anniej June 26, 2012 @ 9:12 p.m.

JohnDewey: i Sir was there speaking on behalf of Parks & Rec in front of the City Council. while my children had a great support system which has now been passed down to my grandchildren, there are many many of the south bay's youth who do not. historically what did kids do, they played in open spaces - do you see much of that any more? so, where are kids suppose to go to be with other kids and 'hang out'? they can not go to the high schools, and play tennis, basketball, or handball as they are locked down tight. they can not go to the elementary schools to play either. high school sports has become so competitive that only those who excel find themselves on a team. sure there are private clubs, but many do not have the money, or their parents work and transportation is a problem. and now this - cuts to the recs and cuts to the libraries - in other words, you can not vote so we really don't give a rutty rat; is that really the message we want to send?

now i know that times are tough and money is sparse and i am sure that Mayor Cox is doing her best - i am simply challenging them to work a little harder; i am respectfully asking that they prioritize the youth - think of them as if they were the third avenue beautification project. find the money you need elsewhere. our children should not be seen as pawns on the chess table of the city's budget - hell they are already being short changed by the sweetwater district, now the city wants to pile on? those in power know better and should do better.

just my humble opinion


anniej June 26, 2012 @ 9:19 p.m.

Joepublic: could it be that running for office is now only obtainable if you have financial backing? i mean real financial backing. i can think of many persons in our community who would make excellent city council representatives - most of them simply do not want to expose themselves or their family members to some of the questionable practices of some representing certain entities.

it is time that we as a society really look at the person staring back at us in the mirror - what are each one of us doing to help our community our country prosper? what are each one of us doing to pay it forward? and finally are the tactics of some really necessary?

bottom line the south bay has a bad reputation, of that there is no mistake, so what are each one of you doing to help change that perception?

just a thought............


Susan Luzzaro July 20, 2011 @ 11:03 p.m.

You're right Pancho, no es bueno. There will be a ripple effect in a number of ways in the economy as well as for the reading public. I interviewed a lovely woman outside the store who said she didn't want to have to order her books online, she wanted to go to the store, handle them, read their book jackets...pick up random books...


anniej July 26, 2012 @ 5:56 p.m.

when a person like Mr. Oneill is disrespected that speaks volumes. quinones ran that board meeting like the 3 ring circus it truly is

interesting fact quinones recused herself when a certain architect agenda item came up for approval - hmmmmmm, jotted that name down, we will have to see IF they turn up as a campaign contributor of hers in novembers election. i know this firm donated to campaign funds last time.

quinones is about 3 coca cola's short of a six pack, she is being manipulated and does not even know it. all she is doing is infuriating the voting public who can not wait to vote her out of the office she never deserved in the first place.

john mccann was doing what he does best, sweeping up after himself - mccann, not even the newest oreck will help you at this point - trying to explain his YES VOTE to severely limit student transportation. there he was trying to explain that YES VOTE away - but these folks are no dummies and they will not be played. mccann, cartmill, and ricasa own this mess - when the west side show up they were ignored, then eastlake shows up - their neighbors and all of a sudden they take notice. i praise those from eastlake that showed up, stood up, and spoke up - oh and did i mention many signed the RECALL papers.

then to make matters even worse eastlake high (as one example) was a nightmare yesterday. students were sitting on the floor and on the countertops because there were not enough desks. and whose brainiac idea was this, well it was ed brand & associates idea. brand decided to do away with the boundaries, and so there appears to have been a mass exodus out of the west side to the east side. i believe that the antagonists, spoke up against his idea as well as bertha lopez. they ran out of food at eastlake and there were students who allegedly could not be served due to the large numbers. can't wait to see how these folks react at the next board meeting to this poor decision - while ed brand will be there - doubt if the 'associates' will be -. when will that invisible boundary come tumbling down? the boundary i speak of 'the 805' - there is the perception if you want the best education you need to send your child to the east. am i saying that the teachers on the east side are better, MOST CERTAINLY NOT, what i am saying is this there is a perception that the majority of the board members seem to care about the east side more - in the last 3 years the only board member i have seen speak up for west side issues is lopez, and yet she lives on the east side. so see, a board member can represent both fairly - just not the majority of these board members.

this district is on a collision course with disaster, FINANCIAL DISASTER. it is time for the interim, the cfo, john mccann, jim cartmill, pearl quinones and arlie ricasa to sign letters of intent to resign. we will wish them well, and NO, we will not invite them back - we want the nightmare OVER.

just my opinon


Visduh Aug. 22, 2012 @ 11 a.m.

Brandara should be under investigation by both the DA and FBI, for this move and many others, all of which smell to high heaven. Using Mello-Roos funds to buy glorified toys (Ipads) for the kids sounds illegal to me. How long will all this craziness continue? Not forever, but to long-suffering folks in So Bay, it will seem that way. This abuse of Mello-Roos is what is killing it as a way to pay for anything.

I'm also very interested in those comments from educators about keeping childhood free of media through 9th grade. And cursive! It helps develop motor skills? Who'd a thunk it? Those comments sounded positively Luddite.


anniej Oct. 30, 2012 @ 1:40 p.m.

ElVikingo: with all due respect "Laprensa" is also calling for the taxpayers of the south bay to re elect quinones for the sweetwater board - REALLY???????? guess they failed to read the words typed by quinones' own hand - "i take care of/support those who take care of/support me" (paraphrase)

when are we going to start paying more attention to THE PERSON and less attention to THE PARTY?


anniej Nov. 28, 2012 @ 9:52 p.m.

do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do - back in the twilight zone it appears.

brand is unable to educate the students we now have - as indicated by nearly every high school being on the program improvement list - yet here he goes with another 'deal'. OLYMPIAN PARENTS - ARE YOU AWARE THAT YOUR SCHOOL WAS RECENTLY ADDED TO THIS LIST?????????

"ah hello, fbi/irs, could you please check into brands financials".

it appears the youth and vulnerable parents are going to played. promised education that they will most likely find can not be transferred to most universities or even san diego state. but what the hey, this matters not to brand. with brand it is all about the deal.

but folks here is the real question WHY ARE WE LEARNING OF THIS FROM THE READER? is it not the due diligence of our board members and OVERPAID superintendent to bring such issues before us - you know 'us' as in the ONES FOOTING THE FREAKIN' BILLS VIA OUR TAXES?

while my opinion is but one, i am pretty confident that many others agree

"john mccann, jim cartmill, arlie ricasa, pearl quinones, bertha lopez - tell us, what are you going to do to finally put a stop to this? why was this not opened up for discussion via a board agenda item?" WE WILL BE DEMANDING TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!

we wonder why our district is sinking into a pit of dysfunction - it is because we have the invisible superintendent - WHY? because he is out and about cooking up deals. who is going to reap the gold coins from this partnership?

perhaps someone should advise john mccann, jim cartmill, arlie ricasa, pearl quinones and ed brand of the following - THIS IS NOT BELL, CALIFORNIA. but take heed as you are headed for the same end as the leaders of that city.


cvreader Dec. 6, 2012 @ 9:26 p.m.

Susan, please go back and listen to her comments again. She did not say repeal. She said she had concerns with some aspects of the Council's implementation of the ordinance that she wants the Council to look at again. There is no doubt that Mary knows that neither she nor the Council can repeal something the voters approved.


cvreader Dec. 7, 2012 @ 4:23 p.m.

I didn't hear the word repeal, but in the context of her statement, she is clearly referring to the Council action to implement the ordinance. The mention of repeal is in the sentence that she says "that action" whcih refers to the Council's action on Nov 29 mentioned in her first and second line. Again, there is no doubt that she knows that neither she nor the Council can repeal a measure passed by the voters.
It's important that you read or listen for things in context. Not having done so resulted in your writing an article that charges something that appears to be much bigger than it is. Readers who didn't attend or watch the meeting will assume she wants to repeal a voter approved ordinance, which is clearly not what she said.


cvreader Dec. 7, 2012 @ 4:29 p.m.

P.S. In fact, she also says she wants to improve it (line 4). So even though she used the word "repeal", it is clear from the context that she wants to improve it and remove the flaws she sees (yet to be heard). But again, the article does not make that clear and leads readers to believe she wants to do away with it.


mngcornaglia Dec. 8, 2012 @ 2:28 p.m.

a 16-year old is needed to fix a hazardous situation which the city has choosen to ignore... if IB has a risk-management department, they should be fired for waiting this long... maybe the city council, too...



Pancho Nov. 26, 2012 @ 11:56 a.m.

I don't believe Cox and Pieri are political allies. At least, I don't believe they have been since Cox ran against Padilla for Mayor in 2006. I would like to see all the money disbursed through the CV Redevelopment Department and what projects most benefitted from it.


Javajoe25 Dec. 20, 2012 @ 12:04 p.m.

That's what I was thinking; when Matthew Alice sees the jaguar, that is definitely a sign of the end times. Where's my tequila?


Visduh Jan. 26, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Just when you think that maybe, just maybe, Brand is trying to do an honest job and be open in his dealings, he clears up any doubt. That is, doubt that he's just hoping to run the district his way, on his timetable, without any scrutiny from the public. Sure, have the meetings in the afternoon and they will be almost sedate, sort of like meetings of a corporate board. No pickets with signs outside, few angry residents wanting to speak, and few there to witness the double-dealing. Oh, and the meetings can end sometime before midnight. But democracy is messy at times, and in some places. One of those times in now, and one of those places is in So San Diego County.

Vote the bums out, all the bums out!


outsider Jan. 26, 2013 @ 5:46 p.m.

These people have no shame. Brand is nothing short of a carpetbagger.


oneoftheteachers Jan. 26, 2013 @ 6:12 p.m.

First, they moved closed session from after the regular open meeting to before so that the public would have to arrive early to get a seat and then wait hours (at times until 2 or 3 AM) before parents, teachers and students could speak to the board. Then they cut speaking time from 3 minutes to 1 or 2 so that it was nearly impossible to present a coherent argument. All of the district reports and presentations were scheduled before the public speaking section of the agenda so that people had to wait until 7:30 or later to begin to share their concerns with the board. Once at least, the public speaking session of the meeting was moved to the end and when the meeting went past 10:00 the rest of it, including the public speaking section was just postponed. Agendas are posted at the last minute and meeting locations are changed. Administrators are ordered to attend and fill the seats while the public waits outside. Chairs are removed from the board room so that fewer people can attend. Now, they want to change the meeting time to early afternoon so that students, teachers and working parents are shut out of the process. WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE??????? ALL of south county needs to show up at the meeting at 6PM on Monday and loudly voice our outrage.


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