San Jose mayor accused of misconduct

June 23, 2006 at 1:14 PM
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SAN JOSE, Calif., June 23 (UPI) -- Ron Gonzales is the first San Jose, Calif., mayor arrested for alleged misconduct in office after an obscure garbage contract became a major scandal.

Gonzales was accused in a grand jury indictment of accepting a bribe as part of a conspiracy to help Norcal Waste Systems win a lucrative trash hauling contract.

The indictment does not say whether the mayor allegedly received any money or favors from Norcal, the San Jose Mercury News said.

Also named was the mayor's chief budget aide, Joe Guerra. They were released on $50,000 bail.

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