June 30, 2000 |
Brian Setencich, a former state Assembly speaker and former City Council member, was convicted Thursday of cheating on his taxes. A U.S. District Court jury found that Setencich, now a special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, filed a false tax return understating his 1996 income by $19,300. He was cleared of filing a false 1997 return. The trial was Setencich's second after a jury in February acquitted him of bribery and mail fraud, but deadlocked on the tax counts.
April 27, 1994 |
It would not have been an easy reelection bid in any case for freshman Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Riverside), who barely made it to Congress two years ago. But now Calvert's biggest reelection hurdle may be his own indiscretions, which also could pose a problem in surviving even his own party's June primary. The reason: After months of denying it, Calvert, 40, has admitted having sex in his car one night last November with a woman who police say is a known prostitute.
August 8, 1991 |
Gov. Pete Wilson has named as his director of forestry a Northern California lumberman with strong environmental credentials who is expected to move the agency toward more strict regulation of logging practices. Richard Wilson, 57, a Mendocino County timberland owner and rancher who is no relation to the governor, was selected to replace Hal Walt as head of the embattled Forestry Department, an agency often criticized by environmentalists for being too closely tied to the timber industry.
September 13, 1994 |
Still proclaiming his innocence, former state Sen. Frank Hill (R-Whittier) on Monday was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for taking an illegal $2,500 payment from an undercover FBI agent participating in a Capitol sting operation. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Garcia ordered Hill, who resigned his Senate seat in July after his conviction on public corruption charges, to report to federal prison authorities by Oct. 12.
February 8, 2000 |
A jury found Brian Setencich, former speaker of the California Assembly, innocent of bribery and mail fraud charges Monday but deadlocked on two counts of filing false tax returns. "It's like a big weight off my shoulders. I've been held up by this for too long," said a jovial Setencich after the jury was escorted out of the courtroom. Setencich was indicted in 1998 on charges of bribery, mail fraud and filing false tax returns for 1996 and 1997.
July 27, 1988 |
The Fair Political Practices Commission, in its first act to implement Proposition 73, adopted emergency regulations Tuesday prohibiting elected officials throughout the state from spending public funds to send newsletters and most other "mass mailings" that include their names or photographs.
May 3, 1994 |
Kimberly Belshe strides through the day-care center in Irvine and spots a group of tots munching on raisins. "That's good!" praises the tall woman in the red blazer as she wags a finger, mommy-style. "Eat your five a day." "Five a day" is the state's campaign to encourage Californians, big and small, to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
August 7, 1998 |
Every time I try to tell somebody from someplace else that California isn't as goofy a state as everybody thinks, something happens to screw up my whole case. Take the news story that ran coast to coast last week with a Sacramento dateline. "Gov. Pete Wilson," it began, "rode to the rescue of Caesar salad lovers, signing legislation allowing restaurants to serve the salads with raw eggs in the dressing, if the diner doesn't object." Stop the presses.
December 12, 1992 |
After missing two court appearances while mountain climbing in Costa Rica, former state Sen. Paul Carpenter told a federal court judge Friday that he cannot afford a lawyer for his retrial on political corruption charges. However, U.S. District Judge Edward J. Garcia expressed doubt about claims of poverty from the former politician and ordered a hearing to review Carpenter's financial status.
February 15, 1993 |
For Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, the defining event of his first two years in office was the execution of double-murderer Robert Alton Harris. Lungren does not gloat over Harris' dawn gassing at San Quentin in April, but he and his aides return again and again to the image of the state's top lawyer standing by at the prison through the night, fending off a series of last-minute appeals to see that California's first execution in a quarter-century was carried out.