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The Sweetwater Union High School District’s June 18 meeting had unexpected guests: Kamaal Martin from state-assembly member Shirley Weber’s office, Vivian Moreno from San Diego city councilmember David Alvarez’s office, and Albert Velasquez, a field representative for recently elected assembly member Lorena Gonzalez. (Velasquez stated he was not there in an official capacity.)

Kamaal Martin takes notes for state-assembly member Shirley Weber’s office

The guests’ experience included yet another bizarre incident from the annals of Sweetwater.

The mood of the evening should have been upbeat, as superintendent Ed Brand announced that the recent budget passed in California allows for a full restoration of ROP and adult-education programs. Instead, the meeting turned sour.

The incident began after community and Proposition O Bond Oversight Committee member Kevin O’Neill laid McCann’s red campaign sign down in front of the dais. O’Neill called McCann “opportunistic” and charged that McCann’s 2010 campaign signs had been put up in public-right-of-ways just prior to the recent Sweetwater graduation ceremonies. (McCann is using his campaign signs from 2010 to pre-campaign for 2014.)

McCann demanded that O’Neill return his property (the sign) and went on to complain that O'Neill’s campaign signs for water board had been in public right-of-ways. (O’Neill ran for the South Bay Irrigation District in 2010.)

O’Neill fired back that McCann’s signs had probably been paid for by the $20,000 in vendor campaign donations McCann had accepted. O’Neill proceeded to use the remainder of his two minutes’ public-comment time to discuss corruption charges and the recent release of the San Diego County Grand Jury transcripts.

When O’Neill departed, community advocate Kathleen Cheers picked up the sign and told McCann she was putting it in her car and would turn the sign in to Maxwell Street, where city code enforcers take signs that have been improperly placed. Then Cheers took the sign outside and locked it in her car.

Meanwhile, a district presentation began on safety, including possible scenarios for schools in case a shooter arrives on campus.

Briefly thereafter, McCann tapped Brand on the shoulder and took him to another room, presumably to make the call for the Chula Vista police cars that arrived within minutes. Ultimately, four cars arrived.

McCann then went outside to talk to the officers to gain their assistance in retrieving his campaign sign from Cheers’s car. McCann then began to take pictures of the car that contained his property.

Meanwhile, a district presentation was being made on the budget.

A momentary flurry of concern passed through the audience as police officers entered the meeting and escorted Cheers outside. After being questioned by the officers, Cheers relinquished the sign. She was told by officers Castro and Tugashon that she would not be charged but that theft charges would be filed against Kevin O’Neill.

Shortly after the incident, Martin, Moreno, and Valasquez went home.

This wasn’t the first time McCann has called police on a meeting night. In April 2012, he called the police as a result of an alleged altercation with community advocate Stewart Payne. The judge eventually found no merit in granting McCann’s request for a permanent restraining order against Payne. McCann’s legal maneuvering cost the district over $6000 in attorney fees.

(revised 6/20, 6:17am

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teachersrock June 18, 2013 @ 10:18 p.m.

What a DB!!!! Wasting Chula Vista's tax payers resources for a stupid sign!!! He's a coward and a bully. He's a coward for having the police do his dirty work and a bully for taking it to that level. Why would the city of Chula Vista want someone like that in charge?
What does this say to his character? McCann's ego is out of control, where's your compassion? Do you not see how outraged the community is over the boards behavior? Can you not put aside your precious ego and let something trivial go? No you had to call your mommy (CVPD) and have them take care of it for you. Is this how you will waste tax payers money if you ever make it in to city hall? I fear for repercussions from you Mr. McCann because of you treated those people. May GOD have mercy on the city of Chula Vista and the employees of SUHSD. LOSER, or should I say POOR LOSER? P.S. bravo to the folks that spoke their minds about the school board and how disrespectful they are to the Sweetwater community.

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anniej June 18, 2013 @ 10:55 p.m.

Mr. Mccann, as a previous City Council member is well aware of the dangers that Chula Vista police officers face each and every second they are on the job. Why, would he, of all people, choose to USE them? Mccann was advised where he could pick the sign up at, it was Maxwell street. On top of using the police he also used city personnel, when they were forced to drive around and pick up his illegally placed signs on Main Street, Olympic Parkway, and near Hilltop High just to name a few. But the real question is WHY? WHY DID JOHN MCCANN PUT 3 YEAR OLD CAMPAIGN SIGNS OUT TO BEGIN WITH? My opinion, name recognition; but here are the facts, we know who he is and we are more than aware of all that he has failed to do and WE WANT HIM GONE! The students and taxpayers of the South Bay want representation by those who understand the meaning of integrity and are able to lead in a dignified professional manner.

How embarrassing that other REAL public officials had to witness what we, the community, endure each and every month. Perhaps now, finally the State will step in and bring this three ring circus to an end.

Let us consider the fact that while Mccann was stomping around whining about a $2.50 sign Mr. Calhoun was doing a presentation on student safety followed by a budget presentation by Dr. Alt. Is there now any argument that perhaps Mccann has his priorities mixed up?

Where pray tell was Ms. Ricasa with one of her now infamous respect speeches. IF Mccann truly was in control of his emotions or if the district business at hand were a priority he would have had his booty in that chair paying attention to the business at hand. Mccann, it is time to hang up your boring speeches and your political hat - turn out the lights, the party is over. We want a real community servant, not a temper throwing brat sitting at the dais.

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eastlaker June 18, 2013 @ 10:56 p.m.

Petty. Behavior that is not even adolescent...yet again McCann demonstrates poor judgment. This individual simply does not know how to act in a dignified manner. It seems he must resort to threats of higher authority being on his side--fairly typical compensatory behavior, and not indicative of any insight into himself, others or how the public views him.

Perspective? What's that to McCann, because he is still the center of his own universe, pre-school mentality personified.

Of course, this is just the side-show of the circus of Sweetwater. The light distraction welcomed by Fast Eddy, the ringmaster, because this allows Eddy's smoke and mirror act to gain momentum. Eddy is hoping the public never really figures out what is going on. Sorry to disappoint, but we have over 3000 pages of testimony, and that provides this community with a clear vision of what has been going on here.

Ed Brand and his rubber-stamp, Loyal Voting Block board are not to be trusted. As has been said before, the public needs to watch carefully, needs to hold 'feet to the fire', needs to crack down on all the unethical behavior that has been going on. The intolerable behavior will not be tolerated.

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WTFEd June 18, 2013 @ 11:09 p.m.

I got work tomorrow but just read this. I heard about it at work today. How bizarre. I will find out and report back. I am tired and will comment more tomorrow. Did you ever wonder with all this coming out in the Grand Jury stuff of who within the District sits by and does nothing over the years. When Jesus was hear it was also intimidation. Ed is smarter. That is the problem. He hides stuff in a more subtle way. I am turning off my Google Alerts on Sweetwater. It is blowing up my computer.

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eastlaker June 18, 2013 @ 11:46 p.m.

Enter "Suppurating Wound" and it just pops up...

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teachersrock June 18, 2013 @ 11:50 p.m.

LOL, gross and precise, no really how can one do that?

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eastlaker June 18, 2013 @ 11:54 p.m.

Sign up for a Google account and then you can set up alerts for specific names, terms, etc. It is pretty easy, because you can google 'Google Alerts'!

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m.

I do remember referring to the mess that is Sweetwater, as a festering pus. That was years ago when the Jesus was here.

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dbdriver June 19, 2013 @ 9:49 a.m.

Depends on how the search is configured. I tried it out this morning and received alerts regarding police activity that had Sweetwater in the article, with no relation to the school district.

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AbnormalHeights June 19, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

McCann sounds like a real "piece of work" to be kind. Wow, $20k donated for signs. That sounds excessive.

BTW McCann: The police have real emergencies to tend to. They don't need to babysit wannabe public officials.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 8:07 a.m.

Perhaps Mccann had family in town and in an attempt to impress them he took them on a tour of the city.

Down Olympic Parkway around Hilltop High, down Main, then up Main and finally up Olympic Parkway where he could be seen pointing out "on the left, there is a John Mccann sign, down there on that fence, yes, that is me as well, look up that embankment there I am again - yes, yes I am everywhere"

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erupting June 19, 2013 @ 8:28 a.m.

Just another monthly board meeting. It's become comic relief on a monthly basis. You could tell Bertha was missing nothing was questioned. The votes were 4:0 instead of 4:1. The curiosity was that the agenda was not completed but the mtg. was over before 10 pm. The board was probably tired from pushing the green (agree with Brand's button) It's hard to believe that the County Office of Ed. has not intervened but then they were aware of this mess along time ago. I bet the surprise guests were shocked. Four police cruisers over a $5.00 sign. Thank God there was no real crisis in the community. Do the police respond to this because McCann was a CV councilman? Maybe the Mayor needs to tell the police to exercise discretion when they get a call from the tantrum throwing McCann. His behavior appears to becoming more and more erratic kind of scary. If McCann abandoned his post in the military even though he is a supply officer he would have been in big trouble. But it only goes to show that our students take the back seat to his erratic impulses. I'm still in shock.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 9:39 a.m.

Jaime Mercado for school board in 2014 - the former board member who refused to accept even a free cup of coffee paid for by a vendor.

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CV_Parent June 19, 2013 @ 10:02 a.m.

No double standard.....The major difference is Mr. Mercado sign was on PRIVATE property and Mr. I want to be King ugly signs are on public property. With the Grand Jury testimonies out, Sweetwater in the papers every other day and hearing next year. All of this will be fresh in our minds when we vote you sorry people out. The three board members up for election next year....don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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teachersrock June 19, 2013 @ 10:44 a.m.

Timtim why are you defending McCann's misbehavior unless you ARE him. No one in their right mind could defend that childish nonsense. You need to do some serious introspection on yourself. Hopefully it will help you grow up and stop your silly unwarranted behavior in front of the public. It's unconscionable that the tax payers are paying for you! If I were to pull that crap at work I'd be fired in a heartbeat. You make both shows, Shameless and Scandal look like children shows.

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 12:56 p.m.

I believe the issue with Mr. Mercado's sign was that it was being vandalized by Tom Hassey, Ed Brand's "Chief of Staff." Mr. Hassey was observed coming out of the district office, crossing the street, trespassing onto private property and attempting to destroy the sign. One can only assume his actions were at the behest of the Superintendent. Not exactly exemplary behavior on the part of the district.

This story is significant because John McCann "deserted his post" as a board member during a very important presentation to the board by staff, on the subject of student safety during a live shooter event. John McCann felt his twenty five cent sign was more important than his elected responsibilities. He was away from his seat for the better part of a half hour. This story is also about how John McCann has shown the public yet again that he is willing to squander public resources in the pursuit of his petty grievances. Also, as is so clearly shown in the photo of John McCann photographing Ms. Cheers' license plate, that he would choose to do this, rather than return to his elected duties, when everyone in the room knew where the sign was.

No, these stories are not about signs. Rather, they are about human behavior. They are about how some people will behave in extreme and bizarre ways over some rather trivial matters. These stories are about how certain individuals demonstrate erratic and off balanced decision making when faced with choices that more sane people would laugh off.

No, this story was not about a sign. This story was about John McCann and why he is so wrong for the people of the south bay.

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mko June 19, 2013 @ 9:22 a.m.

I am reminded of the Arlo Gutherie song Alice's Restaurant so popular in the 70's. In this case the "violation" is not littering but cleaning up other people's trash left in the public right of way. The question that hasn't been asked is why the signs were out in the first place. There is no election campaign for school board or council. What other motive could be given other than self-promotion. How is the issue of a 3 year old sign more important than participating in the Board presentation regarding the hardening of classrooms in case of a lockdown or crisis and a presentation of the financial condition of the District. The choices made show Mr. McCann's priorities and you have to ask yourself was his reaction reasonable and rational for an adult in his position?

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teachersrock June 19, 2013 @ 10:48 a.m.

Timtim, you're behavior at the board meeting had nothing to do with Mr. Mercado. Nice try at deflecting and trying to justify your tantrum. Mr. Mercado is not a paid board member, he did not disrupt the board meeting nor did he leave in the middle of the meeting to be vengeful and spiteful. You sir are not a man.

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teachersrock June 19, 2013 @ 11:56 a.m.

I guess only teachers think that teachers rock, because by your behavior you certainly don't

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 1:41 p.m.

Is that all you've got timtim? Do you not have any substance to your rebuttals? Is nitpicking someone's spelling errors your idea of setting the record straight?

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angrybirds June 19, 2013 @ 9:41 a.m.

Mr. McCann can you spell L O S E R!!!!!!! Your really need to find your way home from the yellow brick road and stop pausing in the poppy fields for a nap. Your hallucinations are getting the best of you. I am gone for one meeting and look what i freaking miss. Holy shit this guy is freakin bonkers. He walks out on a safety presentation because someone took his pretty little sign. BOOOOO HOOOOO stop winning and put on your big boy underwear.

I thought he was a war hero. When he put the signs up he should have camped out in the trenches to defend them. Your such a wuss you make our guys in uniform embarrassed every time you give one of your war stories at graduations.

Go away and crawl up into a fox hole you are an idiot!!!! BTW I almost busted a gut when I read all of the people that sat there and watched you have another melt down. Bet you didnt know that they were there. Them public officials dont like to see idoits hold office. I wonder how you are going to do damage control on this one. Are you going to call and cry and say the public is such bullies booo hooo.

Mr. Cartmill yet another meeting you can't control. How could you let this idiot call the police you have a board member out of control. Ms. Ricasa i got to agree with anniej where was one of your stupid ass speeches now.

There is no way i am going to miss another meeting..........

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Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 10:44 a.m.

I know I'm not going to make any friends with this comment, but please rant to your significant other and only then reply to timtim. Yes, everyone is watching (and reading) and I understand the frustration and anger (I feel it too!) but I think we alienate readers and community members with too much acrimony. We lose credibility if we sink to name calling and cursing. Don't take the bait. Don't waste your breath. Let's state the facts, repeat what may have been forgotten (thank you anniej for doing that) and continue to raise awareness. Maybe we could start our own blog to vent our frustrations with reckless abandon. I'm sure we could get pretty creative and have a good laugh, too.

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jibaro June 19, 2013 @ 1:58 p.m.

Reader2. You made a friend of me with your comments and insight.

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erupting June 19, 2013 @ 2:54 p.m.

You are correct thank you for brining it to my attention,I was about be ugly after reading the comments. Then read yours, we all need to stay mindful and above the ignorance.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 9:54 a.m.

Mr. Jaime Mercado, a highly respected former board member did not abandon his seat on the dais to chase down an illegally placed OLD campaign sign. John Mccann totally disrupted the board meeting YET AGAIN, with a temper tantrum. Mccann has history in the realm of temper tantrums, he allegedly aimed his speeding car at a gentlemen he had issues with in a parking lot, he acted out in the district parking lot and called 911 to report an alleged pretend assault which a JUDGE THREW OUT OF COURT with a directive to Mccann to knock it off (paraphrase), and now in this picture he is seen yet again in the parking lot. (Perhaps he should stay out of parking lots since they seem to bring out the worst in him)

Yes, public and elected officials THIS IS WHAT WE ARE HAVING TO DEAL WITH. What the community is wondering is why this emotionally damaged man continues to plague us.

tim tim - no doubt those elected and public officials and VOTERS that are reading this blog are getting a true look at what YOU! JOHN MCCANN aka tim tim is all about.

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angrybirds June 19, 2013 @ 10:05 a.m.

OH yeah wasnt Mercados sign on PRIVATE PROPERTY!!!! Not on public property, you know timtim you should go back and take another government class to figure out the differences between the two. We now have adult school back you should see if there are any openings.

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VigilantinCV June 19, 2013 @ 10:46 a.m.

I kind of thought "timtim" was Bert Grossman. Any thoughts on that? We already know that Brand and Grossman are pretty close.

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teachersrock June 19, 2013 @ 12:15 p.m.

It seems that no amount of education can teach a person class, ethics, or how do be an adult.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 12:26 p.m.

No, he spells it "BIG MOUTH", his definition not mine. That is what he entitled his book.

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oskidoll June 19, 2013 @ 11:46 a.m.

Bizarre indeed! Wonder if the CV police had a warrant? I wonder on what basis they made Ms. Cheers give up the sign? Seems to me she was in possession of evidence of McCann's wrong-doing, and that she intended to turn it in to the proper authorities....perhaps the CV police did that very thing?

It would be a good idea to take photos of all McCann's signs posted on public property and share those photos with the City of CV folks who are responsible for enforcing the sign ordinance, with the expectation that Mr. McCann will be appropriately fined and/or sanctioned. It would probably help to have the code number to cite. If nothing happens, a visit to a CV Council meeting would be appropriate.

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erupting June 19, 2013 @ 2:59 p.m.

Good ideas instead of anger. I like this idea.

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farmgirl June 19, 2013 @ 12:41 p.m.

As a community member and parent this all makes me very sad. Money that should be used in the classroom wasted on lawyer fees and dinners for the board members. Is someone watching the charges on the new credit card? I was told that my daughter's school had no money for paper at the end of the school year. I call that misplaced priorities. We can't wait to clean up this district - it has gone on too long.

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Bob_Castaneda June 19, 2013 @ 12:55 p.m.

Frankly, the truth is rather sad: McCann knows the South Bay electorate and their overwhelming disregard for politics and elections. These and other antics did nothing more than further that sentiment among far too many. McCann knows that money and name i.d. in the South-bay are ALL you need -- period! Take the dollars; promote yourself and use these resources to destroy your opponent. However, the primary goal is to NOT have a serious opponent. The specter of campaign cash and a political will to do whatever causes our best and brightest to not engage in politics either as a candidate or a voter. Why is it so? Because most people don't take the time to study; read, and employ unbiased logic to validate decisions that are important to all of us.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 1:04 p.m.

osdidoll - cheers was not forced to give up the sign by the police sergeant. As she stood there and realized that four cars had responded she took pause and realized that the officers had far more important issues to deal with. As she turned over Mccanns outdated illegally placed sign she wondered what a review of the call(s) Mccann placed to the dispatcher would reveal? What was the emergency claimed by Mccann?

No doubt the banter at the police station locker room went something like this. "Yeh, tough night, part of a 4 car dispatch. John Mccann, x city council guy who we (police union) donated money to for his seat, needed us to drop the hammer on a 63 year old woman who had taken possession of one of his illegal, self promoting signs. She was a tough but respectful old bird, she chose to make the right choice and gave us his precious sign. Next time around, lets remember this incident and support a candidate who values our hard work".

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 1:47 p.m.

It's called literary point of view. You would have know this style is an accepted form if you had stayed awake while you were in class.

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 1:57 p.m.

Sweetwater trustee reports stolen property to police. John McCann wanted his campaign sign back.

Not a lot of maturity here. Reminds me of elementary school behavior. eh... more like kindergarten behavior.

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 4:01 p.m.

I for one, found her response to be excellent literature.

As for my various placements, I have been in many traditional classroom settings. I was known as a trouble shooter. I would often take over for classes that were ... let us say... a bit rough, and brought them back into the fold.

Yet again, please tell me where I have been. What schools did I teach at? You who seems to know so much about my professional background certainly ought to be able to say where I first started teaching. But, you won't, because you can't.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 2:10 p.m.

Bob_Casteneda - many of us, myself included fell asleep at the political wheel. It is gratifying to see so many new groups organizing to get the message out. While many of our positions may differ, at least we are talking and sharing our points of view.

No matter the venue, no matter the delivery - lets start talking!!!!!!! Lets take the time to attend at least one board meeting, take the time to email worthwhile information to all we know, let's take the time to research the issues. Then, and only then should we consider ourselves worthy of casting our vote.

Together we can all bring about positive change.

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oskidoll June 19, 2013 @ 2:10 p.m.

Actually, kindergarten students have better manners. I'd characterize it as juvenile delinquent with character flaw narcissistic schoolyard-bully behavior.

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Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 2:17 p.m.

I think there is enough evidence to show Mr. McCann's ineptitude and disdain for people. As a parent it occurs to me that children love attention even negative attention. It might be more effective not to respond to timtim or answer every comment with a simple: yawn. Being ignored infuriates children.

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jibaro June 19, 2013 @ 6:46 p.m.

Reader2. there you go AGAIN, a thoughtful and adult observation. Thank you

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Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 2:39 p.m.

Bob C. I agree with anniej. I am one of those who never paid attention in the past. Now I stay up untiil dawn reading the grand jury transcripts. I have been talking to people and they are listening. We are reaching a tipping point. What's that quote ? Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

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eastlaker June 19, 2013 @ 2:59 p.m.

Excellent point.

Let's bring back the focus on the work at hand.

Putting this school district into the hands of people who are honorable, educated and capable, as opposed to the group now seated.

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jibaro June 19, 2013 @ 6:49 p.m.

Reader2 STOP! PLEASE STOP ! to much common sense and adult observations could be a danger to the health of some

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Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 8:38 p.m.

You made me laugh out loud - really loud. I needed a laugh. Thank you!

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 3:21 p.m.

Reader2 - yes, the residents of all communities are beginning to take interest and pay attention. Which will, as an end result bring about change.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 3:36 p.m.

Fran Brinkmanship and John Brickley - two educators who have GREATLY, POSITIVELY impacted the lives of many students and young teachers.

I have a special needs grown daughter. Fran Brinkman was her Special Ed teacher for several years. Ms. Brinkman not only helped my daughter but she helped me, a young mother as well. To this day, Ms. Brinkman is never too busy to take a call from her and listen. My daughter is 42, and she still refers to Fran as her teacher.

Mr. Brickley - I have another daughter who is an educator, Mr. Brickley along with Ms. Brinkman served as her mentors as a young teacher. Her love for children with special needs was encouraged by these two wonderful educators. How sad is it that anyone, let alone an alleged board member would come to this board and denigrate Alternative Ed. timtim, you embarrass yourself.

Brinkman and Brickley serve as two examples of the excellence in the ranks of teachers and the majority of Administrators that are tasked with helping our children be all that they can be.

Brickley, Brinkman - YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

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Woodchuck June 19, 2013 @ 3:59 p.m.

I would like to meet you all at the Southwest Chula Vista Civic Association public meeting Wednesday, june 26th at the south library 6:00 room "B" in the rear past the cafe'. Voice your frustration but be prepared to offer positive solutions!

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Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 4:47 p.m.

I'll be there and I'll bring friends.

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bbq June 19, 2013 @ 8:53 p.m.

Woodchuck, I am not sure I know where the South Library is, but I will figure it out. I would love to be a part of the change. timtim how about going out of your comfort zone, I promise to protect you and listen to your (you're) point of view. BBQ

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erupting June 20, 2013 @ 3:21 p.m.

BBQ, Glad your back. We missed you at the board mtg.

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 4:13 p.m.

"John McCann takes a photo of Kathleen Cheers's license plate"

because, by god, he wants his trash back!

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eastlaker June 19, 2013 @ 5:12 p.m.

Or maybe he is thinking of working on a new career as a photographer.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 4:28 p.m.

Woodchuck- hopefully, many will attend this meeting - share their ideas for positive solutions and resolve to help, each in their own way, to bring about the change that is needed. Together we can get this done - our students are depending on us.

Property owners whose taxes are used to fuel SUHSD expect fiscal responsibility. Voting to spend $60,000.00 for memberships to, amongst other things many Chamber of Commerce's, in my opinion falls far short of fiscal responsibility ( see Mondays agenda ). Our tax dollars are needed in the middle and high schools - we should not be funding elementary charters until and unless we have met the needs of our middle, our high, our ROP, and our Adult Ed students.

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eastlaker June 19, 2013 @ 4:58 p.m.

Brand has been so concerned (based upon his compulsion to create schools handling students k - 6 and 13 - 16) with increasing the number of students in this district that he has left all thoughts for those students already here behind.

Is he really that afraid of a budget based upon the actual 7 - 12 students that attend school in this district? Because Chula Vista Elementary SD is doing so well with their charter schools...

Turf wars, empire building, trying to create new bureaucracies to "lead" (section 11 CIF, multiple 'for profit' institutions)--really, what's with all this expansionist nonsense? Again, compensatory behavior? Overweening need for more of everything? Rather unbalanced...is Mr. Brand.

Then we have Mr. McCann, unbalanced in another direction. Seems to have impulse-control problems, anger management problems, judgment problems, coupled with an odd sense of self-righteousness that is definitely unearned.

Mr. Cartmill is generally more well-behaved, yet seems caught up in all the chaos like a poor wayfarer in a rudderless ship trying to traverse the maelstrom--if only he could find the oars, he might have a chance.

Well, that's about all I have time for today.

These individuals are what they are, and we are stuck with working with them until our school board is populated with members capable of honestly working for the good of the students, the schools, the teachers--without robbing the taxpayers and extorting all the contractors.

That $60,000 could be spent on better things, but it is being spent to 'grease the wheels' for these board members and Ed Brand. Wouldn't it be great if all of the Chambers of Commerce would return Sweetwater's money and say it would be better spent on the students? That would be righteous.

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 4:57 p.m.

"McCann’s legal maneuvering cost the district over $6000 in attorney fees."

The district picked up the tab for John MuckCann's failed attempt to silence the public, but when it came time to ratify payment for a representative of Sweetwater's Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) to attend the Second Annual CaLBOC Statewide Conference Friday May 10, 2013 • Sacramento, he claimed he has never asked Sweetwater to pay for his travel, so he saw no reason to have SUHSD spend over $500.00 to cover the man's expenses. Of course, this happened just after MuckCann voted to authorize multi-millions of dollars of taxpayer monies to projects that are of dubious merit. This also followed MuckCann's call to the CVPD and had them send out about four police officers in three vehicles in order for MuckCann to retrieve a 25 cent sign.

After reading the the mission statement and statement of purpose for the CalBOC, it looks like a very worthwhile organization. The stated purpose is to be sure the public is informed, involved and protected in the bond process.

State law requires the LEA (school district) to provide the resources to the local BOC to be able to effectively do it's job. For Sweetwater to withhold payment for this man's travels to attend a conference, that's sole purpose was to do exactly that, is unconscionable. And, to think this item followed an agenda item where MuckCann voted to approve the district's spending of over $70,000 for the board members to continue their memberships in every professional organization under the sun, in order to "more effectively do our job." Such hypocrisy! Oh, wait... it's just MuckCann's way of doing business.

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Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 4:58 p.m.

Anyway, here's the info from the CalBOC's webpage:

Mission Statement To promote school district accountability by improving the training and resources available to California's Prop 39 school bond oversight committees, educating the state legislature, local school boards, and the public about the oversight and reporting power these Citizens' Bond Oversight Committees (CBOCs) have, and to advocate on a state level, where appropriate, on issues of common concern to all CBOCs.

Statement of Purpose 1. To provide the general public with informational and educational materials and activities on local School Bond Oversight Committees that will help increase public awareness of the valuable role the CBOCs play in the Prop 39 school bond process, and

  1. To promote comprehensive training and orientation of all new CBOC members throughout the state, and

  2. To promote adequate funding, staffing and other support as typically required by CBOCs to be provided in all districts throughout the state with Prop 39 Bonds pursuant to fulfilling their lawful duties, and

  3. To promote the preservation of all CBOC reports throughout the state in both the county of origin education office and a centralized state ar-chive repository accessible to the public, and

  4. To advocate public distribution of all CBOC reports, and

  5. To maintain a website to provide current information concerning issues, events and activities of CBOCs, and

  6. To sponsor a statewide conference of CBOC Members and interest parties, and

  7. To work toward the preservation and enhancement of the CBOC system by sponsoring needed legislation, and

  8. To undertake any other efforts consistent with the foregoing that will increase the public knowledge of the CBOC system and the contribution it makes and continues to make to California taxpayers and toward good government.

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eastlaker June 19, 2013 @ 5:11 p.m.

Well, of course THIS district's board wouldn't want to encourage anything like what is mentioned above!

That would mean that they might be forced to do things correctly for a change!

Wouldn't want the public to get too educated! Wouldn't want to share knowledge and bring about a sense of community empowerment!

Wouldn't want to increase communication and benefit the schools!

Wouldn't want to provide a good example for all the students regarding engaging in the political process to contribute to the good of all!

Of course Sweetwater would NEVER want to encourage enlightened behavior when it is so much easier for the constituency to remain uninformed, isolated, ignored and ridiculed for being so uninformed and isolated!!!

What is this...it is starting to sound familiar...could it be--actual institutional bullying? Why, how could that be?

Because the majority of those in charge of education in Sweetwater are without a moral compass, and are in it for themselves. Shocking, isn't it?

So little desire on the part of these board members and their leader, Brand, to "fulfill their lawful duties", i.e. doing the right thing. They would rather feed their compulsive, gaping maws--metaphorically and literally speaking--and forget the students completely. Except when it comes to head counts, because that means $.

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mko June 19, 2013 @ 7:41 p.m.

The Chula Vista Municipal Codes address signage in residential areas as well as commercial. There is a zero tolerance policy for signage of any kind within the public right of way. The code also addresses political campaign signs anywhere and limits them to a period of 120 days prior to an election and allows 10 days after an election for them to be taken down. Any display of political signs outside of that time period whether on private property or public property is subject to removal. Mr. McCann would know this as he was a Council person when this ordinance was modified. to include prohibition of open house signs in the public right of way. So, even if his signs are in private yards they are in violation of the Chula Vista Municipal Code. Pretty selective memory or standards of conduct me thinks.

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anniej June 19, 2013 @ 8:59 p.m.

mko - any person(s) attending graduations at the Sleeptrain Amphitheatre can attest to the signs and where they were placed. Contrary to Jihn Mccanns alleged claims they were NOT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

No doubt the police investigation will clearly show NO THEFT was committed. Yet, once again, our cities resources are being unnecessarily taxed by a grown mans irrational behavior.

The question remains - What was their purpose? Why did Mccann attempt to blanket routes and streets surrounding high schools with illegal, out dated campaign signs?

When you trace the craziness of the board meetings incident back to the root cause - the root cause has clearly been established - ILLEGAL, OUTDATED campaign signs approximately 17 months prior to the election being blanketed across our beautiful city by John Mccann, a man who clearly knows better.

Hopefully those with influence over Mccann will encourage him to stop with the melodrama. No doubt THE JUDGE who ruled on the TRO has been told of this unfortunate incident, I believe her admonition to Mccann was something akin to 'knock the childish behavior off' (she phrased it far more legal than I),

We have many legitimate important educational issues that need addressing. Hopefully Mccann has learned a good lesson and will begin to serve the taxpayers and the students of our district.

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Jmbrickley June 20, 2013 @ 9:51 a.m.

"We have many legitimate important educational issues that need addressing. Hopefully Mccann has learned a good lesson and will begin to serve the taxpayers and the students of our district."

anniej... come on girl, you KNOW that isn't gonna happen.

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miagd June 19, 2013 @ 10:21 p.m.

I'm not optimistic about McCann learning a lesson. He's had plenty of opportunities to do so, but arrogance gets in the way of enlightenment. I do not want to give up on this district, but it is SO bad and aside from the usual suspects, no one seems to care.

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Reader2 June 20, 2013 @ 8:46 a.m.

People do care! I'm new and I know 10 new, active people. I also talk to friends who are shocked by what I tell them. They may not go to board meetings (although one surprised me by showing up with two more people) and they won't post comments here, but they will vote.
But you made me realize that I need to stop grumbling to my friends and encouraging them to talk to their friends and take them to next week's meeting.
1,000s of people calling Sacramento got schools more money. Now we need to use the same methods to help the district.
This bears repeating: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

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Julian_Asange June 20, 2013 @ 10:05 a.m.

3 local government representatives were at Monday’s board meeting. How often does that happen? Local politicians “seem to care” and are keeping a close watch. We need to make sure they continue to care. Hang in there, it aint over til it’s over. Add me to the recent arrivals to the circus.

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anniej June 20, 2013 @ 1:34 p.m.

60+k was spent on memberships at Monday nights board meeting. Memberships to groups and associations, memberships to Chambers of Commerce. Volumes 6 and 7 of the Grand Jury transcripts make mention of a couple of these groups; other volumes mention others. There are references to a San Diego Bay cruise and other social events where attendees were able to rub elbows with other politicians. For some strange reason I take exception to my tax and bond dollars being used to party. Math and alcohol, since when do the two mix? When Brand first returned he vowed to limit such memberships, alas the memberships and costs have grown.

This is but one example of why we need new blood sitting at the dais. What is needed are individuals that are committed to the task at hand which is providing the best education possible by spending the monies in the classroom or supporting the classroom - ,not in memberships. If Brand, Board members or staff want a membership in ANYTHING let them pay for it. Case in point how much does the District offer in financial support for teachers needing to keep their credentials updated. The answer is ZERO. So you tell me who has their priorities confused.

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oskidoll June 20, 2013 @ 2:56 p.m.

Here's one of the memberships included in the Board's agenda....wonder who from the district is supposed to participate. It is obvious to me that this membership has been worthless so far, given the number of 'issues' the DA has found with the mangement and oversight of SUHSD construction projects. " MEMBERSHIP: CMAA Advancing Professional Construction and Program Management Worldwide $1200 Purpose: This organization provides the district with pertinent information on capital program management. Members benefit from networking opportunities, along with valuable education and certification programs. The membership includes up to twelve memberships for district staff. RENEWAL Justification: To better support the district’s capital program management process as it pertains to school planning, construction, modernization, and joint-use projects and to provide staff development opportunities."

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Reader2 June 20, 2013 @ 3:31 p.m.

I'm sure that one is for the BOC. Is the air travel include? Sorry, I couldn't help myself. But seriously, thank you both for the info I don't have time to find.

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oskidoll June 20, 2013 @ 4:03 p.m.

Rather, the CMAA (Advancing Professional Construction and Program Mangement Worldwide) membership for $1200 sounds as though it is yet another opportunity for 'networking' ---- read Board Members being wined and dined by vendors. Not so sure about 'staff development opportunities' as the staff seems to be AWOL on construction management.

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oskidoll June 20, 2013 @ 4:23 p.m.

P.S. The amounts for the Chambers of Commerce do not seem out of line. I think it might be a good thing for District employees to participate on Chamber committees (not necessarily only at the annual installation galas which are great for political exposure). In the past, Chamber of Commerce support for schools has been essential. For example, The CV Chamber of Commerce was an early supporter of Southwestern College and the initial bond issues to build the campus.
It seems a natural affinity relationship (when not soured by criminal activity). Perhaps it would be a good thing if the local Chambers took a serious interest in the SUHSD. Members of the Chamber are opinionmakers and community leaders -- they should be in the forefront to restore the SUHSD to its essential purposes! Most of them do have Education Committee...invite their chairs to attend next week's meeting so they can get an earful. They need to learn that current difficulties are NOT union-based : rather, board members have fallen off the responsibility wagon.

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anniej June 20, 2013 @ 5:55 p.m.

oskidoll - we will have to agree to disagree on this one. Again I say 'in these times of limited financial resources Chamber of Commerce memberships brings nothing into the classroom yet lots into the world of politics. If they want the memberships, then by gosh let them write the check out of their own bank account.

What has the Chamber done for us since the corruption was made public? Continue to smile in the faces of those indicted at the meetings, how does that benefit the students?

Just my opinion

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anniej June 20, 2013 @ 5:47 p.m.

Reader 2 - no that group is not associated with the BOC. The current BOC is basically being shackled. To vote in 60k+ for memberships and then turn around and have John Mccann and Pearl Quinones vote NO for the $500 the BOC chair was asking for is highly questionable. Many in the audience voiced the opinion that the interaction between the board members appeared staged; almost as if they practiced their vote. Keep in mind the current BOC chair testified before the Grand Jury, in his testimony he indicated that certain processes for selection of those who participated in our bond seemed to be scewed ( my words, not his ).

Hmmmm could that be the reason why the expenditure was denied? You be the judge.

Also of note is the fact that our BOC has asked for a small legal financial budget to be used as a resource for the committee to obtain independent legal services. That too was denied. Now I bet if they would have been asking for Bonnie Garcia as their legal counsel Mccann and Quinones would have been all over it with approval.

The BOC is our only defense against corruption, and yet the District appears to be limiting their ability to 'oversee'.

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oskidoll June 20, 2013 @ 6:33 p.m.

Anniej, I appreciate your point of view about the Chambers. However, the total for all of them is only about $1,000...the MOST expensive is (Otay Mesa, I think) at $500. Chula Vista is just over $100, National City and IB less than that. It seeems to me that the Chambers of Commerce have a vested interest in having good schools in their communities, ergo I would hope they would CARE about what is going on IN the schools and at the District. We should invite them to the table of our conversation!!!

The social expenditures for Chamber parties I would protest , including the sponsorships (if any) and buying whole tables at the installation gala dinners....now THAT is an excessive way to provide Board Members with 'exposure' to the local establishment. Presumably, those expenses are covered in another way, but of course, with the public's money.

I also encourage you not to throw the Chamber baby out with the bathwater, and to visualize 'life after the trials and life after Brand' when a new, and one hopes, restored District, will want to have good relationships with civic organizations such as the Chambers of Commerce. Chamber memberships are inexpensive and have potential to do much good for the students by developing internship and other opportunities. It's the $1200 memberships like the CMAA (construction management organization) that I think deserve a good review before throwing good money after bad, so to speak.

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anniej June 20, 2013 @ 6:56 p.m.

oskidoll - please do not take my comments to mean I am anti Chamber, I most definitely am not. They have a purpose and it is a good one.

The most expensive Chamber is San Ysidro.

While I understand your inviting them to the table, I would reply, why should the residents have to ask? Chamber dynamics are similar to family. i.e. - Jaime Ortiz sat/sits on the Chula Chamber - while they may not like all he contributed to the corruption at Sweetwater, (his boss did plead out) the Chamber is not going to come out publicly with any statements against him.

Additionally a phone call to other high school districts would expose that the majority of them do NOT use taxpayers dollars for memberships - I know, I called. One of the largest districts locally replied "with al of our cut backs, this community would hang us out to dry". Another "Sweetwater does? Well they tend to do things differently there".

I have read ALL released transcripts and I am amazed how often organizations, memberships, and all that goes along with them were mentioned.

Again, I am not saying Chambers are bad, I am simply saying not on my tax dime.

I appreciate our discussion.

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oskidoll June 20, 2013 @ 8:04 p.m.

I agree that in tight times, the expenditures should be scrutinized. That said, let's make sure to be inclusinve in our invitation to direct the future of the district. Surely the Chambers have an interest and can be an effective means to help right the ship of Sweetwater. Chamber members have interest in the future of the community,,,and are integral to that conversation. Our community is largely based on the quality of our schools, and therein lies our mutual interest.

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eastlaker June 21, 2013 @ 3:25 a.m.

Here is what I think is behind spending $60,000 on memberships: attending all the meetings and gatherings will give Brand and the board members ample opportunity to continue to solidify their power structure.

Additionally, as we know, Brand is continually coming up with schemes of every variety. We know of his history with non-profits that essentially poured donations into his pockets, as the records of disbursing the funds seemed to indicate...I think that it is likely the plan is to use these memberships as hunting grounds for Brand's "charities".

In which case, I would hope that all those who are members would be made aware of Brand's history, so that he doesn't tap anyone dry.

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bbq June 21, 2013 @ 6:33 a.m.

Dear John McCann aka timtim, After reading the posting on the UT site, I am convinced that you are the infamous timtim, your use of "Circus" and the allusions to "Hypocracy" in the statement well they did it why can't I?

So with all of that said, other than in passing during some of your press the flesh/sound-bite visits to various charity events I have worked as a proud member of the Chula Vista community or innappropriate graduation speeches made by you over the last few years, I still do not know who John McCann is!

I have been trying to be as independent as possible when it comes to giving each person involved in the SUHSD mess the benefit of the doubt, ask Dr. Alt and even Ed, you get one shot with me, so I am calling you out for the third or fourth time, this will be the last time!

Please come to the Southwest CV Community meeting next Wednesday, here are some of the items I would like to hear from you,

What is your, John McCann's vision of SUHSD for the next year then 4 years?

What is the true involvement of John McCann and "Fund Raising" from district vendors or through Dr. Brand?**

I could ask more questions but those two simple questions, will tell me your value to the community and your integrity.

I am sure there are a lot of other people that have different questions. Just as I am sure that there will be a response from other bloggers that say BBQ can't you see the leopard's spots?

I as stated before will defend/protect you from whatever if you decide to attend, but if you do not I can only assume that everything you have done or will do is suspect to influence.

Good luck with this difficult decision, stand up or cower and hide, it is your turn to be a "Leader" not a "Supporter".

Please note that I have refrained from sarcasim or being snarky in this note, I would have loved to add "You get Three minutes to make your point" as you can see I could not let that one go, it's in my nature to look for something funny in a bad situation.

Best to the McCann/timtim family, BBQ

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bbq June 21, 2013 @ 8:43 a.m.

timtim,

Even you know who I am as I have introduced myself at Board Meetings as BBQ, I guess that just proves that you do not pay attention when the public speaks.... May BoT Meeting, ORANGE shirt. But Ed and Dr. Alt have my personal telephone number and I am sure they will give it to you.

But just as you will not use your name in this blog, but insist using others's names I will continue as BBQ, in this venue.

When you choose to meet me outside this venue, I am sure you and I can have a civil conversation, I will not say it won't be lively, you have a lot of "Xplaining to do" to get out of the mud so to speak.

I will reitterate, the John McCann I know is the one I see, and that image is not good... I am offering an open mind for you to realign that image.

To quote you, "I look forward to your response"

Best to you, BBQ

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teachersrock June 23, 2013 @ 3:50 p.m.

Church?? Ha, now that's hypocrisy! So you're a religious man who follows the bible? The Golden Rule??

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bbq June 21, 2013 @ 10:19 a.m.

timtim, First off it is a wednesday evening, I do not know the make-up of the group but it will be some of the 300,000 you claim the 6 do not represent, it is also a group of your constituents (sp), it is an opportunity to interact with the community you claim to represent.

Feel free to interact with Al Alt or Ed for my number and we can meet at a convenient time for us both.

I am doing this because I care about my community and yes I have a vested interest, I still have a son in the district, I also have a significant amount of my net worth tied up in a house in this community and the strength of the school district is a main selling factor.

So again stand up for who you claim to be, a "Leader', by the way a true leader deals with his critics, not avoiding them or calling them names especially when offered an "Olive Branch", by protection I mean for you to have an opportunity to speak your peace with as little interuption as can be achieved.

Again I sit a jilted peacemaker, Best to John/timtim, madame timtim and the little timtims, BBQ

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Reader2 June 21, 2013 @ 11:47 a.m.

This exchange reminds me that there are some things in life that we can't change - especailly people. I'm reminded of Aesop’s Fable: The Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too."

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"

    **Replies the scorpion: "It’s my nature..."**

Please don't read disrespect for timtim into this story. Scorpions get a bad rap, but they are beneficial creatures. I'm sure timtim loves his family, is a good friend, etc, etc. But he just can't help himself when he shoots off a "stinging" comment or act. It may just be his nature.

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eastlaker June 21, 2013 @ 1:32 p.m.

You only undermine yourself being flippant--do you or do you not have any depth of character? Honor? Wish to appear anything other than a buffoon?

It is, after all, your choice.

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eastlaker June 21, 2013 @ 3:55 p.m.

Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?

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teachersrock June 23, 2013 @ 3:52 p.m.

Hi ginormous EGO won't permit him to be part of the solution.

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oskidoll June 21, 2013 @ 4:07 p.m.

Clearly, John McCann (and/or timtim) has issues with the truth, leadership, and his own messianic self image. His bizarre behavior, need for absolute power and control over others while he rides roughshod unchecked through our neighborhoods planting illegal campaign signs on public property, indicates just how far off he really is!

I suggest we save our collective energies (others have suggested that too) and not expect him to act or be a reasonable person. Let's not continue to expect rational sober behavior from a maniac. A jerk is as a jerk does. I believe he is on a self-destructive path. ( I do worry about his family.)

Rather, let's spend our collective energies on the higher road of planning for change at the ballot box. TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK Time is on our side.

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teachersrock June 23, 2013 @ 3:55 p.m.

LOL, so funny how you keep turning your silly childish behavior on to a totally different issue. You sir are a DB!

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anniej June 21, 2013 @ 6:16 p.m.

To date no reasonable rational has been given as to why John Mccann blanketed the South Bay with his illegal outdated campaign signs. UT quoted him as saying "the occupy folks did it" - that is true, they did put up signs and within one hour Mccann had called the city and had them taken down. Then the board secretary was sent to collect them. Kind of strange don't you think? When the occupy folks went to claim their signs they were advised it was illegal, no more signs were placed on city property - when you know better, you do better.

Now back to the question at hand, why did Mccann do it? He is a seasoned politician, he knew the rules of the city, and he knew the rules of running for office. Does he consider himself above the law?

This bizarre action of Mccann's has garnered quite a bit of attention. When you add his irrational behavior over one of those signs at the board meeting - well folks what we have is someone who needs to retire from the political arena in the best interests of those he represents.

A list has been compiled of Mccanns questionable behavior, it does not look pretty on paper. Wonder what it might look like on a mailer? I believe Mccanns acting out this week has been the nail in his political coffin.

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eastlaker June 22, 2013 @ 6:48 a.m.

It certainly shows that he can't learn from a 'teachable moment'. Which is a sad comment for someone on a school board.

Must be part of some sort of deliberate and conscious effort to remain oblivious.

Yes, it is time we had some people on the school board with some backbone who also would have the ability to use reason, assess situations with accuracy and know how to act with decency, diplomacy and intelligence. What a change that would be.

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bbq June 23, 2013 @ 8:39 p.m.

Well, after a weekend of coaching San Diego Athletes at the state cycling championships, and attending my son's travel baseball games, feeding my family and attending a sick wife, I obviously have a full life, Monday brings work and the next issue to push against.

Mr timtim/McCann, if you really believe none of us have a life beyond blogging for something we believe in you are really egotistical!!!! PleaSE GO BACK TO and continue to play your games and best of luck in your future. An opportunity squandered is an opportunity wasted. Said from a moderate conservative voter, probably your normal demographic.

Everyone else see you Wednesday. BBQ

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anniej June 24, 2013 @ 7:47 a.m.

BBQ - Coaches are a special breed and so important to the youth. It takes a great deal of time, effort, patience and money to serve as a positive mentor for young athletes. Coaches are a valuable asset and I Thank You for your efforts.

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eastlaker June 24, 2013 @ 3:53 p.m.

So, does anyone know the upshot of this nonsense? Any charges actually filed? Any summons? Any pending court dates for McCann? Having to do with someone "stealing" his sign?

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Shineqi June 24, 2013 @ 9:23 p.m.

Mr. McCann,

Aren't you embarrassed yet? We are.

I am getting tired of explaining to colleagues from other districts that SUHSD is comprised of passionate educators and education support professionals, who just happen to be governed by petulant, arrogant, corrupt buffoons. The distance from which we may travel from the district boundaries and still have to do so is getting longer and longer.

I can't imagine that you don't know the difference between Mercado's filing a police report and your calling 911 to have four patrol cars show up to the DO. If you really don't, why not call one of our brothers or sisters at the Chula Vista Police Officers' Association. They will explain it to you.

And finally, it is disconcerting and sad that you feel the need to interject your military service into nearly every conversation. You were on active duty for ten months and never got close to combat. I was on active duty for 48 months and also never got close to combat. I would be horrified if someone were to refer to me as a "hero." You should be, too.

I'll bet you didn't know that last year we celebrated the retirement of a teacher who was one of the most decorated Vietnam veterans who ever worked in the district. You were probably writing a graduation speech in which you used the word "Iraq" more times than the word "Sweetwater." His silver star and three purple hearts make your service and mine look rather inconsequential, don't you think?

I think the bottom line is that we think you should grow up. Start doing your job with the passion and pride that we do ours. This is not a stepping stone to higher office (especially not now.) This is a high calling in and of itself. And right now, your job is about five and a half feet taller than you are.

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eastlaker June 24, 2013 @ 11:04 p.m.

Would that retired teacher and decorated Vietnam vet care to think about running for a position on the school board? Sounds like someone we could use.

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Shineqi June 25, 2013 @ 8:53 a.m.

Unless you mean you'll vote for me for an association position, I can't have your vote; I work for the district. (Ben Cassel, SUHI.)

Has timtim signed any of his posts yet?

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anniej June 25, 2013 @ 8:55 a.m.

Shineqi - your post was beyond good. Your insightful thoughts should give readers pause to reflect and consider all that is going on.

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angrybirds June 25, 2013 @ 9:31 a.m.

Well Shineqi you just shut everyone up, good job!

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