eastlaker May 11, 2013 @ 5:39 p.m.

Chula Vista Elementary School District's motto is "Each child is an individual of great worth."

Ed Brand's motto for Sweetwater might just as well be "Each child, parent and taxpayer is a potential mark and source of money for us (my loyal voting block and myself) to scam, extort and bleed dry."


oskidoll May 11, 2013 @ 5:24 p.m.

Eastlaker, you are so very on target! This situation has all the 'odor' of the serial lies, bobbing and weaving, sleight-of-hand and foot-in-mouth we saw from the District and Fast Eddy in regard to the toxic-dirt brouhaha at Southwest High School. Same disregard for the taxpaying pubic and for the innocents he has again deceived.

Viewer, you must be new to the conversation so we will let you know that this is indeed about the taxpayers (us) and the taxpayer dollars (ours) that are flying out the window as wasted resources every second Fast Eddy is in charge.

BUT, this is also about ithe District leadership personnel WE PAY and their lack of integrity, honesty and fair dealing.

Good fiscal management and scrupulous management should go hand in hand. Sadly, Fast Eddy and his hacks, and the corrupt Board, have no ethics or principles. THAT is why we continue to protest actions taken by this school district that are unfair and unprincipled. Such actions are wasteful of taxpayer money because they put the District in legal jeopardy. It is likely that tons of OUR taxpayer money will be expended in the District's attempt to justify their malfeasance. Their lawyers are expensive, and of course, we Taxpayers end up footing the bill.


rlee May 13, 2013 @ 11:07 a.m.

This is a shame!! I personally know these coaches and they are dedicated to cheer and the girls they coach. They put in the time and should be fairly compensated. This is time that they took away from their lives in good faith working for their former school district and coach, all of whom they thought they could trust. What's happening school Board? Why is it not that simple to just pay them and do the right thing?!


MissLee May 13, 2013 @ 10:59 a.m.

What a shame!!! How unfortunate that our school district is putting these young women through such a mess. These girls should be compensated for their hard work. I was a cheerleader in high school, and I know how much time and passion the coaches pour into their team. Countless hours of practice, games, and fundraisers... It's not right that their dedication and time isn't being considered. I hope the school board takes a good look at how poorly these girls were treated and that they find a way to make it right!


oskidoll May 12, 2013 @ 4:59 p.m.

Very interesting turn of events, all to make even more chaos, more smoke and mirrors.

IF the cheer coaches are actually considered employees (and it seems they have not had any of the formal 'hiring on' processes such as fingerprinting, social security number, W-4 forms, etc) the discussion can be property dealt with in closed session as a personnel matter.

However, per the Brown Act, any employee whose 'service' to the public ageny is on the agenda for closed session discussion may requst and be granted the right to have that conversation in public session.

However, it seems to me that these cheer coaches may not be actually employess, but are rather performing contracted service. How are the athletic coaches hired at the sites? If they are not 'regular' employees (and I believe that not all are regular PE teachers) there should be some protocols for payment of their stipends.

So, just who is the Brown Act supposed to 'protect' here via closed session? If there is a formal complaint against McLaughlin and /or Brand, that can be handled in closed session, but either MAY elect to have the discussion in open session. Again, why don't they elect to take the high road and stop making buck-passing excuses. and have the Board deal with the matter in public, and do what elected officials are suposed to do and DIRECT their CEO to get on with it and PAY UP.

And why is Brand making Rodrigo a scapegoat if the cheer coaches were hired by a DISTRICT employee known as a 'cheer advisor'? Why is he now mandating that it be the site principal who must find the money? Again, Brand has the resources to just PAY THE BILL NOW.


eastlaker May 11, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Yes, in case anyone has still been wondering, this latest escapade amply demonstrates what Ed Brand is really all about: lying, stealing from others, creating an atmosphere that misleads, colluding with other staff members (definition being conspiring to commit a fraud), being a public source of misinformation...I could go on and on.

This is the way Ed Brand does business on a daily basis: he has done this when it comes to his CIF Grand Designs, he has done this with all the cancellations of successful and needed programs throughout the Sweetwater UHSD, he has done this via underhanded agreements with universities (one a Christian "for-profit), forcing public school counselors into strong-arming a quota of Sweetwater students into taking classes their parents will have to pay for--when our taxes are already paying plenty.

He has diverted and misdirected funds so that Mello-Roos monies are misapplied; he has mandated the maximum annual increase in our Mello-Roos fees while not applying those fees in the correct and legal way.

He has done his best to keep information from the Bond Oversight Committee, trying to keep them in the dark so that they can't track down the full extent of his wrongdoing.

He has publicly shown his lack of respect for all of us: students, parents, teachers, taxpayers through his extreme arrogance and bald-face lies.

The lady for whom the auditorium at Eastlake High School is named, Ruth Chapman, was known to have said: "If Ed Brand's lips are moving, he is lying!"

That is the one thing that can be relied upon with Ed Brand.

It is long past time for this community to be done with Ed, his lies, his schemes and his vicious, bullying personality.

Let us all show up at the board meeting this Monday, and tell Fast Eddy exactly what we think of him and his lying, thieving ways.


DC1 May 12, 2013 @ 3:02 p.m.

Three people with power to pay these young coaches have collectively decided that the it was in the school's and District's best interest to instead cheat these young ladies, secretly replace them with the very coach Sesha Haynes who hired them, now that her job is a cakewalk at this juncture. And even further who cares if they all destroy the repuations of these young ladies in the process! You know Haynes likely had her job threatened bt these three culprits, specifically McLaughlin, Rodrigo and Brand in that order.

To make matters worse, the President of the Board, Jim Cartmill, was asked to investigate this complaint against Mclaughlin's and Brand's handling of the matter in private session, which is the manner in which a personnel complaint should be handled according to the Brown Act.

However, Mr. Cartmill handed the issue back to Mclaughlin to investigate himself anfd Brand!! This, mind you, is ALL in writing with McLaughlin misquoting the Brown Act, in keeping with his position of Mr. NON-compliance officer, in support of Cartmill's suggestion that McLaughlin investigate himself!! SO, ALL of these guys are deserving of whatever tomatoes hit them in the face publicy as they were ALL given every opportunity to make things right privately and avoid public humiliation.

But it gets even better, as McLaughlin tried to pass the distinguished honor of investigating himself on to Student Services suggesting that this complaint be taken to Mercedes Lopez and/or her boss, Ramon Leyba. Lopez was utterly confused about this and indicated that this was NOT her job and that McLaughlin ONLY reports directly to Brand!! She confirmed that this was the job of the Board to investigate a complaint against McLaughlin and Brand. ALL of this in writing as well!

I am afraid that McLaughlin has duly earned the name McStupid in this fiasco, misquoting the law, public and District regulations, in writing no less! All of this in an effort to be in totalitarian control of his mission to investigate himself, intimidate, bully, cheat and defame these coaches! And all with Rodrigo, Brand and Cartmill being complicit! This stench is worse that the wind currents from our local landfill!

You would think Cartmill, being under indictment would want to avoid this kind of public scrutiny, and minimally render the appearance of re-habilitating himself, insincere as it may be. And Brand, Cartmill or ANY Board member, for that matter, as they have ALL been duly notified of this issue, dare not attempt to keyhole this is as a private personnel matter at the meeting, as they have all been reliant upon the veracity of Mr. NON-compliance himself who is on the record claiming the very opposite! Deservedly you are indeed, McStupid!

This is all so pitifully corrupt that it literally evokes a visceral response!!I Hope to see many just as sickened faces on Monday!


DC1 May 12, 2013 @ 2:54 p.m.

You brought up a great point, oskidoll, that reminded me of what Ed Brand indicated when he backed Montgomery's principal, Rodrigo, in cancelling the remainder of the cheer program because it wasn't worth it. Brand indicated that there were indeed funds availbale to Rodrigo if he wanted to pay both girls and continue the program. According to Brand, Rodrigo need only, and I quote, "borrow from Peter to Paul." And there you have it.


DC1 May 11, 2013 @ 2:10 p.m.

No moral compass, indeed!!! It's solely the self-serving "buddy system" at play here! Ruining lives and cheating people outside of their inner circle of is all in a day's work!


Stacy39043 May 12, 2013 @ 1:57 p.m.

It is absolutely wrong to have Revanna and Vanessa do all that work and not pay them!!! I'm sure anyone of those individuals who work for this district would be pretty pissed off if they weren't getting the money for their work


oskidoll May 12, 2013 @ 1:27 p.m.

MEMO TO FAST EDDY (CONT'D): Oh, and Ed, I am guessing you have some sort of discretionary fund in your Superintendent's budget, perhaps funded by some of the revenue that comes in from Pepsi or Coke vending contract that will cover the payment to these coaches. It is a relatively small amount after all, especially compared to your compensation. You could probably cover it out of your montly expense account. Won't take long to write the checks.


oskidoll May 12, 2013 @ 1:14 p.m.

MEMO TO FAST EDDY: It is really so much easier to take the high road, do (as so many others are saying) the RIGHT THING, tell the truth and admit that mistakes have been made here.

If you tell the truth, you will not have to scramble to make up cover-your-ass stories and remember what lies you have told about what and to whom. You can avoid playing the blame game, and pointing fingers at your staff.

Own up to it....try it...it will feel so much better. Apologize to the coaches and those you have blamed...take the hit yourself EVEN IF someone else goofed up. That is YOUR JOB and why you earn the very, very big bucks. And for GOD's sake, PAY THEM what they have earned!! If you pay them on Monday, I'll bet you will avoid some of the verbal tomatoes that will otherwise surely come your way during Public Comment session in the Board Meeting.

You have a PR person: have that person write a statement that accepts the blame and says you are sorry and that the girls are being paid NOW. THat is what leadership should look like. GEESH!


SB28 May 12, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

WOW!**!!UNBELIEVABLE!!! Are we for real here???!!! It is such a shame that these two young ladies have to learn that not all people will "Do The Right Thing"...but to learn that from those who represent the California educational system! If you can't help instill in our young people the values of fairness, honesty and integrity in "leading by example" then you shouldn't be where you are! It is a crying shame that the young ladies have to put up with such B.S., enough already..just pay up and stop their frustration, time and money to deal with this!!! None of this is necessary if people in charge of this step up to the plate and DO THE RIGHT THING**


anniej May 12, 2013 @ 11:14 a.m.

What has enraged the many is the fact that Brand said the young ladies would be paid, yet McLaughlin overturned the decision. Sweetwater has become 'dysfunction at its best'.


do_the_right_thing May 12, 2013 @ 8:50 a.m.

As a 40-year veteran in the California educational system, I am not surprised with this turn of events. Yet it still shocks me that the very system that should be supporting and rewarding these young ladies, who give their time and resources to teach values to our children, is instead punishing and diminishing their efforts. Shame on you! DO THE RIGHT THING and represent the California educational system properly. Let the children, parents and community that you represent be proud of your decisions rather than ashamed. DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN.


outpouring May 11, 2013 @ 8:46 p.m.

This is an outrage. These young ladies need to be paid. How would you feel if it was your daughter. Do the right Thing.


erupting May 11, 2013 @ 8:25 p.m.

The board will support Fast Eddy and McLaughlin on this issue as they always do. There stories will not match but that never stopped this board from supporting anything they want to do. Tell them off Lopez then pass Big Ed's hat around to see if we can pay these young ladies.


anniej May 11, 2013 @ 8:08 p.m.

It is important to note that it was McLaughlin who made the decision not to pay the young ladies.

My question is this, why is McLaughlin heading up the Athletic Dept when we have others on our District who would do a far better job? We have persons in our district who went to school at OUR schools, they were star athletes, they earned ATHLETIC scholarships and returned to pay it forward. Yet Brand brings in McLaughlin whose only credentials seem to be 'part of the good old boys club of Brand'. These are the creds we value? That would be a NO!!!!

Rumor has it it that Brand is looking to bring Grossman in in some vague capacity. Just what we need a homophobic, woman hating, n word using mentor. For confirmation please read Grossmans book, hard to believe Brand would publicize his admiration for the man by allegedly telling a recent BOC candidate that he (Brand) would like to work Grossman into our District.

For all of you new to the Sweetwater District discussion I would highly recommend you research past articles on our district that have appeared in the READER, also past articles on the largest corruption case in San Diego history appearing in the UT.

Please be motivated to attend the board meetings, help us prepare for the 2014 elections when we will be able to vote out three of the board members. Also, follow the corruption case which will begin early next year and read the soon to be released Grand Jury transcripts.

It is important to educate yourself on the issues.


anniej May 11, 2013 @ 7:53 p.m.

viewer: while I do not know who oskidoll is I know his/her posts. Please know I do not believe the comments made were negative or intended to be a slight. WE, ALL OF US are the community. Oskidoll has been in the fight to bring about change at Sweetwater for a very long time.


oskidoll May 11, 2013 @ 7:18 p.m.

Viewer: sales tax does not a property tax payer make! FYI, our schools are funded by way of the property taxes collected throughout the district. We are the taxpayers who are being wronged, and our children who are supposed to be served by the School District we fund. Nevertheless, we are all in this together. What's the dispute here?


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