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State Auditor: Law Enforcement Departments Have Not Adequately Guarded Against Biased Conduct

Our audit of five law enforcement departments throughout the State uncovered the actions of some officers at each department who engaged in biased conduct, either during their on-duty interactions with individuals or online through their social media posts. Although we did not find officers who were members of hate groups, some officers made statements indicating […]

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California’s Oversight of the Efforts by Investor‑Owned Utilities to Mitigate the Risk of Wildfires Needs Improvement

March 24, 2022 The Governor of CaliforniaPresident pro Tempore of the SenateSpeaker of the AssemblyState CapitolSacramento, California 95814 Dear Governor and Legislative Leaders: From 2013 through 2021, investor-owned utilities (utilities) in California initiated 67 public safety power shutoffs (power shutoffs), affecting more than 3.6 million customers. In addition, as of June 2021, utilities reported that […]

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Auditor Report: State Failed to Expedite Access to Federal Funding to Address the Impact of the COVID‑19 Pandemic on CA’s Homeless Population

As authorized by state law, my office conducted a state high‑risk audit of the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (department) management of certain federal funds related to the COVID‑19 pandemic. The department administers the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, which received $316 million in federal funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the […]

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State Auditor Report: California should have allocated more CRF funding to smaller counties

Dear Governor and Legislative Leaders: This letter report provides an update on our assessment of the State’s management of federal funds related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a high risk statewide issue. In August 2020, we designated the State’s management of federal COVID-19 funds as high risk and indicated that the likelihood of mismanagement […]

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CA State Lottery Has Not Insured That It Maximizes Funding for Education

Feb. 25, 2020 – California State Auditor’s Public Letter to Governor and Legislative Leaders: February 25, 2020The Governor of CaliforniaPresident pro Tempore of the SenateSpeaker of the AssemblyState CapitolSacramento, California 95814 Dear Governor and Legislative Leaders: As directed by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, my office conducted an audit of the California State Lottery (Lottery). […]

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CA’s Education System for K–12 Inadequately Identifies and Supports Homeless Youth

Nov. 8, 2019 – In 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined that about half a million people in the U.S. experience homelessness on a given night. HUD further reported that more people in California experience homelessness than in any other state in the nation. Among the Californians experiencing homelessness are a […]

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State Auditor Report: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

May 14, 2019  Results in Brief The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (commission) has neglected its responsibility to protect the San Francisco Bay (Bay) and the Suisun Marsh. The Legislature created the commission in 1965 to regulate development in and around the Bay in order to protect the Bay’s health and ensure public access. To this […]