Voice of OC Article: Auditor sees bias in Irvine’s Great Park investigation

Voice of OC Article: Auditor sees bias in Irvine’s Great Park investigation
In a letter to Irvine leaders, the head of an auditing firm that declined to bid on the forensic audit of the Great Park said he shied away because he felt the investigation was structured in a manner that would strip the auditor of independence and lead to a biased conclusion.

The audit, which has since expanded into a broader investigation that is ongoing, was launched at the behest of the city’s current Republican council majority soon after it gained power in the 2012 election.

It has so far found significant waste and abuse, including no-bid contracts and dozens of change orders that were approved with little to no accountability, invoices that lacked documentation, and political pressure so intense it seemed the park’s consultants were running the project instead of city staff.

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