oskidoll Sept. 21, 2014 @ 11:40 a.m.

According to the City of Chula Vista's website, there is currently one vacancy for a representative from the 'southeast' portion of the city on the Growth Management Oversight Commission. Has this commission weighed in on the proposed developments?

Other city commissions with some oversight of these matters might include the Park and Recreation Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Resource Conservation Commission.

Of course, there is also the Board of Ethics that might be interested as well.


eastlaker Sept. 21, 2014 @ 2:46 p.m.

Thanks, I had no idea these commissions existed. Does anyone know who is on these commissions, or how often they meet? Fascinating to learn this at this stage of the game.


anniej Sept. 21, 2014 @ 4:18 p.m.

Ms. Luzzaro: ah yes, I remember way back when, though I can't say even back then I could have made it to the lakes on a bike. Beautiful, peaceful, fresh air - kinda think that is what the Eastlake folks were dreamin' of when they bought out there - surrounded by all of that nature. Now, if you ponder what you see are homes, upon homes, upon homes - and condos, upon condos, upon condos. The taxes, oh my the taxes - the Mello's, yes then there are those Mello's - the middle and high schools packed to the rafters ( thanks to Ed Brand and John McCann ( he brought Brand back ).

Politicians - who to trust? We have seen what republican John McCann has not done - we see what Democrat Arlie Ricasa and Pearl Quinines did with their offices, used them - then there is Jim Cartmill - most, including anniej believed he would retire from politics - take the lessons he learned that caused him to plead guilty and move on, alas he has chosen to run again - woe is me. These are not the only politicians who have failed us, unfortunately not - the list grows longer and longer.

Whatever happened to quaint Chula Vista? The City everyone wanted to call home - guess its gone by way of progress - well.......

SO MUCH FOR PROGRESS and QUAINT CHULA VISTA! Broken promises and corruption here we come - or, are we already there?


Susan Luzzaro Sept. 21, 2014 @ 7:40 p.m.

anniej, do you know what district Mr. cartmill is representing? Would it fall into the area at the the upper end of Olympic Parkway? One thing residents in this area mentioned was overcrowded schools -- elementary and secondary.


oskidoll Sept. 21, 2014 @ 8:14 p.m.

Cartmill does not represent any area at this time, as he is no longer on the board of trustees. He is running for the Board's new area 3.


Bvavsvavev Sept. 22, 2014 @ 7:41 a.m.

Susan and others, you mention Jim Cartmill. He is running in area 3. Take a look at his campaign web page and what he allegedly supports and endorses.


shirleyberan Sept. 22, 2014 @ 9:14 a.m.

Cartmill/Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They both should be changed regularly for the same reason. - unknown


Sjtorres Sept. 21, 2014 @ 8:29 p.m.

Th members of the City commissions are usually political activists that get appointed because a council member knows they are loyal. But yes, we still need FULL accounting of each and every CFD within CV and SUHSD. They've managed to keep details on Mello-Roos spending secret for too long.


eastlaker Sept. 27, 2014 @ 8:14 a.m.

Exactly...if that doesn't indicate his true moral position, well--perhaps Cartmill's subconscious is more truthful than his conscious self.


These are the monsters, Mayor Cox

Fire safety, traffic hazards, lack of parking, overcrowded schools in Chula Vista

High-density housing developments and master-plan changes often provoke a fuss from residents — but opposition usually evaporates once a city makes a decision. Opponents to the Lake Pointe development in eastern Chula Vista, however, don’t ...

eastlaker Sept. 19, 2014 @ 3:26 p.m.

The Chula Vista City Plan, is like much "governance" in and around Chula Vista, "a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham" to quote a line from Bananas.

Or we could all start singing "Promises, Promises". Because there have been so many broken ones. Remember that we were supposed to get an aquatics complex around 2000? Until the city plan was changed. I have often wondered if all the funding for the aquatics complex was applied to the police station, by way of the ubiquitous polished stone.

Chula Vista really does put the sham in shame...from the secondary school district that has layers of corruption not yet plumbed, despite years of depositions and the city government, which has apparently sold completely out to developers.

Revolting, yes. Can we sign up for the revolt?


oldchulares Sept. 19, 2014 @ 6:56 p.m.

The mayor is on her way out and really could care less what anybody thinks about her bad decisions. She has a reputation for being heavy handed against anyone who disagrees with her. She has ridiculed more than one speaker at meetings. Her eye is now on being superintendent of the Sweetwater board and is endorsing those in the community that she believes will make that happen O'Neill for one. Feel bad for all those folks who bought homes out there they surely did not get what they were promised.


Santa and Grinch visit Sweetwater District meeting

Teacher negotiations at impasse, trustees may resign Friday

The continued presence of three JDS security guards at Sweetwater Union High School District board meetings is a monthly reminder of the deteriorated relations between the district, the public, and teachers. Even with the presence ...

anniej Dec. 16, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

While I had suggested that chulateacher was Ed Brand himself my opinion has changed. My opinion now - Burt Grossman - but I guess it could be said they are one in the same. Grossman working to his verbal 'contract' with Brand. What was it that Brand allegedly said to a BOC aoplicant - 'I would like to find something for Grossman here at SUHSD'

I have made no secret of my opinion of Ms, Lopez. Those laws she is alleged to have broken, she like the rest will have to take her case up with the judge. I have publicly stated I do not want to see any of them serve jail time, but, it is not for their sake it is for the sake of the taxpayers that will have to pay more taxes to house them and, most importantly it is for the sake of their families. I do know that Lopez is the ONLY board member to have met with the DA's office early on and share concerns. What of the others? Where were they? Jibaro - chulateacher where were the other board members?

Jibaro prefers to speak of the now - so, allow me to ask what of the firing of the CFO? What of Ed Brand bringing back Dianne Russo? What of the $10million deficit? What of the L street debacle - $34 million investment of Ed Brands now estimated by some to be worth a mere $8 mil

I am wondering how Ms. Limbo is going to take her being bashed by someone I am of the opinion of is attached at the hip to Ed Brand. Oh, this was NOT a smart move. But hey, we the CAVE people tried to raise the yellow flag on the Arne Duncan visit and the monies spent, we tried to alert all to the federally protected data being shared, we have tried to raise concerns regarding the partnership of Ms. Limbo (Promise Neighborhoods) and Ed Brand (SUHSD) - and now we are seeing for ourselves what is happening - Limbo is being thrown under the preverbial bus. Hmmm, somewhat like the CPM students, parents and good teachers!

Name calling of me matters little - I have no importance I am but one. What I am looking for are persons who defend Ed Brand to tell us why?

Uniting with Ed Brand? In case certain persons have not yet had the light bulb go on - there are some mighty big problems that are getting ready to be exposed. All of the name calling is not going to help your case as to why you aligned ourself with such a person.

In closing I would like to offer up the following - fact check - chulateacher - jibaro try fact checking.

Arlie Ricasa has found herself in trouble before. I refer you to her Assembly run - fine of $2,000 regarding questionable loans.

Jim Cartmill had a bit of an issue when he ran for CV City Council - it appears his name was linked to someone charged with an issue regarding a couple of campaigns.

When you know better, you are SUPPOSE TO DO BETTER.

Why did Arlie Ricasa and John McCann voice concerns about the budget yet they and Jim Cartmill voted in favor of it at this months board meeting. Lopez voted against it. Chulateacher - jibaro. What say YOU?


gobigal Dec. 16, 2013 @ 7:25 p.m.

As a teacher I have to say no one I know is using the children like pawns in a custody battle. My professional colleagues and I still do everything we can for kids all day long. I personally stopped doing the things I did out of courtesy to the adults. I spend my prep time grading and planning- not attending meetings. My papers take longer to grade because I don't take them home any more, but they are done quickly and the kids get the feedback they need, though it is no longer in fun bulletin board form. We are not hurting kids and I object to the thought that we ever would. If I don't do extra and it engenders conversation with a parent who noticed, then I have done my job.

And as a side note- I was not even a SEA member for over a dozen years. Ironically it was the return of Dr. Brand and in particular the scary principal he gave us that pushed me to join. Heck I was even happy when Dr. Brand came back. I really thought he was one of us and would have our back. Like many I am so hurt and saddened by the direction our district is going. I love Sweetwater and I hate this dissent.

If I said to my students that I was going to weigh a test for 20% of their grade, then at the last minute told them it would be 80% of their grade unless they agree to give me their cell phones for the next 3 months- that would be unethical and I would be disciplined. How anyone can defend Dr. Brand using a huge uptick in benefit costs that his own advisors told him was not necessary in order to beat concessions out of his staff is beyond comprehension. Wrong is wrong.

Dr. Grier is a proponent of putting money in the classroom. It is an insult to him to compare Dr. Brand's problems to his- Dr. Brand just took back all the money our schools have to help in the classroom (SEI, Title I, LEP...). I have met Dr. Grier and Ed Brand is no Terry Grier.

Yes even Bertha is a criminal- but she seems to be the only one who has the backbone to ask a question or stand up for common sense. We will all be relieved when the new board is seated.


eastlaker Dec. 11, 2013 @ 5:47 p.m.

Where to begin?

So Board Member Lopez is not getting all the information she should be getting. Yet another tactic by the majority board members lead by Ed Brand to make sure she is marginalized and uninformed. This is a problem, and should be addressed. This should not be allowed--but it is the tip of the iceberg of Ed Brand's wrong-doing.

Let us hope that Mr. Alt is assisting in the inquiries...

Thank you Ms. Lopez for requesting an audit of the district's finances. Let's hope that actually takes place, and soon.

The students and teachers of Sweetwater deserve so much better than they have been given. I really hope that the damage Ed Brand (and all who have gone along with him) has done can be corrected. I hope that no student has been permanently damaged, although I am sure there are quite a few who are very cynical when it comes to those claiming it is all for the students. We all know Ed Brand is all for Ed Brand. A hollow, vacant, ethically challenged individual who has no business being in the position of superintendent of schools.


bbq Dec. 11, 2013 @ 6:26 p.m.

So as we all now know that the district is in deficit spending to a tune of quote:
Michel gave the board the bad news for the first interim 2013–2014 budgets: “The district is deficit spending and the deficit is 10.8 million dollars,” said Michel.

After a good meeting with Dr Alt last Feburary where only 4 citizens showed up it was appearent that since Gandara and Brand's return we've been dipping into reserves to the tune of over $10 Million a year, and thus now no reserves.

Why in heavens name are we in negotiations for a $10 to 14 million Adminstration building? I tried to hear Mr. Calhoun's presentation on the Board website and found the quality of the tape unacceptable, where are the minutes and transcripts? Is the powerpoint presentation available? Frankly let's get out of the real estate speculation business before buying noneduc ational facilities!! It is completely messed up that our superintendent and Board are so out of control.

I did have a conversation with the San Diego County Office of Education, District 2 Representative, Dr. Lyn Neylon. Unfortunately the Sweetwater District still has at least two years of subpar financial reports before the County Office of Education can step in. (Also look at my comment in the previous string about appointing replacement board members)

People it's time to have the power that have control know that,"We're mad as Hell and not going to take it anymore"

Let's have a good planning session and fight the good fight in the new year. Best, BBQ


anniej Dec. 11, 2013 @ 7:17 p.m.

There is an OPINION written Ed Brand in the C.V. Star News. If you want to read some fiction take a glance.

No doubt this is Brands precursor for the new bond he and Caloun continue to try and sell.

Well here is a 411, we are NOT voting for one more red cent to be MISused or MISspent by Ed Brand.

Did you hear that Ed Brand, not one more red cent!

Can you imagine what the San Diego Taxpayers Ssociation is going to have to say about this absurd idea? Our CURRENT Bond is being audited by the IRS, and contrary to what was stated by Mr. Calhoun at the board meeting a call to the IRS revealed a contradiction. No Mr. Calhoun the IRS does not regularly audit all Bond Monies. Seems like SUHSD stood out for some reason.

Ringy dingy - we ARE fact checkers!!!!!!