The state auditor on Thursday blasted various California agencies for ethics violations and wasteful practices, including the failure to collect nearly $315,000 in rent and utilities over five years from tenants of a mobile home park owned by Caltrans.
Auditor Elaine Howle issues reports twice a year on improper activity found by investigations her office conducts.
“Through our investigations, we found conflict of interest, violation of post‑employment ethics restrictions, waste of state funds, misuse of state resources, and activities incompatible with state employment,” Howle wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown. “In total, we identified $397,000 in gifts not disclosed and in wasted funds related to improper travel expenses and mismanagement.”