anniej Jan. 18, 2013 @ 9:32 a.m.

Read the fine print, offered on the attached PDF, not all units are transferable. I am sorry I could have sworn we were partnered with Southwestern, you know the college where Ricasa is employed. Is she sending a message that she does not believe Southwestern can do what a Christian based U can??????????


erupting Jan. 11, 2013 @ 2:51 p.m.

Out of the mouth of babes as the saying goes. Here is a past student that was aware of the culture of Sweetwater way before any of us. Wow this article is a real eye opener. Brand was feeding at the trough long before Gandara came and longer. Someone told me that he also bought his rental car that we supplied him for the time he was with us at a generous discount. Does anyone know about this? Glad to hear from you Susan Luzzaro.


oskidoll Jan. 11, 2013 @ 3 p.m.

Perhaps NOW the County Board/Office of Education might pay attention? 15 indictments, including at least 3 for extortion, should certainly bring the South County education establishment messes to the attention of the body that is supposed to oversee operations, especially fiscal matters, of the school districts in their jurisdiction. The next meeting of the COE will feature the seating of the new representative from District 2, Lyn Nealon. It will be Wednesday, January 23 at 6 p.m. Perhaps she will be more responsive to matters in South County than the prior representative.

By the way, I see an interesting entry in Brand's old calendar: a meeting with Sandoval and Rudy Castruita, the former CEO of the CBOE. Castruita now pulls down a handsome STRS pension in his retirement, perhaps the highest in the entire county. Seems that Dr. Granger Ward, his successor, should be doing something for his pay.


Sjtorres Jan. 11, 2013 @ 3:55 p.m.

These districts need a permanent chaperone from the DA office to oversee activities. Still corruption at SWC. Just look at the Prop R oversight committee : mostly political friends of the board members that make political contributions and have a stake in the contracting decisions. The "new" trustees at SWC are just as bad as the old; handing out favors and contracts to political allies.


anniej Jan. 11, 2013 @ 5:18 p.m.

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REVIEW THE PDF ATTACHED TO THIS STORY - you will not believe what you are reading AND I am not simply talking about the food. Focus in on the auto related charges.

Rumor has it that Brand had an RV at the time- maybe he still does. Allegedly that RV had work done it using district resources. I see a charge here from a company that works on RV's; also I am seeing a HUGE gas bill for one day. Folks back then no one was paying what we are paying for gas now, so why the huge bill?

Am I getting a sense that this is not smelling like roses. Oh, you betcha!!!!!!!!!


eastlaker Jan. 11, 2013 @ 7:17 p.m.

The conclusion would be that he filled up the RV on the public's dime.

With all those meals, it's a pity he didn't have a methane conversion system, because he could have powered his own vehicles...


anniej Jan. 11, 2013 @ 6:59 p.m.

East laker: Your post reminds me of all of those promises made in so many living rooms by John McCann, remember, he was going to clean the district up. Guess he got side tracked after his alleged meetings with Alvey and others BEFORE he was elected. Guess he liked what he heard and saw nothing wrong with what he observed. Regarding Lopez, SHE AT LEAST HAS VOTED ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS AND TAXPAYERS. What has Mccann done? Not a da** thing but promote McCann and attempt to get a permanent restraining order on a well respected member of the group named "the antagonists" -AND WE HAD TO PAY FOR HIS LAYWER about 9 grand worth.

Which reminds of a conversation I had with one of the many complaining administrators "the guy hands me a three page bio and expects me to bore the people in the stands with his bs". " I could not believe it". My reply "and he wonders why we refer to him as 'little man who wants to be king'?


anniej Jan. 11, 2013 @ 6:46 p.m.

Tim Tim: What you see nothing wrong with our tax dollars being spent like this? Shame on you!!!!!!!! What about the rest of you? You included JOHNNY boy, you ate right along with them, or did you forget that fact?


anniej Jan. 13, 2013 @ 9:44 p.m.

Jlbaro: Hmmmm, only 2 dinners and a coke???????? Perhaps he might explain why the contractors that plead guilty in the case donated to his campaign so heavily, and helped him pay off his campaign debt?


anniej Jan. 11, 2013 @ 6:50 p.m.

Can Tim Tim explain the flight on New Years Eve to Vegas? Is there a statute of limitations on this? Is there an attorney in the house? Oh silly me, the DA's office is working on the alleged corruption in our district.


mngcornaglia Jan. 11, 2013 @ 7:01 p.m.

"people wonder if corruption is just another name for South Bay"... no doubt about it. now, will lawyers get them a little slap on the wrist... probably so.


dbdriver Jan. 11, 2013 @ 8 p.m.

By the way, thank you Susan, for once again bringing such information to light.


anniej Jan. 11, 2013 @ 9:45 p.m.

Dbdriver: You Sir have just wrapped this matter up AND put a pretty bow on it. If I could have given you 10 thumbs up I would have.


SurfPuppy619 Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:40 p.m.

Schools don't exist for the the staff. They exist for the students.

Hahhahahahaha...is this a joke, or are you serious??? The schools exist and are for the benefit of the TEACHERS FIRST, everyone else second. Has always been that way since the CTA rose to power in the late 1970's after Jerry brown allowed them to unionize, and there is a direct correlation between the rise of the teacher unions and the decline in student test scores and achievement.



VigilantinCV Jan. 12, 2013 @ 11:28 a.m.

OMG! So glad you are back, Susan Luzzaro. Your voice in the South Bay is invaluable to those of us who want to know the hard facts. Thank you, Susan and The READER.


anniej Jan. 13, 2013 @ 3:46 p.m.

I am in the process of itemizing the expense reports in the attached PDF's. I have downloaded and printed the appropriate monthly calendars for the years in question. I am also researching some of the names of the businesses that Brand used OUR TAX DOLLARS FOR.

A cursory review has done much to enrage me. Brand it appears feasted on the backs of our students. You want to talk about sickening, he starts his morning off at 7 Eleven- coffee and a donut(s) - then proceeds to travel down the coast to the south bay and eats breakfast, lunch and freakin dinner ON OUR DIME!!!!!

I am seeing a charge here for continuing education? What we paid to educate this man? Too bad one of the courses was not on ethics. Ladies and gentlemen, these documents are a reflection of the real Ed Brand - a man so trifling he refused to pay for his own cup of morning coffee at 7 Eleven.

We had/have educators and teachers in debt many thousands of dollars due to their continuing education, we have SW employees taking furlough days - all for the betterment of the kids ------- yet here we sit reading with our own eyes the greed of our superintendent. Tim Tim do not poke the tigress by identifying that these expenses go back a few years as THE BEST PREDICTOR OF PRESENT BEHAVIOR IS PAST BEHAVIOR!!!!!!!!

John McCann, you said you were going to clean up this district -you failed! It is the common citizen who started this ball rolling, it is the DA's office who is left to do what we should have done many years ago DRIVE THEM OUT. Now Mr. McCann put forth a motion DEMAND BRAND RESIGN.

No doubt few, if any, will ever look at Brand the same - BRAND IS AN IMPOSTER!!!!!! It has never been about the kids, it has always been about BRAND.


eastlaker Jan. 13, 2013 @ 4:20 p.m.

I believe you when you say Brand is an imposter. I think we need to get a copy of whatever he wrote for his PhD dissertation and run it through one of the programs that scans for plagiarism. I have always doubted his academic bona fides, as he simply never struck me as one who had the rigor to obtain a real doctorate. (Same goes for Gandara, but we know Trujillo coached him through it).

Yes the pattern of excessive consumption has been there for quite some time.

I guess it is little wonder that when it comes to getting cooperation from those who work in the district office, they act as though they are doing the public a favor if they deign to answer their phones. Heaven help you if you actually need them to do something in a timely manner.

Go anniej!!


Visduh Jan. 15, 2013 @ 10:49 a.m.

eastlaker, you are onto something when you mention Brand's academic credentials, but you have missed the mark in part. Brand doesn't have a PhD at all. He has an EdD, commonly called an "ed doc" and that is something else entirely. Many, many of these career administrators now have them, and they earn them while fully employed. The dirty little secret is that they are easy to earn if you want to pay the fees and tuition, and spend some time in classes. Not too long ago, a couple local institutions announced they were establishing a joint local ed doc program for employed administrators, and that the program was designed to get them the degree in three years. Say what? Three years of part-time study and they are granted a degree that is supposed to be the general equivalent of a PhD? That's the deal. Some of them actually earn a degree from a university that is hundreds or thousands of miles distant, and may make only token appearances on campus. Northern Arizona University (jokingly known as "Flagstaff Tech") has a number of its EdD recipients here in San Diego County. The most any of them could have ever done was spend a few weeks on campus during the summer, and where they would find the time to do the research and writing for a rigorous dissertation, is a complete mystery. Oh, and don't forget that they claim to work 60, 70, 80 hours a week while school is in session. Any time you see that honorific "Dr." in front of the name of a school principal or assistant principal, district bureaucrat, or superintendent, remind yourself that he or she is very unlikely to be carrying anything like a PhD in an academic discipline. That is the case with Brand, Gandara, and a host of other local supes.


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