Imagine you’re a developer with a pal who handles permits for the city of San Diego. And say you thought the permitting fees were a little too high. Not to worry, your pal says, and he knocks down the price for you.
The city is at risk for this simple bit of municipal corruption, according to a new report from City Auditor Eduardo Luna. He examined the city’s Development Services Department, which handles permitting, and found serious problems. In short, weaknesses in the department’s computer system could allow employees to commit fraud without being detected.
“It creates an environment where someone lone or rogue could do it,” Luna said in an interview.