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National Press
A special raspberry
goes to
the San Diego Press
Club for the bogus
award to the Stutz,
Artiano Shinoff & Holtz
law firm  website.   
When Maura Larkins
offered to change her
ad to precisely mimic
an ad currently
running in the San
Diego Union Tribune,
but simply changing
the names, the Union
Tribune wouldn't run
that ad either!
Secrets in the San Diego
Chula Vista

It appears that this
campaign against the
Castle Park Principal
was also supported by
CVESD school board
member Pamela Smith,
who was on very
familiar terms with the
Chula Vista Star-News
at that time.  The
Star-News frequently
published her writings.  
When Maura Larkins
mentioned Pamela
Smith to Kelley Dupuis,
he denied knowing who
she was.  

It seems that either he
did not read his own
newspaper, small as it
is, and was ignorant
about the school district
he covered, or he was
trying to grow himself a
longer nose.
Chula Vista
Linda Townson
and reporter
Kelley Dupuis

teachers were
transferred out of that
school in August 2004,
Maura Larkins talked
reporter Kelley Dupuis
and editor Michael
Burgess of the Chula
Vista Star News about
problems at Castle
Park Elementary.  
Burgess said he would
cover the story.  
Karin Winner,
editor of the
San Diego
Union Tribune

refused to print what
she knew about Castle
Park Elementary, even
after she
publishing a long series
of half-true articles and
letters about the
school.  She gave Don
Sevrens carte blanche
to say anything.  He
said a lot of interesting
Starting in August 2004,
reporter Kelley Dupuis
of the Chula Vista
Star-News WROTE A
the subject,
but he
never mentioned a
word about the
information and
documents he received
from Maura Larkins.  
This information was
crucial to the story
because it involved
crimes committed AT
THE SCHOOL by at least
one of the transferred

Dupuis' idea of an
investigative report is to
write one side of a
story.  In this case, he
covered the teapot
instead of the tempest.

Mr. Dupuis also
published negative
comments about  
"Mexican parents"
which had been made by
a Castle Park parent,
but he gave the
maligned parents no
opportunity to respond.  

When a newspaper
cannot admit it is wrong

Maura Larkins sent
documentation to the San
Diego Union Tribune about a
culture of disrespect for the
law that flourished at Castle
Park Elementary for many
years before five teachers
were transferred out.

Don Sevren ignored the
information, and  wrote
teacher transfers without
mentioning a word of the
information he received
from Maura Larkins.
The campaign against
the Castle Park
Elementary principal
during the 2004-2005
school year was
supported by two
reporters, two parents,
a group of teachers,
and teachers' union
President Gina Boyd.  
Ms. Boyd went to at
least one school site
council meeting at the
invitation of one of
those parents, in a
clear attempt to
intimidate the

Was this
power-hungry group,
which included Don
Sevrens and the Chula
Vista Star-News'
Kelley Dupuis,
interested in the needs
of children?  During
that year  $20,000
went missing from the
Castle Park
Elementary PTA.  As
usual, Mr. Sevrens and
the Chula Vista
Star-News kept silent
about crimes
committed by the very
people to whom they
have given one-sided
press coverage.  

contd. below
Don Sevrens
really got it wrong
when he claimed
Felicia Starr must
be ethical because
she had been
appointed by a

Don Sevrens claim was
false.  I obtained the letter
below through a public
records request to the City
of Chula Vista.

No judge supported Felicia
Starr's appointment to the
ethics board.

(See scanned document below)
San Diego
Union Tribune
(from bottom of first column)

Apparently fearing that
this crime would
eventually become
public knowlege,
perhaps because it was
being reported by this
blog and the San Diego
Education Report
website, the Chula Vista
Police Department
seems to have
developed a plan in
November 2006 to
create the appearance
that it was no longer
covering up the
embezzlement. Of
course, by November 7,
2006, the election was
over. The cover-up was
successful. Larry
Cunningham crowed
that voters had seen
throught the lies of his
opponents. The truth is
that the voters saw
almost nothing because
Larry and Cheryl had
spent hundreds of
thousands of tax dollars
to cover up crimes and
other violations of law

The police asked former
Castle Park PTA
president Kim Simmons
to come in the CVPD
office, where she was
interviewed and
arrested. Was Simmons
arrested after a careful
investigation? No, the
CVPD does not carefully
investigate incidents
that might embarrass
Cheryl Cox and the
school board. CVPD
arrested Kim Simmons
simply to create the
impression that they
weren't covering up
Castle Park crimes, and
passed on their humble
efforts to District
Attorney Bonnie

What did Bonnie
Dumanis do? Prosecute
the crime? Not likely.
Just as she had refused
to prosecute CVESD
Assistant Superintedent
Richard Werlin for
obstruction of justice,
she also refused to
prosecute Kim Simmons.

Why? Maybe because
Kim Simmons knew too
much about crimes at
Castle Park Elementary.

Did I mention that Kim
Simmons was a close
friend of transferred
teacher Robin Donlan, a
member of a powerful
teacher clique at Castle
Park Elementary that
received a great deal of
support form local
papers when she and
several other teachers
were transferred out of
the school?

Robin Donlan and her
friends created a
bizarre brouhaha, in
which they and the
media attacked the
principal of Castle Park
Elementary without
ever mentioning the
crimes of which Donlan
had been accused. The
truth was that the
principal was attacked
for daring to challenge
the authority of the
"family" that had
created a crime wave at
the school.

In October 2004, Kim
Simmons entered a
Castle Park Elementary
classroom, and asked to
use the school phone
during class time so she
could call up Robin
Donlan and ask for
instructions on how to
proceed with her
attacks on the principal
of the school. The
teacher gave
permission, and took
the opportunity to
explain to her students
that she was "mad at
the principal." (There
has been a dearth of
professionalism at
Castle Park Elementary
since this "Castle Park
Family" teacher group
took over.)

Kim Simmons, along
with Gina Boyd, the
president of the teacher
union, and school site
council President Felicia
Starr were working
with transferred
teacher Robin Donlan to
get rid of the first
principal who had had
the nerve to stand up to
the arbitrary power of
the group of teachers
who ruled the school.

What was Cheryl Cox's
role in all this? She and
all the other board
members authorized the
payment of hundreds of
thousands of public
dollars to Stutz, Artiano,
Shinoff & Holtz law firm
to represent Robin
Donlan and cover up the
crimes initiated by her
and Assistant
Superintendent Richard
Werlin and several
other CVESD officers
and employees in 2000
and 2001. After
fostering perjury and
other crimes, and using
huge sums of public
money to keep bad
teachers in power,
Cheryl Cox ran for
mayor on a platform of
"charater" and "fiscal

The San Diego Union
Tribune has maintained
to this day a complete
black-out regarding
crimes committed by
Robin Donlan, Richard
Werlin, Cheryl Cox and
others at CVESD. On
November 17, 2006 the
SDUT published a small
article about the arrest
of former PTA Kim
Simmons. The story
immediately went into
"partially hidden" status
in the Union-Tribunes
archives. (If someone
does a signonsandiego
search for "castle park
PTA Simmons," he'll get
a message back saying
"No articles found.) The
article can only be
found by leaving
"simmons" out of the
search. If you already
know about Kimberlee
Simmons, the San Diego
Union Tribune doesn't
want you to know more.
San Diego
Union Tribune
(from above)

SDUT printed a
bare-bones article
regarding Kim
Simmons and the
missing $20,000 from
the Castle Park PTA in
November 2006, giving
the false impression
that a real
investigation had been
done, but Kim Simmons
has not been charged
as of April 2007, and
the article has been
indexed in the SDUT
archives in a manner
that hides the story
from anyone searching
for Simmons.

Here is a discussion
from Rating the Media
Blog about the SDUT
cover-up of crimes at
Castle Park Elementary:

Free the San Diego
Union Tribune Five!
The San Diego Union
Tribune refuses to
allow its reporters to
write the full story
about many events,
wrongdoing by people
of whom the SDUT is

The strange events at
Castle Park Elementary
are one such story.
Click here to read more
about what went
wrong in Chula Vista
Elementary School

When will Karen
Winner, William
Osborne and Bob Kittle
allow reporters to
practice journalistic
ethics? They might
want to start with the
fine reporters who
cover education issues
around the county. I
am speaking about
good reporters like
Chris Moran and Leonel
Sanchez. I am most
definitely NOT
speaking of Don
Sevrens, who writes
anonymously about
education. Winner,
Osborne and Kittle
should forbid Don
Sevrens from writing
any more anonymous
stories about
education. He's told
enough whoppers

Below is the latest
installment of the
Castle Park Elementary
story, taken from the
CVESD Reporter Blog.

Chula Vista is not the
place to go if you are
looking for equal
protection of the law. It
makes a big difference
to the CVPD if you're a
Republican or
Democrat. Republicans
like Cheryl Cox get
help from the CVPD in
covering up crimes and
other wrongdoing.

On the other hand, a
Democratic employee
of the City of Chula
Vista who took two
hours off work to spy
on a Cheryl Cox
fundraiser has been
charged by Bonnie
Dumanis with perjury
for not admitting he
was doing political
work on the job.

There's a lot of political
work being done on the
job in Chula Vista, but
you don't hear much
about the work done by
Republicans in the
police department.

The Chula Vista Police
Department is a friend
of Cheryl Cox, who was
a Chula Vista
Elementary school
board member before
she was elected mayor.
The CVPD failed for
over a year to
investigate a financial
crime at Castle Park
Elementary School
reported in 2005.
Why? The CVPD has a
knee-jerk policy of
covering up
wrongdoing by Cheryl
Cox and Chula Vista
Elementary School

In 2006 I pursued a
public records request
for months before the
CVPD admitted that it
had a record of a police
visit to Castle Park
Elementary on April 21,
2001. When they
decided I wasn't likely
to go away, I finally
received a copy of the
Castle Park Elementary
School "call" report.*

But the Chula Vista
Police Department was
doing a lot more than
illegally hiding public
records in its efforts to
support Cheryl Cox's
campaign for mayor of
Chula Vista in 2006.

Between 2000 and
2006 a long string of
crimes had been
committed at Castle
Park Elementary.
Cheryl Cox and CVESD
committed bigger and
bigger crimes to
prevent the exposure
of earlier, smaller
crimes and violations
of law committed at
Castle Park Elementary
in 2000 and 2001.

See "Castle Park
Elementary," "Teacher
Reports," and "Law
Enforcement" at
(link available on this
blog's link list).

In 2005-2006, the
most newsworthy
crime being covered up
by the CVPD and the
media to protect Cheryl
Cox and the CVESD
school board was the
embezzlement of about
$20,000 from the
Castle Park Elementary

The police waited until
Cox was elected, and
then they did their hoax
arrest, but Kim
Simmons was never
charged with anything.

When will the SD Union
Tribune publish the full
story, revealing Kim
Simmons' close
association to Robin
Donlan and the "Castle
Park Five"? When will
the San Diego Union
Tribune apologize for so
maliciously attacking
the honorable and
decent principal of
Castle Park Elementary
on behalf of Robin
Donlan, Kim Simmons,
and the rest of their
clique, after the group
was found to be
responsible for yet
another crime after the
SDUT had written so
much on its behalf? How
about it, Don Sevrens?

The SDUT November
2006 story about
Simmons arrest was
published to create the
impression that Bonnie
Dumanis and the Chula
Vista Police Department
are not covering up
crimes involving Cheryl
Cox and Castle Park
Elementary School. It
appears that Simmons
wasn't really the fall
guy; she was actually
the pretend fall guy.

Bonnie Dumanis, why
don't you investigate
the use of public
resources for political
purposes at CVPD? Why
don't you investigate
crimes at Chula Vista
Elementary School
District, including
perjury by Cheryl Cox
and Robin Donlan? Or
do you only use the
public resources under
your control to
investigate Democrats?

*The police "call' report
that was hidden for
months by the CVPD
revealed Assistant
Superintendent Richard
Werlin's attempt to
silence a teacher who
had suggested that the
media might investigate
what was happening at
the school in 2001. The
teacher clearly knew
nothing about the media
in San Diego. The San
Diego Union Tribune,
the Chula Vista
Star-News and La
Prensa still have not
reported those crimes,
although all three
newspapers have long
known about them.
These three publications
exposed their lack of
journalistic ethics when
they published a deluge
of letters, articles and
editorials defending the
teacher, Robin
Colls/Donlan who
initiated the crime
wave! All three papers
were incensed when
Robin Colls was
transferred from Castle
Park Elementary.
Richard Werlin, who
called the police when
the teacher mentioned
the media, didn't
correctly estimate the
power of his Chula Vista
Elementary School
Board bosses, including
Cheryl Cox, to silence
the media. Werlin did go
on to achieve a certain
amount of notoriety for
his use of the police to
silence teachers. He had
second-grade teacher
Jenny Mo arrested in
front of her students at
his new school district
in Richmond, California
this year when the
teacher went to the
media with a story
about bullying at her
school. Of course,
Werlin didn't step up
and take the
credit/blame for the
arrest. He let the
principal sit in the hot
seat, while he took
indefinite sick leave
from his position.
Judge Fraser Refused to Recommend Felicia Starr
for the Chula Vista Ethics Board
San Diego
Union Tribune
(from bottom of middle

Of course, there has
been no follow-up to the
SDUT story. But there
should be a
follow-up,because the
story created the false
impression that the
police were actually
intending to do
something about crime
at Castle Park
Elementary. Nothing
could be farther from
the truth.
The San Diego Union
Tribune and the Chula
Vista Star-News both
refused to accept this
political advertisement
before the November
2004 election.
The San Diego
Union Tribune and
Chula Vista Star
News protected
Judd from
this ad in 2004.
Silence is golden?
San Diego
Education Report
Sunshine Week