Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Tour of UCSF Mission Bay Gets Gavin A $400 Louis Vuitton Pen And Raises Many Questions

the latest story on Ex Officio UC Regent Gavin Newsom...
Gavin Newsom's Lavish Gift From Russian Billionaire Raises Questions

some sections on UCSF's involvement:

-"The billionaire is Dmitry Rybolovlev, 44, a businessman and physician from Perm in central Russia. In 2010, he was worth approximately $8.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine - the 79th-richest person in the world.

-Rybolovlev has a checkered past. In 1996, he was arrested and charged with the contract killing of an influential industrialist, according to a report from the Russian state central information agency ITAR-TASS.

-Rybolovlev has no known ties to California. But on Nov. 18, 2010, the Russian billionaire gave the expensive pen to Newsom, according to a disclosure report Newsom filed. Newsom was mayor of San Francisco at the time and had just been been elected lieutenant governor.

-Newsom spokesman Francisco Castillo provided limited information.

In a statement, he wrote: "Mr. Rybolovlev was one of many business figures that visited San Francisco during Newsom's term as mayor. The Lt. Governor met with Mr. Rybolovlev, as he often did with many business leaders that visited the city, and gave him a tour of Mission Bay," the locale of a UC San Francisco research campus and many biotech companies.

Castillo declined to reveal how Newsom had met the billionaire or what year the visit had occurred."
Read the article directly at California Watch

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