February 19, 1993 |
Probation officers have recommended that, rather than be sent to prison for his felony conflict-of-interest convictions, suspended state schools chief Bill Honig be required to serve 1,000 hours of community service. The Sacramento County Probation Department is also recommending that Honig pay a $10,800 fine and be placed on probation, according to defense attorney Hugh Levine, who received a copy of the report this week. Superior Court Judge James L.
March 13, 1991 |
Charging that some members of the State Board of Education are part of a "conspiracy to do me damage," state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig vowed Tuesday to limit the authority and perquisites of the 11-member board. Because the board voted last week to reject an agreement seeking to divide power and settle a long-running dispute between the board and the superintendent, Honig said in an interview that he will cooperate with its members only to the degree required by law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1992 |
State Sen. Gary K. Hart has decided against running for Congress this year, saying Tuesday that he did not want to raise the money and commit the time needed to win a new congressional district that favors a Republican candidate. "The timing isn't right," said Hart, a Santa Barbara Democrat. He said he was not prepared to give up the time he could otherwise spend with his family and on state budgetary problems. "It would be a tough race," Hart said. "It would not be as easy as four years ago."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1993 |
When Bill Honig blames his indictment, trial and conviction on felony conflict-of-interest charges on a right-wing conspiracy, he probably means me. I was the editor of the only daily newspaper in the state that doggedly pursued the flagrant violations of the public trust by the California superintendent of schools until the attorney general's office finally began an investigation.
January 12, 1993 |
Opening arguments in the conflict-of-interest trial of public schools chief Bill Honig were made to a jury Monday, but the jurors were repeatedly ordered from the courtroom as opposing attorneys clashed over what defense lawyers would be allowed to say. In apparent defiance of a ruling by Superior Court Judge James L.
March 7, 1991 |
The State Board of Education broke off seven months of power-sharing negotiations with State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig on Wednesday, setting the stage for a lawsuit intended to swing the balance in favor of the board. By a 6-4 vote, the board rejected a "memo of understanding" that had been hammered out by lawyers for Honig and the board, contending the agreement did not give the board enough power.
January 30, 1993 |
In a stunningly quick decision after three weeks of testimony, a Superior Court jury found public schools chief Bill Honig guilty Friday on all four felony counts in his conflict-of-interest trial. Honig, who faces up to five years in prison and loss of his office as superintendent of public instruction, remains free on his own recognizance pending a sentencing hearing Feb. 26. Honig said he would appeal the verdict. By law, Honig is now suspended from office.
May 14, 1993 |
Although California's population grew at its slowest pace in nearly two decades during 1992, one city more than doubled in size. What's more, officials of the tiny Imperial County farming community of Calipatria can rest assured that their new residential base will not shrink any time soon--even though a majority of the inhabitants would prefer living almost anywhere else.
July 13, 1991 |
State Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig refused to give the state Board of Education greater authority over educational policy Friday, after contending that board President Joseph D. Carrabino and others "went to the FBI and talked about how to put me in jail." The resulting exchange at the monthly board meeting was the most acrimonious in the power struggle between Honig and some board members that has lasted for nine months.
October 20, 1992 |
State Department of Education auditors have found that a former high-ranking official steered an $80,000 parent-involvement grant to the Fresno County schools, which subsequently contracted with the official's wife to do much of the work.