Report 2012-109 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 2012-109: City of San Diego: Although It Generally Followed Requirements for Reviewing Permits, It Could Do More to Protect Historical Resources and to Notify the Public Properly About Its Actions (Release Date: April 2013)

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Recommendations to San Diego Ethics Commission, City of
Number Recommendation Status
10

To ensure that San Diego's unclassified employees attend ethics training as required by the city council, the commission should either follow the city council's policy or seek a change to align the policy with its current practice.

Fully Implemented
Recommendations to San Diego Mayor's Office, City of
Number Recommendation Status
1

To ensure that it properly identifies potential historical resources for the structures on project sites and conducts reviews in accordance with the municipal code, Development Services should require applicants to submit documentation, such as the county's property records when available, with their applications or it should obtain the information directly from the county so that it can determine whether the project requires a historical resource review.

Fully Implemented
2

To comply with the municipal code requirements for construction permits such as building permits, Development Services should align Information Bulletin 118, issued in June 2011, which describes its process for construction changes to approved plans, with the municipal code requirements for issuing permits and conducting historical resource reviews.

Fully Implemented
3

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's decision that a project is exempt from CEQA, Development Services should ensure that the exemption notice includes the information outlined in the CEQA guidelines.

Fully Implemented
4

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's decision that a project is exempt from CEQA, Development Services should submit exemption notices to the county within five business days after the date all rights to appeal its decision have elapsed, in accordance with its procedures.

Fully Implemented
5

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's decision that a project is exempt from CEQA, Development Services should retain documentation demonstrating that it posts the appeal notices in accordance with the municipal code.

Fully Implemented
6

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's environmental determinations within five days of the final approval of a project in accordance with the CEQA guidelines, Development Services should develop procedures to ensure that its staff file the determination notices in a timely manner. For example, to avoid delays, Development Services should require its staff to collect and submit to the county the filing fee for each determination notice within five business days of the final approval of a project.

Fully Implemented
7

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's environmental determinations in accordance with its municipal code, Development Services should seek an amendment to the municipal code to clarify its belief that environmental determinations made by a hearing officer are not subject to the appeal notice requirement. In the interim, Development Services should post appeal notices for projects subject to permit review Process Three.

Fully Implemented
8

To ensure that its designated employees disclose their financial interests in a timely manner, Development Services should ensure that its filing liaisons and payroll staff develop and implement procedures for notifying the filing liaisons when designated employees assume or leave their positions.

Fully Implemented
9

To ensure that its designated employees disclose their financial interests in a timely manner, Development Services should ensure that the filing liaisons promptly notify the city clerk when designated employees assume or leave their positions.

Fully Implemented


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