State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced legislation that would mandate the state controller conduct random audits of California cities and perhaps prevent a repeat of the scandal-plagued Bell, a small southern town where elected officials and top city officials have been indicted on corruption and other charges.
Hercules residents have also called for greater oversight after its mayor resigned and two other councilmembers face a recall election in the wake of allegations of mismanagement.
“Recent local government improprieties and irregularities demonstrate the need for increased oversight,” said DeSaulnier (D-Concord). “As we look to realign services to bring them closer to home, it is important that those local agencies be accountable and are periodically reviewed. The State Controller is best situated to conduct that review and this legislation will provide much needed sunshine.”
DeSaulnier co-authored Senate Bill 186 with Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego. To view the bill, visit www.leginfo.ca.gov.