Elaine Howle
Whistle-blower cases cost California $89,000, state auditor reports

A California agency that investigates whistle-blower complaints announced this week that government agencies and employees cost the state more than $89,000 by embezzling money and committing other misdeeds over the course of roughly two years. A new report sums up 10 investigations of accusations of waste, misconduct and other "improper government activity," conducted from July 2012 through July 2014 by the California state auditor and other state agencies. It does not include some other violations that were previously reported by the state auditor. Among the violations laid out in the new report: A manager at the State Water Resources Control Board pocketed more than $3,500 in...