More money should’ve been spent helping California’s smaller counties battle coronavirus. That’s what state Auditor Elaine Howle said yesterday, criticizing Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration for favoring places with larger populations. The Newsom administration promised to withhold COVID-19 relief funds from cities that didn’t follow public health orders, but Howle said the state didn’t consistently monitor that issue. The audit examines the more than $15 billion Congress sent California in May from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Over $5 billion of that money went to counties and cities with populations greater than 500,000 people. A second audit is expected next week examining the billions of dollars in federal unemployment benefits given to the state.