Saturday, January 03, 2009

Can you spot the applicant without an agenda among the 23 applicants for CVESD board appointment?

[Photo: CVESD board in November 2008]

Is there an applicant on the list below who has the courage to stand up to corrupt CVESD attorney Dan Shinoff and his loyal board members?

Board members Pamela Smith and Larry Cunningham are Mr. Shinoff's longtime champions, and have approved his many illegal actions on their behalf. In fact, Shinoff gets paid to intimidate whistleblowers and anyone else who threatens to reveal the shady side of CVESD.

MiraCosta College trustees got a big sampling of Shinoff's techniques on June 20, 2007 when Mr. Shinoff worked long into the night pressuring unwilling trustees to sign a $1.6 million settlement for his pal President Victoria Richart.

Perhaps Mr. Shinoff wanted to keep Victoria Richart happy so she would remain silent about his role in the $1.5 million investigation $305 worth of stolen palm trees.

The $1.5 million spent on the investigation by Shinoff and Richart, some of which went to Shinoff, was not expended because they and the board were interested in palm trees. The once-enormous collection of palm trees has dwindled severely: the few trees that have not died of neglect are now barely clinging to life. The real reason that Shinoff and Richart spent $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars was to wage war against the MiraCosta faculty and administrators who supported them.

Perhaps Mr. Shinoff simply wanted to reward Ms. Richart for her work. This explanation would be consistent with the theory that Daniel Shinoff uses "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu as his guide in the practice of law. In this theoretical scenario, Mr. Shinoff would have been guided by chapter II, paragraph 16 in Sun Tzu's book: "Now in order to kill the enemy, our men must be roused to anger; that there may be advantage from defeating the enemy, they must have their rewards." If you want loyal soldiers in your war against your enemy (in this case, the enemy was the faculty), you must reward them, right?

Unfortunately, Shinoff and Richart ignored the Sun Tzu's warning: "...if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain."

But getting back to the choice that Shinoff's pals on the CVESD board will soon be making:

Who is there on the list below who has the desire and the strength to say no to Daniel Shinoff's illegal games? I don't know. It would be nice if such a person would identify himself/herself to Chris Moran at the San Diego Union Tribune. This might cause Pamela Smith and Larry Cunningham to immediately nix the applicant's appointment, but it would put the applicant in a good spot for the next election. At that time such a person might unseat Pamela Smith or Larry Cunningham.

School board gets 23 applications for single vacancy

By Chris Moran
San Diego Union Tribune
January 3, 2009

CHULA VISTA — The Chula Vista Elementary School District has received 23 applications to fill a vacant seat on the five-member school board.

Applicants include a current and a former high school principal, a former district PTA president, the wife of a Chula Vista city councilman and several people who have run for the board in recent years.

Trustee Bertha Lopez vacated her Chula Vista board seat last month after her election to the Sweetwater Union High School District board...

Among the applicants this time are San Ysidro High School Principal Hector Espinoza, former Montgomery High School Principal Mary Anne Stro former teachers union presidents Frank Cherry and Leroy Petty, and former Chula Vista PTA President Carol Green.

Also, Myllissa McCann, wife of Chula Vista Councilman John McCann, has applied, as has Douglas Luffborough, executive director of a social-services agency in Chula Vista.

[UPDATE: Douglas Luffborough was chosen on Feb. 3, 2009.]

The other applicants are:

# Pamela Bauer-Fischer, attorney.

# Jolyn DePriest, former teacher and counselor.

# James Doud, former water district board president.

# Beatrice Fernandez, San Diego Unified School District parent involvement coordinator.

# Mel Lopez, former Chula Vista assistant superintendent.

# Hector Martinez, water district manager.

# Perry Mathes, cardiovascular engineer for General Electric.

# Archie McAllister, substitute teacher.

# David McLellan, former telecommunications company employee.

# Aurora Murillo-Clark, property manager.

# Edalia Olivo-Gomez, environmental specialist for San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

# Christopher Shilling, public safety director for Otay Ranch Town Center.

# Christian Slike, IBM marketing leader.

# Felicia Starr, hospital secretary.

# John Vogel, information systems analyst for the city of San Diego.

# David Wallace, Chula Vista business owner...

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