LOS ANGELES — On April 4, 2006, then-Beverly Hills Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard rode to a Sacramento airport with school board member Myra Lurie and the district's facilities director, Karen Anne Christiansen.
During the car ride, Lurie said, Hubbard said something somewhat inappropriate.
"He said he wanted to find a way to give [Christiansen] more money," Lurie testified on Thursday.
On the witness stand in the Airport Courthouse near Westchester, Lurie told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano that Hubbard's remark put her on the spot because he should have discussed a pay raise for a district employee with the school board first.
Prosecutors point to the testimony as another way that Hubbard — now superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District — tried to curry favor with Christiansen. He is accused of misappropriating $20,000 of Beverly Hills district money to Christiansen without board approval and illegally increasing her car allowance. Christiansen is accused of multiple counts of conflict of interest related to contracts she allegedly gained through her work with the Beverly Hills school district.