Not to make it a Leland Yee-athon, but there’s just so much juicy material there…
Notice how, even in this story about his past record, somehow, it becomes about something Rush Limbaugh said, as opposed to how Yee managed to get voted into public office.
BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – A leading candidate for mayor of San Francisco has ties to Hawaii.
Leland Yee, a state Senator in California, is a graduate of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, awarded a PhD in Psychology in 1975.
A Freedom for Information Act request to Hawaii County confirms that Yee has an arrest record for a misdemeanor crime that occurred in Kona.
He was in a KTA store in Keaauhou in 1992 when he apparently stuffed a bottle of Tropical Blend Tan Magnifier Oil into his pocket and then under his shirt and walked out of the store.
After being stopped by a security guard, he said he was trying to show the bottle of suntan lotion to his wife who was waiting outside. Local police arrested him.
When it came time for Yee’s court hearing, records show he skipped his court appearance.
His $25 bail was forfeited and the case dismissed.
That was 1992. Yee had another brush with law enforcement in 1999, the San Francisco Weekly reports:
“Although cops stopped him twice in the Mission District’s hooker-row area near Capp Street in 1999, Yee denied soliciting prostitutes. He told the media: ‘They presume that people are driving around there looking for prostitutes, but there are people who use that street to go home. They said there was somebody they thought looked like me who may have been soliciting. And I said, ‘No, I was coming from work.'”