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AM Alert: Judge to sentence Leland Yee

Former California state Sen. Leland Yee leaves federal court in San Francisco on July 31, 2014.
Former California state Sen. Leland Yee leaves federal court in San Francisco on July 31, 2014. AP

Two years after his arrest for accepting bribes, former Sen. Leland Yee will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on one count of felony racketeering on Wednesday.

Yee was caught up in a widespread federal investigation of a Bay Area organized crime ring that brought down Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, his longtime associate and head of a Chinese fraternal association called the Ghee Kung Tong. Known as a gun control advocate, the San Francisco politician pleaded guilty in July and acknowledged that he tried to help broker a multimillion dollar illegal arms deal. Yee also accepted thousands in exchange for political favors. The case abruptly ended Yee’s bid for secretary of state.

The U.S. attorney’s office has asked a judge to sentence Yee to eight years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine. The crime carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The sentencing begins at 10 a.m. at the San Francisco federal courthouse.

DOG FIGHT: It’s the rare issue that brings together Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento, but it seems that one thing no one likes, regardless of their political party, is animal abuse. Assemblymen Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, are pursuing a bill this session that would change the definition of “vicious dog” to allow for more canines rescued from abusive situations to be rehabilitated. As part of the push for AB 1825, which is co-authored by another 20 lawmakers, they will welcome the public to a free screening of the documentary The Champions, about the dogs rescued from football player Michael Vick’s fighting ring, 5:30 p.m. at the Crest Theater on K Street. The event is hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare organization that is sponsoring AB 1825.

CYBER ATTACKS: Is California ready for modern warfare? It’s a question lawmakers hope to answer at a joint oversight hearing of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee and Assembly Select Committee on Cybersecurity. The chairs of the two committees, Assemblymen Ed Chau, D-Arcadia, and Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, will get an update on the implementation of protective legislation and hear findings from a state auditor’s report that found weaknesses in information security and said a hack could have “enormous” consequences on California. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in room 444 of the Capitol.

TAX PERKS: Karen Chapple, a professor of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley, will give a talk about connecting the state’s tax incentives to climate change goals to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Tune into the talk at noon in room LL3 of the UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K St.

The AM Alert was updated at 12:25 p.m. Feb. 24, 2016 to remove any reference to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom attending the California Travel and Tourism Commission.

Reporter Alexei Koseff contributed this report. Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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