08/11/2011 12:44 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2011

California Audit Criticizes L.A. Community College Building Program

A state audit of campus construction at the Los Angeles Community College District has found $140 million in questionable spending, including at least $28 million sunk into projects that were later abandoned because of poor planning.

In the audit released Wednesday, state Controller John Chiang challenged the district's use of voter-approved construction money to pay for public relations, public art and other purposes he deemed inappropriate.

In addition, the college system's elected trustees set up a "passive, perfunctory and ineffective" citizen oversight system for the $5.7-billion program to rebuild its nine campuses, the audit found.