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Sweetwater Union High School District is selling off the family jewels — the district property — but where is the transparency? And is former superintendent Ed Brand still the prime mover on property deals?

Sweetwater has two pieces of asset property — Fifth Avenue and L Street — that are in the process of gaining entitlements, then they’ll be sold to a condo/apartment developer.

A third property, Third Avenue, is entitled for a multi-family development called the Colony. Board president John McCann and four interim trustees voted June 30 to put the property up for sale.

A recent U-T ad announced that the Third Avenue property, which was at one time slated to be Sweetwater’s district headquarters, is going for (a minimum of) $7,000,000. Bids must reach the district by 1 p.m. on July 31.

The Reader has already reported on problems with the committee that declared Third Avenue “surplus.”

Here’s another question: Will the consultants (E2ManageTech) who are doing the entitlements for the properties get one-third of the cut from the sale? If not, why did the district’s 2011 interim deputy superintendent of operations, Diane Russo, sign a proposed agreement to that effect?

Here is an excerpt from the 2011 signed proposal: “BRG [e2managetech] will share in one third of the net cash savings of each of the Asset Properties or related transactions after the Asset Properties are sold. Furthermore, BRG will have to approve the ultimate sale disposition of the Asset Properties.”

The three consultants who signed the agreement with Russo are: Chuck Diamond, Daryl Hernandez, and Vince Scarpati. Though each comes from a different business group, they are doing business with Sweetwater under the name e2Managetech.

Tom Calhoun, Sweetwater’s executive facilities director, forwarded the participation agreement proposal, which gives the consultants a big piece of the pie, to the Reader. It was attached to a project agreement Calhoun said was in effect.

Calhoun said the participation agreement has never been in effect. On June 30, Calhoun wrote: “Ms. Russo's signature is not adequate to bind the District and the item was never approved or ratified [by the board]. The other signatories are not District staff, but may have been from the consultants company.”

But why does Calhoun refer to signatory Chuck Diamond like some distant cousin, who may have been from some consultant’s company? Diamond is the district’s public face on these projects. He works with the City of Chula Vista on entitlements and presents the projects to the public — tasks which are described in the disputed participation agreement.

Nevertheless, Calhoun is adamant: “The District will not be providing 1/3 of proceeds to any entity. When the Third Avenue property sells, the proceeds will be going to defease the outstanding Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds on L Street minus a 2% broker commission to VRES [Voit Real Estate] per the Board Resolution passed on June 30, 2014.”

The Reader contacted consultant Chuck Diamond on July 7 to find out if he believed the Participation agreement was in place. When previously approached in March 2013, Diamond declined to be interviewed on orders from the district. He declined again on July 7:

“Notwithstanding Dr. Brand's current employment situation, I will continue to operate under the previously established policy that you mentioned unless instructed otherwise by the designated Superintendent. To this end, I respectfully need to say that I will not be interviewed nor answer your questions.”

This group has been paid $82,500 three years in a row out of the district’s pocket.

Even more fascinating is that when Diamond replied to the Reader, he copied former superintendent Ed Brand, who had been on administrative leave since June 30. Diamond did not copy Sweetwater’s new superintendent, Tim Glover.

The Reader then sent a query to another e2managetech partner, Daryl Hernandez. Just a few months ago, on March 3, Hernandez emailed former superintendent Brand:

“Ed, In response to your request to revisit our Participation Agreement, please find the attached letter. We would be available to further discuss this issue next week at your convenience.”

How can you “revisit” a participation agreement if there isn’t one?

When Calhoun was asked about Hernandez’s email, he answered: “Susan, there is only one Participation Agreement that I know of and don't know why it was attached [to the agreement in effect] since it never went to the Board for approval. I have discussed the District position with the consultant [Hernandez] on several occasions.”

The district got Hernandez’s tongue, too.

On July 9, Hernandez wrote: “Susan, I’ve been instructed to forward all media requests to the district.”

Then the Reader asked the new superintendent, Tim Glover, to release the gag order on the people who are handling the district property.

But Glover handed my request over to Sweetwater’s communication and grants director Manny Rubio who wrote:

“As I'm sure you can imagine, [Glover] has a lot of requests on his plate right now and is working diligently to be brought up to speed on numerous issues. This includes any and all details regarding district properties and the role that Mr. Diamond has played. Once that happens we'd be happy to share his direction on the situation.”

District business continues to be conducted behind closed doors.

On June 30, four interim trustees and trustee John McCann voted in closed session to lease a piece of property on the eastern side of Chula Vista on Harold Street for new district headquarters.

Sweetwater trustee candidate Chris Shilling has made this action part of his platform.

In a July 2 press release, Shilling, who has two children in the Sweetwater Union High School District, and is a member of the City of Chula Vista’s ethics committee, called for the board “to immediately reverse their decision to approve a 10-20 year lease for new district office space at 860 Harold Place.”

Shilling, who attended the June 30 meeting, wrote to the boardmembers:  “This process did not represent the respectful, collaborative, and transparent actions that the public expects. These long-term decisions should be made by elected boardmembers who are representative of our community.”

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anniej July 10, 2014 @ 6:53 p.m.

Well, well, well, well, well, well, well.....

And this bunch wonders why the community has lost faith.

We demand to know the truth - this is getting ridiculous. Word games, pontificating, does Calhoun really believe we are going to fall for this nonsense?

Why is Ed Brand ANY PART OF THIS????????? He is no longer our Super - why is Diamond copying him on ANYTHING HAVING TO DO WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS?

Does Mr. Glover know this is going on? Does the County Board of ED? If not, why not? Does anyone other than the alleged chosen few, who are refusing to answer any questions.

I believe it is now time to say enough is enough!


joepublic July 10, 2014 @ 7:43 p.m.

The media acts as the eyes, ears, and voice of the community. Mr. Diamond and Mr. Hernandez, when you and your partners are paid $82,500 (or any amount of money) by the taxpaying public, you have an obligation to answer their questions. Your excuse that you must follow "el jefe's" orders is pathetic and should be illegal.


WTFEd July 10, 2014 @ 9:43 p.m.

Oh are we happy around here!! You know there is one problem with lying and misleading. It eventually catches up to you. We all know around here who were Ed's "boys" doing his dirty work blindly without regard to integraty. Russo you think she was brought back to make sure the columns add up? She was put here to make sure the coluums were never found in the first place.


eastlaker July 11, 2014 @ 4:31 a.m.

Mayor Cox, are you reading? Are you thinking what I am thinking?

The time for the forensic audit of all accounts and real estate deals is now. Not several months from now, when the remaining Brand henchpeople have had their opportunity to make things magically go away, or conform to some sort of mythological, "clean" version of reality.

The more time that is wasted, the less chance we will have of finding out exactly what has been going on.

We need to know the truth, as the people who have been stealing from this district need to be exposed. Our tax and bond monies are supposed to be for the students, for running the schools. Not for someone's development project or projects!

This is wrong, wrong, wrong!

I guess Ms. Dumanis has other worries right about now, but perhaps the federal authorities have some thoughts regarding the expenditures of school funding on secret projects?

How can any of this be allowed to continue? There should be cease and desist orders placed immediately on all of this, and we, the taxpayers, need to be listened to.

There was no authority behind any of this. It has all been done as a series of rogue operations!

This is beyond appalling.

Where is John McCann now?

Is he going to try and tell us that he really was on the side of the taxpayer the entire time? Well, if so, why did he vote in support of Ed Brand with such great consistency?

There is no reasonable explanation for any of this.

Empire building. Graft. Private deals with public money, done behind the backs of the taxpayers.

This is unacceptable, untenable and must stop now.

Thank you once again , Susan, for giving us a window on the diseased state of affairs that is Sweetwater.

Mr. Glover, I really hope you are reading up on all of this. I would hope that the cabal who have set this up for themselves will not end up ensnaring the well-meaning in this maze of scams. Mr. Glover, keep your wits about you, and open it all up immediately, for your own good.


eastlaker July 11, 2014 @ 6:38 a.m.

The suppurating wound that is Sweetwater's infection continues to advance. When will any steps be taken to cleanse the district from the massive and pervasive undermining of this community?


oldchulares July 11, 2014 @ 7:09 a.m.

This story is not setting well with me. Looks like Glover does not have control eventhough he is suppose to be in charge and Ed is still running things. Jim just may be part of this as well. How are we suppose to trust after this. These County folks had better read loud and clear that we are fed up. I am beginning to wonder if they thought putting Glover in charge was in tune with putting lipstick on a pig.


eastlaker July 11, 2014 @ 7:24 a.m.

A nasty and duplicitous bunch.

Ed Brand apparently kept saying that all his good friends in high places would protect him.

I wonder, were/are all those "friends" aware of the layers of deceit and abuse wrought on this school district, and by extension, the entire community?

What can be done to halt the juggernaut of corruption?


Chris_Shilling July 12, 2014 @ 9:11 a.m.

What agreement is Dr. Glover working under? He does not have an approved contract yet has started conducting work for the district.


oskidoll July 13, 2014 @ 5:45 p.m.

I am thinking Glover will not take any action until his contract is approved. At the moment, he really does not have any real authority. Let's see what happens after the contract is executed.


anniej July 11, 2014 @ 7:28 a.m.

There is going to be a meeting on July 21st at 6:30 at the District Office Conference rooms A& B. Mr. Diamond will be presenting. Please plan to attend and speak on the property deal.


Chris_Shilling July 12, 2014 @ 9:17 a.m.

Where can we see the details of the meeting? Is it publicly noticed?


mko July 11, 2014 @ 7:58 a.m.

On 27 June 2013, I sent the Superintendent and Board a certified letter asking them to put both the asset reutilization program and the Profit Participation Agreement (PPA) on the agenda pursuant with Board Policy 9322 (a). I sent them a friendly reminder by email on 23 September 2013 that I was still waiting. To date, the District has chosen to ignore my requests. The PPA does more than give away 1/3 of the net profit to a private party. It also gives him final "approval" of when, to whom, and for how much these properties will be sold. The agreement also has a tolling agreement which extends the term of the agreement until the properties are sold no mater how long it takes. As if that is not enough, the net profit uses as a basis the original purchase price of the surplus lands which in some cases goes back to the 1950's. A reasonable agreement would value the property at it's current use and and the net profit would be the difference after costs between that value and the value based on the new use. (residential)

I have no doubt that the agreement is not enforceable, but I am equally sure that the District will have to buy itself out of the deal or at best spend money on attorneys to litigate itself out of the deal.


Chris_Shilling July 12, 2014 @ 2:02 p.m.

I have seen the agreement. It is an agreement I cannot imagine any responsible public organization would sign for many of the reasons you have listed. Yet it is signed by all parties. Now the district's opinion is it is not a valid agreement because it was not approved by the board? Then why was it signed by the district in the first place? In the words of Alice In Wonderland, "Curiouser and curiouser!"


eastlaker July 12, 2014 @ 3:59 p.m.

All done in such a way as to then claim plausible deniability, when it has been a fait accompli all along. How many hours of legal work did Sweetwater pay for to put all these things together--loosely enough to bind, yet give the participants a way out?

It cannot be legal, even if in some ways things are cloaked in legalisms.


anniej July 11, 2014 @ 8:12 a.m.

On a different note - but still the topic of alleged corruption

Rumor has it that Arlie Ricasa is suing to get her position and pay back. If you are interested in expressing your views to the Law firm who is representing Southwestern please call 1-858-909-9002 and ask for Ashley. We need to go on record that WE, THE TAXPAYERS, expect Ms. Ricasa to take responsibility for her actions. Employees working in the public sector, especially education need to understand - we expect certain standards, and no one is above those standards - NO ONE!!!!!!!!

Ms. Ricasa pled guilty, the fact that she used Southwestern's resources (the ones we pay for with our tax dollars) was her choice. Allow me to remind you she also pled guilty regarding charges related to her Assembly run. At what point does an adult take responsibility for their choices - NOW!!!!!!

Time to send the clear message -- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!


Visduh July 12, 2014 @ 7:01 a.m.

Arlie still doesn't get it. She still thinks she did nothing wrong. SWC should have fired her on grounds of moral turpitude. The test of it would be if SWC would have hired her in the first place with that conviction on her record. (Well, I know, SWC didn't do much by the rules, and might have just done that for whatever reasons it had. But ask yourself if any college would hire a person with a job-related criminal conviction.) The answer should/would be no. So, why let her keep the job afterward? Potential of going to jail should be a deterrent to wrongdoing, but a much better deterrent is job loss and becoming unemployable. If she pulls this off, it tells us all how inconsequential all this abuse is to society as a whole.


bbq July 11, 2014 @ 8:18 a.m.

Whoa... Dr Glover has only been in the office for a bit over a week, give him a chance.

As for the consultants sending info to Ed that is another story.... They work for the District and not Ed! The communication from last week on, is priveleged to the District, not that Friends of Ed still on staff won't pass it through to him.

So my next question is who really holds the bags for "Plan9Partners (L St) and now E2ManageTech? I suspect that many of the same players are affiliated somewhere in the background.

If the impending transactions (Sales) are reasonable, within industry standards with regards to commisions and actions i'm OK, but if for example Mr. Diamond has already been paid as a consultant to set up the deal would it not be a conflict if he or E2ManageTech recieved a 30% chunck of the sale price?

Where is the Fudiciary responsibility of the Acting and former Boards? I guess we could ask that of the 20 year lease on the new Adminstration Building....

So we need to dig into the principals of E2ManageTech and the other players to see just who is really pulling the strings, but give Dr Glover a break, for now at least, he walked into a Hornet's nest over there...



anniej July 11, 2014 @ 8:43 a.m.

bbq - I would recommend that you do a PRA and request the Participation Agreement that Russo signed with Diamond and the others. It is not only troubling but it reeks of the 'L STREET DEBACLE ALL OVER AGAIN'. Ms. Russo did not sign that agreement without direction from Brand - come on, we all know that. When you see what was given away you will be made physically ill.

oldchulares - hopefully once Mr. Glover is made aware of Brands continued involvement he will send the clear message Tim Glover is the Superintendent of SUHSD, NOT Ed Brand.

Having said all of that - why have all of the discussions regarding property been done in Closed session, i.e. The Harold Place deal - was that discussion done in full view of the very persons paying the bills - NO - can someone explain that to me? SOMETHING IS UP, AND THAT SOMETHING IS NOT GOOD - for if it was we would know about it.

bbq - while I have heard great things about Mr. Glover, and am holding out all hopes that we are headed in a new direction - the fact That Tom Calhoun is playing word games about the Participation Agreement points in the direction of 'conspiracy'. The 'properties' - ah, we are talking about freakin' MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS, AND THEREFORE A PRIORITY - and what are we being given BS......


eastlaker July 11, 2014 @ 8:55 a.m.

It is possible that Mr. Glover has been conveniently put in place while all the deals go down in their final form, thus attempting to remove Brand from any sort of responsibility.

But in order for such a thing to take place, there would have to be wide-spread complicity among the district, the city and the silent partners and functionaries involved, which doesn't sound anywhere near legal to me.


joepublic July 11, 2014 @ 12:19 p.m.

Does anyone know if the district solicited competitive bids for the entitlement-consultant's $82,500 contract?


eastlaker July 11, 2014 @ 2:03 p.m.

If I were to guess, I would say no. As they never seem to follow procedures...

So who is supposed to step in at this point? How many violations does it take before major action takes place?

Obviously, Sweetwater has been run like a thieves' fiefdom for decades.

What does it take to get some action?


Ensenadamaria July 11, 2014 @ 5:05 p.m.

Agenda for next weeks board meeting is now available for review, included is Tim Glover's contract.


Woodchuck July 11, 2014 @ 5:17 p.m.

My question must be about the term "net cash savings"? Does that mean that after paying off any debt the district owes on the properties, the profit (if any) would be split? Aren't they all underwater? Lots and lots of questions around the soap opera "As the worms turn" Keep digging and the buried truth will someday be found.


anniej July 11, 2014 @ 5:40 p.m.

Ms. Luzzaro: would it be possible to put the Participation Agreement up? We understand it is still being debated as to whether it can be enforced?


anniej July 11, 2014 @ 6:43 p.m.

Woodchuck - per the wording in the agreement:

Net cash savings (savings)

Definition of savings as found in agreement - (Gross sales price less costs), plus additional savings

Definition of additional savings - the Developer will prepare a detail list of the additional savings together with the evidence of their accomplishment supporting said savings to Escrow within five (5) business days of entering into escrow with a buyer. The District will approve the additional savings, WHOSE APPROVAL WILL NOT BE UNDULY DENIED.

Respectfully submitted



anniej July 12, 2014 @ 10:07 a.m.

Chris Schilling - I was advised of the meeting via a community member email. Also Board Docs are up and Mr. Glover's contract is an agendized item.


eastlaker July 12, 2014 @ 12:32 p.m.

The manner in which all the real estate deals just keep on rolling along indicates to me that our problems in Sweetwater continue to be very serious.

It is almost incomprehensible to think that business could be conducted as unlawfully as it has been--with no real repercussions!

The sentences that were handed out were slaps on the wrist, and the charges didn't even begin to approach all the financial mismanagement and "rearranging" of accounts! How can these situations continue to exist--with no law enforcement intervention?

What is wrong here in Chula Vista?


shirleyberan July 12, 2014 @ 3:31 p.m.

Is attempted fraud not a fraud if the guilty hasn't had his million dollar pay day? Calhoun et al will act as if the thing is not what it is, because somebody opened Pandora's box, can't close it back up, fraud punishable by prison time, maybe a lot depending how much $ stolen. Took Ed some time to dream this real estate was his, again using other people's money. Constant robbers.


oldchulares July 12, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

Its a mighty stupid sailor that doesn't know when to abandon a sinking ship. Pleading Ed told me to ain't going to cut it. That fire alarm whistle blower is still around.


erupting July 13, 2014 @ 8:07 a.m.

What happened to my blog? It was sorta respectful!


eastlaker July 13, 2014 @ 8:33 a.m.

I don't know, but I'd suggest trying again with a similar post. I don't recall reading anything that would need removal!


eastlaker July 13, 2014 @ 12:17 p.m.

Ms. Luzzaro, is it possible to track down what was removed (erupting's post)? Any way to repost?


oskidoll July 13, 2014 @ 2:39 p.m.

Were any public hearings held by the board to declare any of the properties surplus? It is my understanding that such a process is REQUIRED by law before any property held by a public educational entity may be sold. (I think the same is true for any equipment the district owns and wishes to sell...there is a process to declare it 'surplus' and no longer needed for the purposes of education.) Absent the proper hearings and declarations by the board that the properties are surplus, I would think any agreements to sell would become 'null and void'.


eastlaker July 13, 2014 @ 2:55 p.m.

You bring up some valid points.

Of course, we all know that Ed Brand was never one for following the rules--so, where do we go from here?

Will some sort of "emergency" be declared, whereby all past illegal dealing will be declared ok? We cannot just give away to unnamed private parties funds and properties that belong to this district, which is composed of taxpayers, students, teachers and other employees.

As you say, oskidoll, there is a process required by law. Which needs to be followed.


oskidoll July 13, 2014 @ 3:51 p.m.

I think any one with legal standing (a resident of the district) would be able to bring a legal challenge to the pending sales if the proper process to hold public hearings and the board declare the properties surplus has not been followed. Presumably, the DA would also be able to launch such a legal challenge.


eastlaker July 13, 2014 @ 4:46 p.m.

Is it time to try another tack? If Mayor Cox told Chuck Diamond that he should respond honestly and clearly to the questions posed by Susan Luzzaro (and any other media people who are working on this story), would he then respond?

Or, is Chuck Diamond's Sweetwater connection greater than his connection to the city of Chula Vista (despite Tom Calhoun's disingenuous words)?

It is apparent to me that many people know far more than they are letting on.

Mayor Cox, next steps?


Visduh July 13, 2014 @ 9:44 p.m.

The "Mare" has no authority over the operations of the school district or its employees as far as I can determine. But she does have a bully pulpit and can use it for the betterment of the area and the city. So, if she refuses to use it, or uses it to make things worse, what does that tell you about her? Is she making nice in hopes of looking like a heroine for further political gain, while actually assisting in burying the dead bodies of the district?

If anyone is wondering just about her, just watch the next couple weeks. Her actions, not words, will tell you all you want/need to know about her, her leadership, and her true concern about the school district and its students.


eastlaker July 14, 2014 @ 10:47 a.m.

Visduh, I must admit that I have called Cheryl Cox out in the past for refusing to do or say anything about the egregious problems in Sweetwater that have a very negative impact on the city of Chula Vista.

However, she has started to make an effort--holding town meetings, giving a presentation to the school board on the findings of the first town meeting.

I couldn't say if Mayor Cox has sat down with all the real information on the Sweetwater problems, but she certainly is aware that things are not yet cleaned up.

The fact that a signatory on a disputed agreement also works with the city on entitlements...makes me very uneasy. Far too much pretense on the part of the district...hollow statements that try to hide what is really going on.

We must get to the bottom of this. Why must we taxpayers and citizens put up with lies and subterfuge?

I do think that Mayor Cox is beginning to realize how extremely unhappy people are with Sweetwater and what has gone on.


Visduh July 14, 2014 @ 9:13 p.m.

For the past couple days, I've been thinking that if these cities had any real political "leadership", all of those in So County should step up and tell the truth. The mayors of the cities, and I count Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, and San Diego as those affected, plus the county for the unincorporated areas, need to form a working group to assist the badly corrupted school districts to find their way back. Those four mayors, plus the county supervisor for the area, could start to encourage honest and public-spirited citizens to run for office in the school districts and also let the public know that someone is watching.

But, and this is a huge but, can those mayors be trusted, or they just about as venal as the school district trustees that have recently been convicted and removed? "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is at work here, I fear. If those pols start bad-mouthing other pols in the area, who knows where it may lead. Is any one of them totally clean and pure? LOL It would be so nice if, when some school district, water district, fire district, or other governmental body goes astray, the local political leadership stands up and leads the way out of the mess. I can't really recall a single instance of that sort of thing in forty-plus years in the county. A mayor who leads? What a concept!


eastlaker July 16, 2014 @ 1:10 p.m.

If I may hazard a guess, campaign contributions and potential campaign contributions enter into the fray...politicians do not want to offend supporters or potential supporters--many of whom have real estate and development connections.

Of course, citizens in Sweetwater have made multiple attempts at campaign reform, and the board, including John McCann, always did their best to ignore the requests, then vote them down, then enact a regulation stating that once something had been voted down by the board, it could not be brought forward for vote for another calendar year--just to keep the issue of campaign reform at bay.

Yes, we need real political leadership.

Wouldn't it be great if some of these people who have been voted into office would actually work to make things better, instead of making their own situation more and more comfortable?


anniej July 14, 2014 @ 6:28 a.m.

While Mr. Calhoun is claiming the agreement has never been in effect, it sure does seem as though the details signed off by Ms. Russo and promised to Mr. Diamond and his two partners (and no doubt instructed by Brand) are being enforced from what we can see - the 'one third of 'net cash savings' - well I guess they are keeping that secret til the deal is done.

From my perspective and opinion perhaps a better name for the deal should have been 'we4RIPoffbyED'

The meeting on the 21st should definitely be attended by all of those running for the Board - as this will, undoubtedly be a hot topic during the campaigns. It is imperative that the 'new' 5 Board members not only know how to spell 'transparency', they should also be committed to implimenting it.

Ending on a positive note 5, NEW Board members - fresh faces, new ideas and most importantly integrity.


anniej July 14, 2014 @ 6:34 a.m.

oskidoll - those public hearings you refer to - funny, that there is no mention of the meeting on the 21st, AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, on the District website. Akin to that saying of Kevin O'Neill's- 'hide the bacon'. Or in our case 'rip off in the millions'.


eastlaker July 14, 2014 @ 6:48 a.m.

So, anniej, do you think that all sorts of public meetings have been held, making all sorts of declarations--except there has never been any notification regarding the public meetings by the district?

That is plausible, knowing Sweetwater. Historically, there has been no depth to which this group will not stoop--and if that is still the case with the interim board and interim superintendent, we really have a problem.


Chris_Shilling July 14, 2014 @ 12:29 p.m.

I found this on the City's website:

Click on "Select" next to the item dated 7/21/14.


eastlaker July 15, 2014 @ 9:14 a.m.

Interesting--but can an informal session qualify for the process that is supposed to take place? Or is this something the mayor is doing because she knows that the district wouldn't mention it anywhere it could be seen?


Chris_Shilling July 15, 2014 @ 1:57 p.m.

I think it was added to this calendar by community members. I haven't seen it promoted anywhere else.


oldchulares July 14, 2014 @ 6:59 a.m.

annie after services yesterday I was told Jim is going to run in November.


CV_Parent July 14, 2014 @ 9:02 a.m.

Cartmill is such a scumbag and thinks he is above everyone else. I hope he runs and whoever runs against him reminds the people that he has pleaded guilty to corruption! Maybe that is what it will take is for flyers and phone calls and walking the neighborhood to remind the people that this man has broken our trust. Stolen and lied for his benefits not the kids of the district. I cannot believe the people in Eastlake still talk to him and that he tries to come across as a pastor. What a joke.


eastlaker July 14, 2014 @ 10:52 a.m.

Some people can live with a higher level of cognitive dissonance than others. Cartmill is apparently quite adept at compartmentalizing...but again, when I see him around town, he looks neither happy nor healthy.

The concept of shame is a personal one, and I guess it is all about what people can live with. Maybe Cartmill thinks he will be forgiven. Maybe in time--but forgiveness and re-election are very separate IMO.


bbq July 14, 2014 @ 12:08 p.m.

To all Cave people, especially the main four,

I have said I would run for the Board if Jim Cartmill was going to try to get the seat he lost through corruption back. As we are in the same "District or zone". I would like to find a time and place to meet, mostly to not split the anti-Cartmill vote, making it easier for him to be (re)elected.

Eastlaker, Chris Schilling and other Eastsiders what is it going to take to unify and find the platform and candidates we want. I will be attending the Mayor's meeting on Wednesday, perhaps time for a short chat after that?



erupting July 14, 2014 @ 2:18 p.m.

bbq, unfortunately the more that run the merrier Cartmill will be. Areas make this more difficult in the long run,but cheaper for the candidates.


Chris_Shilling July 14, 2014 @ 3:47 p.m.

I am running and I already have my campaign in place. I am happy to accept any support that I can get. I would love to meet and speak with anyone who has an interest in the district. I believe the district should be respectful, collaborative, and transparent. That is also the way I plan to run my campaign.


oskidoll July 14, 2014 @ 12:57 p.m.

sounds like bbq is on the right track. It is important that there not be too many candidates to split the anti-Cartmill vote.
Cartmill certainly does have an incredible case of hubris if he plans to run again, but then there is the lure of the district benefits for him and his family, plus the electronic gadgets that he is used to having the district supply for him. What a holier-than-thou corrupt person!


Readerfan July 14, 2014 @ 2:40 p.m.

I seem to remember someone with a camera and tripod taping a board meeting a few years back. If anyone can tape the July 21 meeting at the district office it could be uploaded to YouTube.
I'd like to see all these public meetings videotaped.


CV_Parent July 14, 2014 @ 2:58 p.m.

I believe if there are too many running, the candidates are going to have to be willing to pull themselves out of the race. This is exactly how Pearl and Bertha got voted back in. Eastlake people, please WAKE UP!! Stop believing the lies he tells!! He let the corruption go on and on all these years. He is the one that if there was any type of event where food was served (like the secretary dinner) he was freaking bring his whole family so they could enjoy a free dinner on our dime. Don’t forget he was always the first one to get new toys. He totally abused his position when he was on the board.


oldchulares July 14, 2014 @ 4:01 p.m.

CV_Parent Jim lost his way many years ago. Whoever runs against him is going to need to walk the streets and knock on doors have the proof in your hands. Quinones was voted in even with everybody knowing what the charges were. Since when does being a pastor make you an honorable man. The man plead guilty why is he embarrassing the congregation by asking for their support.


Visduh July 16, 2014 @ 8:45 a.m.

Under the circumstances, why is he still pastor of a congregation? That group should have removed him from that role. What you have there is just another episode of voters and citizens who just don't know what happened, don't care, and buy some excuses. I will make a prediction here. If Carty and any of the others who were removed run again, the theme of the campaign will be to blame it all on the teachers union. And "everyone" knows how powerful the union is, and how it stands in the way of reform, progress and even good education.


oskidoll July 16, 2014 @ 1:29 p.m.

I am unable to find any indication that Jim Cartmill is currently a 'pastor'...apparently his affiliation is with Eastlake Community Church as an elder. Can anyone explain his status to us? According to the Youth for Christ website, he was affiliated there until the late 90's, but since 2003 his bio indicates his affiliation with "let's talk health" the so-called motivational speaking gig to peddle his vitamins. I recall the 'loan' of $50k from Ed Brand, and am wondering if his personal finances are as shaky as I think McCann's are. They both seems not to have any substantial visible means of support other than the public trough.


Visduh July 18, 2014 @ 7:55 a.m.

If he has nothing in the way of a steady income, and is just barely making it, that would explain his decision to run for the board. Desperate times call for desperate measures. It looks as if he should have stayed in the ministry instead of peddling snake oil, er, vitamins.


oskidoll July 30, 2014 @ 2:14 p.m.

bingo! Cartmill has been on the SuHSD dole since 1990! It's time he disengage from the trough.


oskidoll July 14, 2014 @ 5:40 p.m.

Actually, it is illegal for a tax-exempt church to make any political statements from the pulpit or elsewhere. They are tax-exempt because of separation of church and state, per the constitution, but if and when they participate in the political process, they are supposed to lose the tax-exempt status.


anniej July 14, 2014 @ 5:41 p.m.

While I believe it is important to respect the law, rules and wishes of the people, I stand by my right of freedom of speech ( not that some wouldn't mind me coming down with lock jaw and lock fingers, chuckle).

I was against the breaking up of our community and the requirement that you could only vote for your representative based on geographical location. Last time I checked when the Board casts a vote for my home schools they all vote, not simply my area member, but all of them and this will continue. Yet, here I am unable to vote for the other 4. While I can not vote for them, I CAN DONATE to their campaigns and I am able to support them verbally.

Eastlake folk, ah yes. SOOOOOO many good people, intelligent, wanting the best for their children yet unlike persons like myself paying BIG, BIG tax bills and for the most part totally tuned out to what has happened and is continuing to happen at their community schools.

Barbque, you are correct, each community would be better served if they backed a candidate - however, each person does have the right to seek a seat if that is their wish. I have gone on record and stated I will be supporting Mr. Kevin O'Neil in his area. I have, for over 2 years watched Mr. O'Neill while he served on the BOC (Bond Oversight Committee). He is a straight shooter, has his own mind, is intelligent, a successful self made man who truly loves his community. Having said that, O'Neill and I do not agree on all issues - I am not, nor should any of us be, looking to vote for yes women/men - but what we should be looking to endorse are persons of integrity.

I am waiting to hear of other candidates for other areas, including my own. I will be asking their permission prior to endorsing them - for some strange reason some might see me as controversial, imagine that.


I would respectfully ask all voting to vote for the candidate who will do the best job in their opinion - regardless of party or union backing. Candidates who, when asked the tough questions will answer - I am sick to death of the bs we are so use to hearing.

just my opinion

Be sure to plan on attending the meeting on the 21st, it is about the property!!!!


shirleyberan July 15, 2014 @ 10:47 a.m.

Chris_Schilling - accidentally flagged trying to read what eastlaker wrote. Keep up the good work. :)


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