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Audit Requested By Ventura County Legislator Raises Questions About Some State Veterans Homes

An audit of eight state run veterans homes requested by a Ventura County legislator shows that there may be some issues with management contracts.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of General Services signed leases with third parties to manage most of the state veterans homes.

The State Auditor’s office concludes that the leases aren’t in the best interest of the homes, with some far below market rates. It notes in other cases, there are third party leases which last for decades. 

Auditors say there are also some cases where the veterans home operators don’t have a lease at all, opening the state to liability.

The review was requested by Democratic State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, who says the report set the stage for needed reforms.

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