Investigative Reports

Diversity PAC: Ron Calderon’s slush fund for luxury

November 6th, 2013 By John Hrabe.   A shadowy political action committee cited in the FBI’s case against state Senator Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jets, five-star hotels, elite golf courses and extravagant meals at the country’s finest restaurants, a CalWatchdog.com analysis of campaign finance reports has found. But the biggest questions might be over near...

Expert: CA may need ‘paramilitary’ response to climate change

November 5th, 2013 By Dave Roberts.   Paramilitary tactics may be necessary in California to prepare for, or head off, an apocalyptic future with flooded coastal communities, scorched central valleys and rampant wildfires in the Sierras. That was the advice and prediction from one of the experts at a recent hearing on climate change adaptation by the state watchdog agency the Little Hoover Commission. Said Robert Ve...

Disability groups deliver petitions to Goodwill

October 31st, 2013 By John Hrabe.   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 nonprofit clean up its labor practices. More than 100 Goodwill entities nationwide employ...

Delta’s ‘Cadillac Desert’ image blown out of the water

October 28th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Probably the most mentally riveting figure of speech in the history of California nature writing has been the book, “Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water,” by the late Marc Reisner.  Part of the book was about how California rice farmers supposedly used the largest amount of water in California due to the cheap water policies of the federal government....
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