FROM Paul Pringle
L.A.'s Questionable County Fair The Los Angeles County Fair debuted in 1922, and was once the biggest agricultural fair in the country. Because it’s held on county grounds, the nonprofit behind the fair pays no property taxes, and is also exempt from most income taxes. Yet despite this, the fair association lost more than $6 million from 2010 to 2013, while also paying its CEO more than triple the salary of other fairs’ executives.
LA County Fire Department Attempts to Fix Hiring Scandal LA County Supervisors have adopted standardized, digital testing for hiring across all its departments. The idea is to provide security and make it harder to cheat. Last month, the LA Times reported evidence of nepotism in the County Fire Department, including the sharing of test materials by employees, including a battalion chief and 10 captains. Paul Pringle co-wrote the story.
Son of an LA Firefighter? You’ve Got a Better Chance to Be Hired The LA County Fire Department says it’s drafting a nepotism policy after an investigation by the LA Times. It turns out that 13% of the firefighters hired in the past few years are the sons, brothers, nephews and other relatives of veterans already serving. Paul Pringle did the research and wrote the story, published in the Times.
LA Coliseum Panel Close to Deal with USC The LA Coliseum is a public facility on public land, but the Coliseum Commission is getting ready to turn it over to the University of Southern California, a private university. Top former Commission staff members are under indictment for bribery, kickbacks, embezzlement and conflicts of interest. Maybe that's why Commission members — and current staff -- aren't talking out loud. Meantime, the Los Angeles Times has managed to get a copy of the draft agreement. Paul Pringle is co-writing the story.
Bell's Former Police Chief Found Lucrative Loophole Randy Adams was hired as Police Chief for the City of Bell after he declared himself disabled, which means unable to perform his duties. But Bell’s former city manager Robert Rizzo hired him anyway, and Adams could get millions in tax-free pension income when he retires. Paul Pringle is reporting that story for the Los Angeles Times .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.