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Report questions avocado board perks

January 10, 2009

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— Something is rotten at the state agency behind a splashy $7.3 million annual marketing blitz on television, billboards and in food magazines to promote California-grown avocados, a new state audit indicates.

Employees and board members at the obscure, Irvine-based California Avocado Commission enjoyed lavish perks and benefited from as much as $2 million in questionable spending in the last three years, the audit concluded.

Critics of the state’s complex system of quasi-governmental agricultural commissions said the audit provided more evidence of the need for heightened oversight of state-backed promotional schemes for dozens of California specialty crops, including apples, raisins and walnuts.

Comments

jmadison 6 years, 3 months ago

We shall all soon be paying for this political largesse when the federal government bails out states like California and New York that have overspent and now face declining tax revenues.Remember that when the federal government bails out California, that legislators receive a new state sponsored car valued from $28,000 to $44,000. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/08/BAO414J6FO.DTL

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