To add to anniej's list of issues: There are the Sweetwater's buses that have received unsatisfactory safety compliance ratings after being inspected by the California Highway Patrol, and a district that lacks a campaign contribution policy which has been open for discussion for some time now, but has been stalled and gone nowhere. The list goes on.
Dianner - I would hope that you have taken the time to research the issues. When respected local politicians find issue with Sweetwater, when 4 of 5 board members are under indictment along with an ex superintendent and an ex board member, when east side schools are bursting at the seams due to boundaries being removed, when fire alarm upgrades have been delayed for so long that DSA is ready to close the books on the initial paperwork (2009!, when IPADS are purchased that can not display a split screen which is needed, when our tax dollars are used to purchase property that is then turned over to an LLC and we are upside down to the tune of 20 million dollars, when our superintendent resigns and our board fails to notify the community - HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!!
Ignorance is NOT bliss when you are speaking of students education and our tax dollars.
If you choose to come to this board and voice your opinion, be professional enough to have at least spent the time studying up on the issue.
If you are concerned about a friends feelings - buy them some candy.
.....And, dianner -- You're welcome. Someone has to stand the watch. It's your taxpayer money too!
dianner - Read Ssuzan Luzzaro articles of the past tear or two then make an informed opinion, you sound like a child.
Here's a 4-1-1 for you. Sweetwater is imploding because of the NEGLECT of the Board of Trustees, and the manipulation for dubious purposes and possible personal gain by the despot Superintendent and his toadies.
WE have had nothing to do with the implosion. We merely report on it, try to stop it, and bring some sense of order to the PUBLIC process.
WE are the taxpayers and are entitled to our opinions. You may not like the message, but do not get in our way or try to interfere with our right to participate in the public's business.
No one is trying to tear Sweetwater down--on the contrary, we are trying to ensure that it survives intact to educate future generations. In order to survive, it needs to be run along legal, reasonable and fiscally responsible guidelines, none of which is happening at this time.
And believe me, we (who comment online and who comment to friends in person) know what we are talking about.
shirleyberan TRUE vets rarely speak of their service and NEVER, EVER use it for personal fanfare or political gain. Unfortunately for McCann this latest stunt of being filmed while leaving the hospital has lost him the support of the few who still believed in him. He is. Ow unfortunately the butt of many jokes for his constant need of media coverage. It is my understanding that the station took a lot of heat about this.
If McCann believes that Brand is his friend I am of the opinion he is sadly mistaken. No doubt Brand and his comrades feel McCann is an ace in the hole giving little regard to how it reflects on McCann.
New proposed schools, promised campaign donations - those funds will be non existent once the trial is over, the penalties are handed out and Siri is programmed to take Brand home to his alleged gated community.
Think about it -McCann will undoubtedly find himself reflecting on the words he spoke in many living rooms 'promising to bring an end to corruption, promising not to take contractors donations' he will ponder the question WHY DIDN'T I KEEP THOSE PROMISES? Yes, we/he would be dealing with quite different reality if only he would have kept his promises.
It is possible, if not probable, that McCann orchestrated his departure from the hospital with enough fanfare and hoopla to a)give the impression he is somehow important; b) he is ambulatory and therefore should not be replaced on the board due to his injuries and/or recovery. (I did not see the news report but am assuming he was walking on his own?)
Clearly, he needs to keep this job (benefits alone for his family of six) and the visibility he thinks it provides to launch his next bid for political office. I believe he will do whatever it takes (including making a new deal with the Devil Brand) to stay in office...perhaps in return for not taking Brand to the woodshed for Alliant or any other capers and a good 'evaluation'.
anniej, doubtful but I guess we will see if they ever get Brand's evaluation completed. I know it's to much to ask but he could still be fired for cause. I'm sure Bertha would support this. Pearl is no big fan, but is always flip flopping. That leaves the three Amigo's. We are truly in trouble.
Out of respect for the 'reported' grave condition Mr. McCann was reported to be in I along with many in the South Bay publicly sent well wishes and silent prayers for his recovery.
Alas, I am confused. For over a week we were hearing he was in need of special treatment and that the healing process could take up to a year. His memory had been affected in a head injury. Last week we heard he had left the hospital and was in a special facility. Then today we are bombarded with news coverage of McCann leaving the 'hospital'. I believe the photo coverage provided, in pictures, shows the facts. I had not seen the coverage until a neighbor questioned 'what is the real skinny on Mc Cann'? I advised him he is in a special care facility from what was reported last week. REALLY?, WELL ANNIE YOU HAVE OBVIOUSLY NOT SEEN HIS NEW PHOTO SHOOT - he asked me to come over while he replayed the story. I believe the video of McCann walking out, on his own, shaking hands with hospital personnel SAYS IT ALL. But perhaps those folks were from the billing dept. reaching for a paid in full check and we just thought they were looking to shake his hand.
Hopefully the rest has allowed Mr. McCann the opportunity to come to the realization that Brand has done little to restore SUHSD's reputation or McCann's - it was after all Brand who threw McCann under the bus by testifying about McCann asking Brand to go to a contractor and ask for money for McCann. McCann left the hospital today and walked right into the hornets nest of the Alliant deal, as it was McCann who attended the agreement signing along with the Mayor of National City.
Is there any hope that McCann will choose to do the right thing - lead the effort to remove Brand? That would be a saving grace.
oldchulares: Actually, I did mean deployment. (He seems to be unemployed except for his status as a member of the Reserves, and his so-called service as a member of the SUHSD BOT..) My guess that is why he is so eager to run for CV Mayor because it is a fairly high-paying job.
He has taken leaves for deployment on two different occasions --- as a member of the supply corps, which of course, does not see front-line action. That first time he was a member of the CV City Council and tried to get the Council to appoint his wife to the seat he was vacating. (They didn't.) The second time was last spring, I think, when he went to South Korea (maybe stayed on a ship the whole time) when the North Koreans were sabre rattling. He missed maybe two board meetings. No visible or reported injuries.
He uses his 'military service' to promote himself at every and any opportunity ad naseum, managing to bore every graduation crowd he gets an opportunity to address, making it all about himself and his 'sacrifice'. It is sad.
. One would think he won a Purple Heart or two. Hence my tongue-in-cheeck comment about 'war wounds'. He seems to fabricate a lot, and anything is possible coming out of his mouth. The same is true for Brand, by the wayt.
There has been no report as to why McCann was where he was when he was. It was not a board meeting day so it is unlikely he was driving to an official meeting.
radcatt222 .....Please do not be misleading and even disingenuous here. There is an essential difference between recruiting students who are STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL for direct entry as freshmen into Alliant's high-priced education, and recruiting community college students who WISH TO TRANFER TO UPPER DIVISION WORK.
Presumably, by the time they are have completed transfer preparation (about 60 units of coursework) at the most affordably-priced community colleges, they are savvy enough about their transfer options for the upper division work (generally another 60 units) to select wisely.
The Alliant 'pitch' so far has not specified it is for upper division/transfer work....the South Bay Community Services telephone calls have been exclusively to naïve and probably less-well informed 11th and 12 graders (by SBCS'r own admission) . Clearly, they are trolling for entry level freshmen, and that is precisely who the community colleges are equipped to serve. They have Transfer Centers that help lower-division students find good matches for their transfer goals and aspirations, and that help is FREE.
IF ALLIANT is only seeking transfer students, why are they working with Ed to set up shop in SUHSD facilities?
This Alliant proposal, along with the Grand Canyon University proposal (a school with religious ties)is just a front for Ed's "Sweetwater U" which he so badly wants --- perhaps as he feathers his own nest for his life after Sweetwater. Mark my words: he IS desperate to pull this off!
I believe the City of Chula Vista has long-ago announced plans to host a four-year university, or a consortium of several, on property gifted for that purpose as part of the Otay Ranch development.
The Sweetwater District has mega issues jut trying to educate secondary school students. They seem to have almost totally abandoned the Adult School students, those without resources to even consider the high-priced option of private colleges.
There are so many SuHSD schools that are on 'improvement needed' watch it is sad. Not to mention all the issues that anniej iterated above. Brand needs to stay focused on improving education for those students he is charged with educating and leave the fancy university development work to others more suited to its challenges.. It is the Board's job to help him stay focused on the primary mission of educating our secondary school students when he goes astray on hair-brained schemes, real estate cons, and other shell games.
bbq talks about a grassroots group - that's us! A friend and I had an idea: We may all have been contacting various representatives individually, but I suggest that we contact all the representatives together in the same week and let them know we are vocal and we vote.
If I get 20 "likes", I'll post the names, phone numbers, emails, twitter and Facebook accounts of our local reps. (Cheryl Cox, Ron Morrison, David Alvarez, Bonnie Dumanis, Tony Atkins, Lorena Gonzalez, Sherly Weber, Ben Hueso, Randolph Ward, Lyn Neylon, and anyone else you can think of)
You could also forward your emails and have your spouse/partner/friends email the representatives or post your "open letter" on their Facebook page.
By clicking the thumbs up icon you pledge to make at least 5 contacts in one week. Are you in?
What I still don't understand is how you can offer a 4-year degree in 10 classrooms. I'm told that to get some types of financial aid you need to be taking a full-time course load. Are there any counselors out there that can shed some light?
Another question: Where will the students take the Introduction to Biology Lab class? Adult schools only have computer labs?
Then there's their Cancellation Policy: The University makes a every reasonable effort to offer courses as announced. However, the University reserves the right to modify the class schedule ( fair enough) or to cancel courses if necessary. Hmm, if classes aren't filled and are canceled, where does that leave students who need a full-time schedule (12 or 15 units) to get their scholarships?
Trustee for a University that was fined for falsifying records for Pell Grants?
AND WHAT PRAY TELL OF THE THE STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THAT CORRUPTION? WHERE ARE THE NOW?
We have a Chamber representative and Mayor rushing to get the Alliant deal passed, disregarding the fact that Ed Brand failed to follow the rules and regulations of how things should be done in National City. What, Ed Brand, Ms. Reyonoso, and the Mayor do not believe the community of National City should be protected by following written National City law? I sure would like to see Ed Brand attempt to do the same thing up north in his gated community. No way would the Mayor of Escondido or a member of that Chamber allow such tactics.
Surely the residents of National City deserve better representation
Please take the time to consider the cost difference between taking the classes at Southwestern vs. Alliant. Why saddle these young men and women of this community to be saddled with major debt? Yes why? What is in it for those who are hell bent on pushing this thru.
Perhaps Ms. Reyonoso and the Mayor should explain why this is so important - ALLIANT IS GETTING FREE RENT! AND THE STUDENTS ARE ENCUMBERING THEMSELVES IN MAJOR DEBT.
The nerve of Ms Reynoso to be telling the Planning Commision what their job is. Based on what I've read about their last meeting, it sounds like they know exactly what their job is and acted to protect the public they represent. Let's hope the commissioners don't allow themselves to be bullied. By the way, everyone should read the Don Bauder link. Pretty shady outfit. Is Ms Reynoso still a trustee of United States University?
And I hope they do not succumb to any pressure to rush such investigation.
Why is almost everything Sweetwater works on "Time Sensitive"? They do not have to have classes starting so soon. They could easily have classes start in the Spring, to allow time for all these processes to be set in place properly. What is the phrase? P*ss poor planning on your part does not constitute an urgency on my part.
Why are we hearing about these charges that teams are being forced to pay from coaches and not from the head of athletics? Was this voted on by the board? Didn't I just read where superintendent Brand believes our teams do not have the ability to compete against schools in the north? How will limiting their practices make them more competitive? Many parents on the other side of the freeway may have the money to pay the fees but why should any parent have to pay for what once was covered by the taxes we pay on our homes? Does anyone have any solutions to these problems?
Greenville I know for a fact that some board members read these comments. Will they DEMAND answers from Ed Brand regarding fewer busses on one hand and SUBSTANTIAL increases to our school sites on the other? If not, why not?
Again, yet another example of we the taxpayers overpaying. Why are our tax dollars being used to subsidize Alliant? We are giving them free rent and staff support - staff whose salaries are paid for with our tax dollars.
Greenville, please know you are doing a service by providing this information. We, the community, can not correct what is obviously broken if we have not been told it is broken. Thank You for educating us!
Where is this increase on board docs, I mean the specifics - WHERE IS HOW THE MONEY/EXPENSES EACH SCHOOL PAYS DOCUMENTED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW?
School site council members, time to begin asking the tough questions and ask for written documentation.
Welcome to the new Center for Shell Games, brought to you by Fast Eddy and Friends!!
Opening soon in a strip mall near you!!
You pays your bucks you gets your diploma/certification/credential!!
Qualifying students may apply for loans and grants, and carry those loans for decades!!
Who needs to save for a down payment on a house or condo when you are still paying off those school loans...too bad Fast Eddy got away with tearing down all those adult school programs so he could turn around and install the for-profit "schools"---
Can we all keep our eyes on Fast Eddy and his friends, as this plays out? Because I wouldn't be too surprised if there are "understandings" in place to ensure comfy corner offices for select members of this corrupt bunch!
Sweetwater Union High School District, Where Quality Education is Fast Disappearing!
Sweetwater Union High School District, Where the Students are Commodity #1!
Sweetwater Union High School District, Where the Board of Trustees Couldn't Figure Out Right From Wrong If Gabriel Himself Was Blowing His Horn!
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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