scandal http://kvpr.org en Senator Yee Withdraws from Secretary of State Race http://kvpr.org/post/senator-yee-withdraws-secretary-state-race <p>Democratic State Senator Leland Yee has dropped out of the race for California Secretary of State. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the announcement came a day after Yee was arrested and charged with wire fraud and gun trafficking.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:48:45 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30365 at http://kvpr.org Senator Yee Withdraws from Secretary of State Race Senate Dems Call For Disgraced Yee To Resign http://kvpr.org/post/senate-dems-call-disgraced-yee-resign <p>Another California State Senator is facing criminal allegations. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on accusations that surfaced Wednesday against Senator Leland Yee.</p><p>In what the Senate President says sounds like a bad movie, a federal complaint alleges Yee, a Bay Area Democrat, committed wire fraud and gun trafficking. Undercover FBI agents say Yee set up meetings for them on topics ranging from legislation to arms dealing. In return, the agents made contributions to Yee’s Secretary of State campaign.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:20:17 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30325 at http://kvpr.org Senate Dems Call For Disgraced Yee To Resign FBI Affidavit: State Senator Took Bribes in Undercover Sting Operation http://kvpr.org/post/fbi-affidavit-state-senator-took-bribes-undercover-sting-operation <p>An undercover FBI agent poses as a Hollywood executive to lure an elected official into taking bribes for legislation.&nbsp; It sounds like a story Hollywood could have made itself – but in fact, it’s the story laid out in an affidavit that’s sent shockwaves through the California state Capitol.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento.</p><p>This TV report from Wednesday night is the first big development in the case since the FBI raided Democratic State Senator Ron Calderon’s Capitol office earlier this year.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:59:56 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 23900 at http://kvpr.org FBI Affidavit: State Senator Took Bribes in Undercover Sting Operation FBI Raids Two Offices at Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/fbi-raids-two-offices-capitol <p>UPDATE:</p><p>The Senate’s Chief Sergeant-at-Arms has clarified that the second office searched in addition to Calderon’s Capitol office also belonged to the senator.&nbsp; That office had previously been identified as belonging to the Latino Legislative Caucus.</p><p>The Sergeant-at-Arms attributed the confusion to an outdated list of room numbers.&nbsp; Calderon’s auxiliary office and the Latino Legislative Caucus are both across the street from the Capitol in the Legislative Office Building.</p><p>----<br>ORIGINAL STORY:</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:20:22 +0000 Katie Orr 16274 at http://kvpr.org FBI Raids Two Offices at Capitol State Parks Investigation Shows Intentional Hiding of Funds http://kvpr.org/post/state-parks-investigation-shows-intentional-hiding-funds <p></p><p>The California Attorney General’s office has released its investigation into the funding surplus at the state Parks Department.</p><p>As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it shows that only part of the $54 million dollars found in two funds were intentionally hidden from the Department of Finance.</p><p>The audit shows senior management at the parks department intentionally underreported as much as 20 million dollars beginning in 1996. It found that $34 million concealed in one fund was unintentional. But it’s a different story for the State Parks and Recreation Fund.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 23:27:42 +0000 Amy Quinton 8998 at http://kvpr.org State Parks Investigation Shows Intentional Hiding of Funds California Lawmakers Pass Bill Designed to Prevent Another Parks Scandal http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-designed-prevent-another-parks-scandal <p>California lawmakers have approved a bill designed to improve the state’s accounting practices in hopes of avoiding the kind of scandal that happened with the parks department.</p><p>In July, an unreported surplus of $54 million was discovered in two special funds accounts in the parks department. A later audit found accounting discrepancies in other state special funds.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:32:34 +0000 Amy Quinton 3172 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Pass Bill Designed to Prevent Another Parks Scandal California Governor Downplays Parks Scandal http://kvpr.org/post/california-governor-downplays-parks-scandal <p>California Governor Jerry Brown is downplaying the state parks scandal in his first public statement on the issue. </p> <p>Last week, the Brown administration revealed that the Parks department had failed to report 54 million dollars in two funds for the last 12 years. State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned as a result.</p> <p>But the governor says it’s better to find money than to discover money missing.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 01:23:06 +0000 Amy Quinton 1291 at http://kvpr.org Scandal rocks Maricopa, leaving uncertain future http://kvpr.org/post/scandal-rocks-maricopa-leaving-uncertain-future <p>Travelers are stocking up on snacks inside the convenience store at the Shell gas station in Maricopa on a hot Saturday afternoon. This is a town of about 1,200 residents in the oil-rich foothills of western Kern County. Bob Archibald&rsquo;s Shell station sits on the intersection of two highways, and his business counts on travelers heading to the Central Coast.</p><p>So last year, Archibald took notice when the Maricopa Police Department began an aggressive campaign to pull over drivers for minor traffic violations and to impound cars.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:24:39 +0000 Shellie Branco 713 at http://kvpr.org Scandal rocks Maricopa, leaving uncertain future