Beginning in the spring of 2008, city Fleet Services Manager Daniel Lomas began reporting to his supervisors apparent problems with the department's accounting of parts inventory, particularly tires. His concerns received only shrugs and reprimands from his bosses. He didn't give up, continuing to keep meticulous records of his exchanges and sending them along to city managers. After more than a year of official inaction and silence, he finally spoke to the Chronicle about the problems, and a series of documented stories by Jordan Smith finally got the city moving to clean things up. There's plenty more to do – and Lomas' dogged honesty and courage remain an inspiration.
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