Oxnard activist requests city finances audit letter, suggests cover-up

By George Miller

Larry Paul Stein

Larry Stein

Oxnard activist and 2014 mayoral candidate Lawrence (“Larry”) Paul Stein today emailed a letter to City Clerk Daniel Martinez and City Manager Greg Nyhoff, requesting access to and public exposure of the auditor’s “management letter” accompanying the audit, but not so far made public.

Letter text:

To: Daniel Martinez, Greg Nyhoff

Cc: Lyn.Bennett

Sent: Sun, Apr 12, 2015 8:28 am

Subject: Public Record Request Management Letter

Prior to the conclusion of an audit, the auditor communicates its findings through a document referred to as “The Management Letter”. The document is generally considered to be an internal document only to be shared with the senior management of the  organization being audited. The city has spent several hundred thousand dollars in consultant fees to determine the extent internal controls have failed within the city. City staff and its consultants have determined that the city’s additional liabilities may have exceed $10,000,000.

It is my opinion that these documents would reflect information that the two former city managers and the city’s former finance director may have been made aware of issues that were not shared with the city’s elected officials. The documents may also reflect issues that the auditors should have been aware of through standard audit techniques, but did not discover.

I request that the city manager make the management letters of the audits of  the period ending June  30, 2010, June 30, 2011, June 30, 2012, June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2014 public  documents. I further request that I be allowed to review the management letters for the same period.

Larry Stein

Have a Great Day and a wonderful  week.

 

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From March 17, 2015 Oxnard City Council meeting:

SUBJECT: Organizational Assessment and Audit of Corporate Support, Accountability and Value Systems-Management Partners and Renne Sloan Holtzman and Sakai, LLP.  (001)
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Receive the “Organizational Assessment – Phase 1 Report” by Management Partners. Receive the audit report regarding the Human Resources Department by Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, LLP (“RSHS”); 2) Approve and authorize the Mayor to execute the Second Amendment to the Agreement with Management Partners, Inc., to increase the amount by $165,000 for a total amount not to exceed $360,000 to continue the services of Dave Millican, provide a long term financial forecast consistent with City Council policy, and to lead early implementation efforts for the high-priority issues described in the two reports; and 3) Authorize a budget appropriation in the amount of $75,000 from the General Fund Operating Reserve Fund.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Greg Nyhoff Phone: 385-7430

 Financial Reports

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