Latest plans for ill-fated L Street land deal

Who can say no to soccer?

During public comment at the March Sweetwater Union High School board meeting, Jacqueline King, a resident of Chula Vista who has worked in real estate development for 36 years, addressed the trustees regarding the district’s ...

bbq May 15, 2013 @ 10:54 a.m.

timtim my how the shoe changes when you get to call people names and step out on your soapbox.

First off the Review process within the district is flawed as witnessed by the fact that our two Cheer Coaches were allowed unfettered access to students and facilities without passing the background requirements of the District, not to mention being given at least a verbal contract from a district employee. Does this sound like due diligence?
Doesn't the district have the responsibility to Vet their employees? Doesn't the district have the responsibility to protect our students?
How about the bad steering box on the School Box not fixed for over a year or unqualified Bus dirvers sent into the Mountain Areas for field trips?
Should I really have to go on?

Second you are comparing rotten apples to rotten Bananas, of course I am outraged at the situation, but I also have not heard word one from the district/Brand/Board of Trustees acknowleging the issue, an issue the district, yes, and the SEA should be addressing.

So again timtim are you listening to "all" the parents in the district or only condeming the ones who are holding you to a reasonable standard for the position we assume you hold? BBQ


bbq May 15, 2013 @ 10:31 a.m.

Having listened to the Recordings of the Alliant University discussions from Mr Cartmill and reread the agenda item,. I feel completely lied to. The agenda item lists that if approved the students would be eligible to start classes at Alliant Sweetwater in September.
Mr. Cartmill flat lied, did not understand what he was voting for or just played follow the leader, any of the above being contemptable. Where is the leader he supposedly once was?

Ms. Ricasa just wants her perks, McCann is hopeless, believing his own babble, Pearl looked lost or intoxicated, maybe because she sees the hopelessness of her situation, while Ms. Lopez is "trying", hate that word, not succeeding in being a moral conscience, to let's take our time to understand this "Agreement".

Where is the overall academic plan for the district? What input is being used to determine this academic plan? Who is out in the public trying to understand what the customers want?

I believe the answer is obvious there is none, these people especially Dr.Brand live in a sound proof glass house each telling the other they know more than everyone-else.

Where is "Of the People, By the People, For the People"? This group thinks they are the "ONLY PEOPLE" BBQ


bbq May 15, 2013 @ 11:02 a.m.

timtim a running dialog this could be fun as it is my lunch time... I am not a "Friend' to Ms. Lopez, she has the same rights as the rest of the indictees, at least she hasn't sold out and that I have to give her credit for. She at least "trys" to get reasonable answers, something McCann does not even understand, by the way timtim I am not afraid to introduce myself at a Board meeting as BBQ, How about you, timtim? BBQ


teachersrock May 13, 2013 @ 4:35 p.m.

We want to find good honest people to replace the 3 seats coming up for election. We want to get as many community members as possible involved with this process. The district is firing tons of Adult Ed/ROP teachers and support staff because Dr. Brand says there's no money to run these programs. If you are interested in getting involved please email us with your contact info to [email protected] Thanks!


joepublic May 18, 2013 @ 8:56 a.m.

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. —Rod Serling


erupting May 18, 2013 @ 7:53 a.m.

This is definitely the twilight zone. Cartmill's last comment stated that the public would have much more public input into this. What a liar! Some members of this board met with fast Eddy and pre approved the deal. Obviously they left Bertha out of the equation,the only member with genuine questions. If there are still believers in Cartmill this should take care of the matter,what a liar!!! It's scarey how they continue to be this bold when under indictment,and have had the public on theier backs for months. If I hear one more time Cartmill's mantra about I only requested a table for a charitable group I will vomit. I bet when the Grand Jury testimony is unsealed there will be more than him wanting to be popular with a charitable group that I bet donated to his campaign.


bbq May 17, 2013 @ 11:38 a.m.

If you read the agenda item and go with the rest of what was said by Dr. Brand and Jim Cartmill, this is not an MOU or NDA. With firm committments as to what facility, start dates, costs or fee structures, the dance was not just beginning. I look at everything said at the board meeting as fiction if not bold faced lies.

I accused our Board of Trustees of being Elitists, just because they and their kids went to University right out of High School does not mean that should be the only track for all kids.

By eliminating most of our vocational training and our ROP, Adult school safety nets and setting up a four year degree program we eliminate options that many of us "Baby Boomers" had. Our Kids already have a college safety net at our excellent Community College System.

As I have stated before does the Board really think that Engineers, Doctors and Surgeons were born able to Build, Diagnose and Fix things without the practical tools that were discovered in vocational classes like Wood, Metal, Cooking and Sewing? We had to take these as part of our Middle School requirements. Now our schools don't have the facilities or the Craftspeople to teach them and our Board of Trustees is so into the college track that they don't care or can't see it.

I really have a hard time understanding the goal of the SUHSD, first they cannot take care of the Program Improvement issue, which appears to not be on anyone's radar screen and now they are empire building with our tax dollars for most likely their own profit.

Please Board and Dr. Brand show us your overall academic plan for the average student in the district for grades 7-12, then show us the 13-16 planning of most of the students,

Again as I have said before to Dr.Brand and others if you would allow some public discussion of these "Ideas" and "agreements" with the pros and Cons you might get some public support before you steamroller it through at a Board meeting.

Always open for conversation, BBQ


Sweetwater scandal: Ed Brand’s claims contradicted

Did he or didn’t he ask for $40,000?

On May 30, the U-T published the testimony of Sweetwater Union High School superintendent Ed Brand, given to the San Diego County Grand Jury late last year. In November–December 2012, the grand jury conducted secret ...

eastlaker June 2, 2013 @ 10:49 p.m.

It must be another dance--the Fast Eddy Quick Step Two Step Side Step Skedaddle!


WTFEd June 2, 2013 @ 10:54 p.m.

Well what a shock Ed is a liar!!! His whole life he has been a liar and a bully. Because he is so intelligent that is true. But is he smart? I think not..he has let his greed and ego convince himself he is unvinciable. What I can't figure out is why the other employees who have been around like me don't speak up more freely. The reason is we are afraid if he finds out we are toast. Believe me there are others that know things that are lying in the weeds. Long time employees.

How can we let this go on. This is a daily soap opera of embarssments. We all knew Pearl was a Princess. A former trustee Sandoval demanding a $400 plus pen!! Oh Ed you think you did not know this indemic cultural stuff was going on your first term. What a liar. You are the poster boy for a big fat hard turd. You may be a floater now but you will turn into a sinker right to the bottom of the toilet where you belong. Then we will flush you down into the sewer called a little George Bailey, Supervised Probation, mabye some Work Furlough, and personal embarassment. A convicted felon.


anniej June 2, 2013 @ 10:01 p.m.

I am wondering just how long it is going to take a local IRS agent to read some of the PDF's and realize, 'if this bunch failed to report perks and gifts to the FPPC there is a good possibility they failed to report accurately to the State and Feds'.

The pdf's seemed to indicate that certain companies had their employees 'donate' to certain bard members campaigns AND to help them pay off financial debt.

Funny what you pick up when you go back and review the info on the SD Registrar of Voters website - and I am not just talking about donations, there is the 'debt' - very interesting, what was paid and how it was paid, hmmmmmmmm


anniej June 2, 2013 @ 9:37 p.m.

Well, well, well - funny how Jim Cartmills name was left out of Brands Grand Jury testimony (which I read), and Lopez and Quinines were inserted.

So what is the truth Mr. Brand???????

Brand threw John Mccann, Quinones and Lopez under the bus. Additionally, he inferred that Quinones is not very smart. Yet,,,,, he continues to protect Jim Cartmill and Arlie Ricasa. No doubt Jim Cartmill is still be holding to Brand since Brand helped to bail him out of the bankruptcy when Brand was here the first time.

WE TRIED TO TELL MCCANN and QUINONES ABOUT BRAND, but they would not listen


California Public Record Act decimated by recent vote

Will Governor Brown use his veto power? What do local politicians have to say about their vote?

Peter Scheer of the California First Amendment Coalition is calling on people who are concerned about open government to contact ...

erupting June 18, 2013 @ 12:46 p.m.

1-916-445-2841 Governor Browns office. The wait to speak is 2 mins to speak to an aide and express your feelings. The Governors aide told me that he was aware of the largest corruption case in the history of San Diego. I told him how the public records were secured through the Public Records Act. Come on people this is too important to let happen.


WTFEd June 18, 2013 @ 12:57 p.m.

Does the word pennywise and pound foolish ring true? Whatever savings there might be from not having to reimburse local governments will be more than offset by uncovered corruption, deceit, and misuse of taxpayer funds. The $64 question is why is this being done in the first place? Is it because the Party in Power realizes that if they can hide things even more? More of me to follow. I am on a lunch break and got to go. BTW I guess I could informally handle PR requests via this blog and then snoop around the District Office couldn't I? Ha Ha..hey I heard there was some kind of ruckus last night at the Board. Bloggers fill me in. Freaking idiots.


Reader2 Nov. 6, 2013 @ 11:48 p.m.

bbq talks about a grassroots group - that's us! A friend and I had an idea: We may all have been contacting various representatives individually, but I suggest that we contact all the representatives together in the same week and let them know we are vocal and we vote.
If I get 20 "likes", I'll post the names, phone numbers, emails, twitter and Facebook accounts of our local reps. (Cheryl Cox, Ron Morrison, David Alvarez, Bonnie Dumanis, Tony Atkins, Lorena Gonzalez, Sherly Weber, Ben Hueso, Randolph Ward, Lyn Neylon, and anyone else you can think of) You could also forward your emails and have your spouse/partner/friends email the representatives or post your "open letter" on their Facebook page.
By clicking the thumbs up icon you pledge to make at least 5 contacts in one week. Are you in?


helenfarias June 29, 2013 @ 7:26 p.m.

Unfortunately, Brand did not do his homework regarding financial aid via FAFSA. The new FAFSA guidelines that recently went into effect state:

If you enroll in higher education for the first time on or after July 1, 2012, in order to be eligible for federal student aid, you must have either a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (such as a General Educational Development certificate (GED) or a homeschool education).

You no longer have the option of becoming eligible for federal student aid by passing an approved test or completing at least six credit hours or 225 clock hours of postsecondary education. For more information, see the basic eligibility requirements for federal student aid. (

If Brand and his crew would have bothered to ask the teachers and counselors who work closely with the seniors, they could have advised him of these changes. Yet, as usual, District leadership devalues those who are truly the experts and instead seeks input from people who have a self-serving agenda.

To break it down, juniors and seniors who wish to be concurrently enrolled in Alliant classes will not be eligible for financial aid such as Pell grants or government sponsored loans. These students will pay the full cost of Alliant classes (per the MOU). How does this serve the 56% of Sweetwater students who are Title 1? Or any of the families who don't have a huge discretionary budget?

It is important to note that there is no fee for students who are concurrently enrolled in Southwestern Community College. Let's hope Brand's scheming doesn't undermine that partnership, as it truly does serve the students and the community.


eastlaker June 29, 2013 @ 8:56 p.m.

As each new scheme appears and evolves, those of us who are deeply concerned with education in this school district and beyond this school district will do our best to make it clear to everyone affected what the flaws in these schemes are.

We will continue to call upon legal authorities, educational authorities, governmental authorities and anyone who will listen so that we can get all the messes straightened out--and get people in these positions who are there for the right reasons.

Shirley, we are trying to right some wrongs, and keep other wrongs from taking place. When good people work together, much can be accomplished.


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