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  • Convenient excuses allow officials to evade public disclosure in times of embarrassment

    03/31/2012 9:32:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/31/12 | Thomas Peele
    "All governments lie," the late muckraker I.F. "Izzy" Stone used to preach. Let's add this: They also deny. Denial of access is a government lie in and of itself -- especially when a bureaucrat tells the public it has no right to view the writings of top officials, particularly when those officials are in trouble. A pair of recent controversies shows how quickly governments become recalcitrant for fear of embarrassment, denying access to information that may further public understanding and full accountability. In one, lawyers have denied access to records involving a California power couple, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and...
  • Photos, texts and police reports shed new light on Nadia Lockyer's tortured affair

    03/31/2012 3:49:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/31/12 | Josh Richman and Julia Prodis Sulek, Staff Writers
    Sobering photographs of her bruised forehead and neck, new text messages of a tempestuous affair and a police report of a volatile marriage all emerged this week, adding new layers of recklessness and despair to the public fall of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer. In her first descriptions of the night that made her private troubles public, Lockyer told this newspaper this week through a series of emails that she was "violently assaulted" at a Newark hotel by her ex-lover, Stephen Chikhani, who sent text messages trying to woo her back. "I'll have the room warm candles lit and I'll...
  • Kinde Durkee pleads guilty to $7 million embezzlement scheme

    03/30/2012 2:32:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/30/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee pleaded guilty this morning to defrauding her clients of at least $7 million, bringing to a close a case that one official has called the "most extensive campaign treasurer fraud in the history of California." Durkee entered guilty pleas to five counts of mail fraud at the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse in Sacramento this morning before U.S. District Judge Kimberly J Mueller. Federal prosecutors say the veteran campaign treasurer misappropriated money from the accounts of at least 50 clients, including Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Durkee, 59, remains free pending sentencing on June 20....
  • Lawmakers yearning for disdain

    03/30/2012 8:19:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/30/12 | Dan Walters
    Poll after poll has confirmed that California voters hold their Legislature in contempt. That's why the Legislature's majority Democrats have been forced into political self-flagellation to persuade – or fool – those voters into giving them more authority. We saw a lot of that two years ago when Democrats and their labor union allies sponsored Proposition 25, whose major purpose was to reduce the legislative vote requirement for budgets from two-thirds to a simple majority, thus excluding Republicans from the budget game. The sponsors included a provision they thought Legislature-hating voters might embrace – suspending salaries of lawmakers if they...
  • Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee expected to plead guilty to stealing millions

    03/28/2012 9:05:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/28/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee is expected to plead guilty to stealing millions from the accounts she controlled for her California political clients, according to two sources close to the case. The news came as the U.S. attorney's office filed fresh charges against the veteran Democratic treasurer, who was arrested last fall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Sacramento could not confirm whether Durkee is expected to enter a plea, but said the filing of such documents typically indicates that plea negotiations are in the works. The 17-page complaint, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...
  • Legislative mischief on 'trailer bills' becomes easier

    03/28/2012 9:01:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/28/12 | Dan Walters
    Two years ago, when unions and Democratic politicians sponsored a ballot measure to reduce the required legislative vote on the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority, this column and others raised the possibility of ancillary mischief. Proposition 25's vote change applied not only to the budget itself, but other bills containing "appropriations related to the budget bill," known in the Capitol as "trailer bills." We pointed out that trailer bills had morphed from technical vehicles making minor adjustments in law into political Christmas trees that were often written in the dead of night and hastily enacted without their...
  • Calif. Democratic treasurer perpetrated $7M fraud

    03/27/2012 10:32:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/27/10 | TOM VERDIN and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say in a court filing that Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee defrauded at least 50 candidates, officeholders and political organizations out of $7 million in a scheme that dates back more than a decade. The U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento filed the new charges in federal court late Tuesday, providing the most detailed account to date in a case that has left some Democratic candidates scrambling for campaign cash in an election year.
  • Nadia Lockyer makes first public appearance since rehab

    03/27/2012 8:32:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Embattled Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer made her first public appearance Tuesday since returning from drug rehabilitation. Lockyer attended Tuesday's regularly scheduled supervisors meeting. She returned to work last week after treatment for alcohol abuse, which followed her claim that she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend...
  • Oakland city attorney tells council to follow rules

    03/27/2012 5:27:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/27/12 | Chip Johnson
    Stay in your own lane. It's not too much to ask. Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker last week reminded City Council members that there are some things they better not do - because they're illegal. And, if they do them, they're going to be out of a job. In a March 22 memo to the council and all city staff, Parker laid down the law. Specifically, she cited from the noninterference clause of the Oakland City Charter. She basically told them unfettered council access to city staff, little favors - or worse: threats, bullying and intimidation - will not be...
  • CA GOP decries Legislature passing 'shell' bills

    03/27/2012 1:26:47 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 22 March 2012 | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Republican state lawmakers stood in united but futile opposition Thursday to the practice of approving empty bills that contain no real legislation but will be amended later to include budget legislation. Democrats, who control both houses, each approved several so-called "shell" bills—the Senate 40 of them, and the Assembly 38. The bills contain no actual budget details but will be amended later to include specific language needed to enact the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Passing the bills now makes it quicker and easier to approve a state spending plan before the constitutional deadline in...
  • FEC fines Charlie Rangel $23K for apartment misuse

    03/27/2012 10:24:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | March 27, 2012 | DARIUS DIXON
    Rep. Charlie Rangel has agreed to pay a $23,000 civil fine for effectively taking campaign contributions in the form of a rent-regulated apartment turned campaign office, according to Federal Election Commission documents. An FEC letter dated Friday says that Rangel, a 21-term New York Democrat, accepted “excessive in-kind contributions” in the form of leasing a rent-stabilized Harlem apartment at a price below market rate from the property owner. Four years ago, Rangel faced scrutiny over living in three neighboring rent-stabilized apartments on the 16th floor of a luxury building in Harlem. But the new FEC findings were instead related to...
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner under federal probe

    03/24/2012 9:15:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/24/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner is now under federal probe, officials confirmed Friday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which spearheaded an investigation of the disgraced judge for violations of state law, is continuing its probe. This time, however, agents are working at the direction of federal prosecutors, spokeswoman Kristin Helm said. "The case remains open and ongoing, and TBI agents are continuing to investigate Baumgartner," Helm said in an email. "Specifically, we are looking at possible federal violations with the U.S. Attorney's Office." David Jennings, a supervisor with the Knoxville U.S. Attorney's Office, said he could "neither...
  • March Madness: Public Officials Behaving Badly Edition

    03/22/2012 9:43:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | 3/22/12 | Robert Gammon
    It’s hard to remember a time when so many public officials in the Bay Area were caught in embarrassing situations or accused of misdeeds at the same time. Indeed, demands for resignations, whether coming from the press or the public, seem to have reached an unprecedented level. But not every transgression is equal, of course (although many of them are depressing). So in an effort to sort out which public official has behaved the worst, the Express staff decided it was time to do some head-to-head comparisons. And to make it a bit more interesting, we decided to do it...
  • Nadia Lockyer lied about offering legal advice to ex-lover, attorney says

    03/21/2012 7:19:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/21/12 | Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
    Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer is lying when she says she visited ex-lover Stephen Chikhani in jail last summer in her professional capacity as an lawyer, Chikhani's attorney said Wednesday. "I know she signed in as a lawyer, but they were not legal visits," said attorney Adrienne Dell, of San Jose. "She definitely abused that; there's no question in my mind. They were still in a relationship." The Bay Area News Group's public-records request uncovered jail logs denoting two of Lockyer's visits to Chikhani in Santa Clara County's Elmwood jail in Milpitas, on June 15 and June 22, 2011. Dell...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor suspends defiant sheriff over abuse

    03/21/2012 8:43:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 3/21/12 | Dan Schreiber
    Mayor Ed Lee has suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi without pay while he awaits an ethics hearing on whether he should be permanently removed from office. The suspension came a day after Mirkarimi was sentenced to probation and counseling as a result of pleading guilty to false imprisonment in a high-profile domestic violence case involving his wife. Just hours after Monday’s sentencing, the mayor met with Mirkarimi and gave him a day to contemplate resigning, but the sheriff said Tuesday his conviction is not grounds for removal. “He has chosen not to resign, and now I must act,” Lee solemnly told...
  • Nadia Lockyer shows up for board retreat

    03/21/2012 8:31:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/20/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    A little more than a month after enrolling in a substance-abuse program following a violent clash with an ex-boyfriend in a Newark hotel, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer unexpectedly showed up for work Tuesday at a board retreat - and stepped right back into a controversy. Her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, accompanied her to the Alameda County Conference Center in downtown Oakland and returned later in the day to pick her up. The supervisor's return, however, was marred by a new report that she had visited her ex-boyfriend, Stephen Chikhani, three times last summer while he was in lockup...
  • Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer visited ex-lover in jail, records show

    03/20/2012 10:02:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/20/12 | Josh Richman and Angela Woodall
    Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer visited her ex-lover in a Santa Clara County jail twice last year and signed in as his lawyer, allowing her to see him more privately and for a longer time than if she were a friend or family member. Lockyer faced questions from the Bay Area News Group -- which learned about the visits through a public-records request -- when she returned to work Tuesday, more than a month after announcing she was entering rehabilitation for an undisclosed addiction following an purported assault by the former lover in a Newark hotel room. "His dad asked...
  • UC Berkeley professors condemn light punishment for administrator

    03/16/2012 7:50:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/16/12 | Matt Krupnick
    BERKELEY -- A growing chorus of voices is calling for the firing of a UC Berkeley administrator who helped triple her secret sex partner's pay over five years. Calling Diane Leite's punishment "an affront" to the university, several UC Berkeley professors have asked the school's provost to investigate how the matter was handled. They are aghast that, instead of firing her, the university reassigned Leite from her assistant vice chancellor post and will still pay her $175,000 a year. "It's an outrage," said engineering professor Samer Madanat, one of at least 13 professors who signed the letter to Provost George...
  • Nadia Lockyer should take an unpaid leave

    03/16/2012 7:38:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/16/12 | Chip Johnson
    Success in life is a wonderful thing, but it's always sweeter when you earn it. Nadia Lockyer, an Alameda County supervisor currently enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program, has yet to earn the success she has enjoyed in the political world. The goodwill that's been extended to her by voters, colleagues and employers, and even her annual $143,000 salary, seem more like an honorarium paid on behalf of her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, one of the state's most powerful Democrats. Supervisor Lockyer has attended only 17 of the 31 board meetings held since she took office in January...
  • Beijing on the Potomac (WaPo teams up with their ChiCom Buddies)

    03/15/2012 12:14:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/15/2012 | Adam Kredo
    An advertising partnership between the Washington Post and a Chinese government propaganda outlet is raising questions about the propriety—and legality—of an American news outlet publishing foreign propaganda under its masthead. At issue is the Post’s China Watch publication, a print and online advertising supplement that purports to deliver the news about China. The site hosts numerous articles and feature pieces that portray the Chinese government—particularly its human rights record—in a glowing light. Some journalism experts and China observers say the partnership crosses ethical boundaries and misleads unassuming readers about the Chinese government’s lackluster record on a host of important issues....
  • Poor Sandra Fluke… She Wants You To Pay For Her $9/Month Birth Control As She Frolics in Spain

    03/14/2012 9:58:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 118 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/14/12 | Jim Hoft
    Just when you thought you’d seen everything. Poor Sandra Fluke, the 30 year-old far left activist who wants you to pay for her $9 a month birth control, is dating a rich socialist. They recently traveled to Spain and Italy together. It was a lovely getaway for the women’s rights activist and her rich socialist boyfriend. Here the two lovebirds are roughing it late at night in Barcelona – drunk. And, here the poor little darling tries to make ends meet in Pompeii.
  • Principal: Teacher Told Student To Urinate In Bucket After Restroom Plea Refused

    03/13/2012 4:27:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies · 1+ views
    CBS ^ | 3/13/2012 | CBS
    SAN DIEGO (CBS) — A Southland high school teacher was on leave Tuesday after a 14-year-old student claimed she was forced to urinate in a bucket after the teacher refused her request to use the restroom. KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports school officials with Patrick Henry High School in San Diego are investigating the allegations. A claim filed against both the school and the San Diego Unified School District alleged that art teacher Gonja Wolf prohibited the unidentified student from leaving the classroom despite her insistence that the request was urgent. Wolf allegedly directed the girl to use a bucket...
  • John Edwards 'planning second baby with mistress'

    03/14/2012 3:17:29 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    (London) Daily Mail ^ | March 14, 2012
    Disgraced former presidential candidate John Edwards has reportedly decided to have another child with the woman who destroyed his marriage. Rielle Hunter is reportedly hoping to become pregnant before Edwards' trial in April, after which he could be sentenced to up to 30 years in jail. Edwards, who has four children from his 33-year marriage to his late wife Elizabeth, already has a daughter with Hunter, four-year-old Quinn. The couple has now decided to have another baby as 48-year-old Hunter's 'biological clock is ticking loudly', the National Enquirer reported. 'She's made having another baby a top priority,' a source...
  • House Dem Norm Dicks Steps Aside After FOIA Revelations

    03/12/2012 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    I am pleased to report that Republican candidate Doug Cloud has finally brought down Democrat Congressman Norm Dicks, ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Scandals surrounding Norm Dicks are long, and deep. However, it was a Freedom on Information request by Doug Cloud, involving FBI files from the lobbyist PMA Group that finally caused Dicks to step aside. Here is a bit of background on the now defunct PMA Group: In return for campaign contributions, PMA group clients received over $200 million in contracts.In November, 2008 FBI agents raided PMA's offices and removed records of the firm's political...
  • 'Voter Fraud Is a Normal Political Tactic': Highlights of New York Voter Fraud Trial

    03/11/2012 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Redcat · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | March 11, 2012 | Rusty Weiss
    While the city of Troy, New York, anxiously awaits the jury’s verdict in the upstate voter fraud case, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the more outrageous, if not flat-out criminal moments of the trial thus far. The trial involves two Democrats - former City Councilman Michael LoPorto, and Rensselaer County Board of Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough. The two have been accused of over 100 combined felonies in connection with the alleged defrauding of the 2009 Working Families Party primary. Is this simply a microcosm of what is happening in...
  • Judge rejects releasing TBI file of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner

    03/09/2012 10:52:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — A judge said today he has no authority to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's file on former judge Richard Baumgartner. "This court has no authority whatsoever to decide on its own, 'I'm going to let the public see this file,'" Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood said at a specially-called hearing in Knox County Criminal Court. Blackwood said the portions of the file not made public contain phone records and recorded conversations in which Baumgartner discusses sex with two women and makes "crude remarks" about people. "What you're not going to find (in the TBI file) is...
  • TN lawmaker says green policies are part of secret U.N. plot

    03/09/2012 8:27:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 3/9/12 | Anne Paine
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120309/NEWS0201/303090079/TN-lawmaker-says-green-policies-part-secret-U-N-plot?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • Bey's lawyer must be given more than slap on wrist

    03/07/2012 2:14:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/6/12 | Editor
    An attorney who reportedly smuggled a witness hit list out of an Alameda County jail could soon be practicing law again after the state bar's proposed slap on the wrist and bungling by District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's office. Only the state Supreme Court can stop this travesty. In March 2010, while defending Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusef Bey IV in an infamous East Bay murder case, attorney Lorna Patton Brown repeatedly couriered documents for her client. She delivered one envelope to his common-law wife, who then delivered it to a parolee self-described as Bey's "number one soldier." On it,...
  • Former Okla. lawmaker convicted of bribery

    03/05/2012 7:06:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/5/12 | TIM TALLEY, Associated Press
    Oklahoma City (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a former leader of the Oklahoma Senate on a single bribery count and cleared him on 32 other charges. A co-defendant was cleared of all wrongdoing. Former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan was convicted of bribery for his actions involving a nursing home bill. Jurors couldn't reach a decision on 28 other counts — one of extortion and 27 of mail fraud.
  • Occupy activists dispute hate-crime charges

    03/05/2012 6:51:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/5/12 | Justin Berton
    OAKLAND -- Attorneys for three Occupy Oakland protesters charged with hate crimes for allegedly using a gay slur during a skirmish with a counter-protester said Monday that police were smearing the activists to try to discredit their movement. Police said the protesters - Michael Davis, 32, Nneka Crawford, 23, and Randolph Wilkins, 24 - stole the woman's purse during a confrontation last month outside a Wells Fargo bank on Piedmont Avenue and called her a "dyke" during the incident. But attorneys for two of the defendants said the exchange had turned ugly only after the counter-protester used a racist epithet...
  • Oakland center payment wrongly OKd, records say

    03/05/2012 7:09:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/5/12 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks approved payment of more than $18,000 in city redevelopment funds to buy music studio equipment for a teen center staffed by her aides that top city officials have been scrutinizing, records show. Brooks, who opened the Digital Arts and Culinary Academy last year, is authorized to sign payment approvals only for items involving her office budget, city officials said. A city staffer who is authorized to approve payments such as the one for the studio equipment had refused to do so, two high-ranking sources in city government told The Chronicle. City documents that are part...
  • Bill Lockyer gave $1.7 million to wife's campaign

    03/04/2012 12:34:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    To understand why state Treasurer Bill Lockyer is considered such a heavyweight in East Bay politics, look no further than the $1.7 million he pumped into his wife's 2010 campaign for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. In a spending spree that shattered all records for the board, Nadia Lockyer - now embroiled in a sex and substance-abuse scandal - spent more than 40 times what her predecessor, Gail Steele, spent in any single campaign for the south county seat in nearly two decades in office.The $1.7 million from Bill Lockyer's campaign fund obliterated any chance his wife's election rival...
  • State Treasurer Bill Lockyer hunkers down as sex, drug scandal unfolds

    03/03/2012 7:59:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/3/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    In the past week, producers for "Inside Edition" and the "Dr. Phil" show have reached out to state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. They were not asking about his $1.9 billion refinance of state bond debt. Lockyer, a 70-year-old elder statesman of Capitol politics, finds himself mired in personal controversy and the subject of media attention after his wife said she was injured in a violent assault and acknowledged undergoing treatment for chemical dependency. The latest twist: She also made a sex tape with the methamphetamine user she says attacked her, a development reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and confirmed by...
  • Ohio man accused of prostituting adopted boy (homosexual adoption update)

    03/01/2012 8:03:31 PM PST · by Arthurio · 28 replies · 52+ views
    TROY, Ohio (AP) — A 10-year-old boy shook when asked about being prostituted to two other men by an adoptive father who regularly had sex with him, according to police, who said the boy was fearful of talking because he didn't want to be taken from his home or separated from his new siblings. The adoptive father has been charged with raping three boys in his care and compelling prostitution by hiring the 10-year-old out for sex. He and two other men remained in jail Thursday on rape charges.
  • Treasurer Lockyer Reportedly Sent Sex Tape Of Wife, Another Man (Dems in Crotchville--Chapter 326)

    03/01/2012 12:20:29 PM PST · by Liz · 26 replies · 17+ views
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a fixture in the capital for 40 years, is at the center of an emerging sex scandal between his wife, who’s an Alameda County supervisor, and another man. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Treasurer Lockyer was sent a sex tape of his wife with the man. Thinking he was being blackmailed, Lockyer called the Alameda DA to his wife a stay-away order imposed against the man, identified by the Chronicle as 35-year-old Stephen Chikhani, a construction worker from San Jose. But the DA’s investigation concluded her relationship with the man was consensual and...
  • Prosecutor sues prosecutor over 2010 election-driven fight in Contra Costa DA's office

    02/29/2012 6:20:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/29/12 | Malaika Fraley
    A top administrator in the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office is being sued by a former colleague for punching him in the face during an office brawl two years ago. The fight came amid a highly contentious 2010-election in which the two high-ranking prosecutors backed opposing candidates in the district attorney's race. Paul Sequeira, who was assistant district attorney under former DA Robert Kochly and now holds the same job in Mendocino County, filed the suit Wednesday against senior deputy district attorney Harold Jewett for attacking him during a heated argument inside the DA Office's Martinez headquarters in March 2010....
  • Lockyer's ex says: 'Bigger story than sex tapes'

    02/29/2012 9:01:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/29/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    <p>The man at the center of the sex and substance-abuse scandal engulfing Nadia Lockyer is "not a stalker" and never assaulted the Alameda County supervisor, contrary to what her state treasurer husband has told the press.</p> <p>That was the assertion Tuesday of Adrienne Dell, the attorney representing Stephen Chikhani in a recent arrest for allegedly being under the influence of methamphetamine.</p>
  • Nadia Lockyer's ex-lover: 'There's a way bigger story than the sex tapes'

    02/28/2012 7:52:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 4+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/28/12 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    The man at the center of the drug-infused, sex-laced scandal that has rocked the political careers and shaky marriage of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and his wife, Nadia, strode into a San Jose courtroom Tuesday, his hair slick, his shirt untucked and told a reporter, "There's a way bigger story than the sex tapes." Before he had a chance to explain much more, his private defense attorney interrupted: "Do you want me to be your lawyer?" It was Adrienne Dell, a no-nonsense lawyer in a St. John Knit, telling him to clam up. Stephen Chikhani, 35, with wraparound dark glasses...
  • Nadia Lockyer saga gets uglier

    02/27/2012 7:03:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/27/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    When Nadia Lockyer ran for a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in November of 2010, she looked about 120 pounds. But as 2011 wore on she grew increasingly gaunt. People questioned whether she had an eating disorder or addiction. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, a former colleague and political ally, said she was concerned about Lockyer's health. She also got text messages from Lockyer suggesting that she was "in a downward spiral -- in crisis." Now after Lockyer's shocking 911 report to police that she had been beaten by her ex-lover in a Newark motel room,...
  • Why is Huma Abedin still with Hillary Clinton????

    02/26/2012 4:13:42 PM PST · by Ben Barrack · 48 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 02/26/12 | Ben Barrack
    For all intents and purposes, we identified Anthony Weiner’s wife and Hillary Clinton’s closest aid, Huma Abedin as a spy for the Muslim Brotherhood in June of 2011. Surely, she would have been jettisoned from the State Department after we proved that her mother is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and that her familial ties to the group are so extensive that it would be a miracle if Abedin is NOT an Islamic enemy of the United States. So why was Huma the one to inform Hillary that Muammar Gadhafi had been killed (see photo)?
  • Sex-tape stunner in Nadia Lockyer case

    02/26/2012 9:33:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 41 replies · 336+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/26/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    There's a shocking twist in the saga of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer and the incident at a Newark hotel that landed her in the hospital and a male acquaintance under police scrutiny. We're told that a sex tape of Nadia Lockyer and the man was given to her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, about six weeks before the Newark incident. The treasurer believed that the man, who has a history of arrests for alleged methamphetamine use, might make the tape public if forced to break off a romantic relationship with the supervisor.Here's the story, as we've pieced it together...
  • What did Bill Lockyer know about his wife's rehab?

    02/23/2012 1:34:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/23/12 | Editor
    One of the disturbing revelations about the evolving Nadia Lockyer case involve the timing and circumstance of her introduction to a man accused of assaulting her. Matier & Ross have quoted sources as saying that Lockyer met the man, who has a long history of methamphetamine arrests, at a drug rehabilitation program in 2010 - the same year she was elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The possibility that Lockyer had a serious enough substance-abuse problem to merit treatment raises unsettling questions for the benefactor whose connections and contributions made her election possible: state Treasurer Bill Lockyer. Namely:...
  • Antipoverty program leaders charged with theft

    02/22/2012 8:46:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/22/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    A husband and wife who headed an antipoverty program in Alameda County were indicted Tuesday for allegedly misusing more than $200,000 in taxpayer money, which prosecutors say they spent on travel, meals and home repairs. Nanette Dillard, who headed the Associated Community Action Program, and her husband, Paul Daniels, the program's former grant administrator, were charged with one count each of grand theft, conspiracy and crime by a public officer. Although the couple are charged with misspending $200,000, "the final bill" was probably in the neighborhood of $1.5 million, said Robert Lieber, an Albany city councilman and former chairman of...
  • Public deserves to know if officials enabled ex-judge

    02/19/2012 8:06:51 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/19/12 | NEWS SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD
    As more details of ex-Judge Richard Baumgartner's behavior while in the grip of prescription drug addition come to light, more disturbing questions arise. The public needs answers. A News Sentinel investigative report published one week ago revealed the disgraced Criminal Court judge allegedly shook down court employees for painkillers and intimidated a court security officer into becoming one of his pill suppliers, and that the Knox County Sheriff's Office had at least three chances to uncover his misdeeds. Baumgartner's fall has thrown the criminal justice system in Knox County into disarray. The four defendants in the gruesome Christian/Newsom killings will...
  • More to Lockyer story than meets the eye

    02/18/2012 9:04:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/18/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    At 2:40 a.m. Feb. 3, police in Newark responded to a 911 call from the Homewood Suites Motel. A distraught woman said she had been attacked by an ex-boyfriend. Her head and neck injuries required medical treatment. Sounds like your classic domestic violence complaint. Only, the victim was Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer. Lockyer is married to state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, 70, who has been prominent in state politics for four decades. His wife, 40, is viewed as a rising star. Which makes this one hot political mess. The incident had been hush-hush until a report appeared last Sunday in...
  • Bill and Nadia Lockyer: A seemingly perfect life becomes a messy affair

    02/18/2012 11:19:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/18/12 | Josh Richman and Julia Prodis Sulek, Staff Writers
    Over the years, Bill and Nadia Lockyer's neighbors watched the couple walk their young son up and down their Hayward street at Christmastime, admiring the festive lights. The image of this political power couple seemed as perfect as a campaign commercial. Everything seemed "hunky-dory" between the 70-year-old state treasurer and the 40-year-old Alameda County supervisor, said neighbor Stephen Welch. "He seemed happy. She seemed happy. I've never seen conflict or strife or anything," he said. But this week, after stories emerged of Nadia Lockyer's substance abuse, extramarital affair and alleged beating by a former lover in a Newark motel room,...
  • Nadia Lockyer's troubles open door to closer look

    02/18/2012 11:07:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/17/12 | Chip Johnson
    Vetting a candidate for elected office is commonplace in American politics, but sometimes the level of scrutiny isn't as thorough as it should be. Consider the recent troubles of Nadia Lockyer, an Alameda County supervisor who on Tuesday announced a leave of absence following an alleged assault two weeks ago. In an incident that still lacks clarity, Lockyer said she was the victim of an assault. Her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, said the attacker was an ex-boyfriend and that the assault happened Feb. 3 at a Newark hotel. Then on Tuesday, Nadia Lockyer announced that she had enrolled in...
  • FBI probes Oakland teen center renovation

    02/18/2012 10:58:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/18/12 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The FBI has joined Oakland officials in examining a city-funded teen center, asking two construction firms why city Redevelopment Agency officials sought bids from them for a 2010 renovation of the center that had already been completed, representatives of the companies said Friday.The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy, offering free classes in cooking, agriculture and multimedia production, has been run by aides to Councilwoman Desley Brooks since it opened in her East Oakland district last summer. It was renovated in spring 2010 without a contract or City Council approval.Brooks has been trying to get Oakland to pay prime contractor Pulte...
  • 6 of 10 on Ethics Panel Drop Out of Maxine Waters Case

    02/17/2012 5:29:50 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 9 replies
    GOPUSA.com ^ | February 17, 2012 | By AP Staff
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary development, six of the House Ethics Committee's 10 members Friday dropped out of the investigation of longtime Democratic lawmaker Maxine Waters of California, saying they wanted to ensure there was no bias in the case.</p>
  • Uses for thousands of dollars of campaign funds going undisclosed by Nevada Democrats

    02/17/2012 8:59:22 AM PST · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 | 2:01 a.m. | By Anjeanette Damon
    Many Democrats in the Assembly have not publicly reported the expenditure of thousands of dollars in campaign funds, including money for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions, the Sun has learned. According to multiple lawmakers familiar with internal caucus discussions, the lawyer for Assembly Democrats instructed them that they do not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office — for example, rent in Carson City during the legislative session or travel to professional conferences.