HAS it really been a month since San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and his deputy Carlos Bolanos were caught with their pants down (figuratively speaking) in a suspected Vegas brothel?

It seems like only yesterday that Munks issued a public apology in a makeshift press conference at the Hall of Justice, telling reporters that he wouldn't "be answering any more questions or talking about this anymore in the future."

One month later and he's kept his vow of silence. Actually, no one is talking — thus, no salacious headlines.

Of course, the Insider loves a good scandal and the Munks debacle is certainly ripe. But for now, it appears this fruit is simply too high for the climbing.

Why might that be? Well, fans of "All the President's Men" know that a scandal with legs needs a "Deep Throat"-style informant and a good paper trail.

Since a "Deep Throat" has yet to materialize, the Insider commenced the paper chase: We requested that the Las Vegas Police Department release the arrest reports associated with "Operation Dollhouse," the notorious sweep that caught Sheriff Munks and his best buddy visiting a brothel for a massage.

Naturally, we weren't expecting much: For starters, neither Munks nor Bolanos were actually arrested.

(As the Las Vegas police initially told us: "No clients, customers, johns, whatever you want to call them, were arrested." Those arrested were the owners, operators, managers and promoters of the suspected brothels.



Still, we wondered if those reports might not produce something interesting.

We waited and we waited some more. Finally, this week, we heard back from Las Vegas Police Department spokesman Bill Cassel, who reported that "all search warrants, arrest reports and all other documents related to the entire operation have been sealed" — by order of the Clark County Justice Court and the U.S. District Court of Nevada.

"We're not trying to hide anything or do anything like that," said Cassell, anticipating our skepticism.

The operation, he remindedus, was a collaboration among Las Vegas police, the FBI, the IRS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement that targeted an Asian organized-crime ring. The information contained in the arrest reports, he said, "could compromise a very involved and very much ongoing investigation."


Still, we had to ask: Did the arrest reports contain any information about our county's two top cops?


"They were just there," said Cassell.

Well, there goes one paper trail.

Any "Deep Throats" out there?

Yee turns up the heat

on Genentech

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, is following in the footsteps of the South San Francisco City Council in calling on biotech giant Genentech to take a stand in raising the standards for its food service workers.

In a May 8 letter to Genentech Chairman and CEO Arthur Levinson, Yee urged Genentech, which contracts with Redwood-City based Guckenheimer Enterprises for the workers, to adhere to a "Socially Responsible Contractor's Code of Conduct."

"The workers for contractors such as Guckenheimer do not receive sufficient compensation in order to live sustainably in San Mateo County," Yee wrote. "Without adequate wages and benefits, a heavy burden is placed upon our public resources that must compensate for this shortfall."

The three-page letter follows an April 12 public forum on the matter, organized by U.S. Rep Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, and attended by Yee. The attention to the issue was largely spurred by Unite Here, a national organization that has supported the effort by Guckenheimer workers to unionize.

The code of conduct that Yee urges Genentech to follow includes provisions for affordable medical insurance, wages that allow families to enjoy a decent quality of life and a guarantee that workers have the right to organize without management intervention.

Unite Here has asserted that workers make as little as $10.50 an hour and cannot afford Guckenheimer's health insurance premiums.

"San Mateo County has undergone an economic transformation in the past few decades," Yee wrote. "Unfortunately, the economic and social gains of this transformation have not been equitably distributed."

Genentech contends that Unite Here's "allegations do not accurately portray the standards experienced by those workers assigned at Genentech." The biotech company told the Insider in April that it has its own code of conduct for its contractors requiring them to offer "fair wages, competitive benefits, fair and equitable treatment of employees" and that Guckenheimer has assured Genentech that it "wholeheartedly endorses these principles."