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[Santa Barbara County] Santa Maria responds to grand jury report on pensions

The Santa Maria City Council responded to a Santa Barbara Barbara County grand jury report on Aug. 7. The city's answer included two recommendations, which Santa Maria officials say the city has already implemented, as well as several findings that the city partially disagreed with and noted in its letter, sent by Mayor Alice Patino. 

[Santa Barbara County] Santa Maria officials contest part of grand jury's report on employee pensions

Santa Maria officials will issue their response Tuesday to a Santa Barbara County grand jury report, disagreeing with part of the watchdog board’s findings that there were serious solvency risks in the city’s public employee pensions.

[Santa Barbara County] Grand Jury slams county’s financial management

Citizen panel wants changes after $2 million embezzlement


A Santa Barbara County Public Works Department accountant was able to steal about $2 million over a nine-year period before getting caught last year, and a Grand Jury investigation of the county’s financial management found “significant residual risks to the county’s finances.”

[Santa Barbara County] Lee Rosenberg [opinion]: County finances really need help

Blog note: this piece references a 2017-18 grand jury report.

Folks wisely employ accountants, tax advisors and business managers in order to be certain their hard-earned resources are safe and in good hands.

Similarly, the management of our tax dollars is given over to elected or appointed officials. These managers are given this money in trust. We hope and assume these people are competent, trustworthy and aggressive in executing their obligations.

Santa Barbara County supervisors to consider response to sheriff’s overtime investigation

Santa Barbara County supervisors are scheduled to consider a series of proposed responses to a grand jury report critical of mandatory overtime policies in the Sheriff’s Office when they meet Tuesday in Santa Maria.

The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Hearing Room of the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building at 511 E. Lakeside Parkway.

[Santa Barbara County] Grand jury finds high risk in Santa Maria, Lompoc pension plans

Public employee pension plans in Santa Barbara County face potentially serious liquidity and solvency risks that may require the county and its cities to adopt new policies to keep them under control, according to a recent grand jury report.

But unexpected financial shocks could lead to more drastic measures like reducing salaries and benefits and raising employer and employee contributions, the report said.

Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Examines Embezzlement

Auditor-Controller Answers with His Department’s Actions Since Fraud Discovery

Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Blasts Hospital District For Management Of Treatment Facility

A new Santa Barbara County Grand jury is blasting the expensive failure of a publically funded substance abuse treatment facility on the Central Coast.

The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury says it was a well intentioned effort to help people with substance abuse issues. But, in a new report the jury says a series of mistakes and miscalculations by the Lompoc Valley Medical Center District wasted millions of taxpayer dollars.

[Santa Barbara County] Santa Barbara Grand Jury Issues Key Report on Pensions

A new report from the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury warns that many public pension plans in the county are facing significant liquidity and solvency risks, and that new policies may be required to keep the system sound.

The Grand Jury examined the county’s nine main public pension systems: the County of Santa Barbara Employee Retirement System (SBCERS), which is not part of CalPERS, and the public pension plans for Buellton; Carpinteria; Goleta; Guadalupe; Lompoc; Santa Maria; the City of Santa Barbara; and Solvang.