Councilwoman Told to Account for Expenses

City officials are formally demanding that Councilwoman Helen O'Hara account for $1,550 in city funds given to her for two July conferences she did not attend.

O'Hara was to have attended a League of California Cities meeting in Monterey and a sister city conference in Michigan.

"To date, she has not accounted for the expenses," said City Manager Dennis Courtemarche. "I have reminded her in writing of her responsibilities, which means you account for your expenses in 30 days."

Courtemarche said O'Hara told him that she did not attend the conferences because her husband was injured and hospitalized.

O'Hara could not be reached for comment.

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