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.
The San Diego Blood Bank will kick off a three-day blood drive at a Broken Yolk Cafe restaurant on Tuesday to prepare for the holiday season, when donations typically wane.
A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is scheduled to visit Border Field State Park Tuesday, while U.S. troops reinforce the border as thousands of Central American migrants arrive in Tijuana.
Residents of Malibu who returned home after being evacuated because of the Woolsey Fire are bracing for potential mudslides as rain is forecast for areas scorched by the blaze.
The scorched Northern California town of Paradise should get its first significant rainfall in six months this week, a forecast that would at least interrupt one of the most horrific fire seasons in state history.
United States Senator Kamala Harris on Monday paid a visit to Camp Pendleton to tour the base and speak to Marines and their families – thanking them for their service.
Chance of light rain in the morning on Thanksgiving Thursday. Temperatures will cool through Friday and onshore flow continues to strengthen.
On Monday, the Del Mar City Council approved a study to explore pedestrian crossings at railroads, but the idea did not sit well with many residents.
During World War II over 400,000 service members were lost and, of those, 72,000 went unaccounted for or have never been identified.
San Diego Fire is among eight local agencies that make up Task Force 8. They're a specialized group of first responders sent to the Camp Fire to help search for the remains of those unaccounted for.