Bill Horn’s Basic Faith

Supervisor Bill Horn has been in office for 20 years, and his business and political background have been well-researched and publicized. But few people know about a religious charity he said he “bought” decades ago and used as an escrow account for his real estate transactions. It was called the Basic Faith Foundation.

Today, inewsource pulls back the veil and tells you all about it — through the words of the supervisor himself and through the assessments of five tax experts who question how it was operated.

inewsource found scant mention of the foundation — a tax lien among hundreds of documents — and began weeks ago researching its origins and purpose. The result is important accountability journalism.

As always, we give you just the facts, and let you ask the questions.

We’ll keep asking them as well.


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Attorney general investigates the opera

KPBS reporter Angela Carone and inewsource brought you news this week that the state attorney general is getting involved in the San Diego Opera’s finances. The office has asked for lots of documents, many having to do with the compensation of opera executives Ian Campbell and his ex-wife Ann Spira Campbell.

This while new leadership of the opera is trying to reinvent the company and make a go of the 2015 season.

Keith Fisher, the San Diego Opera’s new chief operating officer, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon:

“We welcome the opportunity to open our records to Kamala Harris’s office, as doing so will assure the public of our promise of transparency and good governance. Public support of the company in the future can only be successful with the public’s trust. I’m confident that the results of this audit will strengthen that trust.”

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Brad RacinoAssistant Editor and Senior Investigative Reporter

Brad Racino was the assistant editor and senior investigative reporter at inewsource. He's a big fan of transparency, whistleblowers and government agencies forgetting to redact key information from FOIA requests. Brad received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri...

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