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Greuel Releases 1st Audit, Finding Convention Center in Need of Many Fixes

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E3 returned to the Convention Center this year and will next year, too | Photo by JoshMcConnell via Flickr
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In her first audit since taking office as City Controller, Wendy Greuel this morning released findings about waste within the Los Angeles Convention Center. There's nothing catastrophic revealed in the audit, but it points out too many examples of lax oversight that cost taxpayers money.

Point in case, the city lost $34,474 because employees that were no longer full-time continued to be paid overtime by the department. And speaking of overtime, Greuel says there's "a flawed system for using employee overtime with a lack of oversight, which has led to over a million dollars being wasted. LACC uses City employees from other Departments - and pays them overtime, as opposed to expanding its pool of as-needed employees that can provide these services at regular rates."

For example,one employee made $146,000 in overtime pay over 18 months, on top of his annual salary of $72,746.