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Many are still perplexed by the vaunted opening of "Alliant International University at Sweetwater" in National City. A couple weeks ago (July 20), an Alliant sign was hung over an office door, and Alliant counselor Guadalupe Corona had hung her plaques on the office wall.

Fall semester is supposed to start in two weeks but the office has been vacated and only the sign is left.

On August 5, the National City Planning Commission postponed granting a conditional use permit to Sweetwater Union High School District. The land on which National City Adult School currently sits is owned by San Diego Metropolitan Transit. The lease for the adult school, which community advocates presented to the National City council on August 6, states, “The premises is leased to Sweetwater solely for the purpose of constructing, operating and maintaining a building and facilities to serve as an adult education facility, fast food restaurant, public restrooms and joint use parking.”

It has been reported that when the Alliant counselor decamped from the adult school, the counselor set up shop in the Living Room Coffeehouse, on Southwestern College’s property.

Humberto Peraza, a trustee at Southwestern College and district director for Lorena Gonzalez, is not happy about this. In an August 9 interview, Peraza said, “First we see literature from Alliant and Sweetwater that disparages Southwestern, then reportedly they set up on our property to recruit....

“No public institution should use taxpayer money to push students to a private university that charges the outrageous sum of $620 a unit when they have a better economical and educational alternative with Southwestern at $46 a unit —and SDSU and UCSD sitting next door."

Peraza recently told El Latino that students would be paying a Stanford-style debt without getting the Stanford experience.

A brochure on Alliant International University at Sweetwater states the cost for an academic year, including books and supplies, is $17,002. An Alliant scholarship is available for freshmen for $3,067. An additional $1000 is available to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Federal funding is also available. However, the scholarship and federal funding is conditional on being enrolled full-time.

The memorandum of understanding signed by Sweetwater superintendent Ed Brand contains this proviso: “Courses will be offered each semester based on student interest and enrollment numbers, minimum of 15 students per course. The course cancellation policy will be instituted if numbers are low.”

Peraza says the Alliant deal has been conducted without openness and transparency. He opines that “Brand was brought in to fix a bad situation, but he has helped make the situation progressively worse. In addition to problems with Alliant, Sweetwater is borrowing heavily from Mello-Roos funds and laying the debt on our children. Brand needs to go away — on a long vacation.”

(corrected 8/12, 8:35 a.m.)

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shirleyberan Aug. 10, 2013 @ 8:12 p.m.

Hope Peraza Has The Power to Prove How Absurd Of An Idea It All Is With Ed's - " I Got A College " Home Plotted Movie. When Will SuperEd Admit - Busted Bro.


VigilantinCV Aug. 10, 2013 @ 9:01 p.m.

Can anyone tell me why South Bay Communities Services/Kathy Lembo is using "Promise Neighborhood" grant money to recruit unsuspecting Sweetwater students to this highly questionable operation?

What could they be thinking?


shirleyberan Aug. 10, 2013 @ 9:29 p.m.

She's not according to "Alliant Project Hits Snag" It looks like Guadalupe Corona tried to make it appear that way in her statement.


shirleyberan Aug. 10, 2013 @ 9:50 p.m.

I read it again and maybe I don't get it - if they were calling 11th and 12th after they got Alliant info?? Somebody else can clear up for VigilantinCV


Woodchuck Aug. 10, 2013 @ 10:09 p.m.

Stay tuned to the next episode of "as the world of Brand turns". Heck with Filner-gate, we have our own master of disaster right here in the South Bay!


eastlaker Aug. 10, 2013 @ 11:26 p.m.

Ok--Setting up shop in a restaurant on Southwestern's campus is a move both bold and desperate.

It could easily be characterized as "sheep-stealing", which most people recognize as wrong. It would be different if Southwestern had invited Alliant to give out promotional material to students who were ready to move on from the two-year school.

Nervy and odd, does this remind us of anyone? Who acts like this? Who does not recognize normal and reasonable boundaries?

And why should someone who is so completely oblivious to the right way of conducting business still be in a position to control vast amounts of public funds and make decisions on the education of the children in this district?

Can we get some sort of restraining order on Fast Eddy, as the Board of Trustees can't seem to get him to act in a manner honest, reasonable and judicious?


oneoftheteachers Aug. 11, 2013 @ 5:35 a.m.

A site administrator recruited for Alliant in AP classes during class time at one high school in SUHSD that I know about . I suspect it was at Brand's directive since site administrators are too busy to add this task to their already demanding work load.


erupting Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:10 a.m.

oneoftheteachers,we know of five principals and numerous counselors that have been forced to recruit for Alliant University. Guess who is heading the indentured servants? Of course No other than Maria C, under Fast Eddy's direction. Yes, on school time as well. (Gift of Public Funds) The South Bay Guidance Ctr using Grant monies to recruit students by using paid tutors inappropriately. Well it doesn't get much better does it? Now the big problem seems to be will the National City Planning folks and the City Council protect their constituents or will they surrender to the National City Chamber and give in to Brand. Interesting that the leader of the chamber is on Brands Advisory Council. Is that why she wants this to go through? Does she really believe that this university will bring income to National City? Even Pearl knows better and was a no on Alliant! I guess we will see who is who in this political intrigue. But more importantly we will see who these public figures really represent.


Susan Luzzaro Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:16 a.m.

I must say recruitment is a large part of the backstory here. I've received a number of calls about this problem and some emails. Please let me know, anonymously if you wish, about your experience. [email protected] Thank you


joepublic Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:36 a.m.

Kudos to Southwestern trustee Humberto Peraza! Hopefully other elected officials will follow his lead.


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 9:37 a.m.

It appears Ms. Lorena Gonzalez is taking a closer look at SUHSD. She is supporting the petitions for term limits and geographical location.

There are two pressing questions that simply MUST be answered - why does Ed Brand believe he can disrespect the residents of National City by refusing to obey the law? The community of National City deserves better than this. Right now a few offices for Alliant, a few months down the road Alliant wants a few more offices and then what the hey, THEY WILL WANT THE WHOLE BUILDING - and here is Brand serving up a location FOR FREE.

The second question is why the SUHSD school is allowing itself to be complicit in such bullying tactics.


I, me, anniej, is of the personal opinion that when Brand is sent packing that his name too will be listed as one of the fat cats that this 'non profit' will be adding to its list of employees/consultants.


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 9:44 a.m.

VigilantinCV - that is the 64thousand dollar FEDERAL MONIES BEING SPENT question

Efforts are under way for an investigation

Again I say ANYONE asked by Brand to do ANYTHING had better be sure their I's are dotted and their T's crossed.


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 3:01 p.m.

shirleyberan - it appears more and more are joining the effort to expose the truth about what is REALLY GOING ON under Ed Brand - employees are realizing

In order to NOT be part of the problem, you must choose to be part of the solution.

If we are to get our district back EVERYONE must join the movement to stomp out corruption.

No more monies should be earned, campaign dollars received, Burt candidates supported or deals made using unsuspecting students or voters as pawns.

Just my opinion!


farmgirl Aug. 11, 2013 @ 12:24 p.m.

You have to give Brand credit for being creative. This is just another one of his ideas that has turned sour. He wanted the gardeners to be teams instead of having each site have a gardener - that was found to be a bad idea. He wanted a principal to run two schools - didn't work. The IPad initiative is working better this year than last but is still a question mark. But...there is money for IPads, training, technicians IPad stands, Jupiter grades and Canvas but not enough money for employee raises (except for Brand's raises of course!). Classes are full and there is no money to replace desktop computers or blown out LCD projectors. It looks to me like he is running rampant with our district with the blind approval of the board. Until the board changes, he can get anything he wants including another salary increase. Do we know how much he makes now? Can we find out?


jdhughed Aug. 11, 2013 @ 12:44 p.m.

Say, no one has brought up Metabolife 365, Mike Ellis (convicted felon methamphetamine seller) and his relationship to Brand and National City Adult. They set up "Job Training" offices and a classroom on campus. Spent forty grand of Journalism budgets for a position of manager there. Seemed odd to have DARE programs in the District while allowing Ephedra-laced product purveyors to use a District facility...... That was a fun time at NCA!


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 1:05 p.m.

jdhughed funny you should mention that. I received telecon alleging, that Metabolfe and other 'health' products were being sold out of an office at the district, back in the day. I would encourage you to contact either the authorities or The READER reporter Susan Luzzarro. My call was from a retired employee.

This information is indeed troubling.


erupting Aug. 11, 2013 @ 1:42 p.m.

anniej, yes, I heard Cartmilles friend Hassey was given an office next to the Compact office for just that purpose. Could this be true. I assumed it was for Cartmill's products. Scarey!


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 2:01 p.m.

erupting: surely Mr. Cartmill would not be involved in such dealings. Weren't there other like 'health' products attached to the Metabolife label?

Side note - is the Alliant sign now down? If not, WHY NOT? This new tenant, new deal has not been approved by ANYONE in National City other than SUHSD and Alliant. Surely the mayor has taken Brand to task for disrespecting the folks that reside in National City with his perceived arrogant takeover. The National City community is learning of Brands past dealings, they are looking to the City Council to stop Brand from taking advantage of their youth.

Again I ask why wasn't proper, legal protocol followed?


WTFEd Aug. 11, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m.

OMG!! Is this possible to get any worse than this debacle? Has Ed eaten too many avocados up there in Escondido? Why do we have to spend time and our thin resources on this stuff. I have dug up some material I got. Let me quote from a March 15, 2013 Email from Pamela Fleisher regarding English Learner Services (EL): "We have 9 schools with no EL Services being provided this year. Also can you see from the report quite a few schools did some of their classes but not all of them. One third of our English Learners are not recieving any services according to this report. This looks bad for us."

We are now in damage control mode because the ACLU I heard is after our ass over this. Now we get to a bunker and refer it to Manny. Then I heard in the hallway at Central Command that there were incidences at schools recently with improper conduct of coaches and some kind of hanky panky with a student. This is what happens when Ed focuses on this extra stuff and does not mind the store. The Board continues to let this guy continue.

Now I also hear the Ipads have "issues" just like every year. Issues used to be known by a different word PROBLEM. In fact the Ipads have problems now this year. David Damico went so far as to state in a July 31, 2013 email referring to Ipads: "We know these issues have a direct impact on instructional programs and contribute to doubts about whether technology is better or worthwhile."

When will it end?


Susan Luzzaro Aug. 11, 2013 @ 4:19 p.m.


you are referencing some interesting material. The ACLU?

I know I did interview a Mr. Damico for the story I wrote about iPads so it sounds like your sources are correct. I would love to know more....


Ensenadamaria Aug. 11, 2013 @ 4:44 p.m.

There was a picture of our mayor on the Alliant website signing the paperwork but now it is gone. Why was he there?


farmgirl Aug. 11, 2013 @ 5:37 p.m.

I want to know more about the IPad issue. I know that there is definitely an issue with bandwidth. Not enough bandwidth to do the job of filtering the content on the IPads is what I am hearing. Maybe this initiative will fail? Or maybe IPads will be issued to teachers as class sets? I just want technology to work for our students.


WTFEd Aug. 11, 2013 @ 5:42 p.m.

Maria Castilleja indicated that "Now, the ACLU is requesting documents to review how school districts are servicing English learners;the report does not provide an accurate picture of what we do at SUHSD. The CALPADS data for this school year cannot be updated since it was already verified but we can be proactive for next schoo year." This was in an April 3, 2013 Email sent to Victor Tapia-Sanchez et al with cc's to Ed and Ramon Leyba among others. I got more of this stuff. I frankly know I may get caught but I have had it. Let them try and fire me. I got the number of the ACLU. This stuff is a symptom of not paying attention.


Wabbitsd Aug. 13, 2013 @ 11:04 a.m.

You can always send your information directly to Susan Lazzaro.


cvres Aug. 11, 2013 @ 5:44 p.m.


which mayor, CV, IB, NC, SD? Found an article that refers to CV's mayor and the other private university that got in trouble ...down on Bay blvd


eastlaker Aug. 11, 2013 @ 6:55 p.m.

Coincidentally, I drove past that location early this morning, and was surprised to see it! Hadn't been aware of the school's existence or its location in Chula Vista. I do not believe that the Star-News has written about it or the U-T--unless I completely missed the stories.

What this shows is that the circling sharks of for-profit education are circling with ever-increasing intensity, as this area has so many military people with educational benefits to exploit, as well as all the government grants that are available to the general populace based upon income levels.

Which is all the more reason for educating our students and those who want to become students regarding how to get the most from their educational dollar--funneling grant funds to institutions whose first goal is to make payroll is not what we as a community need. We need our students to actually learn, and not end up with meaningless lists of classes taken but no knowledge provided in return.


cvres Aug. 11, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

which brings me to my point. Why would National City want Alliant in the adult school? What does a city gain by bringing in a private university?


WTFEd Aug. 11, 2013 @ 5:53 p.m.

This man is despicable. He is a bald fat Jesus Gandara without the crooked family but only smarter.


Ensenadamaria Aug. 11, 2013 @ 6:15 p.m.

cvres it was the mayor of our city National City but now the picture is gone why?


Ensenadamaria Aug. 11, 2013 @ 6:20 p.m.

WTFED has any body called National City city council? The ELL program is important to my community. What are we to do? We had no knowledge that our students were being treated like this. Why haven't the principals told us of this?


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 6:49 p.m.

Since the ELL are not being educated then where are all of the monies going that the District is receiving?

Where does the board stand on all of this?

I am told that it was Mr. McCann who signed the agreement between Alliant U and Sweetwater, why? I guess it would be easy for Brand to point to McCann once again. It was, after all, Brand who, when giving his statement to the Grand Jury eluded to McCann coming to Brand and asking Brand to go to Jaime Ortiz to request campaign donations.

Please note, good news regarding Mr. McCann - it appears the information we were receiving regarding a severe injury were in error. Mr. Cartmill told the Star News he expects McCann back on board duty in September. Hope the other gentleman involved is doing well also.


eastlaker Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:05 p.m.

Not sure how to process these adjacent news items. On the one hand, wow.

On the other hand, it is great news when people recover and can return to their responsibilities.

Back to the "wow" moment...seems like a situation fraught with complexity and political debts owed/paid. Loads of baggage hiding somewhere.

So thankful Mr. McCann is recovering from his accident.


dbdriver Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:12 p.m.

Curious. Why would McCann be the signer of the agreement? I figure that "glory" would go to our Superintendent, or to Cartmill, as the current board president.


Wabbitsd Aug. 14, 2013 @ 1:19 p.m.

I'm thinking Mr. Brand has identified Mr. McCann as a plausible fall guy if things go south. Having McCann there in photos makes it an easy transition. Brand has already planted the seeds of doubt.


eastlaker Aug. 14, 2013 @ 2:53 p.m.

That is a distinct possibility, in conjunction with the possibility that McCann didn't catch on to this until later, and then the accident took place.

Speaking of planting seeds, the report that McCann might have memory problems...

Brand looks after himself. McCann looks after himself. And so it goes.


erupting Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:14 p.m.

Well it looks like WTFED, has got the ball rolling. I just received a call from a teacher complaining that the Special Ed. Students and the ELL students are in the same English classes at some of the high schools. They call the program Sheltered English Instruction. This is no way to treat students that do not speak Eng.or the Special Ed.students. What kind of tactics is this. I wonder if it's even legal? Close the EL classes to do this?..


WTFEd Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:32 p.m.

WTFEd knows more. Lots more. I am just waiting and going to dribble it out at the right time. Ed would call it a robust set of detailed information on these corrupt bastards. Hey Ramon Leyba is involved in this debacle. That poor bastard. He had to send out an email on April 19 email at 1:11 PM in which referring to EL that "As you read below, no data was included for seven schools and this now has triggered a request for records from the ACLU because the data reflects that the Sweetwater District is not providing services to these students". Then the District scrambled around setting up required meetings what I would term see what we are doing now cover my ass mode.

More to follow.


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:44 p.m.

dbdriver - I agree a bit curious. Many are speculating that McCann believed it would bode well for his rumored bid for new political office in Chula. Picture of him signing agreement for 4 year university. Question is, do a few offices and fewer classrooms in an Adult Ed building in National City paint a true picture of a 4 year university for our community? Especially when, from the very beginning, Ed Brand and certain members of the board 'danced' around the lack of transparency allegations. Mr. McCann sat on Chulas city council, surely he is more than educated on the fact that such issues as permits MUST go before the National City Planning commission prior to the deal being signed.

Why wasn't board president Cartmill or vp Ricasa in attendance for the signing? I guess in retrospect it is good for them that they were not.

And now, what about these classes being offered to 11th and 12th graders? Funny, NO MENTION of that on the SUHSD/Alliant 'dance card'. No mention of that at board meetings - WHY???????????? Mr. Cartmill the community is looking to you, as president of the board, to answer to these concerns.

Administrators and staff contacting students and parents regarding Alliant on our dime, WHY?????? Perhaps if Brand allowed District staff to do what our tax dollars LEGALLY allow them to do we would not be reading comments regarding the ACLU allegedly looking into our ELL students being denied what they rightfully deserve.


anniej Aug. 11, 2013 @ 7:51 p.m.

Employees with integrity -

Thank You to the person who came forward with the frightening information regarding 'fire alarm' issues.

Thank You WTFeD for the troubling ELL information shared today.

Thank You to all who have shared first hand information regarding Alliant.



shirleyberan Aug. 11, 2013 @ 8:52 p.m.

anniej. SuperEd is the one who should have been careful. I looked up Humberto Peraza and he seems to be a Legal Eagle of good character and ability to push back when provoked.


oskidoll Aug. 11, 2013 @ 9:14 p.m.

A house of cards will come tumbling down with the first strong breeze.

'Les jeux sont fait.'


Sjtorres Aug. 11, 2013 @ 11:15 p.m.

Where is all the Mello-Roos money going?


WTFEd Aug. 12, 2013 @ 6:09 a.m.

Got to go to work. Put on my game face and pretend I am not a snitch. It is hard to hide sometimes.


bvagency Aug. 12, 2013 @ 7:35 a.m.

Sjtorres, good question. Many speculate that the district is being kept solvent with the $180 million mello roos fund. See, the district can legally borrow from this fund through an intra fund transfer, as long as they repay it with interest. The problem is that the 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' syndrome this district practices is slowly crumbling.

On another note, word is that Eastlake High is in shambles due to overcrowding. There are about 13 teachers without a classroom, and they are scrambling from period to period to set up class. They have to haul their lesson plans around, technology does not work, classes overcrowded, etc. In this teachers words, the quality of his instrruction stinks, and the students are suffering as a result.

At Eastlake Middle, they are still scrambling at week 4 to balance class sizes as they had about 400 more students enroll than expected.

Keep in mind, these are our Distinguished Schools! Many thanks to the teachers who, in spite of poor leadership and vision by the Superintendent and Trustees, keep the wheels on this poorly run district!!


anniej Aug. 12, 2013 @ 9 a.m.

eastlaker - it is clearly apparent that the community has had it with the lack of management at SUHSD. There is no effort being out in by Ed Brand into focusing on the ills of our district, alas, he is far toooo busy out there at Chambers of Commerce pedaling his pet projects.

MELLO ROOS monies borrowed - are they paying back on Monday and then borrowing more on Tuesday?

Funds for Education - scandal

Open boundaries - total chaos

IPADS - continuing problems

2012 elections - alleged involvement

Secret resignation - holding out for signed contract - but don't tell the taxpayers

Breaking away from CIF - failure

BOC candidate selection involvement - hmmm thought he was going to stay out of it

L STREET fiasco - still waiting to see that presentation on the millions lost

Proposed property purchase for new District office - taxpayers blew that one up

Alliant University deal - Brands idea signed by McCann WITHOUT proper permits

Grand Canyon University - failed deal, guess he forgot about church and state.

Campaign contribution limits - changed the bylaws to get that monkey off his back

There are more but the point is BOARD MEMBERS:

Have I done a good enough job in reminding you of how poor a job he has done? So,,,, next week instead of evaluating his performance FIRE HIM!


eastlaker Aug. 12, 2013 @ 11:18 a.m.

anniej, you and I know Ed Brand and this board's list of failures of judgment and execution could stretch from here to the moon, and they would still carry on as if nothing was wrong.


Appeals to conscience, to better judgment, to the future of this district and the students have gone ignored--because, for this group, the power they have, the seats they inhabit, mean too much.

They lack integrity, honor, decency and self-examination.

If they don't get rid of Brand, we could see some fire and brimstone from the public, all of whom are sick of the lies, the willful stupidity, the hopeless self-serving of Ed Brand, Arlie Ricasa, Jim Cartmill, John McCann and Pearl Quinones. Bertha Lopez, who helped to get the ball rolling on the investigations, has frequently been left out of the loop by the untrusty trustees aforementioned.

May the truth be heard, loud, clear and as long as it takes to free us from the contemptible group taking public funds for their own benefit.

If, by some miracle, the majority discover their backbones and decide to do something about Ed Brand, that would be great...but I fear that Brand has the goods on most, if not all of them, and is using leverage to get what he wants. Maybe someone will realize there is no time like the present to tell the truth.


Reader2 Aug. 12, 2013 @ 3:16 p.m.

Thank you for the list! I'd love to see it on the front page of the UT ! (I know, I'm not holding my breath.) We need to somehow get all the local media to start writing hard-hitting articles so that the sleeping masses wake up.


shirleyberan Aug. 12, 2013 @ 9:39 a.m.

Why are there no lawsuits filed to prevent this from continuing? Would allow for time to investigate allegations maybe get emergency court order to halt everything except correct some important problems.


shirleyberan Aug. 12, 2013 @ 10 a.m.

I mean who do I contact to beg for that before his review by his friends - if somebody is asleep at the wheel of a runaway train the brakes have to be pulled as fast as possible.


erupting Aug. 12, 2013 @ 10:23 a.m.

anniej,you know everyone saw the picture of McCann and Brand on the district website. But I doubt that McCann knew what Alliant was about. I'm told that Brand didn't disclose all the bad info that has come forward from Alliant's own website and Mr. Peraza. McCann still disgusts me, but he has not been around since the car accident. I guess we will see.


anniej Aug. 12, 2013 @ 10:42 a.m.

erupting hmmm, very good point. Quite possible none of the board members really knew the 'details' of the Alliant deal. Perhaps Brand did a switch out - you know took the masterpiece he had painted in his mind and replaced it with a 'paint by numbers original by Brand'. If I were McCann I would be a bit torked - I would begin to question Brands true intentions. Who would have thought Brand would attempt to drive this 'deal' they without the proper legal steps i.e. Planning Commission approval. And which political figures were there smiling for the camera at the signing?

And again, it was Brand who identified McCann to the Grand Jury as a board member who came to him (Brand) and asked him to go to Jaime Ortiz (management company of our Prop O funds) to obtain campaign contributions.


oldchulares Aug. 12, 2013 @ 11:29 a.m.

Just watched channel 7 news story on John Mccann. It looked like a publicity stunt. When was the last time you were discharged from a hospital and had a line shaking your hand goodbye? All news reports said his cell phone was found on the ground at the accident sight. Where is the information on the accident?


eastlaker Aug. 12, 2013 @ 12:25 p.m.

There are some who say this has the smell of "bogosity" about it.


oskidoll Aug. 12, 2013 @ 12:09 p.m.

Have to hand it to McCann. For a two-bit politician who is on his way to becoming a train wreck, he seems to be able to set up photo opportunities galore! Being discharged from the hospital????? Hundreds are discharged daily. where are their 'good-bye lineups' and news photogs???

Wonder if he will claim his injuries are somehow related to his deployment?

To Anniej and others about what the Board knew and when, if at all, with regard to Alliant: They do NOT deserve a pass is on their watch, and they are responsible for Ed and Ed's cons. If they did not know, it because they have chosen to look the other direction, and to not demand accountability from their CEO. If they have been snookered, this is their opportunity to 'evaluate' their hire. They have the authority to fire Ed. Let's see what they do next.


radcat222 Aug. 12, 2013 @ 2:33 p.m.

FYI.....Alliant International University recruits at most San Diego area and Imperial Valley junior colleges including Southwestern. Alliant also admits transfer students from Southwestern on a regular basis. This is nothing new nor desperate.


oskidoll Aug. 12, 2013 @ 3:05 p.m.

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.


shirleyberan Aug. 12, 2013 @ 3:26 p.m.

radcat222. You don't get how to help kids and families in a disadvantaged situation. Neither does this school board. SuperintendentEd will take advantage of his own mother and anybody else, justifying it by thinking he just deserves taking from trusting, helpless, unaware, to fill his bank accounts.


shirleyberan Aug. 12, 2013 @ 3:54 p.m.

I hope the message gets through to the three Ed voters there will be absolutely no further cooperation for political or incumbent seats at this school board for willing blindness, but really not enough to know it will stop money flow out the classroom window. Need another Interim Superintendent not named Ed Brand. Research his intentions and progress (lack of) all over his kingdom and oust that idiot. I knew he was throwing the adult school out for his "I got game" before I saw Luzzaro's article. That's just so Ed. Crazy now. Certifiable moves.


oldchulares Aug. 12, 2013 @ 4:44 p.m.

Oskidoll You said deployment perhaps you meant employment? He was not on board business was he? They just ran the story again. They show him walking out of the hospital with a line there to shake his hand. Since when does a patient walk out of a hospital aren't you normally pushed in a wheelchair with your belongings in your lap looking like you have been sick? To think I voted for him twice never again.


oskidoll Aug. 12, 2013 @ 5:09 p.m.

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.


erupting Aug. 13, 2013 @ 1:23 p.m.

I hope your sister is well,we were informed that Brand missed the board mtg because his sister was gravely ill. My thoughts are woot you.


anniej Aug. 12, 2013 @ 11:25 p.m.

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.


erupting Aug. 13, 2013 @ 1:31 p.m.

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.


oskidoll Aug. 13, 2013 @ 2 p.m.

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'.


shirleyberan Aug. 13, 2013 @ 2:21 p.m.

I believe that will end his political career. No one will keep quiet for him. So much truth to put out there. Oskidoll - Les jeux sont fait - karma with some focused retribution for the good of our city. Whatever will be will be worth doing.


shirleyberan Aug. 13, 2013 @ 2:50 p.m.

He thinks he's safe because he has bragging rights as a veteran (of a car crash) Ha - My dad was an army combat veteran and Ed took his medal when he died. I don't remember which kind of medal but Max Brand rescued a couple of his boys and got shot twice. And he never bragged.


anniej Aug. 13, 2013 @ 3:50 p.m.

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.


dianner Aug. 13, 2013 @ 4:51 p.m.

I feel sorry for you people who have nothing better to do than try to tear down Sweetwater. Especially when you don't even know what the f... You are talking about.


eastlaker Aug. 13, 2013 @ 5:04 p.m.

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.


oskidoll Aug. 13, 2013 @ 5:02 p.m.

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.


shirleyberan Aug. 13, 2013 @ 5:16 p.m.

dianner - Read Ssuzan Luzzaro articles of the past tear or two then make an informed opinion, you sound like a child.


shirleyberan Aug. 13, 2013 @ 5:19 p.m.

anniej - I finally get what you've been about all this time.


shirleyberan Aug. 13, 2013 @ 5:21 p.m.

Whatever - year or two dianner. Reading makes a difference.


oskidoll Aug. 13, 2013 @ 5:25 p.m.

.....And, dianner -- You're welcome. Someone has to stand the watch. It's your taxpayer money too!


shirleyberan Aug. 13, 2013 @ 6:21 p.m.

dianner- didn't mean to be so tough. I'm sure you like your teachers and school but there's other stuff going on that is hard to explain.


anniej Aug. 13, 2013 @ 6:48 p.m.

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.


joepublic Aug. 13, 2013 @ 8:07 p.m.

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.


oldchulares Aug. 13, 2013 @ 10:15 p.m.

It has taken me a couple of days to go back and read the many stories about Sweetwater. Not sure how I can explain how I could know so little about so much when it comes to the schools my taxes pay for. You can be certain this time around I will be voting all of them out.


Reader2 Aug. 13, 2013 @ 11:09 p.m.

More and more of us are coming to the same conclusion. I, too, was ignorant for many years. Now I tell everyone that's willing to listen what's going on in the hopes that they'll want to get more involved.


Ensenadamaria Aug. 14, 2013 @ 8:12 a.m.

Reader2. I live in Eastlake but the majority of my husbands and my family live in Ysidro and National City. The families talk many times a week and we too are letting our friends and neighbors know. My children go to Eastlake and let me tell you it is a mess. The classes are so full and now we read why. I guess the board members just do not care. I read where we will be able vote for three new board members next year.


shirleyberan Aug. 14, 2013 @ 11:24 a.m.

Wonder why Channel 10 (the news I regularly watch) hasn't mentioned Mr.McCann's miraculous recovery. And can't find papers online update either. Hey Susan, What's happening? Anything new you want to report or talk about? No pressure.


shirleyberan Aug. 14, 2013 @ 1:12 p.m.

Hope Grand Jury will be looking for misuse of funds. Just saying.


shirleyberan Aug. 14, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m.

Didn't know kidnapped girl was from Sweetwater high school, according to Ch10. Sorry for her terrible ordeal.


shirleyberan Aug. 15, 2013 @ 10:02 a.m.

Saw Mati Adato on Ch10 last night at 11. Her message about school fire alarms got heard and looks like they are going to be fixed at a lot of schools in the district after reportedly being ignored for 5 years.


bankalchemist Aug. 19, 2013 @ 11:16 a.m.

...and the saga continues...just when you thought is was safe to go back in the water...its shark week with ED Brand and his trusted side kick Tom Hassey. Peraza is not impressed with ED's consulting process...openness, honesty, transparency and slickness. Can you fathom what ED charged them for the consult (of course if ask he will deny any fee was paid as its his job anyway). Its been rumored that Ed Brand and Tom Hassey have joined the Bob Filner handlers team and are with the group at todays rally. If you need someone to man the registration room perhaps an inflatable Ed Brand is in order.


calbear April 29, 2014 @ 10:19 a.m.

I had not heard that he was in the hospital because of a head injury, I heard he went in the hospital to have an operation. He needed to have a window put in his stomach because he has his head so far up his ass he couldn't see!


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