oskidoll Nov. 5, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m.

Mc Laughlin's checkered past and present inability to even converse politely and professionally with the reporter (or a member of the public) do not seem to comprise a skill set necessary for any administrator to succeed. It appears that Ed has housed his buddy and fellow bully McLaughlin as a caretaker of an empty building and left him alone to make work up as he goes.....Viola...the Sweetwater Athletic Hall of Fame springs out of nowhere from an employee who was never officially hired by the District.

Eastlaker is correct: Our not so trustworthy 'trustees' and their CEO Fast Eddy Brand have sold out, sold the students down the river, and left the parents, taxpayers, and community holding the bag.


bbq Nov. 5, 2013 @ 11:26 a.m.

Yesterday, I was contacted by Champion Research and asked about some issues in Chula Vista and about name recognition of several possible candidates for City or other positions. I answered that I felt the biggest issue in Chula Vista and the South Bay Area in General was the out of control Sweetwater Union High School District, which goes without saying in this forum.

When asked about name recognition a couple of names came up, John McCann and Bert Grossman along with Elizabeth Cox and a couple of sitting Council People. I gave a complete description of my distain for John McCann and Mr. Grossman as being inept, self-serving, self-aggrandizing Neo-politicians. As for others that have been mentioned anyone that has the name of Cox would be low on my personal choices list, sorry Elizabeth but career politicians or their relatives need not apply.

As for everyone else on the list your name recognition now goes in my mind as related to McCann and Grossman, weather you are or not. If the sponsoring organization of this survey is anti-McCann or Grossman, putting your candidate in the same category as McCann and Grossman is not a good strategy.

Ladies and Gentlemen running for political office, it’s time you stand out, state what you believe in and be honest with regards to the corruption rampant in our region.

Being a Friend of Ed Brand, is not a good thing!

By the way I would categorize myself as a moderate conservative, put that in your book republicans…



The money behind Recall Bob Filner committee

Almost $100,000 to take down the San Diego Democrat, $25,000 from Los Angeles developer

As is usual with most San Diego political dramas, big real estate money played a major role in the summer campaign to recall embattled San Diego mayor Bob Filner, tainted by a sexual harassment scandal ...

Psycholizard Nov. 1, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

You neglected to remind that the scheme was a punishment looking for the crime, started at the same time Filner took office, that Michael Pallamary, it's founder, is a lawyer devoted to jamming architectural atrocities past city zoning. Bob Filner's crime was standing up to Mr' Pallamary's developer backers. Pallamary mentions nothing else on the recall petition.


jibaro Nov. 6, 2013 @ 11:48 a.m.

Anniej, could not agree more. The judicial and election systems will create a unique opportunity to make sweeping and bold changes. Who will stand that can meet the challenges? Anniej, many of us want to know the names of the people you think can lead us out of this mess. It is time !


anniej Nov. 30, 2013 @ 3:26 p.m.

My opinion only -

To the average taxpaying homeowner who values educating our youth - the Union appears weak. It is clear Brand is doing what he believes he can get away with. Why not ask for help from the Teamsters?

*for the record I am not, nor have ever been a member of a union, but I do believe in them - why? Well, take a look at Ed Brand - - he is the Wikipedia definition of why unions are necessary.


LaLucha Nov. 1, 2013 @ 4:02 p.m.

The shame and scandal in Sweetwater UHSD smells horrific as Ed Brand, the doctor of DEATH and illness, snatches away teacher's healthcare benefits, and installs his brainless minions as administrators across the district with instructions to harass and intimidate at will. Meanwhile Mello Roos funds are used to purchase iPads for students who don't want them, and feel they are being forced into the computerized frenzy against their will. Teachers ready to retire are aghast at Dr. Bully's latest and best offer to quit dental and health benefits for retirees. We are all aware that the criminals on the school board AND Dr. Death are receiving 100% high quality coverage UNTIL THE DAY THEY DIE....and teachers are wondering why they get so much when ALL THEY DO IS DEGRADE EDUCATION AND SPEND THEIR DAYS FIGURING OUT MORE WAYS TO STEAL THE MONEY THAT WAS MEANT TO EDUCATE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.


Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2013 @ 7:46 a.m.

shirleyberan: Newspapers are perfect for the bottom of bird cages. I was told that putting my columns at the bottom of bird cages had cured a countywide outbreak of canary constipation. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark Nov. 2, 2013 @ 9:17 a.m.

Don: Maybe true, but the canaries were smarter for it, assuming they read the columns before depositing on them.


oskidoll Oct. 30, 2013 @ 8:33 p.m.

Let's all hope for the best possible outcomes: trials that remove the perps from office at a minimum, and jail time for those so deserving. Let's look beyond the trials -- what happens if Arlie, Pearl and Jim, and Bertha are all removed from office. What then? There is not a majority left of the board wiith McCann left? He would not be able to appoint to fill the vacancies. Some fear inside tells me then the County Board appoints to fill the vacancies? That would be terrible, as they are reputed to be in Brand's pocket. So, perhaps we need to be working to align ourselves with the County Board of Education to put forth desirable candidates for appointment to fill the vacancies? Then, come November, are elections. Johnny boy must be taken out and down.


oldchulares Nov. 6, 2013 @ 10:42 a.m.

Whatever happened to candidates for office that carried themselves proudly. Love of God, family and country? When are we going to get back to what our mothers and fathers taught us your word is your bond?


bvagency Nov. 6, 2013 @ 10:47 a.m.

Bbq, thanks for reminding us that most of our elected officials have failed to take a public position FOR our students and against the current superintendent and board. I have not heard of any CV Council members or the Mayor either publicly or privately doing anything. Same with elected officals in the other cities that SUHSD serves. The County Board of Education refuses to provide any form of oversight. The only public committees or groups that have taken a position against the superintendent and board are the SUHSD Bond Oversight Committee and the National City Planning Commission.

I personally attended a community meeting held by State Senator Ben Hueso and asked if he would at least ask the State Board of Ed to investigate, and he said no.

I have personally spoken to State Assemblymember Shirley Weber twice about the fiasco that is our district. I know she sent a staffer to one board meeting, but has done nothing more.

Lorena Gonzalez has supported term limits for Trustees, and has sent staffers to the board meetings. One was kicked out with the rest of us at Octobers meeting. I have faith that her office will take a public position aoon as she is very outspoken about wrongs done in her district.

Folks, we are on our own to make change in our district! We cant rely on our elected representatives or the courts. We need to identify and recruit new leaders, and support and elect them as Trustees. Then district leadership can be cleaned out.


bbq Nov. 6, 2013 @ 11:14 a.m.

Thanks for the support,

I have had conversations with Dr. Brand, Dr. Alt, attempted conversations with Mr. McCann, sent E-mails to Lyn Neylon at the County Board of Education, attended numerous School Board meetings and other School meetings. Sat as a community rep on a Budget review board a couple of years ago with Ms Russo (Waste of time).

Thinking that I am getting somewhere it all falls down to no one seems to care about the problem. People like Ms. Neylon who is supposed to be our representative and the go to person doe not return an e-mail.

I realize it's not that good to lump all of the existing Pols together but with no information or actions to separate them, they must all be in on the great Dr. Brand's Educational Experiment and fleecing of the Public.

So again I ask where/who is the grassroots group which is needed to clean up the South San Diego Region's government entities. I am willing to interact with any of the Groups, Candidates and existing Politicians to define their vision.

It's time to find the right people to move forward and clean up our region. BBQ


eastlaker Nov. 6, 2013 @ 2:42 p.m.

It is very disappointing that Ms. Leylon has not responded to your emails.

Has anyone been able to speak with her?

If she is supposed to represent this part of the county, one would think she would at the very least pretend to have a glancing interest in what her constituents have to say.

Makes me think that everyone is acting like the unprepared student in class: head down, not making eye contact, hoping they won't be called on.


So I guess, sad to say, we have one more nauseatingly deficient educational "representative" in south San Diego county.

Exactly what we do not need.


FatCatSegat Nov. 5, 2013 @ 8:44 a.m.

"He said some states wont extradite such perpetrators and Missouri is one of them." So I understand that the officer has no other choice than putting wanted felons in jail. Thats his job. The problem is that if we all know Missouri isn't extraditing, the man will be cut loose after San Diego has exhausted all efforts to extradite him home. I think they may have up to 45 days to come and get him. Meanwhile, we pick up the tab for holding him. What a waste of time and money.


oskidoll Nov. 6, 2013 @ 11:59 a.m.

BBQ - the 'sponsor' of the telephone survey that contacted you is likely one or more potential candidate for office. It sounds like a typical 'name recognition' survey that is one tool potential candidates use to gauge their approaches and test the waters. It might also be conducted at the behest of a political party (this one sounds like it is Republican sponsored, given that the names of no Democratic types were included). If the pollster refused to tell you the name of the sponsor, that is a clue that it is not being conducted by any apolitical group...clearly it is someone or a group with money to invest in the upcoming processes. I tried to find 'Champion Research' on the internet to no avail, but my guess is that they are not conducting the telephone polling out of the goodness of their hearts.

I agree that it will be up to the stakeholders (citizens, parents, and grass roots entities) to take back the District. Perhaps there should be a planning group of those who have been active in the protests who would develop some criteria to use to evaluate candidates, and to recommend a slate of candidates for endorsement and possible support when the time is right. It is apparent that no one in elected office is willing to risk the wrath of other elected officials by taking up the charge to clean out the SUHSD rats' nest.

By the way, I did check out the process to fill a majority of seats/multiple vacancies on the school board (should the trials result in a majority of vacancies at once.) In a document published by the California School Boards Association, state Education Code section 5094 is cited: it would be up to the president of the County Board of Education who 'may appoint MEMBERS OF THE CBOE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD UNTIL NEW MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD ARE ELECTED OR APPOINTED. However, there is no guarantee that the CBOE would act at all, given their inertia so far.

There is also some interesting language regarding removal from office (section 3072).


anniej Nov. 6, 2013 @ 7:33 p.m.


At a BOC meeting today Tom Calhoun referenced Fire WatcheS - when asked how many Fire Watches SUHSD currently had his reply "7"!!!!!!!!!!!!

Folks, until Channel 10 aired their first story we, the community did not know we had a serious problem. Tom Calhoun accused Channel 10 of 'yellow journalism' and told the BOC last month that the schools fire alarms were in working order and no students were in harms way (I have paraphrased here). The District went so far as to put up a narrative on its site putting the communities worries aside.

A couple weeks later the second Channel 10 story aired - National City's Fire Marshall had mandated a fire watch. But I thought all of the fire alarms were in working order?

Now, we hear there are 7 Fire Watches.

Allow me to cut to the chase - IF everything is in working order then WHY do we have 7 Fire Watches???????

These are your children, your grandchildren we are talking about. It is obvious the District can not be trusted to tell us the truth.

While some will say, 'lets move forward, we believe Tom Calhoun' - I am not one of the 'some'. When I am told that the alarms are working and then learn that 7 schools have FIRE WATCHES - well, let me ask you what would you call that? The Fire Marshall obviously does not agree with SUHSD's assessment that the fire alarms are working, so why should we?

Allow me to interject that I do not want the standard District double talk about compliance vs. working. I know the difference.