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Pacific Time podcast: Developments in Bell saga, the story behind Project 50, a look behind the lens

August 6, 2010 | 12:32 pm

Bobby Livingston

Pacific Time podcastThe salary scandal in Bell continues to unfold. This week, The Times revealed that allegations of election fraud have been raised about the election that made the runaway salaries in the city possible. The Times also learned that the state retirement system, CalPERS, found out about the exorbitant salaries four years ago during a routine audit designed to stop pay spikes that can unduly enlarge retiree pensions.

Sacramento bureau chief Evan Halper talks about questions being raised about CalPERS in light of its inaction. (You can find out about how much the city manager in your Los Angeles County city makes here.)

Another topic that is a continuing story in Los Angeles is that of homelessness. If you missed Thursday's live chat with reporter Christopher Goffard, you can listen to him offer his account of covering, over the last two years, a Los Angeles County program aimed at helping the 50 most vulnerable people on downtown L.A.'s skid row.

His four-part series on the "Project 50" program, "Four Walls and a Bed," began Sunday and will conclude Saturday. The series is illustrated with stunning photography by Genaro Molina Framework photojournalism blog

Speaking of compelling photojournalism, Pacific Time listeners get a preview of new L.A. Times online feature focusing on its visual journalism set to launch on Monday.

Senior photo editor Alan Hagman talks about what to expect in this exciting new visual town square and about the role of photojournalism at The Times.

Listen to the podcast by clicking the play button below, or subscribe here.

-- Michelle Maltais

Photo: Project 50 participant Bobby Livingston found it hard adjusting to life in his Senator Hotel room. Soon after moving in, he was screaming at neighbors and the management. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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