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TIMELINE 2005: Enron, California Reach $1.52 Bln Energy Settlement (TLR Note: Part of TLR’s Coverage of State Bar – CPUC Money Connection / OS Scandal – Geoffrey Brown)

Enron Corp., the energy trader that filed the second-largest U.S. bankruptcy on record, agreed to a $1.52 billion settlement to end claims of market manipulation during the California energy crisis of 2000 and 2001.

The agreement, which needs approval from federal energy regulators and the bankruptcy court, includes $47.5 million in cash, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said today in a statement. California parties, including utilities owned by PG&E Corp. and other companies, will receive an $875 million unsecured claim in Enron’s bankruptcy proceeding.

In the past month, Houston-based Enron has also settled lawsuits related to its retirement plans and resolved claims with the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc and power producer Mirant Corp.

“This settlement represents the latest in a series of significant issues that have been resolved in Enron’s bankruptcy proceedings,” Enron Chief Executive Stephen Cooper said in a company statement. “Settlements such as this one allow us to remove claims against the estate so that we can accelerate distributions to all other creditors.”

Enron’s bankruptcy plan calls for unsecured claimants to receive about 20 cents on the dollar. It owes creditors about $74 billion.

The settlement unveiled today will likely result in payments of “hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for Lockyer.

The settlement also calls for Washington and Oregon to receive $22.5 million from the unsecured claim. The three states would levy a combined penalty of $600 million, which would be a subordinated claim in the bankruptcy, Lockyer said.

Price Surge, Blackouts

In California, Enron was accused of manipulating power supplies, causing prices in the state to surge as much as 100- fold during the crisis, leading to rolling blackouts and the bankruptcy of PG&E’s Pacific Gas & Electric unit, California’s largest utility.

Enron was “the architect of gaming strategies that powered the plundering of California ratepayers,” Lockyer said.

Federal regulators called for the resolution of any remaining lawsuits related to the state’s energy crisis.

“The dark cloud of litigation and regulatory uncertainty has been hanging over California for five years,” said Joseph Kelliher, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in an e-mailed statement. “It’s time for all of us to step up to the plate and resolve these remaining issues.”

Other California utility-owners which are in line to share the unsecured claim include Edison International and Sempra Energy.

Please continue @:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aK1LyiBrJKFU&r…

 

2002 California Energy Crisis: Enron, Duke, Joe Dunn, Bill Lockeyr, CPUC, and Ross Perot — Client of Jeannine English

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bulging boxes holding thousands of Enron documents line the walls four high in the offices of the Energy Task Force on the 18th floor of a downtown building leased to the California Attorney General’s Office….

The investigation is proceeding on several fronts:

The effort by the office of state Attorney General Bill Lockyer is probably the largest. The Energy Task Force has filed at least 70 legal actions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state and federal courts in an attempt to recover billions of dollars it alleges was bilked from California ratepayers by energy companies.

The largest action asks the FERC to refund $8.9 billion to California ratepayers.

Lockyer made it clear long before evidence turned up implicating Enron that he wanted to prosecute Ken Lay, then the company chairman. “I would love to personally escort Lay to an 8-by-10 cell that he could share with a tattooed dude who says, `Hi, my name is Spike, honey,’ ” Lockyer told the Wall Street Journal. So far, Lockyer’s office has brought no criminal prosecutions.

The only criminal prosecution stemming from the energy crisis has come from the newest investigation. The office of Kevin Ryan, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, began its grand jury investigation after the Enron memos were made public in May.

His prosecutors obtained a guilty plea Oct. 17 from Belden on a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Belden, who headed Enron’s West Power Trading Division in Portland, Ore., is cooperating and is expected to lead them to others.

Last Friday, Ryan’s office also served subpoenas on Duke Energy Corp., AES Corp. and Williams Cos. The FERC is also investigating the Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke and the Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams.

The California Senate Select Committee, under the flamboyant Sen. Joe Dunn, a Democrat from Orange County, has kept the investigation in the spotlight.

He has accused the Independent System Operator, created by California’s 1996 electricity-deregulation law to manage the power grid, of manipulating the market and has called for the resignation of its director.
His committee persuaded the Senate to hold Enron in contempt for failing to produce some documents and forced Ross Perot to testify about allegations that Perot Systems Corp., the computer-services company he founded, tried to teach energy companies how to manipulate the deregulated market.
“The committee made it impossible politically for market manipulation to be ignored,” said Larry Drivon, chief counsel for the committee. “I think more revelations are coming than most people realize there are.” 

The California Public Utilities Commission was one of the first state agencies to suggest that the market was being manipulated. But early on, it turned the investigation over to the attorney general’s office, PUC President Loretta Lynch said.

The PUC investigation had focused on power generators and in September issued a report alleging that Dynegy, Reliant, Duke Energy, Mirant, AES and Williams kept power plants idle or off the market during the height of the energy crisis.

The Independent Systems Operator issued a report this month questioning the PUC allegations, but Lynch said she stands by the report and that the commission will issue a rebuttal within weeks.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.stewwebb.com/Enron%20California%20AG%20Investigations.html

California Public Utility Commission’s Michael Peevey,Geoffrey Brown,Jon Streeter,Loretta Lynch,Jerry Falk,Nancy McFadden,Ophelia Basgal, Peter Arth Hereby Asked to Disclose Reason Gary Cohen Represents CPUC while Employed at Department of Insurance?

Gary M. Cohen served as Chief Legal Advisor to Commission President Loretta Lynch and the 5 member Public Utilities Commission from March 2001 to April 2003 (2 years 2 months).

Please see @:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cohen/7/898/a0a

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Yet, a year later, in February of 2004, Mr. Gary Cohen “enterned an appearance” in various cases, shown below. Was it part of an overall collusive litigation scheme?

PUB. UTILS. COMM’N OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA v. FERC, 02-1358

 

Appellate Information

  • Argued 02/26/2004
  • Decided 05/14/2004
  • Published 05/14/2004

Judges

  • Before:  SENTELLE, RANDOLPH, and ROGERS, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States DC Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Todd Edmister argued the cause for petitioner.   With him on the briefs was Arocles Aguilar.  Gary M. Cohen entered an appearance.

Source:

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/summary/opinion/us-dc-circuit/2004/05/14/123251.html

 

PG&E CORP. v. PUB. UTILS. COMM’N (OFFICE OF RATEPAYER ADVOCATES), A099858, A099863, A099864, A100892, A100895, A100896, A100897

The Commission has jurisdiction over a holding company to enforce conditions that it imposes pursuant to its statutory authority to approve applications by public utilities for certain mergers, acquisitions, changes in control, or issuances of securities.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/21/2004
  • Published 05/21/2004

Judges

  • JONES, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Frederick Brown, William F. Alderman, Howard M. Ullman, David T. Alexander, Joseph M. Malkin;  Bruce Worthington, Gary P. Encinas, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner PG & E Corporation., Munger Tolles & Olson, Henry Weissmann, Jeffrey L. Bleich, San Francisco, CA, Beong-Soo Kim, Los Angeles, CA, Barbara E. Mathews, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Edison International., David E. Van Iderstine, Rosemead, CA, for Petitioner Southern California Edison Company., O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA;  John R. Light, Los Angeles, CA, David B. Follet, David J. Gilmore, for Petitioner Sempra Energy., Roger J. Peters, Christopher J. Warner, Michelle L. Wilson, Shirley A. Woo;  Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Jonathan P. Hayden, Sheldon H. Jaffe, San Francisco, CA, for Petitioner Pacific Gas and Electric Company., O’Melveny & Myers, John W. Stamper, Sharon L. Tomkins, Marc S. Williams, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner San Diego Gas and Electric Company.,  Dennis J. Herrera, City Attorney, David F. Campos, Joseph Peter Como, Deputy City Attorneys, for Real Party in Interest City and County of San Francisco., Matthew Eric Freedman, San Franciscon, CA, for Real Party in Interest The Utility Reform Network.

  • For Appellees:
  • Lionel B. Wilson, Gary M. Cohen, Mary F. McKenzie, Mary M. Adu, Dale Holzschuh, Laurence G. Chaset, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent
  • Source: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/summary/opinion/ca-court-of-appeal/2004/05/21/1234…

     

     

     

     

     

    Copy of Settlement Agreement in Public Utilities Commission of the State of California (“CPUC”) vs. El Paso Before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (TLR Note: Notice El Paso Represented Here by Skadden Arps — Not MoFo’s James Brosnahan)

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    BEFORE THE
    FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

    Public Utilities Commission             ) of the State of California,             ) ) Complainant,          ) ) v.                             )     Docket No. RP00-241-000, et al. ) El Paso Natural Gas Company,            ) El Paso Merchant Energy-Gas, L.P.,      ) and El Paso Merchant Energy Company,    ) ) Respondents.          )

    JOINT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

    Pursuant to Rule 602 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”), 18 C.F.R. Section 385.602
    (2002), El Paso Natural Gas Company (“EPNG”), El Paso Merchant Energy Company and El Paso Merchant Energy-Gas, L.P. (jointly, “Merchant”), the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California (“CPUC”), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”), Southern California Edison Company (“Edison”) and the City of Los Angeles hereby submit and enter into this Joint Settlement Agreement (“Settlement Agreement”).

    ARTICLE 1
    DEFINITIONS

    The following terms have the following meanings:

    1.1 “Article” means a numbered Article of this Settlement Agreement, unless otherwise noted, and all references to an Article shall include all paragraphs, subparts or subparagraphs of that Article.

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    1.2 “California Settling Parties” means the CPUC, PG&E, Edison, and the City of Los Angeles, as those parties are defined herein.

    1.3 “Capacity Allocation Proceeding” means the proceeding pending before the Commission at Docket No. RP00-336-000, including all subdockets.

    1.4 “City of Los Angeles” means the City of Los Angeles, a California municipal corporation.

    1.5 “Commission” means the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    1.6 “CPUC” means the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California, or its successor.

    1.7 “Edison” means Southern California Edison Company, a California corporation.

    1.8 “Effective Date” has the meaning set forth in Paragraph 10.1 of this Settlement Agreement.

    1.9 “El Paso Settling Parties” means EPNG and Merchant, as those parties are defined herein.

    1.10 “EPNG” means El Paso Natural Gas Company, a Delaware corporation.

    1.11 “Master Settlement Agreement” means the agreement memorialized in the settlement agreement to be filed with the California Superior Court for the County of San Diego in June 2003 at Case No. J.C.C.P. Nos. 4221, 4224, 4226 and 4228.

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    1.12 “Merchant” means El Paso Merchant Energy Company and El Paso Merchant Energy-Gas, L.P.

    1.13 “Paragraph” means a numbered paragraph of this Settlement Agreement, unless otherwise noted, and all references to a paragraph shall include all subparts or subparagraphs of that paragraph.

    1.14 “PG&E” means Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a California corporation.

    1.15 “Power-Up Project” means the facilities as proposed in EPNG’s October 3, 2002 certificate application at Docket No. CP03-1-000.

    1.16 “Settlement Agreement” means this document.

    1.17 “Settling Parties” means EPNG, Merchant, the CPUC, PG&E, Edison and the City of Los Angeles, as those parties are defined herein. Each of the Settling Parties may be individually referred to herein as a “Settling Party.”

    1.18 “Special Master” means the individual designated by the parties and approved by the court to resolve disputes regarding certain contractual commitments, as more fully described in Article 12.

    1.19 “Stipulated Judgment” means the agreement memorialized in the Stipulation to Entry of Judgment to be filed no later than June 30, 2003, with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, in proceedings to be filed by the State of California, Edison, and PG&E, in which the Special Master is to be appointed. A pro forma copy of the Stipulated Judgment is attached hereto as Tab 3.

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    1.20 “1996 Settlement” means the settlement approved by the Commission in Docket No. RP95-363-000, et al., on April 16, 1997. El Paso Natural Gas Co., 79 FERC Paragraph 61,028 (1997), reh’g denied, 80 FERC Paragraph 61,084 (1997).

    ARTICLE 2
    FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

    2.1 On April 4, 2000, the CPUC filed a complaint against EPNG and Merchant in Docket No. RP00-241-000. On March 28, 2001, the Commission issued an order that, among other things, set for hearing the issue of whether EPNG and/or Merchant had market power and, if so, exercised it to drive up the price of natural gas at the California border. Pub. Util. Comm’n of Cal. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., 94 FERC Paragraph 61,338 (2001).

    2.2 The market power hearing commenced on May 14, 2001, and ended on June 19, 2001. On May 31, 2001, the Chief Judge submitted a report to the Commission in which he asked the Commission to clarify whether he should take evidence on the Standards of Conduct issue that had been raised by the CPUC but which the Commission had previously dismissed. Pub. Util. Comm’n of Cal. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., 95 FERC Paragraph 63,020 (2001). The Commission issued an Order on Rehearing on June 11, 2001, in which it set the Standards of Conduct issue for hearing. Pub. Util. Comm’n of Cal. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., 95 FERC Paragraph 61,368 (2001). This second phase of the hearing was held from August 2-6, 2001.

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    2.3 The Chief Judge issued his first Initial Decision on October 9, 2001. Pub. Util. Comm’n of Cal. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., 97 FERC Paragraph 63,004 (2001). On December 27, 2001, the Commission remanded the proceeding for a limited supplemental hearing on whether, during the period from November 2000 through March 2001, EPNG made all of its capacity available to its shippers at its California delivery points and provided non-discriminatory access to such capacity. Pub. Util. Comm’n of Cal. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co, 97 FERC Paragraph 61,380 (2001). This third phase of the hearing began on March 21, 2002, and concluded on April 10, 2002.

    2.4 On September 23, 2002, the Chief Judge issued his second Initial Decision. Pub. Util. Comm’n of Cal. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co, 100 FERC Paragraph 63,041 (2002). The parties filed briefs on and opposing exceptions with the Commission, and oral argument was held before the Commission on December 2, 2002. The Commission has not yet issued an order on the two Initial Decisions.

    2.5 On March 21, 2003, the Settling Parties filed a joint motion to defer for forty-five days any further action in Docket No. RP00-241-000, et al., to enable the Settling Parties to finalize and file this Settlement Agreement with the Commission. The Settling Parties subsequently asked the Commission to extend the deadline for an additional thirty days, which the Commission granted.

    ARTICLE 3
    SCOPE OF SETTLEMENT

    3.1 In further implementation of the Master Settlement Agreement and as reflected more fully in Article 11, this Settlement Agreement constitutes a full and complete resolution of (1) all claims and issues that were raised by the California Settling

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    Parties in the proceeding at Docket No. RP00-241-000 and all subdockets, and (2) all related claims and issues that were raised by the California Settling Parties in the Capacity Allocation Proceeding and in any other Commission proceedings, including but not limited to allegations raised that EPNG violated its certificates and/or the 1996 Settlement, and that EPNG and/or Merchant violated the Natural Gas Act, the Natural Gas Policy Act and/or the Commission’s regulations or orders.

    ARTICLE 4
    SETTLING PARTIES

    4.1 This Settlement Agreement in its entirety is sponsored jointly by the Settling Parties.

    4.2 The Settling Parties jointly request and urge the Commission to approve this Settlement Agreement without condition or modification.

    4.3 None of the Settling Parties, either directly or indirectly, shall seek in any proceeding or forum to set aside or modify this Settlement Agreement or challenge its applicability after the Settlement Agreement becomes effective pursuant to the terms of Article 10.

    4.4 The Settling Parties agree to cooperate, each at its own expense, and to use their best efforts in securing all necessary governmental approvals for this Settlement Agreement and in defending against any litigation affecting the validity and enforceability of this Settlement Agreement, or any provision thereof.

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    ARTICLE 5
    CAPACITY AVAILABLE TO EPNG’S CALIFORNIA DELIVERY POINTS

    5.1 EPNG agrees to make 3290 MMcf/day of firm primary capacity available to its California delivery points, provided that each of the following conditions occur:

    5.1.1 As more fully set forth in Article 6, EPNG is able to place into service its 320 MMcf/day Power-Up expansion project as proposed in Docket No. CP03-1-000;

    5.1.2 As more fully set forth in Article 7, EPNG obtains tariff authority to provide shippers who contract for any unsubscribed or turnback capacity of an aggregate of no more than 623 MMcf/day of the 3290 MMcf/day to a primary non-California delivery point(s) with dual primary delivery point rights that permit the shippers to ship gas either to a primary non-California delivery point(s), to a primary California delivery point, or to a combination of both; and

    5.1.3 As more fully set forth in Article 8, EPNG obtains tariff authority to revise the procedure originally agreed to in the 1996 Settlement whereby northern California shippers may recall Block II capacity in order to serve customers in PG&E’s service area.

    5.2 EPNG will not be deemed to have violated its obligations in this Article if it is unable to make available or schedule to its California delivery points 3290 MMcf/day of firm primary capacity due to, for the duration of, and to the extent of, events and factors beyond its control, including but not limited to: (a) force majeure events (as defined in

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    Section 7.2 of the General Terms and Conditions of EPNG’s Volume No. 1-A Tariff); (b) delays in securing necessary regulatory approvals; (c) superseding regulatory or court rulings; (d) shipper choices which have relocated or will relocate shippers’ primary delivery points from California points to non-California points, thereby reducing the contractual amount of capacity with California primary delivery point rights below 3290 MMcf/day; and (e) shipper choices to use dual primary delivery point capacity to deliver gas to non-California delivery points instead of to California delivery points; provided, however, and subject to the foregoing, that nothing herein will alter EPNG’s obligation herein to maintain facilities sufficient to physically deliver 3290 MMcf/day to its California delivery points.

    5.3 EPNG shall not add new firm incremental load to its system that would prevent it from making available or scheduling to its California delivery points 3290 MMcf/day of firm primary capacity, as set forth in Paragraph 5.1.

    5.4 The Settling Parties agree that with regard to the choices provided shippers by the Commission, this Settlement Agreement, including the obligations undertaken by EPNG in this Article, is not intended to, and does not, preclude, restrict or inhibit any such choices in any way, but rather broadens such choices by, among other things, eliminating contractual restraints on the delivery of gas to the California border.

    ARTICLE 6
    LINE 2000 POWER-UP

    6.1 On October 3, 2002, in Docket No. CP03-1-000, EPNG submitted an application for Commission certificate authority to install additional compression on its

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    Line 2000 that would add an additional 320 MMcf/day of capacity to its system, all as more fully described in the application.

    6.2 If EPNG receives the necessary environmental and regulatory approvals, as proposed by EPNG, including but not limited to Commission certificate authorization in Docket No. CP03-1-000, then EPNG shall construct the Power-Up Project on a phased schedule with in-service dates as proposed in its certificate application at Docket No. CP03-1-000. EPNG will use all commercially reasonable efforts to obtain all approvals on a timely basis to meet that schedule.

    6.3 Upon completion of the Power-Up Project, EPNG will have the physical capacity to deliver up to 3840 MMcf/day in the aggregate to the California delivery points as follows: (a) 540 MMcf/day to SoCal-Topock; (b) 400 MMcf/day to Mojave-Topock; (c) 1140 MMcf/day to PG&E-Topock; and (d) 1760 MMcf/day to Ehrenberg.

    6.4 No California Settling Party shall object to the recovery in EPNG’s rates in its next rate case of the costs reasonably incurred by EPNG in connection with the increase of physical California delivery capacity from 3290 MMcf/day to 3840 MMcf/day, which physical capacity will be available to serve California and East of California markets. Those costs are all the costs reasonably incurred by EPNG associated with the construction of the Power-Up Project (Docket No. CP03-1-000) and the Line 2000 Conversion Project (Docket No. CP00-422-000). The California Settling Parties shall not be prohibited from objecting to the allocation of such costs in EPNG’s next rate case.

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    ARTICLE 7
    DUAL PRIMARY DELIVERY POINTS

    7.1 Upon approval of this Settlement Agreement, EPNG will have tariff authority to provide shippers who contract for no more than 623 MMcf/day of the 3290 MMcf/day by obtaining unsubscribed or turnback capacity as part of the conversion from full requirements to contract demand to a non-California delivery point(s) with dual primary delivery point rights that permit the shippers to ship gas either to a primary non-California delivery point(s) or to a primary California delivery point. Accordingly, effective on the first day of the month following the Effective Date of this Settlement Agreement, the General Terms and Conditions of EPNG’s Volume No. 1-A Tariff shall be modified to reflect the changes shown on the Pro Forma Tariff Sheets attached hereto under Tab 1; provided, however, that the California Settling Parties will have the right to argue to the Commission in the future that non-California shippers should not be permitted to acquire part of the 3290 MMcf/day and change the primary delivery points to non-California points. Upon agreeing to a shipper’s request to move its primary delivery point from a California point to a non-California point, EPNG agrees to notify the California Settling Parties promptly of the fact of such agreement.

    7.2 Unless the parties otherwise agree, at no time during the term of this Settlement Agreement shall EPNG be obligated to provide capacity under firm contracts with primary rights to California delivery points, either on a “single” or “dual” basis, that exceeds the following:

    SoCal Topock 540 MMcf/day PG&E Topock 1140 MMcf/day

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    Mojave Topock 400 MMcf/day SoCal Ehrenberg 1210 MMcf/day

    7.3 Except as may be limited by Article 8 relating to Block II recall rights, shippers holding contracts with dual primary rights will have the sole discretion to determine the points to which they will nominate their gas deliveries on any given day, i.e., subject to the provisions of EPNG’s tariff, EPNG’s shippers will determine where and how much gas will be delivered to California and non-California delivery points on EPNG’s system.

    ARTICLE 8
    BLOCK II RECALL RIGHTS

    8.1 The parties to the 1996 Settlement divided EPNG’s 1.614 Bcf/day of turnback capacity into three blocks (Blocks I, II, and III) for the term of that settlement. Block II contains 614 MMcf/day of capacity, and, among other things, it gives shippers serving customers in PG&E’s market area the right to recall Block II capacity under certain conditions.

    8.2 The Settling Parties agree that, during the remaining term of the 1996 Settlement, Block II capacity will remain subject to recall by PG&E or shippers serving a market in PG&E’s service territory. Upon approval of the Settlement Agreement by the Commission, EPNG’s tariff provisions regarding the Block II recall process will be revised to clarify the recall process as stated in the pro forma tariff sheets attached hereto under Tab 2. Accordingly, effective on the first day of the month following the Effective Date of this Settlement Agreement, Section 4 of the General Terms and Conditions of

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    EPNG’s Volume No. 1-A Tariff shall be revised to clarify the recall process as reflected in the provisions set forth on the Pro Forma Tariff Sheets attached hereto under Tab 2.

    ARTICLE 9
    AFFILIATE ISSUES

    9.1 EPNG agrees that no affiliate of the pipeline will enter into new contractual commitments to hold capacity on the EPNG system for the term of this Settlement Agreement except (1) to the extent that such affiliate requires the capacity to fulfill its obligations existing under the terms of the Master Settlement Agreement, or (2) to replace existing capacity to serve existing contractual obligations. As of the date of this Settlement Agreement, existing capacity held by Merchant is: (1) approximately 37 MMcf/day of firm capacity which it acquired directly from EPNG and that has primary California delivery rights; (2) approximately 156 MMcf/day of primary firm capacity to Ehrenberg which it acquired from Southern California Gas Company under a temporary release that expires on August 31, 2006; and (3) approximately 92 MMcf/day of capacity on the Wilcox lateral that does not include any mainline rights.

    9.2 To the extent that, on any day, Merchant is not using any of its mainline capacity on EPNG to fulfill its settlement obligations or to serve other obligations existing at the time of this Settlement Agreement as set forth in Paragraph 9.1 above, it shall not unreasonably delay posting the capacity not so used for release in accordance with the terms of EPNG’s tariff, and upon terms and conditions comparable to capacity release transactions occurring contemporaneously among non-affiliated shippers on EPNG’s system. Furthermore, the Settling Parties agree that in its order approving the Settlement Agreement the Commission must waive the applicability of Section 28.9(d) of

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    the General Terms and Conditions of EPNG’s Volume No. 1-A Tariff (which prohibits the re-release of capacity acquired on a volumetric reservation charge basis) to the extent necessary to enable Merchant to release any capacity it has acquired in the secondary market in accordance with the provisions of this Paragraph.

    ARTICLE 10
    EFFECTIVE DATE

    10.1 It is stipulated and agreed that the various provisions of the instant Settlement Agreement are not severable and that neither this Settlement Agreement, nor any of the provisions hereof, shall become effective unless and until each of the following has occurred: (a) the Commission shall have entered an order approving the instant Settlement Agreement without condition or modification; (b) such Commission order approving the instant Settlement Agreement shall have waived compliance by the El Paso Settling Parties with the requirements of the Commission’s Rules and Regulations as necessary to carry out the provisions of this Settlement Agreement; (c) the Stipulated Judgment referenced in Article 12 has become fully effective pursuant to its terms; and
    (d) the Master Settlement Agreement has become fully effective pursuant to its terms. When conditions (a), (b), (c) and (d) are satisfied, including Paragraph 10.2 below if applicable, then this Settlement Agreement will become effective, and such date will constitute the Effective Date. None of the provisions of this Settlement Agreement will become effective prior to the Effective Date.

    10.2 If the Commission issues an order modifying this Settlement Agreement or approving it only subject to modification(s) or condition(s), then this Settlement Agreement will not become effective unless each of the Settling Parties expressly accepts

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    the modification(s) or condition(s) in writing within thirty (30) days of the date of the Commission’s order requiring the modification(s) or condition(s), and also not until conditions (b), (c) and (d) of Paragraph 10.1 are satisfied. In the event any of the Settling Parties fails to accept a modification or condition required by the Commission, then this Settlement Agreement and the Master Settlement Agreement shall be void and of no effect.

    10.3 If a party other than a Settling Party requests rehearing of a Commission order approving the Settlement Agreement, or of a Commission order that modifies and/or conditions the Settlement Agreement and that is accepted by the Settling Parties pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 10.2, and if in that situation the Commission on rehearing reverses or otherwise modifies or conditions the order, and that prevents any Settling Party from fully performing its obligations under the Settlement Agreement, then the Settling Parties agree to negotiate in good faith as to additional modifications to the Settlement Agreement to reflect the material impact, if any, of the Commission’s modifications or conditions; provided, however, that if the parties are unable to agree to additional modifications, then the parties shall present their respective positions to the Special Master for resolution, which resolution shall be taken to the Commission for review to the extent such review may be required. The Settling Parties further agree that: (1) there shall be no liability for any Settling Party’s failure to perform as a result of any action set forth in this paragraph, and (2) none of the Settling Parties will have the right to terminate the Settlement Agreement as a result of any action set forth in this paragraph.

    10.4 If a party other than a Settling Party seeks judicial review of a Commission order approving the Settlement Agreement pursuant to the provisions of

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    Paragraph 10.1, or of a Commission order that modifies and/or conditions the Settlement Agreement and that is accepted by the Settling Parties pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 10.2, and if in that situation a reviewing court, or the Commission on remand of an order from a reviewing court, reverses or otherwise modifies or conditions the Commission’s order, and that prevents any Settling Party from fully performing its obligations under the Settlement Agreement, then the Settling Parties agree to negotiate in good faith as to additional modifications to the Settlement Agreement to reflect the material impact, if any, of the Commission’s or court’s modifications or conditions; provided, however, that if the parties are unable to agree to additional modifications, then the parties shall present their respective positions to the Special Master for resolution, which resolution shall be taken to the Commission for review to the extent such review may be required. The Settling Parties further agree that: (1) there shall be no liability for any Settling Party’s failure to perform as a result of any action set forth in this paragraph, and
    (2) none of the Settling Parties will have the right to terminate the Settlement Agreement as a result of any action set forth in this paragraph.

    10.5 Nothing in this Article precludes any Settling Party from requesting rehearing or seeking judicial review of any Commission order regarding this Settlement Agreement; provided, however, that such rehearing request or court appeal by a Settling Party shall not affect a Settling Party’s acceptance of a Commission order approving the Settlement Agreement as set forth in Paragraphs 10.1 and 10.2 above.

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    ARTICLE 11
    TERMINATION OF OTHER PROCEEDINGS, MUTUAL
    RELEASE AND WAIVER

    11.1 The Settling Parties hereby agree that in its order approving this Settlement Agreement the Commission must dismiss with prejudice the complaint in Docket No. RP00-241-000 effective upon the Effective Date, and all claims or issues raised in that proceeding by any of the California Settling Parties, and in all subdockets, will be deemed finally resolved effective upon the Effective Date.

    11.2 The Settling Parties further agree that in its order approving this Settlement Agreement the Commission must terminate with prejudice the Docket No. RP00-241-000 proceeding and all subdockets effective upon the Effective Date, and must vacate the October 9, 2001, and September 23, 2002 Initial Decisions of the Chief Administrative Law Judge in that proceeding effective upon the Effective Date.

    11.3 The California Settling Parties hereby agree that the issues and claims settled herein, as described in Article 3 and Paragraph 11.6, are deemed withdrawn with prejudice as to the Settling Parties in all other Commission proceedings, including but not limited to the Capacity Allocation Proceeding and Docket No. RP01-484-000 effective upon the Effective Date.

    11.4 The California Settling Parties each further agree that none of them, either directly or indirectly, in any current or future proceeding, forum, formal or informal investigation, case or any other matter, will advocate any position that is inconsistent with the terms of this Settlement Agreement, including the release set forth in Paragraph

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    5.2 of the Master Settlement Agreement, or take any action that materially interferes with the El Paso Settling Parties’ ability to perform under this Settlement Agreement.

    11.5 Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, nothing in this Settlement Agreement shall replace or supplant any remedy which the Commission prospectively makes available to all shippers, including the California Settling Parties, in the Capacity Allocation Proceeding, including the relief already provided in the Commission’s May 31, 2002, and September 20, 2002 Orders; provided, that the California Settling Parties shall not be entitled to any relief against the El Paso Settling Parties in that proceeding, or in any other proceeding, which is covered by the scope of the release set forth at Paragraph 5.2 of the Master Settlement Agreement, and thus would be duplicative or cumulative to the consideration that the El Paso Settling Parties have provided to the California Settling Parties under this Settlement Agreement and the Master Settlement Agreement; and provided further, that the Special Master is empowered to require specific performance and impose reasonable injunctive remedies as agreed to by the parties to ensure compliance with the contractual commitments that are set forth in the Stipulated Judgment.

    11.6 The release provisions set forth in Paragraphs 5.2 and 5.3 of the Master Settlement Agreement, and the other provisions of Section 5 of the Master Settlement Agreement as appropriate, are incorporated herein by reference, and the instant Settlement Agreement is subject to said release provisions.

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    ARTICLE 12
    DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    12.1 As more fully discussed in the Offer of Settlement, the Settling Parties have agreed to an alternative dispute resolution process. Under that process, compliance with certain of the terms of this Settlement Agreement shall be enforced by a Special Master, as provided in a Stipulated Judgment that the Settling Parties will file with a federal district court in California. In part, the Stipulated Judgment will provide that, to the extent that the Settling Parties disagree in the future as to whether particular compliance issues are subject to the jurisdiction of this Commission, the parties agree that such disputes will be submitted to the Commission for resolution. The Stipulated Judgment will further state that in the event the Commission does not resolve such a dispute within 60 days, the dispute will be submitted to the Special Master for his/her immediate resolution, provided, however, that nothing in the Stipulated Judgment is intended to deprive the Commission of the ability to resolve any disputes or issues within its jurisdiction.

    ARTICLE 13
    TERM

    13.1 The term of this Settlement Agreement will be five (5) years from the Effective Date.

    ARTICLE 14
    GENERAL PROVISIONS

    14.1 In entering this Settlement Agreement, the Settling Parties assume the risk of any mistake of fact or law. If the Settling Parties, or any of them, should later discover that any fact they relied upon in entering this Settlement Agreement is not true, or that

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    their understanding of the facts or law was incorrect, none of the Settling Parties shall be entitled to seek rescission, termination or modification of this Settlement Agreement on that basis. This Settlement Agreement is intended to be final and binding upon the Settling Parties regardless of any mistake of fact or law.

    14.2 This Settlement Agreement shall be binding upon and for the benefit of each of the Settling Parties, and their successors and assigns. Nothing in this Settlement Agreement shall be construed or interpreted to impart any rights or obligations to any third party (other than a permitted successor or assignee bound to this Settlement Agreement).

    14.3 Neither the provision of consideration in the form of the mutual covenants contained herein, nor the performance of any such covenants contained herein, nor anything contained or incorporated herein shall be deemed, nor shall the negotiations, execution and performance of this Settlement Agreement constitute, an admission or concession of liability or wrongdoing on the part of any Settling Party, or any other form of admission with respect to any matter, thing or dispute whatsoever.

    14.4 Each Settling Party represents and warrants to each of the other Settling Parties that, subject to this Paragraph: (a) it has the full power and authority to enter into this Settlement Agreement and to perform all transactions, duties and obligations set forth herein; (b) it has duly and validly executed and delivered this Settlement Agreement and the other documents and agreements provided for herein to be executed and delivered by such Settling Party; and (c) this Settlement Agreement and the other documents and agreements provided for herein to be executed and delivered by such Settling Party

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    constitute the legal, valid and binding obligations of such Party, enforceable against such Settling Party in accordance with their respective terms. The CPUC and the Los Angeles City Council have not yet had an opportunity to conduct the required votes on whether to approve the Settlement Agreement. Accordingly, this Settlement Agreement is executed by counsel for the CPUC and the City of Los Angeles subject to such approval. Not later than five (5) business days after each such vote is taken, counsel for each of these Parties shall certify the results of their respective votes in writing to each of the other Parties to the Joint Settlement Agreement, and will notify the Commission in writing.

    14.5 This Settlement Agreement, the Stipulated Judgment, and the Master Settlement Agreement, along with the attachments thereto, constitute the entire agreement between the Parties as to the issues specified herein and supersede and replace all prior negotiations or proposed agreements, written or oral, with respect to the subject matter thereof; provided, however, that nothing in this Settlement Agreement shall be deemed to supersede, modify or replace the provisions of the 1996 Settlement except with respect to those clarifying revisions set forth in Article 8 relating to the recall of Block II capacity.

    14.6 This Settlement Agreement may not be altered, amended, modified or otherwise changed in any respect whatsoever except by writing duly executed by an authorized representative of each of the Settling Parties.

    14.7 The language of this Settlement Agreement shall be construed as a whole, and not strictly for or against any Settling Party, regardless of who drafted or was principally responsible for drafting the Settlement Agreement or any specific terms or

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    conditions hereof. This Settlement Agreement shall be deemed to have been drafted by all Settling Parties, and no Settling Party shall urge otherwise.

    14.8 The descriptive titles and headings of the Articles of this Settlement Agreement are for reference purposes only. The titles and headings are not to be construed or taken into account in interpreting any term or provision of the Settlement Agreement and do not qualify, modify, or explain the meaning or constriction of any term or provision of the Settlement Agreement.

    ARTICLE 15
    RESERVATIONS

    15.1 This Settlement Agreement is entered into pursuant to Rule 602 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 C.F.R. Section 385.602
    (2002). Unless and until the provisions of the Settlement Agreement become effective pursuant to its terms, the Settlement Agreement, the Offer of Settlement, the Stipulated Judgment, the Explanatory Statement, and the tariff sheets attached hereto shall be privileged and of no effect and shall not be admissible in any proceeding before any court or regulatory body.

    15.2 This Settlement Agreement is made upon the express understanding that it constitutes a negotiated settlement of the subject proceeding. Neither the Commission nor any of the Settling Parties shall be deemed to have approved, accepted or otherwise consented to any legal principle, policy, methodology, tariff modification or interpretation, or contract modification or interpretation, except as expressly provided in this Settlement Agreement.

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    /s/ Daniel F. Collins -------------------------------- Kenneth M. Minesinger                       Daniel F. Collins Lois K. Perrin                              Senior Vice President & Deputy Christopher Cobb                              General Counsel MORRISON & FORESTER, L.L.P.                 EL PASO CORPORATION 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.              555 11th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.                            Suite 750 (202) 887-1500                              Washington, D.C. 20004 (202) 637-3500

    Judy A. Heineman Vice President and General Counsel
    EL PASO NATURAL GAS COMPANY

    2 North Nevada Avenue
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 473-2300

    Attorneys for
    EL PASO NATURAL GAS COMPANY

    /s/ Gregory W. Jones -------------------------------- William S. Scherman                         Gregory W. Jones Douglas G. Robinson                         Vice President and David J. Hill                               Associate General Counsel SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE,                       EL PASO CORPORATION MEAGHER & FLOM, L.L.P.                    1001 Louisiana Street 1440 New York Avenue, N.W.                  Houston, TX 77002 Washington, D.C. 20005                      (713) 420-4431 (202) 371-7060 Attorneys for EL PASO MERCHANT ENERGY, L.P.
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    /s/ Stephen E. Pickett -------------------------------- Kevin J. Lipson                             Stephen E. Pickett Douglas L. Beresford                        Douglas Kent Porter J. Patrick Nevins                           SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY HOGAN & HARTSON L.L.P.                      P.O. Box 800 555 13th Street, N.W.                       2244 Walnut Grove Avenue Washington, D.C. 20004                      Rosemead, CA 91770 (202) 637-5614                              (626) 302-3694

    Attorneys for
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY

    /s/ Joshua Bar-Lev -------------------------------- Jon B. Streeter                             Joshua Bar-Lev KEKER & VAN NEST L.L.P.                     Charles Middlekauff 710 Sansome Street                          PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY San Francisco, CA 94111                     P.O. Box 7442 (415) 391-5400                              77 Beale Street, 30th Floor San Francisco, CA 94120 (415) 973-2776

    Attorneys for
    PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY

    /s/ Harvey Y. Morris -------------------------------- Harvey Y. Morris PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 703-1086

    (Subject to formal approval by the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California)

    Attorney for the
    PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
    OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

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    /s/ Rockard J. Delgadillo ------------------------------------ Regina Y. Speed-Bost                        Rockard J. Delgadillo SULLIVAN & WORCESTER LLP                    City Attorney 1666 K Street, N.W.                         Terree Bowers Suite 700                                   Executive Assistant Washington, D.C. 20006                      Mark L. Brown Telephone: (202) 775-6816                   Senior Assistant Attorney Edward J. Perez Assistant City Attorney CITY OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 1800 City Hall East Los Angeles, CA 90012 Telephone: (213) 485-3160

    (Subject to formal approval by the Los Angeles City Council)

    Attorneys for the
    CITY OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

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    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

    THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF           | CALIFORNIA ex rel. BILL LOCKYER,     | ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE        |    CIVIL ACTION NO. OF CALIFORNIA and THE STATE OF       |                    ------------------ CALIFORNIA, PACIFIC GAS AND          | ELECTRIC COMPANY, AND SOUTHERN       | CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY,           | | |    [PRO FORMA] STIPULATION TO Plaintiffs,       |    ENTRY OF JUDGMENT(1) | | v.                          | | EL PASO NATURAL GAS COMPANY,         | EL PASO MERCHANT ENERGY COMPANY,     | EL PASO MERCHANT ENERGY - GAS,       | L.P.,                                | | Defendants.       | | --------------------------------------

    STIPULATION

    The parties to these actions, plaintiffs, the People of the State of California, ex rel. Bill Lockyer, Attorney General of the State of California and the State of the California (“State of


    (1) [Note: Prior to its actual filing, the Stipulated Judgment will be conformed to the filing requirements of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to ensure that judgment is entered in accordance with the Parties' agreement. No changes to the substantive commitments of the Parties will be made.]
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    California”),(2) Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”), and Southern California Edison Company (“Edison”) (plaintiffs, and the CPUC, jointly referred to herein as the “California Parties”), and defendants El Paso Merchant Energy-Gas, L.P., El Paso Merchant Energy Company (together “Merchant”), and El Paso Natural Gas Company (“EPNG”) (defendants collectively referred to herein as “El Paso”) (California Parties and defendants collectively “Settling Parties”), having agreed to a settlement of these actions on the terms as set forth in this Stipulation to Entry of Judgment (“Stipulation”), hereby stipulate to the following:

    1. Entry of Judgment Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58

    Without any admission by El Paso of liability or fault, the Settling Parties have entered into this Stipulation with the intent to fully and finally compromise and settle all of plaintiffs’ claims. In consideration of covenants made in this Stipulation, the Settling Parties respectfully request that the Court enter judgment in accordance with the terms of this Stipulation under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58. For the purpose of enforcing the Settling Parties’ compliance with the Stipulated Judgment during the five (5) year period following the effective date of the Stipulated Judgment, the Court shall retain jurisdiction over the consolidated actions during said period. The Court’s jurisdiction shall terminate at the end of that period.

    In addition to the filing of this Stipulation in this Court, filings have been made in California Superior Court, and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), to resolve all claims covered by the release provisions contained in those filings. The FERC settlement filing shall resolve all claims and issues raised by the California Parties in the proceeding at Docket No. RP00-241-000 and all subdockets, and all related claims and issues raised in a number of other proceedings. The California Superior Court filing (“Master Settlement Agreement”) shall resolve, inter alia, the class action litigation and other cases pending in California Superior Courts in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and in Nevada.

    Importantly, the effectiveness of this Stipulated Judgment shall be contingent upon the


    (2) It is stipulated that both the Attorney General of the State of California and the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California (“CPUC”) will concurrently have the State of California’s rights and obligations under this Stipulated Judgment.
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    approval and effectiveness of the settlements filed with the California Superior Court and at the FERC, and the five year term of the Stipulated Judgment shall not commence until that time. This Stipulation shall become void and the obligations of the Settling Parties thereunder will not arise if either of the settlements filed with the California Superior Court and at the FERC do not become effective in accordance with their terms. Accordingly, the Settling Parties respectfully request that the Court enter this Stipulated Judgment now, but defer its effective date until such time as the Settling Parties jointly inform the Court that it should be implemented.

    In addition, in the event that this Stipulation is not approved as submitted and does not become effective as requested by the Settling Parties, or becomes void, then the Settling Parties agree that: (1) it cannot be used in any proceeding for any purpose; (2) El Paso retains and specifically reserves the right to, within a reasonable time, file an answer and any other pleadings in response to the plaintiffs’ complaints (including dispositive motions) and/or assert all applicable affirmative defenses and/or counter-claims against the plaintiffs; and, (3) the plaintiffs retain and specifically reserve the right to amend their complaints.

    2. Order of Reference Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53

    The Settling Parties respectfully request that the Court approve a Special Master in these actions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 53, for a term of five (5) years, commencing upon the effective date of this Stipulation.

    APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL OF THE SPECIAL MASTER.

    The Settling Parties shall use their best efforts to agree upon a mutually acceptable Special Master within ten business days after the approval of the Stipulation. If the Settling Parties are unable to agree to a Special Master, the Settling Parties shall nominate a list of qualified, experienced, neutral individuals with no conflicts of interest to be Special Master. The nomination list shall be submitted to the Court no later than twenty days after approval of the Stipulation.

    Please continue @:

    http://google.brand.edgar-online.com/EFX_dll/EDGARpro.dll?FetchFilingHtmlSect…?SectionID=2438717-370082-500354

     

     

    The Leslie Brodie Report Sends Greetings to John Keker as Keker & Van Nest Now Part of Inquiry by TLR/YR/Others Into California Energy Crisis / PG&E Bankruptcy, and Related Financial Shenanigans involving CaliforniaALL and CCPF

    California Energy Crisis

    (L-R) Joe Dunn-Tom Girardi-James Brosnahan-Martha Escutia who served as original BOD members of embattled Voice of OC;  Pierce O’Donnell;  Lance Astrella;  Jerome Falk of Howard Rice (represented PG&E in bankruptcy proceedings, Girardi-Astrella-Lack in a malpractice action by Robert Copple involving the Sempra Energy settlement, secondary representation of PG&E in Erin Brockovich matter while PG&E in bankruptcy — a case prosecuted by Girardi/Lack, really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi, part of litigation Attorney General Bill Lockyer had advanced against parent company of  PG&E — a case Jerry Brown had later dismissed under highly questionable circumstances.  Sources maintain since the King can do no wrong, Jerry Brown — for all its worth – can have his legacy barring any new developments such as late discovery of new evidence.  In addition, Jerome Falk with strong ties to Howard Rice partner Douglas Winthrop who is part and parcel of California Bar Foundation which mysteriously funneled “Hush-Hush” sub-rosa $780,000 to CaliforniaALL ) ; Ex-CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown (ties to CaliforniaALL, Judy Johnson’s CCPF, California Bar Foundation,  as well as secondary ties to the “Oral Sex Scandal” involving Donald Steedman/Robert Hawley/Castro Valley-based female attorney); Joe Cotchett; Walter Lack of In Re Girardi/Sempra Litigation; John Keker of Keker & Van Nest (KVN with strong ties to CPUC via Lynch/Cohen; Robert Van Nest/Jon Streeter represented PG&E before FERC in matter of CPUC vs. El Paso; Jon Streeter part of State Bar BOG while YR had submitted request for formal investigation.  Streeter presently part of BOG, as well as California Bar Foundation BOD)

     

    Please see developing story @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/04/11/cpuc-vs-el-paso-corp-federal-energy…

     

    PG&E; Nancy McFadden; Jerry Brown; Geoffrey Brown; Bill Lockyer; PG&E’ s Legal Team of Keker & Van Nest’s Robert Van Nest, Jon Streeter and Arnold & Porter/Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop and Jerome Falk Hereby Asked to Comment on PG&E-TLR

    PG&E; Nancy McFadden; Jerry Brown; Ex-CPUC Geoffrey Brown; PG & E’ s Legal Team of Keker & Van Nest’s Robert Van Nest, John Keker, Proxy Jon Streeter and Arnold & Porter/Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop and Jerome Falk Hereby Asked to  Comment on PG & E Search Results on TLR.

    PG & E  breached various agreement it had entered into with a small Texas-based energy company known as El Paso Energy.  PG & E managed to gain the support of the CPUC in reneging on those agreements.  A very upset owner of El Paso managed to “outfox” PG & E by slowly gaining control of various pipelines which carry natural gas to California.

    Once in control, El Paso raised the prices.   PG & E — per restriction imposed by the CPUC — couldn’t ask for a rate increase and begun losing money.  At times, PG & E’s generators came to a complete holt — forcing “rolling blackouts.”  

    The outcome of El Paso’s vendetta:

    A) California “Energy Crisis.” 

    B) Allegation El Paso had conspired with Sempra in Phoenix.

    B) PG & E sought protection in  bankruptcy court — represented by Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk — the one and same Jerome Falk of Copple vs. Astrella / In Re Girardi.

    C) PG & E and CPUC filed suit against El Paso before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — Keker & Van Nest’s Robert Van Nest and Jon Streeter represented PG & E.

    D)  California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed suit against PG & E alleging money was misappropriated by PG & E’s parent company during the bankruptcy proceedings.  Once Jerry Brown assumed the position of Attorney General, said suit was dismissed.

    Separately,  events surrounding PG & E, CaliforniaALL, El Paso, Sempra, Joe Dunn,  Martha Escutia, Voice of OC and CPUC  are also suspect.  To wit, hush-hush sub-rosa transfer of $ 780,000 from the California Bar Foundation (while CPUC’s Geoffrey Brown and Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop served as California Bar Foundation BOD member) to  CaliforniaALL.

    Moreover, the fact that PG & E directly funneled sums to CaliforniaALL, as well as the fact that PG & E’s Ophelia Basgal served as CaliforniaALL BOD member.

    The above events were extensively covered  by The Leslie Brodie Report.

    Unfortunately, various news media platforms maintained by The Leslie Brodie Report were recently sabotaged to exclude search results dealing with PG&E.

     

    Effected sites:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/

     

    Support and research platform @ lesliebrodie.wordpress.com

     

    Please see below:

    FERC Judge Curtis Wagner in CPUC vs El Paso Corp Hereby Asked to Opine on James Brosnahan, Frank Lindh, Geoffrey Brown, Tony West, Thomas Girardi, Pierce O’Donnell; Refusal by Joe Dunn of Voice of OC – Who “Broke” Enron – to Comply with IRS Regulations

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

     

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

     

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

    Van Ness Feldman’s Susan Olenchuk, Jones Day’s Jason Leif, and DWGP’s Derek Dyson Hereby Asked to Opine on Refusal by State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC ( One Who “Broke” Enron) to Comply with IRS Rgulations in the Context

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

     

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

     

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

    American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulow Hereby Asked to Opine on Events Relating to United States Department of Justice Tony West; California Demcratic Operatives James Brosnahan, Thomas Girardi, John Keker, and Kamala Harris

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

     

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

     

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

    American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulow Assails Appointment of Tony West

     

    Another controversial appointment has been made by Attorney General Eric Holder. This time his appointment to the number 3 post at the Department of Justice is raising important questions.

    Tony West served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Division and has now been named to acting associate attorney general.

    What you may not know, though, is that West represented convicted terrorist John Walker Lindh, who fought on behalf of the Taliban and aided Al Qaeda. He’s now serving a 20-year prison sentence after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001. And, what’s more, not only did West represent Lindh, but his firm was also involved in two other defense cases for terrorists working against the U.S.

    See more about Mr. Tony West @:

    The Thrill of Blaming Others (TLR Note: 1- Alternative Theory to Lindh as Scapegoat ? 2- Since Judge Ellis Stated No Evidence Lindh Part of Plot Against Agent, Why Again Lindh is Rotting in Prison?)

    The relationship between the blamer and the blamed is a complex one. Really, the opposite of the prince is not the pauper, it is the scapegoat. As we will see later, the ruler creates the scapegoat so he doesn’t share his fate. We like to have our hate figures, just as we like to have leaders (though we tend to loathe them both equally). They are inextricably linked, reverse sides of a coin, one the shadow of the other – much in the way God and the Devil are in Christianity. The basic rule is as follows: the more a leader promises, the more he or she will subsequently have to apportion blame. Once we thought our kings were divine and therefore infallible, that disaster had to be the fault of another. These days we elect our leaders on the back of unrealistic promises which we choose to believe. They fail in these and we replace our leaders rather than overhaul the system, which resists change. And so the cycle of promise and blame begins all over again.

     

    Please continue @:

    http://www.salon.com/2012/01/29/the_thrill_of_blaming_others/singleton/

     

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    Lindh sentenced to 20 years for serving Taliban

    But it was the exchange between Spann and Ellis that was the most dramatic and most poignant. Ellis allowed Spann to speak in court even though, under the law, Spann is not considered a victim in the case.

    Spann’s son Johnny “Mike” Spann had just finished interviewing Lindh in the Afghan prison when some of the prisoners began their revolt. Lindh was shot in the leg and lay for hours in the compound’s courtyard. He was then helped to the prison basement, where he stayed until the uprising ended.

    At some point, Spann was shot to death.

    “I am here as an American and as Mike Spann’s father,” the elder Spann said. “I am here representing everybody who lays over at Arlington Cemetery and everybody who has given their life for their country.”

    The elder Spann said he will never believe that Lindh didn’t overhear plans for the uprising before it happened. And he said he will never believe that Lindh doesn’t have knowledge about his son’s death.

    Ellis stopped Spann at that point. “The government has no evidence and your suspicions and your inferences that you draw from the facts are not enough to warrant a jury conviction,” the judge said. “If I believed that the evidence I saw and the reports I had provided a case against Mr. Lindh in the death of your son, I would not have approved the plea agreement.”

    All of Spann’s suspicions passed through Ellis’ mind as well, the judge said. But early in the case. “I assure you that I looked for that evidence,” Ellis said.

    Spann asked Ellis if he had seen the medical examiner’s report on his son. Spann said the trajectory of the bullets in his son’s head is the main reason he believes the killing was execution-style.

    “He was clearly attacked by a number of people,” Ellis said. “And we don’t know the identity of those people. It’s that simple.”

    The judge told Spann that he urged prosecutors to interview Taliban and al-Qaeda detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to try to find anyone who could say that Lindh was involved in Spann’s murder. “I read the reports,” Ellis said, “and there was nothing to implicate Mr. Lindh.”

    Spann, however, clung to his bullet trajectory theory.

    “Even so,” Ellis said. “It doesn’t show that he did it. Proximity is not guilt.”

    The judge tried to alleviate Spann’s pain, saying Spann’s son undoubtedly was a hero. “Of all of the things he fought for, one of them is that we don’t convict people in the absence of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

     

    Source:

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2002-10-04-lindh-sentencing_x.htm

     

     

     

    March 29, 2012 — Jesselyn Radack — On “American Taliban” — Strong Conviction Government Should Always Wears the White Hat (TLR Note:1- Torture of Lindh/ Ignoring Radack’s Order Re Miranda Prompted US to Bargain Fearing Brosnahan Will Put US on Trial)

    SOUTH HADLEY – “Nobody goes to work saying, ‘I’m going to be a whistleblower today,'” said Jesselyn Radack.

    Radack, 41, a lawyer and former ethics adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice, said she – like most people who become whistleblowers – was just doing her job “when things started to go awry and I started to ask questions.”

    Radack, of Washington, was at Mount Holyoke College with Daniel Ellsberg for a panel discussion Wednesday titled “Whistleblowing: From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks.”

    The incident that turned Radack into a whistleblower involved John Walker Lindh, the young man dubbed the “American Taliban,” who was captured during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. Radack disclosed the FBI’s ethical violations in its interrogation of Lindh and exposed misleading statements made by former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

    Her questions about the handling of Lindh’s case eventually led to her resignation from the Justice Department, and later prompted her to contact Michael Isikoff, an investigative reporter at Newsweek magazine, who told her story. Radack now works as the national security and human rights director for the Government Accountability Project (www.whistleblower.org) in Washington.

    In talks she and other whistleblowers give to students around the country, Radack said, they try to counter the negative view of whistleblowers that the Bush and Obama administrations have advanced since 9/11.

    Like Ellsberg, she had gone into government service, not to expose wrong, but with the strong conviction that government “always wears the white hat,” Radack said. It was only after seeing wrongdoing, she said, that she had to make “tough decisions” about whether, and how, to act on it. She said she still believes that “our government can work – and it often does work.”

     

    Please continue @:

    http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/29/whistleblowers-can-pay-heavy-price-for-s…

     

    See also @:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesselyn_Radack

     

     

    Michael Shames’ The Utility Consumers’ Action Network (“UCAN”) — Entity with Strange and Repeated Financial Ties to California Bar Judy Johnson’s CCPF — Subject of New challenge with CPUC (TLR Note: Lindh – MoFo – CPUC Connection ????)

    State utility regulators are being asked to reconsider whether a leading advocacy group for utility customers can still participate in utility-rate proceedings that are at the core of the group’s mission.

    The Utility Consumers’ Action Network, or UCAN, has filed for dissolution in federal court amid allegations of secret bank accounts, illegal payments and an impostor lawyer.

    The allegations are the subject of a federal grand jury subpoena, and a breach-of-duty lawsuit also has been filed by two UCAN whistle-blowers against the group’s board of directors, its chief operating officer and executive director Michael Shames.

    In a motion filed this week with the California Public Utilities Commission, UCAN member and former employee Phillip Moskal said the utility watchdog abandoned its estimated 31,000 dues paying members when its board filed for dissolution in state court.

     

    Please continue @:

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/03/new-challenge-against-utility-group/

     

    State Bar of California Judy Johnson’s California Consumer Protection Foundation (“CCPF”), please see @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/01/02/california-consumer-protection-foun…

     

    AND @:

     

    http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/tag/ccpf

     

    2008 Frank Rich Lindh Now CPUC General Counsel ( Note: 1 Ex PG & E 2 Father of “Abu Sulayman al-Irlandi” — al irlandi = The Irish — since lied to CIA Mike Spann saying is Irish 3 Ties to MoFo – Conflicts ? 4 Gay Lover While Married to Marilyn Walker)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE
    Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366,
    news@cpuc.ca.gov

    CPUC NAMES NEW GENERAL COUNSEL

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 29, 2008 – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today named Frank Rich Lindh as General Counsel, effective June 23, 2008.

    Mr. Lindh is currently an attorney at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco. From 1996 until 1998, Mr. Lindh was General Counsel of Pacific Gas Transmission Company (now known as Gas Transmission Northwest Corporation), a major interstate natural gas pipeline serving California and the Pacific Northwest.

    “On behalf of my fellow Commissioners and CPUC staff, I welcome Frank to the Commission,” said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey. “Frank brings with him a wealth of experience as an attorney and as an energy expert. I am confident he will hit the ground running and provide strong leadership to our Legal Division.”

    In his career as an attorney, Mr. Lindh has worked in private law firms in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco and as an appellate attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Mr. Lindh has served as an attorney on numerous cases affecting the California energy industry, often representing the interests of California consumers side-by-side with the CPUC’s attorneys and staff. He has authored and co-authored several law review articles on federal-state relations in the energy industry.

    In his prior career as a social worker, Mr. Lindh worked in the private, non-profit sector, and for social services agencies in county, state, and federal government.

    Mr. Lindh serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Bar Association in Washington, D.C., and currently is President-Elect of the Association’s Western Chapter. He also is a longstanding member of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel.

    Mr. Lindh holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He attended college at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania, and is an honors graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He was admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia in 1985 and has been a member of the California bar since 1992.

    “I look forward to beginning another chapter of my career at the Commission,” said Mr. Lindh. “I have had the pleasure of working with many CPUC attorneys over the years, and I am excited to join such a competent and dedicated team of professionals.”

    The General Counsel oversees the CPUC’s Legal Division, which is directed by statute to represent and appear for the people of the State of California and the CPUC in all actions and proceedings involving any question under the Public Utilities Code or under any order or act of the CPUC. The General Counsel receives an annual salary of $139,000.

    For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

    John Keker — “No Man is Above the Law” — of Keker & Van Nest is Hereby Asked to Disclose/Opine on Refusal by State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC to Comply with IRS Rgulations

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

     

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

     

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

    Karl Rove Hereby Asked to Opine on Events Relating to United States Department of Justice Tony West ; California Demcratic Operatives James Brosnahan, Thomas Girardi, John Keker, and Kamala Harris

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

     

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

     

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

    Eric Holder Profile (TLR Note: Notice Caribbean Origin — Similar to Colin Powell. Psyche Free of Inferior and “House Negro” Complexes. Unlike Some People who Believe CPUC,Utility Companies,Ford Foundation/ 3 Browns, Keker,Brosnahan Deliver Salvation

    Eric Holder
    82nd United States Attorney General
    Incumbent
    Assumed office
    February 3, 2009
    President Barack Obama
    Deputy David Ogden
    James Cole
    Preceded by Michael Mukasey
    Deputy Attorney General of the United States
    In office
    June 13, 1997 – January 20, 2001
    President Bill Clinton
    Preceded by Jamie Gorelick
    Succeeded by Larry Thompson
    United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
    In office
    October 1993 – June 13, 1997
    Nominated by Bill Clinton
    Preceded by J. Ramsey Johnson[1]
    Associate Judge on Superior Court of the District of Columbia
    In office
    October 1988 – October 1993
    Nominated by Ronald Reagan
    Personal details
    Born Eric Himpton Holder, Jr.
    January 21, 1951 (age 61)
    Bronx, New York, U.S.
    Political party Democratic Party
    Spouse(s) Sharon Malone
    Children Maya
    Brooke
    Eric
    Alma mater Columbia University (A.B.)
    Columbia Law School (J.D.)
    Profession Attorney at Law
    Religion Episcopal

    Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first black American to hold the position,[2] serving under President Barack Obama.

    Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a United States Attorney. In that office he prosecuted Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (Democrat, Illinois) for corruption charges related to his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Later, he was Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to then-Senator Barack Obama during Obama’s presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama’s vice-presidential selection committee.

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    Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents with roots in Barbados.[3][4][dead link][5] Holder’s father, Eric Himpton Holder, Sr. (1905–1970) was born in Saint Joseph, Barbados and arrived in the United States at the age of 11.[6][7] He later became a real estate broker. His mother, Miriam, was born in New Jersey, while his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Saint Philip, Barbados.[7] Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens, and attended public school until the age of 10. When entering the 4th grade he was selected to participate in a program for intellectually-gifted students.[8] In 1969, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and attended Columbia University, where he played freshman basketball and was co-captain of his team. He earned a A.B. degree in American history in 1973.[9] Holder received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, graduating in 1976. He worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund during his first summer and the United States Attorney during his second summer.[8]

     

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman Hereby Asked to Opine on Events Relating to Tony West of the United States Department of Justice and Refusal By “Voice of OC” to Comply with IRS Rules and Regulations

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

     

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

     

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

    The Ashcroft Group’s John Ashcroft and The Foundation for Defense of Democracies R. James Woolsey and Dr. Ledeen Hereby Asked to Opine on Events Relating to United States Department of Justice Tony West

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

     

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

     

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

    Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton and Chris Farrell Hereby Asked to Opine on Events Relating to Tony West of the United States Department of Justice and Refusal By “Voice of OC” to Comply with IRS Rules and Regulations

    Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

     

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

     

    Voice of OC

    Due to unsettling circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the complainant asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days.

     

     

     

    Douglas Winthrop, MoFo’s Raj Chatterjee (Proxy of Brosnahan), Jon Streeter (Proxy of John Keker), Holly Fujie All Under Scrutiny Amid Revelations Re Sonia Gonzales, Tony West, ACLU’s Maya Harris — Spouse of Tony West and Sister of Kamala Harris

    Source:

    http://www.calbarjournal.com/February2012/TopHeadlines/TH3.aspx

     

    Bringing with her a deep understanding of disparities within the American justice system, Sonia Gonzales’ self-imposed goal as the new executive director of the California Bar Foundation is to listen.

    Sonia Gonzales
    Sonia Gonzales

    Listening, explained the former acting head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, is key to expanding the universe of those who support the foundation’s mission to increase access to justice. Gonzales’ official first day with the foundation was January 17.

    “The legal community as a whole has a responsibility to help improve access to appropriate legal services for all Californians, especially those from low-income or ethnic minority communities,” said Gonzales, a product of Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law. “We will be judged on how we treat the least among us.”

    After joining the Lawyers’ Committee in January 2010 as managing director, Gonzales led an organization-wide rebuild, including the development and implementation of the first new strategic plan in a decade. She was named interim executive director in August 2011.

    She currently serves on the board of Centro Legal de la Raza, and was a member of the Civil Rights Task Force for Attorney General Kamala Harris’ transition team.

    The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area dates back to 1968 and is affiliated with the national Lawyers’ Committee in advancing, protecting and promoting the rights of communities of color, immigrants and refugees. Recent projects include advocacy on behalf of the minority-owned businesses and formerly incarcerated, plus work to help implement the protections of the California Voting Rights Act.

    Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Gonzales served as assistant director of the ACLU of Northern California, where she helped manage the largest ACLU affiliate in the United States, with a staff of 60, a board of directors of 50 and more than 53,000 members.

    Previously, she worked at the Morrison & Foerster firm in San Francisco and, as a law student, at the National ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman firm.

    Prior to law school, Gonzales served as a political director for a major presidential campaign in 2004 and for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., and as a legislative assistant and press secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    “The success of the Bar Foundation’s mission depends on the collective effort of our board and staff, donors and grantees, plus the State Bar and other community partners that recognize the importance of helping California’s most disadvantaged residents,” Gonzales added. “This has everything to do with equality under the law.”

    Tom Fitton’s Judicial Watch Assails Appointment of Tony West to No. 3 At Obama DOJ (TLR Note: TLR will seek to unleash Judicial Watch on James Brosnahan, John Keker, Joe Dunn, Refusal to Release Forms 990 of Voice of OC)

    In a scary development, a major Obama fundraiser who defended a convicted al Qaeda terrorist will become the third highest ranking official at the Department of Justice (DOJ), which, ironically, is charged with defending the interests of the United States.

    Northern California lawyer Tony West has been named Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, making him the No. 3 guy at the agency. In 2009 West, who helped Obama raise tens of millions of dollars as finance co-chairman of his first presidential campaign, was appointed to help run the DOJ’s civil division which represents the government, Congress and presidential cabinet officers and handles cases dealing with significant policy issues.

    In a statement announcing the promotion this week, Attorney General Eric Holder says West has served the department with “professionalism, integrity and dedication.” Holder also mentions West’s work before coming to the DOJ a few years ago, including a stint as a Special Assistant Attorney General in California and a lengthier career at a large San Francisco law firm.

    Conveniently omitted in the press release is that West represented convicted al Qaeda terrorist John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Lindh was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 while fighting against the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance as a member of the Taliban army. He actually pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives while fighting U.S. troops in the region.

    Please see story @:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2012/03/al-qaeda-defense-atty-no-3-at-obama…

    As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) — Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice — is under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

     

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris ; Willie Brown and protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam, as well as CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon also of CaliforniaALL.

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general who was part of sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

     

     

     

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

    MoFo Legal Counsel

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

    CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

    dla

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

    SAL Partners

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

    Ex- Morrison & Foerster Partner — United States Department of Justice’s Tony West — Under Scrutiny (Part 1)

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice.
    He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

    CaliforniaALL


    Ms. Ruth Ashley, a former member of the State bar of California Board of Governors, arranged with others the subrosa transfer of $769,247.00 from the State Bar to a chritable entity — CaliforniaALL — which was under her control. (Photo: courtesy)

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey) at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. According to Ashley, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin which were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s now defunct website below:

    history of californiaALL..

    Urban legend notwithstanding, Ashley’s version of events is slightly inaccurate, as Sarah Redfield (a visiting professor from New Hampshire who Ashley met at McGeorge School of Law) is not a member of the California Bar, and was not representing any governmental agency. In actuality, Ruthe Ashley acted on behalf of both the State Bar California and CalPERS — where she was at the time employed as a Diversity Officer. Pete Arth, an attorney with the CPUC, spoke on behalf of the CPUC.

    On June 26, 2007, Ruth Ashley presented to the BOG the concept of California ALL, and recommnended that the State Bar support the organization.

    Ashley Proposes to the BOG

    Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

     

    MoFo Legal Counsel

     

     

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)

     

    In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with the plan and with the credibility of state agencies behind her, Ruthe Ashley marched on. Ashley, however, wanted to maintain a low profile AND make it appear that her subsequent hiring was purely coincidental. As such, she delegated the task of forming the entity to be known as CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

    Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, Texas is associated with CityView, a Los Angeles-based entity controlled by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive-director for a period of 6 months. See below:

    CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,

     

     

    Sarah E. Redfield's Book

     

    Sarah Redfield, one of the three lawyers who met at the San Francisco restaurant and who acted as CaliforniaALL’s Interim Executive Director was paid $157,763 while misclassified as an “independent contractor” in tax-returns submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

    See excerpt below from 2008 CaliforniaALL’s tax return.

    nbmjhuo

     

    Thus, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance. She did so in June of 2008. CaliforniaALL issued multiple press releases announcing that Ruthe Ashley would serve as CaliforniaALL’s CEO.

    CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

     

    Incidentally, Ashley and her attorneys represented to the IRS in returns bearing her signature that she was hired after a “nationwide search”, see below:

    CalALL 2008 990 Ruth Ashley as CEO

     

     

    CaliforniaALL’s was housed at: 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400 Sacramento, California 95814. This adress is actually the adress of the law-offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento. In its publication, CaliforniaALL thanked DLA Piper for offering pro-bono space in the Sacramento office. Yet, in CaliforniaALL’s tax-return signed by Ruthe Ashley, an expense in the amount of $16,457 for “occupancy” is listed. (See two images below)

     

    dla

     

    Occupancy 990 of California ALL

     

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa Hush-Hush contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation).

    Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) made a quiet transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL.

    California Bar Foundation Team

     

    At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, Annette Carnegie of Morrison & Foerster (the one and the same Morrison & Foerster which served as legal counsel to CaliforniaALL through Eric Tate Susan Mac Cormac) , and a few others.

     

    CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

     

    Below is an image which reflects State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) IRS Tax-Return showing a transfer of $774,247 to CaliforniaALL.

     

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation’s Newsroom, which made no mention of the “hush-hush” sub-rosa transfer to CaliforniaALL.

     

    Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

     

    In 2008, serving as President of the Foundation was Mario Camara. A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer. Wasn’t Mr. Camara proud of it, just like he was proud of other money which went to support “pipelines” After all, CaliforniaALL was also intended to support “pipelines”. See below:

    Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

     

    Below an image taken from CaliforniaALL own newsletter which alludes to the fact that the State Bar of California is a “Founding Partner” of CaliforniaALL. Stingy with credit and despite the transfer of close to $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, only utility companies are listed as “Founding Funders.” See below:

     

     

     

    As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer those funds forward, it did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn (future owner of Voice of OC) serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

    Senator Joseph Dunn

     

    U.C. Irvine Foundation CaliforniaALL

    Voice of OC Team
    Voice of OC original members of the Board of Directors(L-R) UCI Law Professor Henry Winestein, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn, and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

    In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley , as though her mission had been completed, abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, State Bar of California Executive Director , Mr. Joe Dunn, publicly launched the online publication “The Voice of OC” with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

     

    Also on September of 2009, CaliforniaALL saw fit to honor State Bar of California Board of Governors member Shrimpscam Gwen Moore — an appointee of Karen Bass and a confederate of fellow BOG member Jeannine English from the Little Hoover Commission:

     

     

     

    Shockingly, and to add insult to injury, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California would later claim

    “No Bar or Foundation funds were used for CAAL creation (AKA CaliforniaALL – by TLR)

    See original source HERE

     

    THE MAKE BELIEF LAUNCHING OF SAL


    SAL Our Work


    UCI Foundation allegedly used the money it obtained from CaliforniaALL to launch a “Saturday Law Academy. ” According to Professor Sarah Redfield’s CV, between 2008 and 2009 she “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

    Sara E. Redfield SAL

    Similarly, CaliforniaALL’s own publication indicates that with CaliforniaALL’s grant funds, U.C. Irvine developed and implemented the Saturday Academy of Law, and that by 2009 CaliforniaALL’s mission was visibly at work through the program. See below.

     

    Work CALALL SAL

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, as most transactions involving CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California, it is imbued with fraud and egregious acts dishonesty and deception.

    Specifically, the Saturday Academy of Law has been in existence for many years, and is part of the University of California Irvine’s Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), which has many programs to benefit the community, such as “UCI Saturdays with Sciences,” “Saturday Academy in Mathematics,” and the like.

    For example, as part of a field trip to law firms, the photo below was taken in 2005 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Sheppard Mullin.

    UCI SAL

    In 2007, UCISAL paid a visit to Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and Director of UCISAL.

    Please double-click on the photo for full view.

    SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

    In fact, UCI’s own literature gives no credit to CaliforniaALL. (See below.)

     

    SAL Partners

     

    Sources with knowledge, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain a red flag has been raised over West due to the overall circumstances surrounding sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL; Voice of OC; Morrison & Foerster (“MoFo”); MoFo’s James Brosnahan of Voice of OC ; MoFo’s Susan Mac Cormac ; California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) ; State Bar of California executive-director Joe Dunn and Martha Escutia of Voice of OC ; Kamala Harris and mentor — John Keker of Keker & Van Nest; Willie Brown’s protégés — State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam and CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon.

    According to the sources, while there is not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, his prior work with Brosnahan as well as the eerie coincidence that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL and Voice of OC were also in support of his conformation in 2009, requires further understanding of event, if only to examine potential conflict of interests should the DOJ ever investigate Voice of OC and/or CaliforniaALL — both entities with very close ties to Morrison & Foerster, and especially partner James Brosnahan.

    I’ll Take Tony West of The United States Department of Justice in California Public Utilities Commission Hodgepodge for $500, Alex – Conveniently Intertwined Part 7

    Tony West
    Mr. Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. West attended Harvard University where he served as Publisher of the Harvard Political Review, graduating with honors in 1987. He received his J.D. degree in 1992 from Stanford Law School, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review. He joined Morrison & Foerster in 2001. While at MoFo, West represented clients ranging from large corporations to “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh alongside partners James Brosnahan and
    Raj Chatterjee. His sister-in-law, Kamala Harris, is the California attorney general.

    MoFo Team
    Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo.


    Tony West, Wilie Brown,

    Mr. West shares a laugh with sister-in-law Kamala Harris former paramour who is like an albatross hanging around her neck — Willie Brown ( an otherwise a confederate of CPUC insider and State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore.)

    Tony West, John Burris

    From left, Ms. Lateefah Simon (spouse of CPUC Commissioner and Golden Gate University Professor Timothy Alan Simon); Mr Tony West; Mr. John Burris, a well-known and well-respected civil rights attorney whom TLR previously introduce to its readers in connection with former crack-addict Mike Nisperos during a trip to CNMI HERE.

    March 2009 – List of Letters in Support of Tony West — AKA Derek Anthony West — Confirmation as Assistant United States Attorney General ; Starr Babcock Revisited; Commentary by TLR

    *THE LESLIE BRODIE REPORT STRONGLY URGES THE READERS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSION REGARDING MISCONDUCT BY ANYONE — it should be noted that TLR possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. Tony West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described below involving Morrison & Foerster, James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, State Bar of California Executive Director — Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, Howard Miller and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, and the California Bar Foundation which made a hush-hush sub-rosa transfer of $780,000.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL.

    As mentioned previously,  YR suspects money was misappropriated and/or laundered  through the California Bar Foundation by James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster (who represented El Paso Energy) and others to assist State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn to launch his publication — Voice of OC .   See more HERE and HERE and HERE .

     

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

    A complete list of letters received in support of  the nomination of Mr. Tony West of Morrison & Foerster to the position of Assistant Attorney General of the United States of America


    *Commentary by TLR in parenthesis

    • March 17, 2009 – South Asian Bar Association (Entity headed by MoFo’s Raj Chatterjee — who along with Brosnahan and West represented the American Taliban. See HERE)

    • March 10, 2009 – Anne Eshoo, U.S. Congresswoman, California

    • March 9, 2009 – Timothy Alan Simon, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission, State of California (Part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council along with Tony West’s sister-in-law, Kamala Harris. See HERE )

    • March 9, 2009 – Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Congresswoman, California
    • March 9, 2009 – Bill Lann Lee, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., former Assistant Attorney General
    • March 9, 2009 – Jamie S. Gorelick, WilmerHale, former Deputy Attorney General


    From left, Gwen Moore of GeM Communication (who, according to confidential sources, was known in Sacramento as a “Shakedown Artist”), Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, and CCPF’s Judy Johnson.

     

    • March 9, 2009 – Karen Bass, Speaker of the Assembly, State of California (Nominated Shrimpscam/ Little Hoover Commission Gwen Moore as member of State Bar of California Board of Governors)

       

    • March 9, 2009 – Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter
    • March 9, 2009 – Phil Angelides, former State Treasurer, California
    • March 8, 2009 – Drew S. Days III, Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law, Yale Law School; former Assistant Attorney General,
      Civil Rights Division; former U.S. Solicitor General
    • March 7, 2009 - Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles, California
    • March 7, 2009 – George M. Sundheim
    • March 7, 2009 – Crime Victims United of California Chapter
    • March 6, 2009 – National Black Police Association, Inc.

       

    • March 6, 2009 – Norman Mineta, Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton; former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
    • March 6, 2009 – Philip B. Heymann, James Barr Ames Professor of Law, Director of Center for International Criminal Justice, Harvard Law School; former Deputy Attorney General
    • March 6, 2009 – Equal Justice Society
    • March 6, 2009 – Michael Dukakis, UCLA Department of Public Policy, former Governor, State of Massachusetts
    • March 6, 2009 – Charles Houston Bar Association
    • March 6, 2009 – Sandre R. Swanson, Assemblymember, State of California
    • March 5, 2009 – Nell Jessup Newton, Chancellor and Dean, University of California Hastings College of Law
    • March 5, 2009 – National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
    • March 5, 2009 – National Bar Association
    • March 5, 2009 – Tom McEnery, former Mayor, San Jose, California

    • March 5, 2009 – Bill Lockyer, Treasurer, State of California; former Attorney General, State of California (A confederate of Thomas Girardi who may be involved in Indian Gambling via Howard Dickstein — spouse of State Bar Board of Governor member Jeannine English — Gwen Moore’s confederate at Little Hoover Commission)

    • March 5, 2009 – John Keker, Keker & Van Nest LLP ( Mr. Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest presently serves as the President of the  State Bar of California)

       

    • March 5, 2009 – California Police Chiefs Association


    • March 5, 2009 – Willie L. Brown, Jr., former Mayor, San Francisco, California (Mentor to both Gwen Moore and Timothy Alan Simon, and former paramour of Tony West’s sister-in-law — Ms. Kamala Harris)

     

    • March 5, 2009 – Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General, State of California  (Cousin of Ex CPUC Commissioner Geoofrey Brown who served as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the HUSH-HUSH Sub-Rosa transfer of 780,000 to CaliforniaALL) 

       

    • March 5, 2009 – Barbara Allen Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, Stanford Law School; former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division (Sister of State Bar of California Chief General Counsel Starr Babcock who has some explaining to do. See HERE)

     

    • March 5, 2009 – Christopher Arriola
    • March 4, 2009 – Louise Renne, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
    • March 4, 2009 – Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose, California
    • March 4, 2009 – Major Cities Chiefs Association
    • March 3, 2009 – Seth P. Waxman, WilmerHale, former Solicitor General
    • March 3, 2009 – John Russo, City Attorney, City of Oakland
    • March 3, 2009 – Janet Reno, former Attorney General
    • March 3, 2009 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    • March 3, 2009 – Shirley Hufstedler, Morrison & Foerster LLP; former Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; former U.S. Secretary of Education
    • March 3, 2009 – James Brosnahan, Morrison Foerster  (Presumed mastermind behind CaliforniaALL)

       

    • March 1, 2009 – David N. Kelley, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; former U.S. Attorney
    • February 26, 2009 – Raymond C. Marshall, Bingham McCutchen
    • February 26, 2009 – Congressional Black Caucus
    • February 25, 2009 – Beth Brinkman, Morrison Foerster, former Assistant to the Solicitor General
    • February 24, 2009 – David Bayless, Convington & Burling LLP, former Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Chief
    • February 23, 2009 – The Honorable Edward A. Infante, United States Magistrate, Ret.
    • February 19, 2009 – Randy I. Bellows, Circuit Court Judge, Fairfax County, Virginia; former Assistant U.S. Attorney

    • February 18, 2009 – Keith Wetmore, Chair, Morrison & Foerster LLP
    • February 18, 2009 – Bar Association of San Francisco

    Source:

    http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/111thCongressExecutiveNominations/AssistantAttorneyGeneralCivil-TonyWest.cfm

    Profile of America’s Sweetheart Sarah Roman (TLR Note: Sarah is A Huge Supporter of Oliver North — As is TLR, especially in connection with Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker, Mofo’s James Brosnahan and sham charity CaliforniaALL)

    “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”

    I am a God-loving, Conservative American Patriot that is extremely concerned about the direction this country is moving in. Since Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the America we all once knew has slowly fallen apart.

    I am tired of Obama, his administration and the liberal Democrats in Washington not listening to US.  I refuse to sit by and watch our God-given American rights being stripped away from it’s citizens.

    I am tired of the media, members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden calling the TEA Party “terrorists”, “racists” or “violent extremists”.  They are the farthest thing from what the TEA Party is and what WE stand for.  Last time I checked the legal term used for these type of false accusations is called LIBEL.  According to LegalDefinition libel is:

    An untruthful statement about a person, published in writing or through broadcast media, that injures the person’s reputation or standing in the community.

    Because libel is a tort (a civil wrong), the injured person can bring a lawsuit against the person who made the false statement.

    Libel is a form of defamation , as is slander (an untruthful statement that is spoken, but not published in writing or broadcast through the media).

    I am tired of Obama and many other people in the U.S. government trying to appease Muslims.  The United States of America was founded upon the principles of Christianity… nothing else.

    I am tired of our military veterans not getting the recognition they deserve.  They never hesitated putting their lives on the line when WE needed them… so why would WE ever hesitate helping them when they need US.

    I am tired of so many people in America belonging to the “entitlement” class.  The only thing that each U.S. citizen is “entitled” to is the right to be FREE.  What you do with that freedom is up to you and no one else.  Just because you did not work as hard as I did to try and make something of yourself… does not mean that I should have to pay for you to live the easy life.

    “]

    My grandfather was a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.  He served in Vietnam and was a helicopter pilot.  Sadly, he passed away on January 11, 2000 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  There is a book written by Marion F. Sturkey called “Bonnie Sue:  A Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam”.  The book includes a couple of stories about my grandfather during his time in Vietnam.  It is definitely a must read book.  (In my humble opinion)

    My grandmother, a military wife, has always been the rock that kept our family together.  Of all the people I have known in my life she is the one that inspires me the most.  She has shown me that the strength of a woman can carry the world.

    To all of my fellow patriots…  Keep fighting the good fight, keep the faith, ‘We the People’ will prevail.

    Finally, I would like to say something to all military men & women both past & present… THANK YOU FOR MY FREEDOM!!!  Words will never be enough to express my undying gratitude to each and every one of you! America is the land of the free BECAUSE of the brave!

    GOD bless our troops and may GOD bless America!

    Patriotically yours,

    Sarah Roman

     

     Please visit @:

    http://usamericanfreedom.com/

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    Presently, Brosnahan is under extreme scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC vis-a vis the California Bar Foundation, see HERE and HERE

    Below ( L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC;  California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo’s James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar – son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters — attorney for  Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown’s former paramour — Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California — Mr. Jon Streeter.


     

     

    James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster on What Makes a Good Judge

    Correction/Addendum to “The Chosen Dunn” : James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster

    TLR’s previously published article “The Chosen Dunn” which reads:

    “Judicial Council

    Friday August 26, 2006 8:45 a.m., San Francisco, California.

    The Judicial Council of the State of California held a meeting at the Administration Office of the Courts(AOC).

    A partial list of members present include Chief Justice Ronald George, Justice Marvin Baxter, Rex Heinke, and Thomas Girardi. Absent was member Joseph Dunn.

    During a similar meeting held on Friday April 27, 2007; Judicial Council members Thomas Girardi and Joseph Dunn were both absent.

    The Voice of OC

    In September of 2009, Mr. Joseph Dunn (AKA Joe Dunn) launched “The Voice of OC” — an online publication design to investigate and report about corruption in Orange County.

    Thomas Girardi as well as Joe Dunn serve as members of The Voice of OC’s Board of Directors

    Executive Director, State Bar of California

    According to the LegalPad, on Septermber 20, 2010 State Bar President Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese announced that the board of governors of the State Bar of California chose Joe Dunn “after a nationwide search,” and that he’ll start sometime after the State Bar annual convention in Monterey.”

    We were remiss in failing to mention that in addition to Mr. Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, Mr. James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster also was a member of Voice of OC’s Board of Directors.

    Please see original entry @:

    http://tinyurl.com/THECHOSENDUNN

    As previously reported, both Mr. Girardi and Mr. Brosnahan abruptly quit their position at Voice of OC.  Please see @:

    http://tinyurl.com/voiceofoc

     

    Correction/Addendum to “All Roads Lead to Loyola – – Just Don’t Drive a Ford Explorer” : James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Joseph Cotchett of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy

    In TLR’s previously published article “”All Roads Lead to Loyola – – Just Don’t Drive a Ford Explorer” in the paragraph which reads:

    “As such, to pay much deserve tribute to Mr. Girardi, in 2005 Loyola Law School honored Mr. Girardi at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Present were Senator Jospeh Dunn, Justice Carlos Moreno, and many other dignitaries from legal community”

    We were remiss in failing to mention that in addition to Mr. Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, Mr. James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster was also a recipient of the much coveted  “Champion of Justice” award from the Civil Justice Program at the Loyola Law School.

    Similarly, we were also remiss in failing to mention that Mr. Joseph Cotchett of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy was present to honor Mr. Brosnahan.

    See Original entry @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/01/25/all-roads-lead-to-loyola-just-don-t…

     

     

    Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim UC President Mark Yudof Immune Under the 11th Amendment (TLR Note: Many Democratic Operatives Have Close and Unsettling Ties to the UC System: James Brosnahan, Joe Dunn, Judge William Fletcher, Michael Peevey, …)

    The panel upheld San Francisco U.S. District Senior Judge Samuel Conti, who refused to grant Yudof immunity under the 11th Amendment but dismissed the suit for failure to state a claim.

    Applying two past cases, the panel noted that Yudof has a “fairly direct” connection to the enforcement of Prop 209. “He is duty-bound to ensure that his employees follow it and refrain from using race as a criterion in admission decisions,” Judge Barry Silverman wrote for the panel. Silverman rejected Yudof’s argument that he is merely “implementing,” not “enforcing” it.

     

    Please see story @:

    www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202547752830&Ninth_Circuit_Reject…

     

     

     

     

    REVEALED 2007: State Bar BOG Member Jeffrey Bleich, Judge William Fletcher, Robert Scott Wylie and Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan – Through a Proxy Annette Carnegie (TLR Note: Much Like Keker and Nolan, Brosnahan also Prefers a Minority Proxy)

      

    (L-R) Honoring Jeffrey Bleich 2007 Dinner Chairman James Brosnahan, Mark Bostick, Honoree Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Renaissance Superman), Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher 

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation IRS Form 990 :

    2008 Scott Wylie

     

     

    Below, originally published on November of 2011:

    As public service to the community, The Leslie Brodie Report publishes* a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) against Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency DBA Voice of OC, below:

    Internal Revenue Service
    Exempt Organizations Unit
    1100 Commerce St.
    Dallas, TX 75242-1198

    Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

    In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

    Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

    As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

    To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

    As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

    I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

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    REVEALED Dateline 2007: State Bar BOG Member Jeffrey Bleich, Judge William Fletcher, Robert Scott Wiley and Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan – Through a Proxy Annette Carnegie (TLR Note: Much Like Keker and Nolan, Brosnahan also Prefers a Minority Pr

      

    (L-R) Honoring Jeffrey Bleich 2007 Dinner Chairman James Brosnahan, Mark Bostick, Honoree Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Renaissance Superman), Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher 

     

    Below, California Bar Foundation IRS Form 990 :

    2008 Scott Wylie

     

     

    Below, originally published on November of 2011:

    As public service to the community, The Leslie Brodie Report publishes* a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) against Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency DBA Voice of OC, below:

    Internal Revenue Service
    Exempt Organizations Unit
    1100 Commerce St.
    Dallas, TX 75242-1198

    Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

    In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

    Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

    As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

    To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

    As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

    I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

    *Links and photos inserted by The Leslie Brodie Report.

     

     

     

     

    Tony West of United States Department of Justice / Ex-Litigation Partner at Morrison & Foerster Connection to James Brosnahan in Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering to Joe Dunn’s Publication — Voice of OC Vis-A-Vis Sham Entity CaliforniaALL

    *THE LESLIE BRODIE REPORT STRONGLY URGES THE READERS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSION REGARDING MISCONDUCT BY ANYONE — it should be noted that TLR possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Mr. Tony West somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities,other than the convenient circumstances described below involving Morrison & Foerster, James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, State Bar of California Executive Director — Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, Howard Miller and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, California Bar Foundation which made a hush-hush sub-rosa transfer of $780,000.00 to CaliforniaALL See HERE

     


    Mr Tony West of  the US Department of Justice / Ex-Litigation Partner at Morrison & Foerster.  West, 46, will step into the No. 3 position in one week where he will oversee a broad range of issues, including civil rights, the environment and natural resources, tax and civil litigation. West’s sister in law is Willie Brown’s former paramour — Kamala Harris who served as part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council — See HERE

     

     

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

     

    Voice of OC


    Friday, September 30, 2005 —
    All Roads Lead to Loyola,
    Please see @ http://events.lls.edu/cjp/05/champions/gallery.html

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    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:(Taken from complaint YR had recently submitted to the IRS)

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

    Jim Campbell Assails Eric Holder, Alleges Selective Prosecution (TLR Note: Credibility of Allegations Prompt Concerns over Ex-MoFo Tony West, James Brosnahan , Joe Dunn, Voice of OC)

    Of course she is not black or a democrat she is the Republican Governor of South Carolina.
    If AG Holder wasn’t so busy committing perjury perhaps he could turn his guns on the real crooks, Al Gore, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, Franklyn Raines, and Joel Waxman; all who benefited from their push of the hoax of man-made global warming, and the faulty loans provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, each of whom benefited by sweet heart loans from Country Wide Mortgage, the first to fall, campaign donations, and in the case of Franklin a major league bonus while he led a failed operation.
    Governor Niki Haley, South Carolina
    While we are at it what about Diane Feinstein creating legislation that directed money to her husband’s business of refurbishing home that were foreclose because of the mess and Nancy Pelosi who fast and loose legislation has benefited her husband’s enterprises greatly increasing her families net worth?  It’s time these folk be tried, if convicted put behind bars at a federal prison.
    Of course the well placed sources alluded to below are lying as Nikki Haley’s office Friday provided IRS documentation that she is not facing investigation for tax fraud, calling accusations that she was “totally contrived.”
    How completely the party of the Democrat, stir up another potential crisis for a Republican Governor that has no factual basis; while hoping “A lie told often is accepted as the truth.”~ Vladmir Lenin, a progressive/Marxist icon.
    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

    Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. Department of Justice to issue an indictment against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on charges of tax fraud as early as this week.

    A highly ranked federal official has also privately confirmed rumblings of an investigation and possible indictment of the governor, though the official was not aware of the specific timeframe.

    Yesterday, Palmetto Public Record exclusively reported that the Internal Revenue Service has been investigating since March of 2011 the Sikh worship center run by Gov. Haley’s father. At least five lawsuits have been filed against the Sikh Society of South Carolina since 2010, alleging that the group bilked contractors out of nearly $130,000 for the construction of a new temple.

    Please continue @:

    http://dancingczars.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/once-again-eric-holder-leads-sel…

     

    About Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, Joe Dunn, and Voice of OC, please see @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/23/voice-of-oc-orange-county-s-nonprof…

     

     

    Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider Hereby Asked to Opine on The Daily Sound and Santa Barbara Independent Lack of Any Coverage Involving Santa Barbara County Resident Pierce O’Donnell

    Pierce O’Donnell — a Democratic Party operative associated with the Girardi Syndicate — has been found guilty of a “serious crime” which involves misrepresentation, fraud, deceit or the use of dishonesty by funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Sen. John Edwards

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

    U.S. Chief Judge Audrey Collins of the Central District of California quickly ordered O’Donnell — former co-counsel in the El Paso Natural Gas/Sempra litigation — suspended from practicing law before any federal court located in the district. He has been assigned a federal prison ID # 49097-112. It is how he will be known for as long as he is behind bars when he begins his 60 days prison sentence on May 7, 2012.

    As was reported HERE earlier, O’Donnel is still under TLR/YR’s extreme scrutiny in connection with the strong prima facie showing by which money which was “laundered” through and/or misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation was used to launch “Voice of OC” — a newly-created online publication which State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn had launched with the help of Democratic Party operatives Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

    (For more about this story, please see HERE and HERE and HERE. About CaliforniaALL –sham non-profit entity allegedly used to execute and mask the plan, please see HERE.)

    O’Donnell has been involved in countless legal proceedings involving his numerous acts of misconduct, described briefly below:

    1. Criminal proceedings in the Los Angeles County Superior Court relating to unlawful contributions to James Hahn.

    2. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his conviction of crimes involving moral turpitude in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    3. State Bar of California alternative proceedings relating to his mental illness (O’Donnell failed to comply with the conditions of the program and his participation was terminated).

    4. Administrative proceedings advanced by both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

    5. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his attempt to mislead a Nevada state court.

    Separately,and as was reported HERE earlier, Petitioner Pierce O’Donnell is asking Judge Thomas Anderle of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for “legal separation” from spouse Dawn O’Donnell.

    The Daily Sound’s Aaron Mercer, Joshua Molina, and Jeramy Gordon Hereby Asked to Disclose Motive Behind Lack of Media Coverage Relating to Pierce O’Donnell of Santa Barbara?

    Pierce O’Donnell — a Democratic Party operative associated with the Girardi Syndicate — has been found guilty of a “serious crime” which involves misrepresentation, fraud, deceit or the use of dishonesty by funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Sen. John Edwards

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

    U.S. Chief Judge Audrey Collins of the Central District of California quickly ordered O’Donnell — former co-counsel in the El Paso Natural Gas/Sempra litigation — suspended from practicing law before any federal court located in the district. He has been assigned a federal prison ID # 49097-112. It is how he will be known for as long as he is behind bars when he begins his 60 days prison sentence on May 7, 2012.

    As was reported HERE earlier, O’Donnel is still under extreme scrutiny in connection with the strong prima facie showing by which money which was “laundered” through and/or misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation was used to launch “Voice of OC” — a newly-created online publication which State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn had launched with the help of Democratic Party operatives Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

    (For more about this story, please see HERE and HERE and HERE. About CaliforniaALL –sham non-profit entity allegedly used to execute and mask the plan, please see HERE.)

    O’Donnell has been involved in countless legal proceedings involving his numerous acts of misconduct, described briefly below:

    1. Criminal proceedings in the Los Angeles County Superior Court relating to unlawful contributions to James Hahn.

    2. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his conviction of crimes involving moral turpitude in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    3. State Bar of California alternative proceedings relating to his mental illness (O’Donnell failed to comply with the conditions of the program and his participation was terminated).

    4. Administrative proceedings advanced by both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

    5. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his attempt to mislead a Nevada state court.

    Separately,and as was reported HERE earlier, Petitioner Pierce O’Donnell is asking Judge Thomas Anderle of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for “legal separation” from spouse Dawn O’Donnell.

    Marianne Partridge, Nick Welsh, Michelle Drown, Matt Kettmann, Barney Brantingham and Tyler Hayden Hereby Asked to Disclose Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper Neglect of Matters Relating to Santa Barbara Resident Pierce O’Donnell

    Pierce O’Donnell — a Democratic Party operative associated with the Girardi Syndicate — has been found guilty of a “serious crime” which involves misrepresentation, fraud, deceit or the use of dishonesty by funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Sen. John Edwards

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

    U.S. Chief Judge Audrey Collins of the Central District of California quickly ordered O’Donnell — former co-counsel in the El Paso Natural Gas/Sempra litigation — suspended from practicing law before any federal court located in the district. He has been assigned a federal prison ID # 49097-112. It is how he will be known for as long as he is behind bars when he begins his 60 days prison sentence on May 7, 2012.

    As was reported HERE earlier, O’Donnel is still under extreme scrutiny in connection with the strong prima facie showing by which money which was “laundered” through and/or misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation was used to launch “Voice of OC” — a newly-created online publication which State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn had launched with the help of Democratic Party operatives Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

    (For more about this story, please see HERE and HERE and HERE. About CaliforniaALL –sham non-profit entity allegedly used to execute and mask the plan, please see HERE.)

    O’Donnell has been involved in countless legal proceedings involving his numerous acts of misconduct, described briefly below:

    1. Criminal proceedings in the Los Angeles County Superior Court relating to unlawful contributions to James Hahn.

    2. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his conviction of crimes involving moral turpitude in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    3. State Bar of California alternative proceedings relating to his mental illness (O’Donnell failed to comply with the conditions of the program and his participation was terminated).

    4. Administrative proceedings advanced by both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

    5. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his attempt to mislead a Nevada state court.

    Separately,and as was reported HERE earlier, Petitioner Pierce O’Donnell is asking Judge Thomas Anderle of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for “legal separation” from spouse Dawn O’Donnell.

    Mesdames Alison Wrigley Rusack and Alixe Mattingly Hereby Asked to Opine on Santa Barbara Media Persistent Neglect Matters Relating to Santa Barbara County Resident Pierce O’Donnell

    Pierce O’Donnell — a Democratic Party operative associated with the Girardi Syndicate — has been found guilty of a “serious crime” which involves misrepresentation, fraud, deceit or the use of dishonesty by funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Sen. John Edwards

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

    U.S. Chief Judge Audrey Collins of the Central District of California quickly ordered O’Donnell — former co-counsel in the El Paso Natural Gas/Sempra litigation — suspended from practicing law before any federal court located in the district. He has been assigned a federal prison ID # 49097-112. It is how he will be known for as long as he is behind bars when he begins his 60 days prison sentence on May 7, 2012.

    As was reported HERE earlier, O’Donnel is still under extreme scrutiny in connection with the strong prima facie showing by which money which was “laundered” through and/or misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation was used to launch “Voice of OC” — a newly-created online publication which State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn had launched with the help of Democratic Party operatives Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

    (For more about this story, please see HERE and HERE and HERE. About CaliforniaALL –sham non-profit entity allegedly used to execute and mask the plan, please see HERE.)

    O’Donnell has been involved in countless legal proceedings involving his numerous acts of misconduct, described briefly below:

    1. Criminal proceedings in the Los Angeles County Superior Court relating to unlawful contributions to James Hahn.

    2. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his conviction of crimes involving moral turpitude in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    3. State Bar of California alternative proceedings relating to his mental illness (O’Donnell failed to comply with the conditions of the program and his participation was terminated).

    4. Administrative proceedings advanced by both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

    5. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his attempt to mislead a Nevada state court.

    Separately,and as was reported HERE earlier, Petitioner Pierce O’Donnell is asking Judge Thomas Anderle of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for “legal separation” from spouse Dawn O’Donnell.

    Frank H. Wu — Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law and Former Client of Major Lindsey & Africa — Asked to Opine on Hiring Proclivities of Professor Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe

    Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s largest legal search firm, announced recently the placement of Frank H. Wu as Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law. The search was led by Martha Fay Africa and Steve John in MLA’s San Francisco office.

     


    Ms. Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa) is the managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa .  Formerly Director of Law Placement at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a founder of ABA Women Rainmakers, she is Co-Chair of the ABA LPM Section’s Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity. According to schizophrenia specialist — Berkeley-based psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — former patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Ms.Africa were having an illicit love affair.  Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Ms. Africa as Rainmaker of the Year.  Incidentally, both Brosnahan and Mac Cormac are under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC via the California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)

    As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report — which also exposed the hiring proclivities of Kerr & Wagstaffe — a proclivity which appeared to favor young white females as associates and males as partners,  to date, none of the young women who were hired as associates ever made it to the level of a partner at the firm. This, despite having stellar resumes.  Notable examples include:

     

    Holly Hogan
    Ms. Holly Hogan, prior to obtaining a J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, graduated magna cum laude from USF. Holly never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe despite her exceptional qualifications. She is currently an associate with the firm of K & L Gates (Photo: Courtesy Kerr & Wagstaffe)

     

    Tricia Weaver 1
    Ms. Tricia Weaver, graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna, she attended Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. Tricia never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe and is no longer with the firm. (Photo: Courtesy of SuperLawyers)

     

    Connie Merriett
    Ms. Connie Merriett, earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where Wagstaffe is employed as an adjunct-professor. Connie never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, and is currently employed elsewhere (Photo: Courtesy)

     


    Ms. Elizabeth Arnold, was employed by Kerr & Kaus. However, Ms. Arnold did not remain when the firm metamorphosed itself to Kerr & Wagstaffe. She has a BA from Smith College (1965), a Master of Arts from Middlebury College (1966) and a law degree from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (1975). Elizabeth never made it to Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo Credit: linked from Kelley & Farren)

     


    Ms. Dawn Marie Melton, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo credit: linked form K & W)

     


    Ms. Maria Radwick, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

     


    Ms. Kelly Corcoran,currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

     

    UC Hastings law professor James Wagstaffe’s penchant manifested itself  again recently by the hiring of a UC Hastings graduate Cheryl Mackey, seen below:

    The Leslie Brodie Report also pointed to the fact that Kerr & Wagstaffe treat male associates differentially. Associate Michael von Loewenfeldt, for example, was made partner after only two(2) years.  Other male associates who made it to partnership in the firm include Messrs.Sawyer, Ng, and Labar.  When we published our first story concerning Kerr & Wagstaffe, the firm racial and gender make-up was as follows:

    *Out of 10 lawyers, all but one is White.

    *Out of 7 Partners, all but one are Males. (This was changed around 2010, where a female, non-equity, partner was hired. Prior to that, for most of 2009, all the partners were men, and all the associates were females)

    *All the associates are females. There are no male associates.

    *All the females’ associates are white (Ms. Melton, Ms. Radwick, and Ms. Corcoran)

    *All the female associates are young.

    * Two out of the three associates are from Hastings College of the Law, where Wagstaffe teaches. Their resume is not as impressive as that of Mr. Ng.

    TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinion, if any, of Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based  legal recruting firm Major Lindsey & Africa.

    Lawrence W. Schonbrun Hereby Asked to Opine on Alleged Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering Involving James Brosnahan — Ex-Lawyer of Rat Boy Lindh and Prosecutor of Casper Weinberger (TLR Note: Please also feel free to inform Dr. Savage)

    As public service to the community, The Leslie Brodie Report re-publishes a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) against Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency DBA Voice of OC, below:

    Internal Revenue Service
    Exempt Organizations Unit
    1100 Commerce St.
    Dallas, TX 75242-1198

    Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

    In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

    Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

    As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

    To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

    As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

    I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

     

    For more about CaliforniaALL, please visit:

    http://californiaall.posterous.com

     

    Major Lindsey & Africa’s Marty Africa — Alleged Ex-Paramour of Jim Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster — Asked to Opine on Hiring/Promotion Proclivities of San Francisco-Based Hastings Professor James Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe

    Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based  legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa — have been publicly asked by TLR to opine on the peculiar pattern of hiring and promotion proclivities at San Francisco-based Kerr & Wagstaffe headed by UC Hastings law professor James M. Wagstaffe.

     

     


    Ms. Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa) is the managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa .  Formerly Director of Law Placement at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a founder of ABA Women Rainmakers, she is Co-Chair of the ABA LPM Section’s Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity. According to schizophrenia specialist — Berkeley-based psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — former patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Ms.Africa were having an illicit love affair.  Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Ms. Africa as Rainmaker of the Year.  Incidentally, both Brosnahan and Mac Cormac are under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC via the California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)

    As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report — which also exposed the hiring proclivities of Kerr & Wagstaffe — a proclivity which appeared to favor young white females as associates and males as partners,  to date, none of the young women who were hired as associates ever made it to the level of a partner at the firm. This, despite having stellar resumes.  Notable examples include:

     

    Holly Hogan
    Ms. Holly Hogan, prior to obtaining a J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, graduated magna cum laude from USF. Holly never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe despite her exceptional qualifications. She is currently an associate with the firm of K & L Gates (Photo: Courtesy Kerr & Wagstaffe)

     

    Tricia Weaver 1
    Ms. Tricia Weaver, graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna, she attended Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. Tricia never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe and is no longer with the firm. (Photo: Courtesy of SuperLawyers)

     

    Connie Merriett
    Ms. Connie Merriett, earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where Wagstaffe is employed as an adjunct-professor. Connie never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, and is currently employed elsewhere (Photo: Courtesy)

     


    Ms. Elizabeth Arnold, was employed by Kerr & Kaus. However, Ms. Arnold did not remain when the firm metamorphosed itself to Kerr & Wagstaffe. She has a BA from Smith College (1965), a Master of Arts from Middlebury College (1966) and a law degree from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (1975). Elizabeth never made it to Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo Credit: linked from Kelley & Farren)

     


    Ms. Dawn Marie Melton, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo credit: linked form K & W)

     


    Ms. Maria Radwick, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

     


    Ms. Kelly Corcoran,currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)

     

    UC Hastings law professor James Wagstaffe’s penchant manifested itself  again recently by the hiring of a UC Hastings graduate Cheryl Mackey, seen below:

    The Leslie Brodie Report also pointed to the fact that Kerr & Wagstaffe treat male associates differentially. Associate Michael von Loewenfeldt, for example, was made partner after only two(2) years.  Other male associates who made it to partnership in the firm include Messrs.Sawyer, Ng, and Labar.  When we published our first story concerning Kerr & Wagstaffe, the firm racial and gender make-up was as follows:

    *Out of 10 lawyers, all but one is White.

    *Out of 7 Partners, all but one are Males. (This was changed around 2010, where a female, non-equity, partner was hired. Prior to that, for most of 2009, all the partners were men, and all the associates were females)

    *All the associates are females. There are no male associates.

    *All the females’ associates are white (Ms. Melton, Ms. Radwick, and Ms. Corcoran)

    *All the female associates are young.

    * Two out of the three associates are from Hastings College of the Law, where Wagstaffe teaches. Their resume is not as impressive as that of Mr. Ng.

    TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinion, if any, of Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based  legal recruting firm Major Lindsey & Africa.

    Major Lindsey & Africa’s Marty Africa — Alleged Ex-Paramour of Jim Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster — Asked to Opine on Hiring/Promotion Proclivities of San Francisco-Based Hastings Professor James Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe

    Kerr & Wagstaffe white females associates.Kerr & Wagstaffe Hastings White Female.

    The Leslie Brodie Report exposed the hiring proclivities of Kerr & Wagstaffe; a proclivity which appeared to favor young white females as associates and males as partners. Unfortunately, to date, none of the young women who were hired as associates ever made it to partnership in the firm. This, despite having a stellar resume and qualifications. Three notable examples are the associates who are no longer with the firm who still practice law in the Bay Area:

    Holly Hogan
    Ms. Holly Hogan, prior to obtaining a J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, graduated magna cum laude from USF. Holly never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe despite her exceptional qualifications. Her picture, nevertheless, was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm. She is currently an associate with the firm of K & L Gates (Photo: Courtesy Kerr & Wagstaffe)

    Tricia Weaver 1
    Ms. Tricia Weaver, graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna, she attended Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. Tricia never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe and is no longer with the firm. Her picture, nevertheless, was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm.(Photo: Courtesy of SuperLawyers)

    Connie Merriett
    Ms. Connie Merriett, earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where Wagstaffe is employed as an adjunct-professor. Connie never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, and is currently employed elsewhere. Her picture, nevertheless, was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm. (Photo: Courtesy)

     


    Ms. Elizabeth Arnold, was employed by Kerr & Kaus. However, Ms. Arnold did not remain when the firm metamorphosed itself to Kerr & Wagstaffe. She has a BA from Smith College (1965), a Master of Arts from Middlebury College (1966) and a law degree from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (1975). Elizabeth never made it to Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo Credit: linked from Kelley & Farren)


    Ms. Dawn Marie Melton, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Her picture was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm. (Photo credit: linked form K & W)


    Ms. Maria Radwick, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. Her picture was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm.(photo: linked from K & W)


    Ms. Kelly Corcoran,currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. Her picture was posted very shortly after she commenced her employment with the firm.(photo: linked from K & W)

    TLR also pointed to the fact that Kerr & Wagstaffe treat male associates differentially. Associate Michael von Loewenfeldt, for example, was made partner after only two(2) years.

    Other male associates who made it to partnership in the firm include Messrs.Sawyer, Ng, and Labar.

    Before TLR’s involvement, the firm’s web-site was organized in such a way that pictures of men were placed on the top of the page, and the pictures of the females were placed on the bottom of the page. Succumbing to pressure, the firm quickly rearranged the order of the pictures.

    When we published our first story concerning Kerr & Wagstaffe, the firm racial and gender make-up was as follows:

    *Out of 10 lawyers, all but one is White.

    *Out of 7 Partners, all but one are Males. (This was changed around 2010, where a female, non-equity, partner was hired. Prior to that, for most of 2009, all the partners were men, and all the associates were females)

    *All the associates are females. There are no male associates.

    *All the females’ associates are white (Ms. Melton, Ms. Radwick, and Ms. Corcoran)

    *All the female associates are young.

    * Two out of the three associates are from Hastings College of the Law, where Wagstaffe teaches. Their resume is not as impressive as that of Mr. Ng.

    After TLR exposed Kerr & Wagstaffe’s kenspeckle proclivities, in May of this year the firm hired a new male associate, Mr. Daniel Zaheer. A highly qualified and capable attorney.

     

    Addendum to Disempowerment of Eliana Lopez — Similar to Use and Abuse of Women/Racial Minorities by James Brosnahan, John Keker, Joe Cotchett, Wayne Gretsky, Joe Dunn and Others Who Disempowered Annette Carnegie, Jon Streeter, Nancy Fineman, Alec Chang,

    Addendum to Disempowerment of Eliana Lopez — Similar to Use and Abuse of Women/Racial Minorities by James Brosnahan, John Keker, Joe Cotchett, Wayne Gretsky, Joe Dunn and Others Who Disempowered Annette Carnegie, Jon Streeter, Nancy Fineman, Alec Chang and Jill Sperber, Respectively.

     

    See relevant stories @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/29/arnold-porter-s-douglas-winthrop-in…

     

    AND @:

     

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/01/19/jill-sperber-of-state-bar-of-califo…

     

     

     

     

     

    Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop (Formerly of Howard Rice) In California Bar Foundation Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble; Wayne Gretzky, James Brosnahan, Joe Cotchett, John Keker Proxies Revealed — Part 1

    WAYNE GRETSKY

    In the legal dispute between MGA (Bratz Dolls) and Mattel (Barbie Dolls), it is estimated that MGA’s legal cost to date are close to $200 million.  According to Mattel, Bratz Dolls were designed by a former Mattel employee (Carter Bryant) before he jumped ship to MGA. Mattel sought $2 billion in damages, and according to Bob Eckert, Mattel’s CEO, pursues the case “as a matter of principle.”

    Representing El Segundo, California-based Mattel was John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

    Defendant Carter Bryant was represented by Keker & Van Nest’s John Keker. Los Angeles-based MGA and founder/CEO Isaac Larian were initially represented by O’Melveny & Myers. However, a dispute erupted when O’Melveny insisted that partner Daniel Petrocelli serve as lead counsel in the case.

    Mr. Larian was not thrilled about Petrocelli and fired O’Melveny altogether. O’Melveny immediately demanded payment of $10 million it claims MGA and Mr. Larian owe the firm in unpaid and outstanding legal fees.

    With a looming  trial date, no counsel, and a threat from O’Melveny that if he does not pay he will be sued, Mr. Larian went knocking on the door of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese.


    MGA TEAM — COUNSELS WHO REPRESENTED DEFENDANT MGA (“BRATZ DOLLS”.) FROM LEFT: SKADDEN ARPS’ RAOUL KENNEDY AND THOMAS NOLAN ; HOWARD RICE’S JEROME FALK AND DOUGLAS WINTHROP; KEKER & VAN NEST’S JOHN KEKER AND MGA’S IN-HOUSE COUNSEL, MR. CRAIG HOLDEN.

    Specifically,  Larian asked Girardi to look into the fees it had paid to O’Melveny.  According to media reports, Girardi stated, “When O’Melveny couldn’t get Petrocelli in the lead chair it wanted off the case. We are taking a look at the massively large fees that happened with the O’Melveny representation. On first blush, it seems like an awful lot of money for what has been accomplished. I think the client has strong reason to have great concern.”

    At approximately the same time, Girardi’s friend — Thomas Nolan of Skadden Arps — was chosen to serve as counsel for MGA and Mr. Larian instead of O’Melveny.  At that time, also representing MGA  was its own in-house counsel, Mr. Craig Holden.

    Thomas Nolan, who served as Girardi’s defense counsel (along with Diane Karpman) in the Ninth Circuit disciplinary matter of In Re Girardi stemming from an attempt  by Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi to defraud the Ninth Circuit , is a well-known and respected attorney. According to Mr. Girardi, Thomas Nolan “is like “Wayne Gretsky” – he doesn’t look any bigger, tougher or faster, but the next thing you know he’s scored four goals. And he’s always a gentleman.”

    Following a verdict against MGA, preparations were made for the second stage of the trial to set damages, which were estimated to be approximately $500 million. At the conclusion of that stage, the jury awarded $100 million to Mattel. In addition, Judge Stephen Larson issued a draconian injunction against MGA, ipso facto dissolving it.

    Following the trial, Wayne Gretsky of Skadden Arps quickly arranged for Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk and Douglas Winthrop to join the legal team and file an immediate emergency motion with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which subsequently reversed the entire judgment.

     

    WAYNE GRETSKY-THOMAS GIRARDI -JOHN KEKER-JOE COTCHETT  PROXIES REVEALED

    At the conclusion of the appeal in a civil case prosecuted by the firms of Girardi & Keese and Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack against Dole Food Company, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski issued an order to show cause why Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack should not be disbarred, suspended, or sanctioned for the attempt to defraud this Court for the purpose of unjustly collecting a $500 million judgment.

    Representing Thomas Girardi in those disciplinary proceedings before ther Ninth Circuit were Wayne Gretsky of Skadden Arps and ethics expert Diane Karpman.

    Oral arguments ensued, during which one of the judges on the panel stated that the “elephant” in the room is the manner in which the matter would be developed by the State Bar of California.

    Subsequently, the Court found both Girardi and Lack culpable, and imposed close to $500,000.00 in monetary sanctions, reprimanded Girardi, and suspended Lack.   Some of the findings included that Lack and Girardi have resorted to employing “the persistent use of known falsehoods” and that “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation.

    The State Bar of California assigned the matter to an outside special prosecutor (Jerome Falk of Howard Rice) since Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese served as President of the State Bar, and had hired the Chief Trial counsel of the State Bar at the time, Mr. James Towery.

    After conducting an interview with Walter Lack, Jerome Falk chose to not file any charges against Lack or Girardi based on his position that any false statements submitted were not “intentional.” This determination was contrary to findings made by the Ninth Circuit.

    Within days of the issuance of Mr. Falk’s decision, YR advanced an ethics complaint against James Towery, Jerome Falk, Howard Miller, and Douglas Winthrop, contending that it had been improper for Mr. Towery to select Jerome Falk (of Howard Rice) to serve as special prosecutor because, among other reasons, Howard Miller (of Girardi & Keese) had appointed Howard Rice’s managing partner (Douglas Winthrop) as president of the California Bar Foundation, a foundation owned, controlled, and maintained by the State Bar of California, as well as because of the close business relationship between Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk and Wayne Gretsky of Skadden Arps.

    Subsequently, and fortuitously, YR  also discovered that Lack and Girardi were actually clients of Jerome Falk and Howard Rice.  YR had inquired with Mr. Hawley of the State Bar of California whether this fact was known to the Special Master investigating the complaint.  The State Bar of California remained mum.

    Subsequently, Jerome Falk wrote to YR:

    I received your November 13 email concerning my participation in the State Bar’s investigation of Walter J. Lack, Thomas V. Girardi and other attorneys. It is filled with disparaging characterizations, all of which seem to stem from your allegations that I or my firm have represented Mr. Lack and Mr. Girardi.

    Your allegations are false.

    I have never represented either person, or their firms. Neither has Douglas Winthrop. Nor has my firm ever represented Mr. Lack or Mr. Girardi.

    From 2006-2008, my firm represented several law firms, including Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack and Girardi & Keese, in a litigation matter. The public records of that litigation show that neither Mr. Winthrop nor I had nothing to do with that representation; in fact, I was unaware of it. The public records also show that my firm represented the law firms, but did not represent Mr. Girardi or Mr. Lack. The attorney responsible for that representation had left Howard Rice and taken the files with him before I was asked to serve as Special Deputy Trial Counsel in the State Bar matter.

    You are on notice that your allegations are false. The falsity of those allegations can be determined from the public records of the litigation in question.

    Jerome B. Falk, Jr.

     

    Complainant YR wrote back:

    Dear Mr. Falk:

    Thank you for replying to my letter of November 13th, 2011 This will serve as a reply.

    In your letter dated December 7, 2011, you attempt again to defraud and mislead in your attempt to avoid responsibility for your repugnant and deceitful actions taken in connection with your actions as a special prosecutor on behalf of the State Bar of California against two of your and your firm’s clients — Girardi & Keese and Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack (and by operation of law, Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack), as part of a scheme to exploit your authority for financial gain.

    By analogy, rather than acknowledging that you were caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you seek to bamboozle the unwary by stating that it wasn’t actually your hand in the cookie jar but, rather, only your fingers, and in any event it wasn’t a jar but, rather, a plastic container which you contend doesn’t qualify as a jar. Therefore, you devote an entire paragraph proclaiming, “Your allegations are false.” You conclude by placing me on “notice” that my allegations are “false.”

    The contents of your communication are unethical in the extreme, as well as entirely frivolous factually, legally, and by operation of law, to wit:

    You claim, “In fact, I wasn’t aware of it” (referring to the fact that you and your firm had represented Girardi & Keese and ELL). While you acknowledge your firm (Howard Rice) did represent Girardi & Keese and ELL from 2006 to 2008 , you assert that you were not aware of this representation. Simply put, your assertion is false; it is simply implausible that for two entire years you were unaware that your firm represented such celebrity/famous/notorious attorneys such as Thomas Girardi, Walter Lack, and Pierce O’Donnell.

    This is particularly true since you are a member of Howard Rice’s “attorney liability” group, which consists of between 7-9 attorneys (including your colleagues Sean SeLegue, Pamela Phillips, and Steve Mayer), and the subject matter of the litigation was a suit advanced against Girardi & Keese, ELL, and O’Donnell for legal malpractice in connection with alleged attorney misconduct in the litigation involving El Paso Natural Gas/Sempra Energy, a series of cases which received significant publicity.

     

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

     

    I am also hard-pressed to believe that you were unaware of the estimated $250,000 retainer Girardi & Keese and ELL paid to your firm (money which paid your and your colleagues’ salaries), and that no one ever discussed this matter with you for purposes of addressing legal strategy or legal issues in person or during meetings.

    Most importantly, in your letter to Robert Baker you acknowledge that you had interviewed Walter Lack. Again, you ask me to believe that Walter Lack did not mention the fact that Howard Rice represented him and his firm only one year prior to your meeting.

    The fact that Walter Lack did not speak up during the interview with you is just too convenient, and is further circumstantial evidence that you and he both knew of the prior representation, and chose to nevertheless further continue with the conspiracy to obstruct justice for financial gain, to the detriment of the public and the proper administration of justice. Complete story, please continue HERE.

    Proxies at the State Bar of California Board of Governors are the president of  State Bar of California Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest, Alec Chang of Skadden Arps, Nancy Fineman of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, Craig Holden, and executive director of the State Bar of California — Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, below:

    Downstairs 1

    Morrison & Foerster’s Somnath Raj Chatterjee AKA S. Raj Chatterjee AKA Raj Chatterjee In Addendum to Conveniently Intertwined Part 5

    Please see updated material @:

    http://tinyurl.com/brosnahanmanatcalbarfoundation

    Dr. Michael Ledeen of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Hereby Asked to Opine on Alleged Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering Involving James Brosnahan (John Keker, Who Prosecuted Oliver North, Presently in Background Via Proxy as Cleaner)

    Dr. Michael Ledeen of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Hereby Asked to Opine on Alleged Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering Involving James Brosnahan (John Keker, Who Prosecuted Oliver North, Presently in Background Via Proxy as Cleaner)

     

    Part 1

    Pierce O’Donnell — a Democratic Party operative associated with the Girardi Syndicate — has been found guilty of a “serious crime” which involves misrepresentation, fraud, deceit or the use of dishonesty by funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Sen. John Edwards

    El Paso Sempra Litigation

    U.S. Chief Judge Audrey Collins of the Central District of California quickly ordered O’Donnell — former co-counsel in the El Paso Natural Gas/Sempra litigation — suspended from practicing law before any federal court located in the district. He has been assigned a federal prison ID # 49097-112. It is how he will be known for as long as he is behind bars when he begins his 60 days prison sentence on May 7, 2012.

    As was reported HERE earlier, O’Donnel is still under extreme scrutiny in connection with the strong prima facie showing by which money which was “laundered” through and/or misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation was used to launch “Voice of OC” — a newly-created online publication which State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn had launched with the help of Democratic Party operatives Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

    (For more about this story, please see HERE and HERE and HERE. About CaliforniaALL –sham non-profit entity allegedly used to execute and mask the plan, please see HERE.)

    O’Donnell has been involved in countless legal proceedings involving his numerous acts of misconduct, described briefly below:

    1. Criminal proceedings in the Los Angeles County Superior Court relating to unlawful contributions to James Hahn.

    2. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his conviction of crimes involving moral turpitude in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    3. State Bar of California alternative proceedings relating to his mental illness (O’Donnell failed to comply with the conditions of the program and his participation was terminated).

    4. Administrative proceedings advanced by both the City of Los Angeles and the State of California.

    5. State Bar of California Court proceedings relating to his attempt to mislead a Nevada state court.

    Separately,and as was reported HERE earlier, Petitioner Pierce O’Donnell is asking Judge Thomas Anderle of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for “legal separation” from spouse Dawn O’Donnell.

     

    Part 2


    As public service to the community, The Leslie Brodie Report publishes* a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) against Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency DBA Voice of OC, below:

    Internal Revenue Service
    Exempt Organizations Unit
    1100 Commerce St.
    Dallas, TX 75242-1198

    Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

    In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

    Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

    As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

    To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

    As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

    I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

     

    Part 3

    Please see @:

    http://tinyurl.com/7anaewa

    AND @:

    http://californiaall.posterous.com/

     

     

     

     

     

    R. James Woolsey of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Hereby Asked to Opine on Alleged Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering Involving James Brosnahan (Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker Honorably Mentioned)

    As public service to the community, The Leslie Brodie Report re-publishes a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) against Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency DBA Voice of OC, below:

    Internal Revenue Service
    Exempt Organizations Unit
    1100 Commerce St.
    Dallas, TX 75242-1198

    Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

    In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

    On September 1, 2011, Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency and Voice of OC (collectively, “Voice of OC”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1.) To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests within 30 days. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned makes this referral.

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

    In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with CalPERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a diversity officer at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield.

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

    Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

    Specifically, the following circumstances surrounding Voice of OC have caused concerns:

    1. Senator Martha Escutia, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (EU&C) also participated in meetings with the CPUC concerning diversity. She is a founding member of The Senators (Ret.) firm, LLP, as is Joe Dunn.

    2. The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL, were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” to wit – on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL; Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in his capacity as BOD member of Cal Bar Foundation, as well as BOG members who voted to endorse CaliforniaALL and consider it to have been a partner of the State Bar of California. On the other hand Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi as part of helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

    3. CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward. It did so by awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to the UCI Foundation, where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. It appears that CaliforniaALL preselected UCI Foundation, making a prior simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant – a sham process.

    4. In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That same month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, “Voice of OC.” (as though Ashley’s mission had been completed).

    5. The recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences).

    As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

    To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

    As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

    I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

     

    For more about CaliforniaALL, please visit:

    http://californiaall.posterous.com

     

     

    Profile of Martha Africa (TLR Note: According to Schizophrenia Specialist — Berkeley Psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — Patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster Had an Illicit Affair with Martha Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa)

    Profile of Martha Africa (TLR Note: According to Schizophrenia Specialist — Berkeley Psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — Patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster Had an Illicit Affair with Martha Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa)  Profile, below:                                      

    Martha Fay Africa

    Martha Fay Africa

    vCard

    Partner

    (415) 956-1475 tel

    Office
    • Palo Alto
    • San Francisco

    Among the joys of being part of Major, Lindsey & Africa is the great learning that comes from interacting with clients and candidates from all over the world. Formerly a Placement Director at Boalt Hall School of Law, Martha Fay Africa (Marty) occasionally thinks that her job has not changed much since leaving academia. Helping a client or a candidate get from point A to point B is still at the heart of what she does and that is why she loves it.

    Working on searches at all levels from general counsel to executive director to counsel for varied organizations like The Nature Conservancy, Texas Pacific Group, the University of California, and Blue Shield of California, to give a representative sample, consumes perhaps half of her time. Retained in-house searches at all levels, writing and public speaking about issues of interest to lawyers and law students, and service on non-profit boards consume the remainder.

     

    Please see complete profile @:

    http://www.mlaglobal.com/legal-search/martha-fay-africa/604d9773-6838-73af-6d…

    In Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering to Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC — Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac Revisited Amid Revelations of Alleged Illicit Affair Between James Brosnahan and Martha Fay Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa

    In Prima Facie Showing of Money Laundering to Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC — Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac Revisited Amid Revelations of Alleged Illicit Affair Between James Brosnahan and Martha Fay Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa 

    On April 2011, TLR Wrote:

    Please see original @:       http://tinyurl.com/6pmkewj 

     

    Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac and Dian Grueneich

    Serving as CaliforniaALL legal counsel were two partners from Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate. See below:

    MoFo Legal Counsel

    On March 21, 2011, Morrison & Foerster announced the hiring of former CPUC Commissioner Dian Grueneich. See below:

    Mofo Press Release Dian Grueneich

    Upon the hiring of CPUC Commissioner Grueneich, Mac Cormac stated: “Energy policy is a strategic concern for every industry as companies closely monitor regulatory changes both to capitalize on opportunities for growth, and to address potential risks to their business models. Dian’s command of these essential issues will be a strategic asset to both new and existing clients. Her policymaking experience and prior activities, not only in California but nationally and internationally, add a vital element to our existing energy, environmental and Cleantech capabilities. She will work closely with attorneys advising on patent and intellectual property, corporate transactions, project finance, development, and litigation matters. Her arrival is a clear signal of our strength as one of the preeminent Cleantech practices.”

    Susan Mac Cormac
    Ms. Susan Mac Cormac, partner in the Corporate Group and co-chair of the Cleantech Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. Ms. Mac Cormac is a member of the State Bars of California and New York.

    Former CPUC Commissioner Dian Grueneich
    Ms. Dian Grueneich, former CPUC commissioner. On March 21, 2011, Ms. Grueneich joined MOFO as a partner in the Environment and Energy Practice in its San Francisco office. According to MOFO,”Ms. Grueneich’s arrival is an important addition to Morrison & Foerster’s Environment and Energy and Cleantech Practices.” Also joining MOFO was Ms. Grueneich’s longtime colleague and former Chief of Staff, Theresa Cho. Ms. Cho joined MOFO as Of Counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office. Ms. Grueneich and Ms. Cho specialize in energy regulation with specific expertise in transmission, energy efficiency, smart grid, and renewable energy. (Photo:courtesy)

    According to confidential sources close to the investigations of CaliforniaALL/CCPF, recent revelations concerning MOFO serve as an “important piece of the puzzle, especially if we examine circumstances surrounding James Brosnahan, Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and Erwin Chemerinsky.”

     

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    Notice below name of Martha Fay Africa (alleged former paramour of James Brosnahan) of Major Lindsey & Africa 

     

    Law Practice Today | Meet the Rainmakers: Susan Mac Cormac

    Name: Susan Mac Cormac
    Firm Name: Morrison & Foerster
    Address: 425 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105-2482
    Phone: 415-268-6060
    Nominated by Martha Fay Africa
    Practice area: Corporate Law

    Susan Mac Cormac is a partner in the Corporate Group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Venture Capital/ Emerging Companies Group and the Cleantech Group for the firm worldwide. She is also co-chair of the Clean Technology and Climate Change Committee of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.

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    Alleged prima facie showing of money laundering involving James Brosnahan, Thomas Girardi, and Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, please see @:

    http://tinyurl.com/c6taoaf

    And @

    http://tinyurl.com/883u3mx

     

    Michael Ledeen Wikepedia Profile (TLR Note: Ledeen Will Be Asked to Opine on Currrent Events Involving James Brosnahan and Attempt to Cover-Up by Proxy of John Keker )

    Michael Ledeen

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    Michael Arthur Ledeen (born Los Angeles, California, August 1, 1941) is an American specialist on foreign policy. His research areas have included state sponsors of terrorism, Iran, the Middle East, Europe (Italy), U.S.-China relations, intelligence, and Africa (Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe) and is a leading neoconservative.[1] He is a former consultant to the United States National Security Council, the United States Department of State, and the United States Department of Defense. He has also served as a special adviser to the United States Secretary of State. He held the Freedom Scholar chair at the American Enterprise Institute where he was a scholar for twenty years and now holds the similarly named chair at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is a contributing editor to National Review, contributes to the Wall Street Journal, and regularly appears on Fox News and on a variety of radio talk shows. Ledeen has been on PBS’s NewsHour and CNN’s Larry King Live, among others.[2] He is a founding member of Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and serves on their Board of Advisers.

    In 1974, Michael Ledeen moved to Rome where he studied the history of Italian Fascism. In 1977, he went to Washington to join the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (then affiliated with Georgetown University). He continues to visit Italy frequently.

    In 1980, Ledeen worked for the Italian military intelligence service as a “risk assessment” consultant.[3] In 1981, Michael Ledeen then became Special Adviser to secretary of state Alexander Haig.

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    [edit] Academic and political career

    Ledeen holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he specialized in Modern Europe. At Washington University in St. Louis, Ledeen was denied tenure, according to history department faculty interviewed by the Washington Post, because of questions regarding the “quality of his scholarship” and about whether Ledeen had “used the work of somebody else without proper credit”. One faculty member said “the ‘quasi-irregularity’ at issue didn’t warrant the negative vote on tenure for Ledeen”.[3]

    Ledeen was subsequently named Visiting Professor at the University of Rome. One of Ledeen’s principal mentors was the Jewish German-born historian George Mosse, for whom he was research assistant at the time. Mosse wrote two famous books on National Socialism. Another major influence on Ledeen was the Italian historian Renzo De Felice. Ledeen held political views which stress “the urgency of combating centralized state power and the centrality of human freedom”[4] that are said to have influenced or inspired the Bush administration.[citation needed]

    Earlier in his career, Ledeen authored Universal Fascism: The Theory and Practice of the Fascist International, 1928–1936, published in 1972 and now out of print. The book, which was his doctoral dissertation, was the first work to explore Italian leader Benito Mussolini‘s efforts to create a Fascist international in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Ledeen follows Italian historian Renzo de Felice in drawing a distinction between “fascism-regime” and “fascism-movement”, and seems to approve of at least one aspect of the latter, saying “fascism nevertheless constituted a political revolution in Italy. For the first time, there was an attempt to mobilize the masses and to involve them in the political life of the country”, and describing the fascist state as “a generator of energy and creativity”.[1] Ledeen continued his studies in Italian Fascism with a study of the takeover of Fiume by Italian irredentist forces under Gabriele d’Annunzio, who Ledeen argued was the proto-type for Mussolini.

    Ledeen is a strong admirer of Niccolò Machiavelli, whom he regards as one of the greatest political thinkers. In Ledeen’s view, Machiavelli combined democratic idealism and the necessary political realism to secure and defend idealism in perfect measure.

    In 1980, in the period leading up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ledeen, along with Arnaud de Borchgrave, wrote a series of articles published in The New Republic[5] and elsewhere about Billy Carter‘s contacts with the Muammar al-Gaddafi regime in Libya.

    Ledeen has been a long time and active supporter of political dissidents, particularly those of Iranian nationality. In June 2008, he personally purchased the plane ticket to transfer Iranian student activist, Ahmad Batebi, from Erbil, Iraq, to Washington DC, where Batebi was escorted by NSC officials from his plane in Dulles International Airport to the custody of his lawyer, Lily Mazahery.[citation needed]

    [edit] Italy

    Ledeen has been accused of associations with shady organizations. For example, Jim Lobe has stated that “Ledeen’s right-wing Italian connections—including alleged ties to the P2 masonic lodge that rocked Italy in the early 1980s—have long been a source of speculation and intrigue, but he returned to Washington in 1981 as ‘anti-terrorism’ advisor to the new secretary of state, Al Haig.”[6] While he acknowledges being paid by the SISMI in 1980 for “risk assessment”,[3] Ledeen denies any connections with Licio Gelli‘s masonic lodge. Ledeen told Vanity Fair that he had been paid $10,000 by the SISMI in 1979 or 1980 for advising them on extradition matters between Italy and the US.[7] He denied having worked with [Francesco] Pazienza or Propaganda Due as part of a disinformation scheme. “I knew Pazienza,” he explained. “I didn’t think P-2 existed. I thought it was all nonsense—typical Italian fantasy.”[7] Pazienza, while at SISMI, did help Ledeen obtaining a tape confirming information on “Billygate.”[8]

    It was during this time in Italy that Ledeen supported the “Bulgarian connection” conspiracy theory concerning Grey Wolves member Mehmet Ali Ağca‘s 1981 attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II. The theory has since been attacked by various authors and journalists, including Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, who initially believed the story. The theory was adopted in 2005 by the Italian Mitrokhin Commission. According to Craig Unger, “With Ronald Reagan newly installed in the White House, the so-called Bulgarian Connection made perfect Cold War propaganda. Michael Ledeen was one of its most vocal proponents, promoting it on TV and in newspapers all over the world.”[7]

    [edit] Consultant on terrorism

    In the early 1980s, Ledeen appeared before the newly established Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism, alongside former CIA director William Colby, author Claire Sterling and former Newsweek editor Arnaud de Borchgrave. Both Ledeen and de Borchgrave worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University at the time.[9] All four testified that they believed the Soviet Union had provided for material support, training and inspiration for various terrorist groupings.[10]

    Ledeen was a strong proponent of the theories in the book The Terror Network written by Claire Sterling that held that the USSR was the source of much of the international terrorism in the world.

    [edit] The Iran-Contra scandal

    Ledeen was involved in the Reagan administration‘s Iran-Contra scandal. As a consultant of National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane, Ledeen vouched for Iranian intermediary Manucher Ghorbanifar. In addition, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, officials of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to arrange meetings with high-ranking Iranian officials as well as the much-criticized weapons-for-hostages deal with Iran.[11] Ledeen’s own version of the events is published in his book, Perilous Statecraft.[12]

    [edit] Yellowcake forgery allegations

    Ledeen has been accused of being involved in the forgery which claimed that Saddam Hussein had bought yellowcake in Niger.

    According to a September 2004 article by Joshua Micah Marshall, Laura Rozen, and Paul Glastris in Washington Monthly:[13]

    “The first meeting occurred in Rome in December, 2001. It included Franklin, Rhode, and another American, the neoconservative writer and operative Michael Ledeen, who organized the meeting. (According to UPI, Ledeen was then working for Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith as a consultant.) Also in attendance was Ghorbanifar and a number of other Iranians.”

    In 2005, Vincent Cannistraro, former head of counterterrorism operations at the CIA and the intelligence director at the National Security Council under Ronald Reagan, when asked by Ian Masters if Ledeen was the source of the forged memo, replied, “You’d be very close.” However, just moments earlier when asked, “Do we know who produced those documents?” Cannistraro stated, ” I’d rather not speak about it right now, because I don’t think it’s a proven case”.[14]

    Former CIA counter-terrorism officer Philip Giraldi, who is Cannistraro’s business partner and a columnist for The American Conservative, a paleoconservative magazine, said in an interview on July 26, 2005 that the forgeries were produced by “a couple of former CIA officers who are familiar with that part of the world who are associated with a certain well-known neoconservative who has close connections with Italy” and went on to confirm that he was referring to Ledeen. Giraldi added that the ex-CIA officers “also had some equity interests, shall we say, with the operation. A lot of these people are in consulting positions, and they get various, shall we say, emoluments in overseas accounts, and that kind of thing.”[15]

    Giraldi stated in The American Conservative:[16]

    At this point, any American connection to the actual forgeries remains unsubstantiated, though the OSP at a minimum connived to circumvent established procedures to present the information directly to receptive policy makers in the White House. But if the OSP is more deeply involved, Michael Ledeen, who denies any connection with the Niger documents, would have been a logical intermediary in co-ordinating the falsification of the documents and their surfacing, as he was both a Pentagon contractor and was frequently in Italy. He could have easily been assisted by ex-CIA friends from Iran-Contra days, including a former Chief of Station from Rome, who, like Ledeen, was also a consultant for the Pentagon and the Iraqi National Congress. It would have been extremely convenient for the administration, struggling to explain why Iraq was a threat, to be able to produce information from an unimpeachable “foreign intelligence source” to confirm the Iraqi worst-case. The possible forgery of the information by Defense Department employees would explain the viciousness of the attack on Valerie Plame and her husband. Wilson, when he denounced the forgeries in the New York Times in July 2003, turned an issue in which there was little public interest into something much bigger. The investigation continues, but the campaign against this lone detractor suggests that the administration was concerned about something far weightier than his critical op-ed.

    Andrew McCarthy and Mark R. Levin have defended Ledeen, writing[17]

    Up until now, the fiction recklessly spewed by disgruntled intelligence-community retirees and their media enablers—some of whom have conceded that the claim is based on zero evidence—has been that Michael had something to do with the forged Italian documents that, according to the Left’s narrative, were the basis for President Bush’s “lie” in the 2003 State of the Union Address that Saddam Hussein had obtained yellowcake uranium (for nuclear-weapons construction) in Africa.

    [edit] Iraq War advocacy

    Regarding regime change in Iraq, in 2002 Ledeen criticized the views of former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, writing:[18]

    He fears that if we attack Iraq “I think we could have an explosion in the Middle East. It could turn the whole region into a cauldron and destroy the War on Terror.”
    One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today. If we wage the war effectively, we will bring down the terror regimes in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and either bring down the Saudi monarchy or force it to abandon its global assembly line to indoctrinate young terrorists.
    That’s our mission in the war against terror.

    Ledeen specifically called for the deposition of Saddam Hussein’s regime by force in 2002:

    So it’s good news when Scowcroft comes out against the desperately needed and long overdue war against Saddam Hussein and the rest of the terror masters.[18]

    and:

    Question #2: Okay, well if we are all so certain about the dire need to invade Iraq, then when do we do so?
    Ledeen: Yesterday[19]

    Ledeen’s statements prior to the start of the Iraq war such as “desperately needed and long overdue war against Saddam Hussein” and “dire need to invade Iraq” make his later statement that he “opposed the military invasion of Iraq before it took place” to be an “outright lie” to Glenn Greenwald.[20] However, Ledeen maintains these statements are consistent since: “I advocated—as I still do—support for political revolution in Iran as the logical and necessary first step in the war against the terror masters.”[21]

     

    [edit] Personal life

    Ledeen is married to his second wife, Barbara. His first wife was Jenny Ledeen of St. Louis, Mo. Ledeen has three children: Simone, Gabriel, and Daniel. Simone has worked both in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Department of Defense; Gabriel is currently a Lieutenant in the United States Marines Corps serving his second tour in Iraq; and Daniel is currently serving a Lieutenant in the USMC.[32]

     

    See full profile @:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ledeen

     

     

    Events relating to Mr. Brosnahan, please see @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/23/voice-of-oc-orange-county-s-nonprof…

     

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    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/01/19/jill-sperber-of-state-bar-of-califo…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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