for Human Resources
Richard Werlin's manner
toward employees was
so aggressive and
hostile that one
principal fell to the
floor with a stroke
while being verbally
assaulted by Richard
Werlin was handpicked
by Libia Gil, who was
brought down from
Seattle by Patrick Judd
because she was well
known for her hostility
OCTOBER 5, 2001
MAURA LARKINS WAS TOLD TO REPORT BACK TO WORK; SHE SAID SHE
DID NOT FEEL SAFE UNTIL THERE HAD BEEN AN INVESTIGATION
REGARDING A POSSIBLE SHOOTING.
Mrs. Larkins attended every meeting the Superintendent asked her to
attend. One teacher testified many people feared Mrs. Larkins would come
and shoot them all. Neither the Superintendent nor Richard Werlin ever
investigated these allegations. Were Superintendent Libia Gil and Richard
Werlin dangerously incompetent? It would seem to be the case.
THE "TENTATIVE" REPORT CONTAINED NOTHING MORE THAN GENERAL
ALLEGATIONS, WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC DATES, WORDS OR ACTIONS ON
WHICH THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HER MIGHT HAVE BEEN BASED.
Daniel Shinoff, a lawyer
who relies on
intimidation to obtain
legal victories on behalf
of school districts, was
representing the District
when the district
violated EERA on
November 14, 2002.
Why do we taxpayers
have lawyers like this
working for us?
Because the SDCOE
JPA's Diane Crosier
likes them, and the top
brass at SDCOE likes
Maura Larkins feared, as
any rational person
would, that if she went
back again, the same
thing (or worse) would
happen as happened the
first two times she went
The district violated
California law by
charges on Maura
Larkins in retaliation
for filing three
CTA looked the other
way. Why? Because it
was helping to cover
up crimes committed
by Gina Boyd, Jim
Groth and Tim O'Neill
and district personnel.
The District never
allegations against Mrs.
Larkins, nor Mrs.
Larkins' allegations of
Werlin's dishonest and
District law firms,
including Parham &
Rajcic as well as Stutz,
Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz,
help districts keep facts
and documents hidden.
They also file in court
documents they know to
One teacher testified
that many people
claimed to fear that
Mrs. Larkins would
come and shoot
The school board never
bothered to investigate
these alarming charges,
but it did encourage a
hysterical frenzy, not
unlike the Salem Witch
It was open season on
this employee at
CVESD. Anyone could
make any allegation, no
Richard Werlin would
act on it.
WERLIN'S FIRST (AND FINAL!) REPORT
WAS LABELED "TENTATIVE"
Why was there no final report?
Richard Werlin gave a report to Maura Larkins on November 21, 2001, but
he later prepared a different document which district lawyer Mark Bresee
submitted as evidence in Maura Larkins' dismissal hearing--even though a
true copy of Werlin's November 21, 2001 report had already been filed
CVESD illegal retaliation for filing
On November 14, 2001, ONE day after she filed three grievances,
CVESD threatened to dismiss Larkins, and drew up bogus charges
But the school board did not immediately take action on Human Resource
director Richard Werlin's charges until the following year, on May 7, 2002,
just weeks after Larkins filed a lawsuit.
The school board decision to dismiss Larkins clearly stated that she was
being fired for filing grievances and a lawsuit.
The school board thus violated Labor Code section 1102.5, which makes it
illegal to fire an employee for reporting wrongdoing.
O. NOVEMBER 14, 2001
ONE DAY AFTER DISTRICT RECEIVED GRIEVANCES,
MAURA LARKINS WAS DISMISSAL.
But the threat was NOT carried out the following May, six
weeks after Larkins filed a lawsuit. Firing someone
for filing grievances or a lawsuit is a violation of
Labor Code section 1102.5.
Yet that is precisely what the final decision to
dismiss Larkins said: that she was being fired for
filing grievances and a lawsuit.
3. Stop pay grievance
More illegal actions were committed by Richard Werlin as he struggled to
make others pay for his crimes. Why didn't he just do the right thing? It
boggles the mind. He accomplished nothing good for anyone, least of all
himself. Sometimes people are mean even when it isn't in their own best
interest. None of the malicious actions in this case resulted in any good
outcome for anyone. When will CVESD and Castle Park Elementary get
honest leaders who refuse to tolerate dishonest teachers?
This grievance concerned a violation of contract FAR MORE SERIOUS than
the contract violation regarding the transfer of Robin Donlan, Peggie Myers,
Stephenie Parker-Pettit, and Nikki Perez, of which the SDUT, La Prensa and
the Star-News complained so vociferously three years later.
The shocking turn-around of CVE officials Tim O'Neill, Gina Boyd and Jim
Groth is mind-boggling. In an effort to cover up their own crimes, they went
along with a clearly-illegal transfer in 2001 in which the superintendent did
not meet with the transferred teacher.
Then, in a complete about-face, three years later, when Robin Donlan and
others were transferred, O'Neill, Groth and Boyd claimed that a meeting
with the superintendent WAS NOT ENOUGH!
Exhibit p. 1
Exhibit p. 2
1. Safety grievance
The teachers union and the district shared a complete disregard for safety.
Serious accusations of a possible shooting were never investigated.
It is sad but true that CVESD board incumbents (Cheryl Cox, Patrick Judd,
Bertha Lopez, Larry Cunningham and Pamela Smith) were ALL RE-ELECTED
IN 2004 AND 2006 AFTER they refused to investigate the report by two
teachers that another teacher was going to come to school and shoot
How did the board get away with such incompetence? It was kept secret by
the San Diego Union-Tribune and La Prensa and the Chula Vista Star-News.
The SDUT and La Prensa and the Star-News knew about the serious
incompetence and illegal actions of the board, but kept it secret. The SDUT
and the Star-News wanted to protect the right-wing board, while La Prensa
wanted to protect the teachers union, which had been fully involved in the
The SDUT created the false impression of fairness by printing opposition
viewpoints--that really weren't opposition viewpoints at all. The opponents
of the school board who were given space in the SDUT to express their
viewpoints never made a peep about the board's criminal actions and use of
taxpayer dollars to defend those criminal actions. For example, Felicia Starr,
whom the SDUT endorsed, was a close friend of teachers union president
Gina Boyd, who worked with the district, supporting every crime that was
The SDUT kept the big secrets of the incumbents, while at the same time
allowing Don Sevrens to write meaningless diatribes against the board for
transferring Robin Donlan and other teachers in 2004.
CVESD board 2000 -2006
In 2006, David Bejarano
replaced Cheryl Cox.
Retaliation started one day after employee
CVESD NEVER INVESTIGATED THE COMPLAINTS
OF TWO EMPLOYEES
The CVESD board was desperate to cover up illegal actions by the
district and employees
P. NOVEMBER 21, 2001
MR. WERLIN GAVE MAURA LARKINS THE ONE
AND ONLY REPORT HE EVER PREPARED
ABOUT HER SITUATION--THEN CREATED AND
SUBMITTED AN ALTERED DOCUMENT
|Cheryl Cox demonstrates
similar behavior as Mayor
of Chula Vista: silencing
an employee through
These officials agree
with Cox, Judd,
Cunningham, Smith and
Lopez that petitioning
for redress of
grievances should be
Maura Larkins' OAH Hearing
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