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City Attorney Sues City Controller Over Transparency

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The funny thing is, its City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo that is trying to stop accountability and transparency. He is suing to halt City Controller Laura Chick from auditing his office over how the city settles workers compensation cases, something that costs millions with lots of outside legal counsel hired.

"It was something that hadn't been looked at before," the City Controller told LAist. The City Controller not only audits money, but also audits programs to find if things could be run better and more efficiently. The City Charter, voted upon by the citizens in 1999, allows the elected City Controller to "exercise a general supervision over the accounts of all offices, departments, boards and employees of the city charged in any manner with the receipt, collection or disbursement of the money of the city."

Pretty plain and simple, right? But Delgadillo has a different opinion on the matter, even without the support of the written law. He thinks that if politicians (the City Controller is elected too) start auditing each other, there could be an abuse of power for political purposes. Problem is, only the City Controller has the power to do that, not other elected officials.