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The elected representatives of the city of Chula Vista apparently feel that their position grants them authority over and above their elected status. How else could they continue in this manner? Mr. Schilling is doing all of us a great favor by showing how entrenched the feelings of self-importance and entitlement are among the mayor and the elected representatives. To be elected means that the people have had a voice. To be appointed means that the people's choice has been subverted. Of course, even elections are far from perfect--just take a look at John McCann's election history. Yes, "unclean" does come to mind. Why is the city of Chula Vista so willing to fight to keep citizenry out of the process? Guess the mayor and friends have their reasons.
This article seems to assume that anyone who lives in the South-Bay area is poor, stupid and worse. Why should the fact that someone lives there mean that they have 'real OR perceived barriers' to attending theater? They manage to get to their jobs, churches, homes of relatives and friends but, mysteriously, they are just too shall we say 'ethnic' to manage their way in a crowd of theater-goers?!? Check your racism 'at the door' and stop being part of the problem.
Johnny Bravo Says:
Run Madam Mayor run! This mayor has been a HUGE disappointment so far. Don't remember the last mayor that disappointed in such short order.
Jerry Thomas Says:
The people of the West Chula Vista see things getting worse due to the quantum increase of the homeless. Homelessness changes are a product of current calculated public policy. Sending prisoners to local jails, such as Chula Vista jail and closing four of the five parole offices in San Diego County has led to an escalating parolee release population. The parole office in West Chula Vista is the only one that remains open. The main court ordered substanceâ€“abuse counseling program is now located in the closed Jimmyâ€™s Restaurant shopping center on Oxford and Third Ave. The methadone treatment facility is across the street. Board of Supervisors has set-up the only treatment center for the young mentally ill for the whole County in West Chula Vista. The huge escalation of the homeless in West Side Chula Vista is facing and dealing with the failures and risks of our criminal justice system and rehab. Churches, neighborhood groups, voluntary organization, charities are blindsided when public policies and officials do not adequately inform them about the projects. The Chula Vista City Manager has failed to notify the people and businesses and is exposing them to profound risk. He has stated that nothing could be done because the county has imposed these programs on Chula Vista. This decision-making is destroying West Chula Vista quality of life and responsible safe-keeping. The people need solutions that address the needs of the homeless, parolee centers, addict treatment centers closer to their current home cities and transportation availability.
Other major cities have found that providing free housing for homeless people more than pays for itself in savings on police enforcement, ER visits, jail time and an overall decline in crime. Look at Utah's Housing First program. It should be a model for the rest of the country.
I do think that the massive shift that occurred during the Brand/Gandara/Brand administrations (from concentrating on actual educational issues to concentrating on schemes, real estate boondoggles and who knows what churning of public educational assets) demands a major reset of priorities, projects and mindsets.
I am sure that is taking place, and I really hope that the nonsense that can be stopped, has been stopped. Whatever nonsense continues to take place needs to be reeled in--easier said than done.
The whole-sale corruption of this school district was only lightly touched upon by the charges and the trials. The depositions (and I read every word that was published) showed all sorts of things that were not legal, and yet no charges were brought on much of it.
So---yes, we need open government. We need to know what ESI was up to at the behest of former superintendents and the former school board. And yes, even though I came late to the party, I also had an ESI business card tucked into my front door.
Which I threw away. I wonder how much that cost the district to drive out to my house? And what else did they do to examine the lives of people whose only fault--if you can call it that-- was asking questions and commenting during a school board meeting or two?
kevinbutthole - read right thru the name innuendo - last Board did NOT have a majority of Republicans, though they were a majority of 'users for self'.
Political party affiliations has no business affecting issues on a 'SCHOOL' Board - yet... it is clear, it does.
It's always amazing to me to hear former Councilmembers that spent 8 years on council and literally did nothing to solve the homeless issue or in some cases not even make it a real issue, now come and lecture the city and council on how to fix it. Thanks...guess the campaigns have begun because the BS is everywhere.
More overspending for investigations. What does one expect when the district had a board that was majority REPUBLICAN! Now with DEMOCRATIC leadership, Sweetwater will thrive. Just like San Diego City Schools.
South Bay citizens, continue to support the DEMOCRATIC leadership within the Sweetwater District!
Oddfool, general public and sosocal - it is important that those who read this article understand THIS behavior, and much worse is what many of the SUHSD employees had to deal with day after day after day - it is a wonder any chose to stay - but they, unlike past Superintendents or 'previous' Boards remained committed to quality education for the students.
HATS OFF TO YOU ALL OF YOU WHO WORKED UNDER SUCH DICTATORSHIPS!!!!!
I recall there was mention that ESI was being used to investigate "situations" regarding personnel matters. If that is the case with the majority of their investigations, would those items be allowed to be released? I thought those were usually revealed to the board during closed sessions. (Note: I do also know members of the public were also reported to have been investigated. Those should not fall under closed session items.)
The big question for me is this: if ESI was paid a couple of hundred thousand dollars and if Ed Brand claimed no report was written, shouldn't the next step be to require ESI to produce evidence of any work done for the school district? And if they cannot produce evidence, then shouldn't they be prosecuted for fraud?
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