PUBLIC INFORMATION --  The controversy surrounding a planned fundraising appearance by former Governor Sarah Palin at California State University Stanislaus and calls for greater transparency in arrangements for the event from Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) have prompted several racist and obscene phone calls to Yee’s office and even a fax threatening the Senator’s life. Meanwhile, the public records litigation filed by Californians aware has drawn signals that appear conflicting. 

Yee's staff reports:

An expletive-laden fax received yesterday in the Senator’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices says, “To: JoBama Rectum Sniffer Fish Head Leland Yee” and then in all capital letters, “WERE YOU TO EXTRACT YOUR HEAD FROM TREASONOUS MARXIST NIG**R HUSSEIN OBAMA’S RECTUM, YOUR BRAIN WOULD STILL FUNCTION AT ITS PRESENT MUCH DIMINISHED LEVEL BUT AT LEAST THE NIG**R SH*T SMELL WOULD EVENTUALLY DISSIPATE.” 

The fax, which included a graphic of an American flag adorned pickup truck dragging a noose, also states “FIGHTING The Marxist Nig**r Thug Hussein Obama” and “Safeguard the Constitution, Death of all Domestic Marxists!” 

Another fax received by the Senator’s office with a similar graphic says, “NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON:  lyeesucksobamasnig**ras*.com,” as well as “JoBama.  HE IS BRAVE ENOUGH TO KILL OUR UNBORN, JUST NOT BRAVE ENOUGH TO CALL OUR ENEMIES WHAT THEY ARE: Muslim Terrorists!”  The fax also includes a rifle scope targeting a shirt with the communist hammer and sickle symbol dripping with blood.

One of the phone messages left after hours in Yee’s office voicemail says, “You know, I heard that Senator Yee wants to nix Sarah Palin from speaking at Stanislaus State…Maybe we ought to have a homosexual with a long enough di*k to where he can stick it up his as* and fu*k himself while he is on stage giving a speech.  That would be acceptable to Leland Yee.  So, good thing you run in San Francisco ‘cause you’d never make it anywhere else.”

These and other messages have been forwarded to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to investigate.

“It is quite disturbing that such racist and homophobic sentiment still exists in our country,” said Yee.  “It is unfortunate acts like these that demonstrate why we must continue to be vigilant against hate and intolerance.”

The hate messages come after Yee has demanded greater transparency of the CSU Stanislaus administration regarding an upcoming visit from the former Alaska governor.  After the university claimed they had no documents or correspondence pertaining to the Palin visit, students testified that they found pages 4 through 9 of the Palin contract in the administration’s dumpster, which show her visit requirements include a hotel suite, first class airfare or a private Lear jet, pre-screened questions, and “bendable straws.”

The Attorney General has since launched a formal investigation and Californians Aware has filed a lawsuit.

CalAware's litigation, filed last week, has led to two responses which may or may not be inconsistent. One is a fax received at close of business on the day the university was served with the complaint, one day after the petition was filed.  The fax, on plain paper with no  letterhead, no salutation and no preliminaries, purported to be from Complia
nce Officer Gina Liguria, on the staff of University President Hamid Shirvani, and bore her signature.  It said:

We will make available to you any records we locate that are public.  We will contact you promptly once we have located the records. If we locate any responsive document you may inspect the records at California State University Stanislaus.  When the records are ready we can schedule a mutually convenient day and time... 

CalAware attorney Kelly Aviles, who received the fax, sent President Shirvani a message asking him to confirm or deny the authenticity of the fax notification, but to date has heard no response. Meanwhile the university's lawyers are suggesting a briefing schedule that would put the hearing into the late summer, after Palin's keynote speech at the university's 50th Anniversary Gala on June 25.