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Port official blows $4,500 at strip club
sfgate.com ^ | 10/16/12 | Matier and Ross

Posted on 10/16/2012 1:17:10 PM PDT by GSWarrior

A high-ranking Port of Oakland official is in hot water for throwing down $4,500 in public funds for a party at a Houston strip club.

"Port commissioners take this matter very seriously," board President Gilda Gonzales said in a statement after their meeting.

Kwon's strip-club spending spree didn't come to port officials' attention until just recently. The timing is especially terrible for the port, which is in the midst of a protracted labor fight with maintenance and other workers over terms of a new contract.

Now, officials are scrambling to get a handle on the strip-club visit and to determine whether it was part of a broader pattern by Kwon of misuse of public money.

Kwon, maritime operations director since 2007, wasn't available for comment - he's in China attending another port conference.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: corruption; oakland; port

1 posted on 10/16/2012 1:17:18 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Well our girls in Houston say, thank ya’ll Oakland. And after all, a port official spending like a drunken sailor really isn’t odd.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 1:24:13 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: GSWarrior

“Blows”

Doubt he was the one “blowing,” but you never know what people pay for.


3 posted on 10/16/2012 1:26:37 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: GSWarrior

I looked up his salary.

18 grand PER MONTH.

You’d think he could fund his own hooker and blow....


4 posted on 10/16/2012 1:31:05 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: GSWarrior

Just wondering if they should use the word “blow” in the same sentence as “Strip Club”?

Just sayin.


5 posted on 10/16/2012 1:31:56 PM PDT by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: GSWarrior

Throwing money away at a strip club is more stimulative and honorable than throwing money at green energy boondoggles.


6 posted on 10/16/2012 1:33:29 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: dblshot
And after all, a port official spending like a drunken sailor really isn’t odd.

As a former drunken sailor, I must object to your characterization - we were spending our own money.

7 posted on 10/16/2012 1:34:25 PM PDT by Bob
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To: GSWarrior

The obvious solution is for his bosses to go to Houston and inspect these strip clubs firsthand to determine whether the quality is worthy of such largesse...


8 posted on 10/16/2012 1:35:28 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: forgotten man

if it were his money


9 posted on 10/16/2012 1:36:39 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Bob

That’s what Reagan said once. First bar on the right was my plan.


10 posted on 10/16/2012 1:36:49 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: GSWarrior

This thread is worthless without pictures.

Afterall, gotta make sure the public is getting their money’s worth.

(Please, please, no Helen photos...not even if she’s stripping.)


11 posted on 10/16/2012 1:39:46 PM PDT by moovova
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To: GSWarrior
Maybe the guy is in China looking for a Cruise Ship line for the empty Bayport Cruise Terminal.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- More than $100 million of your tax dollars maybe down the drain and as you'd expect, 13 Undercover wants to know why.

This shiny new Cruise Terminal has been empty for 3-1/2 years now.

The link is to a story by ABC-13 investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino. After watching it being build, then sit idle for over two years, I called Wayne and told him he needed to do this story. And to my surprise, a couple of months later they did their story.

12 posted on 10/16/2012 1:42:58 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun
Bayport Cruise Terminal, empty for 3-1/2 years now.


13 posted on 10/16/2012 1:44:49 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GSWarrior
officials are scrambling to get a handle on the strip-club visit and to determine whether it was part of a broader pattern by Kwon figure out how to lie their way out of the predicament

There. Fixed it.

14 posted on 10/16/2012 1:44:49 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: GSWarrior
"Port commissioners take this matter very seriously," board President Gilda Gonzales said in a statement after their meeting.

I wonder what she means the take the matter very seriously?

15 posted on 10/16/2012 1:44:49 PM PDT by jwsea55
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To: GSWarrior

Entitled beaurocrats are entitled to piss away money! Didn’t ya’ll get the memmo!?


16 posted on 10/16/2012 1:45:48 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: TexasCajun
Good for you! That was a great story - and of course those who aren't in our area and aware, Houston residents pay for air conditioning and security for this EMPTY building.
17 posted on 10/16/2012 1:48:58 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (The DNC loves abortion so much they will now be called the D&C)
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To: GSWarrior

As the English might say, “Bit of a cock-up, what?”


18 posted on 10/16/2012 1:51:27 PM PDT by llevrok (By comparison to Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: jwsea55

The same way as in the case of one of their officials being caught with narcotics, as in

“Here at the Port Authority, we take drugs pretty seriously.”


19 posted on 10/16/2012 1:55:26 PM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: Erasmus
Serious enough that all the members of the commission may need to go get pictures!

Thank God we have diligent public servants. At least they earning their pay. No wonder they get paid so much.

20 posted on 10/16/2012 2:13:57 PM PDT by jwsea55
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To: GSWarrior

This happened four years ago. Sounds like somebody settling a score.


21 posted on 10/16/2012 3:17:33 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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