In our introduction of the Black Bart Award we note that it could go to someone or something that performed a heroic act OR performed a dastardly deed. My suggested nominees fall to the Dark Side of California’s political world this year.
In light of the negative publicity generated by three state senators being accused of crimes, the institution of the state senate was shaken to its core. Senator Ron Calderon stood accused of accepting bribes to put forth a bill for a moneyed interest who turned out to be an FBI agent. Senator Rod Wright was convicted of committing fraud by living someplace other than his district. But, none of the revelations was more spectacular than the arrest of Senator Leland Yee accused of accepting bribes and playing middleman in a gunrunning operation.