Investigative Reports

Dogfight Over New 26th House District

January 8th, 2012 By admin.   JAN. 8, 2012 By JOHN HRABE California's 2012 redistricting already is shaking up state and even federal politics. The candidates' dogfight for the new 26th congressional district could determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives after the November election -- or at least the degree of Republican control. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Vall...

California Faces Decisive 2012

January 3rd, 2012 By admin. BY JOHN SEILER JAN. 4, 2012 It's fun to gloat about our great weather when calling freezing relatives Back East on New Year's Day. And some good things are keeping the sun shining this year. Silicon Valley's global technology dominance will continue in 2012. Despite the foolishness of the state, if you're a young computer code jock from any corner of the world, Californy is still is t...

Stadium Dreams and Sacramento Kings

August 3rd, 2011 By PATRICK MELARKEY and RICHARD TRAINOR. For the past couple years we have watched our home town struggle to keep the Sacramento Kings basketball team in Sacramento. We have also observed the proposed attempt to build a new $400 million stadium for the team in downtown Sacramento at the old Southern Pacific railroad yards. We have also followed all the headlines and rumors about how the Kings are "moving to Anaheim." The...

Treasure Isle: Greed, Gold, Toxic Waste

July 26th, 2011 By Richard Trainor. Yo ho ho and and a pot of redevelopment gold. For 15 years San Francisco has tried to transform Treasure Island from a sandy former Naval base into a gold and jobs-generating new urban community with 40-story skyscrapers interspersed by parks and marinas. The idea came from then-Mayor Willie Brown as far back as 1995. On June 15, 2011, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee finally signed the fo...
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