|Do you know David?|
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, 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?