Here are some of my favorites, but if you go to the home page you’ll get a more current list of recent clips. Just scroll down the page.


James Bopp Jr. Gets Creative
The Architect of Citizens United, prominent constitutional law attorney Jim Bopp, has for more than a decade used a nonprofit organization he founded and runs to channel money to his for-profit law firm. It’s an unusual arrangement that may violate some IRS rules.

LAPD Spy Device Tracks your Cell Phone
Records I obtained through the federal FOIA showed the LAPD had been using a controversial cell phone tracking device. The department clammed up.

License plate recognition Logs Our Lives Long Before We Sin
This L.A. Weekly story explains how police in L.A. have been using LPR technology to create a huge database of people’s travels. The extent of this program hadn’t been reported before this piece. A month or so after it was published, I got an email from a writer at the Wall Street Journal who said their front page investigation into a similar program in nearby county was prompted by this piece. It remained on the L.A. Weekly’s most popular and most emailed stories for weeks after it was published, and was widely cited by privacy rights groups.

San Diego radio and TV appearance
I did a couple of segments with the local PBS affiliate about San Diego’s license plate reader system. View/listen here.

I was on KPBS a few years back too, discussing the political scene in Chula Vista, CA

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Buzz Kill

The DEA takes aim at K2 and Spice, synthetic drugs designed to imitate pot. This story has that alt-weekly tone you might expect.

Gandara’s Texas Two-Step
This superintendent was caught violating his contract and lying about it. I left the newspaper shortly afterward and wasn’t around to see him ultimately brought up on 26 felony charges. Those charges weren’t related to this story, but it looks like we may have been on the right track.

Costly repair kicked to curb because of budget shortfalls
A man was struck and killed, the city paid out, yet a simple fix on a dangerous corner is delayed for more than two years. I’m still proud of this rather old story because it produced results in a neighborhood that often felt neglected.