Attorney Dan Shinoff has managed to corner the school legal market in town for decades. But things are changing. A group of attorneys is abandoning the firm, and a handful of districts – some of which have lost high-profile cases that cost millions – are phasing him out. One is openly criticizing his methods.

SANDAG’s board of directors voted 20-1 last week to appeal its long-term transportation plan to the state Supreme Court. Chuck Lowery, deputy mayor of Oceanside, was the one. He explains what he’d like to see from a long-term transportation plan and how the board dynamics contributed to the lopsided vote.