Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Judge blasts ‘corrupt’ Cal Fire in wildfire lawsuit

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Moolight Fire, wikimedia

  Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols this month ruled that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection repeatedly deceived and withheld evidence in a lawsuit seeking $8.1 million from a company and several landowners for a wildfire that the company did not cause. The judge furthe...

Covered California video features gyrating Richard Simmons

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Covered California video features gyrating Richard Simmons

Facing a $78 million budget shortfall, Covered California spent $1.37 million on an outreach campaign that included a video featuring exercise guru Richard Simmons gyrating on the floor and hugging a kneeling contortionist whose buttocks stuck in the air. The “Tell a Friend -- Get Covered” ca...

Buy 1, Get 3 Free! Experts say Obamacare ‘grace period’ gives fraudsters the green light

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Louie Gohmert officialphoto

Tucked inside nearly 11,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act is a little-known provision that doles out three months of free health care to individuals who choose to default on their premiums. People who receive the federal subsidy to be part of Obamacare will be allowed to incur a three-...

Disability groups deliver petitions to Goodwill

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Goodwill donations

  Disability advocacy groups throughout the country are planning a sizeable delivery to Goodwill Industries today. But, instead of secondhand clothing or gently-used goods, the disability rights groups will be dropping off thousands of signed petitions from citizens who are demanding that the no...

CA tax board slow to act on protests

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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California Solar Initiative: overhyped and underperforming

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Now that the $2.167 billion California Solar Initiative is winding down, electricity ratepayers might ask: What was it and what did it accomplish? Was it: 1.) A cutting edge solar energy project to bring about a “self-sustaining” solar power industry, as touted by the California Public Ut...

CA schools flunking Obamacare preparation

Monday, June 17th, 2013

June 17, 2013 By Evelyn B. Stacey The implementation of the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- isn't just hitting private businesses. Governments also must comply. Starting January 1, 2014, California school districts with 50 or more full time employees must provide complete health care coverage...

California’s prison guards lock up reforms

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

May 21, 2013 By Sagar Jethani After being threatened with contempt by a panel of federal judges for failing to sufficiently reduce the number of prisoners in California's jails, Gov. Jerry Brown reluctantly unveiled a plan this month to further reduce the Golden State's overcrowded prisons by a...

CA media ignore Obama administration’s fracking views

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

May 14, 2013 By Chris Reed The debate over hydraulic fracturing -- using high-powered water cannons to reach natural gas and oil reserves deep underground -- is heating up in California, driven by the vast economic potential of the Monterey shale formation under vast swaths of the state. Last mon...

Seniors decry CalPERS long-term care rate hikes

Friday, May 10th, 2013

May 10, 2013 By Dave Roberts If you’re curious what health care insurance might be like when the government takes it over, a preview was provided on Tuesday at an informational hearing of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care. State Capitol Room 127 was packed with seniors angry abo...