The Los Angeles County Grand Jury has requested copies of a recently completed audit that shows Hawaiian Gardens has been operating in the red for at least the past two years, city officials announced this week.
The grand jury request was the first sign that the county watchdog agency may begin an investigation into the city’s finances, Mayor Kathleen M. Navejas said. Grand Jury Foreman Robert Leland would neither confirm nor deny that he had requested the documents.
The City Council last month asked for the grand jury’s help in unraveling years of confusion over the city’s financial condition. But grand jury officials did not respond immediately to the council’s request.
Navejas has accused members of past city administrations of covering up financial problems for at least 5 years.