California Controller John Chiang Tuesday unveiled a package of bills he is sponsoring to provide greater financial oversight of and assistance to cities, counties, and special districts.

“The city of Bell has been a vivid illustration of the devastation that can occur when there is little accountability over how local dollars are spent in our communities,” Chiang said. “It is time for the state to have a role in making sure sound fiscal management is being practiced at the local level so that all public dollars are protected.”

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