California port official investigated for $4,500 bill at strip club
A high-ranking California official is reportedly being investigated for using $4,500 in public funds for a party at a Houston strip club.So, let me get this straight. The CALIFORNIA Maritime director holds a "reception" for 12 industry execs at a strip club IN TEXAS, bills $4500 to the state of CA taxpayers, does this in 2008 (one year after taking office), and it gets investigated in LATE 2012? Do I have the facts and timeline correct?
The Houston Chronicle reports that Port of Oakland commissioners met during an emergency session Friday to discuss Maritime Director James Kwon and his $4,537 bill for a “drink and dinner reception” at Treasures, a gentleman’s club where Kwon partied with roughly a dozen shipping industry executives during a 2008 conference in Texas.
First and foremost, what jumps out at me the most is how blazingly stupid this Kwon is. He is a high ranking official in CA responsible for overseeing the ports of California, and he's spending money on industry execs??? Patronage: You're doing it wrong. They're supposed to buy you lapdances, not the other way around...
Reading the linked article, it appears that the reason for the delay between the charge and the investigation is that the charge appears as D. Houston, the parent company to "Treasures". Oh, then, that's completely different! Dinner for 12 people ALWAYS costs $4.5K! Seriously, was there NO oversight on these excursions? Did Kwon not have to justify his trips or any o the expenditures?
Remind me again why we should care whether or not CA slides into the ocean?
That is all.