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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2011 | By Hector Becerra and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The state controller took the rare step of launching an audit of the struggling city of Montebello, saying there is evidence the city produced false financial reports dating back several years. The action — the first time officials have launched a full city audit since examining wrongdoing in Bell last year — marks an ominous turn for Montebello, which is in danger of running out of money to pay its bills later this year. The working-class city east of downtown Los Angeles has been mired in budget problems and allegations of mismanagement and missing money for months.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
An audit of the embattled Los Angeles County assessor's office released late Thursday recommends key changes, including the appointment of a chief deputy with "managerial competence" and the requirement that private tax consultants register with the county. Conducted by Strategica Inc., the audit comes as elected Assessor John Noguez fights accusations that he pocketed $185,000 in bribes from a prominent tax consultant and campaign contributor who requested lower tax appraisals on client properties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2011 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel is dispatching a team of auditors to pore over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's books because of a financial scandal that is already the subject of a criminal investigation. Greuel had been prepared to launch the wide-ranging audit in July but shelved it at the request of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's office, which is conducting the criminal probe. Prosecutors said they were concerned that an audit could hinder their inquiry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Californians with developmental disabilities who are cared for at state facilities are being put at risk by outdated policies and inadequate investigations of abuse, the state auditor's office said Tuesday. Allegations that residents have been raped, shot with stun guns and otherwise abused have not been acted on satisfactorily, auditors found. The California Department of Developmental Services cares for 1,480 severely disabled people in five facilities throughout the state.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
A $7.6-billion federal program to help homeowners avert foreclosure set too few goals for the 18 participating states and didn't do enough to make sure the nation's biggest banks were on board, according to a government audit. The audit criticized the Treasury Department for rolling out the Hardest Hit Fund with no advance notice in February 2010, then leaving the states to implement it on their own. The report by a special inspector general pointed out that it took seven months before the government met with the states, banks and mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to make sure everyone was participating in the program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The Department of Animal Services has become an unruly place where equipment is unaccounted for, at least $125,000 is missing and up to $1.3 million in potential revenue was overlooked over the last two fiscal years, a new report has found. The audit, conducted over two years and released Tuesday, describes policy and possible ethics breakdowns across the agency, with particular focus on poor supervision and management. In one example, department officials could not show investigators whether donations were spent legitimately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2011 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
A community coalition formed after the Dodger Stadium beating of Bryan Stow called Thursday for a government audit of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control because the agency has not issued a citation at the ballpark since the 1990s. "It seems like they're just ignoring the problem," Richard Zaldivar, who launched the coalition, said of the ABC's response to growing complaints about drunken hooliganism at the stadium. The Times reported last month that the ABC, the authority that enforces alcohol-licensing rules, last cited a Dodger vendor for a violation in 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Managers at the California parks department circumvented payroll policies and boosted salaries improperly, the state controller said Tuesday. Controller John Chiang said the payouts were made with "deliberate disregard for internal controls, along with little oversight and poorly trained staff. When security protocols and authorization requirements so easily can be overridden, it invites the abuse of public funds. " Chiang said that bad record keeping in the department made it impossible to determine a total for the amount of money improperly paid.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Hoisting a once-fringe issue into the political mainstream, the House overwhelmingly approved a long-fought proposal by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to require an audit of the Federal Reserve. Not only tea party stalwarts but also rank-and-file Republicans and dozens of Democrats voted for the measure Wednesday — a reflection of the rising influence of the former presidential contender's brand of libertarianism on American politics as he prepares to leave Congress. Rep. Jim Matheson, a Utah Democrat who is in a tough reelection battle, said in a tweet that he would vote for the bill.
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