from the Los Angeles Times | http://lat.ms/1JKFEBg
4 Sept 2015 9:50PM
The following are excerpts from the (former) superintendent's expense account:
Donors¹ and the L.A. Unified School District paid about $167,000 to cover travel and meals, usually at high-end restaurants here and elsewhere, for former L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy, related to his local and national education agenda.
Here are some examples:
Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Place: Craft, Los Angeles
Purpose: Dinner with Newark schools Supt. Cami Anderson, an ideological ally, and two others.
Date: June 19, 2013
Place: Piccolo Ristorante, Venice, Calif.
Purpose: Dinner with Pearson executives Sherry King and Judy Codding, the day after approval of iPads-for-all contract that included Pearson as curriculum provider.²
Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Place: Drago Centro, Los Angeles
Purpose: Dinner with midlevel teachers union leaders; Deasy wasn't speaking to then-union president Warren Fletcher at the time.
Date: Dec. 9, 2013
Place: Bouchon Bistro, Beverly Hills
Purpose: Dinner with board members Tamar Galatzan and Monica Garcia.
Date: June 18, 2014
Place: Water Grill, Los Angeles
Purpose: Dinner with Tommy Chang and Donna Muncey ³, two senior staff members.
Date: July 23, 2014
Place: Vincenti Ristorante, Brentwood
Purpose: Dinner with philanthropist Megan Chernin, head of L.A. Fund for Public Education, and fund manager Melissa Infusino.⁴
Source: L.A. Unified records and interviews.
¹ Casey Wasserman of the Wasserman Foundation picked up much of Deasy’s entertainment+travel expenses, per employment arrangement w/Deasy and LAUSD. Deasy continued to charge expenses this account after he left the District in Oct 2014..
² The Apple/LAUSD/iPads contract is the subject of an ongoing FBI/US Dept of Justice investigation; The District has a pending lawsuit with Apple over Pearson’s performance (or failure to perform) under the contract.
³ Chang and Muncey both left LAUSD for Boston after Deasy’s downfall; Muncey had been with Deasy since he was a superintendent in Rhode Island. Rumor/Speculation is that Deasy was instrumental in Chang’s appointment as Boston superintendent.
⁴The LA Fund’s role in LAUSD’s Cafeteria Fund/Breakfast in the Classroom funding irregularities is the subject of multiple ongoing investigations by the LAUSD Inspector General, District Attorney and FBI.