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March 08, 2006

You Too Can Start Your Own Police Force. . .

SHIELD: Yosef Maiwandi says he started the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority and its police department after getting a bus in trade for some motorcycles. Stefan Eriksson owner of wrecked Ferrari, showed deputies a card stating that he was deputy police commissioner.

The LAT, to its credit, has continued to follow-up on the Flying Ferrari caper. Today's installment, by Richard Winton and David Pierson, takes a deeper look at the SGVTA and its fabled police force.

Best bit: Yosef Maiwandi, SGVTA board member and founder (pictured at left with his badge), started the transit agency (which is headquartered in his auto repair shop) because he got a bus in trade for several motorcycles he was selling.

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There is also a potential "legal" conflict between their non-profit 501(3)(c) status and their .GOV (sgvta.GOV) top level domain status. Read more here:

I sent this to the LA Times reporters - hopefully they find it of interest.

Posted by: Fletch | Mar 9, 2006 5:38:02 AM

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