John McCann served a year in Afghanistan as a naval reservist.
  • John McCann served a year in Afghanistan as a naval reservist.
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Whether it was during his time on the Chula Vista City Council or during his current residency as school-board trustee for the Sweetwater Union High School District, John McCann's list of political opponents has grown.

That much can be seen in a May 13 filing from the political action committee called “Public Safety Advocates,” a group largely composed of law-enforcement associations for the purpose of supporting and opposing local candidates. McCann happens to be one of the candidates the committee opposes.

Since forming in March of this year, the independent expenditure committee has collected $85,950 from a wide array of donors, stretching as far north as Sacramento and including law-enforcement groups from nearly every city in San Diego County.

As reported here by Matt Potter on May 9, the group has some strange bedfellows. They include the San Diego County Probation Officers PAC, which on May 9, gave $25,000; as well as the Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access, a pro-medical marijuana group, which gave $10,000. But that's not all. Beverly Hills investor Greg Scott handed out a $5000 check, as did the Peace Officers Research Association of California and the San Diego Police Officers Association.

To date, Public Safety Advocates has directed that cash to help Robert Brewer defeat district attorney Bonnie Dumanis as well as putting thousands of dollars into phone-banking companies in an attempt to dissuade voters from electing McCann.

The former councilmember and currrent Sweetwater trustee has had his share of controversy in recent years. Most recently, the controversy has centered around more than $15,000 in campaign donations from district vendors. And McCann appointed former port commissioner David Malcolm to a school-district committee whose goal is to evaluate excess school properties; the appointment occurred shortly after Malcolm donated cash to McCann’s campaign. (Malcolm was a former port commissioner who was forced to step down because of conflict-of-interest issues in 2002. He was convicted of a felony charge but his record was expunged a few years later.)

Many of McCann's controversies have been covered extensively by the Reader's Susan Luzarro.

In response to the Public Safety Advocates PAC's opposition to his candidacy, McCann issued this statement: "I have a clear record of balancing the budget, increasing the reserves, and fighting against taxes. I ran the grassroots effort that defeated the local sales-tax increase initiative in Chula Vista, which would have hurt seniors and low-income earners the most.

"Beyond the PAC's lies and the distortions of my record, as well as the potential diversion of funds from Bob Brewer, this is business as usual for Asher Burke and his PAC, like when he created a deceptive PAC to help get disgraced former Mayor Filner elected."

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bbq May 15, 2014 @ 2:46 p.m.

Well, well, well... once again John McCann has stepped on it. Again how have you balanced the budget at Sweetwater?

  • The Last Three years the reserves at the district have been reduced from a moderatly healthy $45 Million to less than $15 Million....?
  • We still have a controversy over who owns the "L" St property and the "Management" from 9Partners we the people have paid...?
  • How about the Book-keeping tricks of one budget item 1 (Mello-Roos) loaning money to another Budget item 2 (General Fund) then Item 2 loans money to item 3?
  • How about not an original thought to fixing the Bad schools in the district?
  • Two Higher Education Scams, Grand Canyon University and Allient?

John face it... "Your candle has burnt out long before ego ever did"



oneoftheteachers May 15, 2014 @ 8:15 p.m.

I'm hearing that McCann is going to speak at ALL of the Sweetwater graduation ceremonies this year. No wonder he wanted Cartmill and Lopez out of the way. We all know how he loves to grandstand.


oskidoll May 16, 2014 @ 3:39 p.m.

I'm guessing that he is 'available' to speak at every grad ceremony because he is not otherwise employed.

Sad that he is on the taxpayer-provided dole...and wants it to continue on the CV council (the pay is better there than the stipends the Suhsd board receives....Board stipends are limited by law, thank goodness.)

Not Chula Vista, as a Charter city, can pay whatever they can wheedle and it is ample. Think about Bell, also a Charter City.


erupting May 15, 2014 @ 8:54 p.m.

Well it appears that McCann has made many many enemies. I've noticed all the anti McCann signs all over the city. The signs have the PublicSafety Advocates stamp on them. It seems many people are joining the movement. I'm ready to sign up. I had an anti McCann in my yard in my bushes. I put it in the bushes eight feet off the ground so the neighborhood kids wouldn't use it as a frisbee. There was another political sign as well. I came home tonight's ago and the only missing sign was the anti McCann sign. Hmmm!


Visduh May 15, 2014 @ 9:29 p.m.

He obviously has his supporters, too. But if this election is fought over non-issues, such as support or opposition from law enforcement groups, or some other diversions, he could just win. The CV and other So County voters have repeatedly shown that they lack information, and despite all the agony in the Sweetwater district, how many people really grasp the issues? Oh, and Johnny can always claim that he's a victim of the evil teachers union, especially when he claims that he stood up to them and their greed and did what was good for the kids. How many CV voters know better? Not enough, I reckon.


oldchulares May 16, 2014 @ 9:21 a.m.

John's list of political opponents has grown because he has proven to all that he blows which ever the way the wind is blowing and never seems to be on the side of integrity. Everyone is distancing themselves from him. He was booed at the candidate forum. Those signs are great.


Missionaccomplished May 16, 2014 @ 8:15 p.m.

We Chula Vista residents are damned if you we do vote for him and damned if we don't. If he's elected councilman again, he will have to resign, but if he loses, SUHSD ends up keeping him! What to do?


Jmbrickley May 16, 2014 @ 9:15 p.m.

One step at a time! Defeat him wherever and whenever his name appears on a ballot.


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