Freelance reporter and Center for Investigative Reporting veteran Will Evans came on board in October to look specifically for a focused, compelling story having to do with the awarding of stimulus grants and contracts in California.
And he found a barnburner.
Evans combed through a database of stimulus funding in California, looking specifically at some of the biggest recipients. He also reviewed public records and other databases to find details about stimulus recipients that may surprise you.
Stay tuned. We’ll be posting our story on this site tomorrow night by 10 p.m. Several newspapers – including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News, Ventura County Star, the Orange County Register and La Opinion – are planning to run our story Sunday.
And if you want to check out our database on stimulus recipients to find your own nuggets, have at it. We have $18.5 billion in stimulus spending on our Data Center site, and we’ll be updating it every quarter.