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On the last weekend in June 2013, the City of Costa Mesa held a three-day street festival to celebrate its 60th anniversary. By nearly all accounts, the event itself was a tremendous success, drawing more than 16,000 people to the Civic Center and bringing together our diverse community for a weekend of music, food, art and community pride on Fair Drive, which was closed to vehicle traffic for four days.

After the festival, concerns arose over whether pertinent policies and procedures were followed in regard to the event’s finances. Over the next six months, the City conducted several inquiries into the matter, including a financial audit, an independent analysis of revenues and expenses, an independent personnel investigation, a criminal investigation, and a review of the City’s current purchasing policies and procedures.

Here are available public documents related to the 60th anniversary event:

* The following information has been redacted from the public records: Personal and tax identification numbers; bank account numbers; personal addresses and telephone numbers; privileged and confidential information; and insurance certificates.

**Various employees worked on the 60th anniversary event as part of their general duties.