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Profiles of John Tipton and Alain R’bibo in Support CB Richard Ellis client of Allen Matkins (TLR Note: Highly relevant to fraud by Matkins in re web of SALUCI / CaliforniaALL / UC / Blum / Sordid / Dunn / Durkee / Voice of OC / MoFo / Misc )

John M. Tipton is the Operating Partner of the Century City office and he is one of the top attorneys in California with respect to acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and asset management. John represents his clients in actively buying and selling raw land, office centers, shopping centers, mixed use projects, hotels and residential projects throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in representing owners, operators, and partners in all types of development, construction, management and operating agreements.
Representative Clients

    British Telecom
    Blackstone Real Estate
    CALPERS
    CALSTRS
    CB Richard Ellis Investors
    Columbia Development
    CommonWealth Partners
    Duesenberg Investment Company
    Empire Commercial Real Estate
    Equitable Life
    Extended Stay America
    Federal Realty Investment Trust
    Foster Enterprises
    General Electric Credit Equities, Inc.
    Helio LLC
    Hines Interests Limited Partnership
    Hillman Properties
    Homestead Village Management
    JMB Properties Company
    JMB/Urban Development Company
    Jupiter Realty Corporation
    Lubert-Adler
    Macquarie Cook Energy, LLC
    Maguire Properties
    Mervyn’s
    Miller/Davis/J.H. Snyder Joint Venture
    Morgan Stanley Real Estate Group
    National Beverage Properties
    OTO Development LLC
    Park Tower Realty Corp.
    Prudential Real Estate Investors
    RAD Investors
    Raytheon Company
    SHM Partners
    Swiss Bank Corporation
    Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.), Inc.
    TMW Real Estate Group
    Tishman Speyer Properties L.P.
    Topa Equities, Ltd.
    1999 Women’s World Cup
    Watt Commercial Properties

Source@: http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Tipton-John.aspx

Alain R’bibo is a partner in our Century City office where his practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Alain’s practice covers a wide variety of real estate matters, with an emphasis on advising clients in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and day-to-day management and operation of commercial real estate across the country, including office, retail, industrial and multifamily properties. Alain has represented a diverse group of clients, ranging from private individuals and closely-held entities, to REITs, pension funds and institutional owners and investors, including:

    Hines
    Kilroy Realty
    TIAA-CREF
    Blackstone
    CarrAmerica
    Lubert-Adler
    Sumitomo Life Realty
    Brookfield
    First Beverage Capital
    Tishman Speyer
    Maguire Properties
    Westfield
    CB Richard Ellis
    JPMorgan
    Beacon Capital
    MGA Entertainment
    Duesenberg Investment Company

Source@:  http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Rbibo-Alain.aspx

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Profiles of John Tipton and Alain R’bibo in Support CB Richard Ellis client of Allen Matkins (TLR Note: Highly relevant to fraud by Matkins in re web of SALUCI / CaliforniaALL / UC / Blum / Sordid / Dunn / Durkee / Voice of OC / MoFo / Misc )

John M. Tipton is the Operating Partner of the Century City office and he is one of the top attorneys in California with respect to acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and asset management. John represents his clients in actively buying and selling raw land, office centers, shopping centers, mixed use projects, hotels and residential projects throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in representing owners, operators, and partners in all types of development, construction, management and operating agreements.
Representative Clients

    British Telecom
    Blackstone Real Estate
    CALPERS
    CALSTRS
    CB Richard Ellis Investors
    Columbia Development
    CommonWealth Partners
    Duesenberg Investment Company
    Empire Commercial Real Estate
    Equitable Life
    Extended Stay America
    Federal Realty Investment Trust
    Foster Enterprises
    General Electric Credit Equities, Inc.
    Helio LLC
    Hines Interests Limited Partnership
    Hillman Properties
    Homestead Village Management
    JMB Properties Company
    JMB/Urban Development Company
    Jupiter Realty Corporation
    Lubert-Adler
    Macquarie Cook Energy, LLC
    Maguire Properties
    Mervyn’s
    Miller/Davis/J.H. Snyder Joint Venture
    Morgan Stanley Real Estate Group
    National Beverage Properties
    OTO Development LLC
    Park Tower Realty Corp.
    Prudential Real Estate Investors
    RAD Investors
    Raytheon Company
    SHM Partners
    Swiss Bank Corporation
    Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.), Inc.
    TMW Real Estate Group
    Tishman Speyer Properties L.P.
    Topa Equities, Ltd.
    1999 Women’s World Cup
    Watt Commercial Properties

Source@: http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Tipton-John.aspx

Alain R’bibo is a partner in our Century City office where his practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Alain’s practice covers a wide variety of real estate matters, with an emphasis on advising clients in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and day-to-day management and operation of commercial real estate across the country, including office, retail, industrial and multifamily properties. Alain has represented a diverse group of clients, ranging from private individuals and closely-held entities, to REITs, pension funds and institutional owners and investors, including:

    Hines
    Kilroy Realty
    TIAA-CREF
    Blackstone
    CarrAmerica
    Lubert-Adler
    Sumitomo Life Realty
    Brookfield
    First Beverage Capital
    Tishman Speyer
    Maguire Properties
    Westfield
    CB Richard Ellis
    JPMorgan
    Beacon Capital
    MGA Entertainment
    Duesenberg Investment Company

Source@:  http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Rbibo-Alain.aspx

On Calpers, Richard Blum, CB Reichard Ellis and Ron Burkle

In March 2007, a multi-billion dollar investment firm funded primarily by the United States’ two largest public pension funds – the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Retirement System (CalSTRS) – bought out one of the Anderson Valleys’ three big wine-grape growers, Duckhorn Vineyards.  Duckhorn is best known in the Valley for the exorbitantly pricey pinot noirs it cultivates under its “Goldeneye” label, as well as for its managers’ propensity for illegally treating the local watershed as if it were their own private storage basin.  The $250 million purchase of Duckhorn by GI Partners, as the firm is named, marked the continuation of a trend that began in 2002.

That was the year CalPERS became the lead investor in another large Anderson Valley vineyard owner, the arguably even more ecologically destructive AltaTech Viticulture of Napa County (formerly Premier Pacific Vineyards).  CalPERS’ initial investment of $100 million in AltaTech marked the first time it had ever purchased a stake in an agribusiness.  The pension later added an additional $100 million investment in the company.  Today, AltaTech claims to own the largest vineyard portfolio in the country with acreage in Washington and Oregon, and holdings running up California’s coastal zones from Santa Barbara to a massive 30-square-mile slice of the Gualala River watershed on the Sonoma-Mendocino border.

Among the various things these bourgeoisie pension booze enterprises have in common, one is that they are financially and administratively tied to the world’s largest real estate brokerage firm: CB Richard Ellis (CBRE).

As readers of the previous three installments of this four-part series are likely to recall, CBRE’s owner and chairman is none other than the San Francisco-based financier Richard Blum, husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein.  As the overlord of a financial empire that encompasses tens of billions of dollars of investments in a staggering range of business enterprises, Blum has distinguished himself as one of the global capitalist economy’s reining siphoners-in-chief of public money.  His uncanny ability to leverage large pools of taxpayer and pension dollars has depended in large part on the virtually unrivaled influence he peddles in the Democratic Party, both statewide and nationally, as well as in specific Congressional districts.

In 2002, the San Francisco Chronicle and other California media took note of a handful of fishy investments CalPERS’ investment managers had made in the pet projects of several Democratic Party figures.  Two of the three main principles these stories named were Blum and fellow financier  Ronald “The Poster Child For The Ills of Political Donations and Business” Burkle (the nickname is self-appointed).  Looking for the huge sorts of returns that private equity firms were generating, CalPERS invested $560 million in Burkle’s operation, Yucaipa Companies, in 2001.  There was a flip side to the “strategic partnership” that would develop between CalPERS and Yucaipa, though.  More than just CalPERS seeking entry into the lucrative realm of private equity, private equity was seeking to crack the big piggy bank of public pensions, which represent hundreds of billions in wealth that can be leveraged for private gain.

After CalPERS’ injection of cash into Yucaipa, Blum convinced Burkle to invest $50 million of his pension pot in IndTV, a cable news channel founded by their mutual friend, former US Vice President Al Gore.  Blum Capital Partners had a $20 million investment in Gore’s company at the time.  Burkle’s own private equity firm, which employs Bill Clinton as its so-called “rain man” (in reference to the former prez’ uncanny ability to rein in sweetheart investment deals on Burkle’s behalf), ultimately bought into IndTV as a 50-50 partner with Blum.  In the wake of this episode, the alt-weekly Sacramento News & Review pointedly labeled CalPERS as “the Democratic Party’s personal piggybank,” owing to the fact that its 13-member investment board is dominated by the state’s Democratic Party apparatus.

The third main character in these corporate media stories was a man named Richard Wollack, who happens to be co-chairman of the aforementioned AltaTech Vineyards — and himself no stranger to the time-honored practice of rendering elected political executives wholly owned subsidiaries of one’s personal economic interests.  In the months immediately prior to CalPERS’ unprecedented $100 million investment in AltaTech, the enterprising Wollack lavished enormous donations on Gov. Gray Davis’ reelection campaign.  Wollack also hosted a fundraiser party for the Governor at his private estate, which raised tens of thousands.  Both Wollack and Davis’ press people brushed off the allegations of a conflict of interest vis-a-vis the campaign contributions and the subsequent award of CalPERS funding, noting that Davis does not control the pension’s investments; he only appoints many of the people who do.

The “personal piggybank” story, however, is worthy of further investigation – particularly in light of its direct links to Mendo.  In recent decades, public pension funds have increasingly been conscripted to the forces of economic “structural adjustment”: the reining wizards of hedge funds, credit markets, venture capital, real estate speculation, and all the other games played with billion dollar pots of money.  The ultimate game changer in this regard was 1984′s Proposition 21, a ballot initiative that permitted CalPERS and California’s other public pensions to invest huge portions of their portfolios in stocks.  Since that time, CalPERS shifted from a relatively cautious public pension fund to what might best be described as an activist equity pool, with a whopping 54 percent of the roughly $191 billion in its coffers staked to the private equity market.

Far from representing “socialism,” then, as their critics on the far right proclaim, public pension have become lynchpins of the neo-liberal political economy, making or breaking fortunes in the “private” market to a degree matched only by the world’s largest national economies.

One of the finance capitalists who has seized on this opportunity to expand his fortune by tapping into the newly “liquid” multi-billion dollar pots of public money is, of course, Richard Blum.  Among the primary investors in Blum Capital Partners are a wide range of pension funds, including CALPERS.  One of Blum’s other private equity firms, the enormous Newbridge Capital, has also raised hundreds of millions of dollars from various public pensions.  CalSTRS has an unusually large stake in Blum Capital Partners, more than $75 million – its fourth largest in any company.  California’s public teachers will be proud to know, then, that they own a roughly one percent stake in Richard Blum’s main personal investment vehicle – an enterprise that has been invested in the “reconstruction” of Iraq as well as its destruction, via a Mexican maquiladora that builds weapons components for the Department of Defense, among the savory enterprises the equity firm is involved in.

Blum has a history of steering pension money into his personal coffers in still more direct ways.  For an eight-year span of the 1990s, he personally managed a chunk of the Southern California Carpenters union’s pension fund, a post to which he was hired by a man named Ronald Tutor — a colorful Democratic Party heavyweight.  Gray Davis frequently borrowed Tutor’s personal jet in the course of bustling around to his stops on the 2002 campaign trail.   Tutor went on to become Blum’s business partner in a multi-billion dollar construction firm named Perini Corporation, which some readers may recall from reading Part 1 of this series four-part series as one of the pair of construction firms that Dianne Feinstein routinely funneled eight-figure contracts to during her tenure on the US Senate’s Military Appropriations Committee from 2001-2007.

During his stint with the carpenters union, Blum received a staggering $54 million in advisory fees from Tutor and the pension fund’s other co-chairman, even though he handled only a small part of the pension’s overall $2 billion pot.  Blum also invested $26 million of the pension’s money directly in his own company, Perini, at a time when the company was barely keeping its head above water.  Ultimately, he left his union post after three of its rank-and-file members brought a civil suit, alleging that he was heavily overcompensated and that he cost union members millions of dollars by illicitly staking their money in the then-struggling Perini.

Blum was also a leading force behind the privatization of the University of California’s pension fund.  That effort was chiefly spearheaded by UC Regent Gerald Parsky, under whose guidance the university abandoned its well-established in-house management in favor of a private investment firm closely affiliated with the California Republican Party, of which Parsky has long been a leader.  At the March 2003 Regents meeting, though, the Democratic Party stalwart Blum provided key backing to Parsky’s privatization push, in an exchange noted by UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Physics Charles Schwartz.

“Gerry, this is Dick,” Blum stated.  “I just think that CalPERS has the ability and demonstrated it to have large enough staff in-house to invest wisely and keep track of this stuff.  I don’t think we can do it for the University on our own, so that we need to either farm this out to advisors who can tell us who we want to place our money with, and/or work out something with CalPERS.”

Parsky responded, “Those two things, Dick, are exactly what we are thinking about.”

It is particularly telling how Goldeneye Vineyards came to reside under Blum’s personal financial umbrella.  In 2000, CalPERS selected CB Richard Ellis to manage a new $500 million real estate and technology fund.  Four months later, Blum Capital Partners made a successful bid to buy CBRE, soon turning it into the world’s largest real estate firm through a string of high-profile buyouts and mergers.  CBRE’s very first large-scale project under Blum’s ownership, however, was the founding of a so-called Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) named GI Partners — now the owner of Duckhorn Vineyards.  The purpose of spinning off GI Partners as a nominally separate company from CB Richard Ellis was to invest in – what else? – real estate and technology ventures.  Within weeks of GI Partners’ founding, CBRE plopped the entirety of its half-billion CalPERS investment pool into the company.  For its part, CBRE staked $26.1 million of its own money in the firm.

GI Partners’ first-ever investment was in a company presided over, not surprisingly, by a leading executive at CB Richard Ellis.  The executive in question is Michael Foust, who serves simultaneously as co-chairman of GI Partners and the firm’s initial start-up company, Digital Realty Trust.   GI Partners’ other co-founder, Rick Magnuson, has been a managing director of CBRE Investors –  CBRE’s private equity arm, which controls a whopping $34 billion of investment capital – since 1999.  When GI Partners bought out Duckhorn Vineyards, Magnuson came on board as one of Duckhorn’s directors.

In the past several years, CalPERS has brought its total investment  in GI Partners to $1.2 billion.  Yet, while the company continues to identify itself as a separate entity from CBRE, its filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission show that CBRE Investors has been the sole manager of GI Partners’ investments all along — those from CalPERS and otherwise.  Meanwhile, at least one of the companies GI Partners has founded, the Irvine, CA-based LincGroup, has contracted extensively with CBRE.   The upshot is that CBRE has effectively steered a chunk of the public pension funds its manages through an elaborate investment chain and back into its own coffers, while also conveniently enriching its own top executives by furnishing them cushy seats on various corporate boards — such as that of Duckhorn Vineyards.

Perhaps it was the Duckhorn’s management’s financially philosophy that attracted GI Partners to it. As those managers explained in a newsletter to shareholders in 2000, “We have chosen as our first topic of discussion the reality of the business — cash. Everything we do eventually finds its way back to this common denominator. That is, cash in and cash out. … At Duckhorn Vineyards, we earn approximately 24% cash profit. … Our bank, Bank of America, is more willing to support our growth because of our relatively high cash profit levels, our confirmed reinvestment of earnings, and our shareholder support.”

This emphasis on profit maximization is perhaps best reflected in the company’s purely extractive mode of operation, best characterized by their reckless siphoning out of the Navarro River watershed.  Several years ago, the group Navarro River Watershed Protection Association found that Goldeneye was building several illegal holding tanks at the junction of the Rancheria Creek, Anderson Creek, and Indian Creek.  It also had a pipe directly in Indian Creek.  Despite the fact that the Watershed Protection Association complained to the State Water Control Board’s Division of Water Rights, Duckhorn avoided any sanction.  In several documented instances, the company’s workers have also illegally trucked water from this site to its various other thirsty wine-grape operations in the Valley, displacing hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in the process.

In 2000, when archeological surveys revealed that a Pomo burial site was located on Duckhorn’s land on the east bank of the Rancheria, just outside downtown Philo, Duckhorn bulldozed the area without conducting additional survey work and without an archeologist present.  They later built a pond right on top of the site, thus foreclosing on the possibility of more survey work being conducted.  As with water theft, desecration of culturally indispensable American Indian sites seems to be a hallmark of the local wine industry.  An outfit from Spain named Cordineu, the world’s third largest wine company, is currently attempting to gain approval for a 173-acre winery in the Gualala River watershed, which  would go atop the archeological site of an Indian trading village.  In Laytonville, a prospective new vineyard just west off Highway 101 has closed off the Cahto’s access to one of their sacred sites in the foothills, despite the best efforts of the chairman and vice chairman of the local rancheria.

With all of this background in mind, local residents can feel proud in knowing that their home company’s Duckhorn 2007 Sauvignon Blanc was the vintage of choice at United States Senate’s luncheon in honor of President Obama’s inauguration in January, organized by Dianne Feinstein.  So, if you figure Feinstein’s Senate committee purchased the vino for $25 a bottle, and the roughly 200 people who attended the inauguration party downed a collective 50 bottles (a modest estimate for that crowd), that means Duckhorn made $1,250 in revenue off the senatorial tet-a-tet.  Figure Feinstein herself downed a half-bottle on her own, and that means she drank a $12.50 contribution to CBRE Investors’ personal coffers, getting to revel in a “vibrant acidity balanced by toasted oak” that furnishes a “rich mouthfeel” (quotes courtesy of the wine’s promotional literature) in the process.

Not a bad gig if you can get it.

The other case of local pension booze investing, AltaTech Vineyards, arguably stands to be even more ecologically and socially destructive.  In this regard, it is worth singling out the company’s nearly 20,000-acre real estate and vineyard conversion project in the Gualala River watershed, which would be perhaps the single most ecologically destructive real estate project on the North Coast since the reigns of Maxxam Corporation and Louisiana-Pacific.  This massive ecological engineering project would involve 1,683 acres of wine grapes, more than 80 miles of six-foot high fencing that would fragment wildlife habitat across the majority of the parcel, 90 miles of road, a gravel mining operation, and .of course the industrial-scale water diversions necessary to fill the project’s proposed 40 reservoirs.

We will explore this project in greater detail, including its status in the regulatory process,  in a future edition of the AVA.  For now, we’ll limit ourselves to noting that AltaTech co-founder Richard Wollack is one of CB Richard Ellis’ founders.  In fact, Wollack was CBRE’s chairman immediately prior to Richard Blum  Wollack, who has donated nearly $10,000 to Dianne Feinstein’s Senate campaigns since 2000, remained a CBRE director until AltaTech Vineyards secured CALPERS’ second $100 million investment.  Not surprisingly, CBRE is one of AltaTech’s primary investors, having given the company at least $1 million in what essentially amounted to “matching funds” to sweeten the pot for the the initial CALPERS money. Please continue @: http://theava.com/archives/5298

Allen Matkins v. The Leslie Brodie Report – which version of the truth do you believe?

On April 13, 2010 Allen Matkins published part of the following:

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image source: allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”). The SAL program consists of a group of outstanding 9th grade students from various public schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District, a school district where 92% of the students are Latino and 75% qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. SAL members attend six consecutive weeks of Saturday morning classes which emphasize the development of critical reading, writing and speaking skills. Additionally, the group participates in activities that create an understanding and excitement about the field of law.

Please see entire story @: http://allenmatkinsdiversity.com/2010/04/saturday-academy-of-law/

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On March 15, 2011 The Leslie Brodie Report published the following:

SAL Our Work

CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.

CaliforniaALL’s alleged purpose was to award grants to entities that would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T, Sempra Energy, and PG&E). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation in 2008. CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.

According to confidential sources, an ongoing multi-prong inquiry is continuing, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

A source maintains that one aspect of the inquiry involves grave misconduct surrounding the circumstances by which the public was misled to believe that CaliforniaALL was responsible for the creation of the Saturday Law Academy (SAL) at U.C. Irvine (UCI) in 2009 when, in fact, the SAL at UCI has actually been in existence for many years.

These sources maintain that the inquiry involves personnel at CaliforniaALL, the State Bar of California, and the California Bar Foundation, as well as University of New Hampshire (“UNH”) School of Law Professor Sarah E. Redfield, who falsely took credit for the project.

A 5 Year Visit to Sacramento
Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Ironically, as one can see below, the faculty of UNH School of Law is approximately 98% Caucasian. See below a representative sample photo of the faculty. Either to maintain privacy or to make a statement, Prof. Redfield is camera-shy, and the below photo is as it appears on UNH’s website.
UNH1 UNH2 Faculty, Sara E. Redfield,

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.” See http://tinyurl.com/Portia-Balthazar

At and around the time that Prof. Redfield was serving at McGeorge, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker served as the law school dean, and currently remains in that position. According to Dean Parker, because the pool of available minority students was not large enough, law schools were “competing” amongst themselves for each qualified minority student.

Parker, former General Counsel of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), took matters into her own hands to create her own supply of well-qualified minority students from minority neighborhoods in the surrounding Sacramento area.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield – an expert in the area of education and education law – various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield. See below.
Pacific Pathways

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Ashley, as well as State Bar Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley.

Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. As previously mentioned, Peter Arth, Jr. invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

By the end of 2007, the State Bar of California, the CPUC, and CalPERS all agreed to enter into a partnership with CaliforniaALL, and to otherwise endorse the organization which had its first board meeting in November 2007. Two noted board members who were with CaliforniaALL from its inception until it was dissolved were James Hsu and Pat Fong-Kushida.

Fong-Kushida is a longtime acquaintance of Ashley, and served as President of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. Fong-Kushida, along with Board of Governors member Gwen Moore, are both members of the California Utilities Diversity Council.

Similarly, James Hsu – a corporate attorney who advises companies regarding off-shore transactions and has a “China Specialty” – was actively involved in efforts to diversify the California workforce by attending CPUC meeting relevant to the matter.

Holly Fujie ,Ginger Bredemeier
Ms.Ginger Bredemeier(right), from May 2007 to May 2008 was employed at CalPERS as Administrative Assistant, Diversity Outreach Program. From May 2008 to August 2009 she was a “Writing Projects Manager – Human Resources and Grant Projects” at CaliforniaALL. Ms. Bredemeier was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) while a law student at McGeorge, and is seen here with Ms. Holly Fujie who in 2008 was serving both on the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation, participated in a scheme along with Ruthe Ashley, Patricia Lee, Judy Johnson and Leslie Hatamiya relating to the transfer of $780,000 in “hush-hush” funds from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL. (Photo :courtesy)

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the Cal Bar Foundation, and close to another million dollars from utility companies poured in.

In addition to having and employing “best practices,” CaliforniaALL was fortunate to have on board talented and dedicated staff such as Sarah E. Redfield, Program Director; Consultant Larissa Parecki, office manager; Ginger Bredemeier, Writing Projects Manager, Human Resources, Grant Projects; and Matt Cumida, executive administrative assistant.

According to Professor 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

 

Source: http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/03/15/californiaall-part-8-unh-law-profes…

URGENT: CaliforniaALLExposed — Scribd Website Containing Documents Relating to CaliforniaALL — Sabotaged (TLR Note: 1. Site belongs to YR; Specifically, sabotaged was the resume of Sarah Redfield which contains fraudulant statments 2. SAL/UofP

The Leslie Brodie is now reporting that a document titled ” Resume-CV-of-University-of-New-Hampshire-School-of-Law-Professor-Sarah-E-Redfield” has been sabotaged.

Said document is located @:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48772426/10-Resume-CV-of-University-of-New-Hampshir…

Relevancy of said document relate to false and misleading information found on Redfield’s resume.

Additionally, it is also relevant to the inquiry surrounding University of Phoenix, John Burton, and Richard Blum.

As shown below, Sarah Redfield claims (falsely) that she had launched SALUCI with grants from Verizon and University of Phoenix.

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Originally posted on The Leslie Brodie Report ” The Make Belief Launching of SAL”, below:

 

 

 

SAL Our Work

CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.

CaliforniaALL’s alleged purpose was to award grants to entities that would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T;, Sempra Energy, and PG&E;). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation in 2008. CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.

According to confidential sources, an ongoing multi-prong inquiry is continuing, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

A source maintains that one aspect of the inquiry involves grave misconduct surrounding the circumstances by which the public was misled to believe that CaliforniaALL was responsible for the creation of the Saturday Law Academy (SAL) at U.C. Irvine (UCI) in 2009 when, in fact, the SAL at UCI has actually been in existence for many years.

These sources maintain that the inquiry involves personnel at CaliforniaALL, the State Bar of California, and the California Bar Foundation, as well as University of New Hampshire (“UNH”) School of Law Professor Sarah E. Redfield, who falsely took credit for the project.

A 5 Year Visit to Sacramento
Ms. Sarah E. Redfield is a tenured law professor at the UNH School of Law. She is an expert in the area of education, education jurisprudence, and matters relating to diversity in the legal profession.

Ironically, as one can see below, the faculty of UNH School of Law is approximately 98% Caucasian. See below a representative sample photo of the faculty. Either to maintain privacy or to make a statement, Prof. Redfield is camera-shy, and the below photo is as it appears on UNH’s website.
UNH1 UNH2 Faculty, Sara E. Redfield,

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director. Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.” See http://tinyurl.com/Portia-Balthazar

At and around the time that Prof. Redfield was serving at McGeorge, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker served as the law school dean, and currently remains in that position. According to Dean Parker, because the pool of available minority students was not large enough, law schools were “competing” amongst themselves for each qualified minority student.

Parker, former General Counsel of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), took matters into her own hands to create her own supply of well-qualified minority students from minority neighborhoods in the surrounding Sacramento area.

As circumstances presented themselves, particularly with the election of former NBA player Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento, an idea surfaced that McGeorge (and other law schools in their respective communities) would create their own supplies of qualified minority students by actively engaging the community of potential future students as early as junior high school. Activities would include mentoring, speaker series, field trips, on-site visits to the law schools, Saturday law classes, and the like.

Thus, with visiting Professor Redfield – an expert in the area of education and education law – various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield. See below.
Pacific Pathways

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Ashley, as well as State Bar Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley.

Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

Shortly, thereafter, Ashley left McGeorge to work at CalPERS as a “Diversity Officer” for External Affairs. As previously mentioned, Peter Arth, Jr. invited Ashley and Redfield to dinner, whereupon the idea for CaliforniaALL (initially known as Ca AAL) was memorialized on a paper napkin in approximately July 2007.

By the end of 2007, the State Bar of California, the CPUC, and CalPERS all agreed to enter into a partnership with CaliforniaALL, and to otherwise endorse the organization which had its first board meeting in November 2007. Two noted board members who were with CaliforniaALL from its inception until it was dissolved were James Hsu and Pat Fong-Kushida.

Fong-Kushida is a longtime acquaintance of Ashley, and served as President of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. Fong-Kushida, along with Board of Governors member Gwen Moore, are both members of the California Utilities Diversity Council.

Similarly, James Hsu – a corporate attorney who advises companies regarding off-shore transactions and has a “China Specialty” – was actively involved in efforts to diversify the California workforce by attending CPUC meeting relevant to the matter.

Holly Fujie ,Ginger Bredemeier
Ms.Ginger Bredemeier(right), from May 2007 to May 2008 was employed at CalPERS as Administrative Assistant, Diversity Outreach Program. From May 2008 to August 2009 she was a “Writing Projects Manager – Human Resources and Grant Projects” at CaliforniaALL. Ms. Bredemeier was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) while a law student at McGeorge, and is seen here with Ms. Holly Fujie who in 2008 was serving both on the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation, participated in a scheme along with Ruthe Ashley, Patricia Lee, Judy Johnson and Leslie Hatamiya relating to the transfer of $780,000 in “hush-hush” funds from the California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL. (Photo :courtesy)

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

In mid 2008, CaliforniaALL was ready to rock and roll. It had just obtained Section 501(C)(3) approval, Ruthe Ashley was hired as a CEO, a sub rosa transfer of $780,000 had been received from the Cal Bar Foundation, and close to another million dollars from utility companies poured in.

In addition to having and employing “best practices,” CaliforniaALL was fortunate to have on board talented and dedicated staff such as Sarah E. Redfield, Program Director; Consultant Larissa Parecki, office manager; Ginger Bredemeier, Writing Projects Manager, Human Resources, Grant Projects; and Matt Cumida, executive administrative assistant.

According to Professor 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

 

 

TIMELINE 2010 – Berkeley Daily Planet: The University of California invests $53 million in two diploma mills owned by regent Richard Blum

Richard Blum (image:courtesy)

Richard C. Blum, then the chairman of the regents of the University of California, spoke at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference 2009, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The corporate confab was hosted by Michael Milken, the “junk bond king” who went to prison in the aftermath of the savings and loan fiasco in the 1980s. Milken, who is barred from securities trading for life by federal regulators, has since recreated himself as a proponent of investing in for-profit educational corporations, an industry which regularly comes under government and media scrutiny in response to allegations of fraud made by dis-satisfied students. 

At the conference, Blum, who is a professionalWall Street speculator, sat on a panel called “The New University and Its Role in the Economy,” alongside the presidents of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Arizona State University. The panel focused on how universities can best serve the corporate jones for tech-savvy employees by recruiting smart freshmen with scientific talent. One panel member urged treating universities as “laboratories of business ideas and products.” 

As someone who oversees investment policy decisions for the University of California’s $63 billion portfolio, and as the largest shareholder in two for-profit corporate-run universities (in which UC invests), Blum had a unique perspective to share at the conference. He advised public universities to attract business-oriented students with clever advertisements (as vocational schools do). 

“It’s like anything else,” he said. “It’s how you market it.” 

Marketing strategy aside, Blum has taken on two seemingly disparate roles — one as an advocate for a nonprofit university, and the other as an owner of two for-profit educational corporations. However, as a regent, Blum has taken actions that (intentionally or not) have enhanced the value of his vocational schools. Are his loyalties conflicted? 

For several years, Blum’s firm, Blum Capital Partners, has been the dominant shareholder in two of the nation’s largest for-profit universities, Career Education Corporation and ITT Educational Services, Inc. The San Francisco-based firm’s combined holdings in the two chain schools is currently $923 million — nearly a billion dollars. As Blum’s ownership stake enlarged, UC investment managers shadowed him, ultimately investing $53 million of public funds into the two educational corporations. 

The regents’ conflict-of-interest policy requires them to “avoid the potential for and the appearance of conflicts of interest with respect to the selection of individual investments … public officials shall not make, participate in making, or influence a governmental decision in which the official has a conflict of interest.” And the California Political Reform Act of 1974 provides civil and criminal penalties for officials who ignore conflicts of interest — as UC makes clear in ethics training presentations specifically created for university officials. The Board of Regents, however, is self-policing and it tolerates situations that cause others concern. 

John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization in Santa Monica, California, comments: “It is hugely inappropriate for the University of California to invest in for-profit colleges when it should be promoting public education. And something stinks when university investments end up in companies largely controlled by a regent. To the average fellow on the street, this would seem to be a conflict of interest. It is up to Mr. Blum and the UC treasurer to explain how it could not be a conflict of interest.” 

 

Disaster capitalism  

 

Due to serial tuition hikes by the UC regents, and their gutting of many classes and educational programs, and the imposition of a 15 percent reduction of in-state admissions to the university, the gateway to higher learning in California has seriously narrowed. As a UC regent, Blum voted in favor of all of these measures — and such actions have indirectly benefited his corporate colleges. But his schools are not the only ones profiting from the financial disaster that besets many public universities. 

On March 13, The New York Times summed up the situation, reporting that many chain schools, including ITT Educational Services and Career Education Corporation, “have exploited the recession as a lucrative recruiting device while tapping a larger pool of federal aid … selling young people on dreams of middle-class wages while setting them up for default on untenable debts, low-wage work and a struggle to avoid poverty.” 

The Times noted that for-profit schools are directly benefiting from cuts in education, especially in California where state-funded universities and community colleges have been “forced to cut classes just when demand is greatest.” 

Indeed, ITT Educational Services recently reported to its shareholders that due in large part to “higher unemployment rates among unskilled workers,” company revenue increased by $300 million, to $1.3 billion (double its take in 2005). Responding to a recession-induced increase in demand for vocational training, ITT increased its tuition by 5 percent, (70 percent of ITT’s revenue comes from federal tuition aid programs).And ITT’s profits rocketed in tandem with new enrollments, even as UC and other public universities were turning away students for lack of programs. 

 

Chain schools get the third degree 

 

Nationwide, vocational school students are paying billions of dollars in tuition to stockholder-owned education corporations, primarily using federal grants and loans guaranteed by taxpayers. In the United States, the dominant vocational education corporations are the University of Phoenix, Corinthian Colleges, Strayer University, Kaplan (owned by The Washington Post Company), Career Education Corporation and ITT Educational Services. Collectively, these companies operate hundreds of schools and teach hundreds of thousands of students, most of them eligible for public and private financial aid. The chains offer training for such technical professions as radiological technician, beautician, automotive mechanic, medical billing clerk, Web designer and massage therapist. But they also offer degrees in engineering, computer science and business. Increasingly, they are promoting online education, which limits their operational costs, even though virtual courses are often not suitable for teaching nursing, cooking, or car repair. As a result of delivering substandard education, some for profit schools suffer from accreditation problems, according to recent news reports. 

On a fairly regular basis government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, have accused many chain schools of preying upon low-income individuals and active military service members. Typically, state and federal agencies report, chain school recruiters have loaded students down with high-interest rate loan packages that, on average, amount to $30,000. As a result, fewer than 70 percent of enrollees graduate. Such a high dropout rate requires the corporations to continuously wage television, radio, Internet and print media marketing campaigns aimed at enticing students who want to better themselves — and who are, not incidentally, eligible for state-guaranteed loans. 

Unfortunately, those who do graduate with two-year associates degrees often find out that the curriculum did not prepare them for the technical requirements of the jobs they seek. And often, when they do find work, their wages do not match the inflated salaries promised by school recruiters, government reports note. And when dropouts and underpaid graduates default on their student loans, the taxpayers remain on the hook. 

Every few years, the corporate media discovers the so-called “diploma mill” scandal anew and publishes reams of investigative stories showing that despite marketing materials touting their educational and career benefits, the chain schools are primarily focused on cashing in on taxpayer-backed grants and loans. In the last six months alone, The New York Times, Washington Monthly, ProPublica, Bloomberg, Frontline and The Associated Press published exposés of the $26 billion vocational college industry. 

Blum’s schools have been prime targets of these investigations, although the reports do not mention him by name, nor do they reveal that the UC invests in his for-profit schools while cutting back on public education. 

 Students as cash machines 

 Blum’s investment bank entered the for-profit education business in 1987, when he purchased a large block of shares in National Education Corporation, an Irvine-based vocational school that specialized in awarding mail-order diplomas. He joined the company’s board of directors, sitting alongside former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater and David C. Jones, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Two years later, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Blum got in hot water when angry shareholders filed a lawsuit contending that “the company issued rosy financial statements while Blum and other directors were selling their shares.” The shareholders claimed in court documents that Blum sold $2.7 million worth of shares at about $24 per share after he learned, a day before the public announcement, that the company president planned to resign. When the share price bottomed out at $3.50 a share after the announcement, Blum reinvested in the troubled company, booking a profit. 

By the late ’80s and early ’90s, National Education Corporation was “battered by accusations that its vocational schools were riddled with fraud,” The New York Times reported in March 1997. A new president was hired in 1994 to reform the school and to bring it into the age of computerized learning. By 1995, Blum had gained control of 11.5 percent of National Education Corporation stock after combining his firm’s holdings with that of a nonprofit investment fund, Commonfund, for which Blum worked as an investment advisor. (Commonfund manages investments for more than 1,400 universities, including UC.) In 1997, Harcourt, the textbook publisher, boughtNational Education Corporation for about $750 million, or $21 a share. Blum and his private partners profited handsomely — there was money to be made in education. 

After he became a regent in 2002, Blum greatly increased his investment in for-profit education. In June 2005, Blum Capital Partners bought 5 percent of the stock (worth $24 million) in Lincoln Education Services Corp., a $300 million operation with 32 campuses. Blum also acquired large blocks of shares in ITT Educational Services, and Career Education Corporation. These two purchases followed dips in the companies’ stock prices brought about by allegations of corrupt practices made against them by government agencies. 

In the case of ITT Educational Services, federal and state regulators investigated the company in 2004 after shareholders and students alleged that it was falsifying student attendance, grades and job placement records in order to keep federal financial aid flowing. When the news broke, the price of ITT shares halved. 

Blum Capital Partners pounced, purchasing reams of devalued ITT stock. It soon owned the largest block of stock in the company — a 10 percent ownership stake in 2006. Not long afterwards, the investigations were closed, with no findings of wrongdoing. By May 2010, ITT’s revenue exceeded $1.3 billion, and Blum Capital Partners’ stake was valued at $415 million. 

Similarly, Blum Capital Partners bought shares of Career Education Corporation, a $1.8 billion operation that serves 90,000 students, following a corruption controversy. In 2004, Career Education Corporation was investigated by multiple federal agencies after whistleblower lawsuits alleged that the school had allowed failing students to remain enrolled in order to keep its pipeline to federal grants and loans tapped. In 2005, after “60 Minutes” televised an unfavorable story about the chain school, the value of its stock dropped by more than half. Blum Capital Partners bought in for $33 million. By May 2010, its stake had grown to $508 million, making Blum’s firm by far the largest and most powerful shareholder of the chain school. A partner with Blum Capital Partners, Greg L. Jackson, sits on the board of Career Education Corporation. 

UC is an investor in both educational corporations. 

 The UC connection 

 Even as Blum was buying stock in Career Education and ITT Educational Services, UC financial records show that the university’s investment managers were actively buying and selling these same stocks — to the tune of $53 million. The university was not just holding onto these stocks to accrue value over time (as a prudent manager would do), it was day trading them in large amounts, as much as $2 million a trade, thereby affecting the daily price of these stocks. And these two companies were largely owned by a regent, a Wall Street speculator who sat on the university’s investment committee, which oversaw the management of the university’s stock portfolio. Does not this situation pose at least the appearance of a conflict? 

Not to UC officials. When UC Treasurer Marie Berggren was questioned about the propriety of UC investing in Blum’s for-profit college chains her spokesman, Steve Montiel, replied by email, “The Treasurer’s Office doesn’t track Regents’ holdings in making decisions about security selections, though Regents’ holdings are disclosed as a matter of policy.”  

In other words, the treasurer does not review the regents’ financial disclosure statements, which are public records, for potential conflicts. Of course, UC’s investments are also public records available to the regents, so a regent could easily avoid conflicts, should he or she choose to do so, by not taking controlling positions in companies in which the university invests. 

Blum did not respond to repeated requests for comment. UC spokeswoman Lynn Tierney called on his behalf, saying that the university recruits its students from the intellectual elite of applicants. Only those with very high grade averages and SAT scores get in, she said. Therefore, “UC is not losing students to Blum’s vocational schools, and there is no conflict of interest,” she claimed, declining to present evidence that thwarted UC students were not attending for-profit colleges. 

Regardless, the bottom line is that UC is investing tens of millions of public dollars in two for-profit school chains largely controlled by a regent (a Wall Street arbitrager) who sit on UC’s investment committee. Noah Stern, president of Associated Students at the University of California, says, “Student trust in the regents was already shaky. In light of the Spot.us revelations of investment abuse, we need a structural overhaul of the university governance system.” 

 

Note: CalPERS, the state pension fund, also had, as of the end of 2009, $6 million invested in Career Education Corporation, and $10 million invested in ITT Educational Services through its public equities investment program. And CalPERS held more than $100 million in shares of both companies as part of a $500 million investment with Blum Capital Partners, which is an investment adviser to CalPERS. Details about CalPERS connections to Blum and other regents, and related stories, may be found in the 10-part investigative series on the regents’ conflicts of interest sponsored by Spot.us and a consortium of six Bay Area newsweeklies.

Source: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2010-06-22/article/35661

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ninth Circuit’s Kim Wardlaw’s RICO Defendant Bill Wardlaw Hereby Asked to Opine on Connection Between Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC’s Norberto Santana to Your Predecessor Kinde Durkee ?

Voice of OC Kinde Durkee
Joe Dunn’s VOICE OF OC located at 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

 


Kinde Durkee of 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

Norberto Santana of Voice of OC
Norberto Santana of Voice of OC

Sir James J. Brosnahan
James Brosnahan of Voice of OC (former). Brosnahan, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Democratic Party and spouse of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan, gained fame after his psychiatrist — Berkeley-based Scyzophrenia specialist Dr. Bruce Africa — threaten to kill him due to an alleged sexual affair between Brosnahan and Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa. In September of 2009, once Ruthe Ashley existed CaliforniaALL, Dunn (with the help of Escutia, Girardi and Brosnahan) launched online publication “Voice of OC.” Dunn is also a trustee of UCI Foundation — an entity which absorbed most of the grants CaliforniaALL collected from utility companies Senator Dunn officially investigated during California energy crisis.(Image: courtesy photos)


David Washburn of Voice of OC

Martha Escutia
Martha Escutia of Voice of OC (former)


Girardi & Keese’s Tom Girardi of Voice of OC (former). Per the Ninth Circuit, Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi have resorted to employing “the persistent use of known falsehoods” and “false representations” were made “knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly” during years of litigation. Subsequent to those findings, the State Bar of California appointed Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk to serve as special prosecutor against Girardi, Lack, and their respective firms. None mentioned that Girardi and Lack are actually clients of Jerome Falk and Howard Rice. See story here. For additional allegations of misconduct leveled against Girardi, please see here, and here , and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. For the latest on Walter Lack, please see here. (Image: courtesy photo)

 

Mr. Joe cotchett

 

 

 

 

 

California Democratic Party operative and home-nudist Joe Cotchett of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, represents Diane Feinstein in suit against Kinde Durkee. Cotchett, as well as Nancy Fineman and others, were part of a criminal conspiracy to file false criminal charges against YR in connection with the ethics complaint in re CaliforniaALL / quadriplegic UC Davis  law student Sara Granda.  As a result of said conspiracy,  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Mike Cabral obtained a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of all data referring or relating to Voice of OC and CaliforniaALL.

COPY OF YR’S COMPLAINT AGAINST VOICE OF OC SUBMITTED TO IRS IN 2011, 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.

Voice of OC ‘s James Brosnahan — Former Mentor to United States Department of Justice’s Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West — Hereby Asked to Comment on Connection Between Voice of OC and Kinde Durkee as Exposed by YR

Voice of OC Kinde Durkee
Joe Dunn’s VOICE OF OC located at 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

 


Kinde Durkee of 1212 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502

Norberto Santana of Voice of OC
Norberto Santana of Voice of OC

Sir James J. Brosnahan
James Brosnahan of Voice of OC (former)


David Washburn of Voice of OC

Martha Escutia
Martha Escutia of Voice of OC (former)


Girardi & Keese’s Tom Girardi of Voice of OC (former)

 

Mr. Joe cotchett

 

 

 

 

 

California Democratic Party operative and home-nudist Joe Cotchett of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, represents Diane Feinstein in suit against Kinde Durkee. Cotchett, as well as Nancy Fineman and others, were part of a criminal conspiracy to file false criminal charges against YR in connection with the ethics complaint in re CaliforniaALL / quadriplegic UC Davis  law student Sara Granda.  As a result of said conspiracy,  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Mike Cabral obtained a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of all data referring or relating to Voice of OC and CaliforniaALL. 

 

COPY OF YR’S COMPLAINT AGAINST VOICE OF OC SUBMITTED TO IRS IN 2011, 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.

Former Chief Diversity Officer for CalPERS Mired in Controversy Amid Allegations of Racketeering

The president of an organization committed to diversity and leadership pipelines in the legal profession has been accused of racketeering.

A civil RICO action filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia alleges that Ruthe Catolico Ashley, president of Rocklin-based Diversity Matters, engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The suit, advanced by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, seeks monetary and equitable remedies.

Ashley is the former Chief Diversity Officer for CalPERS and former Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Prior positions include past president of Legal Services of Northern California, past chair of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce , past president of the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento, and past president of The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

 

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Amid Recent Revelations of Unsettling Circumstances Re San Onofre Nuclear Station, Southern California Edison, MTO’s Ron Olson, MTO’s Jeff Bleich, CPUC’s Geoffrey Brown and CaliforniaALL – TLR Republishes Prior Frivolous Threat By Brown against YR

Amid recent revelations dealing with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), Geoffrey F. Brown (AKA Geoff Brown) — a former commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) — is even under greater scrutiny in matters relating to CaliforniaALL, The Leslie Brodie Report has learned.

CaliforniaALL, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, was the brainchild of Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice-President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey.

Geoffrey F. Brown 

Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $780,00.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny by in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.” (image:courtesy photo)

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 contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

Sources with knowledge of the inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain the multi prong inquiry is rapidly expanding and encompasses broader inquiries than had been acknowledged up to now to The Leslie Brodie Report.

A source maintains that one major aspect of the inquiry involves 2 subparts:

1) Circumstances surrounding events relating to Southern California’s Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson which represents Southern California Edison in conjuction with San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (owned by SCE) and CPUC’s Geoffrey Brown.

2) Circumstances surrounding Obama for America’s Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson, Obama for America’s Jeff Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olsen, Obama for America’s Tony West of the United States Department of Justice, Obama for America’s Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest, and Obama for America’s Steven Churchwell of DLA Piper in Sacramento — where CaliforniaALL was housed free of charge.

Initially, due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, YR was under the impression that funds have been misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides.

In reaction to YR’s s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors (See http://tinyurl.com/californiaallbog ) Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, sent YR a cease & desist demand.  In an email to YR and the Board of Governors, Brown wrote:

“I am named in the email with the purpose of tying my tenure at the CPUC and the Foundation to some alleged nefarious activity. The author of the email is herewith put on notice that I will pursue legal action if he persists in a claim that I have anything to do with illegal activity. He further on notice that I am in noway connected with the recipient named in the article.”

 

Brown, according to confidential sources familiar with the situation, is viewed as “not credible.” 

“The absurd claim by Brown that he is ‘in noway connected with the recipient named in the article’ is disingenuous in the extreme,” the source stated.

“Of course Brown was connected; after all Brown was a director of the California Bar Foundation alongside Southern California Edison’s Ron Olson’s proxies (Jeff Bleich and Bradley Phillips of Munger Tolles & Olson) during the time the California Bar Foundation funneled the hush-hush subrosa $780,000.00 to CaliforniaALL — a sham entity instigated by Peter Arth of the CPUC,” the source continued.

“And, it all took place during the time Brown was serving as a CPUC Commissioner who’s function was to regulate the same utilities which poured money into CaliforniaALL, including regulating Southern California Edison — the owner of SONGS,” the source — now discombobulated — concluded.

 

2009 — ” Asian Americans for Obama (AAFO) ” Honores Ruthe Ashley (AKA Ruthe Catolico Ashley) , President, CaliforniaALL

Source:

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February 10th, 2009
2009 Sacramento Community Women of Color Day/Diversity Event on 3/1
Posted by Eugenia

2009 Sacramento Community Women of Color Day/Diversity Event
Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Christ Unity Church, 9249 Folsom Blvd,
Folsom & La Riviera) Sacramento, CA 95826.

Official Women of Color Day Song, “AURORA” CD Release at Event. Sales support Women of Color Day and many other community events.

Celebrated in Sacramento since 1991, the annual Sacramento Community Women of Color/ Diversity Event includes an awards program, honoring outstanding women and supporters of diversity in the Greater Sacramento area and across the nation, will celebrate the 23rd year since its founding.

Tickets: Adults $10 in advance; $20 at door; Children: $5 in advance for 1 or 2; $5 at door for 1.

2009 Honorees: Ruthe Ashley, Esq. president, CaliforniaALL; Precious Craft, Gospel musician/singer and Director, The Voices of Faith; Maria Ramirez, President Latina Leadership Network (Ohlone Community College Counselor); Lillian Sparks, President, National Indian Education Association. Recognition for Diversity efforts will be awarded to Temra Costa, Program Director, Buy Fresh, Buy Local program for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Interfaith Services Bureau.

Program speaker, Penny Hansen, health products entrepreneur, Hillsboro , Oregon will address the theme, “Women of Color Retrospective: The Future Builds On Our Past.”

Early supporters of the 2009 program are: California Health Education Council Sponsor, and CalPers (The California Public Employees’ Retirement System). There is still need for additional community support through the purchase of program book ads, exhibitor/vendor spaces and tickets.

Former honorees are encouraged to attend and will be recognized. “Aurora”, written by Suzanne Brooks and Reggie Graham, is also for sale online: http://cdbaby.com/cd/suzannebrooks6

A reception will follow with healthy refreshments & healthy lifestyle/active, child-friendly exhibits and information arranged by the California Health Education Council (Cynthia Robinson, Program Management Coordinator) and entertainment by Suzanne Brooks/The Jazz Generation. Support for the musical entertainment and other artist participation is made possible by the support of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

All segments of the community are encouraged to attend this great family and community event. Former honorees are listed on our website: http://www.womenofcolorday.com 

Contact: Suzanne Brooks, CEO
International Association for Women of Color Day
3325 Northrop Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95864
Phone:(916) 483-9804 Email: IAWOCDay@aol.com
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Noreen Evans — Chair, California Senate Judiciary Committee — Hereby Asked to Comment on Cal Bar Executive Director Joseph Dunn’s Voice of OC Refusal to Comply with IRS Rules and Regulations (TLR Note: Ashley Joined at the Hip with CJ Tani Cantil )

Originally published in November of 2011:

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.

 

Jeff Novitzky Hereby Asked to Familiarize Himself with Events Sorrounding Tony West, CaliforniaALL, Jon Streeter, and Voice of OC (As Novitzky will soon see, events highly relevant to understand André Birotte decision Re Lance Armstrong)

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.

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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)

 

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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.

Jeff Novitzky Hereby Asked to Comment on Voice of OC Refusal to Comply with IRS Regulations (As Novitzky will soon see, events highly relevant to understand André Birotte decision Re Lance Armstrong)

Originally published in 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.

Pat Fong Kushida of CaliforniaALL Pulls Out of Sacramento Metro Chamber CEO Job

Pat Fong Kushida has changed her mind and decided she won’t become president and chief executive of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, according to the Sacramento Business Journals.

Pat Fong Kushida
Ms. Pat Fong Kushida CEO of Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (Image:courtesy photo)

Kushida, a longtime acquaintance of Ruthe Catolico Ashley and California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye,  was one of two noted board members (alongside James Hsu) who were with sham entity CaliforniaALL from its inception, until it was abruptly dissolved.  Both Kushida and the Sacramento Metro Chamber delivered the shocking announcement recently.

As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report, Kushida, along with State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore, are both members of the California Utilities Diversity Council.

Gwen Moore of GEM CommunicationsTony West
State Bar of California Board of Governors member Gwen Moore of GEM Communications. Both Moore and her mentor — Kamala Harris former paramour Willie Brown — were the target of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Bribery and Special Interest (BRISPEC) sting operation known as Shrimpscam. On the right is Willie Brown’s “Mentee” Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) Previously of Morrison & Foerster. Presently Acting Associate Attorney General, the third highest official at the United States Department of Justice. West’s sister-in-law — Willie Brown’s former paramour — is California attorney general who was also part of CaliforniaALL. As previously reported, Morrison & Foerster partners Voice of OC’s James Brosnahan (who represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis), Susan Mac Cormac, Raj Chatterjee, as well as former partners Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Lori Schechter and Dian Grueneich are all under extreme scrutiny in connection with the unsettling events surrounding CaliforniaALL in connection with former CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown of California Bar Foundation, State Bar of California Executive Director – Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn – who investigated the California Energy Crisis, Voice of OC’s Martha Escutia who also investigated the California Energy Crisis, and Voice of OC’s Thomas Girardi / Pierce O’Donnell who litigated matters relating to the California Energy Crisis opposing James Brosnahan  (Image: courtesy photos)

CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.

Redfield was appointed interim CEO of CalifrnoaALL, and after a simulated “nationwide search”, Ashley was appointed as CaliforniaALL permanent CEO. She abruptly quit in the same month and year when State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn launched his online publication Voice of OC with the help of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese, and James Broshanahn of Morrison & Foerster.

Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T, Sempra Energy, and PG&E). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unlawful and unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation) in 2008.

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.

Documents recently obtained from the Santa Ana Unified School District provide fresh circumstantial evidence that while University of New Hampshire School of Law professor Sarah E. Redfield was employed at  McGeorge School of Law, she had conspired with Ruthe Ashley and others to create a charitable entity (CaliforniaALL) that would later serve as a vehicle to misappropriate and/or launder close to $800,000 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California.

 

Geoffrey F. Brown
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA “California Bar Foundation”). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to sham entity CaliforniaALL — which also obtained additional 1.5 Million from utility companies.  In reaction to complainant’s request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.  Brown is still under extreme scrutiny in matters relating Judy Johnson’s CCPF and the saga known as “Bribing Pat.”
(image:courtesy photo)


According to Redfield, between 2008 and 2009 she had  “launched” CaliforniaALL, participated in RFP, and “launched” the Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

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 as even documents obtained from  the Santa Ana Unified School District make no mention of  Sarah Redfield in connection with the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine.

Saturday Academy of Law UC Irvine 1

Sarah Redfield of UNH School of Law Not Mentioned as Part of Saturday Academy of Law

 

Between 2004 and 2008, Professor Redfield served as a “visiting” professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. From 2008-2009, she served as interim Executive Director of CaliforniaALL, as well as program director.

Professor Redfield was paid $157,763 for her services, while she was misclassified as an “independent contractor.” See http://tinyurl.com/Portia-Balthazar

Sara E. Redfield SAL
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.

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

 

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

 

Additionally, claims by Sarah E. Redfield to the effect that she was part of both the CURRICULUM COMMITTEE and OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE are also false, fraudulent, and were otherwise spun from whole cloth.

While Professor Redfield was part of the Oversight Committee, she was not part of the Curriculum Committee. In fact, the sources maintain that close examination of SAL Curriculum shows that it was similar to the curriculum in the years before CaliforniaALL was even established, with emphasis on exceptions to the First Amendment such as time, place, and manner.

See below, misleading claims by Professor Sarah E. Redfield, which falsely mention Curriculum Committee :

Amazon Redfield

About Sarah Redfield

Curriculum CommitteeOversight Committee

 

 

The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” has caused complainant (YR) to postulate that “Voice of OC” may have been a recipient, at least in part, of the  $780,000 obtained unlawfully from the Foundation of the State Bar of California — to wit:  on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in their capacity as BOD members of California Bar Foundation; on the other hand are Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.

 

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)

YR’s belief that this is the case is heightened given the proximity in time of various events:  Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Joe Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed). Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” ( as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences),  the refusal of Voice of OC to disclose IRS Forms 990,  the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it received from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds (where Joe Dunn serves as Trustee) only reinforce this belief.  This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), and the well-documented friendship he shares with Joe Dunn.

Calpers | A cloud over CalPERS – Los Angeles Times

CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the United States, with roughly $230 billion in assets. It manages retirement plans covering more than 1.6 million current and former employees of state and local agencies and their families. As a result of the subprime mortgage meltdown, CalPERS is also underfunded by tens of billions of dollars, or about 30%. State and local governments will have to fill that hole by making larger contributions to the fund, a burden that is projected to continue for the next 30 years.

The financial situation at CalPERS improved considerably after the stock market plunge, with double-digit returns on investments bringing in more than $70 billion in gains. Over the same period, however, the retirement system has been dogged by questions about the role that placement agents — middlemen who try to raise capital for private equity firms and the like — may have played in its investments. The controversy erupted in October 2009 when CalPERS said it was investigating the fees that some firms paid agents to win business with the fund.

The main figure in the probe was a former CalPERS board member, Alfred J.R. Villalobos, who had also served briefly as deputy mayor of Los Angeles in 1993. The law firm conducting the review couldn’t compel anyone to cooperate, so it gleaned nothing from Villalobos and several other former CalPERS officials to whom he was close. Yet the investigators’ report is full of damning details about undisclosed gifts Villalobos allegedly gave to CalPERS insiders and the millions of dollars in fees they helped him collect from clients.

CaliforniaALL- Part 3: The Money Chase

CaliforniaALL, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, was the brainchild of
Ruthe Catolico Ashley — a Diversity Officer at CalPERS who also served
as the Vice-President of the State Bar of California. In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close
to $2 million from utility companies, including a sub-rosa contribution
of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation. Leslie Hatamiya
Ms. Leslie Hatamiya. Executive Director, State Bar of California
Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation). The Foundation–a sub-entity
of the State Bar of California — is directly reporting to the State Bar
Board of Governors. In 2008, an unusual sub-rosa transfer of
$780,000 from the Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place. Conveniently,
it never made it to the foundation “Newsroom”. (Photo:courtesy)

Specifically, CaliforniaALL alleged purpose was to award grants to
entities which would increase minority participation in the “pipelines”
that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Extensive research shows that CaliforniaALL awarded only one grant
during its existence. The grant was for $100,000, and was issued to the
U.C. Irvine Foundation to be used for a “Saturday Law Academy” at U.C. A subsequent grant in the amount of $100,000 arrived courtesy of Verizon
Communications.

Senator Joseph Dunn

According to confidential sources, presnetly there is no showing of any
wrong doing on the part of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, as well as on the
part of U.C. Irvine Foundation’s trustee Joe Dunn — Executive Director,
State Bar of California.

Registry of Charitable Trusts

According to the Registry of Charitable Trusts (RCT) maintained by
California’s Attorney General, CaliforniaALL’s income totaled $1,361,319
in 2008, and $370,511 in 2009.

A total of $1,731,830 during that period.

CaliforniaALL, Attorney General,
Further, the RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity”
status on March 14, 2008. It was likely shortly thereafter that the IRS
granted the entity Section 501(C)(3) status.

Ruthe Ashley
Thus, as part of a master plan, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make
her appearance, indeed. 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

Certainly, CaliforniaALL had various expenses during this period,
including Ruthe Ashley’s annual salary of $140,000; a $150,000 payment
to Sarah E. Redfield — Interim Executive Director — in her capacity as
a “subcontractor”. A dinner to honor Gwen Moore and others in
Sacramento; and a $100,000 grant to U.C. Irvine. It is hard to comprehend how funds contributed to the State Bar of
California Foundation in order to “promote justice”, ended up promoting
Gwen Moore and Wal-Mart at a lavish hotel in Sacramento. Details about
the “Gala” below.
CaliforniaALL Gwen Moore

Also, as part of the master plan and due to her steadfast commitment to
diversity, it was time for Ruthe Ashley to exit CaliforniaALL, which she
did in September 2009.
Ruthe Ashley Letter of Resignation

Around the same time, CaliforniaALL’s was no longer housed at the
Sacramento office of DLA Piper, and was moved to Citrus Heights.

Larissa Parecki

CaliforniaALL was now left in the trusted hands of Larissa Parecki , who
had been a staff member with CaliforniaALL since its inception. Parecki had previously worked as an executive secretary at McGeorge Law
School from May 2004 to January 2008 where she had met Ruthe Ahsley.

From January to June 2008, Parecki was employed at CalPERS as a “Staff
Service Analyst,” with an emphasis on “pipeline programming.” In short,
while at CalPERS Parecki worked for Ruthe Ashley.

In June 2008, Parecki accompanied Ruthe Ashley to CaliforniaALL to work
as the office manager. From September 2009 (when Ashley left CaliforniaALL) to June 2010 (when
CaliforniaALL was dissolved), Parecki served as CaliforniaALL’s Interim
CEO.

According to sources close to the investigation who spoke on condition
of anonymity, while Parecki is neither a suspect nor a person of
interest, messages she posted on Twitter on behalf of CaliforniaALL
might prove useful, and are being examined very carefully. This includes the message below,for example, which shows that financing
to the “Green Academy” came from PG&E(and not CaliforniaALL, should
someone ever make such a claim).
CaliforniaALL Twitter

PG & E Green Energy Academy

Likewise, a press release issued by CaliforniaALL in March 2010 which
was authored by Sarah Modeste shows that the only two programs
CaliforniaALL participated in were the Law Academy and the “Green Energy
Academy” (see below). Thus, sources maintain, part of the multipronged investigation is an
attempt to ascertain the status of between $700,000 to $1,000,000 which
is yet to be accounted for.
TO BE CONTINUED.

Modeste
Modeste 2

CaliforniaALL- Part 3: The Money Chase

CaliforniaALL, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, was the brainchild of Ruthe Catolico Ashley — a Diversity Officer at CalPERS who also served as the Vice-President of the State Bar of California.

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies, including a sub-rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

Leslie Hatamiya
Ms. Leslie Hatamiya. Executive Director, State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation). The Foundation–a sub-entity of the State Bar of California — is directly reporting to the State Bar Board of Governors. In 2008, an unusual sub-rosa transfer of $780,000 from the Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place. Conveniently, it never made it to the foundation “Newsroom”. (Photo:courtesy)

Specifically, CaliforniaALL alleged purpose was to award grants to entities which would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Extensive research shows that CaliforniaALL awarded only one grant during its existence. The grant was for $100,000, and was issued to the U.C. Irvine Foundation to be used for a “Saturday Law Academy” at U.C. A subsequent grant in the amount of $100,000 arrived courtesy of Verizon Communications.

Senator Joseph Dunn

According to confidential sources, presnetly there is no showing of any wrong doing on the part of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, as well as on the part of U.C. Irvine Foundation’s trustee Joe Dunn — Executive Director, State Bar of California.

Registry of Charitable Trusts

According to the Registry of Charitable Trusts (RCT) maintained by California’s Attorney General, CaliforniaALL’s income totaled $1,361,319 in 2008, and $370,511 in 2009.

A total of $1,731,830 during that period.

CaliforniaALL, Attorney General, Further, the RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008. It was likely shortly thereafter that the IRS granted the entity Section 501(C)(3) status.

Ruthe Ashley
Thus, as part of a master plan, it was now time for Ruthe Ashley to make her appearance, indeed. 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

Certainly, CaliforniaALL had various expenses during this period, including Ruthe Ashley’s annual salary of $140,000; a $150,000 payment to Sarah E. Redfield — Interim Executive Director — in her capacity as a “subcontractor”. A dinner to honor Gwen Moore and others in Sacramento; and a $100,000 grant to U.C. Irvine.

It is hard to comprehend how funds contributed to the State Bar of California Foundation in order to “promote justice”, ended up promoting Gwen Moore and Wal-Mart at a lavish hotel in Sacramento. Details about the “Gala” below.
CaliforniaALL Gwen Moore

Also, as part of the master plan and due to her steadfast commitment to diversity, it was time for Ruthe Ashley to exit CaliforniaALL, which she did in September 2009.
Ruthe Ashley Letter of Resignation

Around the same time, CaliforniaALL’s was no longer housed at the Sacramento office of DLA Piper, and was moved to Citrus Heights.

Larissa Parecki

CaliforniaALL was now left in the trusted hands of Larissa Parecki , who had been a staff member with CaliforniaALL since its inception.

Parecki had previously worked as an executive secretary at McGeorge Law School from May 2004 to January 2008 where she had met Ruthe Ahsley.

From January to June 2008, Parecki was employed at CalPERS as a “Staff Service Analyst,” with an emphasis on “pipeline programming.” In short, while at CalPERS Parecki worked for Ruthe Ashley.

In June 2008, Parecki accompanied Ruthe Ashley to CaliforniaALL to work as the office manager.

From September 2009 (when Ashley left CaliforniaALL) to June 2010 (when CaliforniaALL was dissolved), Parecki served as CaliforniaALL’s Interim CEO.

According to sources close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity, while Parecki is neither a suspect nor a person of interest, messages she posted on Twitter on behalf of CaliforniaALL might prove useful, and are being examined very carefully.

This includes the message below,for example, which shows that financing to the “Green Academy” came from PG&E(and not CaliforniaALL, should someone ever make such a claim).
CaliforniaALL TwitterPG & E Green Energy Academy

Likewise, a press release issued by CaliforniaALL in March 2010 which was authored by Sarah Modeste shows that the only two programs CaliforniaALL participated in were the Law Academy and the “Green Energy Academy” (see below).

Thus, sources maintain, part of the multipronged investigation is an attempt to ascertain the status of between $700,000 to $1,000,000 which is yet to be accounted for.

TO BE CONTINUED.

Modeste
Modeste 2

CaliforniaALL — Part 2: Concerns Mount Over Interim Executive Director Sarah E. Redfield ; Cal Bar BOG Member Gwen Moore

In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including a sub-rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

Specifically, CaliforniaALL would award grants to entities which would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

Extensive research shows that CaliforniaALL awarded only one grant during its existence. The grant was for $100,000, and was issued to an educational facility in Orange County – specifically, U.C. Irvine School of Law headed by Erwin Chemerinsky.

GWEN MOORE

According to confidential sources, Ms. Gwen Moore, a current member of the State Bar Board of Governors, is under heavy scrutiny as a result of these matters.

A prior FBI sting operation that targeted Gwen Moore; as well her familiarity with the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) and utility companies, is being reviewed for potential leadsand in order to become familiar with Moore’s modus operandi.

Separately, sources maintain that Moore’s agendas and politics are a source of concern, particularly as she presently serves on the RAD Committee. According to one source, “While heractions to promote equality such as General Order 156 are certainly appreciated and understood, particularly in light of the persistent mistreatment of African-Americans in the
U.S., I would tend to question her ability to remain impartial in matters which come before the BOG in general and the RAD in particular involving misconduct by minorities and/or close political allies from the Democratic party.”

“Clearly, one substantial factor leading to the State Bar’s ethical and moral collapse was provided courtesy of individuals who fall into those two categories (i.e., minorities and/or close political allies from the Democratic party), including JoAnn Remke, Judy Johnson, Debra Murphy-Lawson, Patrice McElroy, Lucy Armendadiz, Mike Nisperos, and – as we are learning through the latest revelations pertaining to her – Ruthe Ashley,” the source added.

In particular, the source referenced JoAnn Remke’s lengthy and persistent trail of misconduct, including the “60 Day Suspension Scandal” and the “Ronald Stovitz Scandal,” and culminating in the egregious misconduct in matters relating to nationally-renowned lawyer’s lawyer Philip Edward Kay.

SARAH E. REDFIELD
Per CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley, in April 2007 three attorneys who were representing three separate governmental agencies (the State Bar of California, CalPERS, and CPUC) met at a San Francisco restaurant for a brainstorming session concerning how to further promote diversity in the
California workforce. The three lawyers were Ruthe Ashley, Sarah E. Redfield, and Pete Arth Jr. With a steadfast commitment, all three arrived for the “brainstorming session” without any notepads; they quickly improvised and resorted to recording notes on a paper napkin. According to Ashley, these notes were the cornerstones of CaliforniaALL. See an excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s 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. (It is worth noting that most of the donations later made to CaliforniaALL originated from utility companies such as Verizon and PG&E.)

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 work-force in California. Specifically, CaliforniaALL would award grants to entities which would increase minority participation in the “pipelines” that feed into industries such as finance, technology, and law.

In the meantime, with a green light to proceed with her plans 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 legal entity to be known as
CaliforniaALL to Sarah Redfield and Victor Miramontes.

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 excerpt from CaliforniaALL’s website:

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.

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Any argument that, in addition to her role as Interim Executive Director, Redfield was also paid for her role as a “consultant” will be defeated by assertions that CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley made under penalty of perjury when they answered NO to question 28 in Form 990 of CaliforniaALL’s 2008 tax rerurn.

“During the tax year, did any person who is a current or former officer, director, trustee, or key employee a) Have a direct business relationship with the organization (other than as an officer, director, trustee, or employee)”

See below:

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