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The homes of two former Southwestern College trustees, Yolanda Salcido and Jorge Dominguez, were searched early March 20 by agents of the district attorney's office. Salcido and Dominguez were voted off the board in November 2010.

In 2008 Southwestern passed a $389 million bond proposition. In 2006 Sweetwater Union High School District passed a $644 million proposition. Today's searches are part of an ongoing effort by the district attorney's office into what has been dubbed the pay-to-play culture in both districts.

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Former college board president, Yolanda Salcido, dated former director of business operations and facilities, John Wilson. Wilson's home was searched in December.

In 2008, the Union Tribune reported that in spite of the relationship between Wilson and Salcido, she "continued to vote on raises for Wilson, and on the extensive building projects he oversees."

Jorge Domiguez, a former candidate for mayor of Chula Vista, is one of the many Sweetwater-Southwestern crossovers. Dominguez was employed by Sweetwater while serving as a Southwestern trustee.

A reverse crossover, linked to the investigation, is Greg Sandoval, who served as a board member to Sweetwater while serving as an adminstrator at Southwestern. Sandoval was indicted in January in relation to the pay-to-play allegations.

Pictured: Dominguez and Salcido

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anniej March 20, 2012 @ 8:57 p.m.

well, well, well - more of the 'group' are being rounded up.

just one big circle of corruption, looking forward to reading the information that led to the search warrants, i am sure they will be chocked full of information.

amazing isn't it that this much corruption could exist between two interconnected districts of higher learning. no wonder both districts are in the financial mess they find themselves.

southwestern like the majority of sweetwater board members all in it for themselves, the good old pay to play. arlie ricasa and pearl quinones still serving on the sweetwater board, wow, my tax dollars feel protected - NOT!!!!!! while brandara let jaime ortiz and company go he chose to use the old 'innocent until proven guilty card' for ricasa and quinones. i guess brandara never read those pdf files provided by the union tribune that pertained to these two - all of those gifts, all of the favor that was promised.

then we have john mccann and jim cartmill, both receivers of the same types of gifts and campaign contributions, but these two were smart enough to report the financial benefits of their position. so many contractors, so little time............

big connection between dominguez and 'the gandara' - very good friends these two. oh my!!!!!

i surmise that someone is singing like a canary - more to come?????????????????

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joepublic March 20, 2012 @ 9:07 p.m.

anniej: Canary is a nice way of putting it, however, swamp creatures don't sing, they just sort of gush.

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anniej March 20, 2012 @ 9:19 p.m.

GUSH - ah yes that will, hey each will be doing all he/she can to prevent staring at those bars each day from a cell.

Gush, sing, Gush, sing -------------------

sweetwater - southwestern ---------- both have corruption in common.

wonder if they ever thought about us, the little old taxpayers when they were wining, and dining, and golfing, and theatre ing, and on and on

now who is that i am hearing received holiday bowl tickets AFTER THEIR HOME WAS SEARCHED?????????????????????????????????????????? now that takes a whole lot of gall,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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cvres March 20, 2012 @ 9:08 p.m.

omg, is this reality TV? Love to see a chart that connects the dots in South County.

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anniej March 20, 2012 @ 9:20 p.m.

it would take a MIGHTY LARGE piece of paper for that one - and more than one black marker.

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Susan Luzzaro March 20, 2012 @ 9:37 p.m.

cvres, Southwestern College's newspaper The Sun, has an excellent chart and timeline titled "On the Trail of Public Corruption."

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Visduh March 21, 2012 @ 4:13 p.m.

Assuming you refer to a student paper, it is amazing that it is still publishing if it has cast any doubt on the honesty of the administration. Did Chopra ever try to censor it or shut it down?

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villageram March 20, 2012 @ 9:40 p.m.

sniff sniff. sniff sniff. I smell many rats. And look at the lies in their eyes. It is surprising they are not glowing red.

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anniej March 21, 2012 @ 12:25 p.m.

and now amigable is changing his plea - here we go- all of those rats are going to start running.

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SurfPuppy619 March 21, 2012 @ 1:12 p.m.

If Henry Amigable is doing a plea he is getting a sweatheart deal and is turning on everyone else.

The rest of the defednats should be shaking in their boots right now (I know I would be), they're in BIG trouble.

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Visduh March 21, 2012 @ 4:19 p.m.

The best way to clean up one of these cases is to get one of the rodents to "rat" out the others. Bahnee should be looking to her stoolie to spill the dirt on others who so far have not been charged. (Think Cartmill and McCain.) But is Bahnee's heart in this prosecution? Seems most unlikely.

So far this whole thing seems to be about meals and golf and such, not about fat under-the-table payments or campaign money or gifts like cars, boats, and round-the-world cruises. What we are seeing/hearing about here is really just the tip of an iceberg of really big bucks going back to administrators and board members.

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Visduh March 21, 2012 @ 8:28 p.m.

Erratum: McCain above should read "McCann."

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erupting March 24, 2012 @ 7:49 a.m.

Golly I just got back to the US an hour ago. Wow I can not believe it. Sorry I missed the action. Jorge was my boss befor he became Gandara's personal driver. He was seldom on site. The plot sickens, I'm not surprised. Anniej wasn't he one of the folks supposedly involved with certain political signs being removed from public property? He replaced them with his choice for board(Cartmill)

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