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As has been widely reported, Sweetwater Union High School District trustee John McCann was in a serious accident on July 24. The two- car collision occurred in Chula Vista on Telegraph Canyon Road. The police log gives the time as 4:56 p.m.

On July 25, an email was sent out on behalf of Sweetwater superintendent Ed Brand, who stated that McCann had been in a serious accident and “Full details of the incident are not known yet and are still being investigated.” The email also stated, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCann family during this difficult time.”

The email did not mention the condition of the other Sweetwater employee, who was driving the other vehicle involved in the collision.

The Star News reported on July 29, “Chula Vista police captain Gary Wedge said that the second person involved in a July 24 car accident that sent Sweetwater board member John McCann to the hospital is an employee for the Sweetwater Union High School district. Wedge said the 49-year-old man’s name is being withheld until the department’s investigation into the accident is complete.”

The article also states that McCann’s cell phone was impounded and that the employee suffered lacerations and had complaints of pain.

In a phone conversation today, Wedge stated that the accident report has not yet been completed; he anticipates it will be within the next day or two.

Regarding the health of both victims, Manny Rubio, director of Sweetwater’s communication and grants, responded to an email inquiry today with this message:

“Dr. Brand has been in contact with Mr. McCann and his family. I've been told that he was moved out of ICU in the last day and is making progress. I am not aware where he has been moved to or the extent of his injuries and recovery time.

As far as the other employee, I was made aware that the individual was out for a few days and should be back at work this week sometime.”

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eastlaker July 30, 2013 @ 4:18 p.m.

I certainly hope that both injured parties recover swiftly and completely, and that any public safety issues that may have played into what happened are also looked into. If, for example, there is a question of right-of-way, or sightlines, maybe there are some road enhancements that can be made.

But of course, the Sweetwater madness continues apace, not slowing for anything! Mysterious agreements that both exist and do not exist in some amazing display of non-corporeal manifestation followed by an equally amazing dematerialization. Presto! There is an agreement with Alliant University! Yet, when the public wants documents, Chango! There is no agreement!

And we, the public, are supposed to believe anything that appears from Mr. Brand's oddly performing assortment of henchmen, spokespeople, attorneys, stand-ins, contract players, substitutes and lackeys.

I wish a swift return to health for all involved, but most of all for the Sweetwater Union High School District that has been chronically mishandled for quite some time now. I sincerely hope that the informed public will not have to be disrespected, maligned and dispossessed for much longer.

The dissemblings of Mr. Brand and the district continue to add to the disservice being given to this community. Honesty in service, will that ever reappear in Sweetwater UHSD?

Abracabra! Will the truth appear?


Visduh July 30, 2013 @ 4:33 p.m.

It will be most revealing to know the results of the accident report. Methinks, in light of the rest of the nonsense that has occurred in the district, if the district employee is deemed to be at fault, he/she will soon be out of a job. On the other hand, if McCann is deemed to be at fault, that district employee will still suffer the same fate. The real question is just how carefully and honestly the Chula Vista PD investigates the accident and then decides to report it. Whatever they come up with, give it a very skeptical reading. Some heavy duty political players will be affected by the outcome.


shirleyberan July 30, 2013 @ 4:59 p.m.

I hope Susan will connect the dots from the beginning of Ed's career, well documented already, with notes on his special connectivity and autonomous decisions. Anybody seen any public records about Alliant contract? And Hope nobody was talking on a cell phone trying to negotiate a turn. Bring in the lawyers.


anniej July 30, 2013 @ 10:32 p.m.

shirleyberan: MOU has been released - what is found within - we seem to be giving away, for free, quite a bit - the baby, the bath water, the tub, the drying towel even the bar of soap!!!!!! Additional issues, not mentioned, raise major concerns...........


cvres July 30, 2013 @ 5:58 p.m.

A car crash is a terrible thing to endure--I have experienced one and hope not to experience another. I wish the best to both of the people that had to go through this and their families. That said, I don't understand why it took from July 3 until yesterday to learn that two men from Sweetwater were involved in the crash.


Visduh July 30, 2013 @ 8:44 p.m.

The posting says it happened on July 24, not all that long ago.


shirleyberan July 30, 2013 @ 6:42 p.m.

curves Very odd! Sweetwater Superintendent wouldn't mention or pay a visit as he is reported to have done for trustee.


joepublic July 30, 2013 @ 7:59 p.m.

I wish both Mr. McCann and the other victim of this accident a speedy recovery, and am thankful that the injuries weren't worse. I agree with cvres and shirleyberan about it being strange that the other victim has not been identified nor publicly acknowledged by superintendent Brand as was Mr. McCann, especially since the other injured person is a Sweetwater employee.


anniej July 30, 2013 @ 9:48 p.m.

MS. LUZZARO - WE HAVE MISSED YOUR CRACKER JACK REPORTING. Hopefully you were enjoying yourself on a beach somewhere, sipping out of a glass with a pretty pink umbrella and a pineapple wedge as your stirrer.

I so hope that Mr. McCann has a speedy recovery. No doubt his wife and children have been put thru a lot. I send wishes of Gods speed for a full recovery.

I also hope that the other employee of the District is fairing well. Please know Sir, your health is important to us as well.

Dr. Brand should have released well wishes for the other employee as well, yet in his defense, YES YOU ARE READING MY WORDS CORRECTLY, there is the possibility he did not know that the other victim was an employee. Let us consider this - those of you who have been in an accident, where police presence was needed, how many of you knew the name or identity of the other driver UNTIL the police report was released to you or your insurance company. Now if by chance Brand calls in sick tomorrow - the cause is simple - anniej defended him and he fainted and hit his head.

Hopefully the investigation will prove it was an accident no laws broken, Mr. McCann will have a full recovery, the other unnamed SUHSD employee will heal as well and we can all get back to the business of anti corruption.

A certain lady with a dark streak in her hair sends her sincere well wishes to Mr. McCann.


shirleyberan July 31, 2013 @ 10:04 a.m.

anniej Hard to believe he wouldn't have heard though the school grapevine who else got hit.


anniej July 31, 2013 @ 10:47 a.m.

shirleyberan - I recently received a telecon from an unnamed Administrator in the District office. A very pleasant intelligent young man who had been asked to call me and answer a question I had regarding Alliant. During the conversation this 'unnamed' person 'challenged' me so to speak. He spoke of the many positives of SUHSD - and he is right there are MANY MANY positives about SUHSD. Let us begin with the students - a sampling of those students were represented at the last board meeting - many acknowledgements handed out to several groups of students - CONGRATS to them! The majority of the teachers - like 99.9% of them. Persons who have become stewards of education, many finding themselves buried in 20+ years of large debt who have chosen to mentor youth in helping them to be all they can be - (personally I could not teach in today's reality - I am from a time when children had civil rights only when they were paying their own way. When teachers, police officers etc were respected and greeted with Sir or Mam - I remember several years ago calling my local principle to raise a concern about a lack of a dress code. I was told we can not enforce a dress code, it would be against their civil rights). Many of the Administrators - who are caught between a rock and a hard place - just wanting to do their job yet dealing with the reality of the stressful politics of 'playing the game' AND the reality of having a mortgage to pay. The bus drivers, the gardeners, the plumbers, the electricians, the IT personnel - they keep our schools running. The unions, their efforts to keep the playing field fair for those they represent - having said that I do believe there is room for growth and negotiation in the unions representation - as a grandparent, as a person who put 10 children thru this district, as a taxpayer I find it ludicrous that the remaining .9 of the 99.9% I referenced above are protected at all costs.

What have I forgotten, ah yes the Super - let us remember he is OUR (the taxpayers) employee, we pay his salary and so WE ARE HIS BOSSES - alas, he has forgotten that fact, as has the majority of the Board.

Soooo, what I was attempting to do with my defense comment about the potential Ed Brand did not know initially that the other driver was a SUHSD employee was to be fair.


shirleyberan July 31, 2013 @ 11:32 a.m.

No need to be more fair to that one than he ever is, unless you are one of his chosen few. He's a terrible leader in a position where he abuses the power of that seat and as Filner is being recalled for his crazy, why not the superEd? In his case it's not about abuse of women (that we know of :) but I really am hoping and waiting for a corruption indictment of some sort. Who do you think taught protocol to the school board and his replacement superintendent all those years ago. He ran to San Marcos then, and thought it was long enough past to creep his slimy self back.


shirleyberan July 31, 2013 @ 1:01 p.m.

It would be slither his slimy self back again after a rest under a rock.


anniej July 31, 2013 @ 1:11 p.m.

shirleyberan - of all of the descriptions that COULD be, have been, used to describe me - 'chosen few' is fortunately not one of them. I do NOT, have NOT ever - worked for SUHSD.


shirleyberan July 31, 2013 @ 1:35 p.m.

Wasn't saying that about you - silly - It's Edward's way - if he likes you you're in, if he doesn't you're ignored like whoever else was in the car accident apparently doesn't matter according SuperEd. Susan's article mentioned that Mr. McCann's cell phone was taken by police, probably to check records if it was being used at the time of a bad crash to determine fault if they can when they write the report.


shirleyberan July 31, 2013 @ 3:10 p.m.

anniej. I guess I worded wrong - I would never think that you r a FOE - Friend of Ed. Correct me; someone is his chosen few? Anyway - I'm so curious about the collision people. Looks like both cars were totaled. How long will recovery be for Mr. McCann? Who's insurance pays for all that I wonder. My mean spirit is resurfacing a bit, but I think your'e great Annie. And if it's determined that somebody was a distracted or drunk driver the plot thickens.


erupting July 31, 2013 @ 3:14 p.m.

Glad your vacation is over Susan. No one says it as clear and succinct as you do. Maybe next vacation time you should prepare a few articles before you go away. We've become dependent on you. I is too bad that the IT employee was not mentioned in the districts website as well as McCann or by the press. Hopefully everyone is on the mend and will be back to work soon.


anniej July 31, 2013 @ 3:48 p.m.

shirleyberan - or perhaps I read it wrong. No harm, no foul.

Interesting questions- my opinion - auto insurance of person at fault would pay. Hopefully which ever person was at fault had a quality insurance.

Hopefully, it was simply an accident. Both parties are blessed to be alive, it was indeed a MAJOR accident - devastating for both parties I am sure.


oneoftheteachers July 31, 2013 @ 4:32 p.m.

If McCann is found to be at fault, I worry about the district pressuring this employee to modify his version of the accident in order to keep his job.


anniej July 31, 2013 @ 4:50 p.m.

oneoftheteachers - the police report will SAY IT ALL! Doubt if district ee knew it was Mr. McCann that was other driver involved - and he most likely gave his statement at the scene or at the hospital.


montana64 Aug. 1, 2013 @ 8:46 p.m.

The staffer who is unknown/ May have only been commuting home/ Odd that merely existing--as a sweetwater employee/ Should create angst whilst traveling Chula Vistan streets. One hopes retribution will not go so far-- As to punish a person for driving a car.


anniej Aug. 1, 2013 @ 9:18 p.m.

montana64 - i simply can not fathom ANYONE being that stupid. With all that is going on in the news - it would be position suicide for ANYONE to attempt to manipulate ANYTHING about this issue.


Jmbrickley Aug. 3, 2013 @ 8:05 p.m.

Because so much has happened that was unexpected, to expect the unexpected has become the norm.


oskidoll Aug. 2, 2013 @ 11:35 a.m.

anniej --- Unfortunatey, I share Montana's and oneoftheteacher's concern. We have seen that this group of tyrants and power brokers is capable of anything. They seem to believe that they are above the law, not to mention adherence to any code of profesisonal or personal conduct.

While this is all just speculation, it is truly sad that the possibility is even suggested!

Keep the headlights shining on their every move.


anniej Aug. 2, 2013 @ 1:45 p.m.

oskidoll - it is indeed most sad that those who are employed at SUHSD would be of the opinion that working conditions at the District office and for the District are such that they would worry about such things. It is a well documented fact that there are many levels of outstanding employees - office staff, gardeners, teachers, most Administrators and athletic mentors - just to name a few.

In my opinion, and I have stated it many times, the problem can be laid at the feet of the Superintendent. The controversies - how many can be traced back to the Super? I continue to question WHY 'some' on the board fail to address the run away train.

2014 will be this communities year - we will take on the work of forest firemen by removing the decaying wood, we will pull out the dead brush and once again find what has been buried - EVERYTHING that is great about Sweetwater. united effort - this time around the education of the voters, paramount. The movement is growing, organizing, preparing. No longer will the take back be lead by those few - the splinter groups are much larger in numbers, their email lists Wow!!!!! Then of course we have the truth on our side - 'the largest case of corruption in San Diego City or County history'- and the trials begin early next year.

oskidoll, the bottles of apple cider will be popping all over the District once those who have chosen to use vs serve are gone!!!!!!!!


shirleyberan Aug. 2, 2013 @ 3:25 p.m.

Oskidoll and I Forget who said: They are not corrupting South Bay Police as a department and by "they" I mean South Bay Buyers Or Sweetwater Schools or Administratrs anywhere; I could never believe in company policy : San Ysedro,, National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, tell me who am I missing? Another state,? I know. Same or similar as inner city where I live and grew up, ( by the way, the Chula Vista growth is incredible) but I might have heard - not so greats schools - I think I know that is true, and why. What other divide? Anyway after divide and conquer who is left? Drones. Who said that? Only the strong survive. And What Is This, Chicago? F That! I was married to one. Law is law and random acts don't get delivered as justice here. People do make mistakes! But stop being half-full. Susan and others (Tribune) Love The Digging Divas! Sue and other writers and confidant speakers truth tell, which is why the abused women of Filner said at a lot at an older age and were confident ( not by 10, 20 or 30) I was 30ish before I attempted to stop protecting the guilty. None of the ratF's believe that they were bad because it could cost them $. later, maybe more,


shirleyberan Aug. 2, 2013 @ 4:25 p.m.

I did so ramble - but I said something?


shirleyberan Aug. 2, 2013 @ 5:11 p.m.

According to Ch 10 report right now - Filing an Accusation of Misconduct gets a trial and is close to recalling. Good Night


anniej Aug. 2, 2013 @ 7:50 p.m.

shirleyberan - while we are in the midst of the trials, we must remember the many good things about SUHSD.

Let us even go so far as commend Mr. Cartmill for not squelching the publics right to free speech. In truth he could have gone as far as limiting Public Comment - HE HAS NOT!. Sit there, as uncomfortable as it must be sometimes, look at the speaker and pay attention to the publics comments - HE DOES!


Jmbrickley Aug. 3, 2013 @ 8:03 p.m.

Jim Cartmill deserves props for being and acting the professional that he is. He, of all the current board members who have recently been the President of the Board, has run the meetings in the most efficient and professional manner. However, in the matters that are most important to the community, the members of the board are either part of the solution, or part of the problem. Right now, Jim is part of the problem. What he sees as sound solutions to complex problems turns out to be no more than support for a system of leadership that is out of touch with the community and no longer in sync with the desires and demands of the citizenry of Sweetwater. The community wants change with the old status quo, the nepotism that is the earmark of Jesus Gandara and Edward Brand, the fiscal disasters that are Brand's alone, the blatant disregard for transparency, honesty, and above all, a fairness that all involved deserve. As long as Jim Cartmill continues to support the status quo, he is part of the problem.


oskidoll Aug. 4, 2013 @ 5:05 p.m.

JmBrickely is on target!

Even though he can run a meeting (isn't that what elected officials are supposed to be good at?) let us not forget that Mr. Cartmill is also one of the indicted. He shares as much blame for the current mess as anyone, particularly because he could have, but chose not to take the high road.

Campaign contributions limits (and the lack thereof) are at the core of the corruption. Mr. Carmill's opposition to any meaningful reform is on the record.


joepublic Aug. 4, 2013 @ 5:34 p.m.

I agree, oskidoll. I guess the public has been disrespected for so long by this school board that when they are treated the way they're supposed to be, they feel they must be thankful. Among other reasons, Mr. Cartmill should've resigned for bringing in the Gandara from Texas.


shirleyberan Aug. 4, 2013 @ 6:16 p.m.

Didn't Mr Cartmill bring back SuperEd? Or was it somebody else because Gandara and Ed are like sympaticos


shirleyberan Aug. 4, 2013 @ 6:21 p.m.

anniej That article about Southbay and the cover wasn't worth what she got paid - and I thought I rambled - she reiterates to the point of obnoxious - but she did some research - you gotta admit - I just don't care about all that dim opinion


shirleyberan Aug. 4, 2013 @ 6:27 p.m.

Anniej The meaningless EastLake opinion article I mean


shirleyberan Aug. 4, 2013 @ 6:52 p.m.

So I made that comment to her on the correct article - Scared me when I saw you speechless! Thank goodness that is for you always only temporary - like me and a short depression - then I want revenge on the man that made me feel that way. It's called the Law of Action/Reaction or whatever the...


shirleyberan Aug. 4, 2013 @ 8:02 p.m.

Everything Einstein - I have my own legal issues again - thank you not with SuperEd taking my inheritance. My husband's company went into bankruptcy right after he died so have to file legal papers some more. But I would love to file again against that Ed punk. Whoever I am talking to - today was Mom's Birthday. She was only 51, when she died in 1989, always letting Ed in charge in replacement over her husband/my dad - Eddie her little man. WTF? I don't know why I get so personal. Forgot it is Good 'Ol Obama's Birthday too today!


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