One result of his refusal to testify for the defendant, his employer, should be that he'll never be employed in public education again. And I mean never again anyplace in the US. He's such a handsome dude in a Caesar Romero sort of way, and those good looks will go to waste. But just because he should be forever banned from any sort of educational job or any position of trust doesn't mean he will not surface again. At least in his case, the district board threw him under the bus as soon as the charges were filed, instead of keeping him in the position. Once he pleads--and he will plead--they can fire him immediately for cause. So, yes, the same sort of thing should have occurred in Sweetwater, but instead there, two of the rats were reelected last November. Who would have ever thought that ragged San Ysidro would handle their mess better than the big high school district?
Yes, you just have to wonder why Sweetwater does things the way they do.
I think it must have something to do with entrenched corruption, and the mentality that persists in thinking that the public will tire of the news reports and the charges and we will go away.
Maybe that happened in the past, maybe we thought problems were taken care of when they weren't--but we have learned all of those painful lessons.
The Sweetwater students deserve to get the benefit of what their parents, teachers and community members have been giving their tax and bond dollars for.
Ed Brand does not deserve to be the benefactor. Bill MacLaughlin does not deserve to be the benefactor. The pay to play participants must own up and themselves "pay up". As in their debt to society.
Too bad the students can't get back what was stolen from them. The ROP/CTE students and all of the other Sweetwater students who have endured overcrowded classrooms, maintenance not being done despite multiple bonds being issued and the money supposedly being in the bank--just what is going on here?
Guess Ed is trying to keep some money in the bank until he can think of another way to take it for his own purposes.
When will we get that forensic audit? When will Ed Brand's finances be investigated fully? We know he scammed well-meaning people in North County through an 'educational foundation' that gave pennies on the dollar to students, while Ed had--what was it--a quarter million dollar salary? That he awarded himself?
Who does that?
Oh--that's right, a thief.
Permit me to try and figure out what is going on with this case. Apparently someone tried to get the recipient of a large contract to provide them with a house, in exchange for giving out the contract. When the company would not comply, the 'deal was off'. The company is suing the school district for failure to comply with contractual terms, and Mr. Paul will not say anything.
Yes, I think it is time to recall some people and send others packing.
Brazen behavior on the part of superintendents and school board trustees seems far too common around here.
I am beginning to think that we need some open forums prior to superintendents being hired, and school board members being elected, wherein the public gets to ask questions and we get to see how the candidates handle the questions.
If they turn out to be incapable of addressing issues or thinking their way out of a wet paper bag, we will know they are subpar and should not get the vote.
Nice family photographs and lists of endorsing groups turn out to mean very little, we have learned through painful experience.
Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Ken Harrison 10:30 a.m., May 24
Daniel Powell 9:34 a.m., May 24
Don Bauder 7:30 a.m., May 24
Garrett Harris 8 p.m., May 23
Carrie O'Connell noon, May 23
Walter Mencken 9 a.m., May 23
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