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March 07, 2012

State officials unanimously approved a request today by an assemblyman representing southeast L.A. to conduct a performance audit into how L.A. Unified handles child abuse claims, a spokeswoman said.

The audit begins immediately, said Julia Juarez, a spokeswoman for Bell Gardens Democratic Assemblyman Ricardo Lara.

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March 07, 2012

The L.A. Unified Board of Education will vote on a resolution next Tuesday that looks at making it a district priority to call on state legislators to change the dismissal proceedings of certificated employees after a flurry of teacher misconduct cases over the weeks.

The resolution, authored by board member Tamar Galatzan and co-sponsored by Nury Martinez and board president Monica Garcia, states that "state policies make the dismissal process ineffective and costly" and that the problem is not just a challenge for LAUSD but also a statewide and national issue.

March 07, 2012

A state committee on Wednesday authorized a comprehensive audit of procedures to protect students from sexual abuse in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The move comes in the wake of the arrest of former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt and others for alleged sexual misconduct. L.A. Unified officials said they welcome the inquiry as compatible with their own ongoing efforts.

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March 07, 2012

SACRAMENTO – The state has launched a sweeping audit of the area’s water system.

In response to complaints from residents and city officials who say they are fed up with rising costs, a committee of the state's legislature on Wednesday approved a far-reaching audit that aims to find out what everybody is paying for when they send in a check for a water bill.

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March 07, 2012

Responding to complaints about rising water bills from working-class Los Angeles County communities, a state legislative committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an audit to examine how a number of local water agencies set their rates, and whether misuse of public money is driving up costs.

March 05, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An assemblyman representing southeast Los Angeles has requested a state audit of how the Los Angeles Unified School District handles employee sexual misconduct.

Bell Gardens Democrat Ricardo Lara said in a statement Monday that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee will review his request on Wednesday.

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March 05, 2012

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southland lawmaker on Monday called for an audit of the Los Angeles Unified school district over its handling of multiple child molestation cases.

KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports Assemblyman Ricardo Lara of South Gate said it’s time to get some answers from district officials.

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March 05, 2012

Assemblyman Ricardo Lara said he has been shocked both by the growing number of child molestation cases and the district’s response.

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February 07, 2012

Bolstered by a recent court ruling, a Southern California assemblyman filed legislation last week that seeks to crack down on school districts that charge parents and students fees that violate state law.

AB 1575, sponsored by Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-South Gate, would require school superintendents and county offices to conduct annual reviews of all policies and practices at their local districts to ensure no unlawful fees are charged.

August 18, 2011

DOWNEY – Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) sent a letter to the vice chancellor of academic affairs at California Community Colleges this week, questioning the legality of mandatory instructional material fees.

The letter is in response to a series of articles by the San Francisco Chronicle that called into question the legality of requiring students to pay additional fees to access key online course materials.