Irvine’s Great Park Audit Under Fire

Orange County Register Editorial

Government has taken the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” and turned it into a mantra. If the public, or even fellow lawmakers decline to support your proposal, keep presenting it until they either aren’t looking or are simply worn down.

That seems to be the plan for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, who again has submitted a request to the state Joint Legislative Audit Committee for an audit of the Orange County Great Park audit at today’s hearing.

Ms. Gonzalez previously proposed an audit of the audit in April, citing concern for the way it had been conducted and saying it, “could set a troubling precedent for municipal audits in the future.” Despite the approval of a majority of committee members, it failed on an odd procedural vote that requires not just a simple majority, but a majority of members from both houses.

There it should’ve been left, but Ms. Gonzalez is fighting on.

This time, however, area representatives seem better prepared. The county’s Republican delegation to Sacramento sent a letter Monday calling the proposed audit “redundant, wasteful, disruptive and contrary to the mission of the Committee.”

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