Oakland’s facilities chief oversees work by his own company
November 21, 2015 | By Jill Tucker| www.sfchronicle.com
EXCERPT: When Oakland school officials hired an interim director of their facilities department early this year — at $30,000 a month — they said it was temporary.
Eight months later, Lance Jackson’s services still cost Oakland Unified about $1,300 a day, nearly 30 percent more than the district superintendent’s pay.
Despite his job title, Jackson isn’t a district employee. He’s the chief operating officer at SGI Construction Management, the company hired to manage the district’s bond program, a three-year contract worth up to $11 million.
He is both a district administrator and a contract worker, overseeing services performed by his own company, through which the $30,000 monthly fee is paid. The arrangement has raised conflict-of-interest questions in an Oakland district with a history of financial mismanagement, including a $100 million state bailout in 2003. ...
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Lobbying Public Agencies by Day,
Guarding Public Dollars by Night
October 29, 2015 | By Ashly McGlone | www.voiceofsandiego.org
EXCERPT:... (Andrew)Berg lobbies public and private agencies for electrician jobs by day, and by night he chairs the bond oversight committee, a group tasked with ensuring the district's $4.9 billion in bond dollars are spent as promised to voters without waste.
Berg has held these dual roles - advocating for contractors and taxpayers alike - for years, and not just at San Diego Unified. He's also served on school bond oversight committees at Poway Unified, the Sweetwater Union High School District and the San Diego Community College District over the last decade. ...
...The fact that following San Diego Unified's bond money leads you to the pockets of many of Berg's electricians and his bosses, he says, is inconsequential.
... Electricians Win Big Bond Bids As chief executive of the San Diego chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Berg earns $160,000 a year. Nearly all of the association's $1.2 million in annual revenue comes from member dues from over 50 electrical firms, IRS tax forms show. Berg's 11 bosses on NECA's board of directors are the heads of several local businesses that regularly work for the district and have obtained school contracts, sometimes without a competitive bidding process, district records show.
... Michael Turnipseed, president of the California League of Bond Oversight Committees and executive director of the Kern County Taxpayers Association, said the exchange in which Berg threatens to advise a contractor to sue the district shows "He's bringing his day job into the arena." "If he is sending emails like that, he should step down, in my humble opinion, because you are going way beyond your scope as a bond oversight committee member," Turnipseed said. "There's asking the question and there's getting involved."
"You need to have people that don't have a perceived or vested interest in the outcome of their deliberations," said Nick Marinovich, a League of Bond Oversight Committees board member and chair of the Sweetwater Union High School District bond oversight committee. "They need to be independent of any outside influences that could cloud their judgment.
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