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Audit Reveals LAPD HQ Construction Mismanaged & Over Budget (Anyone Surprised?)

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City Controller Laura Chick announced yesterday the results of an audit ordered on the construction of the 10-story police headquarters downtown, revealing that the costs on the project "have soared $150 million over projections" bringing the receipt to over $453 million, according to the Daily News.

Chick explained that the "city's Bureau of Engineering has failed to provide adequate oversight and management" and when the city's engineers "lost control of the project" the LAPD had to intervene and deal directly with the design firm.

In what appears to be a classic--and costly--case of too many cooks spoiling the broth, Chick summed up the situation: "What went wrong was too many hands and departments in this and not enough management from the Bureau of Engineering."