SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The superintendent of a California State Park near Jacumba has been put on leave while an investigation has been launched into the possible destruction of critical records, it was reported Saturday.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the apparent unauthorized destruction of state records was reported by a janitor who found bags of shredded documents at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area. The shredding came in the middle of a statewide investigation of financial misconduct at State Parks, sparked by the discovery of $54 million in unspent funds at a time the agency was planning to close parks due to budget cuts.
There are no allegations of financial impropriety at Ocotillo Wells, but the document destruction may violate an order that all records at all state parks offices be maintained while the budget mess is sorted out, according to sources quoted by the state capitol's largest newspaper.
The Bee reported that the superintendent, Kathy Dolinar, was relieved of her duties Thursday, and that an unnamed administrative officer at the desert park has already been reassigned.
The state parks agency has been in turmoil since the secret funds were discovered. Director Ruth Coleman resigned, admitting that she should have known about the money while presiding over an agency that was preparing to close down numerous parks due to a funding shortage.
The Bee reported that Ocotillo Wells had been the source of sexual harassment complaints against parks supervisors, and a whistleblower complaint that park administrators were failing to uphold environmental protection laws at the off-road vehicle park.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
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 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.