anniej June 19, 2013 @ 8:07 a.m.

Perhaps Mccann had family in town and in an attempt to impress them he took them on a tour of the city.

Down Olympic Parkway around Hilltop High, down Main, then up Main and finally up Olympic Parkway where he could be seen pointing out "on the left, there is a John Mccann sign, down there on that fence, yes, that is me as well, look up that embankment there I am again - yes, yes I am everywhere"


erupting June 19, 2013 @ 8:28 a.m.

Just another monthly board meeting. It's become comic relief on a monthly basis. You could tell Bertha was missing nothing was questioned. The votes were 4:0 instead of 4:1. The curiosity was that the agenda was not completed but the mtg. was over before 10 pm. The board was probably tired from pushing the green (agree with Brand's button) It's hard to believe that the County Office of Ed. has not intervened but then they were aware of this mess along time ago. I bet the surprise guests were shocked. Four police cruisers over a $5.00 sign. Thank God there was no real crisis in the community. Do the police respond to this because McCann was a CV councilman? Maybe the Mayor needs to tell the police to exercise discretion when they get a call from the tantrum throwing McCann. His behavior appears to becoming more and more erratic kind of scary. If McCann abandoned his post in the military even though he is a supply officer he would have been in big trouble. But it only goes to show that our students take the back seat to his erratic impulses. I'm still in shock.


mko June 19, 2013 @ 9:22 a.m.

I am reminded of the Arlo Gutherie song Alice's Restaurant so popular in the 70's. In this case the "violation" is not littering but cleaning up other people's trash left in the public right of way. The question that hasn't been asked is why the signs were out in the first place. There is no election campaign for school board or council. What other motive could be given other than self-promotion. How is the issue of a 3 year old sign more important than participating in the Board presentation regarding the hardening of classrooms in case of a lockdown or crisis and a presentation of the financial condition of the District. The choices made show Mr. McCann's priorities and you have to ask yourself was his reaction reasonable and rational for an adult in his position?


angrybirds June 19, 2013 @ 9:41 a.m.

Mr. McCann can you spell L O S E R!!!!!!! Your really need to find your way home from the yellow brick road and stop pausing in the poppy fields for a nap. Your hallucinations are getting the best of you. I am gone for one meeting and look what i freaking miss. Holy shit this guy is freakin bonkers. He walks out on a safety presentation because someone took his pretty little sign. BOOOOO HOOOOO stop winning and put on your big boy underwear.

I thought he was a war hero. When he put the signs up he should have camped out in the trenches to defend them. Your such a wuss you make our guys in uniform embarrassed every time you give one of your war stories at graduations.

Go away and crawl up into a fox hole you are an idiot!!!! BTW I almost busted a gut when I read all of the people that sat there and watched you have another melt down. Bet you didnt know that they were there. Them public officials dont like to see idoits hold office. I wonder how you are going to do damage control on this one. Are you going to call and cry and say the public is such bullies booo hooo.

Mr. Cartmill yet another meeting you can't control. How could you let this idiot call the police you have a board member out of control. Ms. Ricasa i got to agree with anniej where was one of your stupid ass speeches now.

There is no way i am going to miss another meeting..........


Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 10:44 a.m.

I know I'm not going to make any friends with this comment, but please rant to your significant other and only then reply to timtim. Yes, everyone is watching (and reading) and I understand the frustration and anger (I feel it too!) but I think we alienate readers and community members with too much acrimony. We lose credibility if we sink to name calling and cursing. Don't take the bait. Don't waste your breath. Let's state the facts, repeat what may have been forgotten (thank you anniej for doing that) and continue to raise awareness. Maybe we could start our own blog to vent our frustrations with reckless abandon. I'm sure we could get pretty creative and have a good laugh, too.


oskidoll June 19, 2013 @ 11:46 a.m.

Bizarre indeed! Wonder if the CV police had a warrant? I wonder on what basis they made Ms. Cheers give up the sign? Seems to me she was in possession of evidence of McCann's wrong-doing, and that she intended to turn it in to the proper authorities....perhaps the CV police did that very thing?

It would be a good idea to take photos of all McCann's signs posted on public property and share those photos with the City of CV folks who are responsible for enforcing the sign ordinance, with the expectation that Mr. McCann will be appropriately fined and/or sanctioned. It would probably help to have the code number to cite. If nothing happens, a visit to a CV Council meeting would be appropriate.


anniej June 19, 2013 @ 2:10 p.m.

Bob_Casteneda - many of us, myself included fell asleep at the political wheel. It is gratifying to see so many new groups organizing to get the message out. While many of our positions may differ, at least we are talking and sharing our points of view.

No matter the venue, no matter the delivery - lets start talking!!!!!!! Lets take the time to attend at least one board meeting, take the time to email worthwhile information to all we know, let's take the time to research the issues. Then, and only then should we consider ourselves worthy of casting our vote.

Together we can all bring about positive change.


oskidoll June 19, 2013 @ 2:10 p.m.

Actually, kindergarten students have better manners. I'd characterize it as juvenile delinquent with character flaw narcissistic schoolyard-bully behavior.


Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 2:17 p.m.

I think there is enough evidence to show Mr. McCann's ineptitude and disdain for people. As a parent it occurs to me that children love attention even negative attention. It might be more effective not to respond to timtim or answer every comment with a simple: yawn. Being ignored infuriates children.


Reader2 June 19, 2013 @ 2:39 p.m.

Bob C. I agree with anniej. I am one of those who never paid attention in the past. Now I stay up untiil dawn reading the grand jury transcripts. I have been talking to people and they are listening. We are reaching a tipping point. What's that quote ? Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead


eastlaker June 19, 2013 @ 2:59 p.m.

Excellent point.

Let's bring back the focus on the work at hand.

Putting this school district into the hands of people who are honorable, educated and capable, as opposed to the group now seated.


anniej June 19, 2013 @ 3:36 p.m.

Fran Brinkmanship and John Brickley - two educators who have GREATLY, POSITIVELY impacted the lives of many students and young teachers.

I have a special needs grown daughter. Fran Brinkman was her Special Ed teacher for several years. Ms. Brinkman not only helped my daughter but she helped me, a young mother as well. To this day, Ms. Brinkman is never too busy to take a call from her and listen. My daughter is 42, and she still refers to Fran as her teacher.

Mr. Brickley - I have another daughter who is an educator, Mr. Brickley along with Ms. Brinkman served as her mentors as a young teacher. Her love for children with special needs was encouraged by these two wonderful educators. How sad is it that anyone, let alone an alleged board member would come to this board and denigrate Alternative Ed. timtim, you embarrass yourself.

Brinkman and Brickley serve as two examples of the excellence in the ranks of teachers and the majority of Administrators that are tasked with helping our children be all that they can be.

Brickley, Brinkman - YOU ROCK!!!!!!!


Woodchuck June 19, 2013 @ 3:59 p.m.

I would like to meet you all at the Southwest Chula Vista Civic Association public meeting Wednesday, june 26th at the south library 6:00 room "B" in the rear past the cafe'. Voice your frustration but be prepared to offer positive solutions!


Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 4:13 p.m.

"John McCann takes a photo of Kathleen Cheers's license plate"

because, by god, he wants his trash back!


anniej June 19, 2013 @ 4:28 p.m.

Woodchuck- hopefully, many will attend this meeting - share their ideas for positive solutions and resolve to help, each in their own way, to bring about the change that is needed. Together we can get this done - our students are depending on us.

Property owners whose taxes are used to fuel SUHSD expect fiscal responsibility. Voting to spend $60,000.00 for memberships to, amongst other things many Chamber of Commerce's, in my opinion falls far short of fiscal responsibility ( see Mondays agenda ). Our tax dollars are needed in the middle and high schools - we should not be funding elementary charters until and unless we have met the needs of our middle, our high, our ROP, and our Adult Ed students.


eastlaker June 19, 2013 @ 4:58 p.m.

Brand has been so concerned (based upon his compulsion to create schools handling students k - 6 and 13 - 16) with increasing the number of students in this district that he has left all thoughts for those students already here behind.

Is he really that afraid of a budget based upon the actual 7 - 12 students that attend school in this district? Because Chula Vista Elementary SD is doing so well with their charter schools...

Turf wars, empire building, trying to create new bureaucracies to "lead" (section 11 CIF, multiple 'for profit' institutions)--really, what's with all this expansionist nonsense? Again, compensatory behavior? Overweening need for more of everything? Rather unbalanced...is Mr. Brand.

Then we have Mr. McCann, unbalanced in another direction. Seems to have impulse-control problems, anger management problems, judgment problems, coupled with an odd sense of self-righteousness that is definitely unearned.

Mr. Cartmill is generally more well-behaved, yet seems caught up in all the chaos like a poor wayfarer in a rudderless ship trying to traverse the maelstrom--if only he could find the oars, he might have a chance.

Well, that's about all I have time for today.

These individuals are what they are, and we are stuck with working with them until our school board is populated with members capable of honestly working for the good of the students, the schools, the teachers--without robbing the taxpayers and extorting all the contractors.

That $60,000 could be spent on better things, but it is being spent to 'grease the wheels' for these board members and Ed Brand. Wouldn't it be great if all of the Chambers of Commerce would return Sweetwater's money and say it would be better spent on the students? That would be righteous.


Jmbrickley June 19, 2013 @ 4:57 p.m.

"McCann’s legal maneuvering cost the district over $6000 in attorney fees."

The district picked up the tab for John MuckCann's failed attempt to silence the public, but when it came time to ratify payment for a representative of Sweetwater's Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) to attend the Second Annual CaLBOC Statewide Conference Friday May 10, 2013 • Sacramento, he claimed he has never asked Sweetwater to pay for his travel, so he saw no reason to have SUHSD spend over $500.00 to cover the man's expenses. Of course, this happened just after MuckCann voted to authorize multi-millions of dollars of taxpayer monies to projects that are of dubious merit. This also followed MuckCann's call to the CVPD and had them send out about four police officers in three vehicles in order for MuckCann to retrieve a 25 cent sign.

After reading the the mission statement and statement of purpose for the CalBOC, it looks like a very worthwhile organization. The stated purpose is to be sure the public is informed, involved and protected in the bond process.

State law requires the LEA (school district) to provide the resources to the local BOC to be able to effectively do it's job. For Sweetwater to withhold payment for this man's travels to attend a conference, that's sole purpose was to do exactly that, is unconscionable. And, to think this item followed an agenda item where MuckCann voted to approve the district's spending of over $70,000 for the board members to continue their memberships in every professional organization under the sun, in order to "more effectively do our job." Such hypocrisy! Oh, wait... it's just MuckCann's way of doing business.


eastlaker June 19, 2013 @ 5:11 p.m.

Well, of course THIS district's board wouldn't want to encourage anything like what is mentioned above!

That would mean that they might be forced to do things correctly for a change!

Wouldn't want the public to get too educated! Wouldn't want to share knowledge and bring about a sense of community empowerment!

Wouldn't want to increase communication and benefit the schools!

Wouldn't want to provide a good example for all the students regarding engaging in the political process to contribute to the good of all!

Of course Sweetwater would NEVER want to encourage enlightened behavior when it is so much easier for the constituency to remain uninformed, isolated, ignored and ridiculed for being so uninformed and isolated!!!

What is this...it is starting to sound familiar...could it be--actual institutional bullying? Why, how could that be?

Because the majority of those in charge of education in Sweetwater are without a moral compass, and are in it for themselves. Shocking, isn't it?

So little desire on the part of these board members and their leader, Brand, to "fulfill their lawful duties", i.e. doing the right thing. They would rather feed their compulsive, gaping maws--metaphorically and literally speaking--and forget the students completely. Except when it comes to head counts, because that means $.


anniej June 19, 2013 @ 8:59 p.m.

mko - any person(s) attending graduations at the Sleeptrain Amphitheatre can attest to the signs and where they were placed. Contrary to Jihn Mccanns alleged claims they were NOT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

No doubt the police investigation will clearly show NO THEFT was committed. Yet, once again, our cities resources are being unnecessarily taxed by a grown mans irrational behavior.

The question remains - What was their purpose? Why did Mccann attempt to blanket routes and streets surrounding high schools with illegal, out dated campaign signs?

When you trace the craziness of the board meetings incident back to the root cause - the root cause has clearly been established - ILLEGAL, OUTDATED campaign signs approximately 17 months prior to the election being blanketed across our beautiful city by John Mccann, a man who clearly knows better.

Hopefully those with influence over Mccann will encourage him to stop with the melodrama. No doubt THE JUDGE who ruled on the TRO has been told of this unfortunate incident, I believe her admonition to Mccann was something akin to 'knock the childish behavior off' (she phrased it far more legal than I),

We have many legitimate important educational issues that need addressing. Hopefully Mccann has learned a good lesson and will begin to serve the taxpayers and the students of our district.


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