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14 Votes

Open letter to Robert Bleisch.

"Bleisch texts back: “SD Reader, friend of the white elite negative extremists in CV.”

Robert, Robert, Robert! White? Really?

Yes, there are a few of us who are "white," and a whole lot who aren't. Although, to be honest, I always just thought of everyone as being "concerned." You know, "concerned, interested, involved." People who want only the best for their children and neighbors. People who want honest, transparent, colorblind governance by the leadership and administration of SUHSD.

Why you feel you can refer to us as "white elite negative extremists in CV" is, as I suppose, just a flaw in your character. An inability to accept dissent with any other leadership style than to deride and belittle your critics. After all, when you can't win the argument with facts, just attack the person. For far too many people this has been a tactic of choice. Use your position of power to push people with less around until you get your way.

Jesus used to think that way too. He also used to abuse his power and authority to intimidate his "employees" to get what he wanted. He also thought we were just a bunch of "losers and disgruntled ex-employees." But, look at Jesus now! Indicted felon. No friends left in CV. Even all his biggest supporters during his tenure... GONE. You do remember the principal at CPHS and his ilk? Where are they today? Gone! Where is Charlene Lemons, principal of ISHS? Gone! Where are all the rest of Jesus's biggest supporters at the district office? Also gone.

These events didn't just happen in a vacuum. They came about as a result of good people no longer willing to look the other way, to accept the status quo. It came about because people stood up and did something to make a difference.

You, on the other hand, are still here. Obviously, Dr. Brand isn't going to be in SUHSD for ever, some even say he may leave as early as next fall. Is your behavior today going to endear your to whomever follows in his place? Or, will you be just another casualty of a power shift because you are proving to be an embarrassment that needs to be purged? It's time for you to realize that the old ways are dying and you better adapt to the "New and Improved SUHSD," or just be a footnote in Dr. Brand's legacy.

We are not going away! We are in for the long haul. Our resources are greater than yours. We have a huge investment in the outcome of our efforts. We are not doing this to "suck up" to the boss. Our boss is our children, and they will not be defeated.

John Brickley, retired.

Once upon a time, SUHSD teacher, life long citizen of Chula Vista, and proud member of CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything), Disgruntled Ex-Employees, and my newest title; White Elite Negative Extremists in CV, aka WENECV.

Respectfully Submitted!

Feb. 6, 2014
14 Votes

WOW,

'Who is this Susan Luzzaro b----' 'Friend of the white elite extremists'

And these educators/administrators are in our District, paid by our tax dollars? Don't it just make you proud?

It is a sad day when an Administrator brings racial connotations to the issue. Perhaps Mr. Bleisch might want to do his research regarding those he calls white extremists - there are some Latinas/Latinos and African American in that group he refers to,

One would like to think that our Board President Jim Cartmill would step in and take steps to removing such individuals, not for what they have said, as they are protected by free speech, but for their aggregious acts relative to efforts and spending that take away from Public Education.

What more needs to happen for Ed Brand to be removed. He encourages acts like those Mr. Bleisch perpetrates because they suit his objectives. Bleisch is following so close behind Brand that if Brand took a misstep they would both fall.

IF I had a student in Ms. Galleher's class yesterday, they sure would not be in her class today. You see I tend to respect teachers, I see them as an important tool for this Nation staying great. Rather than calling Ms. Luzzaro such a degrading name she should be spending her free time ridding our District of the 'Chicago like' personnel and tactics. Shame on you Ms. Galleher!

This is yet another embarrassment, just look at who we have given charge over our children to?

Ms. Luzzaro, the community respects you and your efforts, I hope you know that!!!!

Feb. 6, 2014
12 Votes

The candidates in this election do not serve as a positive reflection of The Lincoln Club. Lincoln Club members and the relationship to the SUHSD board of old - you mean the one that had 4 of 5 indicted?

There is an old favorite of Kenny Rogers - 'you gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em'. Supporting John McCann, that alone should shed light on the Lincoln Club's endorsements.

John McCann who COULD HAVE sent Jesus Gandara packing - remember he did allegedly have a second legal opinion advising him of such that he failed to share with the other Board members - one that stated 'the Gandara' could have been fired for cause thereby negating that sweet huge sum of money Gandara left with.

John McCann who had legal letters sent to certain community members and news organizations advising them to cease and desist. Doesn't the Constitution protect the right of free speech?

John McCann and his infamous little red camera - who filmed certain community members who spoke out at the Hilltop meeting - kind of bizarre.

John McCann who called for the police departments assistance to come to his aid AT A FREAKIN' BOARD MEETING when a certain well respected community member had the audacity to pull one of McCann's ill placed campaign signs up and then refer to it at the Board meeting. One would think a candidate would know the rules of candidacy.

John McCann, yes the same John McCann who CONSISTENTLY voted with the pack of Jim Cartmill, Pearl Quinones and Arlie Ricasa - (hmmmm, remember all of those promises in 2010 when he vowed to clean up the SUHSD Board?). Yet he consistently found himself of like mind with them, when casting his vote.

How many reading this have asked him about the SUHSD Property situation, you know where we are giving away 33% of the profits? Those profits, are our tax dollars. While he will tell you 'when I was in the Council we cautioned the District against it' - yet try and find where he spoke up at District Board meetings PRIOR to Ed Brand being shown the door. Oh that is right McCann brought Brand back, even after Brand left the first time under the cloud of a Grand Jury conspiracy.

John McCann brags about his efforts on the Sweetwater Board and what he has done - pray tell ask him this question - 'why did you join forces with Jim. Cartmill, Arlie Ricasa and Pearl Quinones in condemning those who sought out the help of the FBI and DA - you know 'the antagonists' aka CAVE people. One would think Mr. McCann would have welcomed their efforts with open arms and JOINED THEM - I mean they and others efforts did result in 18 indictments.

And finally perhaps some of you who back Mr. McCann should ask him why he NEVER QUESTIONED Ed Brand sicking a PI on me - a 64 year old grandmother who dared to question Board and Superintendent(S) decisions regarding the Property issues. Interestingly enough even the District hired PI believed me. Hmmmmm

Just my opinions

Aug. 24, 2014
12 Votes

What is it we hear time and time again - 'if Ed Brand's lips are moving he is lying'.

The community does not want to be told of averages when discussing student teacher ratio - we want SPECIFIC LIMITS ON EACH AND EVERY CLASS.

Jim Cartmill and John McCann ought to be embarrassed with their little 'sleeping bag' gag. Hell they beat feet within two minutes of the end of each Board Meeting.

Try observing them during board meetings when agenda items are discussed - they are clueless - even after meeting with Brand and being told how to vote.

Folks, what we have here is leadership by the 3 Stooges - guess which one is Curley??????

March 31, 2014
12 Votes

Jim Cartmill and John “Custer F- -k” Mc Cann are hack politicians, hypocrites, crony opportunists, self-servers, lairs, double dealers, and cowards. They have a total lack of concern for the health, safety and well-being of the students and teachers. The uncoordinated transfer and bumbling development of the ill-planned Stephen Hawking Elementary School to Second Ave. between Palomar and Orange Ave to replace our successful R.O.P. program center is a perfect example. It took little account of the general welfare of the students on their part. The automobiles and trucks on the street create total safety, traffic congestion planning failure. Space does not exist for the number of parents pushing baby carriages, walking small children, leaving children in vehicles with their engine on while running to deliver other children. Loading, parking and double parking is strangling the neighborhood with unfortunate environmental impacts. This is the most congested school, residential and business area of the city with the most hazardous intersections. All we got from Jim Cartmill and John “Custer F- -k “Mc Cann was confused, vague, or irrelevant responses to our concerns. They did not even bother to study the traffic problems likely to be created because it wouldn’t have made any difference what the study showed to their self-serving interest. Jim Cartmill and John “Custer F--k” McCann were not focused on their primary educational mission for high school students. They ruined our Regional Occupation Program due to poor administrative planning and lack of consideration of meaningful public participation. Privatizing elementary education makes no educational or economic sense. These two people are low and most contemptible flawed human wrecks and are deeply troubled. Sweetwater Union High School District deserves better.

Sept. 25, 2014
12 Votes

"Galleher responds from her private email at 7:05. “Who is this Susan luzzaro bitch?!”

Maria Galleher, yes you Maria, teacher at Grainger Middle. Is this how you act in class when things don't go your way? Is this one of the "values" you are teaching to your students? Is this how comfortable you are with Castle Park principal Robert Bleisch, that you can call others "bitches" to his face and he will not be either surprised or shocked at your choice of words? It is obvious you have used such language before while characterizing people with whom you are at odds. I wonder just how many parents of your students you have referred to as "bitch."

Feb. 6, 2014
12 Votes

Susan Luzzaro - Thank You for setting the record straight.

When all is said and done, the history of the South Bay shall record that Susan Luzzaro and The READER cared enough about students, taxpayers, integrity and politics to report the truth backed up by hard hitting indisputable facts.

Feb. 6, 2014
12 Votes

I think that he should have referred to the group as a “rainbow coalition of corruption fighters.” I do not believe that our community would tolerate a principal referring to a group of concerned citizens as “brown negative extremists.” In a non-corrupt universe, the principal would be dismissed or demoted for making the remark. Better yet, he would read the writing on the wall and resign.
Ed, the ball is in your court. How will you deal with it?

Feb. 6, 2014
12 Votes

While anniej, who normally has ALOT to say, she is choosing instead to lead the comments off with this heartfelt thought:

THANK YOU SUSAN LUZZARO FOR YOUR FAIR AND ACCURATE REPORTING. YOU ARE ONE OF THE UNSUNG HEROES!!!!!!!

Two, four, six, eight - who do we appreciate SUSAN, SUSAN, SUSAN!

June 27, 2014
12 Votes

This is what the community needs to know about Bleisch.

  1. He coerces students and their parents into forced attendance recovery through after school tutoring and Saturday schools. He tells parents and students that if they don't attend and make up an absence they will be dropped to independent study. This is how CPM's attendance percentages have increased so much. While it is true that the kids should make up absences, using bully tactics to frighten parents and students into submission is unacceptable. I would love to see him try to manipulate and intimidate parents on the East Side who generally have a more comprehensive understanding of the system and are usually more informed about their students' rights. Consider that recovering attendance through after school or Saturday school doesn't mean the students are actually recovering time missed in math, English, science, or history class. It means that the school is receiving lost ADA for the periods that child was absent. The real data that needs to be examined is CPM's actual attendance and not cleared attendance.

  2. Bleisch has sacrificed teaching content in core area classes to improve test scores in English. Social studies teachers have been directed to teach a reading intervention program during their history classes instead of teaching the California State Standards or Common Core Standards. Shouldn't CPM students be learning what the state and district have mandated? Remember, the content and skills these courses teach is essential for transitioning into high school A-G classes, AP classes, and IB classes. Or does Bleisch not really care if students are prepared for their futures as long as CPM's test scores go up? Would any principal on the East Side get away with this?

  3. Bleisch has consistently been accused by teachers and counselors of bullying. These are teachers from Granger, MVH, CPM, and even teachers on special assignment at the district office. Anyone who challenges him faces an uncertain future. Teachers who have raised questions about his management decisions are transferred out, but only after receiving humiliating text messages at 2 am or threatening reprimands where Bleisch uses his imposing physical stature to intimidate them.

  4. Bleisch likes to take all the credit for the Granger Turn-Around Model. He has NEVER acknowledged National City Elementary School District's efforts at transforming literacy among their students. Much of Granger students' success is related to the education they received in elementary school. But giving credit to someone else doesn't help Bleisch's bottom line . . . promoting himself.

  5. Bleisch has routinely provided South Bay Community Services with confidential student information so that they can recruit kids for outreach services. Bleisch has family connections with South Bay Community Services who financially benefit from this arrangement.

Sept. 7, 2013
12 Votes

miagd - as I read your post above I could feel your deep frustration, then I read PencilPokinVelma's words and I sat here shaking my head.

Is this what it has come down to? Successful businesses - and trust me this IS a business - are so, and remain so, when all parties are working towards a common goal. In our case we have but one goal - educating students. Our superintendent Ed Brand is failing at that and miserably so. Additionally he has failed at unifying ALL members of the SUHSD family.

I TOTALLY support your peaceful walk in front of Cartmill's house and would recommend more innovative actions. In my opinion the purpose being served is drawing attention to the Issues at SUHSD? Why not walk at the corners of busy intersections in Eastlake, Bonita, Plaza Bonita, down at the foot of H street, at the Plaza shopping center in National City, at the Pier in IB, Main Street central in San Ysidro and Third Avenue in Chula Vista.

I do however respectfully question why the union has not done more. YOU, the teachers and your union are being painted as selfish and greedy to the voting public. The community is not being educated. Take for example - the peaceful walk - where was the TV coverage? - where was the unions response to Mr. McCann's call for a special election. SUHSD can afford an election but we can not afford to negotiate with our teachers? Something is wrong. We can afford to expend $18million on a new district office but we can not afford to negotiate fair employment benefits?

In truth there is NO SUHSD family, we have become splintered factions. WE, the VOTERS, WE the PARENTS have allowed this to spiral out of control. We were foolish enough to believe that simply because someone refers to himself as a minister that he is righteous, we fell for the titles of ------ of the Year, we trusted based on words. - WE FAILED TO DEMAND THE ACTIONS THAT WOULD HAVE PUT VERBS IN THE CAMPAIGN PROMISE SENTENCES.

Jan. 20, 2014
12 Votes

Ms. Luzzaro: I would like to Thank You for being professional enough to set the record straight.

I have interacted with Mr. Rubio but do not know him personally - in his defense, not that he will appreciate me saying it, I must state for the record, and this is MY OPINION, I believe Mr. Rubio gave the response he was told to give. NOONE, says anything publicly that Ed Brand does not order them to say. Rubio is simply the latest to fall victim to Brands way of doing things.

Let us remember as I have long stated, these employees have mortgages to pay and families to support. How many reading this could afford to walk away if they told Brand to 'try to learn the definition of integrity?'

My issue with all of these tax dollars being spent is simple 'it is inappropriate and self serving for Ed Brand and 'see how great I am Bleisch".

If the motives of the superintendent would have been pure he would have let the wonderful students of CPM, the great community of Castle Park and all of the hard workind dedicated teachers be the shining beacons that they are naturally.

What has been lost in these outrageous expenditures is this - these monies should have been spent on the substance of educating students and not the glorification of a superintendent who will be OUTTA HERE no later than next year - and those of you who are like he - pompous, arrogant and full of self, let this be a reminder of what should NEVER EVER happen again.

Regarding Dr. Alt getting back to Ms. Luzzaro's query, last time I checked SUHSD has a pretty sophisticated computer system, that info should have taken all of about two minutes to spit out - long gone are the days of pencils, erasers and hand cranked adding machines -

OFF TOPIC, sort of, not really - question, what of the rumor that a certain person, who was (as in the past) also a coach receiving a stipen yet allegedly had the team practicing at a middle school and being paid as an after school employee - in other words rumored to be collecting two pay checks for the same work? I would like to add that this rumored flagrant breaking of the rules is an anomaly - the majority of our Coaches are highly respected, hard working caring individuals who are paying it forward - and we Thank them for it.

Sept. 5, 2013
12 Votes

To joepublic, helenfarias, anniej and all others who supported picketing in front of and around the neighborhood of Cartmill. A big thank you. To shirleyberan, there have been major picketing efforts at the SUHSD board meetings, to no avail. To visduh, oskidoll and all others who thought it was a bad idea, I want to ask what are some suggestions you have for this situation? You seem to agree that the what is happening in the SUHSD is out of control. What do you think would catch the attention of the people who have continually turned their backs on what matters to the students in their district? When the DA says it seems like the worst corruption case ever and attorneys in the know say it's a slam dunk against the district and NOTHING HAPPENS? Grass roots efforts are not always successful but if the suits can't do it and the desire to prevail is still there, what choice is there?

Jan. 19, 2014
12 Votes

chulavista-resident...your comments look curiously like the comments that district spokesperson Manny Rubio sent to me last night.

And yes, you are right, the solar panels are going in throughout the district as Rubio said in both his emails to me. (I never queried him about the solar panels.) In fact, when we went down for pictures the other day, we also took pictures of the solar panel project that is under construction.

Now let's do some fact checking germane to the article.

Are classroom windows covered in red? Yes. Have there been complaints? Again, yes. Has the school and the district spent money in preparation for Duncan's visit? Again yes. Did Mr. Rubio deny there were any expenditures on August 28 when he inappropriately answered my August 23 public record request? (I requested invoices from the clerk of the board, not informal commentary from the district spokesperson.) That's another yes.

Below find September 4 comments from the district’s CFO which contradict Rubio’s statement that no extra expenditures were made for Duncan’s visit. As in all email chains my original query is below Alt’s response.

Hello Ms. Luzzaro, Sorry I wasn't able to get back to you yesterday afternoon. Regarding the information you have requested, I am preparing the information for your query. Some of the purchases are general fund, some are ASB funds so I need to put together itemization for your request to make the response clear. In any event, all of the expenditures are legal expenditures for the fund for which they are being paid. I hope this information is helpful but will have more information to follow.

Professionally,

Dr. Albert G. Alt

Good Afternoon Dr. Alt,

I have been given information by several sources that conflicts. I wonder if you are able to clear it up for me.

I understand that Castle Park Middle will be honored with a visit by Secretary Duncan.

Some people say the district is picking up the tab for expenditures...for the stage, t-shirts etc. Others say it is coming out of ASB funds.

If you are able to lend any clarity to this I would appreciate it.

I have an early deadline today. Thank you, Susan Luzzaro

Sept. 5, 2013
12 Votes

bbq talks about a grassroots group - that's us! A friend and I had an idea: We may all have been contacting various representatives individually, but I suggest that we contact all the representatives together in the same week and let them know we are vocal and we vote.
If I get 20 "likes", I'll post the names, phone numbers, emails, twitter and Facebook accounts of our local reps. (Cheryl Cox, Ron Morrison, David Alvarez, Bonnie Dumanis, Tony Atkins, Lorena Gonzalez, Sherly Weber, Ben Hueso, Randolph Ward, Lyn Neylon, and anyone else you can think of) You could also forward your emails and have your spouse/partner/friends email the representatives or post your "open letter" on their Facebook page.
By clicking the thumbs up icon you pledge to make at least 5 contacts in one week. Are you in?

Nov. 6, 2013
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