RICHMOND — A subcommittee formed to recommend an independent attorney to the West Contra Costa school board to assist in the pursuit of a forensic audit of the bond program agreed Monday to interview two firms next Monday.
The three-person subcommittee unanimously agreed to interview both firms that submitted proposals to help choose a forensic accountant and help determine whether any laws were broken by district staff, based on whistleblower allegations. The firms are San Jose-based Rehon Roberts and Kawahara Law of Los Angeles.
Rehon”s proposal said that attorney Rogelio M. Ruiz would be the primary lawyer, supervised by Rehon. District resident Linda Ruiz Lozito, who is no relation to Ruiz, raised concerns about his previous affiliation with the law firm GCR, which has done work with the district.
The committee agreed that both firms interviewed would need to ensure the district that they do not have any conflicts of interest, which could include former work for the district or relationships with current or former district trustees or staff. Both firms” proposals, including work experience, will be made available to the public before the July 20 interviews.
Subcommittee members expect to recommend one firm for board approval on July 21. The group will accept suggested interview questions from the public via email anytime before its 12:45 p.m. Monday meeting.