oskidoll Jan. 25, 2013 @ 10:06 a.m.

FYI, our local high school students may attend Southwestern College to accumulate college credits while still in high school, and they pay NOTHING. All they need to do that is to have a high school counselor and parent(s) sign off on the co-enrollment paperwork.

Be advised that only a handful of GCU programs/majors are accredited. While those may transfer, why pay a premium to accrue credits that MAY NOT transfer.

Further, Sweetwater District has NO LEGAL BUSINESS in using District resources ($$) to partner or promote (even with a website posting) a religious insititution regardless of what bells and whistles that institution might profer precisely because such a relationship clearly violates our right to separation of Church and State.


anniej Jan. 23, 2013 @ 9:30 p.m.

One of the teachers: the benefits that the employees have little to do with their union leaders and everything to do with the broker that the district is using to broker the benefits vs premiums. I would question the new benefits offered "some" of the employees. In order to qualify you must speak Spanish and have been born or reside in Mexico, however you are able to obtain medical care in the US at an emergency room. There was no premium being charged for this coverage.

One blogger seems to suggest that if there were no unions then the ee's would be able to broker a better deal, based on their performance. This person has no clue as to how benefits are brokered. Brand, fair to good employees - surely you jest. This is the guy who favors those who do his bidding, insurance companies do not give a rats behind how well you kiss Brands booty, or how good of a teacher you are, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS I.e. age, gender etc.

Perhaps before persons come here and speak they might do their homework regarding demographics - that is what drives premiums. Teachers are historically female, that demographic is considered to be high cost. Also the age of the district employee population.

I would ask how much do you think BRAND NOT HAVING TO TAKE A NORMALLY MANDATED PHYSICAL would affect the costs?

Hmmm, who is the broker Brand is using, friend perhaps? Not another scandal?????????? Our teachers deserve good benefits, they deserve good pay and they deserve to be treated with respect.

80% going towards employees, I do not believe it BUT let's just say for the sake of argument the % is correct - what % is being pilfered?

Neither Anguiano or the unions are the problem BRAND is the problem, a culture of corruption is the problem lets deal with the problem.

Insurance costs are a nation wide problem, should we blame that on the unions as well???

Are you aware that the district no longer mails out SAT test results, budget you know. Yet Brand is one of the highest paid supers there is. So,,,,,,,, what is he doing for his salary? Olympian was just added to the program improvement list - that speaks volumes.

Perhaps Brand should get out of the elementary and college education business and focus on what he is being paid to do - educate our 7 - 12th graders. Or perhaps we should fire him and find a super who can.


anniej Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12:53 p.m.

Dbdriver: Surely you jest. I have no need for multiple id's. my style, my words, my sarcasm, my humor - it is all anniej....,,,,,,,,,,,,

The issues at hand far too important to trivialize by pretending to be the village idiot.


anniej Jan. 25, 2013 @ 1:37 p.m.

ALL - somewhere along the line word got out that serving as a board member would be a key to the reality show "show me the money". Whatever happened to holding office purely with the intent to serve the people? When did it become all about "I take care of those who take care of me"?

When did it become ok for a school board member to attempt to ruin a constituent via a protective order FUNDED WITH TAXPAYERS MONIES?

What part of integrity equates to a superintendent quitting his position and this fact is HIDDEN FROM THE COMMUNITY? until said super is handed a revoltingly rich contract?

At one point in educational government did it become ok for supers to name part time teachers as Chief of Staff? The same part time teacher who had allegedly partnered with the super in a failed bank. The same part time teach and super who had allegedly formed a corporation offering consultant services? The same super and part time teacher who allegedly was part of a bankruptcy bail out for one of the board members.

These situations are at the foundation of mistrust within the community, these and MANY MORE!


bvagency Jan. 25, 2013 @ 2:13 p.m.

Again, i think this is a very good idea that can benefit our students. Yes we dont have to send our kids to GCU, and as long as other choices are available im ok with it.

I still have concerns over why and how GCU was selected, considering the Fed govt lawsuit, them being a for profit religious school, and the Frontline story, and the fact that at least 1 trustee was kept out of the loop. Knowing how Brand operates, i bet only 1 or 2 trustees knew details about this partnership, and he probably left the rest out of the loop.

Again who from the district benefitted from this? If this idea of Sweetwater U does not cost the district and taxpayers money, and their is no quid pro quo with certain district leadership or trustees, then it can be a benefit to our students. Unfortunately, our district does not have the best track record with transparency and honesty, so these type of decisions that are dumped on us smell fishy!


anniej Jan. 26, 2013 @ 2:28 p.m.

San Diego Unified. 5:00 Cajon Valley. 5:30 Chula Vista. 6:00 Carlsbad. 6:00 Grossmont. 6:00 San Dieguito. 6:30 Poway. 6:00 Oceanside. 6:00 Santee. 7:00

SUHSD. Maybe 1, maybe 2. - whatever it takes to keep the business secret.

TRANSPARENCY - this bunch does not know the meaning of the word


Visduh Jan. 31, 2013 @ 10:12 a.m.

Most charter schools promise to offer a curriculum that has big doses of science, math, technology and the arts (meaning music.) Most fail to deliver. When this legislation for charter schools passed about twenty years ago, it was done to weaken the drive for vouchers. But proponents of the charter schools claimed that local control and unshackling the schools from the rigidities of the state Education Code would allow them all to soar. Most that are still operating are mediocre operations, and many that started are no longer in operation. The usual downfall is scandal. (Scandal? In Sweetwater? Perish the thought!) The little advisory boards for the schools lack the skills to operate something as complex as a school, and so many of them hire out the management to a firm that lines its pockets while balancing the budget on the backs of overworked and underpaid teachers.

There were flaws in the law governing charter schools, and one big one was that the chartering district was expected to maintain oversight of the charter schools. The usual staffing of a district lacks the skills and personnel to perform that task, which involves auditing. So, many districts that chartered schools in the 90's have never met their responsibilities for insuring the charters operate properly. There are a few charter schools that have lived up to or exceeded expectations, but they are in the minority.


Jmbrickley Jan. 30, 2013 @ 8:48 p.m.

"According to district documents, the charter school proposes to “offer a program of study in which science, math, engineering, music and technology permeate nearly every facet of the classroom…."

Other than math, every other subject mentioned has been either weeded out or scaled back at all the schools in SUHSD.


mngcornaglia Jan. 31, 2013 @ 11:50 a.m.

How about the suggested name: Stephen W. Hawking #2... Did they consider something like: Christa McAuliffe or Sally Ride - if they want to “offer a program of study in which science, math, engineering, music and technology permeate nearly every facet of the classroom….”?


angrybirds Feb. 5, 2013 @ 11:02 a.m.

@ Catek, these people are pretty darn emotional in the South Bay because of all the corruption and crap down here. If your guy is all that, then all the power to him, but he will have to prove himself big time. if you read all the articles by Ms. Luzzaro about this place you will kind of understand why nobody trusts nobody down here. Everything is done with a "whats in it for me" kind of mentality. Kids are totally the lowest on the totem pole and the superintendent as well as some of the board has a narcissistic complex.

So cut these people a break and tell your guy that everyone sure hopes he lives up to the expectations you have of him because if not, these people will feed him to the wolves and the DA. You also might advise him to review all of the crap this superintendent is into because he might have to choose which side of the line he wants to stand on.

I hope he did his homework on this district and is ready to come down and get it back on track. This shit has to stop he could be the hero, the follower or he could be the scape goat. Its all up to him but his reputation isnt that good, you have to admit.....


jonesc Feb. 6, 2013 @ 11:24 a.m.

Nguyen contends, “We have police officers for a reason. I realize that cities are strapped for cash right now, but privatizing law enforcement seems like a stupid idea.” Okay, but isn't this a separate issue from debating paying the fine for parking at an expired meter?

The city of San Diego uses meter-reader personnel, as opposed to police officers, for monitoring/enforcing parking. This would seemingly make sense; the skill level to evaluate a meter for being expired and writing a citation for vehicles parked at expired meters is significantly less than that required for being a police officer, the city comes out ahead by collecting parking violation revenue and paying less for monitoring/enforcement personnel.

Nguyen, if you were parked illegally then pay the fine, if you believe you were parked legally then fight the charges. Your questioning of the intelligence of parking monitoring/enforcement by non-police is a separate issue and should be addressed as such.


anniej Feb. 6, 2013 @ 9:23 a.m.

Dbdriver: what do you want to bet your story of 2+2 was the first question asked during the interview process and when he gave the reply you shared - the HALLELUJAHS sang out - WE GOT OURSELVES A NEW CFO !!!!!!!


YubaCollege Feb. 7, 2013 @ 9:11 p.m.

If Alt doesn't want his relatives/kids to read about his misdeeds, maybe he should stop being crooked. Everything I've provided is true and verifiable in the public record. The guy simply has no business having the position at Sweetwater, just as he had no business holding his various positions at Yuba College. As for your charge that I'm a "Trust Baby," are you some sort of closet communist who hates Americans who are successful enough to pass on their wealth to their children? Seriously, I'm not rich, so stop being a tool. Look, I and other people took the time to gather that information because we care about our community and don't like ethically-challenged people running our business. I'm sharing the information I have, which unitl recently I had posted on the internet, because I think people deserve to know the truth about Albert Alt. If it's not the truth, he can sue me.


WTFEd Feb. 11, 2013 @ 6:03 a.m.

All I can say is wow on the latest story on Mr. Alt in the UT. This has been a double wammy for me with this and the “L” Street issue. "L" Street was a tipping point on my attitude about this District. I just do not know what to think other than I have to do my job and keep an open mind I guess on Mr. Alt though it is pretty hard to believe that Ms. Luzzaro and the UT would make this stuff up. I guess this adds now to my increasing distrust with what is going on in the District right under my nose. It is going to be awkward dealing with my collegues at the District. How does a District like this with millions of dollars at stake conduct business like this without fully vetting a person before selecting a CFO for the such a large responsibility. I would have thought that our kids deserved a no controversy CFO like Mr. Knott who could steady the public perception that something is wrong. Frankly I am devastated by this. I have put my heart and soul into doing my part and then this second revelation. At first I thought it was another cry wolf...now I know it may not be so. Let me get more information and comment back as I have to head out the door on District matters.


anniej March 3, 2013 @ 3:54 p.m.

EugeneVDebs: Republican, Tea-party, Independent, Democrat - each of us is a part that makes the whole. It is time to put the labels aside and come together for what is right for the students, teachers, employees and taxpayers of the SouthBay.


anniej March 8, 2013 @ 12:53 p.m.

ALL - it is time for the community to call on Jim Cartmill to do what needs to be done. No more excuses, no more time to be given to 'right the ship'.

Many believed "Jim will do what is right", this is meeting three into his presidency, the public is now questioning WHEN! When will Cartmill live up to the faith so many had in him? Surely he realizes what is at stake, his reputation for doing what is right for the students and taxpayers - surely he wil not stand by while Brand drags this district down any further.

The alleged corruption at Sweetwater has soiled the integrity of many, will Jim Cartmill allow the ill deeds of Brand to define Cartmills legacy -

Board meeting number 3 on Monday - the proof is in the votes, in the comments - my fellow neighbors pay attention to both - A MAN IS DEFINED BY HIS DEEDS, I still hold out hope that Cartmill will begin marching to the beat of a different drum - his own. Brand will soon be gone, he will be living in his community up North - he will not have to look into the faces of the community and explain HOW and WHY he failed our students and us - Jim Cartmill and Arlie Ricasa though will remain living here as our neighbors - how do they intend on explaining what was done to Sweetwater, to us?

I did not ask the question of John Mccann or Pearl Quinones, because, in my opinion neither has a saving grace. Lopez, she is admired by the public - her votes speak for themselves. Lopez appears to be odd man out - the votes 4 - 1. When Quinones was running for reelection she seemed to be casting credible votes, but alas now, she has rejoined the pack.

I am aware that Lopez has been indicted - I also have seen first hand her votes in action - they, and they alone have been in favor of the students and taxpayers.


eastlaker March 19, 2013 @ 1:12 p.m.

Excellent. I would also like to mention the "Compact for Success" program.

SDSU has been trying to limit and tighten access in the past several years, and when I have tried to find out what is behind this, I have heard things such as the continuation and graduation rates of students accepted under the Compact are not equal to continuation and graduation rates of the entire population of students. So that the GPA for admission (under Compact for Success) is rising or is already higher than it used to be, to compensate for the higher "drop out" rate.

I think it would be beneficial for the students, their parents, teachers and the general public to see this data, so that if there is a trend, it can be addressed in a manner that informs those who are affected most directly--the students.

I think that the Compact for Success can be a great motivator for some kids, and a great fall-back position for other kids--but if SDSU intends to re-evaluate it, we should all know the whys and wherefores.

I have heard that there have been students who had completed every requirement of the Compact for Success and then were denied admission. One student in particular appealed the decision and was admitted, but for a later semester. If situations such as this are to occur, all students should be made aware from the outset...otherwise the whole thing is misleading.

And if Sweetwater students are having problems with keeping up as students at SDSU, that should be noted and addressed.

This is the sort of thing a truly dedicated superintendent would be working on, and not spending time going on property tours with real estate agents. In my opinion.


joepublic March 20, 2013 @ 7:37 p.m.

I agree with mko. If I were called before a grand jury, I would definitely seek answers to questions regarding the process. I would also expect the process to be explained to me by those who called me to testify. However, if I decided to ask an attorney to explain the process, I would expect to pay their fees. Also, it seems highly improper for your employer, who might be indicted based on your testimony, to pay for your legal assistance.


angrybirds April 19, 2013 @ 11:43 a.m.

RESPECT, Arile is talking about RESPECT, you didnt respect the public when you took all that money for food and your campaign did you ? Why didnt you (Arlie) rip into Brand for not answering the question asked to him. Who is who's boss? I want to know if Brand would tolerate that kind of behavior from a subordinate. Lopez or any other board member deserves an answer to their question. Especially when it was an item that you were talking about on the agenda. So Arlie you need to get your head out of the super's ass and demand respect for your fellow board member.


joepublic May 13, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m.

I agree with all of the points made here. This is a bad idea, and once again, the public's voice is being ignored. Let's not forget that they're reducing the adult-ed program in order to pull off this "proposed"/done-deal. I find it incredible that this whole plan will have no fiscal impact. By the way, whose money was used for the promo video?


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