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Will they won't they? Carlos R. Davalos | Sat, Feb 08 2014 12:00 PM

Will they, won't they? Keener observers than I probably knew the answer to this question at the end of January’s Sweetwater Union High School District board meeting.

The full question, of course, is: Will the depleted and damaged school board get its act together long enough to make a decision regarding the vacancy on the governing board?

The decision isn’t who should  fill the seat left empty by former board member Arlie Ricasa, who  resigned last year.

The decision is one about the process.

The board was told Jan. 14 that unless they appointed someone to take Ricasa’s place a special election was the default method of selection.

An election, they were informed, would probably cost more than $1 million.

Left unsaid was that while an appointment process would undoubtedly be cheaper, the current board has about as much credibility as a pathological liar with a heroin habit. No one trusts these people to tie their shoes correctly, much less make an honest appointment to the school board.

Nevertheless, an open selection and vetting process would go a long way in assuaging some of the public’s concerns that a rubber stamping goon would find their way onto the board.

But the board that night couldn’t decide if they wanted the public to vote or if they wanted to take responsibility for naming someone to the position.

Board member Pearl Quinones was out of town and unavailable to weigh in so a plea was made to reach her via Skype, teleconference or whatever means necessary so she could take part in the decision making.

That was three weeks ago. And now we are one week and a couple of days away from deadline.

Will the board have enough time to solicit applications, weed out the good from the bad, conduct public interviews and appoint someone by Feb. 17?

Or will they do nothing?

Will they abdicate the responsibility of choosing a path? Will they refrain from calling for an appointment or endorsing a special election so that, as individuals, they can say it wasn’t their decision? 

Will they fail to demonstrate  leadership by asking their colleagues to make a simple decision — vote or appoint?
Will they wait for the clock to run out and greet Feb. 17 with a shrug of the shoulders and a weak attempt at placing blame elsewhere?

Will they do nothing? And in doing so do something that reinforces current behavior?


Fortunately for them, not a lot of people are fed up or outraged so business can go on as usual.

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sosocal Says:

Tue, Feb 11 2014 10:01 AM

Why aren't more people outraged and fed up by the pack of liars, cheats and bumblers who hold the reins of power in Sweetwater?

Maybe a high percentage see themselves as just passing through, on their way to bigger and better places, so they don't need to take a stand.

Maybe some feel they have already done their bit, having worked, contributed, volunteered and developed this community.

Maybe some feel they are too young, that no one would really listen to them.

But here is the problem: we are all being robbed and cheated DAILY by Ed Brand and his cadre. Students are not getting and will not be getting the education our tax and bond monies have funded because of this. The students will be getting a far lesser education, but possibly one that may stay with them.

Which is to say, they will be getting an education that if YOU (and all of us) are not willing to stand up for what is right, then what are we doing on this earth? Taking up space, watching while others do the work?

Personal responsibility is a concept that everyone needs to learn, and if you are still breathing and mobile, you are still part of the community.

Just because you are too young to vote does not mean that your beliefs and actions do not count. You count! Your friends count!

If you bought your home here and are waiting to clear out as soon as you get that 15 - 20% profit, you can still do what is right for the people who plan on living here longer.

On a personal level, I find it horrifying that the vastness of the corruption in Sweetwater is unchallenged by so many. Yes, tend your garden, but don't let the crooks haul off with the future of all the students in Sweetwater UHSD.

Erupting Says:

Mon, Feb 10 2014 07:58 AM

Your understanding of the situation is dead on correct as usual. It's hard to believe that these miscreants are holding this community hostage to their needs.

anniej Says:

Sun, Feb 09 2014 08:08 AM

Mr. Davalos: the numbers of community members outraged with this Board is growing. Efforts and conversations with National Media.

In the end, it will be up to the voters in November - John McCann has been hitting the campaign trail hot and heavy - I hear the Rodeo is coming to town with a bucking bull named CORRUPTION - McCann while initially boasting of conquering the devil bull but insisting his name be on the billboard failed to show up - it appears he had chosen instead to attend a coin flipping class.

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