The Richmond Housing Authority uses public money to buy stoves and refrigerators for hundreds of poor, elderly and disabled residents who desperately need them. More than a quarter of these new appliances have vanished in the last eight years.
The H-1B temporary work visa program is designed to bring in highly skilled foreign workers with specialized knowledge. But the program also has been used to hire workers for jobs such as preschool teachers, sports coaches and interns.
The state controller’s website has centralized data from thousands of local California governments. But public employees in the database aren’t identified by name, and their job titles often are listed in obscure ways.
California local governments pay about $40 billion each year in public-employee salaries. CIR pulled together records from 2008 to 2012 across the state to give you a better picture of how your money is spent.
The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX are pleased to announce that Kevin Sullivan will be the executive producer of “Reveal,” the new Peabody Award-winning, one-hour public radio program and podcast hosted by Al Letson. “Reveal” will launch monthly in January 2015 and weekly in July 2015.