Patt Morrison for October 19, 2011

L.A. City Council mandates reporting of corruption

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Wendy Greuel at the Grove Theatre on April 29, 2004 in Los Angeles, watching Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo speaking to the press.

Do you know about fraud, waste or corruption in a Los Angeles city agency or department, but haven’t reported that abuse to the city controller, the city Ethics Commission or to police? You haven’t been alone.

Controller Wendy Greuel says that little-noticed corruption in the housing department, reports of Animal Services employees stealing pets from animal shelters, and the theft of training guns from an LAPD SWAT facility need to be reported to one central agency – hers – to stop illegal and otherwise bad behavior from being hidden from city leaders. The L.A. City Council agreed to the measure, authored by Dennis Zine, and voted yesterday to require employees to report all instances of fraud, waste or abuse to a unit in the controller’s office. Until now, employees were “expected” but not required to report allegations of wrongdoing, an expectation that was often unfulfilled.

Will this change reduce excesses and abuse in city departments, and how will it affect the workplace?

You can report fradulent activity on the L.A. City Controller's website.


Wendy Greuel, city controller, Los Angeles

Dennis Zine, Los Angeles city councilman representing the 3rd District; former motorcycle sergeant in the LAPD

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