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YR confronts Morrison & Foerster partner Eric Coffill over allegations Morrison & Foerster and James Brosnahan suspect interactions with governmental officials such as Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Geoffrey Brown, Michael Peevey on behalf of clients and related acts of grave misconduct surrounding California Energy Crisis

On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Hello Mr. Hendricks:

As you recall, around 2011 you wrote and introduced yourself as the associate general counsel of Morrison & Foerster .

As you probably know by now, a suit naming, among others, Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Brosnahan, and Mr. Chatterejee was filed a few days ago in Yolo County Superior Court.

Presently, I am in the process of causing the action to be served by a process server on the various defendants. As far as Morrison & Foerster defendants, however, I have learned from official records maintained by California Secretary of State Debra that Morrison & Foerster (entity number C0980795 ) is now DISSOLVED.

I do know for a fact, however, that the Sacramento office is still operational and am wondering whether I can instruct the process-server to drop off the papers at the Sacramento office instead since the San Francisco office is now DISSOLVED.

Please let me know ASAP because time is of the essence and I am being prejudiced by MoFo’s failure to maintain current records with California Secretary of State.

Thank you for your time.

Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 8:43 AM
To: Hendricks, Douglas L.
Cc: Brosnahan, James J.; Chatterjee, Somnath Raj; Farman, Charles S.; Coffill, Eric J.
Subject: Re Addendum: Morrison & Foerster ; Service of Process on Sacramento Office

Mr. Hendricks:

I just noticed that other entities associated with Morrison & Foerster use a service known as CSC – LAWYERS INCORPORATING SERVICE with an address of 2710 GATEWAY OAKS DR STE 150N, SACRAMENTO.

Please inform if I I can send the process server to CSC.

Thanks,

On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM, Hendricks, Douglas L. <DHendricks@mofo.com> wrote:

The Morrison & Foerster law firm operates as a California limited liability partnership and is in good standing with the appropriate authorities. CSC is not the agent for service of process for Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Douglas L. Hendricks
General Counsel
Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market St. | San Francisco, CA 94105
P: 415.268.7037 | F: +415.276 7037 | C: 510.384.8994
DHendricks@mofo.com | http://www.mofo.com

Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 2:56 PM
To: Hendricks, Douglas L.
Cc: Brosnahan, James J.; Chatterjee, Somnath Raj; Farman, Charles S.; Coffill, Eric J.
Subject: Re: Re Addendum: Morrison & Foerster ; Service of Process on Sacramento Office

Thank you for replying.

A search for “Morrison & Foerster” at California Secretary of State’s Business Search database http://kepler.sos.ca.gov under “Corporation Name” yields:

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C0980795 04/21/1980 DISSOLVED MORRISON & FOERSTER DOUGLAS L HENDRICKS
C1257410 09/21/1984 ACTIVE MORRISON & FOERSTER/GIRVAN PECK MEMORIAL FUND CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS CSC – LAWYERS INCORPORATING SERVICE
C1532498 06/02/1986 ACTIVE THE MORRISON & FOERSTER FOUNDATION CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS CSC – LAWYERS INCORPORATING SERVICE

However, a similar search under “Limited Liability Company” yields: Record not found.

In essence, if I understand correctly, CSC is an agent for service of process for Morrison & Foerster Foundation and Morrison & Foerster Girvan Peck Memorial Fund only. While Morrison & Foerster was structured as a corporation, you were the registered agent for service of process. Presently, Morrison & Foerster is structured as an LLP and claims that it is in good standing with the appropriate authorities. At least according to California Secretary of State, which may or may not be an appropriate authority, Morrison & Foerster LLP does not exist and/or did not designate an agent for service of process.

If not a bother, can you please write back with name and address of the agent for service of process for Morrison & Foerster LLP. ?

Thank you.

On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM, Hendricks, Douglas L. <DHendricks@mofo.com> wrote:

I am sorry, but I am not in a position to assist you in your suit against my law firm.

Doug Hendricks
Morrison & Foerster LLP
(415) 268-7037

Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 2:59 PM
To: Hendricks, Douglas L.
Cc: Brosnahan, James J.; Chatterjee, Somnath Raj; Farman, Charles S.; Coffill, Eric J.
Subject: Service of Process on MoFo Perfected — Re: Re Addendum: Morrison & Foerster ; Service of Process on Sacramento Office

Dear Mr. Hendricks:

Thanks again for replying. I understand your predicament and accept your apology.

In any event, the entire issue is now moot because service of process has been perfected on Morrison & Foerster (Sacramento Office) earlier today.

My understanding is that the registered process server encountered both the receptionist and Mr. Coffill, and was told by Mr. Coffill that he can’t accept service on behalf of the individual defendants.

If Messrs. Brosnahan and Chatterjee are willing to waive personal service, please let me know.

On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM, Coffill, Eric J. <ecoffill@mofo.com> wrote:

Please let me correct a statement below. Your statement below that “service of process has been perfected on Morrison & Foerster (Sacramento Office) earlier today” is factually incorrect. The individual who appeared in our office yesterday morning was told we could not and would not accept service of process on behalf of anyone other than Morrison & Foerster, and the individual then left. Service was not made and the individual left our office with the complete envelope of materials he arrived with.

Regards,

Eric

Eric J. Coffill
Managing Partner, SA
Morrison & Foerster LLP
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA 95814-4428
P: 916.325.1324 | F: 916.448.3222
ECoffill@mofo.com | http://www.mofo.com

Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM
subject: Re: Service of Process on MoFo Perfected — Re: Re Addendum: Morrison & Foerster ; Service of Process on Sacramento Office

Coffill, Eric J.” <ecoffill@mofo.com>
cc: “Hendricks, Douglas L.” <DHendricks@mofo.com>,
“Brosnahan, James J.” <JBrosnahan@mofo.com>,
“Chatterjee, Somnath Raj” <schatterjee@mofo.com>,
“Farman, Charles S.” <CFarman@mofo.com>

Mr. Coffill:

My understanding is that the process-server met and spoke with you and the receptionist.

Furthermore, my understating is that you told the process-server that you will only accept service on behalf of Morrison & Foerster, that you can’t accept papers on behalf of Defendant James Brosnahan and Defendant Raj Chatterjee, and that subsequently the process-server served Morrison & Foerster only with one envelope containing summons, first amended complaint, ADR package, and notice of CMC.

Personally, I view your version of events as not credible, suspect, implausible, as well as illogical. Please note that I have absolutely no reason to doubt the creditability of the process-server — who yesterday also served other defendants in Sacramento (such as Accenture, Fulcrum Properties, McGeorge, and others.) Also, why would a professional process-server would leave your office without serving Morrison & Foerster — an assignment which he was hired to complete ??!!

On the other hand, to date, Morrison & Foerster has been understandably evasive, uncooperative, and motivated to lie due to the potentially catastrophic consequences stemming from allegations relating to Morrison & Foerster and James Brosnahan suspect interactions with governmental officials (such as Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Geoffrey Brown, Michael Peevey) on behalf of clients and related acts of grave misconduct surrounding California Energy Crisis.

Please note that a failure to appear in a timely manner will result in the entry of a default judgment against Morrison & Foerster.

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Text of Lawsuit (“First Amended Complaint”) Yolo County-based Rabbi Filed Against CPUC’s Michael Peevey, Geoffrey Brown, Keker & Van Nest, John Keker, Chris Young, Voice of OC, Erwin Chemerinsky, Skadden Arps, Mary Ann Todd , Munger Tolles & Olson, Jeff Bleich, Bradley Phillips, Ron Olson, Edison International, Berkshire Hathaway, Douglas Winthrop, Howard Rice, Holly Fujie, Buchalter Nemer, Raj Chatterjee, Morrison & Foerster, James Brosnahan, Thomas Girardi, Richard Tom , Southern California Edison , Wilson Sonsini, Mark Friedman, Fulcrum Properties, Mark Robinson, Arnold Porter, Mark Parnes, CaliforniaALL, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Larissa Parecki, Morrison England, Torie Flournoy-England, Sarah Redfield, McGeorge School of Law, Cary Martin Zellerbach AKA Mary Ellen Martin Zellerbach, Martin Investment Management, Douglas Scrivner, Accenture, Freada Kapor Klein, Level Playing Field Institute, Ophelia Basgal, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, James Lewis, Verizon Communications, Darrell Steinberg, Kamala Harris, Steve Poizner, James Hsu, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Lea Rosenberg, Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge; Grand Lodge of California, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Davis Odd Fellows, Soroptimist International of Davis, Soroptimist International, Soroptimist International of the Americas, David Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Barbara Geisler, Virgil Smith, Robert Bockwinkel, Michael Cabral, Peter Martin, and Does 1-100

Source @:

http://seenthis.net/messages/231516

PART 1 — INTRODUCTION
1. Plaintiff – an individual residing in Yolo
County who is an investigative reporter and a Rabbi – has been subject
to a campaign of systematic harassment ever since he uncovered
corruption in various matters dealing with the California Public
Utilities Commission; Democratic Party operatives; and Boyd Gaming
Director, owner of various casinos, and class-action attorney Thomas
Girardi (‘Girardi’) of Girardi & Keese in connection with financial
corruption, obstruction of justice, and related acts of misconduct.

2. For example, Plaintiff unearthed the fact that
subsequent to being disciplined by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
stemming from an attempt to defraud the court by resorting to the ‘use
of known falsehoods’, the State Bar of California appointed as
‘special prosecutor’ Girardi’s own private malpractice lawyer (Jerome
Falk of Howard Rice) to prosecute Girardi on the State Bar’s behalf.
(When later questioned about this matter, Falk asserted that his firm
had represented the law firm of Girardi & Keese, but not Girardi
himself.)
3. Plaintiff also discovered corruption in a
national class-action case (Fogel v. Farmers) in which Girardi – who
represented the class of plaintiffs – never disclosed that the
attorneys who represented defendant Farmers (Skadden Arps, Thomas
Nolan, Raoul Kennedy) were concurrently representing Girardi himself
in a separate legal matter. Very shortly after Plaintiff exposed the
corruption, attorneys for Farmers approached, sought and obtained from
the court a supplemental notice to the class of plaintiffs (consisting
of 14 million Americans) indicating that if they cashed their
settlement checks, they agreed to not sue Farmers or Girardi because
of the undisclosed relationship.
4. Plaintiff also unearthed corruption involving
Girardi (who has a reputation of ‘bankrolling’ the California
Democratic party) and individuals associated with the California
Democratic Party with connections to the California Public Utilities
Commission/Energy Commission (Michael Peevey, Tim Simon, Geoffrey
Brown, Peter Arth, Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Darrell Steinberg) and
utility lawyers involved in the ‘California Energy Crisis’ (Ron Olson
and Jeff Bleich of Munger Tolles; James Brosnahan of Morrison &
Foerster; John Keker of Keker & Van Nest; Jerry Falk and Douglas
Winthrop of Howard Rice; Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese; Joe
Cotchett of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy; Mark Robinson of Robinson
Calcagnie Robinson; and the law offices of DLA Piper) to launder money
from utility companies (SCE, PG&E, Verizon, AT&T) to various members
of California’s Democratic Party (Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Kamala
Harris, Jerry Brown, Kevin Johnson, Darrell Steinberg) and OBAMA FOR
AMERICA via various non-profits (CaliforniaALL, Level Playing Field
Institute, California Consumer Protection Foundation).
5. Also involved in the various financial schemes were
Cache Creek Casino, Sacramento-based developer Mark Friedman of
Fulcrum Property, his business partner (gambling attorney Howard
Dickstein), and Dickstein’s wife, Jeannine English, who was also
acting on behalf of AARP to position Barack Obama in the White House
and on behalf of Mark Friedman to position Kevin Johnson as the mayor
of Sacramento. Additionally involved were Obama for America tech-guru
Mitch Kapor and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein.
6. In connection with the above discoveries,
Plaintiff informed various law-enforcement agencies of these facts, as
well as filed ethics complaints against some of the above named
attorneys with the State Bar of California.
7. Plaintiff was repeatedly warned that Girardi is
‘well-connected’ and will seek to silence Plaintiff as a result of
Plaintiff’s discoveries and allegations.
8. Indeed, very shortly after Plaintiff unearthed
these events, a posse of eight armed investigators from the Yolo
County District Attorney’s office executed an invalid search warrant
at Plaintiff’s place of residence in Yolo County and confiscated all
documents and computers in his home relating to, inter alia, various
ethics complaints filed by Plaintiff on the ground that the ethics
complaints were baseless.
9. Plaintiff has been informed by credible sources,
and therefore alleges, that David Rosenberg was one of those
responsible for pressing criminal charges against him, that he
‘cleared the way’ for the search warrant, and that he is otherwise
friendly with Howard Dickstein, Mark Friedman, Jerry Brown, Mark
Robinson, and Chief Marshall McKay of Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (all
actors in CaliforniaALL — a sham non-profit launched for the purpose
of laundering funds to finance the campaigns of various politicians,
including President Obama, Kamala Harris, Kevin Johnson of Sacramento,
and Governor Jerry Brown. )
10. Venue in this case is proper in Yolo County because the acts and
omissions of which Plaintiffs complain occurred in Yolo County.
11. Plaintiff is unaware of the true names and capacities of the
Defendants sued as Does 1 through 100, inclusive, and therefore sues
these Defendants by such fictitious names. Plaintiff is informed and
believes, and therefore alleges, that the Defendants herein designated
as Does are legally responsible in some manner for the events and
happenings referred to which caused the injuries to Plaintiff for
which he now seeks damages. Plaintiff will amend this Complaint to
allege their true names and capacities when ascertained.
12. Plaintiff is informed and believes, and therefore alleges, that
at all times mentioned herein, Defendants were the agents, servants,
employees and/or joint venturers of the other Defendants and were at
all times mentioned herein acting within the scope, course and
authority of this agency, employment and/or joint venture. Plaintiff
is further informed and believes and, therefore alleges, that each of
the Defendants consented to, ratified, participated in, or authorized
the acts of the remaining Defendants.
PART 2: BACKGROUND OF FACTS UNDERLYING CLAIMS AGAINST LEA ROSENBERG
AND RELATED INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA’S
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS CODE § 17200 — PREDICATED ON 26 U.S. C. §
6104(d)

13. Following the execution of the invalid search
warrant on Plaintiff’s home, described above, Plaintiff began
conducting research into David Rosenberg’s background and learned that
he is a judge with the Yolo County Superior Court with a reputation of
being a ‘political animal’.
14. Plaintiff further learned, and thereupon
alleges, that Judge David Rosenberg and his wife (Lea Rosenberg), as
well as Judge David Reed and his wife (Sheryl Cambron), are deeply
involved — as either officers or directors — with a web of
non-profit entities worth millions of dollars known as Saratoga
Retirement Community, Meadows of Napa Valley, Davis Odd Fellows, Odd
Fellows Homes of California, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Soroptimist
International of Davis, David Odd Fellows Hall, and others. Plaintiff
is informed and believes and therefore alleges that Lea and David
Rosenberg are individuals residing in Yolo County.
15. Later on, Plaintiff also discovered a pattern by
which Lea Rosenberg and Sheryl Cambron — as the wives of two judges –
were energetically raising funds from various businesses for an entity
known as Progress Ranch headed by the foreperson of the Yolo County
Grand Jury, Barbara Sommer. (For example, Davis Odd Fellows
repeatedly held events to benefit Progress Ranch known as ‘Breakfast
with Santa’; Soroptimist International of Davis held an event to
benefit Progress Ranch known as ‘Texas Hold ’Em’; Davis Rebekah Lodge
held an event to benefit Progress Ranch known as ‘Crab Feed.’) During
the time period that Barbara Sommer served as foreperson of the Grand
Jury of Yolo County, the grand jury was investigating two prominent
entities — Cache Creek Casino (a casino which is owned and operated
by Yocha Dehe Wintun nation headed by Marshall Mckay) and ‘First 5
Yolo’ (headed by Yolo County Board of Supervisors member Don Saylor).
16. Judge Rosenberg’s judicial campaign treasurer, Victor
Bucher, is a nationally renowned expert in the area of accounting and
tax fraud, and also serves as the ‘treasurer’ of a separate non-profit
entity launched by David Odd Fellows — Davis Odd Fellows Charities,
Inc. — where David Rosenberg serves as president and Victor Bucher as
Treasurer.
17. On April 4, 2013 — consistent with the
statutory framework put into place by 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d) — Plaintiff
served a request for Davis Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge (which
Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges are
tax-exempt organizations) to make available for inspection their IRS
990 forms.
18. A tax-exempt organization must make available
for public inspection its application for tax exemption, three most
recent 990 annual information returns, and schedules and attachments
available, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d), which reads, in relevant
part:
‘Public inspection of certain annual returns, reports, applications
for exemption, and notices of status
(1) In general
In the case of an organization described in subsection (c) or (d) of
section 501 and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) or an
organization exempt from taxation under section 527 (a)—
(A) a copy of—
(i) the annual return filed under section 6033 (relating to returns by
exempt organizations) by such organization,
(ii) any annual return which is filed under section 6011 by an
organization described in section 501 (c)(3) and which relates to any
tax imposed by section 511 (relating to imposition of tax on unrelated
business income of charitable, etc., organizations),
(iii) if the organization filed an application for recognition of
exemption under section 501 or notice of status under section 527 (i),
the exempt status application materials or any notice materials of
such organization, and
(iv) the reports filed under section 527 (j) (relating to required
disclosure of expenditures and contributions) by such organization,
shall be made available by such organization for inspection during
regular business hours by any individual at the principal office of
such organization and, if such organization regularly maintains 1 or
more regional or district offices having 3 or more employees, at each
such regional or district office, and
(B) upon request of an individual made at such principal office or
such a regional or district office, a copy of such annual return,
reports, and exempt status application materials or such notice
materials shall be provided to such individual without charge other
than a reasonable fee for any reproduction and mailing costs.
The request described in subparagraph (B) must be made in person or in
writing. If such request is made in person, such copy shall be
provided immediately and, if made in writing, shall be provided within
30 days.
(2) 3-year limitation on inspection of returns
Paragraph (1) shall apply to an annual return filed under section 6011
or 6033 only during the 3-year period beginning on the last day
prescribed for filing such return (determined with regard to any
extension of time for filing).’
19. Plaintiff delivered the request through Lea
Rosenberg because she was the common denominator between the various
‘Odd Fellows’ entities and Soroptimist, in that she served as an
officer and/or director of the various ‘Odd Fellows’ entities, and as
president of Davis Rebekah Lodge.
20. Specifically, on April 4, 2013 Plaintiff
delivered to Lea Rosenberg at learose@jps.net the following email
request:
‘Re: Request for Production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A,
Form 1023 to entities associated with Lea Rosenberg, to wit:
Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd
Fellows

Dear Mrs. Rosenberg:

Consistent with U.S. Internal Revenue Service Regulations, please
consider this communication a formal request to produce their IRS Form
990, Form 990 Schedule A, as well Form 1023. This request is for all
documents submitted to the IRS within the past three years, which
generally means the three most recent returns.

Said regulations require that these documents be produced within 30
days. Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis
Odd Fellows are entitled to charge reasonable costs for any copying
and mailing costs incurred in relation to this request. Alternatively,
you can email the documents to me as PDF attachments. I prefer the
latter method. However, if for some reason, you prefer to copy and
mail the documents, please send them to the following address:

[—address intentionally omitted—]

I ask that you draw no conclusion or develop any concern from the mere
fact that this request is being made about you, Soroptimist
International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows or any
other individual or entity.

In addition, I ask that you please produce the following:
1. A detailed and complete list of all other non-profit entities you
were involved beginning in 2008 to the present.
2. A detailed and complete list of all sums which were transferred
amongst any and all organizations you were involved, beginning in 2008
to the present. For example, if in 2009 Soroptimist International of
Davis transferred money to Davis Odd Fellows either as donation or
rent, I ask that such transaction be disclosed.
3. A detailed and complete list of all direct or indirect transfers of
funds from Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge,
Davis Odd Fellows to Progress Ranch and/or any other entity associated
with Barbara Sommer from 2007 to the present.

Thank you for your time and anticipated cooperation. If you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.’
21. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges
that Lea Rosenberg received Plaintiff’s email dated April 3, 2013.
22. On April 24, 2013, Plaintiff delivered to Lea
Rosenberg a notice of change of address.
23. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges
that Lea Rosenberg received Plaintiff’s requests for the
organizations’ IRS 990 forms, and while conspiring with other
Defendants, chose to breach the duty to comply with 26 U.S.C. §
6104(d).
24. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and
therefore alleges that Defendants have directly performed, or aided,
abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged,
promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in,
enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted
in, or conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.
25. Due to this failure to comply with Plaintiff’s
request, Plaintiff spent considerable time and resources trying to
obtain those documents elsewhere, to no avail. Plaintiff asked his
paid research-clerk to conduct further research on the Internet in
hope of locating a complete set of the desired documents, also to no
avail.
26. Still seeking a complete set of the requested
documents, on September 24, 2013 Plaintiff sent Lea Rosenberg the
following email:
“RE: Davis Odd Fellow Hall; Davis Odd Fellow – Second Request for
Production of IRS Documents

Dear Ms. Rosenberg:

The purpose of this communication is to address the following matters:

1. Since you appear to have been involved with Davis Rebekah Lodge,
Davis Odd Fellow, and Sophomoric, I had previously asked you to
produce the IRS tax-returns for those entities.

For reasons which I do not understand, rather than complying with this
simple request (as you are required to do by law given the fact that
those entities are allowed to operate on a ‘tax-exempt’ status), you
have failed to respond. I am therefore reiterating my request that you
comply with the request for these tax returns and produce them to me
within the next 5 days.

As you know, I am troubled by events surrounding the almost exclusive
fundraising to ‘emancipated foster youth’, Barbara Sommer, Davis Odd
Fellow members Jonathan Raven and Michael Cabral, Cache Creek Casino,
Vic Bucher, and Progress Ranch.

I am also troubled by the fact that Judge Rosenberg (and his Judicial
Campaign CPA Vic Bucher) lends money to the judicial campaign of other
judges (i.e. Tim Fall and Dan Maguire). Hence, I would like to get to
the bottom of things, and need the requested tax forms to do so.

2. In the previously submitted request, there was no mention of ‘Davis
Odd Fellow Hall.’ My position and understanding is that Davis Odd
Fellow Hall is part of Davis Odd Fellow.
Nevertheless, please consider this communication a formal request to
also provide copies of the last three tax return forms that ‘Davis Odd
Fellow Hall’ had submitted to the IRS.

3. Given that Davis Odd Fellow, David Odd Fellow Hall, and Davis
Rebekah Lodge are under the exclusive control of you, your husband
David Rosenberg, as well as David Reed and his wife Cheryl Cambron,
and given that both David Rosenberg and David Reed are judges of the
Yolo County Superior Court, I submit that these entities have a duty
to operate at an even higher level of transparency than mandated by
the IRS, and must comply with the common law duty of disclosure.

Thus, in addition to inspecting and copying the documents authorized
by the IRS, I request copies of detailed financial statements (i.e.
income, expenditures, names of donors, names of businesses and amount
of rent Davis Odd Fellow Hall charges its various tenants, identity of
subcontractors, identity of those who have rented the Hall etc.) For
example, my understanding is that David Greenwald (publisher of The
People’s Vanguard of Davis and Vanguard Court Watch) entered into a
contract with Davis Odd Fellow Hall. Given that Mr. Greenwald’s
publications purport to report on misconduct and malfeasance in the
local area, including the courts, it appears to me that there is a
direct conflict between this stated mission and his decision to rent
space from an entity whose Board is comprised of you, and two Yolo
County Superior Court judges.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and receiving the requested documents.”
27. Later that day, Plaintiff received an email
response from Lea Rosenberg stating only the following: ‘so he is at
it again.’
FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION
Violation of California Business and Professions Code § 17200 Predicated on
26 U.S.C. § 6104(d)
(Against Defendants Lea Rosenberg, Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge; Grand Lodge of California;
Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Davis Odd Fellows; Soroptimist
International of Davis; Soroptimist International; Soroptimist
International of the Americas; and Does 1 – 100)

28. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1
– 27 as though fully set forth herein.
29. Despite Plaintiff’s repeated requests,
Defendants failed to comply with 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d). This failure
constitutes unfair and unlawful acts pursuant to California’s Business
& Professions Code § 17200.
30. Plaintiff is informed and believes that
Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted, counseled,
commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted, instigated,
advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled, contributed to,
facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the
commission of the above-described acts.
31. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful
acts of Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in
fact and has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at
trial.
SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION
Negligence Per Se / Torts in Essence
(Against Defendants Lea Rosenberg, Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order
of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge; Grand Lodge of California;
Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Davis Odd Fellows; Soroptimist
International of Davis; Soroptimist International; Soroptimist
International of the Americas; and Does 1 – 100)

32. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1
– 31 as though fully set forth herein.
33. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that Defendants were all aware of Plaintiff’s repeated
requests for the above-described entities’ IRS Form 990 forms, as
described in this Complaint.
34. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and
therefore alleges that Defendants were under a duty to ensure
compliance, yet chose to breach a duty prescribed in 26 U.S.C. §
6104(d). This failure to comply with the statutory requirements
constitutes negligence per se. In the alternative, Plaintiff further
alleges that the failure to comply with the statutory requirements of
26 U.S.C. § 6104(d) constitutes ‘torts in essence’ as a matter of
public policy, because the statute at issue was enacted to benefit
individuals in Plaintiff’s position, and because implied in 26 U.S.C.
§ 6104(d) is a private right of action.
35. As a proximate result of Defendants’ breach of duty,
as alleged above, Plaintiff spent considerable time and resources
trying to obtain those documents elsewhere, to no avail. Plaintiff
asked his paid research-clerk to conduct further research on the
Internet in hope of locating a complete set of the desired documents,
also to no avail. Plaintiff suffered injury in fact and has lost
money or property in an amount to be proven at trial.
36. Plaintiff further alleges that Davis Odd Fellows
owns a Hall (‘Davis Lodge Hall’), on a property adjacent to the two
Lodges, and is the owner (and landlord) of rental property currently
occupied by Hunan Chinese Restaurant and Coldwell-Banker Doug Arnold
Real Estate.
37. The ‘Hall Board Association’ is a California
corporation, and is the actual owner of the Davis Lodge Hall, the
adjacent property of the two Lodges, and the rental property currently
occupied by Hunan Chinese Restaurant and Coldwell-Banker Doug Arnold
Real Estate.
38. The ‘Hall Board Association’ is composed of
President David Rosenberg, Vice President David Reed, Secretary Lea
Rosenberg, Treasurer Sheryl Cambron, and Barbara Geisler.
39. The Davis Lodge Hall is available to rent by the
general public for receptions, fund-raisers, dinners, conferences,
trade shows, meetings, and other events.
40. The Davis Lodge Hall is also used by Davis Odd
Fellows for its own functions, such as Davis Odd Fellows Bingo and
Master Balls.
41. In approximately September 2013, and after the
expenditure of considerable time, resources, and efforts, Plaintiff
managed to ascertain that the actual legal name of Davis Odd Fellows
and David Rebekah Lodge is ‘Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge.’ Plaintiff then managed to obtain
partial copies of tax returns that ‘Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order
of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge’ had submitted to the IRS.
42. Upon reviewing partial copies of the
above-described IRS 990 forms from 2010 and 2011, Plaintiff noted that
false information had been submitted to the IRS on two occasions that
he was able to identify from the incomplete forms. Specifically,
according to those 990 forms, in 2010 David Reed served as the
president of Yolo Lodge 169; serving as the Treasurer of Yolo Lodge
was Sheryl Cambron. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that Reed and Cambron are married to each other.
43. However, this was not the information provided
to the IRS. The 2010 IRS Form 990 submitted by Yolo Lodge asked, ’Did
any officer, director, trustee, or key employee have a family
relationship or a business relationship with any other officer,
director, trustee, or key employee?’ The form submitted by Yolo Lodge
states, ‘NO.’ Since two of the officers (Reed and Cambron) were
actually married to each other, this is a misrepresentation.
44. In 2011, Yolo Lodge officers submitted false
information to the IRS again, this time involving a different set of
actors — Lea and David Rosenberg, who are married to each other.
Specifically, in 2011 David Rosenberg served as President of Yolo
Lodge; his wife, Lea Rosenberg, served as ‘Secretary’ of Yolo Lodge,
and David Reed served as a board member.
45. The 2011 IRS Form 990 submitted by Yolo Lodge
asked, ’Did any officer, director, trustee, or key employee have a
family relationship or a business relationship with any other officer,
director, trustee, or key employee?’ The form submitted by Yolo Lodge
states, ‘NO.’ Since two of the officers (David Rosenberg and Lea
Rosenberg) were actually married to each other, this is a
misrepresentation.
46. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that Virgil Smith is a CPA, a member of Davis Odd Fellows, and
a co-conspirator in the submission of these fraudulent tax-returns.
Plaintiff is further informed and believes and therefore alleges that
also responsible for submitting these fraudulent tax-returns were
Davis Odd Fellows officers and directors David Rosenberg, Lea
Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Barbara Geisler, and Robert
Bockwinkel.
47. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that the fraudulent tax-returns were submitted because David
Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Barbara Geisler,
Virgil Smith and Robert Bockwinkel did not want the IRS and the public
to become aware that Sheryl Cambron is married to David Reed, and
because they were concerned that if such relationships (i.e. Lea
Rosenberg is married to David Rosenberg) would be disclosed, it may
trigger an IRS audit.
THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION
Civil Conspiracy to Violate 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d)
(Against Defendants Lea Rosenberg, David Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl
Cambron, Barbara Geisler, Virgil Smith; Robert Bockwinkel; and Does 1
– 100)

48. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1
– 47 as though fully set forth herein.
49. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that subsequent to Plaintiff’s request to obtain copies of the
relevant IRS forms 990 delivered to Lea Rosenberg as described above,
Defendants Lea Rosenberg, David Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron,
Robert Bockwinkel, Barbara Geisler, and Virgil Smith willfully and
knowingly conspired and agreed among themselves to a scheme by which
they agreed to violate Plaintiff’s legal rights by not complying with
26 U.S.C. § 6104(d) because they were concerned he would discover the
tax-fraud perpetrated on the IRS, as described above; that two Yolo
County judicial officers (Rosenberg and Reed) and an attorney employed
by Yolo County (Cambron) almost exclusively raised funds to support an
entity headed by the Foreperson of the Yolo County Grand Jury; and the
appearance that Davis Odd Fellows has been misused to indirectly curry
favors with the foreperson of Yolo County Grand Jury.
50. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and therefore
alleges that as further overt acts (both lawful and unlawful) by
which to advance the objective of said conspiracy, committed by one or
more of the conspirators pursuant to their common design, were: (a) an
agreement between Defendants to intentionally violate 26 U.S.C. §
6104(d); (b) an agreement to ignore Plaintiff’s repeated requests for
information sought pursuant to this statute; (c) a lawful overt act to
belittle Plaintiff by sending him an email which reads, ‘so he is at
it again’’ and (d) an agreement by Defendants to mislead and defraud
Plaintiff by means of a plan they conceived and executed in which
David Reed falsely stated in writing ‘TO MY KNOWLEDGE DAVIS ODD
FELLOWS HAVE NEVER MADE CONTRIBUTIONS OR PARTICIPATED IN FUND-RAISING
FOR PROGRESS RANCH’. (emphasis added)
51. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and therefore
alleges that Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted,
counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted,
instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled,
contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or
conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.

PART 3 — Factual Background Dealing with In Re Girardi, Fogel v.
Farmers, CaliforniaALL, Voice of OC
3.1: IN RE GIRARDI
52. In 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
issued its final ruling in the disciplinary matter of In Re Girardi by
imposing close to $500,000 in sanctions on Walter Lack of Engstrom
Lispcomb & Lack and Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese stemming from an
attempt to defraud the court and cause injury to Dole Food Company in
the underlying litigation. Defending Girardi in the matter of In Re
Girardi was Skadden Arps.
53. The court ruled that Walter Lack (who stipulated to Special
Prosecutor Rory Little that his prolonged acts of misconduct were
intentional) and Thomas Girardi intentionally and recklessly resorted
to ‘the persistent use of known falsehoods,’ and that the ‘false
representations’ were made ‘knowingly, intentionally, and recklessly’
during years of litigation.
54. The Ninth Circuit suspended Lack, reprimanded Girardi, and
ordered Girardi and Lack to report their misconduct to the State Bar
of California.
55. The State Bar of California disqualified itself from handling the
matter since Howard Miller (of Girardi & Keese) served at that time as
its president, and had also made the decision to hire then-chief
prosecutor, James Towery.
56. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that both
Joe Dunn (Chief Executive of State Bar of California and a long time
friend and protégé of Girardi) and Chief Justice Ronald George (father
of Eric George — at the time co-counsel with Girardi and Lack in
major class-action cases as part of an ongoing scheme by which Girardi
was bestowing benefits on George) conspired to appoint as ‘Special
Prosecutor’ Jerome Falk of Howard Rice, who they knew would
‘exonerate’ Girardi and Lack.
57. Around the same time, renowned criminal defense attorney Doron
Weinberg opined in the media as follows on the matter of In Re
Girardi: ‘Prosecutors can admit the 9th Circuit’s disciplinary order,
along with the entire record underpinning it’. ‘The State Bar
generally respects the findings and conclusions of other
jurisdictions’.
58. Mr. Falk, in turn, exercised ‘prosecutorial discretion’ and
concluded that he did not believe Lack acted intentionally and that no
charges will be brought against the two attorneys — despite the fact
that Lack had previously stipulated in writing that he acted
‘intentionally.’
59. Within days of Mr. Falk’s decision, Plaintiff filed an ethics
complaint with the State Bar of California against Jerome Falk, James
Towery, Howard Miller, and Douglas Winthrop (managing partner of
Howard Rice and then-elected president of the California Bar
Foundation), alleging that it was improper for Mr. Towery to appoint
Mr. Falk given the close personal relationship between Howard Miller
and Douglas Winthrop. Specifically, Howard Miller — in his capacity
as president of the State Bar — had appointed Douglas Winthrop as
president of the California Bar Foundation.
60. State Bar of California Deputy Executive director Robert Hawley
contacted Plaintiff and informed him that he (Hawley) has been
appointed as ‘contact person,’ and that the matter will be handled by
the entire State Bar of California Board of Governors because one of
the named actors was chief prosecutor James Towery.
61. Specifically, on 12/27/2010 Robert Hawley wrote to Plaintiff in part:
‘On behalf of the State Bar of California its staff and its Board, I
acknowledge receipt of your email message below and the one separately
sent to James Towery, both on December 23, 2010.
In your email message to Mr. Towery you state that you have sent a
written letter of complaint to the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel
(OCTC) Intake Unit. As we have previously advised your colleague
Leslie Brodie, we provide status reports on pending matters involving
OCTC only to individuals who provide verifiable identification
information, including an address. I assume that your written
complaint provides this information. If not, we will not be able to
provide you with further status information on the subject of your
email messages.’
62. At or about that time, Plaintiff was unaware of the fact that
several other Board members had business relationships with Girardi or
other conflicts of interest which they were required to disclose
pursuant to a statute.
63. After several months, Mr. Hawley wrote Plaintiff, informing him
the investigation was closed.
64. A few weeks later, Plaintiff, while researching a separate topic,
discovered that Howard Rice (the firm of Jerome Falk) actually
represented Girardi & Keese and Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack in a
malpractice action only two years prior (Copple v. Astrella & Rice).
65. On August 29, 2011 Plaintiff informed Robert Hawley and the
entire Board of Governors (consisting of, among others, Laura Chick,
Gwen Moore, Dennis Mangers, Jeannine English, George Davis, Alec Chang
of Skadden Arps, Gretchen Nelson of Kreindler & Kreindler, Jon
Streeter of Keker & Van Nest, and Joe Dunn of Voice of OC about the
recent discovery in order to re-open the investigation. Plaintiff is
informed and believes and therefore alleges that, pursuant to an
ongoing conspiracy to obstruct justice in the matter of In Re Girardi
and an ongoing conspiracy to violate Plaintiff’s due process and equal
protection rights, Hawley never replied to Plaintiff’s inquiries, nor
did any member of the Board of Governors.
66. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
said conspiracy was motivated in part by Democratic Party operatives
such as Joe Dunn and Jeannine English to protect Thomas Girardi
because of financial contributions to the Democratic Party, because
Girardi arranged close to one million in cy pres awards to California
AARP (where Jeannine English served as president), and because several
BOG member had similar conflicts of interest, such as Alec Chang of
Skadden Arps.
67. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that the
various wrong-doers became extremely concerned of the fact that
Plaintiff discovered that Falk represented Girardi & Keese and Walter
Lack, and because of Plaintiff’s whistle-blowing activities and robust
use of his free-speech rights. As such, on December 7, 2011, out of
the blue, Falk – Plaintiff alleges in an attempt to mislead Plaintiff
–- wrote to Plaintiff:
‘I received your November 13 email, sent to me and many others,
concerning my participation in the State Bar’s investigation of Walter
J. Lack, Thomas V. Girardi and other attorneys. It is filled with
disparaging characterizations, all of which seem to stem from your
allegations that I or my firm have represented Mr. Lack and Mr.
Girardi.
Your allegations are false.
I have never represented either person, or their firms. Neither has
Douglas Winthrop. Nor has my firm ever represented Mr. Lack or Mr.
Girardi. From 2006-2008, my firm represented several law firms,
including Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack and Girardi & Keese, in a
litigation matter. The public records of that litigation show that
neither Mr. Winthrop nor I had nothing to do with that representation;
in fact, I was unaware of it. The public records also show that my
firm represented the law firms, but did not represent Mr. Girardi or
Mr. Lack. The attorney responsible for that representation had left
Howard Rice and taken the files with him before I was asked to serve
as Special Deputy Trial Counsel in the State Bar matter.
You are on notice that your allegations are false. The falsity of
those allegations can be determined from the public records of the
litigation in question. Do not make them again.’
4.2: FOGEL VS. FARMERS:
68. The day after the Ninth Circuit issued the published decision in
the matter of In Re Girardi, respondents’ counsel (Skadden Arps and
Thomas Nolan) moved to redact their names from the decision. The
court rejected the request, noting that redaction was not merited.
69. The peculiar nature of the motion to redact the names of
respondents’ counsel from the published decision of this court
prompted Plaintiff to look into the matter further. Plaintiff then
discovered that, beginning in 2003, Girardi & Keese and Engstrom
Lipscomb & Lack were prosecuting a class action case against Farmers
Insurance Company, which was represented by Skadden Arps. This was a
nationwide class action with estimated damages of close to $15 billion
that had originally been filed by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
70. In March, 2011 Plaintiff submitted an ethics complaint to the
State Bar of California against Skadden Arps and Girardi & Keese for
various acts of misconduct in connection with Fogel v. Farmers Group,
Inc. and the matter of In Re Girardi.
71. The complaint alleged ethical violations stemming from collusion
between the law offices of Girardi & Keese and Skadden Arps based on
the fact that while the matter of Fogel vs. Farmers Group was pending,
the law offices of Skadden Arps and Girardi & Keese entered into a
wholly separate agreement by which Skadden Arps agreed to represent
Girardi & Keese in the matter of In Re Girardi without informing the
class of plaintiffs (consisting of 14 million Americans), nor the
courts (the Ninth Circuit in the matter of In Re Girardi and the Los
Angeles County Superior Court in the matter of Fogel vs. Farmers) of
the concurrent representation by which Skadden Arps represented
Girardi & Keese (in the Ninth Circuit matter), while at the same time
defending Farmers against Girardi and Keese’s clients (in the Fogel
vs. Farmers matter).
72. Shortly after Plaintiff filed this ethics complaint, Skadden Arps
moved ex parte (which, not surprisingly, was unopposed) to amend the
settlement agreement in the Fogel matter and the notice to the class
of 14 million Americans throughout the country to include a proviso by
which members of the class would be prohibited from suing anyone due
to the concurrent representation described above. Nevertheless, the
State Bar of California decided not to take any action on this ethics
complaint.
73. In or around August of 2011, Plaintiff submitted an informal
objection to the proposed Fogel v. Farmers settlement based on the
reasoning described above and contemplated filing an appeal (if
possible) or informally alerting the Court of Appeal of the collusive
arrangement.
4.3: CALIFORNIAALL / VOICE OF OC / OBAMA FOR AMERICA / QUADRIPLEGIC
UC DAVIS LAW STUDENT SARA GRANDA / SEARCH- SEIZURE BY YOLO COUNTY
DISTRCIT ATTORNEY
CaliforniaALL — Voice of OC:
74. While researching the relationship of Girardi & Keese and Howard
Rice and the appointment of Douglas Winthrop as president of the
California Bar Foundation by Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese,
Plaintiff reviewed the California Bar Foundation’s annual reports to
familiarize himself with the names of the Foundation’s board of
directors. Plaintiff stumbled upon the fact that the Foundation ended
2008 close to $500,000 in the negative. Specifically, the Foundation
reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES in 2007 equaled plus
+$373.842.00. However, in 2008, the Foundation reported to the IRS
that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES equaled minus -$537,712.
75. Plaintiff discovered that the money had been transferred to a
newly-created Section 501(c)(3) non-profit entity (headed by Ruthe
Catolico Ashley — close friend and confidant of Chief Justice Tani
Cantil-Sakayue) known as CaliforniaALL, which obtained hundreds of
thousands of dollars from utility companies PG&E, SCE, AT&T, and
Verizon.
76. In addition to Ruthe Catolico Ashley, CaliforniaALL was
compromised of the following: Larissa Parecki, Morrison England,
Torie Flournoy-England, Sarah Redfield of McGeorge School of Law,
Cary Martin Zellerbach AKA Mary Ellen Martin Zellerbach of Martin
Investment Management, Douglas Scrivner of Accenture, Freada Kapor
Klein of Level Playing Field Institute, Ophelia Basgal of Pacific Gas
& Electric Company, James Lewis of Verizon Communications, Darrell
Steinberg, Kamala Harris, Michael Peevey, Steve Poizner, an James Hsu
of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal-Dentons.
77. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
CaliforniaALL funneled some portion of the money to the UCI Foundation
–- where State Bar of California Executive Director Joe Dunn, Judicial
Council member Mark Robinson, and Erwin Chemerinsky served as trustees
for the purpose of launching a new entity known as Saturday Law
Academy at UCI. (‘SALUCI’)
78. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
SALUCI was actually already created in 2005 and was fully operational
before CaliforniaALL arrived on the scene.
Plaintiff further alleges that repeated claims by CaliforniaALL,
including the following, were knowingly false, misleading, and
fraudulent: ‘Our first funded pipeline, the Saturday Academy of Law,
graduated its first class on March 7’; ‘An inspirational welcome
given by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as 200 guests gathered at the Delhi
Community Center to recognize the first graduating class of the UC
Irvine Saturday Academy of Law. The six-week program, created by UCI’s
Center for Educational Partnerships was made possible by a grant from
CaliforniaALL.’
FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION
Violation of California Business and Professions Code § 17200
(Against defendants CaliforniaALL, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Larissa
Parecki, Morrison England, Torie Flournoy-England, Sarah Redfield,
McGeorge School of Law, Cary Martin Zellerbach AKA Mary Ellen Martin
Zellerbach, Martin Investment Management, Douglas Scrivner, Accenture,
Freada Kapor Klein, Level Playing Field Institute, Ophelia Basgal,
Pacific Gas & Electric Company, James Lewis, Verizon Communications,
Darrell Steinberg, Kamala Harris, Michael Peevey, Steve Poizner, James
Hsu, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal-Dentons and Does 1-100)

79. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1
– 78 as though fully set forth herein.
80. The knowingly false, misleading and fraudulent
claims by which executives and directors of CaliforniaALL took credit
and falsely advertised that CaliforniaALL was instrumental in
launching SALUCI which ‘graduated its first class’ constitutes
unfair and unlawful acts pursuant to California’s Business &
Professions Code § 17200 since SALUCI already came into existence in
2005.
81. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted,
counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted,
instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled,
contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or
conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.
82. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful
acts of Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in
fact and has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at
trial.
83. On February 28, 2011, Plaintiff informed the State Bar Board of
Governors and officially requested an investigation into alleged
fraudulent transactions, financial irregularities, and unlawful
conduct in connection with circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL.
Later that day, State Bar of California Foundation Director and CPUC
Commissioner Geoffrey Brown sent Plaintiff the following:
‘I am named in the email with the purpose of tying my tenure at the
CPUC and the Foundation to some alleged nefarious activity. The author
of the email is herewith put on notice that I will pursue legal action
if he persists in a claim that I have anything to do with illegal
activity. He is further on notice that I am in no way connected with
the recipient named in the article.’
84. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and therefore alleges
that during his tenure as California Bar Foundation Director, Geoffrey
Brown, as well as Jeff Bleich and Bradley Phillips of Munger Tolles &
Olson, Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice-Arnold Porter, Holly Fujie of
Buchalter Nemer, and Mark Parnes of Wilson Sonsini caused the
following false and misleading advertisement to appear in the annual
report: California Bar Foundation supported the launching of
CaliforniaALL and, as the project filed for incorporation and
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, served as CaliforniaALL’s fiscal
sponsor. A collaboration between the California Public Employment
Retirement System, the California Public Utilities Commission, the
California Department of Insurance, and the State Bar of California,
CaliforniaALL was created in an effort to close the achievement gap
among California students from preschool to the profession and,
specifically, to bolster the pipeline of young people of diverse
backgrounds headed for careers in law, financial services, and
technology. Once CaliforniaALL obtained its tax-exempt status and was
able to function as a fully independent nonprofit organization, the
Foundation granted the balance of funds raised for the project –
totaling $769,247 – to the new entity. We thank the following
corporations for their gifts in support of CaliforniaALL: AT & T
,Edison International ,PG & E Corporation Foundation , and Verizon.
85. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and therefore alleges
that the California Bar Foundation never served as the ‘fiscal
sponsor’ of CaliforniaALL. Plaintiff is further informed and believes
and therefore alleges that that AT&T, Edison International, PG & E
Corporation Foundation, and Verizon never used the California Bar
Foundation as a ‘fiscal sponsor’, and any and all funds from AT & T,
Edison International, PG & E Corporation Foundation, and Verizon went
directly to CaliforniaALL.
FIFTH CAUSE OF ACTION
Violation of California Business and Professions Code § 17200
(Against Defendants Geoffrey Brown, Jeff Bleich , Bradley Phillips,
Munger Tolles & Olson, Douglas Winthrop, Howard Rice, Arnold Porter,
Holly Fujie, Buchalter Nemer, Mark Parnes, Wilson Sonsini and Does
1-100)

86. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1
– 85 as though fully set forth herein.
87. The knowingly false, misleading and fraudulent
claims by which executives and directors of the California Bar
Foundation falsely asserted that $769,247 originated from AT&T, Edison
International, PG & E Corporation Foundation, and Verizon constitute
unfair and unlawful acts pursuant to California’s Business &
Professions Code § 17200.
88. Plaintiff is informed and believes that
Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted, counseled,
commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted, instigated,
advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled, contributed to,
facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the
commission of the above-described acts.
89. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful
acts of Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in
fact and has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at
trial.

90. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that a
significant portion of the $769,247 from the California Bar Foundation
to CaliforniaALL ended up financing a newly-created online publication
which Joe Dunn had launched with the help of Thomas Girardi, James
Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster (attorney for CaliforniaALL) and
Erwin Chemerinsky — this online publication is known as “Voice of OC.
91. Plaintiff requested that Voice of OC provide him with copies of
its IRS 990 forms. Voice of OC did not comply with applicable IRS
regulations in that it failed to reply to Plaintiff’s request for
copies, whereupon Plaintiff filed a complaint against Voice of OC and
Joe Dunn with the IRS.
92. The IRS promptly sent Plaintiff notice acknowledging the
complaint against Voice of OC.
93. Very shortly after Plaintiff had complained to the IRS, the FBI
arrested Kinde Durkee — CPA for Voice of OC — on unrelated charges.
94. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
CaliforniaALL was also misused to finance the election campaigns of
Kevin Johnson, Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, and Barack Obama,
specifically by the following actors:
Morrison & Foerster: James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed ‘mastermind’
behind the Democratic Party; member of OBAMA FOR America’s California
Finance Committee; Legal Counsel for CaliforniaALL ); Tony West (OBAMA
FOR America’s Chair of California’s Finance Committee); Chris Young —
later of Keker & Van Nest (OBAMA FOR America’s Northern California
Deputy Finance Director); Annette Carnegie (former director of the
California Bar Foundation during the transfer of the approximately
$780,000 to CaliforniaALL).
Munger Tolles & Olson: Jeffrey Bleich (president of the State Bar of
California, director of the California Bar Foundation, and founding
member and Chair of OBAMA FOR America’s National Finance Committee);
Brad Phillips (2007- 2008 Director of the California Bar Foundation
which served as a ‘financial sponsor’ to CaliforniaALL on behalf of
Verizon Wireless and Southern California Edison, both clients of
Munger Tolles & Olson); Ron Olson (member of OBAMA FOR AMERICA;
Berkshire Hathaway and Edison Director).
Wilson Sonsini: Mark Parnes (2007-2008 director and Secretary of the
California Bar Foundation); John Roos (former CEO of Wilson Sonsini
and member of OBAMA FOR America’s National Finance Committee).
DLA Piper: Steven Churchwell of DLA Piper in Sacramento (Treasurer,
draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA; firm where CaliforniaALL
resided free of charge); Gilles Attia.
Laura Chick (member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors
and OBAMA FOR AMERICA).
Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, OBAMA FOR AMERICA and member of
CaliforniaALL Advisory Council).
Freada Klein Kapor (member of CaliforniaALL board of directors; OBAMA
FOR America’s phone bank located at The Kapor Center).
Chris Young, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properties, and business
partner Marshall McKay of Cache Creek Casino on behalf of Barack
Obama.
Chris Young, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Properties on behalf of Kevin Johnson.
ETHICS COMPLAINT IN RE UC DAVIS LAW STUDENT SARA GRANDA:
95. In May 2009, U.C. Davis School of Law quadriplegic law student
Sara Granda graduated from and hoped to sit for the July 2009 bar
exam.
96. The California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid the exam fee
for Granda with a check, and Granda was assured that she was properly
registered. However, the State Bar of California never processed
Granda’s application because the Department of Rehabilitation paid the
fee with a check, rather than a credit card.
97. Granda filed a suit in federal court seeking an injunction
directing the State Bar of California to allow her to sit for the bar
exam. The action was titled Sara Granda v. the State Bar of
California (Case Number 2:09-cv-02015-MCE). The State Bar of
California was represented by Mark Torres Gil, Rachel Grunberg, and
Lawrence Yee. The matter was adjudicated by Judge England of the
Eastern District of California, who promptly dismissed it.
98. During the course of presiding over the Granda case, Judge
England never disclosed to Granda that he and his wife (Torie
Flournoy-England) are part and parcel of an entity known as
CaliforniaALL — which had just obtained close to $800,000 from the
State Bar of California — headed by executive-director Judy Johnson,
who is also part of CaliforniaALL. Similarly neither did the State
Bar of California, Judy Johnson, Mark Torres Gil, Rachel Grunberg, or
Lawrence Yee provide this information to Granda.
99. On May 31, 2011, Plaintiff advanced an ethics complaint against
State Bar of California attorneys Lawrence Yee, Mark Torres-Gil,
Rachel Grunberg, Judy Johnson, and Holly Fujie.
100. The complaint alleged misconduct due to the failure of the
above-named attorneys to disclose to Plaintiff Granda the nature of
the close personal relationship between the State Bar of California,
CaliforniaALL, Judy Johnson, Judge England and his spouse — Terrie
Flournoy-England.
101. Plaintiff alleges the entire complaint filed by him was
factually accurate, truthful, and was brought in good faith.
Accompanying the complaint dated May 31 2011 were 11 exhibits in
support.
102. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
the State Bar of California received said complaint and rather than
assign an outside investigator due to the fact it was against their
own attorneys, summarily dismissed it.
103. On July 28, 2011, State Bar employee Jill Sperber wrote to
Plaintiff informing him that:
‘I have determined that your complaint fails to present stuffiest
facts to substantiate an investigation.’
“The State Bar had no involvement with CaliforniaALL once it was
incorporated and operating.”
‘Several of the informational items that you list are not factually
accurate a) CaliforniaALL and State Bar are partners and B) a sub-rosa
transfer of funds from State Bar to CaliforniaALL took place.’
104. Sperber never alleged that the complaint filed by Plaintiff was
frivolous or ‘without merit.’
105. Plaintiff submits that the 11 exhibits accompanying his
complaint showed beyond any doubts that the California Bar and
CaliforniaALL were partners, and that State Bar executive directors
(Judy Johnson) and employee Patricia Lee were part of CaliforniaALL.
As such, Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that
the claim by Ms. Sperber that ‘The State Bar had no involvement with
CaliforniaALL once it was incorporated and operating’ is false, that
the State Bar Board of Governors continued to appoint directors to
CaliforniaALL, and that CaliforniaALL never acknowledged the
approximate $780,000 it obtained from the California Bar Foundation,
demonstrating that the transfer was sub-rosa.
Search-Seizure of CaliforniaALL Evidence By Investigators From Yolo
County District Attorney
106. On February 23, 2012, eight armed investigators from the Yolo
County District Attorney’s office arrived at Plaintiff’s place of
residence, searched the premises, and confiscated two computers, flash
drives, and documents pursuant to an invalid search warrant issued by
Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall.
107. The invalid search warrant listed the names of Joe Dunn (of
Voice of OC) ,Thomas Girardi (of Voice of OC, In Re Girardi) , Judy
Johnson, Holly Fujie, Alec Chang of Skadden Arps, James Towery,
Howard Dickstein, Jeannine English, and State Bar attorneys Mark
Torres Gil, Lawrence Yee, and Rachel Grunberg.
108. Plaintiff is informed and believes, and therefore alleges that
accompanying the DA officers was a private citizen named Tom Layton.
109. Plaintiff was told that by the investigators and Michael Cabral
that the State Bar Board of Governors was pressing criminal charges
against Plaintiff for, among other things, violations of B & P
Section 6043.5 (filing false and malicious ethics complaints) because
of the ethics complaint Plaintiff submitted in connection with U.C.
Davis School of Law quadriplegic law student Sara Granda.
110. Plaintiff is informed and believes, and therefore alleges that,
in approximately early 2011, once Plaintiff unearthed the various acts
of misconduct described above — such as In Re Girardi, Fogel v.
Farmers, Voice of OC, and especially fraud dealing with CaliforniaALL
(an entity Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges
was launched, represented, directed, or benefited by extremely
powerful politicians such as California Attorney General Kamala
Harris, Jerry Brown, Darrel Steinberg, Kevin Johnson, Joe Dunn, and
Obama for America; governmental officials such as CPUC’s Michael
Peevey, Geoffrey Brown; powerful law firms such as DLA Piper, Morrison
& Foerster, Munger Tolles, Dentons, and Girardi & Keese; major utility
companies such as PG&E, Verizon, and Southern California Edison; major
corporations such as Accenture, Fulcrum Property/Mark Friedman, Cache
Creek Casino/Marshall McKay, LPFI/ Freada Kapor; and members of the
California Judicial Council (such as Mark Robinson, Tani Cantil), an
understanding was reached to silence Plaintiff at any cost, to
retaliate against him because of his speech-related activates, to try
to intimidate him, and to confiscate all the incriminating evidence he
had gathered.
111. Plaintiff is also informed and believes and therefore alleges
that Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest — a ‘bundler’ for Barack Obama
who served as president of the State Bar of California and was aware
of Plaintiff’s discovery of CaliforniaALL due to the fact that
Plaintiff requested documents and sought an investigation —
immediately informed Keker & Van Nest, John Keker and associate Chris
Young of Plaintiff’s discoveries.
112. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
Keker & Van Nest associate Chris Young — who caused the launching of
CaliforniaALL two years prior while serving as Obama for America
California Deputy Finance Director, and who later worked with Jeffrey
Bleich as White House Adviser, and who later worked with Mark
Friedman on the election campaign of Kevin Johnson — panicked. As
such, Chris Young’s attorney profile was quickly removed from the
KVN.COM web-site. This fraud was only discovered by Plaintiff months
later.
Specifically, Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges
that State Actor Streeter, who also served as a Director of the
California Bar Foundation, conspired with nongovernmental agents of
CaliforniaALL, original actors Freada Kapor and Mary Ann Todd of
Munger Tolles (on behalf of Jeff Bleich, Bradley Phillips, Ron Olson,
Edison International, Berkshire Hathaway), Douglas Winthrop of Howard
Rice, Holly Fujie of Buchalter Nemer, Raj Chatterjee of Morrison &
Foerster, and Richard Tom of Southern California Edison to injure
Plaintiff, to retaliate against him because of his speech-related
activates, and to confiscate all the incriminating evidence he had
gathered.
113. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
Streeter — who served as a ‘bundler’ for Barack Obama’s campaign —
was also motivated to silence Plaintiff lest information he possessed
would cause President Obama to lose his re-election bid.
114. Plaintiff is also informed and believes and therefore alleges
that Joe Dunn reached an understanding with Erwin Chemerinsky of
Voice of OC, as well as original Voice of OC directors Thomas Girardi
and James Brosnahan of Morrison & Forester, to misuse his authority as
a state actor to silence and retaliate against Plaintiff.
115. Plaintiff is also informed and believes and therefore alleges
that James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Jon Streeter of Keker
& Van Nest met with Judicial Council members Tani Cantil, David
Rosenberg, Angela Davis, and Mark Robinson to discuss potential
courses of action. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and
therefore alleges that, during said meeting, an agreement was reached
by which David Rosenberg — who also serves as a judge with the Yolo
County Superior Court — would ‘clear the way’ for the issuance of a
search warrant of Plaintiff’s home lacking in probable cause.
Moreover, Plaintiff is also informed and believes and therefore
alleges that due to concerns of leaks by disc rental Judicial Council
employees expressed by Tani Cantil, Rosenberg agreed to unlawfully
arrange for the search warrant to also include the names of Joseph
Dunn and Starr Babcock in order to ascertain Plaintiff’s sources of
information, if any.
116. As such, Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that, acting to serve their own financial interest and on
behalf of CaliforniaALL actors named above and pursuant to a
widespread conspiracy between private citizens and state actors, and
while acting under color of state law, the entire State Bar of
California Board of Governors (including Jon Streeter of Keker & Van
Nest — acting also pursuant to a separate conspiracy with KVN, John
Keker, Chris Young, Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property), and California
Bar Foundation directors Mary Ann Todd , Holly Fujie, Douglas
Winthrop; Joe Dunn of Voice of OC, Jeannine English and George Davis
of AARP, Laura Chick of Obama for America, Alec Chang of Skadden Arps
–- acting on behalf client Tom Girardi, Gretchen Nelson of Kreindler &
Kreindler) chose to adopt a plan by which they would unlawfully use
the fact that they are also clothed with the authority of state law to
knowingly and maliciously press false criminal charges against
Plaintiff for the alleged violation of California Business &
Professions 6043.5 which reads:
(a)Every person who reports to the State Bar or causes a complaint to
be filed with the State Bar that an attorney has engaged in
professional misconduct, knowing the report or complaint to be false
and malicious, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(b)The State Bar may, in its discretion, notify the appropriate
district attorney or city attorney that a person has filed what the
State Bar believes to be a false and malicious report or complaint
against an attorney and recommend prosecution of the person under
subdivision (a).
117. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
the objective of the conspiracy was to knowingly and maliciously
submit a false criminal complaint to the Yolo County District Attorney
against Plaintiff, and for a search/seizure to be executed on
Plaintiff’s home to confiscate all evidence he had gathered in regard
to the above-described matters, and in order to retaliate and
intimidate him into silence, especially in matters dealing with In Re
Girardi, Fogel v. Farmers, Voice of OC, and CaliforniaALL.
118. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
around February of 2012, as an overt act in furtherance of said
conspiracy, representatives of the State Bar of California knowingly,
maliciously, and without probable cause pressed false criminal charges
against Plaintiff alleging, inter alia, violation of California
Business & Professions 6043.5
SIXTH CAUSE OF ACTION
Violation of California Business and Professions Code § 17200
Predicated on California Penal Codes 148.5 and 182
(Against Defendants Keker & Van Nest, John Keker, Chris Young, Voice
of OC, Erwin Chemerinsky, Skadden Arps, Freada Kapor Klein, Mary Ann
Todd, Munger Tolles, Jeff Bleich, Bradley Phillips, Ron Olson, Edison
International, Berkshire Hathaway, Douglas Winthrop, Howard Rice,
Holly Fujie, Buchalter Nemer, Raj Chatterjee, Morrison & Foerster,
James Brosnahan, Richard Tom, Southern California Edison, Wilson
Sonsini, Mark Friedman, Fulcrum Properties, Mark Robinson, and Does 1
– 100)

119. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1 – 118
as though fully set forth herein.
120. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore
alleges that Defendants willfully and knowingly conspired and agreed
among themselves to a scheme by which they agreed to violate
Plaintiff’s legal rights in violations of California Penal Codes 148.5
and 182. This constitutes unfair and unlawful acts pursuant to
California’s Business & Professions Code § 17200.
121. Plaintiff is informed and believes that Defendants have directly
performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured,
encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused,
participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed,
controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the
above-described acts.
122. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful acts
of Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in fact and
has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at trial.
__________________________________

123. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that on
February 21, 2012 Chief Investigator of Yolo County District Attorney
Bruce Naliboff presented to Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy
Fall an invalid and meaningless ‘Statement of Probable Cause’ in
support of a search warrant stating, inter alia, that a search of
Plaintiff’s residence and vehicle may reveal both written and
electronically recorded information of criminal conduct because
Plaintiff’s ethics complaint dealing with Sara Granda constituted a
misdemeanor in violation of B & P Section 6043.5, filing false and
malicious ethics complaints.
124. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that in
seeking to obtain a search warrant in connection with the ethics
complaint, Naliboff was acting pursuant to false advice and
information he obtained from Assistant District Attorney Michael
Cabral, who knew no probable cause existed in support of this claim.
125. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
Cabral knew that no probable cause existed to seek a search warrant in
connection with the ethics complaint filed by Plaintiff and, further,
that he knew that the ethics complaint submitted by Plaintiff were (a)
valid, truthful, and meritorious; (b) protected by the First
Amendment; (c) did not constitute a crime warranting the search and
seizure of Plaintiff’s property; and (d) did not contain any facts
whatsoever to suggest that they were ‘false and malicious’.
126. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
Cabral intentionally misled Naliboff, who in turn, misled Judge Falk
into believing there had been a WRITTEN criminal complaint originating
from the State Bar of California against Plaintiff when no such
WRITTEN complaint existed.
127. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that,
nevertheless, Cabral deliberately and maliciously instructed Naliboff
to seek a search warrant while misleading Naliboff and by giving him
false legal advice that probable cause existed to support the warrant,
despite the fact that there was absolutely no corroborating evidence
in support of probable cause.
128. Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that
Cabral allowed investigators to bring along a private citizen (Tom
Layton) during the execution of the warrant on February 23, 2012.
129. During the search, which lasted approximately three hours,
Cabral constantly called the deputies executing the warrant with
questions and instructions. Plaintiff is informed and believes and
therefore alleges that Cabral also directed, participated, and
controlled the actual search and seizure.
130. During the search of Plaintiff’s home, investigator Peter Martin
stated to Plaintiff that all documents referring to the State Bar of
California will be confiscated. Despite protests from Plaintiff,
Martin confiscated documents sent to Plaintiff by the IRS in
connection with a complaint he had made against Voice of OC and
CaliforniaALL.
131. Plaintiff asked Martin why he was taking all those documents,
and Martin stated that any and all documents referencing or relating
to the State Bar of California are being confiscated. When Plaintiff
pointed out to him that the document issued by the IRS mentions
neither the State Bar of California nor any person listed on the
warrant, Martin stated that the document would be confiscated
nevertheless.
132. During the interaction with Martin, Plaintiff felt intimidated
and threatened, and retaliated against because Plaintiff exercised his
First Amendment right to complain against Voice of OC to the IRS.

SEVENTH CAUSE OF ACTION
BANE ACT, CAL. CIV. CODE § 52.1
(Against defendants Keker & Van Nest, John Keker, Chris Young, Voice
of OC, Erwin Chemerinsky, Skadden Arps, Freada Kapor Klein, Mary Ann
Todd , Munger Tolles, Jeff Bleich, Bradley Phillips, Ron Olson,
Edison International, Berkshire Hathaway, Douglas Winthrop, Howard
Rice, Holly Fujie, Buchalter Nemer, Raj Chatterjee, Morrison &
Foerster, James Brosnahan, Thomas Girardi, Richard Tom , Southern
California Edison , Wilson Sonsini, Mark Friedman, Fulcrum Properties,
Mark Robinson, and Does 1 – 100 )

133. Plaintiffs reallege and incorporate here the allegations in
Paragraphs 1-132 above, as
though fully set forth.

134. Defendants’ above-described conduct constitute interference, by
threats, intimidation, and coercion, with Plaintiffs’ exercise and
enjoyment of his freedom of expression rights secured by the
Constitution and laws of the United States and California, in
violation of California Civil Code § 52.1. Specifically, defendants
set in motion a course of action with the intent to retaliate,
intimidate, and suppress Plaintiff exercise of those rights.

135. Plaintiff is informed and believes that Defendants have directly
performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured,
encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused,
participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed,
controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the
above-described acts.

136. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful acts of
Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in fact and
has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at trial.
Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that David
Rosenberg conspired with Michael Cabral to add the names of Starr
Babcock and Joseph Dunn to the search warrant in order to also
intimidate and silencePlaintiff. Plaintiff had never committed any
alleged crimes against Joseph Dunn or Starr Babcock, and there was no
probable cause to include the names of Starr Babcock and Joseph Dunn
in the search warrant.

137. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that, if
Judge Falk had not been misled and had been presented with the
complete truth when the DA’s office was seeking the search warrant for
Plaintiff’s home, Judge Falk would not have signed the search warrant
in connection with the ethics complaint or with the names of Starr
Babcock and Joseph Dunn.

EIGHTH CAUSE OF ACTION
42 U.S.C. § 1983 – Violation of First Amendment/Free Speech Rights
(Against Defendants Keker & Van Nest, John Keker, Chris Young, Voice
of OC, Erwin Chemerinsky, Skadden Arps, Freada Kapor Klein, Mary Ann
Todd , Munger Tolles, Jeff Bleich, Bradley Phillips, Ron Olson,
Edison International, Berkshire Hathaway, Douglas Winthrop, Howard
Rice, Holly Fujie, Buchalter Nemer, Raj Chatterjee, Morrison &
Foerster, James Brosnahan, Thomas Girardi, Richard Tom , Southern
California Edison , Wilson Sonsini, Mark Friedman, Fulcrum Properties,
Mark Robinson, and Does 1 – 100 )

138 Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1 –
137 as though fully set forth herein.

139. Defendants’ above-described conspiracies between state and
private actors, as well as the misuse of state power, and the attempt
to silence Plaintiffs constitute interference with his freedom of
expression rights secured by the Constitution and laws of the United
States and California, in violation of 42 USC 1983. .

140. Plaintiff is informed and believes that Defendants have directly
performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured,
encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused,
participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed,
controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the
above-described acts.

141. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful acts of
Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in fact and
has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at trial.
Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that David
Rosenberg conspired with Michael Cabral to add the names of Starr
Babcock and Joseph Dunn to the search warrant. Plaintiff had never
committed any alleged crimes against Joseph Dunn or Starr Babcock, and
there was no probable cause to include the names of Starr Babcock and
Joseph Dunn in the search warrant.

142. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that, if
Judge Falk had not been misled and had been presented with the
complete truth when the DA’s office was seeking the search warrant for
Plaintiff’s home, Judge Falk would not have signed the search warrant
in connection with the ethics complaint or with the names of Starr
Babcock and Joseph Dunn.

NINTH CAUSE OF ACTION
42 U.S.C. § 1983 – Predicated on Fourth Amendment Rights/Unreasonable
Search and Seizure
(Against Defendants Michael Cabral, Peter Martin, David Rosenberg,
and Does 1-100)

143 Plaintiffs reallege and incorporate here the allegations in
Paragraphs 1-142 above, as
though fully set forth.

144. Defendants’ above-described conduct has violated and continues
to violate Plaintiffs’ right to be free from unreasonable searches and
seizures under the fourth amendment to the US Constitution..
As a result of Defendant’s actions, Plaintiff has been injured in an
amount to be proven at trial.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests judgment
against Defendants as follows:
1. For general and special damages under all causes of action where
available by law;
2. For costs of suit;
3. For prejudgment interest;
4. For an injunction directing Defendants to comply with 26 U.S.C. §
6104(d); and
5. For such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.
Plaintiff also demands a jury trial in this matter.
DATED: February 24, 2014

Redacted Text of Lawsuit YR Filed In Yolo County Superior Court Against Lea Rosenberg, Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge; Grand Lodge of California; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Davis Odd Fellows; Soroptimist International of Davis; Soroptimist International; Soroptimist International of the Americas; David Rosenberg; David Reed; Sheryl Cambron; Barbara Geisler; Virgil Smith; Robert Bockwinkel; Jonathan Raven; Allison Zuvela; Michael Cabral; Tracie Olson; Kathleen White

Source @: http://seenthis.net/messages/225095

Plaintiff,

v.

Lea Rosenberg, Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge; Grand Lodge of California; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Davis Odd Fellows; Soroptimist International of Davis; Soroptimist International; Soroptimist International of the Americas; David Rosenberg; David Reed; Sheryl Cambron; Barbara Geisler; Virgil Smith; Robert Bockwinkel; Jonathan Raven; Allison Zuvela; Michael Cabral; Tracie Olson; Kathleen White; and Does 1 through 100, inclusive,

Defendants.

1. Plaintiff – an individual residing in Yolo County, an investigative reporter and a Rabbi — has been subject to a campaign of systemic harassment ever since he uncovered corruption in various matters dealing with Boyd Gaming Director, owner of various casinos, and class-action attorney Thomas Girardi (“Girardi”) of Girardi & Keese in connection with financial corruption involving California Democratic Party operatives.

2. For example, Plaintiff unearthed the fact that subsequent to being disciplined by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stemming from an attempt to defraud the court by resorting to the ‘use of known falsehoods’, the State Bar of California appointed as ‘special prosecutor’ to Girardi’s own private malpractice lawyer (Jerome Falk of Howard Rice) to prosecute Girardi on the State Bar’s behalf. (When later questioned about this matter, Falk, seeking to mislead Plaintiff, told Plaintiff that his firm had represented the law firm of Girardi & Keese, but not Girardi himself.)
3. Plaintiff also discovered corruption in a national class-action case (Fogel v. Farmers) whereas Girardi – who represented the class of plaintiffs – never disclosed that the attorney who represented defendant Farmers was concurrently representing Girardi in a separate legal matter. Very shortly after Plaintiff exposed the corruption, attorneys for Farmers approached, sought and obtained from the court a supplemental notice to the class of plaintiffs (consisting of 14 million Americans) indicating that if they cashed their settlement checks, they agreed to not sue Farmers or Girardi because of the undisclosed relationship.

4. Plaintiff also unearthed corruption involving Girardi (who has a reputation of ‘bankrolling’ the California Democratic party) and individuals associated with the California Democratic Party with connections to the California Public Utilities Commission/Energy Commission (Michael Peevey, Tim Simon, Geoffrey Brown, Peter Arth, Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Darrell Steinberg) and utility lawyers involved in the ‘California Energy Crisis’ (Ron Olson and Jeff Bleich of Munger Tolles; James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster; John Keker of Keker & Van Nest; Jerry Falk and Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice; Thomas Girardi of Girardi & Keese; Joe Cotchett of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy; Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson, and the law-offices of DLA Piper) to launder money from utility companies (SCE, PG&E, Verizon, AT&T) to various members of California Democratic Party (Joe Dunn, Martha Escutia, Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, Kevin Johnson, Darrell Steinberg) and OBAMA FOR AMERICA via various non-profits (CaliforniaALL, Level Playing Field Institute, California Consumer Protection Foundation).

5. Also involved in the various financial schemes were Cache Creek Casino, Sacramento-based developer Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property, his business partner (gambling attorney Howard Dickstein), and Dickstein’s wife, Jeannine English, who was also acting on behalf of AARP to position Barack Obama in the White House and on behalf of Mark Friedman to position Kevin Johnson as the mayor of Sacramento. Additionally involved were Obama for America tech-guru Mitch Kapor and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein.

6. In connection with the above discoveries, Plaintiff informed various law-enforcement agencies of these facts, as well as filed ethics complaints against some of the above named attorneys with the State Bar of California.

7. Plaintiff has been repeatedly warned that Girardi is ‘well-connected’ and will seek to silence Plaintiff as a result of Plaintiff’s discoveries and allegations.

8. Indeed, very shortly after Plaintiff unearthed these events, a posse of eight armed investigators from the Yolo County District Attorney’s office executed an invalid search warrant at Plaintiff’s place of residence in Yolo County and confiscated all documents and computers in his home relating to, inter alia, various ethics complaints filed by Plaintiff on the ground that the ethics complaints were baseless.

9. Plaintiff has been informed by credible sources, and thereon alleges, that David Rosenberg was one of those responsible for pressing criminal charges against him, that he ‘cleared the way’ for the search warrant, and that he is otherwise friendly with Howard Dicsktein, Mark Friedman, Jerry Brown, Mark Robinson, and Chief Marshall McKay of Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (all actors in CaliforniaALL — a sham non-profit launched for the purpose of laundering funds to finance the campaigns of various politicians, including President Obama, Kamala Harris, Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, and Governor Jerry Brown.

PART II: BACKGROUND OF FACTS UNDERLYING CLAIMS AGAINST LEA ROSENBERG AND RELATED INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA’S BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS CODE § 17200 — PREDICATED ON 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d)

10. Following the execution of the invalid search warrant on Plaintiff’s home, described above, Plaintiff began conducting research into David Rosenberg’s background and learned that he is a judge with the Yolo County Superior Court with a reputation of being a ‘political animal’.
11. Plaintiff further learned, and thereupon alleges, that David Rosenberg and his wife (Lea Rosenberg) are deeply involved — as either officers or directors — with a web of non-profit entities worth millions of dollars known as Saratoga Retirement Community, Meadows of Napa Valley, Davis Odd Fellows, Odd Fellows Homes of California, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Soroptimist International of Davis, and others.

12. Plaintiff also discovered that Lea Rosenberg — as the wife of a judge – was energetically raising funds from various businesses. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Lea Rosenberg is an individual residing in Yolo County.
13. Judge Rosenberg’s judicial campaign treasurer, Victor Bucher, is a nationally renowned expert in the area of accounting and tax fraud, and also serves as the ‘treasurer’ of a separate non-profit entity launched by David Odd Fellows — Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. — where David Rosenberg serve as president and Bucher as Treasurer.
14. On April 4, 2013 — consistent with the statutory framework put into place by 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d) — Plaintiff served a request for Davis Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge to make available for inspection their IRS 990 forms, which Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges are tax-exempt organizations.
15. A tax-exempt organization must make available for public inspection its application for tax exemption, three most recent 990 annual information returns, and schedules and attachments available, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d), which reads, in relevant part:
‘Public inspection of certain annual returns, reports, applications for exemption, and notices of status
(1) In general
In the case of an organization described in subsection (c) or (d) of section 501 and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) or an organization exempt from taxation under section 527 (a)—
(A) a copy of—
(i) the annual return filed under section 6033 (relating to returns by exempt organizations) by such organization,
(ii) any annual return which is filed under section 6011 by an organization described in section 501 (c)(3) and which relates to any tax imposed by section 511 (relating to imposition of tax on unrelated business income of charitable, etc., organizations),
(iii) if the organization filed an application for recognition of exemption under section 501 or notice of status under section 527 (i), the exempt status application materials or any notice materials of such organization, and
(iv) the reports filed under section 527 (j) (relating to required disclosure of expenditures and contributions) by such organization, shall be made available by such organization for inspection during regular business hours by any individual at the principal office of such organization and, if such organization regularly maintains 1 or more regional or district offices having 3 or more employees, at each such regional or district office, and
(B) upon request of an individual made at such principal office or such a regional or district office, a copy of such annual return, reports, and exempt status application materials or such notice materials shall be provided to such individual without charge other than a reasonable fee for any reproduction and mailing costs.
The request described in subparagraph (B) must be made in person or in writing. If such request is made in person, such copy shall be provided immediately and, if made in writing, shall be provided within 30 days.
(2) 3-year limitation on inspection of returns
Paragraph (1) shall apply to an annual return filed under section 6011 or 6033 only during the 3-year period beginning on the last day prescribed for filing such return (determined with regard to any extension of time for filing).’

16. Plaintiff delivered the request through Lea Rosenberg because she was the common denominator between the various ‘Odd Fellows’ entities and Soroptimist, in that she served as an officer and/or director of the various ‘Odd Fellows’ entities, and as president of Davis Rebekah Lodge.

17. Specifically, on April 4, 2013 Plaintiff delivered to Lea Rosenberg at learose@jps.net the following email request:
‘Re: Request for Production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, Form 1023 to entities associated with Lea Rosenberg, to wit: Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows

Dear Mrs. Rosenberg:

Consistent with U.S. Internal Revenue Service Regulations, please consider this communication a formal request to produce their IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, as well Form 1023. This request is for all documents submitted to the IRS within the past three years, which generally means the three most recent returns.

Said regulations require that these documents be produced within 30 days. Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows are entitled to charge reasonable costs for any copying and mailing costs incurred in relation to this request. Alternatively, you can email the documents to me as PDF attachments. I prefer the latter method. However, if for some reason, you prefer to copy and mail the documents, please send them to the following address:

[—address intentionally omitted—]

I ask that you draw no conclusion or develop any concern from the mere fact that this request is being made about you, Soroptimist International of Davis , Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows or any other individual or entity.

In addition, I ask that you please produce the following:
1. A detailed and complete list of all other non-profit entities you were involved beginning in 2008 to the present.
2. A detailed and complete list of all sums which were transferred amongst any and all organizations you were involved, beginning in 2008 to the present. For example, if in 2009 Soroptimist International of Davis transferred money to Davis Odd Fellows either as donation or rent, I ask that such transaction be disclosed.
3. A detailed and complete list of all direct or indirect transfers of funds from Soroptimist International of Davis, Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellows to Progress Ranch and/or any other entity associated with Barbara Sommer from 2007 to the present.

Thank you for your time and anticipated cooperation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.’

18. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Lea Rosenberg received Plaintiff’s email dated April 3, 2013.

19. On April 24, 2013, Plaintiff delivered to Lea Rosenberg a notice of change of address.

20. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Lea Rosenberg received Plaintiff’s requests for the organizations’ IRS 990 forms, and while conspiring with other Defendants, chose to breach the duty to comply with 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d).

21. Plaintiff is further informed and believes that Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.

22. Due to this failure to comply with Plaintiff’s request, Plaintiff spent considerable time and resources trying to obtain those documents elsewhere, to no avail. Plaintiff asked his paid research-clerk to conduct further research on the Internet in hope of locating a complete set of the desired documents, also to no avail.

23. Still seeking a complete set of the requested documents, on September 24, 2013 Plaintiff sent Lea Rosenberg the following email:

“RE: Davis Odd Fellow Hall; Davis Odd Fellow – Second Request for Production of IRS Documents

Dear Ms. Rosenberg:

The purpose of this communication is to address the following matters:

1. Since you appear to have been involved with Davis Rebekah Lodge, Davis Odd Fellow, and Sophomoric, I had previously asked you to produce the IRS tax-returns for those entities.

For reasons which I do not understand, rather than complying with this simple request (as you are required to do by law given the fact that those entities are allowed to operate on a ‘tax-exempt’ status), you have failed to respond. I am therefore reiterating my request that you comply with the request for these tax returns and produce them to me within the next 5 days.

As you know, I am troubled by events surrounding the almost exclusive fundraising to ‘emancipated foster youth’, Barbara Sommer, Davis Odd Fellow members Jonathan Raven and Michael Cabral, Cache Creek Casino, Vic Bucher, and Progress Ranch.

I am also troubled by the fact that Judge Rosenberg (and his Judicial Campaign CPA Vic Bucher) lends money to the judicial campaign of other judges (i.e. Tim Fall and Dan Maguire). Hence, I would like to get to the bottom of things, and need the requested tax forms to do so.

2. In the previously submitted request, there was no mention of ‘Davis Odd Fellow Hall.’ My position and understanding is that Davis Odd Fellow Hall is part of Davis Odd Fellow.
Nevertheless, please consider this communication a formal request to also provide copies of the last three tax return forms that ‘Davis Odd Fellow Hall’ had submitted to the IRS.

3. Given that Davis Odd Fellow, David Odd Fellow Hall, and Davis Rebekah Lodge are under the exclusive control of you, your husband David Rosenberg, as well as David Reed and his wife Cheryl Cambron, and given that both David Rosenberg and David Reed are judges of the Yolo County Superior Court, I submit that these entities have a duty to operate at an even higher level of transparency than mandated by the IRS, and must comply with the common law duty of disclosure.

Thus, in addition to inspecting and copying the documents authorized by the IRS, I request copies of detailed financial statements (i.e. income, expenditures, names of donors, names of businesses and amount of rent Davis Odd Fellow Hall charges its various tenants, identity of subcontractors, identity of those who have rented the Hall etc.) For example, my understanding is that David Greenwald (publisher of The People’s Vanguard of Davis and Vanguard Court Watch) entered into a contract with Davis Odd Fellow Hall. Given that Mr. Greenwald’s publications purport to report on misconduct and malfeasance in the local area, including the courts, it appears to me that there is a direct conflict between this stated mission and his decision to rent space from an entity whose Board is comprised of you, and two Yolo County Superior Court judges.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and receiving the requested documents.”

 

24. Later that day, Plaintiff received an email response from Lea Rosenberg stating only the following: ‘so he is at it again.’

 
FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION — Violation of California Business and Professions Code § 17200 Predicated on26 U.S.C. § 6104(d) (Against Defendants Lea Rosenberg, Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge; Grand Lodge of California; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Davis Odd Fellows; Soroptimist International of Davis; Soroptimist International; Soroptimist International of the Americas; and Does 1 – 100)

25. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1 – 24 as though fully set forth herein.

26. Despite Plaintiff’s repeated requests, Defendants failed to comply with 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d). This failure constitutes unfair and unlawful acts pursuant to California’s Business & Professions Code § 17200.

27. Plaintiff is informed and believes that Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.

28. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful acts of Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in fact and has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at trial.

SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION
Negligence per se — (Against Defendants Lea Rosenberg, Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge; Grand Lodge of California; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Davis Odd Fellows; Soroptimist International of Davis; Soroptimist International; Soroptimist International of the Americas; Lea Rosenberg; and Does 1 – 100)

29. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1 – 28 as though fully set forth herein.

30. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that the Defendants named above were all aware of Plaintiff’s repeated requests for the information described in this Complaint — the entities’ IRS Form 990 forms.

31. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that Defendants were under a duty to ensure compliance, yet chose to breach a duty prescribed in 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d). This failure to comply with the statutory requirements constitutes negligence per se.

32. As a proximate result of Defendants’ breach of duty, as alleged above, Plaintiff spent considerable time and resources trying to obtain those documents elsewhere, to no avail. Plaintiff asked his paid research-clerk to conduct further research on the Internet in hope of locating a complete set of the desired documents, also to no avail. Plaintiff suffered injury in fact and has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at trial.

33. Plaintiff further alleges that Davis Odd Fellows owns a Hall (‘Davis Lodge Hall’), on a property adjacent to the two Lodges, and is the owner (and landlord) of rental property currently occupied by Hunan Chinese Restaurant and Coldwell-Banker Doug Arnold Real Estate.

34. The ‘Hall Board Association’ is a California corporation, and is the actual owner of the Davis Lodge Hall, the adjacent property of the two Lodges, and the rental property currently occupied by Hunan Chinese Restaurant and Coldwell-Banker Doug Arnold Real Estate.

35. The ‘Hall Board Association’ is composed of President David Rosenberg, Vice President David Reed, Secretary Lea Rosenberg, Treasurer Sheryl Cambron, and Barbara Geisler.

36. The Davis Lodge Hall is available to rent by the general public for receptions, fund-raisers, dinners, conferences, trade shows, meetings, and other events.

37. The Davis Lodge Hall is also used by Davis Odd Fellows for its own functions, such as Davis Odd Fellows Bingo and Master Balls.

38. In approximately September 2013, and after the expenditure of considerable time, resources, and efforts, Plaintiff managed to ascertain that the actual legal name of Davis Odd Fellows and David Rebekah Lodge is ‘Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge.’ Plaintiff then managed to obtain partial copies of tax returns that ‘Yolo Lodge 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Davis Rebekah Lodge’ had submitted to the IRS.

39. Upon reviewing partial copies of the above-described IRS 990 forms from 2010 and 2011, Plaintiff noted that false information had been submitted to the IRS on two occasions that he was able to identify from the incomplete forms. Specifically, according to those 990 forms, in 2010 David Reed served as the president of Yolo Lodge 169; serving as the Treasurer of Yolo Lodge was Sheryl Cambron. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Reed and Cambron are married to each other.

40. However, this was not the information provided to the IRS. The 2010 IRS Form 990 submitted by Yolo Lodge asked, ‘Did any officer, director, trustee, or key employee have a family relationship or a business relationship with any other officer, director, trustee, or key employee?’ The form submitted by Yolo Lodge states, ‘NO.’ Since two of the officers (Reed and Cambron) were actually married to each other, this is a misrepresentation.

41. In 2011, Yolo Lodge officers submitted false information to the IRS again, this time involving a different set of actors — Lea and David Rosenberg, who are married to each other. Specifically, in 2011 David Rosenberg served as President of Yolo Lodge; his wife, Lea Rosenberg, served as ‘Secretary’ of Yolo Lodge, and David Reed served as a board member.

42. The 2011 IRS Form 990 submitted by Yolo Lodge asked, ‘Did any officer, director, trustee, or key employee have a family relationship or a business relationship with any other officer, director, trustee, or key employee?’ The form submitted by Yolo Lodge states, ‘NO.’ Since two of the officers (David Rosenberg and Lea Rosenberg) were actually married to each other, this is a misrepresentation.

43. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Virgil Smith is a CPA a member of Davis Odd Fellows, and a co-conspirator in the submission of these fraudulent tax-returns. Also responsible for submitting these fraudulent tax-returns were David Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Barbara Geisler, and Robert Bockwinkel.

44. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that the fraudulent tax-returns were submitted because David Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Barbara Geisler, Virgil Smith and Robert Bockwinkel did not want the IRS and the public to become aware that Sheryl Cambron is married to David Reed, and because they were concerned that if such relationships (i.e. Lea Rosenberg is married to David Rosenberg) would be disclosed, it may trigger an IRS audit.

45. As a proximate result of the unfair and unlawful acts of Defendants, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in fact and has lost money or property in an amount to be proven at trial.

THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION
Civil Conspiracy to Violate 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d)
(Against Defendants Lea Rosenberg, David Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Barbara Geisler, Virgil Smith; Robert Bockwinkel; and Does 1 – 100)

46. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1 – 45 as though fully set forth herein.

47. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Defendants Lea Rosenberg, David Rosenberg, Sheryl Cambron, Robert Bockwinkel, David Reed, Barbara Geisler, and Virgil Smith willfully and knowingly conspired and agreed among themselves to a scheme by which they agreed to violate Plaintiff’s legal rights by not complying with 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d) because they were concerned he would discover the tax-fraud perpetrated on the IRS, as described above.

48. Some of the overt acts (both lawful and unlawful) that gave rise to this conspiracy, committed by one or more of the conspirators pursuant to their common design, were: (a) an agreement to intentionally violate 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d); (b) an agreement to ignore Plaintiff’s repeated requests for information sought pursuant to this statute; and (c) a lawful overt act to belittle Plaintiff by sending him an email which reads, ‘so he is at it again.’

49. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.

50. Plaintiff is also informed and believes and thereon alleges that David Odd Fellows / Yolo Lodge 169 / Odd Fellows Hall and related entities are and were almost exclusively overseen for years by judges and selected attorneys appearing before the Yolo County Superior Court who misuse Yolo 169 and Odd Fellows Hall as a convenient forum to meet, collude, and engage in ex parte communications in a secluded and non-public setting, as well as to raise funds by lending the prestige of their offices.

51. Said individuals include primarily Judge David Rosenberg, Judge Kathleen White, Judge David Reed, Yolo County Counsel Sheryl Cambron, District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven, Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Cabral, Yolo County Public Defender Tracey Olson, attorneys Allison Zuvela, Rodney Beede and wife Christina Zambrano Beede, and Fran McGuire (wife of judge Dan McGuire). A typical event, for example, was described on May 23, 2013 in the Davis Enterprise:

‘This year, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge took over running the popular ’A Taste of Davis’ and we are delighted to report that the event on April 18 was a great success for all concerned.

We wish to thank the fine restaurants, wineries and breweries that treated our 250 guests to delightful food and drink: Applebee’s, Berryessa Gap Winery, Caffé Italia’s Brick Wall Pizza, California Vintage Specialties, Davis Food Co-op, Davis Farmers Market, Ding How, Dos Coyotes, Maria’s Cantina, Nugget Markets, Osteria Fasulo, Our House, Paesanos, Putah Creek Winery, Renaissance Wines, Route 3 Wines, Seasons, Senders Wines, Seka Hills Wines, Sudwerk, Sundstrom Hill Winery, Woodstock Pizza, Z Specialty Foods and Zindagi Indian Bistro.

We thank our sponsors who helped make this event so successful. First and foremost, we offer a big “thank you” to our major sponsor, Hanlees Toyota-Chevrolet-Nissan of Davis. And we also appreciate our other sponsors: The Davis Enterprise, California Vintage Specialties, Comstock Mortgage, Davis Downtown, Cunningham Engineering, Our House Restaurant and Lounge, the Davis Chamber of Commerce, Abaton Consulting, Law Offices of Poulos and Fullerton, Attorney Raquel Silva, the Law Offices of J.B. Dath, and Cache Creek Resort Casino.

Thank you to many individual sponsors: County Supervisors Jim Provenza and Don Saylor, Mayor Joe Krovoza, and Davis City Council members Dan Wolk, Rochelle Swanson, Brett Lee and Lucas Frerichs, as well as Tracie Olson, Dr. Arun Sen and Bob Schelen.

Special thanks to Stewart Savage of Abaton Consulting, who put together a terrific slide show that was shown on a continuous loop at the event.

Finally, we offer a big thank you to the committee that worked with us to plan and execute this successful event: Margie Cabral, Sheryl Cambron, Robin Dewey, Bill Grabert, Nancy Sue Hafer, Lewis Kimble, Steve Lopez, Fran Maguire, Amanda Maples, Joyce Puntillo, Dave Rosenberg, Raquel Silva, Robin Souza and Christopher Young. What a great, hard-working group.’

52. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that Davis Odd Fellows’ officers, directors, and members who are otherwise private actors — David Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg, Kathleen White, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Jonathan Raven, Tracie Olson, Allison Zuvela, Michael Cabral, Rodney Beede and Christina Zambrano Beede — conspired amongst themselves to fraudulently conceal the fact that Sheryl Cambron is married to Judge David Reed and is otherwise an attorney employed by Yolo County Counsel and is in a confidential attorney-client fiduciary relationship with Odd Fellows’ members Jeff Reisig, Michael Cabral, and Jonathan Raven on the account of representing them and/or their office in matters such as Gore v. Reisig, In Re Garcia, and Yilma v. Agonofer.

53. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that as part of a common scheme and conspiracy to defraud in order to advance said conspiracy, in the hundreds of articles written and published by Davis Odd Fellows/Davis Rebekah Lodge (or about the activities of Davis Odd Fellows by outside publications such as the Davis Enterprise or Daily Democrat), the fact that Reed and Cambron are actually married to each other, that Reed is a judge, and Cambron is an attorney with Yolo County Counsel is never mentioned, in order to mislead and defraud the public and litigants by means of a plan they conceived and executed.

54. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that as a further overt act by which to advance the objective of said conspiracy, Sheryl Cambron conceals from the public her association with Yolo County Counsel by causing numerous legal web-sites to misrepresent her employment status. Most, if not all, of those web-sites state that Sheryl Cambron is in fact in private practice representing litigants in matters dealing with bankruptcies, family law, and criminal law.

55. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that private actors Yolo Lodge 169, David Rosenberg, Lea Rosenberg, David Reed, Sheryl Cambron, Jonathan Raven, Allison Zuvela, Tracey Olson, Michael Cabral, and Kathleen White and Does 1 – 100 willfully and knowingly conspired and agreed among themselves to a scheme by which they agreed to conceal from the public and Plaintiff Cambron’s employment as an attorney with Yolo County Counsel, that she is the spouse of David Reed, as well as the confidential fiduciary relationship between Cambron on one hand and Reisig, Cabral and Raven on the other hand.

56. Plaintiff further alleges that private actors Rosenberg, Reed, Raven, and Zuvela conspired to fraudulently conceal the fact that Zuvela is an Odd Fellow by intentionally removing her name from the web-site davislodge.org — which yields a zero return when a search is performed for her name . Additionally, Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that David Rosenberg, David Reed, and Allison Zuvela conspired to further delete from the web-site davislodge.org all articles which mentions Zuvela’s name.

57. These conspiratorial acts were substantial factors in causing Plaintiff monetary losses and damages in an amount to be established at trial.

FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION
Fraudulent Concealment
(Against Private Actors Defendants Yolo Lodge 169; David Rosenberg; Lea Rosenberg; David Reed; Sheryl Cambron; Jonathan Raven; Allison Zuvela; Michael Cabral; Tracie Olson; Kathleen White; and Does 1 – 100 )

58. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1 – 57 as though fully set forth herein.

59. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Defendants committed the above described acts and omissions with intent to defraud the public and Plaintiff and deprive him of other interests he was entitled to. In particular, Defendants affirmatively concealed the existence of a marital relationship between Reed and Cambron, the fact that Cambron is an employee of Yolo County Counsel, and the fact that Allison Zuvela is an Odd Fellow member by affirmatively deleting her name from Odd Fellow web-site.

60. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.

61. Plaintiff reasonably relied upon the statements, acts, and omissions of Defendants to his detriment.

62. As a proximate result of Defendants’ conduct, as alleged above, Plaintiff suffered injury in fact in an amount to be proven at trial.
FIFTH CAUSE OF ACTION
42 U.S.C. § 1983
(Against State Actors Defendants David Rosenberg, Sheryl Cambron, Jonathan Raven, Allison Zuvela, Tracie Olson, Michael Cabral and Does 1 – 100)

63. Plaintiff incorporates paragraph by reference paragraphs 1 – 62 as though fully set forth herein.

64. Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that state actors David Rosenberg, Sheryl Cambron, Jonathan Raven, Tracie Olson, Allison Zuvela and Michael Cabral and Does 1 – 100 willfully and knowingly conspired and agreed among themselves to a scheme by which they agreed to conceal from Plaintiff Cambron’s employment as an attorney with Yolo County Counsel, that she is the spouse of David Reed, the confidential fiduciary relationship between Cambron on one hand and Cabral and Raven on the other hand, and that Allison Zuvela is an Odd Fellow member, by among other things, deleting her name from the Odd Fellow web-site.

65. Plaintiff is further informed and believes and thereon alleges that Defendants have directly performed, or aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, procured, encouraged, promoted, instigated, advised, willfully caused, participated in, enabled, contributed to, facilitated, directed, controlled, assisted in, or conspired in the commission of the above-described acts.

66. Plaintiff reasonably relied upon the statements, acts, and omissions of Defendants to his detriment.

67. As a proximate result of Defendants’ conduct, as alleged above, Plaintiff’s state and federal civil rights were violated and resulted in legal damages in an amount to be established at trial.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests judgment against Defendants as follows:
1. For general and special damages under all causes of action where available by law;
2. For costs of suit;
3. For prejudgment interest;
4. For an injunction directing Defendants to comply with 26 U.S.C. § 6104(d); and
5. For such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.

Plaintiff also demands a jury trial in this matter.

DATED: February 4, 2014

Linkedin Profile of James “Jim” Lewis of Verizon / Comcast / CaliforniaALL [TLR Editorial Notes: 1. Lewis — member of CaliforniaALL Board of Directors 2. Between 2007-2010 — during lifetime of CaliforniaALL, Lewis is “unemployed” 3. Lewis was operated from behind scene by Ron Olson of Munger Tolles 4. Conspired with Freada and Mitch Kapor (and others) to funnel money from Verizon through Kapor’s LPFI and Kapor Enterprises 4. connections to Dennis Mangers via The California Cable & Telecommunications Association (CCTA) 5. Presently, Lewis employee of Comcast 6. See image of Lewis, below. ]

Jim Lewis’s Overview

Current
Past
  • Vice President at Verizon Communications
  • Senior Vice President at MCI
Education
  • Boston College Law School
Connections
232 connections

Jim Lewis’ Experience

VP Govt Affairs

Comcast

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CMCSA; Media Production industry

2010Present (3 years)

Vice President

Verizon Communications

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; VZ; Information Technology and Services industry

20062007 (1 year)

Senior Vice President

MCI

Telecommunications industry

19952007 (12 years)

Jim Lewis’ Skills & Expertise

  1. Telecommunications
  2. Public Policy
  3. Contract Negotiation
  4. Managed Services
  5. Government
  6. Strategic Partnerships
  7. Broadband
  8. Team Leadership
  9. Wireless
  10. VoIP
  11. Strategy
  12. Program Management
  13. Cross-functional Team Leadership

Jim Lewis’ Education

Boston College Law School

J.D., Law

Source@:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-lewis/36/724/2a7

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CalALL

TIER 1


Morrison & Foerster Team – Attorneys and Legal Counsel of CaliforniaALL: Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Eric Tate, and Susan Mac Cormac


Munger Tolles & Olson Team: Southern California Edison/ Berkshire Hathaway Director Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, and Robert Adler (Presently Adler chief legal counsel @ Southern California Edison. ) (all also attorneys for Verizon), Edison’s John Bryson


Wilson Sonsini Team: John Roos, Mark Parnes, Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital)


DLA Piper Team — “Pro Bono” Home of CaliforniaALL, Home to OBAMA FOR AMERICA Draft Committee : Steve Churchwell, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Attia

OBAMA FOR AMERICA TEAM # 1 : Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, John Roos, Steven Churchwell, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris, Mitch Kapor (Obama for America’s Tech Guru and Husband of CaliforniaALL’s Freada Kapor Klein, OBAMA FOR AMERICA’S Phone-Bank Located at “The Kapor Center”)


CPUC Team: Mike Peevey, Pete Arth (who met/co-conspired with Ruthe Ashley and Sarah Redfield), Tim Simon, Geoff Brown, and Dian Grueneich (later of Morrison & Foerster)


State Bar of California Board of Governors / Executives Team: Jeff Bleich, Ruthe Ashley, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Patricia Lee, CaliforniaALL’s Judy Johnson – Executive Director of State Bar of California, Gwen Moore, Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese, AARP’s Jeannine English Dickstein — spouse of Howard Dickstein ( business partner of Mark Friedman), AARP’s George Davis, Craig Holden (of Lewis Brisbois / MGA / Council on Access and Fairness)


California Bar Foundation Team During Alleged Planning/ Embezzlement of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL: Annette Carnegie, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, Mark Parnes, Geoff Brown, and Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital), Thomas Silk (CPA of Mitch and Freada Kapor), Doug Winthrop of Howard Rice (attorney for PG&E, Steve Poizner, suspect in alleged bribery of Joseph Grodin and Geoffrey Brown, co-conspirator alongside Jerry Falk in matter of In Re Girardi)

CalPers Team: Ruthe Catolico Ashley ( “Utility APA” ; State Bar of California BOG Member ; friend of than Judicial Council Member Tani Cantil ; Later, CEO of CaliforniaALL)


California Department of Insurance Team: CaliforniaALL’ Steve Poizner (2010 candidate for the California gubernatorial election ; ties to Howard Rice, Wilson Sonsini, Mitch and Freada Kapor)



“Energy Team”: CaliforniaALL’s Darrell Steinberg, Kip Lipper (brother of neferious Donna Lucas) and State Bar of California BOG Member — Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers


TIER 2

Funds from CaliforniaALL to UC Irvine Foundation and suspicious circumstances surrounding sham launch of SALUCI – Saturday Academy of Law, fraud by Allen Matkins, Robert and Karina Hamilton, sham blog enteries by Adam Stock of Allen Matkins, fraud by UNH’s Sarah Redfield, Voice of OC Directors: Joe Dunn / Thomas Girardi / Erwin Chemerinsky / Jim Brosnahan and CPA Kinde Durkee


UC Irvine Foundation Team: UC Irvine Foundation Team : Joe Dunn, Mark Robinson, and Erwin Chemerinsky


UC Irvine and UC Irvine Law School Team: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Henry Weinstein, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Morain, and Karina Hamilton


VOICE OF OC TEAM: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jim Brosnahan, Tom Girardi, Henry Weinstein, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Morain, and CPA Kinde Durkee (presently, under the care of Uncle Sam)


Judicial Council Team: Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and Tani Cantil


Allen Matkins “Subterfuge Team”: Robert Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, and Adam Stock

TIER 3

McGeorge School of Law / Sacramento / Kevin Johnson-Mark Friedman- Chris Young


McGeorge Team: CaliforniaALL’s Morrison England and spouse – CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy England, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki, State Bar of California Deputy-Executive-Director RAH, and McGeorge Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (confederate of Sarah Redfield re various conventions and trips i.e. Hawaii- Manoa, Monterey, etc. ; responsible for “shiduch” between Judge England and Torie Flournoy)


KEVIN JOHNSON MAYORAL CAMPAIGN / SACRAMENTO FOR OBAMA:Kevin Johnson, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Mark Friedman, and Friedman/CaliforniaALL’s CPA — Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associates

For more about Kevin Johnson, McGeorge School of Law, and Sarah Redfiled See CaliforniaALL Part 8: University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Sarah Redfield in The Make Believe Launching of SAL

TIER 4

CaliforniaALL Executives, Board and Advisory Council


CaliforniaALL’s Executive Directors: Interim Director Sarah Redfield, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, and Larissa Parecki


DIRECTORS: Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal ‘s James Hsu — “Utility APA” and Attorney for Cache Creek Casino, Utility APA Pat Fong-Kushida, Torie Flournoy England, CityView’s Victor Miramontes, Gibor Basri, Freada Kapor Klein, Cary Martin Zellerbach, Douglas Scrivner of Accenture, Ophelia Basgal of Pacific Gas & Electric, Frank Quevedo of Verizon, Jay Ferguson, Maria Del Pilar Avila, Federico (“Fred”) Buenrostro of CalPERS (recently indicted) , Winston Doby, James Lewis of Verizon


ADVISORY COUNCIL:Michael Peevey, Tim Simon, Kamala Harris, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Hon. Morrison England, Steve Poizner, Darrell Steinberg, Peter Reinke, Curren Price

BREAKING NEWS: Fed Charged Federico “Fred” Buenrostro of CalPERS with Fraud, Bribery [ TLR Note: 1- Buenrostro – part of CaliforniaALL financial scheme, see attached document 2- Part of conspiracy between Ruthe Catolico Ashley and Freada Kapor Klein to appoint Kapor-Klein as “consensus candidate” for purpose of later laundering money through Kapor Enterprises, allegedly)

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials on Monday charged the former head of the nation’s largest pension fund and one of his business associates with falsifying documents and other charges in a long-running influence peddling and bribery investigation.

A grand jury in San Francisco charged Federico Buenrostro Jr. and Alfred Villalobos, and they were booked and released on bond Monday after briefly appearing in court.

Buenrostro, 64, served as CEO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System from late 2002 until June 2008. Villalobos, 69, served on the CalPERS board and is a former vice mayor of Los Angeles.

The indictment alleges the two conspired to fabricate documents that certified to federal regulators that Villalobos’ firm had obtained required “investor disclosure letters” from CalPERS to serve as a “transfer agent.” The indictment charges that the falsified documents allowed Villalobos to reap $14 million in fees for serving as a middleman between CalPERS and a prominent investment firm handling $3 billion in CalPERS’ money.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/fred-buenrostro-ex-calper_n_2902958.html

AND @:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2012/04/23/calpers-ceo-charged-with-20m-scheme.html?page=all

AND @:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/03/18/former-pension-fund-exec-charged/1997747/

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ATTACHED DOCUMENT, BELOW:

CalALL_Mar2009Newsletter by CaliforniaALLExposed

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CaliforniaALL actors, below:

CalALL

TIER 1


Morrison & Foerster Team – Attorneys and Legal Counsel of CaliforniaALL: Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Eric Tate, and Susan Mac Cormac


Munger Tolles & Olson Team: Southern California Edison/ Berkshire Hathaway Director Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, and Robert Adler (Presently Adler chief legal counsel @ Southern California Edison. ) (all also attorneys for Verizon), Edison’s John Bryson


Wilson Sonsini Team: John Roos, Mark Parnes, Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital)


DLA Piper Team — “Pro Bono” Home of CaliforniaALL, Home to OBAMA FOR AMERICA Draft Committee : Steve Churchwell, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Attia

OBAMA FOR AMERICA TEAM # 1 : Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, John Roos, Steven Churchwell, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris, Mitch Kapor (Obama for America’s Tech Guru and Husband of CaliforniaALL’s Freada Kapor Klein, OBAMA FOR AMERICA’S Phone-Bank Located at “The Kapor Center”)


CPUC Team: Mike Peevey, Pete Arth (who met/co-conspired with Ruthe Ashley and Sarah Redfield), Tim Simon, Geoff Brown, and Dian Grueneich (later of Morrison & Foerster)


State Bar of California Board of Governors / Executives Team: Jeff Bleich, Ruthe Ashley, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Patricia Lee, CaliforniaALL’s Judy Johnson – Executive Director of State Bar of California, Gwen Moore, Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese, AARP’s Jeannine English Dickstein — spouse of Howard Dickstein ( business partner of Mark Friedman), AARP’s George Davis, Craig Holden (of Lewis Brisbois / MGA / Council on Access and Fairness)


California Bar Foundation Team During Alleged Planning/ Embezzlement of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL: Annette Carnegie, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, Mark Parnes, Geoff Brown, and Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital), Thomas Silk (CPA of Mitch and Freada Kapor), Doug Winthrop of Howard Rice (attorney for PG&E, Steve Poizner, suspect in alleged bribery of Joseph Grodin and Geoffrey Brown, co-conspirator alongside Jerry Falk in matter of In Re Girardi)

CalPers Team: Ruthe Catolico Ashley ( “Utility APA” ; State Bar of California BOG Member ; friend of than Judicial Council Member Tani Cantil ; Later, CEO of CaliforniaALL)


California Department of Insurance Team: CaliforniaALL’ Steve Poizner (2010 candidate for the California gubernatorial election ; ties to Howard Rice, Wilson Sonsini, Mitch and Freada Kapor)



“Energy Team”: CaliforniaALL’s Darrell Steinberg, Kip Lipper (brother of neferious Donna Lucas) and State Bar of California BOG Member — Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers


TIER 2

Funds from CaliforniaALL to UC Irvine Foundation and suspicious circumstances surrounding sham launch of SALUCI – Saturday Academy of Law, fraud by Allen Matkins, Robert and Karina Hamilton, sham blog enteries by Adam Stock of Allen Matkins, fraud by UNH’s Sarah Redfield, Voice of OC Directors: Joe Dunn / Thomas Girardi / Erwin Chemerinsky / Jim Brosnahan and CPA Kinde Durkee


UC Irvine Foundation Team: UC Irvine Foundation Team : Joe Dunn, Mark Robinson, and Erwin Chemerinsky


UC Irvine and UC Irvine Law School Team: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Henry Weinstein, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Morain, and Karina Hamilton


VOICE OF OC TEAM: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jim Brosnahan, Tom Girardi, Henry Weinstein, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Morain, and CPA Kinde Durkee (presently, under the care of Uncle Sam)


Judicial Council Team: Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and Tani Cantil


Allen Matkins “Subterfuge Team”: Robert Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, and Adam Stock

TIER 3

McGeorge School of Law / Sacramento / Kevin Johnson-Mark Friedman- Chris Young


McGeorge Team: CaliforniaALL’s Morrison England and spouse – CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy England, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki, State Bar of California Deputy-Executive-Director RAH, and McGeorge Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (confederate of Sarah Redfield re various conventions and trips i.e. Hawaii- Manoa, Monterey, etc. ; responsible for “shiduch” between Judge England and Torie Flournoy)


KEVIN JOHNSON MAYORAL CAMPAIGN / SACRAMENTO FOR OBAMA:Kevin Johnson, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Mark Friedman, and Friedman/CaliforniaALL’s CPA — Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associates

For more about Kevin Johnson, McGeorge School of Law, and Sarah Redfiled See CaliforniaALL Part 8: University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Sarah Redfield in The Make Believe Launching of SAL

TIER 4

CaliforniaALL Executives, Board and Advisory Council


CaliforniaALL’s Executive Directors: Interim Director Sarah Redfield, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, and Larissa Parecki


DIRECTORS: Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal ‘s James Hsu — “Utility APA” and Attorney for Cache Creek Casino, Utility APA Pat Fong-Kushida, Torie Flournoy England, CityView’s Victor Miramontes, Gibor Basri, Freada Kapor Klein, Cary Martin Zellerbach, Douglas Scrivner of Accenture, Ophelia Basgal of Pacific Gas & Electric, Frank Quevedo of Verizon, Jay Ferguson, Maria Del Pilar Avila, Federico (“Fred”) Buenrostro of CalPERS (recently indicted) , Winston Doby


ADVISORY COUNCIL:Michael Peevey, Tim Simon, Kamala Harris, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Hon. Morrison England, Steve Poizner, Darrell Steinberg, Peter Reinke, Curren Price

Addendum #2 to “CaliforniaALL — Final Tally of Alleged Actors / Teams”: 1. Dan Morain and Henry Weinstein — both of UC Irvine School of Law AND Voice of OC (as is Erwin Chemerinsky) . Voice of OC Actors: Dan Morain, Henry Weinstein, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joe Dunn, Tom Girardi, and Jim Brosnahan, also part of scheme dubbed “make believe launching of SAL.” . 2. Also added to California Bar Foundation Team was CPA Thomas Silk — who is, coincidently, also the CPA of Mitch and Freada Kapor]

CalALL

TIER 1


Morrison & Foerster Team – Attorneys and Legal Counsel of CaliforniaALL: Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Eric Tate, and Susan Mac Cormac


Munger Tolles & Olson Team: Southern California Edison/ Berkshire Hathaway Director Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, and Robert Adler (Presently Adler chief legal counsel @ Southern California Edison. ) (all also attorneys for Verizon), Edison’s John Bryson


Wilson Sonsini Team: John Roos, Mark Parnes, Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital)


DLA Piper Team — “Pro Bono” Home of CaliforniaALL, Home to OBAMA FOR AMERICA Draft Committee : Steve Churchwell, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Attia

OBAMA FOR AMERICA TEAM # 1 : Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, John Roos, Steven Churchwell, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris, Mitch Kapor (Obama for America’s Tech Guru and Husband of CaliforniaALL’s Freada Kapor Klein, OBAMA FOR AMERICA’S Phone-Bank Located at “The Kapor Center”)


CPUC Team: Mike Peevey, Pete Arth (who met/co-conspired with Ruthe Ashley and Sarah Redfield), Tim Simon, Geoff Brown, and Dian Grueneich (later of Morrison & Foerster)


State Bar of California Board of Governors / Executives Team: Jeff Bleich, Ruthe Ashley, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Patricia Lee, CaliforniaALL’s Judy Johnson – Executive Director of State Bar of California, Gwen Moore, Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese, AARP’s Jeannine English Dickstein — spouse of Howard Dickstein ( business partner of Mark Friedman), AARP’s George Davis


California Bar Foundation Team During Alleged Planning/ Embezzlement of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL: Annette Carnegie, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, Mark Parnes, Geoff Brown, and Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital), Thomas Silk (CPA of Mitch and Freada Kapor), Doug Winthrop of Howard Rice (attorney for PG&E, Steve Poizner, suspect in alleged bribery of Joseph Grodin and Geoffrey Brown, co-conspirator alongside Jerry Falk in matter of In Re Girardi)

CalPers Team: Ruthe Catolico Ashley ( “Utility APA” ; State Bar of California BOG Member ; friend of than Judicial Council Member Tani Cantil ; Later, CEO of CaliforniaALL)


California Department of Insurance Team: CaliforniaALL’ Steve Poizner (2010 candidate for the California gubernatorial election ; ties to Howard Rice, Wilson Sonsini, Mitch and Freada Kapor)



“Energy Team”: CaliforniaALL’s Darrell Steinberg, Kip Lipper (brother of neferious Donna Lucas) and State Bar of California BOG Member — Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers


TIER 2

Funds from CaliforniaALL to UC Irvine Foundation and suspicious circumstances surrounding sham launch of SALUCI – Saturday Academy of Law, fraud by Allen Matkins, Robert and Karina Hamilton, sham blog enteries by Adam Stock of Allen Matkins, fraud by UNH’s Sarah Redfield, Voice of OC Directors: Joe Dunn / Thomas Girardi / Erwin Chemerinsky / Jim Brosnahan and CPA Kinde Durkee


UC Irvine Foundation Team: UC Irvine Foundation Team : Joe Dunn, Mark Robinson, and Erwin Chemerinsky


UC Irvine and UC Irvine Law School Team: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Henry Weinstein, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Morain, and Karina Hamilton


VOICE OF OC TEAM: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jim Brosnahan, Tom Girardi, Henry Weinstein, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Morain, and CPA Kinde Durkee (presently, under the care of Uncle Sam)


Judicial Council Team: Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and Tani Cantil


Allen Matkins “Subterfuge Team”: Robert Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, and Adam Stock

TIER 3

McGeorge School of Law / Sacramento / Kevin Johnson-Mark Friedman- Chris Young


McGeorge Team: CaliforniaALL’s Morrison England and spouse – CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy England, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki, State Bar of California Deputy-Executive-Director RAH, and McGeorge Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (confederate of Sarah Redfield re various conventions and trips i.e. Hawaii- Manoa, Monterey, etc. ; responsible for “shiduch” between Judge England and Torie Flournoy)


KEVIN JOHNSON MAYORAL CAMPAIGN / SACRAMENTO FOR OBAMA:Kevin Johnson, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Mark Friedman, and Friedman/CaliforniaALL’s CPA — Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associates

For more about Kevin Johnson, McGeorge School of Law, and Sarah Redfiled See CaliforniaALL Part 8: University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Sarah Redfield in The Make Believe Launching of SAL

TIER 4

CaliforniaALL Executives, Board and Advisory Council


CaliforniaALL’s Executive Directors: Interim Director Sarah Redfield, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, and Larissa Parecki


DIRECTORS: Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal ‘s James Hsu — “Utility APA” and Attorney for Cache Creek Casino, Utility APA Pat Fong-Kushida, Torie Flournoy England, CityView’s Victor Miramontes, Gibor Basri, Freada Kapor Klein, Cary Martin Zellerbach, Douglas Scrivner of Accenture, Ophelia Basgal of Pacific Gas & Electric, Frank Quevedo of Verizon


ADVISORY COUNCIL:Michael Peevey, Tim Simon, Kamala Harris, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Hon. Morrison England, Steve Poizner, Darrell Steinberg

Addendum # 1 to “CaliforniaALL — Final Tally of Alleged Actors / Teams”: State Bar of California Board of Directors Public Member George Davis of American Association of Retired Persons (“AARP”) [TLR Editorial Notes: 1. Number of African-American involved — Alarming 2. George Davis never disclosed to YR his involvement with AARP who had filed a complaint with BOG against Jeannine English (wife of Howard Dickstein) in connection with Cy Pres arranged by Thomas Girardi to AARP 3. Clearly, George Davis had a duty to speak, but not surprisingly at all, he chose to mislead. Likewise, Davis part of group who filed false criminal charges against YR with Yolo County DA in re matter of Sara Granda’s ethics complaint. 4. it now appears that AARP is also behind misuse of sham non-profit CaliforniaALL in order to place Barack Obama in the White House in re OBAMACARE 5. George Davis — third AARP operative embroiled in misconduct in addition to Jeannine English and two-faced-fraudster Barbara O’Connor of Lucas Public Affairs. 6. YR – roger that]

George Davis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CONTACT: Charee Gillins, (626) 585-2606 or cgillins@aarp.org

George Davis Appointed AARP State President

African-American Business Executive is Top Advocate for

AARP’s 3.1 million members in California

PASADENA, CA – George Davis of Los Angeles, CA, has been appointed AARP California State President. Prior to his appointment, Davis was acting state president and served for two years on the state’s Executive Council, a five-member council that provides direction and leadership in carrying out AARP’s strategic priorities in California.

Davis came to AARP as a distinguished executive in the broadcasting and entertainment industry.  He is currently Principal of Davis Broadband Group, a Culver City based consulting firm that advises media and entertainment companies on digital content distribution.  Earlier in his career, Davis was managing television technical operations in the US and Asia at Technicolor and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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CaliforniaALL — Final Tally of Alleged Actors / Teams  –  Addendum 1

TIER 1


Morrison & Foerster Team – Attorneys and Legal Counsel of CaliforniaALL: Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Eric Tate, and Susan Mac Cormac


Munger Tolles & Olson Team: Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips


Wilson Sonsini Team: John Roos, Mark Parnes, Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital)


DLA Piper Team — “Pro Bono” Home of CaliforniaALL, Home to OBAMA FOR AMERICA Draft Committee : Steve Churchwell, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Attia

OBAMA FOR AMERICA TEAM # 1 : Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, John Roos, Steven Churchwell, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris, Mitch Kapor (Obama for America’s Tech Guru and Husband of CaliforniaALL’s Freada Kapor Klein, OBAMA FOR AMERICA’S Phone-Bank Located at “The Kapor Center”)


CPUC Team: Mike Peevey, Pete Arth (who met/co-conspired with Ruthe Ashley and Sarah Redfield), Tim Simon, Geoff Brown, and Dian Grueneich (later of Morrison & Foerster)


State Bar of California Board of Governors / Executives Team: Jeff Bleich, Ruthe Ashley, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Patricia Lee, CaliforniaALL’s Judy Johnson – Executive Director of State Bar of California, Gwen Moore, Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese, AARP’s Jeannine English Dickstein — spouse of Howard Dickstein ( business partner of Mark Friedman), AARP’s George Davis


California Bar Foundation Team During Alleged Planning/ Embezzlement of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL: Annette Carnegie, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, Mark Parnes, Geoff Brown, and Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital)


CalPers Team: Ruthe Catolico Ashley ( “Utility APA” ; State Bar of California BOG Member ; friend of than Judicial Council Member Tani Cantil ; Later, CEO of CaliforniaALL)


California Department of Insurance Team: CaliforniaALL’ Steve Poizner (2010 candidate for the California gubernatorial election ; ties to Howard Rice, Wilson Sonsini, Mitch and Freada Kapor)



“Energy Team”: CaliforniaALL’s Darrell Steinberg, Kip Lipper (brother of neferious Donna Lucas) and State Bar of California BOG Member — Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers


TIER 2

Funds from CaliforniaALL to UC Irvine Foundation and suspicious circumstances surrounding sham launch of SALUCI – Saturday Academy of Law, fraud by Allen Matkins, Robert and Karina Hamilton, sham blog enteries by Adam Stock of Allen Matkins, fraud by UNH’s Sarah Redfield, Voice of OC Directors: Joe Dunn / Thomas Girardi / Erwin Chemerinsky / Jim Brosnahan and CPA Kinde Durkee


UC Irvine Foundation Team: UC Irvine Foundation Team : Joe Dunn, Mark Robinson, and Erwin Chemerinsky


VOICE OF OC TEAM: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jim Brosnahan, Tom Girardi, and CPA Kinde Durkee


Judicial Council Team: Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and Tani Cantil


Allen Matkins “Subterfuge Team”: Robert Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, and Adam Stock

TIER 3

McGeorge School of Law / Sacramento / Kevin Johnson-Mark Friedman- Chris Young


McGeorge Team: CaliforniaALL’s Morrison England and spouse – CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy England, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki, State Bar of California Deputy-Executive-Director RAH, and McGeorge Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (confederate of Sarah Redfield re various conventions and trips i.e. Hawaii- Manoa, Monterey, etc. ; responsible for “shiduch” between Judge England and Torie Flournoy)


KEVIN JOHNSON MAYORAL CAMPAIGN / SACRAMENTO FOR OBAMA:Kevin Johnson, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Mark Friedman, and Friedman/CaliforniaALL’s CPA — Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associates

For more about Kevin Johnson, McGeorge School of Law, and Sarah Redfiled See CaliforniaALL Part 8: University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Sarah Redfield in The Make Believe Launching of SAL

TIER 4

CaliforniaALL Executives, Board and Advisory Council


CaliforniaALL’s Executive Directors: Interim Director Sarah Redfield, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, and Larissa Parecki


DIRECTORS: Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal ‘s James Hsu — “Utility APA” and Attorney for Cache Creek Casino, Utility APA Pat Fong-Kushida, Torie Flournoy England, CityView’s Victor Miramontes, Gibor Basri, Freada Kapor Klein, Cary Martin Zellerbach, Douglas Scrivner of Accenture


ADVISORY COUNCIL:Michael Peevey, Tim Simon, Kamala Harris, Judy Johnson, Patricia Lee, Hon. Morrison England, Steve Poizner,

The Sun will Shine on Sonnenschein: Is Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s James Hsu of CaliforniaALL More Than Just a Garden Variety “Utility APA” ?? (TLR Editorial Notes: 1. Incidentally, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal represents Yolo County’s Cache Creek Casino which pays the salaries of Michael Cabral, Jeff Reisig, Jonathan Raven, Bruce Naliboff, Etc. 2. Based on many factors, It now appears that shenanigans surrounding CaliforniaALL was most likely related to, among others, “OBAMA FOR AMERICA,” and various other election campaigns i.e. Kevin Johnson, Kamala Harris, Steve Poizner, Jerry Brown Etc. (readers must ask themselves, if CaliforniaALL was Kosher, why would Keker & Van Nest attempt to “hide” Chris Young i.e. “Three-Card-Monte.” 3. Also under scrutiny is the relationship between Morrison & Foerster, Client Station Casinos, Cache Creek Casino, Hon. Chief Marshall McKay )]

TIER 1


Morrison & Foerster Team – Attorneys and Legal Counsel of CaliforniaALL: Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Annette Carnegie, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Eric Tate, and Susan Mac Cormac


Munger Tolles & Olson Team: Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips


Wilson Sonsini Team: John Roos, Mark Parnes, Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital)


DLA Piper Team — “Pro Bono” Home of CaliforniaALL, Home to OBAMA FOR AMERICA Draft Committee : Steve Churchwell, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Attia

OBAMA FOR AMERICA TEAM # 1 : Jim Brosnahan, Tony West, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, John Roos, Steven Churchwell, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Kamala Harris, Mitch Kapor (Obama for America’s Tech Guru and Husband of CaliforniaALL’s Freada Kapor Klein, OBAMA FOR AMERICA’S Phone-Bank Located at “The Kapor Center”)


CPUC Team: Mike Peevey, Pete Arth (who met/co-conspired with Ruthe Ashley and Sarah Redfield), Tim Simon, Geoff Brown, and Dian Grueneich (later of Morrison & Foerster)


State Bar of California Board of Governors / Executives Team: Jeff Bleich, Ruthe Ashley, Laura Chick, CaliforniaALL’s Patricia Lee, CaliforniaALL’s Judy Johnson – Executive Director of State Bar of California, Gwen Moore, Howard Miller of Girardi & Keese, Jeannine English Dickstein — spouse of Howard Dickstein ( business partner of Mark Friedman)


California Bar Foundation Team During Alleged Planning/ Embezzlement of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL: Annette Carnegie, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phillips, Mark Parnes, Geoff Brown, and Joilene Wood Grove (spouse of California Bar Foundation Treasurer David Grove of Vaquero Capital)


CalPers Team: Ruthe Catolico Ashley ( “Utility APA” ; State Bar of California BOG Member ; friend of than Judicial Council Member Tani Cantil ; Later, CEO of CaliforniaALL)


California Department of Insurance Team: CaliforniaALL’ Steve Poizner (2010 candidate for the California gubernatorial election ; ties to Howard Rice, Wilson Sonsini, Mitch and Freada Kapor)



“Energy Team”: CaliforniaALL’s Darrell Steinberg, Kip Lipper (brother of neferious Donna Lucas) and State Bar of California BOG Member — Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers


TIER 2

Funds from CaliforniaALL to UC Irvine Foundation and suspicious circumstances surrounding sham launch of SALUCI – Saturday Academy of Law, fraud by Allen Matkins, Robert and Karina Hamilton, sham blog enteries by Adam Stock of Allen Matkins, fraud by UNH’s Sarah Redfield, Voice of OC Directors: Joe Dunn / Thomas Girardi / Erwin Chemerinsky / Jim Brosnahan and CPA Kinde Durkee


UC Irvine Foundation Team: UC Irvine Foundation Team : Joe Dunn, Mark Robinson, and Erwin Chemerinsky


VOICE OF OC TEAM: Joe Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Jim Brosnahan, Tom Girardi, and CPA Kinde Durkee


Judicial Council Team: Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and Tani Cantil


Allen Matkins “Subterfuge Team”: Robert Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, and Adam Stock

TIER 3

McGeorge School of Law / Sacramento / Kevin Johnson-Mark Friedman- Chris Young


McGeorge Team: CaliforniaALL’s Morrison England and spouse – CaliforniaALL’s Torie Flournoy England, Gilles Attia, CaliforniaALL’s Sarah Redfield, CaliforniaALL’s Larissa Parecki, State Bar of California Deputy-Executive-Director RAH, and McGeorge Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (confederate of Sarah Redfield re various conventions and trips i.e. Hawaii- Manoa, Monterey, etc. ; responsible for “shiduch” between Judge England and Torie Flournoy)


KEVIN JOHNSON MAYORAL CAMPAIGN / SACRAMENTO FOR OBAMA:Kevin Johnson, Three-Card-Monte‘s Chris Young, Mark Friedman, and Friedman/CaliforniaALL’s CPA — Alison Turner of Alison Turner & Associates

For more about Kevin Johnson, McGeorge School of Law, and Sarah Redfiled See CaliforniaALL Part 8: University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Sarah Redfield in The Make Believe Launching of SAL

TIER 4

CaliforniaALL Executives, Board and Advisory Council


Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal ‘s James Hsu — “Utility APA” and Attorney for Cache Creek Casino

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For complete list, please see @:

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California bill strengthens oversight of utilities commission

The president of the California Public Utilities Commission would be required next year to step down from two nonprofits created by the commission under legislation that passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, a provision created amid criticism that the nonprofits could be used to shroud how money is spent.

Lawmakers passed the compromise as part of a larger budget-related bill. The two chambers had passed earlier versions of the PUC provision that didn’t agree on when it should be implemented.

PUC President Michael Peevey is chairman of two nonprofits created by the agency, which work on clean-energy projects and Internet access. Under the legislation, he could not serve in those roles starting in June 2014.

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U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier urges fed review of California Public Utilities Commission

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, is calling for a federal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission and its handling of safety actions proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric following the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion and fire that killed eight nearly three years ago.

“The CPUC appears to be rife with conflicts of interest between its role as a guardian of public safety, its role as a rate setter and its role in ensuring the ongoing financial stability of the utility,” Speier wrote in a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration June 25 about the utility watchdog’s role when it comes to PG&E.

The PHMSA’s Cynthia Quarterman responded Monday that it has requested a direct response from CPUC President Michael Peevey regarding Speier’s concerns.

It will also conduct a performance and grant audit of the CPUC starting this month, Quarterman wrote.

Speier hopes CPUC employees will cooperate with the investigation.

“Administrator Quarterman pledged to review recent events at the CPUC and the overall capacity of the CPUC to fulfill its duties under federal law. I encourage CPUC employees in the pipeline safety division to be forthcoming with their federal counterparts. PHMSA’s role is to evaluate the technical and organizational strengths of the CPUC and to determine if pipeline safety is adequately assured by CPUC operations. Continued federal funding of the safety program is dependent upon that determination,” Speier wrote in a statement yesterday.

A lesson learned from the San Bruno tragedy, Speier wrote, is that the CPUC must move beyond desk audits of self-reported information from PG&E and other operators.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has been critical of the CPUC since the San Bruno incident for failing in its duties to ensure the safe delivery of gas through an extensive system of pipelines.

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CPUC could lose certification over San Bruno turmoil

Weeks after City of San Bruno officials raised serious concerns about the ongoing turmoil within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is challenging the CPUC to demonstrate compliance and prove its ability to carry out pipeline safety in the wake of the 2010 Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) San Bruno explosion and fire.

Credit: Brocken Inaglory/Wikimedia Commons

PHMSA scheduled an audit of the CPUC this month and requested immediate response from CPUC president Michael Peevey, warning that if it finds the CPUC not in compliance to “enforce satisfactorily applicable safety standards,” it may reject the state’s certification or take other action to achieve enforcement.

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http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/cpuc-could-lose-certification-over-san-bruno-turmoil/2013-07-24

 

The Recorder: CPUC’s Top Lawyer Frank Lindh Blasted by Staff During, and After, Keynote Speech [ TLR Note: 1. Frank Lindh: former top lawyer @ PG&E, father of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, operator of Ophelia Basgal of CaliforniaALL scheme. Father Lindh hired “Team James Brosnahan” of MoFo to represent son i.e. James Brosnahan, Tony West, Raj Chatterjee — all also behind CaliforniaALL scheme. 2. Clearly, Brosnahan’s ego and strategic errors reasons John Walker Lindh is rotting in jail for being at the wrong place/wrong time since Lindh never intended to fight America. YR once opined rather than using Brosnahan/West/Chatterjee, it would have been better to only assign Susan Mac Cormac (who speaks with Southern Accent) to deal with media in Virginia, politically conservative prosecutors who already despised Brosnahan)

SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time in more than a decade, the California Public Utilities Commission is hosting the three-day annual meeting of the National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys in San Francisco. And attendees got more than they bargained for on Monday.

Frank Lindh, California Public Utilities Commission general counsel

Frank Lindh, California Public Utilities Commission general counsel
Image: Jason Doiy/The Recorder

Frank Lindh, the CPUC’s embattled general counsel, surprised the crowd — and his own staff — with a speech about a “hypothetical” state utility regulator whose staff attorneys needed to learn a lesson about loyalty and good judgment.

On hand were regulators from around the country who watched as Lindh’s own staffers heckled him for what they saw as a veiled attack on his legal team. The tense scene offered a glimpse of the firestorm within the CPUC’s legal department as it deliberates the financial penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its role in the deadly 2010 San Bruno explosion.

Lindh’s speech has ratcheted up tensions between the agency’s staff attorneys and Lindh and CPUC President Michael Peevey, according to interviews with CPUC attorneys and internal communications obtained by The Recorder

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BREAKING NEWS: YR amends title of prospective suit ; adds to list of defendants Peter Arth , Timothy Simon, Geoffrey Brown, Dian Grueneich [ TLR Notes: Per YR, suit to be filed probably by Monday or Tuesday of next week. During weekend apprehensive YR to further contemplate how to best achieve objectives, venue, causes of actions, additional defendants (especially all 2007-2008 Cal Bar Foundation Directors i,e, Holly Fujie, Douglas Winthrop, Jeff Bleich ; all 2007-2008 UC Irvine Foundation ; Stephen Leo “Steve” Poizner of DOI), cross the t’s and dot the i’s 2. Rational behind amending style of suit from “John Doe v. Allen Matkins” to “John Doe v. Michael Peevey” to better achieve objectives of legal action by obtaining support of law makers/consumer groups/general public who are much more interested in “CPUC/Utilities Corruption” (rather than “California Bar Corruption.”) 3. Causes of action against Peter Arth (aka “Mayor Juana”), Timothy Simon, Dian Grueneich, Geoffrey Brown in individual capacity re conspiracy to create sham non-profit (“CaliforniaALL”) which will serve as vehicle to embezzle/launder money, and for voting (saved Brown) to appoint Freada Kapor Klein as “consensus director,” etc.]


*THE LESLIE BRODIE REPORT STRONGLY URGES THE READERS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSION REGARDING MISCONDUCT BY ANYONE

DEVELOPING STORY….. DETAILS SOON……

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Cast of Characters

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Southern California EdisonVerizon


Freada Kapor Klein
Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson Cary Martin Zellerbach Douglas Scrivner of Accenture Robert Hamilton of Allen Matkins Karina Hamilton Adam Stock of Allen Matkins Ruthe Ashley aka Ruthe Catolico Ashley eric tate
(Top
, L-R) PG&E, SCE, Verizon, Voice of OC, UCI Foundation, Edison International, Accenture, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles & Olson, Martin Investment Management, Level Playing Field Institute, Verizon Foundation, Michael Peevey, Peter Arth, Timothy Simon, Geoffrey Brown, Dian Grueneich, Freada Kapor Klein, Ron Olson of Munger Tolles, Carry Martin Zellerbach, Doug Scrivner, Bob Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, Adam Stock, Ruthe Ashley, Sir James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, Darrell Steinberg , James Hsu, Victor Miramontes, Brad Phillips, Pat Fong Kushida, Gibor Basri, Larissa Parecki, Kamala Harris, David Washburn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Mark Robinson, Ophelia Basgal, Hon. Morrison C. England, Torrie Flournoy-England, Frank Quevedo, Jack O’Connell, Hon. Michael Drake – UC Irvine Chancellor, Sarah E. Redfield, Eric Tate, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie

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* denotes names of defendants that were named, reluctantl.

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO

JOHN DOE, an individual

Plaintiff

V.

Michael Peevey; Peter Arth ; Timothy Simon; Geoffrey Brown; Dian Grueneich; Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP.; Robert M. Hamilton; Karina Hamilton; Adam L. Stock ; *Mary Ellen Zellerbach AKA Carry Zellerbach; *Martin Investment Management, LLC ; Morrison &Foerster; James J. Brosnahan; Susan H. Mac Cormac; Eric A. Tate; Sarah E. Redfield; Ruthe C. Ashley; *University of New Hampshire School of Law; Munger Tolles & OIson; Ronald L. Olson; *Freada Kapor Klein; Verizon Communications Inc.; Ophelia Basgal; Southern California Edison; Edison International; Pacific Gas & Electric Co.; Verizon Foundation; Accenture; *Douglas G. Scrivner; Patricia Fong-Kushida; *Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP ; *SNR Denton; James Hsu; *Bradley S. Phillips; Darrell S. Steinberg ; *Mark G. Parnes; *Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Douglas A. Winthrop; *CityView; Victor Miramontes; *Larissa Parecki; Voice of OC; *Gibor Basri; *Kamala D. Harris; *DLA Piper; *Erwin Chemerinsky ; Voice of OC; David Washburn; *Morrison C. England; *Torie Flournoy- England; Buchalter Nemer ; *University of California, Irvine Foundation; Mark Robinson; Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson; Maria del Pilar Avila ; Level Playing Field Institute ; James Lewis; Jack T. O’Connell ; Michael Peevey ; Frank J. Quevedo ; *UCI Chancellor Michael Drake ; unknown owner of CALALL.ORG – fraudulently re-launched in July of 2012; John Does 1-10, inclusive

DEFENDANTS

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More From CPUC Whistleblower Extraordinaire Mike Knell [TLR Notes: 1. Knell is invited to write to lesliebrodie@in.com with all relevant information and/or Yolo County-based Rabbi @ yoloanrabbi@gmail.com 2. TLR recommends Knell create “private” blogs with postings of all relevant data/documents. Said “private” blogs can be awaken and placed on “public” in case of harassment or other unlawful activities. 3. Other avenues to explore is “nationwide distribution” or “local distribution” of all relevant data by mass emails. Rational behind tactic is once information is “out there” there will be less incentive to cause harm to the Whistleblower and/or audience will write back with additional relevant information 4. As far as “CPUC Corruption,” most actors are a) Democratic Party Operatives i.e. Jerry Brown, Geoffrey Brown, Sordid John Burton, spouse of Michael Peevey, Darryl Steinberg, etc. b) Black, Latino, and Asian operatives who live-off sweat of others and operate under guise of “Diversity” i.e. Gwen Moore, Willie Brown, Timothy Simon, Richard Tom, etc. c) Utilities/ Law firms. Major offenders VERIZON, SCE, PG&E, Munger Tolles (headed by SCE Director Ron Olson), Keker & Van Nest, Howard Rice, and Morrison & Foerster. 5. TLR further recommends for Whistleblowers to always be polite, civilized, truthful, positive-attitude.

Comment 1:

See the following link, which has Peevey, Carol Brown (Peevey’s Chief of Staff, Geoffrey Brown’s girlfriend), and Sunne Wright McPeak on the Board of Directors of California Telehealth Network (CTN):http://www.caltelehealth.org/board-directors

 

Comment 2:

Leslie,

I have some documentation that I would like you to save for me, in case anything happens to me, or my computer, or the server for my website. The “search and seizure” of the Yolo Rabbi’s property, has caused me to want to pass this information onto you.

This is important information, and I do not want it released, until I feel the time is appropriate, and give you permission.

Currently, a investigate reporters have this information, but I don’t know if they will use it, due to an advertiser on their program.

Would you do this for me?

If so, please provide me with an email address to send it to. In addition, I would like the Yolo Rabbi to have this information, as I believe it is relevant to his discoveries.

Thanks

Mike Knell

More on Nefarious Dealings of California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey, Geoffrey Brown ; In letter to YR, California State University, Sacramento Admits Fraudster Barbara O’Connor No Longer Employee of School [ TLR Note: Barbara O’Connor involved in multiple schemes involving 1) Michael Peevey of CPUC / California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) 2) Donna Lucas of Lucas Public Affairs — sister of Kip Lipper, Jeannine English, and AARP 3) Verizon, Costa Rica devotee Brenda Kempster, Link Americas Foundation ]

I don’t want my name linked to this information, at this point in time.

Geoffrey Brown and Michael Peevey were involved in a CPUC Fundraiser, asking for donations from the Utilities they regulate, at a cost of $20,000 per table. This was in January 2011, which was a few months after the PG&E fire in San Bruno.

The following link, shows a picture of Geoffrey Brown talking to Assemblyman Jerry Hill.
“Assemblyman” Jerry Hill was protesting the fundraiser. Jerry Hill is now “Senator” Jerry Hill.

Geoffrey Brown was one of the Officers of the Fundraiser I can’t find the link, but I recall that Geoffrey Brown was the number 2 officer of the Fundraiser, and Peevey was the number 1 Officer of the Fundraiser. It was because of this fundraiser, that I learned of Geoffrey Brown’s relationship to Peevey’s Chief of Staff.

Please see this link (click on the photo of Jerry Hill/Geoffrey Brown, for info, and ask yourself, What is Geoffrey Brown doing at the CPUC?):

http://fostercity.patch.com/articles/hill-cpuc-foundation-event-shows-regulators-utilities-too-cozy-2

Thanks,

 

Assemblyman Jerry Hill gave another verbal lashing to the CPUC today for an event held in the commission’s honor that solicited money from the utilities it regulates.

PG&E was among several utilities, along with other organizations, that bought $20,000 tables for a dinner in San Francisco that celebrated the California Public Utilities Commission’s 100th anniversary.

Hill, D-San Mateo, blasted the utility’s involvement in the fundraiser because, he said, the money raised by the foundation—which is a separate entity from the commission but has former regulators on its board—could be used to potentially influence the CPUC’s decisions with financial support coming from companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

“One hundred years of the California Public Utilities Commission is a tremendous accomplishment and they’ve done great work over the years,” Hill said as he stood in front of the steps of the CPUC’s headquarters. “But this dinner has been hijacked into a fundraising event for this foundation, and that’s the problem I have with it.”

Hill has become increasingly critical of the CPUC since numerous problems have been revealed about PG&E’s pipeline safety practices following the Sept. 9 gas explosion and fire, which left eight people dead and 38 homes destroyed.

The CPUC foundation was established to educate the public about the work the commission performs, and the money raised at today’s fundraiser would be used to award staff members, pay for training and put on public forums.

Hill said today’s event sends the message that the CPUC’s focus isn’t where it should be: investigating the cause of the explosion and properly auditing utility inspection records.

“If you’re going on a trip to a conference some place, staying in a hotel and going to the classes, and that is paid for directly by the utilities that you regulate,” Hill said, “how can you have an arm’s length relationship with that utility?”

Thomas MacBride, a lawyer who sits on the foundation’s board, disagreed with Hill’s take on the event and said the foundation was established with the intent of promoting the history of the CPUC, not influencing legislation. Most of the events the foundation is expecting to organize, he added, won’t even be related to issues over which the CPUC has jurisdiction.

In defense of PG&E’s involvement in the fundraiser, MacBride said PG&E was among more than 30 organizations that donated money to the event—all of which have been involved with the CPUC in some capacity, including consumer advocacy group The Utility Reform Network.

“It’s a big deal because it’s the agency’s founding,” he said.

San Bruno residents John and Joanne McGlothlin, whose Claremont Avenue home was damaged in the Crestmoor fire, were the only members of the public besides reporters who showed up at Hill’s press conference.

John McGlothlin said they showed up to support Hill’s comments toward the CPUC, adding that he has now lost faith in the commission since the explosion.

“My issue is that I’ve been hearing about how they regulate since the fire, and it has changed my perception,” McGlothlin said. “I think there was an attitude of ‘Go easy, don’t clamp down and don’t fine them,’ because (the utilities) won’t report things.”

Also on today, CPUC President Michael Peevey announced that he would make the commission’s investigation of the Crestmoor explosion more open to the public, according to media reports.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the main investigation into the pipeline explosion, which could take more than a year. Shortly after the disaster, the CPUC also decided to set up its own independent panel to look into the explosion, but the decision to make the investigation’s proceedings more available to the public only came after the commission began hearing complaints that the investigation was being conducting behind closed doors.

Source @:

http://sanbruno.patch.com/articles/hill-cpuc-foundation-event-shows-regulators-utilities-too-cozy

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Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo on CPUC’s Michael Peevey — Senate Hearing or Napa Winery? [TLR Note: YR spoke yesterday with office of Sen. Hill. YR informed Hill’s office re: Peevey’s involvment in CaliforniaALL money laundering scheme, Geoffrey Brown, CCPF, Gwen Moore, illegality of General Order 156, problems with Peevey’s wife/ Cal Democratic Party, salary of Sunne McPeak, appearance El Paso/ MoFo/ Brosnahan bribed Joe Dunn/Martha Escutia,Voice of OC, other matters ]

Peevey’s Priority: Senate Hearing or Napa Winery?

May 02, 2013

NBC Bay Area

CPUC president Michael Peevey answers questions from the Investigative Unit after snubbing lawmakers for a conference in wine country

By Tony Kovaleski, Liz Wagner, Jeremy Carroll and Kevin Nious
NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit

The embattled president of the California Public Utilities Commission recently ignored the call to answer tough questions by state senators in Sacramento and instead decided to attend a conference at an exclusive Napa resort and a reception at an upscale winery in St. Helena, both of which were captured on hidden camera by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit.

Michael Peevey was asked to appear before the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review subcommittee on April 25 to justify keeping the job he has held for the past decade. The senate hearing was in response to growing conflict over a confidential report, uncovered by the Investigative Unit, which raises questions about the CPUC’s commitment to safety and its relationship with utility companies the agency regulates.

“The governor needs to replace the president of the Public Utilities Commission,” Sen. Jerry Hill said in an interview with NBC Bay Area last month. “The current president has been there for many years and he has had a very cozy relationship with the utilities, which this report indicates.”

Hill’s call for change at the CPUC was recently echoed by two lawmakers.

“I think the question is, who should be leading this organization so the people of California are safe,” San Jose assemblywoman Nora Campos said at a recent legislative hearing.

At that same hearing Los Altos assemblyman Richard Gordon added, “I have come to the point where we need serious change in the leadership of the PUC to bring change.”

After calling for his job two weeks ago, Hill wrote Peevey a letter formally requesting his presence at the subcommittee hearing. The letter states, “For all the shortcomings under your leadership at the CPUC over the last ten years as documented by independent reports… it’s critical that you testify…to justify your continued appointment as the president of the California Public Utilities Commission.”

Instead of addressing the conflict, Peevey kept a prior engagement at the Silverado Resort and Spa in the heart of Napa. According to the agenda, the conference was about clean energy, and Peevey was scheduled to give a short five to seven minute presentation for the non-profit organization, California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy (CFEE).

Before the conference started, at around 11 a.m.—the same time he was expected in Sacramento—NBC Bay Area’s hidden cameras spotted Peevey mingling with guests in the resort conference center. The day officially started at noon, with a catered lunch after invited guests such as a representative from Pacific Gas & Electric and, somewhat ironically, more than two dozen Sacramento lawmakers, checked in at the event. Peevey gave his presentation at 1:30 p.m.—two and a half hours after he was scheduled to speak in Sacramento.

After four hours of conference sessions Peevey boarded a luxury bus and drove through the Napa Valley to the next event on the agenda—a reception and dinner at St. Helena’s exclusive Merryvalewinery. For more than three hours, Peevey ended his day inside the facility along with more than 100 guests.

Following the reception, NBC Bay Area’s Chief Investigative Reporter Tony Kovaleski met Peevey outside the winery to ask questions about his priorities, and the confidential report. Below is a transcript of a part of the conversation:

Tony Kovaleski: You were asked to speak to senators today about the safety of your PUC. Instead you spent your day here in Napa.

Michael Peevey: No, that’s not true.

Kovaleski: What is the message you sent by coming here to Napa instead of going to speak to the senate?

Peevey: You are very antagonistic you know. You are reading a script.

Kovaleski: Sir, I am not reading a script. I want to give you an opportunity to respond.

Peevey: But your questions are the wrong questions.

Kovaleski: You spent time here with the utilities you are paid to regulate.

Peevey: There’s no utilities here that I know of.

Kovaleski: PG&E was here. We saw them on the list.

Peevey: Oh, there may have been one person, I don’t know.

Kovaleski: That report said your agency is too cozy with utilities. Is that true?

Peevey: No. Stop. That’s one person who said that. That’s not what the report said. There was no conclusion in the report. It was an interview with various individual employees of the Public Utilities Commission.

Kovaleski: Sir, you have been asked by lawmakers to step down. Lawmakers have said you should be fired. Should you be fired, sir?

Man with Peevey: No, he shouldn’t be fired. They don’t have the authority.

(Peevey starts to walk away).

Peevey: You poor son of a b****. You have a job to do. It’s pathetic what you are doing. It’s pathetic.

(Peevey gets into a car).

Kovaleski: Sir, should you answer to lawmakers when they ask to speak with you? What’s the message you sent tonight by coming here?

(Car drives away).

NBC Bay Area asked to speak with Peevey about the confidential report prior to the conference in Napa, but did not receive a response to that request from the CPUC. The CPUC did provide a written statement about the report:

The CPUC has made safety an underlying principle in all its actions. As we work to instill a corporate culture in our regulated utilities that embraces safety as a tool and an enhancement to their mission, we must ensure we do the same at the CPUC. We have hired consultants to help us in our process of culture change across all the industries we regulate. As part of these efforts, our consultants conducted an informal survey of internal employees to see what they think safety means, how they see their role in safety, and how they think we can do better as an agency. The report is the result of the informal survey; it is not an analysis of our safety culture or conclusions by our consultants, but a reporting-back of what some employees said in informal focus groups. As the report says, “This report is not an evaluation of the objective truth of those views and perceptions.” We will use the results of the report to help us define what we need to change, develop strategies and actions to implement the changes, and ensure accountability as the process continues.

This is not the first time Peevey has snubbed lawmakers for an all-expense paid event. He was asked to speak at an assembly committee meeting in 2011, but reports indicate he accepted a free trip to Sweden that was funded by the Swedish government and the California nonprofit, The Energy Coalition. When asked by reporters in April about his confidence in the leadership of the CPUC, Gov. Jerry Brown said Peevey is “well-experienced.”

“He’s flawed like everyone else in this building,” Brown said, “but he has a lot of knowledge and he has great commitment.”

Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo: Michael Peevey, California Public Utilities Commission president, a ‘dictator’

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has challenged both Pacific Gas and Electric and the agency that governs it, the California Public Utilities Commission, to step up and make the state’s gas delivery system safer after the San Bruno pipeline explosion and fire that killed eight in 2010.

Over the years, Hill has crafted legislation to make both PG&E and the CPUC more accountable to the public while also safeguarding it.

But numerous reports, especially an internal “Safety Culture” document released last week, indicates that the CPUC has placed less importance on safety than it should have.

Now, Hill has a new challenge for the CPUC — have your president sit down with lawmakers this Thursday to answer questions related to fiscal responsibility and safety issues.

The CPUC president is Michael Peevey, appointed to the post more than 10 years ago by then governor Gray Davis.

Hill calls Peevey a “dictator” who can only be ousted from his job by Gov. Jerry Brown or a two-thirds vote in the Legislature.

“It would be nice to be able to question him,” Hill told the Daily Journal yesterday.

Hill invited Peevey to testify at the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee this Thursday.

“All concur that there is a problem at CPUC. It appears to be out of control,” Hill said about National Transportation Safety Board, Legislative Analyst’s Office and internal CPUC reports.

The confidential internal CPUC report released last week quoted numerous employees of the organization who said safety was not a priority or that the commission did not want to levy fines for safety violations against utilities such as PG&E.

“If we were enforcing the rules, we would not have to worry about a safety culture. If we were holding the utilities accountable and doing what we were supposed to be doing, San Bruno would never have happened,” one employee was quoted as saying in the “Safety Culture” document.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were also misallocated by the CPUC, Hill contends.

Please continue @:

http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2013-04-23/sen-jerry-hill-d-san-mateo-michael-peevey-california-public-utilities-commission-president-a-dictator/1767185.html

BREAKING NEWS: YR asks California State University, Sacramento (“CSUS”) to verify employment status of AARP/Lucas Public Affairs / CETF/ Links America’s Barbara O’Connor [ TLR Note: 1. As mentioned, O’Connor under intense scrutiny in re various scheme involving a) CPUC’s Michael Peevey and CETF (i.e. suspicious money to Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce, Little Tokyo Service Center) b) Verizon Communication and Brenda Kempster’s Link Americas (financial machinations involving alleged event to promote “linking Americas” — whereas true event was Barack Obama 2008 presidential inauguration. Here, also suspect are Munger Tolles, Ron Olson, Henry Weissmann and Jeff Bleich) c) Lucas Public Affairs and AARP (AARP disinclination to admit O’Connor part of Lucas Public Affairs headed by Donna Lucas – sister of Kip Lipper; suspicion of machinations involving Porter Novelli, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross Foundation headed by Bill Hauck) 2. Previously YR had stated he is “on the case” and, presumably, will soon take whatever action he is legally entitled to take against the wrongdoers 3. YR – use pastebay, not seenthis – roger]

4/22/2013

CSUS / inquire about the current employment status of Barbara O’Connor

Dear Madam/Sir:

This will serve to verify and inquire about the current employment status of Barbara O’Connor with respect to California State University, Sacramento.

Specifically, is she presently a professor with the university? My initial research leads me to believe that she is no longer affiliated with CSUS, even though she is listed elsewhere as a current professor (ie, CETF website. See: http://www.cetfund.org/aboutus/board/OConnor-Barbara ).

For that reason, I would like for you to verify this matter by providing me with the exact dates of her employment.

Thank you for your assistance and anticipated prompt response.

Source @:

http://www.cetfund.org/aboutus/board/OConnor-Barbara

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Barbara O’Connor – CETF Secretary

Professor of Communications
Director, the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media
California State University, Sacramento

Barbara O'Connor

Dr. O’Connor is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of political communication and telecommunications policy and applications. She is the author of numerous publications in both of these areas.

Her numerous appointments, boards and chairs, include the: California Educational Technology Committee; Washington, DC based Alliance for Public Technology; Alliance; California Public Broadcasting Commission; Network Reliability and Interoperability Council; Bellcore’s Advisory Board; ATT’s Consumer Advisory Panel; Verizon’s Consumer Collaborative Council; ETS international ICT literacy effort; National ICT Policy Council; and California Educational Technology Industry Task Force. Dr. O’Connor is an expert consultant and has served a wide array of business, media, telecommunications, federal and state clients and task forces.

Awards and honors include: an by 1990 California State University outstanding teaching award; 1994 California State University Alumni Distinguished Professor Award; 1996 Technology Leadership award; 1998 Technology Pioneer Award.

Recent research grants and projects, include: Ten California Public Utilities Commission Telecommunications Graduate Fellowships; and the Sacramento County Communications Audit and Web Portal development project.

Dr. O’Connor received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Southern California in 1974. She was featured in Newsweek’s 1995 “50 for the Future” a feature on the fifty people who will set policy and direction for global communications.

Dr. O’Connor has always blended her teaching, research and community service into a consistent commitment to explain the role of media in society and its impact on citizens, institutions and the democratic process and continues to teach a full load.

Source @:

http://www.cetfund.org/aboutus/board/OConnor-Barbara

More from California Consumer Activist Mike Knell on CPUC Corruption, Michael Peevey, Geoffrey Brown’s Girlfriend [TLR Note: 1. As reminder, R & R (rogue/repugnant) Geoffrey Brown appointed CPUC Commissioner by Gray Davis — one and same Davis who appointed Dave Rosenberg to California Lottery Commission 2. It is difficult to say whether such corruption was prevalent in prior years /other states, or is it a phenomenon which started around time Gwen Moore, California Democrats (i.e. Geoffrey Brown) saw an opportunity to launder utility money to Democratic Party causes. 3. TLR’s readers must internalize CPUC corruption impacts every Californian – not just Mike Knell. 4. In any event, soon TLR to publish story in re events surrounding Ron Olson and Company, CPUC, Klamath

Recently, a confidential report about the CPUC was leaked to the public. It is bad news for the CPUC. See: http://www.mercurynews.com/california-budget/ci_23048161/california-legislators-blast-public-utilities-commission

I have first hand experience with Geoffrey Brown, as he was the Commissioner assigned to a Formal Complaint I filed against AT&T back in 2001 (it should be noted that I have never met or spoken to Geoffrey Brown). The Formal Complaint dragged on for over two years.

Initially, The Judge had scheduled 3-days for cross-examination.
As it became known that I had photographed proprietary AT&T documents (which proved AT&T committed frauds to conceal problems in its infrastructure), the Judge Ruled there would be no cross-examination, and that the Testimony and Briefs would be submitted in writing. When I asked her why, she replied, “It was not my Decision.” (I now believe Geoffrey Brown had made the Decision).

Among many other violations to law, I was able to prove AT&T was repeatedly altering records to conceal problems with its underground infrastructure, and that AT&T was knowingly using defective phone lines on my street.
The smoking gun, which proved AT&T had violated laws, was a photograph of my phone number, which received service through a phone line that was known to be defective.
The minimum fine for the violations linked to using defective phone line (and punishing me for complaining to the Commission), would would have exceeded $5 million, and the money would have gone to the State General Fund. The fines could have exceeded $100 million.

When the written Decision came out in 2003, I couldn’t believe what I was reading — the Commission ignored almost all of the evidence. It should be noted that Peevey became President of the CPUC a few months earlier.

I filed an Appeal. In response, AT&T declared that the phone number that received service from the defective phone line, was not my phone number. http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-Fictional-Number.html

After the Decision to the Appeal came out, a legal expert (who is now a CPUC Judge) sent an email, describing exactly what I needed to write in an Application for Rehearing, to address that the CPUC violated the Rule of Law, when it refused to impose fines for violations to my privacy. http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-More_Info-2.html

See Application for Rehearing: http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-More_Info-6k.html

The CPUC denied my Application for Rehearing.

Initially, I thought the Judge and other long-time employees had hidden the information I presented, from the Commissioners.
In 2007, after a phone repair expert told me that AT&T lied about the meanings of the trouble codes on my business lines, I contacted the FBI. Long-story short, the FBI told me, “Attorneys lie, Judges are corrupt. Let it go.” I do have letters and emails from the FBI. See this one from 2008:
http://www.mikeandmabell.com/FBI/images/FBI_3-28-08.jpg

After the failures of the CPUC led to a gas pipeline failure that burned down a neighborhood and killed eight people, I contacted the Executive Director, requesting to meet with him. http://www.aphonenumberforthepresident.com/phonenumberforpresident-40.html

Ten days later, the State Police showed up at my front door. The Police were professional, and I was not arrested. The police did tell me, “You need to be careful.” It was not a threat, it was a warning.

In reading through the “arrest report”, I saw evidence that the Judge had been coerced into filing a false report.
See arrest report: http://www.aphonenumberforthepresident.com/phonenumberforpresident-33.html

One important line in the “arrest report” is the statement by the Judge:
“Also, the PUC normally does not impose fines for individual issues, unless a claim of the same nature is filed by numerous individuals.”

After the Yolo Rabbi discovered the money trail linked to CaliforniaALL and CCPF, I came to the conclusion that Geoffrey Brown and Michael Peevery are corrupt, and are responsible for the corrupt Decision, and the refusal to impose fines.

It should also be noted that Geoffrey Brown is the cousin of Governor Jerry Brown. Geoffrey Brown still hangs out at the CPUC with Peevey, and his Chief of Staff.
Peevey’s Chief of Staff is Geoffrey Brown’s girlfriend, and he travels with her and Peevey, when the Utilities pay for lavish trips. http://www.turn.org/archive/item/223-the-secret-life-of-michael-peevey.html

Numerous people have been asking Governor Jerry Brown to replace Michael Peevey. Nobody can understand why Governor Brown has not done so. I believe the Yolo Rabbi discovered the reason when he discovered CaliforniaALL.
I will say for the record that Geoffrey Brown is corrupt, and he obstructed justice in the Formal Complaint I filed back in 2001, by refusing to follow the Rule of Law.

BREAKING NEWS ALERT: The Leslie Brodie Report to Re-Publish Previously De-Published Developing Story In Re CaliforniaALL’s Ophelia Basqal of PG & E, Amy Margolin of Howard Rice, Jerry Brown’s Nancy McFadden (Formerly of PG & E), Joseph Grodin [ TLR Note: 1) Reason for republication — YR’s alleged “newly discovered evidence” dealing with CaliforniaALL’s Freada and Mitchell Kapor, The Kapor Center, California 2010 election campaigns of Jerry Brown, Gavin Newson, Kamala Harris. Long story short, YR believes ample evidence now exists to further inquire (and primarily in order to eliminate suspicion) possibility mastermind behind Democratic party James Brosnahan, CPUC’s Michael Peevey and CPUC’s Geoffrey Brown may have also laundered “utility money” (i.e. PG&E) to campaigns of Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris vis-a-vis The Kapor Center, or misused Tech-Guru Mitch Kapor, Kapor Center 2) It is expected that by end of next week, all parties involved in CaliforniaALL financial scheme (utility companies, CPUC, Cal Bar, Cal Bar Foundation, CalALL directors and executives, Mark Friedman, Alison Turner, McGeorge School of Law, UC Irvine Foundation, Voice of OC, MoFo, Munger Tolles, Allen Matkins, Keker & Van Nest’s Chris Young/Three-Card-Monte, etc service of STD (subpoena duces tecum) would be completed.]

Story in re de-published article, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/on-tuesday-27-march-2012-500-pm-gmt-tlr-to-de-publish-developing-story-re-californiaalls-ophelia-basqal-of-pg-e-amy-margolin-of-howard-rice-jerry-browns-nancy-mcfadden-formerly-of/

Newly re-published article, please see @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/02/04/ophelia-basgal-ronald-george-pg-e-developing-12645281/

Status Check of AARP Director Barbara O’Connor [TLR Note: 1- No change in status. Fraud / Misrepresentations still present 2- As background, O’Connor is former professor of communications @ CSU Sacramento. O’Connor presently employed by Sacramento-based public relations firm Donna Lucas / Lucas Public Affairs — an extension of PR firm Porter Novelli headed by Bill Novelli – EX-CEO of AARP. O’Connor possesses links to a) Link Americas Foundation headed by Costa Rica Devotee Brenda Kempster (both attended Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration ostensibly to promote ease of communications between North/South America — courtesy of Munger Tolles’ client, Verizon. b) California Emerging Technology Fund – shady non-profit launched by Michael Peevey / CPUC now headed by $350,000 per annum Sunne McPeak. 3. Fraud / Misrep as follows a) claim “presently a professor” – false b) AARP — as part of greater scheme — defraud public by not referencing employment @ Lucas Public Affairs as Blue-Cross is major client. In fact, argument can be made O’Connor infiltrated AARP on behalf of health insurance companies (as did Sacramento lobbyist Jeannine English) Second Opinion? feel free to contact Mr. William Hauck 4. Here, profile projects image of nice lady from Passadena, unlike profile @ Lucas ]

J David Nelson

J. David Nelson

J. David Nelson serves on the Board and is also chair of the AARP Foundation Board of Directors. Read

OConnor

Barbara O’Connor

Barbara O’Connor, Ph.D., is a professor of Communications and Director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University in Sacramento. Read

Penn

John Penn

John Penn of Spring Green, WI, is the chairman and CEO of Intek Plastics Inc. Read

Pratt

Diane Pratt

Diane Pratt, M.A., is the president and CEO of DP Consultants Inc., a public affairs management firm. Read

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Source @:

http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/leadership/info-2010/barbara_oconnor.html

Barbara O’Connor, PhD, of Sacramento, Calif., was elected to the AARP Board of Directors in 2010.

Download a high-resolution photo of Barbara O’Connor.

Life Perspectives

“I grew up in West Texas, raised by a single mother. I was a first-generation college graduate. So I’ve lived through lots of what our members are living through.

“Communications and politics have really been my longstanding interests, including technology access and equity, disabled rights, communication strategies and social movement building. I have a political background, and I started a public radio station in Sacramento and ran it for a while. We now have six radio stations there, the Capital Public Radio Network.

“I have taught mostly technology policy and technology evolution — the hardware stuff. I also teach political communications and the impact of messaging on social movement formation.

“I was fortunate enough to go to the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, which is very geeky, so I was able to keep up with technology as it evolved. I chaired the California Public Broadcasting Commission, and I’m now an officer and director of the California Emerging Technology Fund.

“AARP provides me an opportunity to do tele-health, to deal with issues of getting the 50-plus generation online. I get to help people who are unemployed at 50, using the Web. So being part of the AARP board is really a wonderful synergy of my interests and the organization’s interests….”

“It’s getting more and more difficult to find a center in American politics. Part of it is the media’s fault. The news hole, in both broadcast and in print, has really been reduced. The downsizing and the mergers and acquisitions that have gone on in the media world have really done a disservice to public policy discussion. It’s made the media more event- and scandal-chasing — the lowest common denominator.

“In political campaigns, it’s 30-second spots. So it’s no surprise that the public has fatigue about dealing with politicians. Every poll in America shows that they are held in very low esteem.

“We can’t return to retail politics because we have the technology and everyone is used to using it. But longer formats, discussions, call-ins, coherent talk would be welcome. Certainly, AARP’s members would welcome that to address their concerns about big things such as Social Security.

“AARP is nonpartisan, and ours is a trusted voice. We have to provide the voice of reason in these debates, so that it’s not a partisan political discussion, but really a rational, practical discussion.

“People really do care about the issues that we work on. They’re central to their lives. We have to find a coherent solution to intractable problems.

“We need to be very heavily data-driven. I think we do that, by the way. I think staff and our board are the best. And our volunteers are terrific. So I’m optimistic, actually.

“A big part of our job as board members is to listen. You don’t let your own biases govern what you do. I have to listen to what the data says and to what members are telling me.

“So if you’re data-driven and you really do listen to the members tell you what their issues are — and we have very good organs of information that help us with that, by the way, in the organization — then you can find consensus.”

Expertise

Politics, communications, debate, telecommunications policy, digital divide, senior health, tele-health, digital literacy, education technology.

Education

Ph.D., communications, University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communications; M.A., communications, California State University, Northridge; B.A., communications, California State University, Northridge; A.A., history, Los Angeles Valley College.

Experience

Currently, professor of communication and director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, California State University, Sacramento. Previously, assistant director of debate, University of Southern California; summer debate instructor, Georgetown University; design consultant, Cablevision Systems, New Jersey.

Volunteer experience

Boards: Formerly, chairperson and founding board member, The Alliance for Public Technology; board member and officer, California Emerging Technology Fund; member, Bellcore Advisory Board.

Other: Formerly, presidential debate judge, Washington Bureau, Associated Press; ch

 

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.)

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 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/

Ben Wong of Southern California Edison / CAUSE Linkedin Profile [TLR Note: 1. Notice connection to John Chiang 2. Wong — a Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology — yet employed as Local Public Affairs Officer at Southern California Edison 3. Wong – part of toxic and unlawful mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship between utility SCE and Asian-American community in California conveniently arranged by a corn farmer from Iowa – SCE Director Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson 4. Recently, California Bar Foundation Director Richard Tom of SCE — who criminally conspired with California Bar Foundation Director MTO’s Mary Ann Todd and others to knowingly press false criminal charges against YR — abruptly quit SCE ]

Ben Wong’s Overview

Current
Past
  • Regional Public Affairs Manager; Executive Director – Los Angeles County Division at League of California Cities
  • Assistant to the Boardmember at Office of Hon. John Chiang, CA State Board of Equalization, 4th District
  • City Council Member at City of West Covina
Education
  • University of Southern California
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Ben Wong’s Experience

Local Public Affairs

Southern California Edison

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; EIX; Utilities industry

January 2010Present (3 years 3 months)

Regional Public Affairs Manager; Executive Director – Los Angeles County Division

League of California Cities

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Government Relations industry

January 2006January 2010 (4 years 1 month)

The League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities.

The League’s mission statement reflects this commitment to “restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians”.

Assistant to the Boardmember

Office of Hon. John Chiang, CA State Board of Equalization, 4th District

July 2001January 2006 (4 years 7 months)

City Council Member

City of West Covina

April 1992December 2005 (13 years 9 months)

After being elected with nearly 65% of the vote in 1992, I was re-elected twice as the top vote getter in 1997 and 2001. Also served as Mayor in 1997-98 and 2001-02.

Ben Wong’s Education

University of Southern California

B.S. & Ph.D., Cellular & Molecular Biology

19691978

Source @:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-wong/6/81b/52b

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FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON: Ron Olson, Jeff Bleich, Brad Phiilips, Henry Weissmann, Robert Adler, Fred Rowley, Mary Ann Todd, and Misty Sanford

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles

Southern California Edison - Ron Olson, John Bryson, Robert Adler, Richard Tom, Ben Wong

Ron Olson, John Bryson, Robert Adler, Richard Tom, and Ben Wong

Ron Olson, Mary Ann Todd, and Richard Tom

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson

Ron, Jeff and Brad

Munger Tolles -- CAUSE

Ron, Fred, Ben Wong, James Hsu, Justice Ming Chin

MTO Verizon

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


Fred Rowley of Munger Tolles & Olson who allegedly served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE. Once caught, Rowley conspired with Justice Chin, MTO, SCE, and others to defraud and mislead the California Commission on Judicial Performance. According to MTO, Rowley is a member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He also serves on the boards of directors of CAUSE, a non-profit that promotes Asian-Americans in politics. (image: courtesy of MTO)

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/09/03/amid-allegations-of-bribery-call-fo…

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The Man Behind the Curtain — Director of Southern California Edison Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson

GOOD Ol’ BOYS

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

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

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

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

WAR STORY TIME

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

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

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

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

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

A GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN

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

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

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

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

SMART GREED

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

My inquiry into CaliforniaALL began close to one year ago when I stumbled upon unusually large and highly peculiar financial transactions in conjunction with what appeared to me to be clear attempts to conceal and mislead. In order to deflect potential allegations that I am motivated by politics, I wish to assure the readers that my inquiry into these issues was not and is not motivated by politics. In fact, the only actor that I have ever met is James Brosnahan, who I met once for a short period of time while a volunteer with BASF – VLSP, a volunteer organization that awarded me a volunteer of the year award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

As such, while at the time I was not familiar with those individuals, I reviewed the Foundation’s annual reports to familiarize myself with the names of the Foundation’s board of directors, and to try to resolve various inconsistencies regarding who was serving as the Foundation’s president and why Robert Scott Wylie appeared to be the president when data showed that he had relocated to Indiana in 2006. I checked the Foundation’s tax returns and it was then that I fortuitously stumbled upon the fact that the Foundation ended 2008 close to $500,000 in the negative. Specifically, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES in 2007 equaled plus +$373.842.00. However, in 2008, the Foundation reported to the IRS that REVENUE LESS EXPENSES equaled minus -$537,712.

In its 2008 Annual Report (See page 9 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-State-Bar-of-California-Foundation-AKA-California-Bar-Foundation ), the Foundation alludes to CaliforniaALL by stating:

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

See page 24 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-State-Bar-of-California-Foundation-AKA-California-Bar-Foundation
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While I was able to ascertain from Foundation’s tax records an “exit” of the $774,247 in 2008 (the apparent source of which was allegedly the above-referenced 4 utility companies), I was unable to ascertain when and where the Foundation reported to the IRS — either in 2008 or 2007 or 2006 or 2005 — an “entry” of those funds which it allegedly held in trust for CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

CaliforniaALL – Obama for America

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by Cal PERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson was serving as President of the State Bar. Both Bleich and Ashley are politically active, and were supporting the 2008 campaign of Barack Obama for President. Ruthe Ashley was involved in the Asian-Americans for Obama branch in Sacramento.

In April 2007, Chief of Staff to CPUC’s President Michael Peevey, Peter Arth, Jr. urged Ruthe Catolico Ashley to meet him at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting, the idea to create CaliforniaALL (initially named CaAAL or CaALL) was conceived.

In its brief existence, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra, Southern California Edison), including a sub-rosa “hush -hush”contribution of $769,247.00 from the California Bar Foundation — –CaliforniaALL appears to have been be a sham, phantom entity.

CaliforniaALL was conveniently housed free of charge at the offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, alongside the draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA . Steve Churchwell of DLA Piper in Sacramento served as Treasurer of the draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA.

Subsequent to the election of Barack Obama, CaliforniaALL was dissolved.

As matters presently stand, my inquiry leads me to suspect 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)

Annette Carnegie (former director with the California Bar Foundation

In conjunction with:

Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, Obama for America ; member of CaliforniaALL)

Jeffrey Bleich (Munger Tolles & Olson, president of the State Bar of California, director with the California Bar Foundation, founding member and Chair of Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee)

Steven Churchwell ( DLA Piper, Treasurer, draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA)

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 — CaliforniaALL.

CaliforniaALL – The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)

Given the above suspicious circumstantial evidence surrounding CaliforniaALL, due to recent wide media coverage dealing with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), I begun to also entertain thoughts that the owner of SONGS (Edison International and Sempra Energy) as well as the law firms which represent Edison International and Sempra Energy (Munger Tolles & Olson and DLA Piper, respectively) may have also taken the opportunity to misuse the California Bar Foundation / CaliforniaALL to bribe CPUC officials in matters relating to SONGS.

Specifically, serving alongside Jeffrey Bleich and Bradley Phillips as director of the California Bar Foundation was also CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown, cousin of California Governor Jerry Brown.

See bottom page: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48712884/3-2008-Annual-Report-of-Foundation-of-the-State-Bar-of-California-Foundation-AKA-California-Bar-Foundation

As a reminder, while Jeff Bleich, Bradley Phillips and CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown served as director of the California Bar Foundation an unusually large and unexplained sum of money (courtesy of utility companies) was allocated to be transferred to CaliforniaALL — an entity created through the urging of Peter Arth of the CPUC.

Incidentally, during the same time period, Geoffrey Brown was the assigned commissioner in the application Edison International/ Southern California Edison submitted to the CPUC for authorization: (1) to replace SONGS 2 & 3 steam generators; (2) establish ratemaking for cost recovery; and (3) address other related steam generator replacement issues.

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In Re CaliforniaALL financial scheme, Yolo DA, YR, below:

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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Addenda to List of Prospective Defendants in Suit to Be Filed In Sacramento Superior Court: Black Firsters Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest, Eric Tate of MoFo-100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Annette Carnegie of Kaiser Foundation [TLR NOTE: As mentioned earlier, YR only recently managed to further implicate degenerate Chris Young in CaliforniaALL financial scheme; Young — strong connection to MoFo’s JJB, USDOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeff Bleich of MuTo/Cal Bar/Obama’s Special Counsel, Kevin Johnson, Fulcrum’s Mark Friedman- Alison Turner. Friedman — business partner of Howard Dickstein. Once it was “Time” for Ruthe Ashley to “leave” CaliforniaALL, it was turned over to Friedman/Turner — ipso facto further implicating Cal bar BOG member Jeannine English as actor ab-initio, as did English connections to a) Donna Lucas/ Kip Lipper/ Darrell Steinberg of CalALL b) Shrimpscam’s Gwen Moore. Incidentally, a separate suit considered against AARP, Lucas, English, Porter Novelli, Barbara O’Connor]

*THE LESLIE BRODIE REPORT STRONGLY URGES THE READERS TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSION REGARDING MISCONDUCT BY ANYONE

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Southern California EdisonVerizon

Freada Kapor Klein Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson Cary Martin Zellerbach Douglas Scrivner of Accenture Robert Hamilton of Allen Matkins Karina Hamilton Adam Stock of Allen Matkins Ruthe Ashley aka Ruthe Catolico Ashley eric tate
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, L-R) PG&E, SCE, Verizon, Voice of OC, UCI Foundation, Edison International, Accenture, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles & Olson, Martin Investment Management, Level Playing Field Institute, Verizon Foundation, Freada Kapor Klein, Ron Olson of Munger Tolles, Carry Martin Zellerbach, Doug Scrivner, Bob Hamilton, Karina Hamilton, Adam Stock, Ruthe Ashley, Sir James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, Darrell Steinberg , James Hsu, Victor Miramontes, Brad Phillips, Pat Fong Kushida, Gibor Basri, Larissa Parecki, Kamala Harris, David Washburn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Mark Robinson, Ophelia Basgal, Hon. Morrison C. England, Torrie Flournoy-England, Frank Quevedo, Jack O’Connell, Michael Peevey, Hon. Michael Drake – UC Irvine Chancellor, Sarah E. Redfield, Eric Tate, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie

Addendum to profile of Mark Friedman of Fulcrum Property: Co-chair of Sacramento’s Kevin Johnson’s mayoral fundraising campaign in 2008 [TLR Note: In Sacramento, around that time, MoFo’s Chris Young ( practically speaking, an agent of James Brosnahan / Tony West) acts as OBAMA FOR AMERICA Northern California deputy finance director and “special advisor ” to Kevin Johnson — previously alluded to in “Make Believe Launching of SAL” in connection with Sarah Redfield, Torie Flournoy-England, McGeorge School of Law ]

“Friedman is betting on Sacramento’s sophistication and culture with award-winning projects like 16th and J’s Elliott Building (home of Mikuni and P.F. Chang’s) and the O1 lofts (in partnership with other developers). He’s currently at work on headquarters facilities for EdFund and this year found time to host U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama and co-chair Kevin Johnson’s mayoral fundraising campaign while completing the Brooklynesque Sutter Brownstones at 26th and N. But the Stanford Law School grad’s chef-d’oeuvre may well be ahead of him: playing a key role in developing the West Sacramento waterfront. ”

Source @: http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/September-2008/The-Power-Influence-100/

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Well, it’s official now. Kevin Johnson was sworn in as the City of Sacramento’s 55th and first African American mayor Tuesday (Dec. 2, 2008) in a closed-door session.

Helping Kevin Johnson in this effort are some familiar faces to the campaign as well as some unfamiliar ones.

Chief of Staff: Kunal Merchant
Executive Assistant: Sarah Z’berg
Council Operations Manager: Lisa Serna-Mayorga
Scheduler: Daniel Lopez
Special Assistant: Chris Young
Mayor and Council Receptionist: Charlita Anderson

Source @: http://sacramento.about.com/b/2008/12/03/kevin-johnon-sworn-in-as-mayor.htm

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CaliforniaALL Part 8: University of New Hampshire School of Law Professor Sarah Redfield in The Make Believe Launching of SAL — Originally published in March of 2011, below:

 

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

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CaliforniaALL Advisory Council Rebublished Amid Sabotage In Re Jack O’Connell — Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

Advisory Council

Gloria Moore Andrews
Deputy Executive Director
California Public Employees Retirement System

The Honorable Joe Coto
California State Assembly
District 53

The Honorable Morrison England
Eastern District of California
United States District Court

The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
District Attorney
City and County of San Francisco

Judy Johnson
Executive Director
State Bar of California

Patricia Lee
Director, Office of Legal Services
Access & Fairness Programs, State Bar of California

The Honorable Ted Lieu
California State Assembly
District 53

Jack O’Connell
Superintendent of Public Instruction
California Department of Education

Michael Peevey
President
California Public Utilities Commission

Steve Poizner
Commissioner
California Department of Insurance

The Honorable Curren D. Price, Jr.
California State Assembly
District 51

Timothy Simon
Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission

The Honorable Darrell Steinberg
Senate Pro Tem
California Senate, 6th District

Dan Dydzak — Esteemed Legal Scholar and Champion of Justice — Hereby Asked to Disclose All Facts Relating to Relationship Between Darrell Steinberg of CaliforniaALL , Steinberg’s Assistant — Prominent Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers; and Judge Dave Rosenberg of Yolo County in Context of Pressing False Criminal Charges by, Among Others , BOG Member Dennis Mangers and Subsequent Unlawful Search & Seizure of Alleged Confidential Communication Between Dydzak and YR

Darrell Steinberg

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (image: courtesy photo)

Darrell Steinberg, as part of CaliforniaALL’s Advisory Council, see below:

 California ALL Advisory Council

Dennis Mangers

Mr. Dennis Mangers (image: courtesy photo)

GGodfather Dennis Mangers of Carmichael, California is a retired senior adviser to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who made the decision to appoint Dennis Mangers as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors in September of 2010, please see @:

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

 

Dennis Mangers, as co-conspirator in a scheme to file false criminal charges against Yolo County-based Rabbi, see below:

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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Consumer Advocate Mike Knell Lashes Out at Former CPUC Commissioner Geoffrey Brown and FBI [TLR Note: Geoff Brown, clearly, part of various schemes involving money from Utilities to various Democratic Party/ Asian/Black causes through and by means of Asians/Blacks i.e. Gwen Moore, Wife of Michael Peevey; Judy Johnson, CCPF, CaliforniaALL, Greenlining , CETF, etc.; Brown also part of The Oral Sex Scandal involving Judy Johnson – Robert Hawley; Currently, YR seeks to ensnare Brown in bribery/money laundering schemes involving Sempra / Sweetie’s V. El Paso / Kapor Center- Cousin Jerry Brown / Jeannine English – Ross Perot – Joe Dunn ]

I have documents which mesh well with the Yolo Rabbi’s discovery of the money trail involving Geoffrey Brown and the sham charity, CaliforniaALL.

I also believe that the people involved could block Googlebots, as well as FBI investigations.

Geoffrey Brown was the Commissioner assigned to a Formal Complaint I filed back in 2001. In 2003, he refused to follow the Rule of Law, by refusing to impose fines upon Utilities that violated laws. Worst of all, fraudulent statements were made in the Decision, to help the Utility conceal most violations to law, especially the criminal violations.

Like the Yolo Rabbi, I too, have an “arrest report” (dated November 2, 2010), which is linked to corrupt Officials at the CPUC who are trying to cover up problems they created. The police were professional, and saw no reason to arrest me after the CPUC filed the complaint against me.

The “arrest report” is very revealing in regards to the money trail linked to CaliforniaALL and other entities such as CCPF. The Judge who Presided over the Formal Complaint stated that the CPUC does not impose fines upon Utilities when an individual proves the Utilities violated laws. Now, because of the Yolo Rabbi, a motive (and a money trail) for the CPUC’s refusal to impose fines, has been found.

The Yolo Rabbi needs to see this document:
http://www.aphonenumberforthepresident.com/phonenumberforpresident-33.html

Now that I know more about Geoffrey Brown, I want the Yolo Rabbi to look at a list of the violations I now believe Geoffrey Brown helped cover-up.
http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-Conclusion.html

From 2007-2008, I tried to get the FBI to investigate the corruption at the CPUC.
http://www.mikeandmabell.com/FBI/images/FBI_3-28-08.jpg

I was told that an agent tried to open an investigation, but that a Supervisor shut it down. I no longer trust the FBI, and I fear it could block Googlebots.

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

In an email to YR and the Board of Governors, Brown wrote:

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

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

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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California State Sen. Jerry Hill announces proposes law to curb spending power of CPUC chief Michael Peevey (TLR Note: sham foundations included ? i.e. CCPF, CaliforniaALL, CETF etc etc etc …..)

State Sen. Jerry Hill announced Wednesday that he is proposing a law that would severely curb the financial authority of the president of the state Public Utilities Commission.

The Peninsula legislator is a leading critic of the CPUC and its longtime president, former utility CEO Michael Peevey. Hill’s district includes San Bruno’s CPUC regulated PG&E blast site.

Hill said during a press event Wednesday at the CPUC headquarters in San Francisco that he’s introducing legislation to put a stop to these abuses.

He said he wants a new law that would prohibit the CPUC from doling out hundreds of millions of utility ratepayer dollars to foundations, third-party nonprofits and for-profit organizations, unless first reviewed through the California Energy Commission.

“President Peevey, has in fact made a habit of finding ways to extract money from customers and regulated entities and inject it into the unregulated nonprofits when he then controls,” Hill said.

Please continue @: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/legislator-proposes-law-curb-spending-pow…

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

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as of 09/25/2012
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    KQED Board of Directors; Emerge Board of Directors
  • Mel Levine
    Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LL, Former US Representative, 27th Congressional District
  • Jim Losi
    Founder & Chair, Kundebana Foundation
  • Nancy McFadden
    Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments and Policy, Office of the Governor, State of CA
  • Michael Nacht, Ex-officio
    Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair, Goldman School of Public Policy
    Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michael Peevey
    President, California Public Utilities Commission
    Former President of NewEnergy Inc., Edison International and Southern California Edison Company
  • Gary B. Pruitt (MPP ’81)
    President and CEO, McClatchy Newspapers
  • Thomas C. Schneider
    Retired Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Michelle Schwartz (MPP/MPH ’88)
    Director, Mila Fine Arts
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Budd Shenkin, M.D. (MPP ’71)
    President, Bayside Medical Group
  • Steve Silberstein
    Retired Co-Founder of Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
    Trustee, University of California, Berkeley
  • John Wilton
    Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, UC Berkeley
  • Jerry Yoon
    Managing Director/Head of Equity Derivative Flow, RBS

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

Richard Goldman Ronald George

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

Related story, please see@:

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Related stories:

Complaint against Voice of OC, please see @

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

 

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

 

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

August 31, 2012

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

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

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

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

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

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

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

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

INTRODUCTION:

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

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

INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

12. JUDY JOHNSON – Ms. Johnson is the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. Ms. Johnson (along with Robert Hawley and Starr Babcock) is no stranger to financial schemes. For the past 8 years, she has been quietly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (California Consumer Protection Foundation AKA “CCPF”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. CCPF forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities in South Los Angeles or to an entity headed by Michael Shames known as UCAN — presently under federal grand jury investigation in San Diego. It appears that Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by various law firms in courts and before the CPUC. In addition, while never prosecuted for the scheme, some have speculated that Johnson and cohorts Hawley (whom Johnson labeled the “Wizard of OZ”) and Babcock were “in” on a financial scheme perpetrated by former State Bar employee Sharon Pearl, who was lightly prosecuted by then-attorney general Jerry Brown, cousin of Geoffrey Brown.

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

13. RUTHE CATOLICO ASHLEY — Ms. Ashley is a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at Cal PERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors alongside Mr. Bleich, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

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

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

 15.  JOE DUNN — Mr. Dunn is  the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency. He is also a  Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as  CaliforniaALL  (FEIN Number 51-0656213). Presently, Dunn serves as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation.   The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL. Previously, In his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, Dunn was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

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

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

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

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

In approximately 2007, Ruthe Catolico Ashley — an attorney from Sacramento and a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors — was employed by Cal PERS as a “Diversity Officer.” Prior to her employment with Cal PERS, Ms. Ashley was employed as a career counsel at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. While at McGeorge, Ms. Ashley met diversity expert Sarah Redfield. At that time, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson was serving as President of the State Bar. Both Bleich and Ashley are politically active, and were supporting the 2008 campaign of Barack Obama for President. Ruthe Ashley was involved in the Asian-Americans for Obama branch in Sacramento.

In April 2007, Ashley and Sarah Redfield were urged to meet Peter Arth, Jr. of the California Public Utilities Commission at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting, the idea to create CaliforniaALL (initially named CaAAL or CaALL) was conceived. Eventually, Cal PERS, the CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

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

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

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

Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaALL’s interim executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel were Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate of Morrison & Foerster.

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

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

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

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

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

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

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

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The California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of the law firm of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided free of charge courtesy of partner Steven Churchwell – an attorney specialized in the representation of political entities.

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

In June 2008, after a nationwide search and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL not surprisingly hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer. (See Press Release http://www.scribd.com/doc/48717715/5-California-ALL-Announces-Hiring-of-Ruthe… )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

In view of the above, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Edison’s refusal  violated IRS rules and regulations.  I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

I look forward to your response.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

 

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

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

Said document is located @:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

 

 

Sunne McPeak’s CETF Fraudulent Profile of Secretary Barbara O’Connor (TLR Note: CETF, McPeak, English, O’Connor, Lucas, Peevey, Escutia, CPUC Defraud by Withholding O’Connor Part of Lucas Public Affairs ; CETF – Sister of CaliforniaALL, CCPF)

O’Connor is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of political communication and telecommunications policy and applications. She is the author of numerous publications in both of these areas.

Her numerous appointments, boards and chairs, include the: California Educational Technology Committee; Washington, DC based Alliance for Public Technology; Alliance; California Public Broadcasting Commission; Network Reliability and Interoperability Council; Bellcore’s Advisory Board; ATT’s Consumer Advisory Panel; Verizon’s Consumer Collaborative Council; ETS international ICT literacy effort; National ICT Policy Council; and California Educational Technology Industry Task Force. Dr. O’Connor is an expert consultant and has served a wide array of business, media, telecommunications, federal and state clients and task forces.

Awards and honors include: an by 1990 California State University outstanding teaching award; 1994 California State University Alumni Distinguished Professor Award; 1996 Technology Leadership award; 1998 Technology Pioneer Award.

Recent research grants and projects, include: Ten California Public Utilities Commission Telecommunications Graduate Fellowships; and the Sacramento County Communications Audit and Web Portal development project.

Dr. O’Connor received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Southern California in 1974. She was featured in Newsweek’s 1995 “50 for the Future” a feature on the fifty people who will set policy and direction for global communications.

Dr. O’Connor has always blended her teaching, research and community service into a consistent commitment to explain the role of media in society and its impact on citizens, institutions and the democratic process and continues to teach a full load.

 

Source: http://www.cetfund.org/aboutus/board/OConnor-Barbara

 

Related story, please see:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/aarp-and-aarp-foundation-fraudul…

AARP and AARP Foundation Fraudulent Profile of Director Barbara O’Connor of California Emerging Technology Fund (TLR Note:AARP, CETF, McPeak, English, O’Connor, Lucas and others mislead by intentionally withholding O’Connor part of Lucas Public Affairs)

Barbara O’Connor

AARP Affiliated Foundation board member

Barbara O’Connor, Ph.D., of Sacramento, Calif., was elected to the AARP Board in 2010. She serves on the Audit and Finance Committee and is on the Insurance Trust.

She is a former professor of communication studies and director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, California State University, Sacramento. Previously, she was assistant director of debate, University of Southern California, a summer debate instructor, Georgetown University, and a design consultant, Cablevision Systems, New Jersey. She has been chairperson and founding board member of the Alliance for Public Technology; a board member and officer, California Emerging Technology Fund; a member of the Bellcore Advisory Board; and a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Network Reliability Council. She chaired the California Educational Technology Commission, the California Public Broadcasting Commission, the CEO Task Force on Digital Literacy and the International Council on Information Communication Technology.

Source: http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/about-us/info-06-2012/barbara-oconnor-boa…

 

AARP Leadership Profile:

Life Perspectives

“I grew up in West Texas, raised by a single mother. I was a first-generation college graduate. So I’ve lived through lots of what our members are living through.

“Communications and politics have really been my longstanding interests, including technology access and equity, disabled rights, communication strategies and social movement building. I have a political background, and I started a public radio station in Sacramento and ran it for a while. We now have six radio stations there, the Capital Public Radio Network.

“I have taught mostly technology policy and technology evolution — the hardware stuff. I also teach political communications and the impact of messaging on social movement formation.

“I was fortunate enough to go to the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, which is very geeky, so I was able to keep up with technology as it evolved. I chaired the California Public Broadcasting Commission, and I’m now an officer and director of the California Emerging Technology Fund.

“AARP provides me an opportunity to do tele-health, to deal with issues of getting the 50-plus generation online. I get to help people who are unemployed at 50, using the Web. So being part of the AARP board is really a wonderful synergy of my interests and the organization’s interests….”

“It’s getting more and more difficult to find a center in American politics. Part of it is the media’s fault. The news hole, in both broadcast and in print, has really been reduced. The downsizing and the mergers and acquisitions that have gone on in the media world have really done a disservice to public policy discussion. It’s made the media more event- and scandal-chasing — the lowest common denominator.

“In political campaigns, it’s 30-second spots. So it’s no surprise that the public has fatigue about dealing with politicians. Every poll in America shows that they are held in very low esteem.

“We can’t return to retail politics because we have the technology and everyone is used to using it. But longer formats, discussions, call-ins, coherent talk would be welcome. Certainly, AARP’s members would welcome that to address their concerns about big things such as Social Security.

“AARP is nonpartisan, and ours is a trusted voice. We have to provide the voice of reason in these debates, so that it’s not a partisan political discussion, but really a rational, practical discussion.

“People really do care about the issues that we work on. They’re central to their lives. We have to find a coherent solution to intractable problems.

“We need to be very heavily data-driven. I think we do that, by the way. I think staff and our board are the best. And our volunteers are terrific. So I’m optimistic, actually.

“A big part of our job as board members is to listen. You don’t let your own biases govern what you do. I have to listen to what the data says and to what members are telling me.

“So if you’re data-driven and you really do listen to the members tell you what their issues are — and we have very good organs of information that help us with that, by the way, in the organization — then you can find consensus.”

Expertise

Politics, communications, debate, telecommunications policy, digital divide, senior health, tele-health, digital literacy, education technology.

Education

Ph.D., communications, University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communications; M.A., communications, California State University, Northridge; B.A., communications, California State University, Northridge; A.A., history, Los Angeles Valley College.

Experience

Currently, professor of communication and director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, California State University, Sacramento. Previously, assistant director of debate, University of Southern California; summer debate instructor, Georgetown University; design consultant, Cablevision Systems, New Jersey.

Volunteer experience

Boards: Serves on AARP Board’s Audit and Finance Committee and the AARP Insurance Trust. Formerly, chairperson and founding board member, The Alliance for Public Technology; board member and officer, California Emerging Technology Fund; member, Bellcore Advisory Board.

Other: Formerly, presidential debate judge, Washington Bureau, Associated Press; chair and commission member, California Public Broadcasting Commission (governor’s appointee); commission member, Federal Communication Commission, Network Reliability Council; chair, California Educational technology commission; chair, CEO Task Force on Digital Literacy; chair, International Council on Information Communication Technology; among many others.

Honors

Received a Lifetime Community Service Award, an outstanding teaching award, and the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award from California State University, Sacramento. Received a Technology Pioneer Award from the Alliance for Public Technology; a Technology Leadership Award from Computer Using Educators. Named among 50 for the Future by Newsweek magazine.

Source: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/leadership/info-2010/barbara_oconnor.html

 

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Lucas Public Affairs is a California-based strategic consulting, public relations, and communications firm.   Located in Sacramento, C.A., Lucas Public Affairs was founded in 2006 by Donna Lucas, who is the firm’s CEO and President. The firm’s clients come from a myriad of industries including energy, sports and entertainment, transportation, natural resources, health care, business and finance, tourism and education.[2] The firm also offers services in the following practice areas: Strategic Communications, Crisis Communications, Issue & Reputation Management, Government Relations, Media, and Social Media

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

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Barbara O’Connor, a longtime Sacramento college professor and expert in political communications, has joined Lucas Public Affairs, the firm announced today.

O’Connor will provide strategic guidance for the Sacramento-based public relations firm, which serves clients in the fields of energy, sports, entertainment, insurance, local government, education, health care and other fields. Her title will be senior counsel.

“Barbara’s ongoing relationships with the California press corps, academic community, and national and statewide opinion leaders and policymakers make her a major asset to our team,” said Donna Lucas, president and chief executive officer, in a written statement.

O’Connor also released a statement, saying, “I’m excited about partnering with everyone at Lucas Public Affairs. The issues are interesting and challenging. I’m looking forward to adding to the mix. I know I’m going to learn a lot.”

Source:  http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/06/barbara-oconnor-joins-luca…

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Lucas Public Affairs, one of California’s top strategic communications firms, today announced the addition of Dr. Barbara O’Connor, Emeritus Professor at Sacramento State University, to its growing team.

“Dr. O’Connor will be serving as senior counsel to the firm, offering her experience and expertise on some of the firm’s top clients.

A nationally recognized expert in the field of political communications, Dr. O’Connor will provide strategic guidance on some of the most complex issues that Lucas Public Affairs’ clients face.

“I am thrilled that Barbara is joining our team. She is results-based and has a respected reputation – qualities that make her a perfect addition to the firm,” said Donna Lucas, CEO and President of Lucas Public Affairs. “Her years of experience and knowledge of California and her continued role in providing strategic counsel to many national organizations and media outlets will be of tremendous value as we help our clients navigate through challenges and achieve their business goals.”

O’Connor — formerly a professor at Sacramento State University and director of the university’s Institute for the Study of Politics and Media — has over 43 years of experience teaching and in research.

Besides Sacramento State, she has taught at Georgetown and USC where she was the assistant director of debate. She currently sits on the National Board of the American Association of Retired Persons. O’Connor has previously served as a consultant to McClatchy Newspapers, the Boston Globe Media Properties, the Tribune Company, the Washington Bureau of the Associated Press, the California Legislature, the United States Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.

“I’m excited about partnering with everyone at Lucas Public Affairs. The issues are interesting and challenging,” O’Connor said. “I’m looking forward to adding to the mix. I know I’m going to learn a lot.”

“Barbara’s ongoing relationships with the California press corps, academic community and national and statewide opinion leaders and policymakers make her a major asset to our team,” said Lucas.

Last year, the firm announced the promotions of Justin Knighten, Rachel Huberman and Annie Han and the addition of seasoned media strategist Beth Willon.

Led by Lucas, founder of the firm and one of the nation’s foremost public affairs strategists, Lucas Public Affairs’ existing team includes: public affairs experts Julie Marengo, Senior Vice President, and Jessica Spitz Biller, Vice President—who together have a combined 30+ years of experience managing complex and multi-faceted communications programs for a host of clients and issues; Beth Willon, Senior Account Supervisor & Media Specialist; Justin Knighten, Account Executive; Emilie Cameron, Account Coordinator; Rachel Huberman, Account Coordinator; and Annie Han, Executive Assistant.

Source: http://www.lucaspublicaffairs.com/lpa/index.cfm/news/dr-barbara-oe28099connor…

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price Surge, Blackouts

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

 

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

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

Please see @:

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

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

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

 

Appellate Information

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

Judges

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

Court

  • United States DC Circuit

Counsel

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

Source:

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

 

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

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

Appellate Information

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

Judges

  • JONES, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

     


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

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

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


    David Washburn of Voice of OC

    Martha Escutia
    Martha Escutia of Voice of OC (former)


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

     

    Mr. Joe cotchett

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

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

    Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

    In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

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

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

    Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

    To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

    As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

    I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

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

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

     


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

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

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


    David Washburn of Voice of OC

    Martha Escutia
    Martha Escutia of Voice of OC (former)


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

     

    Mr. Joe cotchett

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

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

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

    Re: A referral for noncompliance with tax laws against exempt organization “Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency” (dba “Voice of OC”):

    PRELIMINARY STATEMENT:

    In lieu of using IRS Form 13909 (Tax-Exempt Organization Referral Form), please consider this communication a formal complaint (referral) against an Orange County, California not-for-profit entity known as “Orange County Nonprofit Investigative News Agency,” which operates an online publication under the name “Voice of OC” (located at www.voiceofoc.org).

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

    INTRODUCTION OF ACTORS:

    1. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as the creator of online publication “Voice of OC” – Orange County’s Nonprofit Investigative News Agency.

    2. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Trustee of the UCI Foundation (an entity which obtained funds from a separate charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL (FEIN Number 51-0656213).

    3. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as Executive Director of the State Bar of California – an entity which also controls and maintains a foundation known as the California Bar Foundation. The California Bar Foundation very quietly transferred close to $780,000 to CaliforniaALL.

    4. Mr. Joe Dunn in his role as a politician and business partner of Martha Escutia, who was involved in matters relating to utility companies operating in California.

    5. Ms. Gwen Moore – a former Assembly member in the California legislature. Ms. Moore has “clout” over the CPUC and utility companies. Ms. Moore presently serves as a member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors; she has previously been the subject of an FBI sting operation.

    6. Mr. Geoffrey Brown – a former commissioner with the CPUC and former board member of the California Bar Foundation. During his tenure as a board member of the California Bar Foundation, a hush-hush transfer of $780,000 was made to CaliforniaALL. Subsequent to this transfer, Mr. Brown abruptly quit his position as board member.

    7. Mr. Thomas Girardi of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Girardi helped Joe Dunn to establish the Voice of OC, and was a member of its board of directors. Recently, he abruptly quit that position. Mr. Girardi is a well-known donor to the Democratic Party and, in particular, to California Senator Barbara Boxer.

    8. Mr. Howard Miller of Los Angeles-based law firm Girardi & Keese. Mr. Miller was a member of both the State Bar of California Board of Governors and the California Bar Foundation board of directors when the “hush-hush” transfer of $780,000 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL took place.

    9. Mr. James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster – Mr. Brosnahan represents utility companies. He – along with Thomas Girardi – helped Mr. Joe Dunn create the Voice of OC, the subject of this complaint. Like Mr. Girardi, Mr. Brosnahan also served as member of Voice of OC’s board of directors, and recently also abruptly quit his position.

    10. Ms. Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster – Ms. Mac Cormac was part of the legal team that created the legal entity known as CaliforniaALL.

    11. Mr. Victor Miramontes – a resident of San Antonio, TX and business partner of former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Mr. Miramontes was the chairman of CaliforniaALL.

    12. Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley – a former employee of McGeorge School of Law who later served as a “Diversity Officer” at CalPERS. Ms. Ashley also served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors, and came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, Jr. (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey). After CaliforniaALL came into existence, Ms. Ashley, after a simulated search, was selected to serve as CaliforniaALL’s executive director.

    13. Ms. Sarah Redfield – a visiting professor at McGeorge School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California Committee. Ms. Redfield was chosen to serve as the “interim executive director” for CaliforniaALL, and later also allegedly served as a consultant to CaliforniaALL. For her services, Ms. Redfield was paid for the year of 2008 close to $160,000 as an “independent contractor.” Even though CaliforniaALL was housed pro bono at the law offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, there is an entry on CaliforniaALL’s tax return for close to $16,000 for “occupancy.”

    14. Ms. Judy Johnson – the former Executive Director of the State Bar of California. For the past 8 years, she has been secretly serving as the president of an entity with a misleading name (“California Consumer Protection Foundation”). This entity absorbed close to $30 million in class action cy pres awards, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. This entity forwarded those funds to mostly questionable ACORN-like entities. On its website, CCPF claims that it has available information on all grantees going back 10 years. Not so. The information is scattered and extremely difficult to ascertain. In fact, a whole year is missing (2002). During that year, incidentally, CCPF awarded funds to the real ACORN as well as to Eric Moore of Educate LA, who is presumably related to Gwen Moore. Ms. Johnson used her position as executive director of the State Bar of California (which is supposed to supervise and discipline lawyers) as “clout” to obtain cy pres awards from the settlement of class actions prosecuted and defended by countless law firms.

    15. Mr. Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson – presently the U.S. ambassador to Australia and a close friend of President Barack Obama. Mr. Bleich served as member of the BOG when CaliforniaALL was conceived. He is mentioned only in reference because Verizon Communications (which heavily contributed to CaliforniaALL) is a client of Munger Tules & Olson.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

    In April 2007, Ashley, along with Sarah Redfield, met Peter Arth at a restaurant in San Francisco. During that meeting the idea to create CaliforniaALL was conceived. Eventually, CalPERS, CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaliforniaALL – a Section 501(c)(3) entity that would raise funds to be used to support a more diverse workforce in California.

    Papers were filed with both state and federal agencies to allow CaliforniaALL to operate as a tax exempt entity. Victor Miramontes listed himself as Chairman of the Board, and Sarah E. Redfield served as CaliforniaAll’s interim-executive director for a period of 6 months. Serving as CaliforniaALL’s legal counsel was Susan Mac Cormac of Morrison & Foerster.

    California Attorney General RCT reflects that CaliforniaALL obtained its “Charity” status on March 14, 2008 (FEIN Number 510656213). The address for CaliforniaALL is listed as 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2400, Sacramento, California. This is actually the address of DLA Piper, where CaliforniaALL resided pro bono.
    In June 2008, after a “nationwide search” and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL, not surprisingly, hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer.

    Also not surprisingly, Ruthe Catolico Ashley abruptly exited CaliforniaALL in September 2009 – the same month Joe Dunn launched his non-profit online publication “Voice of OC.”

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June 2010.

    CaliforniaALL’s 990 returns for 2008 list Sarah Redfield of Orono, Maine as an “independent contractor.” Her job description is listed as “Program Director.” and she was paid $157,763. It is unknown to the undersigned whether Redfield paid self-employment taxes or any other applicable state income taxes, either in California or Maine. (Incidentally, Redfield falsely states on her resume that she was part of a “curriculum committee” with SAL-UCI, an entity associated with UCI and the UCI Foundation where CaliforniaALL forwarded funds. In addition, Redfield falsely stated that she “launched” SAL-UCI, an entity that was already in existence from 2005.)

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub rosa “hush-hush” contribution of $769,247 from the State Bar of California Foundation.

    To date, data collected by the undersigned shows that CaliforniaALL (which was supposed to forward most of those funds) transferred between $300,000 to $400,000 to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee), spent an unknown amount to honor Gwen Moore at a lavish dinner held at a luxury hotel in Sacramento, paid for other incidental expenses such as salaries, and subsequent to moving out from the offices of DLA Piper to a more modest location , paid for a UPS Store mail box slot in Citrus Heights. (Later, CaliforniaALL relocated its base to the loft of one Larrisa Parecki in Sacramento.)

    Between 2001 and 2007, Geoffrey Brown served as a Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009, Brown served as a director of the State Bar of California Foundation. In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL. CaliforniaALL never acknowledged receipt of the $769,247.00 from the Cal Bar Foundation in any of its publications, although it did acknowledge the transfer on its IRS tax returns. Likewise, California Bar Foundation never acknowledged the largest grant it ever bestowed in its newsroom, the California Bar Journal, or similar publications; it did, however, recognize the transfer on its IRS returns, and in a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its annual report.

    Several months ago, the undersigned asked the State Bar of California Board of Governors to examine the suspicious circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL (i.e. the hush hush transfer, etc.). While simply presenting facts similar to the above, Geoffrey Brown immediately, as though bitten by a snake, threatened to file legal action against the undersigned even though the communication with the BOG was absolutely privileged and justified, and only made mention of Brown in passing.

    The undersigned has met Brown casually once or twice, and was highly impressed with his modest and genteel nature. A group conversation transpired and Brown immediately, without even being asked, volunteered to help and assist. This however, can and will not serve to bar the mentioning of his name as part of the overall description of events (such as in this communication). Such tactics would be unfair to the other individuals and the proper administration of justice. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the undersigned possesses not even a scintilla of evidence that demonstrating that Brown somehow pocketed any money unlawfully or engaged in any other unlawful activities, other than the convenient circumstances described above.

    Due to unsettling circumstances involving the State Bar of California (such as the highly secretive control of CCPF by Judy Johnson, the refusal of the State Bar of California to disclose amounts it transfers to Bet Tzedek, a Los Angeles-based entity, the amounts it obtains from “voluntary contributions,” and, in particular, circumstances surrounding CaliforniaALL, Joe Dunn, and the Voice of OC), the undersigned asked Voice of OC to produce its tax returns for the past 3 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    As such, several months ago, on September 1, 2011, the Voice of OC was duly served with a request for production of IRS Form 990, Form 990 Schedule A, and Form 1023. (See Exhibit 1 attached) Additionally, said request was delivered to Joe Dunn.

    To date, this request to produce Voice of OC’s tax returns has been ignored, despite the clear mandate by the Internal Revenue Service to fully comply with such requests. As such, reluctantly, the undersigned filed this complaint.

    As such, I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether Voice of OC who ignored the request to produce said tax returns violated IRS rules and regulations. I ask that you impose appropriate sanctions against any and all involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

    I look forward to your response. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

    *Links and photos inserted by The Leslie Brodie Report.

    The Story of Mike Knell — CPUC Corruption Buster Extraordinarre (TLR Note:Knell unofficially endorsed by Don Bauder; Knell familiar with antics of Peevey,Brown and comrades;not familiar with Continental Forge V. Sempra)

    Don Bauder to Mike Knell:

    I do remember our conversations and the emails you sent me. They were helpful in putting the article together. You have been given a hard time because you are willing to stand up against the CPUC corruption. Good luck. And please continue keeping me informed. Best, Don Bauder

     

    Mike Knell to Don Bauder:

    Thanks for an excellent article. I spoke to you awhile back regarding corruption at the CPUC. An email request to meet with the Executive Director of the CPUC resulted in the State Police showing up at my front door. Later, the FBI contacted me to ask about, “the corruption at the CPUC.”

    I was suppose to have a phone meeting today (April 25) with the Executive Director of the CPUC, regarding Utility documents I photographed, which can be used to prove a Utility committed numerous frauds to conceal problems in its underground infrastructure. One of the frauds the Utility committed, was to declare that a phone number in a document has the last five digits of “85093.” I claim the number has the last five digits of “25093.” It’s an important phone number, google “a fictional phone number.”

    As a result of the FBI inquiry, Mr. Clanon, the Executive Directory of the CPUC, agreed to speak with me on August 22, 2011. Mr. Clanon told me he would look at the documents. An Email from Commissioner Peevey’s Chief of Staff, dated August 22, 2011, prevents anybody at the CPUC from investigating the problems, and requires Mr. Clanon, and only Mr. Clanon, to deal with the issues I have complained about.

    From what I have been told by CPUC employees, Peevey is intentionally covering up problems in a Utility’s infrastructure.

    The email I received today stated, “We will need to reschedule your phonecall with Mr. Clanon. There is a budget crisis & he has been called to travel to Sacramento.”

    Source:

    http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/apr/25/citylights1-timothy-alan-simon…

    Per Mike Knell “I have first hand experience with the corruption at the CPUC. In 2001, I filed a Formal Complaint, in part, because the company now known as AT&T, was knowingly using defective phone lines to my business.

    AT&T Answered the Complaint, denying there were problems in the underground infrastructure. A few days later, 5 phone company trucks showed up on my street. I photographed the documents the technicians were using. The documents proved that AT&T was knowingly using defective phone lines on my street, and also, to my residence.

    The CPUC refused to acknowledge the existence of the documents I photographed.

    After the San Bruno disaster, I contacted the Executive Director of the CPUC, requesting to meet with him about problems at the CPUC. About ten days later, the State Police showed up at my front door. I have posted the Police report on this link:http://www.aphonenumberforthepresident.com/phonenumberforpresident-33.html

    Afterwards, the FBI contacted me, asking about the “corruption at the CPUC.” I believe the State Police contacted the FBI on my behalf.
    After I made it clear to the CPUC that the FBI contacted me, the Executive Director agreed to talk to me. On August 22, 2011, the Executive Director agreed to look at some documents I provided, which proved AT&T committed perjury to conceal problems in its underground infrastructure.
    When I asked the Executive Director if he was involved in sending the State Police to my house, he told me he did not want to discuss it. He said, “Oh, I’m not going to talk about — anything that we might have done over the last year or so. I’m offering to look through the documents that you sent me.”

    These are the links to the documents I sent to the Executive Director:
    http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-Fictional-Number.html
    http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-WetCable.html

    If the CPUC Executive Director were to acknowledge that AT&T lied to the Commission in a Formal Complaint, AT&T could be fined over $200 million, all of which would go to the California State General Fund. This money could be used to prevent laying off teachers, firefighters, police officers and other vital employees of the State.

    After I spoke to the Executive Director, I received an email from Commissioner Michael Peevey’s Office, which stated,
    ” Hello Mr. Knell:
    President Peevey has been informed by Executive Director Clanon that you and Mr. Clanon are working/communicating now on your issues and President Peevey is confident that this is the best avenue for you to pursue at this time.
    Executive Director Clanon will keep President Peevey and the rest of the commissioners up to date on your issues and any progress made.
    Thank you,
    Carol Brown”

    Sources:

    http://www.calwatchdog.com/2011/10/17/cpuc-stuck-in-culture-of-corruption/

     

     

    The Story of Mike Knell — CPUC Corruption Buster Extraordinarre (TLR Note:Knell unofficially endorsed by Don Bauder; Knell Familiar with antics of Peevey,Brown and comrades; not familiar with Continental Forge vs. Sempra)

    Don Bauder to Mike Knell:

    I do remember our conversations and the emails you sent me. They were helpful in putting the article together. You have been given a hard time because you are willing to stand up against the CPUC corruption. Good luck. And please continue keeping me informed. Best, Don Bauder

     

    Mike Knell to Don Bauder:

    Thanks for an excellent article. I spoke to you awhile back regarding corruption at the CPUC. An email request to meet with the Executive Director of the CPUC resulted in the State Police showing up at my front door. Later, the FBI contacted me to ask about, “the corruption at the CPUC.”

    I was suppose to have a phone meeting today (April 25) with the Executive Director of the CPUC, regarding Utility documents I photographed, which can be used to prove a Utility committed numerous frauds to conceal problems in its underground infrastructure. One of the frauds the Utility committed, was to declare that a phone number in a document has the last five digits of “85093.” I claim the number has the last five digits of “25093.” It’s an important phone number, google “a fictional phone number.”

    As a result of the FBI inquiry, Mr. Clanon, the Executive Directory of the CPUC, agreed to speak with me on August 22, 2011. Mr. Clanon told me he would look at the documents. An Email from Commissioner Peevey’s Chief of Staff, dated August 22, 2011, prevents anybody at the CPUC from investigating the problems, and requires Mr. Clanon, and only Mr. Clanon, to deal with the issues I have complained about.

    From what I have been told by CPUC employees, Peevey is intentionally covering up problems in a Utility’s infrastructure.

    The email I received today stated, “We will need to reschedule your phonecall with Mr. Clanon. There is a budget crisis & he has been called to travel to Sacramento.”

    Source:

    http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/apr/25/citylights1-timothy-alan-simon…

    Per Mike Knell “I have first hand experience with the corruption at the CPUC. In 2001, I filed a Formal Complaint, in part, because the company now known as AT&T, was knowingly using defective phone lines to my business.

    AT&T Answered the Complaint, denying there were problems in the underground infrastructure. A few days later, 5 phone company trucks showed up on my street. I photographed the documents the technicians were using. The documents proved that AT&T was knowingly using defective phone lines on my street, and also, to my residence.

    The CPUC refused to acknowledge the existence of the documents I photographed.

    After the San Bruno disaster, I contacted the Executive Director of the CPUC, requesting to meet with him about problems at the CPUC. About ten days later, the State Police showed up at my front door. I have posted the Police report on this link:http://www.aphonenumberforthepresident.com/phonenumberforpresident-33.html

    Afterwards, the FBI contacted me, asking about the “corruption at the CPUC.” I believe the State Police contacted the FBI on my behalf.
    After I made it clear to the CPUC that the FBI contacted me, the Executive Director agreed to talk to me. On August 22, 2011, the Executive Director agreed to look at some documents I provided, which proved AT&T committed perjury to conceal problems in its underground infrastructure.
    When I asked the Executive Director if he was involved in sending the State Police to my house, he told me he did not want to discuss it. He said, “Oh, I’m not going to talk about — anything that we might have done over the last year or so. I’m offering to look through the documents that you sent me.”

    These are the links to the documents I sent to the Executive Director:
    http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-Fictional-Number.html
    http://mikeandmabell.com/FBI/History-WetCable.html

    If the CPUC Executive Director were to acknowledge that AT&T lied to the Commission in a Formal Complaint, AT&T could be fined over $200 million, all of which would go to the California State General Fund. This money could be used to prevent laying off teachers, firefighters, police officers and other vital employees of the State.

    After I spoke to the Executive Director, I received an email from Commissioner Michael Peevey’s Office, which stated,
    ” Hello Mr. Knell:
    President Peevey has been informed by Executive Director Clanon that you and Mr. Clanon are working/communicating now on your issues and President Peevey is confident that this is the best avenue for you to pursue at this time.
    Executive Director Clanon will keep President Peevey and the rest of the commissioners up to date on your issues and any progress made.
    Thank you,
    Carol Brown”

    Sources:

    http://www.calwatchdog.com/2011/10/17/cpuc-stuck-in-culture-of-corruption/

     

     

    Mike Knell – California Public Utilities Commission Corruption Buster Extraordinarre — Hereby Asked to Opine on Outrageous Salary of Sunne Wright McPeak — President & CEO of Bizarre Entity California Emerging Technology Fund

    California Public Utilities Commission corruption buster extraordinarre Mike Knell is hereby asked to opine on the outrageous salary of Sunne Wright McPeak — President & CEO of questionable and bizarre entity known as California Emerging Technology Fund.

    As mentioned recently, excessive compensation paid to executives at the San Francisco-based California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) sparked an outcry as well as accusations of cronyism and mismanagement.

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

    Sunne Wright McPeak is the Action Fund chairwoman for California Forward. She will speak Tuesday, Jan. 10, in downtown Davis. Courtesy photo
    Sunne Wright McPeak, CEO and President of California Emerging Technology Fund (image: courtesy)

     

    “There is a certain level of disconnect and attitude of business as usual on the part of CETF directors Michael Peevey, Martha Escutia, Jeff Campbell, and Sam Overton to authorize such salary for the CEO of an entity which, for the most part, absorbs questionable money from utility companies to only forward the money to the same old familiar entities say, for example, the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce and Little Tokyo Service Center,” the source continued.

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

    “With all due respect, as someone who lives in Sacramento region and who is ubiquitously disastisfied with AT&T U-Verse, I wonder how my access to broadband differs from that of Asian-Americans who live in the region to justify the movments of money from CETF to the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce,” the source concluded.

    For more about CETF, please visit:

    http://www.cetfund.org

    Mike Knell – California Public Utilities Commission Corruption Buster Extraordinarre — Hereby Asked to Opine on Outrageous Salary of Sunne Wright McPeak — President & CEO of Bizarre Entity California Emerging Technology Fund

    California Public Utilities Commission corruption buster extraordinarre Mike Knell is hereby asked to opine on the outrageous salary of Sunne Wright McPeak — President & CEO of questionable and bizarre entity known as California Emerging Technology Fund.

    As mentioned recently, excessive compensation paid to executives at the San Francisco-based California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) sparked an outcry as well as accusations of cronyism and mismanagement.

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

    Sunne Wright McPeak is the Action Fund chairwoman for California Forward. She will speak Tuesday, Jan. 10, in downtown Davis. Courtesy photo
    Sunne Wright McPeak, CEO and President of California Emerging Technology Fund (image: courtesy)

     

    “There is a certain level of disconnect and attitude of business as usual on the part of CETF directors Michael Peevey, Martha Escutia, Jeff Campbell, and Sam Overton to authorize such salary for the CEO of an entity which, for the most part, absorbs questionable money from utility companies to only forward the money to the same old familiar entities say, for example, the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce and Little Tokyo Service Center,” the source continued.

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

    “With all due respect, as someone who lives in Sacramento region and who is ubiquitously disastisfied with AT&T U-Verse, I wonder how my access to broadband differs from that of Asian-Americans who live in the region to justify the movments of money from CETF to the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce,” the source concluded.

    For more about CETF, please visit:

    http://www.cetfund.org

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