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Susan, you ought to get some kind of writer award for these pieces. You've been all over this issue since day one. Pulitzer? Do they recognize papers such as ours? At least a San Diego Press Club mention?

Oct. 24, 2013

Who amongst us really knows the whys of the plea deals? While it is rumored that Brand is out there politicking on all sides, claiming to be in the know - unless Ms. Dumanis and Judge Espana consider him a BFF I doubt he knows a darn thing. Brand is a wann b, but we all know that.

What of the students? The forgotten ones - the innocents who have for over 4 years watched this nightmare unravel. The young learners, what have they been taught by Judge Espana, who had to agree and who held the most power? I shudder to think. They live and go to school in what is now referenced as one of the most alleged corrupt school districts in the nation. Allow me to ask the question WHAT MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT?

WHERE IS JUDGE JUDY WHEN YOU NEED HER?

Dec. 18, 2013

I'm sorry, I believe Mr. Shinoff is as much a part of the problem as the rest of them. Window dressing and diverting attention seem to be his bag of tricks.

Jan. 16, 2014

Well I guess it's the early start to election season, all of the incumbants and political wanabes need to start getting their names out in front of the public, McCann with his one man Facilities Inspection and now Ms. Salas with the "Unification" discussion.

My first thought is where have you been over the last 4-5 Years? But really longer than that 10 years, during which many of our elected officials sat back and watched Sweetwater Union High School District fall apart?

From the original L st, 3rd ave Zoning/Land swap debates, to deficit budgets, and Alleged Criminal behavior, not a peep. Now an idea to Unify a very good elementary district with a poorly run, weak High School District? Where were the demands for an accounting of the SUHSD operations, Prop O, Mello Roos, all things that lower the value and strength of our cities and the rest of the south bay area? These things are and were the City Councils and other elected officials (County Board of Education, Sweetwater Trustees?) responsibilities....

The only value I see in the Unification talks is it will open up a dialog amongst the public and the public will see the shambles this adminstration and board have left the SUHSD and the communities of the South Bay.

To our sitting Politicos ... finally you are getting it, but the timing and motive are suspect... This should never have been a reelection or promotion stunt to get your name out there. SUHSD was the job you all should have been on top of to protect the reputation and once strength of our community.

See you at the discussions.

BBQ CAVE, Citizens Active for Value in Education

Jan. 31, 2014
Sweetwater district teachers vote on strike

Sweetwater Union High School District teachers will be taking a strike vote March 13–14. The vote, according to Roberto Rodriguez, president of Sweetwater Education Association, is to authorize the association’s board of directors to go ...

School officials Gandara and Sandoval plead guilty

Two major players in the South Bay corruption case, former Sweetwater superintendent Jesus Gandara and former Sweetwater trustee Gregorio Sandoval, both plead guilty to a conspiracy felony and a misdemeanor in a Chula Vista courthouse ...

April 4, 2014

A special SHOUT OUT to The READER and Susan Luzzaro -

For caring enough to report factual news to a community that needed a credible news source.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

April 4, 2014

To all "antagonists", thank you! This would never have happened without your diligence and willingness to give up your precious time and energy for so many years. Also, a big thank you to the Reader and Susan Luzzaro for their coverage.

April 4, 2014

anniej, if Brand's "corporations, businesses, and associations" are not being investigated, we need to find out why.

In my entire life, I have never encountered such a situation of entrenched corruption, accompanied by the apparent willing complicity of the surrounding authorities.

What does this tell us? That the authorities are equally as corrupt? That the authorities think we in these neighborhoods deserve to have our tax and bond monies diverted and spent in ways inconsistent with the legal intent and purpose? That the authorities are helpless? That the authorities are blind?

Pick your favorite answer.

This situation must change.

It is intolerable that we must put up with such failures in leadership, such crooks stealing from our children, such examples of pettifoggery (check meanings 2 and 3 in your dictionaries in case you are unclear on the concept), such miserable incompetence.

When Ed Brand's intimidation efforts include calling employers to report on citizens speaking out in a public arena, hiring private investigators to knock on doors of those who speak out, and who really knows what else...why would someone do this?

Because they are hiding something.

Why would someone "postpone" a board meeting when there is a quorum, reschedule when there won't be a quorum, only to cancel the meeting?

Because they are trying to get away with something.

Ed Brand is not handling his duties as superintendent of Sweetwater schools in an honest and upright manner. That is the least of the things I could say.

If the authorities do not step up, I guess we should all know that all the authorities are shams, shills, stumblebums and sorry excuses for what they are supposed to be.

May truth find its way into the open.

May honesty rule the day.

May the rule of the twisted and the cheats end, so that this community and these neighborhoods and these schools and these school children get the opportunities they deserve, instead of having those opportunities stolen from them again and again.

April 29, 2014

Miagd - then there are the 'west side' students who earned full rides to such institutions as Berkely, NYU, 3 to MIT, 2 to the Naval Academy, UCLA, and a Charger Scholarship - that is to only name a few that covered a couple of years at my community school Montgomery High. Please know, I recognize we are considered a poor community and yes our students may all not have the perfect home life - however, we are a proud community and I am very protective of my communities students - one might argue economics plays a part in the lack of parental involvement on the west side so,,,,, respectfully I ask 'what is the excuse for the no show parents from the east side'? There is need for improvement on both sides of the now perceived great divide referred to as the 805.

Hopefully you understand, I and others over here on the west side think our areas are pretty darn special as well - heck, for one, we are closer to the ocean.

Nov. 5, 2014

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