160Want 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.
“She didn’t ask for all the attention, but she deserves it,’ Solis said. Keil moved to Covina 48 years ago and was the first resident on her street, said her daughter, Adrianne Whitmore, 48, who grew up in Covina and now lives in Chino Hills. “I think she would be so honored, so touched, for the city to do something like that because she loved the city,’ Whitmore said. Keil would feel honored by the recognition, although she was modest about such things, Whitmore said. “She never could understand why everyone made such a fuss over it all,’ Whitmore said. “It was something she just did as part of her duty. It was something she was proud to be doing.’ COVINA — The Covina post office may get named for a local hero who made life- saving deliveries of her own. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, introduced a bill to name the post office at 545 N. Rimsdale Ave. in honor of Lillian Keil, the most decorated female veteran in U.S. military history. Keil, who died of cancer at age 88 on June 30, served as a flight nurse in World War II and the Korean War, evacuating wounded soldiers from the battlefield in 425 missions. Naming the post office for Keil is a fitting honor for someone who became a trailblazer in the military, Solis said. She was a very strong woman, very kind and approachable, Solis said. Solis’ bill is expected to be heard by the Committee on Government Reform later this month, and would need approval from Congress, the Senate and President Bush. In the San Gabriel Valley, this will not be the first post office named recently after a soldier. In November 2003, Solis received federal approval to name the Duarte post office after Francisco Martinez Flores, a 21- year-old Duarte resident killed while serving with the Marines in Iraq. Keil lived in Covina but she was also very active in West Covina, West Covina Councilman Steve Herfert said, adding people can learn a lot from her life story. “The reward in her life was not monetary. It was helping people,’ Herfert said. “She came from the greatest generation but she did what she did without wanting thanks for it. She believed in serving other people. She saved countless lives.’ @tagline columnist:Rodney Tanaka can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2230, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish medical officials say at least seven people suffered bruises but no one was gored in a gripping final running of the bulls at Pamplona’s San Fermin festival.The run produced moments of high tension when several of the bulls crashed into a pile of fallen runners on entering the bull ring but there were no gorings.More than 1,000 people took part in the 8 a.m. run Thursday, which lasted 2 minutes, 20 seconds.The Spanish Red Cross said six people were taken to a city hospital for contusions and one was treated in the ring.There were no further details immediately.The nine-day fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” and attracts thousands of foreign tourists. TweetPinShare0 Shares