Welcome to the California League of Bond Oversight Committees (CaLBOC). CaLBOC is an all volunteer, non-partisan association of Citizen Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) members, current and past, who are interested in helping other CBOC members. CaLBOC was formed in 2006 by CBOC members trying to find better training to help perform their duties. CaLBOC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Court reverses decision on Fresno Unified’s controversial contract to build Gaston school
June 2, 2015 | Hannah Furfaro | www.FresnoBee.com
• 5th District Court of Appeal reversed a Fresno County Superior Court ruling on a case involving Fresno Unified and Harris Construction
• The court says a lease-leaseback deal between the district and company didn’t follow the intent of state law
• The decision also raises questions about whether the head of Harris Construction had a conflict of interest
EXCERPT: ... A Fresno County Superior Court decision involving two of the city’s biggest-name public and private players — Fresno Unified School District and Harris Construction Co. — has been reversed, calling into question a controversial construction deal the district made for Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School. ...The appellate court doesn’t tackle the conflict-of-interest question. But the court does say Davis has grounds to press the issue in Fresno County Superior Court.
The court also makes it clear that corporate consultants like Spencer, not just elected officials and government employees, are subject to state conflict-of-interest laws.
“What I was most impressed with in this appellate court opinion was the level of analysis and detail this appellate court went to,” said Kevin Carlin, Davis’ attorney. “This is a significant public interest issue and I think it’s a big win for taxpayers because it clarifies integrity in the process.” Carlin said he and Davis are weighing whether they’ll request a new case in Fresno County Superior Court. Davis did not return phone messages from The Bee. ...
To read the complete article visit: www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article22956666.html
Whistleblower Allegations Spurs Talk of Forensic Exam
West Contra Costa Trustees to Seek an Audit of $1.6 Billion Bond Program
April 29, 2015 | By Theresa Harrington | www.contracostatimes.com
EXCERPT: RICHMOND -- West Contra Costa trustees will seek a detailed audit of their bond construction program in the wake of whistle-blower allegations of criminal wrongdoing and negligence by three district officials. ...
Dennis Clay, a project analyst who has worked in the district for 11 years, alleged in a document sent to the board earlier this month that he had uncovered evidence of criminal conduct by former Trustee Charles Ramsey, "facilitation" by Superintendent Bruce Harter and negligence by Sheri Gamba, associate superintendent of business services. Clay who performs financial analysis for the district, said Wednesday that he compiled three binders full of documents to back up his claims, which he provided to outside auditors from Pleasanton-based Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company. ...
... District spokesman Marcus Walton said it was his understanding that the board is hiring the auditors to conduct the independent investigation. He also said that Clay did not need the district's permission to talk about his documentation. ...
... Ramsey, reached by phone late Wednesday afternoon, called the allegations "serious," and said that Clay "would have to back them up." He would not comment further and referred questions to his attorney.
Several district residents who asked the board for an independent analysis of bond spending after learning of Clay's allegations praised trustees for taking the matter seriously. The residents said transparency is necessary to rebuild public trust in the bond program. ...
... Hercules City Councilman Dan Romero, who reminded the school board about whistle-blower protection laws before they went into closed session, said in an e-mail after the meeting that he was glad to hear the board would pursue a detailed audit. ...
... Trustee Madeline Kronenberg said after the closed session that the FBI, which initially contacted her in relation to an SEC investigation into the bond program last fall, has not followed up with her. Trustee Val Cuevas said that the SEC investigation is ongoing. ... To read the complete article, please visit:
CaLBOC 4th Annual
May 19, 2015 - Tuesday
10:00am - 3:00pm
CaLBOC May 9, 2014 Statewide Conference Presentation:
Pay to Play in School Bond Measures What it is and
Why it is Wrong
Presented by Lori Raineri of Governmental Financial Strategies www.CaLBOC.org
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