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Troubled Oakland School Padded Enrollment, District Finds

August 17, 2012 | 9:30 am

Troubled Oakland School Padded Enrollment, District Finds

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By Will Evans, California Watch A controversial West Oakland private school, now reportedly drawing FBI scrutiny, has padded its roster sheets with public school students, according to an Oakland Unified School District investigation. The district’s inquiry aims to determine whether leaders at St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church and private school received federal funds based on […]

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BART Directors Question Solicitation by Controversial Church School

June 26, 2012 | 8:30 am

BART Directors Question Solicitation by Controversial Church School

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by Will Evans, California Watch Scrutiny of a West Oakland church school accused of abuse by parents and students is growing, with BART officials now questioning the school’s right to solicit for donations in stations and state officials investigating whether federal funds should have gone to school leaders. The latest actions follow an ongoing investigation by […]

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District Board Members Urge Investigation of Oakland Church School

June 8, 2012 | 2:20 pm

District Board Members Urge Investigation of Oakland Church School

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by Will Evans, The Bay Citizen Oakland school board members are calling for the district to investigate whether a private school accused of abuse is inflating enrollment numbers to get more than its share of taxpayer funding. The board members were responding to a California Watch investigation into a West Oakland K-12 school run by St. Andrew […]

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Oakland School Accused of Abuse is Also Overbilling Taxpayers

June 5, 2012 | 9:27 am

Oakland School Accused of Abuse is Also Overbilling Taxpayers

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by Will Evans, California Watch A West Oakland church school that makes its students ask for money at BART stations appears to have vastly inflated its enrollment numbers to collect extra taxpayer funding, some of which goes to a teacher who former students say physically abused them and other children. And for years, St. Andrew […]

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With Campaign Donations, California Bond Underwriters Secure Contracts

May 4, 2012 | 1:54 pm

With Campaign Donations, California Bond Underwriters Secure Contracts

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From California Watch Leading financial firms over the past five years donated $1.8 million to successful school bond measures in California, and in almost every instance, school district officials hired those same underwriters to sell the bonds for a profit, a California Watch review has found. The practice is especially pronounced in California, where underwriters […]

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White-Dominated Local Boards in Calif. Face Legal Threats Over Racial Makeup

March 9, 2012 | 11:04 am

White-Dominated Local Boards in Calif. Face Legal Threats Over Racial Makeup

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From California Watch Compton City Councilwoman Janna Zurita owes her Hispanic last name to a grandmother from Spain, whom she never met. Zurita considers her mother black and said her father “wants to be black” even though he “looks Latino.” Zurita, the mayor pro tem of Compton, sometimes jokes with her sister about their racial […]

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February 13, 2012 | 8:13 am

Super PAC That Hounds GOP Includes Funds From Wealthy Californians

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From California Watch Everywhere Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney goes, he is followed by “trackers” with video cameras, hoping to catch him making an embarrassing gaffe. The effort, run by a super political action committee, is funded in part by wealthy Californians. American Bridge 21st Century pulled in more than $1 million from California donors […]

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January 24, 2012 | 8:46 am

Hollywood Money Flows to Calif. Politicians Who Support Anti-Piracy Bills

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from California Watch Hollywood is threatening politicians with one thing they hold very dear: campaign cash. As anti-piracy legislation stalled in Congress last week, the movie industry’s top lobbyist, former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, warned Democrats not to count on Hollywood money if they turn their backs on the industry’s legislative priority. Among the biggest […]

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Controversial West Oakland Church Sends Kids to Solicit Money at BART Stations

December 21, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Controversial West Oakland Church Sends Kids to Solicit Money at BART Stations

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from California Watch A West Oakland church and private school that sends children to solicit donations at BART stations has a history of financial and legal troubles, including two cases in which church leaders admitted they illegally received government assistance. The children, including one who said he was 7 years old, have been raising funds […]

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Despite Regulations, BART Director Received $7,000 From Contractor

August 26, 2011 | 8:37 am

Despite Regulations, BART Director Received $7,000 From Contractor

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from California Watch BART Director James Fang accepted $7,000 in campaign contributions this year from a contractor with business pending before the transit agency, in apparent violation of BART’s conflict of interest regulations. Fang, who isn’t up for re-election until 2014, voted this month to give the company an engineering award worth up to $20 […]

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