Person interviewed: Cheryl Taylor
Job: Caltrans budget manager
Interviewed by: Corrine Murphy, Justice Department deputy attorney general, and Angela Nowicki, Superintendent II, State Parks Law Enforcement Emergency Services
Date of interview: April 12, 2012
Notable quote: "Manuel gets to decide every year what he's going to report." - Taylor's assessment former parks deputy director Manuel Lopez decided how much money the parks department reported to the Department of Finance each year. (See transcript page 38 below.)
The California Natural Resources Agency recently released more than 1,000 pages of interviews, adverse action notices and reports that detail a covert employee leave buyback program at the Department of Parks and Recreation during the summer of 2011.
Natural resources issued the documents online in response to media requests after The Bee broke the story of the leave cash-out program, which spurred the revelation that parks squirreled away millions of dollars while also threatening to close facilities due to extreme budget pressure.
This post is the next in a series intended to make the documents readily accessible to the public.