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 .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?