Attorney Dan Shinoff’s firm has handled a whopping $28.6 million in legal work for county schools over about two decades.

But Shinoff’s grip on the market is loosening.

Our Ashly McGlone found a handful of districts, including some who lost big cases on his watch, are doing less work with Shinoff and one’s openly criticizing him. And a third of the attorneys at his firm have are jumping ship to start their own firm.

In a new story, McGlone digs into how Shinoff cornered the local school district market and why some districts are breaking up with him.

The  Argument Against the Rebuild SD Plan

Councilman Mark Kersey’s Rebuild San Diego measure, which commits future tax growth to infrastructure repairs, is all but certain to appear on the June ballot.

That plan’s gotten flack from some city officials including the city’s independent budget analyst, who’s concluded it won’t fix the city’s massive infrastructure problem.

In a new commentary, Murtaza H. Baxamusa of the San Diego Building trades Family Housing Corporation raises another concern: The measure doesn’t factor in economic or population growth.

“Rebuild San Diego effectively creates a limit on future spending increases for all non-infrastructure services, such as public safety,” Baxamusa writes.

• NBC 7 offers a quick overview  on how the Rebuild San Diego plan would work.

Quick News Hits

• Assemblywoman Toni Atkins tipped her hat to San Diego when stepped down as speaker Monday. And new Speaker Anthony Rendon, who was sworn in Monday, lauded state aid programs he said made his rise possible.

• El Nino delivered rain, hail and snow on Monday but it still didn’t put much of a dent in the drought.

• KPBS followed up our story about the apparent lack of resources and political will available for opponents of a minimum wage hike in San Diego to mount a serious campaign to defeat the June ballot measure.

• A writer from Nevada Public Radio tried to capture a slice of our coastal life.

• Homeless San Diegans were booted from East Village sidewalks early Monday before the storm rolled in. A city spokesman says they were given 72 hours’ notice to move to allow city environmental services workers to do clean-up work. Police showed up to assist and made four arrests.

• Scripps Research Institute has uncovered a molecule that slows the growth of some cancers.

Another desalination plant is coming to California — Baja California, that is.

Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa is a senior investigative reporter who digs into some of San Diego's biggest challenges including homelessness, city real estate debacles, the region's...

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