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Database Reveals Purchases Made By City Of San Diego Employees

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Database Reveals Purchases Made By City Of San Diego Employees

GUEST:

Lauryn Schroeder, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune Watchdog team

Transcript

The city of San Diego pulled its budget belt a bit tighter this year as pension costs cut into funding for city services.

But an analysis of city-employee purchases since 2015 shows some unusual items charged on city credit cards.

RELATED: San Diego Council Members Want More Budget Revisions

Most of those items are for standard office supplies, travel or postage and shipping. But some, revealed in a report by The San Diego Union-Tribune's watchdog investigative team, have raised some eyebrows, such as $4,200 for decorative driftwood and $3,000 for maracas.

The Union-Tribune's watchdog team is asking the public to help search the city's expense card database for newsworthy purchases.

Watchdog reporter Lauryn Schroeder talks about the unusual spending and how the city is responding Thursday on Midday Edition.

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