Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Wheels Of Justice Turn EXTRA Slow in CA...

Wow. Just wow. Everything about this story fresh off the BLNN warrants the infamous double facepalm...

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.

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.
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?

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.

6 comments:

TXGunGeek said...

Jay, could be he was buying the drinks to convince them to move their operations from Texas to California. Who knows?

Christopher Meyer said...

It's California. They all live in their own little worthless world. Everything there is backwards. California is, in effect, the U.S.'s "Greece."

Anonymous said...

The $400 dollars for dinner, $100 for drinks and $4000 for 200 lap dances.

I'm that about wore the pants off of those fellows.

Gerry

Old NFO said...

LOL, Gerry got it right! :-)

Anonymous said...

Why should you care?

Four words: Lame Duck Federal Bailout

Ken O said...

Ok, serious time for a second. Ports are and have been competing viciously for new agreements with industry people to secure contracts, largely in anticipation of increased competition. The expansion of the Panama canal is expected to open up new opportunities for gulf ports and eastern ports. Container ships that are too large to pass through the canal are typically discharged on the west coast. Cargo is then transferred to trucks and rail, then sent to inland distribution centers. Given the strength and entrenchment of the International Longshoreman.'s Association in California, coupled with California's higher wages and cost of doing business, it is believed that many of the container vessels will now be bound for ports in the gulf states.


That being said, and as a former Houstonian, the club in question is famous for drugs and prostitution. Kwon is an idiot.