Investigative

Financial scandals, an unsolved murder and city workers gone wild. Here’s some of my investigative reporting and folos…

Aug. 25, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle
City College trustees OK new pay policy
From now on, City College of San Francisco’s elected trustees will get paid only if they come to work.

Aug. 3, 2012, San Francisco Examiner
No pay for absent CCSF trustees
The elected officials who oversee City College of San Francisco may soon have to show up to work to be paid.

June 15, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle
SF City College urged to halt absent trustees’ pay
Officials who oversee the state’s community college system are urging City College of San Francisco to stop paying trustees for the meetings they fail to attend – a practice the state authority says is illegal.

Feb. 27, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle
Absent City College of SF trustees skip meetings, get stipends
City College of San Francisco trustees regularly collect their monthly stipend whether they show up to board meetings or not – a practice legal experts say violates state law.

Nov. 2, 2011, San Francisco Chronicle
Ex-City College chief Philip Day gets probation
A judge sentenced former City College of San Francisco Chancellor Philip Day to five years probation Tuesday for misusing $100,000 in college funds.

Sept. 29, 2011, San Francisco Chronicle
Ex-SF City College officials plead guilty
The former chancellor of City College of San Francisco has pleaded guilty to felony charges of misusing public funds. As part of a plea deal, Philip Day admitted last week to diverting nearly $100,000 in college funds to campaign for community college bond ballot measures.

Aug. 11, 2011, California Watch/Center for Investigative Reporting
Oakland preschooler molested by classmate, family says
The family’s allegations are not the first time reports have surfaced at Oakland schools of sexual behavior by young children going unnoticed by teachers.

March 23, 2011, San Francisco Chronicle
City College of SF ex-officials balk at plea deal
Three former City College of San Francisco officials accused of misusing public funds are balking at an offer that would allow them to avoid a trial and possible prison time in exchange for guilty pleas to felony charges and an agreement to pay $95,000 in restitution to the college.

Oct. 11, 2010, California Watch
Despite self-imposed bans, insurance donations slip into campaigns
With the next California insurance commissioner expected to play a significant role in the way national health care reform is implemented in the state, the insurance industry is watching the race between Democrat Dave Jones and Republican Mike Villines closely.

Sept. 22, 2010, East Bay Express
Cover story – Inspections from Hell: Building inspectors accused of harassing homeowners, soliciting bribes
Alameda, a small city with a wealth of historic architecture and little new construction activity to regulate because of its Measure A, which prohibits the building of multi-unit dwellings, is known for strict enforcement of building codes. Several lawsuits filed in recent years accuse the agency of going too far, arbitrarily enforcing complex ordinances in an effort to raise money for a bloated department with little to do.

July 2, 2010, California Watch/San Francisco Chronicle
Unsupervised city workers accused of brazen theft, cheating taxpayers
by Lance Williams & Stephanie Rice
Bored and unsupervised, five highly paid electricians working for the city of San Francisco spent years allegedly stealing from taxpayers during a remarkable binge that involved sex parties with prostitutes, moonlighting on city time and fraudulent billing to pay for their suburban lifestyles.

Feb. 25, 2010, San Francisco Examiner
CCSF cedes control of $16M
City College of San Francisco has relinquished control of most of its foundation’s $19 million endowment, bringing a months-long dispute over the funds to an end, representatives from the college and foundation said. Foundation directors sought full control of the assets late last year after a district attorney investigation resulted in criminal charges against the college’s former chancellor.

Jan. 25, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle
City College Foundation seeks control of assets
In an effort to distance itself from a criminal case involving three former City College of San Francisco administrators, the school’s foundation is seeking full control of its $19 million in assets, according to letters the foundation’s president sent to college administrators.

July 10, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle
Ex-City College chancellor leaves current job
by Stephanie Rice & Lance Williams
The former chancellor of City College of San Francisco went on unpaid leave from his post as head of a Washington, D.C., education lobby Thursday after he was charged with misusing $150,000 in college funds.

Oct. 9, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
City College misused funds, probe finds
by Stephanie Rice & Lance Williams
The chancellor of City College of San Francisco steered more than $28,000 in public funds into political campaigns for two state education measures, an internal investigation has found.

Sept. 25, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
S.F. City College fundraising under probe
by Stephanie Rice & Lance Williams
A criminal grand jury is investigating officials at City College of San Francisco for allegedly diverting public funds into a 2005 campaign to pass a $246.3 million bond measure, college documents show.

Sept. 7, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
Egypt’s poor girls slave as maids for rich
In interviews with eight current and former child servants, all described mistreatment by at least one employer. “I thought I would live a beautiful life in Cairo, like on TV,” said Samya Nabil, a 16-year-old who became a live-in maid at age 9. “But once I got here, I couldn’t stop crying.”

Jan. 11, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
CCSF funds diverted to political campaign, investigation finds
by Lance Williams & Stephanie Rice
Officials at City College of San Francisco illegally diverted college funds into a political campaign to pass a $246.3 million bond issue in 2005, according to an internal investigative report released Thursday.

Fall 2007, etc. magazine
Murder of an Imam’s Son [PDF]
Although police have confirmed finding Ali that September evening, dead on the ground outside his car, they are withholding detailed information while they continue to investigate. But Justin says he knows what happened to his friend.

 

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