Does the Expo Line Need an Independent Inspector General/Ethics Officer?
As work crews hit the home stretch on finishing the first phase of the Expo Line between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City, one politician is calling for more accountability. Unlike many Metro projects, the Expo Line is currently under the control of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority and doesn't have any objective and critical oversight.
“The Expo Line Construction Authority, despite controlling hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds, lacks an Inspector General and relies on an informal agreement with its umbrella agency,” said Mark Ridley-Thomas, a L.A. County Board of Supervisor who sits on the Expo Board. “The expanded capacity to individually review expenditures and performance that an Inspector General would possess will greatly enhance the public’s trust by providing greater accountability."