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13-03-11 California – Dr. Joe Zernik : Widespread corruption of bankers, attorneys, and judges – Dan Dydzak’s Petition for Extraordinary Writ to SCOTUS [ TLR Note: 1. Overall, writ is coherent, digestible – unlike prior Turduckens. Well done, Dydzak 2. As TLR possesses only partial knowledge of facts and characters mentioned in original suit, it can only vouch (and hereby vouches) for credibility and veracity of familiar factual allegations. In short, Dydzak’s suit has some factual merit. 3. As such, when federal courts (District Court Judge Manuel Real ; Ninth Circuit Judges Mary Murguia and Alfred Goodwin) stoop to such low level in order to deprive a party of most basic and minimal due process is unconscionable, alarming. 4. Since many of original named defendants / chief-judge of federal circuit allegedly orchestrating legal jujitsu against Dydzak are children of Holocaust survivors, anyone left to recite “First they came…” ?]

13-03-11 Dydzak’s SCOTUS Petition, asking for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor in re: widespread corruption of judges and attorney in California.

Among those named in the Petition: Bet Tzedek (The Los Angeles “House of Justice”) and its current and former presidents Sandor Samuels and David Pasternak, also – Allan Rothenberg, USDC Judge Manuel Real… Also Kim Wardlaw. and DC Judges. Ron Branson’s complaint is attached as an Exhibit vs Judge Manuel Real, as well as Propublica investigation of misconduct.

Sandor Samuels, David Pasternak, and Bet Tzedek are RICO ACT defendants in the original Complaint, and they feature prominently also in the Writ (see pages 36,62-63,8,95,101-106,161,253,261).
Bet Tzedek, its current president Sandor Samuels, and its former president David Pasternak also feature in numerous other complaints alleging racketeering.

Link to petition @:

http://tinyurl.com/cpjjsvy

Source @:

http://inproperinla.blogspot.de/2013/03/13-03-11-dydzaks-petition-for.html

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Litigant Assails Los Angeles Superior Family Court Judge Holly Fujie [TLR Note:Fujie is a former partner of Buchalter Nemer, where she practiced very little Insurance Fraud — i.e no ongoing involvement in major cases. Her role was to serve as the “token” Asian at Buchalter — an otherwise Jewish firm. Part of “Fig-Leaf” to various financial schemes — as are other Asian-American females misused by others i.e. Ruthe Ashley, Patricia Lee, Leslie Hatamiya, etc. Her concurrent involvement with the State Bar Board of Governors, State Bar Trust Fund Commission, California Bar Foundation, and Bet Tzedek — which obtains money from both Cal Bar Trust Fund and Foundation — highly questionable (ditto, Shabbos goy Rex Heinke — former member of Cal Judicial Council) Especially since also present in the picture are Ronald George, Eric George, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century — a bank owned by Eric George and Alan Rothenberg. Per YR, a) Very clear Dan Dydzak is unlawfully prevented from developing his RICO case against the above, and it is clear someone is leading Dydzak astray. b) if Bet Tzedek is transferring embezzled money out of the US – is probably through Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust litigation c) YR once opined Fujie lacks self-respect and is, unfortunately, an embarrassment and exception to the Japanese culture and tradition.

How would you like to have her as the judge hearing your case like she is mine? I can tell you first hand she has no clue on family law and has no right to sit on the bench. She can judge others while she herself is being judged?

In reply to “It was revealed today that a former president of the State Bar of California and a U.S. federal judge are accused of conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of a California-based consumer activist.

In her currently-pending litigation, influential consumer activist Erin Baldwin accuses Holly Fujie and U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee of failing to disclose their close personal relationship to her, both separately and independent of one other.

These claims arose when Baldwin, a plaintiff, named Fujie as defendant in a federal court action which was assigned to the courtroom of United States District Court for the Central District of California, Hon. Judge Dolly Gee.

The claim of improprieties, published first by TLR, stems from recently-discovered evidence showing that both Fujie and Gee are members of the federal bar association’s board of directors, and are otherwise heavily involved in promoting each other in various APIA-only entities.

Previously, in a motion filed with the court, Baldwin already questioned Judge Dolly Gee’s impartiality, alleging that Judge Gee was appointed to the bench through the efforts of Holly Fujie — who serves as chairperson of a committee which recommends the appointment of federal judges to California Senator Diane Feinstein.

Baldwin has also pointed fingers at another member of said committee — Holly Fujie’s fellow confederate from Bet Tzedek, Eric George.

The latest allegations came as racial minorities in position of trust are routinely accused of intentional misrepresentation by failing to fulfill their duties to avoid any and all appearance of, let alone real, improprieties, and usually involving entities which are on the receiving end of money from large corporations, and usually utility companies. Most notable of which are “Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore, Judy Johnson, Leslie Hatamiya, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Maria Lucy Armendariz-Antonio Villaraigosa, Justice Ming Chin, Alec Chang, Lawrence Yee, former crack-addict Mike Nisperos. Pat McElroy, and U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England.

HOLLY FUJIE – Update

A former partner of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidentally, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

Source: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-los-angeles-county-superior-court-judge-holly-fujie-accused-of-misappropriation-of-funds-1350971970.html

TLR’s Reader Assails Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Fujie [TLR Note: Excellent comment – thank you. Even though Buchalter Nemer was behind and knew full well of Fujie’s various acts of grave misconduct i.e. various schemes (including financial schemes) to benefit Bet Tzedek, Lenders/ Banks/Banksters, Insurance Companies, CPUC, Utility Companies, California Democratic Party, Girardi/Ronald and Eric George/Goldman- Fienstein-Boxer-Pelosi Syndicates, fellow Asian-Americans, etc. Fujie appointed judge only after it became too risky, financially speaking, for the law firm of Buchalter Nemer to be associated with Fujie subsequent to being exposed by TLR/YR. Hence, Jerry Brown was given the order to appoint her and Judy Johnson as judges. Incidentally, at one point, Fujie stated to MetNews her whole life she fought to overcome the stereotype of quiet submissive Asian woman. Unfortunately, she failed given her entire career based on polishing shoes of her operators, in part, motivated by hate towards White America. Cure? — Right-Wing Media / White-Christian Senators from “Red States” who will scrutinize the US Attorney / FBI i.e. Jeff Sessions from Alabama — and NOT Anna Eshoo ]

Judge Holly Fujie is a FAMILY COURT judge. What in the world is a person who is being charged with these kinds of crimes doing deciding the fate of families and children?? There is clearly something wrong with someone who believes they are above the law, deciding on the law. Anti-social personalities should not have power over those who are most vulnerable like children. She needs to be taken off the bench while this litigation unfolds. It is completely inappropriate for her to still be deciding cases.

See complete story @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/02/20/revealed-holly-fujie-and-judge-dolly-gee-accused-of-grave-misconduct-the-world-according-to-erin-baldwin-part-12861843/#c18906790

Eric George in Addendum # 11 to Suspicious Financial Machinations Surrounding University of California Regent Richard Blum — Husband of Dianne Feinstein : UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies aka “IGS” [TLR Note: 1- Eric George part of IGS; 2- California Supreme Court Historical Society (“CSCHS”) headed by Ronald George, PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of CaliforniaALL, and Kay Werdegar forward money to IGS 3- In 2007 , CSCHS transfers the unusually high amount of $ 51, 720 to IGS — which YR is in the process of analyzing — may have been used to bribe Joseph Grodin in matter involving PG&E, Jerry Brown, Bill Lockyer, Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk and Amy Margolin 5. CSCHS also transfers funds to “University of California Board of Regents” 6- Separately, according to YR, CSCHS can’t treat expenses for services as “grants” or “donations” 7- Eric George remains under scrutiny in matters involving Toyota, In Re Girardi, Ocean Liners, Winnie the Pooh, Bet Tzedek, 1st. Century Bank, etc…]


UC BERKELEY INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENTAL STUDIES
: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Eric George
 California Supreme Court Historical Society

 California Supreme Court Historical Society / University of California2008 CSCHS

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Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson
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, Mark Robinson

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 RICO defendant Howard Dickstein — member of both Anti-Israel’s J Street PAC and J Street Gang of Greed, alongside Jerry Brown ; Dickstein’s wife, State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Member RICO defendant Jeannine English – Dickstein of AARP.


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


CityView / CB Richard Ellis:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein; CityView‘s Victor Miramontes, Chairman of CaliforniaALL; CityView’s Henry Cisneros

Ruthe Ashley aka Ruthe Catolico Ashley
CalPERS & CalSTRS
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein; CaliforniaALL’s Ruthe Catolico Ashley of CalPERS & CalSTRS

Jennifer DeMarre Jermaine of CaliforniaALL
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) / Zen Hospice Project :Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein; MapLight’s Andrew Page of Zen Hospice Project — a partner of UCSF, and Jennifer DeMarre Jermaine of both CaliforniaALL / Zen Hospice Project

Robert Hamilton of Allen MatkinsKarina Hamilton
CB Richard Ellis / Allen Matkins / UC Irvine:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein; Allen Matkins‘s Robert Hamilton and Spouse — Karina Hamilton of UC Irvine / Saturday Law Academy. EXIF Data obtained from Allen Matkins’ photo is a source of grave concern.


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS FOUNDATION
: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Yocha Dehe / Cache Creek Casino’s Chairman Marshall McKay, DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia, Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman — confederate of Howard Dickstein

UC Davis MIND Institute


UC Davis MIND Institute
— Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property (confederate of both CaliforniaALL’s accountant Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associated and Howard Dickstein – husband of Jeannine English) and Marjorie Solomon ( Mark Friedman’s spouse)

Ophelia Basgal of PG&E
THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Richard Blum / PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal of Sham CaliforniaALL / Ronald George / Kay Werdegar– Unusual movements of money from the California Supreme Court Historical Society to the University of California Board of Regents

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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Darrell Steinberg Wikipedia Profile [TLR Note: Steinberg 1) part of CaliforniaALL scheme / CAUSE 2) part of bevy of Jews (Laura Chick, Eric George, Mike Feuer, Mark Leno) who funnel questionable money from Cal Bar to Bet Tzedek 3) Part of CPUC /Utilities/ Cal Bar Money Connection 4) Operator of Gay-Godfather Dennis Mangers — co conspirator in crime to file false criminal charges against YR 5) confederate of Mark Friedman of Fulcrum 6) Cabal needed a Mongoloid, Holly Fujie-like, to boss around — hence picked Jayne Kim, and… Tani Cantil-Sakauye ]

Darrell Steinberg

Darrell Steven Steinberg (born October 15, 1959) is a Democratic politician from Sacramento, California. He is currently serving his second term in the California State Senate, representing the 6th District. He has been the Senate President Pro Tem since 2008. Steinberg had previously served as a member of the California State Assembly (1998–2004) and as a member of the Sacramento City Council (1992–1998).

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Education and early career

Steinberg received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall).[1]

Steinberg worked as an Employee Rights Attorney for the California State Employees Association for 10 years and as an Administrative Law Judge and mediator.

Steinberg served on the Sacramento City Council representing the 6th District, where he founded Sacramento START (Students Today Achieving Results for Tomorrow), a free literacy-based public/private after-school program.

California State Assembly

Darrell Steinberg was a member of the California State Assembly from 1998 until he was termed out in 2004.

Steinberg served as Chair of the Assembly Committees on Budget, Appropriations, Judiciary, Labor and Employment, and the Select Committee on High Priority Schools.[1] He authored 70 bills that were signed into law that included expansions to mental health, helping low performing schools, expanding after-school programs, extending Title IX, creating the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air and Transportation (SECAT) program to improve Central Valley air quality, and several bills in the areas of consumer protection and public safety.[1]

While in the Assembly, he co-authored the 2004 California Ballot Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which imposes a 1% tax on incomes of $1,000,000 or more for mental health funding.[1] He co-authored “Prop 63” with mental health lobbyist, Sherman Russell Selix, Jr. He also served as a Commissioner for the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (2004–2009).

The 9th District

In the 2000s, the 9th district included the city of Sacramento and some of the unincorporated urban and suburban areas south of the city.

State Senate

Steinberg is the President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. In February 2008, he was selected by Senate Democrats to become Pro Tem in the next legislative session, when the incumbent would be termed-out.[2][2] He took office in November 2008 as the first Senate leader from Sacramento since 1883.[2]

Before being elevated to Pro Tem, he was Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.[1] He also chaired the Senate Select Committee on High School Graduation.,[1] the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, and the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.[1]

As a member of the State Senate, Steinberg continued many of the same causes he had undertaken as a member of the Assembly. He continued his work on improving test scores, aiding under performing schools, lowering dropout rates, and improving the state’s mental health system.[3][4] In 2007, Steinberg introduced a bill to cap at 20 the number of hours high school students can work after school if their grade point average is not 2.5 or higher.[5]

The 6th District

The 6th District includes the capital city of Sacramento parts of Elk Grove and Citrus Heights.[1]

Personal

Steinberg is married to his wife Julie and has two children.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Senate Biography
  2. ^ a b c Perata out, Sen. Darrell Steinberg in
  3. ^ San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: “How to keep kids in school”
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times: “Chair of state’s mental health panel to resign”
  5. ^ San Jose Mercury News Editorial: “State should limit students’ work hours”

External links

Source @: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_Steinberg

Related stories, please see @:

http://www.calbarjournal.com/September2010/TopHeadlines/th9.aspx

http://www.prlog.org/12064679-sacramento-real-estate-developer-mark-friedman-embroiled-in-new-controversy.html

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/01/09/part-1-tlr-special-report-yolo-county-district-attorney-s-bruce-naliboff-michael-cabral-perjurious-decleration-of-probable-cause-in-support-of-pr-15411996/

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

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

https://i2.wp.com/allenmatkinsdiversity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL01.jpg

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

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

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

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

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

 

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

Sunne McPeak’s CETF Awards Funds to Little Tokyo Service Center(Note: $ from sham outfits to LTSC-sufficient to build mission control;disquieting ties to Fujie,Wattai,CCPF’s Johnson-all injured Dydzak;$Verizon/MTO$)

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned San Francisco-based controversial entity California Emerging Technology Fund (“CETF”) has recently awarded tens of thousands of dollars to Los Angeles-based controversial entity Little Tokyo Service Center (“LTSC”).

CETF has been established as a non-profit corporation pursuant to orders from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in approving the mergers of SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI in 2005.  As a condition of approval of the mergers, AT&T and Verizon are required to contribute to CETF a total of $60 million over 5 years for the purpose of achieving ubiquitous access to broadband and advanced services in California, particularly in underserved communities, through the use of emerging technologies by 2010. AT&T will contribute $9 million per year and Verizon will contribute $3 million per year. The CPUC also directed that at least $5 million should be used for telemedicine projects, according to its website www.cetfund.org 

 

Sunne Wright McPeak is the Action Fund chairwoman for California Forward. She will speak Tuesday, Jan. 10, in downtown Davis. Courtesy photo

Sunne McPeak of CETF — confederate of LINK AMERICAS’ Foundation’s Costa Rica devotee Brenda Kempster and fraudster Barbara O’Connor of Lucas Public Affairs/AARP

 

 

Recently, CETF, headed by embattled Sunne McPeak (who gained fame for intentionally withholding vital Bay Bridge documents from State Auditor Elaine Howle), sparked an outcry as well as accusations of cronyism and mismanagement.

“At a time when folks across California are struggling to make ends meet, I think CEO Sunne Wright McPeak annual salary of $350,000.00 sends a terrible message,” a source seeking anonymity stated.

Related story, please see@:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1344456/posts

 

 

 

Rick Cohen – Head of Controversial Buchalter Nemer -To Exit Firm [TLR Note: Cohen-operator of Holly Fujie;once Fujie’s machinations exposed by Dydzak etc’-a risk for Buchalter-she was appointed judge; Buchalter – inflicted enormous damage on Californians]

Rick Cohen, who has served as chair of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer, will retire at the end of the year.

Mr. Rick Cohen (image: courtesy)

According to Buchalter, Rick Cohen focused his practice “on a wide range of corporate, partnership and general securities matters, with particular emphasis on securities issues that address problems and challenges facing investment advisors.

Mr. Cohen served as Special Counsel to California State Controller Kenneth Cory and as the Chief Executive Officer of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which was then the eighth largest pension fund in the United States, with assets in excess of $12 billion.

Mr. Cohen received his B.A. magna cum laude in 1974 from Pomona College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude and Order of the Coif in 1977 from the University of California School of Law at Los Angeles.”

According to The National Law Journal, Cohen is “looking for entry-level public service job with district attorney or U.S. Attorney.”  See story @: http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202579364400&Midsize_law…

Meet Kapor #3 — Buchalter Nemer’s Jeff Kapor of Non-Profit UCLA Math Content Programs for Teachers and Students (MCPT),

Jeffrey H. Kapor is Chair of the Firm’s Apparel Practice Group and former Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Kapor focuses on the representation of apparel industry manufacturers, importers, retailers, converters, textile mills, factors and banks. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, debtor and creditor relations, financial and business planning, licensing, intellectual property matters and corporate law. Mr. Kapor has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Municipal Court and is an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

See source @:http://www.mathandteaching.org/about-us/advisory-board/jeff-kapor

In 2005, members of the UCLA Math Content Programs for Teachers and Students (MCPT), a math education group in the UCLA Department of Mathematics, began development of an algebra readiness program for students who were struggling to prepare for algebra. Through this work, a program called Introduction to Algebra was created.  The program met rigorous adoption criteria and was approved by the California Board of Education in November 2007 for use in California schools. Currently, the program is being used in more than sixty school districts. Introduction to Algebra is one of the more widely used algebra readiness programs in California. 

Because UCLA is not set up to handle the complexity of tasks associated with publishing and servicing a state-adopted math program, the MCPT authors started a non-profit organization (the Center for Mathematics and Teaching, incorporated March 2007) to handle the day-to-day operations of publication. From March 2007 – June 2010, CMAT’s tight relationship with the university made it possible for CMAT to publish Introduction to Algebra and provide training to its teachers, and for MCPT to offer programs using CMAT subsidies.  During that time, CMAT generated revenue from the book, and paid the university approximately $1,276,000. This money was used for various mathematics education programs. 

In 2010, the UCLA Mathematics Department and CMAT agreed that CMAT was ready to continue its work independent of the university.  As a result, on July 1, 2010, CMAT declared its independence from UCLA, and is now operating as a fully independent 501(c)3 charity

Source@: http://www.mathandteaching.org/about-us/advisory-board/jeff-kapor

Dr. Joseph Zernik Hereby Asked to Comment on Fact Bet Tzedek Legal Services Operative David Pasternak of Pasternak Pasternak & Patton Hit With New RICO

Using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a prominent national law firm recently took the rare step of suing David Pasternak, a Los Angeles-based receiver, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

David Pasternak of Pasternak Pasternak & Patton
Alleged racketeer David Pasternak of Pasternak Pasternak & Patton was designated as defendant #37. In a separate suit, Pasernak was accused of misusing Bet Tzedek as a forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing him as “receiver.”(Image:courtesy photo)

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

Acting on behalf of hundreds of plaintiffs, Spire Law Group, a national law firm whose motto is “the public should be protected — at all costs — from corruption in whatever form it presents itself,” also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise banker Alan Rothenberg of 1st Century Bank (a bank which Eric George, son of Ronald George, owns in part) and Sandor “Sandy” Samuels – CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services.

Pasternak served as court Receiver since 1982. He currently serves as the federal court Receiver in a $150 million mortgage fraud case in which he has possessed some 85 expensive homes in California and Wyoming, as well as an array of other assets, including fine wines, art, jewelry, home furnishings, firearms, and various interests in high-end West Los Angeles home developments.

He is an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club.

According to media reports, The Spire Law Group comprised of lawyers nationally with more than 250-years of experience in a span of matters ranging from representing large corporations and wealthy individuals, to also representing the masses. The Firm is at the front lines litigating against government officials, banks, defunct loan pools, and now the very offshore entities where the corruption was enabled and perpetrated.

Carol Watts Avers Dydzak Dismissed Case Against Joe Dunn as Judge Manuel Real Set to Rule on Motions (TLR Note: which pebble in shoe prompts Watts to obsess with Dydzak’s legal journey?)

One Carol Watts wrote: “Dydzak’s RICO case filed in DC District court is now pending before Judge Real in the Central District and scheduled for dismissal on Oct 29, 2012. Dydzak v Dunn was voluntarily dismissed by Dydzak after Def’s filed motions to have him deemed vexatious in the state court.”

Watts commnet comes on the heel of report that former partner of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidently, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

Additionally, the suit also names as defendants Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar — who allegedly run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise.

The suit contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements.
 
Matt Werdegar is the son of the former CEO of San Francisco-based Institute on Aging David Werdegar who abruptly quit his position earlier this year amid reports of alleged financial improprieties.

In a separate suit, Dydzak’s averred that California Supreme Court Justice  Kay Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA, totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Dydzak further alleges that Justice Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties (and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar), by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab, because further actions by him would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities; at the same time, ruling against Dydzak enriched her husband, David Werdegar, financially — and, by extension, enriched her as well.

United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America In Re Countrywide Scheme(TLR Note:1- BofA- Berkshire Hathway-MTO2- Bet Tzedek-Samuels – Extortionist Eric George Connection)

The United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of causing taxpayers more than $1 billion of losses by selling thousands of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 Wednesday’s case, originally brought by a whistleblower, is the U.S. Department of Justice’s first civil fraud lawsuit over mortgage loans sold to the big mortgage financiers, which were bailed out in 2008.

 It also compounds the legal problems that Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan faces over the second-largest U.S. bank’s disastrous 2008 purchase of Countrywide Financial Corp, once the nation’s largest mortgage lender.

 According to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Countrywide in 2007 invented a scheme known as the “Hustle” to speed up processing of residential home loans.

 Operating under the motto “Loans Move Forward, Never Backward,” mortgage executives tried to eliminate “toll gates” designed to ensure that loans were sound and not tainted by fraud, the government said.  Please continue @: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-bankofamerica-fraud-lawsuit-idUS…

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A former partner of Los Angeles-based Bushmaster Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidentally, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

Source: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-los-angeles-county-superior-court-judge-holly-fujie-accused-of-misappropriation-of-funds-1350971970.html

 

EXTORTION BY ERIC GEORGE

As was reported earlier, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff’s Department stated his view that the department’s six-month investigation turned up evidence of “implied threats” against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.

He wrote that he found support for three separate extortion charges in Grigorieva’s e-mails to Gibson and in a March 2010 meeting in which her lawyers, Eric George and Sonia Y. Lee, talked with Gibson’s representatives about how disclosure of the tapes and photos would “ruin” his career.

“By discussing the potential damage to Mr. Gibson’s career if the ‘evidence’ were to be released to the public … it was my opinion, that constituted an implied threat,” Wagner wrote.

George, who was Grigorieva’s lead attorney in the negotiations, is the son of the state’s former chief justice and a campaign fundraiser for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. He hosted a $500-per-person cocktail party at his Beverly Hills home in August for Cooley’s unsuccessful race for attorney general and donated $6,500 to his campaign. He declined to comment.

Grigorieva’s current attorney, Daniel Horowitz, said Wagner had mistaken bare-knuckles legal negotiations for a crime.

“Lawyering is a very tough business,” he said.

See source @: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/22/local/la-me-0322-gibson-extortion-201…

 

 

Examination Underway to Explore Viability of Suit Against Eric George for Penal Code Violation for Alleged Extortion of Actor Mel Gibson

A “painstaking” examination into “standing” has begun in seeking to hold Eric George of Browne George & Ross civily liable for the crime of extortion/attempted extortion inflicted on actor Mel Gibson.

Said suit will be civily prosecuted pursuant to holding in the case of Stop Youth Addiction, Inc. v. Lucky Stores, Inc.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE LAW:

Source: http://www.dailyjournal.com/cle.cfm?show=CLEDisplayArticle&qVersionID=121…

California’s unfair competition law prohibits “any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice and unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising.” (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200.)  And under this law, a practice can be prohibited as unfair or deceptive even if not unlawful, and vice versa. (Cel-Tech Communications, Inc. v. Los Angeles Cellular Tel. Co., 20 Cal. 4th 163 (1999).)  For example, a plaintiff’s allegations that a defendant used incomplete and misleading illustrations to sell universal life insurance policies may be actionable under the unfair competition law absent any claim that such conduct violated any regulation or statute. (Wilner v. Sunset Life Ins. Co., 78 Cal. App. 4th 952 (2000).)

An unlawful business practice can be “anything that can properly be called a business practice and that at the same time is forbidden by law.” (Summit Tech., Inc. v. High-Line Med. Instruments Co., 933 F. Supp. 918 (C.D. Cal. 1966) and Wilner, 78 Cal. App. 4th 952.)

This prong of the unfair competition law allows a plaintiff to enforce a broad array of state and federal statutes, including consumer-protection statutes (Walker v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 98 Cal. App. 4th 1158 (2002) (Cal. Civ. Code § 2954.4); antidiscrimination statutes (Reese v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 73 Cal. App. 4th 1225 (1999), (Unruh Civil Rights Act, Cal. Civ. Code §§ 51-51.4)); criminal statutes (Stop Youth Addiction, Inc. v. Lucky Stores, Inc., 17 Cal. 4th 553 (1998), (Cal. Penal Code § 308); and environmental statutes (Hewlett v. Squaw Valley Ski Corp., 54 Cal. App. 4th 499 (1997), (Cal. Pub. Res. Code § 4511).)

Source: http://www.dailyjournal.com/cle.cfm?show=CLEDisplayArticle&qVersionID=121…

See also @: http://scocal.stanford.edu/opinion/stop-youth-addiction-inc-v-lucky-stores-in…

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Det. Rodney Wagner of the Sheriff’s Department stated his view that the department’s six-month investigation turned up evidence of “implied threats” against the actor by Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyers.

He wrote that he found support for three separate extortion charges in Grigorieva’s e-mails to Gibson and in a March 2010 meeting in which her lawyers, Eric George and Sonia Y. Lee, talked with Gibson’s representatives about how disclosure of the tapes and photos would “ruin” his career.

“By discussing the potential damage to Mr. Gibson’s career if the ‘evidence’ were to be released to the public … it was my opinion, that constituted an implied threat,” Wagner wrote.

George, who was Grigorieva’s lead attorney in the negotiations, is the son of the state’s former chief justice and a campaign fundraiser for Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. He hosted a $500-per-person cocktail party at his Beverly Hills home in August for Cooley’s unsuccessful race for attorney general and donated $6,500 to his campaign. He declined to comment.

Grigorieva’s current attorney, Daniel Horowitz, said Wagner had mistaken bare-knuckles legal negotiations for a crime.

“Lawyering is a very tough business,” he said.

See source @: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/22/local/la-me-0322-gibson-extortion-201…

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Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George, is presently a defendant in a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak.  Also named as defendant are Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Holly Fujie.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidentally, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

According to these sources, Tom Layton, investigator from the State Bar of California who is well connected with Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, in the past paid a visit to Dydzak’s neighborhood, and sought to convince his neighbors to falsely accuse Dydzak of various acts of misconduct, including providing improper and unlawful legal counsel.

Source: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-los-angeles-county-superior-court-judge-holly-fujie-accused-of-misappropriation-of-funds-1350971970.html

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE HOLLY FUJIE ACCUSED OF MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS

A former partner of Los Angeles-based Buchalter Nemer — who California Governor Jerry Brown appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench under questionable circumstances involving his cousin, former California Public Utility Commissioner Geoff Brown — is accused in federal court of committing myriad financial crimes and acts of fraud.

Documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia reveal that Holly Fujie of Los Angeles allegedly engaged in predicate acts of racketeering through and by means of money laundering, mail and bank fraud, as well as conversion of funds.

The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering action by Marina Del Rey-based community activist Daniel Dydzak, also names as a defendant Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles and Eric George — the son of the controversial former chief justice of California, Ronald George.

Both Holly Fujie and Eric George were directors of Bet Tzedek, an entity which obtained millions of dollars from the various trusts funds maintained and operated by the State Bar of California, as well as funds from the California Bar Foundation, where Holly Fujie presently serves as the vice-president.

Both the State Bar of California and the California Bar Foundation are under the direct control of the California Supreme Court.

The various legal trust funds maintained by the State Bar of California are overseen by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission where, coincidentally, Holly Fujie also served as director.

Heading the commission is David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers, another lawyer who is a director of Bet Tzedek, and Bonnie Rubin of 1st Century Bank — a bank owned by former president of the State Bar of California Alan Rothenberg. Coincidentally, Eric George is part owner of 1st Century Bank.

Dydzak alleges in his lawsuits that part of the millions originated from the State Bar of California and its foundation headed to Bet Tzedek were embezzled by the various actors and were siphoned to off shore bank accounts.

Bet Tzedek is headed by CEO Sandor “Sandy” Samuels — former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — who according to Dydzak was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

According to confidential sources familiar with the situation, Dydzak filed the suit in Washington DC, because he is extremely concerned that given the caliber of the defendants and the fact that they are in control of the justice system in California, they will seek to injure him in various ways, including in seeking to somehow derail the suit.

Please continue/see source @:

http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/274891-1350951852-los-angeles-county-superio…

Obama Campaign Borrows $15M from Bank of America(TLR Note:May interest Joseph Zernik In Re Bet Tzedek,Sustain,Munger;GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN)

Obama-Buffett

Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign’s October monthly FEC report. The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election. OFA received an interest rate of 2.5% plus the current Libor rate.

Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous “Buffett Rule,” invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.

Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous “Buffett Rule,” invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.

Please continue @: http://freebeacon.com/obama-campaign-borrows-15m-from-bank-of-america/

 

GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN — GOOD Ol’ BOYS

Ronald Leroy Olson is a man proud of his humble Iowa background. Like his two close friends and business partners from across the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska — Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger –Olson prefers to not flash his wealth and engage in conspicuous consumption.

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson
Ronald L. Olson (image:courtesy)

Given the opportunity, Olson will boast about his upbringing in Iowa, which he claims instilled in him an honest work ethic. To hear him talk, one would often believe that Olson is a good-ol’ country farmer who sweats profusely while tilling the land and fears the limelight lest it fade his suit, rather than the shrewd, well-connected attorney who sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations, or the attorney who in his spare time practices law out of Los Angeles-based Munger Tolles Olson on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, Western Asset Trust, and many other entities such as The Yucaipa Company, Hollywood studios, and other major banks and utility companies.

A similar tactic is used by Warren Buffett, who portrays himself as the harmless average Joe who drinks 5 cans of Cherry Coke a day and spends his time playing bridge. Gold? That’s for Jews to sew into their garments, Charlie Munger declared recently. We are into value investing in productive and honest businesses. Greed ? Speculation? Hollywood? Churning ? Control and influence over banks, monetary policies, the media, utilities, and the government? Not us, no sirree Bob.

WAR STORY TIME

The second-in-command at Berkshire Hathaway — Charlie Munger — is not currently actively practicing law, although he holds the position of “of counsel” at Munger Tolles & Olson — a firm previously described by various media outlets as the best law firm in the country with an army of lawyers ready to wage war, and whose client list includes Berkshire Hathaway, Verizon Communication, and Southern California Edison.

Those warring lawyers often win various awards and designations by major California legal newspapers such as the “Los Angeles Daily Journal” and “San Francisco Daily Journal,” coincidentally owned by Charlie Munger, one of the founding fathers of Munger Tolles & Olson.

Other corporate law firms operating in California with large books of business from major utility companies include Northern California-based Morrison & Foerster (PG&E, El Paso), Keker & Van Nest (PG&E), DLA Piper (Sempra Energy, owner of San Diego Electricity ), and now-defunct Howard Rice (PG&E), which is now part of Arnold & Porter.

Beginning in 2000, these law firms were busy defending utility companies in the countless lawsuits and monumental proceedings stemming from California’s energy crisis. A unique features of those law firms is a tendency to obscure their corporate practices (i.e. defending tobacco companies, banks, utilities, mortgage companies) from public view. Instead, they would rather publicize their effort to promote diversity, and their alleged contributions to equal rights for all. For example, in the “Prop 8 marriage cases” Keker & Van Nest, Munger Tolles & Olson, Howard Rice, and Morrison & Foerster played pivotal roles. However, and although I may be mistaken, a quick review of Morrison & Foerster’s website listings for its California offices does not show even one male, African-American attorney working in California; moreover, Howard Rice has been sued for rescinding an offer of employment to a Latina attorney on the grounds of downsizing, only to continue to hire white men.

Those firms which represented the utility companies during California energy crisis, and the class-action plaintiffs’ firms who sued on behalf of consumers (such as Girardi & Keese and Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy) developed a penchant for congregating around the State Bar of California, and more specifically the California Bar Foundation. At times, strange though it may seem, two representatives from the same firms would serve as directors of the California Bar Foundation, as was the case in 2007-2008 when Jeff Bleich and Bradley Phillips of Munger Tolles & Olson served as directors, or currently where there are two directors from Arnold Porter.

A GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN

In 2007, Jeffrey Bleich was a ready-to-wage-war attorney working for Ronald Leroy Olson at Munger Tolles & Olson who was dubbed by some media outlets as Superman.

Bleich (if you believe Charlie Munger, while he had gold sewed into his cape) launched and co-chaired the national finance committee of Obama for America. Other attorneys from law firms representing utility companies seeking to place Obama in office because they hoped he would support the Smart-Grid and clean energy initiatives followed suit. Steven Churchwell of DLA Piper in Sacramento , James Brosnahan, Tony West and Chris Young of Morrison & Foerster, Kamala Harris (a protege of Willie Brown – a lackey of PG&E), and Doug Scrivner (who served as chief legal counsel of Accenture- a relatively unknown yet powerful entity) organized to push for the election of Barack Obama on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy.

At that time, Bleich was on a mission to put Obama in office on behalf of utility companies. The cover story was that Bleich and Obama are “good friends” ever since Bleich was asked to recruit Obama as clerk for appellate court Justice Abner Mikva.

Bleich — while serving as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors and as director of the California Bar Foundation (alongside another war ready, gold sewing attorney from Munger Tolles, Bradley Phillips) — was a man on a mission.

SMART GREED

While an officer at the State Bar of California, Jeffrey Bleich and James Brosnahan were instrumental in pushing for the urgent creation of a non-profit entity known as CaliforniaALL.

Please continue @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/08/27/copy-of-san-diego-reader-depublishe…

Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak Hereby Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to Thomas Silk; Mithcell Kapor Foundation; Mitch and Freada Kapor; Cal Bar Foundation; Alleged Laundering By Tani Cantil to Phillipines Via Thomas Silk’s Philippine Development Foundation

Thomas Silk

Mr. Thomas Silk (image:courtesy)

 

1. Thomas Silk as member of the California Bar Foundation, please see @:

http://www.calbarfoundation.org/board.html

Notice also include Douglas Winthrop, Holly Fujie, Alec Chang, Nancy Fineman, Jon Streeter, Richard Tom, Marry Ann Todd, etc.

 

2. Thomas Silk appearance on The Leslie Brodie Report, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Thomas+Silk

 

3.  CaliforniaALL’s Freada Klein Kapor and husband Mitchell Kapor of Mitchell Kapor Foundation under scrutiny in re CaliforniaALL / Obama For America, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Kapor

 

4.  Thomas Silk as Secretary of Mitchell Kapor Foundation, please see @:

http://activistcash.com/biography.cfm/b/2306-thomas-silk

 

5. Philippine Development Foundation in Foster City, California (CA) under the care of Thomas Silk, please see @:

http://www.faqs.org/tax-exempt/CA/Philippine-Development-Foundation.html

 

 

TIMELINE: – January 12, 2010 San Francisco — The California Bar Foundation today announced the appointment of 14 to the Board of Directors: Holly J. Fujie ; John C. Fossum, partner emeritus in the Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella LLP

TIMELINE: – January 12, 2010 San Francisco —  The California Bar Foundation today announced the appointment of 14 to the Board of Directors: Holly J. Fujie ; John C. Fossum, partner emeritus in the  Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella LLP; Justin T. Miller, director of Union Bank ;  Thomas Silk ; Christy Susman of  Jack Daniels ; Richard Tom of Southern California Edison. Continuing Board members are Peter R. Boutin of Keesal, Young & Logan; Martha K. Gooding of the Irvine office of Howrey LLP; Bruce G. Iwasaki, a partner at Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP, and the former executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; Mark Parnes, assistant general counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Paul Tepper, executive director of the Western Center on Law & Poverty; Theodore T. Ting, a San Francisco partner with Reed Smith LLP; and Douglas A. Winthrop, managing director and firm chair of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin. In addition, Lindsay L. Lee, managing member and general partner of Tidal Creek Capital Management, was reappointed to a one-year term commencing January.

 

 

Orly Taitz Hereby Asked to Opine — Jeff Bleich on Birthers; Director of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Accused of Graft As Justice Ming Chin Urged to Resign; Lorna Brown Faces New Allegations

Jeff Bleich: ‘ridiculous’ to try to contain China, and about those birthers…

Jeffrey Bleich is concerned about the internet. Not concerned in the traditional, the-internet-is-the-end-of-the-world way — he is confident that eventually our media landscape will be able to meet the needs of the “much more sophisticated consumers” it is producing — but about what will happen along the way. He sees similar challenges for the media and for diplomats …

Please continue @:

http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/08/30/bleich-ridiculous-to-try-to-contain-china…

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As the wide network of Asian Pacific Islanders (“API”) operatives allegedly involved in myriad financial schemes on behalf of utility companies and their law firms continue to grow, a new wrinkle was recently added as California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin’s tenure has been shaken by revelations of alleged bribery by Edison International (“EIX”), Southern California Edison (“SCE”), and the law firm which represents them — Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”).

A source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain that “overwhelming and undisputed” evidence shows that for a period of several years, both SCE and MTO poured large amounts of money into a questionable non-profit entity for which Justice Chin served as an official adviser, albeit secretly so.

  Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & OlsonHolly Fujie, Buchalter Nemer, State Bar of California Judy Johnson - CopyLeslie Hatamiya  Ruthe Ashley   

From Left, Ron Olson, Holly Fujie, Judy Johnson, Leslie Hatamiya, and Ruthe Ashley. Olson, a director of both Edison International and Berkshire Hathaway, is presently under extreme scrutiny in connection with various financial schemes in seeking to corrupt public officials on behalf of himself, his firm, and his clients. In doing so, Olson often resorts to the use of API and AA  (image:courtesy photo)

The non-profit at issue is Pasadena-based Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”), which allegedly spends the money it collects for the purpose of voter-registration of API, as well as to lobby for furthering the appointments of APIs to various governmental positions.

While Justice Chin’s clandestine involvement with CAUSE began in approximately 2004, the source maintain the inquiry is focused on the years prior to the recent election by which Justice Chin was up for re-election, and during the time period one alleged wrongdoer – API Fred Rowley of MTO – served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE.

This, according to the source, creates not only the appearance of improprieties but actual misconduct as bestowing anything of value on a judicial officer by SEC and MTO to sponsor an entity which will register as many as APIs as possible who would, in turn, vote for the retention of Chin in the upcoming election, is prohibited.

As mentioned earlier, Justice Chin abruptly quit CAUSE in the midst of an inquiry by the California Commission on Judicial Performance subsequent to a complaint which alleged that Chin’s long-standing involvement with the entity — which caters exclusively to APIs — is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non-API. At that time, those were the only allegations lodged, and no mention was made of alleged improprieties by EIX, SCE, or MTO.

Following his abrupt departure, it is alleged that Justice Chin conspired with Fred Rowley, MTO, SCE, and others to defraud and mislead the California Commission on Judicial Performance as well as the public by creating the false impression that he was not an official adviser by causing the retroactive removal of his name from CAUSE’s web-site.

The reckless pursuit of easy money originating from utility companies by a handful of public servants who suppose to serve the public — rather than enrich themselves or their own racial groups — is slowly but surely destroying the reputation of California’s judicial branch and I call upon Justice Chin to resign, the source concluded.

This latest revelation brought to four the number of sham non-profit entities created at the urging of the California Public Utilities Commission which absorbed money from utility companies under highly suspicious circumstances, to wit, CaliforniaALL, CCPF, CAUSE, and CETF.

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Lorna Brown Yusef Bey IV lawyer Aug 28
Lorna Brown Yusef Bey IV lawyer

The State Bar of California has filed new disciplinary charges against the former lawyer for former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV which allege that she illegally smuggled documents out of his jail cell.

The State Bar, in charges filed on Thursday, accuses Lorna Brown, 66, of Berkeley, of failure to comply with laws for allegedly smuggling documents without the permission of jail officials and of moral turpitude by allegedly lying to investigators and concealing the documents

Please continue @:

http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/attorney-faces-new-allegations-she-smuggled-bey…

 

Craig Martin – Black Attorney Challenges California Bar, Lucy Armendariz (TLR Note: Per Sources, CM Also Retaliated For Suing Bank of America. Examines BoA, MTO, Bet Tzedek, Burkle, Villaraigosa – Armendariz ; Prediction – J. Fletcher Dismisses Appeal

Craig K. Martin

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Craig K. Martin, a San Francisco attorney, today filed a 50-page Opening Brief in federal court appealing the dismissal of his discrimination lawsuit filed against the State Bar of California and Judge Lucy Armendariz.

Martin, an African American who successfully practiced law for 33 years and was disbarred, alleges that exculpatory evidence was withheld by the State Bar during his trial in which he was charged with and found negligent of professional misconduct and subsequently disbarred in January 2010, with only 3 days’ notice.

Martin alleges that the State Bar and Judge Armendariz knowingly and willfully withheld exculpatory documents that prove another attorney was liable for his client’s substantial loss in a probate matter, for which Martin was charged with misconduct and subsequently disbarred.

According to a “Personal and Confidential” letter that was made public and discovered by Martin, the State Bar after a three-year investigation, found no evidence of misconduct by the other attorney who is Caucasian, and closed the matter.

However, the Probate Judge in the case found a litany of violations, fraud and professional misconduct committed by the Caucasian attorney over a period of 15 years, which substantiates Martin’s claims.

 

Please continue @:

http://tricountysentry.com/blog/african-american-attorney-challenges-state-ba…

 

Related stories, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/09/21/state-bar-of-california-california-…

 

AND @:

 

lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/sources-disappointment-in-joseph-zernik-of-human-rights-alert-ngo-in-re-berkshire-hathaway-charlie-munger-sustain-daily-journal-bank-of-america-wells-fargo-bank-state-bar-of-california-be/

 

 

 

Sources: Disappointment in Joseph Zernik of Human Rights Alert (NGO) In Re: Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, Sustain/ Daily Journal, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, State Bar of California, Bet Tzedek

The Leslie Brodie Report has learned from sources seeking anonymity that a Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”) is “disappointed” in Joseph Zernik’s alleged failure to report on matters relating to Charlie Munger and Ron Olson of Berkshire Hathaway — an entity  which owns substantial shares of Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank.

Specifically, according to the sources. YR’s disappointment stems from the fact that Joseph Zernik failed to include in his massive reporting of alleged corruptions dealing with Bank of America, Bet Tzedek, Daily Journal/Sustain that the second-in-command at Berkshire Hathaway (Charlie Munger of Munger Tolles & Olson) is also the owner the Daily Journal/ Sustain.

According to these sources, YR declared: “While I respect Dr. Zernik and the work he has done in exposing the alleged corruption dealing with Bet Tzedek , Daily Journal/Sustain, and Bank of America in connection with the mortgage crisis, at least based on preliminary and ongoing research, I could not find any article published by Dr. Zernik where he connects the dots which will point a finger at Charlie Munger and Berkshire Hathaway.”

” Dr. Zernik deserves great credit as the pioneer in exposing Bet Tzedek, Daily Journal/Sustain, and Bank of America as far as the alleged corruption in the Los Angeles Superior Court in general, and as far as corruption relating to the mortgage crisis in particular,” YR continued. 

“However, since Berkshire Hathaway is a large stakeholder of Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank, and since Charlie Munger is Warren Buffett’s sidekick at Berkshire Hathaway, and since Charlie Munger owns the Daily Journal/Sustain, and since Munger Tolles & Olson  and Charlie Munger exercise great deal of control over the State Bar of California and Bet Tzedek, I am hard pressed in understanding why Dr. Zernik never took the time to show those connections,” YR stated.

“In the likely event that I was remiss in researching this issue, I will be delighted to hear from Dr. Zernik.  He may contact me at yoloanrabbi@gmail.com,” YR concluded.

YR’s disappointment comes in the midst of separate revelations involving Munger Tolles & Olson named partner Ron Olson, Southern California Edison, Obama for America, and CaliforniaALL.

According to Wikipedia, Charles Thomas Munger (born January 1, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American business magnate, lawyer, investor, and philanthropist. He is Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, the diversified investment corporation chaired by Warren Buffett; in that capacity, Buffett describes Munger as “my partner.” Munger served as chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation from 1984 through 2011 (Wesco was approximately 80%-owned by Berkshire-Hathaway during that time). He is also the chairman of the Daily Journal Corporation, based in Los Angeles, California, and a director of Costco Wholesale Corporation.

 

 

October 2007 State Bar of California BOG Operations Committee Jeff Bleich, Jeannine English, Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie Emergency Appointment of CPUC’s Peter Arth as Council Member (TLR Note: 1- Why the Rush? 2- Presumably, Excuse to Meet Arth Regularly)

CAUSE — Center for Asian American United for Self Empowerment List of Sponsors (TLR Note: See Below Re Munger Tolles & Olson, Phil Kay, Dan Dydzak , Justice Ming Chin, Cash Bonas, Bet Tzedek)

Charlie Woo
Southern California Edison
Wallis Foundation
The Nielsen Company
Southern California Gas Company
Southwest Airlines
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
AARP
Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher
IW Group, Inc.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe
Peter Woo
Squire & Sanders LLP
Anh Tran
Coca-Cola
Tappan Zee
Total Call
Victor King
Kenny Yee
Asian Pacific American Leadership Project
Citizens Choice Healthplan
East West Bank
Imprenta Communications
Jenner & Block LLP
KPCC – Southern California Public Radio
Lee Tran & Liang, A Professional Law Corporation
Munger, Tolles & Olson
PACE

Source:

http://causeusa.org/index.php/sponsors

TLR Note:

1. California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Ming Chin secretly part of CAUSE for many years.

2. Justice Ming Chin major player (as are many other jurists of the Asians/Blacks/Latinos variety) in State Bar of California – CPUC – Utility Companies mutually beneficial symbiotic financial relationship i.e. CCPF/Judy Johnson, Ruthe Catolico Ashley/CaliforniaALL, Holly Fujie, Gwen Moore, Stewart Kwoh, etc…

3.  Utility companies (i.e. Southern California Edison, PG & E, Sempra/San Diego, Verizon) and white-shoe law firms which represent said utility companies (i.e. Munger Tolles& Olson, Howard Rice, Morrison & Foerster, Keker & Van Nest, etc) prefer racial minorities/ Democratic Party operatives as government regulators i.e. Timothy Alan Simon, Geoffrey Brown. Conversely, said utility companies dislike honest White-Christian females such as Loretta Lynch.

4.  Subsequent to an ethics complaint a Yolo County-based rabbi (“YR)  advanced against Justice Chin, a conspiracy took place by which the name of Chin was retroactively removed/deleted from CAUSES’s web-site in a fraudulent manner (AKA “pulling an Elliot Peters”).   See:

http://tinyurl.com/czr3z4n  

AND

http://tinyurl.com/cod7trp

5.  Fred Rowley of Munger Tolles & Olson — a director of CAUSE — part of said conspiracy between Chin and others to conceal, defraud, and misrepresent.

6. In order to curry favors with Justice Ming Chin, Munger Tolles & Olson — on behalf of itself and its clients —  served as direct sponsor of CAUSE.  Said sponsorship had a direct impact on Ming W. Chin’s performance as associate justice.

7.  In connection with item #6, Justice Chin engaged in grave judicial misconduct in myriad cases including, but not limited to, the following cases:

A.  In Re Philip Edward Kay.  Malicious proceedings against Kay were orchestrated in part by Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeff Bleich (while serving as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors) on behalf of Munger Tolles & Olson’s clients — Ron Burkle and The Yucaipa Companies. Justice Ming Chin looked the other way.

B. In Re Cash Bonas.  Similar to Kay, Bonas was retaliated for advancing an action against Ralph’s — an entity owned by Run Burkle of Yucaipa.  Justice Ming Chin looked the other way.

C. In Re Dan Dydzak. A pincering assault on Dydzak courtesy of 1- Howard Rice on behalf of client Charles Schwab — including events re Institute on Aging/Justice Werdegar — as Dydzak and his client were privy to alleged financial crimes committed by Charles Schwab  2- Bet Tzedek/Alan Rothenberg.  Here, Munger Tolles & Olson partners Jeff Bleich and Alan Friedman (director of Bet Tzedek) are under scrutiny.  Again, Justice Ming Chin looked the other way.

D.  Myriad cases involving other clients of Munger Tolles & Olson, as well as companies “owned” by behemoth Berkshire Hathaway.

8.  Separately, Justice Ming Chin also “looked the other way” in cases originating from the State Bar of California due to the fact that Judy Johnson (who served as the Executive Director of the State Bar of California) secretly headed CCPF for the past 7-8 years.  During this period, she used her “clout” as the head of the agency to arrange for “cy pres” from class action settlements, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies, totaling close to $30 million to be funneled to CCPF, which then  forwarded those funds to various other non-profits, and mostly questionable ACORN-like entities located in Los Angeles such as Little Tokyo Service Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center (headed by Chin’s confederate Stewart Kwoh), etc.

Profile of Munger Tolles & Olson’s Alan Friedman (TLR Note: 1- Director @ Bet Tzedek 2- Confederate of Alan Rothenberg Since Los Angeles Olympic 3- Potential Wrongdoer Against Aggrieved Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak in Conjunction with Bleich)

ALAN FRIEDMAN is of counsel in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He focuses his practice on labor and employment law, representing employers in a wide variety of industries across the country. His practice includes providing general labor and employment advice, negotiations and litigation. Mr. Friedman also frequently lecturers on labor law topics at various universities and seminars.

He served as labor relations counsel to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. From 1963 to 1966, Mr. Friedman served at the U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., with extensive work in labor relations and civil rights law.

Mr. Friedman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (1960), Case Western Reserve University (1963, Board of Law Review), and Georgetown University Law Center (1966 – emphasis in employment law). Mr. Friedman is married to Susan Friedman, a network news producer, and has two adult daughters, Joanna and Katie.

 

 

Source @:

http://mto.com/lawyers/attorneys/Alan-V-Friedman

JCW Assails California Deposed Chief Justice Ronald George, Mary Roberts (TLR Note: JCW Neglected to Mention George’s Confederates: Mark Leno, Mike Feuer, Bet Tzedek ; Kay Werdegar and Husband David Werdegar of Institute on Aging)

While there remains a significant presence of King George loyalists throughout the branch, we think it is safe to day that the so-called legacy of King George and his purported accomplishments amount to a 15 year game of three card monte. For every new central courthouse you open, several other courthouses will be closed down,  shuttered or fall into a state of unsafe disrepair due to a lack of  operating and maintenance  funds. We’ve shown just one example where millions were spent to fix a building and permitted to immediately fall into a state of disrepair. This is happening statewide. While Judges would get the benefit of salary increases and SBX211 exoneration, they would lose their ability to independently command the courtroom through a myriad of circumstance, relegating most to in-chamber mandatory settlement conferences and other tasks.

Thousands of court employees would lose their jobs serving the people in pursuit of funding the now failed legacy that is CCMS. Those in power wish to blame us for their failures, for if we just had remained silent and permitted them to siphon off up to 3 billion dollars to digitize every court record in the state, they would have been able to deliver to you the judicial nirvana of venue transparency.

There has been much discussion on this site, in comments on other sites and even in editorials referencing the man behind the curtain. Today’s Judicial Council, with a few notable and hopefully promising exceptions does not appear to deviate much from the Judicial Council of a few years ago. However, it is wholly conceivable that soon we might actually witness the assembly three dissenting votes! Huzzah! We’ve come a long way, baby!

While we no longer have people like Richard Huffman or King George sitting on the council openly insulting critics, I think it is important to note that they and others continue to remain the power brokers in Judicial Branch politics. Just appointed to the position of executive director of the AOC we have taking the helm the woefully under-qualified Mr. Steven Jahr who not too long ago basically indicated that judicial branch critics were so full of it that their eyes were brown. “But I did that as a private citizen” he tells us.

Nobody can investigate it, even though every major indicator is present going back for a dozen years. Nobody can prosecute it if no one can investigate it. Thus far, nobody has successfully argued the issues in any court of law and we all know it would be overturned by the “old court system” regardless of the decision anyways. This would only serve to paint the poor judge as a target for Judicial Council & power broker retaliation and AOC to court funding cuts.

What makes this all a fascinating story is that judges themselves cannot come out and say “Hey, that is illegal, unlawful or unconstitutional” so there exists this natural void between judges and mainstream media because if they are unwilling to say it, mainstream media is unwilling to investigate it. Yet you can and all have bared witness to all of the press and media building the media files of anecdotal evidence that all points to a series of  suspiciously monumental problems that are always solved by the time the media story breaks. Snapshots in time. New program management that is the same as the old program management. Situations resolved of actual impropriety by retaliating against those that brought it up. Software that works, just not in any court. $2,000.00 light bulbs, because your ignorance of real world maintenance costs permits it and they point out that you don’t understand.  And so on and so forth.

Would a few retired judges be able to outline the indictment, share it with the press and endure the fallout?

While the SEC report was a remarkable document, it is what it did not say that was as equally remarkable because it was largely composed by judges and justices. What we read in the SEC report with respect to Mary Roberts alone was carefully tiptoeing up to the line, thoroughly outlining the indictment in the most judiciously innocuous terms yet not being able to openly come out and say fire the b!

And it is because of this that Mary “The Lizard” Roberts is still there in the catbirds seat controlling outcomes by establishing and enforcing unwritten judicial branch policy much like any attorney for the mob would.

Imagine for a moment what a simultaneous report released by someone like, say, the Center for Investigative Reporting or Frontline might focus on if they were sitting in the same rooms and attending the same meetings and fact-finding sessions of the SEC committee.

Imagine how fast federal indictments would follow such a report. 

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/bringing-about-the-end…

 

COMMENTS:

Wendy Darling:

Case fixing at 455 Golden Gate Avenue? Sadly, not even surprising.

The State Legislature, or the Attorney General, of the U.S. Department of Justice, or any law enforcement agency, investigating the AOC for fraud or corruption? Now, THAT would be surprising. Given the Legislature’s, the Attorney General’s office, the U.S. Department of Justice’s, and law enforcement’s, demonstrated indifference over the last 4 or 5 years, however, to do any such thing, despite overwhelming evidence, chances are pigs will fly first and h*ll will freeze over – at the same time.

As they like to say at 455 Golden Gate Avenue: We can do whatever we want, because there’s no one to hold us accountable.

Long live the ACJ.

 

Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak:

Great commentary. Notwithstanding “past” fixing of cases, Mary Roberts and others will NOW be sued in a new lawsuit including RICO violations and a Class Action. Mel Belli, Esq. hired me and he would have done the same thing. Judges are already waking up across the state and elsewhere; where a judge or judges impermissibly and unethically talk with Ms. Roberts and/or Beth Jay and others to fix cases, a NEW Belliesque lawsuit is on its way. And it will be shortly filed and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear about it. I still believe that there are fair judges out there that do NOT want to continue the King George reign. And they are speaking out loud and clear. GET the legislature to either ABOLISH the AOC completely and start anew, or, in the alternative, CUT OFF THEIR FUNDING AND MONIES. Mary Roberts and company will not want to stick around when their fat paychecks are cut off. Again, Ms. ROBERTS knows that my lawsuit is coming–and since she is such an unethical attorney, she will be named as the FIRST DEFENDANT, then RONALD M. GEORGE et al.

Assemblyman CALDERSON should be contacted to abolish the AOC or cut off its funding. In fact,this weekend I will shoot off an email to his Chief of Staff asking him to do that. Mr. Jar, are you listening? Keep up the fight.

 

JCW:

We’ve mentioned that some get appointed to the star chamber because they did something wrong or illegal and rather than face prosecution, they are selected as malleable tools to be used by the power brokers.

In our ongoing investigation of how some of these compromised players got to the star chamber, we’re working on the story that will illustrate how our favorite hockey puck, Judge Dave Rosenberg got there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kamala Harris, California Bar Foundation, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, UCI Foundation, Verizon Foundation Under Scrutiny as YR Submits Narrative to FBI Re CaliforniaALL ; Alliance of California Judges Assails “No End In Sight” Rolling Public Comment

Per our telephone conversation, following is a narrative describing the suspicious circumstances relating to non-profit entity CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213), Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, United States Department of Justice’s Tony West, Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Ophelia Basgal, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, and Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest.

The narrative is divided to 4 parts: 1. General Introduction; 2. Introduction of Actors; 3. Fortuitous Discovery of CaliforniaALL; and 4. Factual Background Regarding CaliforniaALL.

1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION:

As described below, my inquiry began close to one year ago when I stumbled upon unusually large and highly peculiar financial transactions in conjunction with what appeared to me to be clear attempts to conceal and mislead. I immediately notified various entities, including submitting a tip to your agency. Due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, I was under the impression that funds might have been misappropriated by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides, and/or Geoffrey Brown, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and 2007 Director of the California Bar Foundation (the “Foundation”) during the time of the suspicious transfer of funds to CaliforniaALL (an entity of which CPUC’s Peter Arth was one of the main initiators).

However futile, I also 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.

While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds. These facts raised suspicions that money may have been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young and the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

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.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together. In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

PART 2: INTRODUCTION OF MAIN 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 Barack Obama’s 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 client Verizon Wireless.

Out of close to 230,000 lawyers in California, also serving as a director with the 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) is a director with the 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. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 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).

6. 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.)

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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, and Raj Chatterjee of Morrison & Foerster.

 

PART 2: FORTUTIOUS DISCOVERY OF CaliforniaALL

At the outset, and to deflect potential allegations that I am motivated by politics, I wish to assure you and the agency that my inquiry into these issues was not and is not motivated by politics. In fact, the only actor referenced above that I have ever met is James Brosnahan, who I met once for a short period of time while a volunteer with BASF – VLSP, a volunteer organization that awarded me a volunteer of the year award. In fact, I initially suspected the misconduct described herein was committed primarily by various other people (i.e. Holly Fujie, Leslie Hatamiya, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Robert Hawley, Starr Babcock, and Judy Johnson). However, the facts eventually led me to Mr. Brosnahan. Following is a brief overview describing how I stumbled upon this information.

In 2010, the United States Federal Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit issued its final ruling in the disciplinary matter of In Re Girardi by imposing close to $500,000 in sanctions on Walter Lack of Engstrom Lispcomb & Lack and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese stemming from an attempt to defraud the court and cause injury to Dole Food Company in the underlying litigation. You may have heard of Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi as they are the lawyers who were featured in the movie “Erin Brokovich” involving utility company PG&E.

The court ruled that Walter Lack (who stipulated to special prosecutor Rory Little that his prolonged acts of misconduct were intentional) and Thomas Girardi intentionally and recklessly resorted to the use of known falsehoods for years. The Ninth Circuit ordered Girardi and Lack to report their misconduct to the State Bar of California.

The State Bar of California disqualified itself from handling the matter since Howard Miller (of Girardi & Keese) served at that time as its president, and had also made the decision to hire then-chief prosecutor, James Towery.

Mr. Towery, in turn, appointed Jerome Falk of Howard Rice (now Arnold & Porter) as outside “special prosecutor” to determine whether or not to bring charges against Girardi and Lack. (Mr. Falk is a colleague of Douglas Winthrop, and both represented PG&E in its massive bankruptcy proceedings.)

Mr. Falk, in turn, exercised prosecutorial discretion and concluded that he did not believe Lack acted intentionally and that no charges will be brought against the two attorneys.

Within days of Mr. Falk’s decision, I filed an ethics complaint with the State Bar of California against Jerome Falk, James Towery, Howard Miller, and Douglas Winthrop (managing partner of Howard Rice and then-elected president of the Foundation), alleging that it was improper for Mr. Towery to appoint Mr. Falk given the close personal relationship between Howard Miller and Douglas Winthrop. Specifically, Howard Miller — in his capacity as president of the State Bar — had appointed Douglas Winthrop as president of the California Bar Foundation, a foundation maintained and controlled by the State Bar. (Much later I also discovered that Jerome Falk is actually the personal attorney of Thomas Girardi, and that Howard Rice and Jerome Falk represented Walter Lack, Thomas Girardi, Engstrom Lispcomb & Lack, and Girardi & Keese in approximately 2007, and for a period of 2 years, in a malpractice action.)

As such, while at the time I was not familiar with those individuals, I reviewed the Foundation’s annual reports to familiarize myself with the names of the Foundation’s board of directors, and to try to resolve various inconsistencies regarding who was serving as the Foundation’s president and why Robert Scott Wylie appeared to be the president when data showed that he had relocated to Indiana in 2006. I checked the Foundation’s tax returns and it was then that I fortuitously stumbled upon the fact that the Foundation ended 2008 close to $500,000 in the negative. 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.

I was also troubled by the fact that the 2008 California Bar Journal Annual Report noted that the Foundation was the “fiscal sponsor” of CaliforniaALL, while the same report also mentioned that the source of the money was 4 utility companies.

In its 2008 Annual Report ( See ), 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 (which should be scrutinized by your agency):

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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I believe that the statement that the Foundation granted “the balance” of funds raised for the project most likely refers to a previous $5000 sum which the Foundation awarded to CaliforniaALL for “research,” also in 2008. As such, $769,247 plus $5000 equals $774,247, which is the sum the Foundation reported to the IRS.

However, I find mildly problematic the claim that the Foundation raised funds specifically for “the project” in 2007 (per the sentence “granted the balance of funds raised for the project”), especially in conjunction with a separate disclosure by which the Foundation thanks four utility companies (which are incidentally clients of Morrison & Foerster, Howard Rice, and Munger Tolles Olsen). In my opinion, this may reflect an attempt to engage in financial shenanigans through the Foundation — otherwise, why wouldn’t the four utility companies just give the funds to CaliforniaALL directly?

Even more troubling, while I was able to ascertain from 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…”

Ultimately, by conducting further research into the actors and events surrounding the Foundation, CaliforniaALL, and related entities, individuals, and events, I unearthed what appears to be a lengthy trail of attempts to mislead and defraud.

 

PART 3: 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-Board-of-Governors-Ruthe-Ashley-Presents-to-the-State-Bar-Board-the-Concept-of-CaliforniaALL ) urging the BOG to support the creation of California Aspire Achieve Lead Pipeline Project (CaAAL), later named CaliforniaALL.

Eventually, Cal PERS (Ashley’s employer), the CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaAAL. For reasons that are not clear to me, CaAAL was apparently a secret project since the California Bar Journal never bothered to report about it, and a press release issued by the State Bar of California was only delivered to CaAAL. Specifically, on August 1, 2007, California Bar Journal’s editor Diane Curtis issued a very limited press release on behalf of the State Bar which I was only able to locate on CaAAL’s now defunct website (www.calall.org) stating:

“STATE BAR JOINS DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

San Francisco, August 01, 2007 — The State Bar of California is joining forces with the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Public Retirement System and the state Department of Insurance in a united effort to promote diversity in the workplace.

California Aspire Achieve Lead Pipeline Project (CaAAL Pipeline Project) will focus on education and mentoring, starting as early as pre-school, to provide skills and instill motivation in young people who are not well represented in the legal, financial and information technology professions.

“The real winners are the young people of California who will advance from these programs and the entire populace of California that will have the benefit of a diverse and vibrant pool of bright young people from all sectors of our diverse population,” said State Bar President Sheldon Sloan. Sloan beefed up a bar diversity pipeline project put in place by his predecessors that has been embraced by lawyers and jurists statewide.

Bar Vice President Ruthe Ashley, who chairs the bar’s Pipeline Task Force and recently became Cal PERS’ Diversity Officer for External Affairs, “has done a fantastic job of moving this initiative forward,” added Sloan. “Now that she has brought in Cal PERS and CAL PUC, this program is here to stay for the foreseeable future.”

In large part because of the bar’s experience and success in identifying programs that help young people move on to successful careers in law, CaAAL’s first-year focus will be on diversifying the legal profession. “We have relationships in place. We have best practices. We have done the research,” said Ashley. The second-year focus will be on financial institutions and the third year on information technology. Funding for the new nonprofit is expected to come from private partners and public sector grants.

Ashley said the nonprofit will be the umbrella organization that will coordinate activities in five different geographic “centers of excellence.” She is hoping that the board for the new nonprofit will promote replication proven programs, such as Street Law, Pacific Pathways and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, and that the new entity “will be a model for other states.”

“The vision is that it will change the face of the future in the workplace and of our leaders,” said Ashley.”

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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 Gilles Attia — an attorney specialized in the representation of wi-fi companies.

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-Ashley-as-CEO-on-June-4-2008 )

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-Hampshire-School-of-Law-Professor-Sarah-E-Redfield

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 Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, and Susan Mac Cormac, in conjunction with Geoffrey Bleich and Ruthe Ashley — which is that money was misappropriated or laundered through the Foundation.

Thank you for your assistance. I will keep you updated if I obtain any further information. In the interim, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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July 25, 2012

Dear Members and Others,

As you know, the period to comment on the recommendations of the SEC closed last Sunday, or so you may have thought. Actually, the Judicial Council decided to subject the 140-plus recommendations to a “rolling public comment,” which means there is no apparent end in sight. The Alliance will formally request that all comments considered by the Council continue to be publicly posted whenever they are received. The location of the comments received thus far has been moved to this link.  If you haven’t commented yet, please do so by emailing you comment to invitations@jud.ca.gov.  If you don’t think it’s necessary, visit the above link and read some of the comments that arrived last night.  No judge in the state should fail to take part in this most important survey.

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/sec-recommendations-su…

Eric George (Son of Ronald George — Former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court) Hereby Asked to Admit or Deny Re: Judicial Council, Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Bonnie Rubin, 1st Century Bank, Mike Feuer, Rex Heinke, Judge David Lampe — Part 1

Admit that your name is Eric Marc George.

Admit that you are the son of Ronald Marc George and Barbara George.

Admit that Ronald Marc George served as the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Admit that you are part owner of Los Angeles-based 1st Century Bank.

Admit that 1st Century Bank is largely owned by Alan Rothenberg, former president of the State Bar of California.

Admit that you are a director of Los Angeles-based Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that up until very recently, Holly Fujie was a director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Holly Fujie served as president of the State Bar of California.

Admit that the State Bar of California is an “arm” of the California Supreme Court.

Admit that the State Bar of California funnels around $300,000.00 per annum to Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Bonnie Rubin is Senior-Vice-President of 1st Century Bank.

Admit that Bonnie Rubin is a member of State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission.

Admit that Holly Fujie is a member of State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission

Admit that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order to show cause why Thomas Girardi should not be sanctioned, suspended or disbarred.

Admit that very shortly after said order was issued, then Chief Justice Ronald George appointed Thomas Girardi as member of the Judicial Council.

Admit that Rex Heinke of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP served as a of the Judicial Council.

Admit that Rex Heinke of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP serves as  director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Bet Tzedek was established by a Rabbi.

Admit that Bet Tzedek operate pursuant to a biblical commandment.

Admit that The Leslie Brodie Report similarly operates pursuant to the same said commandment.

Admit that Bet Tzedek discriminates on the basis of religion, on its face and as applied.

Admit that Bet Tzedek engages in fraud.

Admit that Bet Tzedek falsely advertises that it offers free legal services.

Admit that Bet Tzedek is in a contractual relationship with the County of Los Angeles by which Bet Tzedek  obtains payments for offering those “free” legal services.

Admit that some of Bet Tzedek services are offered exclusively to members of the Jewish faith.

Admit that Bet Tzedek current CEO is Sandor Samuels.

Admit that Sandor Samuels is AKA Sandy Samuels.

Admit that Sandor Samuels served as in-house chief legal counsel to embattled Countywide Financial Services.

Admit that a RICO action is currently pending against Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

Admit that Holly Fujie is the Vice-President of the Foundation of the State Bar of California AKA California Bar Foundation.

Admit that similar to the State Bar of California, the California Bar Foundation also funnels funds to Bet Tzedek.

Admit the fact that Holly Fujie concurrently served as member of all 4 entities  (State Bar of California Board of Governors, California Bar Foundation, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission) doesn’t pass the smell test.

TO BE CONTINUED.

TLR Mulls Urging Anti-Defamation League to Speak-Up Against Defamation and Mistreatment of White-Christian, Native-American Courtesy of Jewish-American Howard Dickstein, Jeffrey Bleich, Kathryn Werdegar, Jerome Fishkin, and Operatives From Bet Tzedek

Amid calls for an examination of myriad abuses inflicted by Jews against fellow Americans, and consistent with our commitment to promote equal justice for all; The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) mulls urging US-based Anti-Defamation League to use its resources to combat such atrocities, to wit:

JEROME FISHKIN

Simply put, Mr. Fishkin engaged in discriminatory practices and speech that demonstrate invidious animosity toward a group different from that to which he belongs, namely White Christians.  This is particularly true if the individuals in question are members of the working class and appear to be people of faith.

As is evident from Mr. Fishkin’ Facebook postings, the average middle-class Christian white family is an irritant to him, and he holds in his heart enormous animosity and contempt toward them.

Jerome Fishkin Making Fun of Redneck. - Copy

 

As such, he often uses pejorative and demeaning stereotypes to describe them. For example, on one of his Facebook pages, Mr. Fishkin mocks women from Virginia, their virginity and their vaginas. He sets forth the stereotypes that exist in his own mind, including that women from Virginia tend to be prudent in the area of sexuality; he then attempts to make a joke about their virginity, and wonders if do or do not have vaginas. He ultimately concludes that they must, in fact, have vaginas.

Mr. Jerome Fishkin making fun of redneck - Copy

 

Yet another example of Mr. Fishkin’ leanings is an offensive photograph posted on his Facebook page. The photo, referred to as “REDNECK  is clearly intended to make fun of “REDNECKS” as lower-class, beer-drinking idiots.

By taking such cheap shots, Mr. Fishkin amuses himself and some of his Facebook friends, including Susan Margolis.

 

JEFFREY BLEICH

As necessary background, it should be mentioned that Mr. Bleich is a Jew. He lives in Berkeley, and is quite liberal in his politics. Nothing mentioned in this paragraph as part of Mr. Bleich’ background presents any problem. Rather, the information is included to provide context for his actions described below.

In 2008, Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West of Morrison & Foerster, and Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest (all major fundraisers for Barack Obama) were in attendance during a speech by which Senator Barack Obama uttered the following:

  ” And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”


Mr. Jeffrey Bleich.  In an editorial dated September 30, 2008, Metropolitan News-Enterprise’s Roger Grace wrote:  “But in light of the proclivities he (Bleich) evinced in connection with his Sept. 26 political fundraiser, a question is raised in my mind as to his fitness for the high stations in the federal government which I suspect that he covets and for which he might well be destined .” Grace’s editiorial HERE (Image:courtesy of Wikipedia)

Separately, as matters presently stand, prima facie evidence creates the appearance of a sophisticated financial scheme executed in 2008 involving Democratic party operatives James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tulles & Olson (the current U.S. Ambassador to Australasia and friend of President Obama), Assistant Attorney General Derek Anthony West (aka Tony West), and Chris Young, as well as others to misuse the $780,000 originating from the California Bar Foundation.

According to the sources, in 2007-2008:

–James Brosnahan, the self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” (and former prosecutor of Caspar Weinberger), while associated with  Morrison & Foerster executed from behind the scenes a scheme known as CaliforniaALL, which collected “hush-hush” sub rosa funds totaling approximately $780,000 from the Foundation of the  State Bar of California.

–Chris Young, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

–Tony West, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as Barack Obama’s California Co-Chair of the California Finance Committee.

–Susan MacCormac, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, legally created the entity known as CaliforniaALL and served as its legal counsel.

–Annette Carnegie, while associated with Morrison & Foerster, served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation during the period of the sub rosa transfer of the above-referenced $780,000.

–Jeffrey Bleich, while associated with Munger Tolles & Olsen, served as a member of both the Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation’s board during the period of the sub rosa transfer of $780,000.  Bleich is a friend of President Obama who presently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.    Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson, where Bleich serves as partner.


The California Bar Foundation is maintained and controlled by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California — which is largely comprised of California Democratic Party operatives such as “Shakedown Artist” Gwen Moore of Shrimpscam ; Jeannine English — the wife of controversial gambling attorney and Democratic Party operative Howard Dickstein; “Gay Godfather” Dennis Mangers; Democratic Party operative Joseph Lawrence Dunn (aka Joe Dunn) of Voice of OC; Nancy Fineman, a partner at the firm of Democratic party operative Joe Cotchett; and Jon Streeter, President of the California State Bar Board of Governors and a partner at the firm of Democratic Party operative John Keker,  former prosecutor of Oliver North.

 

HOWARD DICKSTEIN

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.

 

BET TZEDEK

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Rabbi Stan Levy, Co-Founder of Bet Tzedek

Using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

KATHRYN WERDEGAR

As was reported earlier, in a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, prominent Marina Del Rey-based legal expert Dan Dydzak alleges that California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar obstructed justice by participating in a scheme to boost the financial well-being of an entity (the Institute on Aging or “IOA”) headed by her husband, David Werdegar.

David Werdegar, Kathlyn Mickle Werdegar, Matthew Werdegar
(L-R) Dr. David Werdegar of IOA; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar; Matthew Werdegar of Keker & Van Nest Where Straw Man Jon Streeter Serves as the President of the State Bar of California.

The suit avers that Justice Werdegar failed to inform interested parties of the fact that entities such as brokerhouse Charles Schwab and law firm Morrison & Foerster, for example, are major donors to the IOA,  totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Dydzak alleges that he sustained legal injury due to his role in suing Charles Schwab on behalf of a client — a former paramour of Charles Schwab co-founder, Hugo Quackenbush — and subsequent retaliation by various entities that sought to silence him (and his client), including the now-defunct law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin which previously represented Charles Schwab.

According to Dydzak, once his allegations of retaliation by Howard Rice and others were presented for adjudication before Justice Werdegar, she had an absolute duty to either obtain a waiver from Dydzak or recuse herself because of Charles Schwab’s financial donations to IOA, neither of which she did.

Dydzak further alleges that Werdegar’s failure to take these steps stemmed from a civil conspiracy entered into by the various parties, and specifically Charles Schwab and David Werdegar, by which Justice Werdegar would rule against Dydzak, ipso facto preventing him from further developing the case against Charles Schwab because this would have exposed Charles Schwab’s various alleged unlawful activities while at the same time enriching her husband David Werdegar financially — and, by extension, enriching her as well.

Shortly before Dydzak filed his lawsuit, David Werdegar abruptly resigned from his post as the CEO of IOA.

The Institute on Aging is a San Francisco-based senior care facility. It started as part of Mount Zion hospital (a client of Howard Rice) , and metamorphosed into its current format.

The overwhelming majority of IOA funding is provided by the City and County of San Francisco, which has a contractual relationship with IOA, and by donations by primarily Jewish foundations, such as Lisa and Matthew Chanoff, the Rose and Eugene Kleiner Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, Bernard and Barbro Osher, and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

 

 

Darrell Issa Takes on Countrywide Financial’s Crony Capitalism (TLR Note:It Appears Joe Zernik and Dan Dydzak Were Correct to Point Finger at Countrywide, Sandor Samuels and Jewish Operatives at Bet Tzedek Hiding Behind Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie)

Most people don’t talk about it anymore, but the current economic crisis is rooted in the corruption of the mortgage market, particularly in instruments known as “sub-prime loans” and in the Democrats stonewalling of Republican efforts to force reform on the lending giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The whole business stinks like fish left out too long in the hot sun, not that anything has really been done about it.

Hopefully that may change now that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a new report following the committee’s three year investigation into the activities of Countrywide Financial Corporation—which was acquired by Bank of America in 2008. It’s a frightening account, documenting the company’s use of what the committee called “discounted mortgages to influential Washington policy figures” to win friends and influence people.

“Countrywide used its VIP Program to aid its lobbying efforts as well as to strengthen its relationship with taxpayer backed Fannie Mae. Countrywide partnered with Fannie Mae in a strategic business alliance that also included joint lobbying efforts,” said a committee release.

According to committee chair Darrell Issa, the investigation determined that “Countrywide lobbyists and CEO Angelo Mozilo used discounted loans as a tool to ingratiate itself with policymakers in an effort to benefit the company’s business interests.”

“A former lobbyist for Countrywide testified that Members of Congress, staff, and other government officials were directed to the company’s VIP program as part of an effort to create a favorable impression of the company on Capitol Hill. This preferential treatment—that varied depending on the influence of the borrower—was not routinely offered to the public,” Issa said in a release.

Please continue @:

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2012/07/06/corrupt-mortgage-ma…

 

As previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

2008: Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Jeff Bleich) Finding Common Ground with Barack Obama (TLR Note: 1- Notice Ruthe Ashley AND CaliforniaALL )

Motion to Strike RICO Defendant Eric George (Represented by Lisa Von Eschen of Abelson & Herron) Non-Verified Answer to Complaint in Matter of Dydzak v. Dunn

6.22.12 Confor. Copy Motion to Strike Unverif. Ans. in Dydzak v. Dunn.pdf Download this file

 

As mentioned previously, Alan Rothenberg and Eric George (owners of Los Angeles-based 1st Century Bank) will be represented by the law-firm of Abelson & Herron in litigation filed against them and others in Orange County Superior Court.

Abelson & Herron sells itself as “a small firm with big firm attorneys.” Hence, one would expect a minimal level of professionalism and competency from Abelson & Herron and more specifically from “of counsel” Lisa Von Eschen. Not so.

Information obtained by The Leslie Brodie Report points to the following:

Eric George missed his deadline to file an answer to the suit, and only did so after a request for entry of default was submitted.

Additionally, rather then filing a verified answer to the verified complaint, Abelson & Herron filed a general denial alleging, among others, that the plaintiff is actually at fault since he had breached a residential contract with Eric George.

Later — and despite the fact that Eric George appeared in the action by virtue of filing a general denial relating to an imaginary real estate contract between himself and the plaintiff — Lisa Von Eschen still maintained that Eric George would not appear for an upcoming scheduled videotaped deposition because he had not been served with the complaint.

Eric George (son of Ronald George) and Alan Rothenberg, both of whom have strong ties to Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles, stand accused (along with Holly Fujie) of masterminding a scheme by which some of the funds obtained from the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars were embezzled.

As previously mentioned, serving along with Holly Fujie on the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission are Bet Tzedek board member David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers and, shockingly, Bonnie Rubin — vice president of 1st Century Bank who sources maintain are also likely to be named as defendants in the suit.

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

Motion to Strike RICO Defendant Eric George (Represented by Lisa Von Eschen of Abelson & Herron) Non-Verified Answer to Complaint in Matter of Dydzak v. Dunn

6.22.12 Confor. Copy Motion to Strike Unverif. Ans. in Dydzak v. Dunn.pdf Download this file

 

As mentioned previously, Alan Rothenberg and Eric George (owners of Los Angeles-based 1st Century Bank) will be represented by the law-firm of Abelson & Herron in litigation filed against them and others in Orange County Superior Court.

Abelson & Herron sells itself as “a small firm with big firm attorneys.” Hence, one would expect a minimal level of professionalism and competency from Abelson & Herron and more specifically from “of counsel” Lisa Von Eschen. Not so.

Information obtained by The Leslie Brodie Report points to the following:

Eric George missed his deadline to file an answer to the suit, and only did so after a request for entry of default was submitted.

Additionally, rather then filing a verified answer to the verified complaint, Abelson & Herron filed a general denial alleging, among others, that the plaintiff is actually at fault since he had breached a residential contract with Eric George.

Later — and despite the fact that Eric George appeared in the action by virtue of filing a general denial relating to an imaginary real estate contract between himself and the plaintiff — Lisa Von Eschen still maintained that Eric George would not appear for an upcoming scheduled videotaped deposition because he had not been served with the complaint.

Eric George (son of Ronald George) and Alan Rothenberg, both of whom have strong ties to Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles, stand accused (along with Holly Fujie) of masterminding a scheme by which some of the funds obtained from the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars were embezzled.

As previously mentioned, serving along with Holly Fujie on the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission are Bet Tzedek board member David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers and, shockingly, Bonnie Rubin — vice president of 1st Century Bank who sources maintain are also likely to be named as defendants in the suit.

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

Greenberg Traurig willing to pay $61 million in mortgage fraud case (TLR Note: While no relations to allegations against Bet Tzedek, Sandor Samuels, Alan Rothenberg, etc… article a good reminder Fraud Happens)

A federal judge in Phoenix has given preliminary approval to a class action settlement that would have Greenberg Traurig paying out $61 million via its insurer.

The lawsuit accuses Greenberg Traurig and the Quarles & Brady law firm of aiding an alleged $900 million fraud by Mortgages Ltd. of Phoenix, which made high-interest loans to real estate developers. The founder of the company committed suicide in 2008.

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Martone on Thursday gave preliminary approval to the Greenberg settlement and previously gave preliminary approval to a $26.5 million settlement by Quarles & Brady.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2012/06/22/greenberg-traurig-wil…

Manatt Phelps & Phillips’ Rabbi Stan Levy of Bet Tzedek Legal Services Debates Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz Re Same-Sex Marriage Within Jewish Context

Sharing their opinions on same sex-marriage within a Jewish context were: Rabbi Stan Levy, founder of Bet Tzedek Legal Services and co-founder of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, a transdenominational school for rabbis, cantors and spiritual leaders; Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, teacher, author and founder of the nonprofit Chai Center; and professor Zev Garber, a Jewish academic and author.

The most conservative view of same-sex marriage was expressed by Schwartz, who said the Bible verses from Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 state that male homosexuality is a sin. But Schwartz said that for a secular Jew, homosexuality is not a problem.

 

Allowing gay Jews to marry within a synagogue sets a “dangerous precedent,” Schwartz said, adding that he believes the American Medical Association was pressured to see homosexuality as part of a normal spectrum of behavior rather than deviant.

“The Bible is from God,” Schwartz said. “You cannot change it from left to right.”

Levy offered a different—and more liberal—perspective of Jewish law on homosexuality. He considers the Torah a living document, one that evolves with humanity over time.

Please continue @

http://www.theacorn.com/news/2012-06-21/Faith/Jewish_leaders_debate_samesex_m…

 

For more about Bet Tzedek, please see @:

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

 

For more about Rabbi Stan Levy, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/rabbi-stan-levy/

2010 — 1st Century Bank Alan Rothenberg cites potential conflicts re California Pizza Kitchen in quitting Los Angeles Airport Commission (TLR Note: Resemble conflicts re Holly Fujie, Bonnie Rubin, Eric George, Bet Tzedek, Latham & Watkins ‘s David Lash)

The president of the Los Angeles airport commission resigned Thursday, saying his ties to a popular restaurant chain have complicated efforts to transform the dining and shopping experience for travelers at Los Angeles International Airport.

Alan Rothenberg, an attorney and investment banker in Century City, sent a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announcing his departure from the Board of Airport Commissioners, where he has served for five years.

City lawyers concluded that Rothenberg had potential conflicts of interest because he serves on the board and owns about $1 million of stock in California Pizza Kitchen, a restaurant chain directly and indirectly involved in bids for concession contracts. Rothenberg requested the review.

 

Please continue @:

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/03/local/la-me-resigned-20101203

JusticeCalifornia Assails Unsettling Tactics by Top Leadership of AOC, Judicial Council; Criticism of Barbara George Abound; Dan Dydzak Avers Retaliation by Howard Rice, Alan Rothenberg (TLR Note: See below)

Lending significant support to calls for an examination of corruption in the AOC, Judicial Council, and the California Supreme Court, a sharply-worded comment was posted by JusticeCalifornia on Judicial Council Watcher.

According to JusticeCalifornia: “Top leadership has used cleaners, expensive perks, public relations experts, grim retaliatory tactics, awards and whitewash by the boatloads to perpetuate and cover up the conduct described in the SEC report — all at public expense. The regular posters here have seen what can only be described as blatant waste, corruption and/or brutality at the highest levels of the branch– firsthand — and write about it, sometimes indelicately. So what? This is a blog, for heaven’s sake, not a Rose Garden presidential event!

Neither AOC Watcher nor JCW have been/are “politically correct” but they have been calling out bad behavior and posting very serious factually correct information for three years now — and it is ever so ironic to see that what those whom Ron George called “bloggers in jammies” reported is now being echoed in the press and in EVERY SINGLE investigation that has taken place.

It is nice and sweet that Barbara George apparently donated her time and energy to do an art exhibit. . . . .but really, it would have been much more meaningful for her husband to be awake at the wheel and protective of the branch and the public with respect to CCMS, courthouse construction and maintenance, AOC bloat and corruption. . . .etc. etc. etc.

And priorities are the point right?

Let’s see– should top leadership throw more money at the CCMS boondoggle and the most expensive courthouses in the country and a mismanaged wildly overstaffed and overpaid administrative body. . . .or keep courthouses open and staffed and serving the public? The answer seems pretty obvious but it wasn’t obvious to George or Sakauye. George had to get out and Sakauye had to be schooled by the legislature.

Tonight the national press did a high-profile piece on the ninth circuit’s jaunts to Hawaii on the public dime. Two national lawmakers commented on how the branch is complaining about budget cuts and how that affects the public, at the same time it is sending 500 people to Hawaii for a conference. The lawmakers suggested that perhaps the ninth circuit should re-think its priorities.”

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As to Mrs. Barbara George, a separate commentator stated:

” Barbara George was anointed Chair of the Supreme Court Art Selection Committee. It doesn’t pass the “smell test.” It doesn’t “hit my ear right.” It smacks of incest within the judicial branch. It’s nepotism at its finest. Regardless whether Mrs. George is paid through the AOC (that would stink!) or it is pro bono, it’s wrong. What happened to people who cared about even the appearance of impropriety? I’m sure there are other people in the whole state of California that could fill that position … oh, wait. Maybe in these dire economic times we should forego a Supreme Court Art Selection Committee. I loved the slideshow of the historic courthouses, the history, the architecture, but I bet there are other ways to find those pictures and the history. Right now, and for the past several years as the AOC fiddled and swilled down Grey Goose martinis, the point should have been to keep the trial courts open to the public! The motto, “We are here for the people we serve,” that is just bull-roar, right? The AOC should and must be disbanded.”

 

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Replying to criticism by a fellow commentator, Marina Del Ray-based Dan Dyzdak wrote:

“In response to reality chick, you must be a friend of the Georges and Alan Rothenbeg. Please remind Eric M. George, who engaged in RICO activities that his DEFAULT has been requested in the pending lawsuit because he failed to timely respond to the lawsuit. In addition, should he fail to appear at his deposition, a certificate of nonappearance will be taken.

Judicial Council Watcher lets me post my views as is my First Amendment Right. Others make comments which I do not control in any manner.

Two, the State Bar Court deliberately misstated facts, fabricated evidence and made false, misleading statements about my bar record. Major misstatements. The record is too substantial and consumes approximately 7 volumes and post-appeal proceeedings to try to remedy the State Bar Journal and State Bar Court’s major misrrepresentation of the facts and evidence.

In addition, the State Bar Journal often distorts facts in stories and is a propoganda vehicle for the Bar. Where is, for example, any story by the Journal of the misappropriation of monies of some $ 780,000 by California All–involving, among others, the present executive director of the Bar, Joe Dunn? Where is any story by the State Bar Journal that the State Bar refuses to even process a bar complaint against Joe Dunn or that he practices law regularly in Newport Beach and Santa Ana, even though he is presently a government employee–clearly an ethical violation? Where is any story about Judy Johnson and her misappropriation of funds to her personal use?

State Bar Judge Miles had improper ex parte communications with Howard Rice partners before putting me on inactive status. The State Bar prosecutor acknowledged that my prosecution was political and that I was targeted because I had sued former State Bar President Alan Rothenberg for clients, who it turns out was alllowing Ronald M. George to be part owner with his son, Eric M. George in his bank. This is a definite conflict of interest.
The State Bar prosecutor stated that he would file charges against me on any client complaint, even if it was meritless. Drexel was in effect “fired” for abusing his position.

Former Chief Trial Counsel Scott Drexel met regularly and illegally with
Beth Jay, George’s attorney, and had improper ex parte communications as to who to knock off. I was on their enemies list as were certain judges. To cite but one example of the distortion of facts, I was written up for alleged unauthorized practice of law when I was in federal court, in good standing with that court, and was never cited for unauthorized practice by that court. Judge Remke and others illegally invaded federal jurisdiction. Remke and others refused to disqualify Miles and set aside his decision although Miles had improper conflicts of interest. Miles had done work for Charles Schwab and the latter also used his influence with his Bar-connected attorneys to get me prosecuted. Schwab is also being sued in my lawsuit and has been served.

Three, a former AOC employee and others have given me evidence of major misappropriation of AOC funds. That is why my lawsuit is VERIFIED. I have been informed by various sources that Ronald M. George with Vickrey and Overholt used government funds time and again for their personal use. Ronald M. George can explain in deposition how he managed to make so much money and his extravagant lifestyle.

If Ronald M. George, Eric George and others can produce discovery that all sums were legitimately earned, they are free to do so. Given their “STALL” tactics to date in responding to the lawsuit, I doubt very much that they will meet that burden. As well, the son of Matthew Werdegar has been sued and served. He can explain in deposition how his mother, Kathryn Werdegar, can justify why she and George did not disqualify themselves, due to their financial conflicts of interests with respectively Charles Schwab and First Century Bank.

Many of the comments posted by Judicial Council commentators are corroborating and expanding upon much of the allegations in my verified lawsuit. I take extremely seriously the filing of any lawsuit and have a reasonable basis in fact and law for my allegations.

I knew Melvin Belli, one of the greatest attorneys of this state, and the Bar officials tried to get him disbarred twice–once over a scotch ad. Mr. Belli would have been appalled that the former Chief Justice George is accused of financial improprieties and the conversion of state funds.

It would be nice to see a honest Plaintiff’s attorney on the Judicial Council but I doubt that will happen.”

 

Please see sources @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/the-strategic-evaluati…

 

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TLR Note:

Dydzak clearly neglected to mention:

Enmenshment between Ronald George, Eric George, Thomas Girardi (of Ninth Circuit matter of In Re Girardi) and Howard Rice. 

For benefits Thomas Girardi had bestowed on Ronald George vis a-vis Eric George, please see @:

 

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/12/06/amended-class-action-complaint-hori…

AND @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/12/05/in-re-toyota-motor-corp-unintended-…

 

Singer Paul Anka serenades Former California Chief Justice Ronald George courtesy of Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese. (Image: courtesy of LA Lawyers Phil. )

 

Howard Rice and Eric George in honey worth billions matter of Winnie the Pooh, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com//?s=Winnie+the+pooh

 

Unsettling circumstances relating to Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Mike Feuer, Alan Rothenberg, Eric George, and Bonnie Rubin, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/bonnie-rubin/

AND @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/tag/bet-tzedek-legal-services-of-los-angeles/

 

 

Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk (defense lawyer who was chosen to act as special prosecutor against his clients Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack)  in the matter of In Re Girardi, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/12/08/jerome-b-falk-of-howard-rice-state-…

 

 

Skadden Arps colludes with Girardi & Keese in the matter of Fogel vs. Farmers Group, Inc. to the detriment of 14 million Americans, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/04/05/ethics-complaint-filed-with-califor…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amid Unsettling Revelations Concerning Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Eric George, Thomas Girardi, Alan Rothenberg, and Bonnie Rubin — Ronald George Will Be Asked to Explain Source of Funds to Purchase Estate in Beverly Hills and Nob Hill Condominium

Ronald Marc George — the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court who stand accused of embezzling funds — will be asked to produce documentation relating to his ownership of an estate in Beverly Hills, as well as his ownership of a condominium located in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

A suit filed in the Orange County Superior Court alleges that George, unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

Map image of 1333 Jones St #706, San Francisco CA 94109
Pictured above is the building at Nob Hill, where sources maintain Ronald George owns a condominium.  The actual address is 1333 Jones St #706 San Francisco, CA 94109 (Image:courtesy photo)

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

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Ronald George at a bondage club party. Also present was the dancer Monique Jenkinson with her drag queen alter ego,Fauxnique; along with a potpourri of BYPS (beautiful young people) and “guests in all manner of costumed finery, wearing mysterious masks to hide their identities.”During the party, a semi-nude woman was dancing in the shower. (Image:courtesy photos)

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Separately, TLR has learned that an examination is still underway relating to the relationship between Eric George and the San Francisco based law firm of Howard Rice Nemerovsky Canday Falk and Rabkin in matters relating to multimillion dollar litigation against the Walt Disney Company regarding unpaid royalties involving fictional character Winnie the Pooh.

Executive and Directors of The State Bar of California / California Bar Foundation Failure to Protect the Public and Mitigate Misleading Statements by Leslie Hatamiya Sparks Concern

Nearly six months after her abrupt departure from the California Bar Foundation amid controversy related to sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL, the former executive-director of the California Bar Foundation Leslie Hatamiya continues to falsely maintain that she holds the position of executive-director. Please see @: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/193803

Records examined by The Leslie Brodie Report provide in no uncertain terms that one Sonia Gonzales — a former confederate of Maya Harris (sister of Kamala Harris and spouse of Tony West ) is in actuality the current executive director of the embattled foundation.

As was previously mentioned, Hatamiya (alongside Holly Fujie, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Douglas Winthrop, and Judy Johnson) was part of a scheme to maintain secrecy over  the unlawful transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation to sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayu.

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 $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

 

JOE DUNN

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

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and 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, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)

Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”);

Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ;

Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law;

Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia.

Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL;

Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo;

 

 

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

 

 

Demurring Carlos Moreno Asked Court to Dismiss Suit

Attorneys for controversial former associate-justice of the California Supreme Court Carlos Moreno asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar.

The attack on the suit — which has become the talk of Los Angeles legal community, where lawyers avidly debate its merits — came in the form of a motion for demurrer by Moreno’s attorneys claiming the defendant is entitled to judicial immunity.

Sources familiar with the situation, however,  expressed skepticism over Moreno’s request as the suit does not seek to impose any monetary liability on the errant Moreno.

The suit came after alleged financial irregularities were discovered implicating, among others, Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

The suit also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

As an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, Justice Moreno gained famed as the only  justice who voted against Prop 8 and believed the rights of minorities should never be enshrined in the constitution by a simple majority vote.

Following his retirement from the California Supreme Court, Carlos Moreno assumed an of-counsel position with Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella.

BREAKING NEWS: Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Has Contacted YR In Re CaliforniaALL; Circumstances Involve Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Tom Girardi and James Brosnahan of Voice of OC; Geoffrey Brown, DOJ’s Tony West and Sister-In-Law Kamala Harris

voice of oc

 

* The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) urges the readers to exercise caution and not jump to conclusions regarding misconduct by anyone.We are carefully following a major developing story out of California, and will provide around-the-clock coverage and post updates as they become available.

According to sources seeking anonymity, the complainant —  a Yolo County-based rabbi who exposed the scheme in conjuction with The Leslie Brodie Report — has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) in connection with a complaint previosuly submitted to the agency relating to sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

CaliforniaALL was a non-profit entity headed by former State Bar of California Board of Governors member Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a long time friend of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayu.

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 $780,000.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (AKA California  Bar Foundation)  in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, the Foundation never acknowledged this transfer to CaliforniaALL — the largest grant it ever bestowed — via publications issued by 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.

 

JOE DUNN

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

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Joe Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.”

 

Voice of OC's Joe Dunn
Mr. Joe Dunn (image:courtesy photo)

Events surrounding the State Bar of California, California Bar Foundation, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC, and UCI Foundation, as well as the fact that those who were involved with CaliforniaALL (i.e. Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and 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, as well as Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie as California Bar Foundation BOD member during the transfer of $780,000  from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL ) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

MoFo Legal Counsel

 

Additionally, the belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Mr. Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed).

Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” (as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it receive from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce the suspicion. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi, as well as Voice of OC’s refusal to comply with IRS rules mandating  that it makes available upon request Forms 990 it had submitted to the IRS within the last three years.

MoFo Team
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R)

Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”);

Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice which represented PG&E ;

Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of MoFo’s legal team which created CaliforniaALL.

Mr. Tony West – a “mentee” of Willie Brown and CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris brother-in-law;

Mr. James J. Brosnahan — original member of the BOD at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC. Brosnahan represented El Paso Corp during California Energy Crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi who also served as original BOD member at Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC, alongside Martha Escutia.

Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL;

Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo;

 

 

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

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

And @

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

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has promoted Scott Packman — Board Member of Controversial Bet Tzedek — to Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

MGM Scott Packman

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has promoted Scott Packman to Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and appointed Cheryl Rodman as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. The announcement was made today by Ken Schapiro, Chief Operating Officer of MGM.

Prior to joining MGM’s legal affairs department, Packman served as General Counsel, EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, and Corporate Secretary with entertainment software company Creative Planet, Inc. where he was a member of a five-person Executive Committee responsible for making all major business and strategic decisions for the company. Previously, Packman was with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where he was responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements ranging from motion picture, television and video game distribution, intellectual property, Internet and product placement, to executive employment contracts.

Packman began his career at the law firm of Rogers & Wells in New York. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as Board Member and Secretary of Bet Tzedek, a pro bono legal services organization, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Honors Business Program at The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Steering Committee for the UCLA School of Law’s Annual Entertainment Law Symposium.

Please see source @:

http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/mgm-promotions-general-counsel-scott-packman-…

 

Separately, and was reported here earlier, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Beware of Mike Feuer – Ronald George – Bet Tzedek Connection; Wendy Darling Assails Ernesto Fuentes of California’s AOC ; JusticeCalifornia: “Corruption starts at the very, very top” ; AOC’s man in Switzerland — Todd Allen Thor

In what appears to The Leslie Brodie Report be a disguised maneuver by California assembly member Mike Feuer — former executive director of Bet Tzedek and  a confederate of Ronald George —   California’s assembly budget subcommittee was urged by Feuer to  whittled down the AOC to  770 employees. He also suggested the diversion of 20 million from the assigned judges program to preserve core court operations.

For more about Feuer’s position, please see @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/a-los-angeles-assembly…

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Wendy Darling — a frequent commentator on Judicial Council Watcher who possesses invaluable information given her position with the AOC — assailed  AOC’s HR Division. 

According to Darling: “It is worth noting that in less than three years, Ernesto Fuentes and SofaMan burned their way through 3 AOC Senior Managers of Classification and Compensation in the AOC’s HR Division, each of whom would not go along with the abuses of classification, compensation, fraud in securing employment, and other personnel practices, such as telecommuting from out of state, or out of the country, that they opposed on legal and ethical grounds and were being ordered to engage in by Fuentes, SofaMan, Vickrey, and Overholt, and in some situations, by Ron George himself, and there is documentation to prove it.”

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In a separate comment, JusticeCalifornia stated:

“Yes Always Amazed, corruption starts at the very, very top. Which is why in 2006 (relatively late in the game, as far as I can tell from other seasoned posters on this site) I shifted my focus from the corruption in Marin and Santa Clara to those in top leadership at the state level who were modeling, promoting, facilitating and/or covering up the corruption in Marin and Santa Clara. Starting with Ron George.

JCW is right– go for the head of the snake. I have found that you get at the head by LOUDLY documenting and reporting the fact that the head has been informed of the problems but the head a) does nothing and/or b) covers up or excuses the problems and/or c) tries to kill the messenger and then d) tries to obfuscate or destroy the evidence of all of the above.

As far as I can tell, top leadership has had the most trouble with the killing-the-messenger part. They haven’t understood that in the real world, if you wrongfully bully and whack someone up side the head, you are eventually going to get your ass kicked.

Team George wrongfully and imperiously whacked members of all three branches as well as the public up side the head while robbing them blind.

As a result Team George has been and is getting its ass kicked. All remaining Team George members need to fold up their tents and go home. Or else, as far as I can tell, the public asskicking of Team George will continue.

By the way, in my travels looking up Kiri Torre and Santa Clara, I found this from 2005:

http://www.jmijustice.org/current-projects/urban-courts/

It appears very many of top leadership’s favored court administrators have been involved together in the JMI and/or NCSC. You cannot tell me that these people — who travel all over the place to “study” court management and have served on the Judicial Council and/or many JC/AOC committees– didn’t notice what has been going on at the AOC since the late 90?s.”

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Lastly, The Leslie Brodie Report has learned the much discussed AOC’s employee who telecommute from Switzerland,  is none other than banking regulatory attorney Todd Allen Thor.

Yolande Erickson, a Bet Tzedek attorney: “It’s a nasty world out there, and there’s always a new scam.”

Yolande Erickson, a Bet Tzedek attorney, said that developmentally disabled adults can easily become targets of scams and abuse without their families’ continued protection.

Erickson noted cases in which families discovered that their adult children had signed contracts for cellphones and even car purchases. Others have been approached with marriage offers by suitors wanting legal immigration status or have been taken to hotels and sexually abused.

And without the ability to make sound medical decisions, disabled adults can at times endanger their health.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-conservator-20120521,0,3229651.story

 

Seperatly, and as was reported earlier, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission Roster Which Includes Holly Fujie, Alen Rothenberg’s 1st Century’s Bonnie Rubin, and AOC’s Donna Hershkowitz

LSTF_ROSTER.pdf Download this file

 

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Amazon Defense Coalition’s Karen Hinton Hereby Asked to Opine on Rico Suit Filed Against Bet Tzedek of Los Angeles — Entity Joined at the Hip with Scott Edelman of Gibson Dunn, Nemesis of Stephen Donziger

Amazon Defense Coalition’s Karen Hinton is hereby asked to comment on alleged racketeering activities at the Los Angeles-based Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

Please observe that, rather than contacting Amazon Defense Coalition’s Karen Hinton  directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.

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

BREAKING NEWS: 1st Century Bank’s Bonnie Rubin and California Administration Office of the Court’s Donna Hershkowitz Under Scrutiny

B R E A K I N G….. N E W S…………D E V E L O P I N G………..

*The Leslie Brodie Report (TLR) urges the readers to exercise caution and not jump to conclusions regarding misconduct by anyone.

We are carefully following a major developing story out of California relating to Bet Tzedek, 1st Century Bank, Ronald George, Eric George, Holly Fujie, Countrywide’s Sandor Samuels, and  Administration Office of the Court.

Bonnie Rubin 1st Century Bank

 

Sources close to the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain the multi-prong, multi-parties probes are rapidly expanding and encompasses broader inquiries than had been acknowledged, with “major breakthroughs” the sources describe as “alarming.”

Specifically, per the sources, a red flag has been raised over Bonnie Rubin —  Senior Vice President at 1st Century Bank and member of the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission — due to the overall circumstances surrounding Alan Rothenberg, Ronald George, Eric George, Holly Fujie, and Bet Tzedek.

Similarly, AOC’s Donna Hershkowitz, also a member of the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, is viewed with “piqued curiosity,” per the sources.

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

 

Dr. Joseph Zernik M.D. Ph.D — Hereby Asked to Comment on Matters Relating to O’Melveny & Myers ‘ David Lash in Connection with Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, Sandor Samuels, State Bar of California

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 the story, Joseph Zernik is hereby asked to comment on unsettling circiumstances sorroundingO’Melveny & Myers’ David Lash, Bet Tzedek, Holly Fujie, and the State Bar of California.

David Lash is a counsel in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles and Century City offices. He serves as Managing Counsel of the Firm’s public interest and pro bono services, helping the pro bono program become one of the most acclaimed in the country.

David’s experience includes representing and counseling clients on a wide range of issues relating to complex business litigation, including trial and appellate representation, real estate matters, corporate governance, board relations, labor and employment, and all areas of public policy and community relations.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, David was Executive Director of Bet Tzedek.

Board Member,  Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCO); co-chair of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission of the California State Bar

Community Service,  Bet Tzedek, Board of Directors; State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund Commission; Public Counsel; ACLU Foundation of Southern California; Harriett Buhai Center; UCLA Moot Court Program; member, Jewish Federation Council, Council of Agency and Federation Executives (1994-2003); Jewish Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Fairfax LANI (Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative) (1995-2002); Los Angeles Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (1994-2003); Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2005-2007); Jewish Federation Counsel, Caring for the Needy Committee, Community Involvement Committee; Adjunct Professor of Law, Stanford University School of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law;

 

As was previously reported, using a law originally enacted to combat the mafia, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar recently took the rare step of suing “Bet Tzedek,” a Los Angeles-based Jewish non-profit entity, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (“RICO”).

Also named as part of the alleged racketeering enterprise were banker Alan Rothenberg, David Pasternak, Sandor Samuels, Ronald George, and his son Eric George (who serves as a member of Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors).

RICO is a federal law that authorizes a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows for the leaders of a syndicate to be held civilly liable for the crimes that they ordered others to commit or which they assisted in committing.

The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican.

Specifically, and in connection with some of Bet Tzedek’s alleged racketeering activities, the suit maintains that Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services — was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.

The suit also asserts that other individuals engaged in racketeering activities, including David Pasternak — a Los-Angeles based “receiver,” as well as an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — who allegedly used Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “receiver.”

The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.

As part of maintaining the scheme, the suit alleges, AOC employees Ronald Overholt and William Vickery were bestowed with various gifts, trips, kickbacks, bribes, excessive salaries, and the like. Similarly, and also as part of guarding the scheme, the suit alleges that defendants, at times, resorted to utilizing the services of Tom Layton — a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff/Senior State Bar of California investigator — to “illegally gather detrimental dirt” on various individuals who would oppose and/or object to the existence of said arrangements.

According to sources, Layton is part of an ongoing “ambulance chasing” scheme that the Girardi Syndicate operates in San Bernardino County vis-a-vis a satellite office located in San Bernardino and managed by Thomas Girardi’s son-in-law, David Lira.

Additionally, and per the sources, Layton has been previously utilized by the Girardi Syndicate to “assist” Sharon Major Lewis in selecting the names of nominees to be appointed as judges by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to garner the support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in endorsing judicial candidate the Girardi Syndicate deemed worthy of such an endorsement.

The suit also alleges that defendant Holly Fujie — an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club — engaged in various acts of misconduct while assisting Ronald and Eric George to transfer funds from both the California Bar Foundation (where she serves as vice-president) and the State Bar of California (where she served as a member of a committee responsible for distribution of funds) to Bet Tzedek totaling hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Bet Tzedek is based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1974, and is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Bet Tzedek is the exclusive provider of free legal services to low-income seniors through contracts with the City and County of Los Angeles.

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

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

 

Profile of O’Melveny & Myers ‘ David Lash (TLR Note: Notice Ex- Executive Director of Bet Tzedek, UC Irvine Connection)

David Lash is a counsel in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles and Century City offices. He serves as Managing Counsel of the Firm’s public interest and pro bono services, helping the pro bono program become one of the most acclaimed in the country.

David’s experience includes representing and counseling clients on a wide range of issues relating to complex business litigation, including trial and appellate representation, real estate matters, corporate governance, board relations, labor and employment, and all areas of public policy and community relations.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, David was Executive Director of Bet Tzedek.

Board Member,  Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCO); co-chair of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission of the California State Bar

Community Service,  Bet Tzedek, Board of Directors; State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund Commission; Public Counsel; ACLU Foundation of Southern California; Harriett Buhai Center; UCLA Moot Court Program; member, Jewish Federation Council, Council of Agency and Federation Executives (1994-2003); Jewish Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Fairfax LANI (Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative) (1995-2002); Los Angeles Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (1994-2003); Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2005-2007); Jewish Federation Counsel, Caring for the Needy Committee, Community Involvement Committee; Adjunct Professor of Law, Stanford University School of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law;

 

Source, please see @:

http://www.omm.com/davidlash/

 

 

 

Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles — Updated List of Board of Directors (TLR Note: Notice Mysterious Disappearance of Holly Fujie ; David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers Problematic as Co-Chair of Cal Bar LSTFC Which Funnels Funds to Bet Tzedek )

Jay Abarbanel
Retired

Jeffrey I. Abrams
Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro & Schulman, LLP

James N. Adler
Adler ADR

G. Carla Axelrod
Wells Fargo

Robert G. Badal
WilmerHale

Arthur H. Bilger
Shelter Capital Partners

Aviva K. Bobb
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Retired

Evan A. Braude
Law Offices of Evan Anderson Braude

Meryl K. Chae
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher
& Flom LLP & Affiliates

Maren Christensen
Universal Studios

James P. Clark
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Nancy Sher Cohen
Proskauer Rose, LLP

Mark T. Drooks
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim,
Drooks & Lincenberg

Scott A. Edelman
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Lewis G. Feldman
Goodwin Procter LLP

Michael A. Firestein
Proskauer Rose LLP

Gerald S. Freisleben
Foley/Freisleben LLC

Alan V. Friedman, Esq.
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Mark J. Friedman
Pinkberry

Terry B. Friedman
JAMS

Marc H. Gamsin
Alliance Bernstein

Eric M. George
Browne Woods George LLP

Lisa Gilford
Alston & Bird

Geoffrey M. Gold
Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff Inc.

Glenn Gottlieb
Gottlieb Mediation Services

Gordon A. Greenberg
McDermott, Will & Emery

Howard Grobstein
Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP

Daniel T. Gryczman
Regent Properties

Carole E. Handler
Lathrop & Gage LLP

Rex Heinke
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Gregory D. Helmer
Helmer & Friedman, LLP

J. Erik Isken
Southern California Edison

Richard B. Jones
Merrill Lynch

Stanley T. Kandel
Retired

Frank Kaplan
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Richard L. Kellner
Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP

Jeffrey H. Kinrich, C.P.A.
Analysis Group, Inc.

Luis Lainer
Lainer Investments

David A. Lash, Esq.
O’Melveny & Myers

Stanley W. Levy
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

Steven D. Lotwin
Capital Group Companies

Neal R. Marder
Winston & Strawn

Kevin S. Marks
Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.

Frank E. Melton
Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff Inc.

Linda Michaelson
Sheppard Mullin

Kenneth S. Millman
Millman Investments

Mark A. Milstein
Milstein, Edeleman & Prager

Barton P. Pachino
California State University Northridge
Business Law Department

Scott Packman
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

David J. Pasternak
Pasternak, Pasternak & Patton

Jay Rakow
The Lincy Foundation

Jeffrey E. Resnick
First Property Realty Corporation

Gary D. Roberts
Fox Entertainment Group

Peter K. Rosen
Latham & Watkins LLP

Erin C. Rotgin
Fox Entertainment Group

David J. Schindler
Latham & Watkins

Ronie M. Schmelz
Sidley Austin LLP

Robert M. Schwartz
O’Melveny & Myers

Allan Schweitzer
Post Advisory Group, LLC

Brette S. Simon
Jones Day

Jeffrey A. Sklar, Esq.
Sklar Law, P.C.

Glenn A. Sonnenberg
Latitude Management Real Estate Investors

David M. Stern
Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

Brian A. Sun
Jones Day

Jonathan A. Victor
Balmoral Funds

Leah E. Weil
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

Edward Weiss
TicketMaster

Bruce A. Wessel
Irell & Manella LLP

Michael A. Woronoff
Proskauer Rose LLP

 

Source @:

http://www.bettzedek.org/about-us/our-board/

 

 

David Lash and Holly Fujie as members of State Bar of California LSTFC, please see @:

http://tinyurl.com/7rggfy4

Countrywide Home Loans vs. Marcelos (TLR Note: Sandor Samuels’ s Countrywide Represented by Holly Fujie’s Buchalter Nemer )

ORDER DISMISSING COUNTRYWIDE’S COUNTERCLAIM ACTION WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Signed by Judge Alsup on October 15, 2008. (whalc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/15/2008)

 

Please see @:

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/california/candce/3:2008c…

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