March 31, 1992 |
State schools chief Bill Honig pleaded innocent to four felony conflict-of-interest counts in Superior Court on Monday and afterward again accused state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren of pursuing the prosecution out of "political motivations." Lungren "is using the criminal justice system to settle political scores," Honig told reporters after the brief arraignment proceedings, "either to advance his career or to pay off his right-wing supporters."
September 1, 1999 |
Former state schools chief Bill Honig said his wife took her own life after giving in to lifelong psychological problems made worse by his legal problems. In a story in Tuesday's San Francisco Chronicle, Honig said he found his wife's body Thursday evening at their Pacific Heights home. Next to her, said a police report, was a bottle of vodka one-third full, bottles of pills and a copy of "Final Exit" by Derek Humphry, a how-to suicide handbook.
February 6, 1993 |
The man who will fill in for state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig said Friday that he has no ambitions beyond temporarily acting as superintendent but will continue pushing Honig's reform agenda as long as he is in charge. William D. Dawson, 53, executive deputy superintendent of the Department of Education, also said he would not hesitate to call on Honig--convicted on four felony conflict-of-interest charges--for advice on running the state's educational bureaucracy.
June 21, 1988 |
State Schools Supt. Bill Honig announced Monday that he has switched his registration from independent to Democrat in what could be a first step toward running for governor in 1990. Honig said he will not make a decision on whether to seek the office until the beginning of next year but acknowledged that registering as a Democrat puts him one step closer to running: "I assume it's hard to run as an independent," he told reporters.
January 11, 1992 |
At an acrimonious meeting of the State Board of Education on Friday, an arch-critic of state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig was elected board president, assuring another year of battling between the panel and Honig. Businessman Joseph Stein of Indian Wells will replace retired UCLA professor Joseph D. Carrabino, whose running feud with Honig has dominated most board meetings for the past two years.
March 26, 1992 |
State schools chief Bill Honig has been indicted by a state grand jury in Sacramento in connection with an alleged felony violation of state conflict-of-interest laws, according to a report published today. The indictment was handed down Tuesday, according to a copyrighted story in the San Francisco Chronicle.
January 27, 1993 |
The defense rested its case Tuesday in the Bill Honig conflict-of-interest trial after presenting a certified public accountant who testified that neither the schools chief nor his wife benefited from contracts that Honig is accused of illegally authorizing. On the contrary, Francis J.
March 25, 1993 |
In an emotionally charged court hearing Wednesday, former state schools chief Bill Honig insisted that he should not have to pay restitution even though he was convicted of felony conflict of interest last month in connection with $337,509 in state contracts. Honig and his attorneys argued that the Department of Education lost no money related to the contracts, which paid four educators to set up parental involvement programs in local school districts.
January 3, 1992 |
Nancy Honig resigned Thursday as president of the Quality Education Project, a parent involvement program that is the subject of state and federal investigations into possible conflict of interest and misuse of funds by her husband, state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig.
March 17, 1992 |
Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday reappointed state schools chief Bill Honig's main antagonist on California's Board of Education, a move Honig called an outrage designed to please conservatives. "The only reason he got (re)appointed is essentially because of the power of the right," Honig said of Wilson's decision to give Joseph Carrabino a new four-year term. "He's symbolic for whatever reason to their interest."