Saturday, September 05, 2015

Excerpts from the expense account: JOHN DEASY’S BUSINESS DINNERS …w/footnotes

from the Los Angeles Times |

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

Cost: $248.37

Purpose: Dinner with Newark schools Supt. Cami Anderson, an ideological ally, and two others.


Date: June 19, 2013

Place: Piccolo Ristorante, Venice, Calif.

Cost: $227.91

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

Cost: $1,014.45

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

Cost: $183.60

Purpose: Dinner with board members Tamar Galatzan and Monica Garcia.


Date: June 18, 2014

Place: Water Grill, Los Angeles

Cost: $221.84

Purpose: Dinner with Tommy Chang and Donna Muncey ³, two senior staff members.


Date: July 23, 2014

Place: Vincenti Ristorante, Brentwood

Cost: $311.96

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.


2cents_thumb Footnotes:

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.

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