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School District Places Facilities Chief on Leave, Cancels Contracts

Pasadena Unified is investigating contractors' billing practices in regards to construction projects.

Officials of the Pasadena Unified School District said Wednesday the district has placed its facilities chief on leave and has terminated some Measure TT facilities improvement contracts during a billing practices investigation, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

In addition to placing David Azcarraga, facilities chief, on administrative leave, the district also suspended contracts for bond consultant Robin Brown and terminated contracts with consultant Peter Condis and project assistant Arturo Arce plus two companies: LCCD and Sevill Group, according to the Star-News.

District Chief Finance Officer John Pappalardo will assume the facilities officer role temporarily.

While school board members declined to comment, Measure TT Citizen Oversight Committee Chairperson Jon Fuhrman told the Pasadena Sun he was not aware of any investigation or other district action involving Azcárraga, Brown and the others.

Measure TT is a $350 million bond initiative to repair and upgrade Pasadena Unified School district's campuses passed by voters in 2008. See more about the measure on its website.

D Shelley December 08, 2012 at 10:47 PM
"....School board members declined to comment..."???. Oh please! Some of these board members (think Ed Honowitz) were on the board when the Measure Y money got flushed down the toilet. Hell, John Furman's wife sat on that same board - he knows the name of the game: Beg for money for the kiddies, take the money and make it disappear amongst your buddies, claim ignorance as to where it went, go back and ask for MORE money for the kiddies and...... ENOUGH!!!! Don't vote for another flippin' dime for this district. It's NOT all about the kids, it's all about ripping this community off! When are some of these crooks (board members, oversight folks, administrators, etc.) going to prison for misuse of public funds and embezzlement?
True Freedom December 09, 2012 at 07:33 AM
They bet on a populace full of lemmings
D Shelley December 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Or really short memories, True Freedom. I doubt that most voters are even aware of the history of what they are voting on, in the first place. They see that the schools need money and they have kids (or grandkids) in the schools or they are civic minded and believe in supporting their community (I DO!). They vote to provide money not realizing that that money is going to end up in Lebanon (Measure Y debacle) or in some contractor or oversight dude's back account. I don't want to read that there is a billing practices investigation going on. I want to hear the words "criminal investigation" followed by "prosecution". "Decline to comment" just doesn't cut it!!!

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