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January 27, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick said Friday that she was considering running for the City Council in 2009, setting the stage for a potential return to her old job, although in a different district. Chick is eyeing the 5th District seat now held by Councilman Jack Weiss, who is running for city attorney in 2009. Chick served on the City Council from 1993 to 2001, when term limits forced her out and she won election to the controller's post.
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January 20, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to encourage more whistle-blowing by city employees and residents, Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick has launched a 24-hour, confidential fraud hotline. Chick promised that her Waste and Fraud Unit would investigate all "legitimate and valid" complaints of unethical or illegal activity reported over the hotline's toll-free telephone number: (866) 428-1514. "Confidentiality absolutely is protected," she said Thursday during a City Hall news conference.
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September 29, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The bulk of project money from the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency has gone to a relatively small group of developers -- a holdover from the "good old boy" days at the agency, the city controller charged Thursday. Controller Laura Chick released an audit that found that 37 -- about 10% -- of the 339 developers who received agency money got 73.6% of the funds.
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August 30, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The city of Los Angeles still is getting fleeced untold amounts of money each year on its construction contracts, Controller Laura Chick said in a wide-ranging interview with City Hall reporters Tuesday. "The city does not do oversight of our contracts -- to find that there has been overbilling, fraudulent billing, excessive billing and unreasonable markups is no big surprise," Chick said. "Sometimes I'm surprised there isn't more of it.
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June 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city is owed $500,000 in products and services that vendors never delivered, according to a report released Thursday by Controller Laura Chick. The report also found that the city was overcharged $145,000 in delivery cost by the construction firm Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. The money has been repaid. "Too often the city enters into a contract and then walks away without careful monitoring to ensure that we get what we are paying for and that we are charged the right prices," Chick said.
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June 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Controller Laura Chick urged city officials Monday to streamline what she called an inefficient system of contracting for professional and personal services. In a memo to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city leaders, Chick said that awarding contracts can involve as many as 10 departments, agencies and offices. She said the system suffers from inadequate guidelines, poor oversight and other problems.
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March 15, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
City Controller Laura Chick called Tuesday for a halt in the building of a $100-million dispatch center for the Los Angeles Fire Department, saying that plenty of space may be available in two new police dispatch centers. Although $7 million has been spent on design and foundation work for the center, Chick told Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that one of her private auditors has raised questions about the project.
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March 10, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Controller Laura Chick and school district officials staged dueling news conferences Thursday in the latest round of their ongoing tit-for-tat over school district audits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
One day after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a warning about the city's projected $271-million budget deficit, a municipal watchdog reiterated the concern and called for steps to rein in spending. City Controller Laura Chick said a persistent imbalance between revenue and expenses -- aggravated by budgeting gimmicks she called "smoke and mirrors, games and magic" -- could land Los Angeles in a financial crisis.
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January 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer met with City Controller Laura Chick on Monday and promised he would let her examine recent audits of the school district. But he stopped short of agreeing to let her perform her own audit. The previous audits will be handed over to Chick, although school officials believe she has no standing to ask for them under California's Public Records Act.
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