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When can Los Angeles leaders be trusted to fix the streets?
When can Los Angeles leaders be trusted to fix the streets?

If there was ever any hope of reviving the proposed sales tax for Los Angeles street repairs, that hope was extinguished this week when Controller Ron Galperin issued an audit critical of the Bureau of Street Services. The bureau can't spend all the money it has for street repairs and doesn't collect the money it's owed, the audit found. Managers can't say for sure how many potholes they filled; there are inconsistencies in record keeping. The city is overpaying for asphalt. And workers only spend about 60% of their time actually fixing the streets. Galperin's audit has been in the works for months and there were hints that the report would find problems in the...

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