Union-Tribune: Audit indicates City pays nearly $25M a year to settle claims and lawsuits

SDUT: This stretch of sidewalk in Del Cerro caused injuries that forced a city payout of nearly $5 million; photo provided by the City of San Diego

The 111-page audit recommends the city adopt a more centralized, analytical approach to preventing police misconduct, sidewalk falls, water main breaks and collisions involving city vehicles.

As reported by San Diego Union Tribune on June 15, 2020: A new audit says San Diego could significantly reduce the nearly $25 million a year it spends on lawsuit payouts if it invests in better employee training, deeper analyses of risks and proactive moves like fixing damaged sidewalks in key areas.

The audit found that San Diego spent $220 million total over nine fiscal years, from 2010 to 2018, handling about 20,000 claims and lawsuits filed during that time. Most of the money went to payouts, but $45 million was spent on outside legal counsel and subject-matter experts in more than 13,000 cases where the city avoided making any payout to people who filed the claims and suits.

The 111-page audit recommends the city adopt a more centralized, analytical approach to preventing police misconduct, sidewalk falls, water main breaks and collisions involving city vehicles.


That’s an excerpt; and there’s more. For the complete report from the San Diego Union Tribune, visit https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/story/2020-06-15/audit-san-diego-could-shrink-lawsuit-payouts-with-better-analysis-worker-training

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