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:
- Questions and Answers from March 17, 2015 meeting
- Questions and Answers from March 16, 2015 email
- Questions and Answers from March 9, 2015 email
- Questions and Answers from March 2, 2015 meeting
- Executive summary of the 60th anniversary event findings (including income and expense summary
- Documents related to revenues
- Documents related to band/entertainment expenses
- Documents related to Sun Group expenses
- Documents related to other expenses
- Independent analysis of income and expenses
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report letter regarding internal control and compliance
- Documents related to employee time sheets**
- Emails related to the 60th Anniversary
* 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.