August 20th, 2012

Man who armed Black Panthers was FBI informant, records show

The man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training – which preceded fatal shootouts with Oakland police in the turbulent 1960s – was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.

One of the Bay Area’s most prominent radical activists of the era, Richard Masato Aoki was known as a fierce militant who touted his street-fighting abilities. He was a member of several radical groups before joining and arming the Panthers, whose members received international notoriety for brandishing weapons during patrols of the Oakland police and a protest at the state Legislature.

Get the full story and watch the exclusive video for more information.

Photo: A young Richard Aoki is involved in a 1969 protest at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way near the UC Berkeley campus. CREDIT: Courtesy of the Oakland Tribune

December 23rd, 2011

Whether it’s the seismic safety of our schools or the pesticides that might be sprayed on your strawberries, California Watch produces stories that matter. In an age of aggregators, we are content creators! Learn more about us and consider making a donation today!

November 2nd, 2011

On Monday, November 7, California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting host our biggest and most geographically diverse Open Newsroom to date. From 9 a.m. until noon, California Watch and CIR reporters will spread out at coffeehouses across California to meet one on one with our readers (and potential readers) and hear about the issues that matter most in your community. Got tips, complaints or questions? We are here to listen and learn. Click through to find a reporter near you! Look forward to seeing you there.

October 4th, 2011

Ever wonder where our investigative stories come from? Or how reporters piece them together? California Watch journalists explain how we do it and why it matters.

June 22nd, 2011
Reblogged from The American Prospect
June 9th, 2011
From the very first meeting that led to the creation of the Chauncey Bailey Project, there were two goals … One was to continue Chauncey’s work and to make sure that when a journalist is murdered because of their work justice is served. There is no doubt that the work of the project helped keep law enforcement focused on this case, and revealed facts and evidence that may have never been disclosed. Today’s verdict is a reminder that journalists do make a difference and that their work is crucial to our democracy.
Robert Rosenthal, executive editor of the Chauncey Bailey Project and head of the Center for Investigative Reporting, responding to the news that former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV had been convicted of three counts of murder for ordering journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men killed in summer 2007. (via centerforinvestigativereporting)
June 6th, 2011

In L.A.’s Boyle Heights, hyperlocal news comes in print

From KPCC:

An interesting experiment in bilingual journalism is taking place east of the L.A. River in Boyle Heights, this one with a sweetly old-fashioned component: a print edition.

The Boyle Heights Beat, or El Pulso de Boyle Heights in Spanish, launched this weekend. It’s a collaboration between the USC Annenberg journalism school and La Opinión and is reported by 14 neighborhood high school students, kids tapped from Roosevelt High School, the Mendez Learning Center, Puente Learning Center, and the Boyle Heights Technology Academy.

April 29th, 2011
The best investigative reporting lays bare issues, reveals, exposes and has a crucial role in our society to protect democracy. We will help audiences engage in this story, but there are times when it is up to the public to take responsibility as well. - Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director of CIR.
April 26th, 2011

The Golden State is a leading recipient of anti-terrorism grants in the country due to its population, major attractions and powerful political representatives. At least $1.9 billion from major grant programs poured into the California between 2003 and 2009. Read more about California here.


The Price of Peril: Homeland Security Spending by State

The nation has committed billions of dollars to improving homeland security since 2001, including large sums awarded to states in preparedness grants.

This map is part of an ongoing effort to document the continuing costs. Click on each state to learn how authorities there have managed, or mismanaged, anti-terrorism funds from the federal government. Download source documents tracking funds for each state. Follow our ongoing coverage on CIR’s homeland security blog Elevated Risk.

April 26th, 2011

California Watch’s investigation reveals serious flaws in a California state agency’s enforcement of earthquake regulations for public schools. Two residents of a coastal community have spent months trying to determine whether the school their children attended is safe.

Loading tweets...


California Watch, the largest investigative journalism team operating in the state, was launched in 2009 by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting. Areas of coverage include education, health and welfare, public safety, the environment and the influence of money on the political and regulatory process.