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Complaint filed against school board member over $285,000 payments; transient suspected of freeway fires

School Board Member:  There is more trouble for Ref Rodriguez, the L.A. school board member and charter school advocate who represents several Eastside neighborhoods. The charter school company he once headed has filed a conflict of interest complaint over $285,000 in payments that Rodriguez had approved for a nonprofit he controlled. Officials say they have no records to show how that money was spent. The complaint comes a few weeks after Rodriguez stepped down as school board president (but kept his board seat) when he was charged with campaign money laundering charges. L.A. Times

Freeway Fires: A man described as a transient was arrested in connection with several spot fires that broke out near the junction of the 5, 60 and 101 freeways in Boyle Heights during the evening rush hour on Monday. Patch

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