Posts Tagged ‘Richard Trainor’

Stadium Dreams and Sacramento Kings

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

For the past couple years we have watched our home town struggle to keep the Sacramento Kings basketball team in Sacramento. We have also observed the proposed attempt to build a new $400 million stadium for the team in downtown Sacramento at the old Southern Pacific railroad yards. We have a...

Treasure Isle: Greed, Gold, Toxic Waste

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Yo ho ho and and a pot of redevelopment gold. For 15 years San Francisco has tried to transform Treasure Island from a sandy former Naval base into a gold and jobs-generating new urban community with 40-story skyscrapers interspersed by parks and marinas. The idea came from then-Mayor Willie Brow...

Noted Lawyer Slammed in Judicial Gulag

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

JULY 5, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR When I met Richard Fine in the summer of 2001, he was riding high. Shortly after that he was rotting in jail. A prominent attorney with a thriving practice in Beverly Hills, in the sunny days of 2001 Fine was a political insider with powerful connections to U.S. Se...

Victims Program Needs Major Overhaul

Monday, June 27th, 2011

JUNE 27, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR The California State Victims of Crime Program (VCP) is a neat little boutique agency designed to assist crime victims. It’s officially known as the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board, or colloquially as the CalVCP. Formed in 1965, CalVCP is the old...

Sacto's Ongoing Redevelopment Disaster

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

APRIL 19, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR Since its inception in 1953, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment  Agency has been driven by scandals, sweetheart deals for connected developers, cockeyed projects and ineptitude. In 1991, this reporter wrote the official history of the (SHRA) in a book title...