Schooled in Obstruction: Maricopa Community College Staff Blocks Cost-Cutting Reforms while Pushing Tax and Tuition HikesPosted on June 09, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Randolph Lumm, the president of the elected governing board that oversees Maricopa County’s 10 community colleges, was concerned about administrative bloat. So he sheepishly asked the district’s chief administrator, Chancellor Rufus Glasper, for an explanation.
Undisciplined Bureaucracy: Raucous special session likely for Brewer's personnel reform planPosted on May 12, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Overhauling Arizona’s rules for disciplining state workers who are incompetent, ineffective, or behave badly remains a top priority for Governor Jan Brewer and lawmakers who say they will likely advance the issue in a special legislative session.
Suspect in deadly "reverse sting" drug bust was federal informantPosted on April 28, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
The man accused of initiating the drug buy that led to the 2010 death of a Chandler, Ariz., police officer made a plea bargain with federal prosecutors four months earlier to avoid a long prison term, and worked as an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration at some time prior to the deal erupting in gunfire.
12 questions Glendale should answer about Phoenix Coyotes dealPosted on March 24, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Glendale officials insist it’s time to end the debate over a $197 million incentive package the city is offering to a Chicago investor who wants to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and keep the struggling hockey team playing at the Jobing.com arena. But beyond words of assurance from the city, scant information has been provided about how much financial exposure the city’s taxpayers will face if the optimistic projections of a successful team do not pan out.
Risk vs. Rewards: Chandler police raise risk to officers as they chase lucrative out-of-town drug dealsPosted on March 14, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Chandler police Detective Carlos Ledesma was sitting at a card table when the drug bust went sour. He did not even have time to stand before being cut down by four rifle shots to the chest, and he died a short time later.