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Brand will be missed Carlos R. Davalos | Sat, Jul 05 2014 12:00 PM

Lucky for me I was at Ed Brand’s declaration of independence a few weeks ago when he announced his autumn retirement. Of course I didn’t realize how fortunate I was until this week when the public was told the high school district superintendent would be placed on leave beginning July 3. The leave ends Oct. 1. After that, we won’t have Ed Brand to kick around anymore.

But Brand did something for me that day his fellow board member (and Iraq war veteran, and only unindicted member of the school board, and City Council candidate, and former city councilman, and the world’s best dad/husband, and patriotic American) John McCann couldn’t, wouldn’t or didn’t know how to: he answered a simple question.

It feels like ages ago when I caught up with McCann after a City Council candidates forum where infrastructure, transparency and government accountability were some of the evening’s talking points.

I asked him if he had the school district’s attorney draft a letter to us asking for a retraction and apology regarding a column in which I’d stated a judge denied his request for a temporary restraining order against a member of the public. (A judge did grant the TRO; it was the permanent injunction that was denied.)

It was, I presumed, a simple question with a simple answer. But apparently not. McCann told me he needed to get home to his kids and that we’d talk after the election. After the election? But why? What was the big deal?

Even though I offered to walk with him to his car I didn’t get my answer that night.

But when I saw him at Brand’s retirement presser I figured great! They had offered to hang around and answer any questions we might have for either of them. Did he have an attorney draft a letter to us asking for a retraction or did he know about a separate letter issuing a cease and desist notice to a critical member of the public? In my mind those are interesting queries.

Given that the school district’s attorneys charge hundreds of dollars per hour and, money aside, why involve lawyers when a phone call — to me anyway— would have sufficed? But what do I know? Maybe if I had access to publicly funded legal counsel and thin skin I’d have them send letters on my behalf. Was McCann doing that? He wouldn’t say.

Not yes. Not no. Just references to  past columns I’d written.

His kids must have been waiting somewhere because he seemed to want to leave in a hurry.
Frustrated I turned to Brand. He couldn’t recall all of the letters I referenced but the one to our office he did. And he gave me a simple, direct answer. Yes, he had it sent. And, he clarified, McCann didn’t have anything to do with it. Of course in hindsight that raises a couple of interesting follow up questions. I could ask McCann but now Brand’s no longer around to answer.

I’m going to miss him.

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Erupting Says:

Wed, Jul 09 2014 07:32 AM

Mr. Davalos, thanks again for your honest creative reporting.Freedom of the press is still alive and well in Chula Vista thanks to you. It will be interesting to see if you get a letter from legal council(Mr. Winet) I seriously doubt it because I can't see tim Glover putting up with these immature McCann tantrums. Maybe it's time for one of your reflective sitting on the stool stories about anything but Mr. McCan't.

anniej Says:

Tue, Jul 08 2014 08:14 PM

And we want to know why John Mc Cann wants to use Ed Brand as a consultant - ha, he wants more of those alleged taxpayer paid for cease and desist letters paid for OUT OF OUR FREAKIN' POCKETS!!!!!! Mr. Davalos, no doubt. McCann is, somewhere throwing an absolute hissy fit.

So, let me ask you all, is this what the city of Chula Vista needs or wants sitting on the City Council? I encourage all reading this to forward it on, John McCann has failed us. Another example of McCanns loyalty to Brand was his attempt to not address the agenda item at the Board meeting last Monday addressing the bylaw change and the continued membership of 2 well respected committee members on the Bond Oversight Committee. Brand wanted O'Neill and Marinovich gone - outta here - but alas Ms. Hartley and Ms. Neylon saw right thru McCanns stunt and extended the meeting so both mens positions were saved. What men in their right minds attempts to stop one of the few things that work at Sweetwater - ah, that would be John McCann, Ed Brand and two employees that answereD to Brand.

Stay tuned, have we learned the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding the property deals - tread carefully all involved. - this community, the IRS, the authorities deserve honest answers to legitimate questions. So, take your dancing shoes off, stand up straight, raise your right hand and ..................

sosocal Says:

Sat, Jul 05 2014 09:21 PM

Yes, who is less trustworthy, McCann or Brand?

While both are apparently frequently up to no good, McCann keeps trying to polish his image and readjust his slipped halo by telling everyone how wonderful he is.

That old advice, "Show, don't tell" is evidently something that never managed to stick in McCann's brain. Neither did "Actions speak louder than words."

Will McCann learn? Does he want to learn?

I think he wants to keep getting re-elected while he does just as he pleases, which is to say, doing nothing that benefits this community in any way.

So why would he want to represent people, yet not really represent them? I haven't figured that out.

Anyone have any ideas?

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