Monthly Archives: March 2008

Xaviar Alvarez, claim of valor and free speech

Claremont Insider points to this NY Times story and our favorite water guy. Alvarez heads for trial next month for violating the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which makes it a crime to lie about having received certain medals. (via … Continue reading

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E-mails, public records and Sunshine Week

This week is Sunshine Week across the country, and this story points out how government e-mails rarely get released. I wrote a story about a school board member’s hijacking the district’s construction and had previously asked for all district-related e-mails … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a downfall

NY Times enfolds the Eliot Spitzer fall. Update:Hooker/singer was ready to strike gold when news broke

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Dan Noriega, American Idol and a smackdown

Reporter Maritza Velazquez tried to do a nice little story about Azusa resident Noriega after he failed to advance on American Idol. Apparently, that’s not in the cards.

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Nell Soto, Norma Torres and Pomona

In connection to this story about about Soto’s replacement, a local city official noted that Soto more than “sort of mentored” Torres. In fact, this official said that Soto has long had power in Pomona even after she left the … Continue reading

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Ax to grind

Some comments questioned if NY Times reporters ever wondered about the motivations of the tipster who led the paper to the Spitzer hooker story. The irony is that an Albany paper got in trouble and lambasted for not vetting a … Continue reading

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“Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod. And never put anything in an e-mail.”

In a world where everything you write, whether to an office colleague or to a friend, has potential to be blogger fodder, it’s too bad Eliot Spitzer didn’t take his own advice. UPDATE: Just read a story about this and … Continue reading

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We are not folding today

The best thing we can do to help journalism have a tomorrow is by doing the best journalism we can today. It has been a brutal few weeks for the paper. Layoffs, buyouts and anger welling up from staff due … Continue reading

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Who follows the rule?

As foothill Cities is learning, it’s not unusual for form 460s, campaign contributions, to be improperly filled out. Inspired by FCBlog, we should do a database of one reporting period for councils, school boards and water districts. hmmmm.

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The FCBlog looks at Pasadena political spending

Centinel and reader AA put together a nice Java display of where the money comes from in Pasadena politics. It’s the sort of thing the Internet was made to do. I noticed that while most of the zip codes are … Continue reading

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