men who helped build this District. If the Trustees did not hear and see it (which it does not appear they did) then its clearly time to replace them!

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justateacher Sept. 13, 2012 @ 6:34 a.m.

Those who were at the meeting MUST email 10 news and tell them the truth. The representation of community members and teachers made me sick. McCann has again taken a soundbite completely out of context and tried to turn it into something for him. If you were there PLEASE email 10 news. Maybe they could contact CW6 for accurate video since that was the only tv news organization who was there with camera's for the entire evening. , ">"JW_August@10news.com

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Nichole Sept. 13, 2012 @ 10:30 a.m.

I sent a letter to Joe Little (Joe.Little@10News.com), the station manager Jeff Block(Jeff.Block@10News.com) his SIC, Jay Maloney (jay.maloney@10news.com), and his assistant, Linda Blake (Linda.Blake@10news.com) Completely agree that this was taken out of context - the meeting had ALREADY BEEN ADJOURNED - people were getting up to stretch their legs and McCann spoke up about the pledge. Absolutely ridiculous!

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