Charles P. Chuck Valdes was one of the most powerful figures at Americas largest public pension fund. But he led a troubled private life, dogged by bankruptcies and assorted ethical problems, and hed been linked to a massive bribery scandal when he retired from public service four years ago.
Charles P. “Chuck” Valdes was one of the most powerful figures at America’s largest public pension fund. But he led a troubled private life, dogged by bankruptcies and assorted ethical problems, and he’d been linked to a massive bribery scandal when he retired from public service four years ago.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:00 pm
(StatePoint) Math may not sound like fun to everyone, but there is fun to be had when learning mathematics. If you can convince kids of that basic principle, getting them to focus in school and do well on their tests will be the easy part. After all some of today’s most downloaded apps involve math -- maybe you’ve heard of the popular app, 2048.
Friday, March 28, 2014 5:23 pm
Leland Yee, the state senator accused of bribery and gun trafficking, was a friend of California newspapers.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am
One hundred years ago, Feb. 13, 1913, was a momentous day in Lodi.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:00 am
For years, I have observed Walmart decimating small and mid-size cities and towns across the country. My home town of Atchison, Kan., now has a Walmart Supercenter and not much else. The downtown area has only a few stores remaining. It is a shell of what it used to be.
Monday, November 7, 2011 12:00 am
There seems to be numerous misunderstandings and urban legends
regarding law enforcement’s use of our state and federal asset
Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:00 am
As an Infantry Trainee who sat through the series of Frank
Capra's "Why We Fight," I am surprised that three of the large
newspapers in California have taken it upon themselves to endorse a
candidate for governor. The Brown and Whitman "clashing" is just a
divergent squabble. They have no control over the economic (and
sovereignty) of our state and nation.
Saturday, October 16, 2010 12:00 am
Lodi citizens thought they would get to greet President Warren
G. Harding on a train whistle-stop speaking tour in the summer of
1923. But instead, the train bearing the president's coffin made
the slow trip through Lodi in the dark of night.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:27 am
I'm telling you right up front that I stole this piece. In an
egocentric move, I googled my blog name to see what would come up.
Sadly, my blog was not on the first 2 pages, but this was. Its
from a website with the same name and I love it! For you lawyer
types, credit is given at the bottom and I've inserted
some of my own stuff. So here you go again with
learning your ABCs.
Saturday, July 3, 2010 12:00 am
If Loren Cattolico, Galt’s police chief, were to be dismissed,
he would receive four months salary and benefits as part of his
Monday, May 10, 2010 12:00 am
Galt dentist Jason Roach has teamed up with fellow area dentists
in the past to offer free and reduced-cost dental care for poor
children. But in his general practice, Galt Smiles, he offers the
same specialized pediatric care for children on a daily basis.
Monday, April 5, 2010 12:00 am
Our educators may have a dangerous contempt for authority.
Thursday, October 22, 2009 12:00 am
In my job at the Dusty Rhodes gas station on Lodi Avenue when I
was a kid in the late 1930s, I was paid in candy bars that were
stolen from a defective candy bar machine. That was a machine
designed to sell a candy bar for a nickel. You put the nickel in
the slot, that released a little metal lock that allowed a lever to
move, which let a candy bar slide down a little chute and it was
"Hello Baby Ruth, and goodbye hunger pangs."
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:00 pm
A Lockeford man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy for his
role in a tomato product corruption case.
Friday, February 6, 2009 10:00 pm
In February 1912, the decision to build Lodi's new high school
on the west side was so controversial that one heated board meeting
actually ended with trustee W.S. Montgomery chasing a citizen out
of the room and throwing a chair at him.
Thursday, January 1, 2009 12:00 am
For most students on campus, the school week ends on Friday, but
for the dedicated members of yearbook, the school week often
continues into Saturday. With deadlines to be met and spreads to be
finalized, members are working their hardest to get the job
Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:00 pm
A Lodi man must repay truckers a total of $46,000 and could
spend up to a year in jail after pleading guilty in a case
prosecutors said was San Joaquin County's first commercial bribery
Monday, February 11, 2008 10:00 pm
A couple arrested twice in nine days on suspicion of forging
checks at a dozen Lodi businesses are now in jail on $1 million
Friday, October 5, 2007 10:00 pm
A day after he was charged with threatening and bribing drivers
at a local trucking company, a former dispatcher and Lodi man
posted $250,000 bond and walked out of jail.
Thursday, July 12, 2007 10:00 pm
Three San Joaquin County supervisors - all Republican - have
endorsed Jack Sieglock of Lodi for the 10th Assembly seat being
vacated by Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi, because of term limits.
Thursday, May 17, 2007 10:00 pm
Local Republican politician and businessman Dean Andal announced
Wednesday he is running for Jerry McNerney's 11th U.S.
Congressional District seat.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:00 pm
Little-known Democrat Jerry McNerney on Tuesday beat GOP Rep.
Richard Pombo, the powerful chairman of the House Resources
Committee, in a stunning victory for environmentalists and surging
Friday, June 2, 2006 10:00 pm
The job: Collectively, members of Congress
create law and policy in such diverse areas as national defense,
parks, environment, energy, transportation and agricultural.
Members make $165,000 per year. They must be at least 25 and have
been a citizen for 7 years.
Monday, May 22, 2006 10:00 pm
Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned Monday for the two veteran
California Republican congressman who took the most money from
disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and now find themselves facing
unexpectedly tough primary challenges.
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