Arlie Ricasa leaving court on December 13
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Sweetwater Union High School District trustee Arlie Ricasa, who had initially been charged with 28 felony and misdemeanor counts in the South Bay’s schools corruption case, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor today, December 18.

Early today, U-T reporter Greg Moran tweeted that Ricasa “entered her plea in South Bay Superior Court as more than a dozen supporters quietly looked on…. Ricasa pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. She won't get any jail time…. She will have to resign her seat on the board by tomorrow.”

On the heels of these tweets, the Reader contacted deputy district attorney Leon Schorr about the unexpected turn of events:

Schorr wrote, “I can confirm that Ms. Ricasa pled to one count of Government code section 89503 with a factual basis as follows: ‘I received, reviewed, understood and biannually voted on Sweetwater's conflict of interest code delineating the Form 700 reporting requirements sent to the Sweetwater Board by the Superintendent. In 2009, I was an elected School Board Member for the Sweetwater Union High School District. I accepted gifts from Rene Flores (SGI) in 2009 with a value of $2099 and I did not report them. The maximum amount one may lawfully receive from one source per year is four hundred and twenty dollars ($420); Rene Flores provided these gifts with the intent to influence my vote on business awarded to Seville Group Inc.’

“She is resigning her position on the Sweetwater board. Her sentencing date is April 9th at 130 pm in dept 16.” 

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Visduh Dec. 18, 2013 @ 5:49 p.m.

The logjam is breaking up, but this copping of a misdemeanor offense is an insult to the justice system. No jail time for one of the most egregious offenders is a major miscarriage. And the good judge, Espana, is apparently OK with it. The DA, who made such a big deal of these cases, is letting them off with no real punishment. We can hope that Ricasa will lose her fat six-figure salary at Southwestern as a result. Since that district has been involved with the same sort of wrongdoing as Sweetwater, there's no guarantee that she won't just keep that cushy job with no repercussions.

So, no jail time, and definitely no time in Chowchilla for her. The only positive here is that she's off the board. Maybe the judge, in her wisdom, has decided that a clean-out of these crooks from the board is the goal, and that justice will be so served. As far as sending a message to other boards and members, fuhgedabouddit!

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oskidoll Dec. 18, 2013 @ 6:01 p.m.

If that's not bribery, I don't know what is. Anyway, not to look a gift horse in the mouth, if you will. I am troubled by the appearance of staggered resignations, however: that will allow the remaining perps to appoint the successor(s) and therein lies the danger, because we can count on Ed to be managing the puppet strings on the successors.

Oh that they would actually seek applications from interested citizens and not go directly to the perp successors - the likes of Burt Grossman and David Malcolm....out of the frying pan into the proverbial fire. We may have to wait until the November elections for true reform, and that will be a war.

I have no doubt that the misdemeanor plea bargain will allow Ricasa to keep her six-figure job at Southwestern. It's like getting a traffic ticket. So sad.

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eastlaker Dec. 18, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m.

What amazes me is that the leader of the pack remains untouched by all of this. How is it that somehow people are thinking that all of this takes place in a leadership vacuum?

Well, it does take place in a leadership vacuum, which is to say there is no real leadership, and this board, unable to come up with any backbone, intelligence or leadership on their own, will always give sway to Ed Brand. Because, just perhaps Ed Brand has promised to "protect" them, has promised to see that they have a job (via one of his scam/schemes?), or otherwise has the goods on them--so the majority board plays his game.

Will Ed Brand get to name Ms. Ricasa's replacement?

Will the County Board of Education wake up, smell the coffee and grow a backbone?

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anniej Dec. 18, 2013 @ 6:19 p.m.

Well folks

'the gandara'. Check Arlie Ricasa. Check

Two down. This is a win, she is GONE!!!!!! Let us not forget Ms. Ricasa actually cried the night 'the gandara' walked down that center isle at Southwest High - driven out by a community that had had enough! No more alleged deals, no more alleged gifts she has ADMITTED to being guilty. Reread what SPECIFICALLY she pleaded to -

HOWEVER, allow me to remind you all of the Board vote earlier this month regarding the finances, the 10 million dollar deficit and the NEW District office. What Board members would cast such a vote - that would be Arlie Ricasa, Jim Cartmill and John McCann. Now the question remains WHY???????????????

What of the Castle Park Middle School FEDERALLY PROTECTED INFORMATION that was reportedly given out to Promise Neighborhoods? Why did the Board ignored this?

Why was Dr. Alt fired?

When you know better you are suppose to do better -

Remember, Ed Brand has been added to the 'gotta go' list if we want to return SUHSD's good name. Education dollars should be spent IN THE CLASSROOM, not on a new plush office for Brand.

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joepublic Dec. 18, 2013 @ 6:23 p.m.

Apparently Ricasa's votes were for sale which raises the question of just how many votes might have been bought, and by whom. Since 3-2 votes are pretty common with this board, shouldn't all action taken by this board that were determined by a one vote margin be reconsidered? Arlie Ricasa should not be allowed to hold public office ever again. I wonder if a civil lawsuit can be filed.

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anniej Dec. 18, 2013 @ 6:29 p.m.

Eastlaker- ah yes the replacement for Ms. Ricasa. The old rumor mill is a buzzing - commenters to this board who have GONE AFTER Lopez with a vengeance? Commenters whose identity is known. Oh my! Family favors to allegedly repay or Might this be counterpart to 'friends, here is a benefit'?

Mr. Randy Ward, County Board of Ed are you finally understanding that this community is fed up?? We are on a mission and will NOT be stopped - that Sir you can take to the bank!!!!!!!!!!!

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erupting Dec. 18, 2013 @ 6:48 p.m.

It will be interesting to see who Brand attempts to get in Arlie's seat. Pearl I think is on to Brand by now so who will he get to secure Pearls vote. I think the county will end up making the appointment. And even people that would have liked to see Arlie in silver bracelets she is gone. Another one bites the dust. I like the feeling.

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Qar Dec. 18, 2013 @ 7:45 p.m.

The County will only get involved if the Sweetwater board cannot agree on an appointment. The board has 60 days to make an appointment or call for an election. According to the press release, their intention is to appoint. Again, if no agreement after 60 days, the County must call for a special election. The county board president could appoint only if there is no quorum. (EC)

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oskidoll Dec. 18, 2013 @ 8:05 p.m.

Of course they will opt for an appointment in order to control the free flow of money to Ed's pals. The right thing to do would be to call for an election to let those of us who pay the bills decide who should represent our interests. Again, we must focus on the elections in November....three seats will be up (ricasa's; cartmill's; and McCann's. McCann is a dottering fool, and was so even before his debilitating accident. That will be a board majority and will spell Ed Brand's future.

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Wabbitsd Dec. 19, 2013 @ 3 p.m.

Any toadie who hopes to sit in this seat should be aware that they are under certain scrutiny. Say, for instance, a certain former football player seeks to gain this seat. Is there any WORSE company he could associate himiself with?

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Ensenadamaria Dec. 18, 2013 @ 6:48 p.m.

Arlie must resign her position if Southwestern is earnest in its commitment to do away with corruption. She did not simply plead to a misdemeanor she acknowledged in writing that her vote was for sale. Little compassion is felt for someone who is a disgrace to her community. People voted for her for a reason she did nothing but bring disgrace to their vote. Any Director who admits to such a thing must be made to resign.

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Visduh Dec. 19, 2013 @ 8:55 a.m.

The new president of SWC should, as soon as this court filing is official, either fire Ricasa or start the process to fire her. She probably lacks tenure there in her current position, and the doctrine of moral turpitude can be invoked. But we may wait a very long time before Neff does anything about this outrage. A misdemeanor is just that, a minor crime, like a speeding ticket or disturbing the peace. Worse yet, Ricasa pled guilty, not to taking a bribe, but to failing to report "gifts". Of all the many counts lodged against her, this one is a technical one. And once this is over, she can just blithely dismiss it as a technicality, not a crime, and the low-information and brain dead residents of the district will accept that. She needed to plead guilty to something more meaningful than a failure to report gifts, it should have been a felony, and she should be looking at some time in the slammer. None of those things happened. So there will be no visit to Las Colinas for her, no visit to Chowchilla, and likely just a few months of probation, which is no punishment at all.

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oskidoll Dec. 19, 2013 @ 3:17 p.m.

Arlie is an administrator at Southwestern, and not a tenured faculty member. You might take a look at the College Board Policies (posted on the college website) to see if there is any official policy that might be used to remove her from her current position there, based on her admissions in court.

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oskidoll Dec. 19, 2013 @ 3:49 p.m.

Per the state's education code section 72400-72423, community college administrators serve at the pleasure of the governing board and may receive contracts up to 4 years in length. Any administrative employee must be given notice by March 15 of the year if their employment will not be renewed for the following academic year (July 1 - June 30.) There is no language in this section indicating termination must be for cause. So it seems to me that Arlie has job security until June 30 and must be officially 'noticed' if the board intends not to renew her contract for the next year.

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cvres Dec. 18, 2013 @ 7:21 p.m.

So will Ricasa receive money for all the time she has been under the unfluence--of contractors? Will her pay be revoked? She must have voted for this Flores guys contract. What are the consequences? How do people like me who voted for her get a payback for all these years of not representing us?

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shirleyberan Dec. 18, 2013 @ 7:44 p.m.

If she was there since 1998 would that be when Superintendent Ed was example for all on how to conduct school business, allegedly? Maybe they will speak about his first reign of terrible sometime.

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oldchulares Dec. 18, 2013 @ 7:56 p.m.

I for one am glad Mrs. Ricasa is gone she has to walk amongst us and feel our shame. Those who have fought for this must be thanked. Now the jockeying for the available seat begins. Now Bobs mass email makes sense and it comes as a disappointment. Ed is looking to fill that seat with an Arlie clone just more of the same. Jim really should be a stand up guy and resign lead by example. I am wondering what his written plea deal will reveal. In truth the entire board should turn in their resignation papers McCann included. McCann has done nothing to correct the problems and neither has Ed.

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mko Dec. 18, 2013 @ 8:25 p.m.

Bylaws of the Board BB 9223(a) describes the method of appointment to a vacancy. It states, "In order to draw from the largest possible number of candidates, the Board shall advertise in the local media to solicit candidate applications or nominations. A committee consisting of less than a quorum of the Board shall ensure that applicants are eligible for Board membership and announce the names of the eligible candidates. The Board shall interview the candidates at a public meeting, accept oral or written input, and select the provisional appointee by a majority vote."

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Visduh Dec. 18, 2013 @ 8:30 p.m.

Wait . . . wait . . . wait. I called this a logjam because I expect other pleas to come out in the coming days, maybe even tomorrow and Friday. For all the leniency in these bargains, once three members are off the board, the county has to step in. My suspicion is that she bargained away her seat for a reduction to a misdemeanor. The others will do the same if they are smart. And that means that Pearlie, Jimmie, and Bertha are also out of there. As close to a clean sweep as you can hope for. Should the DA be so wobbly on these cases that she so ballyhooed a few months ago? No, but then again, I was astounded that she stepped into it at all. The judge seems to be ready to go along and that's not a strong sign about making them examples of violation of trust. BTW, the judge is under no obligation to sign off on any plea bargain. She could have refused to accept the plea and scheduled it for trial. If there is a wobble here, it isn't the just the DA, it is the judge, too. The two women who could have really cleaned house in So County are going to just give it a hard dusting and go home.

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eastlaker Dec. 18, 2013 @ 9:53 p.m.

Or maybe just a 'lick and a promise', which is how lackadaisical housekeeping was described years back...

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oskidoll Dec. 19, 2013 @ 10:25 a.m.

Sadly, I suspect it is much about her honor's workload...so much easier for Judge Espana to accept pleas and bargain the serious charges away to nearly nothing than to hold those pesky trials where people actually show up and want to see justice happen! The public is left out of the equation when the perps 'cop a plea' as they say, and we members of the taxpaying public have been left out of this process.

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mko Dec. 18, 2013 @ 8:41 p.m.

The Education Code Section 5090-5095 also apply to the filling of vacancies. 5091 (c) (1) states that "If a provisional appointment is made within the 60 day period, the registered voters of the District may, within 30 days from the date of the appointment, petition for the conduct of a special election to fill the vacancy. A petition shall be deemed to bear sufficient number of signatures if signed by at least 1 1/2 percent of the number of registered voters of the District at the time of the last regular election for governing board members, or 25 registered voters, whichever is greater. (2) The petition shall be submitted to the county superintendent of schools having jurisdiction who shall have 30 days to verify the signatures. If the petition is determined to be legally sufficient by the county superintendent of schools, THE PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENT IS TERMINATED, and the county superintendent of schools shall order a special election to be conducted no later than the 130th day after the determination..." emphasis in text is mine by my calculation, 1 1/2 percent is about 3,000 signatures

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anniej Dec. 18, 2013 @ 8:55 p.m.

Who amongst us really knows the whys of the plea deals? While it is rumored that Brand is out there politicking on all sides, claiming to be in the know - unless Ms. Dumanis and Judge Espana consider him a BFF I doubt he knows a darn thing. Brand is a wann b, but we all know that.

What of the students? The forgotten ones - the innocents who have for over 4 years watched this nightmare unravel. The young learners, what have they been taught by Judge Espana, who had to agree and who held the most power? I shudder to think. They live and go to school in what is now referenced as one of the most alleged corrupt school districts in the nation. Allow me to ask the question WHAT MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT?

WHERE IS JUDGE JUDY WHEN YOU NEED HER?

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Sjtorres Dec. 19, 2013 @ 9:17 a.m.

Ricasa got off easy! I hope Pearl Quinones, Cartmill and Lopez don't get off as easy. Ricasa and Quinones have a long history of sketchy legal and ethical problems and should not be in a position of public trust. That includes Ricasa's cushy six-figure income at Southwestern College.

And this isn't about Brand at all. Don't cloud this criminal behavior with your dislike of Brand, those are other issues.

I bet Pearl is going to go for a jury trial hoping for a sympathetic jury. But hopefully the trial won't be held in the South Bay where she can intimidate jurors like she's intimidated people throughout her various positions.

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oskidoll Dec. 19, 2013 @ 9:39 a.m.

Sjtorres ---- OH, but it IS about Brand as much as anything. He aided and abetted the board's behavior and is part and parcel of the cartel of corruption. They enabled his continuing shell games, across the board and balance sheets of the District. You can't sweep Brand's evil deeds under the carpet...he is as much a criminal as anyone else sitting on that dais.

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anniej Dec. 19, 2013 @ 9:56 a.m.

Sjtorres -

Quitting and then holding our District hostage

Questionable spending of THOUSANDS for food, RV work and more - discovered by a Bonita High Student

Calling employers of community members who dare to speak during open comment

Approving District monies to be spent by a Board member who filed a frivolous lawsuit

Firing of good quality employees like Nancy Stubbs

Alleged Brown Act violations up the kazoo

Eliminating the boundaries resulting in east side schools bursting at the seams

Purchasing IPADS when we do not have the capability of handling End Of Course testing - have you heard about the problems this week?

District monies being spent on Charter Schools

10 million dollar deficit -

L street

Transportation fees being added to financial burden of schools and ASB's

Federally Protected info being handed over to Promise neighborhoods

These and soooooo many more are why Brand has to go! Criminal acts you ask, we shall see.

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anniej Dec. 19, 2013 @ 10:06 a.m.

Sjtorres - you fail to remember ALL of this with the contractors donating, it began when Brand was here the FIRST TIME. And when did he leave? Ah that would be on the tail of the a Grand Jury investigation.

Audits that are being touted as normal/regular - not what we are being told.

Hold on folks this roller coaster ride is going to get real bumpy for some. Lets see when were these folks indicted? And what about the votes since then? Brand was hired when?

Brand has got to go! We need a leader that the students, taxpayers, teachers, ALL Administrators and ALL employees trust. Ed Brand is not that man. Oh and those consultants he brought in something tells me under quality leadership some of them are outta here!

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bbq Dec. 19, 2013 @ 11:09 a.m.

My fellow commentors, There are so many issues involved at the Sweetwater UHSD that it is impossible to think that one would not have happened without the other...

Do we have the Chicken or the Egg coming first?

Included in Dr. Brand's aura and abilities is he is a master of manipulation and spin. This travesty of the public trust of "the Gandara" and the corruption of the Trustees was putty in Ed's hands. He has used the intimidation factor to cow what once were "Concerned" Board Members, to the Untrustworthy "Rubber stampers", Congratulations Ed.... meant with respect allong with disgust that you did it and it was allowed to happen.

That's the chicken,

Egg #1, was laid during the first Ed Brand Regime, with the attitude that the economy and development would go on forever. Policies set in the 1990-2005 period were impossible to maintain, the district was "Fat Dumb and Happy" relatively awash in money. The staff and Board spent it like drunk sailors. Onging staff and Board did nothing to correct the issue. Fiduciary or fiscal responsibility, what's that?

Egg #2 was believing that the real estate market would never collapse, again, Ed and his "Pals" really were not the financial & Real Estate Wizards they "thunk" themselves to be. Allong with creative used of the Sell Lease, misunderstood "agreements" with Chula Vista City Council for zoning variences, etc. Please note the 7-11 committee is still trying to straighten this mess out...

Egg #3 was trying to fit all of the Kids in the district into their utopian vision of "College Prep" Curriculum. Our kids will not be ready for college at age 18 without the proper foundation and skills . The district has systematically demolished the "social, skills and training" aspect of education through elimination of any vocational or practical training at many campuses and the ill-concieved "Open Boundaries" concept that eliminates the neighborhood school concept, which worked in the past because the needs of each neighborhood could be more effectively addressed put the extra resources where they are needed.

Egg #4 damaging ties to Southwestern College and the other community colleges in the area, the best Upper Education resource available to our students, through poorly planned and executed "Agreements" with Grand Canyon University and Alligent University. Ed's desire for "Sweetwater University" again Ed not looking clearly out to what's available or using council of people that might have a different idea than his (Not Invented Here or Claimable to have been invented here).

Ed laid all of these eggs and our Trustees, District Staff and FoE incubated them.

Analogy or not, don't stand anywhere near Dr. Brand's shadow.

CAVEMAN, BBQ

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eastlaker Dec. 19, 2013 @ 12:54 p.m.

Great list...or not-so-great list when I really think about it.

Something to add: the new CIF section, so that poor Sweetwater won't have to complete against all the other kids who have better facilities... but wait a minute!!

How can you have your own CIF section if you don't even have facilities for competition? One pool (Mar Vista) for how many schools? All others sharing Southwestern's pool, or Parkway or Loma Verde or even Las Palmas in National City, even though that isn't even a short course pool...

No facility in Sweetwater for Track and Field CIF competition...

So why would anyone think it would be a good idea to have their own CIF section? Because Ed Brand's friends could be supplied with cushy jobs.

You see, it really isn't about the kids, it is about Ed Brand spending tax and bond money on whatever he wants, and the board lacking the intelligence or willpower to stand up to him. Or just maybe they were bought.

Let's hope there will be no more new CIF section talk. Maybe when things get straightened out in Sweetwater, there can be some intelligent planning, and the Sweetwater students can get some facilities, so that they can have a better chance to complete against all the schools that have full athletic facilities.

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eastlaker Dec. 19, 2013 @ 1:28 p.m.

BBQ--Something to think about:

If You Build It--A Documentary

Very good demonstration of shop class reworked to incorporate all sorts of design principles and practical techniques, for all students.

The documentary is about a school in North Carolina, and the kids who really learned something.

The two teachers now have their programs working in four schools in Berkeley, CA.

It shows what can be done when people really want to do something.

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bbq Dec. 19, 2013 @ 3:05 p.m.

Eastlaker, My comeback to why we need Vocational and practical training in school are these. I am an engineer who graduating from High School in 1975. How did I know I wanted to be an engineer?

First in 6th grade, (1st middle school class in our district), we all, boys and girls took a quarter each of wood shop, (winding electric motors), metal shop (learning fabrication techniques), Sewing and cooking, (learning household budgeting).

As a Freshman 9th grade we had a course called "Industrial Adventure" again a qtr each of Metal shop, (I ran a foundry and a friend and I Designed and fabricated a sno-bike), Wood Shop, Automotives, (we toredown and rebuilt lawn mower engines) and finally Mechanical Drawing.

Other than math and physics I use many of these skills to this day.

Our current path in education pushes us to 'Common Core" and "Critical Thinking" while these slogans sound good, reality is the creativity of the student gets pushed deeper and deeper inside and does not come out. I saw this with my two older boys, graduates from Olympian HS.

Critical thinking requires experience, it requires failure along with success! This is to give the ability to judge proper verses improper behavior. It requires understanding how gears mesh to transfer motion, the difference between Potential verses Kinetic Energy! It requires hands on so the feel of a fastener or an assembly or lump of clay can be used to describe or explain something. Why? Because these are analogies to a properly functioning society or work situation.

Yes a lot of deep thinking and philosophy worthy of a lot more debate, No doubt Bill Gates is a genius but does he get his hands dirty?

I ask that of a lot of people and more and more americans don't. My utmost respect for Mechanics, plumbers and electricians, heck all of the trades.....

As for common core, One size does not fit all, (Analogy) From my years working as a bicycle mechanic, a universal bicycle part will not fit any bicycle in this universe.....

That's my take for what it's worth, look back at previous comments and you'll see a trend.

CAVEMAN BBQ

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eastlaker Dec. 19, 2013 @ 3:15 p.m.

I see your point of view very clearly, which is why I think you would find this documentary particularly valuable. It is supposed to be shown in SD in February I think, at just one theater.

The way the two teachers manage to capture the imaginations of the students, and get them working together is really great to see.

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anniej Dec. 19, 2013 @ 11:42 a.m.

bbq - I always look forward to your posts.

All of this and more and Brand wonders why we are looking to have him replaced NOW, as in yesterday!

This community will no longer tolerate the actions of the past, they are determined to rid the District of all alleged corruption and will expose all who find it acceptable.

Fact check - which Board members consistently voted in line with Ms. Ricasa - that would be John McCann and Jim Cartmill. This dynamic did include Ms. Quinines up until RECENTLY - it appears Quinones got the 411 she was not really ever a part of the three (3) Muskateers trio. Now, it is rumored that Ms. Ricasa will be giving the real 411 on the alleged corruption.

Thinking out loud here - do I need to continue to use alleged? Oops that is right, of course I do, Brand is still here, can't forget those THOUSANDS he spent hiring a PI, prior to Board approval.

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eastlaker Dec. 19, 2013 @ 2:46 p.m.

Just curious, did anything happen with our old friend, Bonnie Garcia? You remember, the one who overcharged for everything and had Sweetwater wasting all sorts of money on law suits that dragged out--some of which should never have happened in the first place?

Is he still practicing law? Would anyone hire him?

Just wondering where some of Ed Brand's friends are now.

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anniej Dec. 19, 2013 @ 3:49 p.m.

Eastlaker - Bonny Garcia was being sued by one of his partners. Google indicates that he had lost some clients due to his charges. He is GONE - hey, that makes 3 gone, Thank You for the reminder.

Where are some of Brands friends? A check of Board Docs indicates HE has hired them as Consultants. One of his fav 5 is rumored to be 'back' - Dianne Russo. Guess Dr. Alt wasn't playing by Brands rule of 'hide the bacon'.

You know folks if we weren't living this nightmare it would be hard to make anyone believe this is our reality.

And Jim Cartmill, John McCann, Arlie Ricasa keep approving EVERYTHING Brand wants. Oops, I forgot Ms. Ricasa has resigned as of today. Lets see, who is Brand wishing for when he breaks that turkey wishbone? I can think of two for sure. Who would be his nightmare, who could not be bought? I am thinking one such person might be Maty Adato - integrity, trust, fiscally responsible now that might just up the old bp a bit.

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eastlaker Dec. 19, 2013 @ 10:20 p.m.

Some good thoughts there. Maty Adato would make an excellent Trustee, as she actually understands the concept.

I am wondering how all of this fits into the big picture. If Arlie goes 'state's evidence', it is possible she could still try and message the data (in the proverbial Sweetwater tradition) to lessen charges against Jim. Pretty sure Fast Eddy is all in favor of leaving Bertha and Pearl to their own devices.

I think this Arlie plea was very strategic. Would be very surprised if this isn't somehow already factored into a rescue of Jim...just some thoughts, not worth much of anything to anyone. And all of this is merely alleged, of course.

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shirleyberan Dec. 19, 2013 @ 6:19 p.m.

bbq - forward thinking and good old common sense. I heard someone else bringing up the fact that not everybody is gonna be a doctor or lawyer etc. Most need vocation and how do they get there? The regular way through community college, with an encouraging start somewhere.

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anniej Dec. 20, 2013 @ 7:40 a.m.

eastlaker - as usual, your thoughts and comments - right on target, in my opinion.

I have no doubt Brand, Cartmill and McCann will be distancing themselves from Quinones and Lopez. Will be interesting if comments on UT play out and more plea deals are made this coming week. The decision regarding new board member(s) may very well end up in the hands of the County Board of Ed. I urge ALL to write Randy Ward and our representative Ms. Lyn Neylon - while your fingers are at work, can you ask for a full audit by the STATE. Surely Ward and others at the County are aware of the questions we taxpayers in the South Bay have about how our monies are being spent. I doubt if they want any ownership in the predicted financial collapse of our District.

What a freakin mess. Hard to believe we are talking about a school district. Grand Jury transcripts read more like old style Chicago gangs with all of the deals and favors, included, our very own 'Bugsy'.

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Qar Dec. 20, 2013 @ 8:10 a.m.

As has been noted, if there is no quorum due to resignations, etc, the County Board President has the option to appoint current County Board members to the vacancies until new members are elected or appointed. Sharon Jones, District 3, is the current President. She could fill just enough seats to either make appointments or call for an election. Lots of possibilities and conjecture at this point.

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