An inspector general’s audit, which concluded that there was no evidence that U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s drones had improved border security, comes at a time when domestic law enforcement agencies are deepening their interest in the vehicles.
Our new short documentary, produced with Youth Speaks, features young poets from Stockton, California, and shows how the facts and figures from our reporting helped them learn about the history of their community.
The federal government recently removed the Richmond Housing Authority from its worst-of-the-worst list, but the San Francisco Bay Area city's public housing system continues to be plagued with problems.
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.
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 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.