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Agustin Armendariz

Agustin Armendariz

Senior Data Reporter


Agustín Armendariz is an investigative reporter specializing in data analysis for The Center for Investigative Reporting. He previously worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune where he was a database specialist on the watchdog reporting team. While there, he delved into city finances, redevelopment projects and foreclosures. He earned his masters in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. Agustin worked at the Center for Public Integrity and was a contributor to the publication "The Buying of the President" (2004) which was a New York Times bestseller.



UCLA officials bend travel rules with first-class flights, luxury hotels

At UCLA, Chancellor Gene Block and 17 deans who oversee the schools of business, film and theater, law, medicine and others spent about million on travel and entertainment from 2008 to 2012.Prayitno/Flickr Thirteen years ago, the University of California changed its ban on flying business or first class on the university’s dime, adding a special

Aug 2, 2013
Money and Politics

How we analyzed Democratic legislators’ fundraising

When Speaker John A. Pérez asked Democrats in the California Assembly to make political donations, how did lawmakers respond? Were lawmakers who gave large sums rewarded with powerful positions in the new Legislature? What were the outcomes for lawmakers who didn’t give? For this report on campaign finance dynamics during the 2012 state election, the

May 15, 2013
Money and Politics

Map: Bay Area foreclosures, county by county

Since mid-2008, more than 184,000 Bay Area properties have entered default. This map shows the number of foreclosures for each of the nine Bay Area counties. Click on the county to see foreclosure information. Source: RealtyTrac Inc., 2010 U.S. Census

Apr 26, 2013

State’s community colleges spend millions on duplicative administrators

Richard Raasueld studies at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. The district broke from the Desert Community College District in 1999. The region’s two districts, with one college each, are among the state’s smallest.Carlos Puma/California Watch   The state’s 72 community college districts spend tens of millions of dollars on administrative positions that could be

Mar 18, 2013