SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council's Audit Committee asked the city auditor Monday for a financial and performance review of the nonprofit group that tried to put together a yearlong celebration of Balboa Park's 100th anniversary.
City Auditor Eduardo Luna told committee members he would make room in his department's schedule and start work on the audit of Balboa Park Centennial Inc.
City Councilman Scott Sherman said the audits were the only way to "get some answers for the taxpayers and citizens here."
The BPCI board of directors announced last month it would disband and turn over its activities to the city. The action came amid questions over what the city got in return for its $2.6 million investment in BPCI, and whether the organization would open its records to the public.
BPCI has been posting its records online since it decided to disband. The vote for the audit was unanimous.
BPCI was a mostly volunteer group. It was unable to get support from sponsors needed to turn next year's centennial into a major extravaganza. City leaders had hoped the centennial, 100 years after the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, would receive international attention.
Planning has now taken on a local focus, anchored by the annual December Nights holiday festival and special attractions being arranged by the park's cultural institutions.
Due to strong and gusty Santa Ana winds and a red flag warning, several San Diego County school districts were closed Tuesday after San Diego Gas & Electric officials shut off power for several thousand customers as a safety precaution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Santa Ana winds continued Tuesday to plague firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as officials re-emphasized to evacuated residents that they must stay away until the area has been declared safe.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.
Among the Paradise residents that lost their homes to the Camp Fire were several graduates of Chula Vista High School.
Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.