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San Diego City Auditor Eduardo Luna is out with a report slamming city officials for inadequately vetting the backgrounds of the city’s youth sports league referees. “In general, there are Citywide procedures to require individuals to complete background checks prior to working with children,” says the March 29 document. “However, we determined that the Parks and Recreation Department does not perform criminal background checks for a City-sponsored youth sport’s referees.

The Department’s rationale was that since the service provider was not supervising children or patrons, and would not be left alone with them, criminal background checks were not required.” Advises Luna, “Our investigation did not learn of any allegations that any of the recreation service providers engaged in any misconduct related to interactions with children.” Nevertheless, the report says, Parks and Recreation officials will in the future “require City youth sports league referees to operate under contracts that include background checks for all staff, and insurance coverage.”

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monaghan April 25, 2018 @ 3:07 p.m.

Better safe than sorry, I guess, though it seems more a reaction to potential broad-brush liability rather than real danger. Feels similar to the School District's plan to chain-link the perimeter of every public high school campus to "prevent" the possibility of gun violence there.

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AlexClarke April 30, 2018 @ 7:25 a.m.

The one thing that ALL government bureaucrats lack is common sense.

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