| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:43 PM
A dozen candidates are in the running to be Los Angeles County's next assessor, but not incumbent Assessor John Noguez, who is battling public corruption charges.
Noguez still holds the title of assessor and continues to collect his $200,000 annual...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 5:50 PM
SACRAMENTO — Jim Power, a licensed trainer of guide dogs for the blind from San Rafael, was visiting a crowded Southern California theme park a week ago when he spied "a 20-something lady...with a Chihuahua on a leash." The small pooch wore a vest...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 9:18 AM
SACRAMENTO -- While lawmakers begin discussing ways to fix California's cash-strapped teacher pension system, another long-term financial problem continues to fester.
The cost of providing healthcare to retired state workers is $64.6 billion more than...
| Dec 11, 2013
The conviction this week of former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia for plundering the small working-class city of Bell to enrich herself — along with former City Manager Robert Rizzo's plea to 69 similar charges in October — closes one...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 9:45 PM
Less than a year after state auditors warned that Bell faced possible insolvency, the city has seen a significant infusion of cash from settlements with firms it blamed for not preventing the corruption scandal that engulfed the town.
| Jul 31, 2013
| 2:18 PM
A leaked early draft of state Controller John Chiang's audit of Stockton's finances found that more than half of the accounting controls investigated were ineffective and that Stockton leaders had missed warning signs, according to the Stockton Record....
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:13 PM
Rocco Bersane died in March at the age of 56 after being hospitalized for a gallbladder infection and liver failure.
At the time of his death, Bersane had about $1,175 in a Bank of America checking account. His disability-related Social Security...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:02 PM
SACRAMENTO -- California officials didn't include stricter rules in the contract for overhauling the state payroll system because they feared scaring companies away from the complex project, officials told a panel of lawmakers Thursday.
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:15 AM
SACRAMENTO -- The battle over California's failed effort to upgrade its payroll system for public employees is heading to court.
Controller John Chiang on Thursday sued SAP Public Services, the contractor he fired in February after deep problems with...
| May 8, 2013
| 10:57 AM
SACRAMENTO -- For nearly six years, California finances were so weak that officials needed to constantly shuffle money between state accounts to ensure there was enough cash to pay bills on time. They would take money out of one fund, use it to cover...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 10:16 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Bill Lockyer, who has served in Sacramento for four decades as a legislator, attorney general and state treasurer, announced he will retire from elective office when his term expires in 2014.
Lockyer, a Democrat who was first elected to...