Report 2014-136 Recommendations

When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 1452 (Chapter 452, Statutes of 2006), requires auditees who have not implemented recommendations after one year, to report to us and to the Legislature why they have not implemented them or to state when they intend to implement them. Below, is a listing of each recommendation the State Auditor made in the report referenced and a link to the most recent response from the auditee addressing their progress in implementing the recommendation and the State Auditor's assessment of auditee's response based on our review of the supporting documentation.

Recommendations in Report 2014-136: Coastal Improvement Fund (Release Date: January 2015)

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Recommendations to Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors
Number Recommendation Status
3

To better ensure that developers do not obtain building permits before they pay the fee to the improvement fund, the county needs to finalize its improvement fund management procedures regarding the collection of the fee and the reporting of that collection to Public Works. Specifically, such policies should include a protocol for how Beaches and Harbors informs Public Works that the developer has paid the fee to the improvement fund.

Fully Implemented
Recommendations to Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning
Number Recommendation Status
1

To ensure that the public is informed of the county's plans for using the improvement fund, the county needs to more clearly communicate its intentions and then update such communications as its plans change. The county's communications could be as simple as a public notice and a posting to its Web site that include the following:
- Information on the specific projects and parcels in Marina del Rey where it intends to spend money from the improvement fund for the development of open space (or a time frame for making such a decision).
- The time frame for the expected start and completion of such projects.

Fully Implemented
2

To better ensure that developers do not obtain building permits before they pay the fee to the improvement fund, the county needs to finalize its improvement fund management procedures regarding the collection of the fee and the reporting of that collection to Public Works.Specifically, such policies should include a protocol for how Regional Planning communicates the amount due to Beaches and Harbors.

Fully Implemented
4

To ensure that developers do not receive project credits to which they are not entitled, the county should develop a mechanism that will allow its enforcement unit to verify that the developer actually earned the credits it received.

Fully Implemented


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