January 27, 2015
West Contra Costa School Board Approves Full-Fledged Forensic Audit of Bond Program  
January 21, 2016 | By Joyce Tsai | www.contracostatimes.com 
EXCERPT:  RICHMOND -- With a goal of restoring the public's trust, the West Contra Costa school district's board of trustees authorized a comprehensive forensic audit of the district's $1.6 billion bond program.
      The board voted 4-1 to have independent forensic auditors Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman conduct the high-level, detailed accounting of the school bond construction program to root out potential fraud, waste and abuse. The audit also will verify that proper procedures are in place to prevent financial mismanagement in the future.
      The vote was a victory for bond watchdogs who had long been asking for improved transparency and accountability in the district. They came to the meeting by the dozens to urge the board to approve a full independent forensic accounting of the bond program so that any lingering doubts about it might be put to rest. ...
     "A whistleblower subcommittee, formed after a former analyst made allegations of financial mismanagement in the bond program, recommended that the board approve the in-depth forensic audit. A dueling recommendation by district staff for a watered-down version of an audit was not approved by the trustees. The estimated cost of the forensic audit is $1 million and would be paid from bond program money. ...
     ... Trustee Liz Block pointed out that annual performance audits, which are conducted to ensure that bond programs comply with Proposition 39, are different from those of forensic auditors, who specialize in uncovering waste, fraud, abuse and financial irregularities.  
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Judge affirms ruling against Acalanes bond issuance   
Jan. 21, 2016 | By Jennifer Modenessi|www.contracostatimes.com    
EXCERPT:  ...A judge has confirmed that residents living in the Acalanes Union High School District will not have to pay higher taxes than what they voted for.
      Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Judith S. Craddick affirmed last month a tentative ruling issued in November rejecting the district's request to sell $15 million in Measure E bonds for construction projects, and increase an existing tax.   The ruling prevents the district from using bond money to pay off $15 million in short notes it sold in 2014 to finance construction projects while waiting for a decision on the bond issuance approved by trustees that summer.
     The bonds are part of the $93 million Measure E, which voters approved in 2008 to establish a 10-year technology fund and upgrade facilities at Acalanes, among other projects. The district estimated the existing tax rate wouldn't exceed $35.58 per $100,000 of assessed property value. It filed a lawsuit in 2014 alerting residents the bond tax rate would increase to $40.73 per $100,000 -- and could go higher.
     Walnut Creek attorney and resident Clifford Horner filed a lawsuit against the district arguing the bond issue violated Measure E ballot language that the tax rate wouldn't increase. ...   
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West Contra Costa school board approves full forensic audit of bond program
Judge affirms ruling against Acalanes bond issuance
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Judge affirms ruling against Acalanes bond issuance
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