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LAPD’s big data covered up big mistakes

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August 13, 2014 By James Poulos. At the leading edge of the "big data" trend, the Los Angeles Police Department has found itself in hot water. From underreported murders to misclassified assaults, a fresh spate of scandals has started to brew, just as Police Chief Charlie Beck was reappointed to a second term Tuesday. Los Angeles' police department isn't alone in leaning hard on the use of data. Over the past sev...

Did Caltrans cover up shoddy work on Bay Bridge?

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August 12, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.   Douglas Coe, an engineer under the employ of the California Department of Transportation, spent years working on the retrofit of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco. When the 25-year Caltrans veteran told his supervisors there were cracks in thousands of welds made at a Shanghai factory, and the quality-control firm that was supposed to have ...

Uber mobilizes support against Sacramento regulations

August 11, 2014 By James Poulos. In a fight, you go with your strengths. Uber is the social media site whose app connects drivers with riders. Taxis drivers and others don't like it, and are trying to enact legislation to limit it. Uber now has responded by using the power of social networking to save its business model and fight two bills in the California Legislature. The more straightforward of the two bi...

$1 billion difference splits bond measures

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August 11, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   It's becoming clear the main difference between the four major water bonds being floated is $1 billion. The $1 billion is the difference between the $3 billion Republicans say is needed for water storage, and the $2 billion in the two Democratic plans. The $3 billion amount for water storage is in the state Senate Republicans' proposed $8.7 billion bond. And it's the num...
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