Report 2016-106 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 2016-106: Los Angeles County: Weak Oversight of Its Lease With the Los Angeles County Fair Association Has Likely Cost Millions of Dollars in Revenue (Release Date: November 2016)

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Recommendations to Los Angeles County
Number Recommendation Status
1

By April 2017, the county should reach agreement with the association on the date by which the association must pay the county for the rent in arrears related to the hotel.

Pending
2

By April 2017, the county should reach agreement with the association on how much rent the association owes the county from the hotel's operations since 1992.

Pending
3

As soon as possible, the county should collect from the association all amounts presently owed under the lease as a result of the revenue generated by the conference center.

Pending
4

To ensure that it recognizes and addresses in a timely manner areas of potential concern related to the association's rent, the county should create and adhere to a policy of reviewing the association's rent calculations at least every three years.

Pending
5

To protect its interests and maximize its future revenue, the county should strongly consider ensuring that any potential amendment to the lease includes a revised rent calculation formula that factors in revenue from all of the association's activities, including its hotel and conference center, as well as revenue from its subsidiaries' activities at the Fairplex. This revised rent calculation formula should require the association either to pay the county an agreed-upon fixed amount, adjusted periodically for inflation, or to pay the county both a fixed amount every year and a percentage of the total gross revenue that the association earns at the Fairplex.

Pending
6

To protect its interests and maximize its future revenue, the county should strongly consider ensuring that any potential amendment to the lease includes terms that define the circumstances or dates that require a renegotiation of the lease and the rent calculation formula.

Pending
7

To protect its interests and maximize its future revenue, the county should strongly consider ensuring that any potential amendment to the lease includes an agreement on the types of entities whose gross revenues the association must include in rent calculations. This agreement should cover any new businesses the association creates that operate at the Fairplex.

Pending
8

To protect its interests and maximize its future revenue, the county should strongly consider ensuring that any potential amendment to the lease includes terms that require the association to provide the county with any subleases it wishes to enter, even those subleases that do not exceed 10 years. The terms should also require the association to provide the county with approval over other agreements that could affect the rent calculation, including the association's hotel management agreement and its amendments.

Pending
9

To protect its interests and maximize its future revenue, the county should strongly consider ensuring that any potential amendment to the lease includes terms that require the association to provide the county with advance notice of any refinancing of the association's debt and what impact, if any, such transactions would have on the amount or timing of rent payments to the county.

Pending


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