Investigative Reports

Cadiz creates water out of thin air

April 9th, 2012 By admin. April 9, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Call it “thin water.” A small private company called Cadiz Inc. in Los Angeles is in the process of creating water in California’s Mojave Desert -- like a magician, literally out of thin air. By selling that water wholesale, water agencies will be able nearly to double the amount of water sold because of an administrative mechanism called an “I...

New High-Speed Rail Plan Runs Over Prop. 1A Mandates

April 3rd, 2012 By admin. April 2, 2012 By Katy Grimes As California politicians show more desperation to build any part of the California High-Speed Rail system in order to get their hands on $3.5 billion in federal stimulus money, the plan is looking more like a whack-a-mole game. But every hole that is plugged, every detail that is softened or tweaked, and every cost estimate that is changed causes a bigger ...

Cal State Presidents Receive Perks and Benefits Worth 50% of Base Pay

March 26th, 2012 By admin. MARCH 26, 2012 By JOHN HRABE California State University presidents receive perks and benefits worth as much as 50 percent of their base salaries, or more than $145,000 per year, according to compensation data released by two campuses. Cal State Sacramento and San Jose State University disclosed to CalWatchDog.com the total compensation paid to both university presidents during 2008-10...

The Dirty Secrecy of Clean Energy Costs

March 19th, 2012 By admin. MARCH 19, 2012 By DAVE ROBERTS “Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” said Supreme Court Justice Lewis Brandeis regarding the need for governmental transparency – but apparently not when it comes to solar power and other renewable energy sources. California has embarked on an ambitious, unprecedented program to provide one-third of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020. I...
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