Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Timothy Baird attended conferences in Massachusetts, San Diego, Carlsbad and other locations all on the dime of two organizations linked to the district’s yoga program.Great reporting here by the Coast News' Aaron Burgin. What poetic justice if Baird's asset-stripping scheme on Pacific View led to his downfall on failure to disclose yoga gifts.
But Baird did not report the travel payments — considered gifts under state law — on his statement of economic interest forms, commonly known as “Form 700s.”
Baird said he didn’t report them because he didn’t have to — the school district’s conflict of interest code doesn’t require him to, he said.
For the most part, the state allows for local jurisdictions to set their own conflict of interest policies, with the exception of one bright line: State law require that any elected officials and administrators in organizations that manages public investments are subject to broader reporting requirements that are laid out in the Government Code 87200.
In Encinitas Union School District’s case, however, a decision in 2010 makes the case for less disclosure harder to argue.
According to Encinitas school records, the district adopted an investment policy in 2010 that starts with the following language, “The Board of Trustees and the Superintendent support prudent investment of all revenues received by the district. All district monies shall be deposited with the San Diego County Treasury as provided by law and invested as part of the San Diego County Treasury Investment Pool.”
Background on the shady connections between Baird, the yoga foundation, and a compromised SDSU researcher here.
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This article does not even address his 2014 trip to Turkey funded by USD's iPad pushing think-tank or his 2015 Mediterranean cruise which was also likely funded by USD. Neither of those trips were reported either.