One state employee used his work computer extensively to play video games, another misused her state car for personal commutes and two tax officials improperly referred taxpayers to private businesses to prepare their taxes.
Those are some of the findings of State Auditor Elaine Howle based on tips from the state whistle-blower telephone line, she said Thursday.
“Through our investigations, we found misuse of state time and resources, failure to keep accurate time and attendance records, disclosure of confidential information, neglect of duty to supervise and improper payments,” Howle wrote to the governor.
Rep. Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) on Thursday urged Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to "step aside" from any investigation of Russian involvement in the presidential election, adding to mounting pressure from congressional Republicans.
Knight, a second-term congressman, represents a potential swing district in northern Los Angeles County. National Democrats have identified Knight as a prime target in their efforts to win seats during the 2018 midterm elections.
A chorus of California Democrats are joining House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) in calling for Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to resign over news that he lied to Congress about meeting with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said if Sessions won't recuse himself, he should resign.
"The fact that he spoke with Russians and then, under oath, denied it is unacceptable," Feinstein said in a statement. "The ties between Russia and those close to Trump are far deeper than previously admitted and it’s clear the Trump administration is in no position to handle an investigation on its own.”
A California secretary of state's program that provides free post office boxes to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking could also soon begin serving survivors of human trafficking.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla and state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) on Thursday introduced legislation that extends benefits under the Safe at Home initiative to former victims of forced sex work or labor.
The confidential address program, launched in 1999, provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service to participants, allowing them to privately receive mail, open bank accounts, register to vote and fill out government forms.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) says Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions should step aside from any role in the investigation of potential contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials
McCarthy's remark Thursday makes him the highest-ranking member of his party to say that Sessions should not participate in the investigation.