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Bankruptcy Series: What are the alternatives to bankruptcy? 27

Editor’s Note: This is the Ninth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. Nov. 12, 2012 By Tori Richards It was 1975 and New York City was running out of cash. Its excessive spending and lack of financial

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Report on Thomas death recommends police reforms 0

Editor’s note: This is the third part of a three-part series on how the homeless and mentally ill are treated in California. Part One was about the Kelly Thomas beating and death. Part Two was about how L.A. sheriffs deal with the

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Bankruptcy: Report warned of San Bernardino fiscal foolishness 30

July 27, 2012 By Tori Richards SAN BERNARDINO — Five years before San Bernardino became California’s third city seeking bankruptcy protection in 2012, a 266-page management analysis report warned of dire repercussions if changes weren’t made that would cut costs

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Salaries, mistakes slammed San Bernardino into bankruptcy 27

July 20, 2012 By Tori Richards SAN BERNARDINO — The bankrupt city of San Bernardino has displayed its shortcomings in a 54-page report that outlines myriad areas where ineptitude has placed them in a position where they cannot meet payroll

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L.A. Sheriffs set the standard for dealing with the homeless 0

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a three-part series on how the homeless and mentally ill are treated in California. Part One was about the Kelly Thomas beating and death. July 9, 2012 By Tori Richards Welcome to

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Kelly Thomas killing aftermath: Reforming how cops deal with the homeless 24

Editor’s note: Today marks a year since Kelly Thomas, an unarmed homeless man, was severely beaten by Fullerton police. He died five days later. This is the first of a three-part series. July 5, 2012 By Tori Richards An outside

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Infighting could derail federal transport bucks for L.A. 5

June 14, 2012 By Tori Richards Los Angeles stands to receive federal transportation dollars for the first time in nearly a decade, yet local infighting could derail the project, officials say. Allegations of influence peddling with a campaign donor tied

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Special Series: The pros and cons of municipal bankruptcy 19

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of 12 in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. April 12, 2012 By Tori Richards What’s better for a cash-strapped municipality: filing for bankruptcy or struggling to survive without any clear

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Govt. Fights Citizens' Right to Know 1

APRIL 12, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS A recent appellate court decision could have far-reaching impact on whether citizens can successfully fight government agencies for documents under the California Public Records Act. Attorneys battling for public records only have one big hammer —

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