Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Consumer Watchdog criticized for ‘misleading’ report

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
fact check title

The shoe's on the other foot for Consumer Watchdog (no connection to CalWatchdog.com). Routinely critical of state regulators for failing to protect consumers, the consumer advocacy group has been criticized by an independent oversight panel for presenting "incorrect" and "misleading" informa...

FTB spends 5 years, fails to collect $392

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Franchise Tax Board

  California’s Franchise Tax Board spent thousands of dollars over five years in the futile pursuit of a Redondo Beach septuagenarian for $392. For more than half of that time, FTB staff lost the taxpayer's records and didn’t inform him of it. Willard Christine appealed the FTB’s ta...

Court hears objections to high-speed rail

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
NEW: Court hears objections to high-speed rail

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here. The first article in this series on the crucial May 23 hearing before the Third District Court of Appeal reported that questions asked by the justices seemed to lean in one direction: toward a reversal of a lower-court decision on March 4 ...

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...