WASHINGTON - California Gov. Pete Wilson has charged his staff with helping to resolve the Richmond Unified School District's financial problems, but a solution is unlikely to come in time to prevent next month's court clash over the district's defaulted lease issue.

The trustee of the $9.8 million certificates of participation issue, U.S. Trust Co. of New York, is scheduled today to ask the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County to rule on the central issue in the lawsult - the constitutionality of the defaulted securities, said Ronald Ryland of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, the trustee's attorney.

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