Via TPM, it looks like a California State Senator — and a major candidate for California Secretary of State — was just arrested yesterday as part of a series of raids on gang-related activity, apparently up to and including murder.
What’s so jaw-dropping is that it doesn’t appear that Leland Yee is a fringe outsider; in fact, he’s kind of the opposite.
The TPM article refers to Yee as being “a prominent Democrat who represents San Francisco and San Mateo County” and “the first Chinese American ever elected to the California state Senate.” Digging a wee bit deeper, Yee has been an elected official in one capacity or another in California since 1988. The guy currently serves on no less than ten Senate committees, and he chairs three more. Almost all of them are committees serving various California business interests.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Yee was
arrested on public corruption charges Wednesday morning in a federal investigation that also targeted Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, a notorious former San Francisco gangster.
I want to repeat that last bit, just because it’s too fishing bad-B-movie to leave alone:
“a federal investigation that also targeted Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, a notorious former San Francisco gangster.”
And this gang headed by Shrimp Boy? It’s called the Chinese Freemasons, because of course it is.
This story on Yee’s rise to power — written three years ago by the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Tim Redmond — is an especially fascinating read in the light of today’s breaking news.
In so may ways, this might end up be the most amazing news story of the quarter. I can’t wait to see this one unfold. Until then, I have to try and figure out how I’m exactly going to force the phrase “Shrimp Boy” into the OT lexicon.