An ex-California state senator has pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
The California Senate released the calendars of former Democratic Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee on Tuesday, providing a rare glimpse at politicians’ lives.
The latest federal grand jury indictment, issued Jan. 29, added allegations that Yee and Jackson had tried to conceal the source of bribes Yee allegedly received for arranging a meeting between a donor and another lawmaker and for smuggling guns from the Philippines.
Lawmakers had their chance to at least attempt to change that perception, including getting a ballot initiative in front of voters that would suspend the pay and benefits for any legislator that gets in trouble with the law and is suspended.
The legislative session is expected to end shortly after midnight with votes on a pair of ethics bills that would update campaign-finance rules.
Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday for investigation of drunken driving after being stopped for going the wrong way on a one-way street, the latest black eye for the state’s majority party and the 40-member chamber.
The revised indictment unsealed last week also alleges that state Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, sought money in exchange for helping pass legislation making it harder for professional football players to obtain workers compensation in California.
A California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown now also faces a racketeering charge.
SCA17 was crafted in response to the recent legal troubles of three California state senators, and the inability of the state legislature to suspend their salaries. The three suspended senators have cast a pall on the crumbling Democratic supermajority in the state Senate.
The California Citizens Compensation Commission met on Friday and approved a 2 percent raise for California lawmakers and state officials, including embattled state Sens. Ron Calderon, Leland Yee and Roderick Wright.
Disgraced State Sen. Leland Yee’s name is still on the ballot in the race for Secretary of State, even after his arrest and indictment.