Timeline: Shirakawa and Santa Clara County ambulance deal
05/18/2013 04:00:00 PM PDT
05/30/2013 11:46:39 AM PDT
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT (publ. 5/30/2013, page A2)
A timeline accompanying a story about former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa's involvement with an ambulance company competing for a county contract incorrectly reported the date that the Saggau-DeRollo political consulting firm registered Rural/Metro ambulance as a client. As the story indicated, the date was November 2009. The same article was imprecise about the nature of campaign funds that Rural/Metro's political action committee spent in 2012 on the campaigns of Shirakawa, his former senior policy aide Andres Quintero, and Supervisor Dave Cortese. Those funds were independent expenditures raised and spent on behalf of their campaigns, not money given directly to the candidates.
2004-07: George Shirakawa works as a consultant on retainer for the lobbying firm Saggau-DeRollo and is a partner and co-owner with them in two separate LLCs. November 2009: Saggau-DeRollo registers Rural/Metro ambulance company as a new client. Dec. 1, 2009: Rural/Metro declares its intent to bid on the Santa Clara County ambulance contract. Dec. 2-6, 2009: Shirakawa visits San Diego on a taxpayer-funded trip and spends one hour Dec. 4 with his chief of staff, Eddie Garcia, at the Rural/Metro administrative office. Feb. 10, 2010: County supervisors receive Shirakawa's "Travel Memo" describing a trip to "meet and tour with WestMed Ambulatory Services and personnel." Dec. 14, 2010: Shirakawa casts a decisive vote as Santa Clara County supervisors, in a 3-2 decision, approve a five-year contract with Rural/Metro. Nov. 1, 2010: Rural/Metro donates $50,000 to the county's Democratic Central Committee. Aug. 25, 2011: Rural/Metro gifts Shirakawa a $50 ticket to a local fundraiser. March 14, 2012: Rural/Metro's public affairs director gives $250 to Shirakawa's campaign. May 25, 2012: Rural/Metro's political action committee spends $1,006 on behalf of Shirakawa's senior policy aide, Andres Quintero, and another $769 each on behalf of Shirakawa and Supervisor Dave Cortese, who also voted in favor of the Rural/Metro contract. March 1, 2013: Shirakawa is arrested and announces he will plead guilty to charges of corruption and abuse of public funds.