A federal grand jury investigation into millions in fraud allegedly perpetuated by an affordable housing developer. A small hotel owner's battle against a real estate giant. A manslaughter arrest for alleged texting while driving.
While these stories all took hold in 2010, they are some in a variety of issues that are sure to roll over into the coming year's news cycle.
Here's a look at stories to watch for in 2011:
ADI AND THE 2011 ELECTION: City Hall has been on edge for months since news broke in that prominent Los Angeles affordable hosing developer Advanced Development & Investment Inc. had allegedly bilked Glendale and other cities out of millions.
Since then, subcontractors, some who have received subpoenas as part of a federal grand jury investigation, have said they were pressured to donate to elected officials in cities where ADI had projects. In Glendale, money from ADI subcontractors represented more than $100,000 raised by the top four candidates in 2009.