Report 2015-134 Recommendation 40 Responses

Report 2015-134: Residential Building Records: The Cities of San Rafael, Novato, and Pasadena Need to Strengthen the Implementation of Their Resale Record Programs (Release Date: March 2016)

Recommendation #40 To: Pasadena, City of

If Pasadena subsequently requires its resale record inspectors to have International Code Council certifications, it should ensure that those staff maintain them in good standing to perform their necessary job functions.

Agency Response*

The City of Pasadena is evaluating the viability of the Occupancy Inspection Program.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: 01/01/2018
  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

The City of Pasadena is evaluating the viability of the Occupancy Inspection Program with the FY2018 budget.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: July 1, 2017
  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

Pasadena previously reported in its six-month response that it would not implement this recommendation because it had no intention to require ICC certification for resale records inspectors. However, it is now evaluating the viability of the program, so the status of the recommendation's implementation is pending.


Agency Response*

The City has no intention to require ICC certification for resale records inspectors. If an individual inspector has ICC certification it will be their personal responsibility to maintain the certification.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement

Pasadena also made the same statement in its formal response to our report and its 60-day response. However, we noted on page 37 of our report that the interim director of the planning and community development department acknowledged that his department would benefit from its resale record inspectors obtaining International Code Council certification so they would have advanced knowledge of code requirements. Accordingly, our recommendation focuses on ensuring that staff maintain certifications in good standing if the city subsequently decides to require these certifications.


Agency Response*

The City has no intention to require ICC certification for resale records inspectors. If an individual inspector has ICC certification it will be their personal responsibility to maintain the certification.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Response Date: May 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement

Pasadena reiterates the statement it made in its formal response to our report. However, we noted on page 37 of our report that the interim director of the planning and community development department acknowledged that his department would benefit from its resale record inspectors obtaining International Code Council certification so they would have advanced knowledge of code requirements. Accordingly, our recommendation focuses on ensuring that staff maintain certifications in good standing if the city subsequently decides to require these certifications.


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response 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 or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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