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.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A man who was drunk when he drove off in an ambulance from Scripps Mercy Hospital with two patients inside was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison.
Police in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood were on the lookout Thursday for a man suspected of following a 12-year-old girl even after she confronted him and told him to stop.
The fight continues over how to dispose of the nuclear waste from the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.
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Dinelson Lamet overpowered the Mets in his major league debut, New York's Rafael Montero labored on short notice and the San Diego Padres won 4-3 on a rainy Thursday night.
Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its anti-Islamophobia campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students.
The U.S. Postal Service honored the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor. On Thursday dozens gathered in Poway to celebrate Ray Chavez who turned 105-years old in March. The special birthday bash included a cake and toasts from local leaders.
New video gives a first look at a violent standoff between San Diego Police and a domestic violence suspect.