Theresa Harrington, Metro Reporter, Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group received this award in recognition of her outstanding reporting on school bond programs in Contra Costa County
The 2013-2014 Orange County Grand Jury
The 2013-2014 Orange County Grand Jury received this award in recognition of their report on "School Bonds - The Untold Story of Assessed Values".
Anton Jungherr, Co-Founder of CaLBOC received this award in his honor for his outstanding contribution and dedication to supporting citizen oversight.
Honorable Mark Wyland
Honorable Mark Wyland (California State Senator representing the 38th District) received this award for co-sponsoring legislation that contributed significantly to school bond accountability.
Honorable Joan Buchanan
Honorable Joan Buchanan (California State Assemblyman representing the 15th District) received this award for co-sponsoring legislation that contributed significantly to school bond accountability.
■ Ashly McGlone
Investigative Reporter for the Voice of San Diego. CaLBOC is recognizing Ashly McGlone for her outstanding reporting on school bond programs in San Diego County and for her support of Citizen Oversight.
Link to Voice of San Diego & her recent articles:
■ Dennis Clay
Project Analyst. CaLBOC is recognizing Dennis Clay for of his courage to shine the light on accounting irregularities in West Contra Costa Unified School District’s bond program and for his support of citizen oversight.
Link to Subcommittee on Clay Investigation documents:
There are many articles online. This editorial has an oveview:
EXCERPT: An audit of West Contra Costa’s $1.6 billion school construction program indicates vendors felt pressured to contribute to two board trustees’ pet causes in order to receive district contracts. ... The contribution solicitations arose as part of the conflict-of-interest section of the investigation. The auditors offered no opinion on the legality of the practices. On Sept. 21, the school board voted unanimously to send the audit to law enforcement. ... The audit was launched after whistle-blower Dennis Clay, a program analyst for the district’s school bond program, last year alleged that he had uncovered evidence of mismanagement and criminal conduct. ... The vendors who gave $2.1 million received district payments of $239.6 million. If the contributions were a cost of doing business, the return on investment was impressive.
The Anton Jungherr Award is given annually by the California League of Bond Oversight Committees (CaLBOC) to those who have made a significant contribution in moving the cause of citizen oversight in local government bond programs forward.
This award is named in the honor of Anton Jungherr who is a co-founder of CaLBOC and contributed significantly to the training materials on the CaLBOC website. He has made outstanding contributions to improving the accountability of school bond proceeds through legislation and through his tenure on the bond oversight committee of West Contra Costa Unified School District.