VigilantinCV May 23, 2013 @ 5:44 p.m.

I hope there is a special place in Hell for Dr. Brand and his useless rubber-stamp Board. What a worthless bunch. Where is Joe Rindone when you need him??


anniej May 24, 2013 @ 6:34 a.m.

Ricasa 'abstains', yet it should be noted that her pet MAAC project continues. Hopefully ALL of us who have voted for Arlie Ricasa now realize the errors of our ways.

Jim Cartmill, Arlie Ricasa and Ed Brand formed a coalition many years ago, back when Brand left under the cloud of a Grand Jury investigation - back when the three of them bought L street with OUR tax dollars and then simply gave the deed away.

Jim Cartmill - Arlie Ricasa - John McCann SHAME ON YOU for your lack of representation. You see yourselves as elitist, above those that you represent. These good people were hung out to dry by all of you - THEY ARE VOTERS, AND WILL NOT FORGET!


erupting May 24, 2013 @ 9:18 a.m.

It should be fun times in the South Bay now that we know only 5 pages of the Grand Jury testimony will not be available. My first read will be Fast Eddy, Cartmill since he's become the new villain of record. It will be interesting to see if Cartmill was indicted solely because he wanted a table at an event paid for by a contractor for a charitable group like he has told everyone that will listen. Bet not! I bet we will be looking at other interesting tid bits. Has anyone filed a Brown Act Violation other than me? It's time for us to act.


anniej June 7, 2013 @ 9:29 a.m.

So lets just pretend I, anniej am a juror in the upcoming trial. There I sit listening to Hector Har testify about the credit card expense for Let's Talk Health products. Do you think I may not wonder - with all of the GNC's, with the Sprouts, Walgreens, CVS etc. how in the hell did Hector Romero find Jim Cartmill's company Lets Talk Health located in the heart of Eastlake in an industrial complex????????????

Common sense - it makes no sense!!!!!


FatCatSegat June 7, 2013 @ 10:54 a.m.

The board sort of reminds me of those insane dictators in the mid-east. Those are real missiles overhead people! Its like, aren't they aware that they're under indictment? Why is this (alleged) felon encrusted board even conducting business when they should be stepping down? If the student body as a whole could speak, they could be heard saying, "Get off me rock! You're sinking me!" Can somebody stop them before they pardon themselves? Sheesh!


Visduh June 7, 2013 @ 9:45 a.m.

Seems to me I've read plenty about the nutritional supplements that Cartmill's operation produces and markets and claims made about them in the Reader in recent years, probably written by Don Bauder. And the picture wasn't a pretty one. Many folks are convinced that those supplements are keeping them healthy, young, and disease resistant. So, I won't get into the truth of the claims here. But note one thing: the supplements are expensive. An operation like Sprouts and its predecessors stocks a substantial amount of the supplements, and often has someone on duty in that area of the store to sell the items. Did Romero ever get $1400 "worth" of medicine/supplements for that payment?

It looks like a shakedown, albeit a rather small one, by Cartmill. Or maybe he at some point told Romero something like, "You really SHOULD take some of our product. You look like you need some help with your energy level." Or something like that, as in hint, Hint, HINT. Was it the only time Romero bought from the company, or just one of several?


anniej June 7, 2013 @ 9:37 a.m.

CV_Parent - same ol, same ol Meeting held, Jim Cartmill, John Mccann (conference call) and Arlie Ricasa voted in favor. As I sat there watching lives affected, the strain on their faces, the tears in the eyes - it brought me to tears myself. So often the innocent lives that are affected are forgotten. Jim Cartmill, John Mccann, Arlie Ricasa and Ed Brand chose to spend these programs monies on elementary charter schools and Alliant University.

Counselor positions will be cut, but let us remember according to Ed Brand, "it is all about the kids".

Hope to see you all at the upcoming board meeting


CV_Parent June 7, 2013 @ 9:06 a.m.

Did anyone know there was a Special Board meeting this morning at 7:45am this morning? I checked Board Docs yesterday and do not remember seeing it. Does anyone know the outcome?


anniej June 7, 2013 @ 7:51 a.m.

Mr. Castaneda: IF this was the only story on the alleged corruption you would definitely have a point. However when you consider this entire situation, HOUSTON WE GOTTA A PROBLEM AT SWEETWATER.

When was the last time you took a customer to business on a regular basis, bought them wine, or took them to a Laker game.

Jim Cartmill has done NOTHING to bring decency to the mess that now defines Sweetwater.


Susan Luzzaro June 7, 2013 @ 7:38 a.m.

The Romero brothers are cooperating witnesses. It is a tough world, but I believe it is their obligation--in fact all people's obligation--to tell the grand jury the truth.


eastlaker June 7, 2013 @ 8:01 a.m.

Sorry--it's early in the morning--they were shorted about $100,000.

But, my question still stands--why make HAR pay for the mistakes of another company, another job, another bond offering? Is it just too difficult for this board to figure things out?


eastlaker June 7, 2013 @ 7:37 a.m.

If I recall from reading the testimony, they (meaning HAR) were shorted about one million dollars. That's a great deal to absorb...and the board members just said they (the board) could pay up to $149,000 without a special vote or something, so that's what they were paid. They testified that a previous job by another company was supposed to have put in the conduit with wiring that ran the length of the school--but only a small portion was there, and that was filled with 'old rope'.

What is a contractor supposed to do under those circumstances? Could it be that this local small company was given a job that would be impossible to complete? Why wouldn't the school board have wanted to pursue the company that didn't complete the work with the conduit and wiring? Why put all of that on HAR, and then simply refuse to pay them?

Honestly? Who does that?

Would it have been too embarrassing to look into the problem, or was the majority board too busy feeling powerful to act in a legitimate, decent manner?

Why can't this majority board EVER get something right and solve a problem or two in a sensible, steadfast, reasonable fashion?

I don't know...maybe they lack intelligence, maybe they lack the ability to empathize, maybe they are only in it for themselves. Maybe they are just selfish, ignorant oafs, pretending to be semi-literate, and should never have been voted into office in the first place.


erupting June 7, 2013 @ 6:58 a.m.

This just couldn't be! Cartmill has assured everyone that his problem came from asking for money for a charitable organization. Besides the Har brothers got medicine didn't they. This couldn't be a conflict of interest better known as a shake down. Wasn't it Har that couldn't finish their work because they under bid the contract because they didn't see the shoddy work done from Prop BB. Missing electrical conduits etc. They couldn't do the job without a huge change order. Maybe someone remembers the story. Har couldn't afford the cost of wining and dining the board. The Har brothers thought it was an expense that would get them in the door. Wrong boys once they eat from the trough your on the hook forever. Jim should have told you being the good man that he is. Loreto's testimony is a real eye opener.


teachersrock June 18, 2013 @ 10:18 p.m.

What a DB!!!! Wasting Chula Vista's tax payers resources for a stupid sign!!! He's a coward and a bully. He's a coward for having the police do his dirty work and a bully for taking it to that level. Why would the city of Chula Vista want someone like that in charge?
What does this say to his character? McCann's ego is out of control, where's your compassion? Do you not see how outraged the community is over the boards behavior? Can you not put aside your precious ego and let something trivial go? No you had to call your mommy (CVPD) and have them take care of it for you. Is this how you will waste tax payers money if you ever make it in to city hall? I fear for repercussions from you Mr. McCann because of you treated those people. May GOD have mercy on the city of Chula Vista and the employees of SUHSD. LOSER, or should I say POOR LOSER? P.S. bravo to the folks that spoke their minds about the school board and how disrespectful they are to the Sweetwater community.


eastlaker June 18, 2013 @ 10:56 p.m.

Petty. Behavior that is not even adolescent...yet again McCann demonstrates poor judgment. This individual simply does not know how to act in a dignified manner. It seems he must resort to threats of higher authority being on his side--fairly typical compensatory behavior, and not indicative of any insight into himself, others or how the public views him.

Perspective? What's that to McCann, because he is still the center of his own universe, pre-school mentality personified.

Of course, this is just the side-show of the circus of Sweetwater. The light distraction welcomed by Fast Eddy, the ringmaster, because this allows Eddy's smoke and mirror act to gain momentum. Eddy is hoping the public never really figures out what is going on. Sorry to disappoint, but we have over 3000 pages of testimony, and that provides this community with a clear vision of what has been going on here.

Ed Brand and his rubber-stamp, Loyal Voting Block board are not to be trusted. As has been said before, the public needs to watch carefully, needs to hold 'feet to the fire', needs to crack down on all the unethical behavior that has been going on. The intolerable behavior will not be tolerated.


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anniej June 18, 2013 @ 10:55 p.m.

Mr. Mccann, as a previous City Council member is well aware of the dangers that Chula Vista police officers face each and every second they are on the job. Why, would he, of all people, choose to USE them? Mccann was advised where he could pick the sign up at, it was Maxwell street. On top of using the police he also used city personnel, when they were forced to drive around and pick up his illegally placed signs on Main Street, Olympic Parkway, and near Hilltop High just to name a few. But the real question is WHY? WHY DID JOHN MCCANN PUT 3 YEAR OLD CAMPAIGN SIGNS OUT TO BEGIN WITH? My opinion, name recognition; but here are the facts, we know who he is and we are more than aware of all that he has failed to do and WE WANT HIM GONE! The students and taxpayers of the South Bay want representation by those who understand the meaning of integrity and are able to lead in a dignified professional manner.

How embarrassing that other REAL public officials had to witness what we, the community, endure each and every month. Perhaps now, finally the State will step in and bring this three ring circus to an end.

Let us consider the fact that while Mccann was stomping around whining about a $2.50 sign Mr. Calhoun was doing a presentation on student safety followed by a budget presentation by Dr. Alt. Is there now any argument that perhaps Mccann has his priorities mixed up?

Where pray tell was Ms. Ricasa with one of her now infamous respect speeches. IF Mccann truly was in control of his emotions or if the district business at hand were a priority he would have had his booty in that chair paying attention to the business at hand. Mccann, it is time to hang up your boring speeches and your political hat - turn out the lights, the party is over. We want a real community servant, not a temper throwing brat sitting at the dais.


AbnormalHeights June 19, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

McCann sounds like a real "piece of work" to be kind. Wow, $20k donated for signs. That sounds excessive.

BTW McCann: The police have real emergencies to tend to. They don't need to babysit wannabe public officials.


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