Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LA County DA Steve Cooley Arrests 8 in Bell City Scandal

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley Announces Arrest of Bell City Officials
 While Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley today calmly announced the early morning arrests of those believed to be responsible for theft and misappropriation of $5.5M from the blue collar residents of the City of Bell, his democrat rival for Attorney General, Kamala Harris, used her platform as San Francisco DA to proudly announced that she would be prosecuting two people who illegally sold transfer tickets on San Francisco's mass transit system.“This is not a victimless crime,” Harris said in a statement to the San Francisco Examiner.

The 8 Bell City officials include former City Manager Robert Rizzo
 Harris, who holds the current record for having the lowest conviction rate of any major California city (55%) might have been puzzled at the legal theory used by Cooley's Public Integrity Unit to prosecute the 8 who comprise current and former Bell City officials.

For a legal lightweight like Harris, the notion that "misappropriation of public funds" and "conflict of interest" could be crimes must be both challenging and worrying; Harris still has been unable to satisfactorily explain what happened to $3.7M in Federal grant funds that she  received to prosecute 'border crimes' as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Under Harris, San Francisco has steadfastly maintained a "Sanctuary City" position regarding illegal immigration, so the concept of prosecuting 'border crimes' would appear to be an anathema to Ms. Harris.

Perhaps Ms. Harris should seriously think about repaying that $3.7M before Cooley becomes Attorney General as an investigation might conclude that Harris "misappropriated" that federal grant money. At least she'll now understand the legal theory.

The Bell City officials arrested this morning were former City Manager Robert Rizzo, Mayor Oscar Hernandez, council members Teresa Jacobo, Luis Artiga and George Mirabal; former council members George Cole and Victor Bello; and former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia. All arrested are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Kamala Harris and The Missing Millions

(Photo credit: Los Angeles Slimes)
The Los Angeles Slimes reports that Kamala Harris, the democrat candidate for California Attorney General, has a problem explaining what happened to $3.7M of federal grant funds that she took to prosecute illegal aliens. Considering that Harris makes no secret of her 'Sanctuary City' policy towards those in the country illegally, it is surprising that the Feds gave her the money, not surprising that she did not use it for its intended purpose. Here's the story as reported by the Los Angeles Slimes:

Time doesn’t move fast enough for Kamala Harris, the progressive San Francisco liberal democrat who is vying to defeat front-running Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley in the November 2010 election to be California’s next Attorney General.
Six months ago Harris, San Francisco’s lackluster DA, was most likely banking on the “Obama factor” to elevate her to higher office. Harris, once hailed as the “female Barack Obama,” is now probably cursing at the calendar as day by day more and more evidence of her appalling record of failure and outright deception comes to light. Even hard core liberals must now be wondering how they could have fallen for a ‘no-hoper’ like Ms. Harris.
Hot on the heels of Harris’s “shot in the foot” attack ad against Steve Cooley over campaign donations, comes the alarming news that Harris could not account for $3.7M in Federal grants that she received.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that when Harris was questioned about $3.7m that she received in 2006, she was unable to explain why  that money was not used to prosecute cases that “fit the program’s criteria,” namely, “reimbursement for prosecuting crimes on behalf of federal authorities.” But the Feds could find no evidence that Harris had spent their (our) money for that purpose.
Where did the money go? According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Harris had no answer and was trying “to get to the bottom” of how her office obtained millions of dollars from a grant program for prosecution of border crimes that federal auditors have concluded [she] had no right to receive.
Under the Harris regime, San Francisco has been a ‘Sanctuary City’ for border criminals. Realistically there’s no way Harris would prosecute border crimes as that stands in conflict with Harris’s beliefs. Yet it seems that she not only took the money, but could not explain what she did with it.
Six weeks from election day, California voters are getting a rude awakening to the reality of having Harris as California’s Attorney General; she’s already been shown to be a hypocrite and now she appears to be a hustler.
You’ve been warned.