HereWeGoAgainSWC: boy that is a long 'handle' to type - ha ha.
you are absolutely correct, the south bay owes Susan Luzzaro a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. for several years now she has brought us the stories about the plague of alleged corruption at SWC and sweetwater. all one has to do is 'google' either one of these districts and there is The Reader - Susan Luzzaro coverage.
the hiring of leopold, allegedly a hook up by one of sweetwaters board members who personally knows a certain person at SWC. let us not forget that she was complicit in all that 'the gandara' did - as she was the mouthpiece for the bandit from socorro, texas. surely she knew exactly what was going on yet failed to report it. what in the hell were ricasa and cartmill thinking when they brought 'the gandara' here?
the legacy that all of these people will leave - pretty deplorable to say the least. hard to believe that professionals could stoop so low. hmm, maybe that is the problem - they are not professionals -
just my opinion
let us not forget the sweetwater board member who is under indictment on felony charges - who was put on a temporary leave - while an investigation was done - she is employed at southwestern. pdf's, provided by the union trib clearly show said board member sending emails negotiating alleged favors on southwestern time, using southwestern documents, and with southwestern technology. in the real world, this is grounds for termination, but not at southwestern, no at southwestern she was asked to take a leave but was paid her full salary during that leave.
what is it going to take to clean up the south bay?????????????? it is time to vote them all out of office - one by one vote them out - in their place bring in regular folks WHO WILL REFUSE ANY TYPE OF INCENTIVES in trade for their vote.
we have all heard the saying 'going to hell in a hand basket' my friends currently we are in corruption hell.
I became suspicious of the new superintendent, Melinda Nish, when she saw no problem with cutting teachers salaries at the same time wanting to raise the vice-presidents' pay.
She heard everyone saying, union leaders included, that raising VP's salaries wasn't a problem, but the timing was wrong. She decided not to listen. Well, now we have another issue with this Brahmbhatt/Cambridge contract. Ms Nish, the public has learned many lessons from Southwestern's unscrupulous past, and our memories are fresh. Mr. Careghino is absolutely correct, the college is under a microscope, we are watching your every move, and this one is unacceptable.
Ok--let us be very clear. It is a good idea to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest or somewhat murky history when many eyes are upon you. It would be even better if those in charge would remember to do that even when no one is watching.
But--as others have said, we are watching. We are not interested in being the cesspool of southern California, thanks very much. We want our schools to be free of corruption from top to bottom, just like we want our community to be run by people who will not sell out for promises of higher political positions.
We want people who actually represent the best interests of ourselves and our friends, neighbors and subsequent generations. We do not want things done the easy way, if that brings more corruption. Do it right this time, or go home.
HereWeGoAgainSWC: it is a darn shame when people take strides for a NOBLE effort and are slapped in the face for it. NO VP's should receive any raise, not one red cent, until and unless the SWC employees are returned to their previous pay.
i hear your frustration, i wish i had the answers, apparently SWC is not returning to days of old when education was the priority - NO instead SWC has made a uturn. i am assuming respect and integrity did not quite equate to the benefits of 'pay to play'.
Just the fact that C.M. Brahmbhatt didn't complete his term as interim vice president of business and finance before he jumped on the consulting gravy-train with a fat, almost 50% raise lets me know the old "business model" is alive and well at SWC.
Superintendent Nish brings one of her "good ol' boys" down from CCCD, sets him up in a cush job, agrees to bump up his salary, and then hires his (ah-hmmm) new company to a fat contract says all I need to know.
Appearances are everything, and it appears to me C.M. Brahmbhatt was installed at SWC for the sole purpose of securing that contract.
"Careghino said he was somewhat aware of the past problems the college..." And there you go folks, someone just lit the candles on the cake. How can a company be "somewhat aware" of the past problems of a college and tout themselves as the expert the college needs?
WHEN???????????? will these people learn?
here is a 411 for all would be profiteers - the sleepy little area called the south bay has awakened from the nightmare of corruption.
WE WILL NO LONGER SIT BY AND ALLOW CORRUPTION, THE GOOD OLD BOY/GIRL NETWORK TO SURVIVE. we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. the collaborative efforts of many including whistle blowers brought an end to certain individuals reign - our baby teeth were cut on the sweetwater and southwestern scandal we are much wiser as we learned much.
in others words do not attempt to reinvent the pay to play wheel. we are still here and are not going any where. as a matter of fact we are branching out and forming new alliances creating our own little watch dog network.
the only task left to tackle is national coverage, but trust me we are working on it - and if the past is any indicator as to just how determined we are, be forewarned.
Ms. Tyner, thank you for your comment. The process was not the focus of the article. And, if I am not mistaken, the addendum was posted late. Nor did the article state or imply that Nish was part of the RFP process. However, I am certain that your response will be of interest to readers. Susan
johndewey: those 'civic minded citizens' you speak of could sure use a hand - mass attendance at the board meetings would help. the board and interim looking out and seeing disappointed taxpayers who are willing to attend and voice the opinions would send the clear message - that the south bay, as a whole, is fed up with 'business as usual' at the district.
we need 4 new board members, a new superintendent, and 'some' new district personnel - at the very least.
Mayan: i am going to hold you to it! it is time for the people to take back what is our right - HONESTY from our public officials. a bit naive, i know, but one has to have faith that change can come from action.
i was a part of the 60's and 70's!!!!!!!!!!!! i believe in power of/to/for the people.
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