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October 13, 1994

DIAMOND BAR: In response to a financial audit that found several gaps in the city's accounting procedures, the city has issued a memorandum defending itself against some criticisms and offering solutions to others.

The memorandum is available to citizens at the library and City Hall. An ordinance implementing the suggested reforms will be up for council vote Oct. 18.

The audit, which was released last month, found "no material weaknesses" in the city's accounting procedures. But it did find, among other things, that the city had no formal purchase order system, lacked centralized control over incoming invoices, had conflicts of interest in which duties that should be separated were assigned to the same employee, and had no formal vendor list.

The memorandum states that the city does in fact have a formal purchase order policy as well as a vendor list. In response to the audit, however, the city will separate conflicting financial responsibilities, and will route all invoices to the finance department and add safeguards to ensure proper payments.

GLENDORA: The city has tentatively scheduled a public hearing Nov. 16 on a proposed 30-acre shopping center featuring a Super Kmart, which would include grocery sales, dry goods and light auto repair.

The hearing will consider the environmental impact report, which is expected to be in the city's hands within about a week.

The site of the center would be Lone Hill Avenue and Gladstone Street in a field that has been vacant for more than 30 years, City Manager Art Cook said.

MONTEREY PARK: Harmony Month, a celebration of the city's cultural diversity, begins today with a sold-out film festival at the Edwards Theater, 400 S. Atlantic Blvd.

On Saturday, City Hall will be the site of an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with tours of the Police and Fire departments and explanations of city government. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. there will be picnic games, food and music in Barnes Park next to City Hall.

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