Post a New Topic
Original post made
on Mar 1, 2013
It's about time. I have been shocked to read all sorts of things about this person's time in office. This is an important county and we need topnotch officials. Having a gambling addiction or whatnot is no excuse for the charges I have read about in local news media.
It will be interesting to see if the other Supervisors have anything to say about this, or if they are just going to sit there, on the dais, pretending that there is "nothing to see here folks".
There should be an analysis of this situation done, to determine if this guy was able to squiggle thru the cracks in the system, or if he was nailed as quickly as possible.
Wasn't Liz kiss also recently involved in some credit card hanky pansy while supervisor?
Funny how the weekly never reported it ( she did buy ad space in the weekly for her last run for the council)
It's about time. His whining and covering up was an embarrassment to everyone. At least he is finally going to do the right thing and plead guilty.
If George were not a well connected politician, he would have been in jail years ago. Thanks S.C. 'leaders' for sticking your heads in the sand until excessive news coverage shamed you into action.
Every county is important enough to not warrant this type of corruption, anonymous. Shirakawa's always been a selfidh tool, riding the coattails of his daddy's accomplishments. Watching the other supes on the news last night was laughable, w/their fake sympathy & pretending to not know he was corrupt.
Have you paid any attention to the shenanigans of San Mateo County supes? How about the crooked DA & the child porn-watching head of probation? The court-appointed shrink who molested numerous kids? The sheriff busted in a cathouse raid?
With the indictment on Shirakawa, we have another example of the politicians behaving badly. His apology is as phony as his financial reporting. Otherwise he would not have spent four months denying, deflecting, and disparaging the press and his supposed critics.
My question is why is he only facing a year in prison? That seems incredibly lenient. Why is the DA overseeing the plea bargain? Is not there an obvious conflict of interest here? Yes they investigated, but should it not go to the state AG's office? The DA and his assistant must personally know Shirakawa, have worked with him over the past 5 years. Are they the best people to investigate and decide on a plea bargain? Besides the election and embezzlement issues here, what about all the tax returns he must have filed and lied on, state and federal?
Also, what negligence is there in the DA's office in not catching Shirakawa before this? The not filing of campaign finance reports would seem to be a simple thing to monitor. Why did not the DA catch this before? What about county election officials? Why did not they do their job?
Where is an investigation of county finance officials who did not do their job in protecting public funds by allowing Shirakawa to get away with filing false expense reports, allowing county money to go to donations, and casinos? My whole adult working life I have had to file expense reports and original receipts are always required, otherwise I have to eat the expense. It is common sense. This is why Shirakawa's crimes are so blatant and why someone in county finance should be facing criminal negligence charges as well.
I also think the other board of supervisors needs to atone for their negligence and the public needs to understand their role, since they apparently knew and allowed this behavior to continue. From top to bottom, there was no integrity, no one doing their duty, and ultimately no accountability. The DA and the supervisors are just hoping this will go away.
For those who live outside of Santa Clara county, look at your own local governments. In San Mateo, we had a sheriff detained at an illegal brothel while on the county dime and the probation chief arrested for child pornography. The question is what else is out there and who are policing the political class? Local, state or Federal?
Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.
Post a comment
Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online.
Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information
We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.
Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?
- Barron Park
- Charleston Gardens
- Charleston Meadows
- College Terrace
- Community Center
- Crescent Park
- Downtown North
- Duveneck/St. Francis
- Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
- Esther Clark Park
- Evergreen Park
- Greater Miranda
- Green Acres
- Greendell/Walnut Grove
- Leland Manor/Garland Drive
- Meadow Park
- Monroe Park
- Old Palo Alto
- Palo Alto Hills
- Palo Alto Orchards
- Palo Verde
- South of Midtown
- St. Claire Gardens
- The Greenhouse
- Triple El
- University South
- Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
- Addison School
- Barron Park School
- Duveneck School
- Egan Middle School (Los Altos)
- El Carmelo School
- Escondido School
- Fairmeadow School
- Gunn High School
- Hoover School
- JLS Middle School
- Jordan Middle School
- Juana Briones School
- Nixon School
- Ohlone School
- Palo Alto High School
- Palo Verde School
- Santa Rita (Los Altos)
- Terman Middle School
- Walter Hays School
- another community
- Another Palo Alto neighborhood
- East Palo Alto
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
- Menlo Park
- Mountain View
- Portola Valley
Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.
The Saddle Room – A True Friend of Kids
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 2,030 views
The Four E's--Pope Francis and the Middle Class
By Steve Levy | 3 comments | 916 views
My College Mindset is Intrinsically Motivated
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 762 views
I'm glad I turned on the TV
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 262 views
Home & Real Estate
Shop Palo Alto
Send News Tips
Circulation & Delivery
Mountain View Voice
© 2015 Palo Alto Online
All rights reserved.