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Judge Weighs Penalty For California’s Bullet-Train Builder

Attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge’s ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.


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CBS2 Investigation Reveals Antonio Villaraigosa Still Receives Some Mayoral Treatment

Weeks after leaving office, Antonio Villaraigosa still receives some mayoral treatment, according to CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein.

CBS2 / KCAL9–07/22/2013

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Brings Some Relief To Calif.

The deal in Washington to avoid the “fiscal cliff” will bring a reprieve to California’s slowly rebounding economy, but uncertainty remains in part because Congress delayed action on federal spending cuts.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/02/2013

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Occupy LA Protests Cost Taxpayers $4.7 Million

Occupy Los Angeles cost city taxpayers $4.7 million, with most of the money spent on policing last year’s protests outside City Hall.


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Report: Aging Calif. Population To Rely More On Taxpayer-Funded Benefits

A new study from USC suggests the aging face of California’s population could have major economic ramifications in the future.


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Congressman Sherman Finds 4,176 Taxpayers In LA County Owed Money From IRS

Congressman Brad Sherman (D – Sherman Oaks) has uncovered more than 4,000 taxpayers in LA County who are owed checks from the IRS.


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Attorney Warns More ‘Grim Sleeper’ Murder Charges May Cost Taxpayers

An attorney for the suspect in one of the Southland’s most prolific serial murder cases made a plea on behalf of the taxpaying public in court on Monday.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–02/27/2012

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Sherman: Plan To Continue US Aid To China An ‘Insult’ To Americans

A San Fernando Valley lawmaker sided with Congressional critics opposed to sending millions of dollars in U.S. aid to the nation’s biggest foreign creditor.


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Audit: LA Community Colleges Misspent $140M In Bond Funds

A state audit has found that the Los Angeles Community College District mismanaged more than $140 million in bond funds.


California State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) (L) shakes hands with a colleague in Sacramento. (credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Pasadena Lawmaker Calls For Improved Public Access To Assembly Salary Info

The public can access salary information for lawmakers and staff on the Assembly website, but the information isn’t published for as long as two years after the expenditure is actually processed.


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Taxpayers To Pay $5M For Drunken Deputy Crash

Taxpayers are paying nearly $5 million for a crash involving a drunken Los Angeles deputy whose sheriff’s SUV slammed into a car with a driver high on methamphetamine.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/23/2011

Crash Involving Drunken Deputy To Cost Taxpayers $5M

Taxpayers are paying nearly $5 million for a crash involving a drunken Los Angeles deputy whose sheriff’s SUV slammed into a car with a driver high on methamphetamine.


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Audit: LA Wasted $1M On City-Issued Cell Phones

City Controller Wendy Greuel says a new audit shows the city of Los Angeles wasted an estimated $1 million on cell phone costs for public employees.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–05/11/2011

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Latest Budget Fix Idea: Taxpayers Donate Funds To Calif. Treasury

A state senator says the move gives people who want higher taxes an opportunity to let their money do the talking for them.


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Rizzo Asks Judge To Order Bell To Reimburse Legal Fees

The former manager of the city of Bell says he should be reimbursed for legal fees spent defending himself against charges of defrauding taxpayers out of millions of dollars.