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Getting to Disney on Taxpayer Dollars? L.A. Audit Says Transit Funding Should be Re-Examined

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The latest audit from City Controller Wendy Greuel examine $203 million worth of contracts for services, which are supposed to happen when outside entities can provide a "necessary service that City employees can’t provide and if it is more cost-effective to do so," according to the Controller's office. "We must ensure that every contract that the City enters into guarantees that taxpayers are getting their money’s worth,” Greuel said in a letter. The audit looked into contracts for graffiti abatement, police risk management, landscaping and other services.

One contracted service, LADOT's $3 million charter bus program, "provides free or subsidized charter bus transportation services to community groups for recreational, employment/training and educational purposes," according to the audit, which said past locations have included Disneyland, beaches, Cabazon Outlet Mall, Raging Waters, Hollywood Park. Groups such as Activities for Retarded Children (ARC), disabled groups and others would take advantage of the program.