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Greenlining series: Another ACORN-like menace? 0

This is the fourth part of a series produced by CalWatchdog and the Examiner regarding the Berkeley-based Greenlining Institute, a low-income housing advocacy group that critics say intimidates banks and helped cause the housing meltdown. By TORI RICHARDS Both use

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Greenlining Series: Uncle Sam opens bank vault 1

This is the third part of a series produced by CalWatchdog and the Examiner regarding the Berkeley-based Greenlining Institute, a low-income housing advocacy group that critics say intimidates banks and helped cause the housing meltdown. By TORI RICHARDS Congress gave

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Greenlining Series: Born in civil rights era 0

This is the second part in a series of articles about the radical Greenlining Institute produced by CalWatchdog and the Examiner. APRIL 14, 2010 By TORI RICHARDS and MARK TAPSCOTT It’s often said that even the best of intentions can

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Greenlining Series: Radical group's legal heists 0

  APRIL 12, 2010 By TORI RICHARDS This series was produced by CalWatchdog and the Examiner. We will run additional parts during the coming week. It’s been called a bunch of shakedown artists, a growing menace, and a cousin of

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Fraud plagues state stimulus funds 0

APRIL 8, 2010 By TROY ANDERSON The board of directors’ retreat at a luxury casino: $8,300. The price tag for their bottled water: $2,300. And let’s not forget their facial tissue: $460. These are just a few of the $542,478

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Cities create own traffic fiefdoms 4

  APRIL 6, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO According to aides to Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, a Long Beach police officer recently gave a Torrance resident a choice: get a speeding ticket for violating the state’s Vehicle Code, which will go on the

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State violates e-waste rules 0

March 31, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Despite a state Auditor’s report and a four-year-old law that prohibits consumers from throwing old and broken electronic devices into the trash, many state agencies are apparently still throwing computers, television sets, radios, printers,

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Caltrans accused of waste, sloth 31

  March 18, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO “Caltrans is a good organization with lots of good policies and procedures,” Manas Thananant told me. “The problem is that no one reads them.” Thananant knows what he’s talking about. Recently retired from the California

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Census pushing Dems to 2/3 majority

March 11, 2010 By JOHN SEILER The most important political event in California this year might not be the races for governor or U.S. Senator, or the ballot initiatives in June and November. It might be the envelope that drops

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State fails to track hot waste 0

March 8, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Buried within the $3 billion state Department of Public Health is a tiny, troubled agency that deals with some of the most toxic and dangerous substances in the history of the world. Headquartered on

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