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“Odd Fellows Homes of California” Revisited Amid Revelation Re Yolo County Judge David Reed [ TLR Note: 1. Notice current BOD Members Roster Does NOT include Judge Dave Reed. However, current roster is fraudulent as Judge Dave Reed is part of entity — per admission made to YR. Name of Judge Reed is not listed pursuant to a conspiracy involving President Dave Rosenberg to conceal name of Reed in order to mislead YR 2. Also, notice evasive/hair-splitting Judge Dave Reed seeks to mislead YR re claim “David Odd Fellow” has no connection to Odd Fellows Homes of California. YR also managed to extract admission from Judge Reed re Grand Lodge 3- More on story re disqualification of Judge Dave Reed — soon]

Odd Fellows Homes

Odd Fellows Homes of California

Saratoga Retirement Home - IOOF

Saratoga Retirement Community

An Impressive History is claimed by the Odd Fellows Homes of California dating back to 1893 when provisions were made for the establishment of the first Odd Fellows Home in California. That first Home was located at Thermalito, Butte County, three miles from Oroville. The move from Thermalito to a new Odd Fellows Home in Saratoga, Santa Clara County, occurred on November 18, 1912. For nearly 100 years Odd Fellows, their widows and Rebekahs have resided at the Saratoga Home.

Originally Two Home Boards – With the purchase in 1992 of The Meadows of Napa Valley, the Odd Fellows of California became owners of two retirement homes managed and operated by two separate non-profit corporations – Odd Fellows Homes of California and Odd Fellows Housing of Napa.

The Meadows in Napa Valley

The Meadows of Napa Valley

The Home Boards Merge into one corporation as the Odd Fellows Homes of California, incorporated as a 501 (3) (c) non-profit corporation. The combined board originally had 17 Directors, but the number of Directors has been reduced gradually until there are now 13 Directors including the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer.

Visit the Saratoga Retirement Community website and the Meadows of Napa Valley website for detailed information about the two retirement Homes operated by the Odd Fellows Homes of California

Additional information on both facilities may also be obtained by contacting one of the following Directors of the Odd Fellows Homes of California:

Judge David Rosenberg – Board Chair (2014)
Davis
(530) 756-0697
daverose@jps.net
Gerald Poarch – Board Vice Chair (2014)
Costa Mesa
(714) 850-0607
geraldpoarch@mindspring.com
Dorothy Handy – Board Member (2011)
Napa
(707) 255-4492
djhandy8@sbcglobal.net
Ray Link – Board Secretary (2014)
Saratoga
(408) 867-0231
grandlodge-ca@sbcglobal.net
Lynn Hill – Board Member (2012)
Napa
(707) 253-2324
hill3252@earthlink.net
Don R. Smith -Board Member (2013)
Linden
(209) 887-3829
donsioof@hotmail.com
Vic Bucher – Board Member (2014)
Davis
(530) 220-6077
yourcpavic@yahoo.com
Jay Johnson- Board Treasurer (2016)
Fremont
(510) 794-0708
ioof114@comcast.net
Robin Oliver – Board Member (2013)
Mill Valley
(415) 388-3806
roboliver@sbcglobal.net
Mary Ann Tschernoscha – Board Member (2013)
San Pedro
(310) 749-8905 (mobile)
mtschernoscha@mwe.com
Gerald D. Worth – Board Member (2013)
Napa
(707) 224-5659
worthcpa@DSLExtreme.com

Source @:

http://caioof.org/serving-the-community/odd-fellows-homes/

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In Re Disqualify Judge David Reed
In Re Disqualify Judge David Reed 4

In Re Disqualify Judge David Reed 1
In Re Disqualify Judge David Reed 3

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Complaint to IRS against Lea Rosenberg, Davis Odd Fellow, and Davis Rebekah Lodge (which mutually own David Odd Fellow Hall), please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/05/26/irs-to-investigate-soroptimist-international-of-davis-davis-rebekah-lodge-and-davis-odd-fellowspursuant-to-complaint-submitted-by-yolo-county-bas-16058157/

 

Judicial Council Watcher Reader Dubbed “Lando” Oddly Avers Yolo County Superior Court Judge/ Judicial Council Member Dave Rosenberg “Should Not Be The Subject of Attacks on His Honesty and Character” on Judicial Council Watcher Website

Amid growing controversy over Lea and David Rosenberg, and following on the heels of an article published by Judicial Council Watcher dealing with alleged improprieties by Judge David Rosenberg in the matter of  Ryan Clifford v. UC Davis Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity, a reader and frequent commentator of Judicial Council Watcher is now of the opinion that the “honesty and character” of Judge David Rosenberg should not be the subject of attacks on this website.(Judicial Council Watcher’s website) .

Specifically, “Lando” wrote: “JCW we need to please be fair on this blog. I respectfully disagree with some of Judge Rosenberg’s positions in support of the AOC and he may tend to be too long winded at times but the post about him above isn’t right. While we disagree on policy matters he should not be the subject of attacks on his honesty and character on this website. We need to focus on the issue at hand, the reformation of the Judicial Council and reduction of the AOC budget. ”

Lando’s comments comes in the midst of a growing controversy over the former foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury who has been identified as a potential wrongdoer in a civil inquiry into the peculiar circumstances surrounding familiar faces and a familiar casino in the context of a relatively unknown Davis-based non-profit entity, Progress Ranch.

Barbara Sommer
Barbara Sommer (image: courtesy)

Barbara Sommer (who currently serves as the president of Progress Ranch; President of California Grand Jurors’ Association – Yolo County Chapter) is being looked into for indications of whether she may have been the recipient of questionable gifts during a time period when she served concurrently as Treasurer of Progress Ranch and Foreperson of Yolo County’s Grand Jury in order to influence the outcome of various legal proceedings, and especially a Grand Jury investigation of Cache Creek Casino located in Yolo County.

The rapidly expanding multi-prong civil inquiry, conducted by TLR’s confederate — Yolo County’s YR –also views Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Chairman Marshall McKay, and attorney Howard Dickstein as parties who may potentially have a played a role in the scheme, although this investigation is continuing.

A source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintains that evidence shows that for a period of several years, four or five non-profits commandeered by Lea and David Rosenberg (Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows, Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc., and possibly Davis Sunrise Rotary Club) devoted unusual and, indeed, at times exclusive attention to financially benefit “foster youth” and/or “emancipated foster youth” in Yolo County.

For example, Lea and David Rosenberg (at times, with the assistance of Judge David Reed and CPA Victor Bucher) raised funds to support foster youth by mobilizing Davis Odd Fellows (“Breakfast with Santa”), Soroptimist International of Davis (“Texas Hold ‘Em” ), Davis Rebekah Lodge (“Crab Feed”), and Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. (“Orphan Scholarship Fund”).

Also being looked into are Gretchen Peralta and Allison and Robert Woolley. Both Peralta and Robert Wooley are directors of Progress Ranch. Allison Wooley sold tickets to “Texas Hold’ Em”.

Progress Ranch is a non-profit public benefit, Section 510(c)(3) agency providing residential treatment services for troubled children. It is licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Fees for the children are received from the Department of Social Services of the county where the child’s family resides.

GRAND JURY : Barbara Sommer on Yolo County Grand Jury / California Grand Juror’s Association ; Barbara Sommer as President of California Grand Jurors’ Association -Yolo Chapter ; YR’s Errata to Judicial Council Watcher In Re Barbara Sommer

Written by Barbara Sommer Thursday, 04 February 2010 06:03

by Barbara Sommer
Foreperson 2009-10 Yolo County Grand Jury

Yolo County is currently seeking members for the 2010-2011 Grand Jury. Nineteen citizens, selected by an interview and random draw, comprise this arm of the judicial system. It is a watchdog organization whose civil job is to investigate corruption, malfeasance, or simply inefficiency in the agencies and offices in its jurisdiction that receive public funds. Are local agencies doing their job? Are they following the rules? Problems are identified on the basis of complaints submitted from the public or from investigations initiated by the Grand Jury itself.
Applicants must be citizens, age 18-years or older, Yolo County residents for at least a year, have a sufficient knowledge of English, be of sound judgment and fair character, with no felony or malfeasance in office convictions. After being interviewed by a Superior Court Judge and  the Jury Commissioner, the applicants’ names are entered into a random draw. Nineteen are selected for the Grand Jury, with the remaining applicants as official alternates. Jurors serve for a term of one year, with a possibility of carryover to the next year for five jurors at the courts’ discretion.

Unlike the usual jury for a Court case, the Grand Jury is a more active body. It does its own investigations, including scheduling, data analysis, interviews, oversight visits, and writing reports. The main product of its activity is a public report issued at the end of its term in June. It can investigate any person, agency, or office in local government (city, county, special districts). However, the Grand Jury can neither prosecute nor punish. There is no direct staff support. The work is done by the nineteen members, although they can call on the designated Grand Jury Judge, County Counsel, District Attorney, and the State Attorney General for advice. In addition, a statewide organization (California Grand Juror’s Association) comprised of current and former grand jury members, provides education, training, and general support (see website at  http://cgja.org/).

In Yolo County, the jurors also serve as a criminal Grand Jury. The District Attorney may request the Grand Jury to return an indictment – a formal accusation leading to criminal trial. An indictment hearing is an alternative to a preliminary hearing in Superior Court. A key difference is that the Grand Jury hearing is secret. The DA may choose this alternative in order to protect witnesses or the accused, and to get a sense of the strength of a case from a community perspective.

Why serve? You may be able to bring to the jury a needed perspective based on your age or your particular background. Meetings are arranged to accommodate the schedules of people with work and family commitments. A strong Grand Jury is one that is truly representative of Yolo County’s diversity. You will learn much about local government, get an inside view of the criminal justice system, work with fellow jurors of different backgrounds, and learn about group processes and negotiation with colleagues holding different perspectives. The Grand Jury work requires a significant time requirement and can be tedious but a Grand Jury that is able to establish clear goals and procedures early on will be successful and personally gratifying.

For more information and an application, see http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=786

The application deadline is Thursday, April 15, 2010

Barbara Sommer, Foreperson
2009-2010 Yolo County Grand Jury

Source @:

http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3222:yolo-county-grand-jury-looks-for-diverse-membership-for-2010-11&catid=102:all-community-blogs

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Yolo Chapter, California Grand Jurors’ Association

Our mission:

To advocate for and provide support to the Yolo County Grand Jury.
To increase public awareness of the value of the Grand Jury in promoting a democratic, open, and honest system of county governance.

We have three general foci this year:

1) Outreach – meet with county officials and educate the public about the role of the Grand Jury

2) Implementation – follow up on report recommendations and responses of county and city agencies

3) Training – provide training for Grand Jurors

About us

The Yolo Chapter is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5 PM at Mojos, located at 428 First Street, Woodland, CA

Founding members:

James Cheney, Treasurer

Marie Kearney

Cathrine Lemaire, Secretary

Stan Moorhead

James Painter, Vice President

Barbara Sommer, President

Kathleen Stock, Member at Large

Source @:

http://groups.dcn.org/yolocgja/about-us

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Dear Editor of Judicial Council Watcher:

If not a bother, will it be possible for you to please delete my prior comment from this column. The comment contains inaccurate and incomplete information. For example, although yesterday I believed Barbara Sommer was the president of Yolo County Grand Jury, upon further research I discovered an error. Namely, that she is actually the President of Yolo Chapter California Grand Jurors’ Association. She did serve as grand juror/foreperson from 2008-2010.

Also, upon reflection, my comment of yesterday may create the wrong impression in the mind of your readers that I contacted the District Attorney of Yolo County for the sole purpose of reporting a crime by Judge David Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg, and Barbara Sommer.

In fact, the Yolo DA was primarily contacted to simply alert him of my plan to seek information directly from Lea Rosenberg and/or David Rosenberg due to their extensive (and in my opinion — suspicious) involvement with various non-profits as not to run afoul of rules pertaining to ex-parte communications.

As you know from reading parts of Dydzak’s lawsuit, after I unearthed various schemes including, for example, by Judicial Council / Voice of OC members Joe Dunn and Thomas Girardi (i.e. CaliforniaALL ), and after I reported Voice of OC to the IRS, members of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (i.e. Joe Dunn, Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — colleague of Chris Young who was a behind the scene actor of CaliforniaALL) pressed criminal charges against me with the Yolo DA “on behalf” of the entire “State Bar of California”

Since I strongly suspect Judicial Council members Mark Robinson (also part of CaliforniaALL scheme in his capacity as director of UC Irvine Foundation – where Joe Dunn serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and where CaliforniaALL forwarded all funds — including funds obtained from the California Bar Foundation), Tani Cantil-Sakauye (friend of Ruthe Ashley — CaliforniaALL executive director), and David Rosenberg are also somehow involved in provoking the Yolo DA , I begun to examine the background of David Rosenberg .

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/03/27/pay-for-view-was-an-aoc-plan-from-the-start/

More on Vic Bucher of Davis, California — Treasurer to Yolo County Judges and Longtime Confederate of Judicial Council’s Dave Rosenberg — Profile of Davis-based for-profit CCMS software company known as “Maintenance Connection, Inc” launched in 2000 by Bucher / other [ TLR Note: 1- CPA Bucher – not your average bean counter, rather , a powerful force in Yolo County and California 2. tactics similar to Kapor i.e. use of non-profits ? 3- connection to Reisig? Yolo DA? child support payments ? Childers Incorporated? 4. Overall, Bucher — unlike Judge Rosenberg — not of interest to TLR. 5. Judicial Council Watcher and Michael Paul hereby asked to opine on CCMS ? 5. Tip of the Day — Always be nice to your enemies — in case your friends will turn out to be bastards.]

Maintenance Connection provides Facility Maintenance and Asset Management Software (Browser-Based CMMS) to organizations worldwide. Our unique blend of technology and personalized service is a critical component of our client satisfaction. Our attention to service is evident in the people we hire, the systems we develop and the way we interact with our clients. Our Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) use leading edge browser-based technologies, and our amazing team consistently leads successful implementation projects.Specialties  Maintenance Software, b2b, CMMS, EAM, Preventive Maintenance Software, Work Order Tracking.
Source @:
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Maintenance Connection is the sole provider of a CMMS/EAM solution uniquely positioned to manage all aspects of a maintenance operation, right at the fingertips of maintenance personnel. Maintenance Connection can provide solutions in all aspects of maintenance, all packaged in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that allows you to manage maintenance, not software.Since 1999, Maintenance Connection has emerged as one of the dominant solutions providers. And our customers keep coming back again and again as a result. Our unique blend of customer focus and leading edge technology makes up an organization you will want to partner with.
Source @:
http://www.maintenanceconnection.com/mcv18/online/mc_company_overview.htm

SCRUTINY OF CALIFORNIA’S JUDICIAL COUNCIL INTENSFIES : Judicial Council Watcher Ponders Role of Judicial Council’s Dave Rosenberg of Yolo Superior In Re Cal Bar Prosecution of Clint Parish ; In Light of Overwhelming Evidence of Fraud by Judicial Council Members Joe Dunn of Voice of OC / UC Irvine Foundation, Mark Robinson of UC Irvine Foundation, Thomas Girardi of Voice of OC — TLR asks: Is Judicial Council’s Tani Cantil-Sakauye More Than Just Friend of Ruthe Catolico Ashley of CaliforniaALL Financial Scheme? Judicial Council’sJudge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County as Potential Accessory In Re Sham Search Warrant ? ; Alliance of California Judges Decries Tani Cantil-Sakauye Reappointment of Current Members to Judicial Council

He’s the presiding judge of Yolo county. He’s a judicial council member. He sits on the litigation management committee for the judicial council – the judges and justices who sit in an effort to manage the litigation against the branch – like the recent appeal of the Emily Gallup case. He has awards for himself posted on his website before they’re presented…. 

Presiding Judge Dave Rosenberg Robocall May 2012 apparently to every resident in Yolo County.

Public Utilities Code that applies to this call

PUC 2873.  Automatic dialing-announcing devices may be used to place calls over telephone lines only pursuant to a prior agreement between the persons involved, whereby the person called has agreed that he or she consents to receive such calls from the person calling, or as specified in Section 2874.

PUC 2874.  (a) Whenever telephone calls are placed through the use of an automatic dialing-announcing device, the device may be operated only after an unrecorded, natural voice announcement has been made to theperson called by the person calling. The announcement shall do all of the following:
(1) State the nature of the call and the name, address, and telephone number of the business or organization being represented, if any.
(2) Inquire as to whether the person called consents to hear the prerecorded message of the person calling.
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Canon of Judicial Ethics that applies to this call

CANON 5
A JUDGE OR JUDICIAL CANDIDATE* SHALL REFRAIN FROM INAPPROPRIATE POLITICAL ACTIVITY

Judges are entitled to entertain their personal views on political questions. They are not required to surrender their rights or opinions as citizens. They shall, however, avoid political activity that may create the appearance of political bias or impropriety. Judicial independence and impartiality should dictate the conduct of judges and candidates* for judicial office.

Now if the CJP wasn’t Big Dave’s bitch, do you think they might have something to say about content in light of the coincidence that Clint Parish being prosecuted in State Bar Court for said mailer? What are the odds that sitting on the all-powerful litigation management committee someone might be actually managing litigation and sending a chilling message to attorneys of “don’t take us on – or risk disbarment….”

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/03/18/aoc-in-woodshed-over-lb-chief-re-appoints-three-to-judicial-council-from-the-desk-of-jcw/

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Clint Parish
Clinton E. Parish, 41, is accused of making misrepresentations about himself and his opponent — Judge Dan Maguire — in the May 2012 election for Yolo County Superior Court.

Acccording to the State Bar of California, “Parish’s campaign materials falsely asserted, among other things, that his opponent was “involved in a sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia.” Parish’s campaign website erroneously claimed that he had been endorsed by the Winters Police Department and his yard signs gave the false impression that he had judicial experience.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “This is a serious charge…If the allegations are proved true, Parish could face penalties that range from a reprimand to disbarment.”

According to the Bee, “The State Bar’s disciplinary filing is rare. Just 28 such misconduct cases – including the one against Parish – have been filed by the bar since 2000, say State Bar officials. Of those, 21 cases were closed without an investigation. The Parish case is one of only two since 2000 to proceed to a hearing.”


California Judicial Council members Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (“best friend” of Ruthe Ashley of financial scheme CaliforniaALL), Yolo County Superior Court PJ Dave Rosenberg, UC Irvine Foundation’s Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson (confederate of Cal Bar executive director Joe Dunn of UC Irvine Foundation / Voice of OC / CaliforniaALL ), Assistant US Attorney Angela Davis.  Subsequent to an allegedly inaccurate mailer sent by Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish , who was running for Yolo Superior Court judge against incumbent Judge Dan Maguire, Judge Dave Rosenberg issued the following veil threat against Parish: “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.” (image:courtesy photos)

State Bar’s spokeswoman Laura Ernde stated to The Davis Enterprise that “the charges arose from a complaint that was filed with the State Bar, but the identity of the complainant is confidential at this point.”

As we mentioned previously, in response to the mailer sent by Parish’s campaign, a highly perturbed Judge Rosenberg launched an unprecedented attack on Parish.  This, despite knowing full well that California Canons of Judicial Ethics permit a judicial officers only to “endorse” candidates for judicial office. Specifically, and consistent with his new role, Judge Rosenberg, inappropriately so, resorted to sending a robocall out to many voters “to set the record straight” of what he called, “a nasty political hit piece” which “contains flat out lies and deceptions about a highly respected Judge here in Yolo County, Judge Dan Maguire.”  Judge Rosenberg also promised, inappropriately so, to retaliate against Clint Parish and issued a thinly veiled threat against him by stating: “This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant.”

According to Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”), he is “shocked and disappointed” by the prosecution of Clint Parish and surrounding circumstances.

YR stated: “As a resident of Yolo County, I was exposed to the campaign material of both Parish and Judge Dan Maguire — who is by all accounts, a gentleman.”

“The circulated political propaganda made it very clear that Parish is a prosecutor and not a judge, and as such, I was never led to believe that Parish had prior judicial experience, as the State Bar falsely alleges.  Any other unfortunate alleged misstatements concerning Judge Maguire were the fault of Parish’s campaign manager, and once those alleged inaccuracies were brought to the attention of Parish, he immidetly disavowed them,” YR continued.

“At the risk of sounding kitschy, everyone needs to remember that we don’t live in an error-free world, and I call on the person who filed the complaint against Clint Parish with the State Bar of California to withdraw it —  be it, as I speculate, Judge Dave Rosenberg or our spineless DA Jeff Reisig,” YR concluded.

Related story, please see HERE

For more about :

Judge Rosenberg, please see HERE and HERE

Judge Dan Maguire, please see HERE

Jeff Reisig, please see HERE

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Were Thomas Girardi and Joe Dunn Part of CaliforniaALL Financial Scheme in Judicial Council Capacity? Role of UCI Foundation’s Mark Robinson? Judge Dave Rosenberg as Potential Accessory In Re Sham Search Warrant ? Angela Davis?

Joe Dunn


MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: CHRIS YOUNG , JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST, ANNETTE CARNEGIE, SUSAN MAC CORMAC, ERIC TATE

” VOICE OF OC” TEAM — Henry Weinstein, Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi , Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, and Joe Dunn.  In September of 2009, Dunn (with the help of Girardi and Brosnahan) launched “The Voice of Orange County” — an online publication.  Additionally, Dunn is a trustee with the UCI Foundation — an entity which absorbed most of the grants CaliforniaALL had bestowed.

As mentioned before, in a letter to Joe Dunn,  YR wrote “Once Ashley assumed the position, the Foundation of the State Bar of California (which is under the complete control of the BOG) made a quiet and unlawful transfer of approximately $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL. At the time of the transfer, the individuals controlling the Foundation were Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, Howard Rice’s Douglas Winthrop, Geoffrey Brown, and a few others.

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

During its brief existence, CaliforniaALL obtained additional funding of close to $1.5 million from utility companies such as Verizon Wireless, Sempra, PG&E, and others.

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 you serve as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee. (Please note that this figure may change once I obtain CaliforniaALL’s final tax return.)

Note that from my perspective, the award of this grant is suspect as it appears that CaliforniaALL pre-selected UCI Foundation, making the simulated request for proposal (RFP) by Sarah Redfield that led to the grant a sham process. (Note also that Sarah Redfield later falsely claimed she “launched” SAL-UCI, and falsely stated on her resume that she was part of the “Curriculum Committee”; in reality, you and I know that SAL-UCI was established by Santana Ruiz and Rob Vicario, several years earlier.)

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. In the same month and year, you publicly launched your online publication, “The Voice of OC.” Public sources have stated that the Voice of OC was financed by various foundations, unions, and the like.

The fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent unlawful transfer of $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL were also involved in assisting you with the creation of “Voice of OC” has caused me to entertain the thought that “Voice of OC” may have been a recipient, at least in part, of the $780,000 misappropriated from the State Bar of California.

This belief is heightened given various events’ proximity in time — as noted above, Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month you 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 this belief. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges), and the friendship you share with him.”


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

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Judge Dave Rosenberg as Potential Accessory After the Fact ?

I. INTRODUCTION

Sara M. Granda v State Bar of California (2009 cv 02015)

In May 2009, Sara Granda graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and, like most of her peers, hoped to sit for the July 2009 bar exam.

California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 bar exam fee with a check, and Granda was assured that she was properly registered.


Ms. Sara Granda. It is easy to imagine Sara Granda in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, challenging the opposition, and fighting for justice with the force of her large personality. A ventilator, which she needs to breathe, would hang from the back of her wheelchair. An assistant would help her flip through files, since she cannot move her hands or arms. When she approaches the bench, Ms. Granda would maneuver her chair using her tongue. “So much of what happens in the courtroom is theater,” says Ms. Granda, 29, who has lived out her own drama since she became paralyzed from the neck down at age 17. “I’m not sure how much time I will spend in court as an attorney. But I know I could do it.” (Photo and Narrative Courtesy of www.alldeaf.com)

However, the State Bar of California’s Office of Admission, headed by Ms. Gayle Murphy, never processed Granda’s application because the Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 fee with a check, rather than a credit card The State Bar of California did not relent, and neither did Granda.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

Local and national media expressed outrage after the situation gained publicity as a result of statements by Governor Schwarzenegger, who publicly stated: “It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalized by a bureaucratic error that prevents her from taking the bar exam. Government should work for the people, not against them and I’m calling on the state bar to allow Sara Granda to take next week’s test. Sara is a fighter and I am with her all the way.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert A. Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “It’s a high-tech process, and people need to maneuver it successfully, and we can’t be in the business of helping any one person out with it.” Hawley continued: “That takes us down a path that ends up in a place we don’t want to be. How do you then choose which ones to help and which you don’t?”

“I worked very, very hard for every cent,” Granda stated to the local media. “So for everything to come together in the end and for it to just kind of fall through on such a minor, minor detail.”

True to her spirit, Granda filed an action in federal court seeking an order directing the State Bar of California to allow her to take the fast-approaching bar exam.


Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe. In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel. He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

The case was assigned to the courtroom of Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL. Judge England is the husband of California ALL board member Torie Flournoy-England who, together with State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson and Patricia Lee also served on CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.

Torie Flournoy Morrison England
After Judge Morrison England quickly filed for summary dissolution in Sacramento County Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was in existence — a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant. Serving on CaliforniaALL’s board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) was Torie Flournoy-England. State Bar of California Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC’s Michael Peevey, CPUC’s Tim Simon, as well as Judge England were part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council. The above photo, which was published on the cover of a local magazine in Sacramento, notes that the Englands wed in May 2008. (image: courtesy photo)

Making an appearance and vigorously contending that the federal court had no jurisdiction over the State Bar of California were State Bar of California emloyees, Larry Yee, Rachel Grunberg, and Mark Torres-Gil of the State Bar office of General Counsel, the same office that drafted the partnership agreement between CaliforniaALL and the State Bar of California, as well as attorneys from the law offices of Kerr & Wagstaffe.

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

In the midst of a public relations crisis arising from the mistreatment of the Sara Granda by the State Bar of California, an article was published in the California Bar Journal. The article was published on July 27, 2009, and was written by Diane Curtis.

As the reader will soon observe, this article is imbued with inaccurate information and is otherwise dishonest.
Article California Bar Journal about Granda

Soon after U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England dismissed the federal complaint filed by Granda against the State Bar, a Sacramento attorney, Stewart Katz, volunteered to help Granda, and did so by filing a writ of preemptive mandate against the State Bar of California.

The emergency writ was filed on July 27, 2009 and was served electronically on the State Bar. (See below.)

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Richard Zanassi, an attorney employed by the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel, filed an opposition in response to the writ. However, due to the wide media attention focusing on the case, the opposition was styled as a request for guidance by the court.

Thus, the article written by Diane Curtis and published in the California Bar Journal is dishonest as it misleads readers into believing that the State Bar, on its own accord, approached the California Supreme Court of its own volition, as an act of altruism and due to concern for Ms. Granda. Clearly, this was not the case.

In addition, one must wonder why Diane Curtis did not mention the fact that Granda, through Stewart Katz, filed the writ for mandamus.

As is made clear by its order, the Supreme Court decided the matter by granting the writ, and not by granting the State Bar’s purported request for guidance.

 

III. YR’S ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST LARRY YEE, MARK TORRES-GIL, RACHEL GRUNBERG, JUDY JOHNSON

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May 31, 2011

State Bar of California
1149 South Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: INTAKE OFFICE

Re: Complaint for Ethical Violations Against the State Bar of California; Lawrence Yee – #84208; Rachel Grunberg – #197080; Judy Johnson – #71360 ; Mark Torres-Gil – #91597.

INTRODUCTION

In lieu of submitting a complaint form, I submit this letter and enclosed materials as a formal complaint against the above-named attorneys for grave misconduct that took place in handling matters relating to applicant Sara Granda and the case of Granda v. State Bar of California.

As will be shown, the above parties, together and individually, engaged in egregious misconduct by conspiring and failing to disclose to the plaintiff the existence of a close relationship between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson,Patricia Lee, and the judge who presided over a case (Hon. Morrison C. England) in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

Furthermore, misconduct in the form of misrepresentations to the court took place regarding the current state of the law; further misconduct resulted from the discrimination against against the plaintiff based on her disability, and the unwillingness to comply with the ADA by affording the plaintiff reasonable accommodations. In addition, and adding insult to injury, the State Bar of California used the California Bar Journal as a tool to further injure and harass Granda by publishing an incomplete and inaccurate article which asserted that the State Bar had sought the advice of the California Supreme Court in determining how to resolve Granda’s claims. The article failed to mention that, in actuality, Granda had filed an action with the California Supreme Court for a preemptive writ and a writ of mandamus, such that the article misled readers regarding the actual circumstances surrounding Granda’s claims.

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

The Honorable Judge Morrison C. England is a United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of California who sits in Sacramento. Prior to assuming the role of federal judge, he served as a judge with the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge England is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, also located in Sacramento.

In approximately 2005, as part of his community involvement and extra-judicial activities, Judge England became involved in programs initiated by Elizabeth Parker, dean of McGeorge, and Sarah Redfield, a visiting professor from New Hampshire, relating to the promotion of diversity within the legal profession. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, an assistant dean at the career office at McGeorge School of Law who later assumed a position as a Diversity Officer at CalPERS, was also involved in these activities.

The diversity initiatives instigated by McGeorge were both local and national in scope. The local program in Sacramento was entitled “PacificPathways.” The program to promote diversity on a national level became known as “Wingspread,” which evolved into a series, including Wingspread – Blackboard, Bench, and Bar and Wingspread – Delivered and Deliverable, and the like. Torie L. Flournoy, a school principal from Sacramento, was also involved in these programs at the local level.

Because Ruthe Ashley also served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and Sarah Redfield served on the State Bar’s Council on Fairness and Access, the parties from Sacramento (namely, Parker, Ahley, Flournoy, Redfield and Judge England) became acquainted with individuals from the State Bar of California who were involved in matters relating to diversity, including Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, and Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie.

As such, it was common to observe the same participant names at various diversity-related events taking place around the country. For example, over a 3 day weekend in Monterrey on October 5-7, 2006, part of the Wingspread program ran concurrently with the State Bar of California’s annual convention. Some of the attendees included Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, Ruthe Ashley, Torie L. Flournoy, Hon. Morrison C. England, Dean Elizabeth Parker, and Sarah Redfield. (See attachment titled “Wingspread VI.”) This event, Wingspread — Blackboard Bench and Bar, was organized by Sarah Redfield. Similarly, in June 2007, and also part of the “Wingspread” series, a summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii at which Dean Elizabeth Parker, Hon. Morrison C. England, Sarah Redfield and Torie L. Flournoy were all in attendance. (See attachment titled “UH Manoh Law School.”)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Ashley and Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeffrey Bleich served as Vice President and President of the California State Bar, respectively. During that time frame, an idea was formulated to replicate an existing entity that would also absorb large sums of money from utility companies, and which would be used to allegedly promote diversity.

The original entity, the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF), was secretly controlled for years by State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson. Fines and settlements from proceedings before the CPUC and other cy pres funds of approximately $30 million dollars were funneled to CCPF, primarily from legal and administrative proceedings. Unlike the funds funneled to CCPF via cy pres funds or fines imposed by the CPUC, the funds flowing to the new entity would come from utility companies’ voluntary donations after they were urged by the CPUC and others to donate in order to further diversity.

As such, Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to then-President of the CPUC, Michael Peevey) invited Ruthe Ashley to a restaurant in San Francisco. As a result of the meeting, a new entity known as CaliforniaALL was formed as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity that would collect funds to theoretically be used to invest in promoting diversity. CaliforniaALL, which came into existence in 2008 and was abruptly dissolved in 2010, was considered to have been in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California. (See Attachment titled “Memo from Patricia Lee to BOG.”) In addition, the partnership stipulation between the State Bar and CaliforniaAll provided that the Board of Governors would appoint two of CaliforniaALL’s members to the Board of Directors.

Executive Director of the State Bar of California Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, and Judge Morrison England were members of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council” (see Attachment titled “CaliforniaALL December 2008 Newsletter”), affording Judy Johnson and Judge England numerous opportunities to meet and collude or, at a minimum, to create such an appearance.

CaliforniaALL obtained donations of almost $2 million, primarily from utility companies such as Sempra, AT&T, PG&E and, of course, Verizon Wireless. In addition, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie, and Leslie Hatamiya colluded to transfer $774,247 sub rosa from the State Bar of California Foundation (dba California Bar Foundation) to CaliforniaALL. (See attachment titled “Cal Bar Foundation’s tax return for 2008.”) In 2009, yet another $5,000 was transferred from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL for purposes of “researching” best practices. Hence, for simplicity’s sake, this complaint rounds the amount at issue to $780,000.

The transfer of $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL was never acknowledged by any of CaliforniaALL’s publications. Similarly, it was never mentioned in the California Bar Journal or the NewsRoom of Cal Bar Foundation, where all other grants were heavily reported.

It is my position that the transfer of funds was never mentioned because it resulted from a conspiracy by Ruthe Ashley, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, and Leslie Hatamiya (all, incidentally, Asian-Americans who are very active in the promotion of diversity) to quietly shift the $780,000, some of which would later be misappropriated and used for personal gain and kickbacks. Indeed, once the funds reached CaliforniaALL, some of it was misappropriated. In order to cover-up the misappropriation, false and inaccurate statements were submitted to the IRS by CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley. For example, CaliforniaALL, which was housed pro bono at the Sacramento Office of DLA Piper, falsely claimed in IRS filings that it had paid approximately $16,000 in occupancy fees. Additional financial improprieties also exist which cannot be disclosed due to the fact that the State Bar is the wrongdoer and, ironically, is the entity to which I am required to submit this complaint for processing.

It is worth noting that the California Bar Foundation is part and parcel of the State Bar of California, despite claims to the contrary and the contention that it is only affiliated with the State Bar. The fact of the matter is that the State Bar’s Board of Governors appoints all Foundation board members, including the president, and that the Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation reports directly to the Board of Governors and needs the Board’s approval to change any bylaws, for example.

In the meantime – after Judge England filed for summary dissolution in the Sacramento Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie L. Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was still in existence – a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

The action was filed by plaintiff Sara Granda and was titled Sara Granda v. the State Bar of California (Case Number 2:09-cv-02015- MCE; see attachment titled “Complaint by Plaintiff Sara Granda”). The matter was adjudicated by Judge England, who promptly dismissed it. Neither Judge England, the defendant, Judy Johnson, or defense counsel Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, or Rachel Grunberg disclosed to Granda the State Bar’s ongoing relationship with CaliforniaALL, to wit:

1. CaliforniaALL and the defendant (State Bar of California) are business partners.
2. Judge England and the Executive Director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) are members of CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.
3. Torie Flournoy-England, the spouse of Judge England, is a board member of CaliforniaALL, an entity that is a partner of the State Bar.
4. The unusual sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from defendant to CaliforniaALL.

By failing to make the disclosures mandated by these facts, the above-named attorneys committed misconduct, irrespective of the actual merit of Granda’s case or its outcome. As such, each must be disciplined for his/her wrongful conduct. Those attorneys are Judy Johnson, Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, Rachel Grunberg, and Holly Fujie.

Fujie, who participated in all the proceedings concerning CaliforniaALL (including, strangely, causing the ex post facto appointment of Peter Arth to the Council of Access and Fairness to give them a chance to meet and collude), was also a member of the Board of Governors’ Operation Committee and was briefed regarding Granda’s case. In addition, she was aware that Judge England was presiding over the case and that he and his wife were part of CaliforniaALL. In addition, Fujie served as the president of the State Bar of California and as a member of both the Board of Governors and Operations Committee, and was briefed on the matter; in fact, she authorized the expenditure of money to pay as legal fees to oppose the suit before Judge England. In addition Ms. Fujie participated in multiple diversity-related events at which Judge England and his wife Torie Flournoy-England were present; one such even took place on January 27, 2009, when DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia and the Office of Assembly-member Mike Davis co-hosted a reception honoring California ALL at the Tsakopoulos Galleria in Sacramento. Despite of all the above, Fujie –instead of speaking up concerning the obvious conflict regarding Judge England — kept quiet and looked the other way.

Even though the outcome of the Granda matter is irrelevant to a determination of the misconduct described above, the following paragraphs are included to provide further background and to rebut any allegation that the relationship between the Englands and the defendant caused no prejudice to plaintiff Sara Granda, or that the failure to provide fair administration of justice was otherwise harmless.

The fact of the matter is that the plaintiff Granda was severely prejudiced by the misconduct.

Granda, a 2009 graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law, intended to sit for the July 2009 bar exam. The recent graduate, a quadriplegic who can only move her head and fingers, arranged for the California Department of Rehabilitation to pay the examination fee of $600, which it did via check. However, the State Bar stated that it only accepts payments made via credit card, and would not allow Granda to sit for the fast-approaching bar examination. Plaintiff sensed unfairness and, like many recent law school graduates before her who approached federal court, she asked the federal court to award her both monetary and equitable relief in her lawsuit, which claimed that defendant State Bar of California violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The State Bar of California, which was represented by Michael von Loewenfeldt of Kerr & Wagstaffe, as well as Lawrence Yee, Mark Gil-Torres and Rachel Grunberg (State Bar in-house attorneys), asserted that the State Bar was immune pursuant to the 11th Amendment. (See attachment titled “Defendant’s Opposition.”) In its filing and opposition, defendant mostly cited as authority cases adjudicated by district courts around the country, as there is no clear authority addressing the interactions between the ADA and Eleventh Amendment immunity. Cases which held otherwise were not referenced by defendant, including Stoddard v. Florida Board of Bar Examiners and many other cases which held that, in fact, the ADA abrogates Eleventh Amendment immunity.

Misled, at least in part, by the argument advanced by defendant State Bar, Judge England promptly dismissed the case without giving Granda the chance to amend or plead around the issue of Eleventh Amendment immunity by, for example, naming Judy Johnson as a defendant in her individual capacity. In addition, Granda’s claim for monetary relief was completely ignored by the judge, and was never ruled upon.

Based on the foregoing, it is clear that the above-named attorneys engaged in egregious misconduct. The fact that they are part of the State Bar, an entity that should hold itself as a beacon of high ethical standards, coupled with Ms. Granda’s special circumstances, mandate and call for severe discipline.

IV. REPLY TO COMPLAINT BY JILL SPERBER OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

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V. SUBTERFUGE BY TORIE FLOURNOY-ENGLAND, SARAH REDFIELD AND RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY

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.

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.

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, 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” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

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, various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield with help from Twin Rivers Unified School District employee, Torie Flournoy.

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California 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. Subsequenty, CPUC General Counsel Peter Arth 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.

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

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.

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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.

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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 2007 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Allen Matkins managing partner Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and the former Director of Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

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Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine Director Karina Hamilton

On April 13, 2012 Adam Stock of Allen Matkins’ office in Orange County published the following:

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. 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”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

Unfortunately, again, 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.

In fact, metadata from Allen Matkins’ own photos reveals the photos below were taken on January 24, 2007, and not on April 2, 2010 as Allen Matkins (who’s managing partner is Bob Hamilton — husband of UC Irvine’s Karina Hamilton) falsely alleges.

The metadata results were obtained by examining the following links at www.findexif.com :

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

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http://calconsumerproductlaw.com/AllenMatkinsDiversity/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL02.jpg

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VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL -- Team Barack Obama
(L-R) USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, HUD’s Ophelia Basgal, Judy Johnson, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, James Brosnahan, and Kamala Harris. (Image:courtesy photos)

As matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL) , Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster known as CaliforniaALL.

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.

Initially, due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, I was under the impression that funds have been misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides, and/or Geoffrey Brown, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and 2007 Director of 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 asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. 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.

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.

These facts raised suspicions that money has 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, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of 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.

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.

VII.  STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA’S JOE DUNN AND JON STREETER OF KEKER & VAN NEST PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST YR WITH YOLO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY; PARTIAL COPY OF  DECLARATION OF BRUCE NALIBOFF PRESENTED TO JUDGE TIM FALL

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March 18, 2013

Dear Members and Others,

The attached articles deal with two subjects that are inexorably intertwined. The first by Courthouse News reporter, Maria Dinzeo, recounts the fact that the Chief Justice has reappointed three current members to the Judicial Council. The second article, by The Recorder’s Cheryl Miller, details a recent legislative hearing that focused on the money-sucking Long Beach Courthouse.

These two issues must be viewed in the larger context of a dysfunctional form of branch governance and the lack of a real system of checks and balances.

Reappointing the same judges/justices who have failed to appropriately oversee the bloated and entrenched bureaucracy is not a recipe for success. Rather, it is history repeating itself. We have not found a single instance when any of these three re-appointed members has voted against an AOC staff recommendation. They have fallen in lock-step with the other appointees who supported the failed CCMS project and repeatedly overlooked wasteful spending on court construction and maintenance. Recently each joined in rejecting the Chief Justice’s Strategic Evaluation Committee’s recommendation to end telecommuting for central office staff.

And that history brings us to the second article concerning the Long Beach Courthouse.

The Alliance has obtained an un-redacted copy of the building and maintenance contract that has left the judiciary on the hook for $2.3 billion over the next 35 years. We looked high and we looked low in an effort to learn who entered into this agreement where the construction/maintenance company bore zero risk. We can tell you that NO local court officials inked this deal. The bureaucrats from the AOC own this debacle from A to Z.

The Legislative Analyst correctly observed that the Long Beach project would go way over budget. That same Legislative Analyst had presciently warned that CCMS had not been properly vetted and was in danger of failing. Again the warnings have been ignored. And who suffers for these blunders? Certainly not those who entered into these contracts from the central office or the Council members who have repeatedly failed to rein them in. Instead the price is paid by every trial court in this state that is forced to layoff critically needed staff, close courtrooms and courthouses, make do with unsafe and overcrowded facilities, and shorten business hours for the public seeking redress.

Last week the Chief Justice addressed both houses of the Legislature. In her remarks she observed: “Structurally” the judicial branch was “reborn a mere 16 years ago.” Later in referring to the branch as “16 years young” she went on to say, “Like any adolescent it needs a check-in.” The Alliance would go one step further in this analogy: What adult in their right mind would give a 16-year-old carte blanche to spend over three billion dollars a year and not expect bad decision making and wasteful spending?

As we did with the CCMS fiasco, the Alliance is asking for the Legislature — which appropriated these monies the AOC and Judicial Council have so badly mismanaged — to direct respected State Auditor Elaine Howle to conduct an audit of the construction and maintenance programs overseen by the AOC. We caution the legislature not to be misled into thinking that the AOC-commissioned Pegasus report is comparable to a real independent audit, any more than were AOC-sponsored reports on CCMS. It is not. What is needed is an independent evaluation, just as was done with CCMS.

Finally, we thank State Senator Loni Hancock for shining the light on the Long Beach Court financing debacle by holding a public meeting. Senator Hancock’s question to AOC staff: “How did you let this happen?” — referencing the apparent belief by branch leaders that the State General Fund would pay for this behemoth — harkens eerily back to the days when our branch leaders and AOC staff attempted to shift responsibility for the concept of CCMS onto past Governors. Nonsense.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/03/18/aoc-in-woodshed-over-lb-chief-re-appoints-three-to-judicial-council-from-the-desk-of-jcw/

More on Judicial Council Technology Advisory Committee, CCMS, Judges Dan Maguire and Dave Rosneberg, Alliance of California Judges on Judge James Herman [TLR Note: 1. Contention by Alliance correct ? attached roster lists Terence Bruiniers as chair 2. By now, ample circumstantial evidence to entertain thoughts Judicial Council’s Judge Dave Rosenberg controlling / protecting / leading Maguire astray 3. Why Maguire ? easy to manipulate? vulnerable? crook? protecting Arnold’s secrets in re disquieting relationship with Ron George ? 4. Yolo bench zeal and motive in re search-seizure , pillory YR, and hope — perhaps incorrectly — to ascertain identity of confidential sources of both YR / Judicial Council Watcher ? separate and apart from zeal of others i.e. Jon Streeter, Munger Tolles, MoFo, Judicial Council’s Mark Robinson of UCI Foundation, who together with UCI Foundation’s Joe Dunn of Cal Bar / Voice of OC — part of initial phase of CalALL financial scheme — $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL to UCI Foundation — to launch “SALUCI” – entity already in existence, among other widespread fraud]

February 11, 2013

Dear Members and Others,

You probably have heard the expression, “The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.” Well, indeed that appears to be true with the creation of yet another Judicial Council task force that will “develop a strategic plan for court technology.”

Some of you may wonder why this is happening when the Chairman of the powerful Judicial Council’s Rules Committee recently announced the reduction of committees and task forces. Although the Alliance is unable to answer that question, we cannot fail to make certain observations which should concern all of us as we attempt to rehabilitate the branch’s reputation and image with the Governor’s Office and the Legislature.

We need not take the time to restate in detail the colossal and embarrassing computer fiasco presided over by the Council and AOC staff known as CCMS. The bottom line is that over a half billion public dollars were wasted on a system that was ill conceived, poorly executed and doomed from the start due to, among other things, competency issues. This is not just our opinion. This was the conclusion made by respected State Auditor Elaine Howle after an exhaustive audit of the program, an audit that our branch leaders attempted to kill as “duplicative.”

We also should remember that, but for legislative intervention and years of vocal opposition from judges of the Alliance and others, public monies would still be flowing into CCMS. In fact, branch leaders continue to claim that CCMS works. They describe CCMS as a “Ferrari” for which we do not have the resources to fill the tank. So, there our valuable investment sits in a garage with no ability to go anywhere fast.

Which brings us to the new task force. The Chief Justice has appointed Judge James Herman to chair the task force. One of CCMS’s most vocal supporters, Judge Herman has sat on virtually every committee and task force connected to CCMS. In addition to this new task force, which will report to the Judicial Council’s Technology Committee, Judge Herman coincidentally also chairs that committee. So, in effect, he will be reporting to himself.

Making matters that much more efficient, the following members of the new task force also serve on Judge Herman’s Technology Committee: the Hon. Terrence Bruniers, Hon. Judith Ashmann-Gerst, Hon. Ira Kaufman and the Hon. Robert Moss. These members will likewise be reporting to themselves.

Staffing the new task force is Jessica Craven, who works in the AOC’s Information Technology Services Office. That is quite convenient as Ms. Craven also serves as the AOC staffer to Judge Herman’s Technology Committee. You should be aware that, prior to Ms. Craven’s new assignment to the IS division, she was assigned as a Senior Business Analyst in the Southern Regional Office which was tasked with developing and implementing CCMS. As of July 8, 2011, Ms. Craven was employed in the “CCMS Division,” which sometime thereafter morphed into the “IS Division.”

Clearly technology issues need to be addressed. Those early adopter courts which relied on CCMS being a game changer are now left with an outdated program which is expensive to maintain and operate, with no ability to purchase a replacement due to budget cuts.

It is shameful that our branch wasted over half a billion dollars on a failed computer system. We must take bold and immediate steps to restore our credibility with the Governor, Legislature, Legislative Analyst’s Office, the State Auditor and the Department of Finance. Creating “new” task forces and committees populated with the same leaders who presided over CCMS is not a winning strategy. Nor will this shell game impress the smart and sophisticated legislators and staff members who witnessed the CCMS disaster up close and personal.

As another example of how little things have changed in the operations of the AOC and Judicial Council, we offer a news report from KCRA in Sacramento about travel expenses for Judicial Council meetings. The story notes that more than $50,000 was spent last year on hotel accommodations for Judicial Council members. If these handpicked court leaders were effective stewards of the courts’ limited resources perhaps some travel expenses for their meetings could be justified, but at a time when the courts continue to be asked to do more with less shouldn’t we see a greater effort on their part to reduce these expenses? A direct link to the news video appears here.

These are just the latest examples of why the Alliance remains determined to bring democratic representation to the Judicial Council. “Speaking with one voice” only perpetuates and ensures that past mistakes will continue to be repeated. The continued unchecked spending of the Judicial Council, and the creation and operation of task forces that fail to provide meaningful oversight of projects like CCMS, further illustrate that these appointed court leaders do not embrace meaningful reform. The Alliance will continue to advocate for real change on behalf of our local courts.

Directors,

Alliance of California Judges

Source @:
http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/02/11/the-judicial-council-technology-task-force-banana-republic-style/
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10-4-11 Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue Appoints Yolo County Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire to California Judicial Council’s Technology Advisory Committee [ TLR Note: 1 – notice, again, Judge Dave Rosenberg’s unexplained enthusiasm and support of Maguire 2 – Technology Advisory Committee connection to failed CCMS /Arnold Schwarzenegger – Ronald George connection ? — Judicial Council Watcher, Dan Dydzak, Michael Paul hereby asked to opine]

Alliance of California Judges on Secrecy Surrounding Judicial Council of California; Addenda to JNC Cabal — California Judicial Council Member Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court ; Matter of State Bar of California v. Clint Parish [TLR Note: In re vindictive prosecution of Clint Parish, many (including YR) speculate JC member Judge Dave Rosenberg (appointed by Tani per instructions from George) behind complaint filed with Cal Bar against Parish. Given Rosneberg’s own misconduct in resorting to sending “Robo-Calls” and a threat against Parish, one can’t escape thoughts Parish reference to Judge Dan Maguire as “bagman” of Schwarzenegger touched raw nerve with Rosenberg — who acted in a similar role (i.e. conduit) for Gov. Gray Davis. Per sources, it was Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese who caused the appointment of Maguire to Schwarzenegger’s legal team. During Schwarzenegger’s tenure, Ronald George / Tom Girardi / Howard Miller / Tom Layton monopolized judicial appointments by feeding Sharon Major-Lewis names of acceptable prospective judicial candidates ]

Part 1 of JNC CABAL, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/uc-regent-ronald-stovitz-in-addendum-to-richard-blum-regent-of-the-university-of-california-and-husband-of-united-states-senator-from-california-dianne-feinstein-tlr-note-1-stovitz-former-jud/

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Alliance of California Judges on Secrecy Surrounding Judicial Council of California

Dear Members and Others,

We attach articles by Cheryl Miller of the Recorder and Maria Dinzeo of the Courthouse News.

Cheryl Miller’s article details the secrecy surrounding many important decisions made by branch leaders. She points out the obvious disconnect between the courts’ consistent enforcement of the constitutional mandate favoring disclosure and the continued lack of access to Judicial Council decision making.

In that regard, several months ago the Alliance requested that Justice Douglas Miller, Chairman of the powerful Judicial Council Rules Committee, open up the proceedings wherein recommendations from the Chief Justice’s Strategic Evaluation Committee were to be discussed and voted on. Of course our request was denied and what we believed would happen has occurred. While the Council appeared to “adopt” all recommendations, the report’s recommendations are on a slow track to nowhere. Because of this cloak of secrecy surrounding Justice Miller’s committee we are left to speculate as to what did or did not occur.

Maria Dinzeo’s article highlights the wisdom of allowing our local court experts to come up with a common sense and cost effective solution to the need for case management computer programs. Rather than reinventing the wheel, these competent IT professionals have identified three vendors who can provide courts with off-the-shelf computer programs that best fit their needs.

Meanwhile the Judicial Council has gathered many of the same folks involved in the disastrous half-billion dollar CCMS project to make recommendations on court technology. Rest assured that the Alliance and the Legislature will carefully monitor Council involvement in IT projects and insist that no more precious court dollars be wasted on unreliable, untested and expensive technology that the courts do not want or need.

Lastly, for those of you attending this coming weekend’s educational conference in Palo Alto, we look forward to seeing you and hearing what your thoughts are on the issues affecting our branch. We also wish to thank those of you who have voluntarily contributed to the Alliance. We are gratified to inform you that we have sufficient funding to lease office space and pay for clerical support for this year’s legislative session.

Directors,
Alliance of California Judges

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.com/2013/02/26/discussion-on-private-committees-court-case-mangement-systems/

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STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA V. CLINT PARISH

There’s a lot going on in California in terms of preparation by various parties for fast approaching adversarial legal proceedings involving California State Bar Court Judge Patrice McElroy.

First, The Leslie Brodie Report has learned that the frivolous and politically motivated prosecution by the State Bar of California against  former Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish has been assigned to be adjudicated by Judge McElroy.

Clint Parish
Clinton E. Parish, 41, is accused of making misrepresentations about himself and his opponent — Judge Dan Maguire — in the May 2012 election for Yolo County Superior Court.

Case Name:     Parish, Clinton Edward
Case Number:     12-O-15242
Member #:    211982
Venue:     SF
Status:     Open
Case Filed:     02/12/2013
Counsel:    Pro Per
Deputy Trial Counsel:    Robert A. Henderson
Assigned Judge: Patrice McElroy
Next Scheduled Event:    Status Conference 03/25/2013

The State Bar of California maintains that “Parish’s campaign materials falsely asserted, among other things, that his opponent was “involved in a sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia.” Parish’s campaign website erroneously claimed that he had been endorsed by the Winters Police Department and his yard signs gave the false impression that he had judicial experience. ”

According to Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”), he is “shocked and disappointed” by the prosecution of Clint Parish and surrounding circumstances.

YR stated: “As a resident of Yolo County, I was exposed to the campaign material of both Parish and Judge Dan Maguire — who is by all accounts, a gentleman.”

“The circulated political propaganda made it very clear that Parish is a prosecutor and not a judge, and as such, I was never led to believe that Parish had prior judicial experience, as the State Bar falsely alleges.  Any other unfortunate alleged misstatements concerning Judge Maguire were the fault of Parish’s campaign manager, and once those alleged inaccuracies were brought to the attention of Parish, he immidetly disavowed them,” YR continued.

“At the risk of sounding kitschy, everyone needs to remember that we don’t live in an error-free world, and I call on the person who filed the complaint against Clint Parish with the State Bar of California to withdraw it —  be it, as I speculate, Judge Dave Rosenberg or our spineless DA Jeff Reisig,” YR concluded.

State Bar Court Patrice McElroy
Pictured above is Judge McElroy, who is either unwilling or unable to recognize the seriousness of her anti-social behaviour. Her involvement in the “Bribing Pat” saga alerted TLR, McElroy’s integrity is amiss. (Photo: Courtesy of Bar Journal.)

Second, at least two (2) other planned adversarial proceedings relating to Judge McElroy’s misconduct as it relates to Ronald Gottschalk – Thomas Girardi’s former co-counsel in class-action litigation and current nemesis – will be addressed in a Kastigar Evidentiary Hearing/ Brady Evidence, as well as a separate civil suit naming Judge McElroy and alleged cousin, Leslie McElroy.

As was previously reported, Mr. Ronald Gottschalk and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi (husband of singer Erika Jayne aka Erika Girardi) were co-counsel representing plaintiffs in various actions. Once a dispute erupted between Gottschalk and Girardi, the State Bar of California came knocking on Gottschalk’s door.

Patrice McElroy's Misconduct
Gottschalk’s lawyer– Mr. Stanley Arouty– submitted a sworn statement to the California Supreme Court accusing McElroy of intentionally destroying an audio tape which serves as the official court record.
(See excerpts from Arouty’s declaration above)

The State Bar of California, realizing that the evidence against Gottschalk is weak and not credible at the extreme, obtained a default judgment against Gottschalk during a time period which the State Bar knew Mr. Gottschalk was unavailable. Participating in the scheme against Gottschalk were Mr. Paul O’Brien from the Office of Chief Trial Counsel and Judge Patrice McElroy.

In another instance, during a hearing presided over by Judge McElroy, she disclosed that Peter G. Keane — who was then Dean of Golden Gate University School of Law and was representing an adverse witness (Ms. Sara E. Raymond) — had been her supervisor when she was previously employed as an assistant Public Defender.

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However, Judge McElroy failed to disclose that at or about the time the hearing in question was taking place, she accepted as a gift from Mr. Keane an overseas trip.

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Even more troubling is the fact that at or about the time the trip took place, Golden Gate University and the student in question were in the midst of litigating a civil case the student had filed in San Francisco Superior Court.

In yet another instance, McElroy’s penchant for destroying the official records of her own courtroom also manifested itself during the proceedings against Respondent Khanna.

Please continue @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2013/03/01/breaking-news-corrupt-judge-patrice-mcelroy-assigned-to-vindictive-matter-of-state-bar-of-california-v-clint-parish-15580685/

Recorder’s Cheryl Miller: California Judicial Council’s Operations Remain Largely Shielded From Public Eye

photo illustration by Jason Doiy
Image: photo illustration by Jason Doiy

“The people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business, and, therefore, the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies shall be open to public scrutiny.”
— California Constitution, Article 1, §3 (b)(1)

For decades, California’s courts have upheld, even championed, laws granting the public open access to government meetings.

They’ve enforced strict boundaries on what elected officials can discuss in closed session, chastising one city for using open meeting exemptions “as a shield against public disclosure of its consideration of important public policy issues.” Shapiro v. City Council of San Diego, 96 Cal.App.4th 9904 (2002).

They’ve ordered agencies to provide the public with accurate agenda descriptions of what they plan to do in session — and then stick to them. Carlson v. Paradise Unified School District, 18 Cal.App.3d 196 (1979).

And they’ve deemed public access to government information a check “against the arbitrary exercise of official power and secrecy in the political process.” CBS v. Block, 42 Cal.3d 646 (1979).

But when it comes to running their own governmental house, judicial leaders have taken a more do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do approach.

The Judicial Council meets regularly in closed session, each time citing an expansive Rule of Court that gives the chief justice broad authority to shut out the public. Sometimes a vague reason is given for the closed session — “privileged attorney-client discussions,” for example. Many times, however, the meeting is simply listed as a “nonbusiness meeting” and closed. There guidelines for when a meeting can be closed are vague and rarely does the council report any action taken in such meetings.

Please continue @: http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202589323771&Judicial_Councils_Operations_Remain_Largely_Shielded_From_Public_Eye

Eric George of Browne George Ross — son of deposed Ronald George — hereby asked disclose reason necessary to solicit money from private parties (i.e. law firms, lawyers) during time surplus funds of non-profit “California Supreme Court Historical Society” were invested at brokerage-house Smith Barney

California Supreme Court Historical Society $473,808 surplus assets, please see @:

990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/943/943111428/943111428_201106_990EZ.pdf

Separate and apart from $150,000 investment held at Smith Barney (see below)

California Supreme Court Historical Society, Smith Barney

In September of 2011, MetNews wrote in part:

“The judicial branch is contributing money from a fund financed by private donors to document the recollections and reminiscences of former Chief Justice Ronald M. George.

This project is part of an ongoing effort by the California Supreme Court Historical Society—a nonprofit public benefit corporation—to chronicle the oral history of retired members of the court through interviews, which are transcribed and bound into volumes. The society has committed to $25,000 to fund the project, and a $5,000 contribution is coming from the Administration of Justice Fund, which is administered by the Administrative Office of the Courts, a spokesperson for the Judicial Council and Supreme Court said yesterday.

Individual contributions have also come from Los Angeles attorney Thomas Freiberg, retired Court of Appeal Justice Miriam Vogel, and several current and former AOC officials, including Michael Bergeisen, Sheila Calabro, Mark Dusman, Kathleen Howard, Kenneth Kann, Diane Nunn, Ronald Overholt, Chris Patton, Michael Roddy, Stephen Nash, Mary Roberts, Curt Soderlund, Diane Cowdrey, Jody Patel, Curt Child, William Vickrey, and Lee Willoughby. 

The Alliance of California Judges yesterday issued a statement expressing the group’s adamant view “that no public dollars be spent on this nonessential project” during a time when “trial courts up and down the state are announcing reduced hours of service for the public, due to budget cuts imposed by the Judicial Council.

“Hopefully, those who admire and respect the former chief justice will give generously from their own private funds,” the alliance directors said.

Solicitation letters went out to local law firms last week from the former chief justice’s son, Century City attorney Eric George, asking for additional donations for this project.

The younger George, who serves on the board of the UC Berkeley institute, said that he has been “seeking modest contributions from private firms, groups and individuals” to fund an “extraordinarily worthwhile effort to preserve the history of the state Supreme Court, including my father’s 19-year tenure on that court.”

 In a letter, dated Friday, George asks recipients to donate to “a cause that I know will be dear to your heart,” with the suggested  tax-deductible contribution being “in the rage of $5,000 to $10,000.”

He said yesterday that the total cost of the project would “depend[] on how talkative my father is,” and will have to be determined once the interview process is complete. 

The oral histories of former Chief Justices Philip S. Gibson and Malcolm M. Lucas, as well as former Justices Jesse W. Carter, Stanley Mosk, Frank C. Newman, Allen E. Broussard, Cruz Reynoso, Joseph Grodin, Edward A. Panelli, John A. Arguelles and Armand Arabian have already been complied. “

TIMELINE September 2011: MetNews: Judicial Branch Taps Private Fund for History Project Honoring Ex-Chief Justice George (TLR Note: Article failed to mention Ronald George served as Chair of California Supreme Court Historical Society, PG&E’s Ophelia Basgal as Treasurer — without ever disclosing she is part of PG&E ; Financial machinations with UC Berkeley Board of Regents and UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies / Eric George — Suspect ; Goal of YR to establish Joseph Grodin bribed by PG&E, and to re-open case brought by Lockyer]

The judicial branch is contributing money from a fund financed by private donors to document the recollections and reminiscences of former Chief Justice Ronald M. George.

Conducted by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, this project is part of an ongoing effort by the California Supreme Court Historical Society—a nonprofit public benefit corporation—to chronicle the oral history of retired members of the court through interviews, which are transcribed and bound into volumes.

The society has committed to $25,000 to fund the project, and a $5,000 contribution is coming from the Administration of Justice Fund, which is administered by the Administrative Office of the Courts, a spokesperson for the Judicial Council and Supreme Court said yesterday.

She explained the fund was set up as a “depository of gifts and donations found to be in the best interest of the Judicial Branch” in 2002, so that individuals or groups could donate funds to assist the Judicial Council, the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal, and the AOC “to conduct special outreach activities, events or programs that support the goals of the judicial branch but for which state funds may not be expended or are not available.”

The idea for the fund was raised by Ralph Shapiro, an inactive Beverly Hills attorney, businessman, and philanthropist, the spokesperson said. Shapiro and his wife made the first contribution to the fund and have continued to make donations over the years.

Other donors have included the Shapiro Family and Foundation, the Bernard and Alba Witkin Foundation, the American Judicature Society, and the California Judges Association.

Individual contributions have also come from Los Angeles attorney Thomas Freiberg, retired Court of Appeal Justice Miriam Vogel, and several current and former AOC officials, including Michael Bergeisen, Sheila Calabro, Mark Dusman, Kathleen Howard, Kenneth Kann, Diane Nunn, Ronald Overholt, Chris Patton, Michael Roddy, Stephen Nash, Mary Roberts, Curt Soderlund, Diane Cowdrey, Jody Patel, Curt Child, William Vickrey, and Lee Willoughby.

As of April, the fund had a balance of $41,375.77 and had been used to pay for a state exhibit on Brown vs. Board of Education, part of the California Science and Law Conference, and prizes for the First Amendment Art Contest.

The fund is also used for travel expenses for guest speakers, service awards for employees, floral arrangements upon the death of a judicial officer, and refreshments at branch-related meetings, workshops, and conferences, the spokesperson said.

She added that the fund “makes good sense in these difficult economic times,” as it allows the branch to be a part of this “unique and wonderful opportunity to capture the insights and perspectives of former justices…and in the case of the former chief justices, on the administration of state courts” without spending public funds.

The Alliance of California Judges yesterday issued a statement expressing the group’s adamant view “that no public dollars be spent on this nonessential project” during a time when “trial courts up and down the state are announcing reduced hours of service for the public, due to budget cuts imposed by the Judicial Council.

“Hopefully, those who admire and respect the former chief justice will give generously from their own private funds,” the alliance directors said.

Solicitation letters went out to local law firms last week from the former chief justice’s son, Century City attorney Eric George, asking for additional donations for this project.

The younger George, who serves on the board of the UC Berkeley institute, said that he has been “seeking modest contributions from private firms, groups and individuals” to fund an “extraordinarily worthwhile effort to preserve the history of the state Supreme Court, including my father’s 19-year tenure on that court.”

In a letter, dated Friday, George asks recipients to donate to “a cause that I know will be dear to your heart,” with the suggested tax-deductible contribution being “in the rage of $5,000 to $10,000.”

He said yesterday that the total cost of the project would “depend[] on how talkative my father is,” and will have to be determined once the interview process is complete.

The oral histories of former Chief Justices Philip S. Gibson and Malcolm M. Lucas, as well as former Justices Jesse W. Carter, Stanley Mosk, Frank C. Newman, Allen E. Broussard, Cruz Reynoso, Joseph Grodin, Edward A. Panelli, John A. Arguelles and Armand Arabian have already been complied.

Source@: http://www.metnews.com/articles/2011/geor092811.htm

Unconfirmed Report: Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Marvin Baxter May Retire as Early as Next Week

Justice Marvin R. Baxter of the California Supreme Court may announce his retirement as early as next week, according to unconfirmed reports.

Image: courtesy of LA Times

Baxter, an associate justice on the seven member California Supreme Court, was appointed to the court in the state’s Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection in January of 1991 by Governor George Deukmejian. He was retained a full twelve year term in 2002.  His current term will end in 2014.

Justice Baxter was born January 9, 1940 in Fowler (Fresno County), California. He grew up on the family farm and was educated in the local public schools. As a high school student he was active in student government, the student newspaper, and athletics. He was the recipient of a journalism scholarship issued by the San Francisco Press and Union League (1957).

He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Economics. He was active in student government and served as Commissioner of Athletics (1960-61) and Student Body President (1961-62). Honors received at Fresno State included an Outstanding Senior Award.  Justice Marvin R. Baxter of the California Supreme Court was born January 9, 1940 in Fowler (Fresno County), California. He grew up on the family farm and was educated in the local public schools. As a high school student he was active in student government, the student newspaper, and athletics. He was the recipient of a journalism scholarship issued by the San Francisco Press and Union League (1957).

He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Economics. He was active in student government and served as Commissioner of Athletics (1960-61) and Student Body President (1961-62). Honors received at Fresno State included an Outstanding Senior Award.  He graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1966.

Baxter commenced his legal career as a Fresno County deputy district attorney in 1967, where he served for two years. He then became an associate and later a partner in the Fresno law firm of Andrews, Andrews, Thaxter, Jones and Baxter, where he practiced civil law for 13 years.

While practicing law in Fresno, Baxter was very active in bar association activities. He served on the boards of directors of the Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, Fresno County Legal Services, Inc. (Legal Aid), and California Young Lawyers Association. He served as President of the Fresno County Bar Association (1981) and as President of Fresno County Young Lawyers (1973-74).

Baxter also devoted considerable service to his alma maters, California State University, Fresno and Hastings College of the Law. He was a board member and president of the Fresno State Alumni Association and of its Trust Council. He is a Director Emeritus of Hastings College of the Law.

In January 1983 Baxter became Appointments Secretary to Governor George Deukmejian and was the Governor’s principal advisor on all gubernatorial appointments made to the executive and judicial branches of government. He served in this capacity for six years and assisted in the appointment of more than 700 judges.

Baxter was appointed and confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (headquartered in Fresno) in December 1988. He was elevated to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California in January 1991 and, in 2002, was re-elected to a new term of office which began on January 7, 2003.

Justice Baxter is a member of the Judicial Council of California and chairs its Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee. He formerly chaired the Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee. Justice Baxter also formerly chaired the California Supreme Court’s Building, Official Reports, and Library Committees.

Justice Baxter is the recipient of the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Hastings College of the Law, the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from California State University, Fresno, the 1996 Mentor Award from the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, the 1995 Alumnus of the Year Award from the Fresno Chapter of the Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association, the 1993 Man of the Year Award from the Armenian Professional Society, the 1991 Man of the Year Award from the Armenian National Committee, and the 1977 Outstanding Service Award from the Fresno State University Alumni Association.

Baxter was selected from nationwide competition as a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs (1962-63). As one of twelve fellows assigned to Coro’s San Francisco office, he worked with corporations, labor unions, legislative and executive bodies, governmental agencies, community organizations, and political campaigns and thereby gained valuable practical experience in the arena of public affairs.

He married Jane Pippert Baxter on June 22, 1963. Jane is a credentialed elementary school teacher who taught in Burlingame while Marvin attended Hastings College of the Law. The Baxters have two children, Laura Baxter-Simons (an attorney) and Brent M. Baxter (a certified public accountant), and four grandchildren. Jane retired after teaching for many years in the Fresno Unified School District.

Source credit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_R._Baxter

AND @:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/5765.htm

More on Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation Involving Walter Lack / Brian Depew of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack ; Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese and ….. Executive Director of State Bar of California Joseph L. Dunn [ TLR Note: case was initiated during time Dunn was associated with Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson’s Mark Robinson of Cal Judicial Council / UC Irvine Foundation ]

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February 2012 Update

The mediation tracks established by the Court have ended. Within our client group, some settlements have occurred, but most claims have not been resolved. In recent months, there has been settlement activity in some of the other plaintiff groups. Most of the hypothyroidism cases in those groups have been settled and the trial of hypothyroidism cases previously set in 2012 (Track 1) has been stricken. Like our group, some of the thyroid cancer claims in the other groups have settled, but most remain in the case.

The Court has now established two new trial tracks, one for a group of thyroid cancer claims and another for a group of thyroid nodules claims. The Court has randomly selected 23 plaintiffs from the Everson group and 14 from our Berg/Lumpkin group to participate in the thyroid cancer trial (Track 2). The Court has modified the thyroid nodule trial track (Trial Track 3) to delete plaintiffs from our Berg/Lumpkin and the Jaros groups and substitute 28 clients from the Evenson (25) and Berg (3) groups. In addition, the Court is in the process of setting a fourth trial track that will consist of 50 randomly selected plaintiffs from all non-thyroid categories. Trial Track 2 (thyroid cancer) and Trial Track 3 (thyroid nodule) will reach trial in early 2013. The Trial Track 4 (non-thyroid cancer) will lag those by two months.

The attorneys from the Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack law firm have contacted all Berg/Lumpkin clients selected by the judge to participate in the thyroid cancer trials, and are working with them to collect updated medical records and to update each plaintiff’s discovery responses. Depositions of the Berg/Lumpkin plaintiffs are now being set in January and February. Expert reports for these clients will be due on July 1, 2012. Pre-trial discovery will be complete on November 1, 2012 and any motions to dismiss these claims must be filed by December 15, 2012. The trial date for these cases has not been set, but a date in mid-2013 is expected.

The next Status Conference will be held on April 18, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. PDT, at the U.S. District Court in Spokane.

General Information

The Hanford Downwinders Litigation website is a general information resource for our clients in the In re Berg (CY-96-3151-WFN) and Lumpkin, et al. v. DuPont, et al. (CT-00-5052-WFN) cases. The lawsuits arise from the environmental radiation releases caused by operation of the Hanford Nuclear Facility. Located in south central Washington State, Hanford produced plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons from 1944 until 1990. All of the Hanford downwinder cases have been consolidated. The consolidated case is known as In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation (CV-91-3015-WFN).

Thousands of people who were exposed to Hanford’s radiation filed suit in 1990 against former contractors, such as DuPont and GE, which operated Hanford for the U.S. government. DuPont operated Hanford from 1943 to 1946. General Electric ran Hanford from 1946 to 1965.

Summary of Hanford Downwinder Trials During 2005

Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen presided over the trial that began on April 25, 2005, and went to the jury on May 13. It was a bellwether trial, comprised of 6 plaintiffs with thyroid disease and lasted 3 weeks.

After deliberating more than three days, a 12-member jury returned verdicts for two of the six bellwether plaintiffs in the first Hanford downwinder trial. Gloria Wise was awarded $317,251 and Steve Stanton $227,508 for their thyroid cancers. The jury failed to reach a verdict for the third thyroid cancer plaintiff, Shannon Rhodes. Judge Nielsen declared a mistrial in her case and a retrial was held during November 2005.

The first jury also returned defense verdicts for the three plaintiffs with hypothyroidism. In June 2005, the plaintiffs appealed these three verdicts to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In August 2005, the defendants appealed the verdict for Mr. Stanton and Ms.Wise.

A different jury sat through a two-week retrial for Ms. Rhodes in November 2005. The 12-member jury deliberated a little more than a day before deciding 11-1 in favor of DuPont and General Electric. In early 2006, Ms. Rhodes’ case joined the others on appeal.

Court of Appeals Issues Important Rulings

On August 14, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion on the appeals of the bellwether decisions in 2005. Generally, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial judge’s instructions to the jury regarding the law of the case. This means that the court made important decisions agreeing with the Downwinder Plaintiffs that the government contractor defense did not apply and that principles of strict liability did apply.

The Court of Appeals also agreed with the trial court that the “but for” standard of causation would be applied. This sets a higher standard than the “substantial factor” test that the Downwinder Plaintiffs had proposed.

The court considered questions specific to the individual cases that were on appeal. The Court of Appeals reversed the decisions in three cases that were decided against Downwinder Plaintiffs on the grounds that the jury was improperly instructed about specific issues raised in those cases. These cases have since been settled and will not be retried.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court decision against Shannon Rhodes, rejecting her challenges to certain evidentiary rulings and claims of juror misconduct.

In its amended opinion, the Ninth Circuit panel reconsidered its decision that plaintiffs who had filed individual suits while the class action suit was pending did not have the benefit of the tolling of the statute of limitations while the class action claim was pending. The court elected to follow a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and concluded that tolling principles did apply to individuals who filed individual suits while the class action suit was pending. Thus, the court’s earlier comments on this question no longer apply and tolling principles will be available. In its amended opinion, the court denied all the parties’ motions for rehearing and advised that the Ninth Circuit had denied the request for en banc review by a larger panel of judges.

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        This website is designed to serve as a general information source for our clients in the Hanford Downwinders litigation, In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation (CY-91-3015-WFN).

     The law firms of Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC, Engstrom Lipscom & Lack, Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson, and Girardi & Keese, (“The Berg/Lumpkin Plaintiffs Law Firms”), are associated in representing hundreds of plaintiffs for claims arising from exposure to radiation and other hazardous materials released during operation of the Hanford Nuclear Facility in south central Washington State. Our clients are asserting claims against the operators of the Hanford Nuclear Facility, including General Electric Company and E.I. DuPont de Numours Company.

     The lawyers and staff involved in representing our Berg & Lumpkin clients are identified below:


Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC
999 Third Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 682-3333
Fax: (206) 340-8856
Toll Free (888) 333-2374
Lead Counsel:
James A. Oliver
Paul J. Dayton 
Paralegal:
Margaret M. Moynan
E-Mail: Margaret M. Moynan

Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack
16th Floor, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Telephone: (310) 552-3800
Fax: (310) 552-9434
Lead Counsel:
Walter J. Lack
Brian D. Depew
Elizabeth Crooke
Paralegal:
William Mitchell
E-Mail: Brian D. Depew

Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson
620 Newport Center, 7th Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Telephone: (949) 720-1288
Fax: (949) 720-1292
Lead Counsel:
Joseph Dunn
Legal Assistant:
Suzanne St. Clair

Girardi & Keese
1126 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 977-0211
Fax: (213) 481-1554
Lead Counsel:
Thomas V. Girardi
Source @: http://www.downwinders.com/contact.php

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Judicial Council Watcher on More Construction Woes; Judge McMaster Editorial; ACJ News; Conference Signups

January 28, 2012

Dear Members and Others,

By now, most of you should be aware that the Administrative Office of the Courts entered in to a “Private Public Partnership” for the building and maintenance of one courthouse in Long Beach that will cost roughly $61 million dollars a year for the next 35 years. Branch leaders have maintained that they expected the State’s General Fund to pick up that tab. Many, including the respected Legislative Analyst’s Office, cautioned against that premise. That is one of the reasons why little to no building or needed maintenance on existing courthouses will occur for the foreseeable future.

In yet another troubling development, San Diego’s  ABC affiliate has uncovered that the AOC entered in to a 10 year lease for the 4th District Court of Appeal in the upscale Symphony Towers that will cost the taxpayers more than $23 million dollars. At this price, the report notes,  this lease will cost more than 38% of the average leasing rates. Click here for the print and video link to that story.  http://www.10news.com/news/investigations/team-10-state-court-rents-high-end-offices-in-san-diego-at-taxpayer-expense01232013

Equally disturbing was the decision to bar the press from access to the 4th District’s offices.  In a prepared statement a “court spokesman” explained this decision by stating, “There’s nothing in it for the courts.”  We have been informed that at least one Justice objected to this decision.

The Alliance believes that, absent some very compelling reasons, the media and the public should be granted reasonable access to their courthouses, other than those which have been closed due to the misplaced priorities of branch leadership.

We attach also for your review an excellent opinion piece by retired Sacramento Superior Court Judge Loren McMaster which responds to a recent Sacramento Bee editorial encouraging judges to “get on the same page” as our branch leaders. The Alliance agrees with Judge McMaster’s conclusion that a democratized Judicial Council is the only way for meaningful reform to occur. Click on this link for the article.  http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/27/5141876/dissidents-in-court-debate-are.html 

We also wish to inform you that last Friday night retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and former ACJ director Charles Horan was awarded one of the prestigious Persons of the Year awards given by The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise Legal Newspaper for his courage in taking on, among other issues, the wasteful CCMS debacle. Also honored at this year’s ceremony were Retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lawrence Crispo and California State Bar President Patrick Kelly.

Last year our Chief Justice and former Governor George Deukmejian were the award recipients. At this year’s event Governor Deukmejian and his wife Gloria were in attendance, as well as a large number of judges and other dignitaries including Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Dave Wesley, incoming Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacy, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, and Los Angeles Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

Finally, we are glad to report that prior to the Metropolitan News event, the ACJ hosted a reception to honor former Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon for his tireless efforts in getting significant portions of AB 1208 signed in to law via a trailer bill to last year’s budget. The Alliance presented Mr. Calderon with our Legislator of the Year award which he gracefully accepted.  Also honored by the Alliance were outgoing President Judge David Lampe and one of our founding Directors Judge Maryanne Gilliard.

The Alliance continues to move forward on a number of fronts. Of course we have our first educational conference the weekend of March 1st through the 3rd. If you have not yet signed up to attend you can do so by clicking on this link.  We invited the Chief Justice to attend and provide remarks but she politely declined. We are also continuing on with the success of last year’s trailer bill in contacting  legislators and building upon our continuing relationships with the Governor’s Office, the Speaker’s Office, the Senate Pro Tem’s Office as well as the Legislative Analyst’s Office and the State Auditor.

Thank you for your continued support.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges
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Another View: ‘Dissidents’ in Court Debate are the Heroes (link)

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Additional Information regarding San Diego’s 4th district division one and other courts of appeals from Michael Paul who worked on this and most other projects

The entire 4th district court of appeals, including Divisions One, Two and Three all occupy opulent office space with those in Riverside and Santa Ana being owned courthouses. The San Diego Opera towers lease has been in effect for years before it was renewed. When it was renewed, it added another floor and thousands of additional square feet to an already existing lease. To get an idea of the cards that the old state court system dealt themselves in court unification and construction funding, one only needs to tour the spare-no-expense appellate courts in the third, fourth and fifth district courts of appeals which were all at the front of the line. There is a very good reason these courts indicate that there is nothing in it for them to permit the press to tour these build outs and that reason is that it’s obvious that no expense was spared in these spaces. You’ll also find that most of the judicial branch ‘leadership’ were the self-dealing benefactors in these build outs and god forbid those facts come to light.

The court that is the most scandalous by a long shot is the Third District Court of Appeals in Sacramento, where a whole floor in the U.S. Bank building was rented and built out as if the courts would occupy it forever in a brand new high-rise. (Press Release) What makes this build-out scandalous is the expense incurred for a temporary couple of year period while the original 3rd district court of appeals building (link) undergoes a complete remodeling by the Department of General Services.

The so-called swing space project could have been completed for less than half of what was spent given that they are only temporary offices that should be vacated this year. We used to joke around about some well-connected law firm already being pre-positioned to pick up that space for a song after the 3rd district leaves that building and that this build out was benefiting some later private entity to occupy it. All of that third district court of appeals opulence that will sooner or later end up in a private law firms hands was funded entirely by the California taxpayer. Sacramento actually outdid San Diego given that the space will only be occupied by the court for a few years but the general interior design architecture is about the same. 

Produced in association with Yen Interactive Media – contact Michael.Paul@yeninteractivemedia.com

Source @:

https://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/more-construction-woes-judge-mcmaster-editorial-acj-news-conference-signups/

 

Judicial Council Watcher on Judicial Council Member Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court as The Leslie Brodie Report Asks JCW/ Alliance of California Judges’ David Lampe to Opine on Execution of Search Warrant with No Probable Cause in Re CaliforniaALL – Part 1 (TLR Note: Part 2 will discuss Judicial Council member Mark Robinson of UCI Foundation; Part 3- Dave Rosenberg, UC Davis, and Mark Friedman’s CPA Alison Turner connection to CaliforniaALL)

Judge Dave Rosenberg – Up until this moment, Judge David Rosenberg was a shooting star on the judicial council…. but one needed only peel back a layer or two to find out how he got there. You see, Judge Rosenberg was a fraternity advisor and lifetime member of Alpha Epsilon Pi at UC Davis during the hazing of one Ryan Clifford by the fraternity. He would also be the judge that would be assigned the case of Ryan Clifford vs. Alpha Epsilon Pi wherein Ryan Clifford was brutally hazed by the fraternity members. CV 09-1282 filed May 15th 2009.  It would be Judge David Rosenberg’s involvement in this case that would sully the judiciary in Yolo County and simultaneously propel Judge Rosenberg on his path to the star chamber because it is compromising situations such as this where one might come upon a CJP action that could conceivably remove them from the bench that creates malleable tools like Rosenberg for seats in the Star Chamber. And elevated he was. This case has Judge Rosenbergs fingerprints all over it as an advisor to the fraternity. Furthermore the case was reassigned first to newly appointed Judge Reed and then to newly appointed Judge McGuire of Yolo County, a personal friend of Rosenberg. During the course of the legal action, Judge McGuire would be challenged in an election for his spot on the bench. In response, Judge David Rosenberg, a fraternity advisor to Alpha Epsilon Pi and a lifetime member of Alpha Epsilon Pi would give Judge McGuire a contribution of 1,050 and a loan of 5000.00. An attorney for the firm representing Alpha Epsilon Pi would give McGuire 300.00. None of these donations would be disclosed by McGuire to the Clifford family prior to Judge Maguire disclosing such only after being requested to recuse himself by an attorney for Ryan Clifford. Such failure to disclose these contributions at an earlier time was a violation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 170.1, subdivision (a)(9)(C) When the Ryan’s family attorney found out about the sizable donations that were not disclosed, they asked Judge McGuire to recuse himself. Court documents show that Judge Maguire then struck a formal disqualification filed against him by Ryan Clifford for prejudice on April 3, 2012 and dismissed the case on April 6, 2012.

That’s how Rosenberg became a chosen one. Since then he has tried to play both sides of the fence arguing court autonomy and centralization at the same time. He claims to be a member of the ACJ but wants to re-chart their agenda. And now you know how some judicial council muppets get their strings.

Source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/the-judicial-branch-wall-of-shame/

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I. INTRODUCTION

Sara M. Granda v State Bar of California (2009 cv 02015)

In May 2009, Sara Granda graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and, like most of her peers, hoped to sit for the July 2009 bar exam.

California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 bar exam fee with a check, and Granda was assured that she was properly registered.


Ms. Sara Granda. It is easy to imagine Sara Granda in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, challenging the opposition, and fighting for justice with the force of her large personality. A ventilator, which she needs to breathe, would hang from the back of her wheelchair. An assistant would help her flip through files, since she cannot move her hands or arms. When she approaches the bench, Ms. Granda would maneuver her chair using her tongue. “So much of what happens in the courtroom is theater,” says Ms. Granda, 29, who has lived out her own drama since she became paralyzed from the neck down at age 17. “I’m not sure how much time I will spend in court as an attorney. But I know I could do it.” (Photo and Narrative Courtesy of www.alldeaf.com)

However, the State Bar of California’s Office of Admission, headed by Ms. Gayle Murphy, never processed Granda’s application because the Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 fee with a check, rather than a credit card The State Bar of California did not relent, and neither did Granda.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

Local and national media expressed outrage after the situation gained publicity as a result of statements by Governor Schwarzenegger, who publicly stated: “It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalized by a bureaucratic error that prevents her from taking the bar exam. Government should work for the people, not against them and I’m calling on the state bar to allow Sara Granda to take next week’s test. Sara is a fighter and I am with her all the way.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert A. Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “It’s a high-tech process, and people need to maneuver it successfully, and we can’t be in the business of helping any one person out with it.” Hawley continued: “That takes us down a path that ends up in a place we don’t want to be. How do you then choose which ones to help and which you don’t?”

“I worked very, very hard for every cent,” Granda stated to the local media. “So for everything to come together in the end and for it to just kind of fall through on such a minor, minor detail.”

True to her spirit, Granda filed an action in federal court seeking an order directing the State Bar of California to allow her to take the fast-approaching bar exam.


Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe. In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel. He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

The case was assigned to the courtroom of Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL. Judge England is the husband of California ALL board member Torie Flournoy-England who, together with State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson and Patricia Lee also served on CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.

Torie Flournoy Morrison England
After Judge Morrison England quickly filed for summary dissolution in Sacramento County Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was in existence — a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant. Serving on CaliforniaALL’s board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) was Torie Flournoy-England. State Bar of California Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC’s Michael Peevey, CPUC’s Tim Simon, as well as Judge England were part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council. The above photo, which was published on the cover of a local magazine in Sacramento, notes that the Englands wed in May 2008. (image: courtesy photo)

Making an appearance and vigorously contending that the federal court had no jurisdiction over the State Bar of California were State Bar of California emloyees, Larry Yee, Rachel Grunberg, and Mark Torres-Gil of the State Bar office of General Counsel, the same office that drafted the partnership agreement between CaliforniaALL and the State Bar of California, as well as attorneys from the law offices of Kerr & Wagstaffe.

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

In the midst of a public relations crisis arising from the mistreatment of the Sara Granda by the State Bar of California, an article was published in the California Bar Journal. The article was published on July 27, 2009, and was written by Diane Curtis.

As the reader will soon observe, this article is imbued with inaccurate information and is otherwise dishonest.
Article California Bar Journal about Granda

Soon after U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England dismissed the federal complaint filed by Granda against the State Bar, a Sacramento attorney, Stewart Katz, volunteered to help Granda, and did so by filing a writ of preemptive mandate against the State Bar of California.

The emergency writ was filed on July 27, 2009 and was served electronically on the State Bar. (See below.)

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

Richard Zanassi, an attorney employed by the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel, filed an opposition in response to the writ. However, due to the wide media attention focusing on the case, the opposition was styled as a request for guidance by the court.

Thus, the article written by Diane Curtis and published in the California Bar Journal is dishonest as it misleads readers into believing that the State Bar, on its own accord, approached the California Supreme Court of its own volition, as an act of altruism and due to concern for Ms. Granda. Clearly, this was not the case.

In addition, one must wonder why Diane Curtis did not mention the fact that Granda, through Stewart Katz, filed the writ for mandamus.

As is made clear by its order, the Supreme Court decided the matter by granting the writ, and not by granting the State Bar’s purported request for guidance.

 

III. YR’S ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST LARRY YEE, MARK TORRES-GIL, RACHEL GRUNBERG, JUDY JOHNSON

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

State Bar of California
1149 South Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: INTAKE OFFICE

Re: Complaint for Ethical Violations Against the State Bar of California; Lawrence Yee – #84208; Rachel Grunberg – #197080; Judy Johnson – #71360 ; Mark Torres-Gil – #91597.

INTRODUCTION

In lieu of submitting a complaint form, I submit this letter and enclosed materials as a formal complaint against the above-named attorneys for grave misconduct that took place in handling matters relating to applicant Sara Granda and the case of Granda v. State Bar of California.

As will be shown, the above parties, together and individually, engaged in egregious misconduct by conspiring and failing to disclose to the plaintiff the existence of a close relationship between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson,Patricia Lee, and the judge who presided over a case (Hon. Morrison C. England) in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

Furthermore, misconduct in the form of misrepresentations to the court took place regarding the current state of the law; further misconduct resulted from the discrimination against against the plaintiff based on her disability, and the unwillingness to comply with the ADA by affording the plaintiff reasonable accommodations. In addition, and adding insult to injury, the State Bar of California used the California Bar Journal as a tool to further injure and harass Granda by publishing an incomplete and inaccurate article which asserted that the State Bar had sought the advice of the California Supreme Court in determining how to resolve Granda’s claims. The article failed to mention that, in actuality, Granda had filed an action with the California Supreme Court for a preemptive writ and a writ of mandamus, such that the article misled readers regarding the actual circumstances surrounding Granda’s claims.

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

The Honorable Judge Morrison C. England is a United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of California who sits in Sacramento. Prior to assuming the role of federal judge, he served as a judge with the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge England is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, also located in Sacramento.

In approximately 2005, as part of his community involvement and extra-judicial activities, Judge England became involved in programs initiated by Elizabeth Parker, dean of McGeorge, and Sarah Redfield, a visiting professor from New Hampshire, relating to the promotion of diversity within the legal profession. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, an assistant dean at the career office at McGeorge School of Law who later assumed a position as a Diversity Officer at CalPERS, was also involved in these activities.

The diversity initiatives instigated by McGeorge were both local and national in scope. The local program in Sacramento was entitled “PacificPathways.” The program to promote diversity on a national level became known as “Wingspread,” which evolved into a series, including Wingspread – Blackboard, Bench, and Bar and Wingspread – Delivered and Deliverable, and the like. Torie L. Flournoy, a school principal from Sacramento, was also involved in these programs at the local level.

Because Ruthe Ashley also served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and Sarah Redfield served on the State Bar’s Council on Fairness and Access, the parties from Sacramento (namely, Parker, Ahley, Flournoy, Redfield and Judge England) became acquainted with individuals from the State Bar of California who were involved in matters relating to diversity, including Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, and Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie.

As such, it was common to observe the same participant names at various diversity-related events taking place around the country. For example, over a 3 day weekend in Monterrey on October 5-7, 2006, part of the Wingspread program ran concurrently with the State Bar of California’s annual convention. Some of the attendees included Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, Ruthe Ashley, Torie L. Flournoy, Hon. Morrison C. England, Dean Elizabeth Parker, and Sarah Redfield. (See attachment titled “Wingspread VI.”) This event, Wingspread — Blackboard Bench and Bar, was organized by Sarah Redfield. Similarly, in June 2007, and also part of the “Wingspread” series, a summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii at which Dean Elizabeth Parker, Hon. Morrison C. England, Sarah Redfield and Torie L. Flournoy were all in attendance. (See attachment titled “UH Manoh Law School.”)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Ashley and Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeffrey Bleich served as Vice President and President of the California State Bar, respectively. During that time frame, an idea was formulated to replicate an existing entity that would also absorb large sums of money from utility companies, and which would be used to allegedly promote diversity.

The original entity, the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF), was secretly controlled for years by State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson. Fines and settlements from proceedings before the CPUC and other cy pres funds of approximately $30 million dollars were funneled to CCPF, primarily from legal and administrative proceedings. Unlike the funds funneled to CCPF via cy pres funds or fines imposed by the CPUC, the funds flowing to the new entity would come from utility companies’ voluntary donations after they were urged by the CPUC and others to donate in order to further diversity.

As such, Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to then-President of the CPUC, Michael Peevey) invited Ruthe Ashley to a restaurant in San Francisco. As a result of the meeting, a new entity known as CaliforniaALL was formed as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity that would collect funds to theoretically be used to invest in promoting diversity. CaliforniaALL, which came into existence in 2008 and was abruptly dissolved in 2010, was considered to have been in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California. (See Attachment titled “Memo from Patricia Lee to BOG.”) In addition, the partnership stipulation between the State Bar and CaliforniaAll provided that the Board of Governors would appoint two of CaliforniaALL’s members to the Board of Directors.

Executive Director of the State Bar of California Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, and Judge Morrison England were members of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council” (see Attachment titled “CaliforniaALL December 2008 Newsletter”), affording Judy Johnson and Judge England numerous opportunities to meet and collude or, at a minimum, to create such an appearance.

CaliforniaALL obtained donations of almost $2 million, primarily from utility companies such as Sempra, AT&T, PG&E and, of course, Verizon Wireless. In addition, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie, and Leslie Hatamiya colluded to transfer $774,247 sub rosa from the State Bar of California Foundation (dba California Bar Foundation) to CaliforniaALL. (See attachment titled “Cal Bar Foundation’s tax return for 2008.”) In 2009, yet another $5,000 was transferred from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL for purposes of “researching” best practices. Hence, for simplicity’s sake, this complaint rounds the amount at issue to $780,000.

The transfer of $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL was never acknowledged by any of CaliforniaALL’s publications. Similarly, it was never mentioned in the California Bar Journal or the NewsRoom of Cal Bar Foundation, where all other grants were heavily reported.

It is my position that the transfer of funds was never mentioned because it resulted from a conspiracy by Ruthe Ashley, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, and Leslie Hatamiya (all, incidentally, Asian-Americans who are very active in the promotion of diversity) to quietly shift the $780,000, some of which would later be misappropriated and used for personal gain and kickbacks. Indeed, once the funds reached CaliforniaALL, some of it was misappropriated. In order to cover-up the misappropriation, false and inaccurate statements were submitted to the IRS by CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley. For example, CaliforniaALL, which was housed pro bono at the Sacramento Office of DLA Piper, falsely claimed in IRS filings that it had paid approximately $16,000 in occupancy fees. Additional financial improprieties also exist which cannot be disclosed due to the fact that the State Bar is the wrongdoer and, ironically, is the entity to which I am required to submit this complaint for processing.

It is worth noting that the California Bar Foundation is part and parcel of the State Bar of California, despite claims to the contrary and the contention that it is only affiliated with the State Bar. The fact of the matter is that the State Bar’s Board of Governors appoints all Foundation board members, including the president, and that the Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation reports directly to the Board of Governors and needs the Board’s approval to change any bylaws, for example.

In the meantime – after Judge England filed for summary dissolution in the Sacramento Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie L. Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was still in existence – a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

The action was filed by plaintiff Sara Granda and was titled Sara Granda v. the State Bar of California (Case Number 2:09-cv-02015- MCE; see attachment titled “Complaint by Plaintiff Sara Granda”). The matter was adjudicated by Judge England, who promptly dismissed it. Neither Judge England, the defendant, Judy Johnson, or defense counsel Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, or Rachel Grunberg disclosed to Granda the State Bar’s ongoing relationship with CaliforniaALL, to wit:

1. CaliforniaALL and the defendant (State Bar of California) are business partners.
2. Judge England and the Executive Director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) are members of CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.
3. Torie Flournoy-England, the spouse of Judge England, is a board member of CaliforniaALL, an entity that is a partner of the State Bar.
4. The unusual sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from defendant to CaliforniaALL.

By failing to make the disclosures mandated by these facts, the above-named attorneys committed misconduct, irrespective of the actual merit of Granda’s case or its outcome. As such, each must be disciplined for his/her wrongful conduct. Those attorneys are Judy Johnson, Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, Rachel Grunberg, and Holly Fujie.

Fujie, who participated in all the proceedings concerning CaliforniaALL (including, strangely, causing the ex post facto appointment of Peter Arth to the Council of Access and Fairness to give them a chance to meet and collude), was also a member of the Board of Governors’ Operation Committee and was briefed regarding Granda’s case. In addition, she was aware that Judge England was presiding over the case and that he and his wife were part of CaliforniaALL. In addition, Fujie served as the president of the State Bar of California and as a member of both the Board of Governors and Operations Committee, and was briefed on the matter; in fact, she authorized the expenditure of money to pay as legal fees to oppose the suit before Judge England. In addition Ms. Fujie participated in multiple diversity-related events at which Judge England and his wife Torie Flournoy-England were present; one such even took place on January 27, 2009, when DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia and the Office of Assembly-member Mike Davis co-hosted a reception honoring California ALL at the Tsakopoulos Galleria in Sacramento. Despite of all the above, Fujie –instead of speaking up concerning the obvious conflict regarding Judge England — kept quiet and looked the other way.

Even though the outcome of the Granda matter is irrelevant to a determination of the misconduct described above, the following paragraphs are included to provide further background and to rebut any allegation that the relationship between the Englands and the defendant caused no prejudice to plaintiff Sara Granda, or that the failure to provide fair administration of justice was otherwise harmless.

The fact of the matter is that the plaintiff Granda was severely prejudiced by the misconduct.

Granda, a 2009 graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law, intended to sit for the July 2009 bar exam. The recent graduate, a quadriplegic who can only move her head and fingers, arranged for the California Department of Rehabilitation to pay the examination fee of $600, which it did via check. However, the State Bar stated that it only accepts payments made via credit card, and would not allow Granda to sit for the fast-approaching bar examination. Plaintiff sensed unfairness and, like many recent law school graduates before her who approached federal court, she asked the federal court to award her both monetary and equitable relief in her lawsuit, which claimed that defendant State Bar of California violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The State Bar of California, which was represented by Michael von Loewenfeldt of Kerr & Wagstaffe, as well as Lawrence Yee, Mark Gil-Torres and Rachel Grunberg (State Bar in-house attorneys), asserted that the State Bar was immune pursuant to the 11th Amendment. (See attachment titled “Defendant’s Opposition.”) In its filing and opposition, defendant mostly cited as authority cases adjudicated by district courts around the country, as there is no clear authority addressing the interactions between the ADA and Eleventh Amendment immunity. Cases which held otherwise were not referenced by defendant, including Stoddard v. Florida Board of Bar Examiners and many other cases which held that, in fact, the ADA abrogates Eleventh Amendment immunity.

Misled, at least in part, by the argument advanced by defendant State Bar, Judge England promptly dismissed the case without giving Granda the chance to amend or plead around the issue of Eleventh Amendment immunity by, for example, naming Judy Johnson as a defendant in her individual capacity. In addition, Granda’s claim for monetary relief was completely ignored by the judge, and was never ruled upon.

Based on the foregoing, it is clear that the above-named attorneys engaged in egregious misconduct. The fact that they are part of the State Bar, an entity that should hold itself as a beacon of high ethical standards, coupled with Ms. Granda’s special circumstances, mandate and call for severe discipline.

IV. REPLY TO COMPLAINT BY JILL SPERBER OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

V. SUBTERFUGE BY TORIE FLOURNOY-ENGLAND, SARAH REDFIELD AND RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY

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.

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.

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, 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” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

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, various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield with help from Twin Rivers Unified School District employee, Torie Flournoy.

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California 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. Subsequenty, CPUC General Counsel Peter Arth 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.

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

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 2007 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Allen Matkins managing partner Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and the former Director of Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine Director Karina Hamilton

On April 13, 2012 Adam Stock of Allen Matkins’ office in Orange County published the following:

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. 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”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

Unfortunately, again, 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.

In fact, metadata from Allen Matkins’ own photos reveals the photos below were taken on January 24, 2007, and not on April 2, 2010 as Allen Matkins (who’s managing partner is Bob Hamilton — husband of UC Irvine’s Karina Hamilton) falsely alleges.

The metadata results were obtained by examining the following links at www.findexif.com :

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

AND

http://calconsumerproductlaw.com/AllenMatkinsDiversity/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL02.jpg

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL -- Team Barack Obama
(L-R) USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, HUD’s Ophelia Basgal, Judy Johnson, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, James Brosnahan, and Kamala Harris. (Image:courtesy photos)

As matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL) , Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster known as CaliforniaALL.

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.

Initially, due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, I was under the impression that funds have been misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides, and/or Geoffrey Brown, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and 2007 Director of 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 asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. 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.

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.

These facts raised suspicions that money has 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, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of 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.

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.

VII. STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA’S JON STREETER OF KEKER & VAN NEST PRESSES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST YR WITH YOLO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY; PARTIAL COPY OF DECLARATION OF BRUCE NALIBOFF PRESENTED TO JUDGE TIM FALL

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I. INTRODUCTION

Sara M. Granda v State Bar of California (2009 cv 02015)

In May 2009, Sara Granda graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law and, like most of her peers, hoped to sit for the July 2009 bar exam.

California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 bar exam fee with a check, and Granda was assured that she was properly registered.


Ms. Sara Granda. It is easy to imagine Sara Granda in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, challenging the opposition, and fighting for justice with the force of her large personality. A ventilator, which she needs to breathe, would hang from the back of her wheelchair. An assistant would help her flip through files, since she cannot move her hands or arms. When she approaches the bench, Ms. Granda would maneuver her chair using her tongue. “So much of what happens in the courtroom is theater,” says Ms. Granda, 29, who has lived out her own drama since she became paralyzed from the neck down at age 17. “I’m not sure how much time I will spend in court as an attorney. But I know I could do it.” (Photo and Narrative Courtesy of www.alldeaf.com)

However, the State Bar of California’s Office of Admission, headed by Ms. Gayle Murphy, never processed Granda’s application because the Department of Rehabilitation paid the $600 fee with a check, rather than a credit card The State Bar of California did not relent, and neither did Granda.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

Local and national media expressed outrage after the situation gained publicity as a result of statements by Governor Schwarzenegger, who publicly stated: “It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalized by a bureaucratic error that prevents her from taking the bar exam. Government should work for the people, not against them and I’m calling on the state bar to allow Sara Granda to take next week’s test. Sara is a fighter and I am with her all the way.”

 Robert A. Hawley
Mr. Robert A. Hawley, California State Bar Deputy Executive Director and an adjunct ethics professor at McGeorge School of Law, stated to the Sacramento Bee: “It’s a high-tech process, and people need to maneuver it successfully, and we can’t be in the business of helping any one person out with it.” Hawley continued: “That takes us down a path that ends up in a place we don’t want to be. How do you then choose which ones to help and which you don’t?”

“I worked very, very hard for every cent,” Granda stated to the local media. “So for everything to come together in the end and for it to just kind of fall through on such a minor, minor detail.”

True to her spirit, Granda filed an action in federal court seeking an order directing the State Bar of California to allow her to take the fast-approaching bar exam.


Jim Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe. In the above, Mr Wagstaffe offers his students legal counsel on how to avoid a traffic ticket. Wagstaffe urged the students to deceive law enforcement personnel. He stated: “Do what I do, put a CHP magazine in your car, so they think you are one of them.”

The case was assigned to the courtroom of Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL. Judge England is the husband of California ALL board member Torie Flournoy-England who, together with State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson and Patricia Lee also served on CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.

Torie Flournoy Morrison England
After Judge Morrison England quickly filed for summary dissolution in Sacramento County Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was in existence — a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant. Serving on CaliforniaALL’s board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) was Torie Flournoy-England. State Bar of California Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC’s Michael Peevey, CPUC’s Tim Simon, as well as Judge England were part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council. The above photo, which was published on the cover of a local magazine in Sacramento, notes that the Englands wed in May 2008. (image: courtesy photo)

Making an appearance and vigorously contending that the federal court had no jurisdiction over the State Bar of California were State Bar of California emloyees, Larry Yee, Rachel Grunberg, and Mark Torres-Gil of the State Bar office of General Counsel, the same office that drafted the partnership agreement between CaliforniaALL and the State Bar of California, as well as attorneys from the law offices of Kerr & Wagstaffe.

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

In the midst of a public relations crisis arising from the mistreatment of the Sara Granda by the State Bar of California, an article was published in the California Bar Journal. The article was published on July 27, 2009, and was written by Diane Curtis.

As the reader will soon observe, this article is imbued with inaccurate information and is otherwise dishonest.
Article California Bar Journal about Granda

Soon after U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England dismissed the federal complaint filed by Granda against the State Bar, a Sacramento attorney, Stewart Katz, volunteered to help Granda, and did so by filing a writ of preemptive mandate against the State Bar of California.

The emergency writ was filed on July 27, 2009 and was served electronically on the State Bar. (See below.)

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

Richard Zanassi, an attorney employed by the State Bar’s Office of General Counsel, filed an opposition in response to the writ. However, due to the wide media attention focusing on the case, the opposition was styled as a request for guidance by the court.

Thus, the article written by Diane Curtis and published in the California Bar Journal is dishonest as it misleads readers into believing that the State Bar, on its own accord, approached the California Supreme Court of its own volition, as an act of altruism and due to concern for Ms. Granda. Clearly, this was not the case.

In addition, one must wonder why Diane Curtis did not mention the fact that Granda, through Stewart Katz, filed the writ for mandamus.

As is made clear by its order, the Supreme Court decided the matter by granting the writ, and not by granting the State Bar’s purported request for guidance.

 

III. YR’S ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST LARRY YEE, MARK TORRES-GIL, RACHEL GRUNBERG, JUDY JOHNSON

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May 31, 2011

State Bar of California
1149 South Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: INTAKE OFFICE

Re: Complaint for Ethical Violations Against the State Bar of California; Lawrence Yee – #84208; Rachel Grunberg – #197080; Judy Johnson – #71360 ; Mark Torres-Gil – #91597.

INTRODUCTION

In lieu of submitting a complaint form, I submit this letter and enclosed materials as a formal complaint against the above-named attorneys for grave misconduct that took place in handling matters relating to applicant Sara Granda and the case of Granda v. State Bar of California.

As will be shown, the above parties, together and individually, engaged in egregious misconduct by conspiring and failing to disclose to the plaintiff the existence of a close relationship between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson,Patricia Lee, and the judge who presided over a case (Hon. Morrison C. England) in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

Furthermore, misconduct in the form of misrepresentations to the court took place regarding the current state of the law; further misconduct resulted from the discrimination against against the plaintiff based on her disability, and the unwillingness to comply with the ADA by affording the plaintiff reasonable accommodations. In addition, and adding insult to injury, the State Bar of California used the California Bar Journal as a tool to further injure and harass Granda by publishing an incomplete and inaccurate article which asserted that the State Bar had sought the advice of the California Supreme Court in determining how to resolve Granda’s claims. The article failed to mention that, in actuality, Granda had filed an action with the California Supreme Court for a preemptive writ and a writ of mandamus, such that the article misled readers regarding the actual circumstances surrounding Granda’s claims.

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

The Honorable Judge Morrison C. England is a United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of California who sits in Sacramento. Prior to assuming the role of federal judge, he served as a judge with the Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge England is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, also located in Sacramento.

In approximately 2005, as part of his community involvement and extra-judicial activities, Judge England became involved in programs initiated by Elizabeth Parker, dean of McGeorge, and Sarah Redfield, a visiting professor from New Hampshire, relating to the promotion of diversity within the legal profession. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, an assistant dean at the career office at McGeorge School of Law who later assumed a position as a Diversity Officer at CalPERS, was also involved in these activities.

The diversity initiatives instigated by McGeorge were both local and national in scope. The local program in Sacramento was entitled “PacificPathways.” The program to promote diversity on a national level became known as “Wingspread,” which evolved into a series, including Wingspread – Blackboard, Bench, and Bar and Wingspread – Delivered and Deliverable, and the like. Torie L. Flournoy, a school principal from Sacramento, was also involved in these programs at the local level.

Because Ruthe Ashley also served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and Sarah Redfield served on the State Bar’s Council on Fairness and Access, the parties from Sacramento (namely, Parker, Ahley, Flournoy, Redfield and Judge England) became acquainted with individuals from the State Bar of California who were involved in matters relating to diversity, including Executive Director Judy Johnson, State Bar employee Patricia Lee, and Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie.

As such, it was common to observe the same participant names at various diversity-related events taking place around the country. For example, over a 3 day weekend in Monterrey on October 5-7, 2006, part of the Wingspread program ran concurrently with the State Bar of California’s annual convention. Some of the attendees included Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, Ruthe Ashley, Torie L. Flournoy, Hon. Morrison C. England, Dean Elizabeth Parker, and Sarah Redfield. (See attachment titled “Wingspread VI.”) This event, Wingspread — Blackboard Bench and Bar, was organized by Sarah Redfield. Similarly, in June 2007, and also part of the “Wingspread” series, a summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii at which Dean Elizabeth Parker, Hon. Morrison C. England, Sarah Redfield and Torie L. Flournoy were all in attendance. (See attachment titled “UH Manoh Law School.”)

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Ashley and Munger Tolles & Olson’s Jeffrey Bleich served as Vice President and President of the California State Bar, respectively. During that time frame, an idea was formulated to replicate an existing entity that would also absorb large sums of money from utility companies, and which would be used to allegedly promote diversity.

The original entity, the California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF), was secretly controlled for years by State Bar Executive Director Judy Johnson. Fines and settlements from proceedings before the CPUC and other cy pres funds of approximately $30 million dollars were funneled to CCPF, primarily from legal and administrative proceedings. Unlike the funds funneled to CCPF via cy pres funds or fines imposed by the CPUC, the funds flowing to the new entity would come from utility companies’ voluntary donations after they were urged by the CPUC and others to donate in order to further diversity.

As such, Peter Arth (Chief of Staff to then-President of the CPUC, Michael Peevey) invited Ruthe Ashley to a restaurant in San Francisco. As a result of the meeting, a new entity known as CaliforniaALL was formed as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity that would collect funds to theoretically be used to invest in promoting diversity. CaliforniaALL, which came into existence in 2008 and was abruptly dissolved in 2010, was considered to have been in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California. (See Attachment titled “Memo from Patricia Lee to BOG.”) In addition, the partnership stipulation between the State Bar and CaliforniaAll provided that the Board of Governors would appoint two of CaliforniaALL’s members to the Board of Directors.

Executive Director of the State Bar of California Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, and Judge Morrison England were members of CaliforniaALL’s “Advisory Council” (see Attachment titled “CaliforniaALL December 2008 Newsletter”), affording Judy Johnson and Judge England numerous opportunities to meet and collude or, at a minimum, to create such an appearance.

CaliforniaALL obtained donations of almost $2 million, primarily from utility companies such as Sempra, AT&T, PG&E and, of course, Verizon Wireless. In addition, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie, and Leslie Hatamiya colluded to transfer $774,247 sub rosa from the State Bar of California Foundation (dba California Bar Foundation) to CaliforniaALL. (See attachment titled “Cal Bar Foundation’s tax return for 2008.”) In 2009, yet another $5,000 was transferred from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL for purposes of “researching” best practices. Hence, for simplicity’s sake, this complaint rounds the amount at issue to $780,000.

The transfer of $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL was never acknowledged by any of CaliforniaALL’s publications. Similarly, it was never mentioned in the California Bar Journal or the NewsRoom of Cal Bar Foundation, where all other grants were heavily reported.

It is my position that the transfer of funds was never mentioned because it resulted from a conspiracy by Ruthe Ashley, Holly Fujie, Patricia Lee, and Leslie Hatamiya (all, incidentally, Asian-Americans who are very active in the promotion of diversity) to quietly shift the $780,000, some of which would later be misappropriated and used for personal gain and kickbacks. Indeed, once the funds reached CaliforniaALL, some of it was misappropriated. In order to cover-up the misappropriation, false and inaccurate statements were submitted to the IRS by CaliforniaALL and Ruthe Ashley. For example, CaliforniaALL, which was housed pro bono at the Sacramento Office of DLA Piper, falsely claimed in IRS filings that it had paid approximately $16,000 in occupancy fees. Additional financial improprieties also exist which cannot be disclosed due to the fact that the State Bar is the wrongdoer and, ironically, is the entity to which I am required to submit this complaint for processing.

It is worth noting that the California Bar Foundation is part and parcel of the State Bar of California, despite claims to the contrary and the contention that it is only affiliated with the State Bar. The fact of the matter is that the State Bar’s Board of Governors appoints all Foundation board members, including the president, and that the Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation reports directly to the Board of Governors and needs the Board’s approval to change any bylaws, for example.

In the meantime – after Judge England filed for summary dissolution in the Sacramento Superior Court, and after Judge England and Torie L. Flournoy wed, and after Torie Flournoy-England was appointed to serve as a member of CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, and while CaliforniaALL was still in existence – a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in which the State Bar of California was named as the sole defendant.

The action was filed by plaintiff Sara Granda and was titled Sara Granda v. the State Bar of California (Case Number 2:09-cv-02015- MCE; see attachment titled “Complaint by Plaintiff Sara Granda”). The matter was adjudicated by Judge England, who promptly dismissed it. Neither Judge England, the defendant, Judy Johnson, or defense counsel Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, or Rachel Grunberg disclosed to Granda the State Bar’s ongoing relationship with CaliforniaALL, to wit:

1. CaliforniaALL and the defendant (State Bar of California) are business partners.
2. Judge England and the Executive Director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) are members of CaliforniaALL’s advisory council.
3. Torie Flournoy-England, the spouse of Judge England, is a board member of CaliforniaALL, an entity that is a partner of the State Bar.
4. The unusual sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from defendant to CaliforniaALL.

By failing to make the disclosures mandated by these facts, the above-named attorneys committed misconduct, irrespective of the actual merit of Granda’s case or its outcome. As such, each must be disciplined for his/her wrongful conduct. Those attorneys are Judy Johnson, Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil, Rachel Grunberg, and Holly Fujie.

Fujie, who participated in all the proceedings concerning CaliforniaALL (including, strangely, causing the ex post facto appointment of Peter Arth to the Council of Access and Fairness to give them a chance to meet and collude), was also a member of the Board of Governors’ Operation Committee and was briefed regarding Granda’s case. In addition, she was aware that Judge England was presiding over the case and that he and his wife were part of CaliforniaALL. In addition, Fujie served as the president of the State Bar of California and as a member of both the Board of Governors and Operations Committee, and was briefed on the matter; in fact, she authorized the expenditure of money to pay as legal fees to oppose the suit before Judge England. In addition Ms. Fujie participated in multiple diversity-related events at which Judge England and his wife Torie Flournoy-England were present; one such even took place on January 27, 2009, when DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia and the Office of Assembly-member Mike Davis co-hosted a reception honoring California ALL at the Tsakopoulos Galleria in Sacramento. Despite of all the above, Fujie –instead of speaking up concerning the obvious conflict regarding Judge England — kept quiet and looked the other way.

Even though the outcome of the Granda matter is irrelevant to a determination of the misconduct described above, the following paragraphs are included to provide further background and to rebut any allegation that the relationship between the Englands and the defendant caused no prejudice to plaintiff Sara Granda, or that the failure to provide fair administration of justice was otherwise harmless.

The fact of the matter is that the plaintiff Granda was severely prejudiced by the misconduct.

Granda, a 2009 graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law, intended to sit for the July 2009 bar exam. The recent graduate, a quadriplegic who can only move her head and fingers, arranged for the California Department of Rehabilitation to pay the examination fee of $600, which it did via check. However, the State Bar stated that it only accepts payments made via credit card, and would not allow Granda to sit for the fast-approaching bar examination. Plaintiff sensed unfairness and, like many recent law school graduates before her who approached federal court, she asked the federal court to award her both monetary and equitable relief in her lawsuit, which claimed that defendant State Bar of California violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The State Bar of California, which was represented by Michael von Loewenfeldt of Kerr & Wagstaffe, as well as Lawrence Yee, Mark Gil-Torres and Rachel Grunberg (State Bar in-house attorneys), asserted that the State Bar was immune pursuant to the 11th Amendment. (See attachment titled “Defendant’s Opposition.”) In its filing and opposition, defendant mostly cited as authority cases adjudicated by district courts around the country, as there is no clear authority addressing the interactions between the ADA and Eleventh Amendment immunity. Cases which held otherwise were not referenced by defendant, including Stoddard v. Florida Board of Bar Examiners and many other cases which held that, in fact, the ADA abrogates Eleventh Amendment immunity.

Misled, at least in part, by the argument advanced by defendant State Bar, Judge England promptly dismissed the case without giving Granda the chance to amend or plead around the issue of Eleventh Amendment immunity by, for example, naming Judy Johnson as a defendant in her individual capacity. In addition, Granda’s claim for monetary relief was completely ignored by the judge, and was never ruled upon.

Based on the foregoing, it is clear that the above-named attorneys engaged in egregious misconduct. The fact that they are part of the State Bar, an entity that should hold itself as a beacon of high ethical standards, coupled with Ms. Granda’s special circumstances, mandate and call for severe discipline.

IV. REPLY TO COMPLAINT BY JILL SPERBER OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

V. SUBTERFUGE BY TORIE FLOURNOY-ENGLAND, SARAH REDFIELD AND RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY

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.

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.

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, 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” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

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, various programs came about, such as Wingspread P20 Consortium. At McGeorge, a local program known as the “Pacific Pathways” was created by Professor Redfield with help from Twin Rivers Unified School District employee, Torie Flournoy.

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California 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. Subsequenty, CPUC General Counsel Peter Arth 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.

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

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 2007 when the UCISAL group visited the law offices of Allen Matkins. (See below.) We have intentionally blurred the photo to maintain the students’ privacy. Seated on the right is Allen Matkins managing partner Robert Hamilton. On the far right is Karina Hamilton, a former Allen Matkins associate, wife of Robert Hamilton, and the former Director of Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine.

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

Saturday Academy of Law at U. C. Irvine Director Karina Hamilton

On April 13, 2012 Adam Stock of Allen Matkins’ office in Orange County published the following:

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. 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”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

Unfortunately, again, 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.

In fact, metadata from Allen Matkins’ own photos reveals the photos below were taken on January 24, 2007, and not on April 2, 2010 as Allen Matkins (who’s managing partner is Bob Hamilton — husband of UC Irvine’s Karina Hamilton) falsely alleges.

The metadata results were obtained by examining the following links at www.findexif.com :

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

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http://calconsumerproductlaw.com/AllenMatkinsDiversity/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SAL02.jpg

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VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

CaliforniaALL -- Team Barack Obama
(L-R) USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, HUD’s Ophelia Basgal, Judy Johnson, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, James Brosnahan, and Kamala Harris. (Image:courtesy photos)

As matters presently stand, it appears that in 2008 Morrison & Foerster attorneys James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.), Tony West (Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee), Chris Young (“Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director) and Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation) in conjunction with Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL) , Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse all or part of the “hush-hush” $780,000.00 originating from the California Bar Foundation by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster known as CaliforniaALL.

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.

Initially, due to circumstances which cannot be viewed as mere coincidence, I was under the impression that funds have been misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by Voice of OC — specifically, by its founders 1) Joe Dunn and 2) Martha Escutia (both former state senators who were overseeing utility companies and the CPUC and investigating the California energy crisis), and 3) Thomas Girardi and 4) James Brosnahan who were litigating cases involving the California energy crisis on opposite sides, and/or Geoffrey Brown, former Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and 2007 Director of 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 asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. 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.

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.

These facts raised suspicions that money has 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, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of 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.

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.

VII. STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA’S JON STREETER OF KEKER & VAN NEST PRESSES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST YR WITH YOLO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY; PARTIAL COPY OF DECLARATION OF BRUCE NALIBOFF PRESENTED TO JUDGE TIM FALL

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Judicial Council Watcher Lashes Out at Yolo’s Dave Rosenberg [TLR Note: DR now under greater scrutiny in NO PC Warrant as recent EXIF Data obtains from Matkins proves beyond doubt JC’s Robinson of UCI Foundation (as is Dunn) part of embezzlement scheme]

We call Judge Rosenberg our favorite hockey puck because much like a hockey puck, he doesn’t seem to know what side he’s on. Today we’re in receipt of a second non-credible Paul Jones article featuring Dave Rosenberg. Paul Jones works for Daily Journal Corporation, the same Daily Journal Corporation that collects millions from the AOC every year to maintain Sustain. So when we see an article that looks a bit suspicious, we rely upon our media company’s guidance and take serious our obligation to gather more information and if it warrants we’ll either expand on the story or cry foul.

This time it will be the latter.

Unlike the Daily Journal Corporation, we have no connection to and therefore are not beholden to anyone in California’s judicial branch. Unlike other media, we don’t fear a loss of judicial access because we have direct rank-and-file access to the people that work with and surround our judges and justices on a daily basis.

Ever since the days of Amy Yarborough who did a few hard hitting pieces on the AOC, the Daily Journal Corporation appears to be selling out to the AOC. In an apparent effort to protect and preserve their income stream, they’ve released several one-sided articles of a questionable nature.  The ones we’re crying foul on today are two articles done by both Paul Jones featuring  ACJ  & Judicial Council  member Judge Dave Rosenberg.

In both of these articles, Dave is crying foul and complaining that the Alliance of California Judges isn’t a democratic institution and that they don’t practice what they preach. Paul Jones alleges in his articles for whatever reason that the Alliance of California Judges has no comment with respect to Rosenberg’s allegations. So we sent out a few emails seeking to find out more information about the latest Paul Jones article where Judge Rosenberg is complaining that he did not have the opportunity to elect the President, the treasurer or the secretary and that the ACJ does not practice what it preaches with respect to (Judicial Council) Democratization.

Without going further we would first question the merits of his argument.

A private organization promoting democracy isn’t democratic so why should a public entity be democratic?

Is crack cocaine a problem in Yolo county or does that argument come from smoking cow pies?

Nonetheless, we chose to pursue the story. Partly because we were afraid our hip-waders weren’t quite deep enough to trudge through that B.S. but mostly because the claim rings hollow. As you might already know, we’re real sticklers when it comes to hypocrisy and if we see hypocrisy we’re not about to brush it aside. It’s just too juicy for us to resist.

To become a member of the ACJ, Rosenberg sent an email. He wasn’t asked to pay any membership fees, he was just asked to send an email to become a member because that is all that is required. Judge Rosenberg has let one thing be clear. He’s made it abundantly clear that he wishes to preserve the status quo and his big fish in a small pond status. Now for our part, we already picked a few good articles and took a few goes at big Dave, most notably in our articles “Judge Rosenberg takes the point and is picked off” and “The Rosenberg Rebuttal – By Judge Robert Dukes“ Having his big fish small pond opinion snuffed out twice, he took to hiding behind paid publications mistakenly assuming he is out of our reach.

Sorry Dave.
 
Well, not really.

In about three hours, we received all of the answers to our email. If only Judge Rosenberg or Paul Jones had sent an email, they might have likely got the same replies we did. We sought to clarify Judge Rosenberg’s allegations about the ACJ being a non-democratic institution with its members unable to vote, voice concern, choose members or steer policy.

Frankly, we would suggest that if he needs an organization to manipulate, he need only keep his dues paid at the CJA. (yeah –  low blow – sorry CJA)

In response to how the new executive positions in the ACJ came to be, we received this reply and frankly, it seems like a democratic process to us but hey, you be the judge and tell us if it makes sense and sounds like a democratic process of a private organization to you.

When we reviewed this reply, the first thing that popped in our head was a Nancy Pelosi wanting to join the conservative coalition or Glenn Beck wanting to join moveon.org.

Sure, you can join, but you don’t share the same views or values as the rest of them so you’re probably not going to be that big fish and it’s going to be an unfriendly pond.

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The Alliance of California Judges was formed on September 11, 2009. Thereafter, we became a private 501(c)(6) mutual benefit corporation.

Our original directors were chosen upon our formation. Since that time, several more directors have been added to increase the size and geographical diversity of our board. In each instance, this was by a vote of the board of directors. All of our directors have been elected from those who have expressed a willingness and desire to serve, and each has demonstrated a commitment to the goals of the Alliance. At this point, no one who has expressed interest in serving has been denied that opportunity, though of course private organizations are free to organize their governance structures in any way they see fit and in a manner that ensures that the goals of the organization are best served.

Fortunately, we have had no difficulty in identifying individuals who have a proven track record of speaking out against waste and abuse. Any active judge is free to join the Alliance, including those who who do not actively support the goals of the organization. However, those individuals would understandably not be likely to seek, nor be asked to assume, a leadership position.

We are a grass roots voluntary association, operated pursuant to our bylaws. We welcome all judges as members and we urge them all to become more involved in the organization. Directors are all full-time judges and justices, who work incredibly long hours at their jobs and then volunteer hundreds more hours each year on their own time. To this point, nearly every director has incurred considerable expenses for which no reimbursement has been requested or paid, as we do not have a mandatory dues schedule, though we do accept voluntary non-tax deductible donations. Unlike the Judicial Council, we are not a public agency and we are not able to establish and fund an administrative staff with taxpayer money.

The Alliance directors met at our annual meeting on December 11, 2012, and voted to install Judge Steve White as president. Judge Lampe was gracious enough to continue on as executive director. Directors may resign or be chosen to join the board, as needed, and the board has never failed to consider input from any member with respect to the leadership and direction of the association.

Source@: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/democracy-paul-jones-a… 

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Related stories :  

EXIF Data, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/12/17/disgraced-federal-judge-morrison-en…

 

Mark Robinson, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/mark-robinson/

 

Allen Matkins, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/category/allen-matkins/

 

CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

 

No probable cause search warrant (whereas Judge Dave Rosenberg is under scrutiny for “clearing the way”), please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/06/in-letter-to-ninth-circuit-judges-c…

 

 

 

More on Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson (TLR Note: akin to “Tom Girardi of Orange County” to wit: Loyola/ Champ of J/circle Girardi-Gretsky-Baker-Matthai-Lack-Dunn/ class-actions/ Judicial Council/ Disqueiting ties to events re OC/UCI Law

Four Loyola Law School alumni are poised to play pivotal roles in the impending litigation involving economic-loss, personal-injury and wrongful-death claims from reported instances of unintended acceleration in certain Toyota cars. On the defense side, Toyota recently hired Tom Nolan ’75 to serve as lead counsel in economic-loss cases. Arguing on behalf of the consumers will be three alumni: Tom Girardi ’64, Tony Rackauckas ’71 and Mark P. Robinson, Jr. ’71. Nolan, of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, will help navigate the economic-loss cases in federal and state court. He represented MGA Entertainment in its high-profile litigation with Mattel over copyright infringement in the Bratz line of dolls. MGA was ultimately awarded $309 million in damages and fees. Nolan’s economic-loss case in front of Los Angele County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr is set to begin in September 2012. Loyola’s Civil Justice Program honored Nolan as a Champion of Justice in 2007.

Robinson, a partner with Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA, was named a co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the portion of the class-action case accusing the carmaker of negligence causing wrongful death and injuries when U.S. District Judge James Selna consolidated claims in May 2010. Robinson is no stranger to auto-defect litigation. He litigated the landmark 1978 Ford Pinto fire case that ushered in the modern era of auto-defect litigation. “The time has now come to focus on the victims, the people who have experienced sudden unintended litigation,” Robinson told the Associated Press.

Rackaukas, who has been the Orange County district attorney since 1998, has pursued consumer causes against large corporations as the county’s top prosecutor. Early in his career, he prosecuted large oil companies for contaminating drinking water. “The job of the D.A., in my view, is to do everything that I can to enhance the safety of the community and enhance the community’s feeling that they’re as safe as we can help them be,” he has said. Girard, of Girardi | Keese, has litigating a wide variety of product-liability cases. He obtained a $4.85 billion settlement in litigation against Merck pharmaceutical company for personal injuries suffered by consumers who used Vioxx medication. Loyola’s Civil Justice Program honored Girardi as a Champion of Justice in 2005 and bestowed the same honor on Robinson in 2007.

Source@: http://llsblog.lls.edu/students/guest/2012/01/four-loyola-alumni-leading-liti…

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After Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan were honored in 2005, and Edith Matthai who was honored in 2006; on Friday, September 28, 2007 a tribute to Champions of Justice dinner was presented by The Civil Justice Program Loyola Law School to honor Thomas Nolan of Skadden Arps and Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson. See source @: http://www.lls.edu/academics/centersprograms/civiljusticeprogram/symposiaande…

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Monday, September 12, 2011

The State Bar Board of Governors has selected Angela Davis of Los Angeles and Mark P. Robinson Jr. of Newport Beach to join the Judicial Council of California, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Friday.

The attorneys were appointed to three-year terms, which will commence Thursday.

Source @: http://www.metnews.com/articles/2011/judi091211.htm

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WAYNE GRETSKY, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/03/29/arnold-porter-s-douglas-winthrop-in…

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RICO Defendant:

Source @: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/district-of-columbia/dcdce/1:2012cv01534/156…

Plaintiff: DANIEL DAVID DYDZAK
Defendants: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, MARIA SHRIVER, ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., TIMOTHY GEITHNER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ANTHONY DEREK WEST, KAMALA DEVI HARRIS, PETER ANDREW KRAUSE, MARK R. BECKINGTON, CARLOS R. MORENO, IRELL & MANELLA, THOMAS J. BORRIS, GREGORY MUNOZ, FRANCES MUNOZ, MATTHEW MUNOZ, ROBERT J. TRENTACOSTA, BETH JAY, WILLIAM R. NEVITT, JR., MICHAEL RODDY, ALAN MARTIN CARLSON, DONALD F. MILES, ARNOLD & PORTER, THOMAS V. GIRARDI, HOWARD B. MILLER, TODD ALLEN TORR, JEFFERY WILLARD REISIG, JOHN J. QUINN, BERNARD A. BURK, DOUGLAS WINTHROP, SEAN SELEGUE, KENNETH G. HAUSMAN, HOLLY FUJIE, RICHARD M. ALEXANDER, RONALD M. GEORGE, ERIC M. GEORGE, ALAN I. ROTHENBERG, DENNIS M. WASSER, CHARLES SCHWAB, SCOTT DREXEL, STARR BABCOCK, DANIELLE A. LEE, ROBERT A. HAWLEY, JOSEPH LAWRENCE DUNN, JAMES TOWERY, HOWARD L. DICKSTEIN, JEANNINE ENGLISH, RUTH ASHLEY, VICTORIA MOLLOY, JANET HUNT, ELI MORTGENSTERN, AUGUSTUS HERNANDEZ, RUSSELL WEINER, THOMAS MORE SOCIETY, MARK P. ROBINSON, JR., MARY M. ROBERTS, SARAH L. OVERTON, CUMMINGS, MCCLOREY, DAVIS & ACHO, ALEC Y. CHANG, WILLIAM M. WARDLAW, FREEMAN, SPOGLI & CO., TANI CANTIL SAKAUYE, MATTHEW WERDEGAR, KEKER & VAN NESS, SUSAN J. HARRIMAN, KATHRYN M. WERDEGAR, CAROL A. CORRIGAN, JOYCE L. KENNARD, MING W. CHIN, MARVIN R. BAXTER, GOODWIN LIU, 1ST CENTURY BANK, 1ST CENTURY BANCSHARES, INC., WILLIAM W. BRIEN, DAVE BROOKS, JOSEPH DIGANGE, JASON D. DINAPOLI, ALAN D. LEVY, ROBERT A. MOORE, BARRY D. PRESSMAN, NADINE WATT, LEWIS N. WOLFF, STANLEY R. ZAX, H. WALTER CROSKEY, JOAN D. KLEIN, PATTI S. KITCHING, JUDITH MCCONNELL, RICHARD D. HUFFMAN, DOUGLAS P. MILLER, STEVEN JAHR, HARRY E. HULL, JR., RON BURKLE, JAMS, JOHN K. TROTTER, JR., CHRIS POOLE, GILBERT ANTHONY CEDILLO, MIKE DAVIS, FELIPE FUENTES, ROBERT K. BLUMENFIELD, JUDY JOHNSON, TOM LAYTON, LISA VON ESCHEN, ABELSON HERRON, MICHAEL BRUCE ABELSON, VINCENT H. HERRON, WRIGHT & L’ESTRANGE, JEFFREY IRWIN WERTHEIMER, SANDOR SAMUELS, BET TZEDEK, WILLIAM F. FAHEY, CAROLYN B. KUHL, DAVID J. PASTERNAK and DOES 1 THROUGH 10 INCLUSIVE
 
Case Number: 1:2012cv01534
Filed: September 13, 2012
 
Court: District Of Columbia District Court
Office: Washington, DC         Office
County: 88888
Presiding Judge: Ellen S. Huvelle
 
Nature of Suit: Other Statutes – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
Cause: 18:1961
Jurisdiction: Federal Question        
Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff        

Addendum to UC Regent Richard Blum of CB Richard Ellis: Judicial Council Member and UCI Foundation Director — Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson’s Mark Robinson

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

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 conc

Membership Roster of California’s Judicial Council (TLR Note: Mike Feuer ? )

The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) implements the council’s policies.

Judicial Council Members

Chair

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
Chief Justice of California

Supreme Court

Hon. Marvin R. Baxter
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Courts of Appeal

Hon. Judith Ashmann-Gerst
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
Second Appellate District, Division Two
Los Angeles

Hon. Harry E. Hull, Jr.
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
Third Appellate District
Sacramento
   

Hon. Douglas P. Miller
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
Fourth Appellate District, Division Two
Riverside

Trial Courts

Hon. Stephen H. Baker
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Shasta

Hon. James R. Brandlin
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Hon. David De Alba
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Sacramento

Hon. Emilie H. Elias
Judge of the Superior Court of California
County of Los Angeles

Hon. Sherrill A. Ellsworth
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Riverside
   

Hon. James E. Herman
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Barbara

Hon. Teri L. Jackson
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Francisco

Hon. Ira R. Kaufman
Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Plumas

Hon. Mary Ann O’Malley
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Contra Costa

Hon. David Rosenberg
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Yolo

Legislature

Hon. Noreen Evans
Member of the California State Senate

State Bar

Ms. Angela J. Davis
United States Department of Justice
Office of U.S. Attorney

Mr. James P. Fox
Attorney at Law
   

Ms. Edith R. Matthai
Attorney at Law

Mr. Mark P. Robinson, Jr.
Attorney at Law

Advisory Members

Hon. Sue Alexander
Commissioner of the Superior Court of California,
County of Alameda

Mr. Alan Carlson
Chief Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Orange

Hon. Laurie M. Earl
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Sacramento

Hon. Allan D. Hardcastle
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma

Hon. Morris D. Jacobson
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Alameda

Hon. Brian L. McCabe
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Merced
   

Hon. Robert James Moss
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Orange

Hon. Kenneth K. So
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego

Ms. Mary Beth Todd
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Sutter

Hon. Charles D. Wachob
Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Placer

Mr. David H. Yamasaki
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

Secretary

Judge Steven Jahr
Administrative Director of the Courts

Source credit@: http://www.courts.ca.gov/4645.htm

Judicial Council Watcher on Free Speech/Return of Prior Restraint at Judicial Council

Free speech continues to be one of the pillars that holds our democracy together. During the George \ Huffman years, there was no such thing as free speech in council meetings. Your comments needed to be submitted and pre-approved in advance of the public meeting. It’s called prior restraint of free speech and it is wrong for any government agency to engage in. In fact, it should be unlawful.
 

During the beginning of the Cantil-Sakauye administration they touted transparency and accountability and the Chief Justice suspended the title ten rules (10.6d and 10.6e) that insisted upon prior restraint of free speech. In case any of you haven’t already figured this out, those who have lost control of the message are out to regain control of the message. First, it was Justice Harry Hull who was tasked with intercepting certain public information requests and creating additional barriers to those requests by insisting that they be hand written with your signature and snail-mailed personally to him. Second, it was with this proposed new rule of court that suggests that speaking with anything but one voice is an ethics violation.  Now, prior restraint of speech has returned to the star chamber.

The suspension of title ten rules has been lifted, prior restraint has returned and is alive and well in the star chamber just as the latest boondoggle over the long beach courthouse surfaces. But then again, ’tis the season for budget politics and we can’t permit any audience that might be inclined to speak with anything other than one voice because someone important might be listening.

While we agree that the new Chief Justice has been pummeled since she took office, it wasn’t free speech that did her in. What did her in was her continuing the policies of the former George administration and her insistence of keeping the same players on the field despite the overwhelming evidence that this bunch of yahoos has caused more damage to the court system than just about anyone else in the history of the California judiciary.

Nothing has changed in that regards. These yahoos continue to tarnish the reputation of the judiciary with the blessing of the Chief Justice. Attempting to clamp down on dissent hasn’t quieted us and it is us that has led the charge for meaningful reforms. We won’t be silenced until a democratically elected council indicates to us in writing that our services are no longer needed.

No, they don’t have to put such a request above their signature, they just have to make the request as a democratically elected body. Yes, we will accept an email request.

There is now a concerted assault on dissent in the judicial branch and for some reason they believe that this will work. After all, didn’t it work swell under AOC Watchers reign while they were blowing holes in King George? The prior restraint bit lent credibility to AOC Watcher and we can plainly see our readership numbers rise again as they clamp down on dissent.

Please continue @: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/the-judicial-council-r…

The Chosen Dunn Revisited Amid Incomplete Reporting:Joe Dunn Appointed TWICE to California Judicial Council (TLR Note: Notice Name of John Van de Kamp ; Ronald George Persistence in Appointing Dunn; Kudos to Cheryl Miller)

  OCTOBER 2010 — CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL:

Sen. Joseph Dunn appointed to top State Bar job

Joseph Dunn
Sen. Joseph Dunn

Former state Senator Joseph L. Dunn was named executive director of the State Bar last month, replacing longtime bar leader Judy Johnson, who will retire next year.

Dunn was a member of the California State Senate from 1998 to 2006, and in 2005 and 2006, served as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He chaired the Senate Investigation Committee into Enron’s involvement in the 2001 California energy crisis. In 2006, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for state controller. From 2006 to 2009, Dunn served as CEO and executive director of the California Medical Association, where he oversaw governmental affairs and advocacy activities. He left the CMA in August.

“I am honored to have been offered this position,” Dunn said. “My life commitment has been to the legal profession, and there is no better way I can think of to show that commitment than to assist the board of governors with its work at the State Bar.”

Dunn, 52, is a founding partner of The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP, in Santa Ana, where his practice includes litigation, legislation and regulation. Last year, he also launched Voice of OC, a local investigative online nonprofit news outlet. Dunn said Orange County was the victim of an accountability void as a result of the decline in newspaper coverage.

Prior to entering the Senate, he was a plaintiff’s lawyer in Orange County, handling products liability litigation involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He worked in the Newport Beach office of Robbins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi after law school and joined Robinson, Calcagnie, Robinson, also in Newport Beach, in 1996, where he continued to focus on products liability and complex litigation until his election to the Senate.

Dunn was lead or co-lead counsel and liaison counsel in numerous high profile, complex cases that involved tobacco, nuclear, breast implant and other medical litigation.

He graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota School of Law and was admitted to the California bar in 1986. He is a trustee for the University of California Irvine Foundation and chairs both the UCI School of Law Dean’s Cabinet and the Regenerative Medicine Leadership Council. He was a member of the Judicial Council of California and currently serves on the steering committee for the Commission for Impartial Courts.

Former State Bar President John Van de Kamp, who chaired a search committee, said Dunn is “extraordinarily well-qualified and fits the needs of the bar at this particular time.” He said the former senator stood out in a strong field of candidates and described Dunn as a fine administrator with a good understanding of the workings of Sacramento. “He has the ability to bridge any gaps we might have and deal with internal problems as well,” Van de Kamp said.

Dunn’s appointment is the third and final senior position to be filled this year, following the previous appointments of former State Bar President James Towery as chief trial counsel and Starr Babcock as general counsel.

Source:  http://www.calbarjournal.com/October2010/TopHeadlines/TH1.aspx

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MetNews February of 2007 :  

Ellen Corbett and Joseph Dunn Named to State Judicial Council

State Sen. Ellen Corbett and former Sen. Joseph Dunn have been named to the Judicial Council of California, the Administrative Office of the Courts said Friday.

Chief Justice Ronald M. George named Dunn, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as an advisory member of the council. His term will expire at the end of this year.

Source: http://www.metnews.com/articles/2007/judi022607.htm

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January of 2011:

   

The Chosen Dunn

Judicial Council

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

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

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

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

The Voice of OC

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

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

Executive Director, State Bar of California

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

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3jkdfuv

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Join California : Joe Dunn

Democratic

 

Picture of Joe Dunn

CA Blue Book 2000

Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1998 Democratic SD-34 62063 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic SD-34 63485 Win
Website: www.cmanet.org/publicdoc.cfm/2/1/presssection2/372
 

Candidate Biography:

 

Joseph Lawrence Dunn 
Married: Diane
Children: Two

2005-2007: Member, California Judicial Council
2006: Primary Candidate for Controller (Lost; 47%)
2006-2009: CEO, California Medical Association
2007: Advisory Member, Judicial Council of California

Source: California Blue Book (2000)
Source: “The Judicial Council of California: Membership” by the Judicial Council of California (accessed 5/30/2012)

Source:  http://www.joincalifornia.com/candidate/6086

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February 23, 2007

Back in the Saddle: Dunn at Judiciary Committee

Former state Sen. Joe Dunn’s seat on the Judicial Council was hardly cold when he returned to the courts’ policymaking body on Friday, courtesy of a special one-year appointment by Chief Justice Ronald George.

Dunn, the one-time chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, left the council in December after term limits forced the Orange County Democrat out of the state Legislature. He was quickly named CEO of the California Medical Association.

Sen. Ellen Corbett, the new Judiciary Committee chairwoman, took Dunn’s place on the council. Assembly Judiciary Chairman Dave Jones is also a member.

But George said Friday that he wants Dunn, a veteran trial lawyer, back at the table “because of his unique and continuing leadership in statewide issues of concern to the judicial branch.” The ex-senator will be an advisory, non-voting member.

As an advocate for a special-interest group, Dunn seems an unusual choice for a body that includes 17 judicial officers, four lawyers appointed by the Bar, the two lawmakers and three court employees. The CMA and the Judicial Council also have competing political interests on occasion. In 2005, the council opposed a CMA-backed bill to boost traffic fines and criminal penalties to fund trauma centers.

But George had no qualms about Dunn’s appointment, and neither did several lobbyists and Republicans contacted Friday.

Dunn came back swinging on Friday, telling the council that court leaders had better keep “struggles within the court family” quiet or risk the Legislature rejecting the latest request for 50 new judgeships.

Dunn was apparently referring to labor groups’ ongoing disputes with the judiciary, particularly in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Organized labor holds a lot of sway with legislative Democrats, though Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed their bills to boost court workers’ pay and benefits. 

“We have to ensure that whatever disputes are within the court family do not spill over into the Legislature this year,” Dunn said. —  Cheryl Miller

Source: http://legalpad.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/02/back_in_the_sad.html

Judicial Council Watcher Editorial: The Daily Journal Missed the Boat

Was this an assignment or roaming off the range? That’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves about a recent article in the Daily Journal written by Emily Green. In that article titled Alliances critics say group doesn’t practice what it preaches, Ms. Green starts off the article with a bold section that opines that the Alliance of California Judges, which is a private member association, argues for greater transparency without practicing what it preaches. She further pushes the AOC theory that the list of grievances has grown so long that the association is eroding their credibility in the legislature and with other judicial branch members.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

From day one we have followed the Alliance of California Judges and their fine work. It is our opinion that the Alliance has been incredibly focused and consistent with both their message and a series of milestones achieved that not too long ago would have never been possible.

Emily completely discounts the history of the branch and how all of the power concentrated in one person has perverted the administration of justice in California by allowing that person to pick favorites – and to even designate judicial appointments – and to speak with one voice. She misses the boat on the fact that this speak with one voice is what caused a “favorites list” of courthouses that needed to be replaced at mindblowing costs that would be periodically revised to accommodate political deals and horsetrading. She misses the boat on the fact that speak with one voice is what caused CCMS to turn into a ten year, half of a billion boondoggle. She misses the boat that all of the grievances can be tied back to a serious flaw in governance that needs to be addressed – way too much power in the hands of one person – the Chief Justice.

Please continue @: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/editorial-the-daily-jo…

Judicial Council Watcher, AOC’s Jody Patel, Judicial Council Memebrs Angela Davis / Dave Rosenberg Hereby Asked to Disclose Whether Employee Diane Dunn (diane.dunn@jud.ca.gov) Is Wife of Joe Dunn of Voice of OC

Judicial Council Watcher, AOC’s Jody Patel, and Judicial Council memebrs Angela Davis/ Dave Rosenberg hereby asked to disclose whether judicial branch employee Diane Dunn (diane.dunn@jud.ca.gov) is one and the same as UC Irvine Communications Projects Manager Diane Dunn — Spouse of Voice of OC Joe Dunn of UCI Foundation — former head of Senate of California Committee on the judiciary ?

 

For more, please see @:

 

www.courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20120831-itemK.pdf

 

AND @:

 

 

http://tinyurl.com/d5ceosm

 

AND @

 

http://tinyurl.com/cznxcnu

 

AND @

 

http://tinyurl.com/c6taoaf

 

 

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Judicial Council of California .Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue . San Francisco, California 94102-3688
www.courts.ca.gov
REPORT TO THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL
For business meeting on: August 31, 2012
Title
Children in Foster Care: Report from the
California Blue Ribbon Commission on
Children in Foster Care
Rules, Forms, Standards, or Statutes Affected
N/A
Recommended by
California Blue Ribbon Commission on
Children in Foster Care
Hon. Richard D. Huffman, Chair
Agenda Item Type
Action Required
Effective Date
As soon as possible
Date of Report
July 30, 2012
Contact
Diane Nunn, 415-865-7689
diane.nunn@jud.ca.gov

Spire Law Group PR Re RICO Suit (TLR Note: JCW and Affiliates Placed on “Nixonian enemies list ”]

Spire Law Group, LLP’s national home owners’ lawsuit, pending in the venue where the “Banksters” control their $43 trillion racketeering scheme (New York) – known as the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History and identifying $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money by the “Banksters” and their U.S. racketeering partners and joint venturers – now pinpoints the identities of the key racketeering partners of the “Banksters” located in the highest offices of government and acting for their own self-interests.

In connection with the federal lawsuit now impending in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, New York (Case No. 12-cv-04269-JBW-RML) – involving, among other things, a request that the District Court enjoin all mortgage foreclosures by the Banksters nationwide, unless and until the entire $43 trillion is repaid to a court-appointed receiver – Plaintiffs now establish the location of the $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money in a racketeering enterprise participated in by the following individuals (without limitation):

Attorney General Holder acting in his individual capacity, Assistant Attorney General Tony West, the brother in law of Defendant California Attorney General Kamala Harris (both acting in their individual capacities), Jon Corzine (former New Jersey Governor), Robert Rubin (former Treasury Secretary and Bankster), Timothy Geitner, Treasury Secretary (acting in his individual capacity), Vikram Pandit (recently resigned and disgraced Chairman of the Board of Citigroup), Valerie Jarrett (a Senior White House Advisor), Anita Dunn (a former “communications director” for the Obama Administration), Robert Bauer (husband of Anita Dunn and Chief Legal Counsel for the Obama Re-election Campaign), as well as the “Banksters” themselves, and their affiliates and conduits. The lawsuit alleges serial violations of the United States Patriot Act, the Policy of Embargo Against Iran and Countries Hostile to the Foreign Policy of the United States, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (commonly known as the RICO statute) and other State and Federal laws.

In the District Court lawsuit, Spire Law Group, LLP — on behalf of home owner across the Country and New York taxpayers, as well as under other taxpayer recompense laws — has expanded its mass tort action into federal court in Brooklyn, New York, seeking to halt all foreclosures nationwide pending the return of the $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000.00) by the “Banksters” and their co-conspirators, seeking an audit of the Fed and audits of all the “bailout programs” by an independent receiver such as Neil Barofsky, former Inspector General of the TARP program who has stated that none of the TARP money and other “bailout money” advanced from the Treasury has ever been repaid despite protestations to the contrary by the Defendants as well as similar protestations by President Obama and the Obama Administration both publicly on national television and more privately to the United States Congress.

Because the Obama Administration has failed to pursue any of the “Banksters” criminally, and indeed is actively borrowing monies for Mr. Obama’s campaign from these same “Banksters” to finance its political aspirations, the national group of plaintiff home owners has been forced to now expand its lawsuit to include racketeering, money laundering and intentional violations of the Iranian Nations Sanctions and Embargo Act by the national banks included among the “Bankster” Defendants.

The complaint – which has now been fully served on thousands of the “Banksters and their Co-Conspirators” – makes it irrefutable that the epicenter of this laundering and racketeering enterprise has been and continues to be Wall Street and continues to involve the very “Banksters” located there who have repeatedly asked in the past to be “bailed out” and to be “bailed out” in the future.
The Havens for the money laundering schemes – and certain of the names and places of these entities – are located in such venues as Switzerland, the Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Cypress and entities controlled by governments adverse to the interests of the United States Sanctions and Embargo Act against Iran, and are also identified in both the United Nations and the U.S. Senate’s recent reports on international money laundering. Many of these entities have already been personally served with summons and process of the complaint during the last six months. It is now beyond dispute that, while the Obama Administration was publicly encouraging loan modifications for home owners by “Banksters”, it was privately ratifying the formation of these shell companies in violation of the United States Patriot Act, and State and Federal law. The case further alleges that through these obscure foreign companies, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo Bank, Citibank, Citigroup, One West Bank, and numerous other federally chartered banks stole trillions of dollars of home owners’ and taxpayers’ money during the last decade and then laundered it through offshore companies.

This District Court Complaint – maintained by Spire Law Group, LLP — is the only lawsuit in the world listing as Defendants the Banksters, let alone serving all of such Banksters with legal process and therefore forcing them to finally answer the charges in court. Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission, nor the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, nor the Office of the Attorney General, nor any State Attorney General has sued the Banksters and thereby legally chased them worldwide to recover-back the $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) and other lawful damages, injunctive relief and other legal remedies.
James N. Fiedler, Managing Partner of Spire Law Group, LLP, stated: “It is hard for me to believe as a 47-year lawyer that our nation’s guardians have been unwilling to stop this theft. Spire Law Group, LLP stands for the elimination of corruption and implementation of lawful strategies, and that is what we’re doing here. Spire Law Group, LLP’s charter is to not allow such corruption to go unanswered.”
Comments were requested from the Attorney Generals’ offices in NY, CA, NV, NH , OH, MA and the White House, but no comment was provided.

About Spire Law Group
Spire Law Group, LLP is a national law firm whose motto is “the public should be protected — at all costs — from corruption in whatever form it presents itself.” The Firm is 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.

Contact: James N. Fiedler
877-438-8766
http://spire-law.com

SOURCE Spire Law Group, LLP

Related story @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/judicial-council-watcher-is-named-in-a-new-york-racketeering-lawsuit/

BREAKING NEWS…..DEVELOPING……: Judicial Council Watcher named in a New York Racketeering Lawsuit

DEVELPOING……

According to Judicial Council Watcher “Yesterday Michael Paul forwarded us a 43 trillion dollar racketeering lawsuit filed in New York State. In that attached lawsuit it appears that Judicial Council Watcher and those affiliated with us are alleged to have been placed on  the “Nixonian enemies list of the Obama Administration” . (page 34)”

See @:   http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/judicial-council-watch…

TLR will of course continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

YR Mulls Fund Raising Effort to Assist Dan Dydzak

A Yolo County-based Rabbi (“YR”) — a confederate of The Leslie Brodie Network who was recently described in court papers as a man of great principles, ethics, integrity, and spirituality —  is mulling ways to assist Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar Dan Dydzak in his quest for justice.

Specifically, in the matter of Daniel David Dydzak v. Cantil-Sakauye, U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour recently declared Dydzak a vexatious litigant who is PROHIBITED from initiating any further litigation in this or any other federal court alleging deprivation of rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 or Bivens based on his disbarment without the prior authorization from the presiding judge of the U.S.District Court for the Central District of California.

Following on the heels of Judge Coughenour’s order, YR stated:

“I would like state unequivocally that I am not behind Mr. Dydzak’s lawsuits — not his first suit filed in Orange County and certainly not the second one.

Mr. Dydzak does not consult with me about how he exercises his affairs, nor do I make any suggestions.  In fact, I had to use a credit card to pay to download and view his first suit, and learned of the second suit only by reading Judicial Council Watcher, not from Mr. Dydzak himself. 

Personally, I have issues with the fact that Mr. Dydzak has filed these actions, and the claims asserted therein.  After he filed the suit in Orange County, I spoke with my various confidential sources in Southern California and was told that Mr. Dydzak is highly competent in legal matters, having practiced under Melvin Belli and as a successful sole practitioner in Beverly Hills for 25 years.   I was told that he hoped to obtain a quick settlement after filing the Orange County action, which will be orchestrated by Justice Troter of JAMS.  In fact, Mr. Dydzak admits as much in his second lawsuit. 

In short, Mr. Dydzak acting to serve his own personal interests, unlike my whistle blowing activities which are consistent with the concepts of truth and justice.

The vexatious litigant order is clearly draconian, and as such, I am considering raising funds which will be used to assist Dydzak in either the posting of bond or hiring an attorney.

I would like to also state unequivocally that the following condition will be imposed:

a) no funds whatsoever will be forwarded directly to Dydzak.

b) since Judge Coughenour’s order only applies to suits brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 or Bivens based on his disbarment (and presumably does not apply to the many other RICO defendants in matters unrelated to his disbarment i.e. Bet Tzedek, 1st. Century Bank, etc.), no funds will be used to prosecute those defendants.

c) no funds can be used to prosecute any person/entity who is a resident of Central/Northern California.

Even though his suits are a detriment to me, it is not my place to judge him or his belief that he was the victim of grave injustices,” YR concluded.

Alliance of California Judges Assails Tani Cantil-Sakauye Selective Selection Process (TLR Note: Diversity Anyone? Notice Persistent Presence of Nefarious Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court)

It should come as no surprise that when a working group is formed (the Judicial Council and the AOC’s favorite sleight-of-hand gesture at addressing anything) that it would be the loyal soldiers of the Chief Justice that would be getting the nod to speak with one voice. Most of these loyalists have been in the judicial branch for less than 10 years themselves so they have an ideal point of reference to make recommendations and discuss the impact on a law that is 15 years old.

While we feel that such a group has no relevance at the discussion table because they lack a frame of reference, apparently our Chief Justice feels differently.

Of course, items that probably won’t come up for discussion are things like committing 1.8 billion dollars to one courthouse over the course of 35 years while two dozen other courthouses and well over 200 courtrooms are mothballed across the state.

Maybe they will not bring up how hundred thousand dollar embezzlements in the AOC go unprosecuted and how that might affect judicial branch efficiencies by sending a clear, unambiguous message that anything goes with the publics money.

Or maybe they will not bring up how centralization has brought us $2,000.00 light bulbs, $409.00 clock batteries and unlicensed contractors maintaining every courthouse from the Oregon border to the Mexican border. But they weren’t really unlicensed. A sham lawsuit wherein if they lose, they are innocent of the crime and if they win, they are guilty of committing numerous crimes proved that!

Please continue @: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/chief-appoints-familia…

 

October 16, 2012Dear Members and Others,

We include an article by reporter Cheryl Miller concerning the creation by the Governor of a working group which will evaluate the 15-year-old State Trial Court Funding Act.

The Chief Justice has selected the following justices, judges and others to represent the judicial branch on this committee: Justice Harry Hull, Los Angeles attorney Angela Davis, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias, Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Mary Ann O’Malley, Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg and Santa Clara Superior Court Executive Officer David Yamasaki. You should note that all of these appointees are also current hand-selected members of the Judicial Council.

Since the demise of the AOC E-News we believe it is important to keep you apprised of current events affecting the judicial branch. Please feel free to forward this along to your colleagues.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges

Source: http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/chief-appoints-familia…

As mentioned recently, following on the heels of allegations of duplicity and manipulations by Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County Superior Court, Judicial Council Watcher now promises to further expose his past misdeeds.

Specifically, Judicial Council Watcher stated: “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. “

Recently, Judge Daniel Goldstein of San Diego commented with some disbelief on the judges who voted for supporting reform.  He called Rosenberg’s methodology for counting the vote “erroneous.”

Commentators on Judicial Council Watcher were similarly taken aback by Rosenberg’s antics. The OBT wrote: Judge Rosenberg aka Judge Rosenblab , who our CJ appointed to the JC is out only for himself. His misuse of his position as Chair of the Presiding Judges group is “transparent” . Thanks to Presiding Judges Earl,Ellsworth and Judge Goldstein for seeking to do what is right and calling him on his blatant attempts at obfuscation. Said obfuscation only allows the JC to delay the reforms the SEC report makes clear are necessary.The bottom line is we need to implement the SEC report recommendations and move on to see that the branch works for the benefit of the public we serve.We need to pass 1208 and democratize the JC to avoid the mess we are now mired in.

 

Court Declares Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak “Vexatious Litigant”

Consistent with our commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a story, The Leslie Brodie Report has no choice but to now report that Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar Dan Dydzak has been declared a “vexatious litigant.”

Under normal circumstances, a vexatious litigant must obtain leave of the court before filing any new claim.

Litigation is typically classified as vexatious when an attorney or a pro se litigant (a person representing himself without an attorney) repeatedly files groundless lawsuits and repeatedly loses.

In the federal system, in determining whether a litigant is a “vexatious litigant,” a court would normally apply the five factors set forth in the opinion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Safir v. United States Lines, Inc., 792 F.2d 19, 24 (2d Cir. 1986). Those factors are: (1) the litigant”s history of litigation and in particular whether it entailed vexatious, harassing, or duplicative suits; (2) the litigant”s motive in pursuing the litigation, for example, whether the litigant had a good faith expectation of prevailing; (3) whether the litigant is represented by counsel; (4) whether the litigant has caused unnecessary expense to the parties or placed a needless burden on the courts; and (5) whether other sanctions would be adequate to protect the courts and other parties.  Source:  http://www.lexisnexis.com/community/insurancelaw/blogs/insurancelawblog/archi…

In California, section 391 of the Code of Civil Procedure defines the qualifications of a vexatious litigant. Even though such status can bar a person from the courthouse, the statute has been held to be constitutional. (See Moran v. Murtaugh Miller Meyer & Nelson, LLP, 40 Cal. 4th 780 (2007); and Wolfe v. George, 486 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2007).)

Under section 391, a vexatious litigant typically is a pro se plaintiff who has (1) lost at least five pro se lawsuits in the preceding seven years, (2) sued the same defendant for the same alleged wrong after losing, (3) repeatedly filed meritless papers, or (4) used frivolous tactical devices or already been declared a vexatious litigant for similar reasons. (Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 391(b); Wolfe, 486 F.3d at 1124.) Because the statute uses the disjunctive or, the court must separately evaluate each of the four factual scenarios, according to the Daily Journal.  Source:  http://www.dailyjournal.com/cle.cfm?show=CLEDisplayArticle&qVersionID=290…

Previously, in the matter of Daniel David Dydzak v. Cantil-Sakauye, Judge John C. Coughenour ordered Mr. Dydzak to SHOW CAUSE (1) why he should not be declared a vexatious litigant, and (2) why he should not be prohibited from initiating any further litigation in this or any other federal court all eging deprivation of rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 based on his disbarment without prior authorization from this Court or the presiding judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In the absence of such a showing, Mr . Dydzak will be declared a vexatious litigant under Local Rule 83-8 and will be required to provide security in the amount of $5,000 for each defendant against whom he seeks to proceed with Court authorization.

According to Dydzak (who publicly commented on Judicial Council Watcher) “matters are being contested appropriately.”

For more, please see:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/the-dydzak-racketeerin…

AND @:

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

APA Judicial Officer Caught in Financial Scheme Involving Utility Company, Law Firm ; Judicial Council Watcher: Courts Need to Re-Think Workarounds for Civil Bar

Questions are being raised about the secretive relationship involving a utility company, a law firm, and a California judicial officer who stands united with Asian-American more so than he does for the population as a whole.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources maintain California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming Chin’s clandestine involvement with the Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”) is “far from over,” because new revelations now implicate Southern California Edison (“SCE”) and power-house Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”).


Mr Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Ming, not a stranger to The Leslie Brodie report, partook in the “60 Days Suspension Scandal,” (See Part 1 and Part 2) wherein a lawyer with a prior criminal history engaged in a pogrom in a San Francisco synagogue, yet was only suspended for 60 days due to his political connections within the Democratic party, and courtesy of Judy Johnson, former crack-addict Mike Nisperos, and JoAnn Remke. (Photo:courtesy)

Wholly separate and apart from CaliforniaALL, at issue are funds bestowed on CAUSE by MTO and SCE while Justice Chin served as an official adviser to CAUSE during  the time period representatives of both SCE and MTO were members of CAUSE board of directors.

“For whatever reason, Ron Olson has a propensity to create those double wide loops where one person from SCE and one person from MTO would serve on the board of a non-profit that he has an interest in corrupting.  For example, at CAUSE he positioned Fred Rowley and Ben Wong  .  At the  California Bar Foundation he  positioned Mary Ann Todd and Richard Tom.  If I would be asked to speculate, I would say it is a form of an insurance, a way to ensure that SCE would stand by his side as co-defendant, say if a class-action is filed against MTO alleging that it misused a certain non-profit to bribe a CPUC commissioner for the purpose of allowing SCE to charge higher rates, for example.” a source seeking anonymity maintained.

As previously reported, Chin’s long-standing involvement with the entity which cater exclusively to Asian-American was the subject of a complaint with the California Commission on Judicial Performance due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American.   That complaint also alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.

The complaint alleged Justice Chin’s clandestine nature and undisclosed involvement is particularly troubling based on facts as they relate to Mr. James Hsu — CAUSE’s treasurer as well as a board member of a (now defunct) sham charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL —  as matters relating to CaliforniaALL would soon be considered by the California Supreme Court.

The complaint further alleged that  without the  “fortuitous discovery ” by the petitioner, he would not have known that Justice Chin and Hsu are involved with CAUSE as to seek the recusal of Justice Chin in matters relating to CaliforniaALL.

Similarly, the complaint alluded to  a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court.  In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.  Hence, the complaint alleges, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APA.

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, Alec Chang, Lawrence Yee, former crack-addict Mike Nisperos. Pat McElroy, and U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England. “

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One of the most striking examples of how to attract  the attention of 190,000 attorneys in this leadership crisis was how the Ministry of Truth artfully employed bar associations and the state bar to make this fight all about the Judicial Council and the AOC getting more budget. Of course, we have to believe that based on the propaganda spewed forth by the death star that 87% of any budgetary increases would go to the trial courts. Early on, we saw what appeared to be a cooperative effort between those that were looking at possible years between paychecks step up and defend the judicial branch literally at the expense of the trial courts.

They did this because by and large, attorneys don’t fully understand the arguments being made. They know of cuts to the judicial system and cuts to their local courts but what they don’t know is what we know here and what legislators in Sacramento know. As the saying goes, all politics is local and it was the local bars backed by many of their largest law firms that stepped forward and suggested higher fees and absorbing more costs to keep their avenue to their next pay check this year free and clear. Oh, it doesn’t matter that in some counties that the little guy can’t have his case heard in small claims. Another way to enrich the sharks is to force small claims cases into the hands of lawyers by closing small claims courts so it’s all good.

What we feel is missing here is that this is supposed to be a justice system that is accessible to all. While there are those who have argued the issues of accessibility, none have been pro-pers who are going about living life. Who is making the accessibility argument are lawyers. Lawyers that want to ensure that their avenue to a pay check through their local court system isn’t interrupted by the shennagins in Sacramento, completely missing the boat on where the money goes after the legislature votes and the governor signs.

Not one dime goes directly to the courts dear lawyers. It all goes to the Judicial Council’s administrative office, the AOC. From there, it is parsed out on a “me first, you next” basis with the brown-nosing courts getting a fast pass to the front of the line.

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/editorial-courts-need-…

JusticeCalifornia avers:

The lawyers are not going to do anything to help this situation.

For the most part they are not at all informed about the nuts and bolts of what is going on. With a precious few exceptions those that do know what is going on are behaving like Matthai and Krinski, although things are undeniably worse for clients right now then they were a few short years ago, when fees were lower, court reporters were commonplace and the courts were open during normal business hours.

The public is mad as hell about fines and fees and what is going on in the courts, but they are not going to understand or really care about internal issues regarding democratization– their agenda is necessarily different.

Sorry, the judges and court employees and interested others are going to have to do the heavy lifting here in getting the legislature to pay attention and step up. The Judicial Council must be democratized.

Branch members are getting a little taste of what it is like to be stuck in a corrupt court system (like Marin), presenting hard evidence of misconduct, and yet nothing at all is done to change the system. Instead, misconduct is covered up or excused and the perps get rewarded.

Handwringing does not cut it in this war.

Alliance of California Judges Directors Propose “Inoculation” Behind Leaked Document to Los Angeles Daily Journal (TLR Note: TLR Postulates Los Angeles Daily Journal Part of Scheme as Owned by Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger)

August 22, 2012
Dear Members and Others,

On August 16th, Alliance director Judge David Lampe requested Executive and Planning Committee chairman Justice Douglas Miller to make public the audit report of the AOC Office of Court Construction and Management prepared by Pegasus Global Holdings. A copy of that letter appears below.

Justice Miller declined to make that report public, indicating that it would be released in September, so we were surprised to learn yesterday that the summary of that report was somehow “leaked” to Daily Journal reporter Paul Jones. We include today’s Daily Journal story on that  “leaked” document.

We were not surprised, of course, by the summarized findings of the audit because we fully expected to see the same dysfunction, incompetence and lack of oversight in the multi-billion dollar court construction and maintenance program that we saw on display in the failed CCMS project.

As to who leaked this document, we will not speculate. As to why the document was leaked, we offer the following possible explanation: it is common to attempt to blunt negative press attention by leaking portions of an embarrassing report to a single reporter. Once that story runs the agency which is the subject of the report can claim that it’s now “old news” and that the recommendations in the report have been complied with. This tactic is often referred to as an “inoculation.” Whether or not this occurred in this instance, the Alliance will not be dissuaded from publicly disseminating the entire report once the Council sees fit to release it. Nor do we expect that the rather strange “leak” to a single reporter will dissuade other reporters in both the print and television media from reporting on yet another instance of Judicial Council and AOC mismanagement.

The common themes of this latest report, the State Auditor’s report on CCMS, the SEC report on the AOC, and the concerns raised by  hundreds of judges during the most recent public comment period all underscore the desperate need for the democratization of the Judicial Council. The 15 year experiment of centralized governance by unelected bureaucrats and the abdication of oversight by handpicked functionaries has significantly damaged the image of the judiciary. The lack of Council oversight of the AOC has become habitual and blatant, as yet another report has found. At some point we need to say enough is enough. Let’s hope that doesn’t occur after additional millions or billions of public funds are wasted.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges

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Alliance of California Judges’s David Lempe Asks Judicial Council to Release Pegasus Global Holdings Report ; Richard Zitrin Assails OTC of California Bar (TLR Note: Notice Zitrin’s sarcasm Re “Point of Contact” — Nefarious Robert Hawley)

Most of us know that OCCM can’t do any job that costs a hundred grand without spending three times that amount in getting it done. We know that the jobs are no-bid, cost plus contracts being steered to preferred vendors. We know that the director, Lee Willoughby is also the chair of western construction contracting consumers and was elevated to that position because he has the most money to spread around. Most other contractors look at WCCC.org as “pay to play” yet no one but us has cried foul.  Enclosed is a letter to the Judicial Council as well as the SEC and E&P committees. In light of the unprecedented court closures and revelations that OCCM is trying to sell off public assets while spending billions building new ones, the Pegasus Holdings report is essential in deciding the direction of OCCM programs.

Everyone knows this and that is probably why the report has not seen the light of day.  

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August 16, 2012
Dear Justice Miller:

I am writing on behalf of the Alliance of California Judges to request that the Judicial Council immediately make a public release of the Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc., report on the operations of the Office of Court Construction and Management. I make this request to you in your role as Chair of the Executive and Planning Committee based upon that committee’s authority under Rule 10.11(a) to act on behalf of the Judicial Council between meetings. It is our understanding that this report has issued internally. Even if the current version of the report is preliminary and not final, it is imperative that the preliminary findings of this consultant group be made public. Please do not treat this as a Rule 10.500 request. We are constitutional judicial officers, and we need this information in order to perform our duties for the reasons outlined below. Even draft versions of this report, once released to the AOC, need to be made available to the public and to judges. If the report is preliminary, it may be denominated as such.

The immediate release of this report is critical because the Court Facilities Working Group has invited public comment on the decision-making process and criteria to be used in re-evaluating 31 SB 1407 projects moving forward with limited funds. Comments are due on August 24, 2012 with public meetings scheduled on September 5- 7, 2012 with planned final recommendations by the end of September 2012. The committee expects to make its final recommendations to the Judicial Council by October 26, 2012.

The information in the Pegasus report is critical both to any public comment that would be made on the 1407 projects, and it is also fundamental to any decision to be made upon the recommendations of the Strategic Evaluation Committee. The SEC Report references the Pegasus study at Page 156, after noting substantial deficiencies in the performance of the OCCM.

Prioritizing the 1407 projects from an operational needs standpoint cannot be accomplished in a vacuum without full appreciation of the likely available cash flow from 1407 funds.  There are a number of fundamental deficiencies in the OCCM’s performance relative to likely available capital outlay and cash flow. First, the OCCM has not adequately considered the lack of available funds to maintain new courthouses once constructed, in light of the fact that the size of new courthouses will result in substantially increased costs of maintenance, identified to be at least $32 million more annually, which may have to be taken from 1407 funds. This problem compounds the fact that available funds for existing maintenance are already inadequate. Secondly, the OCCM may not have adequately taken into account available cash flow for the projects under consideration, particularly since there is likely to be an ongoing need to divert some 1407 funds to operations for the foreseeable future.

These discrepancies in the performance of the OCCM need to be addressed before any further decision can be made on prioritizing court construction projects. We are concerned that the court construction program may be headed in the same direction as the CCMS fiasco–a complete failure after a wholesale waste of public funds.  This would be disastrous to the branch on a number of levels.  We think that the Pegasus report must be released to judges, the public, to the Executive, and to the Legislature, in order for there to be a determination whether a public audit of OCCM is warranted, just as it was with CCMS. 

Rumors abound that the Pegasus report has been issued internally and that it excoriates the performance of the OCCM, and that the report is being withheld for that reason, or perhaps even being modified.  All interested parties need to be assured that this is not the case by an immediate public release of the report. It is unhealthy for this report to be withheld in light of the judiciary’s newfound commitment to transparency and open decision-making.

Thank you for your careful consideration of this request.

Directors, Alliance of California Judges 
by David Lampe, President.

cc:  Members of the Judicial Council, Hon. Brad Hill, Hon. Charles Wacob, Chair of the Strategic Evaluation Committee

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On Aug. 6, the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond billowed clouds of black smoke that could be seen across the bay. The next day, Richmond attorney Nick Haney arrived at his storefront office at 8 a.m. to discover a long line of prospective clients waiting. After giving some thought to whether he wanted to get involved, Haney decided he’d take on some clients if they had what he considered provable harm. He added some staff and put two handwritten signs in his storefront window saying “Chevron Fire Claims Here.”…..

Later that day, the State Bar showed up…..The investigators refused to speak with the press to explain their presence. So when they then physically entered Haney’s office, it appeared at least on one news report that evening, KTVU, that the State Bar had “raided” Haney. Haney told me later that at least a couple of clients asked him for their papers back, thinking that he was being investigated by the bar…..

OTC has long sent out investigators to disaster scenes, according to State Bar deputy executive director Robert Hawley. Hawley asserts that there are no specific protocols, guidelines or limitations on the investigators’ responsibilities beyond “educating the public,” and notes that the investigators most often learn of disasters from media coverage.

Hawley says investigators “always ask for permission” when entering a hospital or “community center.” But when asked whether they needed permission to hand out fliers to Haney’s potential clients or even to enter his office, he said “no.” When asked whether Haney’s storefront qualified as an accident “scene,” he argued that the term should be interpreted broadly, and that investigators should report to any “sites where solicitation was taking place.” But while there were indications of “runners” for other lawyers handing out fliers across the street, the crowd in front of Haney’s office was soliciting his services, not the other way around. When asked why the investigators failed to understand this, Hawley, who had touted their experience, noted that they are not lawyers.

How would the Office of Trial Counsel have responded? I don’t know. I attempted first to communicate with chief trial counsel Jayne Kim or her special adviser, former San Mateo County district attorney James Fox, but got a call back from Hawley that he would be my “contact person.”

Please see complete story @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202567749089&Viewpoint_Sta…

 

JCW: Tani Cantil-Sakauye – More Imelda Marcos Than Lady Justice (TLR Note: Broken J branch = collapse of California; racial/religious minorities mostly to blame i.e. George,Cantil, Harris,Chin, Baxter, Werdegar, Feuer, Rothenberg, Rosenberg)

One certainty that has served as a consistent theme to unify us all; nothing will ever change until Judicial Council kangaroo governance is addressed and the proverbial head of the snake (being kangaroo governance and inappropriate influence) is removed and replaced with something that serves all of the people.

These voices for reform are getting louder as we all come to the realization that just like the emperor before her, our new empress has no clothes! In a number of respects, she is being painted as being more closely aligned with Imelda Marcos than to lady justice. Yet we all know and can feel the effects of those behind the curtain and many of the same old tired ploys that have been tried for years.

What also is less apparent is that a collection of independent media companies and journalists extending from the Oregon border to San Diego County is not only beginning to work with us, but they are beginning to work together because they have a stake in these reforms as highly concerned citizens. Amazingly, those who charge others thousands for their superb freelance works are beginning to brainstorm as any national news team might to produce their own stories, videos, photography and other works that will be diving deep into these issues that will be hosted here and elsewhere.

Momentum is growing.

If your organization has anything to contribute to the cause or you need resources to tell your story, please feel free to contact us directly and we’ll put you in contact with one of our sponsors or any of the independent media companies or individuals that we’re working with. It is a goal of our sponsors and those that have agreed to work with us to synchronize this effort, to expand everyone’s web presence and to organize opposition.

Simply put, we’re out to shut down the Ministry of Truth. Please join us.

Source:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/discourse-due-to-malfe…

 

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Comments:

1. The vehemence of the discourse is due to misfeasance, malfeasance and mismanagement. My trial court is getting ready for contract negotiations. Our county is urban/suburban/rural. We are one of the most underfunded courts in the system. This is publicly and privately acknowledged by AOC employees and other courts’ management. We are one of the most underfunded courts in the system because we started with a low ‘cow county’ allocation and it has never been changed. None of the allocations have ever been changed, even though the Central Valley and Inland Empire counties grew, in population. often in excess of 20 percent since 2000, while coastal counties’ populations grew much more slowly. Less than 10 percent. California, since 2000, has grown about 10 percent in population. (I know that the real measure of under and over-funding is the RAS model, but I am keeping it simple by focusing on population.) Because of our underfunding — a situation largely created by the AOC and the Judicial Council by their refusal to change allocations — the court’s employees are going to be asked to take significant pay and benefit cuts. Because the employees are somehow obligated to fill the hole created by the AOC and Judicial Council’s refusal to do their job and properly allocate. This is malfeasance.

But wait, it gets worse. Our court was saddled with CCMS. The stories of how incompetent the programming was and the program is are legion at our court. To add insult to injury, our court spent in excess of $2M of its meager budget to put CCMS in place. Money we needed. This is not the economy. This is AOC/Deloitte malfeasance.

It’s not just the economy stupid. Not by a long shot in this case.

 

 

2. JusticeCalifornia:

 

Is the sagging economy behind the direct or indirect discussions/charges of corruption in the biggest judiciary in the Western World? I think not.

Aren’t we ALL really dancing around the fact that “top” leadership appears to be heavily involved in criminal enterprise? How can we tell?

Let’s start by acknowledging that the CJ/JC/AOC respond to requests for information and transparency and the suggestion that the branch needs new, democratically selected leaders, like rats and roaches when the lights are suddenly turned on. They scurry and run and huddle and hide and destroy and redact and circle the rat pack/ roach wagons. They are way more concerned about circling the wagons and hiding/destroying information, and keeping ethically compromised and patently unqualified “team” faithfuls in charge than they are about the economy. Who in responsible government simply worried about the economy does that?

So let’s strip away the paper-thin veneer of respectability “top” leadership has been hiding behind, and frankly assume we are dealing with some type of organized crime– a tight circle of white collar/black robe gangsters who have engaged in lots of high-level illegal and lucrative activity which they are very obviously anxious to hide.

LOL.

Can you just imagine if everyone joined together and demanded, Demanded, DEMANDED an investigation of the financial workings of “top leadership”? The suggestion, and the request, has been made many times, and it’s an easy argument to make, with all the smoking guns lying around.

Can you imagine if there was a unified DEMAND for an official investigation that “just follows the money”. This garbage has gone on for far too long, and involves way too many people. The RICO clan cannot cover all of their tracks, although they are trying lack mad.

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE DEPTH, BREADTH AND DETAIL OF THE COLLECTIVE BODY OF DOCUMENTED KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE WHO HAVE DEALT WITH/BEEN VICTIMS OF BRANCH GANGSTERS AND ARE CALLING FOR REFORM?

Can you imagine if there existed a trusted official clearinghouse (like the BSA, the FBI, the US Attorney), for all this knowledge, so the intricate web-like connecting of the dots could begin?

And hey, I don’t think those three-letter agencies are bogged down by CCMS.

OOOOH! Did y’all just hear the gasps of panic of those in top leadership reading this?

I daresay the white-collar/black robed gangsters can run, but ultimately cannot hide. Perhaps the first major- league white-collar/black-robe gangster to turn state’s evidence will get the best treatment. I’ve always heard that it’s the cover-up that compounds the crime.

A PUBLIC, LOUD, UNIFIED, STATEWIDE DEMAND– (not polite suggestion, or request) for an official investigation of the financial dealings of our top leadership white collar/black robe RICO friends. Yep, that’s the ticket. Ever so justified by the evidence. The only ones resisting such an investigation would be those implicated by the evidence.

Just my opinion.

3.

And it’s a good opinion. But the investigation will have to come from us. We can’t trust top officials any longer. We’re at a point where top officials need to prove to us they are not corrupt. May sound extreme, but not with “all the smoking guns laying around”.

At this point, we have to assume there won’t be an investigation and start doing one ourselves. What kind of effort and organization that entails I leave to others, but to place anymore public trust in any public officers to truly and commitedly look into this issue — California’s gulf of judicial corruption industry — is to make that person or agency a target within the range of said corruption’s reach. No, the answer I think lies in but a few things that, honestly, give me heart.

I’m seeing more serious reporting on the issue (one of the most honorable callings for the public is that of a reporter, who, in pursuit of the truth, embody the public trust) where accountability over government officials is resisted or demonstrably corrupt.

It takes fact finding investigators with a penchant for pugnaciousness and savvy to stir information into a clear relation to the public of the nature of what’s happening. Contemporaneously it takes the rest of us to dig those facts up ourselves and bring them together like this.

I would LOVE to see some kind of proper investigation done on the issue of our judicial corruption problem. But I wouldn’t trust that investigation to begin with since all I’ve ever seen the judicial branch do is repeatedly investigate itself with the same tired cadre of insiders, or find other ways to thwart and redirect the audits and probes of other agencies. When those agencies can’t stop a court from destroying mediation records because the ultimate deciding authority are the judges themselves, one begins to see that the answer doesn’t lie in trusting the many comments offered by judges supporting the SEC report reformations, or any other agency in California that basically is subject their rulings.

And California ain’t Pennsylvania. Things are different out here in terms of agencies willing to actually come in a courtroom and shut ‘r down. At least that was my experience and what I hear from others. No, there’s an underlying vein we’re not seeing here and I think a substantive investigation is only part of the answer. Who does that investigation and how the facts uncovered are managed can’t happen in the hands of current administration, considering the lexi and nexi of the problem.

 

Disturbing Allegations Leveled Against Deposed Chief Justice Ronald George as Rumors of Sexual Indiscretion Surface

Allegations of personal indiscretions by the former chief justice of the California Supreme Court have surfaced yet again.

Relaying on an anonymous source, Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar Dan Dydzak is now telling Judicial Council Watcher that Ronald George “cavorted with party girls.” 

Justice Ronald George
Justice Ronald M. George, “somebody who understands the need to play hard,” as conveyed by Beth Jay to the Cal Bar Journal, is seen in the above picture at his chamber in San Francisco. (Photo: courtesy)

Previously, a San Fernando Valley-based community activist  made similar allegations against the deposed chief justice.   According to knowledgeable sources, the revelations dealing with George’s indiscretion — which were also memorialized in a complaint submitted to the California Commission on Judicial Performance —  were behind George’s abrupt departure from the court.

As previously reported, confidential sources maintain that actor and community activist Perry F. Caravello recently sent a letter to Associate Justice Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court alleging various acts of professional misconduct as well as alleged transgressions relating to Justice George’s personal conduct and the alleged involvement of Beth Jay in arranging various transactions.

Asked to opine on the credibility of Dydzak and his sources, sources maintain that it is not uncommon to initially doubt Dydzak, as well as  the truth and veracity of his claim.  However, “Dydzak proved me wrong,” the source stated.  “I also underwent a similar process to that of Wendy Darling and others ” the source continued.  “Dydzak is very well connected, both in West Los Angeles/Beverly Hills where many of his former clients live and socialize, and as far as having sources deep within the California Supreme Court and the State Bar of California,” the source added.  “My rule when dealing with Dydzak is trust but verify,” the source concluded.

 

Comments by Dydzak, please see @:

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

 

Wendy Darling, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/wendy-darling-comment-on-judicia…

 

Prior coverage of alleged personal indiscretions by Ronald George, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/02/07/for-fixer-beth-jay-a-lavish-awakeni…

 

 

 

Judicial Council Watcher’s Prominent Commentator JusticeCalifornia On Colorful Employment Background of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue (TLR Note: Below Re: George Deukmejian’s Babysitter; Judicial Council’s Marvin Baxter)

Judicial Council Watcher’s Prominent Commentator JusticeCalifornia On Colorful Employment Background of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue (TLR Note: Below Re: George Deukmejian’s Babysitter; Judicial Council’s Marvin Baxter)

 

JusticeCalifornia wrote:

“Early Career
After graduating in 1984, Cantil-Sakauye worked briefly as a cocktail waitress and as a blackjack dealer with former law school roommate Cynthia Couglin at a Harrah’s casino while waiting for the results of the bar exam. Couglin, now a Sacramento attorney, notes with a laugh that “what they wear up there now is quite different that what we used to wear,” as the new outfits are much “more revealing.”

Pacific Citizen:

“A graduate of the University of California, Davis law school, Cantil-Sakauye has been a judge since 1990 and has served as a prosecutor and aide to former Gov. George Deukmejian, but she credits an earlier job with helping her develop the ability to quickly and accurately assess situations — a waitress job at a Sacramento restaurant. “I’m a pretty good waitress,” she said with a laugh. “I worked at night in college so I organized my time and I became really efficient with making coffee with one hand and filling water pitchers with another.” During her first year in law school, Cantil-Sakauye also worked as blackjack dealer at the Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, and while waiting for her bar exam results, she cocktailed at a local bar.”

Legal Pad:

“Restoring SAL would be an impressive feat, especially with the governor signaling that the budget is likely to include more spending cuts next year. But Cantil-Sakauye didn’t appear fazed Saturday when she referenced her past as a blackjack dealer in preparing for the fight ahead. “I always note the wager,” she said, “but I wait and watch for the tell.”.

Uh huh. And I wonder what the brutal budget cuts, the SEC report and the overwhelming reaction of the judges to that report is telling our gambling barmaid — who, by the way, makes no bones about how her gambling barmaid past is influencing her present. And you can’t tell me, Martha Plat, that Sakauye didn’t use her “feminine charms” to get good tips. I have no problem with that. She exploited her assets. But as a female legal professional, I do have a problem with that same gambling barmaid turning around and complaining about being called nice and pretty as a political ploy to get her way. Or hiding behind a powerful man she went to school with to get her way.

Just my opinion.

 

Please see source:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/jcw-special-coverage-o…

 

TLR NOTE:

JusticeCalifornia neglected to mention CCJ Cantil-Sakayue moonlighting as babysitter for California Governor George Deukmejian.

Despite Cantil’s clear lack of qualification to serve as chief-justice (employment history notwithstanding and somewhat irrelevant) it is a unfair to blame Cantil for problems caused by her predecessor.

One who is equally responsible for the current chaos is  associate-justice and long-time member of the Judicial Council,  Marvin Baxter.

Baxter is a Deukmejian appointee (both are Armenians) who lobbied to appoint Cantil as chief-justice.

 

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.

Ruthe Catolico Ashley Hereby Asked to Admit Matters Re: Friend Tani Cantil Sakayue, Judicial Council Member Dave Rosenberg, Morrison & Foerster, DOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Obama for America, and CaliforniaALL – Part 1

: Ruthe Ashley

Ms. Ruth Catolico Ashley (Image:courtesy photo)

 

Admit that your name is Ruthe Catolico Ashley AKA Ruthe Ashley.

Admit that you are a close personal friend of California Chief Justice — The Honorable Tani Cantil – Sakayue.

Admit that around 2007-2008 you served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (“BOG”).

Admit that around 2007-2008 also serving as BOG member was one Jeffrey Bleich (AKA Jeff Bleich).

Admit that while serving as BOG member you proposed the creation of  CaAAL later known as CaliforniaALL.

 

Ashley Proposes to the BOG

 

Admit that CaliforniaALL, once created, was in partnership with the State Bar of California. (see above image)

Admit that your friend Sarah E. Redfield served as “interim” executive-director of CaliforniaALL for a period of 6 month, and that you were hired as permanent  executive-director of CaliforniaALL pursuant to a  “nationwide search.”

CaliforniaALL hires Ruthe Ashley - Copy

 

 

Admit that once created the California Bar Foundation funneled $ 774,247.00 to CaliforniaALL.


 

 

Admit that pursuant to a conspiracy  to defraud the public by omission neither the California Bar Foundation “Newsroom,” nor the California Bar Journal ever acknowledged the largest grant ever bestowed.

 

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

 

 

Admit that Mr. Mario Camara served as president of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that Ms. Leslie Hatamiya served as executive-director of the California Bar Foundation in 2008.

Admit that A joint letter published and signed by Camara and Hatamiya also made no mention of the hush-hush transfer.

 

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

 

 

Admit that you and Jeffrey Bleich were part of said conspiracy  to conceal the transfer of funds from the public pursuant to a pre-existing agreement to misuse said funds.

Admit that executive-director of the State Bar of California (Ms. Judy Johnson) was part of CaliforniaALL —  which was in partnership agreement with the State Bar of California.

Admit that both United States District Court Judge Hon. Morrison England and his spouse Torie Flournoy-England were part of CaliforniaALL.

 

 

 

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

 

Admit that once UC Davis quadriplegic law-student Sarah Granda filed a suit in federal court against the State Bar of California, neither the State Bar of California nor Judge Morrison England (who dismissed Granda’s case) disclosed to Granda the enmeshment between the State Bar of California, CaliforniaALL, Judy Johnson, Hon. Morrison England, and Torie Flournoy England.

Admit that a Yolo County-based Rabbi (YR) had filed an ethics complaint in connection with the failure to disclose potential conflicts of interests to plaintiff Granda.

Admit that the president of the State Bar of California (Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest) pressed criminal charges with the Yolo County District Attorney (on behalf of the entire BOG) alleging the complaint advanced by YR was “false and malicious.”

Admit that the Yolo County District Attorney executed a search warrant at the home of YR by  which materials related to the above mentioned ethics complaint were seized, as well as all materials relating to CaliforniaALL.

Admit that the ethics complaint filed by YR was “false and malicious.”

Admit that it was Jill Sperber of the State Bar of California who had previously examined said ethics complaint advanced by YR.

 

 

 

 

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of California

 

 

Admit that Judicial Council member Dave Rosenberg serves as the presiding judge in Yolo County.

Admit that Judge Dave Rosenberg, Howard Dickstein, and CJ Cantil boast connections to the gambling industry.

Admit that Judge Dave Rosenberg is a confederate of your friend CJ Tani Cantil Sakayue.

 

 

 

Judicial Council Watcher on Diversity as Tool to Sabotage SEC Report ; Is Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig Assisting Keker & Van Nest and Client Dickstein to Sabotage Inquiry of Yolo County-Based Rabbi Into CaliforniaALL; Tony West Asked to Admit

You see, the AOC didn’t employ many african americans or latinos to begin with. So when the layoffs came down recently, african americans were disproportionately let go by huge percentage points. This was confirmed by one special AOC employee that submitted a comment about diversity with respect to the SEC report and unintentionally undermined all of the hard work of the Ministry of Truthiness, duly earning himself a position in Judicial Council Watcher’s Hall of Fame by accident no less.

Michael Roosevelt, please stand up and discuss AOC diversity.  http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/SP12-05_RooseveltM.pdf

Well as you were made aware in the last communique from the Alliance of California judges and the 10 news report, the Ministry of Truthiness is too busy with the budget cuts to talk to any television reporters but Leanne Kozak has the time to respond to the news report with a crock of B.S about telecommuting “facts” that would and should never apply to anyone like Todd Torr.

What is it that has the AOC’s Ministry of Truthiness so busy?

It would be untoward for judges and justices that sit on the judicial council and chair its various committees to come out and directly torpedo the SEC report to protect their own self-interests. The best alternative any media consultancy will tell you is to torpedo the SEC report by proxy so that your hands appear clean.  This is what currently has the Ministry of Truthiness and a few committee chairs and co-chairs on the judicial council so busy. They only have seventeen days left to torpedo this report so they’re pulling out all of the stops.

The Judicial Council and the AOC’s media arm has a considerable reach because they, much like us, have worked in media and communications. So the best thing they can do is get media coverage for outside opposition to the SEC report and get it airtime and web time. Get people all freaked out that implementing the SEC’s recommendations will cut off your access to the courts and lawyers, result in unfairness and give us a bunch of WASP judges.

Right now, they’re trying to sell this story in advance to their loyal media outlets. Meanwhile, the committee chairs, co-chairs and liaisons are enlisting the state bar members to torpedo the SEC report and create the very news that the AOC is trying to sell.

Tail.

Wag.

Dog.

The great irony as you will note are the grounds chosen. Access, fairness and the diversity of our courts with the AOC leading by example. Oh the irony.  And we can thank Joe Dunn and the  the Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Committee for being so willing to raise the alarm flag about access, fairness and diversity being at risk and needing to be preserved by the AOC’s people and programs.

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/diversity-access-fairn…

 

Is Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig Assisting Keker & Van Nest and Client Dickstein to Sabotage Inquiry of Yolo County-Based Rabbi Into CaliforniaALL – Potential Criminal Conduct by Tony West,Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris,Chris Young? Tony West Asked to Admit! — Below:

 

Message from YR to Messrs. Jeff Reisig and Michael Cabral of Yolo County District Attorney, below:

At the time my property was seized in February 2012, your
investigators told me that your office would be making a copy of the
hard drive and then promptly return the items. That has not occurred
Also, by my estimate, the 140 day period from the execution of the
search warrant runs this week. Do you by any chance know when I will
get my property back?

The property is needed because months before you were contacted by Jon
Streeter, I had notified various authorities about myriad suspected
financial schemes and ethical breaches (i.e. matters involving In Re
Thomas Girardi, CCPF, Voice of OC, Howard Dickstein, Jeannine English,
Fogel vs. Farmers, CaliforniaALL, etc.).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has already contacted me twice
within the past few weeks seeking information, and I had no choice but
to inform them to expect delays. (mainly because of recent new
discoveries, and because your office is still in possession of
important evidence I had gathered which may criminally implicate Tony
West, Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris, Geoffrey Brown, Joe Dunn, Jim
Brosnahan, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — a close personal friend of Chief
Justice Tani Cantil, Jon Streeter, and Jon Streeter’s associate from
Keker & Van Nest, Chris Young)

Also, please note that if and when the materials are returned , I ask
that special arrangement will be made. Simply put, the fact that Jon
Streeter asked your office to file criminal charges against me and
went to such lengths to ensure that a search warrant is executed, and
my suspicion that at least one of the investigators who were at my
home was from a separate agency (most likely Tom Layton), serves as
further proof that I have stumbled upon something important.

As such, after the execution of the search warrant I continued with
the inquiry only to unearth the suspected involvement of Tony West and
Jeffrey Bleich, and later Kamala Harris and Chris Young. As such,
since the stakes are high, I want to take all necessary precautions
and not use any computers which your office seized, and would like to
arrange for the materials to be returned to a computer shop at which I
will only copy various files, and will arrange for destruction of all
those computers that may have been infected with viruses, spywares,
etc.

Additionally, in the event that third parties came into possession of
any of the seized property or information (i.e. agents of California
Attorney General Kamala Harris or the State Bar of California, such
as Tom Layton), or any copies of the materials, please let me know.

Moreover, please note that due to the totality of the circumstances,
I am working under the assumption that the substantial monetary
payments clients of Howard Dickstein (Cache Creek Casino, Yocha Dehe
Tribe) contribute to your office interfered with your judgement.

Finally, this email is sent with a full reservation of all rights to
object in the future to the use of any of the materials and evidence
seized, including but not limited to objections as to various
privileges.

Thank you for your cooperation.

————————

Tony West asked to admit or deny the following by TLR, below:

Admit that you, Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris, Annette Carnegie, and Jim Brosnahan had conspired to embezzle $ $774,247.00

Admit that your name is Derek Anthony West AKA D. Anthony West AKA Tony West.

Admit that your spouse is Ms. Maya Harris — sister of California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Admit that around 2007-2008 you were associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Chris J. Young was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that around 2007-2008 one Annette Carnegie was associated with the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that the self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” is non other than James J. Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

Admit that you and James Brosnahan defended American Taliban John Walker Lindh.

Admit that you, Kamala Harris, Chris Young and Annette Carnegie are all African-American.

Admit that around 2007-2008 you served as Co-Chair of “Obama for America” California Finance Committee.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Chris J. Young served as “Obama for America” Northern California Deputy Finance Director.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Kamala Harris served as California Chair of “Obama for America”

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffrey Bleich founded and Co-Chaired “Obama for America”‘s National Finance Committee.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Annette Carnegie was a director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jeffery Bleich served as president of the State Bar of California and as director with the California Bar Foundation.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster created ad hoc sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

Admit that around 2007-2008 the California Bar Foundation funneled “hush-hush” sub-rosa $ 774,247.00 to CaliforniaALL.

Admit that CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $774,247.00 from the California Bar Foundation in any of its publications.

Admit that the California Bar Journal and the Newsroom of the California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant ever bestowed.

Admit that Kamala Harris was part of CaliforniaALL.

Admit that subsequent to the election of Barack Obama, CaliforniaALL begun slowly but surely to dissolve itself.

Admit that the current president of the State Bar of California — Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — is African-American.

Admit that around 2007-2008 Jon Streeter (similar to you, Kamala Harris, Jeffrey Bleich, and Chris Young) was also raising funds for “Obama for America.”

Admit that on June 2, 2007 you, Chris Young, Jeffrey Bleich, Jim Brosnahan, and Jon Streeter (as well as Jon Streeter’s spouse, Dorine) hosted a fundraising on behalf of “Obama for America.”

Admit that subsequent to his employment with Morrison & Foerster and “Obama for America,” Chris J. Young commenced employment with Keker & Van Nest.

Admit that from reading information posted “The Leslie Brodie Report” as well as from information a Yolo County-based Rabbi had submitted to the State Bar of California (including president Jon Streeter) you were under the wrong impression that some believed money from CaliforniaALL was misappropriated by Voice of OC.

Admit that prior to being appointed as Assistant Attorney General to Eric Holder, you and others desperately needed to know whether the aforementioned Rabbi was able to ascertain your involvement (as well as the involvement of Chris Young and Kamala Harris) in the scheme. As such, you had conspired with Keker & Van Nest, Jon Streeter and others to conceive yet a new scheme by which Jon Streeter would file a false criminal charges with Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig against said Rabbi for the purpose of confiscating his computers through the execution of a search warrant.

Admit that only subsequent to the execution of the search warrant , you were appointed third-in-command at the United States Department of Justice, and only as “Acting” Assistant Attorney General.

Admit that subsequent to your appointment as Acting Assistant Attorney General, and once your name appeared for the first time on The Leslie Brodie Report as potential wrongdoer, Keker & Van Nest immediately removed the name of Chris J. Young from its web-site.

Admit that the California Bar Foundation recently appointed Sonia Gonzales as its new executive-director as the prior executive-director had abruptly quit.

Admit that your spouse (Ms. Maya Harris) is a former co-worker and close friend of Sonia Gonzales.

Admit that Mr. Willie Brown had stated that he is your mentor.

Admit that Willie Brown is the ex-paramour of your sister-in-law, Kamala Harris.

Admit that John Keker of Keker & Van Nest is the mentor of your sister-in-law, Kamala Harris.

Admit that you, Lanny Breuer, and FBI Director Robert Mueller hope to somehow cover-up this scandal.

Admit that already in 2007-2008 then Senator Barack Obama was aware money was misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation to benefit “Obama for America”

In fact, admit that around 2007-2008 you, Jeffrey Bleich, Kamala Harris, Annette Carnegie, and Jim Brosnahan had conspired to embezzle and did if fact embezzle $774,247.00 from the California Bar Foundation to support “Obama for America”, via CaliforniaALL.


Charles Horan — Founder of Alliance of California Judges — Blasts SEC Comment Process as Lacking Integrity; Judicial Council Watcher Commentator JusticeCalifornia on CCJ Tani Cantil-Sakayue; Jeffrey Bleich Asked to Resign

A retired Los Angeles Superior Court judge and founder of the Alliance of California Judges has urged the Judicial Council to move quickly to implement the recommendations of the Strategic Evaluation Committee.

Charles Horan, who left office last year after 23 years on the bench, submitted his views as part of a public comment process set up by the Judicial Council. But he called that process flawed, saying it was “unfairly structured to guarantee a skewed result” in favor of the status quo.

Please continue @:

http://www.metnews.com/articles/2012/aoc070512.htm

 

JusticeCalifornia, a frequent commentator on Judicial Council Watcher, wrote:

I do believe that the politically savvy amongst Sakauye’s past and/or current supporters– which include but are not limited to experienced political/legal players Steinberg and Dunn and Feuer – and interestingly also Brown and Harris– are VERY personally aware of branch corruption; are finally understanding (or will soon learn) that pretty much everyone who honors truth, justice and the American way is questioning the profound ethical and professional limitations of top leadership of the biggest judiciary in the Western World; and know (or will soon know) that what they do or say now will follow them for the rest of their days; . . . .(will other top members of the State Bar please take note? You are selling your clients and support base down the river as you encourage increased fees payable by the public, to fund top leadership excesses, while civil courts are closed, court reporters and jury trials are abolished, and other important services to the public like self-help centers are the first to go.)

Please see @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/we-wish-you-were-here/

 

Barack Obama’s man in Canberra was asked to relinquish his position as ambassador, sources seeking anonymity informed TLR.

Jeffrey L. Bleich, a Berkeley-based attorney, is a close personal friend of President Obama who served as founding member and co-chair of Obama’s national finance committee in 2007-2008.


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)

The questioning of Bleich’s propriety to serve as ambassador comes on the heels of what appears to be a swift conclusion into enigma known as CaliforniaALL.

 

CaliforniaALL -- Team Barack Obama
CaliforniaALL– Team Barack Obama (L-R) USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, HUD’s Ophelia Basgal, Judy Johnson, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, James Brosnahan, and Kamala Harris

As a service to the community, staff members of The Leslie Brodie Report take pride in publishing part of a letter recently delivered to Bleich, below:

Jeffrey L. Bleich
Embassy of the United States of America
Moonah Place
Yarralumla, Canberra ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA

 

Jeff:

Regretfully, this is to inform you that, in connection with my inquiry into the misappropriation of close to $780,000.00 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California in 2008, circumstantial evidence points to financial wrongdoing on your part; as well as on the part of Derek Anthony West (AKA Tony West) of the United States Department of Justice, and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster.

Please note that in referring to “you,” I refer to you in your capacity as president of the State Bar of California, director of the Foundation of the State Bar of California, partner at Munger Tolles & Olsen, as well as founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s national finance committee in 2007-2008.

As matters presently stand, it appears that you, James Brosnahan, and Tony West (formerly of Morrison & Foerster and Barack Obama’s Chair of California Finance Committee) executed a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse the $780,000 originating from the Foundation of the State Bar of California by improperly transferring the money to Barack Obama’s coffers via a separate foundation created ad hoc by Morrison & Foerster dubbed CaliforniaALL. Specifically, Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity per instruction from James Brosnahan — the self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party.”

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

During its brief existence, CaliforniaALL obtained additional funding of close to $1.5 million from utility companies including contributions from your client, Verizon Wireless.

Note that from my perspective, your potential involvement in past financial crimes coupled with your present position i.e. approving visas, access to materials classified top-secret etc’, renders you a risk to the national security of the United States. Consequently, I must urge you to relinquish your position as US ambassador to Australia.

 

TLR Sends SOS to Judicial Council Watcher’s Commentators JusticeCalifornia, Wendy Darling, Anna, Nathaniel Woodhul Amid Growing Concerns of Retaliation as TLR/YR Again Came too Close to the Truth Re DOJ’s Tony West and KVN’s Chris Young

The Leslie Brodie Report sends SOS to Judicial Council Watcher’s Commentators JusticeCalifornia, Wendy Darling, Anna, Nathaniel Woodhul amid growing concerns of retaliation by the US Department of Justice as TLR/YR again came too close to the truth in re prima facie showing DOJ’s Tony West and KVN’s Chris Young part of scheme to embezzle funds from Cal Bar Foundation vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL to Barack Obama’s Campaign.

Moreover, Google — a client of KVN — no longer sends “Google Alerts” concerning John Keker and Keker & Van Nest dealing with the matter, below:

 

Tony West, Chris Young


Mr. Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest. During the 2008 election, while employed as an associate with Morrison & Foerster, Chris Young served as Barack Obama’s Northern California Deputy Finance Director and as National Campaign’s Northern California representative. USDOJ’s Tony West (also of Morrison & Foerster) served as Co-Chair, California Finance Cmt. Recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from the roll of lawyers associated with the firm. Similar to Tony West, Young is under scrutiny in connection with events surrounding both Lance Armstrong and sham non-profit entity CaliforniaALL.

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


CaliforniaALL — entity created by Morrison & Foerster obtained “hush-hush” sub-rosa award of $774,247 from the Foundation of the State Bar of California (AKA California Bar Foundation)

Cal Bar Tax

Mr. James J. Bronsnahan of Morrison & Foerster: “I was suddenly elevated from an infrequent contributor to Demo­cratic politicians to being the mastermind behind the Democratic Party.”

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.

Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

 Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012

 



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

In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

See below Cal Bar Foundation newsroom which makes no mention of the subrosa transfer of funds.

Foundation News Room 2008 - Copy

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

Mario Camara 2008 Foundation - Copy

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

Serving on the board of directors of CaliforniaALL (which was in a partnership relationship with the State Bar of California) were State Bar employee Patricia Lee, Kamala Harris, CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, as well as Judy Johnson. See below:

California ALL Advisory CouncilCalifornia ALL BOD

MoFo Legal Counsel

Allegations of Duplicity, Manipulation Leveled Against Dave Rosenberg — Presiding Judge of the Yolo County Superior Court

In the aftermath of a report from the Strategic Evaluation Committee which blasted the Administrative Office of the Courts for hiding its finances and number of employees, as well as exercising a “culture of control” over the state’s trial courts, some people in California’s judicial circles are skeptical about a recent survey sent out by Presiding Judge David Rosenberg of Yolo County.

According to Courthouse News Service: “The manner in which he (Judge Rosenberg) was interpreting the results were seen as an attempt to dilute the hard-hitting conclusions of the SEC report and protect the administrative office from the sweeping changes recommended in the report.”

Judge Daniel Goldstein of San Diego commented with some disbelief on the judges who voted for supporting reform “in principle” but voted against reform at “all deliberate speed.”

“Who voted against implementing remedies against waste, mismanagement and abuse of taxpayer dollars? That’s what’s striking,” he said. “That a presiding judge would vote against saving their budget and stopping waste, mismanagement and abuse of taxpayer dollars, that’s amazing.”

He called Rosenberg’s methodology for counting the vote “erroneous.”

Please see complete story @: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/19/47609.htm

Commentators on Judicial Council Watcher were similarly taken aback by Rosenberg’s antics. The OBT wrote: Judge Rosenberg aka Judge Rosenblab , who our CJ appointed to the JC is out only for himself. His misuse of his position as Chair of the Presiding Judges group is “transparent” . Thanks to Presiding Judges Earl,Ellsworth and Judge Goldstein for seeking to do what is right and calling him on his blatant attempts at obfuscation. Said obfuscation only allows the JC to delay the reforms the SEC report makes clear are necessary.The bottom line is we need to implement the SEC report recommendations and move on to see that the branch works for the benefit of the public we serve.We need to pass 1208 and democratize the JC to avoid the mess we are now mired in.

 

JusticeCalifornia Urges Examination of Former California Chief Justice Ronald George as to “The Shapiro Fund”

JusticeCalifornia, a widely-known commentator on Judicial Council Watcher, is urging Dan Dydzak to examine the circumstances surrounding “The Shapiro Fund” in connection with former chief justice of the State of California, Ronald George.

JusticeCalifornia stated: If you do get to depose George, maybe you can ask him about the Shapiro Fund, and why the gifts were not properly and timely disclosed. Also, did he pay back the loan he took from Shapiro for his retention election? If so, when?

“I can ask about that loan because I personally saw the campaign disclosures revealing the loan, but no paperwork in those disclosures evidencing repayment,” JusticeCalifornia continued.

“Let’s focus on the forest, folks. The SEC verification of very serious problems with top leadership, the selection of the new AOC director, the democratization of the Judicial Council, and making sure the basics are provided to the public– open courts, good judges, court reporters, and court clerks,” JusticeCalifornia concluded.

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak Weighs In On Recall of California Ex- Chief Justice Rose Bird Amid Growing Mistrust in Current Chief Justice Tani-Cantil Sakauye

In the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the integrity of judges and executives of the AOC, Judicial Council, and the State Bar of California — which came on the heels of a crisis of confidence in California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue — Dan Dydzak, a Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar, recently offered commentary on the recall process, and specifically in connection with the sucsseful recall of former chief justice, the late Rose Bird.

According to Dydzak, “Rose Bird got recalled because a large part of the population disagreed with her judicial view of the death penalty. I witnessed a magnificent speech by Rose Bird years ago where she quoted philosophy and talked about the Rule of Law being observed. Rose Bird’s decisions were generally well-reasoned, and supportive of individual rights. After leaving the bench through the recall, without fanfare, she used to work pro bono for a legal aid office in the Bay area unannounced and taught some courses at law school. She was indeed, apparently, a public servant of the highest order and was not mired in any financial or criminal activitiy. Her legacy was not one of financial transgressions in any manner. Her mindset was not egotisical and she did not care one iota if a building was named after her, or that she made a lot of money.”

“During her tenure, there was no AOC scandal–no massive layoffs–no insinuations or allegations of misconduct or financially questionable actions taken by her or the California Supreme Court. She did not have an enemies list targeting certain disfavored attorneys or judges. Bird would not have condoned out-of-control spending on computer systems that didn’t work,” Dydzak continued..

Dydzak further stated: “I leave it up to the readership of Judicial Council Watcher to analyze and contrast the situation at hand today.  Bird certainly would not have been happy that we could not have court reporters. The less financially disadvantaged are denied due process when they cannot afford a transcript. And Bird, whatever one thinks of her judicial legacy, would not have condoned a heavy AOC bureaucracy with a retinue of attorneys apparently doing very little, especially ones giving advice from Switzerland and other exotic locales outside of CA.

Persons who misuse the public trust and convert funds could take a page out of the humble character of Rose Bird. Yes, certain people may vehemently disagree with her view of the death penalty, and that is the main reason she was recalled. When I first arrived as a young man in the Golden State, during Bird’s tenure, there was no discussion of abuses of the AOC or Judicial Council.

How things have changed…it is fortunate that Judicial Watcher and others have pointed out that the sails need to start going in a fair and more democratic way. This may call for some quite draconian measures, as many on this site have pointed out,” Dydzak concluded.

Source:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/3754/#comment-9655

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.

The Alliance of California Judges Assails AOC over Telecommuting Policies; Jayne Kim — Who Refuses to Process Complaint Against Joe Dunn in Matters Involving Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s friend — Ruthe Ashley — Appointed California Bar Chief Prosecutor

In an article recently published on Judicial Council Watcher, Hon. Dan Goldstein —  Chair, The Alliance of California Judges —  stated the following:

“Some troubling information has come to our attention concerning the AOC and its liberal telecommuting policy. The SEC report noted that the AOC failed to follow its own personnel policies in a number of areas, including the telecommuting policy. For example, the report noted:

While the AOC personnel manual encompasses the personnel practices to be followed by the organization, the policies are not enforced. For example, there is a policy limiting the number of days per month employees can work remotely, away from AOC offices. This telecommute policy has been ignored. At the time this review was undertaken, at least three employees worked all of their hours on a long-term basis outside the State of California and, in one case, outside the United States. (SEC Report, page 12.)
In another instance, a supervising attorney in the Office of General Counsel has telecommuted from Monterey County several days per week. Granting special exceptions to the personnel rules, or disregarding them altogether, undermines an effective personnel system. (SEC Report, page 67.)
The Alliance has been interested in AOC telecommuting policies for quite some time, and we have made several information requests of our own in this area over the past several weeks. Likewise, we believe the press has been interested in these matters, also seeking information from the AOC.

Last month, one high-ranking AOC director was asked in writing whether the two full-time telecommuting attorneys (one in Switzerland) were the only two people working from home. The answer was, “No, while Mr. Torr works remotely full-time, several other AOC employees in multiple divisions work remotely for some percentage of the time, pursuant to the AOC’s Personnel Policy 8.9.“

Our dictionary says that the word “several” means “more than two, but not many.” Apparently at the AOC, it means 98 (not counting the Swiss).”

Please see complete article @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/aoc-telecommuting-when…

Jayne Kim, the interim leader of the State Bar of California’s prosecution unit, “officially became the agency’s newest chief trial counsel”, according to the Cal Bar Journal

As was reported previously, The State Bar of California and Jayne Kim continue to deny receipt of  a formal ethics complaint against its own executive director Joe Dunn — creator of online publication “Voice of OC.”

The complaint alleged that a request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests.  As such, the failure of Senator Dunn to comply with the law, as well as his utter and complete indifference to the law of the land, mandates that discipline be imposed.

Moreover, and according to the complaint, the fact that Senator Dunn is the Executive Director of the State Bar of California should only serve as a factor for enhanced discipline, as his conduct should be beyond reproach and he should fully comply with all laws and regulations. This is particularly true because those documents were sought as part of an inquiry into circumstances involving a charity known as CaliforniaALL, in the context of events surrounding Voice of OC.

The State Bar of California, which controls and operates the California Bar Foundation, quietly transferred $780,000 to CaliforniaALL, a charitable entity created by former BOG member Ruthe Catolico Ashley. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the approximate $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns.

Likewise, 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.

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 Senator Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the Audit Committee.

In September 2009, Ruthe Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL. That month, Senator Dunn publicly launched his online publication, ” Voice of OC.” Public sources have stated that the Voice of OC was financed by various foundations, unions, and the like.

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 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) were also involved with the creation of Voice of OC (Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi ) created the appearance of suspicious activities that funds were misappropriated by Voice of OC, vis-a-vis CaliforniaALL.

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), and the friendship Mr. Dunn shares with Mr. Girardi.

 

Ethics Complaint,  Joe Dunn, Voice of OC,


The above is an image of the complaint which was electronically mailed  to the Intake Office of  the State Bar of California, Ms. Jayne Kim as well as to Mr. Robert Hawley.  Below are images of various prior communications between the complainanat and the State Bar of California confirming a new policy by which ethics complaints may be submiited via electronic mail.  For more about the complaint against Voice of OC and  Joe Dunn, please see Here and Here

 

Intake Office

 

 

Intake Office

 

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of any new developments.

 

 

Tom Girardi of Girardi & Keese Faces Jury Trial for Misappropriation of Fees

According to information readily available on http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com , Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based Girardi & Keese “is facing a jury trial of some 5-7 days before a Los Angeles jury– re conversion and misappropriation of attorney’s fees (compensatory and punitives) ” in the matter of  Shalant vs. Girardi

 

Separately, in connection with the suit against Bet Tzedek, Ronald George, and Eric George, data provides that “Eric George’s deposition with a substantial document request is set for end of June, 2012, and Moreno’s with a substantial document request for mid-July, 2012.”

 

 

 

G.N. Woodhull : Anyone who was around when Governor Brown first served as Governor should not be surprised by his judicial appointments

Although I have never been known as one who has run away from a fight, I must admit I am very, very, tired. Years of fighting the take-over efforts of HRH-1 in close-quarters and fending off the fiasco that was CCMS has taken its toll. Those efforts now seem to be in the distant past.

Anyone who was around when Governor Brown first served as Governor should not be surprised by his judicial appointments or current approach to the Judicial Branch.

On the one hand, he inherited an insolvable budget problem that took over 20 years to develop (term limits). On the other, this Governor really doesn’t care about the trial courts or judiciary as a whole, other than those he has personally appointed. He has never really liked for the courts telling him “no” on any issue…be it the Federal Courts or California Courts. His total focus is going to be the bottom-line of the budget, not who gets hurt within the judiciary during the incremental steps toward in balancing the budget. The easiest way for Governor Brown to deal with the budgetary issues is simply to tell the Judicial Branch – “This is your budget allocation, deal with it.” He really doesn’t care if trial courts are open or closed or for that matter how the budgeted money is spent, just that there won’t be more allocated than he thinks it deserves. Candidly, the more the JC/AOC screws up, the easier it it for him to cut the allocations the following year. The fiscal crisis that we are in is going to be here for at least another 5-7 years, unless the State declares bankruptcy.

The end result is that in the short run HRH-2 and her minions will gain power over the Branch, but everyone suffers because too much of that money will stay in the Crystal Palace. There aren’t enough patriots to overthrow the Monarchy. Remember that it was only a minority of the public that initially supported the American Revolution. Today, the vast majority of the public today could care less about who is in charge of the California Judicial Branch. I’d put the interest level in how our Branch is managed at about 1.5%.

Neverland is sounding better and better to me. Although I have always refused to grow up, I am starting to feel very old…

Faithfully yours,

Gen. N. Woodhull

 

Please see source @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/youre-suggesting-that-…

Judicial Council Watcher on Members of California’s Judicial Council – “Majority of Yes Men” (TLR Note: Two Notables Are Angela Davis and Mark Robinson — Both Proxies of Tom Girardi’s Lackey — Joe Dunn of Voice of OC Which Refuses to Release IRS Docs)

The fundamental problem is that there is this misguided belief that the judicial council and the AOC are honest, ethical and beyond reproach. There is this misguided belief that people who meet only about six times a year can manage a multi-billion dollar budget or oversee an office like the AOC that is spending most of that multi-bilion dollar budget.

One only needs to look at the pages here and the history of previous votes to see that the judicial council and the AOC are partners engaged in unprecedented self-dealing and that keeping trial court doors open isn’t even on their radar nor does it hold any importance. The Judicial Council as presently formed consists of a large majority of yes men and women and insiders who have something to gain or lose by pulling the party line and speaking with one voice. God forbid that we have any democratic dissension as representative government gets messy and sends out confusing messages. Instead, the Judicial Branch is governed by appointees that are all appointed based on their ability to go along and get along.

 

Please continue @:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/youre-suggesting-that-…

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