California audit criticizes Los Angeles Community College District's spending on campus construction projects

 
Los Angeles Times
 
A state audit of campus construction at the Los Angeles Community College District has found $140 million in questionable spending, including at least $28 million sunk into projects that were later abandoned because of poor planning.

In the audit released Wednesday, state Controller John Chiang challenged the district's use of voter-approved construction money to pay for public relations, public art and other purposes he deemed inappropriate.

District Chancellor Daniel LaVista disputed all of Chiang's major criticisms, saying they were "based on flawed assumptions and interpretations."

"While we disagree with many of the specifics … we will examine the audit and make whatever changes are necessary to further tighten and improve management," he said in a statement.
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