How interesting. The "riding around in Mercedes-Benzes" claim isn't actually disrespectful or incorrect. The Chaldean NMA store owners that I know of love the nicer, finer material goods, as we all do in one way or the other. If you look at any of the FB pages of the Chaldean NMA families, you'll see a glam throw-back look in style. The photos of many parties and celebrations of even the younger hipper generations show a fondness for big, gelled and hair-sprayed dos, satin and silk and gold and silver and jewels, lots of makeup for the women, the works. It's a bit dated in style, but very expensive looking. The families seem to make pretty good money on the much-appreciated stores they own and operate in neighborhoods that are older, lower income than the El Cajon areas in which they prefer to live, maintain their swimming pools, and do business. I just wish that, in the Democratic-voting Central SD areas where some of their markets exist, they wouldn't put up Ron Roberts and other Repub election signs. And it would be nice if they would put some of their money into improving the look and smell of the grocery stores that I know their wives and daughters wouldn't set foot in.
I would hope that anyone in the position of superintendent of a school district, or a board member of that district, or a mayor of a city, or a member of the city council would all be there to represent and lead to the best of their ability--and rise to the occasion when challenges appear.
I think a person should need to actually accomplish something, not just occupy a seat and keep voting for the side of corruption.
New slogans: "John McCann, the Empty Suit's Empty Suit!"
"Cheryl Cox's Silent Days--Will she ever go on record speaking out against Sweetwater's corruption?"
"Jim Cartmill--Health sells. Sells what? Sells out!"
"Pearl Quinones, The Learning Curve Never Quits (If You Never Learn)"
and last but not least
"Bertha Lopez--Telling the Truth Isn't Always Easy, But It Is Right!"
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT -
I just had a conversation with a person who can not post. This person reminded me that The San Ysidro issued APPEARED to be over. The deals had been made.
Now we hear that the FBI is involved - is the FBI involved behind the scenes at SUHSD? What other wires may have been worn by those Brand, Cartmill, Ricasa or McCann trusted, what other small conversation that leaked serious issues might have been taped?
In response to, and with all due respect to those who are criticizing the teachers' strategy to demonstrate in front of Mr. Cartmill's house, I have to agree with anniej who wrote, "desperate times, call for desperate measures". Before anyone casts judgement, they should keep in mind the following:
Mr. Cartmill is Dr Brand's superior and therefore must take responsibility for his subordinate's actions. By his silence Mr Cartmill condones Brand's threatening those who exercise their right to speak out by contacting their employers and complaining that they are "misbehaving". By his silence, Mr. Cartmill condones sending private investigators to outspoken citizens' homes without warning. By his silence Mr Cartmill condones the superintendent's punishing district employees who criticize and conversely rewarding those who "go along". By his silence, Mr Cartmill condones allowing bargaining to reach a point where teachers are forced to drop their children and spouses from their health care insurance. By his silence, Mr Cartmill allows schools to be unsafe. Mr. Cartmill has consistently ignored the public's and the teachers union's requests for larger venues for school board meetings so that people wouldn't be forced to stand out in the cold facing armed guards hired to keep them out. Yes, these are desperate times, and since there is absolutely no communication going on at board meetings, or at the bargaining table, the teachers contacted Mr. Cartmill at his home where he can't hide behind the, "we're not allowed to respond to speakers during communications", rule at board meetings. From what I've heard and read, it was a peaceful demonstration by very frustrated people, who surely would've rather been doing something else. When you consider all that's transpired, the teachers' action pales in comparison to how they've been treated.
We are paying Ed Brand his $250K plus benefits because his scams are still in motion, and his puppets are still in place.
His greed is boundless, his wrongdoing equally so.
His behavior is a slap in the face to all those who believe in public education.
If anyone reading really wants to think about it, Ed Brand seems to be determined to destroy this district. Why, we ask? He must feel that we who live here deserve nothing but contempt, that we deserve to be robbed blind.
How can such arrogance go unchecked? Unstopped?
In the marketing business, the objective is to decide 'what do we want the prospective customer to do?' and then craft the message asking the customer to do just that. It is called 'the ask'.
The upcoming elections will be all about just that.
However, we do not yet know the specific answer to that question (elect so-and-so in order to restore ethics and rid Sweetwater of corruption) because the court scene has not yet played out. We do not know who the so-and-so's are and who the competition will be. A winning campaign is clear about the message and the ask.
Frustration is growing, that is obvious. However, is it possible to save the energy and angst until a clear picture of what we will be asking the voters to do emerges? Otherwise, the messages and efforts (such as picketing a single target seeking asking for just one thing for one group) will be fragmented, those on the fringes confused or turned off.
In the meantime, raising money for the battle ahead would be a good focus. A campaign committee to form a Political Action committee can be organized. A core strategy group can be formed to identify allies and make network connections. There is organizational work to be done before the noise-making should commence.
I have come to the conclusion that Brand, Cartmill and McCall are slime-merchants more than anything else. Because they may like to call themselves professionals, or elected officials, or educators, but they really aren't. They are trying to sell the public on all sorts of schemes that really end up giving the public nothing, but lining pockets...of whom? Must be some kind of friendships going on here.
Posturing that the teachers can't go on strike because the district is negotiating in good faith? What a laugh and a half.
As if there has ever been any good faith with any of these three. Low, lower and lowest, what's the next installment?
Fast Eddy's University of Universal Truths, Course Listings:
Give Us Your Money, and We Will Mortgage Your Future. There Is Always Another Deal To Be Made, Especially When You Are Working With the Public's Money. Learn How To Finagle Your Way By Cheating Those Who Trust You. Make Sure You Are Always Smarter Than Your "Friends", So They Won't See It Coming When You Stab Them In The Back. Success Means Learning When To Skip Town. If People Are Willing To Give You Money, That's Their Problem.
Time for a recall campaign beginning with an aggressive petition drive. Anyone?
Let's see where to begin.... How about we rewrite your Quote in the Campaign ad in the above comment, showing your record as a Trustee at Sweetwater Union High School District:
...I am running for City Council (SUHSD Trustee), because I think our elected officials are letting us down (As Trustee, I let you down). We need to restore ethics and transparency at City Hall (SUHSD, I had a chance and failed) and to make sure our elected officials are working for you, the people and not for themselves (Maybe not directly to my pockets, but with self-interest and interest of the SUHSD Adminstration vs. the taxpayers and students). Less taxes (except for Mello Roos hikes during recessions and mis-approriation of said Mello Roos "Taxes"). Less Traffic (how about distracted Driving?). Less crime (unless it's white collar and fellow Trustees or campaign signs on public Land). Less news stories of our elected officials failing to lead... (Censorship or Higher standards? Have you looked in the Mirror lately?)... and failing us. (You've got that right, you've been in the position to make changes!) We need more positive results. Period... (The only way to ensure positive results is to remove career politicians, like you from office).
By the way I like the disclaimer that you are not endorsed by the Military, similar to those now required by members of the public when addressing the SUHSD Board, after your employee, Superintendent Brand called a member of the Public's government Employer and complained about her personnal research and opinion of activities at the District...
Mr. McCann, be careful when you point things out, they often come back with you standing in the pile of excrement you helped create.
I wonder if an actual study has been done which explains the association of packs of lies with glossy paper, and the public's inability to delve deep enough to find the truth.
Off the top of my head, I think it comes from the style of reading most magazines--which is lighter and less attentive--versus a school text or something more serious.
So--Fast Eddy is hoping to engage not the critical thinking part of the brain, but the mindless, "let's just think about fun things" part of the brain with his little ad followed by his little article.
Here's a thought--a mere few years ago, Sweetwater was trying to increase the critical thinking portion of English language classes...so I wonder how Sweetwater students would do on a "close reading" of the two above-mentioned items.
Do you think the meter measuring effluvia would be engaged and running on the high side?
Might be very educational to find out.
"Fast Eddy and the Disinformation Report", endeavoring to change your reality.
But let's make sure Fast Eddy is caught in all the lies of his own making.
Experts in stages of child development, specialists in child psychology of learning, that sort, not administrative manipulators or career politicians giving jobs to unqualifified and out of work friends.
Ricasa's pay stub may not indicate punishment, however, her good name is gone. Her good name meant everything to her. No longer will she carry herself as better. Better does not plead guilty to exchanging their vote for gifts. Good riddance.
Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., July 29
Matt Potter 3:30 p.m., July 29
Tony de Garate 2:30 p.m., July 29
Garrett Harris 2 p.m., July 29
Dave Rice 12:30 p.m., July 29
Ken Harrison 11:30 a.m., July 29
Jeff Smith 10 a.m., July 29
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