montana64 Sept. 8, 2012 @ 7:32 p.m.

Two grandiose charters 6,600 iPads, Are we richer/smarter-- With these sweetwater edu-techno fads? iWonder-- iWorry-- Jobs asunder, Staff scurries. Funds fly. Brains drain. Class sizes high--- Shame game! Brand spins. School board spawns: Resolutions. iPAWNS


bvagency Sept. 13, 2012 @ 8:22 p.m.

I attended the meeting, am NOT a member of Occupy Swwetwater, spoke to the Trustees, and was outraged by the 10News story. I emailed the reporter, and posted on their website on the lazy reporting done by Mr Little. As my email and post stated, the other news organizations present - one of which had a camera crew there - did not even deem it newsworthy! It is unfortunate that our community gets such a lack of respect by 10News. I am an Eastlake resident, and many of us are concerned with the actions or inactions of a majority of the trustees. We know a few of you live out here and your children attend the schools out here; its unfortunate you don't respect us and don't realize we are smart, organized and very frustrated. That is not a good combination for your base of support to feel! And this feeling is spreading like a wildfire out here based on your actions and inactions!!! Don't call us anymore to explain your actions or inactions! Do the right thing and your actions will speak for themselves! But start soon because its probably too late!!!


anniej Sept. 13, 2012 @ 7:25 p.m.

i thank Ms. Lopez for her attempt to set the record straight. why mccann would throw his very own community under the bus like that is a mystery to all. eastlake folks are aghast and commenting, "now we understand who the real mccann is". it is time for the mccann name to remove itself from the politics of the south bay. when someone who has been voted in to represent you on behalf of the education of your most precious gift, children and that someone lies on you, well, what else is there to say? it is time for the mccann name to walk off into the sunset never to return.

while mccann attempted to state that the attendees were 'occupy sweetwater' truth is there were about 4 or 5 there. the majority of community speakers were from mccanns own neighborhood.

i would again like to recommend that john mccann hold a press conference to advise the taxpayers of the south bay why our superintendent has not been fired. he has failed to report to work and a 'duty officer' is running our district; one of the largest districts in the nation. our children have been abandoned by the very person who claimed to have sweetwater running thru his blood. hmmmmm, doesn't sound like the students mean anything to him other than a paycheck.

when john mccann matures and is sitting on his rocking horse, i mean rocking chair most likely he will look back over his history at sweetwater and be as embarrassed of his actions as we all are. at this point he is acting very irrational, which has many concerned in the south bay. sooner or later he is going to implode, we have witnessed him spiraling out of control ever since his tirade at one of his first board meetings when he turned off board member lopez's microphone, when she continued to speak, he jumped up and turned off all of the microphones, then he stomped off of the stage - that, my fellow neighbors was a troubling sight - in retrospect it was only and inkling of what was to come. his irrational behavior borders on .............


Nichole Sept. 13, 2012 @ 8:58 p.m.

I also wrote the 10News reporter and the management for that station. Having attended the meeting - the way this was reported did not even come close to representing the truth of what happened. The meeting was adjourned by Ms. Quinones - and then McCann spoke up about the pledge.

This is why the media gets such a bad reputation - one-sided reporting and no fact checking whatsoever.


Visduh Jan. 26, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Just when you think that maybe, just maybe, Brand is trying to do an honest job and be open in his dealings, he clears up any doubt. That is, doubt that he's just hoping to run the district his way, on his timetable, without any scrutiny from the public. Sure, have the meetings in the afternoon and they will be almost sedate, sort of like meetings of a corporate board. No pickets with signs outside, few angry residents wanting to speak, and few there to witness the double-dealing. Oh, and the meetings can end sometime before midnight. But democracy is messy at times, and in some places. One of those times in now, and one of those places is in So San Diego County.

Vote the bums out, all the bums out!


montana64 Jan. 26, 2013 @ 3:42 p.m.

The sands of time shift. Our students get short shrift. Will they ever catch the drift?


anniej Feb. 4, 2013 @ 8:30 p.m.

Ms. Luzzaro: The words "oversees" - "is also responsible for" are not the same as "DID THE WORK OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT" or "DID THE AUDITING".

But then again I am a black and white kind of person when it comes to money you know 1+ 1= 2. I went to parochial school, we never used pencils as the nuns would have no part of fudging the numbers - you did it right the first time. No hiding behind mistakes,


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 4, 2013 @ 7:34 p.m.

the district borrowed $4.6 million as a capital appreciation bond in April 2011. The loan will eventually cost the taxpayers $54.2 million.

ANYONE who borrows on CAB should be FIRED. Anyone. It is unbelievable that anyone in education is this god damn stupid.


anniej March 7, 2013 @ 7:11 p.m.

bvagency - I am MOST troubled by your comments. HOW DARE ED BRAND call ANYONE'S employer!!!!!!!

I have no doubt that all board members and Brand read these blogs. Jim Cartmill, as president of the board, we are calling on you to reign in Ed Brand. Brand is a reflection of this board, and while I would not expect you to call him out publicly, surely you see what he is doing - remaining silent will indicate that you condone such tactics.

Back when Dianne Russo did her presentation on L street months and months ago she stated that she would bring back more information - Russo is gone and we are STILL waiting.

THIS SITUATION IS INDICATIVE OF ED BRAND and he uses his position to attempt to enter into these money making shenanigans.

Ed Brand, as a superintendent, is an embarrassment to ALL SUPERINTENDENTS.


eastlaker March 9, 2013 @ 10:56 a.m.

I would like to make a proposal, in partial response to the subtitle of this article. (Should The Troubled District Change Their Name?)

As long as Ed Brand is Superintendent, and the four sock puppets are at his beck and call, I submit that Sweetwater should be changed to Swampgas, as that is about the caliber of leadership we are getting from those five.


bbq March 9, 2013 @ 10:05 a.m.

anniej, it's the old shell game being played fast a loose, I am prepared to start a lawsuit against the district for their interpretation of the use of Mello-Roos Funds with the ability to suppliment the general fund funded projects by the 30% ish factor of Mello Roos Kids, we all pay into the General Funds too.... Also with open Boundaries there is no incentive to purchase a house in the Melo-Roos Zones to have better facilities, by the way Olympian High School has some of the worst facilities in the district considering it's in the Mello-Roos Zones as is the overall condition of Eastlake when I've visited there.

I agreed to pay into a facility improvement fund when I purchased my property on a promise that the funds would benefit our local communities and the value of my property.

I've not seen one 'Improvement Plan" on the Eastside in the last 6 years or property purchased with a plan for development into a school site. Lot's of talk about a new Middle School, something we could use, no plan, now lot's of talk about a k-12 Charter School, not a good plan... take care of immediate needs first... overcrowding .. sub par test scores... etc.

Wake up world....


anniej March 9, 2013 @ 12:23 p.m.

bbq I have heard that the district is going to be building a new middle school, and it is definitely warranted.

I do NOT pay Mello however my tax dollars were used to purchase L street, the Third Ave property that has sat vacant FOR YEARS. I also paid for the drive by appraisals of land on the Mile of Cars that was being considered as a new district office site.

While San Diego City Schools is selling off land to SAVE teachers jobs, we are planning to buy land with borrowed Mello monies AND HAND OUT PINK SLIPS - in a fiduciary responsible world how does this happen?

It is happening because our superintendent is NOT INVESTED in our community - he only invests in Ed Brand. He lives North of here and his tax dollars will NOT be used.

I have hope that Jim Cartmill will clearly see this is a powder keg that is destined to implode on any and all board members who vote for it. These Mello dollars are Cartmills neighbors monies. Mello monies are suppose to be used for school facilities not district personnel facilities.

Mr. Cartmill would serve the community well if he were to sit Ed Brand down and chart a new course. A course void of phone calls to employers of citizens in an attempt to silence public opinion, void of get rich quick deals, void of the undermining historically long relationships with entities such as CV Elementary and Southwestern, and void of the disrespect he shows to our educators.

Now is the time to stop Cartmill in Von's - ask the question HOW ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE?

Let us know if we can help with the legal fight, many are willing to contribute.


eastlaker March 9, 2013 @ 10:34 a.m.

Exactly--Ed Brand's entitlement mentality leads him to think he can do anything he wants.

Four out of the five trustees do nothing to rein him in.

I have been calling out about Mello-Roos abuses for a couple of years now, and am glad that there is finally getting to be some traction on the issue--if only we could get more people to realize what this means.

We also NEED to know all of what Ed Brand is doing with the financials.

This is a monstrously out of control school district, and even though many people are under indictment, there is an atmosphere of unreality and denial in the way Brand and the board operate that is mind-boggling.

Part of it is that we do get limited news coverage, due to Brand's web of complicity. (If I overstate, someone, anyone, please jump in and correct me, with all the pertinent details).

Part of it is that many in the general populous would rather think of their community as 'voted the best in San Diego the past 12 years' and really don't want to acknowledge any problems that may exist.

Sad to say...if Ed Brand continues in the way he has been, he will be responsible for bankrupting the school district and creating all sorts of chaos. We will lose teachers, programs of all descriptions and students will suffer.

Yes, these are our hard earned dollars, and Ed Brand is making off with them for his own ego gratification.

We need to stop feeding the monster.


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.


bbq March 14, 2013 @ 10:47 a.m.

To the Giligan's Island Theme:

Just sit right back And you'll hear a tale A tale of a fateful trip, That started from this tropic port, In this tiny Room. The mate was a mighty fightin’ man, The Super broad and cocksure, Four others sat up front that day, For a Civility Lecture, Yes, A Civility Lecture.

The Meeting started getting rough, due to a civil informed crowd. If not for the courage of the fearless Board The truth might be found The truth might be found

The Meeting went off plan because we had the Facts But Adult Ed was still voted down 2-2-1 With McCann, The Super, too. The millionaire, called Cartmill Pearl, The star, Arlie and Bertha, too, Here on Sweetwater Isle.

So this is the tale of our Trustees They've been here for too long a time. They have had to make up a bunch of things, It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and his Super, too Will do their very best, To make the public comf'terble While they feather their nest.

Their phones, Their lights, their motor cars, All paid by you and me. Like Rock and/or Movie Stars How stupid can we be. How stupid can we be

So join us, to Hear what’s new citizens Are we broke or what? Is Boswell St Affordable? or Are Pink Slip Unavoidable?
Here on Sweetwater Isle!

Frustration, Reality, Comedy and TV what a better combination, BBQ


eastlaker March 14, 2013 @ 9:54 p.m.

Interesting analysis of the photo...those are some serious faces. Can we harness some of that discontent and continue educating ourselves regarding Sweetwater's fiscal condition, Ed Brand's schemes and just what McCann, Ricasa, Cartmill and Quinones are thinking when they fall into line?

Cutting programs that provide vital assistance in providing jobs for students and adults in the community should only be done if there is no other option. Then, effort should be made to coordinate with community colleges to provide a consistent and accessible pathway, so that people who are only trying to find their way in the work force do not have to encounter obstacles. Really, now! In this economic climate, won't these classes end up bringing more money into our community because people will use the skills to find jobs and support themselves? Pretty basic economics there, one would think.

And yet this concept was too advanced for Brand and board. No wonder people are angry. But--that is far from the only issue in Sweetwater. Those trials are getting closer. What more will we learn?

About that term, "agitator". It has been used throughout history to describe those who want to disturb the status quo. Rhetorically asking...can anyone name some communities and/or societies wherein those in power would lash out against "agitators"? Pre-civil rights south...tsarist Russia...all sorts of tyrannical governments...because those in power felt threatened by those who were challenging systems replete with entrenched inequality.

The entrenched inequality here in Sweetwater is something of an oddity, because it is not based upon wealth, or education, or ethnicity--it is based upon position. Position can be a very volatile thing. Position can be won or lost when the public either has faith or no longer has faith in an individual, or a political party.

Brand's attempt to castigate the "agitators" is yet another attempt at controlling everyone who is dissatisfied, even though all who are dissatisfied are not agitators. It is as if by labeling people who speak out, Brand is telling the entire community, "These are the people who are disturbing our lovely school district. If they would just quiet down, everything would be just fine."

Of course, we know he is as wrong as wrong can be. We are not a class of unruly middle school students throwing spitballs in homeroom. We are citizens who pay taxes, who demand to know what is being done with our tax and bond monies. The Ed Brand leadership by disaster must come to an end. That Ship of Fools is pretty close to sinking.

Tone-deaf decisions. Reckless spending. Foolhardy schemes. Thoughtless acts by the dozen. Rude behavior. The criminal charges.

This spectacle of disgrace would embarrass most civilized people, yet Ed Brand, John McCann, Jim Cartmill, Arlie Ricasa and Pearl Quinones seem quite pleased with themselves. Go figure.


bbq March 14, 2013 @ 10:25 p.m.

Eastlaker great analysis from a different angle from mine, Ed and crew excuse me, Dr. Brand and the Trustees (Civility,you know), still have the the anchor of believing that they are smarter than the rest of us, I will repeat that a "wise man knows what he does not know" , Socrates....For Dr. Brand this means realizing that it is always possible usually probable that someone knows specifics about some subjects a lot better than he does. Until he accepts this he will continue as I say in the next comment get caught with his pants down.
We all still need to get together and develop a platform for the future of the SUHSD and possibly the rest of the Region. Viva La Sud de San Diego. BBQ


montana64 March 14, 2013 @ 10:35 p.m.

We are not a gaggle of middle school Ipadlings Erasing our IDs, deleting our pdfed textbooks, downloading bootlegged games, streaming videos, jamming up bandwidth, loosing our plugs, cracking our screens, --no we are not.


WTFEd March 16, 2013 @ 7:27 p.m.

A brief comment more to follow tonight. Basketball takes a front seat to this corruption. My comments on UT should not be misinterpreted. Susan Luzarro is a true hero at keeping this subject alive. Let me tell you people at our District read the Reader. Ed probably has the IT people send out the storm troopers if we dare access it at work. After hearing this latest whatever you call it-let me just say us employees must watch our back. UT gets more of the Republican crowd to pay attention when they are not celebrating the military lauding the Pope, or bashing Mayor whats his name. I heard the other day from another mole like me that Ed the Terrible has some connections with brass over there.


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