John Deasy’s business dinners
The following are excerpts from the superintendent’s expense account:
Donors and the L.A. Unified School District paid about $167,000 to cover travel and meals, usually at high-end restaurants here and elsewhere, for former L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy, related to his local and national education agenda. Here are some examples:
Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Place: Craft, Los Angeles
Purpose: Dinner with Newark schools Supt. Cami Anderson, an ideological ally, and two others.
Date: June 19, 2013
Place: Piccolo Ristorante, Venice, Calif.
Purpose: Dinner with Pearson executives Sherry King and Judy Codding, the day after approval of iPads-for-all contract that included Pearson as curriculum provider.
Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Place: Drago Centro, Los Angeles
Purpose: Dinner with midlevel teachers union leaders; Deasy wasn’t speaking to then-union president Warren Fletcher at the time.
Date: Dec. 9, 2013
Place: Bouchon Bistro, Beverly Hills
Purpose: Dinner with board members Tamar Galatzan and Monica Garcia.
Date: June 18, 2014
Place: Water Grill, Los Angeles
Purpose: Dinner with Tommy Chang and Donna Muncey, two senior staff members.
Date: July 23, 2014
Place: Vincenti Ristorante, Brentwood
Purpose: Dinner with philanthropist Megan Chernin, head of L.A. Fund for Public Education, and fund manager Melissa Infusino.
Source: L.A. Unified records and interviews.
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