State auditor is an important voice for good governance

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News California’s state auditor, Elaine Howle, is retiring after 21 years. The auditor’s office is an invaluable resource, investigating inefficiency and waste, along with fraud and abuse in government agencies. Over the years, Howle has not shied away from some of the most contentious issues/failures of state government. Examples include probes into the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Employment Development Department and the state’s efforts to combat homelessness. At the DMV, auditors found a wide range of “significant deficiencies,” including lack of adequate staffing, reliance on outdated technology and even one DMV worker who slept on the job three hours a day for four years – with no consequences. The roll-out o
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