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Friday, April 24, 2009 | Emily Alpert‘s story about a questionable practice at the County Office of Education: a woman recommends attorneys for labor cases and her husband gets the job.

These cozy relationships occur wherever there are bureaucracies handling money. There is only one barrier to such behavior — media exposure.

I would bet that half the people in San Diego County aren’t even aware that there is a County Office of Education. The activity at that office is rarely reported; it took a disgruntled employee who was unfairly fired to bring the information out into the daylight — and a tenacious reporter at to follow up.

Editor’s Note: This letter has been updated to reflect that Hartnett was a claims coordinator, not an attorney.

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