Live from Nevada City, It’s the Geezer Gig! - “Party like an animal and be home in bed by 10.” Proving you’re never to old to rock’n’roll, Bob Woods and friends tear it up in a world-wide webcast by KVMR community radio from the Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City, California.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.- Maya Angelou
What follows are links to samples of my writing from very asssorted genres. I will rotate articles from time to time. Some of the links will take you off-site. Please don’t forget to come back.
Native Americans locked out of their cemetery - This was the beginning of a strange tale of covert racism, white guilt, intertribal tensions, and bureaucratic gridlock. The cemetery was quickly reopened, but the underlying issues were still unresolved when I left the the newspaper.Sewer rate protest fails - Small town politics are ugly and personal. This was the culmination of months of vicious infighting that went all the way to the State Water Resources Board.
I’ve investigated street drugs and prostitution, illegal marijuana grows and crooked contractors, but the most enterprising investigation I’ve ever done was to find out who ran a secret satirical e-zine that was amusing and annoying prominent citizens. It took me months to pierce their veil of secrecy: The Nevada County Scooper sheds light on “issues of the day” through satire.
Sometimes you get an assignment that is so weird that you have to take a weird angle to do justice to the subject. As my publisher Gil Gordon noted in his introduction to A Tale of Two Commuters, the topic was, on the face of it, totally crackpot - until I put a face on it.Sometimes you have to make up your own assignments. It’s called enterprise reporting. After years of covering workers compensation stakeholders accusing each other of fraud, I decided to point out how each sector committed fraud in Workers Compensation Fraud: Crime and Punishment.
Durkin Gibbs & Associates - I wrote this about 35 years ago. It was my philosophy then, and it still is.
Sometimes you just have to adopt a client. One Source-Empowering Caregivers is a new nonprofit that needed help. So I put them on the front page: Caring for the Caregiver. More recently, I created a low-tech, no-buget documentary on OSEC called It Takes a Village.
Legal and Legislative Analysis
CTA v Gould I - Pre-verdict analysis of a multi-year, multi-million dollar lawsuit by the California Teachers Association against the State of Califonria over the misappropriation of funds from Propostiion 98 lottery income designated for education. There was a gag order, but I found deep-throat sources on both sides.CTA v Gould II - Post-verdict analysis. CTA won. Most papers reported a $373 million settlement, but that was only the first payout. The actual settlement was $1.76 billion. Most papers didn’t get that.