SOUTH PASADENA — The city broke an agreement with the county when it spent $1.1 million in redevelopment-generated revenues on a new civic center site in 1981, but no penalty will be imposed because the violation was unintentional, a county report has concluded.
The county could have demanded a refund of all or part of the money, but will not seek financial sanctions because the violation stemmed from a misunderstanding rather than an intent to circumvent the pact, said Dan Farkas, an administrative analyst. Farkas helped prepare the report for the county chief administrative officer after a monthlong investigation.
City Manager John Bernardi said he is happy with the chief administrative officer's findings. "This clarifies it once and for all," he said.
Committee Sought Inquiry
The investigation was requested last October by the Committee for Responsive Government, a citizen group opposed to the proposed civic center. The committee also instigated a county counsel's inquiry into the land deal, alleging that the city had overpaid for the property, but the county counsel found no improprieties in the transaction.