A California State University campus police officer regularly took time to sleep, lie down and not work while on duty for two years, according to a state audit released Tuesday.The employee’s naps wasted some $20,000 in taxpayer money.Executives at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the former State Board of Equalization allowed 25 managers and supervisors to report inaccurate leave time. As a result, the departments overpaid employees by at least $72,000, and it’s estimated that extra payments made to similar employees throughout both agencies total more than $500,000.These are just a few examples of waste, fraud and abuse the California State Auditor’s Office summarized in its regular, six-month report on “alleged improper governmental activities.” As part of the California Whistleblower Protection Act, the state auditor received nearly 1,100 tips through its website, the whistleblower hotline, mail, fax or in person visits from … [Read more...] about California State University officer took regular naps on the job, state audit finds
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Updated 9:30 am CST, Thursday, March 7, 2019 LOS ANGELES (AP) — An analysis has found an increasing number of California state workers are retiring with massive payouts for unused vacation and other leave. The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that its review of payroll data from the state controller's office shows the state paid employees nearly $300 million for banked time off last year. And, as of 2017, state workers had $3.5 billion in unused leave. Vacation balances for most employees are supposed to be capped at 640 hours. But the analysis found that sporadic enforcement of the rule and an increasing number of state workers retiring have led to a 60 percent rise in the number of six-figure payouts since 2012. The data do not include legislative employees or institutions such as public universities, meaning the cost is higher. ___ Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/ … [Read more...] about California state workers’ banked vacation payouts rising
Amy Taxin and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press Updated 3:39 pm PST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, Carl DeMaio, who is leading the Proposition 6 campaign to repeal a recent gas tax increase, discusses a ballot measure he is proposing to provide money for road repairs and eliminate high-speed rail in Sacramento, Calif. California voters have passed up two chances to lower taxes by rejecting a proposed repeal of a gasoline tax hike and a proposed tax break for older homeowners. Political experts on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, said the election results could highlight a greater tolerance for taxes in the nation's most populous state, even as many of its residents bemoan the high cost of living. less FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, Carl DeMaio, who is leading the Proposition 6 campaign to repeal a recent gas tax increase, discusses a ballot measure he is proposing to provide money for road repairs ... more … [Read more...] about California voters reject ballot measures to lower taxes
Janie Har, Associated Press Updated 5:35 pm PST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Potential voters wait in long lines to register and vote at the Los Angeles County Registrar's office Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in the Los Angeles section of Los Angeles. A spokesman with the registrar's office says the line at its headquarters in Norwalk is wrapping around the building and that wait times were at about two hours Tuesday. less Potential voters wait in long lines to register and vote at the Los Angeles County Registrar's office Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in the Los Angeles section of Los Angeles. A spokesman with the registrar's office ... more Photo: Mark J. Terrill, AP Sarah Salem, 34, swims as voters cast their ballots at Echo Deep Pool Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. Sarah Salem, 34, swims as voters cast their ballots at Echo Deep Pool Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. … [Read more...] about Voter interest high, problems few in populous California
By Washington Post PUBLISHED: October 31, 2018 at 5:49 am | UPDATED: October 31, 2018 at 7:36 am By Antonia Noori Farzan | The Washington Post One day in late September, Phaedra Jones was on her way to deliver an Uber Eats order in Folsom, California, when she stopped at a red light and spotted a sign on the other side of the street. “Negro Bar,” it read. Jones, 29, instantly felt uncomfortable. “Being a black woman, I immediately rolled up both of my windows and looked in my rearview mirror and looked around to make sure that I was safe, because I wasn’t sure what was going on,” she told The Washington Post. “After I had the delivery, I left town right away.” Later, when she got home to Stockton, California, Jones started doing research. The sign had been pointing to Negro Bar State Recreation Area, she learned, which got its name because African American miners panned for gold there during the 1850s. Up until the 1960s, some maps had used … [Read more...] about Northern California state park’s name sparks a debate: Is the word ‘Negro’ offensive?