EDITOR: This recent investigation showing that the parks department had $54 million in two separate accounts misses a couple of important points. While the deputy director was fired when the news came out, he probably made decisions to protect the money for the department because the state Legislature and governor routinely borrow from one account to pay for expenses in the state budget.
An IOU is issued but never paid back. A classic example is the raiding of the recycled bottle accounts. Remember when people used to return their bottles and get back their 5 cent deposit? Then the bottles got recycled at our homes and the money increased in the account except for those few actually going to a recycling center. The Legislature, with the governor's compliance, would issue an IOU to this account and use the money for other expenses. But the money is never paid back.
If California was a public corporation, it would be criminally indicted for accounting fraud and material misrepresentation like Enron and Bernie Madoff. But when the Democrats do it, Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, looks the other way.
Why is there no accountability in Sacramento?
<b>Standing for nuns</b>
EDITOR: The showdown between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious ("Nuns face choice in Vatican crackdown," July 29) is entering another stage. The leadership conference is meeting in St. Louis, beginning Tuesday, and will decide what actions to take in response to the Vatican's harsh assessment.
We who support the nuns will continue to stand with them. Our vigils outside St. Eugene's re-convene at 6:30?p.m. Tuesday. We join thousands of Catholics who yearn for a hierarchy less obsessed with power and more committed to compassionate service.