This smacks of stories going back to the 40's (and even earlier) of the "hurry up and get ready for the visit by El Presidente." Over many years I've heard first-hand tales from a number of people of how they saw such things happen in oil-rich Venezuela, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and of course, Mexico. Most of those stories go back much farther than the current regimes. What's the difference? So County is taking on more and more aspects of being our local answer to a typical banana republic, with the "caudillo", i.e. strongman (Brand), becoming more dictatorial with each passing day.
Then add in Nazi /Stalinist/Maoist-style posters exhorting the students to perform, and you have a chilling picture of a brave new world, that few of us would choose if we understood what was happening. If someone wants to write a history of a school district run totally amok, he/she will have to do no more than look up these blog posts and comments, edit them, and have a shocking expose of a bestseller. Or will anyone care and bother to read about it?
chulavista_resident may be for real. I doubt that, because here in Reader comments we have seen "sock puppet" comments in several situations, not the least of which were cases when Don Bauder was getting too close to home. Whoever he/she is, he/she should know that the Reader doesn't "smear", but rather seeks the truth. resident comes across as someone who has a big stake in this show-and-tell, so read those comments with a large dose of skepticism.
Ian Anderson 6 p.m., March 7
Gloria Ciprian 5:30 p.m., March 7
Carlos Bey 3:30 p.m., March 7
Dorian Hargrove 2:30 p.m., March 7
Don Bauder 1:30 p.m., March 7
O.B. James 1 p.m., March 7
Matthew Lickona 1 p.m., March 7
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