‘We are confident that our assessment will help distressed cities get in front of impending challenges,’ says State Auditor Elaine M. Howl
By TERI SFORZA
The “high-risk” designation — equivalent to a municipal Scarlet Letter — means that these cities have “high risk for the potential of waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement, or that have major challenges associated with their economy, efficiency, or effectiveness,” according to the California State Auditor. Compton is #1 on the list for the most recent data released by the auditor’s office covering 2019-2020. Inglewood comes in at #98.
- On the red-light watchlist this year with Anaheim has are the Southern California cities of Compton, San Gabriel, Torrance, Montebello and West Covina . Only 12 cities in the entire state are deemed high risk.
- Another 196 cities are coded yellow for moderate risk, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fullerton, Riverside and San Bernardino.
Southern California cities coded yellow, with moderate risk, are Gardena, Lynwood, San Fernando, Claremont, Monrovia, Long Beach, Fullerton, Montclair, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Downey, Pomona, San Bernardino, Vernon, El Monte, Riverside, Orange, Costa Mesa, Cathedral City, Bell Gardens, Lake Elsinore, Alhambra, Glendale, Carson, Palm Springs, El Segundo, La Habra, Santa Ana, Covina, Arcadia, Pasadena, Indio, Inglewood, Placenta, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Monica, Bell, Westminster, Redlands, Brea, Ontario, Coachella, Hemet, Norwalk, Hermosa Beach, Garden Grove, Hawthorne, San Marino, La Verne, Buena Park, Manhattan Beach, Hesperia, Culver City, Rialto, Monterey Park and Commerce.
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