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Who Should Watch the City’s Books

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Aired 4/19/09

The City of San Diego's first-ever audit committee meets today. It's another important step toward getting the city back into good financial standing. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has a preview.

The committee will try to decide who should be the city's internal auditor -- and how to keep that person independent. The internal auditor reports to the mayor now. Some people want that to change. City officials were rankled recently to find out that accountants were focusing on the long-delayed 2003 audit, and ignoring this year's books. Audit Committee Co-Chair Donna Frye says we should learn from past mistakes.

Frye: This is a big deal that we not continue with certain behaviors that, perchance, got us into problems before.

San Diego's independent budget analyst wants the auditor to report to the city council, not the mayor. But that would have to go before voters in 2008. For KPBS, I'm Andrew Phelps.

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