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Former City Officials Arrested For Embezzlement

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Aired 5/6/11

In 2008 VoiceofSanDiego.org discovered a shockingly self serving bonus scheme at a San Diego city agency, the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation. This week, more than 3 years after the story broke, California's Attorney General has charged two top members of SEDC with felony embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.

ALISON ST. JOHN: Long before the L.A. Times uncovered the scandalously exorbitant salaries at the city of Bell, VoiceofSanDiego.org discovered a shockingly self serving bonus scheme at a San Diego city agency - the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation. This week, more than 3 years after the story broke, the California's Attorney General has charged two top members of SEDC with felony embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.

GUESTS: Andrew Donohue. editor, voiceofsandiego.org

Kent Davy, editor, North County Times

Tony Perry, San Diego Bureau Chief, LA Times

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HarryStreet | May 6, 2011 at 6:08 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Why bother? The bonuses were probably locked in their contract. You'd be surprised how regardless the economy is hit, and whether the city has money or not, bonuses to city officials continue because of contract. How ridiculous is that.

A bonus should be if the city has acquired extra funds based on productivity that warrants a bonus. The reward city officials get is their steady paycheck. No bonuses should be awarded when we're laying off teachers, police, firemen and the like.

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