Schwarzenegger appoints LA City Controller Chick to audit federal stimulus money

Governor Schwarzenegger today appointed Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick to the newly created position of state inspector general. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports her job will be to watchdog California’s share of federal stimulus dollars.

Governor Schwarzenegger today appointed Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick to the newly created position of state inspector general. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports her job will be to watchdog California’s share of federal stimulus dollars.

Frank Stoltze: The governor said California’s expected to receive $50 billion in federal stimulus, and somebody needs to monitor it.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: We found somebody that is perfect for the job!

Stoltze: As L.A. city controller, Laura Chick’s conducted dozens of audits that uncovered waste, fraud, and misuse of tax dollars.

Laura Chick: It’s in my bloodstream to watch and count the dollars.

Stoltze: It’s unclear how big the new state inspector general’s staff will be. Chick said she’ll rely a lot on state auditors. She and the governor promised that California would spend its stimulus the right way.

Schwarzenegger: We will make sure that this money is not being used for maybe swimming pools or golf parks or other frivolous pork projects.

Stoltze: Chick starts on April 27th. She was to leave her city job July 1st because she’s termed out of office. Last month, voters elected City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel to replace her.

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