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UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy Roster of Advisors(TLR Note:1-PUC’s Peevey/ PG&E’s McFadden 2-In past, IRS ?ed Peevey re UC Ber 3- Goldman $$$ >> Werdegar’s IOA 4. Circle of Goldman/Haas/Zellerbach/Blum-Feinstein/Kapors/Basri/Edley/Fletcher

Academics

The Board of Advisors

as of 09/25/2012
  • James D. Marver (MPP ’74, Ph.D. ’78)
    Co-Founder and Managing Partner,
    VantagePoint Venture Partners
    Chair, Goldman School Board of Advisors
  • Maren Anderson (MPP ’79)
    President, MDA Consulting, Inc.
  • Henry E. Brady, Ex-officio
    Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy
    Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Chair
    of Political Science and Public Policy
  • John De Luca, Ph.D
    Chairman of the Board, UCSF Gallo Research Center
  • Todd Dipaola
    Co-founder and President of CheckPoints LLC
    Co-founder and former CFO Vantage Media
  • Stuart Drown (MPP ’86) Ex-officio
    Executive Director, The Little Hoover Commission
  • Joseph Epstein
    President, Sierra Steel Trading LLC
  • Robert Epstein, Ph.D
    Co-founder, Environmental Entrepeneurs
    Co-founder and former EVP, Sybase
  • Honorable Dianne Feinstein
    Senator, United States Senate
  • Charles L. Frankel
    President, Frankel International Development Organization
  • John Gage, Ph.D
    Former Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office, Sun Microsystems
  • Douglas E. Goldman, M.D., Ex-officio
    Chairman and Founder, Certain Software, Inc.
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Garrett Gruener
    Co-Founder and Director Alta Partners
    Executive Chairman and CEO Nanomix, Inc.
    Founder Ask Jeeves, now Ask.Com
  • Thomas P. Grumbly (MPP ’74)
    Vice Pres., Civil Government Programs, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Peter D. Hart
    Chairman, Peter D. Hart Research Associates
  • Elizabeth Hill (MPP ’75)
    Retired Legislative Analyst, California State Legislature
  • Nancy Hult Ganis
    Producer, Out of the Blue Entertainment
  • Noelle Leca
    KQED Board of Directors; Emerge Board of Directors
  • Mel Levine
    Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LL, Former US Representative, 27th Congressional District
  • Jim Losi
    Founder & Chair, Kundebana Foundation
  • Nancy McFadden
    Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments and Policy, Office of the Governor, State of CA
  • Michael Nacht, Ex-officio
    Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair, Goldman School of Public Policy
    Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michael Peevey
    President, California Public Utilities Commission
    Former President of NewEnergy Inc., Edison International and Southern California Edison Company
  • Gary B. Pruitt (MPP ’81)
    President and CEO, McClatchy Newspapers
  • Thomas C. Schneider
    Retired Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Michelle Schwartz (MPP/MPH ’88)
    Director, Mila Fine Arts
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Budd Shenkin, M.D. (MPP ’71)
    President, Bayside Medical Group
  • Steve Silberstein
    Retired Co-Founder of Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • John Wilton
    Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, UC Berkeley
  • Jerry Yoon
    Managing Director/Head of Equity Derivative Flow, RBS

Source @: http://gspp.berkeley.edu/academics/board.html

Richard Goldman Ronald George

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Addendum to Buffet-Munger-AARP Model-99%ers eat corn-fed genetically engineered chickens @McD,Purple Pill,TV,Gamble:Richard Blum(Buffet-Munger-AARP-Blum Doctrine) – Less “Real” Universities More “Career Education Corporation”

Original story, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/jackson-rancheria-casino-bets-on…

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On March 12, 2002, Blum was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to a 12-year term as one of the Regents of the University of California. Blum also serves on the boards of the following companies:

Blum is also the primary owner of Career Education Corporation.[6]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_C._Blum

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Career Education Corporation (CEC), is a postsecondary education provider with campus-based and online curricula. Its headquarters are in Schaumburg, Illinois.[2]

The organization operates over eighty campuses with approximately 77,600 students enrolled. Schools owned by CEC are located throughout the US, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom and offer doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degrees, as well as diploma and certificate programs.

CEC schools include the following:

Contents

History

CEC was founded in 1994 by John M. Larson[3] who served as the company’s president, CEO and was a member of the board of directors until 2006. Under his leadership, CEC grew to include over 24 US campuses. In 2009, CEC purchased the Le Cordon Bleu schools[4] in the US and on July 1, 2003, Career Education Corporation merged with competitor Whitman Education Group, Inc., gaining control over the latter’s Sanford-Brown Colleges, Ultrasound Diagnostic Schools (now known as the Sanford-Brown Institute), and Colorado Technical University. And also the former Western School of Health and Business.[5]

In March 2007, Gary McCullough joined the company[6] and served as CEO until November 2011, when Steven H. Lesnik assumed the role of president and CEO. Lesnik is the former chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.[7]

Controversies and federal scrutiny

CEC was investigated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission[8] for various issues of non-compliance in 2005. In January 2008, CEC reported that the SEC has closed its investigation and will take no action against the company.[9][10][11] A Department of Justice investigation began in 1994[12] and was terminated in April 2007, with the DOJ declining prosecution. Another investigation on a different matter was begun by the Civil Division of the DOJ in June 2006 and is currently ongoing.[13]

In June 2005, the U.S. Department of Education prohibited CEC from expanding until it had resolved issues with financial statements and program reviews connected with Collins College and Brooks College two CEC schools.[14] In January 2007, the U.S. Department of Education lifted its restrictions on the company opening new schools or acquiring existing ones.[15]

CEC’s division, American InterContinental University, was placed on probation in December 2005 with its accrediting agency, SACS.[16] The probation status was reviewed after one year, in December 2006, and extended an additional 12 months.[17] On December 11, 2007, CEC announced that SACS has removed AIU’s probation and that the university’s accreditation remains in good standing.[18]

Brooks College, a CEC owned school, was the subject of an unfavorable examination of for-profit trade schools in the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes which focused on alleged misrepresentations by admission representatives to prospective students. A CBS producer with a hidden camera visited several CEC schools in the New York area, including the Katharine Gibbs School.[19] In June 2007, Career Education Corporation announced that it will close both campuses of Brooks College.[20]

In January 2007, the New York State Education Department reported deficiencies at the Katharine Gibbs School‘s New York campus. The problems related to faculty qualifications and remedial course offerings. Career Education has since closed Katharine Gibbs School‘s New York campus.[21]

California Culinary Academy, which was purchased by CEC in 1999, was the subject of an unfavorable article in the San Francisco Weekly focusing on misrepresentations and omissions made to prospective students to enroll them in the school.[22] According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a lawsuit was filed over the matter.[23]

On November 1, 2011 CEC’s Chief Executive Officer resigned as corporate profits significantly fell and allegations were made involving inflated student placement statistics. Over the year the stock value dropped about 48%.[24] Steve Lesnik was appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as the new CEO. Steve is also a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University and a Director of the Illinois Math & Science Academy Foundation.[25] During this period system wide enrollment also dropped 24%. Several lawsuits were filed by investors who claimed they were defrauded. CEO Gary McCullough was paid nearly $9.8 million in 2011.[26]

Please continue @: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Career_Education_Corporation

IRS’s Exempt Organization Disclosure Requirements (TLR Note: Voice of OC / SCE- subject of complaints upon refusal; VOC, via Jayne Kim, hinted, incorrectly, YR needs to travel to OC to inspect; To date, IRS took no action -Tony West? Feinstein?)

Source: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Public-Disclosure-and-Availability-of-Exempt-Organizations-Returns-and-Applications:-Documents-Subject-to-Public-Disclosure

How can I obtain a copy of an organization’s annual return or exemption application?

You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of a tax-exempt organization’s:

    Annual information returns (e.g., Form 990);
    Exempt status application materials; and
    Notice of status under Internal Revenue Code section 527(i),

in person at the organization’s principal office, or its regional or district offices, during regular business hours. Unrelated business income tax returns filed by organizations exempt under Code section 501(c)(3) are also available. You may also request copies of such materials in writing. The organization may charge a reasonable fee to cover copying and mailing costs. Note: An organization that filed its application before July 15, 1987, must make the application available only if it had a copy of the application on July 15, 1987. See Notice 88-120 for details.

You are entitled to inspect or receive a copy of any annual return for three years from the date the return was required to be filed (or, for an amended return, from the date it was filed). For more information, see our frequently asked questions on public disclosure, the final regulations, or Disclosure Requirements.

For exemption application materials, you are entitled to inspect or receive a copy of the organization’s exemption application (Form 1023, 1024, or other document required to be filed), any papers filed in support of the application and any determination letter issued by the IRS with respect to the application.

What tax documents must an exempt organization make available for public inspection and copying?

An exempt organization must make available for public inspection its exemption application. An exemption application includes the Form 1023 (for organizations recognized as exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3)), Form 1024 (for organizations recognized as exempt under most other paragraphs of section 501(c)), or the letter submitted under the paragraphs for which no form is prescribed, together with supporting documents and any letter or document issued by the IRS concerning the application. A political organization exempt from taxation under section 527(a) must make available for public inspection and copying its notice of status, Form 8871.

In addition, an exempt organization must make available for public inspection and copying its annual return. Such returns include Form 990 , Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-EZ , Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation, Form 990-BL , Information and Initial Excise Tax Return for Black Lung Benefit Trusts and Certain Related Persons, and the Form 1065 , U.S. Partnership Return of Income. 

A section 501(c)(3) organization must make available for public inspection and copying any Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return, filed after August 17, 2006. Returns must be available for a three-year period beginning with the due date of the return (including any extension of time for filing). For this purpose, the return includes any schedules, attachments, or supporting documents that relate to the imposition of tax on the unrelated business income of the charity. See Public Inspection and Disclosure of Form 990-T for more information.

An exempt organization is not required to disclose Schedule K-1 of Form 1065 or Schedule A of Form 990-BL. With the exception of private foundations, an exempt organization is not required to disclose the name and address of any contributor to the organization.

A political organization exempt from taxation under section 527(a) must make available for inspection and copying its report of contributions and expenditures on Form 8872, Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures. However, such organization is not required to make available its return on Form 1120-POL, U.S. Income Tax Return for Certain Political Organizations.

 

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Related stories:

Complaint against Voice of OC, please see @

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/23/voice-of-oc-orange-county-s-nonprof…

 

Complaint against Southern California Edison (“SCE”), client of Munger Tolles & Olson, rebublished below:

 

As public service to the community, staff members of The Leslie Report shall publish a copy of a complaint YR submitted to the IRS, below:

August 31, 2012

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

Re:  A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organizations Edison International Foundation EIN:95-4383002; Southern California Edison Co Veba Represented Trust Ein: 95-4372790; Southern California Edison Co Veba Non Represented Trust EIN: 95-4372792

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against Rosemead, California-based Edison International , Southern California Edison; Edison International Foundation EIN:95-4383002; Southern California Edison Co Veba Represented Trust Ein: 95-4372790; Southern California Edison Co Veba Non Represented Trust EIN: 95-4372792.

On August 22, 2012  Edison International (“EIX”) and  Southern California Edison (“SCE” — collectively, “Edison”) were duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023.  (See Exhibit 1.)

Specifically, the request stated in part: “Please consider this communication a formal request to SCE and EIX (including, but not limited to, all subsidiaries and foundations owned and maintained by SCE/EIX)  to produce their IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, as well  Form 1023. ”

In a letter dated August 30, 2012 (see attachment), Edison (through their senior attorney Allan D. Johnson) informed me that they will not comply with the request.  Edison wrote:  “EIX and SCE are unaware of any authority that would obligate them to produce these documents to you.”  Furthermore, Edison also wrote: “Neither EIX nor SCE plan to take any  further action in response to your request.”

In view of Edison’s anticipatory failure to comply, the undersigned reluctantly makes this referral. 

INTRODUCTION:

Close to one year ago, I fortuitously stumbled upon unusually large and highly peculiar financial transactions in conjunction with what appeared to me to be clear attempts to conceal and mislead involving the California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, as well as utility companies Southern California Edison, PG&E, AT&T, Sempra, and Verizon.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the misuse of non-profit entities  California Bar Foundation and CaliforniaALL.   Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” 2008 presidential campaign, one likely possibility is that funds originating from utility companies were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign by representatives of those utility companies (i.e.  Edison International, Southern California Edison) who supported then Senator Barack Obama in hope he would expand the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives.

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

1. AMBASSADOR JEFFREY BLEICH — Mr. Bleich served as a director with the Foundation in approximately 2007-2008, as well as president of the State Bar of California.

In 2007, Mr. Bleich established “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” National Finance Committee and served as its Chair.

He is a personal friend of President Obama, who served as President Obama’s personal attorney and subsequently was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Bleich was a partner with the San Francisco office of Munger Tolles & Olson, which represents clients Edison International, Southern California Edison, and Verizon Wireless.

Out of close to 230,000 lawyers in California, also serving as a director with the California Bar Foundation in approximately 2007-2008 was another attorney from Munger Tulles Olsen, Mr. Bradley Phillips. Presently, Ms. Mary Ann Todd (also of Munger Tolles & Olson) and Richard Tom of Southern California Edison are directors with the California Bar Foundation.

2. DEREK ANTHONY WEST OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE — Mr. West, who goes by the name “Tony West,” presently serves as third in command within the Department of Justice below Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer.

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Tony West also served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

Prior to joining the DOJ, Mr. West was a partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster, the law firm which assisted with the legal aspects of creating CaliforniaALL.

Along with attorneys Raj Chaterjee and Susan Mac Cormac, Mr. West was part of senior partner James Brosnahan’s clique. For example, it was Brosnahan, West, and Chaterjee who defended John Walker Lindh, who is more widely known as the “American Taliban.” (It should be noted that it was actually Mr. Brosnahan who initially agreed to the representation since he knows Lindh’s father — Frank Lindh — who served as in-house Chief Legal Counsel at PG&E; Mr. Lindh is presently the Chief Legal Counsel of the CPUC.)

Mr. West is married to Maya Harris, sister of Kamala Harris, who was part of CaliforniaALL.

3. STEVEN CHURCHWELL OF DLA PIPER — Mr. Churchwell is a partner at the Sacramento office of DLA Piper, where non-profit CaliforniaALL was housed free of charge.  Churchwell served as Treasurer, draft committee of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” — also housed at the Sacramento offices of DLA Piper, adjacent to its roommate — CaliforniaALL.

DLA Piper represents client Sempra Energy which owns San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

4. RON OLSON OF MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON — Mr. Olson is a partner with the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles & Olson, which represents clients Edison International, Southern California Edison, and Verizon Wireless.   In addition to representing Edison, Olson  is also a board member of Edison International and Southern California Edison, as well as the board of Berkshire Hathaway, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations.

As of 2008, in-house general counsel for Edison International and Southern California Edison is Mr. Robert Adler — former managing partner of Munger Tolles & Olson.

Around 2007-2008, Ron Olson was also part of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” 

5. JAMES J. BROSNAHAN OF MORRISON & FOERSTER – Mr. Brosnahan is presently a senior partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster.

He considers himself to be the “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.” CaliforniaALL was created by Morrison & Foerster, under the supervision of Mr. Brosnahan (known as the prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger). Specifically Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity. Mr. Brosnahan represented utility companies during California’s energy crisis (which Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, and Geoffrey Brown were investigating) opposite Thomas Girardi.

Later, Dunn, Escutia, Brosnahan, and Girardi launched the online publication known as Voice of OC.

6. CHRISTOPHER JACOB YOUNG OF KEKER & VAN NEST — Mr. Young, commonly known as “Chris Young,” is currently listed on the State Bar of California’s database as an associate with Keker & Van Nest. Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young was an associate at Morrison & Foerster.

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

As noted above, State Bar of California records still show that Chris Young is an employee of Keker & Van Nest. However, very recently, Keker & Van Nest ( at the direction of partners John Keker and Jon Streeter, who also worked on the 2008 campaign as a “bundler” and is presently a director with the Foundation) abruptly removed Chris Young’s name from its web-site.

7. ANNETTE CARNEGIE — Ms. Carnegie is presently employed at the Kaiser Foundation. Around 2007-2008, she was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and served as a director of the California Bar Foundation. In 2008, the Foundation poured into CaliforniaALL the large sum of $774,247; by comparison, most other donations were around $10,000 to $20,000. As shown below, the transfer of said money appears to be imbued with fraud and secrecy, especially in connection with four utility companies (Verizon, PG&E, Edison, and AT&T).

8. KAMALA HARRIS — In around 2007-2008, Ms. Harris served as the District Attorney in San Francisco while at the same time she was also Co-Chair of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.” Ms. Harris was part of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council.” She is the sister of Maya Harris, who is married to Tony West. Media reports provide that parliamentarian Willie Brown served as mentor to both Tony West and Kamala Harris, and was Ms. Harris’s paramour. John Keker of Keker & Van Nest (known as the prosecutor of Oliver North) is also considered to be a “mentor” of Kamala Harris. (Incidentally, State Bar of California Board of Governor member Gwen Moore — also a “mentee” of Willie Brown — was honored by CaliforniaALL at a lavish dinner in a Sacramento hotel. Parliamentarian Moore is no stranger to your agency, having been the target of a sting operation known as Shrimpscam.)

9. OPHELIA BASGAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (“HUD”) — In around 2007-2008 , Ms. Basgal was Vice President of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives at PG&E, where she managed the company’s $18 million charitable contributions program, and oversaw its community engagement programs and partnerships with community-based organizations. Separately, around that time she surprisingly served as “Treasurer” with the “California Supreme Court Historical Society.” In that role, she presumably had contact with many judges, including those who were handling matters dealing with PG&E, such as Justice (Ret.) Joseph Grodin who acted as the mediator in a case Attorney General Bill Lockyer advanced against PG&E, which Jerry Brown (cousin of Geoffrey Brown) later dismissed in his capacity as the new Attorney General for California.

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

10. VICTOR MIRMAONTES — Mr. Victor Miramontes, a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros in an entity known as CityView, was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Miramontes has various connections to Orange County, and is otherwise familiar with its various legal circles.

11. SARAH E. REDFIELD — Ms. Redfield is presently a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and served as the interim director of CaliforniaALL. Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, also appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. For her services as interim executive director and an alleged consultant of CaliforniaALL, Professor Redfield was paid approximately $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $160,000 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others, especially that of Rob Vacario of Santa Ana who co-founded SALUCI several years earlier.

12. JUDY JOHNSON – Ms. Johnson is the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. Ms. Johnson (along with Robert Hawley and Starr Babcock) is no stranger to financial schemes. For the past 8 years, she has been quietly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (California Consumer Protection Foundation AKA “CCPF”). 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. CCPF forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles or to an entity headed by Michael Shames known as UCAN — presently under federal grand jury investigation in San Diego. It appears that 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 various law firms in courts and before the CPUC. In addition, while never prosecuted for the scheme, some have speculated that Johnson and cohorts Hawley (whom Johnson labeled the “Wizard of OZ”) and Babcock were “in” on a financial scheme perpetrated by former State Bar employee Sharon Pearl, who was lightly prosecuted by then-attorney general Jerry Brown, cousin of Geoffrey Brown.

Ms. Johnson was part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council and was responsible for maintaining secrecy over the project by misleading the public, including a quadriplegic law-student, litigant Sara Granda.

13. RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY — Ms. Ashley is a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at Cal PERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors alongside Mr. Bleich, 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.

14. SONIA GONZALES — Ms. Gonzales presently serves as the Foundation’s executive director as of earlier this year, after the former executive director (Ms. Leslie Hatamyia) suddenly quit. Ms. Gonzales is a close friend and confidante of Ms. Maya Harris, the wife of Mr. Tony West.

She presently serves the same function as current Foundation directors Mary Ann Todd of Munger Tolles & Olson, Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest, Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice, Richard Tom of Southern California Edison, and Raj Chatterjee of Morrison & Foerster.

 15.  JOE DUNN — Mr. Dunn is  the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency. He is also a  Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as  CaliforniaALL  (FEIN Number 51-0656213). Presently, Dunn serves 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. Previously, In his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, Dunn was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

16 . GEOFFREY BROWN – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation.  While at the CPUC, Brown was the assigned commissioner in the application Edison International/ Southern California Edison — owners of  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) –  submitted to the CPUC for authorization: (1) to replace SONGS 2 & 3 steam generators; (2) establish ratemaking for cost recovery; and (3) address other related steam generator replacement issues.

Messrs. Geoffrey Brown, Michael Peevey, and Peter Arth were also involved in countless proceedings involving California energy crisis.  Those proceedings were mainly litigated by the law offices of Munger Tolles & Olson (representing Southern California Edison), Morrison & Foerster, Keker & Van Nest (representing PG&E), DLA Piper (representing Sempra Energy — owner of San Diego Gas & Electric). At times, said proceedings concluded in settlements worth billions of dollars.

Previously,  I asked the State Bar of California to investigate this matter. Within a few hours of sending the request, Geoffrey Brown sent me a demand to cease and desist from insisting that he had done anything wrong under threat of litigation. In essence, Brown wanted me to ignore the circumstances dealing with the fact that he was both a CPUC Commissioner and a Director with the Foundation when it quietly made the largest grant in its history to an entity that was conceived by CPUC’s Peter Arth to absorb hundreds of thousands of dollars from utility companies.

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 Cal PERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with Cal PERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a career counsel at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield. At that time, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson was serving as President of the State Bar. Both Bleich and Ashley are politically active, and were supporting the 2008 campaign of Barack Obama for President. Ruthe Ashley was involved in the Asian-Americans for Obama branch in Sacramento.

In April 2007, Ashley and Sarah Redfield were urged to meet Peter Arth, Jr. of the California Public Utilities Commission at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting, the idea to create CaliforniaALL (initially named CaAAL or CaALL) was conceived. Eventually, Cal PERS, the 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.

At that time, both Ashley and Redfield were also part of the State Bar of California’s Council on Fairness and Access, as well as a separate project by the State Bar of California known as The Diversity Pipeline Task Force, through which both presumably amassed vast amounts of data and information on the topic of diversity pipeline projects.

Subsequent to the meeting with Peter Arth, on June 26, 2007 State Bar BOG member Ruthe Catolico Ashley and Patricia Lee presented to the entire BOG a proposal (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/48713393/1-In-June-26-2007-Member-of-State-Bar-Boar… ) urging the BOG to support the creation of California Aspire Achieve Lead Pipeline Project (CaAAL), later named CaliforniaALL.

For reasons that are not clear to me, Jeffrey Bleich saw fit to call an urgent, emergency-like meeting of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, Committee on Operations in order to appoint Peter Arth of the CPUC as member of the State Bar of California’s Council on Fairness and Access.  See:   http://www.scribd.com/doc/103136304/2nd-Upload-of-Document-Peter-Arth-Assista…

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 were Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster.

Despite the fact that she served as interim executive director, and despite the fact that it was a given that Ruthe Catolico Ashley would be hired as the permanent CEO, Sarah Redfield nevertheless apparently engaged in an RFP (request for proposal) which was closed just as quickly as it started even before Ms. Ashley was hired as the permanent CEO.

CaliforniaALL’s web site (www.calall.org) stated:

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

The application process for this RFP is closed. Please contact Sarah Redfield at sarah.redfield@gmail.com or (207) 752-1721.

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

California ALL seeks proposals to implement its law career pathway starting with the 2008-09 academic year (AY).

The following and attached document describes a program area in which California ALL has particular interest based on its initial research. An additional RFP will follow for college level prelaw work. Self generated proposal for other parts of the pipeline will also be considered, and another round of RFPs is possible. California ALL has not attached a specific dollar amount to the RFP, though cost effectiveness and the presence of a competitive match will be part of its consideration. California ALL has some funding in hand from a generous grant from Verizon for the Saturday Academy and intends to seek additional funding as needed to support programs selected. It is anticipated that funding will be provided for year one of the (3 year) proposal, with following years contingent on successful completion of the prior year(s). ”

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The 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 the law firm of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided free of charge courtesy of partner Steven Churchwell – an attorney specialized in the representation of political entities.

CaliforniaALL’s 2008 tax-return shows an expense of around $16,000 for “occupancy.” See http://www.scribd.com/doc/48714110/6-CaliforniaALL-2008-Tax-Return

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. (See Press Release http://www.scribd.com/doc/48717715/5-California-ALL-Announces-Hiring-of-Ruthe… )

As the purpose of CaliforniaALL was to transfer funds forward, it did so by awarding small grants to the UCI Foundation (FEIN Number 952540117), where State Bar of California executive director Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee, for the purported purpose of establishing a Saturday Law Academy at UC Irvine known as SALUCI.

Sarah Redfield’s CV, which states (falsely) that she launched SALUCI, can be found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48772426/10-Resume-CV-of-University-of-New-Hampshir…

In September 2009, Ruthe Catolico Ashley exited CaliforniaALL (http://www.scribd.com/doc/48713268/7-Ruthe-Ashley-Announces-Departure-from-Ca… ), the entity which she previously proclaimed to Diane Curtis that it “will change the face of the future in the workplace and of our leaders,” “will be a model for other states,” and “is here to stay for the foreseeable future.”

Ultimately, the following events prompted me to ask Voice of OC to make its tax returns available for my review, as required by IRS regulations: the sham RFP by Sarah Redfield, who pre-selected the UCI Foundation as the only recipient of funds from CaliforniaALL; Joe Dunn served as chair of the UCI Foundation audit committee; in September 2009 Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL; in September 2009 Joe Dunn (together with his business partner Martha Escutia, James Brosnahan — who created CaliforniaALL, and Thomas Girardi of In Re Girardi, Erin Brokovich, and the one who James Towery appointed his personal attorney (Jerome Falk of Howard Rice) to act as special prosecutor against him) launched an online “news agency” known as Voice of OC. I also suspected that James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster (who represented various utility companies during California’s energy crisis) may have engaged in a scheme with Joe Dunn, as Dunn was the person investigating those utility companies and California’s energy crisis. In fact, Dunn was discredited by the media for claiming that he was the one who “cracked” Enron.

Voice of OC ignored my request for its tax records, whereupon I filed a complaint with the IRS. To date, I have not received a response from the IRS indicating that it has taken any steps to help me obtain those much needed records and impose the appropriate sanctions against Voice of OC.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing. Later, when Mr. Tony West was appointed third in command at the DOJ, I learned of his identity due to wide media coverage and his association with Morrison & Forester and James Brosnahan. From there, it became harder to ignore the common denominator of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA” involving  James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, and Susan Mac Cormac (of Morrison & Foerster) Geoffrey Bleich, Ron Olson (of Munger Tolles & Olson) Steven Churchwell ( of DLA Piper) in conjunction with Kamala Harris — which is that money originating from utility companies was misappropriated or laundered through the California Bar Foundation / CaliforniaALL to the campaign of “OBAMA FOR AMERICA.”

Other then collecting close to $2 million directly from utility companies (including the “hush-hush” transfer of $774,247, comprised of one installment of $5000 and another contribution of $769,247 from the Foundation which was never mentioned in the Foundation’s “newsroom” or by any other of its publications such as the California Bar Journal or by any of the newsletters and alerts published by CaliforniaALL), CaliforniaALL appears to have been be a sham, phantom entity from its inception in 2008 to the day it began to slowly be dissolved in approximately 2009, subsequent to the election of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. Its only alleged achievement was providing some money for the creation of the Saturday Academy of Law at UC Irvine (“SALUCI”) in approximately 2008-2009. Here too vast and intense suspicious circumstances exist as the funds from CaliforniaALL actually went to the UC Irvine Foundation, where the present executive director of the State Bar of California (Senator Joe Dunn) serves as a member of the audit committee, and it turns out that the SALUCI was actually already created in 2005 and was fully operational before CaliforniaALL arrived on the scene. In addition, some records seem to indicate that Verizon Wireless funneled the money directly to SALUCI , while CaliforniaALL took the credit.

Specifically, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES in 2007 equaled plus +$373.842.00. However, in 2008, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES equaled minus -$537,712.    In its 2008 Annual Report (See page 9 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-… ), the Foundation alludes to CaliforniaALL by stating:

“In 2007-2008, the Foundation supported the launching of CaliforniaALL and, as the project filed for incorporation and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, served as CaliforniaALL’s fiscal sponsor. A collaboration between the California Public Employment Retirement System, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Insurance, and the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL was created in an effort to close the achievement gap among California students from preschool to the profession and, specifically, to bolster the pipeline of young people of diverse backgrounds headed for careers in law, financial services, and technology. Once CaliforniaALL obtained its tax-exempt status and was able to function as a fully independent nonprofit organization, the foundation granted the balance of funds raised for the project – totaling $769,247 – to the new entity.”

Also cleverly buried in the California Bar Foundation’s 2008 annual report was the following sentence :

“We thank the following corporations for their gifts in support of CaliforniaALL:

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

See page 24 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-…

While I was able to ascertain from California Bar Foundation’s tax records an “exit” of the $774,247 in 2008 (the apparent source of which was allegedly the above-referenced 4 utility companies), I was unable to ascertain when and where the Foundation reported to the IRS — either in 2008 or 2007 or 2006 or 2005 — an “entry” of those funds which it allegedly held in trust for CaliforniaALL.

(Later, Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California, in a letter she sent to me dated July 28, 2011 claimed that “….No State Bar or California Bar Foundation funds were used for CaliforniaALL creation…The California Bar Foundation served as CaliforniaALL’s escrow holder only to hold fundraising funds before its formal incorporation… Once CaliforniaALL was formed as a non-profit entity, the funds were paid over to it…”

Most troubling, however, is the fact that Verizon did not report to the IRS either in 2007 or 2008 that it had contributed any money to the California Bar Foundation or CaliforniaALL. See :

http://www.scribd.com/doc/102325087/Verizon-Foundation-IRS-990-Year-2007
http://www.scribd.com/doc/102325330/Verizon-Foundation-IRS-990-Year-2008

As such, several days ago, on August 22, 2012, in search of the truth, Edison was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023.   On August 30, 2012  Edison stated that it does not plan to comply with the request.

In view of the above, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Edison’s refusal  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.

 

 

TIMELINE 7/2011: U.S. Post Office Appoints CB Richard Ellis National Facilities Advisor (TLR Note: Headline Should Read: USPS Appoints Firm Headed by Husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein…)

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has just awarded CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) a contract to serve as its exclusive provider of strategic corporate real estate solutions nationally.

CB Richard Ellis is to provide transaction management services for USPS, including leasing and disposition.  USPS’s portfolio consists of approximately 35,000 facilities, totaling over 300 million sq. ft.

Historically, USPS has worked with multiple real estate service providers, including CB Richard Ellis since 1997. The new contract with CB Richard Ellis enables USPS to consolidate these activities with one service provider.

CB Richard Ellis’ Brian Murphy led the USPS pursuit team, partnering with the Washington, D.C.-based Public Institutions team as well as professionals in the Denver and New York markets.  John Chichester will serve as the Alliance Director for the account.

 

Source: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/us-markets/commercial-real-estate-1/usps-…

TIMELINE 7/2011: U.S. Post Office Appoints CB Richard Ellis National Facilities Advisor (TLR Note: Headline Should Read: USPS Appoints Firm Headed by Husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein…)

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has just awarded CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) a contract to serve as its exclusive provider of strategic corporate real estate solutions nationally.

CB Richard Ellis is to provide transaction management services for USPS, including leasing and disposition.  USPS’s portfolio consists of approximately 35,000 facilities, totaling over 300 million sq. ft.

Historically, USPS has worked with multiple real estate service providers, including CB Richard Ellis since 1997. The new contract with CB Richard Ellis enables USPS to consolidate these activities with one service provider.

CB Richard Ellis’ Brian Murphy led the USPS pursuit team, partnering with the Washington, D.C.-based Public Institutions team as well as professionals in the Denver and New York markets.  John Chichester will serve as the Alliance Director for the account.

 

Source: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/us-markets/commercial-real-estate-1/usps-…

TIMELINE December 2010 :Why Is It a Secret Who’s Buying California’s Government Buildings? (TLR Note: Relevant to Richard Blum, CityView, and CaliforniaALL’s Victor Miramontes)

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The Bay Citizen this past weekend followed up on our series of scoops begun in February about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rotten deal to sell prize California government buildings for an upfront payment, and then lease them back at exorbitant cost. The new news — coming out of a lawsuit filed by fired officials whose job it was to oversee the buildings’ finances —  is that it’s actually big secret who, exactly, is paying to own 11 state office complexes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Private attorneys working for Schwarzenegger are proceeding with unusual haste to get the deal closed before the governor leaves office Jan. 3. However, there seems to exist no procedural deadline that would require the deal to close by that date.

Events surrounding the lawsuit have prompted questions such as: Why is the outgoing governor in such a hurry to lose the state billions of dollars? Is it because people close to him might benefit financially?

Under the building sell-off deal , first approved in the summer of 2009, the state would get a one-time payment of $1.3 billion for the buildings, then pay back $6 billion in lease installments over the ensuing years. Schwarzenegger officials said in interviews that this was a prudent way to “get California out of the real estate business.” The state legislative analyst said this was a lousy deal for taxpayers.

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When these buildings were erected decades ago with state bond funding, special commissions were set up to make sure the repayment of the bonds, and the financing of the buildings, was handled prudently. Schwarzenegger’s sell-off involves retiring the old bonds; and the special commissioners had been hired to weigh in on just this sort of thing. Several of them called foul. And Schwarzenegger fired these whistleblowers so he could keep his sell-off deal on track.

The whistleblowers sued. A state appeals court halted the sale Dec. 13. The ensuing legal fight suggests this transaction is being pushed with unusual haste by attorneys working for Schwarzenegger, for the benefit of buyers who refuse to reveal their true identities.

The Bay Citizen story cites two influential opponents of the deal who suggest the secrecy and haste could be driven by political cronyism. The state legislative analyst reported that the deal would be a multi-billion-dollar loser for taxpayers.

In a deposition earlier this month, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer testified that he believed the mayor of Santa Ana, Miguel Pulido, would recieve a $500,000 finders fee if the building selloff deal closed. And the Citizen story quoted California Controller John Chiang as saying:  “I’m very concerned about political influences. It is very important to shed light on the parties involved and everyone with financial interest in this deal.”

On paper, the buildings’ buyer is slated to be California First LLC. Its leading partners are CityView, the real estate firm run by Henry Cisneros, executive chairman of After School All-Stars, the nonprofit Schwarzenegger founded in advance of his 2003 run for governor; and Richard Mayo, who was appointed during the administration of former Republican governor Pete Wilson to oversee the privatization of 35 million square feet of state-owned real estate.

Other partners include Grover McKean, a former state deputy treasurer, and Chandra Patel, a real estate investor from Mumbai. The state paid a $1.9 million fee to CB Richard Ellis, a company chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, to broker the sale.

Left unanswered, however, was where the partners were going to get the $995 million up-front capital needed to close the deal. We placed a call to California Fist’s attorney, Anton Nick Natsis, and we’ll fill you in when he gets back to us.

Until further notice, it remains a bizarre mystery who’s really behind a deal to profit by needlessly putting California billions of dollars further in debt.

Source: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/12/state_building_sale.php

TIMELINE December 2010 :Why Is It a Secret Who’s Buying California’s Government Buildings? (TLR Note: Relevant to Richard Blum, CityView, and CaliforniaALL’s Victor Miramontes)

For sale by owner.jpg

The Bay Citizen this past weekend followed up on our series of scoops begun in February about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rotten deal to sell prize California government buildings for an upfront payment, and then lease them back at exorbitant cost. The new news — coming out of a lawsuit filed by fired officials whose job it was to oversee the buildings’ finances —  is that it’s actually big secret who, exactly, is paying to own 11 state office complexes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Private attorneys working for Schwarzenegger are proceeding with unusual haste to get the deal closed before the governor leaves office Jan. 3. However, there seems to exist no procedural deadline that would require the deal to close by that date.

Events surrounding the lawsuit have prompted questions such as: Why is the outgoing governor in such a hurry to lose the state billions of dollars? Is it because people close to him might benefit financially?

Under the building sell-off deal , first approved in the summer of 2009, the state would get a one-time payment of $1.3 billion for the buildings, then pay back $6 billion in lease installments over the ensuing years. Schwarzenegger officials said in interviews that this was a prudent way to “get California out of the real estate business.” The state legislative analyst said this was a lousy deal for taxpayers.

everything-must-go.jpg

When these buildings were erected decades ago with state bond funding, special commissions were set up to make sure the repayment of the bonds, and the financing of the buildings, was handled prudently. Schwarzenegger’s sell-off involves retiring the old bonds; and the special commissioners had been hired to weigh in on just this sort of thing. Several of them called foul. And Schwarzenegger fired these whistleblowers so he could keep his sell-off deal on track.

The whistleblowers sued. A state appeals court halted the sale Dec. 13. The ensuing legal fight suggests this transaction is being pushed with unusual haste by attorneys working for Schwarzenegger, for the benefit of buyers who refuse to reveal their true identities.

The Bay Citizen story cites two influential opponents of the deal who suggest the secrecy and haste could be driven by political cronyism. The state legislative analyst reported that the deal would be a multi-billion-dollar loser for taxpayers.

In a deposition earlier this month, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer testified that he believed the mayor of Santa Ana, Miguel Pulido, would recieve a $500,000 finders fee if the building selloff deal closed. And the Citizen story quoted California Controller John Chiang as saying:  “I’m very concerned about political influences. It is very important to shed light on the parties involved and everyone with financial interest in this deal.”

On paper, the buildings’ buyer is slated to be California First LLC. Its leading partners are CityView, the real estate firm run by Henry Cisneros, executive chairman of After School All-Stars, the nonprofit Schwarzenegger founded in advance of his 2003 run for governor; and Richard Mayo, who was appointed during the administration of former Republican governor Pete Wilson to oversee the privatization of 35 million square feet of state-owned real estate.

Other partners include Grover McKean, a former state deputy treasurer, and Chandra Patel, a real estate investor from Mumbai. The state paid a $1.9 million fee to CB Richard Ellis, a company chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, to broker the sale.

Left unanswered, however, was where the partners were going to get the $995 million up-front capital needed to close the deal. We placed a call to California Fist’s attorney, Anton Nick Natsis, and we’ll fill you in when he gets back to us.

Until further notice, it remains a bizarre mystery who’s really behind a deal to profit by needlessly putting California billions of dollars further in debt.

Source: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/12/state_building_sale.php

The Leslie Brodie Report Addendum to Senator Dianne Fienstein’s Husband Richard Blum Kinde Durkee, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, CaliforniaALL, Carry Zellerbach (AKA Mary Ellen), University of Phoenix, Howard Dickstein Connection: Station Casinos


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan.  See relevant stories HERE and HERE


J STREET PAC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Controversial Indian gambling attorney Howard Dickstein — member of both J Street PAC and J Street Gang of Greed, alongside Jerry Brown – and Dickstein’s wife, State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Member Jeannine English of AARP,  Anti-Israel’s J Street


STATION CASINOS: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Controversial Indian gambling attorney Howard Dickstein — member of both J Street PAC and J Street Gang of Greed, alongside Jerry Brown – and Dickstein’s wife, State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Member Jeannine English of AARP, STATION CASINOS

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operativeDonna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

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UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

More on Richard Blum, Station Casinos, and clients of Howard Dickstein

An explosive report from investigative reporter Peter Byrne has revealed an on-going financial relationship between Senator Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum, Station Casinos and Colony Capital involving millions of dollars of University of California money.

In “Investor’s Club: How the UC Regents Spin Public Funds into Private Profit” found on Spot.us , Byrne examines the financial dealings of University of California Regent Richard Blum including his direct link to Station Casinos, the company that is trying to build a Class III casino in the small University town of Rohnert Park, CA in partnership with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

Byrne reveals that Richard Blum’s real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, of which Blum is the Chairman of the Board, touts itself as the ““the leading global casino real estate advisor.”.

In his study of the Station Casinos connection, Bryne reports

Study No. 3: Colony Capital
Since 2007, UC has invested millions of dollars with Colony Capital, a Los Angeles private investment firm. One of Colony Capital’s principal partners is Richard Nanula, a longtime trustee of the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of Colony’s business partners is Mr. Blum. The intersection of financial interests between UC, Colony Capital, and Mr. Blum is revealed through the workings of the leveraged buyout deals of Fairmont Raffles Holdings International in Toronto and Station Casinos in Las Vegas…

Station Casinos
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Players:
· The Fertitta family operates and partially owns Station Casinos, one of the largest casino chains in Nevada. Until three years ago, it was a publicly traded company.
· Real estate firm CB Richard Ellis bills itself as “the leading global casino real estate advisor.”
The Blum Connection: Mr. Blum is the chairman of the board and a controlling shareholder of CB Richard Ellis. He is a member of the board of directors of the hotel chain Fairmont Raffles Holdings International, owned by Colony Capital. He is also an investor in a Colony Capital acquisition fund.
The Deal: In 2007, Colony Capital partnered with the Fertitta family in a $5.7 billion leveraged buyout (taking the public company private). Colony partly financed the deal with Colony Capital VIII. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission records show that as the deal was being negotiated, Station Casinos hired CB Richard Ellis to evaluate the Fertitta-Colony offering to Station Casino’s public shareholders. CB Richard Ellis was charged with determining if the offering was fairly priced. Mr. Blum’s firm told Station Casino shareholders that the deal was a solid investment.
UC’s Investment: While Mr. Blum served on the regents’ investment committee, UC invested $16.6 million in the Colony Capital fund (Colony Capital VIII) which bought Station Casinos in a deal that was partly overseen by CB Richard Ellis, a company Regent Blum controls. The deal benefited Colony Capital, a firm to which Mr. Blum is deeply connected through investments and a board directorship.
Fallout: Not long after it was privatized, Station Casinos declared bankruptcy due to the combined effects of the recession and the $1.6 billion operating debt that its new owners had imposed on the company via the buyout. Former shareholders of Station Casinos claimed that the deal was not in their best interest, as CB Richard Ellis had claimed. The Colony Capital fund that financed the Station Casinos buyout (Colony Capital VIII) has lost more than half its value due to the soured deal, enraging institutional investors. As of December 2009, the value of UC’s investment in Colony Capital VIII had decreased by $6.3 million.”

In addition to the Station Casinos information, Bryne outlines a number of questionable deals directed by UC Regent Blum.

More info….

Most of remember that Senator Feinstein has been MIA for the most part on the Rohnert Park casino, even while taking direct action on the San Pablo casino.

A cursory review of Senator Feinstein’s Senate Public Disclosure Financial Report filed in May, 2007 reveals that the Senator owned “$205,001 – $500,000” of common stock in CB Richard Ellis, the most recent Blum-controlled company to do business with Station Casinos, Inc..

STC101 has learned that Blum’s business relationship with Station Casinos goes back to at least 2001-2002. By the time the Graton Rancheria project came along in 2003, Blum-controlled Perini Construction had already made millions from Station Casinos projects, including Station Casinos’ first California tribal casino, Thunder Valley.

According information, some of which was developed by STC101 and some of which was received from a third party and verified by STC101, Perini made in excess of $1 billion from Station Casinos building projects.

Here’s the time-line for some of Richard Blum’s business dealings with Station Casinos:

(?) 2002: Perini begins construction on Station Casinos’ Green Valley Ranch Station in Henderson NV.

October 2002: Perini begins construction begins on Thunder Valley tribal casino financed, developed and to be managed by Station Casinos Inc. of Las Vegas.

April 2003: Graton announces plans to open a casino in partnership with Station Casinos

February 2004: Station Casinos Inc. awards Perini Building Co. a $63 million construction contract to expand Green Valley Ranch Station

April 2004: Perini awarded multi-million dollar contract on Station Casinos’ deluxe Red Rock Resort.

October 2005: Blum divests himself of Perini interests due to controversy surrounding charges of nepotism and favoritism on federal and state levels.

(?) 2007: According to Peter Byrne, Blum’s “CB Richard Ellis” contracts with Station Casinos to do land valuations for Rohnert Park properties and other CA properties for the deal that took Station Casinos private.

With Senator Boxer’s son Doug’s involvement in the original casino plan near Sears Point and Senator Feinstein’s husband making millions from Station Casinos contracts, what chance do their Sonoma County constituents have for fair representation in the U.S. Senate on the matter of the the Graton Rancheria casino?

More Reading:

“Both sides hold jokers on Indian casino”

“MIG Attack”

Richard Blum, Station Casinos, Colony Capital, and UC Regent — An explosive report from investigative reporter Peter Byrne (TLR Note: Richard Blum / Howard Dickstein – Jeannine English connection)

LAST WEEK, we talked about how U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is a controlling stockholder in Perini Corp. Blum’s company enjoys $2.5 billion in war contracts in the Middle East, thanks, in part, to his wife’s hawkish votes on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for military construction.

This week, we’ll chat about how Massachusetts-based Perini is a charter member of the military-industrial-gambling complex (MIG). The powerful engineering firm books a billion dollars a year building casino resorts for Las Vegas gambling concerns and Indian tribes. And just as Feinstein’s war votes have helped Perini overseas, her recent actions regarding Indian casinos in California appear to have benefited her husband’s company here at home, at least indirectly.

In Southern California, Perini has constructed casinos for the Pechanga and Pala bands of Luiseno Indians; the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Indians; and the Morongo and San Manual bands of Mission Indians.

In the north state, Perini built the Las Vegas-style Thunder Valley Casino for the United Auburn Indian Community in Placer County, not far from Sacramento.

The project was financed with $215 million from Station Casinos, a Nevada-based gambling corporation that develops Indian casinos and manages them for 25 percent of the take. Thunder Valley was the second casino that Perini constructed for Station Casinos. When it opened two years ago, the Northern California gambling market–with 23 working Indian casinos and 14 more proposed–was saturated.

As Las Vegas-controlled casinos proliferate in the North Bay, it is important to understand the hidden rules that govern where casinos do and do not get built. Enter Feinstein, a longtime proponent of Indian gambling, Indian sovereignty and tribal exemption from civil regulation–except when it suits her purpose to challenge Indian sovereignty and the exemption from environmental law that it bestows.

“I have grown deeply concerned about the proliferation of off-reservation gaming and the trend toward reservation Œshopping’ funded by out-of-state gaming interests,” Feinstein pronounced last year. In January she introduced a Senate bill to specifically squash the Lytton band of Pomo Indian’s urban casino project in San Pablo, in the East Bay.

The move against the San Pablo casino marks the second time that Feinstein has used the power of the Senate to shape the gambling market in Northern California. In 2003 she introduced a bill to specifically force the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria in Sonoma County to comply with environmental laws. The Gratons, and their Las Vegas backer, Station Casinos, treated the threatening legislation as an opportunity to get out of a politically awkward land deal. They moved their proposed gambling resort away from a federally funded wetland area near San Francisco Bay to a politically unprotected–but no less wet–wetland just outside the city of Rohnert Park. Mission accomplished, Feinstein dropped the bill.

For successful tribes, the trick is to partner up with Las Vegas money and install a hundred million dollar gambling operation, no matter what the locals think about it, under the rubric of tribal sovereignty. But the concept of tribal sovereignty is a creation of Congress, and what Congress giveth, it can also taketh away. Feinstein’s selective interference in the development of casino sites reveals who holds the best hand in the Indian casino game (rich white people, as usual).

Why does Feinstein object to casino-reservation shopping by the Lytton band in San Pablo, while not objecting to the Graton Rancheria’s shopping expedition in Rohnert Park? The residents of both areas are largely opposed to the casino projects. If the developers were not fronted by sovereign tribes, the projects would probably founder on environmental issues alone. And yet the senator favors one tribal project over another, Graton over Lytton.

And why does she object to “out-of-state gaming interests” developing casinos in certain counties, but not in Placer County, where, coincidentally, her husband’s firm was able to build a casino for the company that now stands to benefit from two interventions by Feinstein?

Feinstein’s machinations are partially about curbing market forces. Rural casinos depend upon attracting customers from Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland. Erecting casinos in the cities will kill rural casinos. Why drive 50 miles to Rohnert Park, when you can take BART to San Pablo?

But Feinstein is not an equal opportunity casino broker. A thriving casino in Rohnert Park, for example, would attract customers away from Indian casinos to the north in Hopland and Geyserville. But Feinstein has shown little interest in protecting those tribes from competition–perhaps because they are not partnered with Station Casinos, which has a history of contracting Perini, which would probably love the Rohnert Park job.

Please continue @: http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sonoma/02.09.05/byrne-0506.html

UC Regent Richard Blum — Husband of Senator Dianne Fienstein — Identified as Potential Wrongdoer In CaliforniaALL Scheme In Re Verizon Communication, University of Phoenix, Voice of OC, Mitch and Freada Kapor, Kinde Durkee, Gibor Basri, Carry Zellerbach


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan.  See relevant stories HERE and HERE


J STREET PAC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Controversial Indian gambling attorney Howard Dickstein — member of both J Street PAC and J Street Gang of Greed, alongside Jerry Brown – and Dickstein’s wife, State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Member Jeannine English of AARP

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operative Donna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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 November 2007: Ronald Stovitz Elected UC Regent (TLR Note: Relevant to 1. Richard Blum / University of Phoenix /CaliforniaALL / Sarah Redfield / Money Laundering and-or Embezzlement by Mean of Cal Bar Foundation 2. Major Player in 60/OS Scandals

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Retired Judge and University of California, Riverside graduate Ronald Stovitz was selected Nov. 15 by the Board of Directors of the UC Riverside Alumni Association to serve as alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents.

His two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2008. Stovitz, a 1964 graduate of UCR, served as president of the UCR Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006.

“This year’s pool of candidates was the largest and most competitive ever,” said Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Executive Director of the UCR Alumni Association. “After significant effort it was narrowed to five finalists who were interviewed. Ron Stovitz, who has contributed his time serving the university for almost two decades, is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have seen.”

Stovitz, who was presiding judge for the State Bar Court in San Francisco, first volunteered to help his alma mater with scholarships and student recruitment. In 1993 he became a member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He also has been a trustee of the UCR Foundation since 1998 and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, from 2003 to present. In June of this year he was awarded the UCR Medallion for distinguished service to the campus.

In the summer of 2008 he will begin his term as Regent-designate and Secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California until 2009 when he rises to president of the organization and will have voting powers as a Regent. His primary responsibility in his new position will be to serve on the Board of Regents as an alumni representative where he will help facilitate system-wide concerns of the alumni.

“There are numerous challenges facing the university,” Stovitz said. “Perhaps the lead issue is access to the university for all eligible students, and making tuition affordable. Also, will the university reflect diversity that is California in the 21st Century? I’m very honored and humbled to serve as the newest Alumni Regent and look forward to the challenges and the opportunities.”

Stovitz also acknowledged the UC System as the driving engine through all of the state’s growth, whether it is in medical research, the citrus industry, the multi-billion dollar wine industry or technology of the Silicon Valley.

“It’s all fostered and driven by the University of California System,” he said.

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

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In a stunning new development and a victory for Leslie Brodie and TLR, Ronald Stovitz, the former presiding judge of the State Bar Court is no longer a judge.

This development resulted from the recent exposure and the filing of an ethics complaint for misconduct by Brodie and TLR, which brought about an abrupt end to the career of this controversial judge.

Ronald Stovitz, known to many State Bar insiders as “Judge Ron,” listed himself as an “active attorney,” rather than an “inactive, serving as judge,” on the State Bar website this month, ipso facto acknowledging that he is no longer a judge with the State Bar Court.

Stovitz, who served as the presiding judge of the State Bar court, retired in November of 2006 and was replaced by Judge JoAnn Remke. Stovitz indicated then that he would like to serve as a part-time, volunteer judge after his retirement. In March 2008, the Supreme Court of California, which is solely authorized to appoint judges to the Review Department, appointed Stovitz as a judge pro tem for a period of eight months, until newly-appointed Judge Purcell was to take office in November 2008.


Mr. Ronald Stovitz (Photo:courtesy of Cal Bar Journal)

Nonetheless, from November 2008 until recently, Stovitz acted as a Review Department Judge, despite the fact that the Supreme Court never authorized him to do so and never extended his appointment as a judge pro tem.

Brodie, who discovered these improprieties while investigating Stovitz and Remke in connection with allegations of misconduct relating to different cases, immediately informed Presiding Judge Remke and State Bar Deputy Executive Director Mr. Robert Hawley of these facts.

Additionally, Brodie filed an ethics complaint against Stovitz, and intends to soon file additional complaints with the Office on Judicial Performance concerning this matter.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a State Bar insider who is familiar with the scandal opined, “The latest development is certainly a minor step in the right direction. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg as the State Bar Court is a creature of statutes and rules …. the Court is not a place where any one can volunteer.” The insider further stated, “There are still many unanswered questions which I hope Brodie will explore. I, for example, ask myself why this was not discovered by the members of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.” “It would certainly be better if David Cameron, Diane Karpman, Ephraim Margolin, or one of the Margolises who have both the clout and the knowledge to take on such an undertaking would be more proactive in exposing this and other State Bar scandals.”

Additionally the insider questioned Stovitz’s motives in wishing to delay his departure from the court. “He certainly overstayed his welcome, and he needs to let JoAnn Remke and the rest of them develop their own independent style and fly on their own. I am very suspicious of his motives.”

The latest revelations concerning Stovitz come in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of several judges and executives of the State Bar of California. Most notable among these are the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy and the forced departure of Executive Director Johnson, which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in State Bar leadership.

As previously mentioned in this column, Brodie does not intend to speculate whether the many rulings, decisions, and recommendations made after November 1, 2008 by any panel which included Stovitz are void, voidable, or valid. However, any developments relating to this and related issues will be covered by TLB.

Source:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/06/20/no-longer-judge-ron-as-the-former-p…

 

 

TIMELINE November 2007: Ronald Stovitz Elected UC Regent (TLR Note: Relevant to 1. Richard Blum / University of Phoenix /CaliforniaALL / Sarah Redfield / Money Laundering and-or Embezzlement by Mean of Cal Bar Foundation 2. Major Player in 60 Scandal)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Retired Judge and University of California, Riverside graduate Ronald Stovitz was selected Nov. 15 by the Board of Directors of the UC Riverside Alumni Association to serve as alumni representative to the UC Board of Regents.

His two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2008. Stovitz, a 1964 graduate of UCR, served as president of the UCR Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006.

“This year’s pool of candidates was the largest and most competitive ever,” said Kyle Hoffman, Assistant Vice Chancellor Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Executive Director of the UCR Alumni Association. “After significant effort it was narrowed to five finalists who were interviewed. Ron Stovitz, who has contributed his time serving the university for almost two decades, is one of the most dedicated volunteers we have seen.”

Stovitz, who was presiding judge for the State Bar Court in San Francisco, first volunteered to help his alma mater with scholarships and student recruitment. In 1993 he became a member of the UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He also has been a trustee of the UCR Foundation since 1998 and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, from 2003 to present. In June of this year he was awarded the UCR Medallion for distinguished service to the campus.

In the summer of 2008 he will begin his term as Regent-designate and Secretary of the Alumni Associations of the University of California until 2009 when he rises to president of the organization and will have voting powers as a Regent. His primary responsibility in his new position will be to serve on the Board of Regents as an alumni representative where he will help facilitate system-wide concerns of the alumni.

“There are numerous challenges facing the university,” Stovitz said. “Perhaps the lead issue is access to the university for all eligible students, and making tuition affordable. Also, will the university reflect diversity that is California in the 21st Century? I’m very honored and humbled to serve as the newest Alumni Regent and look forward to the challenges and the opportunities.”

Stovitz also acknowledged the UC System as the driving engine through all of the state’s growth, whether it is in medical research, the citrus industry, the multi-billion dollar wine industry or technology of the Silicon Valley.

“It’s all fostered and driven by the University of California System,” he said.

Source:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/1717

——————————————–

In a stunning new development and a victory for Leslie Brodie and TLR, Ronald Stovitz, the former presiding judge of the State Bar Court is no longer a judge.

This development resulted from the recent exposure and the filing of an ethics complaint for misconduct by Brodie and TLR, which brought about an abrupt end to the career of this controversial judge.

Ronald Stovitz, known to many State Bar insiders as “Judge Ron,” listed himself as an “active attorney,” rather than an “inactive, serving as judge,” on the State Bar website this month, ipso facto acknowledging that he is no longer a judge with the State Bar Court.

Stovitz, who served as the presiding judge of the State Bar court, retired in November of 2006 and was replaced by Judge JoAnn Remke. Stovitz indicated then that he would like to serve as a part-time, volunteer judge after his retirement. In March 2008, the Supreme Court of California, which is solely authorized to appoint judges to the Review Department, appointed Stovitz as a judge pro tem for a period of eight months, until newly-appointed Judge Purcell was to take office in November 2008.


Mr. Ronald Stovitz (Photo:courtesy of Cal Bar Journal)

Nonetheless, from November 2008 until recently, Stovitz acted as a Review Department Judge, despite the fact that the Supreme Court never authorized him to do so and never extended his appointment as a judge pro tem.

Brodie, who discovered these improprieties while investigating Stovitz and Remke in connection with allegations of misconduct relating to different cases, immediately informed Presiding Judge Remke and State Bar Deputy Executive Director Mr. Robert Hawley of these facts.

Additionally, Brodie filed an ethics complaint against Stovitz, and intends to soon file additional complaints with the Office on Judicial Performance concerning this matter.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a State Bar insider who is familiar with the scandal opined, “The latest development is certainly a minor step in the right direction. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg as the State Bar Court is a creature of statutes and rules …. the Court is not a place where any one can volunteer.” The insider further stated, “There are still many unanswered questions which I hope Brodie will explore. I, for example, ask myself why this was not discovered by the members of the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel.” “It would certainly be better if David Cameron, Diane Karpman, Ephraim Margolin, or one of the Margolises who have both the clout and the knowledge to take on such an undertaking would be more proactive in exposing this and other State Bar scandals.”

Additionally the insider questioned Stovitz’s motives in wishing to delay his departure from the court. “He certainly overstayed his welcome, and he needs to let JoAnn Remke and the rest of them develop their own independent style and fly on their own. I am very suspicious of his motives.”

The latest revelations concerning Stovitz come in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of several judges and executives of the State Bar of California. Most notable among these are the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy and the forced departure of Executive Director Johnson, which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in State Bar leadership.

As previously mentioned in this column, Brodie does not intend to speculate whether the many rulings, decisions, and recommendations made after November 1, 2008 by any panel which included Stovitz are void, voidable, or valid. However, any developments relating to this and related issues will be covered by TLB.

Source:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2010/06/20/no-longer-judge-ron-as-the-former-p…

 

 

Wikipedia Profile of University of Phoenix (TLR Note: Relevant to Richard Blum, Sordid, SALUCI, Sarah E. Redfield of UNH)

The University of Phoenix (UOPX) is an American for-profit institution of higher learning, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQAPOL) S&P 500 Phoenix-based corporation that owns several for-profit educational institutions.

The university has more than 200 campuses worldwide and confers degrees in over 100 degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.[3]

It is one of the largest higher-education providers in North America. Although the university attained a peak enrollment of almost 600,000 students in 2010, a 30-percent enrollment drop in 2011 was attributed to operational changes amid criticism of high debt loads and low job prospects for university students.[4] These changes included allowing students to try classes before officially enrolling and recruiter training programs that are designed to improve student retention and completion rates.[5]

The university has an open-enrollment admission policy, requiring a high-school diploma, GED, or its equivalent as its criteria for admissions.[6] It also provides associate or bachelor’s degree applicants opportunity for advanced placement through its prior-learning assessment, which, aside from previous coursework, college credit can come from experiential learning essays, corporate training, and certificates or licenses.[7]

Contents

History

Early years

The university was founded by John Sperling, who felt that “working adult students were often invisible on traditional campuses and treated as second-class citizens.”[8] Started in 1976 in the Phoenix metropolitan area,[8] the first class consisted of eight students.[9] In 1980, the school expanded to San Jose, California, and in 1989, the university launched its online program.[10]

Governmental lawsuits and investigations

The university has paid several government fines and settled whistle-blower lawsuits concerning its admissions practices and education programs.[11]

In 2000, the federal government fined the university $6 million for failing to include study-group meetings as instructional hours. In 2002, the Department of Education relaxed requirements on instructional hours.[12][13][14]

In a 2003 lawsuit filed by two former university recruiters alleged that the university improperly obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid by paying its admission counselors based on the number of students they enrolled, a violation of the Higher Education Act.[12][13][15][16][17] The university’s parent company settled by paying the government $67.5 million, plus $11 million in legal fees, without admitting any wrongdoing.[18][19]

In 2004 the Department of Education alleged that UOPX again violated Higher Education Act provisions that prohibit offering financial incentives to admission representatives and pressured its recruiters to enroll students.[20] UOPX disputed the findings but paid a $9.8 million fine as part of a settlement where it admitted no wrongdoing and was not required to return any financial aid funds.[21][22][23][24] UOPX’s president stated that though recruiters were paid a commission based on the number of students enrolled, their compensation is not based solely on that criteria.[25] The university also paid $3.5 million to the Department of Labor to settle a violation of overtime compensation regarding hours worked by UOPX’s recruiters.[26][27] The University of Phoenix settled a false claims suit for $78.5 million in 2009 over its recruiter-pay practices.[28]

In 2008, the university was the top recipient of student financial aid funds, receiving nearly $2.48 billion.[29] In 2009, the Department of Education produced a report that claimed the untimely return of unearned Title IV funds for more than 10 percent of sampled students. The report also expressed concern that some students register and begin attending classes before completely understanding the implications of enrollment, including their eligibility for student financial aid. In January 2010, the parent company Apollo Group was required to post a letter of credit for $125 million by January 30 of the same year.[30] In 2010, UOPX came under government scrutiny after its Phoenix and Philadelphia campuses were found to have been engaging in deceptive enrollment practices and fraudulent solicitation of FAFSA funds.[31][32]

Campuses

The reception desk at Phoenix’s Hawaii Campus, displaying a Service of Process placard

The university has campuses and learning centers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and the Netherlands.[33]

While the school specializes in online programs, the campuses offer additional programs and services.[34] Online students are also able to use tutoring and social centers, which can also be used for social and student meetings. The first center opened in 2007 in Plano, Texas.[35]

Students have access to class-specific online resources, which include an electronic library, textbooks, and other ancillary material required for a course. The university says that the electronic textbooks include search features and hyperlinks to glossary terms that make the books easier to use for research.[36]

In October 2012 Apollo announced it would close 115 University of Phoenix locations.[37]

Academics

The university offers degree programs through seven colleges and two schools.[38] These are named the School of Advanced Studies, School of Business, College of Criminal Justice and Security, College of Education, College of Humanities, College of Information Systems and Technology, College of Natural Sciences, College of Nursing, and the College of Social Sciences. In addition to its traditional education programs, the school offers continuing education courses for teachers and practitioners, professional development courses for companies, and specialized courses of study for military personnel.[39]

Students spend 20 to 24 hours with an instructor during each course, compared with about 40 hours at a traditional university. The university also requires students to collaborate by working on learning team projects, wherein the class will be divided into learning teams of four to five students. Each learning team is assigned a team forum where team members will discuss the project and submit their agreed upon portions of the learning team assignment for compilation by the nominated learning team leader. The concept of learning teams is somewhat uncommon in traditional academia; however, the University of Phoenix believes that collaborating on projects and having individuals rely on each other reflects the real working conditions of the corporate world.[40]

Some academics and former students feel the abbreviated courses and the use of learning teams result in an inferior education.[12][13][25] The University of Phoenix has been criticized for lack of academic rigor. Henry M. Levin, a professor of higher education at Teachers College at Columbia University, called its business degree an “MBA Lite,” saying “I’ve looked at [its] course materials. It’s a very low level of instruction.”[13] In May 2008, the university announced the formation of the University of Phoenix National Research Center, designed to study which teaching methods work best for nontraditional students.[41] The research center no longer exists.

Admissions and financial aid

The University of Phoenix has an open admissions policy.[42] In response to complaints about the use of financial aid by for-profit colleges in 2010 the university began an orientation program designed to lower dropout and default rates.[43] Students must successfully complete a three-week orientation workshop in order to be eligible to start their first credit/cost bearing course.[44] Students who do not complete the workshop after two attempts must wait six months before attempting again.

Phoenix students are recruited using high pressure sales tactics[45] by admissions counselors who are paid, in part, based on their success in recruiting students.[25] The university heavily recruits students in order to obtain financial aid on their behalf,[45] such as the Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Pell Grant, National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Federal Direct Student Loan Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, and the Wounded Warrior Project.[46] For the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the University of Phoenix student body received more Pell Grants ($656.9 million) than that of any other university.[47][48]

eCampus

Through its online portal, eCampus, University of Phoenix students also have access to software required for coursework. Available, for example, are virtual companies created by the university to provide students with assignments, which Adam Honea, UOPX’s dean and provost, claims are more realistic than those available with case studies.[49]

In August 2011, Apollo group announced it would buy 100% of Carnegie Learning to accelerate its efforts to incorporate adaptive learning into its academic platform.[50]

Accreditation

The University of Phoenix has been regionally accredited since 1978 by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Some individual colleges within the University of Phoenix hold specialty accreditation or are pre-accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Organization and administration

University of Phoenix Stadium, a municipal sports arena for which the corporation paid for naming rights.

University of Phoenix is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, a S&P 500 corporation based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Marketing and advertising

The university paid $154.5 million for 20-year naming rights for advertising purposes of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, a municipal sports arena, home of the NFL‘s Arizona Cardinals, and the site of the NCAA‘s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The university does not participate in intercollegiate sports.[58]

People

Students

The average age of a University of Phoenix student is between 33 (undergraduate) and 36 (graduate), and most students have work-related commitments.[59] The University states that nearly two-thirds of its students are women and that a plurality of students attending the school study business (undergraduate students representing 29.9% and graduate students 12.9%), followed closely by those enrolled in Axia College for Associate’s degrees (28.1%).[60][61]

The student population is approximately 25% African-American and almost 13% Latino.[62] The university graduates the largest number of underrepresented students with Master’s degrees in business, health care, and education than any other U.S. school.[63][64] The University of Phoenix was also named one of the nation’s top 20 institutions of higher education favorable to military personnel, according to the December 2008 issue of Military Advanced Education. Nearly 29,000 active-duty military, their spouses, and veterans were enrolled in University of Phoenix degree programs at that time with more than 7,200 military members or veterans graduated from the university during that year.[65][66] In 2012, University of Phoenix was ranked 30th in Guide to Online School’s ‘Online Military-Friendly College Rankings[67]

When calculated using the standards set by the Department of Education, the university’s overall graduation rate is 16 percent, which, when compared to the national average of 55 percent, is among the nation’s lowest. The federal standard measures graduation rates as the percentage of first-time undergraduates who obtain a degree within six years. The number is significantly lower at the university’s Southern California campus (six percent) and its online programs (four percent). This measurement does not take into consideration the typical University of Phoenix student who comes to the University as a dropout from another institution, so is not a first-time college student.[13] The university acknowledges the 16-percent graduation rate but takes exception to the standard used by the Department of Education to calculate the rate, saying that the rate is based upon criteria that apply to only seven percent of the university’s student population.[25] The university publishes a self-calculated graduation rate of 59 percent to account for its large population of non-traditional students.[13]

 

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Addendum #1 to UC Regent Richard Blum and Wife – Senator Dianne Feinstein – Under Scrutiny In Re Prima Facie/Preliminary Evidence of Money Laundering Through the University of California: RICO Defendants Jeannine English and Husband Howard Dickstein of J

In TLR previously published comment stating that University of California’s Regent Richard Blum and wife — Senator Dianne Feinstein —  are under scrutiny in connection with:UCI Foundation’s Joe Dunn and Erwin Chemerinsky (both of Voice of OC — initially housed at home of Kinde Durkee; entity which the IRS apparently exempted from full compliance of its rules and regulations );UC Berkeley Foundation’s Gibor Basri and Freada Klein Kapor  (both of sham entity CaliforniaALL -used to launder money from utility companies to OBAMA FOR AMERICA, allegedly); Carry Zellerbach of CaliforniaALL; University of California Scripps’ operative Donna Lucas and Martha Fay Africa  (alleged paramour of Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan — mastermind behind and legal counsel of CaliforniaALL),  we were remiss in not mentioning husband and wife —  Howard Dickstein and Jeannine English.

Both Dickstein and English are named defendants in two separate RICO suits advanced by The Spire Law Group and Dan Dydzak.

The allegations contained in the Spire complaint allude to money laundering by Howard Dickstein and Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street PAC — an anti-Israel entity recently embraced by Dianne Feinstein, subsequent to  financial  contributions from J Street PAC to Feinstein’s political campaign.

 

 

Richard Blum and Dianne Feinstein — Perspective — Copy of Article by Laurence Shoup (TLR Note: Presently, Regent RB and DF under scrutiny in re events at Foundations of UCI -Berkeley, Dunn, Chemerinsky, Kapor 1 -2, Basri, Zellerbach, Scripps, JB/Africa

Richard Blum and Dianne Fienstein — Historical Perspective — Copy of Part of an Article Written  by Laurence H. Shoup — Source: http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Richard_C._Blum_and_Dianne_Feinstein:_The_Power_Couple_of_California

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On January 20, 1980, in San Francisco, California, finance capitalist Richard C. Blum (born in 1936) and the ambitious Democratic Party politician Dianne Feinstein (born 1933) were married in a wedding ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. This marriage created a family economic and political alliance that in a little over a decade would allow them to become the top power couple in the state of California with a place on the national and world stages. They remain at the pinnacle of power today, he as a billionaire financier, speculator, real estate executive and deal maker; she as the senior Senator (California’s highest federal official), from the largest and most powerful state in the United States. They exemplify power as it is now wielded in the higher circles of the class system of the U.S. today, and illustrate well the dismal results of this system. This system is best characterized as a plutocratic kleptocracy, completely lacking in authentic democracy, operated by and for corporate racketeers, in short, a dictatorship of big capital, the top 1% of wealth holders, which makes up a ruling class.

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Richard Blum at his swearing in for a city commission post, January 22, 1996.

Photo: Rick Gerharter

Blum is finance capital personified, and Feinstein precisely illustrates the corrupt, war-mongering, pro-corporate politicians who inhabit the upper reaches of the U.S. ruling class. To fully comprehend their rise to power, vast wealth and socio-political stance, one needs to understand the key developmental trends in the U.S. and world political economy during Blum-Feinstein’s rise during the last few decades. Also necessary is a comprehension of how Blum-Feinstein have both adapted to and helped quicken these developmental trends.

The Financialization of Capital Accumulation

The financial capitalist now plays the leading role in capitalist development, this type of capitalist has taken over from the formerly dominant industrial capitalist. This process also has financialized class and class relations; these are more and more characterized by extreme differences in wealth and income from the top to the bottom of the class system. The top 1% of U.S. wealth holders, Blum and Feinstein among them, currently hold about 35% of the total wealth of the nation (43% of the financial wealth), and the top 20% have 85% of the total wealth. Conversely, the bottom 80% of the population owns only 15% of the wealth, the bottom 40% of the population owns only 0.3% of the nation’s wealth (basically nothing), and about one in six Americans (almost 50 million people) live in poverty, with no wealth and lacking even a minimal income.

In the case of Blum-Feinstein, we can see what being in the top 1% means. They currently own a private jet, a Gulfstream G650, worth $55 million in 2008. Blum-Feinstein also own an entire 161 room San Francisco hotel (The Carlton) and at least six other homes. At a low estimate, including their hotel, their personal real estate holdings, together with their private jet, are likely worth well over $100 million today.

Blum’s empire begins with his ownership of Blum Capital Partners, a firm he founded in 1975. In its 2005 edition, one standard industry source, Pratt’s Guide to Private Equity Sources, lists Blum Capital Partners as a firm “investing own capital” and having $1.589 billion under management. Two other, more recent sources, list the assets of Blum Capital at the higher levels of $2.8 billion and $4.5 billion. Blum’s firm’s clients reportedly include some of America’s wealthiest people and largest corporations, like oil heir Gordon Getty and Bank of American. Blum Capital Partners also has a joint venture with a much larger firm, The Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and Blum Capital Newbridge Capital to conduct this joint venture. Blum has been a Co-Chairman of both Newbridge and TPG.

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Feinstein and Blum at a Lawrence Livermore Lab event in 2006.

Corporate Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism is a version of extreme free market thinking, putting forth the pure logic of capital. Neoliberalism’s critique and actions aim not only at ending the regulatory and welfare states, it wants to shrink government’s role in economic and political life down to the point where the wealthy corporate ruling class will totally control economy, society, and political life with no interference.

Long theorized by right wing thinkers, neoliberalism came into vogue during the 1980s as a way to open up more economic living space for capital, “opening new markets.” As these areas are opened up, one result is an increase in the commodification of various aspects of life. Neoliberalism also opposes the former Keynesian consensus that fostered aspects of the welfare state, that is, offering some government benefits to the working class to pump up effective economic demand. According to neoliberal ideology, government should be weak and market/commodity relations dominant, so the Keynesian approach should be scrapped.

Neoliberalism as an ideology is completely hypocritical however, because virtually all of the government welfare, sweetheart contracts, tax cuts, subsidies and bailouts given to major corporations continue under neoliberal governance, only the Keynesian type benefits to workers are really cut. In actual practice, therefore, it is a philosophy meant to make workers and their unions pay for the crisis tendencies of capitalism, making the capitalist crisis actually a working class crisis. Under corporate neoliberal thinking over the past thirty years, all aspects of the New Deal reforms of the 1930s have been under increasing attack.

Another aspect of neoliberal ideology is the ongoing attacks on unions, since union organizing and action to protect workers distorts the operations of the “free” market. Corporations are free to export jobs and income to low wage nations, but workers are often unjustly prevented from organizing unions both at home and in repressive nations abroad.

Blum and Feinstein’s policies and actions promote neoliberalism. Blum’s field of operation is worldwide, exporting jobs overseas to capture surplus value in areas of the world that are expanding rapidly at a time when there is stagnation in mature capitalist economies. Blum’s foreign investments have focused on Asia, including China, Australia, and Korea, often through the TPG and Newbridge Capital.

Feinstein and Blum are also major investors in two private educational corporations, the Career Educational Corporation, and ITT Educational Services. At the same time, Blum donated heavily to the political campaigns of California Governor Gray Davis, amounting to at least $75,000 in a two-year period beginning about 2000. As a result, Davis, following his “pay to play” politics, appointed Blum to be a member of the University of California Board of Regents. Within a few years, Blum became the Chairman of this Board while it raised tuition for the University’s students again and again, increases that amounted to 32% in only one year. Students have had to take out massive loans to attend school. One source indicates that the amount of debt loaded on all U.S. students has jumped from $90 billion in 1999 to $550 billion in 2011. As students were priced out of an increasingly expensive public university system, the inferior, privately operated correspondence type diploma mills where Blum had major investments became increasingly attractive. Not to be left out of the drive to weaken public education and teachers unions in order to open space for private capital accumulation, Feinstein had become a supporter of school vouchers by 2003, undermining public schools by allowing parents to use public money to pay for tuition at private or parochial schools in Washington, D.C. (San Francisco Chronicle July 23, 2003:A3).

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Senator Dianne Feinstein speaking at the annual gala of the Human RIghts Campaign, October 22, 2011.

Photo: Rick Gerharter

A final aspect is cutting taxes on the wealthy, and, of course, Feinstein consistently favors such cuts. One example is Feinstein’s support for a phase-out of inheritance taxes on large estates. In July of 2000, she was one of a small group of Democratic Senators defending and voting for a Republican sponsored bill to repeal an estate tax law first passed in 1916, a law that applied to only the top 2% of taxable estates.

Imperialism, Militarism and War

The imperialist policies to be followed by the U.S. and NATO are discussed and developed by think tanks and policy forming organizations the leading U.S. private, (closely connected to official circles), such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and the Brookings Institute. A similar organization, only international in membership is the Trilateral Commission, which draws its members from many countries in Europe, North America and Asia. Blum-Feinstein are closely connected with all three of these private foreign planning organizations and their imperialist policies. Both Blum and Feinstein have been members of the CFR for a number of years (membership is by invitation only). Blum has been a trustee of and part of the power structure of the Brookings Institute for years (Brookings regularly hosts the “Brookings-Blum Roundtable” discussion series) and Feinstein currently serves on the North American branch of the Trilateral Commission, after having first become involved with this organization in 1988. One result of these close connections is the fact that Feinstein is an enthusiastic war hawk and strongly supports all the current wars and occupations of U.S. imperialism, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Libya.

Feinstein also chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. She approved of the appointment of General David Petraeus to head the CIA, saying that she had “enormous respect” for him, and that the U.S. should “…put all of our eggs in the Petraeus basket…” This illustrates that Feinstein has embraced the dangerous and illegal new method of warfare now being waged by the CIA under Petraeus. This new way of war is to send robotic machines (drones) over borders to kill thousands of people, even American citizens who are viewed as enemies.

Managed “Democracy”: A Corporate Dominated Political System

In recent decades the level of corporate domination of American politics has clearly increased. The pathways to intensified corporate control have been through the candidate selection process, campaign finance, massive lobbying, favorable media coverage to corporate ruling class linked candidates, expert advisers from ruling class think tanks and vote rigging through exclusion of people and through computers. Corporations claiming to be human beings can now purchase unlimited “free speech”, while real citizens are often denied such rights by their relative poverty, lack of access to media, or by police repression. Collectively, this has resulted in making the U.S. political system mostly a managed “democracy.”

Blum and Feinstein are key players in what can best be called the San Francisco Democratic Party political machine. Feinstein conducted Jerry Brown’s wedding (to a former Vice President of the Gap) where the entire Bay Area political machine was present, and hosted a wedding shower for Gavin Newsom at her Pacific Heights mansion, illustrating her close personal, economic and political ties to key members of this group. The group obviously also has important national level connections as well, former Vice President Al Gore is a long time friend and business partner of Blum.

While pretending to represent the interests of the rank and file, once in office, Feinstein and other corporate ruling class supported politicians payoff their partners with policies favorable to their interests, including government contracts. Again Blum and Feinstein are prime examples of how this corrupt system really works. Senator Feinstein, who was already in October of 1994 called “… the most prolific fund-raiser among all federal candidates” by the Los Angeles Times (October 28, 1994: A1), has received large campaign donations (in the thousands from each one) from a truly amazing list of top California and national level corporations.

The daughter of a wealthy doctor, educated at elite private schools, including Stanford University, Feinstein spent her way to political power, breaking records for campaign fundraising and spending beginning with her early campaigns for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Serving the wealthy, first and foremost herself and her husband, has marked her career. As the Los Angeles Times (October 28, 1994: A24) expressed it after observing only her actions for only a short time in office:

“A review of the senator’s first two years in office found that Feinstein supported several positions that benefited Blum, his wealthy clients and their investments. She was a vocal proponent of increased trade with China while Blum’s firm was planning a major investment there. She also voted for appropriations bills that provided more than $100 million a year in federal funds to three companies in which her husband is a substantial investor.”

In 2007 investigative reporter Peter Byrne published a series of reports that showed that her actions in the early 1990s was only the beginning of Feinstein’s aiding her husband’s firms. As chairperson of the Senate’s Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee from 2001-2007, Feinstein supervised and supported the appropriation of over $1.5 billion for two military contractors, URS Corporation and Perini Corporation, both companies that Blum had a controlling interest in. Blum later sold URS for a reported personal profit of $57 million. When Feinstein’s actions were exposed in early 2007, she abruptly quit her post on this subcommittee.

Blum returns the favor, raising more money for his politician wife than any other individual. He arranges contributions and loans to her campaigns in the millions. At least sometimes this got the power couple into trouble, even with the weak campaign finance laws that exist. In Feinstein’s failed 1990 Governor campaign for example, the Feinstein campaign failed to disclose a series of bank loans arranged by Blum that amounted to at least $2.9 million. Her campaign was fined a total of $190,000 by California’s state watchdog agency, the largest such cash settlement in state history, for an “outrageous case of gross negligence” (Los Angeles Times December 22, 1992: A1, A29).

A more recent example of gross negligence and incompetence in the area of campaign finance on the part of Feinstein and her staff was exposed when the FBI arrested her campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee for stealing funds from a number of campaign accounts that she managed, including Feinstein’s (S.F. Chronicle September 14, 2011:A9).

As is the case on every other key question involving our collective future, Feinstein has been and is against the people’s interest in having a just and free society. In a 2011 editorial, the San Francisco Chronicle (May 26, 2011:A15) called her “one of the biggest cheerleaders for renewing…” Bush’s Patriot Act, which allows roving wiretaps, snooping into personal records and permits the unwarranted surveillance of people without having to show probable cause. The Chronicle said that Feinstein and other supporters of renewal were going “too far” and were “erasing bedrock guarantees” of the Constitution. This action is part of a pattern of spying favored by Feinstein. In 2007 she voted for immunity for telecommunications companies who illegally spied on their customers. Some of these, such as ATT, were also heavy donors to her political campaigns. As Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee she also recently criticized the CIA for not spying enough on the Egyptian people, stating that “the CIA should have monitored Facebook more closely.”

The Ecological Crisis

The ongoing and accelerating global ecological crisis is deeply rooted in the anti-ecological imperatives of capitalist production and exchange for profit and accumulation. Corporate capitalism is a system requiring constant “expand or die” growth, a system whose main measure of success is how much capital is accumulated. This results not only in human alienation, it also results in the alienation from and destruction of entire natural ecosystems, such as forests, rivers, and grasslands.

Blum and Feinstein routinely undercut ecological needs in favor of the accumulation of wealth and power. One example is Feinstein’s relationship to wealthy corporate farmer Stewart Resnick, the owner of over one hundred thousand acres of prime farmland in the San Joaquin Valley. He has written big check after big check to her political campaigns, as well as hosted her at least two of his mansions. Over the past few decades he has also given several million dollars to the Democratic and Republican Parties and their candidates. Then, when Resnick called Feinstein in 2009 to weigh in on the side of corporate agribusiness in a drought fueled ecological dispute over water to big landowners or water for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s ecological needs, Feinstein jumped in, pushing the agribusiness viewpoint onto two Cabinet level secretaries and calling for a sweeping review of the science to allow more water to go to Resnick and other big operators. Due largely to excessive water diversions, the Delta’s ecology is in serious trouble, with fish populations in catastrophic decline.

Blum and Feinstein also favor and work for “wilderness,” she in the Senate sponsoring legislation to set aside public lands as preserves, and he as a member of the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society. The nature and politics of Blum’s Wilderness Society can be seen by looking at its Governing Council and one of its “corporate partners.” The Governing Council is filled with the super rich like Blum and includes a member of the Getty oil family, a member of the Roosevelt family, a Rockefeller family in-law, a Texas Pacific Group private equity billionaire, an adviser to Clinton-Gore White House and a past chairman of Recreational Equipment Company, which sells products for outdoor activities. Its leading corporate partner is Bank of America, which, for years financed mountain top removal to mine coal by Massey Energy and International Coal Group. Under the pressure of direct action against it, the Bank of America cut back on but did not end such financing. The Blum-Feinstein-Wilderness Society approach of creating a few islands of non-development in a sea of life destroying capitalist ecocide is clearly inadequate as a strategy of ecological and human survival.

Conclusion: Blum-Feinstein and the Corporate State

The five interrelated waves of our age, and Blum-Feinstein’s role, illustrate that the Democratic Party and its leaders are every bit against the people’s interest as the Republican Party. Both favor the corporate state and capitalist austerity, imperialism, war and capitalist ecocide. Blum-Feinstein stand solidly for the financialization of accumulation and the private use of this wealth to benefit a small group of wealthy owners (the 1%); they stand for neoliberal ideology; for imperialism, militarism and war; for undemocratic corporate political rule; and for weak and inadequate measures to confront the ecological crisis.

Historian, author and activist Laurence H. Shoup lives in Oakland, California. His most recent book is “Rulers and Rebels: A People’s History of Early California, 1769-1901”.

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

TIMELINE 2012: Richard Blum and The Slow Death of Public Higher Education (TLR Note:Relevant to University of Phoenix-CaliforniaALL-UCI Foundation- UC Berkeley Foundation-Kapors-Joe Dunn- Gibor Basri-Connection)

Source and complete article @: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/from-master-plan-to-no-plan-the-slow-d…

…..The for-profit industry that we understand today is much different from the small, local certification programs that used to compose the industry. As of 2009, more than 75 percent of students at a for-profit college are attending one owned by a private equity firm or a company traded on a major stock exchange. Modern concerns with for-profits’ potential abuses—both in duping students and exploiting federal programs—didn’t begin until the expansion of GI benefits for higher education in the period following the Second World War.

In the early 1990s, for-profits were subject to a series of Senate investigations. Georgia Democratic Senator Sam Nunn noted that students were “[v]ictimized by unscrupulous profiteers and their fraudulent schools” and “have received neither the training nor the skills they hoped to acquire, and instead, have been left burdened with debts they cannot repay.” Nunn said this after the committee learned about an Ohio repair school operating out of a fruit stand and recruiters who targeted welfare offices and housing projects for enrollees. Current recruitment practices are just as bad, if not worse. According to internal documents recently made available by a Senate investigation committee, recruiters at the for-profit college ITT were given diagrams of a “pain funnel,” with a series of questions designed to “poke the pain” of potential recruits. A Kaplan document told recruiters that their interactions with potential students should be “all about uncovering their pain and fears.”

The hearings in the 1990s led to a series of for-profit sector reforms and regulations. One key regulation required that at least 50 percent of students be enrolled at a physical campus in order for a program to be eligible for federal student aid. A 1998 pilot program allowed some schools to go below the 50 percent threshold and still receive federal aid, in order to study the effects, but it was the George W. Bush administration that sought to comprehensively remove regulations unfavorable to the industry. A former lobbyist for the (for-profit) University of Phoenix, Sally Stroup, became Bush’s assistant secretary for post-secondary education at the Department of Education and led a successful effort to remove restrictions on for-profit schools, including the 50 percent rule, and to grant them greater access to federal funding. The legislation was only several lines long, and was sneaked into a massive spending bill, but it opened the door to an expansion of the industry beyond what most people could have imagined at the time.


The standard political criticism of the for-profit industry is that it exists only to vacuum up government subsidies; that it is a problematic byproduct of government actions. This diagnosis is perfectly in line with the Reaganite complaint against government interference in the workings of the market. If we look at California, however, we see that this critique has it backward. For-profit education flooded the market only after the state began to abandon its responsibility to create sufficient institutional capacity in the public system. The problem is not government action, but inaction. As the government gave up its Master Plan responsibility to educate California students, the for-profit sector expanded to fill the demand.

As the government gave up its Master Plan responsibility to educate California students, the for-profit sector expanded to fill the demand.

Education expert (and UC Berkeley scholar) John Aubrey Douglass has found a similar pattern in countries such as Brazil, Korea, and Poland, which modernized too fast for the public sector to keep up with demand. The for-profit sector absorbs and even monopolizes the very subsidies that were intended to foster mass education, while providing poorer outcomes than the public sector. But whereas this problem, referred to as the “Brazilian Effect,” arises in developing countries as they seek to build a public higher education structure from scratch, the United States suffers instead from decay.

Under the neoliberal public policy regime of the past thirty years, the United States has moved from providing public goods directly toward providing coupons for the purchase of those goods in the private market. The private market encourages choice, competition, and innovation, its proponents say, especially compared to the gray, static, and inefficient public sector. Government grants, subsidized loans, and tax breaks would unleash market forces and use them to tackle the problems of higher education.

Such an approach would work only if high-quality private universities increased the amount of students they were willing to educate—if, in other words, the supply of good education were “elastic,” stretching to meet the demand of additional students. Instead, students are finding an inelastic market with collapsing public provision. They face skyrocketing prices and the rationing of quality education, with for-profits purveying counterfeit goods to make up the difference.

Sometimes policy failures are accidental. Sometimes there is a trail of breadcrumbs. In the case of California higher education, it is hard not to notice that policy failures have meant big business for the for-profit industry. And in some cases, that trail of breadcrumbs leads directly to the men and women who run the UC. UC Regent Richard Blum, for example, is not only the largest shareholder in two for-profit universities, Career Education Corporation and ITT Educational Services, but also, as Peter Byrne reported in a 2010 exposé, oversaw investments for the UC’s $63 billion portfolio at a time when the UC invested in the very same two for-profits. The problem isn’t anything as simple as pure corruption, but the decline of the public university is corporate capital’s gain, and investment firms like Blum Capital Partners know this quite well. The educational infrastructure of the future—and in many ways, of the present—is being built out of the very same crumbling public sector that men like Richard Blum have been entrusted with stewarding.

Ronald Reagan may not have seen this coming when he first set out to destroy what he saw as the creeping communism of master-planned and state-funded public education. His vision at the time was essentially negative, reactionary. But the conservative project he put in place in California in the 1960s remains with us today. Reagan was the trendsetter in making higher education into a problem to be solved with fee hikes and police. Other governors approached this problem in different ways, but the decision Reagan made to begin the destruction of the Master Plan hangs over all of them. Today, we can clearly see the results. Limiting the ability of the government to plan for the education of its citizens has left us with the worst of both worlds: students and families with too much debt and too few options.

Foundation Hog Stewart Kwoh also Identified as Director of California Endowment / California Wellness Foundation (TLR Note: Bloomberg/Business Week neglects to mention Kwoh’s involvement at CCPF — subsequent to mysterious death of Nelson Holl)


GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK DIRECTORS : (L-R) Donna Lucas, Richard Claussen, William Hauck and Pat Fong Kushida of sham entity CaliforniaALL


CALIFORNIA FORWARD DIRECTORS: Donna Lucas, Sunne McPeak, William Hauck, Stewart Kwoh of sham entity California Consumer Protection Foundation


LUCAS PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Donna Lucas, AARP’s Barbara O’Connor


VENOCO DIRECTORS : Donna Lucas, Mark Snell of Sempra Energy


CALIFORNIA EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FUND DIRECTORS: Sunne McPeak, AARP’s Barbara O’Connor


UC’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY: Donna Lucas, Marty Africa


THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT / BLUE CROSS CONNECTION — Donna Lucas, William Hauck, and Cal End’s Daniel Zingale

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Stewart Kwoh serves as the President and Executive Director at Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. Mr. Kwoh serves as Trustee of Southern California Public Radio. He serves as a Director at California Wellness Foundation, Los Angeles Educational Partnership, Fannie Mae Foundation and PolicyLink, Inc. He served as Director of The California Endowment.

Corporate Headquarters

6320 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, California 91367-2565

United States

Phone: 818-593-6600
Fax: 818-593-6614

Board Members Memberships

Former Director
Director
Director
Director
Trustee
Director

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California Wellness Foundation

6320 Canoga Avenue Suite 1700 , Woodland Hills , CA , 91367-2565 , United States

Phone: 1-818-593-6600
Revenue: $187M
Employees: 63
SIC: Civic And Social Associations (8640)
NAICS: Human Rights Organizations (813311)
Description: California Wellness Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with over $1.02 billion in assets under management. The foundation primarily focuses on health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention. It was established in 1992 and is based in Woodland Hills, California.

2012-11-13 16:13:01

Contacts – VIEW DETAILS

Other

Kenneth Kizer, Director
Ezra Davidson, Director
Magdalena Del Olmo, Board Member
Cecilia Laiche, Officer
Barbara Marshall, Director
Earl Mink, Director
Stewart Kwoh, Director
Amy Scop, Director
Peggy Saika, Director
Luz Vega-Marquis, Chairman

Director(s)

Ruth Brousseau, Executive Director
Ruth Holton-Hodson, Director of Public Policyz
Beltr??n-del Olmo, Director of Communications
Douglas Patino, Vice Chairman and Director

Chief Executive Officer

Vice President(s)

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URGENT- BREAKING NEWS: CleanTECH San Diego Removes Name of Deposed UC Scripps’s Tony Haymet From Website Amid Exposure on The Leslie Brodie Report; Red Flags Over Latham & Watkins, Lucas, Africa, Brosnahan;YR:Remain Calm – I’m on the Case

Tony Haymet

 

DEVELOPING STORY……

Following on the heels of exposure on The Leslie Brodie Report, San Diego-based CleanTECH quicly moved to redact the name of deposed Tony Haymet from its web-site.

Yesterday, The Leslie Brodie Report published a profile of CleanTECH, including the names of Leadership / Board of Directors See@:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/profile-of-cleantech-non-profit-…

 

MISSION

Our mission is to stimulate innovation and advance the adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the greater San Diego region. We accomplish this through a series of programs including education and outreach, policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Our membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutes, and government and non-profit organizations.

 

Leadership

 

However, as of today, the name of Haymet is nowhere to be found.

Leadership

Energy

Business & Financial

Professional Services

Non-governmental Organizations

Academic

Government

See @: http://www.cleantechsandiego.org/board-of-directors.html

 

BREAKING…….. DEVELOPING…….

The Leslie Brodie Report Launched Journalistic Inquiry Into Events Surrounding Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tony Haymet, CleanTECH, Donna Lucas, Marty Africa

Amid conflicting reports and unanswered questions, The Leslie Brodie Report has launched a journalistic inquiry into events surrounding San Diego-based Scripps Institution of Oceanography (“SIO”), and directors Tony Haymet, Donna Lucas, and Marty Africa.

 

Tony Haymet

Haymet, 56, is “the tenth director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Haymet also serves as UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine sciences and dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences, and is a professor of oceanography at Scripps. He joined Scripps in 2006,” according to SIO. (Image: courtesy)

According to incomplete and misleading infomation issued by the University of California “Scripps Director Tony Haymet is taking a sabbatical and will continue his research program, accept an excellence award as Visiting Professor of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, (http://www.geomar.de/en/) and chair the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Council (http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-oceans-2012-0). The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

The Leslie Brodie Report has managed to confirm that Hayment is taking a sabbatical from October 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. 

The Leslie Brodie Report also managed to confirm that Haymet is presently employed at Los Angeles-based Phillips & Associates — a financial planning and fundraising counsel for not-for-profit institutions and organizations.

According to Phillips & Associates, “Tony’ principal responsibilities focus on our firm’s assignment in the development of a new non-profit organization at the Port of Los Angeles.”

The Leslie Brodie Report also managed to confirm that Hayment is also employed at Pegasus Capital Advisors — a private equity fund manager that has been providing creative capital and strategic solutions to companies across a variety of industries.

It was not immidietly clear what, if any, are Haymet’s plans as far as CleanTECH —  a private, non-profit member organization he launched in 2007.

CleanTECH_San_Diego_Team

CleanTECH San Diego Leadership Team Marty Turock, Tony Haymet, Lisa Bicker, James T. Waring, Holly Smithson,Jennifer Jamall,  and Kelley Gale — Vice Chair & Partner at Latham & Watkins (image:courtesy)

To be continued.

University of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director CleanTech’sTony Haymet is Taking a Sabbatical

Tony Haymet

 

Scripps Director Tony Haymet is taking a sabbatical and will continue his research program, accept an excellence award as Visiting Professor of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, (http://www.geomar.de/en/) and chair the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Council (http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-oceans-2012-0). The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Tony Haymet has been Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences at University of California, San Diego, since September 2006. He is co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, a business organization devoted to the solution of the climate change problem, and currently serves as Vice-Chair. He is elected to the board of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), and appointed to many boards and advisory committees, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. Dr. Haymet is a highly distinguished researcher who has published more than 165 peer-reviewed articles and numerous Op-Ed pieces in leading newspapers around the world. He was formerly Chief of Marine and Atmospheric Science and then the Science and Policy Director at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia. Dr. Haymet is a tenured Professor of Oceanography at Scripps, and of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCSD. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a Doctor and Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Sources: http://www.sio.ucsd.edu/About/Director/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profile of CleanTECH — Non-Profit Launched by Deposed UC’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography Tony Haymet [TLR Note: Relevant to explain Donna Lucas and James Brosnahan’s alleged paramour (Martha Africa) part of Scripps]

CleanTECH San Diego is a private, non-profit member organization formed in 2007. As one of the nation’s premier cleantech cluster organizations, its mission is to position the region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. CleanTECH San Diego serves as a catalyst for a diverse group of stakeholders to advance a common agenda.

 

MISSION

Our mission is to stimulate innovation and advance the adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the greater San Diego region. We accomplish this through a series of programs including education and outreach, policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Our membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutes, and government and non-profit organizations.

 

Leadership

Energy

Business & Financial

Professional Services

 

Non-governmental Organizations

Academic

Government

 


Source: http://www.cleantechsandiego.org/board-of-directors.html

Addendum #1 to Lucas Public Affairs’ Profile of Donna Lucas — TLR Note: Sources maintain Lucas conveniently forgot to include Golden Pacific Bancorp – Golden Pacific Bank

Profile of Donna Lucas as presently found @ http://www.lucaspublicaffairs.com/lpa/index.cfm/team/donna-lucas/

“Donna Lucas is founder and principal of Lucas Public Affairs, a California-based strategic consulting, public affairs, and communications firm. 

One of the nation’s foremost public affairs strategists and a widely recognized expert in media relations and political affairs, Lucas has provided strategic counsel to large corporate clients, labor unions, non-profits, initiative campaigns, and political candidates. She also has worked on several statewide initiative campaigns on a variety of policy issues including gaming, housing, education, local government, campaign finance, and energy.

Prior to forming Lucas Public Affairs in 2006, Lucas served as a deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Previously, Lucas was the global and public affairs practice leader for Porter Novelli, an international PR firm, after Porter Novelli acquired Nelson Communications Group, where she served as president and CEO for several years.

Lucas also served as deputy press secretary for Governor George Deukmejian, deputy treasurer for Tom Hayes, and California press secretary for President George H.W. Bush.

Currently Lucas serves on the Boards of Directors for California Forward, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), the California Chamber of Commerce, Venoco, Inc. (NYSE:VQ), the College Access Foundation, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography; and is a faculty member of the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics 2012 Project.

Previously Lucas was the chairperson of the American Association of Political Consultants, a member of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a board member of the California Musical Theater Company. She also received the 2009 Crystals Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Communications Profession from the Sacramento chapter of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Donna was named one of Sacramento’s 100 most powerful people by Sacramento Magazine and distinguished as one of the most powerful political strategists by Capitol Weekly.

Donna is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Journalism. She and her husband, political satirist and former Bureau Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, Greg Lucas, live in Sacramento with their teenage daughter, Katie.”

Source: http://www.lucaspublicaffairs.com/lpa/index.cfm/team/donna-lucas/

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Golden Pacific Bancorp

Golden Pacific Bancorp To Open First N. Calif. Startup Bank for 2008

Rough Times? Perfect Timing For New Bank Opening in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A team that includes some of the Sacramento regions most experienced business and banking industry veterans is launching Golden Pacific Bancorp (GPB), which will open Sacramento-headquartered Golden Pacific Bank, a proposed federal savings bank, this December as the only startup bank in Northern California for 2008.

“Right now, many banks are preserving their capital, limiting the amount they will lend. This is affecting both small businesses, which rely on credit lines to maintain operations, and homebuyers who are having a hard time obtaining a mortgage”

The timing of the launch coincides with a financial market meltdown. But what is adversity for existing banks can be opportunity for new ones, say Golden Pacific officials.

Were starting with fresh capital, a problem-free balance sheet and a clear sense of direction. The banking landscape will be different after this crisis. To achieve success, it will require experienced leadership, a focus on quality underwriting, and the ability to regain the customers trust. Thats the advantage Golden Pacific Bank has as one of the few start-ups entering the marketplace, said Golden Pacific Bancorp Chief Executive Officer Kirk Dowdell.

Dowdell brings more than 21 years of banking experience to Golden Pacific, most recently as chief executive officer of Western Sierra National Bank. Larry Kurmel will serve as chairman of the board of directors. Kurmel was the chief executive officer of the California Bankers Association (CBA) between 1988 and 1999 before retiring. Prior to joining the CBA, Kurmel was the chief executive officer from 1985 to 1988 with the California State Teachers Retirement System, the nations fifth largest public pension fund, which serves over 500,000 active and retired teachers. Roy Malone will serve as president of the bank. Malone has a 17 year history in the banking industry, having spent the previous 11 with Dowdell at Western Sierra National Bank.

Right now, many banks are preserving their capital, limiting the amount they will lend. This is affecting both small businesses, which rely on credit lines to maintain operations, and homebuyers who are having a hard time obtaining a mortgage, said Malone. This creates a great opportunity for us to step in and meet the needs of healthy businesses and qualified consumers.

GPB will launch a statewide effort to repopulate many of Californias underserved communities with new community banking franchises. Golden Pacific Bank will be the first bank for what will become a statewide network of community-based banks. This will fill a growing void due to large, out-of-state banks buying out California-based banks. In the Sacramento region alone, there are now fewer locally based community banks with a smaller market share than anytime within the past decade.

Golden Pacific Bank will open its headquarters and first branch in downtown Sacramento this December inside the former US Bank Building at 980 Ninth Street. It will operate as a federal savings bank, regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision. Golden Pacific Bank will engage in traditional mortgage and commercial banking activities with an emphasis on developing business and professional clientele within the greater Sacramento region.

In addition to Kurmel and Dowdell, other GPB board members are: Robert Aguallo, Jr., past general manager of the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System; Richard Claussen, founding partner of Goddard Claussen Strategic Advocacy; Patricia A. Fong Kushida, president and CEO of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce; Brice Harris, chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District; William Hauck, president and CEO of the California Business Roundtable; Robert Kittredge, retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Donna Lucas, founder of Lucas Public Affairs, a statewide strategic communications firm; Cassandra Walker Pye, senior vice president for APCO Worldwide, a global communications consultancy; Frank Washington, chairman and CEO of media company Tower of Babel LLC; and Allen Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce.

Joining Malone as executive officers of Golden Pacific Bank are Carol Corsetti as chief credit officer, a former vice president of Pacific National Bank in Sacramento; Krista Snelling, CPA, as chief financial officer, previously chief financial officer for Liberty Reverse Mortgage and Hanson McClain, and prior controller of Placer Sierra Bank; Harry Gunsallus as chief information officer, most recently chief information officer with Placer Sierra Bank; Colleen Mahaffey as treasury solutions officer; and Benson Louie as technology solutions manager, who had previously teamed up with Mahaffey to run the corporate cash management California division for Umpqua Bank and Western Sierra National Bank.

GPB will initially focus on growth in Northern California and ultimately intends to expand statewide not just with branches, but with more locally based affiliates that will be member banks supported by their local communities. Plans call for this expansion to start taking place after the Sacramento-based bank is up and running.

It is our belief that locally based banks are the institutional glue for their communities. Deposits are invested locally and lending decisions are made locally. This dynamic supports a communitys financial health. Golden Pacific Bank is committed to the long-term health of Sacramento. We know the acquisition of local banks by regional or national banks can have devastating effects on a communitys financial well-being, Kurmel said.

 

Contacts

for GPB
Will Holbert, 916-446-9900
wholbert@rs-e.com

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20081027006226/en/Golden-Pacific-Bancor…

 

 

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Selected Biography of John Garamendi

John Raymond Garamendi (born January 24, 1945) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative for California’s 10th congressional district, serving since November 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Garamendi was the California State Insurance Commissioner from 1991 to 1995, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 to 1998, and the California State Insurance Commissioner again from 2003 to 2007. He then served as the 46th Lieutenant Governor of California from January 8, 2007 until he was elected to Congress in November 2009.[3]

Garamendi was temporarily a candidate for Governor of California in the 2010 election after announcing his candidacy on July 31, 2008.[4] However, he suspended his candidacy on April 29, 2009, to run for Congress in the 10th congressional district.[5] This seat was vacated by Ellen Tauscher, who resigned to become Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.[6] Garamendi won the Democratic Party nomination in the primary election for the seat on September 1 and then won the special election on November 3, 2009. Garamendi was re-elected to a full term in 2010.

Insurance Commissioner (2003-2007)

He created a Home Owners Bill of Rights. This helped create laws that reduced workers compensation costs 58% and reduced premiums by over $500 million. He re-established an anti-fraud task force. He also developed a report analyzing California’s health care system with 43 recommended improvements.[17]

Lieutenant Governor (2007-2009)

While being Lieutenant Governor of California he was the De Facto President of the State Senate, regent of the University California, Trustee of the California State University System, member of the California State Lands Commission, Chairman of the California Commission for Economic Development, and acting Governor.[19]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Garamendi

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Related story: Gary Cohen @:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cohen/7/898/a0a

Chief of Staff

Office of Congressman John Garamendi (CA-10)

 

February 2009June 2010 (1 year 5 months)

I am Chief of Staff to Congressman John Garamendi (D-10 CA)

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

December 2008February 2010 (1 year 3 months)

Member of the Insurance Regulatory Practice in San Francisco office

Deputy General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co.

Allianz of America

 

July 2007October 2008 (1 year 4 months)

Responsible for managing attorneys at Allianz of America and Fireman’s Fund. Also responsible for managing state government affairs at both companies.

Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel

California Department of Insurance

 

20032007 (4 years)

Served under Insurance Commissioners John Garamendi and Steve Poizner. Chief Legal Advisor to the Commissioner and his Executive Staff. Managed 90-lawyer Legal Division. Carried out reforms in the life, property/casualty and title insurance industries.

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Utilities industry

March 2001April 2003 (2 years 2 months)

Chief Legal Advisor to Commission President Loretta Lynch and the 5 member Public Utilities Commission. Managed 60-lawyer Legal Division. Principally responsible for the Commission’s legal response to the state’s energy crisis and the insolvency of its two major public utilities.

Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

January 1985March 2001 (16 years 3 months)

Represented individuals and businesses in complex civil and criminal litigation. Specialized in financial fraud, class action defense, intellectual property

 

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.

Democratic Party Operative enlisted by energy company BrightSource Energy to win billion-dollar loan deal, emails show (TLR Note: Edison’s Bryson Chairman of BrightSource — Edison/Munger Major Players in Obama for America – CaliforniaALL Alleged Money

Series of emails from solar power giant BrightSource Energy Inc. show how the company applied political pressure and used behind-the-scenes cajoling to win a $1.6 billion loan guarantee in April 2011.

Emails obtained by The Washington Times show BrightSource leaders discussing in great detail how to best push the Energy Department to green-light the loan to fund the company’s massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California’s Mojave Desert, the largest loan guarantee issued by the administration.

“We have a lot of force gearing up to leaverage [sic] them now, including the WH and VP office [Sen. Harry] Reid and [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein, and Gov. [Jerry] Brown” of California, reads an early March 2011 email from Arthur Haubenstock, the company’s vice president of regulatory affairs.

Mr. Haubenstock goes on to question whether the company should push its administration contacts to immediately arrange a call between Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar, a project proponent, or keep it in their back pocket “to blast through any last roadblock that may appear.”….

….BrightSource — whose investors include Google Inc., BP Global, Chevron Corp. and Morgan Stanley — doesn’t dispute the fact that it touted the project to influence-peddlers and the most powerful in Washington. While admitting that it ramped up the pressure in early 2011, BrightSource says politics played no role and that Ivanpah was simply deemed a worthy candidate for federal dollars.

“The Ivanpah project is an example of the [Department of Energy] loan guarantee program’s success. Today, the Ivanpah project is more than 60 percent complete and is on track to deliver power to the grid by 2013,” said Joseph Desmond, the company’s senior vice president of government affairs and communications. “In early 2011, we increased our efforts to get [the Energy Department] to make final its decision. We spoke to anybody who would listen about this great project — the largest and most technologically advanced of its kind in the world.

“The project was completely consistent with Congress’ intention when it established the loan guarantee program — to support the commercialization of technically innovative projects,” he said. Please continue @: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/10/influence-peddling-runs-deep-…

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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Wikipedia Profile (TLR Note: Owners Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric/ Sempra — clients of Munger Tolles & Olson and DLA Piper, Respectively )

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is a nuclear power plant located on the Pacific coast of California, in the northwestern corner of San Diego County, south of San Clemente. The site is surrounded by the San Onofre State Park and sits next to highway Interstate 5. The landmark spherical containment buildings around the reactors are designed to prevent unexpected releases of radiation. The closest tectonic fault line is the Cristianitos fault, which is considered inactive. The plant has been the site of many protests by anti-nuclear groups.

The facility is operated by Southern California Edison. Edison International, parent of SCE, holds 78.2% ownership in the plant; San Diego Gas & Electric Company, 20%; and the City of Riverside Utilities Department, 1.8%. The plant employs over 2000 people. The plant is located in Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region IV.

The plant’s two reactors (Units 2 and 3) have been shut down since January 2012 due to premature wear found on tubes in steam generators, which apparently contributed to the accidental release of a small amount of radioactive steam.

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Reactors

Unit 1, a first generation Westinghouse pressurized water reactor that operated for 25 years, closed permanently in 1992, and has been dismantled and is used as a storage site for spent fuel. It had a spherical containment of concrete and steel with the smallest wall being 6 feet (1.8 m) thick. Units 2 and 3, Combustion Engineering pressurized water reactors, continue generate 1,172 MWe and 1,178 MWe respectively.

2012 shutdown

Unit 2 shut in early January 2012 for refueling and replacement of the reactor vessel head.[5] Both reactors at San Onofre have been shut since January 2012 due to premature wear found on tubes in steam generators installed in 2010 and 2011. Plant officials have pledged not to restart the units until the cause of the tube leak and tube degradation are understood, and the units are expected to be offline during the summer.[5]

In March 2012, former nuclear power executive Arnold Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, prepared a report that argued that “design modifications in the newly installed steam generators, such as different alloy for the tubes, led to problems at the plant”. In April 2012, in a sign of mounting concern over the shutdown, the top U.S. nuclear official, Gregory Jaczko, toured the facility with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, a Republican.[6] The shutdown in 2012 was not due to an earthquake or tsunami but instead due to poor design of the replacement steam generators that included many design changes and were not reviewed by the Nuclear Regulator Commission.[7]

In May 2012, two retired natural gas electrical generators were brought back online to help replace the lost power generation, however the Huntington Beach Power Station only produces 440Mw of power.[8][9]

As of July 2012, the cost related to the shutdown has reached $165 million, with $117 million of that being the purchasing of power from other sources to replace the output of the plant.[10] As a result, the Chairman of Edison International Ted Carver has stated that there is a possibility that reactor 3 maybe scrapped as “It is not clear at this time whether Unit 3 will be able to restart without extensive additional repairs”.[10]

The station had technical problems prior to those of 2012. For instance, as the July 12, 1982 edition of Time states, “The firm Bechtel was … embarrassed in 1977, when it installed a 420-ton nuclear-reactor vessel backwards” at San Onofre.[11]

Safety culture

According to the NRC, workers at San Onofre are “afraid they will be retaliated against if they bring up safety problems, something that’s against the rules”.[12] As of 2011, there has been progress on the issue, says the NRC, but there is still more work to do. So far, the problems have not threatened the safety of plant workers or the public. San Clemente Green is an environmental group opposed to the continued operation of the San Onofre nuclear plant.[12]

Environmental risk and mitigation

Southern California Edison states the station was “built to withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake directly under the plant”.[13] Additionally, there is a 25-foot tsunami wall to protect the plant from a rogue wave that could be potentially generated by the active fault 5 miles offshore.[14]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at San Onofre was 1 in 58,824, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.[15][16]

Unlike many pressurized water reactors, but like some other seaside facilities in Southern California, the San Onofre plant uses seawater for cooling, and thus lacks the iconic large cooling towers typically associated with nuclear generating stations. However, changes to water-use regulations may require construction of such cooling towers in the future to avoid further direct use of seawater. Limited available land next to SONGS would likely require towers to be built on the opposite side of Interstate 5.[17]

Anti-nuclear protests

On August 6, 1977, about a thousand anti-nuclear protesters marched outside the nuclear generation station, while units 2 & 3 were under construction.[18]

On June 22, 1980, about 15,000 people attended a protest near San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.[19]

On March 11, 2012, activists protested the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to mark the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Over 200 people rallied in San Onofre State Beach to listen to several speakers, including two Japanese residents who lived through the Fukushima meltdowns and Raymond Lutz. Though local leaders and industry officials say that a disaster like Fukushima is unlikely at San Onofre, the activists point to the plant’s safety record, earthquake risk, location on the coast quite similar to that in Japan, and the fact that as of March 2012, San Onofre’s reactors were “off-line due to leaks and wear and tear to the generator tubes. Speakers at the event said they would like for the generators to remain off”.[20]

Environmental and anti-nuclear activists gathered at Southern California Edison’s Irvine headquarters in May 2012 calling for the San Onofre plant to be decommissioned. They also called for Edison to spend more money implementing energy conservation programs and suggested the formation of a working group to encourage consumers to save energy. The plant’s shutdown has drawn scrutiny from elected officials, including Sen. Barbara Boxer, who asked Edison and the NRC whether design changes in the steam generators were properly reviewed.[21]

In popular culture

In the James W. Huston novel, Fallout, Pakistani Air Force Pilots attempt to bomb San Onofre using stolen California Air National Guard F-16s. In the James Bond novel License Renewed by John Gardner, it was one of six nuclear power stations in the terrorist/blackmail plot “Meltdown” planned by The Laird of Murcaldy, Anton Murik. In the science fiction novel Timescape, by Gregory Benford, the nuclear plants at San Onofre raised the water temperature along the adjacent coast, which stimulated aquatic life.

The generating station was also featured in the 1983 documentary film Koyaanisqatsi and the 1988 comedy film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. It was featured as the first landmark in the San Diego level of the 1998 video game California Speed.

In the 2011 television series The Event, the fuel rods were removed from San Onofre to thwart the aliens’ plan to steal the uranium to build a “transportation array”.

In the role-playing game Shadowrun, San Onofre is destroyed by an earthquake in the year 2028 and sealed similarly to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.[22]

Surrounding population

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: 1) a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and 2) an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.[23] The average prevailing westward wind direction at San Onofre blows inland 9 months of the year.[24]

The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of San Onofre was 92,687, an increase of 50.0 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 8,460,508, an increase of 14.9 percent since 2000.[25] Three of the cities within 20 miles of the the facility are San Clamente and Laguna Beach in Orange County and Oceanside in San Diego County.[26][27] San Diego is 45 miles south of the facility, and Los Angeles is 60 miles north of the facility.[28]

See also

References

  1. ^ “Construction of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station”. Los Angeles Times. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  2. ^ Rob Davis (28 July 2012). “The Trouble With the San Onofre Nuclear Plant”. Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. ^ “San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)”. Edison International. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  4. ^ Professor Dennis Silverman (12 April 2012). “Cost and Area of Replacing San Onofre Nuclear Energy by Solar Photovoltaics”. Energy Blog. University of California, Irvine. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b Eileen O’Grady (March 21, 2012). “Grid looking at extended San Onofre nuclear outage”. Reuters.
  6. ^ Alex Dobuzinskis (Apr 7, 2012). “No timetable for restarting California nuclear plant: Jaczko”. Reuters.
  7. ^ Arnie Gundersen MSNE (March 27, 2012). “Steam Generator Failures at San Onofre”. Fairewinds Associates, Burlington, Vermont, USA.
  8. ^ Eric Wolff (11 May 2012). “http://www.nctimes.com/blogsnew/business/energy/energy-huntington-beach-power-plant-helps-fuel-region-s-electric/article_3f58c15b-2aa2-5fe2-b817-198d8d6db647.html”. North County Times. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  9. ^ “H.B. Generators”. Huntington Beach Wave. Associated Press: p. 3. May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Associated Press (31 August 2012). “Bill for damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant in California hits $165 million, and counting”. Washington Post. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  11. ^ “The Master Builders from Bechtel”. Time. July 12, 1982.
  12. ^ a b Onell R. Soto (April 28, 2011). “Anti-nuclear protest planned at NRC meeting”. SignOnSanDiego.
  13. ^ Catherine Saillant (14 March 2011). “San Onofre nuclear plant can withstand up to 7.0 quake, is protected by a 25-foot tsunami wall, Edison says”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  14. ^ Christopher Helman (14 March 2012). “Could San Diego’s Oceanside Nuke Plant Survive A Tsunami?”. Forbes. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  15. ^ Bill Dedman, “What are the odds? US nuke plants ranked by quake risk,” msnbc.com, March 17, 2011 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42103936/ Accessed April 19, 2011.
  16. ^ http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/Sections/NEWS/quake%20nrc%20risk%20estimates.pdf
  17. ^ “State to power plants: stop sucking in seawater”. The Orange County Register.
  18. ^ “Construction of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station”. Los Angeles Times. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  19. ^ Williams, Eesha. Wikipedia distorts nuclear history Valley Post, May 1, 2008.
  20. ^ Jameson Steed (March 12, 2012). “Anti nuclear groups protest San Onofre”. Daily Titan.
  21. ^ “Protesters ask Edison to decommission San Onofre nuclear plant”. LA Times. May 23, 2012.
  22. ^ Corporate Enclaves, p.33, Catalyst Game Labs 2007
  23. ^ http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/emerg-plan-prep-nuc-power-bg.html
  24. ^ http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/clilcd.pl?ca23188
  25. ^ Bill Dedman, Nuclear neighbors: Population rises near US reactors, msnbc.com, April 14, 2011 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42555888/ns/us_news-life/ Accessed May 1, 2011.
  26. ^ Rick Rojas (30 March 2012). “Fear grows in O.C. cities near San Onofre nuclear plant”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 August 2012. “Officials in nearby San Clemente and Laguna Beach — both within 20 miles of the San Onofre facility — have registered their fears after significant wear was found on hundreds of tubes carrying radioactive water inside the plant’s generators.”
  27. ^ Jamie Reno (29 May 2012). “With Summer Approaching, the Heat Is On to Re-open the San Onofre Nuclear Plant”. The Daily Beast. Retrieved 11 August 2012. “Karen Garland, a married mother of two who lives in Oceanside, 17 miles south of the plant, recalls the the blackout that affected San Diego and Orange Counties last September.”
  28. ^ Tina Gerhardt (23 July 2012). “San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to Remain Shuttered”. Washington Monthly. Retrieved 12 August 2012. “The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant rests on the Pacific Coast 60 miles south of Los Angeles and 45 miles north of San Diego, the second and eighth largest cities in the U.S. respectively. The nuclear power plant is within 50 miles of 8.5 million people.”

External links

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Edison International of Rosemead California Wikipedia Profile

Edison International is a public utility holding company based in Rosemead, California. Its subsidiaries include Southern California Edison, and un-regulated non-utility assets Edison Mission Energy and Midwest Generation, power producers, and Edison Capital. Edison’s roots trace back to Holt & Knupps, a company founded in 1886 as a provider of street lights in Visalia, California.

For the first nine months of 2010 power generation unit, Edison Mission Energy (EME) produced 22.091 GWh of electricity a 2% increase over the corresponding period in 2009.[2]

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History

The company was first incorporated in 1909 as Southern California Edison Company after Southern California acquired the assets of Edison Electric Company; it was known as Southern California Edison until 1996 when it adopted its current name in recognition of its growing business abroad and in other industry sectors. Edison first became a holding company in 1988 when it made a small change to its original name, becoming known as SCEcorp.

In 2001 Edison’s main holding, Southern California Edison faced bankruptcy after a state senate bill regarding financial assistance came up short (by $1 billion).[3]

Recent moves

In November 2010 Edison sold its 48% interest in the Four Corners coal-fired power plant in New Mexico (units 4 and 5 while units 1,2 and 3 will be closed because of being older) for $294 million to Pinnacle West Capital Corp (of Arizona Public Service). The move was the direct result of a new California law requiring utility companies to exit coal-fired power production (even the renewing of contracts is disallowed), and forces Edison to purchase more power from the market.[4]

Later that month, on the 24th of November the Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois) approved a request made by Edison’s Midwest business (Edison Mission Energy) to install pollution control equipment to its coal fired power plants (as a last resort to shutting down the plants; stricter rules and costly penalties related to air quality forced Edison into that position). The equipment makes use of a sodium based, dry scrubbing system intended to reduce SO2 emissions (there’s also the alternative, removing the sulfur components of coal before burning it as fuel). Edison hasn’t made any final decisions but the EPA ruling gives Edison’s Waukegan power plant (coal, unit 7) in Illinois an alternative to shutting down.[5]

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 2 shut in early January 2012 for refueling and replacement of the reactor vessel head. Both reactors at San Onofre have been shut since January 2012 due to premature wear found on tubes in massive steam generators installed in 2010 and 2011. Plant officials have pledged not to restart the units until the cause of the tube leak and tube degradation are understood, and the units are expected to be offline during the summer.

In April 2012, in a sign of mounting concern over the shutdown, the top U.S. nuclear official, Gregory Jaczko, toured the facility with Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, a Republican.

 

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David Werdegar, Ex-CEO of Institute on Aging is Hereby Asked to Disclose, If Known, Whether Dianne Emiel Goldman (AKA Sen. Dianne Feinstein) – Daughter of Late Dr. Leon Goldman of UCSF – Is Related to the Largest Donor of IOA, the Late Richard Goldman

Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a controversy, David Werdegar –  Ex-CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging – is hereby being asked to disclose, if known, whether Dianne Emiel Goldman (now known as Sen. Dianne Feinstein) – daughter of late Dr. Leon Goldman of UCSF –  is related to the largest donor of Institute on Aging — the late Richard Goldman.

Richard Goldman Ronald George

 

Please observe that, rather than contacting Dr. David Werdegar directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

Any comments,opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

Orly Taitz Assails Dianne Feinstein / J. Street PAC — Entity Associated with Jeremy Ben-Ami and Controversial Gambling Attorney Howard Dickstein of Sacramento, California

Prominent California attorney, Rancho Santa Margarita-based Dr. Orly Taitz has declared in no uncertain terms her opposition to left-wing Israel advocacy group J Street.  The announcement came on the heels of Dianne Feinstein’s acceptance of an  endorsement from the highly controversial J Street — an entity headed by Jeremy Ben-Ami. 

In reply to Feinstein’s endorsement, embattled gambling attorney Howard Dickstein of Sacramento-based Dickstein & Zerbi J stated to the media: “Her (Feinstein) views were very close, if not identical, to J Street’s,” said Howard , a board member of J Street’s political action committee .

Taitz, who is running against Feinstein adamantly opposes the J-Street/Feinstein position, stated:

“J-street is a far Left organization which advocates cutting up Jerusalem and giving a big part of Jerusalem to Palestinians, dismantling all of the Jewish settlements and towns in Judea and Samaria. They are more radical than many Palestinians. The fact that Feinstein accepted their endorsement speaks volumes. Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence committee. Endorsing such radical views will not promote peace and doesn’t mesh with her position as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

Separately, and was reported  here earlier, Dickstein, who is  widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

Amid New Revelations of Howard Dickstein – Dianne Feinstein Connection Via J. Street PAC, The Leslie Brodie Report Republishes Press Release by FBI / Andre Birotte and Attached TLR’s Note Re Indictment of Gary Kovall / Peggy Shambaugh in 29 Casino Scheme

Originally published on May 11, 2012.

 

U.S. Attorney’s Office May 10, 2012  — Source : http://tinyurl.com/7olej2f

An attorney for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is among four people who have been indicted on federal bribery and money laundering charges for allegedly participating in scheme in which associates of the lawyer hired to provide assistance to the tribe paid kickbacks to the attorney.

The 48-count grand jury indictment returned yesterday afternoon names:

  • Gary Edward Kovall, 66, of Ely, Minnesota, a licensed California attorney who acted as legal counsel for the tribe;
  • David Alan Heslop, 74, of Templeton, who, on Kovall’s recommendation, was hired by the tribe to oversee some tribal business;
  • Paul Phillip Bardos, 57, of Rancho Cucamonga, a general contractor; and
  • Peggy Anne Shambaugh, 56, of Ely, Minnesota, who is Kovall’s wife.

All four defendants have agreed to appear for arraignments tomorrow in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

According to the indictment, Kovall advised the tribe to create a limited liability company to purchase real estate, and the attorney convinced the tribe to hire Heslop as the company’s manager. Kovall and Heslop then recommended that the tribe hire Bardos to act as the tribe’s “owner’s representative” in several construction projects at the Spotlight 29 Casino. When additional construction or construction oversight became necessary in relation to casino projects, Bardos submitted proposals to perform the work, and Kovall persuaded the tribe to give Bardos the contracts. After being paid by the tribe, Bardos paid kickbacks to Heslop who, in turn, paid kickbacks to Kovall though Shambaugh.

The indictment alleges that in 2007 Bardos paid Heslop more than $186,577, most of which was then funneled to Shambaugh.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to the prosecution of corruption and fraud in all of their guises,” said United States Attorney André Birotte, Jr. ‘This case demonstrates that our commitment extends to vigorously pursuing cases against unscrupulous individuals who abuse their positions to take advantage of Native American tribes.”

The indictment charges all four defendants with conspiracy. Additionally, Kovall, Bardos, and Shambaugh are charged with eight counts of bribery, while Heslop is charged with 16 counts of bribery. In addition to the conspiracy and bribery charges based on the kickback scheme, Bardos is charged with eight counts of money laundering, Heslop is charged with seven counts of money laundering, and Shambaugh is charged with two counts money laundering.

“IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to aggressively investigating those individuals who conspire to commit bribery and launder those illicit funds to hide their criminal activities,” said Leslie P. Demarco, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Field Office. “IRS-CI will continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that all who secure lucrative contracts play by the same rules.”

Steven Martinez, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, stated, “The charges allege the defendants in this case deprived the victims—the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians—of honest leadership and took advantage of their positions of trust by lining their own pockets with the tribe’s money, including government funding designated for necessary services. The FBI will continue to work with our partners at the IRS and the United States Attorney’s Office to protect groups targeted through corrupt practices and investigate those responsible.”

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

If they are convicted of all counts in the indictment:

  • Kovall would face a maximum statutory sentence of 75 years in feeral prison and a fine of $2 million;
  • Heslop would face a statutory maximum sentence of 225 years in federal prison and a fine of $5.75 million;
  • Bardos would face a statutory maximum sentence of 155 years in federal prison and a fine of $4 million; and
  • Shambaugh would face a statutory maximum sentence of 105 years in federal prison and a fine of $2.75 million.

The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

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TLR Note:

Sources familiar with the situation theorized the above mentioned indictment came about as part of a scheme involving Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis, confederates Howard Dickstein/Jeannine English, John Keker ; as well as other operatives within the Democratic Party. 

The objective of said scheme:

1) John Keker will be summoned as defense counsel.

2) Howard Dickstein to assume control of the Tribe/Casino.

3) As consideration, Keker/Dickstein will funnel money to Diane Fienstein’s re-election campaign.

The Leslie Brodie Report rejects the above, to wit:

While It is common knowledge that Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis is under the  control of John Keker/Jon Streeter/Thomas Girardi and is otherwise a confederate of Jeannine English — spouse of tribal gambling attorney Howard Dickstein  — TLR nevertheless reject the above mentioned plausible scenario as only recently the FEDS/IRS also investigated  a similar scheme at Thunder Valley Casino — which is otherwise under the control of Howard Dickstein. 

Please see @:  http://tinyurl.com/bpjuulu

Howard Dickstein of J Street Gang of Greed — also member of J Street’s PAC– a left-wing Israel advocacy group which endorsed Dianne Feinstein (Note: 1- Google connection as is KVN 2- As alluded earlier,Dickstein-Feinstein Connection 3-Cotchett ?)

 This year, 23 neophytes have paid $3,480 each for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the doyenne of Congress’ Jewish contingent, who has held the seat since 1992. Under new rules, the top two vote-getters in today’s primary will proceed to the general election in November—regardless of party registration. With the opposition candidates all polling below 5 percent, that opens up a window of opportunity for long-shot gadflies to make it to the general election ballot.

The list includes Orly Taitz, the Soviet Jewish émigré who styles herself the queen of the birther movement, and Nachum Shifren, formerly known as Norm, a native Malibu surf rat and Hasidic rabbi who, according to London’s Jewish Chronicle, once worked as a driver for the extremist leader Meir Kahane and more recently traveled to Britain to rally with the English Defence League, a nationalist, anti-Islam group. “Many of the other candidates,” said Jack Pitney, a political-science professor at Claremont McKenna College, “are an organic mix of nuts and vegetables.”

The likelihood that Feinstein will actually be unseated is accordingly negligible. She is one of the most popular politicians in the state, and despite being the victim of a $4.5 million campaign-funds embezzlement scam, she holds a cash advantage of $2.5 million over the official candidate of the state Republican Party, an autism activist named Elizabeth Emken. All of which explains why the announcement late last week that Feinstein had accepted the endorsement of the left-wing Israel advocacy group J Street was met not with the vitriol many pro-Israel groups heaped on Democrat Joe Sestak, J Street’s candidate in Pennsylvania’s 2010 Senate race, but with silence.

 

J Street, which launched in 2008 with ambitions to act as a progressive counterweight to the behemoth American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has struggled to find entree with Congress’ senior players. Feinstein lends them much-needed gravitas. “J Street is establishing itself as an element of the mainstream Jewish community,” said J Street’s head, Jeremy Ben-Ami.

J Street made its approach in April, after Feinstein wrote an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle defending Obama’s diplomatic approach toward Iran. “Her views were very close, if not identical, to J Street’s,” said Howard Dickstein, a board member of J Street’s political action committee and Sacramento lawyer who made his fortune representing Indian tribal gambling interests. “I don’t think she has to be fearful of any kind of retaliation or pushback.” Dickstein was joined in making the ask by J Street advisory board member Carol Winograd, a retired Stanford University professor of medicine and biology whose husband, Terry, served as a Ph.D. adviser to Google co-founder Larry Page. (Together, the Winograds have given more than $600,000 to Democratic causes in the past three cycles.)

 

Please continue @

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/101527/j-streets-new-senate…

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Separately, and was reported  here earlier, Howard Dickstein, a widely-known but controversial figure within California’s Tribal Gambling industry, has been named a defendant in a suit seeking unspecified monetary damages. Also named as defendant is Dickstein’s wife, Sacramento-based lobbyist Jeannine English.

The lawsuit alleges that Dickstein and English executed a scheme that caused injury to the Plaintiff, a Southern California resident who claims his privacy and constitutional rights were “egregiously violated.”


The Elliott Building, 1530 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. The building is owned by Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properly Group.  Currently, the Elliott Building is occupied on separate floors by the offices of Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman, Arlen Opper, Doug Elmets, Paula Lorenzo of Cache Creek Casino, and The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA).
Dickstein, Friedman, and Opper were all named defendants in the matter of Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians / Cache Creek Casino v. Howard Dickstein. The penthouse unit is the official residence of California’s first couple — Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.  and his wife. (Image: courtesy photo)

Specifically, the suit alleges that in order to camouflage a scheme and make it appear as though it is purely a mundane action by a governmental agency and was not designed to conceal Dickstein’s and English’s own acts of malfeasance, greed, and betrayal, defendants resorted to abusing their considerable “political and legal clout.”

This clout was presumably obtained as a result of the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars from myriad Tribal Casinos to various state and local governmental agencies/officials, as well as from English’s position as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and the fact that the president of the State Bar of California, Jon Streeter, and his firm of Keker & Van Nest, represent Howard Dickstein. This , the plaintiff alleges, shows “malice and oppression” on the part of defendants sufficient to justify an award of punitive damages.

Dickstein , who is no stranger to litigation, has been previously named a defendant in a suit advanced by his client, members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nations (formerly known as the Ramsey Band of Wintun Indians), which owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, California, an unincorporated community in Yolo County.

In that action, the plaintiffs — who were represented by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and legal ethics expert Michael Boli — alleged that Dickstein engaged in myriad fraudulent conduct, concealment, conversion (i.e. a non-criminal term referring to the act of theft), breaches of fiduciary duties, misrepresentations, and unjustly enriching himself with tribal money by defrauding the tribe of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

According to media reports, Tribal Administrator Greg Baker — a Dickstein confederate — disallowed a tribe-funded mailing of a campaign mailer that claims the United Auburn Indian Community has been “bamboozled by an attorney [Howard Dickstein] more interested in filling his garage with Ferraris than serving the interest of our tribe, and the greed of a tribal council that rubber stamps his decision and no longer looks after our best interests.”

Baker, who as it turned out was involved in a separate and unrelated financial scheme, was recently suspended following on the heels of an IRS investigation into allegations of fraud and money-laundering. In affidavits filed by an IRS investigator, it was alleged that Baker was part of a scheme to over-bill the casino/tribe by more than $18 million, which would later be “kicked-back.”

Roman Porter — a long time ally and confederate of California Democratic Party operative Joseph Dunn of embattled online publication Voice of OC who now serves as the executive director of the State Bar of California — was recently hired as Thunder Valley Casino’s new tribal administrator.

The J Street Gang of Greed

In approximately 2004, as part of an effort to revitalize its downtown area, the city of Sacramento poured three million dollars into subsidies for the renovation of the “Elliott Building” located at 1530 J Street in Sacramento.  The project was initiated by Mark Friedman of Sacramento-based Fulcrum Property Group and a few of his business partners.

Howard Dicstein, Jerry Brown, Mark Friedman, Doug Elmets
(L-R) California Governor Jerry Brown, Howard Dickstein of Dickstein & Zerbi, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property and Doug Elmets (Image:courtesy photos)

Friedman, a man of despicable character, may be a stranger to readers, but he is no stranger to The Leslie Brodie Report given that he was one of the  named defendants in the case of Rumsey vs. Dickstein, which deals primarily with allegations of years of fraud and deceit by Dickstein against his client, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

One example of such a scheme allegedly perpetrated by Dickstein and Friedman against the tribe deals with a parcel of land situated in West-Sacramento  known as “The Triangle,” an otherwise prime location facing the Sacramento River.

The tribe was urged by defendants Dickstein and its financial advisor Arlen Opper to enter into yet another business relationship with Friedman, through which a parcel of land in “The Triangle” was purchased.  The tribe would own 50% and Friedman and his extended would own 50% of the property.

At one point, Mark Friedman asked the tribe for a favor (or as he put it, an “accommodation”), by which the tribe would sell and Friedman would purchase the tribe’s 50% share in “The Triangle.”

Friedman’s excuse  for seeking the “accommodation” was very simple — he wanted to reduce the amount of money he would  owe the Internal Revenue Service.  Friedman had just sold a different piece of real estate, and  needed to quickly invest the money in real estate (or as he referred to it, to “park” the money ) in a separate property for a period of several years as is allowed by IRS rules; at the period, the tribe would be allowed to buy the property back for the same price for which it was sold to Friedman per a “buy back option.”

Dickstein and Opper recommended that the tribe “accommodate” Friedman, and Friedman consequently purchased the property from the tribe.

Per their written agreement, the tribe was given the option to buy back the property within one year.  However, the tribe did not buy back the property within one as  a result of a failure by Arlen Opper and Howard Dickstein — the attorney for the tribe who was in possession of the written agreement — to inform the tribe when the time period expired so that the tribe could buy back the property.  Notably, the property had increased in value “exponentially” during this period.

Later,  after the “buy back option” had expired, the tribe realized that it had missed the deadline to buy back its 50% share of the property, and sought to do so at that time.  However, Mark Friedman refused to sell it back, claiming that the tribe had missed its deadline.

 

Fox News: Orly Taitz among frontrunners to challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in California

Polls on Monday suggested that noted “birther” Orly Taitz could win the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, despite expectations a new primary system being used in California would result in more moderates.

Feinstein, 78, faces 23 challengers, 14 of them Republicans, on Tuesday in her bid for a fourth term in Washington, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Behind Feinstein — who has a large lead, according to polls — Republican Taitz is among the frontrunners to take second place. Whoever finishes second — irrespective of the party they represent — wins the right to go head-to-head with Feinstein.

Taitz, 51, said her campaign didn’t focus on her belief that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as his birth certificate showed, but that “we live in such a time of massive corruption that uncovering illegal actions and providing evidence to courts is somehow an embarrassment. I see it as the right thing to do.”

 

Please continue @:

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/18700966/noted-birther-among-frontrunners-to-ch…

 

Related story, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/10/28/orly-taitz-announces-run-for-u-s-se…

Dan Maguire — Yolo County Superior Court Judge – Former Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Arnold Schwarzenegger – Justified a Denial of Request from The Associated Press Under the California Public Records Act

Feb 15, 2009

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Billions of dollars are headed to California from the federal stimulus bill, but state officials will not say how they plan to spend the money.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office refused a request from The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act to list in detail the projects the administration says will benefit. On Friday, the administration told some state agencies and departments to refuse comment about where the money would go.

The stimulus bill is expected to send more than $26 billion to California, according to California congressional offices. That amount is nearly one-quarter of the state’s general fund in any given year.

It includes $2.6 billion for highways, roads and bridges, $4.8 billion to repair school and university buildings, and $2 billion for state and local governments to buy foreclosed and vacant homes, according to the office Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The plan includes $10 billion for California Medicaid recipients, $10 billion to help the state’s public schools and fund federal grants for college students, and $1 billion for mass transit.

Other highlights include $444 million for water projects, $324 million for affordable housing and $127 million for community construction projects.

California also can apply for a share of $8 billion for intercity and high-speed rail grants.

In a January letter to then President-elect Barack Obama, Schwarzenegger said California had $44 billion worth of “ready-to-start” construction projects and other investments.

The AP subsequently sent a formal request for the specific projects that allowed the administration to arrive at the $44 billion cost estimate. The governor’s office rejected the AP’s request in a Feb. 2 letter.

Daniel Maguire, the administration’s deputy legal affairs secretary, said the documents were internal drafts, adding “disclosure would chill critical communications to and within the Governor’s Office, thereby harming the public interest.”

Schwarzenegger’s letter to Obama said California was prepared to spend $11.8 billion for energy and energy-efficiency projects, $11 billion for roads, transit and rail construction, $4 billion for health care, $8.5 billion in water and sewer projects, $1.1 billion in education and more than $5 billion in airport, park and public-safety projects.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/39596657.html

 

History of Jewish Community of San Francisco (TLR Note: Notice Kathryn Werdegar; Mount Zion — Later Institute on Aging; Not listed is Diane Feinstein’s Husband — UC Regent’s Richard Blum; Similar to Larry Barry Jerry Arrangmnet in So. Cal @ 1st Century

Supervisor Feinstein would later become San Francisco’s third Jewish mayor, following Adolph Sutro and Washington Bartlett, after the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. In 1992 Feinstein was elected as one of California’s two U.S. Senators, the other being Barbara Boxer of Marin County. No other state has ever featured a contingent of two female Jewish U.S. Senators. San Francisco also had two Jewish state senators in the persons of Milton Marks and Quentin Kopp, and three members of the House of Representatives, with Sala Burton, Tom Lantos, and Barbara Boxer all representing San Francisco in Congress. The California Supreme Court, which meets in San Francisco, has had five Jewish justices: Joseph Grodin, Stanley Mosk, Marcus Sloss, Matthew Tobriner, and Kay Werdegar. One Jewish San Franciscan, Stephen Breyer, currently serves as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

 

Please see full story @:

http://www.sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/j/jews3.htm

Republished — November 22, 2011 — Article Re 1 – Kinde Durkee Seeks Stay 2- TLR Criticism of Controversial Suit by Cotchett Against Durkee (TLR Note: May Be Partial Motive Behind Cotchett’s Nancy Fineman Seeking to Cause Injury to TLR/YR via Jeff Reisig

Republished — November 22, 2011 — Article Re 1 – Kinde Durkee Seeks Stay 2- TLR’s Criticism of Controversial Suit by Cotchett Against Durkee (TLR Note: May Be Partial Motive Behind Cotchett’s Nancy Fineman Seeking to Cause Injury to TLR/YR  via Jeff Reisig’s Posse)

 

See original @:

http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/judge-imposes-limitations-on-senator-diane-fe

 

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf  has granted  Kinde Durkee’s request to postpone her deposition indefinitely, reports LA Weekly.  See http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/11/kinde_durkee_dianne_feinstein.php

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Jose Solorio and Larissa Parecki

Mr. Jose Solorio (left) and CaliforniaALL‘s Larissa Parecki (center) during an event sponsored by funds CaliforniaALL contributed to the UCI Foundation.  Presently, criminal charges are pending against Kindee Dupree for the alleged embezzlement of nearly $700,000 in campaign funds from Solorio. (Image: courtesy photo)

In the the suit, filed by Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, plaintiffs lash out at First California Bank, Durkee & Associates, Kinde Durkee, John Forgy, and Matthew Lemcke.

Additionally, and in a clear attempt to avoid personal responsibility for their own convenient failures to detect the prolonged and wide spread embezzlement, plaintiffs/prophets also claim that:

“Investigation will reveal other professionals, including attorneys, accountants, and additional banks had full knowledge of the wrongful acts committed by Durkee & Associates and the individuals.”

Orly Taitz — Future US Senator from the State of California — Hereby Asked to Opine on Circumstances Involving Senator Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein , Kinde Durkee, and Questionable Suit Advanced by Cotche Pitre & McArthy on Behalf of Senator Feinstei

As part of a journalistic inquiry, The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks Ms Orly Taitz  to opine on  events surrounding Kinde Durkee, Senator Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein, and related lawsuit.

Please observe that, rather than contacting you directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.  Any opinion or observation can be sent to lesliebrodie@gmx.com

 

Wikipedia’s Profile of US District Court Judge, Hon. Lucy Koh (TLR Note: Former Business Partner of Keker & Van Nest’s Jan Little’s Spouse — Rory Little; Nominated by Holly Fujie/Eric George)

Lucy Haeran Koh
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 9, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Ronald M. Whyte
Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County
In office
2008–2010
Appointed by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded by Randolf Rice
Personal details
Born 1968
Washington, D.C.
Spouse(s) Mariano-Florentino Cuellar
Alma mater Harvard College (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Lucy Haeran Koh (born 1968) is a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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[edit] Early life and education

Born in Washington, D.C., Koh earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1990 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1993.[1][2]

[edit] Professional career

From 1993 until 1994, Koh worked for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. From 1994 until 1997, Koh worked for the United States Department of Justice, first as a Special Counsel in the Office of Legislative Affairs (1994-1996) and then as a Special Assistant to the United States Deputy Attorney General (1996-1997).[3]

From 1997 until 2000, Koh served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. From 2000 until 2002, she worked as a Senior Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a Palo Alto, California law firm. From 2002 until 2008, Koh worked as a litigation partner at the Silicon Valley office of the law firm McDermott Will & Emery representing technology companies in patent, trade secret and commercial civil matters.[4]

In January 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Koh a judge on the Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County, a position she held until becoming a U.S. district judge in 2010.[3]

[edit] Nomination to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California

On January 20, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Koh on the recommendation of California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Judge Ronald M. Whyte, who assumed senior status in 2009.[2] On March 4, 2010, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move her nomination to the full Senate.[5]

The Senate confirmed Koh in a 90-0 vote on June 7, 2010.[6] She received her commission on June 9, 2010.

[edit] Personal

Koh is married to Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.[7] She is the first Asian American United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of California, the first District Court Judge of Korean descent in the United States, and the second Korean American federal judge, after Herbert Choy of the Ninth Circuit.[8]

California Democrats and Sordid John Burton already thinking endorsements

Just to drive home the point, Party Chairman John Burton lays out Democrats’ goals this year in a letter to candidates and those eligible to vote on endorsements: re-elect Sen. Dianne Feinstein, regain the majority in the House, beef up Democratic majorities in the state Senate and the Assembly, and “compete in newly crafted districts across the state.”

2008 — Holly Fujie named chair of judicial selection committee which will screen potential federal judges

Fujie to Chair Judicial Selection Group for Feinstein

 

By KENNETH OFGANG, Staff Writer

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein yesterday named State Bar President Holly J. Fujie to chair a committee that will screen potential federal judicial nominees in the Central District of California.

Feinstein’s office released the first details on the process that will be used to recommend candidates for appointment as district judges, U.S. attorneys, and U.S. marshals in the four districts of California during the Obama administration.

When Bill Clinton was president, Feinstein and fellow Democrat Barbara Boxer used separate screening committees and alternated recommendations for district judgeships, while each senator recommended U.S. attorneys for two of the districts and marshals for the other two.

Bipartisan Committee

When George W. Bush captured the presidency, the senators and Gerald Parsky, the chairman of Bush’s California campaign, agreed on a bipartisan committee to recommend district judges, which will fade into oblivion with the return of a Democrat to the White House and the election of a large Democratic majority in the Senate. Parsky oversaw the process of recommending U.S. attorneys and marshals, assisted by Beverly Hills attorney Eric George.

Boxer has not yet announced details as to the selection process she will employ for recommending persons to fill the positions.

Fujie, who served on Feinstein’s committee during the Clinton years and on the bipartisan committee during the current administration, said she had accepted the post because “one of the most important things you can do is to find great candidates for federal judge and U.S. attorney.”

She noted that the committee—which also includes retired U.S. District Judge Lourdes G. Baird, retired Court of Appeal Justice Elwood Lui, and attorneys Yolanda Orozco and Bart Williams—is diverse in terms of party affiliation, ethnicity, and gender and said the committee will work to assure that the applicant pool is also.

“We are looking for the very best people,” Fujie explained. “I am proud that the senator has never given any instructions other than ‘Get the best possible people.’ It’s not political. It’s not about who you know.”

Diverse Membership

Fujie, Orozco, and Williams are Democrats; Baird and Lui are Republicans. Fujie and Lui are of Asian ancestry, Orozco and Baird are Hispanic, and Williams is African American.

Fujie is a commercial litigator and partner at Buchalter Nemer Fields and Young. Lui and Orozco are both partners at Jones Day, Baird is an arbitrator and mediator at JAMS, and Williams is a partner at at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he served as co-managing partner from 2005 through 2007.

While there is no timetable for making recommendations—the district will have three judicial vacancies when Judge Alicemarie Stotler takes senior status next week—Fujie noted that the new committee is getting an earlier start than its predecessors.

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http://www.metnews.com/articles/2008/fuji123008.htm

Queens Bench Bar Association of San Francisco Lists Justice Joyce Kennard as Lifetime Member (TLR Note: Highly Questionable Entity, Connection to Loretta Giorgi, Judith Epstein, Howard Rice’s Simona Agnolucci — In short, ex-parte misandrist)

A Touching Story from the Silent Auction at the 80th Past President’s Dinner

ANNUAL JUDGES’ DINNER
Each year Queen’s Bench hosts this evening event to provide a forum for the outstanding women of our time to address our membership and the local judiciary. This is our largest yearly event, attended by several hundred of the most active and committed members of the local legal community, members of the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, fifty to sixty trial court judges, as well as those holding political offices on the state and local level.

Previous speakers for this event include California Supreme Court Justices Joyce Kennard (a lifetime Queen’s Bench member) and Kathryn Werdegar, Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder of Colorado, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, former Dean of Stanford School of Law Kathleen Sullivan, former Planned Parenthood president Faye Wattleton, author Susan Faludi and attorney Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe v. Wade before the United States Supreme Court.

Generally, this event is held in May of each year. The speaker is always a woman of substance and stature, speaking to us about issues of interest and importance to women in general and women attorney’s in particular.

CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
We hold this yearly reception to welcome California’s recent bar admittees into the ranks, to welcome new members into Queen’s Bench, and to swear in the incoming Queen’s Bench officers and directors. This is always a fun event to which we invite the local legal community and judiciary.

LEAADD DINNER
The name of this annual event is an acronym for women “Lawyers, Engineers, Accountants, Architects, Doctors, and Dentists.” In the early 1950’s members of the Women’s Physicians of San Francisco invited women lawyers from Queen’s Bench to a luncheon to discuss issues common to both professions. This gathering became an annual tradition and was expanded to include engineers, architects, accountants, dentists and women from all other professions.

Throughout the years the LEAADD annual meetings have featured outstanding speakers who have addressed topics of current interest to women. There have been many notable speakers, including former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Rose Bird; author, Jessica Mitford; former State Treasurer, Kathleen Brown; former National Organization for Women President, Ginny Foat; and Chez Panisse owner and chef, Alice Waters.

The goal of the LEAADD annual meeting is to create an opportunity for professional women to meet, to hear speakers on topics of special interest to all women, to network with women from other professions, and to develop leadership and team building skills.

PAST PRESIDENTS’ DINNER
Generally held in the fall of the year, this is an annual event specifically designed to honor our history by honoring and featuring our Past Presidents. As the oldest women’s bar association in the United States, we have a proud history of working always to advance the interests of women and children in the law and in society in general. We make a special effort at this dinner to encourage the older, less active members to attend so that they can share their stories with the newer members. Part of the dinner’s tradition is that the Past Presidents in attendance wear hats.

The 1996 Past Presidents’ Dinner was combined with the 75th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 75 years of active involvement in the fight for women’s equality and rights. The Gala boasted singing by the Past President’s Chorus, a video created by Queen’s Bench members about Queen’s Bench history, and featured speaker Bella Abzug. It seemed particularly appropriate that former Congresswoman Abzug should speak at a Past President’s Dinner. Ms. Abzug has long been noted for her hats, in addition to her unwavering fight to advance the interests of women.

Another component of this annual dinner is the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to a Queen’s Bench member whose work in furthering the interests of women is above and beyond the expected and ordinary. We also invite and introduce the law students who were that year’s recipients of our various Queen’s Bench scholarships.

Laura Chick’s federal campaign contribution

Contributor Candidate or PAC Amount Date FEC Filing Chick, Laura
Los Angeles, CA 90039
State of California/Inspector Gener BASS, KAREN (D)
House (CA 33)
KAREN BASS FOR CONGRESS $500
primary 03/24/10 Chick, Laura N
Los Angeles, CA 90017
City of Los Angeles/City Controller OBAMA, BARACK (D)
President
OBAMA VICTORY FUND $2,300
primary 09/22/08 Laura Chick Officeholder, City Con
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles City Officeholder Accou OBAMA, BARACK (D)
President
OBAMA FOR AMERICA $1,000
primary 06/06/07 Chick, Laura
Los Angeles, CA 90017
City Of Los Angeles/Council Member
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE (D) $250
primary 02/24/05 Chick, Laura N
Los Angeles, CA 90012
City of Los Angeles/LA City Control KERRY, JOHN F (D)
President
KERRY VICTORY 2004 $1,000
primary 08/06/04 Chick, Laura
Los Angeles, CA 90012
City of Los Angeles/City Controller
CARDOZA FOR CONGRESS (D) $750
general 10/25/02 CHICK, LAURA
LOS ANGELES, CA 90017
CITY OF LOS ANGELES FEINSTEIN, DIANNE (D)
Senate – CA
FEINSTEIN FOR SENATE $1,000
primary 07/09/99 CHICK, LAURA NEWMAN
TARZANA, CA 91356
LAWYERS MUTUAL INSURANCE BOXER, BARBARA (D)
Senate – CA
BARBARA BOXER FOR U S SENATE $200
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House (CA 24)
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Meet Ninth Circuit Judge Kim Wardlaw (Wife of Bill Wardlaw — the Very Able Treasurer of Dianne Feinstein’s Campaign)

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein found herself added to the list of lawmakers suspected of congressional insider

Copy of 2007-2008 Final Audit Report of the Commission on the Democratic Party of Orange County (Were Red Flags Intentionally Ignored by Jose Solorio, Dianne Feinstein? Was Joe Dunn Aware of Wrongdoing?)

United States Senate Judiciary Committee Members (TLR Note-Sources: Members to Be Notified RE 1- Aspirant Rory Little 2-Aspirant Jon Streeter 3- In Re Girardi 4-Jerome Falk of Howard Rice 5- CaliforniaALL 6 – Prior 2007 Actions by Kinde Durkee and Suit by

Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont

LeahyThumbPatrick J. Leahy (D) of Vermont was elected to the Senate in 1974.  Leahy is the current Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since January 2007.  He also served as Chairman from June 2001 through January 2003.  A graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964).  He served for eight years as State’s Attorney in Chittenden County, Vermont.  He gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States (1974).  Leahy has been a longtime advocate for government transparency, and he has authored and advocated a wide range of anti-crime and anti-drug initiatives.  Leahy is also a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Committee on Rules and Administration.

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Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

GrassleyThumbChuck Grassley (R) of Iowa was elected to the Senate in 1980.  He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1955; M.A. 1956) and has been a longtime farmer in Iowa.  Since coming to the Senate in 1980, Grassley has worked to bring oversight to government spending, and has championed whistleblowers in government and in the private sector.  He has also been an advocate for protecting consumers.  Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.  He also serves on the Finance Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin

KohlThumbHerb Kohl (D) of Wisconsin was elected to the Senate in 1988.  Kohl earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1956) and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University (1958).  He is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.  Kohl has been recognized as a strong advocate for children’s issues, and has focused on anti-crime legislation, especially crimes related to kids.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee, and chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah

HatchThumbOrrin G. Hatch (R) of Utah was elected to the Senate in 1976.  He is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and of the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  He practiced law in Pittsburgh for several years before moving to Utah.  Since his election to the Senate, Hatch has worked to provide tools for the military to combat terrorism, advocated for resources to protect our children, and championed intellectual property protections and enforcement.  He serves as the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, and is also a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Dianne Feinstein, D-California

FeinsteinThumbDianne Feinstein (D) of California was elected to the Senate in 1992.  She is a former two-time mayor of San Francisco.  During her years in the Senate, Feinstein has worked to help strengthen national security, combat crime and violence, battle cancer and protect natural resources across the country.  Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

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Jon Kyl, R-Arizona

KylThumbJon Kyl of Arizona was elected to the Senate in 1994.  He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Kyl is the second-ranking member of the Senate Republican leadership.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received both his bachelor’s and law degrees.  His work in the Senate includes efforts related to immigration enforcement, protecting the environment, and legislative initiatives to protect crime victims’ rights.  Kyl is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.  He is also a member of the Finance Committee.

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Chuck Schumer, D-New York

SchumerThumbChuck Schumer (D) of New York was elected to the Senate in 1998.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he first served in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate.  Schumer chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.  He has a long legislative record in combating crime and advocating for women’s rights.  Schumer is the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration.  He also serves on the Finance Committee and the Banking Committee.

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Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama

SessionsThumbJeff Sessions (R) of Alabama was elected to the Senate in 1996.  He is a graduate of Huntingdon College (1969) and received his law degree from the University of Alabama (1973).  Sessions served in the Army Reserve for 13 years, and was a United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama for 12 years.  In the Senate, Sessions has focused on maintaining a strong military and working to improve and stimulate the nation’s economy.  Sessions is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  He is the Ranking Member on the Senate Budget Committee, and is a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee.

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Dick Durbin, D-Illinois

DurbinThumbDick Durbin of Illinois was elected to the Senate in 1996.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University (1966) and Georgetown University Law Center (1969).  Prior to his election to the Senate, Durbin served in the House of Representatives for 14 years.  Durbin has championed many issues, including gun safety, improving health care, protecting consumers, fighting for farmers, and working for a fair tax code.  Durbin chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.  He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and Committee on Rules and Administration.  Durbin is the second-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership.

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Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina

GrahamThumbLindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina was elected to the Senate in 2002.  He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  He served for six and one half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer.  He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994.  Since his election to Congress, Graham has worked to adequately fund and prepare the military, and has been active in education policy.  Graham is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Aging, and the Budget Committee.

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Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island

WhitehouseThumbSheldon Whitehouse (D) of Rhode Island was elected to the Senate in 2006.  Whitehouse chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law.  He is a former United States Attorney for Rhode Island.  Whitehouse has been an advocate for environmental protection, health and conservation throughout his career.  Whitehouse is the Chairman of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee.  He also serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Budget Committee.

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John Cornyn, R-Texas

CornynThumbJohn Cornyn (R) of Texas was elected to the Senate in 2002.  He is a graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary’s School of Law, both in San Antonio.  He also earned a Masters of Law from the University of Virginia Law School (1995).  Since his election to the Senate, Cornyn has worked on issues related to border security, accessible health care, and improving educational opportunities.  Cornyn is a member of the Senate Republican leadership.  He is the Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.  He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota

KlobucharThumbAmy Klobuchar (D) of Minnesota was elected to the Senate in 2006.  She is the first woman elected to the Senate from Minnesota.  She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1982 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985.  In the Senate, Klobuchar has worked to protect consumers, strengthen veterans’ health and education benefits, create a strong safety net for farmers, and invest in the energy technologies that will create new jobs.  Before her election to the Senate, Klobuchar served as a partner on two of Minnesota’s leading law firms, and led Minnesota’s largest prosecutor’s office for eight years.  Klobuchar is the chair of the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  She is also a member of the Agriculture Committee, the Commerce Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

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Michael S. Lee, R-Utah

LeeThumbMichael S. Lee (R) of Utah was elected to the Senate in 2010.  Lee graduated from Bringham Young University, and earned a law degree from BYU’s Law School in 1997.  He clerked for Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and for then-Judge Samuel Alito on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He worked in private practice and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  He also served as Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s General Counsel.  Lee is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.  Lee also serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. 

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Al Franken, D-Minnesota

FrankenThumbAl Franken of Minnesota was elected to the Senate in 2008.  He graduated from Harvard in 1973.  Before running for the Senate, Franken spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host, and participated in seven USO tours, visiting troops overseas in German, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Uzbekistan, as well as visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait four times.  Since his election to the Senate, Franken has advocated for affordable, accessible health care and affordable education.  He is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.  Franken is also a member of the Energy Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Indian Affairs Committee.

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Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma

CoburnThumbTom Coburn (R) or Oklahoma was elected to the Senate in 2004.  He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (1970) and the University of Oklahoma Medical School (1983).  Coburn was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994, where he served until his election to the Senate.  He has been an advocate for balancing the federal budget and improving health care access and affordability.  Coburn is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.  He is also a member of the Finance Committee and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

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Christopher A. Coons, D-Delaware

CoonsThumbChristopher A. Coons (D) of Delaware was elected to the Senate in 2010.  He graduated from Amherst College in 1985, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale University Law School in 1992.  He also received a Master’s degree in Ethics from Yale Divinity School in 1992.  He has worked in the non-profit sector and as an attorney.  From 2001-2004, Coons served as the President of the New Castle County Council, and from 2005-2010, he served as the County Executive of New Castle County.  Coons also serves on the Energy Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut

BlumenthalThumbRichard Blumenthal (D) of Connecticut was elected to the Senate in 2010.  Blumenthal graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.  He is a former five-term state Attorney General in Connecticut.  he served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1984-1987, and in the Connecticut Senate from 1987-1990.  He is also a former U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.  Blumenthal also serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.

 

List of Current Members of United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Members, 112th Congress

The Committee is chaired by Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont and the Ranking Member is Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Majority Minority

Source: 2011 Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Page S557

Judge Imposes Limitations on Senator Diane Feinstein’s Contreversial Lawsuit Filed by Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy Against Kinde Durkee

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf  has granted  Kinde Durkee’s request to postpone her deposition indefinitel, reports LA Weekly.  

See http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/11/kinde_durkee_dianne_feinstein.php

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In the the suit, filed by Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, plaintiffs lash out at First California Bank, Durkee & Associates, Kinde Durkee, John Forgy, and Matthew Lemcke.

Additionaly, and in a clear attempt to avoid personal responsibility for their own convenient failures to detect the prolonged and wide spread embezzlement, plaintiffs/prophets also claim that:

“Investigation will reveal other professionals, including attorneys, accountants, and additional banks had full knowledge of the wrongful acts committed by Durkee & Associates and the individuals.”

 

 

 

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