In the old days, politicians could just send an aide to pick up a briefcase full of cash in a rainy parking lot, and that was that... Bribe accomplished. But now with cell phone cameras, banking records, and that Goddamn internet, using your elected office to become millionaire is getting tricky.
Fortunately for struggling public servants everywhere, the classic "shady land-deal" still works like a charm. It's basically the political version of insider trading: You find some worthless/shitty land and have your "associates" buy it up for you (if the current owners won't sell, you simply force them out... you're the government). Then you rezone (or build a highway through) the land, its value skyrockets, and your "associates" cut you in on the profits.
By the looks of it, some California politicians have already chosen their "shitty land" and are working on stage two: Forcing out the current owners:
"We're from the government, and we're here to help" ... That piece of shit County Supervisor's a prime example of why term limits are so Goddamn important. How many terms?… One. Your liberty is more fucking important than some power-hungry douchebag's career.