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The North County Times' effort to make SDCOE attorney
Daniel Shinoff look good
And the bizarre effort by NCT to hide its own puff piece

In 2003 the NCT wrote a nice puff piece about Mr. Shinoff.
Then in 2009 the NCT erased the story and removed it from its archives. Why?  
Perhaps to eliminate proof that Mr. Shinoff filed a false (or highly misleading)
document with his
declaration in his lawsuit against me for defamation.
The NCT removed its front-page story about Dan Shinoff from its archives, but left
the photo of Mr. Shinoff.  
The original story may be found in the column at right.  > > >

The documents below were downloaded on March 26, 2010.
< < <  This is where the Shinoff biographical
story used to be.
Here's a digital version of the search above:

Found (30) for "Daniel Shinoff"
OCEANSIDE: MiraCosta wants state's high court to review Richart decision

MiraCosta College trustees will ask the California Supreme Court to overturn a recent appellate
court ruling that invalidates a roughly $1.6 million settlement between the board and its former
superintendent and president.

Jan 20, 2010 | 1:00 pm | (19) Comments
REGION: Office of Education blocks employee's return

For a second time, the San Diego County Office of Education has moved to block a fired employee
from returning to work even though a judge ordered him reinstated because the agency failed to
consider his whistle-blower complaint for alleged unethical practices.

Apr 21, 2009 | 12:00 am | Loading…
REGION: Agency fights reinstating worker with whistleblower complaint

The San Diego County Office of Education said Monday it will appeal a judge's finding that a fired
employee must be reinstated because the agency failed to consider his whistleblower complaint for
alleged unethical practices.

Mar 30, 2009 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Earlier mediation held with MiraCosta group

OCEANSIDE - MiraCosta College officials and two college board members met privately with then-
president Victoria Munoz Richart, her attorney and a mediator 11 days before the board agreed to a
controversial $1.5 million buyout of Richart's contract, documents show.

Oct 04, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
MCC attorneys may continue in Hatoff discipline case

SAN DIEGO - The law firm pressing disciplinary action against a former MiraCosta College vice
president may continue to represent the district, a judge with the Office Of Administrative Hearings
ruled Wednesday.

Sep 07, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Judge reverses ruling: MCC attorneys can stay

VISTA -- The attorneys representing MiraCosta College may continue to serve the district, a Vista
Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Sep 01, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
MiraCosta College trustees at odds; legal representation complex

OCEANSIDE - The political Grand Canyon separating MiraCosta College trustees runs so deep and
wide now that in one high-profile lawsuit against the school, the board's majority of four is
represented by one attorney, and the board minority of three is represented by another.

Aug 28, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Judge hears arguments to disqualify MCC attorneys

VISTA -- Superior Court Judge Michael Anello heard arguments Friday for and against disqualifying
the law firm representing MiraCosta College in the case of a former vice president who has sued the
college, but issued no final ruling.

Aug 25, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Judge's tentative ruling disqualifies MCC attorneys from Hatoff case

VISTA -- Lawyers working for MiraCosta College should be disqualified from defending the school
against a $24 million lawsuit filed by former vice president of instruction Julie Hatoff, according to a
Superior Court judge's tentative ruling Thursday.

Aug 24, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Thanks to MiraCosta's Loyal Opposition

With news of Tony Blair's departure as British prime minister, I am reminded the English call the rival
party Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. Contrary to the assessment of North County Times' editors,
the MiraCosta College faculty has faithfully acted as the college's Loyal Opposition.

Jul 04, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Judge throws out lawsuit against Richart

VISTA -- A Superior Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit that a former dean at MiraCosta College
had filed against the school's now-departing president, the college's attorney said Friday.

Jun 30, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Lawsuit against Vista district reaches state Supreme Court

NORTH COUNTY -- The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit
in which a former Vista High School student alleges that a teacher sexually abused her almost 30
years ago and that the Vista school district failed to prevent it.

May 27, 2007 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Longtime MiraCosta College official placed on leave

OCEANSIDE -- Julie Hatoff, vice president for instructional services at MiraCosta College since
1983, was involuntarily placed on administrative leave Friday and asked to clear out her desk.

Aug 26, 2006 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Fallbrook High School responds to ACLU

FALLBROOK -- In a formal response Thursday to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Fallbrook
Union High School District said a 15-year-old student was not disciplined for wearing an American
flag to school on March 31, but that students were asked not to display flags on campus that we…

Apr 21, 2006 | 12:00 am | Loading…
State Supreme Court to hear lawsuit against VUSD

VISTA —— A lawsuit alleging that a teacher had sex multiple times with one of his teenage students
at Vista High School more than 25 years ago could set a statewide legal standard regarding when
such cases can be filed against public agencies, such as school districts.

Jul 01, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Jury awards gay, ex-Poway High students $300K

SAN DIEGO —— A Superior Court jury Wednesday awarded two former Poway High School
students a combined total of $300,000 after determining that school officials failed to stop ongoing
harassment they suffered because of their sexual orientation.

Jun 09, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Poway High student sues RBHS principal, school district

VISTA —— A Poway High School student has filed a lawsuit alleging the principal and an assistant
principal at Rancho Bernardo High School assaulted and battered him at a basketball game
between the two schools.

May 03, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Court reinstates lawsuit against VUSD

VISTA —— A lawsuit alleging the Vista Unified School District failed to stop a teacher from having a
sexual relationship with a teenage student more than 25 years ago should be reinstated, a state
appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Apr 06, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Jury awards $1.18 million to former Orange Glen High coach

VISTA —— A jury Tuesday ordered the Escondido Union High School District to pay a former
basketball coach nearly $1.2 million for wrongfully firing him.

Apr 06, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Jury gets case of former Escondido coach

VISTA —— Jury deliberations began late Monday afternoon in a civil trial filed by a former Orange
Glen High School basketball coach who wants nearly $1.2 million for claims that he was fired in
retaliation for a rift between the coach and the principal's husband.

Apr 05, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Lawsuit against Escondido school district set for trial

VISTA —— A lawsuit that alleges two autistic students in the Escondido Union School District were
battered by a teacher is scheduled to go to trial April 1, an attorney for the school district confirmed
late Thursday.

Mar 18, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Jury awards aspiring school psychologist $1

VISTA —— A Superior Court jury awarded an aspiring school psychologist just $1 last week in the
trial of a lawsuit he filed against the Escondido Union High School District over the premature
termination of his internship in 2002, the district's attorney said Thursday.

Mar 04, 2005 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Fallbrook school officials

VISTA -- The lawsuit a former San Onofre School teacher filed against the Fallbrook Union
Elementary School District and two administrators was dismissed Friday, more than two weeks after
a jury began hearing evidence, attorneys in the case said.

Jun 12, 2004 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Lawsuit against Fallbrook school district goes to trial

VISTA -- A Superior Court jury began hearing testimony this week in the trial of a former Fallbrook
Union Elementary School District teacher's lawsuit accusing it and two administrators of fraud.

May 29, 2004 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Former aide loses suit against Poway district

VISTA -- A Superior Court jury decided Thursday that a former instructional aide in the Poway
Unified School District was sexually harassed by the teacher with whom she worked.

Nov 14, 2003 | 12:00 am | Loading…
Mother sues PUSD in molestation case

SAN DIEGO -- A Poway mother whose sons allegedly were molested by a former Midland
Elementary School employee has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from the Poway
Unified School District and the former employee.

Sep 30, 2003 | 12:00 am | Loading…

Gavel to Gavel: Escondido woman denies attempted murder charge
VISTA -- An Escondido woman accused of pointing her gun at police after shooting herself in the
head pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of attempted murder of a police officer and assault
with a firearm on a police officer, a prosecutor said.
Sep 26, 2003 | 12:00 am | Loading…

Family sues SMUSD for alleged negligence
Jun 08, 2001 | 12:00 am | Loading…

Claims investigation cost Poway schools nearly $54,000
May 13, 2001 | 12:00 am | Loading…

District looks to revise harassment policies
Apr 28, 2001 | 12:00 am | Loading…
The NCT Dan
Shinoff Puff
This story was available
for six years (2003-2009)
on the North County
Times website:
Currently Shinoff's photo is all that remains of the original
The April 27, 2003 Shinoff article by Scott Marshall has
disappeared from the NCT archives.  

Here are the results of a search for "Daniel Shinoff" conducted on March 26, 2010:
Poway attorney
makes career
defending schools

April 27, 2003
North County Times

Attorney Daniel Shinoff has
been representing school
districts countywide for 20

ESCONDIDO ---- For 20
years, when school
districts countywide have
needed legal help, their
calls most often have
reached the desk of one
man ---- Daniel Shinoff.

Ranging from teachers
alleging discrimination to
wrongful-death lawsuits
involving students, the
legal issues that have
confronted districts have
varied and grown more
complex over the years,
but Shinoff, 47, of Poway
and his law firm have
remained a constant.

"Tragically, the business of
education has transformed
to the business of
litigation," Shinoff said in a
recent interview with the
North County Times. "I
guess it's good for lawyers.
I'm not so sure it's good for

Shinoff said that over the
years he has devoted more
time to advisory efforts to
try to prevent legal
problems for school
districts, but 70 percent of
his practice still involves
representing the districts
in litigation.

Diane Crosier, the senior
director of a joint powers
authority made up of
school districts countywide
that contracts with
Shinoff's firm, said that the
districts have been
pleased with Shinoff's work
and that he has done a
good job.

[Maura Larkins comment:
Diane Crosier and Daniel
Shinoff have a "you scratch
my back, I'll scratch yours"
arrangement, described in
Rodger Hartnett's complaint.]

Shinoff also has earned
accolades from some of
those who have opposed
him in court.

When a La Costa Canyon
High School football player
sued the San Dieguito
Union High School District
and others because of
head injuries he suffered
in a game, the result was
what the boy's attorney
described as
"scorched-earth litigation."

The landscape changed
when Shinoff became
directly involved in the
case as the trial date
approached, said C. Colin
Cossio, the boy's attorney.

"He was the first person in
that case who set us all
down and got us all
talking," said Cossio, who
described Shinoff as a
"consummate gentleman."

Cossio said Shinoff is the
type of person who had the
boy's interests in mind
even though Shinoff was
representing the school

As a father, Shinoff said he
tries to keep cases in

"What happens in litigation
is, right or wrong isn't the
issue," said Shinoff, who is
married and the father of
four sons. "The perception
of being wronged is one
you have to realize. You
have to give it the dignity
that's necessary and then
you have to try to address

[Larkins' note: Dignity?  
Shinoff does not normally
treat other people's
children as if they were his
own.  Perhaps this
happens when the plaintiff
has a powerful lawyer, but
Shinoff is famous for
showing contempt for
students and employees
whom he opposes.  He has
worked to
protect bullies,
including at Santana High
SHOOTING.  His tactics
include trying to get
parents arrested (see
David Alberts, Lindsey
Stewart and Claudia
Houston cases).

"I don't consider part of my
job, when a child is a
plaintiff, to embarrass them
or to humiliate them. I want
to keep in mind that I'm
representing an
educational institution."

Tom Galyean, an Escondido
attorney who opposed
Shinoff in a 1994 civil trial,
said Shinoff was
"extremely competent,
ethical and

[Several people have
noted that Shinoff has a
custom of buying off
opposition attorneys by
offering them work, or
other methods.  He has
sued for "tortious

A 'zealous advocate'

Galyean represented a girl
injured in a 1992 school
bus crash in San Marcos
that killed former San
Marcos Councilman Mark
Loscher's daughter and
injured others. Loscher
and his family settled their
case short of trial.

Galyean's client went to
trial, but reached a
settlement with the San
Marcos school district and
the other lawsuit
defendants the day before
jury deliberations were to

"I recall he (Shinoff) took a
very active role in helping
resolve that," Galyean said.
"He's a zealous advocate,
but he's compassionate."

[Larkins' note:  Yes, Shinoff
is very compassionate with
certain types of people,
especially politically
powerful people.  I'm sure
the district didn't want
more negative publicity
about this high-profile
case.  Most of Shinoff's
cases are covered up by
the media.  The students
and employees that Shinoff
and school districts harm
for profit are unknown to
the public.  Changing that
is one of the purposes of
this website.]

Shinoff's interest in being
an attorney dates back to
his childhood in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, but his
specialization in the area of
education started in 1982
"strictly by happenstance,"
he said.

Born and raised in Canada,
Shinoff decided on the law
as a career when he was a
child in part because he
saw it as
a way to make a difference,
he said...

A detour to Israel

His educational path took a
detour in 1973 with the
start of the Yom Kippur
War. An 18-year-old at the
time, Shinoff went to Israel
to help the country after
most of the men and
women there were called
up to military service for
the war.

"I was a young kid and I
had a strong Jewish
identity," Shinoff said of his
reasons for going to Israel.
"To me it was a historical
attachment to the state of
Israel. ... I've always had a
strong Jewish identity."

Shinoff recalled working as
a fruit picker and seeing
and hearing missiles fly
overhead. He said he
asked his supervisor if
they should seek shelter
from the bombs, but was
told just to get back to

"Once I was there, my folks
made it very clear
education was going to be
a part of my life, and I
wasn't going to be a
farmer," Shinoff said.

In 1975 and 1976, Shinoff
attended Tel Aviv
University, where he met
his wife, Michelle, a
Brooklyn native studying
overseas. The two married
in 1977 and returned to
Canada; Shinoff attended
the University of Manitoba.

They moved to San Diego
in 1978 because Michelle
wanted to get away from
the cold climate north of
the border, Daniel Shinoff

Shinoff attended Western
State University law school
in San Diego ---- now
known as Thomas
Jefferson School of Law ----
and in 1981 began working
as in-house counsel for
Price Co. Shinoff joined the
San Diego law firm of which
he is a partner today in
June 1982 and almost
immediately began
representing school
districts through the joint
powers authority...

Shinoff said some of the
experience he has
gathered working with
public school districts has
helped him away from work
as well, as he has devoted
time to working with the
Jewish private school his
four children attend, the
San Diego Jewish
Academy. Shinoff's service
has included serving as
president of the academy's
19-member board of

Married to the daughter of
Holocaust survivors and
having a "strong Jewish
identity" since childhood,
Shinoff said he wanted his
children to attend the
private Jewish school to
help them develop a
Jewish identity and
connection to Israel.

Shinoff said his
participation on the school
board and his plans to
become involved in a
Jewish group for college
students, Hillel, are meant
to send a message to his
children as well...
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buy this photo Don Boomer / Staff Photographer Attorney Daniel Shinoff has been representing school
districts countywide for 20 years.

Jeff Frank

North County Times

The biggest surprise in learning that the Escondido Historical Society is celebrating its 45th anniversary
was that it is only 45 years old.

This is a city that takes pride in its past. Talk to anyone who has been here a while, and you'll get tons of
stories about the way Escondido used to be and all sorts of details about how it grew.

So it's strange that it wasn't until 1956 that the society was founded. No matter, because it's done a great
job of catching up.

Those unfamiliar with the society might be surprised by their first visit to the Heritage Walk Museum, where
the organization is based. For one thing, it's not really a museum. It's actually six buildings that are not only
filled with Escondido history, but are a part of it.

There's the city's first library, built in 1894; the Santa Fe train depot dating from 1888 with a railroad car
from the 1920s; a replica of the Bandy Blacksmith Shop, which opened in 1908; plus a barn and a
four-bedroom Victorian house from the early 1900s.

All of the buildings were relocated from their previous locations to Grape Day Park and are under the care
of the historical society. A walk of 100 yards can take you back 100 years.

That's a journey I decided to take this week in recognition of the 45th anniversary. Historical society
members Jack Owens and Jim Tucker, both longtime Escondido residents, joined me on the journey. You
could call them the color commentators.

I'd look at a picture or artifact and they'd give me the background information.

We found lots of great stuff. The old library has Escondido High School yearbooks going back to 1903.
The train depot still contains the dispatcher's table and telegraph, plus the platform scale used to weigh
fruit grown in the area. Standing tall and looking fierce is the 2,200-pound grizzly bear for which Bear
Valley is named.

The barn houses the 1935 Borra Winery Dodge panel truck and the 1917 Willys Overland used for
deliveries from Rube Nelson's grocery, along with an old working printing press.

Blacksmiths still work in the Bandy shop making tools and doing all types of iron work. The railroad car
features a working scale model of the train that used to make the 22-mile trip to Oceanside. The Victorian
House is decorated and furnished in the way it might have looked in the early 1900s.

There's plenty more, all of which will be open to the public during the 45th anniversary open house from 1
to 4 p.m. today. The event features a bluegrass band and free popcorn, popped in a turn-of-the-century

If you can't make it today, the historic buildings are open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and
Saturday. Make sure you take advantage of the knowledge of the volunteer docents who staff each
building. They've got the stories behind the pictures.

Contact staff columnist Jeff Frank at (760) 740-5419, fax (760) 745-3769 or jfrank@nctimes.com.


Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, May 6, 2001 12:00 am Updated: 9:53 pm.
NCT Shinoff article erased

The North County Times erased
the story at right
after I published its
link.  The link now takes the reader to a
page with a 2001 story about the
Escondido Historical Society.  Bizarrely,
the new NCT story still has the 2003 photo
of Dan Shinoff on the page.  The NCT
might change it again, so I've saved the
preposterous page
HERE. (Sorry, it
didn't save well.)

The North County Times has
also eliminated this story
from its
archive search.
(Sorry, this
didn't save well,
either.)  Presumably, the NCT did this
at Mr. Shinoff's request. What exactly are
Shinoff and the NCT trying to hide?  The
fact that Shinoff filed a false document with
his declaration in his defamation case
against Maura Larkins?
--March 25, 2010
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