Investigative Reports

Central Valley farm drought disaster might have been mitigated

January 31st, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. The ongoing 100-year drought didn't have to be a disaster for California farmers. The tragedy could have been predicted -- and was. A little-known 2008 study by four graduate students at the University of California, Santa Barbara warned that farmers first needed to be given replacement water before their water was taken for river restoration. The river restoration was ordered in ...

Covered California video features gyrating Richard Simmons

January 30th, 2014 By Tori Richards. 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” campaign by California's Obamacare exchange features such other celebrities as Olivia Wilde,...

Transit strike ban fails in committee

January 24th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California's Bay Area suffers the third worst traffic congestion in the nation, behind Honolulu and Los Angeles, according to USA Today. That congestion occurs despite Bay Area Rapid Transit's 104 miles of track taking nearly 400,000 people off of the roads each weekday. So when the BART unions went on strike twice last year, the Bay Area’s normally bad congestion turned into ...

Drought could cascade through state infrastructure

January 23rd, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. California's drought disaster is real, and could cascade through several levels of the state's infrastructure. Here's what could happen: 1. A cutback of 95 percent of water for some farmers and 20 percent for Southern California cities; 2. A resulting loss of hydropower from pumped storage reservoirs; 3. Wildfires. Throw in the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, ...
Page 6 of 72« First...45678...203040...Last »

Investigation Archive

Archive By Categories
  • Budget and Finance
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Inside Government
  • Politics and Elections
  • Regulations
  • Rights and Liberties
  • Waste, Fraud and Abuse