Jmbrickley Sept. 22, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

I'm surprised you didn't include some sort of anti-Obama tirade in that.


Jmbrickley Sept. 21, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.

Ed Brand's firing of Nancy Stubbs was the lowest, most vile thing that one person could do to another. If anybody has SUHSD blood in their veins, it is Nancy. Brand fired her because he believed she was one of the leaks during Gandara's term. Oh, how wrong Brand was (and is). He has no clue as to all the people who spy on him, but she was never one of them. Time for him to go. Go far, far away.


joepublic Sept. 22, 2012 @ 7:52 a.m.

Sjtorres: The unions wanted Gandara out too. By your logic he must have been doing something right. Really?


LaLucha Sept. 22, 2012 @ 11:25 a.m.

They wait until all the teachers are out on two weeks vacation and then they have their meeting and do whatever they want to do. WHY NOT have a new superintendent who is from Sweetwater FOR A CHANGE? Why pay for their family to move here, their house to live here, their various expenditures for relocating? Why pay all that when we have people in our area, in our district, who have been great for Sweetwater throughout their career and DESERVE a promotion to this level? Why go SEARCHING for a newbie who will start the FLEECING the minute they get settled? Brand never lived in our district. Gandara started spending our money right after the first interview. There are GREAT candidates who already have a home in the area, so we don't have to find them a two-million dollar home to live in and pay their moving costs and exorbitant rental costs while they find ways to get more Sweetwater money. A Sweetwater Local already KNOWS what we have been through, and would run the district FAIRLY. WHY do we have to put our trust in UNTRUSTWORTHY TRUSTEES to hire another MONEY-GRABBER from out-of-town? BAG THIS BOARD!! WE WANT TO VOTE ON WHO BECOMES THE NEXT SUPERINTENDENT. They just want a newbie so they can pull the wool over his eyes and start with business as usual FLEECING or STEALING funds that are meant to educate these wonderful South Bay kids. Time for the tables to start turning in Sweetwater WE ARE THE BEST, that is why we care so much. The people coming to the meetings and commenting here are the BEST people Sweetwater HAS. They tried to call us "disgruntled employees" but WE ARE THE BACKBONE OF SWEETWATER, AND WE ARE TIRED OF ALL THIS EXCREMENT. We are a school district, not a profit-making company. WE DON'T need a CEO. We need someone who knows how to get kids educated. That is what TEACHERS do. Overworked, underpaid, unappreciated teachers know how to educate kids. Ayone listening?


anniej Sept. 22, 2012 @ 11:07 p.m.

Sjtorres: brand needs to go - a jury of their peers will decide the fate of quinones and ricasa.


joepublic Sept. 24, 2012 @ 3:40 p.m.

Let's not forget that Quinones outright lied to the press following the last school board meeting.

...When asked point blank, however, board president Pearl Quiñones said, “No, Brand has not resigned.” (SDReader Sept. 11, 2012)


joepublic Sept. 24, 2012 @ 8:41 a.m.

On Sept 22, bvagency commented:

"... I believe this district can run without a superintendent for 6 to 8 months while a national search is conducted for a new Superintendent..."

He's right. We really don't need an interim, and especially anyone with local political connections that is already receiving a state pension (been there-done that). It is a totally unnecessary step. One thing Brand's quitting did was demonstrate that Sweetwater can operate without a grossly over-compensated CEO.


eastlaker Sept. 24, 2012 @ 3:20 p.m.

But wasn't that dated about a week and a half after the resignation was effective?

Crazy dateline: Resignation letter mid-August, effective Sept. 1, public not informed that he had resigned until approximately mid-September. How dishonest can you get?

But--all this had been 'under discussion' with the board since some time in July...why is the paying public the last to know?

Why should or would anyone trust Ed Brand and the majority board of Trustees for Sweetwater? When have they ever lived up to their word or even feigned an interest in following the community's wishes?


Hardcover July 29, 2013 @ 11:07 p.m.

I'm guessing Todd Gloria was clued in early. He has taken such a hard right turn since his ( unopposed) reelection. Have to make the business community think you are someone that can be dealt with most of the time, and endless dwelling on the failed Jacobs plan to pay back the donations that you really didn't even have to ask for. Just wondering if the Republican private eye operatives found something on Donna instead of Filner. Sounds crazy, but it's almost like she is being blackmailed or something.


eastlaker Dec. 28, 2013 @ 8:50 p.m.

Stonewalling. Multiple attempts to disrupt, distract and throw the public off the scent.

Why would this be done, unless they are hiding something.

My conclusion is that the behavior of Lembo and South Bay Community Services indicates that all sorts of violations have taken place, and they are trying like everything to convince people otherwise.

Why is it that they just do not get it? The more they obfuscate, stall and attempt to confuse the matter, the more we, the public, know there is something wrong.

$100,000 being held until they could gain access to data...gosh, what does that sound like? Extortion? Or just a simple misunderstanding?


oskidoll Dec. 28, 2013 @ 9:05 p.m.

The FERPA - Family Educational Right to Privacy Act -- law is clear: the Sweetwater Union High School District, or other educational entity, may NOT reveal personal contact information for any of their students without express permission of parents of students who are not yet 18 years of age. It seems the SUHSD has violated the Federal law with their 'data sharing' with South Bay Community Services for whatever purposes. According to Lembo, the SBCS called students' in the 11th and 12th' grades...how did they come by the phone numbers?

By the way, Patty Chavez is the former CV council person (who was appointed, never elected) and special friend of former mayor Steve Padilla. Along with former mayor Shirley Horton, she now is part of the SBCS cartel reaping handsome salaries and commissions from the lucrative contracts (more than $1 million per year) from the Sweetwater District.


eastlaker Sept. 7, 2013 @ 7:24 p.m.

Just out of curiosity, how many violations have been committed in Ed Brand's pursuit of this venture with Alliant?

How many lies?

How many lapses of judgment?

How many times were actual laws broken?

Now, we know that our most of the trustees have been aware of all this, and how many times has our trust in these individuals been misplaced?

And of course, now we have the upcoming bit of street theater with the Arne Duncan visit.

I can only hope that Mr. Duncan gets the real story, and that Brand and the rest of his partners in crime are dealt stern justice.


oskidoll Sept. 8, 2013 @ 12:38 p.m.

If Ms. Lembo had personal student record information from school records, she is in violation of the Federal Family Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) that is supposed to protect our students from such use of their inform ation to recruit for ANYTHING. She admitted that they had already called (past tense) 'houses where children who were 12th or 11th graders lived." Hmmmm...that would not be CPM students, now would it?


anniej Sept. 10, 2013 @ 2:04 p.m.

The Feds need to step in here. The community of Castle Park are deserving of the monies, however, having said that - of all the entities to be given any federal funds Sweetwater is NOT that district. South Bay Community Services and Promise Neighborhoods CHOSE to align themselves with Ed Brand and CHOSE to spend the monies in an unethical manner. Ms. Limbo does not live under a rock, neither does Ms. Horton - they are more than in tune with all of the alleged corruption that is associated with the board that Jim Cartmill is president of - they know the history of Ed Brand - the Grand Jury investigation, the excessive credit card spending, the loan to help Jim Cartmill out of bankruptcy, the relationship with Tom Hassey, the failed money making involvement - these and more PUBLIC RECORD - so why did these two successful women CHOOSE to subject their reputations to question? A question only they can answer.

And so now I am calling on Jim Cartmill, John McCann, Arlie Ricasa, Pearl Quinones and Bertha Lopez to do the right thing. I have no doubt many have taken the advice of Visduh and olchulares, I have no doubt that many many more will - employees who know the truth are most likely jamming the 858 area code as I type calling the FBI and asking fr an investigation and audit. You know the information these people have, are you willing to take the chance of a Federal indictment?

Regarding Castle Park Middle, rumors everywhere, employees who know the truth and have the evidence that is going to blow this thing up just like what happened at CPH and I am not just referring to The ASB issue. One thing about data, the FEDS don't take too kindly to it being 'massaged'.

END THIS, it is time to return the power to the board - it is time to recommend that Ed Brand resign and put this dysfunction to rest. Tell him to pick a reason for the resignation, any reason - It is time for peace and rebuilding - I see a whole lot of skeletons tumbling out of the closet if Brand stays, you all know what I am talking about.


oskidoll Sept. 10, 2013 @ 3:17 p.m.

Don't forget the opportunity for 'visuals' during Secretary Duncan's visit. TV cameras love the visuals, they make their story. Let them know ahead of time there will likely be some controversey for them to cover.

I'm thinking a few picket-style signs with salient messages:

""Promise Neighborhood $$$ go to recruit our students for high-cost private university" " $20K of OUR TAX MONEY and ASB Funds for a stage" " Unauthorized use of student contact info by non-district employees"" "Why is SUHSD not enforcing student privacy rights? "SUHSD Violates FERPA Law" "SBSC misappropriates Fed. Grant $$ to recurit for private university."

Don't forget the public street and sidewalks are public venues. We all have the right of free speech to protest. Ed may not be able to sweep this one under the rug.


erupting Jan. 19, 2014 @ 8:54 a.m.

Cartmill's wife looked strained,but offered the teachers something to drink. Class act unlike her husband who is a Brand lackey. Amazing Cartmill wasGandara's lackey as well. He still hasn't learned. What a costly experience to not have learned the the first time. I guess he will have the opportunity again through Brand's schemes.


eastlaker Jan. 18, 2014 @ 11:23 p.m.

You are right, anniej--more gamesmanship from the bunch that wouldn't know how to be honest if their lives depended on it.

It is disgusting to see their contempt for the public, for the teachers, for the students--for all the tenets and goals of having an educated populace. This bunch is very pleased to keep the public uneducated, uninformed and paying through the nose for all their whims.

This needs to end, and soon.


anniej Jan. 18, 2014 @ 9:47 p.m.

We are facing a total melt down of our District - board members in the midst of court proceedings, one stepped down - more to follow? and what does Ed Brand do he leaves for vacation and allegedly leaves word with is staff he is not to be bothered. Is he due a vacation? Yes. However one would think IF he had the best interest of our students and the community at heart he would not have left until the board vacancy had been settled. Ms. Quinones could very well have been skyped into Tuesday nights meeting - why wasn't she? It would have taken all but 20 minutes. In my opinion Brand had this whole thing planned. Cartmill was to go along with Lopez while McCann was to call for the special election. Then three (3) days later Brand would allegedly get on a plane to Hawaii. Are you feeling hoodwinked?

Mr. McCann has everything to win and everything to loose. IF he were a smart man he would urge Cartmill to call a special meeting and vote for the appointment. They do not need Ed Brand. The voters are NOT happy with the games being played.

Next time there is a picket line, let the community know and we will ALL turnout. At their homes, at their businesses, wherever attention can be brought to this serious situation. Let the students know as well.


joepublic Jan. 19, 2014 @ 3:34 p.m.

In response to, and with all due respect to those who are criticizing the teachers' strategy to demonstrate in front of Mr. Cartmill's house, I have to agree with anniej who wrote, "desperate times, call for desperate measures". Before anyone casts judgement, they should keep in mind the following:

Mr. Cartmill is Dr Brand's superior and therefore must take responsibility for his subordinate's actions.  By his silence Mr Cartmill condones Brand's threatening those who exercise their right to speak out by contacting their employers and complaining that they are "misbehaving". By his silence, Mr. Cartmill condones sending private investigators to outspoken citizens' homes without warning. By his silence Mr Cartmill condones the superintendent's punishing district employees who criticize and conversely rewarding those who "go along".  By his silence, Mr Cartmill condones allowing bargaining to reach a point where teachers are forced to drop their children and spouses from their health care insurance. By his silence, Mr Cartmill allows schools to be unsafe. Mr. Cartmill has consistently ignored the public's and the teachers union's requests for larger venues for school board meetings so that people wouldn't be forced to stand out in the cold facing armed guards hired to keep them out. Yes, these are desperate times, and since there is absolutely no communication going on at board meetings, or at the bargaining table, the teachers contacted Mr. Cartmill at his home where he can't hide behind the, "we're not allowed to respond to speakers during communications", rule at board meetings. From what I've heard and read, it was a peaceful demonstration by very frustrated people, who surely would've rather been doing something else. When you consider all that's transpired, the teachers' action pales in comparison to how they've been treated.


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