Today, Russo advised me to search for his name on YouTube, and here’s what I found:
Per the blurb written by Oaklandishgirl, who posted the video: “John Russo, Oakland City Attorney, caught in the national police campaign to catch seat belt scofflaws, was ticketed for failing to wear his seat belt, as he was driving away with his two sons from Fenton’s Ice Cream Parlor in Oakland. Both the Oakland Tribune and the SF Chronicle ran feature stories, see ‘Oakland City Attorney Nabbed in Seat Belt Sting’ (Oak Tribune 5/24/07). Here Mr. Russo provides a public service announcement to remind the public to buckle up … it not only saves lives … it’s the LAW.”
Incidentally, the conversation in which Russo told me about this was conducted while he was on his cell phone … and in his car. But that’s not illegal; I trust he was using a hands-free apparatus.