Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tony Brandenburg: Getting Linked In With PUSD's $350 Million Dollar Bond Buddy David Azcarraga

 Do you know David?
Do You Remember?
You may or may not remember David Azcarraga, but if you don't, let me refresh your memory. David Azcarraga was the Pasadena Unified School District Chief of Facilities at a very difficult time in the PUSD repetoire.

Oh wait, that is every year.

In 2011 David was questioning the handling of an $800,000 contract (click here). One year later he himself was placed on suspended leave (click here). Something about mishandling a $350 million dollar school construction bond. You know, small potatoes for government.

The Pasadena Unified School District launched an investigation Thursday into the handling of its $350-million school construction bond, a day after suspending a top official and several work contracts. On Wednesday the district placed Chief Facilities Officer David Azcárraga on leave, suspended its contract with a consultant overseeing work under the 2008 bond measure, Measure TT, and terminated four other consulting contracts. District spokesman Adam Wolfson told the Pasadena Sun that the investigation would be conducted by Vicenti, Lloyd and Stutzman, a Glendora-based accounting firm that specializes in probing public agencies for fraud.

The Brandenburgs love David (click here) so damn much (click here) that it almost hurts (click here). We were sorry to see him go, sans the release of the investigation, and especially sans release of those confidential terms. David left, and under protected terms in exchange for his resignation (click here), back in March, 2013.

Pasadena Unified’s chief of facilities has resigned in the wake of an investigation into alleged misuse of school construction bond funds, officials announced Monday. David Azcárraga had been on paid leave since Dec. 5 pending the outcome of the probe by an accounting firm that specializes in fraud investigations. 

School board members reviewed findings of the investigation during a closed session meeting on Feb. 26 but did not take any action, said school district attorney Nancy Doumanian. Officials declined to discuss details of the probe and rejected a public records request submitted by the Pasadena Sun for its findings, with Doumanian saying the document falls under attorney-client privilege. 

A statement by the district declined to elaborate on Azcárraga’s resignation.Upon launching the probe in December, Pasadena Unified also suspended its contract with Robin Brown, a consultant tasked with overseeing all Measure TT contracts and projects.

Officials also terminated the contracts of four others hired to manage projects, documents and accounting.

Educational Consultants
Educational Consultants, especially the good ones (whatever that means since there is no industry standard) are simply the ones that market their wares best. All you need is an idea, a marketing firm, and some networking skills. Networking skills are critical because, like everything else in a corrupt, broken system - it’s not what you do, it’s who you know.

Welcome Back, Kotter
Anyway, what brings Mr. A back to our memory? Well, we got a little nudge from Linked In that let us know that David is a consultant now and that all is well. We just wanted to share the love. Welcome back David Azcarraga.

Of course, we should note that Davy never really left, as his consult groups and affiliates can frequently be found on the PUSD payroll as consultants. The Del Sol Group (click here) where Davy serves as Vice President of Projects Management to TSS - Total School Solutions (click here) where he's a Program, Project, & Construction Management consultant. TSS received a contract for $100,000 from PUSD (click here) in May, 2013, for an attendance recovery program. Keep in mind that Azcarraga was released from the district, and under quite a cloud mind you, just two months prior to this contract offer.

Maybe they have short term memory challenges.

Oh, Just for Fun
Pasadena Unified uses the law group of Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost (click here). Or FFF, which in the world of Necromancy is often numerically inscribed as 666.

Do You Know David?



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42 comments:

  1. There once was a contractor who lived her whole life without ever taking advantage of any of the people she worked for. In fact, she made sure that every job she did resulted in a win-win situation. One day while walking down the street she was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St.Peter himself. "Welcome to Heaven," said St. Peter. "Before you get settled in though it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we've never once had a contractor make it this far and we're not really sure what to do with you."
    "No problem, just let me in." said the contractor. "Well, I'd like to, but I have higher orders. What we're going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in."

    "Actually, I think I've made up my mind...I prefer to stay in Heaven." "Sorry, we have rules..."

    And with that St. Peter put the contractor in an elevator and it went down-down-down to hell. The doors opened and the contractor found herself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club and standing in front of her were all her friends - fellow contractors that she had worked with and they were all dressed in evening gowns and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner. She met the Devil who was actually a really nice guy (kinda cute) and she had a great time telling jokes and dancing. The contractor was having such a good time that before she knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook her hand and waved goodbye as she got on the elevator. The elevator went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and found St. Peter waiting for her. "Now it's time to spend a day in heaven."

    So the contractor spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. She had a great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got her.

    "So, you've spent a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity."

    The contractor paused for a second and then replied, "Well, I never thought I'd say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell." So St Peter took her to the elevator where she went down-down-down back to Hell. When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her.

    "I don't understand," stammered the contractor, "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable."

    The Devil looked at her and smiled. "That's because yesterday you were a contractor, but today you're permanent staff.

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  2. Florida 'speed trap' town disbands police force
    As tiny Florida 'speed trap' town disbands its police force, some residents worry about future
    http://news.yahoo.com/florida-speed-trap-town-disbands-105100625.html

    Can Sierra Madre be next?

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  3. It took Azcarraga 8 years to graduate from college?

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  4. Why would you expect anything different from PUSD?

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  5. I think I should get $100,000 as a consultant who teaches kids how to make book covers out of supermarket shopping bags.

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    1. How nice it must be to "overlook" missing millions?

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    2. I think it was buried under the Boy Scout monument in Memorial Park.

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    3. what shopping bags?

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    4. I am a consultant. I create the plan. Whether it works or not is up to you.

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    5. 12:43 you're correct, but it appears that PUSD hires numerous consultants who continue to make money during the implementation of the plan. If the plan doesn't work because of shoddy implementation it's easy to blame it on staff.

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    6. Staff always gets the blame. Not that I feel sorry for them.

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  6. Tony's way off here. Just throwing mud around. Attendance contract is with SIA, nothing to do with TSS or Del Sol. Called Attention to Attendance. http://www.sia-us.com/ is the website of the company contracted for the attendance contract.

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    1. That's a relief. Did you guys ever recover the "lost" bond money?

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    2. http://pusd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=12&clip_id=461&meta_id=72220
      "...a contract with Total School Solutions for $100,000 for an attendance recovery program."

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    3. What happened to that audit? http://www.pasadenaindependent.com/news/pasadena-unified-facilities-chief-placed-on-leave-amid-billing-investigation-2/

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    4. How about it 10:33? Rather than "off base" it looks like Tony just touched home base!

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    5. Wait a minute...so amid this whole scandal, Azcarraga quits and PUSD refuses to discuss this resignation with the tax payers?
      http://www.pasadenaindependent.com/news/pusd-chief-facilities-officer-quits-amid-scandal/

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    6. We need to get 10:33 back here. I am sure he'll be able to explain all this.

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    7. but I said that I love him so damn much. doesn't that count for anything? tell me, where's the love, Lyin' King? where's the love?

      I share a publicly displayed resume, ask a couple questions, infer absolutely nothing at all, and somehow it is slinging mud. The terms of the severance are secret, occurred in a maelstrom of missing-or misplaced money (the guy comes in and there is an $800,000 concern. He goes out and there's a $350,000,000 concern.) Count the zeros friend, and let me know why it's inappropriate to ask.

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  7. Mod.. Good information.

    As we all know. City Hall spends $24 Million plus per year, from monies stored in the General Fund checking account.

    What's the chances that our city halls moneys are not being spent correctly?

    Are we still awaiting a forensics audit?

    If we wait much longer, there might not be any money left to account for?

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  8. Nothing about the Planning Commission this week in the Looney Views News. But they do have full front page coverage of the fire horn.

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    1. The service Henderson performs for city hall is to suppress news that is inconvenient to the important job of funding staff pensions.

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    2. Maybe they should name the horn after Susan. After all, they're both blowhards.

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  9. Hey Tony, go write a song, or something...

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    1. The profession of musician is an honorable and at times beloved one. However, working as a volunteer enabler of crooked education bureaucrats who steal from children? Not so much. Shame on you, 12:50.

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    2. it's too dang hot for writing. i think i'll take a cold shower. oh snap. i forgot. no water.

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    3. Much great music got its start in the shower.

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    4. Thanks TB for following up on this story. I bet some people had hoped this scandal would fade into obscurity.

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    5. Hey 1:01, I'm not working as enabler to anyone. I'm just tired of a generation of whiners, and people that feel the system owes them something. Enough about Tony's vendetta drama BS. I have no problems with music or musicians. Shame is all on you.

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    6. So in your mind it is far better to sit quietly by and not say anything about the theft of taxpayer dollars or the rank incompetence or even criminality that led to it? You sound like an especially naive chump to me. Chump.

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    7. Hey 3:03, you got a problem with whistleblowers? Maybe it's time to overhaul the whole damn system. The upper echelon are most assuredly quivering in their gilded boots.

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    8. Sounds more like a naive chimp.

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    9. 3:03 - Trust me, you're an enabler. You're just probably too dumb to know it.

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    11. Sorry fella. I speak enough Spanish to know what that means.

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    12. no drama at all 3:03 except from you, a coward to afraid to stand behind your wussisms with your name. i don't whine, i stand up and shout my disdain and state it with clarity and conviction.

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    13. and once again, the beauty of it all is that somehow the attacks become against me, and not about how the money never gets to the kids. naysayers always have to go there because it can't be excused.

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    14. Shame on those who blame the people who expose the corruption and lies, rather than blame the slimey bastards who steal from the kids.

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  10. That was a nice chunk of change Azcarraga was raking in when he was supposed to be supervising the bond money.
    $192,000 with salary and benefits.
    http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2012/school-districts/los-angeles/pasadena-unified/azcarraga-david-r/

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    1. Sure. That is how it works. No matter how badly you screw things up there is still a big fat six figure taxpayer funded reward for you. It is the California Kleptocracy.

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