(Sacramento, CA)---Today, Senator Ed Hernandez (SD-22) announced he is requesting the California State Auditor examine the finances and governance structure of the city of Irwindale.
Irwindale has been the focus of allegations over the past few years regarding operations of the city government and its elected officials.
“Allegations of misuse of public funds by Irwindale officials have been in the news for years, and it is time that a comprehensive review by an unbiased state agency gets to the bottom of this,” Hernandez stated. “The alleged misconduct contained in these complaints erodes the public’s trust and belief in the institution of government itself.”
The Senator’s request must be voted on by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, which will hear the request Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
A press release from the Senator’s office said the State Auditor, Elaine Howle, is tasked with examining the fiscal health and performance of local government entities to “ensure California taxpayers are receiving the essential services they pay for, in the most efficient and effective way.”
The audit request submitted by Senator Hernandez asks for a comprehensive, independent review of the city’s finances, expenditures, and governance structure, and follows his ongoing efforts to root out corruption in the City of Industry.