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Investigative Reports

Prevailing wage scams steal from taxpayers

January 11th, 2013 By admin. Jan. 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes In what strange world do janitors get paid $45 per hour? In California, the land of the prevailing wage. The dirty secret is that janitors often are not really getting paid $45 per hour, but the taxpayers are being charged this amount on public works projects. Designed to help the worker, the prevailing wage was created to set a minimum hourly rate paid o...

Prison realignment sparks crime spree

January 3rd, 2013 By admin. Jan. 3, 2013 By Troy Anderson In the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2012, four people were found brutally shot and killed just outside an unlicensed boarding home in Northridge. Not long afterward, four suspects allegedly involved in the crime were arrested at the Silverton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. The primary suspect was ...

Rose Parade runs over taxpayers

December 27th, 2012 By admin. Dec. 27, 2012 By John Hrabe The world didn’t end in 2012, but several municipalities did. Four California cities, Stockton, Atwater, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes, declared bankruptcy this year. One financial expert described the problem as “spreading like a disease.” Of course, these bankruptcies were caused, in part, by wasteful government spending. Don’t expect the thre...

Rail Series: Who will own it? Who will pay for it?

December 18th, 2012 By admin. This is Part 6 of a series on Medium-Speed rail alternatives to California’s High-Speed Rail project. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Dec. 18, 2012 By Stan Brin In any discussion of rail expansion, two gorillas always appear: How do we pay for it? How do we keep the government out of it? I’m not a politician. I can only accept that the people of ...
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