Several Los Angeles City Housing Authority Board members said Thursday they would welcome an audit by Controller Wendy Greuel of their travel expenses.
The move comes after a CBS-TV Channel 2 report last month that board members spent more than $150,000 over the last two years on extravagant hotels and restaurants, and sometimes double dipped, accepting per diems for expenses while also paying for meals with agency credit cards.
Agency staff has asked several board members to reimburse hundreds of dollars for such double-dipping charges. Rudolf Montiel, head of the authority, also wrote to commission Chairwoman Beatriz Stotzer and Commissioner Margarita Garr and asked them to "strongly consider" paying back thousands of dollars for conferences they attended without approval.
Garr said at a meeting Thursday that she went to the conferences at the request of agency staff. She said she would repay meal charges made when she already had a per diem, which she called an oversight.