10 Most Viewed CBS2 Investigations By David Goldstein In 2016

December 21, 2016 10:02 PM

Reporting David Goldstein

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In his more than two decades of reporting in Los Angeles, Investigative Reporter David Goldstein has been nominated for more than 15 Emmy Awards and has won more than a dozen Golden Mike Awards. Below is a compilation of the ten most-viewed investigative pieces by David in 2016.

1. Only On 2: Panhandlers Caught Driving Rental Car, Traveling Around Town To Solicit Cash

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From the San Fernando Valley to the Santa Clarita Valley, CBS2’s David Goldstein’s undercover cameras captured similar looking groups of panhandlers with children. Some were holding kids small enough to even be breastfeeding, and all were holding signs claiming to be down and out. But are they as needy as they seem? This story remains the most-viewed CBS2 investigation of 2016. READ MORE

2. CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year

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A comparison of records by CBS2’s David Goldstein revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County. Specifically, 265 in Southern California and a vast majority of them, 215, in Los Angeles County alone. As a result of this story, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich introduced a motion to start an investigation into the news station’s findings. READ MORE

3. L.A. County Supervisors Demand Answers Day After CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Deceased Voters Casting Ballots

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors demanded answers a day after a CBS2 investigation uncovered deceased voters somehow casting ballots from the grave year after year. During a tense election year, this story remains the third most-viewed CBS2 investigation of 2016. READ MORE

4. CBS2 Investigation: As LADWP Raises Rates, Hidden Cameras Catch Department Workers Taking Big Breaks

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Hidden cameras caught Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees taking big breaks on the same day the LA City Council gave preliminary approval to the department for a rate increase. Back in March, CBS2’s David Goldstein found a group of DWP employees eating breakfast at 8 a.m., just an hour and-a-half after clocking in. They exited the diner an hour later. Later that day, the city council voted 12-2 to give preliminary approval for a rate increase, under which the average customer will see a 4.76 percent annual increase over the next five years. READ MORE

5. LADWP Worker Caught Taking Extended Breaks Has Criminal History

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After a CBS2 hidden-camera investigation revealed LADWP workers taking long unsanctioned breaks even as the department raises rates, one of the workers identified in the videos was found to have a criminal history. One of those workers has been identified as DWP supervisor Isaac Chavez, who has been in trouble before. READ MORE

6. CBS2 Investigation: Amid Drought, LADWP Caught Watering Artificial Turf At Substations

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As the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power tries to set an example on how to reduce water use amid California’s fifth consecutive year of severe drought by installing drought-tolerant plants and fake grass at its substations, a CBS2 investigation found the water has not stopped flowing outside DWP buildings. Rather, the DWP has installed sprinklers to soak its fake grass for minutes at a time. READ MORE

7. Owner Of California’s Biggest Nursing Home Chain Comes Under Fire

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The owner of California’s largest chain of nursing homes came under fire for allegations of abuse and wrongful death in at least one of his facilities. CBS2’s David Goldstein visited Centinela West with a hidden camera, and witnessed a patient moaning, and his producer smelled human waste. READ MORE

8. Goldstein Investigation: How Going Green Might Have You Seeing Red In The End

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In the effort to go green, CBS2’s undercover cameras found some contractors promoting so-called government programs, but is it really, or are they just telling you that to close the deal? READ MORE

9. CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Registered Sex Offender Working Near Child-Care Center

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A state employee was put on leave earlier this year after a CBS2 investigation uncovered that he’s a registered sex offender who works near children. Court records show Errick Lee – who manages a state building in downtown Los Angeles which has a child-care center – was convicted in 2004 of a felony sex crime with a minor. READ MORE

10. CBS2 Investigation: On-The-Clock LA City Employee Works On Parks Official’s Home

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Home repairs can be costly but one Los Angeles City supervisor may have used his title to make things a little easier. And CBS2’s David Goldstein went directly to that supervisor for answers. READ MORE

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