Jmbrickley Sept. 3, 2012 @ 6:58 a.m.

Susan-- Ed Brand was also bought out of his contract when he was superintendent at Sweetwater before he landed in San Marcos. Between the two districts, I would think he has pocketed between $800-900 thousand dollars. Just think of it! Almost a million dollars to be fired. By the time Brand has worn out his welcome here in the south bay for the second time, his plan is to get all he can on the way out.

"Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."

George W. Bush


Fred Williams Aug. 25, 2012 @ 3:35 a.m.

The real tragedy is that these types of devices HAVE been studied in the classroom...

They tend to get in the way of learning, offering more distraction than assistance. At home they're used for games and socializing, not homework.

I did research on similar devices for HP tablet PCs when they were pushing their tablets for the schools...the conclusions were clear. It's better to spend money on teachers and curriculum, traditional teaching, and NOT on these gadgets.

In addition to the maintenance, software licenses, and other issues...they just doesn't help students learn.

I've been working in IT for more than 20 years. I've developed educational software and I've got quite a successful online training program...and I do NOT allow my students to even have their mobile phones on in my classes.

So it's not just a waste of actually gets in the way of learning. Nobody who has studied the issue comes to any other conclusion...unless they want to sell you something.

Looks like another tragic case where money for the kids gets put in the pockets of adults.


No Confidence Petition for Sweetwater's Ed Brand

After 6:00 p.m. on September 7, the Sweetwater Union High School District posted on the district website that there will be a special closed-session meeting on September 10 at 6:30 for the purpose of “public ...

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joepublic Oct. 8, 2012 @ 7:54 p.m.

Seemingly overnight, ex-Anthony's Fish Grotto becomes EyeCandy, and no one in the city government was aware. No moral judgement here, at all. However, something is a little bit "fishy" here.


Visduh Oct. 8, 2012 @ 8:30 p.m.

Utter incompetence and/or a payoff to someone. The bureaucrat who let that get past him/her should be fired. But, hey, this is Chulajuana and anything goes if it pays. How far CV has fallen that its once-prosperous Anthony's is now a nudie joint. Tells us all more than we want to know about the city and the So Bay in general.


eastlaker Oct. 9, 2012 @ 12:04 p.m.

Visduh, I have to agree with you even though I truly dislike the "Chulajuana" designation...

As others have commented here, who knows if there is enough interest in such an establishment to even support it. But maybe it hasn't really been planned to be a legitimate establishment? Maybe it is convenient for money laundering. Maybe the owners are hoping that they will get a big payoff to go away as the developers with the big bankrolls (from China or where ever) show up and want a gateway business with better across the board appeal.

On the whole, it really does point out the lack of critical vision and supervision for the Bay Front.

At the very least, one would think that ANY new business and/or business license would require some on-record face-to-face discussions with city and Bay Front people--and that every step would be traceable so that situations like this could not take place.

Chula Vista really does not need to attract the disreputable bottom-feeder businesses.

Will Mayor Cox step up and get to work on this?


Visduh Oct. 9, 2012 @ 9:13 p.m.

Overrated seafood joint? Well, those family-run eateries were very popular in the area for decades, and the operation just kept expanding. Mama Ghio, son Anthony Ghio, son-in-law Roy Weber, and the family did just fine. But then Roy passes away, and ever since they have just closed restaurants without opening any new ones. At one time they had the Grotto at the wharf with their ultra-gourmet spot, the Star of the Sea Room right next door. They have the La Mesa location, and had a couple different spots in "La Jolla", and also were in CV. Have I forgotten any? Oh yes, the Fishette in the Harbor Seafood Mart adjacent to Seaport Village. In the mid-70's they took over a spot across the street from the Grotto at the wharf and tried to get a new operation going that appealed to a "younger crowd." That was Anthony's Harborside, and for a time it was hot. (As far as a younger crowd, they might have brought the average age of a diner down from 65 to, oh, 55!) Several years ago it just ran out of oomph and folded. There may have been others.

But now they are down to only two spots. The Grotto at the wharf with a Fishette out front, and the La Mesa location.'s all folks!

The local folklore was that even though the places were named for son Anthony Ghio, he was feckless and the real brain behind the operation was Roy Weber, who was--horrors--not Italian. Since the torch was passed to the next generation, the operation is retrenching. When they gave up the Star of the Sea, it didn't portend well for them. There are plenty of wildly overpriced gourmet restaurants in SD, and not a few wildly overpriced spots--such as in Gaslamp--that aren't remotely gourmet. Why could they not make a go of that one of theirs? Maybe the old fashioned fare and old fashioned pseudo-snooty waiters just didn't pack them in as they once did.

But if I had to guess, I'd say it is pure decadence. The family members just don't wanna work that hard any more. Put in a dose of family feuding, and you have the recipe for another business that is going away.


VigilantinCV Oct. 10, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m.

Mayor Cheryl Cox recently chided residents living in the area of the Lake Pointe project (EastLake) about being afraid of the bogey-man hiding under the bed. I think she has met the bogey-man and he wasn't under the bed. He is in the form of the new owners and their attorney of the newest EyeCandy. And he walked right through the Chula Vista City Hall doors to pick up their permits.


anniej Oct. 13, 2012 @ 12:23 p.m.

Sjtorres: perhaps you might want to attend a BOC meeting before you comment. there are NO union reps on the BOC - interesting that you do not comment on the hand picked BOC's of old - back when spouses (with different last names), sorority sisters, and board members of others districts pretended to look out for the best interests of the taxpaying citizens.

IF you pay taxes you should be complimenting the efforts of the BOC rather than chiding them. you sound like john mccann, everything wrong with the district is all due to the unions - HA! funny, he didn't seem to mind those union folks when he was taking their money as campaign donations -

brand fears the integrity of 99.9% of those who sit on the boc, plain and simple. he is not use to dealing with persons whose ONLY interest is the responsibility of the position they hold. he can't bully these guys, no way, no how - now THESE are men that respected, THESE are men who are professional, THESE are men who have expertise.


Sweetwater University to “Open” Soon?

Last year, the Sweetwater Union High School District board voted to support a vaguely worded concept about an institution called “Sweetwater University.” The latest gambit for Sweetwater U is online college courses offered to high ...

angrybirds Jan. 14, 2013 @ 10:25 a.m.

Well put anniej I read your posts and find them very informative and very entertaining as well.

Hey wow, I think this timtim sounds like McCann or Grossman two Republicans pouting because they didn't get their way in the elections. This McCann fellow had the same opportunity to go to the DA as Ms. Lopez but he didn't and based on his voting history both on the CV City Counsel and this board and his total melt downs caught on tape I am surprised he hasn't been charged yet.

Just really pisses me off that greedy people control the money that should be for the kids. They are getting ripped off right and left for sports and extra curricular activities because there is "no money" in the budget but none of these numnut board members can control their "appetite". POLITICIANS SUCK!!!!!


gobigal Jan. 24, 2013 @ 3:56 p.m.

No one is making students go to Grand Canyon. But by labeling it "Sweetwater University" the district is lending its name and credibility to an organization that proclaims openly that:

"A uniquely important element of the GCU mission statement is the defining attribute of its Christian heritage. The GCU community defines its culture by the way its members reflect a committed relationship with Christ and creates the GCU experience in a manner that reflects His teachings to support students and graduates through a successful life journey."

This is inappropriate for a public entity to support.

Add to this that CGU has been sued by the United States Government as recently as 2009 for misusing financial aid money.

Additionally many Sweetwater students are the first in their families to go to college. They trust our district to guide them to sound educational choices such as Ed Brand's baby the "Compact for Success" - selling them on a for-profit college with many programs that are not accredited is inappropriate.

You claim we teachers are greedy and don't care about the kids. I care deeply for the kids and this is not what is best for them. We all have an obligation and a right to express this to the district and community.


mko Feb. 9, 2013 @ 8:48 a.m.

The "L" St. site is not a good one for residential use for a number of reasons. Current planning wants walkable neighborhoods with easy access to groderies and other services. The Bay Front development has as its main connections to Chula Vista "H" and "J" Streets. "L" Street has no direct access due to the overpass. Additionaly, the train tracks and freeway are not conducive to quiet healthful living. So lets recap, "L" Street has no convenient services, is isolated from both the Bay Front and the City Core, and has the environmental issue of the transportation modes adjacent. On the other hand, CV needs job opportunity. The site is presently zoned for industrial/warehouse and commercial uses both of which will be in increased demand when development on the Bay Front finally comes to fruition. Resedential uses, as a rule, cost a city more in services than they receive in property taxes. so Chula Vista should concentrate on higher density residential in the City core, thus building a population that will support the restaurants and stores we would like to see along Third Ave. Chula Vista should not allow density islands such as might be created by higher density residential at SUHSD's "L" St. and 5th Ave. sites.


bbq Feb. 12, 2013 @ 2:14 p.m.

bvagency, The current situation is very simular to the US Auto Companies prior to the bailout, you cannot sell someone something they do not want. SUHSD has such a bad reputation that gimicks, like I-pads similar to auto rebates cannot drag people in if the preception is your offerings are substandard.
The only way to improve sales (enrollment) is to improve the overall quality and image of your product. It is not by bringing out the latest trend or hot rod to get them in the door and giving them money to buy (I-pads to stay).
SUHSD can easily be likened to General Motors the company to big to fail, arrogance and inbreeding in management led it down the merry path and lack of vision. In our system competition is suposed to drive us upward and improve our offering not start swing the bat at every idea that comes allong.


anniej Feb. 14, 2013 @ 8:38 a.m.

Bvagency: it is a well known fact that the students of Sweetwater are being short changed when it comes to everything. Grant monies allegedly being dumped into non profits where for some strange reason the expenses far outweigh revenue, where persons who sit on the board are able to charge for their services.

No wonder parents with children with in our elementary schools are looking for options for middle and high school.

Brand attempting to change the name of the education by labeling it charter.



montana64 March 7, 2013 @ 9:19 p.m.

Up north in a not so distant land-- Is a school board that would never hire Brand. In fact it chose a principal far removed, From the Id that is the district office groove. The willy-nilly spend and buy and bleat--- iPads, charters, upside down land feats. We vote, we take our two minutes of time--- They gloat, and ride into horizons on our dime.


montana64 March 13, 2013 @ 11:26 p.m.

Civics from behind the gate, Where students in scrubs were forced to wait, Loudspeaker blared and a chain linked fence Shivering cold we listened to the 1%-- Teaching us history naming Heros, who-- If they were in Chula, would be outside, too! Please elaborate share explain-- The absurd audacious 45 minutes of disdain, This district has for the working folk. And students, commuters left out in the cold.


Susan Luzzaro March 13, 2013 @ 5:51 p.m.

Every time I attend a Sweetwater board meeting, I come away with many possible things to write about. The students spoke so well on their own behalf -- any one would have been impressed--any one listening would want to see this program go forward.


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