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April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
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April 8, 2014 | By Claire Noland
Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone With the Wind" but wound up playing a supporting role as Maybelle Merriwether, died Sunday. She was 96. A longtime resident of Brentwood, Anderson died under hospice care in Burbank. She had been in declining health and had suffered a series of small strokes, said her longtime friend Betty Landess. Anderson was one of the last surviving cast members of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
State Controller John Chiang will conduct an investigation into the administrative and internal controls of scandal-battered Cudahy after receiving several requests from city leaders. “This is a significant milestone for the city,” Mayor Jack Guerrero said. “I'm encouraged by the news.” For several months, Guerrero and the vice-mayor made multiple requests to state officials for an audit after a federal bribery investigation last June revealed widespread corruption at City Hall.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
Counties in California have failed to properly document how $1.7 million in Indian gaming money was distributed, according to an audit released Thursday by the California state auditor's office. State lawmakers earmarked $39 million for the Indian gaming special distribution fund between the fiscal years 2010 and 2013, money which was then distributed to local governments to offset the impact of casinos in the area. The money often funds public safety, public health and roads projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO --The California parks department, which was rocked by an accounting scandal last year, still has more work to do, according to a new audit released Tuesday. The department still lacks a system to track spending at individual parks, the report said, and internal budgets are finalized too slowly to adequately plan park operations. The report is the second part of a review conducted by the state auditor at the request of California lawmakers. The first part was released in February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
City leaders in scandal-battered Cudahy are asking the state to audit the city's finances and internal controls in the wake of a series of city hall bribery arrests. Last year, three officials in the working-poor L.A. County city -- including two long-term council members -- were hauled away by FBI agents for extortion and bribery. The cases revealed a city marred by corruption, election fixing and drug use in city hall, officials said. Now, the newly elected mayor and vice-mayor of Cudahy are asking State Controller John Chiang to audit the city's finances and internal controls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Members of the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday expressed concern and frustration over the findings of an audit that concluded the LAPD fails to take basic steps to curtail costly lawsuits filed by officers. The audit , conducted by the commission's inspector general, found the LAPD routinely destroys case files, keeps inaccurate and incomplete information on lawsuits, and has no system in place to identify recurring issues that lead to problems between officers. The Times first reported on the audit last week . Commissioner Rafael Bernardino wasted no time at the panel's weekly meeting in leveling a sharp criticism at department officials, calling the audit findings "horrible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
A leaked early draft of state Controller John Chiang's audit of Stockton's finances found that more than half of the accounting controls investigated were ineffective and that Stockton leaders had missed warning signs, according to the Stockton Record . The Central Valley port city of 300,000, epicenter of California's agricultural exports, filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2012, becoming California's largest city to fail. It was the nation's largest city to seek bankruptcy until Detroit filed for protection this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers Wednesday morning will discuss a Republican request for an audit of databases on mentally ill residents and gun ownership. Severe mental health cases are supposed to be reported to law enforcement so disturbed people can be barred from owning guns. However, some GOP lawmakers are concerned that the information may not be relayed consistently.  When issuing the request for an audit last month, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) said in a statement that, "we need to be able to come together and ensure that those who are dangerous mentally ill individuals are not able to obtain or possess a firearm and potentially hurt themselves or others.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California's deficit-plagued unemployment insurance program missed out on more than half a billion dollars in federal money in recent years when state officials failed to take advantage of a new federal program. The California state auditor said Thursday that all the Employment Development Department needed to do was invest about $323,000 in computer software modifications to recoup $516 million in money overpaid to people getting jobless benefits between February 2011 and September 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The coaches took their teams from almost full to completely full on "The Voice" on Tuesday. "I truly believe that we all have winners on our team," Adam Levine said magnanimously as the final night of blinds kicked off. Later, though, he was less generous. "Team Adam is the best team," he said. "Duh. " Levine and fellow coaches Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira all added solid talent to their rosters Tuesday. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Shelton filled the final spot on his team with Kaleigh Glanton, a 20-year-old classical guitarist, singer and CrossFit enthusiast from Wichita, Kan., who turned all four chairs with her take on "Have You Seen the Rain?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will undergo a state audit of its troubled computer billing system after a committee of state lawmakers voted Wednesday to examine what went wrong. The state audit, proposed last month by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), will scrutinize the rollout, costs and fallout of the system that sent erroneous and inflated bills to some customers. It will assess what it cost the city to address problems after the system went into effect, how the contract was awarded and the share of customers getting late or inaccurate bills, among other issues.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A Republican state senator has put on hold his request for a formal audit of the state's troubled unemployment insurance program. Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres said he took the action after meeting with representatives of the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown. "I have been assured that the EDD (Employment Development Department) has the resources to remedy the problems the people of California experienced in receiving unemployment insurance payments over the past year," Cannella said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- The Assembly gave final legislative approval Monday to a bill that aims to crack down on anonymous campaign money by giving California's ethics and tax agencies more authority to conduct investigations. The measure allows the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Franchise Tax Board to initiate audits of campaigns suspected of illegal activities before an election occurs, even if campaign statements or finance reports have not yet been filed. It also explicitly permits the FPPC to seek an injunction in Superior Court to force disclosure and gives the tax board up to two years to conduct more complex investigations.  Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
Counties in California have failed to properly document how $1.7 million in Indian gaming money was distributed, according to an audit released Thursday by the California state auditor's office. State lawmakers earmarked $39 million for the Indian gaming special distribution fund between the fiscal years 2010 and 2013, money which was then distributed to local governments to offset the impact of casinos in the area. The money often funds public safety, public health and roads projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
With the state about to tap a surplus from gun registration fees to increase enforcement efforts, a group of 31 Republican lawmakers called Monday for an audit of the account to determine whether gun owners are being overcharged. The legislators said the Dealers' Record of Sale Special Account should be looked at by the state auditor to determine whether the fee is set at a rate that only covers the state's cost to conduct the required background check of the gun purchaser. The fee was increased from $14 to $19 in 2004.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013
Talk with Times reporter Jack Dolan at 9 a.m. about an upcoming audit of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Two weeks after demanding details on how two nonprofits run by the agency and its biggest union spent more than $40 million, the agency's commissioners changed tack Wednesday and agreed to let the groups audit themselves. The five members of the panel, four of whom were recently appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, voted to give the groups, formed about a decade ago to help improve labor relations, a month to account for the expenditure of ratepayer funds.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
It's generally not a good sign when a team starts all its games with its best scorer on the sidelines. But unless Coach Juergen Klinsmann suddenly decides, at 49, to suit up and play, that's the situation his U.S. soccer team finds itself in less than 100 days before the World Cup. In the three world championships Klinsmann appeared in as a player, he scored 11 goals for his native Germany. But in the last three World Cups the U.S. appeared in as a team, it scored only 14 times. So Klinsmann will continue auditions for a starting striker Wednesday when the U.S. meets Ukraine in Cyprus, in the first of two tests before preliminary World Cup rosters are due in May. The friendly was originally scheduled for Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, but when deadly demonstrations in the capital of Kiev widened last week, the game was moved to Cyprus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of how the county's Public Health Department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. Members of the county board sharply criticized health officials over a report that complaints were not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
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