FROM Paul Pringle
The secret life of former USC medical school dean An LA Times investigation has found that Dr. Carmen Puliafito, former Dean of USC's Keck School of Medicine, did meth and other drugs with a prostitute in local hotels. He documented it on video. Meanwhile, he was raising hundreds of millions of dollars for USC and seeing patients.
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 .
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.