anniej March 16, 2013 @ 5 p.m.

bbq, if my comments appeared to indicate you were condemning teachers, then I failed miserably to make my point.

Welcome - it is taking collaborative effort to gather all of the data.

The longer the superintendent and board members remain, the more we dig, the more calls we receive - like pieces of a puzzle - one by one the pieces are put together until like Leonardo Di Vinci we have a masterpiece of alleged corruption.


bbq March 16, 2013 @ 4:32 p.m.

AnnieJ, my friend, I was not condemning teachers, without them I would not be able to write even this badly, Any english teacher would easily tell I am an engineer and did not pay very good attention in english class due to my punctuatiuon or spelling.

My point was not to detract from teachers but to use them as an example of broad bursh generalizations, we all have a tendancy to do this. I really believe that some of our situation will require a scalpel to correct.

I have never gotten so involved with an issue like I have with this district and I am not prepared to back off as of now, They, the adminstration and Board do not know what they have started however I am in until the end.

Help me find the next concrete step!!!! Do we need to prevent the depleted board, McCann and Brand from running amok? BBQ


bvagency March 16, 2013 @ 5:45 p.m.

Visduh, lets not forget City Council members in Chula Vista! Not only is the mainstream media staying away from this district, all local politicians are as well. SD County Board Supv Greg Cox, CV Mayor Cheryl Cox, IB and NC Mayors, IB, CV and NC city council - where are they? I have not heard any of them speak out against the embarassment that is this Supt and Trustees! I cant imagine Brand holds any sway over them, more likely this district is so cancerous they just want to stay away!!


Visduh March 16, 2013 @ 3:33 p.m.

Don't confuse authority with assisting school districts. While I think there is some point at which the county BOE can step in to take over some district functions, that doesn't mean that it can just call Brand and order changes, or more likely cease-and-desist. The county department provides certain services to the school districts on a basis of doing it more cheaply and more effectively than can the individual district offices. Payroll is a case in point. The only district that I'm aware of in the county that has its own payroll is San Diego City. All the others apparently use the county system.

I do think that the county board could go on record as being concerned and or dismayed by the goings on in Sweetwater (and for that matter, Southwestern College). It has a bully pulpit that isn't being used. Same for the state board and education department. Even the So County supervisor could call for resignations of the indicted board members. Those big names making noise would get reported, and maybe it would awaken the many, many brain-dead voters who don't know, don't care, and don't vote.


anniej March 16, 2013 @ 2:47 p.m.

Oskidoll: perhaps Randy Ward has not been shown that motto - when I contacted him BEFORE 'the gandara' and the rest were indicted, before the antagonists were forced to contact the DA and FBI, he emailed me with the following statement "we have NO authority over SUHSD" - REALLY???????????


oskidoll March 16, 2013 @ 2:39 p.m.

Good points about the need for a transition plan BBQ.

According to the CBOE's website ( the regular meetings appear to be held on on the second WED of the month at 6 p.m. at the HQ at 6401 Linda Vista Road, SD, 92111. The second Wed of April is April 10.

The person who represents the South County (area 2) is Dr. Lyn Nealon, who is in her first year of her first term. The website lists her phone as 858-292-3515 and her email as [email protected]

By the way, the SDCOE website states that their motto is "Our job is to help school districts.. (I am NOT making it up.)


anniej March 16, 2013 @ 2:38 p.m.

BBQ - it is interesting that you have raised this issue. I too had typed a similar point of view but chose to not hit the enter button.

In a nut shell - well, before I go there let me state I HAVE ABSOLUTE RESPECT FOR TEACHERS, I could NOT do what they do. We are fortunate to have many good people that are employees of SUHSD.

I am bothered by the fact that the majority seem to suffer from 'if it isn't affecting my bank account, I simply do not have the time or energy to attend board meetings and speak out.' I get it, the teachers have a tough job, but what about those persons who consistently show up and speak up against ALL that is wrong within SUHSD - do they not have responsibilities?

Having said that I believe it is important to recognize those teachers, librarians and bus drivers who HAVE, on a CONSISTENT basis, attended board meetings and spoken out. While few, they have my utmost respect.

But where are the rest? Where are the many? I often speak of those good administrators who stay away out of fear of loosing their jobs - I get that - but what of those who have union protection - WHERE ARE THEY?

While I am acknowledging those I respect, Mr. Anguiano is at the top of the list. He has served those he represent in an outstanding manner. He too has suffered for his opinions - let us not forget he was challenged to a fist fight by a backer of one our board members. Anguiano has been called despicable names, yet he continued to fight for the students and the employees.

SUHSD is in dire straights, and it is going to take ALL ENTITIES joining together to bring about the change that is needed. Remember, you may not have a student in the district - however PROPERTY OWNERS DO PAY TAXES!!!!!!


bbq March 16, 2013 @ 2:01 p.m.

Too all my fellow bloggers, I agree with many of your points however we all need to be very carefull not to paint with too broad a brush that all teachers are on the front lines working to the full benefit of our kids thus deserve our undieing gratitude, like anything there great good average and subpar teachers. Is their input to the business important absolutely.

Just as if we use too fine a line between a fine upstanding Trustee vs all of the rest, that we do not create the same uncompromising ineffectual log jam of Hoo Ha, that we have now.

While I really hate the term, "Win, Win" situation or solution, there is reasonable compromise, intelligent negotiation, and peaceful co-existance which I believe is the ultimate goal. Allong with an efficient modern progressive working High School District.

I am not sure what will transpire prior to getting to that point, but we better be planning some type of peaceful transition whatever the outcome in April because someone is going to be upset!!! If we weren't in the middle of budget season, pink slip season, contract season, circulium (sp) season, real estate issues, ethics issues, I would not be as concerned........ but what's going to happen in the Possible vacuum, just Sir McCann and Dr. Brand (remembering my Civility) in charge of all that money, I'm sure the staff will run out of copy paper and pens (Joke, Mr. Quarter Master McCann, sir). I think they are licking their or each others chops, we need to put in a restraining order to prevent any spending or budget changes without a full board in place.

Where is the transition plan, County Board of Education? By the way when does that Esteemed group meet and have public comment time? I think a little disgust and heat may be required over there this Month.

I could keep going but I've found a way to Quote Roadrunner and Coyote, you know the end of any segment is Coyote falling off the cliff until you can't see him for a couple seconds, then..... "Poof" and a cloud of dust, How about us? Where is our cloud of dust? VIVA LA SUD DE SAN DIEGO BBQ


Susan Luzzaro March 18, 2013 @ 7:51 a.m.

Funny how a story like this will cause people to bring forward similar stories. Thanks to those on and offline; I will look for a frame to incorporate your experiences.

Meanwhile L Street, as many have observed, is important. I believe there is a lot more to say and hope to put it together soon.


angrybirds March 20, 2013 @ 10:07 a.m.

Can someone please tell me why these people were able to get free legal advice on our dime. We pay for the Grand Jury and now we have to pay for people to tell the truth also. Tell Mccann and Brand to use their own money to defend their lies and stupidity. BTW isn't Grand Jury testimony confidential? Well their is Brand at his best securing that nothing is said that shouldnt be said. Confidential means nobody knows your going to testify so how did Brand offer to help these so called employees. This pompous ass that plays G-d really needs to go and quick.


cvres March 20, 2013 @ 6 p.m.

Please clear up a point for me, someone. People I knew who had been called to the grand jury in the past were not allowed to tell anyone about their subpoena. If this is the case, then it's unclear how the Sweetwater admin would be able to contact employees and offer them legal services?

Also, if one of the attorneys that was paid is a criminal defense attorney--why would taxpayers pay for that--and what district employee would need that--and would whatever this person was seeking advise about have been committed during the course of working for the public? This doesn't seem right.


eastlaker March 20, 2013 @ 6:38 p.m.

I would have to agree with you. To me, this appears to open the door to a situation where the employee or employees are coached on what is beneficial for the district--not what actually took place.


anniej March 21, 2013 @ 8:32 a.m.

VigilantinCV - I for one appreciate mko "stepping up, showing up and speaking up" on behalf of our students and common sense financial decisions. Where are the other movers and shakers of Chula Vista - is the education of the future leaders of America not important to them? Are they satisfied that their tax dollars are being spent wisely?

Here is an idea, perhaps we should consider mko for super - now I will go on record that he and I will surely not agree on all matters - but at least I would not have to worry about the corruption that is alleged against current district leadership.

Besides, with him we would all know what we are getting - a REAL FISCAL CONSERVATIVE - not a 'wanna b' - hmmmmmm, now who might I be referring to when I say 'wanna b'?


anniej March 21, 2013 @ 8:12 a.m.

Many have commented on this board regarding the possibility of Mayor Cox maneuvering to be our next Superintendent - I say bring her on.

I evaluate politicians based on their actions. I have had cause to reach out for assistance from the City of Chula Vista, truth be told there have been occasions when those calls were left unanswered. Now I know you all will find this hard to believe, since I have this reputation of being sweet, demure, gullible, and supportive of ALL in politics - but, when a few of those calls did not result in even so much as a follow up call I took on my ultra ego anniej self and contacted the Mayors office. Imagine my surprise when she personally called me back. Now not all of those calls were resolved in my favor - however, the very fact that I, as an unhappy taxpayer mattered,my concerns were listened to, and my issue evaluated spoke volumes.

In OUR REAL CURRENT EXISTENCE under the 'law of Brand' could it get any worse? Scratch that thought - I just remembered i asked that very same question about 'the gandara'.

My fellow tax paying neighbors let us not forget who is SUPPOSE to be looking out for the students and taxpayers best interest - it is in fact JIM CARTMILL, JOHN MCCANN, ARLIE RICASA, PEARL QUINONES, and BERTHA LOPEZ. LOPEZ is trying, Quinones occasionally casts a vote on the side of the community that voted for her, but the rest? What of them????????? WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THEM IN THE COMMUNITY - allegedly Brand is telling them "see what I am doing for you? I am earning that fat salary, the more they talk about me - the less they talk about you"


montana64 March 21, 2013 @ 9:04 a.m.

Pink slips--not fun.../ iPad losses---just crumbs!/ Canceled classes....ROP loss alas!/ Prop o buildings crumble, politicians take a tumble/ Sorta stumble, buy a lawyer, save the fumble/ Never ending fountain of funds/ Taxpayers' tithe to the omnipotent ONE!


shirleyberan March 22, 2013 @ 3:45 p.m.

Superintendent Ed Brand has acted like a big shot his entire life. I am his oldest sister, we are a year and a half apart and were never close as brother and sister, because he was bully-boy and distant. As probate executor he alienated my whole family from me so he had better control over family property and resources after each parent died. He is the only son and eldest of four and we were taught to worship his greatness early, continuing on while he was the only kid in our family to get assistance for education. He was average but in high school football and well liked, managing to earn a PhD in education, ensuring his future. Imagine my disappointment when I realized the kind of person I had actually grown up with. He has caused me great harm, and it has been extremely difficult to get over and I am happy to be sharing now. I told him on one of our last phone conversations that he has no soul, and see other interpersonal interactions prove me right. Honestly, when I was 17, I said "shit' and he dared me to say it again or he would do something, so I said it again and he lunged at me, grabbing my throat! I don't believe in censorship either. Peace and Love to the Enlightened Ones!!


montana64 March 22, 2013 @ 9:04 p.m.

Like a Greek tragedy/the story unfolds/ The sweet water family/ oh brother where art thou Shakespeare or Sophocles History bent on repeating itself/ The chorus, an oracle ---sister ----your story is sadly no surprise.


anniej March 22, 2013 @ 7 p.m.

Shirleyberan - no doubt you spent a great amount of time deciding on whether to share. While I can not speak to Ed Brand, the brother I can speak to Ed Brand the Super - and I have no doubt you have read my comments and are aware that I believe he has MORE THAN FAILED the students, the taxpayers and the employees of SUHSD.

I have long offered the personal opinion that he is ALL about SELF - WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?

Many have long suspected that there must be a reason why, Jim Cartmill, Arlie Ricasa, Pearl Quinines, and now John Mccann seem reluctant to vote against him. At the last board meeting he looked as though he was about to burst a cranial blood vessel when Quinones had the nerve to vote against him - and this was not the first time he visually showed signs of being furious.

There are many rumors in the SUHSD mill regarding what has happened to those who have crossed, or had the nerve to disagree with Brand.

The dynamics of family is often difficult - yet at its roots, who knows us better than family?

I wish you peace and much happiness - as I tell all I know - we only go around one time - there are no "Pay It Again Sam's" (line for the infamous movie Casablanca) - You deserve happiness!

Words of wisdom for Mr. Brand - What Goes Around, Comes Around!!!!!!!


eastlaker March 23, 2013 @ 12:42 p.m.

Spring is here.

Wouldn't it be great if Sweetwater could also undergo a renewal. That way we could all work together to make this community into a great place, with contributions of planning and foresight.

Who is sick of being the laughingstock of San Diego?

We do not need to make obeisance to the corrupt and inept.

For example, it is terrific to realize what good and wise people we have working on the Bond Oversight Committee: please take a look at the recent Star-News and the letter to attorney Shinoff from one of the members. (That letter was also printed in the U-T a few days ago). It can also be found online in the Star-News, but you need to search under all articles printed on March 23.

Courage to those who fight for principles and what is right.


shirleyberan March 24, 2013 @ 6:27 p.m.

Ed - You could apologize to the people you have stressed out of their minds so we can all just get along. Ask the right people for assistance if you can't find a safe way out by yourself. A lot of people still want you to be OK.


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