California: The ABAG Caper

Tom Truax had the background and personality—not to mention the foursquare name—to succeed in government. Son of a U.S. Commerce Department official and son-in-law of a California municipal judge, the husky, crew-cut six-footer was graduated with honors from San Jose State College as a political-science major. Three and a half years ago, he landed an executive job with the newly formed Association of Bay Area Governments, a government-funded organization that was pioneering a regional approach to Northern California's problems. As it turned out, ABAC might have been designed to finance the flings of Tom Truax.

The budding bureaucrat has been...

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