bbq Dec. 19, 2013 @ 11:09 a.m.

My fellow commentors, There are so many issues involved at the Sweetwater UHSD that it is impossible to think that one would not have happened without the other...

Do we have the Chicken or the Egg coming first?

Included in Dr. Brand's aura and abilities is he is a master of manipulation and spin. This travesty of the public trust of "the Gandara" and the corruption of the Trustees was putty in Ed's hands. He has used the intimidation factor to cow what once were "Concerned" Board Members, to the Untrustworthy "Rubber stampers", Congratulations Ed.... meant with respect allong with disgust that you did it and it was allowed to happen.

That's the chicken,

Egg #1, was laid during the first Ed Brand Regime, with the attitude that the economy and development would go on forever. Policies set in the 1990-2005 period were impossible to maintain, the district was "Fat Dumb and Happy" relatively awash in money. The staff and Board spent it like drunk sailors. Onging staff and Board did nothing to correct the issue. Fiduciary or fiscal responsibility, what's that?

Egg #2 was believing that the real estate market would never collapse, again, Ed and his "Pals" really were not the financial & Real Estate Wizards they "thunk" themselves to be. Allong with creative used of the Sell Lease, misunderstood "agreements" with Chula Vista City Council for zoning variences, etc. Please note the 7-11 committee is still trying to straighten this mess out...

Egg #3 was trying to fit all of the Kids in the district into their utopian vision of "College Prep" Curriculum. Our kids will not be ready for college at age 18 without the proper foundation and skills . The district has systematically demolished the "social, skills and training" aspect of education through elimination of any vocational or practical training at many campuses and the ill-concieved "Open Boundaries" concept that eliminates the neighborhood school concept, which worked in the past because the needs of each neighborhood could be more effectively addressed put the extra resources where they are needed.

Egg #4 damaging ties to Southwestern College and the other community colleges in the area, the best Upper Education resource available to our students, through poorly planned and executed "Agreements" with Grand Canyon University and Alligent University. Ed's desire for "Sweetwater University" again Ed not looking clearly out to what's available or using council of people that might have a different idea than his (Not Invented Here or Claimable to have been invented here).

Ed laid all of these eggs and our Trustees, District Staff and FoE incubated them.

Analogy or not, don't stand anywhere near Dr. Brand's shadow.



bbq Dec. 19, 2013 @ 3:05 p.m.

Eastlaker, My comeback to why we need Vocational and practical training in school are these. I am an engineer who graduating from High School in 1975. How did I know I wanted to be an engineer?

First in 6th grade, (1st middle school class in our district), we all, boys and girls took a quarter each of wood shop, (winding electric motors), metal shop (learning fabrication techniques), Sewing and cooking, (learning household budgeting).

As a Freshman 9th grade we had a course called "Industrial Adventure" again a qtr each of Metal shop, (I ran a foundry and a friend and I Designed and fabricated a sno-bike), Wood Shop, Automotives, (we toredown and rebuilt lawn mower engines) and finally Mechanical Drawing.

Other than math and physics I use many of these skills to this day.

Our current path in education pushes us to 'Common Core" and "Critical Thinking" while these slogans sound good, reality is the creativity of the student gets pushed deeper and deeper inside and does not come out. I saw this with my two older boys, graduates from Olympian HS.

Critical thinking requires experience, it requires failure along with success! This is to give the ability to judge proper verses improper behavior. It requires understanding how gears mesh to transfer motion, the difference between Potential verses Kinetic Energy! It requires hands on so the feel of a fastener or an assembly or lump of clay can be used to describe or explain something. Why? Because these are analogies to a properly functioning society or work situation.

Yes a lot of deep thinking and philosophy worthy of a lot more debate, No doubt Bill Gates is a genius but does he get his hands dirty?

I ask that of a lot of people and more and more americans don't. My utmost respect for Mechanics, plumbers and electricians, heck all of the trades.....

As for common core, One size does not fit all, (Analogy) From my years working as a bicycle mechanic, a universal bicycle part will not fit any bicycle in this universe.....

That's my take for what it's worth, look back at previous comments and you'll see a trend.



LaLucha Dec. 29, 2013 @ 9:41 a.m.


This is a LIE. Staff? They don't care about staff. Fiscal stability? Come ON! When do they fire the principals who BULLY TEACHERS and STRESS THEM OUT until they are SICK and everybody hates coming to school, hmm?


miagd Dec. 29, 2013 @ 9:02 p.m.

Parallel universe. Duplicitous delta. DA. FBI. Sunken sub. NOPE. We have all been waiting for the explosion that rips the rotten core out of the corruption in the SUHSD, but nothing happens. A tiny rip. A minor burp. Parallel universe, indeed. Those of us in the trenches continue to hold the district together. I'm worn down. La Lucha is correct that many who once loved their jobs now hate going to work. Too sad.


miagd Jan. 19, 2014 @ 9 p.m.

To joepublic, helenfarias, anniej and all others who supported picketing in front of and around the neighborhood of Cartmill. A big thank you. To shirleyberan, there have been major picketing efforts at the SUHSD board meetings, to no avail. To visduh, oskidoll and all others who thought it was a bad idea, I want to ask what are some suggestions you have for this situation? You seem to agree that the what is happening in the SUHSD is out of control. What do you think would catch the attention of the people who have continually turned their backs on what matters to the students in their district? When the DA says it seems like the worst corruption case ever and attorneys in the know say it's a slam dunk against the district and NOTHING HAPPENS? Grass roots efforts are not always successful but if the suits can't do it and the desire to prevail is still there, what choice is there?


PencilPokinVelma Jan. 19, 2014 @ 7:33 p.m.

I am a principal and I NEVER get evaluated. We use the formal evaluation on older teachers when we want to try and fire them just before they retire so the district won't have to pay their retirement and health care. We get a bonus for that!


PencilPokinVelma Jan. 20, 2014 @ 6:44 p.m.

Well, you teachers want to organize, but by the time you get done with those classes tomorrow you will be too tired to cause any more trouble. And you had better get all five parts of the learning target up there, because that is how we do our walk-through evaluations. It is easy to tear apart a teacher if they were too lazy to get it all written up there properly for each class. And we like to do walk- through evaluations on a Tuesday after three day weekends, because teachers are more likely to get lazy, and we get in there and bust them with a bad evaluation, especially the older ones that think they are so experienced. Those are the teachers that cause all the trouble. Yeah, you just organize all you can, but we will get you, because we can read your emails.


Shineqi Feb. 6, 2014 @ 9:20 p.m.

@studentsfirst - I have reviewed posts and comments on the SEA Facebook page going quite a ways back, and I can't imagine to what you are referring. Occasionally we call liars liars, and we often refer to sycophants as such. Mostly we write in support of our brothers and sisters whose jobs are made more difficult on a daily basis by a dictatorial superintendent and his gutless board.

The basis of Ms. Luzzaro's latest article is a collection of emails which are public record. The remarks about the administrators that were most damning were made by the administrators themselves and a few toady teachers. Luzzaro is not our ally, and we don't want her to be. We want her to remain a journalist who tells the truth. The truth just happens to be on our side.


anniej March 14, 2014 @ 8:01 p.m.

I am hearing from PARENTS that they are intending to keep their students home if the teachers strike. No money coming into the District 'too bad' they say. 'It is not like Mr. Brand, Mr. Cartmill or McCann care about the students or taxpayers anyway'! The parents see this as their opportunity to take control and send a stern message - YOU HAVE FAILED - our students, our teachers and the taxpayers - we are in control now!!!!!!!!!


miagd March 14, 2014 @ 8:40 p.m.

It is true that the Board and Dr. Brand do not care about the community, the parents, the students, the staff (have I left anyone out?). If a person is truly interested in the students, they would not be making the decisions of this superintendent and board. It is all too sad.


miagd March 21, 2014 @ 8:17 p.m.

There is a secret Kool-Aid called Greed & Power. Please don't find out where to get it. It will change you, too.


miagd March 21, 2014 @ 8:15 p.m.

So, David Malcolm can't give money. His wife can? Slimeballs. Money corrupts absolutely!


SpecialEd March 31, 2014 @ 10:38 a.m.

The headline of this article sounds like it might actually be interesting. But what a letdown. I thought this article was going to be about a great educational leader who is called on to make some tough decisions to keep his impoverished school district afloat. The picture is also uninteresting. Haven't we all seen enough of these teacher's union people? Who do these teachers think they are? This is not how you get respect, teachers. You want respect? Sorry to inform you, YOU CHOSE THE WRONG PROFESSION. Politicians , computer salespeople, student assessment Corporations, and our teams of attorneys run the big ball games here at Sweetwater. Let's work together?


SpecialEd June 28, 2014 @ 12:14 p.m.

Why walk away from the table when you still have some cards in the game?


eastlaker June 28, 2014 @ 1:17 p.m.

Yup, the Fast Eddy Scheme and Scam Team is still working on their fast break!!


anniej June 27, 2014 @ 5:23 p.m.

While anniej, who normally has ALOT to say, she is choosing instead to lead the comments off with this heartfelt thought:


Two, four, six, eight - who do we appreciate SUSAN, SUSAN, SUSAN!


eastlaker Nov. 5, 2014 @ 11:33 a.m.

Prime example of the Ed Brand era of education in Sweetwater: lack of intelligent planning, possibility of something unethical in the selection process, students running with the opportunity to play video games and watch porn.

Is it any wonder that the public, the teachers and the taxpayers have not been happy with Sweetwater's administration?

So many areas need looking at in Sweetwater. I hope all the results of corruption, ineptitude and laziness will be eliminated from Sweetwater--Ed Brand wanted a legacy, looks like he got one, and it isn't a good one.


Visduh Nov. 5, 2014 @ 4:53 p.m.

I was thinking of the Brand legacy too, and how these high-tech toys should be remembered. We all can now wait and see if Brand has any fallout from his three years in the supe seat. There must be something he did that was very wrong--just look at the bandits who hired him. Anybody out there listening, Bahnee? FBI? State board of education? Tom Torlakson? Anybody? Nah, nobody's home.


dbdriver Nov. 5, 2014 @ 12:45 p.m.

I remember a meeting at the high school last year, where administration was going over the process for the iPads for incoming Freshmen for this year. They were touting the iPads as being the only device for reading eBooks (Hello, Kindle? Nook?)

Also the district was getting huge discounts and training on the devices, due to the quantities being purchased. (Wouldn't just about any other manufacturer provide discounts and training for quantity purchasing?)

This isn't the first time the district has attempted the technological toys route. When my daughter was in 8th grade, the district gave out netbooks to 7th graders. I don't know what came of that technology, but I think the netbooks were better than the iPads.

The district claimed that our students need to learn this technology to be ready for the real world they graduate into. But they're completely backwards on implementation. They use the iPads to lure 7th graders from taking the Charter School route. They should be starting with the 12th graders, and working their way down. You know...the ones who are currently graduating into the real world. Not the ones that have years to go.

By using current technology from the 7th graders on up, they are sending 5 grade levels of students into the real world without preparing them.


anniej Nov. 5, 2014 @ 1:01 p.m.

IPADS, due to the poor planning - I take that back, NO PLANNING thanks to Dianne Russo's rush to purchase them are failing at the high school level. Many students are not even taking them to high school - those that are, having a fun time with the games they have downloaded. High school teachers being expected to perform miracles with little to no training and few if any resources on the IPADS.

New Board members, we have been subjected to 'presentations' by District personnel on how wonderful the IPADS are - which have been akin to smoke being blown thru our brains. It is time for our new Board to send the message - ON THIS, AND ALL ISSUES WE WANT TO HEAR AND LEARN THE TRUTH FROM OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR STUDENTS.

I will be bringing some of the truth to the next Board meeting -


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