- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Ex-lawmaker guilty of bribery

ANCHORAGE — A former Alaskan lawmaker was convicted of bribery yesterday for getting thousands of dollars out of a corrections-company consultant in exchange for his help in the Legislature.

“I’m devastated,” former state Rep. Tom Anderson said after the federal jury announced its verdict. Anderson, 39, was accused of conspiring to take money that he thought was coming from a private prison firm, Cornell Industries, Inc.

The money was supplied by the FBI through an informant working for Cornell who secretly recorded his conversations with Anderson and a co-conspirator, former municipal lobbyist Bill Bobrick. Judge John Sedwick ordered Anderson to surrender his passport and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 2.


Bus strike disrupts morning commute

SANTA ANA — Orange County’s first bus strike in more than two decades disrupted the morning commute for thousands of riders yesterday after 1,100 transportation workers walked off the job.

The strike began Saturday after union leaders rejected a proposed contract offer.

Only 31 of the county’s 81 bus lines were still running, most of them short routes and rail feeders operated by a subcontractor. Transit officials were bracing for plenty of confusion and frustrated residents.

“We’re really hopeful this won’t be a long-term situation. We want the union to come back and talk to us,” said transit spokesman Joel Zlotnik.

Orange County Transportation Authority board members were to meet yesterday to discuss their next move, and members of the union picketed outside the transit headquarters. Both sides agreed yesterday morning to resume negotiations later in the day, which Mr. Zlotnik called a positive step.

About 70 percent of the public-transportation riders don’t have access to a car.

The drivers are demanding a 14 percent pay raise spread over three years.


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