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L.A. Unified food chief resigns under fire but maintains innocence

L.A. Unified food chief resigns under fire but maintains innocence

David Binkle, L.A. Unified's food services director who won national acclaim for improving school meals, has resigned following a recent audit that found massive waste, ethical breaches and financial mismanagement under his watch.   Binkle said he retired from the district and will receive a pension; L.A. Unified said he resigned. Binkle said Monday that he was innocent of all charges that he had mishandled the district's now-defunct marketing program to promote healthful food. He denied engaging in conflicts of interest in connection with his private consulting firm and vendor-paid travel to school food conferences. He said all of...

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