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Posts Tagged ‘Laurel Erickson’

SoCalConnected Tries to Make Sense of Some Very Fuzzy Compton City Council Math

Has KCETLink’s flagship news magazine unearthed “the next Bell?” That’s the provocative sub-header question the station asks in a brief news bulletin touting this evening’s SoCal Connected look at some very questionable Compton City Council activities.

One strand relates to the short meetings council members billed for in 2012. According to reporter Laurel Erickson’s calculations, last year individuals earned $39,000 of their $55,000 annual salaries for an aggregate total of 26 hours of conferences convened for a quartet of different commissions. That works out to roughly $1,500 an hour.

The report also details $7,800 car allowances that seem out of whack with a ten-square-mile area of responsibility. Not to mention radios purchased for a police department that does not yet exist and a $3.1 million developer debt that was forgiven in 2006 as part of a complicated tit-for-tat deal. And the best part about that uncovered transaction? The developer’s attorney says his client has yet to begin repaying a different, $3.5 million part of the agreement because Compton never finished the paperwork.

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WATCH: Emmy-Winning Reports About Wi-Fi Hacking, Small Claims Scamming & HACLA Spending

For FishbowlLA’s money, one of the very best ways to get a sense of the breadth and depth of last night’s 2012 Los Angeles Area Emmy Award honorees is to take another look at some of the victorious investigative news pieces. The full list of winners is available here; in the meantime, for your Sunday non-Olympic viewing pleasure, we recommend:

1) Ana Garcia’s NBCLA look at how easy it can be for someone at a nearby table to hack into your Facebook account over a Wi-Fi network at a place like Starbucks [Winner "Light News Story - Single Report"; Daisy Lin, producer]

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Sundown on Sunset: Initial Acts of Violence

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NYU’s Jay Rosen slaps Michael Skube around in the LAT.

JT LeRoy has a maid and Jeff Bercovici throws a punch at the NYT.

WoW reports on David Hasselhoff’s shake down of OK!.

TMZ gets another tongue lashing from Tabloid Baby.

CIA, COS, ZOG, FEMA, HIV–one of these is not like the others, as STC stomps on conspiracy theories.

(photo by Amy Alkon)