SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles County treasurer has fired a warning shot at bond attorneys, underwriters and advisers in a bid to stop school bond practices that he says hurt taxpayers.

“The use of general obligation bonds to solve budget problems can pose a serious risk to school and community college districts,” Mark Saladino, Los Angeles County treasurer and tax collector, said in a letter to a list of prominent California bond finance firms. “My office has observed several new financing practices that may place the issuing district at risk of both state and federal scrutiny.”

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