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September 19, 2012
The parks investigation: The final report

Here's the final state investigators' report on the leave buyback scandal at the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The report is among the more than 1,000 pages of interviews, adverse action notices and audits released by the Natural Resources Agency that detail a covert employee leave buyback program at parks during the summer of 2011.

Natural resources issued the documents online in response to media requests after The Bee's Matt Weiser 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.

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