Peralta board wants an investigation

Last night, the Peralta Community College District board called for an investigation into a no-bid contract given to one of Chancellor Elihu Harris’s business partners (whose relationship to the chancellor was not disclosed beforehand). The board might also ban the use of credit cards for personal expenses.

The Alameda County community college district, however, has so far kept secret the details of the $4,000-plus in personal expenses charged to Trustee Marcie Hodge’s district credit card.

These issues, and others, were uncovered by reporters Matt Krupnick and Thomas Peele. In case you missed the stories, you can find them here.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Nextset

    Sounds like a criminal inquiry… If Harris voted on contracts to his (secret?) partners there will be trouble. Perhaps this board has an ineffective Lawyer and College President who are supposed to keep these Yokels in line and out of trouble? Or perhaps they just wouldn’t listen to fair warning.

    If so, their legal executions will be procured by school’s President and Counsel who have a duty of loyalty to the school and not to the board members personally. Too Bad, So Sad.

    Jr Colleges are very important to the communities they serve. They are the engine for job skills and earning power for typically the products of the public schools. Such a scandal should never happen.