In light of the George Shirakawa scandal, here are a few of the other Bay Area public officials who have faced allegations of wrongdoing over the years:

Al Garza

Position: San Jose City Council member

Details: In 1979 Garza was indicted on bribery, conspiracy and perjury charges. He pleaded guilty to the charges in 1983 and was sentenced to jail for nearly three years for his role in accepting at least $6,000 of a $30,000 payoff to city employees in exchange for fixing a City Council zoning vote. The bribe came from an Alviso mobile home dealer to have his land approved for development by City Hall.

Tom Legan

Position: Santa Clara County supervisor

Details: In 1988, Legan was charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct upon a child. A jury -- after changing their vote several times -- acquitted Legan of molesting his daughter. Legan maintained his innocence and said his daughter was being manipulated by his ex-wife in a vindictive plot for increased financial support. Legan lost a re-election bid in the June 1988 primary.

Gayle Bishop

Position: Contra Costa County Supervisor

Details: In 1997, a jury found Gayle Bishop guilty of forcing her aides to work on her re-election campaign and her private law practice on county time, and of lying about it while testifying before a county grand jury. Her conviction on five counts of misusing public funds and two counts of lying to a grand jury was upheld by an appeals court, and in 2001 Bishop was sentenced to 180 days in jail but was freed after 19 days and then placed on probation.


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Terry Gregory

Position: San Jose City Council member

Details: In 2004 the council voted to censure Gregory for violating campaign contribution laws and taking thousands of dollars in wine, dinners and baseball tickets from local businessmen. After initially refusing to step down, Gregory resigned from office in January 2005 after agreeing to plead no contest to 11 misdemeanor counts, ranging from failing to report gifts to using his influence for personal gain.

Ron Gonzales

Position: San Jose mayor

Details: A 2005 civil grand jury found Gonzales and his top budget aide misled the public and council members in engineering an extra $11.25 million payment to Norcal Waste Systems from 2000 to 2004 to reimburse the company for labor costs in excess of its bid to provide garbage services. In June 2006 Gonzales was arrested on six felony counts, including receiving a bribe, falsifying a public record and misappropriating public funds. Gonzales refused to resign, despite urging from several council members. He was censured by the council in December 2006. He was prosecuted, but in 2007 a judge threw out all the charges against the former mayor.

Source: Mercury News Research Director Leigh Poitinger