Audit finds administrative mismanagement in West Covina

An audit of the city of West Covina has found severe problems of financial mismanagement including improper contracts, bad $1 million real estate transactions and poor hiring practices.

The Los Angeles Times reports that an audit covering fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13 released Thursday found pervasive administrative and internal accounting deficiencies.

Among the 19 findings was a possible criminal violation for a street repair contract the city hired without proper bidding and a bad real estate deal where the city sold a developer land it wasn't legally allowed to sell, costing $1 million.

City officials say they agree with most of the audit's findings and that new procedures are being put in place to fix the problems.