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Help for struggling workers was one of the promises made when the Golden 1 Center was in the planning stages. But findings in a new audit show there's been a bit of a struggle to reach out to the right communities.

Sacramento city auditor Jorge Oseguera says three workers had to be removed from the pool of priority apprentices because they didn't actually meet program criteria.

As the Kings get a new home, that program is supposed to provide construction work to 70 people from disadvantaged areas of town or who might face a hiring challenge — like a police record.

In the fall, Sacramento's Employment and Training Agency (SETA) reported it had already filled 40 of the 70 promised jobs, but the audit found the numbers were actually lower because worker's backgrounds weren't being verified and classified correctly.

"They've increased their documentation which is one of the areas where we thought they could make some improvements and confirm that they in fact meet the criteria. That was addressed and they are segregating out these to the priority apprentice group so we can better determine who belongs to each goal," said Oseguera.

With construction about 60 percent complete on the new Kings arena, Oseguera also says there's still plenty of time for this program to keep the promise it made to Sacramento with more eligible hires.