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Huffington Post: Orly Taitz Sues To Stop Electoral College Vot (TLR Note:Assigend to Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL – allegedly used as vehicle to launder money from utilities to OBAMA FOR AMERICA by Jeff Bleich , Tony West)

Orly Taitz

Orly Taitz, part of the birther movement, has filed a lawsuit to block the Electoral College vote. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Birther queen Orly Taitz has teamed up with a convicted felon who challenged President Barack Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary to sue Vice President Joe Biden and Congress, in an effort to block the Electoral College vote.

Taitz announced on her website Wednesday evening that she had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of federal prison inmate Keith Judd, along with two minor presidential candidates and Republican and Libertarian candidates for members of the electoral college. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Monday, is an attempt to prevent Congress from counting the Electoral College vote for Obama. Taitz did not announce the suit until Wednesday.

Taitz, an attorney and dentist based in Santa Monica, Calif., used the court papers to reiterate claims that Obama is a citizen of Indonesia and was not born in the United States. She alleges that Obama has used forged documents, including a fake birth certificate, Selective Service card and Social Security number from Connecticut, to run for president. Taitz has filed numerous state and federal court cases nationally seeking to have Obama thrown off the ballot.

Judd received 41-percent of the vote against Obama in May’s West Virginia primary, the most of any candidate against the president. In her court filing, Taitz claims that Judd would be the Democratic Party nominee if Obama was removed from the ballot and could not be voted on by the Electoral College next week. Taitz also filed on behalf of Edward Noonan, who won the American Independent Party presidential primary in California; Thomas Gregory MacLeran, who filed to run as a Republican for president; and Republican James Grinols and Libertarian Robert Odden, who both ran for elector in Minnesota.

Taitz’s suit seeks to block Biden from performing his constitutional duty as president of the U.S. Senate, opening envelopes containing individual state Electoral College votes in front of a joint session of Congress in January. The Electoral College is scheduled to convene Monday. Taitz also seeks to prevent California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) from signing documents regarding California’s vote count that will be sent to Biden.

According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s website, states are required to mail the documents to Biden and U.S. Archivist David Ferriero, along with a federal judge, by Dec. 26.

In her filing and exhibits, Taitz cited what she says is evidence of Obama’s forged documentation and citizenship, including information she said was compiled by Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s (R) “cold case posse” when they investigated Obama’s birth records in Hawaii.

Taitz’s court filing can be viewed here and the exhibits viewed here.

Please continue@: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/orly-taitz-electoral-college_n_22932…

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For a beginner’s guide to CaliforniaALL, please see @:

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Huffington Post: Orly Taitz Sues To Stop Electoral College Vot (TLR Note:Assigend to Judge Morrison England of CaliforniaALL – allegedly used as vehicle to launder money from utilities to OBAMA FOR AMERICA by Jeff Bleich , Tony West)

Orly Taitz

Orly Taitz, part of the birther movement, has filed a lawsuit to block the Electoral College vote. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Birther queen Orly Taitz has teamed up with a convicted felon who challenged President Barack Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary to sue Vice President Joe Biden and Congress, in an effort to block the Electoral College vote.

Taitz announced on her website Wednesday evening that she had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of federal prison inmate Keith Judd, along with two minor presidential candidates and Republican and Libertarian candidates for members of the electoral college. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Monday, is an attempt to prevent Congress from counting the Electoral College vote for Obama. Taitz did not announce the suit until Wednesday.

Taitz, an attorney and dentist based in Santa Monica, Calif., used the court papers to reiterate claims that Obama is a citizen of Indonesia and was not born in the United States. She alleges that Obama has used forged documents, including a fake birth certificate, Selective Service card and Social Security number from Connecticut, to run for president. Taitz has filed numerous state and federal court cases nationally seeking to have Obama thrown off the ballot.

Judd received 41-percent of the vote against Obama in May’s West Virginia primary, the most of any candidate against the president. In her court filing, Taitz claims that Judd would be the Democratic Party nominee if Obama was removed from the ballot and could not be voted on by the Electoral College next week. Taitz also filed on behalf of Edward Noonan, who won the American Independent Party presidential primary in California; Thomas Gregory MacLeran, who filed to run as a Republican for president; and Republican James Grinols and Libertarian Robert Odden, who both ran for elector in Minnesota.

Taitz’s suit seeks to block Biden from performing his constitutional duty as president of the U.S. Senate, opening envelopes containing individual state Electoral College votes in front of a joint session of Congress in January. The Electoral College is scheduled to convene Monday. Taitz also seeks to prevent California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) from signing documents regarding California’s vote count that will be sent to Biden.

According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s website, states are required to mail the documents to Biden and U.S. Archivist David Ferriero, along with a federal judge, by Dec. 26.

In her filing and exhibits, Taitz cited what she says is evidence of Obama’s forged documentation and citizenship, including information she said was compiled by Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s (R) “cold case posse” when they investigated Obama’s birth records in Hawaii.

Taitz’s court filing can be viewed here and the exhibits viewed here.

Please continue@: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/orly-taitz-electoral-college_n_22932…

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For a beginner’s guide to CaliforniaALL, please see @:

http://californiaall.posterous.com/

 

TLR set to launch defense of Orly Taitz amid accusation of racism in re Judge Morrison England, CaliforniaALL, OBAMA FOR AMERICA, Ambassadors Bleich – Roos, DOJ’s Tony West, Mitch Kapor – Part 2 – Kevin Davidson: “Orly draws black judge”

imageWhen I hear about one of Orly Taitz’ cases, one of the things not on my list is to look up details on the judge. I make the general assumption that a federal judge is competent and unless something really odd happens, I don’t dig further. Orly Taitz on the other hand does look into the biographies of the judges assigned to her cases (which is not odd) but she also posts this on her web site along with a photo, and this is how I know judge England is black.

Now I could be jumping to conclusions here, but the first reader comment out of the gate by “Ricky Nelson” was:

Uh oh. Is there time to get another judge?

Given the strong suggestion that the Taitz’ website is infested by troll commenters, I wouldn’t necessarily consider that remark important, but I do think Orly’s response is:

why?
I hope he will be a decent person and will uphold the Constitution

She didn’t bite, which is no surprise, although she didn’t chide the commenter either. I daresay that she will have come choice words for the judge after he inevitably dismisses Grinols v. Electoral College. But the plot thickens. Another commenter said this:

Ut oh! Is this Judge going to be looking out for HIS own best interest?

Found this on Wikipedia:

“In May 2011 England was accused of judicial misconduct for failing to reveal a conflict of interest in relation to an organization he help set-up which among other things was accused of severe accounting fraud. England dismissed the case against himself.”

Don’t bother looking on the Wikipedia for this because it’s gone now, and that’s all there was anyway, and Judge England certainly didn’t dismiss a case against himself–it was against the California Bar Association. The reader comment certainly got Orly going because she published this new title in response:

Now I am concerned, whether plaintiffs in Grinols will receive justice. Report below is worrisome, as it shows a case of conflict of interest that was swept under the rug. We’ll have to wait an see what happens in our case.

The original Wikipedia article linked to an article (read that for details on the controversy) at the Lawless America web site, a site that sensationalizes stories of public corruption. The story is about a leaked confidential judicial conflict of interest complaint. Orly links to The Leslie Brodie Report that reports the same complaint, and also photographically tells us not only that Judge England is black, but that his wife is white.

Anyway, in Orly’s world, allegations are the same as facts, so the allegation that Judge England did not disclose that he had a close relationship with the State Bar of California to a plaintiff suing the Bar in his court, probably makes him a Muslim. It doesn’t matter. There’s not a judge in the entire federal judiciary that wouldn’t dismiss the Grinols case for lack of standing, sovereign immunity and because of the political question doctrine.

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Source: http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2012/12/orly-draws-black-judge/

 

BREAKING NEWS: Kevin Davidson Lashes Out… Falsely Accuses Orly Taitz of Racism… Misstate Facts In Re Sham Non-Profit CaliforniaALL Involving Ambassadors Bleich, Roos, DOJ’s Tony West, Tech-Guru Mitch Kapor…Part 1: Meet Dr. Conspiracy

Dr. Conspiracy is a retired software developer and executive named Kevin Davidson residing in the Red State of South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University with a Master of Science in Mathematics in 1974.

In his professional life Dr. Conspiracy spent his career working in and for local, state and federal government agencies, primarily dealing with health care and vital records data systems. He designed and implemented his first electronic birth certificate printing system in 1977 and has since served on the National Association for Public Health Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) Fraud Prevention Committee. He served as a committee co-chair for the American Immunization Registration Association (AIRA), a subject matter expert on data quality for the Centers for Disease Control and has presented papers at the National Immunization Registry Conference on data exchange.

Dr. Conspiracy has had a life-long fascination with disagreements over facts and in particular fringe facts regarding such widely diverse subjects as UFOs, ESP, religious miracles and, of course, conspiracy theories. He got involved in online discussions about Barack Obama’s birth certificate in the Summer of 2008 and those discussions led eventually to the creation of Obama Conspiracy Theories.

Doctor Conspiracy also blogs at Blog or Die! on diverse subjects including technology, religion and current events. He is a member of the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and sings in the choir.

1I was awarded the honorary degree of De Facto Juris Doctor Pro Hac Vice.

Source @: http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/visitor-guide/about-dr-conspiracy/

ALM: Munger Tolles & Olson’s New Partners Class Is 75 Percent Women of Color (TLR Note: of the four, one with the least amount of color is Katherine Ku; have you no shame, Ron Olson, labeling Misty Sanford as Mexican?; FPOC suspect! ; sordid business)

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has selected Daniel B. Levin, Miriam Kim, Misty M. Sanford and Katherine H. Ku to join its partnership, effective January 1, 2013.

“We are proud to welcome these esteemed colleagues to our partnership. We believe their great legal talent and diversity will strengthen our law firm and serve our clients and the community well into the future.” Munger Tolles Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones said. Source:http://www.mto.com/news/headlines/2012/Munger-Tolles-Names-Four-Attorneys-to-Partnership-Ranks

 

Vivia 

Munger Tolles & Olson sets a diversity record. The Los Angeles-based powerhouse firm just elected Misty Sanford, Miriam Kim, Katherine Ku, and Daniel Levin (pictured above, left to right) to its partnership, effective January 1, 2013. According to the firm, Kim and Ku are Asian American, and Sanford is Mexican American. What’s more, all three women each have two sons; their elevation also set a new record for the firm in both the number and percentage of people of color promoted in a single year. (emphasis added)

The firm didn’t say so, but we assume that Levin is the sole white guy in the group. But hey, we’re cool with that. Source: http://thecareerist.typepad.com/thecareerist/2012/12/news-bites-1212munger-to…

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Misty M. Sanford is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Sanford practices real estate and land use law and represents institutional investors, developers, multi-national corporations, nonprofits, public entities and individual entrepreneurs in various transactions.

Misty M. Sanford

Community Service

Ms. Sanford is a founder and treasurer of For People of Color, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students of color to attend law school and become attorneys. She is a founder and vice chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that converts blighted parcels of land into neighborhood parks, gardens and community centers. Ms. Sanford serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association and served as president of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission for three years. 

In addition, Ms. Sanford co-chairs the Munger Tolles Law Fellows Program, which offers full-time positions at the firm’s Los Angeles office to students of diverse backgrounds who have recently graduated from college and plan to attend law school.

Background

Ms. Sanford graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she completed the program in public interest law and policy, was chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation and a Hagman Land Use and Planning Scholar. Source: http://mto.com/lawyers/Misty-M-Sanford

Furthermore, Misty is an accomplished athlete and former artistic roller skating national and world champion. Source: http://forpeopleofcolor.org/about/mistysanford/

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Katherine Ku, please see @:http://mto.com/lawyers/Katherine-Ku

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Necessary to end the “sordid business [of] divvying us up by race”  — as Chief Justice John Roberts said in a prior Texas case, please see @: http://www.corson.org/archives/legal/L2012_03.htm

 

 

 

MTO’ Black Hiring Partner Bart Williams Says Diversity Is Elusive (TLR Note: race-obsessed institutions often position a minority as hiring partner to rebut allegation discrimination in hiring;Williams appears bi-racial;Jews a minority?Italians?Catholics?

We are zipping over to California today to chat with Bart Williams, the hiring partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Founded in 1962, the  firm is known as one of the most selective firms in the country.

Munger Tolles is both elitest and progressive. Everyone is supposed to be whip-smart, associates have votes, and the firm even runs a day care center. It sounds like Xanadu, so tell me about the firm’s dark side.

We feel we have a special place, but it gets harder and harder to maintain. It used to be that you could be here for four years and make partner. But here and elsewhere, it’s gotten longer.

Bart Williams_Munger Tolles

Bart Williams

Can we talk about Munger’s reputation for diversity? The firm seems to be way ahead of most big firms.
We’re better than most firms, but that’s sad. The numbers are way up for Asian Americans. Of 88 partners, we have ten Asian Americans; two African Americans; and three Hispanic/Latinos. 

You are African American. Doesn’t that help with recuiting other African Americans?
Anytime you feel affinity with someone, it helps, but it doesn’t close the deal. It’s a complicated process. The number of black students we’ve recruited has been static or down. At the 11 law schools we recruit at, [the African Americans] are highly coveted and tend to go to New York, and it makes them very hard to recruit. Please continue @:http://thecareerist.typepad.com/thecareerist/2012/04/munger-tolles-hp.html

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: inquiry into Tom Pack rapidly expands amid revelations of various inconsistencies – Gibson Dunn — firm associated with Armen Adzhemyan and Frederick Brown — under heavy scrutiny

The Leslie Brodie Report has rapidly expanded the scope of its journalistic inquiry into Tom Pack.

Based on various confidential tips, the inquiry now focuses on whether or not Tom Pack is a member of the State Bar of California (or for that matter a member of any other state bar) as well as his current relationship with the firm of Gibson Dunn.

Specifically, TLR has been informed that a previously referenced Linkedin profile of Mr. Pack is outdated.  Pack’s new and updated profile, shown below, alludes to Pack as being an employee of Gibson Dunn in the role of an “Associate.”

Nevertheless, according to the sources,  Pack’s name, unfortunately, could not be located within  the membership roll maintained by the State Bar of California.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

Tom Pack

Tom Pack

Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Tom Pack’s Summary

Associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Interest in commercial litigation, civil procedure, American Indian/Alaska Native law and policy, the intersection of faith communities and law, and the role of the Constitution in shaping contemporary American society.

Prior experience with American Indian/Alaska Native health issues, as well as health issues in rural and under-served communities.

Tom Pack’s Experience

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

September 2012Present (4 months)

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2009June 2012 (2 years 11 months) Palo Alto, California

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

June 2011August 2011 (3 months) San Francisco, California

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Munger, Tolles & Olson

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry

June 2010August 2010 (3 months) San Francisco, California

Emerging Leader

Indian Health Service

Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

July 2007June 2009 (2 years) Washington, DC

Completing rotations in the HHS Emerging Leaders Program through the Indian Health Service. After six rotations through different offices within IHS and other parts of the Department, a permanent position in the Indian Health Service will be offered.

Completed rotations in:
– Indian Health Service, Division of Human Resources
– Immediate Office of the Secretary (HHS), Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Tribal Affairs
– Indian Health Service, Office of the Director, Public Affairs Staff
– Indian Health Service, Office of Public Health Support
– Indian Health Service, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

May 2006July 2007 (1 year 3 months) Washington, DC

Truman Fellowship in the Department’s Office of Rural Health Policy, within the Health Resources and Services Administration. Worked primarily on health care financing issues, especially Medicare/Medicaid, for rural hospitals and other health care providers.

Tom Pack’s Languages

  • Spanish

SOURCE: PLEASE SEE @: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-pack/5/a74/217

Munger Tolles Obtains Federal Injunction Blocking Proposed TCW-Carlyle Transaction on Behalf of Client EIG Global Energy Partners

EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG) today announced that it has been granted an injunction by the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California blocking the proposed acquisition of The TCW Group by investment funds managed by the Carlyle Group, together with TCW’s management, from Société Générale of France pending the resolution of a related arbitration claim filed by EIG. In granting the injunction, the Court found that EIG “had a strong likelihood of success on the merits as against both TCW and TAMCO.” EIG’s complaint alleged that the proposed transaction runs afoul of certain consent rights granted to EIG as part of its consensual spin-out from TCW in 2009.

R. Blair Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of EIG, said, “We’re obviously very pleased with the Court’s decision and agree completely with the Court’s analysis of the law and facts at issue in this matter. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but each of TCW, Carlyle and Société Générale were fully aware of this issue when they decided to recklessly announce a transaction that infringes upon our rights.”

EIG is a leading institutional investor to the global energy sector with $10.3 billion under management as of September 30, 2012. EIG specializes in private investments in energy, resources and related infrastructure and was formerly the Energy & Infrastructure Group of Trust Company of the West. During its 30-year history, EIG has invested over $14 billion in the sector through more than 290 projects or companies in 33 countries on 6 continents. EIG’s clients include many of the leading pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds in the U.S., Asia and Europe. EIG is headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Houston, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul and Rio de Janeiro.

EIG is represented in this litigation by the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.

Source @: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/11/30/4452397/eig-global-energy-partners-is….

Claim of “Judge Dismissed” Jessica Felber’s Lawsuit by Munger Tolles/Brad Phillips Revisited Amid Conflicting Claim Suit was “Dropped by Plaintiffs” “Settled” (TLR Note:MTO/Phillips seek to “pull an Elliot Peters” by advertising only half of the truth?)

At http://mto.com/news/headlines/2011/Our-Work-2011-12-22 , Munger Tolles & Olson claims :

“Anti-Semitism Claims Against UC Berkeley Dismissed  

Munger, Tolles & Olson successfully defended the University of California against a lawsuit alleging that an anti-Semitic environment had been created by protests on the UC Berkeley campus against Israeli policies. The suit, which was filed by two Jewish students, claimed UC Berkeley turned a blind eye to alleged intimidation by anti-Israel protestors and thereby fostered a climate of anti-Semitism. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg disagreed and dismissed the lawsuit on December 22, 2011. Judge Seeborg emphasized that “much of the alleged harassment, even if [it occurred], constituted protected political speech that UC Berkeley had no obligation to stop.” 

Judge Seeborg also rejected the plaintiffs’ claim that UC Berkeley officials were deliberately indifferent to the threats that the plaintiffs allegedly faced. The judge highlighted that campus police have arrested disruptive protesters and that UC Berkeley’s administration “has engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the opposing parties in an attempt to ensure that the rights of all persons are respected, and to minimize the potential for violence.”

Christopher Patti, chief campus counsel at UC Berkeley, said the ruling “reaffirmed the fact that the university has been working hard to resolve conflicts between campus groups with opposing points of view.”

Munger Tolles attorneys Michelle Friedland, Bradley S. Phillips and Kathryn A. Eidmann represented UC in this matter.”

Source: http://mto.com/news/headlines/2011/Our-Work-2011-12-22 

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On the other hand, The Daily Californian claims that:

“Lawsuit alleging anti-Semitism against campus, UC dropped by plaintiffs

UC Berkeley alumni Jessica Felber and Brian Maissy dismissed their lawsuit accusing the campus and UC system of failure to mitigate a hostile climate against Jewish students during demonstrations in March 2010, the campus announced Wednesday.

The lawsuit was settled with the agreement that the university will consider potential changes to its policies regarding campus protests after collecting campus opinion. Felber and Maissy will receive no monetary compensation or attorney reimbursements.

The suit stems from an incident during which Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Student Association established a mock checkpoint that included fake barbed wire and AK-47 firearms at a 2010 Apartheid Week event. The plaintiffs alleged that Husam Zakharia, campus alumnus and former leader of SJP, rammed Felber — who was a member of Tikvah Students for Israel — with a shopping cart. Felber consequently sought medical treatment and a restraining order against Zakharia.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs accused the university of failing to discipline the accused campus groups, to provide adequate security and to implement policies to prevent the hostile environment, ultimately “turn(ing) a blind eye.”

The legal complaint, filed in March 2011, was dismissed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in December 2011.

“The allegations in the Felber lawsuit and the strategy behind bringing the suit were carefully calibrated to defame and harass Arab and Muslim student groups at Cal,” said Mohamed Haimoud, president of Cal MSA, in a press release issued Friday by civil rights and student groups applauding the dismissal.

The two potential policy clarifications the university will consider under the agreement — though it is not obligated to implement either — are limiting imitation firearms in public areas of campus to only when “it would be obvious to a reasonable observer that the imitation weapon is not a real weapon” and requiring demonstrators around Sather Gate to allow an unobstructed path for pedestrians.

“We had no desire for any personal compensation,” Maissy said. “We just wanted the situation to change for students in the future.”

Maissy said the lawsuit was “not entirely successful” because by the time it was concluded, both plaintiffs had graduated and consequently did not have the same power to seek redress from the court.

According to Chief Campus Counsel Christopher Patti, the university will begin to publicize the proposed policy clarifications and invite public comment from the campus community once students return in the fall. The campus will then decide whether to adopt, modify or reject the proposed clarifications based on the feedback received.

Source: http://www.dailycal.org/2012/07/12/lawsuit-against-uc-settled/



 

TLR Launches Cursory Inquiry into Business Address of “33 New Montgomery 19th Floor (Nineteenth Floor) San Francisco CA 94105” Associated with Munger Tolles & Olson

Munger Tolles Helps Abbott Defeat Bayer Patent Suit

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys successfully defeated a bid by Bayer AG to recover royalties from our client Abbott Laboratories for U.S. sales of the arthritis drug Humira.

A judgment entered on Jan. 11, 2011 in U.S. District Court of Massachusetts rejected the attempt by Bayer, which had sued Abbott in 2008 for patent infringement.

Following a Markman hearing, U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor ruled in October that Bayer’s patent for antibodies could not be construed in a manner that would cover Humira, Abbott’s best-selling drug. The court accordingly entered a stipulated judgment of non-infringement. Bayer will now appeal the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Munger Tolles’ Jeffrey I. Weinberger led the team that also included Garth T. Vincent, Ted Dane, Jennifer L. Polse, Heather E. Takahashi and Adam R. Lawton.

Source: http://www.mto.com/news/headlines/2011/Our-Work-2011-01-13

 
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Polse, Jennifer L.
Ph.D. 1996 Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.
San Francisco Office
33 New Montgomery
Tower, 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-9781
Phone: (415) 512-4063
Fax: (415) 512-4077
Email: polsejl@mto.com

Source: http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/rgbgrp/former.php

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MUNGER TOLLES & OLSON – Contact us

 
Los Angeles

355 South Grand Ave.
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Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 683-9100

San Francisco

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Phone: (415) 512-4000

Source: http://mto.com/about-us/contact-us

 

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Progress Investment Management Company, LLC

33 New Montgomery Street 19th Floor , San Francisco , CA , 94105 , United States
www.progressinvestment.com
Phone: 1-415-512-3480
Revenue: $26M
Industry: Asset Management
Employees: 31
SIC: Investment Offices (6720)
NAICS: Portfolio Management (523920)
Description: Founded during February of 1990, Progress focuses its efforts on the structuring and managing of multiple manager investment funds featuring emerging minority investment managers. The company’s manager universe includes a wide range of niche specialists and traditionally overlooked managers along with minority and woman-owned firms. The firm is responsible for managing over $3 billion in assets. Progress offers five commingled equity and fixed income investment funds serving 12 clients, one fund-of-funds private equity program serving six clients, and twelve multiple manager Separate Accounts. With the growth in managed assets, Progress has funded over 60 of the top minority-, women owned and non-minority emerging investment managers across the country since the firm’s inception. Progress is the largest and most experienced minority founded manager of emerging managers in the industry.
2012-11-27 16:25:36

Source: http://www.insideview.com/directory/progress-investment-management-company-llc

 

Update on Case of Battery of Jewish Student Jessica Felber vs. UC Berkeley – Defended by Brad Phillips of MTO(TLR Note:1. Kudos to Brad who fulfilled his duty to defend his client, irrespective of Jewish ancestry 2. Outcome peculiar)

1. In March of 2011, a former Jewish student at UC Berkeley has filed a lawsuit against the university contending it violated her civil rights when it did not protect her against attacks from a pro-Palestinian student.

Jessica Felber (image: courtesy of http://www.stepupforisrael.com/about-us/staff/ )

Jessica Felber filed the lawsuit in the Northern District Court on March 4, almost one year to the day Husam Zakharia, the head of Berkeley’s Students for Justice in Palestine, allegedly rammed her with a shopping cart filled with toys, according to the suit.

Felber, then 20, was a member of the pro-Israel Tikvah group, which had often clashed on campus with Students for Justice in Palestine. Felber was holding a sign stating “Israel Wants Peace,” on March 5, 2010 as part of an event for Israel Peace Week.  The rally had been called to counteract  rallies held on behalf of Israel Apartheid Week.

Source: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/march-2011-jessica-felber-jewish…

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2.  A second amended complaint has been filed in a lawsuit alleging that the University of California has failed to provide a safe environment for Jewish students.

Filed Jan. 6 by UC Berkeley alumna Jessica Felber and current student Brian Maissy, the complaint will be heard in court March 15. It alleges that the UC violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution in 2011 by authorizing the construction of a mock “checkpoint” at UC Berkeley during an annual demonstration called Apartheid Week.
Title VI prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs that receive federal financial assistance.

Source: https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/amended-complaint-filed-in-jessi…

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3.  Munger, Tolles & Olson successfully defended the University of California against a lawsuit alleging that an anti-Semitic environment had been created by protests on the UC Berkeley campus against Israeli policies. The suit, which was filed by two Jewish students, claimed UC Berkeley turned a blind eye to alleged intimidation by anti-Israel protestors and thereby fostered a climate of anti-Semitism. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg disagreed and dismissed the lawsuit on December 22, 2011. Judge Seeborg emphasized that “much of the alleged harassment, even if [it occurred], constituted protected political speech that UC Berkeley had no obligation to stop.” 

Judge Seeborg also rejected the plaintiffs’ claim that UC Berkeley officials were deliberately indifferent to the threats that the plaintiffs allegedly faced. The judge highlighted that campus police have arrested disruptive protesters and that UC Berkeley’s administration “has engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the opposing parties in an attempt to ensure that the rights of all persons are respected, and to minimize the potential for violence.”

Christopher Patti, chief campus counsel at UC Berkeley, said the ruling “reaffirmed the fact that the university has been working hard to resolve conflicts between campus groups with opposing points of view.”

Munger Tolles attorneys Michelle Friedland, Bradley S. Phillips and Kathryn A. Eidmann represented UC in this matter.

Source: http://mto.com/news/headlines/2011/Our-Work-2011-12-22

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CA Judge Deems Case in Which Jewish Woman Was Rammed with Shopping Cart ‘Free Speech’

Back in June of 2010 a leader of a pro-Palestinian student group at University of Berkeley allegedly rammed a Jewish woman with a shopping cart as she staged a counter-protest to an anti-Israel “Apartheid Week” rally conducted by the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. The counter-protest was dubbed “Israel Wants Peace Week.”

Now, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg has deemed that the Muslim students who harassed Jessica Felber and other Jewish students were simply engaging in protected political speech.

The Greeley Gazette reports:

On Thursday U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said the harassment, even if true, constituted protected political speech and dismissed the case against the university.

Seeborg said the university did not have any obligation to intervene in any dispute where a private individual on campus was allegedly interfering with another’s constitutional rights. He instead appeared to indicate that the incident was an outcome of Felber’s counter protest.

Felber and another Jewish student claimed the University did not do enough to prevent the harassment which included the Muslim group conducting checkpoints around the campus. Students were asked if they were Jewish while passing the checkpoints.

“The incident in which Felber was assaulted with a shopping cart, for example, did not occur in the context of her educational pursuit,” Seeborg stated. “Rather, that event occurred when she, as one person attempting to exercise free speech rights in a public forum, was allegedly attacked by another person who likewise was participating in a public protest in a public forum.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Seeborg said that much of the conduct involved “pure political speech” that is constitutionally protected even if it “contained language that plaintiffs believe was inflammatory, offensive or untrue.”

Seeborg said some courts have allowed public colleges to outlaw harassing speech and conduct that interferes with students’ rights, but schools have no legal duty to do so. The Muslim organizations receive campus funding on the same basis as other groups, the judge said, and any attempt to withdraw it would raise “serious First Amendment issues.”

The Huffington Post adds:

The suit also alleged this attack was part of a pattern of behavior during Apartheid Week, during which Jewish students were spit on and Israel’s government was equated to that of Nazi Germany.

While the university has previously disciplined some of the event’s participants and even had Husam Zakharia, the student who hit Felber with the shopping cart, arrested in connection with the incident, Felber (who graduated last year) has accused university President Mark Yudof, who is Jewish, of allowing an anti-Semitic environment to flourish on campus.

“SJP and Zakharia have been involved in other incidents on campus to incite violence against and intimidate Jewish and other students,” stated the lawsuit. “Defendants knew of this history of incitement and intimidation yet took no reasonable step to adequately control Zakharia or other student members of the SPJ.”

Jihad Watch founder Robert Spencer said the judge’s decision affirms that Muslims assaulting Jewish students is now protected speech.

“This is an outrageous decision. The Muslim students were trying to silence the freedom of speech of the Jewish students. The judge says this is a ruling in favor of free speech, but actually the freedom of speech was being infringed and the judge is saying that is ok to protect the freedom of speech of the Muslim students. Don’t the Jewish students have freedom of speech as well?”

 Source@: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/ca-judge-deems-ramming-jewish-woman-with-shop…


 

Wikipedia Profile of George Lucas of Edutopia (TLR Note: Relevant to MTO, Bleich, CPUC, Verizon, Brenda Kempster, Link Americas Foundation)

George Lucas

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George Lucas

George Lucas in 2009
Born George Walton Lucas, Jr.
May 14, 1944 (age 68)
Modesto, California, U.S.
Residence Marin County, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Modesto Junior College
Alma mater University of Southern California (B.A. and B.S.)[1]
Occupation Chairman & CEO of Lucasfilm
Years active 1965–present
Influenced by Akira Kurosawa,[2][3][4][5] John Ford,[6] Joseph Campbell,[7] Arthur Lipsett,[3][5] Francis Ford Coppola[7]
Home town Central Valley, California, U.S.
Net worth Over $4 billion[8]
Spouse(s) Marcia Lucas (1969–1983)
Partner(s) Mellody Hobson (2007–present)

George Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film producer, screenwriter, director, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm Limited and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012.[9] He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise Star Wars and the archaeologist-adventurer character Indiana Jones. Lucas is one of the American film industry’s most financially successful directors/producers. When Disney’s acquisition closes, Lucas will be Disney’s largest shareholder after the estate of Steve Jobs.[8]

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Early life and education

George Lucas was born in Modesto, California, the son of Dorothy Ellinore (née Bomberger) and George Walton Lucas, Sr. (1913–1991), who owned a stationery store.[10][11]

Lucas grew up in the Central Valley town of Modesto, and his early passion for cars and motor racing would eventually serve as inspiration for his USC student film 1:42.08, as well as his Oscar-nominated low-budget phenomenon, American Graffiti. Long before Lucas became obsessed with film making, he wanted to be a race-car driver, and he spent most of his high school years racing on the underground circuit at fairgrounds and hanging out at garages. On June 12, 1962, while driving his souped-up Autobianchi Bianchina, another driver broadsided him, flipping over his car, nearly killing him, causing him to lose interest in racing as a career.[5][12] He attended Modesto Junior College, where he studied, amongst other subjects, anthropology, sociology and literature.[5] He also began filming with an 8 mm camera, including filming car races.[5]

At this time, Lucas and his friend John Plummer became interested in Canyon Cinema: screenings of underground, avant-garde 16 mm filmmakers like Jordan Belson, Stan Brakhage and Bruce Conner.[3] Lucas and Plummer also saw classic European films of the time, including Jean-Luc Godard‘s Breathless, Francois Truffaut‘s Jules et Jim, and Federico Fellini‘s 8½.[3] “That’s when George really started exploring,” Plummer said.[3] Through his interest in autocross racing, Lucas met renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, another race enthusiast.[3][5] Wexler, later to work with Lucas on several occasions, was impressed by Lucas’ talent.[5] “George had a very good eye, and he thought visually,” he recalled.[3]

Lucas then transferred to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. USC was one of the earliest universities to have a school devoted to motion picture film. During the years at USC, George Lucas shared a dorm room with Randal Kleiser. Along with classmates such as Walter Murch, Hal Barwood and John Milius, they became a clique of film students known as The Dirty Dozen. He also became good friends with fellow acclaimed student filmmaker and future Indiana Jones collaborator, Steven Spielberg. Lucas was deeply influenced by the Filmic Expression course taught at the school by filmmaker Lester Novros which concentrated on the non-narrative elements of Film Form like color, light, movement, space, and time. Another inspiration was the Serbian montagist (and dean of the USC Film Department) Slavko Vorkapich, a film theoretician comparable in historical importance to Sergei Eisenstein, who moved to Hollywood to make stunning montage sequences for studio features at MGM, RKO, and Paramount. Vorkapich taught the autonomous nature of the cinematic art form, emphasizing the unique dynamic quality of movement and kinetic energy inherent in motion pictures.

Lucas saw many inspiring films in class, particularly the visual films coming out of the National Film Board of Canada like Arthur Lipsett‘s 21-87, the French-Canadian cameraman Jean-Claude Labrecque‘s cinéma vérité 60 Cycles, the work of Norman McLaren, and the documentaries of Claude Jutra. Lucas fell madly in love with pure cinema and quickly became prolific at making 16 mm nonstory noncharacter visual tone poems and cinéma vérité with such titles as Look at Life, Herbie, 1:42.08, The Emperor, Anyone Lived in a Pretty (how) Town, Filmmaker, and 6-18-67. He was passionate and interested in camerawork and editing, defining himself as a filmmaker as opposed to being a director, and he loved making abstract visual films that create emotions purely through cinema.[3]

After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in film in 1967, he tried joining the United States Air Force as an officer, but he was immediately turned down because of his numerous speeding tickets. He was later drafted by the Army for military service in Vietnam, but he was exempted from service after medical tests showed he had diabetes, the disease that killed his paternal grandfather.

In 1967, Lucas re-enrolled as a USC graduate student in film production. Working as a teaching instructor for a class of U.S. Navy students who were being taught documentary cinematography, Lucas directed the short film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which won first prize at the 1967–68 National Student Film Festival, and was later adapted into his first full-length feature film, THX 1138. Lucas was awarded a student scholarship by Warner Brothers to observe and work on the making of a film of his choosing. The film he chose was Finian’s Rainbow (1968) which was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who was revered among film school students of the time as a cinema graduate who had “made it” in Hollywood. In 1969, George Lucas was one of the camera operators on the classic Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter.

Philanthropy

In 1991, The George Lucas Educational Foundation was founded as a nonprofit operating foundation to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools. The Foundation’s content is available under the brand Edutopia, in an award-winning web site, social media and via documentary films. Lucas, through his foundation, was one of the leading proponents of the E-rate program in the universal service fund,[24] which was enacted as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. On June 24, 2008, Lucas testified before the United States House of Representatives subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet as the head of his Foundation to advocate for a free wireless broadband educational network.[25]

In 2005, Lucas gave US$1 million to help build the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to commemorate American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.[26]

On September 19, 2006, USC announced that George Lucas had donated $175–180 million to his alma mater to expand the film school. It is the largest single donation to USC and the largest gift to a film school anywhere.[27] Previous donations led to the already existing George Lucas Instructional Building and Marcia Lucas Post-Production building.[28][29]

Lucas has pledged to give half of his fortune to charity as part of an effort called The Giving Pledge led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to persuade America’s richest individuals to donate their financial wealth to charities.[30][31]

Please continue @: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lucas

Brenda Kempster Adventures in Costa Rica – Part 1: CARTAGO (TLR Note:Verizon;Kempster;Munger Tolles’ Henry Weissmann,Jeff Bleich,Ron Olson – All Under Scrutiny In Re LINK AMERICAS Foundation / OBAMA FOR AMERICA;Similar to CalALL Scheme)


Costa Rica Cartago Ruins

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25 km (16 mi) east of the capital, San José. It is at an elevation of about 1435 m (some 4,707 ft) above sea level, at the base of the Irazú Volcano. Cartago is the capital of Cartago province. The city covers an area of 152,68 km². It includes the districts of city downtown: Oriental, Occidental (known as the typical downtown area), San Nicolás (the main entrance to the city, at west), El Carmen (north), Dulce Nombre, San Francisco (at south, San Francisco is known commonly as Aguacaliente), and Guadalupe (Arenilla). The city is part, with the cities of San Rafael de Oreamuno and Tejar del Guarco, of a continuous urban area that, in 2008, had a population of 156,600 inhabitants, according to the Statistics and Census Institute of Costa Rica.

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TIMELINE 2010:

AVISOS

CONVOCATORIAS

ASOCIACIÓN DE EMPLEADOS DEL SEGURO SOCIAL DE COSTA RICA

De conformidad con la Ley Constitutiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, reformada por la Ley de Protección al Trabajador, referente al proceso de elección de miembros de la Junta Directiva CCSS, el Movimiento Sindical tiene pleno conocimiento de resolución de Junta Directiva en el artículo 4° de la sesión Nº 8437, celebrada el 15 de abril del año 2010, que convoca a los Sectores Laboral y Patronal, para que en un plazo improrrogable de un mes calendario, conforme su publicación en medios de comunicación, celebren los procesos de elección correspondientes. Reunidos en la sede de la Unión de Personal del Instituto Nacional de Seguros (UPINS) Confederaciones Sindicales-CMTC-CCTDRN-CGT- y sindicatos, el pasado martes 27 de abril de 2010, atendieron la convocatoria oficial que acordó la Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, y resolvió nombrar la Comisión Sindical para la Elección de Representante en la Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social periodo 2010-2014, la cual organizará y realizará todo lo concerniente para que dicha elección sea cumplida a cabalidad. Por lo tanto, la Comisión Sindical para la Elección de Representante en la Junta Directiva de Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social periodo 2010-2014, se complace de dar formal convocatoria, a Sindicatos, Federaciones y Confederaciones Sindicales para que participen de la Asamblea Nacional Sindical para elegir al Representante que ocupará el puesto como Miembro de Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. La Asamblea General Sindical, tendrá lugar el día martes dieciocho de mayo de dos mil diez, al ser las trece horas, se llevará a cabo en el Auditorio “Dr. Guillermo Padilla Castro” (CEDESO) de CCSS, sita frente a Clínica Carlos Duran, Barrio Vasconia, San José. Las organizaciones sindicales interesadas, delegados acreditados y candidatos, deberán cumplir con los siguientes requisitos de participación, a saber:

De las organizaciones Sindicales:

a)  Aportar Certificación de Personería Jurídica actualizada y emitida por el Departamento de Organizaciones Sociales del Ministerio de Trabajo.

b)  Aportar Certificación emitida por CCSS, que haga constar que se encuentra al día con la Seguridad Social (que no es Patrono moroso).

c)  Aportar transcripción de acuerdo tomado por el sindicato, de su participación, así como de la designación de Delegado Acreditado (uno por sindicato) ante dicha Asamblea.

De los Delegados:

Todo delegado acreditado deberá portar su respectiva cédula de identidad, para formalizar su inscripción.

b)  Firmar registro de inscripción y asistencia ante la Asamblea.

De los candidatos al puesto:

a)  Deberán ser costarricenses naturales o naturalizados con un mínimo de diez años de residencia en el país.

b)  Deberán ser personas caracterizadas por su honorabilidad, competentes y reconocida solvencia ética y moral.

c)  Con conocimiento en materias económicas-sociales.

d)  Ser dirigente sindical activo y de reconocida trayectoria, con amplio manejo y dominio de Política Social y conocedor del Sistema de Salud Pública.

No pueden promoverse:

a)  Los miembros o empleados de los supremos poderes ni los empleados de la Caja.

b)  Los directores, gerentes, subgerentes, personeros, empleados o dueños de la mayoría de acciones de algún banco.

c)  Los que estén ligados entre sí por parentesco de consanguinidad o de afinidad hasta el tercer grado inclusive; y

d)  Los que estén declarados en insolvencia o quiebra, o sean deudores de la Caja.

Sin otro particular, suscribe por Comisión Sindical para la Elección de Representante en la Junta Directiva de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.—Álvaro Alberto Salazar Morales, Coordinador.—1 vez.—(IN2010035988). 

GRUPO BRITALE SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA

Se convoca a asamblea general extraordinaria de accionistas de Grupo Britale Sociedad Anónima, cédula jurídica: tres-ciento uno-trescientos cincuenta y tres mil sesenta, que se celebrará en su domicilio social en Cartago, San Ramón de Tres Ríos, frente a la escuela, casa de Heike Kulzer Homann, a las 8:00 horas del 28 de mayo de 2010. En caso de no asistir el quórum de ley en primera convocatoria, se celebrará en segunda convocatoria ese mismo día una hora después. Orden del día: Único: Aprobar la reforma de la cláusula “Sexta” del pacto constitutivo, para que la representación judicial y extrajudicial de la compañía con facultades que indica el artículo mil doscientos cincuenta y tres del Código Civil, de apoderado generalísimo sin límite de suma, la ejerza únicamente y sin limitación de ninguna naturaleza en forma exclusiva, solo el presidente de la sociedad, pudiendo otorgar o sustituir su poder en todo o en parte, o revocar los mismos, así como extender poderes de hasta el grado que él ostenta, sin perder por ello su poder. Los miembros de la Junta Directiva serán nombrados por todo el plazo social. Quedando en lo demás; los mismos nombramientos, pero ostentando el poder solo el presidente.—San José 27 de abril del 2010.—Brenda Kempster, Presidenta.—1 vez.—(IN2010035990).

Source:   http://www.gaceta.go.cr/pub/2010/05/06/COMP_06_05_2010.html

 

TRANSALATION:

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY EMPLOYEES OF COSTA RICA

In accordance with the Act establishing the Social Security Fund, as amended by the Worker Protection Act, regarding the process of electing members of the Board CCSS, the labor movement has full knowledge of Board resolution in Article 4th Session No. 8437, held on 15 April 2010, which calls for the Sectors labor and management, so that in a time limit of one calendar month, as published in the media, held their election procedures corresponding. Meeting at the headquarters of the Union of Employees of the National Insurance Institute (UPINS) Trade Union Confederations-CMTC-CCTDRN-CGT-and unions, on Tuesday April 27, 2010, attended the official announcement that the Board agreed to the Fund Costa Rican Social Security, and decided to appoint the Trade Union Representative for the Election of the Board of the Social Security Fund period 2010-2014, which will organize and conduct all matters relating to this choice is fully complied with. Therefore, the Trade Union Representative for the Election of the Board of Social Security Fund period 2010-2014, is pleased to formally give notice to unions, federations and confederations to participate in the National Assembly of Association for choose the representative to fill the position as Board Member of the Social Security Fund. The General Assembly of Association, will be held on Tuesday 18 May, two thousand ten, being thirteen hours, will be held in the Auditorium “Dr. Guillermo Padilla Castro “(CEDESO) of CCSS, located in front of Carlos Duran Clinic, Neighborhood Vasconia, San Jose. The trade unions concerned, accredited delegates and candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria, namely:

Of trade unions:

a) Certification of Legal Provide updated and issued by the Department of Social Organizations of the Ministry of Labour.

b) Provide Certification issued by CCSS effect that is up to date with the Social Security (Patron is not delinquent).

c) Provide transcription of agreement by the union of their participation, as well as the designation of Accredited Delegate (one union) to the Assembly.

Of Delegates:

All accredited delegate shall carry their respective identity card, to formalize their registration.

b) Signing of enrollment and attendance record to the Assembly.

Of the candidates for the post:

a) To be natural or naturalized Costa Ricans with a minimum of ten years’ residence in the country.

b) They must be people characterized by their integrity, competent and ethical and moral recognized solvency.

c) With knowledge in economic and social matters.

d) Be active union leader and renowned, with comprehensive management and control of Social Policy and knowledgeable Public Health System.

There can be promoted:

a) Members or employees of the supreme powers or employees of the Fund.

b) The directors, managers, assistant managers, representatives, employees or owners of the majority of shares of a bank.

c) Those who are bound together by blood relationship or affinity to the third degree, and

d) Those who are declared insolvent or bankrupt, or are liable to the Fund.

Without further ado, subscribes to the Election Commission Association Representative on the Board of the Security Fund Social.-Álvaro Alberto Salazar Morales, Coordinador.-1 time. – (IN2010035988).

Britāle GROUP CORPORATION

It convenes extraordinary general shareholders Britāle Group Corporation, corporate identification: three-101-353060, to be held at its head office in Cartago, San Ramon de Tres Rios, opposite the school, Kulzer Heike Homann house at 8:00 pm on May 28, 2010. Failure to attend the legal quorum on first call, second call will be held on the same day an hour later. Agenda: One: To approve the reform of the clause “Sixth” covenant establishing, for the judicial and extrajudicial representation of the company with authority mentioned in Article 1253 of the Civil Code of attorney with unlimited sum, the exercise only and without limitation of any kind exclusively, only the president of the company, and may grant or replace their power in whole or in part, or revoke the same, and extending powers to the extent that it holds without losing its power. Members of the Board shall be appointed by all the social term. Being at rest; these appointments, but flaunting the power only President.-San Jose April 27, 2010.-Brenda Kempster, Presidenta.-1 time. – (IN2010035990).

 

Marine Capt. Zoe Bedell — Represented by the ACLU — Sues Department of Defense (TLR Note: no commnet on suit other than to mention Munger Tolles & Olson represents Bedell)

Zoe Bedell

Marine Capt. Zoe Bedell said she left active duty last year because military policy limited her potential for promotion by failing to officially recognize her combat leadership experience. (Ben Margot / Associated Press / November 27, 2012)

Capt. Zoe Bedell graduated at the top of her Marine Corps officer candidates class. In deployments to Afghanistan, she oversaw “female engagement teams” that accompanied male infantry units into the field — living and working in identical conditions.

Yet since 1994, the Defense Department has formally excluded women from most direct ground combat positions, creating a growing disconnect with the realities of warfare.

Bedell said she left active duty last year because the policy limited her potential for promotion by failing to officially recognize her combat leadership experience. (In military parlance, the female teams that played a critical role in communicating with Afghan women were “attached,” not “assigned,” to infantry units.)

On Tuesday, she joined a federal lawsuit challenging the blanket exclusion.

“The modern battlefield means there are no front lines or safe areas,” Bedell, 27 and now a Marine Corps reservist, said during a news conference at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. The ACLU is representing her, three female members of the Marines, the California Air National Guard and the Army Reserve, and the nonprofit Service Women’s Action Network.

Please continue @: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-women-in-combat-20121128,0,3989656.story

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.

 

 

Ciavarella: Trial judge in bribery case biased

An attorney for kids-for-cash judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. told a three-judge panel from U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals today that the former Luzerne County judge deserves a new trial because his trial judge expressed “complete sympathy” with people outraged by the case.

Federal prosecutors say Ciavarella sent youth defendants to for-profit detention centers while taking $2.8 million in bribes from the centers’ builder and co-owner. Ciavarella, who is serving a 28-year sentence at a medium-security prison in Illinois, did not attend the court session in Philadelphia.

In oral arguments today, defense lawyers asked the federal panel to grant Ciavarella a new trial or sentencing hearing. They say U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik’s responses to public letters and his trial rulings show his bias against Ciavarella. They also complain the Luzerne County scandal was labeled “kids for cash.”

But prosecutors say Kosik sentenced the disgraced judge below federal guidelines, which could have produced a sentence of life in prison.

Third Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell, who served on the panel, says it’s tricky to judge a judge who was also judging a judge.  Source: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/ciavarella-trial-judge-in-bribery-case-biase…

In other judicial bribery related news, 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.

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

Joseph Serrano — Santa Fe Springs former mayor — sentenced to two years in prison for taking thousands of dollars in bribes

A former California mayor was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a marijuana dispensary owner seeking permission to stay open.

Joseph Serrano, 62, one-time mayor of suburban Santa Fe Springs, could have faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted at trial.

Instead, he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of bribery in July.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson also ordered Serrano to pay $10,000 in restitution to the FBI, which tapped the pot shop owner as an informant in the case.

Santa Fe Springs is a small industrial town about 20 miles south of Los Angeles.

Please continue @:  http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/05/ex-calif-councilman-sentenced-in-bribe…

In other bribery related news, 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.

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

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

 

 

 

MTO’s Jeff Bleich: “I was very proud. I didn’t throw up and I didn’t pass out” Rory Little:”The real question is what does Jeff Bleich want to do?

Bleich, a former partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, started his tenure Down Under three years ago and it’s rare for an ambassador to stay in the post for a second term…..

…Among Bleich’s professional highs have been hosting Obama’s visit to Australia in 2011 and helping negotiate a new agreement between Australia and the United States for the trade of defense-related items. The agreement was ratified last week by Australia’s parliament.

On the personal front, Bleich said the biggest thrill has been sharing the experience with his wife and three children, ages 20, 17 and 14 — who have “adapted beautifully” to the diplomatic lifestyle.

And then there was his ride on an F-18 fighter jet at supersonic speed.

“I was very proud. I didn’t throw up and I didn’t pass out,” he said….

…Court watchers also noted that Bleich, who served as law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist, would be a judicial nominee unlikely to draw partisan attack.

“I always thought he would go on the Ninth Circuit at the next opportunity,” said UC-Hastings law professor Rory Little. “The real question is what does Jeff Bleich want to do?”

Complete story @:

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202577525625&A_Very_Differ…

 

Related articles:

http://www.barfboutique.com/

AND @:

http://tinyurl.com/brmry7e

 

TIMELINE 2012:Asian Pacific American Legal Center Revisited In Order to Tag Duo Munger Tolles & Olson/Southern California Edison, Yet Again (TLR Note:1.Munger/ EDISON – Work In Pairs 2.Asians $$$ Utility Companies)

APALC

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California is founded with Stewart Kwoh as the Executive Director.

Executive Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Members at Large

  • Michael J. Brennan

    Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Foundation
  • Paul S. Chan, Esq.

    Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg
  • Shirley S. Cho, Esq.

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • Fung Der

    Bank of America
  • Leslie Furukawa, Esq.

    Gomez & Furukawa

 

  • Veronica Gutierrez

    Southern California Edison

 

  • Alvin D. Kang

    BBCN Bank
  • Joseph K. Kim, Esq.

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP

 

  • C. David Lee, Esq.

    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

 

  • Stephen C. Lee, Esq.

    BP America Inc.
  • Joseph M. Lumarda

    Capital Guardian Trust Company
  • Timothy J. McCallion

    Verizon
  • Manisha Merchant, Esq.

    Union Bank
  • Loc Nam Nguyen

    Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
  • Mary Jane Perez

    Microsoft
  • Kevin M. Tamaki

    AT&T
  • Dennis Uyemura

    California Bank & Trust
  • Jack S. Yeh, Esq.

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Source:

http://www.apalc.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors

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California Bar Foundation

Board of Directors

Mary Ann Todd
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Richard Tom
Southern California Edison

Douglas A. Winthrop, President
Arnold & Porter LLP

Hon. Holly J. Fujie, Vice President
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Joan Kupersmith Larkin, Vice President
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Frederick Brown, Secretary
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

David Grove, Treasurer
Vaquero Capital

Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
California Bar Foundation

Raul Ayala
Office of the Federal Public Defender

Ronald L. Blanc
Arnold & Porter LLP

Debora Buljat
General Dynamics NASSCO

Alec Y. Chang
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

S. Raj Chatterjee
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Julia De Beers
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Hon. Marguerite D. Downing
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Nancy L. Fineman
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Sandra S. Fujiyama
Sidley Austin LLP

Steven H. Goldberg
Downey Brand

Martha K. Gooding
Jones Day

Dean Hansell
Hogan Lovells LLP
   
Ray Hartman
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Geoffrey Holtz
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Robert D. Infelise
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

Paul V. Konovalov
Latham & Watkins LLP

Justin T. Miller
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Amy M. Ross
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Thomas Silk
SILK NONPROFIT LAW

Dianne Baquet Smith
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Jon Streeter
Keker & Van Nest
State Bar President (2011-2012)

Christy Susman
Jack Daniels Properties, Inc.

Julie Taylor
Keesal, Young & Logan

Paul Tepper
Western Center on Law and Poverty

Karen E. Walter
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Nancy Whang
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Shawn Williams
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Source:

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

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Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Fred Rowley — Munger Tolles & Olson

Ben Wong — Southern California Edison

Complete list, please see @

http://www.causeusa.org/index.php/about/board-of-directors

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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.

Please continue @:

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

 

TIMELINE 2001:Keker & Van Nest’s Gary Cohen Represents CPUC in Matter of Southern California Edison V. CPUC – Case Number A096277 (TLR Note: Ipso Facto CPUC — a client of Keker; Olson’s protects SCE)

1st Appellate District

Court data last updated: 11/03/2012 11:05 AM

Parties and Attorneys

Southern Calif. Edison v. Public Utilites Commission
Division 5
Case Number A096277

Party Attorney
Southern Calif. Edison : Petitioner

 

Ann Pauline Cohn
Southern Calif Edison Co
2244 Walnut Grove Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770

Henry Weissmann
Munger Tolles & Olson
355 S Grand Ave 35th Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90071

 

Public Utilites Commission : Respondent

 

Gary M. Cohen
Keker & Van Nest
710 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-1704

Mary Mack Adu
Public Utilities Commission of The State of California
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

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…

     

     

     

     

     

    Linkedin Profile of Gary M. Cohen (TLR Note: Notice CPUC, Keker, Sonnenschein — Part of CPUC Suit in 2004 while working for DOI)

    Gary Cohen’s Overview

    Current

            Director at Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

    Past

            General Counsel at California Health Benefit Exchange
            Director, Oversight Group at Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS/HHS
            Chief of Staff at Office of Congressman John Garamendi (CA-10)

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    Education

            Stanford University Law School
            Brown University
            Fieldston School

    Connections

        352 connections

    Gary Cohen’s Experience
    Director
    Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

    August 2012 – Present (4 months) Washington, DC
    General Counsel
    California Health Benefit Exchange

    June 2012 – August 2012 (3 months) Sacramento, California Area
    Director, Oversight Group
    Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS/HHS

    June 2010 – June 2012 (2 years 1 month)

    Implement, monitor compliance and enforce the provisions of the Affordable Care Act with respect to health insurers
    Chief of Staff
    Office of Congressman John Garamendi (CA-10)

    February 2009 – June 2010 (1 year 5 months)

    I am Chief of Staff to Congressman John Garamendi (D-10 CA)
    Partner
    Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

    Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

    December 2008 – February 2010 (1 year 3 months)

    Member of the Insurance Regulatory Practice in San Francisco office
    Deputy General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co.
    Allianz of America

    July 2007 – October 2008 (1 year 4 months)

    Responsible for managing attorneys at Allianz of America and Fireman’s Fund. Also responsible for managing state government affairs at both companies.
    Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel
    California Department of Insurance

    2003 – 2007 (4 years)

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

    Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Utilities industry

    March 2001 – April 2003 (2 years 2 months)

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

    Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

    January 1985 – March 2001 (16 years 3 months)

    Represented individuals and businesses in complex civil and criminal litigation. Specialized in financial fraud, class action defense, intellectual property
    Scholar: United Nations Asia & Far East Institute for Prevention of Crime & Treatment of Offenders
    Henry Luce Scholar

    1982 – 1983 (1 year) Tokyo, Japan

    Source:

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gary-cohen/7/898/a0a

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    Gary Martin Cohen – #117215

    Current Status:  Active

    This member is active and may practice law in California.

    See below for more details.

    Profile Information

    The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

    Bar Number: 117215    
    Address: 2066 Asilomar Dr
    Oakland, CA 94611
    Map it
    Phone Number: Not Available
    Fax Number: Not Available
    e-mail: Not Available 
    County: Alameda
    Undergraduate School: Brown Univ; Providence RI
    District: District 1    
    Sections: None Law School: Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA

    Source:

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/117215

     

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    PG & E CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, Respondent; Office of Ratepayer Advocates et al., Real Parties in Interest. [And five other cases.].

    Nos. A099858, A099863, A099864, A100892, A100895, A100896, A100897.

    — May 21, 2004

     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.Lionel B. Wilson, Gary M. Cohen, Mary F. McKenzie, Mary M. Adu, Dale Holzschuh, Laurence G. Chaset, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent 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.

     

    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.

    Judge Refuses to Dismiss Bribery Case ; The Leslie Brodie Report on Alert Amid Concerns of Further Retaliation by Thomas Girardi against Ronald Gottschalk

    A judge has refused to throw out the bribery case against former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien, ruling there is direct evidence that he organized a fundraiser for former state Treasurer Timothy Cahill in an effort to get O’Brien’s wife a job.

    The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/TCUNNR ) reports the judge concluded Wednesday that grand jury testimony showed that O’Brien pressured his employees to donate thousands of dollars to Cahill in 2005 based on the “well-founded perception that his doing so was the means by which his wife would obtain employment.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Judge-refuses-to-dismiss-bribery-cas…

    In other related news, 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.

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

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

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

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

    According to the sources, Judge McElroy’s misconduct as it relates to Ronald Gottschalk – Thomas Girardi’s former co-counsel in class-action litigation and current nemesis.

     

    Specifically, and as was previously reported here, Mr. Ronald Gottschalk and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi were co-counsel representing plaintiffs in various actions. Once a dispute erupted between Gottschalk and Girardi, the State Bar of California came knocking on Gottschalk’s door.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Feeling victimized, Mr. Khanna advanced an action against McElroy in federal court. Below is part of an order authored by Magistrate Judge Edward M. Chen. The order alluded to the alleged destruction of the court official record.

    Khanna

    In yet another instance of McElroy’s misconduct is the case of William G. Wells. In addition to McElroy’s complete disregard to a specific and detailed order issued by Judge JoAnn Remke– the presiding judge of the court.

    McElroy’s was accused of being biased and hostile. Below is an excerpt of pleadings prepared by attorneys from the firm of Christa & Jackson which represents Mr. Wells

    McElroy's Hostility toward Wells

    “The coming weeks are a crucial time for completion of the work,” said a source from California. “We will continue to expose the massive corruption which infected the State Bar.”

     

     

    Three-Card Monte Game Over as John Keker and Diverse Proxies Jon Streeter, Chris Young Reinstate Profile of OBAMA FOR AMERICA Chris Young on Keker & Van Nest Website

    Three-card Monte, also known as the Three-card marney, Three-card trick, Three-Way, Three-card shuffle, Menage-a-card, Triplets, Follow the lady, Les Trois Perdants (French for Three Losers), le Bonneteau, Find the lady, Bola bola or Follow the Bee is a confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the money card among three face-down playing cards. It is the same as the shell game except that cards are used instead of “shells”.  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-card_Monte )

    3 card monty

    These old school hustlers brought out the 3 Card Monty setup and got this dude for his grip. This is a variation on the ‘shell game’ where a pebble is hidden under a shell and the confidence man managing the game moves the pebble around discreetly so that you never correctly guess the shell it is under. (Image and nerrative credit: http://dallaspenn.com/weblog/?p=2564 )

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    The tosser shows the player all three cards. So is there any way to win these games? In most cases, no — the games are rigged so you can’t win. (credit: http://www.howstuffworks.com/question590.htm  )

    Three Card Monte in Las Vegas

    There was the three card monte on the pavement. (source: http://adventureivan.com/2010/12/hitchhiking-las-vegas-and-surrounds.html )

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    Just put down 3% and you’ll make a fortune (source: http://affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/2008/06/seller-paid-down-payments-fundamentally-flawed.html  )

    KEKER’S DIVERSE PROXIES REVEALED AS JOHN KEKER LOSES THREE CARD MONTE


    Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest (image: courtesy)

    Christopher Jacob 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.

    Christopher Young -- Morrison & Foerster 2008

    Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for OBAMA FOR AMERICA.   Dereck Anthony 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, West served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of OBAMA FOR AMERICA .


    Tony West, Chris Young

     

    Sir James J. Brosnahan
    MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST,
    ANNETTE CARNEGIE, CHRIS YOUNG —
    Brosnahan, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Democratic Party and spouse of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan, gained fame after his own psychiatrist — Berkeley-based Scyzophrenia specialist Dr. Bruce Africa — threaten to kill him due to an alleged sexual affair between Brosnahan and Dr. Africa’s wife —  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)


    Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa), managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa. Formerly Director of Law Placement at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a founder of ABA Women Rainmakers, she is Co-Chair of the ABA LPM Section’s Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity. According to Schizophrenia specialist — Berkeley-based psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — former patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Marty Africa were involved in an illicit love affair.  Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Marty Africa as Rainmaker of the Year.  Incidentally, both Brosnahan and Mac Cormac are under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC and OBAMA FOR AMERICA via California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)

    James 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. Specifically Susan Mac Cormac and Eric Tate assisted with the legal aspects of creating the entity.

    Carnegie is presently employed at the Kaiser Foundation. Around 2007-2008, she was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and served as a director of the Foundation. In 2007-2008, 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)

    In 2007, Jeffrey Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson 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 , including James Brosnahan (self-proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” ) Tony West (OBAMA FOR AMERICA’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) Kamala Harris (Co-Chair, OBAMA FOR AMERICA ; member of CaliforniaALL) Steven Churchwell ( DLA Piper, Treasurer, draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA )

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

    Ruthe Catolico Ashley served as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors alongside Jeffrey Bleich,  came up with the idea to create CaliforniaALL during a meeting with Sarah Redfield and Peter Arth, (the assistant to CPUC President Michael Peevey).

    CaliforniaALL was conveniently housed free of charge at the offices of DLA Piper in Sacramento, alongside the draft committee of OBAMA FOR AMERICA, where 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.

    Once CaliforniaALL was exposed as sham entity, including on and by The Leslie Brodie Report, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Chris Young’s name from its web-site.  In seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest, John Keker sought to protect his own pecuniary interests and was clearly motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding Young, especially around 2007-8.

     

     Keker & Van Nest /MIA Name of Chris Young

    Pleadings submiited by Keker & Van Nest bearing the name of Chris Young

     Keker & Van Nest - Elliot Peters -- Chris Young -- March 2012

    State Bar of California profile of Chris Young

     

    Chris Young of Keker & Van Nest

    See original story @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/06/26/scrutiny-of-keker-van-nest-s-jon-streeter-intensifies-as-shocking-revelations-further-implicate-keker-van-nest-s-chris-young-doj-s-tony-west-13946817/

    See also subsequent ethics complaint @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/08/08/copy-of-superseding-ethics-complaint-against-keker-van-nest-john-keker-jon-streeter-chris-young-in-re-events-subsequent-to-alleged-embezzlement-f-14415974/

    However, in an almost unprecedented turn of events and somewhat ironically, within the last few days, Keker & Van Nest reinstated the profile of Chris Young on its website.

    Said profile reads: Chris Young devotes himself to his client’s success, ushering them through confounding and often overwhelming situations where personal freedom, reputations, and significant damages are often at stake. Whether handling white collar, intellectual property, professional liability, class action or commercial litigation, he works alongside his clients to achieve their short and long-term goals.   Please see @: http://kvn.com/Lawyers/Young-Chris

    As to John Keker’s other diverse proxy, see below:

    Jim Brosnahan, Jon Streetr, Jeff Bleich



    Above (L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo’s James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar – son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters — attorney for Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown’s former paramour — Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California — Mr. Jon Streeter. (Image:courtesy photo)

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

    GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN — GOOD Ol’ BOYS

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

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

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

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

    WAR STORY TIME

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

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

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

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

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

    A GOLDEN CAPED SUPERMAN

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

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

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

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

    SMART GREED

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

    Please continue @:

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

    Addicted to Race — The left’s long twilight struggle against imaginary bigotry (TLR Note: Mitch and Freada Kapor certainly qualify; Keker/Brosnahan — misuse / act through minorities to engage in questionable conduct)

    Slowly but surely, the toxin of bias is being leached out of American culture, if incrementally and by degrees. A Catholic was elected president in 1960, and since then Catholic nominees and candidates have become commonplace.

    A Jew was nominated in 2000 for vice president, and was a help to his ticket. In 2004 and 2008 respectively, Joe Lieberman and Rudy Giuliani ran for president, and their names and religions did not become issues. The country’s first black president was elected four years ago by a fairly large margin.

    This year, a black woman and a Hispanic were the first choices of many Republican voters for vice president, and children of Hispanic and Indian immigrants are rising Republican stars. Pockets of bias remain, but this country has reached the stage at which no success is beyond the reach of any American for reasons other than personal failings.

    But as racism fades, concern over it seems to grow stronger than ever, at least with a clique on the left that longs to hold on to the issue, and works without stopping to keep race alive.

    Please continue @: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/addicted-race_654403.html

    A civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit naming as defendants (among others) Keker & Van Nest and partner Matt Werdegar was filed in federal court.

    The suit was advanced by community activist Daniel Dydzak of Marina Del Rey alleges that defendants run the San Francisco law firm as a criminal racketeering enterprise.

    Specifically, defendnats engaged in predicate acts of a pattern of racketeering through and by means of obstruction of justice and myriad acts of fraud.

    The suit further contends that named partner John Keker participated and was well aware of the surreptitious and conspiratorial alliances and unlawful agreements.

     

    Sir James J. Brosnahan
    MORRISON & FOERSTER TEAM: JAMES BROSNAHAN, TONY WEST,
    ANNETTE CARNEGIE, CHRIS YOUNG — Although other potential explanations certainly exist, as matters presently stand, it appears that operatives participated in what appears to be a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse the California Bar Foundation and non-profit entity CaliforniaALL as a vehicle to embezzle and launder funds originated from major utility companies and the California Bar Foundation to push for the election of Barack Obama in general, and on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy in particular.  Presently, viewed as potential wrongdoers are Jeffrey Bleich, Ron Olson, Brad Phillips (of Munger Tolles & Olson) John Roos and Mark Parnes (of Wilson Sonsini) James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie (of Morrison & Foerster) Steven Churchwell (of DLA Piper in Sacramento) Kamala Harris and Freada Klein Kapor of CaliforniaALL (image: courtesy)

     

     The action seeks monetary and equitable remedies. 

    Matt Werdegar is the son of David Werdegar — the former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on Aging and husband of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (aka Kay Mickle).

    Prior to the commencement of a prior action, David Werdegar abruptly quit his position with IOA. The resignation, which occurred earlier this year, followed media reports of alleged improprities involving himself, his wife, and his son David .

     



    Above (L-R) Mr. David Werdegar of IOA; State Bar of California BOG Member Jeannine English; Mr. Thomas Girardi of embattled Voice of OC; Executive Director of State Bar of California Joe Dunn of embattled Voice of OC; California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Kathryn Werdegar; really special prosecutor in matter of In Re Girardi and controversial judicial aspirant Prof. Rory Little; controversial gambling attorney Howard Dickstein (spouse of Jeannine English and a client of Keker & Van Nest), MoFo’s James Brosnahan of embattled Voice of OC; Keker & Van Nest partner Matthew Werdegar – son of David and Kathryn Werdegar; Keker & Van Nest partner Jan Little (spouse of Rory Little); Keker & Van Nest partner Elliot Peters — attorney for Howard Dickstein; California Democratic Party operative and mentor to Willie Brown’s former paramour — Mr. John Keker; Keker & Van Nest partner, attorney for Howard Dickstein, controversial judicial aspirant, and President of the State Bar of California — Mr. Jon Streeter. (Image:courtesy photo)

    Profile of UUNET (TLR Note: 1. Verizon / Kapor 1-2 / Munger Tolles Connection ? )

    UUNET founded in 1987, was one of the largest Internet service providers and one of the early Tier 1 networks. It was based in Northern Virginia and was the first commercial Internet service provider. Today, UUNET is an internal brand of Verizon Business (formerly MCI).

    Mergers and acquisitions

    In 1996, UUNET was acquired by MFS.

    In 1996, UUNET was acquired by WorldCom as part of WorldCom’s purchase of MFS Communications Company.

    In 2001, UUNET was fully integrated with WorldCom and the name was dropped from all official documents.

    In 2002, the owner of UUNET at that time (WorldCom) filed for what was then the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in history.

    As of 2005, its Internet service and infrastructure, assigned AS701 maintained the highest outdegree of any ISP.

    Verizon — In 2006, WorldCom was purchased by Verizon Communications and now operates under the Verizon Business name.  Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UUNET

    Mitch Kapor was a founding investor in UUNET Technologies, one of the earliest commercial Internet service providers.  Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Kapor

     

    Molly Munger — Daughter of Charlie Munger — calls Jerry Brown’s ads ‘utterly deceptive,’ plans to counter

    Accusing Gov. Jerry Brown of running “utterly deceptive” ads in his campaign to raise taxes, Molly Munger said on a Los Angeles TV show this morning that her own tax campaign will air television ads making a “distinction” between her measure and Brown’s.

    Munger, the chief proponent of Proposition 38, said on NBC 4’s “News Conference” that a series of ads released by Brown last week unfairly cast his initiative, Proposition 30, as the most helpful for schools.

    “It is utterly deceptive,” she said. “And so you really can’t be in a situation where 30, which is really a budget patch, is going around saying that it’s the schools initiative, when we – who are really the schools initiative – you know, are being asked not to say anything.”

    Munger said, “If you’re going to say that you’re something you’re not, we do have to say, ‘Well, actually, that’s not the case.'”

    Munger, a civil rights attorney, has spent more than $30 million on her measure. Her brother, Republican physicist Chalres Munger Jr., has donated $23 million to a committee that aims to beat Brown’s measure and pass an anti-union campaign finance measure.

    Please continue @: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/10/molly-munger-calls-jerry-b…

    For more about Charlie Munger and Munger Tolles & Olson, please see @: 

    http://tinyurl.com/9ypyes7

    Zach Scruggs Denied Appeal on Judge Bribery Conviction

    The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a Mississippi judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.

    A three-judge panel of the court in New Orleans in August upheld Zach Scruggs conviction. He then asked the full court to hear the case. The full court refused in an Oct. 1 order.

     

    The younger Scruggs, a law partner with his father, pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to improperly influence a Mississippi judge in a dispute with other lawyers over $26.5 million in legal fees.  Please continue @: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2012/10/05/265647.htm

    In other bribery related news, 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.

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

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

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

    Monica Walsh — Owner of Manika Jewelry and Friend of Bettina Neuefeind — Hereby Asked to Comment on Matters Relating to Peculiar Involvement with Two Non-Profit Entities Known as Democracy Fund, Inc.

    Manika
    Monica Walsh
    Joe Trippi Lester LessigAaron Swartz
    In March 2008, Larry Lessig, Joe Trippi, Aaron Swartz, and Manika Jewelry’s Monica Walsh launched a Section 501(C)(4) non-profit entity known as “Change Congress.” Simultaneously, they also launched a Section 501(C)(3) non-profit entity known as “Change V2 Foundation,” the purpose of which was to fund-raise on behalf of and financially support “Change Congress.” Prior to the 2009 relocation to Manika Jewelry’s store, both Change Congress and Change V2 Foundation were conveniently housed at The Kapor Center, located at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco. From left are Monica Walsh, Joe Trippi, Larry Lessig, and Aaron Swartz. (image: courtesy photo)

    Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report’s commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a controversy while affording those involved the opportunity to comment, Manika Jewelry’s Monica Walsh of Change Congress / Change V2 Foundation hereby asked to comment on peculiar phenomenon by which she was concurrently involved with two separate non-profit entities known as Democracy Fund, Inc.

    In 2010 Larry Lessig,  Manika Jewelry’s Monica Walsh, and others launched a whole new Section 501(C) non-profit entity known as “Democracy Fund, Inc.”  — EIN 27-2439840

    Larry Lessig and Monica Walsh Democracy Fund Inc of MA

     

    Strangely, on 6/6/2011 Larry Lessig, Manika Jewelry’s Monica Walsh, and others caused Change V2 Foundation (which was launched in 2008) to also operate under the name “Democracy Fund, Inc.” — EIN 26-3088283

    Chane V2 Foundation Name Change to Democracy Fund Inc

     

     

     

    Mitch Kapor
    Mitchell Kapor, the spouse of CaliforniaALL’s Freada Klein Kapor and overseer of the many foundations and businesses housed at The Kapor Center, located at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, as matters presently stand, it appears that operatives participated in what appears to be a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse the California Bar Foundation and non-profit entity CaliforniaALL as a vehicle to embezzle and launder funds originated from major utility companies and the California Bar Foundation to push for the election of Barack Obama in general, and on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy in particular.  Presently, viewed as potential wrongdoers are Jeffrey Bleich, Ron Olson, Brad Phillips (of Munger Tolles & Olson) John Roos and Mark Parnes (of Wilson Sonsini) James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie (of Morrison & Foerster) Steven Churchwell (of DLA Piper in Sacramento) Kamala Harris and Freada Klein Kapor of CaliforniaALL.(Image:courtesy photo)

    Bettina NeuefeindMitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation Phone Banking to Swing States for Obama
    Bettina Neuefeind (on right) — spouse of Larry Lessig and office manager of OBAMA FOR AMERICA in San Francisco — shown above at The Kapor Center, located at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco. During the 2008 presidential election, the phone banks situated at The Kapor Center and generally used to fund-raise on behalf of the many foundations located there, were additionally used to contact potential voters and encourage them to vote for then candidate Barack Obama.(image: courtesy)

    Please feel free to comment @:

    http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2012/10/07/lawrence-larry-lessig-in-the-myster…

     

    Dateline 2009: Asian Americans for Obama Gather at Manika Jewelry (TLR Note: store owned by friend of Bettina Neuefeind — Monica Walsh of Change Congress

    Please Join: Vida Benavides, Monica Walsh, Laura Efurd, Maria Echeveste, Yoko Nakagawa, Keith Kamisugi, Gene Benavides, Bouapha Toommaly, Trina Villanueva, Hector Preciado, Emi Gusukuma, Tessie Guillermo, Daphne Kwok in a Conversation with Mike Lux, author of “The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in American Came To Be.”

     Tuesday, February 17, 2009
    12 Noon-2:00 PM

    Manika Jewelry
    11 Maiden Lane
    San Francisco, Ca 94108

    (Light Refreshments Served)

    RSVP to vidab64@gmail.com

    Please see @:  http://www.asianamericansforobama.com/progressive-revolution-conversation-boo…

     

    La información académica también quiere ser libre.

    Aaron Swartz (image: courtesy)

    As was reported earlier, last year Aaron Swartz was indicted on four felony counts for allegedly stealing millions of academic journal articles from JSTOR. Today, Federal prosecutors piled on nine additional felony charges. The charges (PDF) are mostly covered under the 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and are likely to test the legislation’s limits. According to Wired, “The indictment accuses Swartz of repeatedly spoofing the MAC address — an identifier that is usually static — of his computer after MIT blocked his computer based on that number. The grand jury indictment also notes that Swartz didn’t provide a real e-mail address when registering on the network. Swartz also allegedly snuck an Acer laptop bought just for the downloading into a closet at MIT in order to get a persistent connection to the network. Swartz allegedly hid his face from surveillance cameras by holding his bike helmet up to his face and looking through the ventilation holes when going in to swap out an external drive used to store the documents. Swartz also allegedly named his guest account ‘Gary Host,’ with the nickname ‘Ghost.’”  Please continue @: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/aaron-swartz-felony/

    Separately, the various civil and journalistic inquiries into events surrounding CaliforniaALL / Obama for America / Mitch and Freada Kapor / Bettina Neuefeind (as well as derevative inquiries into the countless foundations and businesses located at The Kapor Center at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco) are still underway to determine the journey and final identities of  Change Congress / Change V2 Foundation with special attention being paid to Larry Lessig, Bettina Neuefeind, Monica Walsh, and David Swartz in connection with the following:

    change-congress.org
    THE DEMOCRACY FUND, INC
    THE DEMOCRACY EDUCATION FUND, INC.
    fixcongressfirst.org
    http://www.rootstrikers.org/who_we_are
    http://unitedrepublic.org/about/team
    United Republic Education Fund
    http://fundfortherepublic.org/about/board/

    Larry Lessig
    Larry Lessig. In March 2008, Joe Trippi and Larry Lessig launched a Section 501(C)(4) non-profit entity known as “Change Congress.” Simultaneously, Trippy and Lessig launched a Section 501(C)(3) non-profit entity known as “Change V2 Foundation,” the purpose of which was to fund-raise on behalf of and financially support “Change Congress.” Both Change Congress and Change V2 Foundation were conveniently housed at The Kapor Center, located at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco.(image: courtesy photo)

     

    Change Congress, Larry Lessig, Joe Trippi, Monica Walsh, Adam Swartz

     

     

     

    Mitch Kapor
    Mitchell Kapor, the spouse of CaliforniaALL’s Freada Klein Kapor and overseer of the many foundations and businesses housed at The Kapor Center, located at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, as matters presently stand, it appears that operatives participated in what appears to be a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse the California Bar Foundation and non-profit entity CaliforniaALL as a vehicle to embezzle and launder funds originated from major utility companies and the California Bar Foundation to push for the election of Barack Obama in general, and on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy in particular.  Presently, viewed as potential wrongdoers are Jeffrey Bleich, Ron Olson, Brad Phillips (of Munger Tolles & Olson) John Roos and Mark Parnes (of Wilson Sonsini) James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie (of Morrison & Foerster) Steven Churchwell (of DLA Piper in Sacramento) Kamala Harris and Freada Klein Kapor of CaliforniaALL.(Image:courtesy photo)

    Bettina NeuefeindMitch Kapor's Open Source Applications Foundation Phone Banking to Swing States for Obama
    Bettina Neuefeind (on right) — spouse of Larry Lessig and office manager of OBAMA FOR AMERICA in San Francisco — shown above at The Kapor Center, located at 543 Howard St., 5th. Floor, in San Francisco. During the 2008 presidential election, the phone banks situated at The Kapor Center and generally used to fund-raise on behalf of the many foundations located there, were additionally used to contact potential voters and encourage them to vote for then candidate Barack Obama.(image: courtesy)

     

    END OF REPORT

    Mystery Over St. Francis Yacht Club Memebr Diane Ford Parnes AKA Diane Shelton Parnes Widens

    The mystery surrounding Mark Parnes of Wilson Sonsini and spouse Diane Ford-Parnes is growing as new and promising sources of information reveal a quiet persistence on the part of Diane to hide her (Jewish?) identity by using the name Diane Ford and/or Diane Ford Parnes rather than Diane Shelton or the name she has been known — Diane Shelton Parnes

    Diane Parnes

    Diane Shelton Parnes AKA Diane Ford Parnes AKA Diane Shelton (Image:courtesy)

    As was reported earlier, Larry Sonsini, the chairman of Palo Alto-based Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, was asked to investigate allegations of improprieties involving John Roos — Wilson Sonsini’s former CEO who now serves as the US Ambassador to Japan. He was also asked to investigate allegations dealing with Wilson Sonsini’s assistant general counsel, Mark Parnes.

    The request comes amidst revelations that in 2007-2008, OBAMA FOR AMERICA operatives John Roos and Mark Parnes of Wilson Sonsini participated in what appears to be a sophisticated financial scheme to misuse the California Bar Foundation and non-profit entity CaliforniaALL as a vehicle to embezzle and launder funds originated from major utility companies and the California Bar Foundation.

    Although other potential explanations certainly exist, as matters presently stand, it appears that these operatives organized to push for the election of Barack Obama on behalf of those seeking to promote green energy. In addition to John Roos and Mark Parnes, also viewed as potential wrongdoers are Jeffrey Bleich, Ron Olson, Brad Phillips (of Munger Tolles & Olson — on behalf of Southern California Edison), James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie (of Morrison & Foerster — on behalf of PG & E), Steven Churchwell (of DLA Piper — on behalf of Sempra Energy), and Tony West’s sister-in-law — Kamala Harris.

     

    Meet California Bar Foundation Director Thomas Silk As Silk Adler & Colvin Is Now Only Adler & Colvin

    Thomas Silk holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. After law school he spent four years in Washington, D.C. as a federal appellate court litigator with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    After his return to the Bay Area, Tom founded Silk, Adler & Colvin, a San Francisco law firm specializing in providing legal advice and counsel to domestic and international philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, consulting with company foundations, and advising individual philanthropists.

    Tom has consulted with the Asia Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund on nonprofit law development in the Asia Pacific region and in Central and Eastern Europe, and he is the editor and co-author of Philanthropy and Law in Asia. Tom has published many articles and has given frequent talks on the taxation of exempt organizations and on charitable law, including the governance of charitable organizations.

    Tom is an adviser to the American Law Institute project on Principles of Nonprofit Law, adirector of CompassPoint, a member of the Advisory Board of The Exempt Organizations Tax Review, and a trustee and secretary of the Hertz Foundation. Tom and his wife, Suzanne Vinson Silk, share three wonderful children and six terrific grandchildren.

    Adler & Colvin, please see @:

    http://www.adlercolvin.com/attorneys/index.php

     

    ROSTER OF CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

    Douglas A. Winthrop, President
    Arnold & Porter LLP

    Hon. Holly J. Fujie, Vice President
    Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

    Joan Kupersmith Larkin, Vice President
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    Frederick Brown, Secretary
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    David Grove, Treasurer
    Vaquero Capital

    Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
    California Bar Foundation

    Raul Ayala
    Office of the Federal Public Defender

    Ronald L. Blanc
    Arnold & Porter LLP

    Debora Buljat
    General Dynamics NASSCO

    Alec Y. Chang
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    S. Raj Chatterjee
    Morrison & Foerster LLP

    Julia De Beers
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

    Hon. Marguerite D. Downing
    Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

    Nancy L. Fineman
    Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

    Sandra S. Fujiyama
    Sidley Austin LLP

    Steven H. Goldberg
    Downey Brand

    Martha K. Gooding
    Jones Day

    Dean Hansell
    Hogan Lovells LLP

    Ray Hartman
    DLA Piper LLP (US)

    Geoffrey Holtz
    Bingham McCutchen LLP

    Robert D. Infelise
    Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

    Paul V. Konovalov
    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Justin T. Miller
    BNY Mellon Wealth Management

    Amy M. Ross
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Thomas Silk
    SILK NONPROFIT LAW

    Dianne Baquet Smith
    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

    Jon Streeter
    Keker & Van Nest
    State Bar President (2011-2012)

    Christy Susman
    Jack Daniels Properties, Inc.

    Julie Taylor
    Keesal, Young & Logan

    Paul Tepper
    Western Center on Law and Poverty

    Mary Ann Todd
    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

    Richard Tom
    Southern California Edison

    Karen E. Walter
    Rutan & Tucker, LLP

    Nancy Whang
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Shawn Williams
    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LL

    See @:

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

    Vilma Socorro Martínez Wikipedia Profile (TLR Note: Martinez Former Partner at Munger Tolles & Olson ; Confederate of Bleich, Weissmann, Olson, Adler, Rowley; Member of PCIP)

    Vilma Socorro Martínez
    United States Ambassador to Argentina
    Incumbent
    Assumed office
    September 18, 2009
    President Barack Obama
    Preceded by Earl Anthony Wayne
    Personal details
    Born October 17, 1943
    San Antonio, Texas
    Nationality American

    Vilma Socorro Martínez (born in 1943) is an American lawyer, civil rights activist and diplomat currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. She is the first woman to hold this position.

    Life and career

    Vilma Socorro Martínez was born to a Mexican American family in San Antonio, Texas, in 1943, and was raised in a climate of certain racial hostility. An honor student in high school, for example, she found herself steered away from academics by a counselor who tried to convince her that someone of her background would be better off attending a trade school than a major university. Martínez ignored that advice and instead enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin.[1]

    While working her way through college in the biochemistry lab, Martínez met a professor who recognized her potential. In marked contrast to her high-school counselor, the professor insisted she pursue further education; after receiving her bachelor’s degree, Martínez went on to Columbia Law School, and graduated in 1967.

    She then joined the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In her job, she defended a number of poor and minority clients. She also served as the attorney for the petitioner in the case of Griggs v. Duke Power Company, a landmark action that ultimately went before the U.S. Supreme Court and helped establish the doctrine of affirmative action.[1]

    After spending several years with the NAACP, Martínez left in 1970 to serve as an equal opportunity counselor for the New York State Division of Human Rights. In this role, she created new rules and procedures governing the rights of employees. She then married a fellow attorney, Stuart Singer, and had two sons, Carlos and Ricardo. In 1971 she joined the firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York City, where she worked as a labor lawyer. Martínez and one of her colleagues at Cahill, Grace Olivarez, became the first women to join the board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which was patterned after its counterpart at the NAACP. Soon afterward, in 1973, Martínez was hired as the advocacy organization’s general counsel and president.

    Inheriting a nearly-insolvent organization, Martínez developed an operating financial framework that helped save the fledgling advocacy group from insolvency. On the legal front, MALDEF made U.S. civil rights history during Martínez’s tenure as general counsel and president when she directed a program that helped secure an extension of the Voting Rights Act to include Mexican Americans among the groups it protected, overcoming skepticism from both traditional, white conservative groups as well as the NAACP (whose director, Clarence Mitchell, maintained that expanding the Voting Rights Act to include other groups could weaken its protection of blacks). Martínez, however, secured support from other African American groups, most notably the Congressional Black Caucus, and in 1975, Congress agreed to extend the existing provisions of the Voting Rights Act to include Mexican Americans.[1]

    Martínez also helped obtain a 1974 ruling guaranteeing that non-English-speaking children in public schools could obtain bilingual education and participated in a number of other activities on behalf of Mexican Americans; from 1975 to 1981, for example, she served as a volunteer consultant to the U.S. Census Bureau, implementing the addition of a question as to the respondent’s Hispanic origin (its far-reaching effects included the redrawing of numerous electoral districts). Remaining at MALDEF, she accepted an invitation from California Governor Jerry Brown in 1976 to join that state’s Board of Regents, remaining there until 1990 and serving a two-year term as chairman.

    Please continue @:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilma_Socorro_Mart%C3%ADnez

    John Bryson’s Wikipedia Profile (TLR Note: Bryson, Bleich, Olson, Adler — all viewed as potential wrongdoers in massive scheme CaliforniaALL – OBAMA FOR AMERICA as far as EIX/SCE)

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    John Bryson
    37th United States Secretary of Commerce
    In office
    October 21, 2011 – June 21, 2012
    President Barack Obama
    Deputy Rebecca Blank
    Preceded by Rebecca Blank (Acting)
    Succeeded by Rebecca Blank (Acting)
    Personal details
    Born July 24, 1943 (age 69)
    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Political party Democratic Party
    Alma mater Stanford University
    Yale University

    John E. Bryson (born July 24, 1943)[1] was the 37th United States Secretary of Commerce. Prior to this, he served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison and as director of The Boeing Company.

    The Senate confirmed Bryson as Secretary of Commerce by a 74–26 vote on October 20, 2011.[2] He was sworn in on October 21, 2011. Bryson took a leave of absence in June 2012 for medical tests due to seizures that were related to a hit and run. On June 21, 2012 Bryson resigned because, “the work that [Commerce employees] do to help America’s entrepreneurs and businesses build our economy and create jobs is more important now than ever and I have come to the conclusion that I need to step down to prevent distractions from this critical mission.”[3]

    Contents

    Early life and education

    Bryson’s father operated a sawmill.[4] He graduated from Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon, in 1961.[5] He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1965 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Yale Law School in 1969.

    Career

    In 1970, with other recent Yale Law graduates, Bryson helped found and served as legal counsel for the Natural Resources Defense Council.[6][7] From 1976 to 1979, Bryson served as chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board, and from 1979 to 1982, he served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. In 1983 Bryson worked for the law firm of Morrison and Foerster in the San Francisco office. Bryson joined Edison International in 1984,[8] and served as director from 1990 until his retirement on July 31, 2008.[9]

    Bryson was a director of The Boeing Company, W. M. Keck Foundation, and The Walt Disney Company, and a former Director/Trustee for three Western Asset Management funds at Legg Mason. He serves or has served on a number of educational, environmental and other nonprofit boards, including chairman of the California Business Roundtable, a trustee of Stanford University, a trustee of California Institute of Technology, co-chairman of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and chairman of the Public Policy Institute of California.[10][11]

    Secretary of Commerce

    Then-Secretary Bryson, along with President Barack Obama and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk at a press conference in the rose garden of the White House in March 2012.

    On May 31, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Bryson to succeed Gary Locke as the United States Secretary of Commerce.[12] Citing Bryson’s environmental views, United States Senator James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, put a hold on his nomination in July.[13] The Senate later reached a unanimous consent agreement to vote on Bryson’s nomination, and the Senate confirmed Bryson by a 74–26 vote on October 20, 2011. He was sworn in on October 21, 2011, becoming the 37th Secretary of the Department of Commerce.[14]

    As Secretary of Commerce, Bryson co-chaired the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy, along with Gene Sperling.[15]

    2012 traffic accidents

    On June 9, 2012, Bryson was involved in a pair of car crashes in San Gabriel, California and Rosemead, California, which were investigated as possible felony hit and run. He is said to have been found unconscious at the site of the second crash. A Department of Commerce spokesperson confirmed he was involved in a crash, and said Bryson had suffered from a seizure.[16][17][18][19][20] Los Angeles County prosecutors announced on July 3, 2012, that no criminal charges would be pursued.[21]

    On June 11, Bryson announced in a memo that he was taking a medical leave of absence. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank began serving as Acting Secretary of Commerce.[22]

    On June 21, 2012, Bryson announced his resignation from the post of Secretary of Commerce. Blank will continue to serve as Acting Secretary.[23]

    TIMELINE 2008: State Bar of California President — Jeff Bleich of Munger Tolles & Olson — Ratified, Yet Again, A New Director of CaliforniaALL — Freada Kapor Klein

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

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

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

    Please continue @:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Claremont University Consortium’s Robert Adler — Edison International Chief Legal Counsel,Ex-Managing Partner of Munger Tolles & Olson — Under Heavy Scrutiny

    Edison International and Southern California Edison chief in-house legal counsel, Robert L. Adler, is under heavy scrutiny, staff members of The Leslie Brodie Report contend.

    Adler, who until 2008 served as the managing partner of Munger Tolles & Olson, has been identified as potential wrongdoer in matters relating to the alleged  laundering of money from utility companies to Obama for America around 2007-2008 through the California Bar Foundation / CaliforniaALL.  He is also under heavier scrutiny in matters relating to prima facie showing of alleged public corruption relating to the alleged bribery of officials at the California Public Utilities Commission, sources seeking anonymity allege.

    Robert Adler

    Mr. Robert Adler has been an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Edison International at Southern California Edison Company since August 1, 2008. Mr. Adler serves as a Professor at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. He has been Co-Managing Partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP since 1978, where he practiced corporate and business law. He has an extensive involvement and experience with the electric power business and Edison International, (image: courtesy photo; narrative courtesy of business-week)

    According to Edison International, “Adler is responsible for the legal affairs of Edison International, which is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, and of Edison Mission Group, which is an independent power producer and provider of capital and financial services.

    Prior to joining Edison International, Adler was a co-managing partner of the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he practiced corporate and business law beginning in 1975. Beyond his law experience with the electric power business and Edison International, Adler’s practice has spanned many industries, including retail, health care, entertainment, communications, and professional sports.

    He is vice chairman of Claremont University Consortium and serves on the Board of Directors of Southern California Public Radio, the Board of Directors of Friends of the Saban Free Clinic and on the Legal Planning Committee of the Edison Electric Institute.”

     

     

     

    YR on Golden Caped Superman, Ronald Olson, Edison International, Southern California Edison, The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)

    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.

    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.

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    http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/inquiry-of-californiaall/2012/aug/26/co…

     

    2011- President Obama to Nominate Edison International’s John Bryson as Secretary of Commerce (TLR Note: 1- Obama – Utility Connection Explains Zeal of Jeff Bleich, Ron Olson 2- Western Asset Owned by Charlie Munger)

    President Obama will announce that he is nominating John Bryson to be his next Secretary of Commerce.

    Bryson is former chairman, CEO, and president of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, which provides energy for much of Southern California. In 1970, he was one of two co-founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Bryson is also on the board of directors of Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC News.

    He has also served as a director of The Boeing Company since 1995, a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a director of the W.M. Keck Foundation and the California Endowment, and was a director of Western Asset Income Fund from 1986 to 2006. He is a non-executive chairman of the board of BrightSource Energy, Inc. and of the board of overseers of Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

    If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would replace the current Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, whom the president has nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to China.

     

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    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/05/president-obama-to-nominate-form…

    New York Times’s Eric Lipton: Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Utility Exelon (TLR Note: Similar to Obama for America, Sham CaliforniaALL, SCE , PG&E, Morrison & Foerster, Munger Tolles & Olson, DLA’s Piper’s Churchwell, Accenture’s Scrivner Connection)

    Robert Ray/Associated Press Exelon’s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill. Company officials say its relationship with the Obama administration reflects a shared vision of moving the nation toward a cleaner energy future.
    Early in the Obama administration, a lobbyist for the Illinois-based energy producer Exelon Corporation proudly called it “the president’s utility.” And it was not just because it delivers power to Barack Obama’s Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago.
    Exelon’s top executives were early and frequent supporters of Mr. Obama as he rose from the Illinois State Senate to the White House. John W. Rogers Jr., a friend of the president’s and one of his top fund-raisers, is an Exelon board member. David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s longtime political strategist, once worked as an Exelon consultant, and Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor and Mr. Obama’s former chief of staff, helped create the company through a corporate merger in 2000 while working as an investment banker.
    With energy an increasingly pivotal issue for the Obama White House, a review of Exelon’s relationship with the administration shows how familiarity has helped foster access at the upper reaches of government and how, in some cases, the outcome has been favorable for Exelon.
    In addition, Exelon, which provides power to more than 6.6 million customers in at least 16 states and the District of Columbia, was chosen as one of only six electric utilities nationwide for the maximum $200 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department. And when the Treasury Department granted loans for renewable energy projects, Exelon landed a commitment for up to $646 million allowing it, on extremely generous financial terms, to finance one of the world’s largest photovoltaic solar projects.
    When Exelon’s PECO subsidiary emerged from hundreds of applicants as one of six companies to win the maximum $200 million stimulus grant, Energy Secretary Steven Chu went to Philadelphia to announce the award. Exelon is using the money to install new “smart meters” for its Philadelphia-area customers, cutting the price tag for a project it was already planning. (A second grant application Exelon submitted for its Chicago utility did not succeed.)
    Separately, the Treasury Department has approved a $646 million loan, guaranteed by the Energy Department, to help Exelon build a 230-megawatt solar project now under construction in Los Angeles County. The project, which it recently bought just as construction was beginning, is so heavily subsidized by federal and local governments that Exelon expects it will be reimbursed for all its upfront money by 2015.
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    PacificCorp Utility Wikipedia Profile (TLR Note: Similar to CalEnergy — PacificCorp Owned by Berkshire Hathaway of Charlie Munger and SCE’s Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson ; PacifiCorp operates controversial Klamath River Hydroelectric Projects )

    PacifiCorp is an electric power company in the northwestern United States.

    PacifiCorp has three primary subsidiaries:

    1. Pacific Power is a regulated electric utility with service territory throughout Oregon, northern California, and southeastern Washington.
    2. Rocky Mountain Power is a regulated electric utility with service territory throughout Utah, Wyoming, and southeastern Idaho.
    3. PacifiCorp Energy operates 69 generation facilities in the six states that Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power operate in, plus two facilities in Montana, three in Colorado, and one in Arizona.

    Since 2006, PacifiCorp has been a wholly owned subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, itself an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway. In 2001, PacifiCorp was purchased by Scottish Power, but later sold to MidAmerican.

    PacifiCorp is currently headquartered in the Lloyd Center Tower[4] at 825 N.E. Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon, in the Lloyd District. Pacific Power is also headquartered in the same building. Rocky Mountain Power and PacifiCorp Energy are headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power combined serve over 1.4 million residential customers, 202,000 commercial customers, and 34,000 industrial and irrigation customers – for a total of approximately 1,668,000 customers. The service area is 136,000 square miles (350,000 km2). Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power own and maintain 15,622 miles (25,141 km) of long distance transmission lines, 43,850 miles (70,570 km) of overhead distribution lines, 14,510 miles (23,350 km) of underground distribution lines, and 900 substations.

    In 1977, PacifiCorp spun off its coal mining interests into a mining company known as NERCO, which was eventually listed on the New York Stock Exchange and ranked as high as 353 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest American companies. Through its majority interest in NERCO, PacifiCorp was involved in the mining of coal, oil, natural gas, gold, silver, and uranium. PacifiCorp still owned 82% of NERCO in 1993, when it was acquired by the mining giant, the Rio Tinto Group[5].

    PacifiCorp Energy

    PacifiCorp Energy was created after the purchase of PacifiCorp by MidAmerican Energy Holdings. PacifiCorp Energy owns, maintains and operates the PacifiCorp generation assets and manages the commercial and trading operations of the company. PacifiCorp Energy owns 68 generating plants with a capacity of 9,140 megawatts. 70.6% of the generation is from thermal sources (i.e. coal or natural gas), 6.7% from hydroelectric sources, and 0.2% from wind sources. 22.5% of PacifiCorp Energy’s generation is purchased from other suppliers or under contracts.

     

    Source:

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Profile of Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station (1. Notice Mutually Owned by Clients of Morrison & Foerster and Munger Tolles & Olson — El Paso and Southern California Edison, Respectively 2. Reminder, Virile El Paso Rendezvous with Sempra In Phoenix )

    Arizona Public Service owns a major stake (29.1%) in the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station and operates the facility. Other owners include Salt River Project, El Paso Electric Co., Southern California Edison, Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Southern California Public Power Authority, and the Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power.

    Here are some interesting facts about the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station:

    • Construction began in 1976. There are three units, the last of which was completed in 1988. The total cost to build the plant was $5.9 billion.
    • The Palo Verde plant is the largest nuclear energy generating facility in the United States. It is located about 50 miles west of Phoenix in Tonopah, Arizona. The facility is on about 4,000 acres. Approximately 2,500 people are employed there.
    • In 2000 the Palo Verde nuclear plant generated 30.4 million megawatts of power.
    • About 4 million people in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas receive power generated by the Palo Verde plant.
    • Palo Verde is the only nuclear energy facility in the world that uses treated sewage effluence for cooling water.
    • Palo Verde does not use fossil fuels to generate electricity. It is a zero-emissions facility.
    • The reactors at Palo Verde are in an airtight, reinforced concrete structure designed to withstand the force of a jet airplane.

    Source:

    http://phoenix.about.com/cs/utilities/a/paloverde.htm

    The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is a nuclear power plant located in Tonopah, Arizona,[1] about 45 miles (80 km) west of central Phoenix. It is the largest nuclear generation facility in the United States, averaging over 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of electrical power production in 2008[1] to serve approximately 4 million people. Arizona Public Service (APS) owns 29.1% of the station and operates the facility. Other owners include Salt River Project (17.5%), El Paso Electric Co. (15.8%), Southern California Edison (15.8%), PNM Resources (10.2%), Southern California Public Power Authority (5.9%), and the Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power (5.7%).[2]

     

    Located in the Arizona desert, Palo Verde is the only nuclear generating facility in the world that is not situated adjacent to a large body of above-ground water. The facility evaporates water from the treated sewage of several nearby municipalities to meet its cooling needs.

    Source:

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

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

    DOJ Will Not Pursue Criminal Case Against Goldman Sachs (TLR Note: Dah! Berkshire Hathaway Controls Goldman- Berkshire’ s Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson Part of Obama for America – CaliforniaALL Scheme As Are Jeff Bleich and DOJ’s Tony West)

    The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will not be prosecuting Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs or its employees following an investigation into financial fraud. A Senate panel had been investigating allegations that Goldman marketed four sets of risky mortgage securities without informing their clients that the securities were risky.

    The Senate panel, chaired by Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), asserts that Goldman Sachs bet against investors’ positions and tricked investors about those positions in order to shift the risk.

    According to the Justice Department, officials “have determined that, based on the law and evidence as they exist at this time, there is not a viable basis to bring a criminal prosecution with respect to Goldman Sachs or its employees in regard to the allegations set forth in the report” from the Senate subcommittee.

    The statement continued, “The department and investigative agencies ultimately concluded that the burden of proof to bring a criminal case could not be met based on the law and facts as they exist at this time.”

    Despite the DOJ’s assertions that there is not enough evidence to bring a criminal prosecution against Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $550 million in civil fraud charges after the SEC determined that the company had in fact misled its investors. That agreement applied to one of the four deals that were being investigated by the Senate subcommittee. And Goldman employee Fabrice Tourre is still facing a civil complaint from the SEC.

    The DOJ did add that the decision could change if new evidence were to emerge. “If any additional or new evidence emerges, today’s assessment does not prevent the department from reviewing such evidence and making a different determination, if warranted,” the statement said.

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

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

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

    Geoffrey F. Brown 

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

    In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (AT&T;, PG&E;, Verizon, Sempra), including a sub-rosa contribution of $769,247.00 from the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA California Bar Foundation.)

    CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in June of 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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