July 17, 2015 @ 9:11 a.m.
I am disgusted with the whole concept of a "Not-for Profit" publically supported Institution such as UCSD and the UC Health system committing this much funding to a pure advertising scheme.
I can think of numerous ways that $30 Million could be used to promote healthy living through investments in recreational facilities, programs and clinic availability throughout our communities.
I ask what's going to happen with the $188 Million that the Metropolitain Water District is receiving? How will that be returned to the public that already paid in? One hopes it's not big raises to the staff of the district as they pat themselves on the back!!!!
Perhaps it will be used to improve the water service in the city or for improvements to some of our public facilities, Balboa Park and Morley Field perhaps, both sitting on 30 year old "20 year plans" never started.
I will be working on "Shovel Ready" Projects for the next time these crazy schemes involving these kinds of $$$$ show up. BBQ
July 16, 2015 @ 10:14 a.m.
The rub of all this is Haggen got a good deal investing into our area due to the Vons/Albertson merger. They have missed the mark so far but any change takes awhile to be adopted.
The real tradgedy is to the workers who chose to stay with their stores and go with Haggen and to the communities the stores are located if they end up closing.
While the government's "Protecting" the consumer/us from a Vons/Albertsons monopoly or control of Southern California Supermarkets, the unintended outcome will be fewer jobs and less food outlets in the region.
April 27, 2015 @ 7:10 p.m.
HOLEY BALOGNEY.... Grape St park has been a defacto dog park since before 1988, Judy the Beauty from The Big Kitchen and I used to "run" our dogs there from 1987 -1992. It was of no real consequence other than the lack of cleanliness from the lack of clean-up by dog owners. I believe that in general clean-up has been adopted by most dog owners over the years....(I usually picked up more than Libby and Dempsey's share)
Again it is who was here first? Dog Park or Condo Owners, open space is open space and we all pay for it through taxes, etc. NIMBY in action after the fact.
The draconian efforts by the police and county animal enforcement was just as described draconian.
Remember dogs are people too or is that dog people pay taxes too...
If all the police have to do is over enforce dog laws we must truly live in "America's finest city"
April 26, 2015 @ 7:59 a.m.
I started a response yesterday and lost it to a network issue, VigilantinCV and AlexClark, are both on target. CV is rapidly becoming a bedroom community, as such we have all of the associated issues. Bad Transit, congested roads (East-West congested, North South Non-continuous), lack of community amenities (No Community Recreation Facilities south of Otay Lakes road), impacted schools (due to Open Boundaries), No commitment to the original zoning and planning.
There are currently Two Major Developments in work near the proposed changes north of the Otay Ranch Mall, Milenia just south of the Mall and the development just south of Otay Ranch High School. The effects of both are starting to be felt on La Media, Birch, 125, Olympic Pkwy, and Eastlake Pkwy.
It is obvious that none of our city council live or use the roads in this area. What's to happen when/if we get a university on Hunte Pkwy? Are we headed to suburban grid-lock?
Just yesterday, Saturday about 11:00am there were 50 cars going west on Olympic Pkwy at La Media on one 3 minute signal cycle, that's 1000 vehicles an hour, ON A SATURDAY!!!!
Wake up city council, what makes you think you are smarter than your predecessors? What has changed other than the greed of the Developers? Where is the overall assessment of the impact of these changes?
Do not start fiddling with the plans, remember what happen to Nero and Rome. Stay the course, slow the development and improve the quality of life in East Chula Vista, before it is too late.
Feb. 25, 2015 @ 1:11 p.m.
CVsincethe70s, I look at the record and see this is the first time you have ever commented to the reader, welcome, if it really is not the first time just a new Nom de plume, Pen Name, shame on you.
Before calling the author and others names, review their other work before condeming them to shoddy journalism and or bias. You certainly leave no doubt about your bias, yet, I do not know who you represent
Susan has been a major contributor to the changes at Sweetwater, weather you like her politics and style or not, she at least gets people to look into what's going on and hopefully acting out to find and make their own opinions on the issues. For this I am grateful that we have the alternate information site.
As for Charter Schools, I am sure there are many with fine rational for their existance, specialized ESL for one or specialized STEM, however I do believe that their is a darker side to some Charters and that is GREED. I am not aware of SilverWings Charter and will not comment on where it sits in the continum of Need to Greed, however there seem to be issues with its location and possibly with its communication, only based on this article.
I have issue with the need for a school to be completely separate from the district which I pay taxes and currently Mello-Roos (Charter). I also have issue with a union that will not properly vet teachers and programs to provide what is needed by the community a school building resides in, ie variable class sizes and or teaching hours to provide the necessary skills to our students for their success.
However, If a community wants specifics in their local school, there are School site councils and other avenues other than the paneca of Charter Schools, which can often have limited public oversight. I like to have an opportunity to see where my taxes go and elect the people in charge of over seeing the spending, which is one reason SUHSD has a completely new Board!!!
Feb. 4, 2015 @ 12:50 p.m.
I see a CFD Audit Meeting listed for Saturday Feb 7, at 8:00 am in the Board Conf. Room. Is that the meeting you were talking about?
Feb. 4, 2015 @ 12:08 p.m.
First I've heard of the Mello Audit Meeting, Info?
What happened from the facility use study meeting from December? It was a bit chaotic when I had to leave.
Thursday's meeting I will be late but plan to appear, to much going on with Mr. Calhoun !!!!
Feb. 4, 2015 @ 11:40 a.m.
So the district goes on with the Real Estate folly. I can only assume the need to move quickly with these things are:
I suspect that, the City contribution looks like a good deal until you look at what actons it is forcing, no adaquite review of the need, method or outcome of the continued property swap. Also, what did the interium board actually sign up for with the New (Ed Brand) Adminstration Building?
5 years ago I asked the CFO, Ms Russo, if every Dollar cost the same or had the same value to SUHSD and she said yes... I nearly laughed in her face, the cost of money, weather it is in interest, favors, rushed planning or programatic needs varies a whole lot!!!
We must stop his chaos management process at the district, regroup and plan the future, not just react to the past blunders weather they were legal or not!!!
Again could we be throwing caution to the wind for the want of a few dollars???
BBQ, Citizens Active for Value in Education
Feb. 2, 2015 @ 6:04 a.m.
While not a McCann fan or being able to recognize Ms. Salas at Sprouts, we are as they say where we are.
So rather than continue the name calling and who is who's lackey, how about we start taking a good solid look at the pending issues within Chula Vista. I will admit I am not on top of what the next few years will bring with regards to the Council.
Other than deteriorating infastructure, a stalled Bayfront project, expansion of projects in the eastern end of the city, what issues will the illustrious council have to contend with, Contracts, Taxes, disaster plans?
Please we are spending too much time on the players and not the plays (Decisions/Votes) or the game (Long Term Planning).
Jan. 30, 2015 @ 8:41 a.m.
As an ongoing thought, many organizations have commitees often headed up by a Board Member that oversee the operations. These commitees are made up of a senior staff person, a board member, labor (Teachers, staff) and qualified participants.
Each Board Member should have a responsibility to the board to be "Up to Speed" on their commitees actions and recommendations.
These commitees should be:
- Facilities/Real Estate,
- Staffing and Wages
- Grants and Funding
- Curriculum and Programs
Note a commitee could create sub-commitees, but the Board member still has responsibility to report to the board and public.
Just a thought for added oversight, prior to hireing a new superintendent.
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