A new state audit finds California paid $580,000 for San Diego office space that sat unused for four years, it was reported today.
State Auditor Elaine Howle found the space was supposed to be used by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation but sat empty from December 2004 to December 2008 due to "miscommunication and bureaucratic bungling," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Howle's office completed a total of nine investigations of whistle-blower claims received during the last six months of 2008 that turned up "substantial allegations" regarding several agencies, according to the newspaper.
In addition to the unused office space, a high-level administrator was improperly reimbursed more than $70,000 over five years for commuting from her Southern California home to her Sacramento office. The administrator, who was not identified by name, formerly worked with the Office of Spill Prevention and Response in the state Department of Fish and Game, according to The Times.
"Through our investigative methods, we found waste of state funds, improper payments, improper contracting and misuse of state resources," Howle wrote Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After traveling more than a month and walking for thousands of miles, nearly 2,000 migrants have arrived in Tijuana – all hoping to cross into the United States, but a tall fence and several border agents stand between them and their hopes.
Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
A transient who recently traveled to Southern California from the Midwest was arrested Friday on suspicion of jumping a woman on an East Village roadside, dragging her into some shrubbery and sexually assaulting her.
Hundreds of people, dressed in pink, were up early Friday for the “Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure” opening ceremonies in Del Mar.
A 92-year-old man accused of using a shotgun to kill his son while he slept in the Old Town home they shared pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of murder.
A 37-year-old siamang gibbon at the San Diego Zoo recently gave birth to the zoo's first siamang baby in 12 years despite being on birth control, the zoo announced Friday.
Father Joe's Villages, which provides programs and housing for San Diego's homeless, and a Carlsbad-based development firm Friday announced a coordinated plan to build a mixed-use property with affordable housing in the downtown area.
An additional 4,000 migrants are expected to arrive at the border starting Friday through the weekend. The group has been growing by the hundreds each day, with about 800 migrants arriving in Tijuana Thursday.