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Wendy Greuel to press for right to audit other L.A. officials

July 1, 2009 |  3:00 pm


Newly inaugurated Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel made clear today that she isn’t going to be cowed by a recent judge’s ruling that blocks her office from auditing programs run by her fellow elected officials: the mayor, city attorney and 15 council members.

In her inaugural address, Greuel said she was prepared to challenge that decision, going to the electorate with a ballot measure if need be to secure such expansive powers.

“If there is any question about this, I shall take this issue to you, the voters of the city of Los Angeles,” she told the audience on the south lawn of City Hall.

That may take a little while. Greuel’s next shot might not come until 2010, the next regularly scheduled statewide election.

Greuel made her remarks more than a week after Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney found that former City Controller Laura Chick did not have the power to audit a worker’s compensation program in the office of former City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo. Chick and Delgadillo sparred for nearly a year on that subject.

-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall

Photo: Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel. Credit: Annie Wells/Los Angeles Times