Jmbrickley

Comments by Jmbrickley

It would have been prudent...

As happy as I am to have a new board, I can only hope that they will do their homework before each meeting and bring themselves up to speed on each item on the agenda, instead of just meeting with the Superintendent and listen to his/her take on the issues. One of the things the "antagonists" did every month before a school board meeting was to meet at one of our houses, go over the agenda, item by item, and prioritize items by importance and cost (bang for the buck). Some items we thought were sound items. Some we didn't. It was the later items we spoke to at meetings. We didn't do this willy-nilly. We had spend the previous weeks gathering information from administrators, public records requests, and public information. We combined all this information into a cohesive picture and would present this "picture" to the board for their consideration. Alas, four of the board members saw us as doing their job and resented the fact that we were making fools out of them for them not doing theirs'. The new board is just that... New. I can't expect them to be up to speed on every nuance of every issue to come before them over the next several months. But they better make a VERY SERIOUS effort to be up to speed SOON. Anything else will just look like the same ol', same ol' if they don't. NO EXCUSES! I could do it. So could Fran, Kathy, Maty, Bertha, and Stewart. We did it for almost four years. If we could do it... so can they.
— December 6, 2014 7:15 p.m.

Ed's gone, but this Sweetwater shenanigan isn't

When some of the first words to come out of the "appointed" school board was that they would make no significant spending while they served waiting for the new board to be elected, they went ahead and spent, or otherwise committed, millions of dollars on questionable projects, programs, and ventures. They have encumbered the communities of Sweetwater with a vision of educational improvement that the voters of Sweetwater never had a direct say in. Not only has this temporary Board saddled the South Bay with new debt and commitments, they even brought in one of their cronies from the County Office to run the district as the new temporary superintendent. Dr. Glover may be a really nice guy as some have said, but even he has taken an approach to doing his job that leaves many residents of the district questioning his commitment to providing a light steady hand until a new board is elected and can do a suitable search for a permanent superintendent. And now, Dr. Randy Ward, the man who did nothing meaningful or helpful during Sweetwater's crisis has the nerve to recommend Dr. Glover as a permanent solution to our Superintendent needs. Randy Ward, the man who after years of disinterest and lack of concern, now professes to have the solution for Sweetwater. Unbelievable! The sooner these carpet baggers from the County Office are ALL gone, the better off we all will be. I do have one lingering concern regarding the newly elected board. They just may take his advice. That would be a real shame.
— November 21, 2014 9:14 a.m.

Enough nepotism and cronyism

"she accepted thousands of dollars from a developer" Dana, even though Bertha is not in my voting area, I am actively supporting her in her bid to be elected to her board seat. AS one of those who took an active roll over four years ago to bring about much needed change to the current leadership of SUHSD, what we did would have been impossible without Bertha's involvement. It was her that kept us moving forward when all seemed doomed. It was her that kept pointing out where the skeletons were. It was her that made an honest attempt to help bring about change by risking all when she went, at her own insistence, to meet with the DA's investigators. They did not seek her out. Her reward for her efforts was to be caught up in Bonnie Dumanis's "Hang 'em all" failed campaign show in her bid to be mayor of SD. Bertha's "crime" for which she plead guilty to was "going over the limit from one source." Whether it was a $100 bouquet of flowers, that she valued at $50 because she did not know the true value, or $100 for her share of a meal she did not have or eat, or any number of supposed, or imagined items spread about by ill-informed candidates or others, is a false argument. I have seen her documents to the FPPC. EVERY ONE OF THEM!!! I personally reviewed every piece of scrap paper she kept her notes on in this matter. I didn't do this to "help her." I did to assure myself that she was who she said she was. I spent too much time building my credibility to be blind-sided by someone's word. I know... FOR A FACT... that what you said in your post is not true. You link "thousands of dollars" to other very minor gifts and want us to believe Bertha received these monies as gifts. Put up or shut up! Produce the documents that show "thousands of dollars" in gifts. I'd continue, but I need to get out and do some door-to-door in support for the woman I believe IS THE BEST choice for the SUHSD board. Too bad I can't vote for her.
— October 25, 2014 9:05 a.m.

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