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Phil Matier: SF Central Subway Scrutinized Over Consultant Spending

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Artist rendering of San Francisco Chinatown Central Subway station. (SFMTA)

Artist rendering of San Francisco Chinatown Central Subway station. (SFMTA)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Central Subway project is once again coming under fire after auditors took a look at some of the expenses that a handful of consultants have submitted.

In expenses filed by 14 of the project’s 35 outside consultants, the audit found more than $887,000 in either questionable costs or those lacking proper receipts.

Among the charges – political and charitable donations, charges for golf tournaments and travel and even business lunches and a Christmas potluck party.

Muni chief Ed Reiskin called for the audit and said 10 of the 14 firms have agreed to the controller’s recommendations and are redoing their costs. The others disagreed with the findings.

It’s not clear if the other consultants will also be audited.

You can hear Phil Matier’s comments Monday through Friday at 7:50am and 5:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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