LAUSD audit aid offer raises old grievances

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Chick rejected the Tokofsky letter as irrelevant to her efforts to conduct a management audit of the district. “I have already talked with him about these issues and suggested he talk to his own attorneys or the school district’s Inspector General’s Office on these issues,” she said. “I think he should know better than to ask me to help him in a school district lawsuit against the city and, quite frankly, his other ideas are not very relevant to my concerns on how the district is operating.” The claim involving the DWP has been a hot-button issue among LAUSD officials, but city officials have disputed the claim and said it has already won cases involving similar accusations that had been made by the state during the energy crisis of five years ago. Also, on joint-use agreements, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Superintendent Roy Romer announced last week they were close to an agreement on how costs should be shared. In joint-use projects, schools are located near parks and libraries. Staff Writer Naush Boghossian contributed to this report. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] A Los Angeles school board member revived a number of past grievances about dealings with the city as he released a letter Wednesday offering to help City Controller Laura Chick audit the district. Los Angeles Unified board member David Tokofsky, who heads the board’s audits committee, released a Jan. 5 letter he sent to Chick outlining five areas where he believes the LAUSD and the city have had problems. “I am available to meet with you to focus on your efforts toward a scope of work that you feel will help bring, as you said, transparency and accountability to LAUSD,” Tokofsky wrote. He then recommended she review several instances in which he believes the city shortchanged the district: a lawsuit the district filed against the Department of Water and Power, alleging it was overcharged; the effectiveness of the L.A. Bridges program; the amount the district needs to spend for police; city sales taxes paid by LAUSD; and joint-use agreements. last_img

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