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10 quotes from indictment against Sen. Leland Yee

March 28, 2014 By John Hrabe. This week State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was arraigned in federal court on charges of working with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines. Although a leading proponent of gun control, the investigation involved accusations of arms dealing, murder-for-hire money laundering and international weapons trafficking. ...

CA high-speed rail strikes out at hearing

rail screen capture
March 28, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.   The state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee held a hearing Thursday on California’s quixotic high-speed rail project.  Even Gov. Jerry Brown, who still hopes the bullet train will be the enduring legacy of his third stint as governor, might have been troubled by the conclusions of  experts that appeared before the committee. William Ibbs, a civil engineering...

Rebels in Leland Yee case make peace with Philippine government

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March 27, 2014 By John Hrabe. A separatist Muslim rebel group in the Philippines, and the alleged supplier of weapons to State Senator Leland Yee, has signed a peace accord with the government of the Philippines Thursday, just one day after the San Francisco Democrat was arrested on multiple weapons trafficking, money laundering and corruption charges. After years of negotiations, Philippines President Benigno A...

New 49ers stadium intercepts tax dollars

Levi's Stadium, wikimedia
March 27, 2014 By James Poulos. The National Football League remains as agile as ever at intercepting the taxpayers' money. The latest example is the new stadium in Santa Clara, pictured nearby under construction, to host the San Francisco 49ers. After a slow decade, the Niners are back in contention. They barely lost the Super Bowl in 2013 to the Baltimore Ravens. And they finished a game from the Super Bowl thi...
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