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amb May 9, 2013 @ 1:19 p.m.

How can a school make an employment agreement with people, watch these people perform their agreed upon services day after day for a long period of time and NOT PAY THEM??? WHAT A DISGRACE!!!

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maindent May 11, 2013 @ 6:11 a.m.

I totally agree with angrybirds. How does a public school allow this to happen. These girls put the time in and need to be compensated. This must stop and not be allowed to happen again. This is CRAPOLA.

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angrybirds May 9, 2013 @ 12:14 p.m.

Sweetwater is the gift that keeps on giving isnt it. Holy crapola dont these people think before they open their mouths. You know SUHSD it is a lot easier when you tell the truth you don't have to think so much about how to cover your tracks. Pay these poor girls their wages that they are owed and stop foolin with them. Oh and by the way WTH you let these girls coach without even being fingerprinted? This district is a lawsuit waiting to happen. SUHSD get a grip and understand your ship is sinking so let the captain go down with it and start to rebuild

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Woodchuck May 9, 2013 @ 1:13 p.m.

I feel really bad for these girls. To enter into any agreement with this district is a huge gamble. Sweetwater needs to short or cheat those in a vulnerable position (Starbucks planning?) in order to keep pumping money into real estate misadventures. What the district does the very best is pass the buck. Laurel and Hardy, The Keystone cops, Luci Ricardo, etc. must have been the model when writing the employer training manual. Come on SUHSD, pay these girls now!

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Nikih May 9, 2013 @ 9:08 p.m.

I cheered with Vanessa and Revanna at Otay, and I am sure that these two put their hearts into the teams they coached:) it's a shame the district is making this so difficult. Sending positive vibes your way ladies:)

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oskidoll May 9, 2013 @ 9:48 p.m.

How sad! What a crazy way to run operations.... "A district 'cheer advisor' recruits cheer coaches at Starbucks yet, and offers 'district stipend' to be paid out of some funds yet to be raised. The eager coaches sign up, do the work, and are stiffed. Fast Eddy Brand, ever the smooth one, oozing charm to pacify an irate parent, bucks them back down to the school principal for payment. Yet another version of his shell game.

What about the 'DISTRICT' stipend, and what happened to the District's 'cheer advisor' who reeled them in? This is worse than sloppy personnel management.

Again, we have evidence of malfeasance in spades and more exposing the District to legal liability on several fronts!

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anniej May 10, 2013 @ 10:23 a.m.

I would HIGHLY recommend all attend the board meeting Monday night. Help these young ladies by turning in a speaker card and demanding that our board and superintendent pay them for the services they rendered.

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bibi30 May 11, 2013 @ 12:49 p.m.

THESE GIRLS NEED TO GET PAID! NO ONE WORKS FOR FREE! THIS IS SAD AS A SAN DIEGO NATIVE, I AM EMBARRASED THAT OUR CITY CAN TREAT THEIR OWN COMMUNITY LIKE THIS! I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT NO ONE IN THE SWEETWATER DISTRICT IS WORKING FOR FREE, BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD GRACES. DO THEY THINK THIS ISSUE WILL BE THROWN UNDER THE RUG BECAUSE THEY ARE YOUNG GIRLS? ANYONE CAN COME TO THE BOARD MEETING! PLEASE COME AND JOIN AND SUPPORT! THIS IS NOT FAIR FOR THE GIRLS NOR THE GIRLS ON THE CHEERLEADING TEAM WHO ARE LEFT WITH NO TEAM, BECAUSE OF THE DISTRICTS CORRUPTION!

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mcrarys May 11, 2013 @ 1:14 p.m.

I personally know how hard these girls worked and its just wrong for the district to not pay them.

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DC1 May 11, 2013 @ 2:10 p.m.

No moral compass, indeed!!! It's solely the self-serving "buddy system" at play here! Ruining lives and cheating people outside of their inner circle of is all in a day's work!

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eastlaker May 11, 2013 @ 3:05 p.m.

Again, classic Ed Brand. The man apparently doesn't have an honest bone in his body.

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outpouring May 11, 2013 @ 8:46 p.m.

This is an outrage. These young ladies need to be paid. How would you feel if it was your daughter. Do the right Thing.

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erupting May 11, 2013 @ 8:25 p.m.

The board will support Fast Eddy and McLaughlin on this issue as they always do. There stories will not match but that never stopped this board from supporting anything they want to do. Tell them off Lopez then pass Big Ed's hat around to see if we can pay these young ladies.

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anniej May 11, 2013 @ 8:08 p.m.

It is important to note that it was McLaughlin who made the decision not to pay the young ladies.

My question is this, why is McLaughlin heading up the Athletic Dept when we have others on our District who would do a far better job? We have persons in our district who went to school at OUR schools, they were star athletes, they earned ATHLETIC scholarships and returned to pay it forward. Yet Brand brings in McLaughlin whose only credentials seem to be 'part of the good old boys club of Brand'. These are the creds we value? That would be a NO!!!!

Rumor has it it that Brand is looking to bring Grossman in in some vague capacity. Just what we need a homophobic, woman hating, n word using mentor. For confirmation please read Grossmans book, hard to believe Brand would publicize his admiration for the man by allegedly telling a recent BOC candidate that he (Brand) would like to work Grossman into our District.

For all of you new to the Sweetwater District discussion I would highly recommend you research past articles on our district that have appeared in the READER, also past articles on the largest corruption case in San Diego history appearing in the UT.

Please be motivated to attend the board meetings, help us prepare for the 2014 elections when we will be able to vote out three of the board members. Also, follow the corruption case which will begin early next year and read the soon to be released Grand Jury transcripts.

It is important to educate yourself on the issues.

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anniej May 11, 2013 @ 7:53 p.m.

viewer: while I do not know who oskidoll is I know his/her posts. Please know I do not believe the comments made were negative or intended to be a slight. WE, ALL OF US are the community. Oskidoll has been in the fight to bring about change at Sweetwater for a very long time.

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oskidoll May 11, 2013 @ 7:18 p.m.

Viewer: sales tax does not a property tax payer make! FYI, our schools are funded by way of the property taxes collected throughout the district. We are the taxpayers who are being wronged, and our children who are supposed to be served by the School District we fund. Nevertheless, we are all in this together. What's the dispute here?

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eastlaker May 11, 2013 @ 5:39 p.m.

Chula Vista Elementary School District's motto is "Each child is an individual of great worth."

Ed Brand's motto for Sweetwater might just as well be "Each child, parent and taxpayer is a potential mark and source of money for us (my loyal voting block and myself) to scam, extort and bleed dry."

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oskidoll May 11, 2013 @ 5:24 p.m.

Eastlaker, you are so very on target! This situation has all the 'odor' of the serial lies, bobbing and weaving, sleight-of-hand and foot-in-mouth we saw from the District and Fast Eddy in regard to the toxic-dirt brouhaha at Southwest High School. Same disregard for the taxpaying pubic and for the innocents he has again deceived.

Viewer, you must be new to the conversation so we will let you know that this is indeed about the taxpayers (us) and the taxpayer dollars (ours) that are flying out the window as wasted resources every second Fast Eddy is in charge.

BUT, this is also about ithe District leadership personnel WE PAY and their lack of integrity, honesty and fair dealing.

Good fiscal management and scrupulous management should go hand in hand. Sadly, Fast Eddy and his hacks, and the corrupt Board, have no ethics or principles. THAT is why we continue to protest actions taken by this school district that are unfair and unprincipled. Such actions are wasteful of taxpayer money because they put the District in legal jeopardy. It is likely that tons of OUR taxpayer money will be expended in the District's attempt to justify their malfeasance. Their lawyers are expensive, and of course, we Taxpayers end up footing the bill.

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eastlaker May 11, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Yes, in case anyone has still been wondering, this latest escapade amply demonstrates what Ed Brand is really all about: lying, stealing from others, creating an atmosphere that misleads, colluding with other staff members (definition being conspiring to commit a fraud), being a public source of misinformation...I could go on and on.

This is the way Ed Brand does business on a daily basis: he has done this when it comes to his CIF Grand Designs, he has done this with all the cancellations of successful and needed programs throughout the Sweetwater UHSD, he has done this via underhanded agreements with universities (one a Christian "for-profit), forcing public school counselors into strong-arming a quota of Sweetwater students into taking classes their parents will have to pay for--when our taxes are already paying plenty.

He has diverted and misdirected funds so that Mello-Roos monies are misapplied; he has mandated the maximum annual increase in our Mello-Roos fees while not applying those fees in the correct and legal way.

He has done his best to keep information from the Bond Oversight Committee, trying to keep them in the dark so that they can't track down the full extent of his wrongdoing.

He has publicly shown his lack of respect for all of us: students, parents, teachers, taxpayers through his extreme arrogance and bald-face lies.

The lady for whom the auditorium at Eastlake High School is named, Ruth Chapman, was known to have said: "If Ed Brand's lips are moving, he is lying!"

That is the one thing that can be relied upon with Ed Brand.

It is long past time for this community to be done with Ed, his lies, his schemes and his vicious, bullying personality.

Let us all show up at the board meeting this Monday, and tell Fast Eddy exactly what we think of him and his lying, thieving ways.

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DC1 May 12, 2013 @ 3:02 p.m.

Three people with power to pay these young coaches have collectively decided that the it was in the school's and District's best interest to instead cheat these young ladies, secretly replace them with the very coach Sesha Haynes who hired them, now that her job is a cakewalk at this juncture. And even further who cares if they all destroy the repuations of these young ladies in the process! You know Haynes likely had her job threatened bt these three culprits, specifically McLaughlin, Rodrigo and Brand in that order.

To make matters worse, the President of the Board, Jim Cartmill, was asked to investigate this complaint against Mclaughlin's and Brand's handling of the matter in private session, which is the manner in which a personnel complaint should be handled according to the Brown Act.

However, Mr. Cartmill handed the issue back to Mclaughlin to investigate himself anfd Brand!! This, mind you, is ALL in writing with McLaughlin misquoting the Brown Act, in keeping with his position of Mr. NON-compliance officer, in support of Cartmill's suggestion that McLaughlin investigate himself!! SO, ALL of these guys are deserving of whatever tomatoes hit them in the face publicy as they were ALL given every opportunity to make things right privately and avoid public humiliation.

But it gets even better, as McLaughlin tried to pass the distinguished honor of investigating himself on to Student Services suggesting that this complaint be taken to Mercedes Lopez and/or her boss, Ramon Leyba. Lopez was utterly confused about this and indicated that this was NOT her job and that McLaughlin ONLY reports directly to Brand!! She confirmed that this was the job of the Board to investigate a complaint against McLaughlin and Brand. ALL of this in writing as well!

I am afraid that McLaughlin has duly earned the name McStupid in this fiasco, misquoting the law, public and District regulations, in writing no less! All of this in an effort to be in totalitarian control of his mission to investigate himself, intimidate, bully, cheat and defame these coaches! And all with Rodrigo, Brand and Cartmill being complicit! This stench is worse that the wind currents from our local landfill!

You would think Cartmill, being under indictment would want to avoid this kind of public scrutiny, and minimally render the appearance of re-habilitating himself, insincere as it may be. And Brand, Cartmill or ANY Board member, for that matter, as they have ALL been duly notified of this issue, dare not attempt to keyhole this is as a private personnel matter at the meeting, as they have all been reliant upon the veracity of Mr. NON-compliance himself who is on the record claiming the very opposite! Deservedly you are indeed, McStupid!

This is all so pitifully corrupt that it literally evokes a visceral response!!I Hope to see many just as sickened faces on Monday!

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