Jmbrickley Jan. 31, 2013 @ 11:20 a.m.

There are several very serious problems with the school district borrowing money from the Mello-Roos Funds.

  1. School over-crowding. These funds were intended to be spent on school infrastructure, capital construction, and certain types of ongoing maintenance. Because SUHSD has chosen these funds as a lending source, the incentive to build any new school in the Otay Ranch/Eastlake area is non-existant. At a parent meeting held at ELH several months ago, Rick Knott said the Mello-Roos Funds held approx. $160,000,000.00 (160 million). The cost of a sorely needed new high school would cost $125-$135 million, leaving an approximate balance of $25-35 million. $25-$35 million is just not enough to cover the costs of the day to day needs of SUHSD. The convenience of having a "borrowing pool" of money outweighs the needs of an overcrowed community.

  2. Rick Knott, at that same meeting said that the current Mello-Roos funds were currently being invested and earning approximately 0.5% interest. He also said when the district borrows money from the M-R Funds they pay interest on the money borrowed. The rate of interest is also in the 0.5 to 0.6% rate. However, any delays in construction on the sorely needed high school are raising the total costs of the construction at a % rate far in excess of the 0.5% this money is currently earning. The construction costs of this high school NOW will be significantly lower than any meager interest we would earn on the investment in a financial instution or loan to SUHSD. What this tells us it that there will be MORE money in the M-R Funds five years from now if we move forward on this construction sooner rather than later.

  3. The ready availability of the M-R funds are fueling a sense of monetary largess at SUHSD. Decisions that would have never been made had these funds not been available as a borrowing pool are continuing to be made at an alarming rate, with no thought to the consequences. Does anyone really think SUHSD would have bought all those iPads if M-R funds weren't there to be tapped? I use the iPads only as a single example, there are far too many others to list in my reply. The point is, these iPads were at the expense of not just the M-R monies, but also contributes to the overcrowding at all the schools in the east portion of the district.


anniej Aug. 18, 2013 @ 10:02 a.m.

helenfarias - I was contacted by a coach on the east side last evening and advised that ASB's do have the ability to 'wave' the costs. The point is this, why should we, on behalf of our children, be expected to fund one more dime towards ANYTHING when our board, under the presidency of Jim Cartmill and vice presidency of Arlie Ricasa, followed up (literally) by John McCann and the mandate of Ed Brand is offering free rent to Alliant University, hiring private investigators costing hundreds of thousands, hiring an attorney to review the bills submitted by other attorneys and hiring a company to come in and train district staff on the importance of confidentiality in other words 'no whistle blowing, even if it is in the best interests of students and taxpayers.

What has happened to the HUGE account balance that WAS in the Mello Roos account?

I am hearing that Brand has announced the building of two new schools on the East side. When was this discussed at a board meeting? Yet there is a new sign up, placed within the past couple months - under whose authority? Oh that is right Brand is his own authority - three of the board members Jim Cartmill, Arlie Ricasa followed by John McCann (literally) gave Brand ALL power up to, I believe $250k - WHY??????? How will these schools be paid for? Using what monies? We do not have enough money to build these new schools, check the balances for yourself.

We have been abandoned, and at the end of the day, Ed Brand will get into his big truck and tell Siri 'take me home' - their accounts are empty and now my retirement is fully funded. As he looks in his rear view mirror seeing the South Bay disappear from sight I can almost hear the words - SUCKERS!!!!!!!

How did we let it get this bad?


angrybirds Dec. 4, 2013 @ 11:04 a.m.

P.S. Bobby Bleich you are a fake and Brands lacky and everyone laughs at you all the time. you know nothing and do nothing


eastlaker Dec. 4, 2013 @ 4:26 p.m.

Cannot help but reply, "You may speak weekly on the importance of truth, but Jim Cartmill only speaks weakly..."


margaretmead Dec. 4, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m.

None of this is a surprise. This is Brand and Bleisch doing their normal every day routine. How many schools needed to be busted for the misuse of ASB funds before principals figure out that they won't get away with it? Oh wait, they will because Brand is willing to "make it a reality"! It must be nice to work in a world where you can have whatever you want with no regard to rules/laws/ethics. As far as the charter goes, the staff need a 51% vote. Bleisch has been preparing for this since the day he arrived at CPM. Count the number of staff members who have been administratively transferred by Bleisch; those numbers haven't been seen in the district in decades. He had staff members administratively transferred TO him this year. Who even knew that was possible? He is stacking his staff and his votes very carefully. Those who weren't forced out were desperately seeking relief. Also interesting to note how many females were forced/pushed/manipulated to other sites and all replaced by males. Bleisch is beyond aggressive towards females and has been known to trap them in his office during his rampages. This will blow up somewhere down the road. The question is, will it be soon enough. My guess is that his plan is to be an administrator of a charter school by next year and therefore untouchable by the new board members that will replace those sitting in jail. It's worth noting that he was on the founding board/committee/group (whatever it was called) that submitted the petition for the first Mitchell charter school.


anniej Dec. 4, 2013 @ 5:32 p.m.

Based on the Information in this story I am wondering:

IS JOHN MCCANN A VIABLE CANDIDATE FOR CHULA VISTA CITY COUNCIL? If he is not willing to demand the laws of this great Nation be upheld as a School Board Member can he be trusted to represent the GREAT City of Chula Vista? My opinion - NO!

Looks like those who, just yesterday were so sure McCann would demand Brands firing, are now seeing the light. So much for honor, huh?

Federal laws reportedly broken, and John McCann, where is he? NO WHERE to be seen or heard.



anniej Dec. 31, 2013 @ 8:33 a.m.

studentsfirst - I find it extremely ironic that those entrenched in the deceit of the SUHSD have no defense when challenged with facts. Throwing out a name, as if sending a form of intimidation - you have accomplished the exact opposite - now the investigators have a name to ask for and the community has another hero to add to the list.

There are many alleged 'Helen's', far more than you 'good old boys/girls'.


knowthetruth Dec. 31, 2013 @ 1:07 p.m.

Although I am sure all of the people involved in all of these shenanigans in the South Bay started with some sort of good intentions, why have they all become so self-serving? And how have they all found each other? Is there some sort of social networking site where like-minded individuals can connect? If these people could simply put as much effort into the helping of others that their organizations say is their mission and less time trying to recruit people to perpetuate their systems and programs, everyone would be better off, even themselves.


oskidoll Dec. 31, 2013 @ 1:48 p.m.

It is NOT OK to share data unless the data are aggregated, and if there is no release of individual student record information that could be linked to any specific student.

Per the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), telephone numbers, grades, etc. of individual students are restricted and may NOT be released by the school to any party ( EXCEPT law enforcement with subpoena power) without express parental permission.


Burwell Dec. 27, 2013 @ 2:20 p.m.

The stench is not a recent phenomenon. The stench is the result of laws protecting sea lions and cormorants from extermination that increased their numbers. I was not joking about red tagging homes close to the ocean for health reasons related to guano. Those houses never should have been built in the first place. I believe in the legal concept of reverse zoning. The City has the right to change an area's zoning and force property owners to comply with the new zoning at their cost. Zoning rules should be changed for La Jolla so that no house can be constructed with 1,000 feet of high tide. Houses and buildings out of compliance with the new zoning rules would have to be torn down at the owner's expense.


oneoftheteachers Feb. 6, 2014 @ 6:04 a.m.

Teachers who speak out against the culture of corruption are targeted in SUHSD. There are at least two pending cases right now. Responsible journalists, such as Ms. Luzzaro, do not place her sources in a position where they could face retribution. Employees in this district are grateful to her for publicizing the out of control wrongdoing and share information because they trust her integrity and concern for the welfare of employees and students. These emails are pretty condemning evidence to use against this principal if this brave teacher is involuntarily transferred or harassed.


Advocate Feb. 6, 2014 @ 5:33 a.m.

He is a puppet for the superintendent that is incompetent on his best day. Sweetwater is spoiled from the top. A money trail links some top level admin. He has transferred union reps for the last five years in order to push his agendas. His current staff could not even meet on campus for their union meetings for fear of retaliation. He has verbally and mentally abused staff. When a teacher went public of FAcebook she was called in and reprimanded when her statement was protected under a union activity. Beiser self promotes himself with the union while in bed with the enemy. No surprise here. Self interest is their moto. We need to clean house and remove this corrupt infestation.the fact that a charter school is being created instead of working on the current campus that he works at is absurd and only proved that he is pushing a Ed Brand agenda to profit off a education. They want to empower parents with a right to choose a new school when they should be empowering parents to choose a better superintendent and a school board that can save the school that their child is currently attending!!!! This principal needs to be transferred out of our system along with the superintendent and the admin connected to his corrupt pocket line.



Jmbrickley Feb. 6, 2014 @ 10:55 a.m.

"Galleher responds from her private email at 7:05. “Who is this Susan luzzaro bitch?!”

Maria Galleher, yes you Maria, teacher at Grainger Middle. Is this how you act in class when things don't go your way? Is this one of the "values" you are teaching to your students? Is this how comfortable you are with Castle Park principal Robert Bleisch, that you can call others "bitches" to his face and he will not be either surprised or shocked at your choice of words? It is obvious you have used such language before while characterizing people with whom you are at odds. I wonder just how many parents of your students you have referred to as "bitch."


Jmbrickley Feb. 6, 2014 @ 11:48 a.m.

Open letter to Robert Bleisch.

"Bleisch texts back: “SD Reader, friend of the white elite negative extremists in CV.”

Robert, Robert, Robert! White? Really?

Yes, there are a few of us who are "white," and a whole lot who aren't. Although, to be honest, I always just thought of everyone as being "concerned." You know, "concerned, interested, involved." People who want only the best for their children and neighbors. People who want honest, transparent, colorblind governance by the leadership and administration of SUHSD.

Why you feel you can refer to us as "white elite negative extremists in CV" is, as I suppose, just a flaw in your character. An inability to accept dissent with any other leadership style than to deride and belittle your critics. After all, when you can't win the argument with facts, just attack the person. For far too many people this has been a tactic of choice. Use your position of power to push people with less around until you get your way.

Jesus used to think that way too. He also used to abuse his power and authority to intimidate his "employees" to get what he wanted. He also thought we were just a bunch of "losers and disgruntled ex-employees." But, look at Jesus now! Indicted felon. No friends left in CV. Even all his biggest supporters during his tenure... GONE. You do remember the principal at CPHS and his ilk? Where are they today? Gone! Where is Charlene Lemons, principal of ISHS? Gone! Where are all the rest of Jesus's biggest supporters at the district office? Also gone.

These events didn't just happen in a vacuum. They came about as a result of good people no longer willing to look the other way, to accept the status quo. It came about because people stood up and did something to make a difference.

You, on the other hand, are still here. Obviously, Dr. Brand isn't going to be in SUHSD for ever, some even say he may leave as early as next fall. Is your behavior today going to endear your to whomever follows in his place? Or, will you be just another casualty of a power shift because you are proving to be an embarrassment that needs to be purged? It's time for you to realize that the old ways are dying and you better adapt to the "New and Improved SUHSD," or just be a footnote in Dr. Brand's legacy.

We are not going away! We are in for the long haul. Our resources are greater than yours. We have a huge investment in the outcome of our efforts. We are not doing this to "suck up" to the boss. Our boss is our children, and they will not be defeated.

John Brickley, retired.

Once upon a time, SUHSD teacher, life long citizen of Chula Vista, and proud member of CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything), Disgruntled Ex-Employees, and my newest title; White Elite Negative Extremists in CV, aka WENECV.

Respectfully Submitted!


Advocate Feb. 6, 2014 @ 8:44 p.m.

How unfounded are your accusations! What evidence do you ever have of this occurring. The SEA page is an advocate ground for highly passionate teachers that on a day to basis fight for the rights of students and for their very job that is threatened by ignorant people such as yourself. How many teachers die in the line of duty?? Any of them would lay their lives and do for students daily! You insult us but lay a flower if we die for a student in a shooting. What kind of idiocy is it to respect a teacher more when she is dead than what she produces alive. How many of them sacrifice a better paying job to help students that need them to fight the corruption in our district. Bad words??? If bad words are "justice", "advocacy", "unity" , and "corruption". The only bad word ever used is Ed Brand. Don't confuse us with the people in this article. Our pockets are not lined with corruption. In fact we are poor and not even in the middle class income bracket due to the loss of wages contributed to rise in health care, no raises in the last nine years, furlough days contributed to help save teacher's jobs, and increased class sizes to help the district during a financial crisis. You stand on a unfounded ground. All you have are false accusations about supposed "cuss" words being used on a private FB for union members. Get your facts straight and stop smoke screening the issues for the community. The community needs to know that teachers are not the target for this corruption in the district.


LightSaber May 9, 2014 @ 4:35 p.m.

Espana should be removed from the case she did not research the statues properly, if I were to bet her law clerk did the work and didn't know what she was doing. How many other mistakes in the case did that law clerk make. These 2 board members should immediately resign so the healing can begin, but they won't so they can get their monthly stipends and medical benefits this is not about the good of the Sweetwater District.


Visduh May 9, 2014 @ 4:36 p.m.

State of California Commission on Judicial Performance, where are you now that we really need you? According to the website, maybe only one complaint away.


Greenville May 29, 2014 @ 4:17 p.m.

Kelly, can you make any comments that are pertinent to the facts as presented in the article? Attacking the messenger is unseemly at best.


erupting June 5, 2014 @ 2 p.m.

Briggs offered to recoup monies for SUHSD from past contractors. Dr.Brand stated this was not needed and sent him on his way. Cory was hired by SWC and recouped millions for them. Funny last weeks story in the UT I believe, and on the news Brand hired another firm to go after two contractors to recoup monies for SUHSD. I wonder what we would have saved by hiring Briggs.


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