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.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a joint-use park at McKinley Elementary.
A vote is expected Tuesday as the Del Mar Fair Board considers transforming the Surf Side Race Place into a new indoor entertainment venue.
The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved a $225,000 settlement in litigation brought by a deputy city attorney, who alleged sexual harassment by her former supervisor.
The Gate Fire, which has burned about 2,056 acres northwest of Dulzura, was 95 percent contained Monday. Cal Fire also reported that all evacuation orders and warnings were lifted in the fire area.
The Gate Fire northwest of Dulzura has been fully contained. Cal Fire says its crews will remain on scene Tuesday mopping up and guarding against flareups.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has voted to lay off its enforcement officers that patrol local train and bus stations.
It'll be mostly sunny in the majority of San Diego County Tuesday, once the morning clouds and fog clear.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has settled a high-profile lawsuit with a former employee for nearly $100,000.