January 7, 1989 |
Yolo County Sheriff Rod Graham became the first elected official to be indicted in a three-year political corruption probe when a federal grand jury charged him Friday with offering to "manufacture" crime statistics in exchange for campaign contributions.
September 22, 1988 |
Wearing a recording device crammed into a cowboy boot, a Sacramento developer secretly taped dozens of meetings with legislative aides as well as the Yolo County sheriff as he gathered important evidence for the FBI's Capitol sting operation, the businessman told The Times. For three years, Marvin Levin, manager of a proposed $600-million marina/condominum project along the Sacramento River, has been an invaluable informant in the sting, which ended Aug.
September 4, 1988 |
In early 1986, a stocky, gregarious man with a deep Southern drawl arrived in the state Capitol on a mission. Calling himself Jack Gordon, he told legislators he needed a law passed to help his Alabama company get a special break on state-backed loans to finance a new shrimp-processing plant near Sacramento. Like many outsiders with a financial stake in legislation, he hired a lobbyist and began passing out thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.
May 6, 1990
Imagine my disgust this morning, when, returning from my favorite surf spot in Del Mar, I stopped at the Ralphs grocery store on Del Mar Heights Road for breakfast makings and saw a volunteer soliciting signatures to stop the construction of Highway 56!
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December 11, 2010 |
Marvin Levin, a Sacramento developer who alerted the FBI to corruption in the California Legislature in the 1980s and played a pivotal role in the ensuing sting operation, has died. He was 76. Levin, who had been in declining health for a decade, died Nov. 19 at his home in Tamarac, Fla., said his wife, Janet. For three years, Levin had been an invaluable informant in the sting, which ended in 1988 when 30 investigators raided the Capitol offices of four legislators and two legislative aides.
September 28, 1986 |
The pod-mall kings had been out quite late. So before leaving their respective homes for work this morn ing, they had forgotten to call each other for a consultation on the day's attire. Now they are slightly embarrassed. They have arrived at their Brentwood office in nearly identical outfits. It happens when they don't check first. Sam Bachner, the 51-year-old president of La Mancha Development Co.