Twister Oct. 21, 2012 @ 7:38 a.m.

Unfortunately, many (most? nearly all?) NGO's contain (or consist of?) apparatchick/goon-staffers and "executives" who understand, or care nothing for the actual merits of issues--only about political expediency and their fat paychecks. Show me a BIG do-gooder organization and I'll show you a once-dedicated, but now completely distorted "organization" which cynically uses the do-good image as a disguise and a sales pitch. It's a sham--all the way down.

Re: dbauder Oct. 19, 2012 @ 7:37 a.m.

The state will audit UCAN and other groups that live off intervenor fees. That may shed light on whether the whole thing is a racket. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Oct. 21, 2012 @ 8:13 a.m.

Yes, Twister, and maximum plausible deniability often works, largely because law enforcement has been compromised or corrupted. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Oct. 21, 2012 @ 7:21 a.m.

"Maximum feasible deniability" is just one tool in the box of manipulation.

Re: dbauder Oct. 17, 2012 @ 5:08 p.m.


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 18, 2012 @ 10:25 p.m.

This whole scandal and potential fraud makes me wonder if the ratepayers really got a good deal from Shames' representation to the PUC or was his goal merely to get enough concessions to guarantee him a good payday from intervenor fees?

Makes you wonder, totally legit question.


Don Bauder Oct. 18, 2012 @ 9:37 p.m.

Bob: That is the very question that many of us -- including some people quite close to the top of UCAN -- have been asking for some time. SDGE would ask the California Public Utilities Commission for a ridiculous rate increase. Shames would argue for one less ridiculous. SDGE would wind up with a rate increase far more than it probably dreamed of getting. That's one reason the profits of SDGE's parent, Sempra Energy, are among the highest in the utility industry, and SDGE's rates are among the highest in the U.S. Yes, the whole thing may have been a bit of a charade. There are interesting indications of this. UCAN, meanwhile, would get fat intervenor fees, and it turns out that Shames was taking a 10% bonus off those fees. Best, Don Bauder


Bob_Hudson Oct. 18, 2012 @ 9:11 p.m.

This whole scandal and potential fraud makes me wonder if the ratepayers really got a good deal from Shames' representation to the PUC or was his goal merely to get enough concessions to guarantee him a good payday from intervenor fees? And you have to wonder did SDG&E know what Michael's breakpoint was and pad it's rate increase requests by the amount he'd seek to have them reduced? Were we effectively represented by UCAN or was it just a charade? When I see those misspelled accounts (and Shames posing as a member of the bar) it certainly suggests our intervenor was not guided by integrity and principle.


Don Bauder Oct. 18, 2012 @ 2:44 p.m.

The whistleblowers are trying to save UCAN. So are one or two board members. I fear, however, that most of the board wants to kill UCAN so another similar operation can be set up -- possibly headed by Shames. Best, Don Bauder


anniej Oct. 18, 2012 @ 9:08 p.m.

erupting: the community is enraged over brand's new contract. one thing we do not want to hear when it comes time to negotiate with the district employees is WE ARE BROKE - no, we will not stand for that.

mccann, little man that he is blames all that is wrong on the unions. yet when this munchkin ran for his offices he was out there pretending to be unions best friends.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE ALL UNIONS - come to the board meetings and learn what mccann really thinks of you.

brand is given a 2 year contract at the age of 58 - one of the clauses of this 'gag me with a spoon' contract - we, our tax dollars, will continue to pay for brands medical, dental and vision coverage until he is 66 - which just so happens to be when he will elect medicare.

so tell me how are you liking john mccann, jim cartmill and arlie ricasa NOW????????????????????


Don Bauder Oct. 24, 2012 @ 7:04 a.m.

Jefferson, which denies Karen Grant's assertion, deserves its day in court, of course. Is there any significance to the fact that one of the biggest controversies in higher education revolves around San Diego's Bridgepoint, and now one of the burgeoning controversies in legal education involves San Diego's Thomas Jefferson School of Law? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Oct. 24, 2012 @ 3:36 p.m.

Maybe Jefferson should field a football team. That will get its name in front of the public, presumably in a more positive way. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Oct. 24, 2012 @ 9:23 p.m.

Burwell: Bonnie Dumanis has gone far, but has she fulfilled the mandate of her current job? Best, Don Bauder


Jmbrickley Nov. 3, 2012 @ 8:38 a.m.

Burt Who?

The only comment I have read so far on why this guy is running for a seat on the SUHSD board had something to do with Pearl's hair.

I've been attending the board meetings and have never seen the guy at one. I have also attended candidate forums, but Burt was never present.

I do know that Dr. Brand was meeting with Burt a lot before and after Burt announced his candidatancy. As to what this ex-NFL player brings to the discussion beyond his oversized bag of biases, predjudices, and misogynistic attitudes is beyond my realm of understanding. He is everything NOT to have in a school board trustee.


Jmbrickley Nov. 3, 2012 @ 9:36 p.m.

Oh tomjohnson... I know exactly what Burt Grossman is, and I'll stand by my remarks.


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 3, 2012 @ 9:48 a.m.

On being gay and playing football: “An open gay policy for the NFL? Of course. Then we could have open gay receivers prancing over the middle instead of running manly patterns. Then we could have openly gay quarterbacks getting behind the center and going on a long, long count.”

Look, I am not a gay cheerleader, but comments like this should not be tolerated by anyone, especially a teacher. Sorry, he is not a good choice IMO. And some of the other comments were very inflamatory too.


anniej Nov. 3, 2012 @ 3:01 p.m.

SurfPuppy619 - you talk about inflammatory, read his book.

Stan Hochman of the philadelphia daily news seemed to sum it up:

"The Way Things Oughta' Be Told makes Mein Kampf look like a bedtime story"!


oneoftheteachers Nov. 3, 2012 @ 12:04 p.m.

God help us all in the Sweetwater District if this man and/or Quinones are elected. Bertha Lopez and George Cameron are a real threat to the culture of corruption in SUHSD and are our only chance of salvation.


anniej Nov. 3, 2012 @ 3:04 p.m.

Tomjohnston: when a person writes a book about their beliefs, are we not to take them at their own typed word?

grossman may be the nicest guy in the world - but suitable to serve on a school board - based on his words no.


Jmbrickley Nov. 3, 2012 @ 9:59 p.m.

Where in my post did I say or allude to the fact that I did not know who he is? My Burt Who? reference is to the fact that Burt Grossman is a "NO-SHOW" cadidate. He doesn't bother to attend SUHSD board meetings, doesn't show at numerous public candidate forums, and has publicly stated that he was entering the race because he thinks Pearl Quinones thinks she is hot stuff, what with her hair and all. I also added that he brings absolutely NOTHING to the discussion and offers ZERO improvement to the ails that plague SUHSD. I read his book. I read ALL of his book, and I was absolutely sickened by what I read.

The fact that he is more than likely the hand-picked candidate of the current superintendant can only mean one thing, and one thing only. If Burt Grossman is elected to the school board at SUHSD, then there will be NO, NONE, ZILTCH, NADA change in the current management style at Sweetwater. The public wants change at the top, and more of the same isn't change.

And, just for the record, Burt's teaching credential is a 30-day emergency substitute cred. Any college grad can get one of those. Also, if you look it up, you can see his credential expired during his term as "mentor" while he "counseled" those students in SD. His cred was lapse for around six weeks during his "NFL Teacher of the YEAR" time frame.

As a thirty year teacher, I know a teacher when I see one, and in his case... Burt Who?


anniej Nov. 3, 2012 @ 2:46 p.m.

will the real burt grossman please stand up:

on education: as taken from the october 15, 1990 story 'a burt's eye view' by Bruce Newman:

"i was a trouble maker, alwas getting into fights, and i had bad grades - straight f's, as a matter of fact."

after moving back to his fathers house in bala cnwyd, burt attended public schools until the 10th grade, when he transferred to Archbishop Carroll. "i had my usual all f's, and then it was time for catholic guidance". - a whole two years huh?

it appears that mr grossman's memory started at the 10th grade. he then seems to forget the following: "i didn't pay school much mind. we would go play pool or shoot people with bb guns, whatever people at pitt do. i did just enough to stay eligible". does his history as a rebel rouser matter? i do not believe so, but what i find troubling is the fact that he chose to paint a different picture regarding the truth about his scholastics.

on high school sports: while he attempts to promote equality amongst the genders again his words seem to indicate a discrepancy: "i personally think women sportswriters should have the right to go into all male NFL locker rooms, but only after the men have left. THAT WAY NO ONE WOULD GET IN THEIR WAY WHILE THEY CLEANED THE TOILETS AND URINALS". - REALLY? - of the national organization for women and its membership: "when i look at Molly Yard, i get the feeling she might have come from an era when jurassic park was more than a movie". - taken from commentary of Tom Cushman, UT, 6-09-96 - these quotes apparently were taken from mr. grossman's book "the way things otta be"

on being gay and playing football: "gay pride,? perversion, ain't much to be proud of." WOW, now just imagine how gay and lesbian students will feel about themselves knowing one of the board members leading their school districts feels this way about them.

let me provide a few other quotes:

"the NOW gang with its feminists and gender feminists are wackos, radicals that deserve to be verbally smacked around."

then was the Jim Rome interview in which he used the 'n' word.

regarding dogs and women: "either a dog or get married. there's less aggravation with a dog. to get rid of a dog, you take it to the aspca and it doesn't get half your money".

it appears that one of grossman's dogs was a pitbull named 'bernie', in honor of new york subway gunman bernhard goetz.

somewhere along the line mr. grossman chose to skip the class on "think before you speak".

regarding his alleged friendship with dr. brand : "look i know everybody thinks i'm friends with ed brand, we're not friends, he's never been to my house and i've never been to his, WE'VE ONLY BEEN OUT TO LUNCH LIKE 5 - 6 TIMES" hmmmm, any bets on how many times brand took out Mr. George Cameron or Ms. Jessica Saenz-Gonzalez?"

while he is entitled to his own opinions, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER - REALLY? ah, that would be a NO VOTE FOR ME.


Visduh Nov. 3, 2012 @ 3:32 p.m.

If he's Brandara's choice for school board, then you don't want him on the board. Simple as that? Yes, simple as that. Add in his rants on the printed page, and you have a guy who does not belong on any school board, and perhaps even on a school campus, regardless of his capacity there.


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