Department of Finance Archives
1922: California State Capitol Building
Source: California State Library
1965: Director Hale Champion, Wife, and 19-Month Old Daughter Kidnapped
In July 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Hale Champion and their 19-month-old daughter Katherine, were kidnapped and held captive for 24 hours by two convicts who had just been released from an Oregon penitentiary. The kidnapping was at the tail end of a week-long crime spree that included the holding up a motel and bank, killing of a deputy sheriff, and kidnapping of nine people. This led to one of the biggest manhunts at that time, involving hundreds of local and state officers. The two convicts eventually surrendered without a fight. Mrs. Hale and their daughter were unharmed, but Mr. Champion suffered a gunshot wound fired by a vigilante who tried to stop the kidnapper. [Click on photos to enlarge.]
Photo (L-R): Police officer, Mrs. Champion, their daughter, Director Champion, Governor Edmund Brown Sr., police officer. Source: Twitter.com (1965)
1979: Governor Brown Appoints First Female Director of Finance
Mary Ann Graves was the first female Director of Finance and was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on August 21, 1979.
Photo (L-R): Governor Edmund Brown Jr. and Mary Ann Graves
1989: Prominent Democrat Arrested on Money-Laundering Charges
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Source: upi.com, April 7, 1989
“A prominent San Diego Democrat was arrested Friday by FBI agents on charges that he agreed to launder more than $1 million he believed came from South American cocaine dealers, an FBI spokesman announced.
Richard T. Silberman, the husband of San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Susan Golding, was arrested following a 2-year investigation which turned up evidence linking him to organized crime in Chicago, special agent Thomas Hughes told reporters Friday…” Read More