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“Hit The Road, Jack!” In Honor of Jack O’Connell of CaliforniaALL — Former Superintendent of Public Instruction California Department of Education [ TLR Note: Jack O’Connell 1. also part of CAUSE — entity which was recently dissolved 2. Part of Democratic Party Delegates to Denver — “Rocky Mountain High” 3. Name of Jack O’Connell Mysteriously can’t be found on TLR’s WordPress search results 4. O’Connell, clearly, part of greater scheme involving Ron Olson of Munger Tolles ; Preliminary Prima Facie evidence also implicates California Controller John Chiang

Jack O’Connell — Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education as par of CaliforniaALL, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/californiaall-advisory-council-archive-september-2008/

Jack O’Connell — Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education part of CAUSE, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/justice-ming-chin-center-for-asian-americans-united-for-self-empowerment-officers-year-2010-part-3-spoliation-of-evidence-justice-ming-chins-name-is-listed-as-advi/

Jack O’Connell — Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education part of 2008 California Delegation to Democratic Party Convention in Denver, please see@:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/2008-california-delegation-to-democratic-party-convention-in-denver-august-25-28-2008-tlr-note-notice-names-of-gwen-moore-tony-west-laura-chick-dennis-mangers-etc/

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

Darrell Steinberg

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

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

 California ALL Advisory Council

Dennis Mangers

Mr. Dennis Mangers (image: courtesy photo)

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

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

 

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

I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

 

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

 

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

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

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

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

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

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

 

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley. Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

 

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

However futile, I asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together.

These facts raised suspicions that money has been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source @:

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

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I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

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

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

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

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

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

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

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley. Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

However futile, I asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together.

These facts raised suspicions that money has been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

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

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I. INTRODUCTION

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

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

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


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

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


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Courtesy CNN)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

II. CALIFORNIA BAR JOURNAL’S DISHONEST JOURNALISM

California Bar Journal

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

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

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

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

GRANDA v STATE BAR DOCKET

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

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

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

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

 

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

CalALL_Dec2008Newsletter 1

May 31, 2011

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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Jill Sperber State Bar of CaliforniaJill Sperber to Complainant 2

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

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

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

Events surrounding Redfield, as shown below, appear to be imbued with fraud and deceit, and it appears her role was to create a subterfuge to justify the existence of CaliforniaALL. Since CaliforniaALL’s main achievement was the purported creation of a “Saturday Academy of Law” at UC Irvine (“SALUCI” or “UCISAL”), Ms. Redfield pretended to have engaged in Requests for Proposals (“RFP”), as well as falsely claiming that she “launched” SALUCI. She gave very little, if anything, in return for the $157,763 she was paid. In fact, she took credit for the extremely hard work of others.

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

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

Also employed at McGeorge as Assistant Dean for Career Services was Vice President of the State Bar of California, Ms. Ruthe Catolico Ashley, as well as State Bar of California Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Robert Hawley. Ashley and Redfield were also involved with diversity-related matters within the State Bar of California as part of its council on access and fairness, and as the head of a working group referred to as “Education Pipeline, State Bar of California.”

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

 

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

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

“Allen Matkins joined the Orange County Diversity Task Force, a collaborative effort of professionals from top Orange County law firms and businesses that are committed to achieving cultural diversity in the legal profession. As part of this effort, on April 6, 2010, Allen Matkins hosted an office visit and luncheon for the inaugural class of the University of California — Irvine Saturday Academy of Law program (“SAL”).”

Allen Matkins Web Page Re Saturday Law Academy

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

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

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

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

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

AND

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

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 1

Allen Matkins EXIF Data 2


VI. YR’S VIEW OF EVENTS SURROUNDING CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

However futile, I asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together.

These facts raised suspicions that money has been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

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

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Daily Journal Article Re Cruz Reynoso, Karina Hamilton — Spouse of Allen Matkins’ Bob Hamilton (TLR Note: notice name of Orange County Judge Frances Munoz — may be of interest to esteemed legal scholar and champion of justice Dan Dydzak )

It’s not always clear to law firms trying to implement diversity programs how to reach
out to the next generation in the community in a meaningful way, when many young people in that
community have had little positive experience with the law – and their path to higher
education is filled with challenges. Bringing students into the firm for a pizza lunch
discussion with attorneys is a popular event that can open the eyes of low-income minority kids.
Mentoring programs and internships are profoundly important. But sometimes, a special event
with a historical figure can be transformational.

Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg is a documentarian of social justice heroes. But it’s not
just the filming of people like Thelton Henderson (“Soul of Justice: Thelton
Henderson’s American Journey”) or Arthur Kinoy (“Doing Justice: the Life and Trials
of Arthur Kinoy”). Ginzberg plans the timing of her documentaries so that the subject
can tour with the film to communities across the country once they are completed. For
diversity-oriented law firms, this can be an opportunity to bring youngsters face to face
with a historical figure who is eager to answer their questions and inspire them to
pursue their dreams.

A poignant example of this took place last June with the Orange County screening of
the documentary, “Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice,” which was attended by
50 high school students who participate in the UC Irvine Saturday Academy of Law, or
SAL. SAL hosts a series of Saturday morning classes for Santa Ana Unified School
District ninth graders, focusing on three main objectives for the students: improving
their writing and public speaking skills and helping them learn about the law as a
profession. Two hundred college-bound students have gone through this program,
which was launched in 2009.

Our Diversity Committee’s Community Outreach subcommittee organized the event
and co-hosted it with the Orange County Diversity Task Force. The Orange County Bar
Association, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, Orange County Asian American
Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Foundation, Public Law Center, and the
Orange County Bar Foundation all participated. Judge Frances Munoz, the first
Latina appointed to the State Bar, was there, as was UC Irvine vice chancellor Manuel
Gomez. Altogether about 150 people attended, including Ginzberg and Justice Reynoso.
While there are plenty of people creating films that touch on diversity, Ginzberg is an
inspired partner for an event of this kind. An attorney who practiced for 10 years, she’s
documented successes of programs for at-risk and under served youth, AmeriCorps
members, and those who have been at the front lines of civil rights and grass roots
justice issues.

She strongly believes that these screenings are far from opportunities to preach to the
choir. “The choir is a handful of people like myself devoted to social justice issues,” she
emphasizes. “The people who come to these screenings are people who haven’t thought
about any of this. They see a Hispanic surname in the title of the film and have enough
pride in their community that they want to see who this person is. They leave feeling
inspired.” But, she adds, this film is not simply for Hispanics. “I’m looking for a diverse
audience for every film I do. This film has done a really good job of reaching beyond the
choir to people who have never heard of him.
And, just in case you haven’t heard of him, Reynoso was born into a large Spanish-
speaking farm worker family in Brea. Despite his father’s insistence that he forego his
education and work to help support the family, he stood his ground and attended
Pomona College and then UC Berkeley Law School, graduating in 1958. From there he
became the first Latino director of California Rural Legal Assistance and then one of the
first Latino law professors in the United States, when he joined the faculty of the
University of New Mexico Law School. Years later he was appointed to the state
Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown and later lost his seat in a divisive recall election
that centered around the death penalty. Reynoso returned to private practice and also
joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law until 2001. In 2000, he served as vice
chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which addressed the voting rights abuses
in the 2000 election in Florida. Capping his career was receiving the nation’s highest
civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Bill Clinton. Today, he
teaches law at UC Davis Law School.

“You take someone whose life has traversed really interesting parts of history and
through the prism of biography you can teach history,” explains Ginzberg. “And
through the lens of history, teach a little biography. They’re mutually reinforcing
efforts. My job is to preserve their legacy and help create role models.”
She believes there’s a good reason to select older subjects. “They’re not going to be
around forever,” she notes. “If you pick your people carefully – and I do – that ability of an older person to inspire young people is pretty strong. Cruz manifests respect from
young people and has a liveliness of spirit that kids can respond to. And many of these
kids have never met anyone as successful as him. Cruz has been particularly open and
willing to do this. He’s humble and he’s accessible. It’s been an honor to go out with
him.”

Ginzberg has gone out with Cruz to many community screenings. At a recent
Alameda County Office of Education event celebrating “History Day” at a local high
school, the question came up about re-establishing civil discourse when there are so
many polarized fights going on. Ginzberg says that Reynoso and others of his
generation talk to young people about the importance of negotiating. “He told these
students that it doesn’t mean you can’t take your cause to the streets, but you don’t
make it impossible to communicate with the people you’re opposing. That’s a message
these kids need to hear from someone who fought big battles in his time.”
The documentary, of course, is important as an introduction to someone like Justice
Reynoso. But the power of the event seems to be cemented in what happens afterwards.
For the SAL students, it was a profoundly inspirational connection.

“The students were absolutely captivated,” recalls Karina Hamilton, SAL’s founding
director and now a volunteer with UC Irvine Mentors. “They learned about California
history and the civil rights movement through Justice Reynoso. And he was so
engaging. He answered all their questions, which ranged all over the place, including
the new Arizona law and immigration, his background, and what kind of student he
was.”

Please continue @: http://www.allenmatkins.com/~/media/DC45BE285C0D49E59ECFDEA305843026.ashx

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

 

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

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

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

Said document is located @:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

SAL Our Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Make-Belief Launching of SAL

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

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

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

Sara E. Redfield SAL

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

Work CALALL SAL

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

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

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

UCI SAL

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

SAL Visit to Allen Matkins

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

SAL Partners

 

 

Meet Christy Wilson of Goddard Claussen as The Leslie Brodie Report Continues to Unravel Questionable Circumstances Involving California Endowment / California Forward/ Donna Lucas/ Robert Ross/ Nefarious Stewart Kwoh of CCPF

Christy Wilson

PARTNER AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Christy Wilson has been a member of the Goddard Claussen/West team since 1998 and has developed broad experience on various ballot initiative, legislative and communications campaigns. Ms. Wilson oversees statewide ballot and legislative issue advocacy campaigns for the firm.

She has managed and implemented campaigns on a broad range of issues including frivolous lawsuits, insurance reform, mortgage and financial bailouts, energy, gaming, campaign finance and education. She has worked on national efforts as well as state specific campaigns in California, Florida, Texas, Washington state, Minnesota and New York.

Her expertise lies in developing and organizing ballot initiative and legislative advocacy campaigns. From the conceptual phase through the drafting, qualification and campaign phases of these efforts, Ms. Wilson excels at aligning the interests of her clients with public opinion in order to achieve their policy goals. As a campaign manager, she participates in all aspects of research, strategic planning, management, media relations, coalition building, grassroots, grasstops, speakers’ training, paid media and legislative advocacy.

Her clients have included Blue Cross of California, the Personal Insurance Federation of California, California Chamber of Commerce, California Building Industry Association, State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, Duke Energy, TechNet, California Forward, Campaign for College Opportunity, among others.

Before joining Goddard Claussen/West, Ms. Wilson worked with the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce’s Free Trade Office in Santiago, Chile and for the legal department of a California property development company. Her community and pro bono efforts have included Latino Youth at Risk, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and “Los Oradores” Toastmasters. Ms. Wilson graduated from Tulane University with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Spanish Literature. She reads, writes and speaks Spanish.

christy@gcwest.com

Christy Wilson oversees statewide ballot and legislative issue advocacy campaigns for the firm.

Source: http://gcwest.com/christy-wilson

(Emphasis added)

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TLR Note: Also part of Goddard Claussen/West are Richard Claussen and William Hauck of Blue Cross/Golden Pacific Bank.

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California Forward :

Perplexed by the increasing dysfunction of the state’s fiscal and political systems, five major California foundations – The California Endowment; The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation – came together to create California Forward, charging it with reshaping the future of the Golden State by fundamentally changing the way government operates.

California Forward was created by combining projects from California Common Cause, Center for Governmental Studies, New California Network, and The Commonwealth Club of California’s Voices of Reform Project. The organization has established itself as a trusted, influential, and bipartisan public interest effort, with an unwavering commitment to making government work better.

Our early steps toward reform include:

  1. Stabilizing the fiscal mess through budget reform.
  2. Changing political incentives with redistricting and the top two primary.
  3. Restructuring state and local government to drive innovation and results.

 

Our Leadership

Our Leadership Council is a diverse group of Californians who select and guide California Forward’s projects.

Thomas V. McKernan, Co-Chair
Chair of the Board of the Automobile Club of Southern California

Carl Guardino
President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

R. William “Bill” Hauck
Former President of the California Business Roundtable

Fred Keeley
Former Assembly Speaker pro Tempore

Joanne Kozberg
Principal at California Strategies, LLC

Stewart Kwoh
President & Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California

Donna Lucas
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Planning & Initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sunne Wright McPeak
President & CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund

Lenny Mendonca
Director of the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company

Cruz Reynoso
Former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court & the Third District Court of Appeal

Constance L. “Connie” Rice
Former Co-Director of the Los Angeles NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Eugene J. “Gene” Voiland
Former President & CEO of Aera Energy LLC

Arturo Vargas
Executive Director, NALEO

Peter Weber
Executive Committee Chair of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley

Previously Served

Robert L. Balgenorth
President of the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO

David Davenport
Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
CEO of Green For All

Antonia Hernández
President & CEO of the California Community Foundation

Robert M. Hertzberg
Former Co-Chair; Chair & Founder of G24 Innovations

Bruce McPherson
Former California Secretary of State

Leon E. Panetta
Former Co-Chair; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Charles “Chuck” Poochigian
Former State Senator & Assemblymember

Source: http://www.cafwd.org/pages/our-history  and   http://www.cafwd.org/pages/our-leadership

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The California Endowment :

 

Robert Ross, seen in 2010, explains the choice of name for California's health insurance exchange: "Covered is an action verb, and if we do our job, that's what we want to happen," said Ross, an exchange board member and chief executive of the California Endowment.

Robert Ross, President & CEO of The California Endowment

The California Endowment –  a private health foundation created after the conversion of BlueCross of California to a for-profit company that provides grants to community based organizations throughout California –  that it only “makes grants to nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and public agencies that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians.

Prior to the November election, on August 22, 2012, The California Endowment, conveniently, “made” a grant of $417,000 to Lucas Public Affairs headed by operative Donna Lucas to “provide education and outreach to small businesses in order to create a supportive environment for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and improve access to health care for underserved Californians.”

Approving the grant on behalf of The California Endowment was Lucas’ friend and confederate — Daniel Zingale.

See below:

Recipient: Lucas Public Affairs
Recipient Location: 1215 K Street,, Suite 1120
  Sacramento, CA  95814
Recipient URL: www.lucaspublicaffairs.com
Recipient EIN: 26-1795985
Recipient Type: For Profit
Grantmaker: The California Endowment
Grant Amount: $417,500
   
Duration: 12 months
Fiscal Year End: 2013
Description: Affordable Care Act Education Effort – Phase 3: To provide education and outreach to small businesses in order to create a supportive environment for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and improve access to health care for underserved Californians.
Geographic Area Served: California
Grant Target Population Groups: Density: Urban & Rural
Age: Adult and Seniors (Generally 18+)
Gender: Males & Females
Ethnicity: Multi/No Single Ethnicity Targeted
Other: Uninsured & Underinsured
Program Area: Affordable Care Act
Support Type: PROJECT

 

See also @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/dr-david-werdegar-former-ceo-of-…

 

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.

Meet California Forward

California Forward is a California political organization which, according to its website, wants to “transform our state government through citizen-driven solutions to provide better representation, smarter budgeting and fiscal management, and high quality public services so all Californians have the opportunity to be safe, healthy and prosperous in the global economy.”

California Forward was created by California Common Cause, the Center for Governmental Studies, the New California Network and The Commonwealth Club of California’s Voices of Reform Project at the urging of the California Endowment, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The organization was created in 2006 “with $16 million from five major foundations.”[1]

For the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in California, the organization is supporting a Government Performance and Accountability Initiative.[2] In 2010, it advocated for a package of propositions.[3]

Source: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Forwardemergi

California Forward‘s mission is to work with Californians to help create a “smart” government – one that’s small enough to listen, big enough to tackle real problems, smart enough to spend our money wisely in good times and bad, and honest enough to be held accountable for results.

We’re different from other efforts to reform our state, because we believe in the importance of working together and understand that only robust public discussion and the creation of broad coalitions can move solutions forward.

California’s state and local governments must work better together for everyone. If Californians can come together to restructure the relationships between state and local governments, the experience of other states indicates that in five to seven years, we will begin to see the benefits of better governance and renewed private investment.

Partial List of Directors:

Thomas McKernan — is chair of the board of the Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest AAA-affiliated motor club in the country. He also is chairman of the Orange County chapter of the New Majority, an organization that promotes fiscally responsible government and supports inclusive, mainstream political approaches.

He is a long-serving member of the California Business Roundtable and was its chairman from 2005 to 2006. The California Business Roundtable is a non-partisan organization composed of chief executive officers of California’s leading corporations. It was created to permit senior business leaders to play an active role in the formulation and evaluation of public policy that fosters vigorous economic growth, a vibrant economy and a well-educated and productive workforce to ensure the state’s future competitiveness.

Cruz Reynoso — was an associate justice for the California Supreme Court and the Third District Court of Appeal. He previously was special counsel for Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, and is currently professor of law and Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality at the UC Davis School of Law.

Stewart Kwoh — is president and executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, a legal assistance and civil rights organization he founded in 1983. He also is vice-chair of the board of directors of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.

Sunne Wright McPeak is president and chief executive officer of the California Emerging Technology Fund, a non-profit organization providing statewide leadership to accelerate the development of broadband and other advanced communication services to underserved communities and populations.

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

Previously, Ms. Lucas was deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Ms. Lucas also was deputy press secretary for Governor George Deukmejian, deputy treasurer for Tom Hayes, and California press secretary for President George H.W. Bush.

Source: http://www.cafwd.org/pages/our-mission

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.

 

 

 

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…

 

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.”

 

 

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.

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue @:

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

JusticeCalifornia avers:

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

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

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

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

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

Handwringing does not cut it in this war.

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

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

Source:

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

TLR Note:

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/czr3z4n  

AND

http://tinyurl.com/cod7trp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TLR Mulls Launching Journalistic Inquiry to Examine Unsettling Relationships Involving Munger Tolles Olson, Charles Schwab, California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming Chin, Southern California Edison Amid Fraud

Charles Schwab, William Atwell, and Christopher Dodds  (of the Charles Schwab Corporation ) and Robert Denham (of Munger Tolles & Olson)  as part of U.S. Trust Company, please see @:

http://google.brand.edgar-online.com/EFX_dll/EDGARpro.dll?FetchFilingHtmlSect…?SectionID=3709335-1192662-1226903&SessionID=kXRfHqxOZWy6c27

 

Munger Tolles & Olson’s Alan Friedman — Bet Tzedek director and confederate of Alan Rothenberg , please see @:      

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/profile-of-munger-tolles-olsons-…

Munger Tolles & Olson’s Fred Rowley part of CAUSE — Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment, please see:

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

 

CaliforniaALL’s James Hsu part of CAUSE, please see:

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

 

 

Southern California Edison — including Edison Director Ron Olson of Munger Tulles & Olson (who also represents Edison, including during the Cal Energy Crisis) — serves as financial sponsor of CAUSE, please see:

http://www.causeusa.org/

Southern California Edison/ Munger Tolles & Olson (including partners Fred Rowley, Ron Olson of Southern California Edison) sought to shower CAUSE with funds as Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court ( Ming W. Chin ) secretly served as advisor to CAUSE.  Please see:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/08/14/california-supreme-court-associate-…

 

Ming Chin abruptly quit CAUSE, please see:

http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/18/ming-chin-california-supreme-court-…

Concpiring to defraud the public by retroactively removing name of Chin due to attempt to unlawfully influence Chin, please see:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/center-for-asian-americans-unite…

Director, Alliance of California Judges — Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard Urges Justice Miller to Open Meeting to Public; Copy of Superseding Ethics Complaint Against John Keker; Behold

JCW Commentary – On Thursday, August 9th 2012 the Executive & Planning committee of the Judicial Council, the people who make the decisions about the council agenda, what they vote upon and act upon, will meet behind closed doors to consider the SEC comments and the SEC report. It is widely believed that based on public statements and statements made to AOC managers and supervisors, that Mr. Miller intends to use his committee to either gut the report or study it to death,  placing it on a long road to its demise.

It is our position and the position of our various media partners that since about 250 managers and supervisors have a really solid idea of where the bodies of impropriety are buried, the last thing the power brokers want to do is make these people unemployed. They would prefer to pay these people between 125K-205K in hush money jobs.  Since the Executive & Planning committee meetings usually happen behind closed doors, Judge Marianne Gilliard has requested that this meeting be opened so that we can all learn the general direction they intend to go with this report in the interests of transparency and accountability. We agree.

At minimum, this meetings audio should be streamed out to the public with a video broadcast over the Ministry Of Truth web site.

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August 7, 2012

 

Dear Justice Miller,

 

On behalf of the well over 400 members of the Alliance of California Judges, I respectfully request that you exercise your discretion under CRC 10.10 (d) and permit your Executive and Planning Committee meeting on August 9th to be open to the public. The Alliance makes this request because you have indicated that the issue of the Chief Justice’s SEC report and its recommendations will be discussed at that meeting.

Justice Miller, well over 400 judges responded to your call for public comments. These judges did so knowing full well that they were identifying themselves with reform. We suspect that had you provided a process that would have conferred confidentiality there would have been many more responses. There is obviously great public interest in the decisions to be made on August 9, as well as those to be made by the full Council. As you have seen from the comments, there exists a huge lack of trust that the will of this state’s judges will be respected.

 

The Alliance has listened carefully to the many pronouncements made by Council members that transparency and accountability are goals for the branch. In fact, the Strategic Evaluation Committee highlighted these issues throughout its report. By way of example, on page six the report states: “The AOC has not been credible or transparent concerning such important matters as budgeting, staffing levels, hiring freezes and furloughs, large-scale projects, and other areas of importance.” Still on page six the SEC notes: “Moreover, the commitment to increased transparency, accountability, and efficiency — and the tone and attitude of the organization — ultimately rests with the Judicial Council.”  We agree.

 

Justice Miller, in the interests of transparency and accountability please open up your meeting to the judges of this state, and to the public.  No good reason exists to discuss in private what has been publicly posted. The days of closed door meetings must be the exception and not the rule if we are to restore the credibility of the Judicial Council.

 

Please know that the Alliance will distribute this request and your response to our members and other interested individuals.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard

Director, Alliance of California Judges

 

Source:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/justice-miller-in-the-…

 

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VIA EMAIL AND FEDERAL EXPRESS (FED-EX TRK# —)

RE: SUPERSEDING ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST KEKER & VAN NEST; STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA MEMBERS CHRIS YOUNG #239518;JON STREETER #101970; JOHN KEKER #49092

Dear Ms. Kim:

Enclosed below is a superseding ethics complaint against the law offices of Keker & Van Nest, Chris Young #239518,Jon Streeter #101970,and John Keker #49092 for attempting to defraud myself and others through a failed attempt to conceal Chris Young’s current employment with Keker & Van Nest.

INTRODUCTION:

Close to one year ago I stumbled upon unusually large and highly peculiar financial transactions in conjunction with the California Bar Foundation (the “Foundation) and CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

However futile, I asked the State Bar of California to investigate the matter. While the Foundation alleges that the source of the (relatively) large sum of $774,247 which it transferred to CaliforniaALL was from four utility companies (AT&T, PG&E, Edison International, and Verizon Wireless — as reflected in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report and tax return showing contributions to CaliforniaALL), there is no corresponding entry in any Foundation tax return (for tax years 2007 or 2008), nor any mention in the Annual Report, showing the initial receipt of those funds.

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing, and in fact stated so in a letter seeking information about one of the actor’s employment history. However, within the past several weeks, I believe that I finally managed to put all the pieces together.

These facts raised suspicions that money has been misappropriated from the Foundation, and places those individuals who controlled the Foundation (Jeffrey Bleich, Annette Carnegie, Douglas Winthrop, Ruthe Catolico Ashley, Geoffrey Brown, and others), who “legally” created CaliforniaALL (James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Susan Mac Cormac, and Annette Carnegie of the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster), who controlled the money (Ophelia Basgal of PG&E; Douglas Winthrop, attorney for PG&E; Jeffrey Bleich, attorney for Verizon Wireless; and Edison (client of James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie), who controlled CaliforniaALL (Ruthe Ashley, Ophelia Basgal), and who controlled the finances for the Obama for America’s 2008 campaign (Jeffrey Bleich, Tony West, and Chris Young) in a very awkward position.

In my opinion, and based on the information I’ve discovered, it appears that funds were misappropriated and/or laundered through the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of CaliforniaALL. Although other potential explanations certainly exist, based on these individuals’ involvement in the “Obama for America” 2008 presidential campaign (as discussed below), one likely possibility is that the funds were unlawfully misdirected to that campaign.

INTRODUCTION OF MAIN ACTORS:

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

In 2007, Mr. Bleich established Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee and served as its Chair.

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

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

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

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Tony West also served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of “Obama for America.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for “Obama for America.”

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 in order to mislead my self and others.

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FORTUITOUS DISCOVERY OF CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

Eventually, Cal PERS (Ashley’s employer), the CPUC, and the State Bar of California endorsed in principle the creation of CaAAL. For reasons that are not clear to me, CaAAL was apparently a secret project since the California Bar Journal never bothered to report about it, and a press release issued by the State Bar of California was only delivered to CaAAL. Specifically, on August 1, 2007, California Bar Journal’s editor Diane Curtis issued a very limited press release on behalf of the State Bar ( See http://www.scribd.com/doc/102373322/State-Bar-of-California-August-2007-CaliforniaALL-Press-Release ) stating:

“STATE BAR JOINS DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**

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). “

**

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

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

In June 2008, after a nationwide search and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL not surprisingly hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer. (See Press Release http://www.scribd.com/doc/48717715/5-California-ALL-Announces-Hiring-of-Ruthe-Ashley-as-CEO-on-June-4-2008 )

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

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

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

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

KEKER & VAN NEST:
Several month ago, when Tony West was appointed third in command at the DOJ, I learned of his identity due to wide media coverage and his association with Morrison & Forester and James Brosnahan. From there, it became harder to ignore the common denominator of “Obama for America” involving Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, and Susan Mac Cormac, in conjunction with Geoffrey Bleich and Ruthe Ashley — which is that money was misappropriated or laundered through the Foundation to unlawfully benefit “Obama for America.”

Around 2007-2008, while an associate at Morrison & Foerster, Chris Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for “Obama for America.” Presently, State Bar of California records show that Young is an employee of Keker & Van Nest. However, very recently, Keker & Van Nest abruptly removed Young’s name from its web-site.

In seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest, respondents sought to protect their own pecuniary interests and were clearly motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding Young, especially around 2007-8.

In addition, respondents’ zeal in seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest was also motivated by the totality of the circumstances surrounding a conspiracy by which members of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (including president Jon Streeter of Keker & Van Nest) knowingly agreed to press false criminal charges against me with the Yolo County District Attorney alleging, among others, that an ethics complaint I had filed against Judy Johnson, Holly Fujie, Mark Torres-Gil, Larry Yee, and Rachel Grunberg (dealing with CaliforniaALL – UC Davis law student Sara Granda) was “false and malicious.”

Since at the time members of the board of governors conspired to knowingly file false criminal charges (around January of 2012), they were operating under the assumption that my inquiry into CaliforniaALL was headed in the wrong direction (which it was), the identity and past actions of Chris Young were irrelevant. As a matter of fact, I myself was unaware of Chris Young, or his past involvements.

However, once I managed to unearth the identity of West, respondents and members of the Board of Governors sought to further mislead myself and others in hope none would be able to unearth the identity of Young, including his past involvement with Morrison & Foerster (and by extension, CaliforniaALL), his involvement with Obama for America, his current association with Keker & Van Nest, as well as his association with Jon Streeter (also a 2008 “bundler” for Obama for America). As such, Young’s profile was abruptly removed from KVN.COM for the additional purpose of covering-up members of the Board of Governors’ own misconduct.

Moreover, respondents’ zeal in seeking to conceal Young’s present association with Keker & Van Nest was also motivated by a desire conceal various acts of grave misconduct Jon Streeter had committed in his capacity as director of the California Bar Foundation (either on behalf of himself, on behalf of Keker & Van Nest, or in concert with Cal Bar Foundation directors Douglas Winthrop of Howard Rice, Holly Fujie, Alec Chang of Skadden Arps, Sonia Gonzales, Richard Tom of Southern California Edison, Mary Ann Todd of Munger Tolles & Olson, Raj Chatterjee of Morrison & Foerster, and others.)

In summary, respondents’ conspiracy to defraud by seeking to conceal Young’s association with Keker & Van Nest was motivated by:

1. An overall motive by Keker & Van Nest and respondents to suppress the truth concerning Young’s past involvement with Obama for America, Morrison & Foerster, and CaliforniaALL.

2. A motive to conceal various acts of grave misconduct Jon Streeter had committed in his capacity as member of the State Bar of California Board of Governors.

3. A motive to conceal various acts of grave misconduct Jon Streeter had committed in his capacity as director of the California Bar Foundation.

I urge you to investigate this matter to determine whether any of the respondents violated California Rules of Professional Conduct and/or the State Bar Act. I ask that you levy appropriate sanctions against any and all of the attorneys involved, if supported by the results of your investigation.

I look forward to your response. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Please note that due to your disinclination to process complaints submitted via e-mail, this superseding signed complaint will also be delivered via Federal Express.

 

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Behold! The members of the Executive and planning committee

 

Source:

http://judicialcouncilwatcher.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/justice-miller-in-the-…

Hon. Douglas P. Miller, Chair    (long time insider crony, wants no change in the overall structure of the AOC and has stated as much)(Huffman’s clone) 
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
Fourth Appellate District, Division Two
3389 Twelfth Street
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 782-2667
Fax (951) 248-0346
douglasp.miller@jud.ca.gov

Hon. Kenneth K. So, Vice-Chair  (also a long time insider crony whose most notable accomplishment is what he doesn’t say)
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego
220 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 450-5055
Fax (619) 450-5716
kenneth.so@sdcourt.ca.gov

Hon. Stephen H. Baker  (also a long time insider crony, known for going along to get along and has had Jack Halpin assigned to his court for 19 years)(tainted voice)
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Shasta
1500 Court Street
Redding, CA 96001-1685
(530) 245-6761
Fax (530) 225-5339
sbaker@shastacourts.com

Ms. Edith R. Matthai (this attorney works for an insider crony and has been a reliable producer of inaction
Attorney at Law
Robie & Matthai
500 South Grand Avenue, #1500
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2609
(213) 706-8000
Fax (213) 706-9913
ematthai@romalaw.com

Hon. David Rosenberg (A judicial council brown-nosing rising star that has carefully tried to play both sides of the fence. Due to his direct involvement in unlawful activity, he is a malleable tool and a reliable producer pushed forth as a periodic spokesperson for the death star) (tainted voice) 
Presiding Judge of the
Superior Court of California,
County of Yolo
725 Court Street, Dept. 4
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 406-6741
Fax (530) 406-6962
drosenberg@yolo.courts.ca.gov

Hon. David S. Wesley ( the only clean one of the bunch
Assistant Presiding Judge of the
Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles
111 North Hill Street, Room 204
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-5550
Fax (213) 680-1263
DWesley@LASuperiorCourt.org

Mr. David H. Yamasaki (the highest paid court executive officer in California is a reliable producer for the cronies, thereby earning his 332K per year
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara
191 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 882-2714
Fax (408) 882-2296
dyamasaki@scscourt.org

AOC LIAISON
Ms. Jody Patel (canon fodder: A hysterical, irrational tyrant respected by few, loathed by many brings her pet spot with her on every promotion she gets)
Interim Administrative Director of the Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3688
(415) 865-4235

 

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey In The Company He Keeps As Inquiry Launched to Determine Liability of Brown-Forman Corporation as Potential Accessory After the Fact to Alleged Embezzlement by DOJ’s Tony West, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich

In the aftermath of accusations leveled at USDOJ’s Tony West and US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich that funds were misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation by various individuals through the misuse of phantom entity CaliforniaALL to benefit “Obama for America,” sources seeking anonymity maintain an inquiry has been launched to examine the role, if any, of Tennessee-based Jack Daniel Distillery and parent company — the Brown-Forman Corporation. 

The focus of the inquiry is to examine the totality of the circumstances surrounding Jack Daniel’s employee and California Bar Foundation director, Christy Susman. 

More specifically, the inquiry will focus on actions (or lack thereof) taken by Susman in conjunction with fellow foundation officers and directors Douglas Winthrop, Jon Streeter, Richard Tom, Alec Chang, Sonia Gonzales, Holly Fujie, Mary Ann Todd and Raj Chatterjee.

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

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

INTRODUCTION OF MAIN ACTORS:

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

In 2007, Mr. Bleich established Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee and served as its Chair.

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

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

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

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Tony West also served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of “Obama for America.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for “Obama for America.”

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

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FACTUAL BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

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

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

“STATE BAR JOINS DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Saturday Law Academy RFP

PLEASE NOTE:

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

RFP PROPOSAL INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

In June 2008, after a nationwide search and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL not surprisingly hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer. (See Press Release http://www.scribd.com/doc/48717715/5-California-ALL-Announces-Hiring-of-Ruthe-Ashley-as-CEO-on-June-4-2008 )

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

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

In September 2009, Ruthe Catolico Ashley exited CaliforniaALL (http://www.scribd.com/doc/48713268/7-Ruthe-Ashley-Announces-Departure-from-CaliforniaALL-in-September-of-2009 ), 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 YR to ask Voice of OC to make its tax returns available for his 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 YR’s request for its tax records, whereupon he filed a complaint with the IRS. To date, he has not received a response from the IRS indicating that it has taken any steps to help him obtain those much needed records and impose the appropriate sanctions against Voice of OC.

Nevertheless, YR 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, YR learned of his identity due to wide media coverage and his association with Morrison & Forester and James Brosnahan. From there, it became harder for YR to ignore the common denominator of “Obama for America” involving Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, and Susan Mac Cormac, in conjunction with Geoffrey Bleich and Ruthe Ashley — which is that money was misappropriated or laundered through the Foundation.

The Leslie Brodie Report is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of any new developments.

For more about CaliforniaALL, please see @:

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

Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club – 2012 Candidate Statement — Richard Tom of Southern California Edison

Richard Tom ‘82 – richard.tom@sce.com
Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have in the Stanford or greater community with Asian American issues and/or organizations? (150 words max)

In my current position as Director of Supply Excellence at Southern California Edison, my organization is responsible for promoting SCE’s contracting with diverse businesses. In more than two decades as a practicing attorney, I’ve focused significant effort on promoting increased diversity in the legal profession through activities with the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. My pro bono activities have also included volunteer service to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles.

While attending Stanford, I was a resident at Okada House for two years, including as a theme associate my junior year, and was also active in the student association. I also had the privilege to perform in the Asian American Theatre Project’s 1982 production of Momiko Iko’s “Gold Watch.”

I’m interested in serving on the SAPAAC board because I believe my background, experience, and enthusiasm will contribute to SAPAAC’s mission.

List any other volunteer or “extracurricular” commitments you anticipate continuing to fulfill during the Board term 2012-2014. (e.g., parent volunteer 3 hrs/wk, non-profit board 10 hrs/quarter)

Board Member, California Bar Foundation
Board Member, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Will you be able to attend the first board meeting and retreat in September 2012, to be held in the SF Bay Area?

Yes.

 

Source:

http://sapaac.org/2012-candidate-statements.htm

 

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2007 profile:

Richard Tom
Southern California Edison, Law Department
P.O. Box 800
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 302-4430
richard.tom@sce.com

21st Annual Environmental Law Super Symposium
Richard Tom is a senior attorney at Southern California Edison Company and manages the seven attorneys in the Environmental, Property, and Local Governance Section of the Law Department. Prior to his present position, Richard was a DeputyAttorney General in the Environment Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. He also served a judicial clerkship withthe Hon. A. Wallace Tashima in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Richard currently serves as chair of the South Pasadena Planning Commission. He is a member of the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness. He also serves on the executive committee member of the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He is a former chair of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar and a former member
of the board of directors of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel America. Richard received his undergraduate degree in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University in 1982, and his law degree from the University of
Michigan Law School in 1985

 

 

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

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

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

1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION:

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

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

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

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

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

PART 2: INTRODUCTION OF MAIN ACTORS:

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

In 2007, Mr. Bleich established Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee and served as its Chair.

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

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

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

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Tony West also served as Chair of the “California Finance Committee” of “Obama for America.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Around 2007-2008, Mr. Young served as “Northern California Deputy Finance Director” for “Obama for America.”

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

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

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

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

Ms. Basgal served as a director of CaliforniaALL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PART 2: FORTUTIOUS DISCOVERY OF CaliforniaALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In its 2008 Annual Report ( See ), the Foundation alludes to CaliforniaALL by stating:

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

Also cleverly buried in the California Bar Foundation’s 2008 annual report was the following sentence (which should be scrutinized by your agency):

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

AT & T

Edison International

PG & E Corporation Foundation

Verizon”

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

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

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

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

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

 

PART 3: FACTUAL BACKGROUND

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

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

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

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

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

“STATE BAR JOINS DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**

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). “

**

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

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

In June 2008, after a nationwide search and aided by a pro bono head-hunting firm in its search for a permanent CEO, CaliforniaALL not surprisingly hired Ruthe Catolico Ashley as its chief executive officer. (See Press Release http://www.scribd.com/doc/48717715/5-California-ALL-Announces-Hiring-of-Ruthe-Ashley-as-CEO-on-June-4-2008 )

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

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

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

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

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

Nevertheless, I continued with the inquiry as large pieces of the puzzle were missing. Later, when Mr. Tony West was appointed third in command at the DOJ, I learned of his identity due to wide media coverage and his association with Morrison & Forester and James Brosnahan. From there, it became harder to ignore the common denominator of “Obama for America” involving Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, Annette Carnegie, and Susan Mac Cormac, in conjunction with Geoffrey Bleich and Ruthe Ashley — which is that money was misappropriated or laundered through the Foundation.

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

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July 25, 2012

Dear Members and Others,

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

Please continue @:

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

South Texas Democrat District Attorney Armando Villalobos Indicted by Federal Grand Jury (TLR Note: Similar to corruption within operatives within California Democratic Party who usually conduct business vis-a-vis a Black/Asian/Latino proxy)

Armando Villalobos indicted Democrat CD 34 candidate

By Bob Price

 

In the past couple of weeks, I have been looking at politics in South Texas and the changing demographics as more and more people in the Rio Grande Valley have been moving away from the Democrat party to the Republican Party. This is partially because of the shift in values of the national Democrat party, but also because of the long-standing corruption of certain Democrats in this region.  

This was again illustrated in today’s indictment by a Federal Grand Jury of Cameron County District Attorney (and Democrat candidate for the newly formed Congressional District 34) Armando Villalobos for receiving bribes and other violations of Federal Racketeering Acts.

The indictment contains 12 counts that include bribery charges, fixing trials and several violations of the Hobbs Act. Through the indictment, the US Attorney’s Office will also seek forfeiture of Villalobos’ property obtained from the proceeds of these alleged criminal acts.

Villalobos admitted this morning that he was the subject of the federal investigation. The investigation is believed to have come from an investigation of a murder case involving Amit Livingston according to an article by “The Monitor” today.

According to “Valley Central”,

According to the 34-page indictment, Villalobos is accused of, ‘favoritism, extortion, improper influence, personal self-enrichment, self-dealing, concealment and conflict of interest.’

Villalobos is accused of 12 charges ranging from racketeering and extortion to mail fraud by accepting and soliciting bribes for favors in forfeiture and civil lawsuits.

His former private law practice partner Lucio is accused of seven charges of racketeering, extortion and mail fraud as part of the same indictment. The indictment alleges that some of the bribes were allegedly submitted in the form of “campaign contributions” to Villalobos.”

As I am writing this article, Villabos and his alleged partner, Eduardo “Eddie” Lucio, have been arrested and will be arraigned this afternoon in a Federal Court.

 

Please continue @:

http://www.texasgopvote.com/2012-republican-primary/south-texas-democrat-dist…

 

Meet Senator Carol Liu — Spouse of CPUC President Michael Peevey (Source CAUSE –Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment)

CAUSE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific Islander American community through voter registration and education, community outreach and leadership development.

About Us Take 10

Carol Liu – Biography

Carol LiuSenator 21st District

Take 10 | Full biography

Carol Liu is the State Senator from the 21st District which includes Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, portions of the City of Los Angeles, and other surrounding cities and communities.  Carol Chairs the Senate Human Services Committee.
A fifth-generation Californian on her mother’s side, Carol Liu is also the daughter of a father who emigrated from China before World War II. Carol was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland. She attended public schools and graduated from San Jose State College in 1963.

Carol continued her education at the U.C. Berkeley School of Education where she earned both a lifetime teaching credential and a credential in education administration. She was a teacher in the Richmond, California, public schools from 1964 through 1978 — teaching history at the Junior and Senior High level. She also worked as a school administrator from 1978-1984.

While serving as Executive Director of the Richmond Federation of Teachers (from 1975-1978) Carol met her future husband, Michael Peevey, at an AFL-CIO convention.  Carol and Mike have three children and three grandchildren.

After relocating to southern California, Carol quickly emerged as a key community volunteer and civic leader. Initially she focused on education and other issues affecting children and she served as a PTA President and as President of the Pasadena City College Foundation Board. She soon became involved in a wide range of issues – from affordable housing to preservation of open space – that affected local quality of life. In 1992 Carol was elected to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council. She served on the Council for eight years, including two very successful terms as Mayor.

In 2000, Carol was elected to the State Assembly to represent the 44th District and served three terms.  In the Assembly Carol held several positions of leadership including Chair, Assembly Higher Education Committee; Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus; and Chair, Women’s Legislative Caucus.  She was awarded Legislator of the Year honors by several organizations including: California State Student Association; California Industrial Technology Education Association (CITEA); National Organization of Women; and The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL).

Many key pieces of legislation Liu authored during her tenure in the Assembly were signed into law. These included bills to: reinvigorate career and technical education programs at the high school level, lower the costs of college textbooks, protect foster children, prevent domestic violence, and strengthen criteria for conservators named to administer the affairs of incapacitated individuals.

After being termed-out of her service in the State Assembly in 2006, Carol resumed her active schedule of teaching and community service.  She was an instructor at UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and served as a member of several Boards including the Claremont University Consortium (CUC) Board of Overseers, The Women’s Foundation of California, UCLA School of Public Affairs Advisory Board, and The UC Berkeley Water Policy Programs Advisory Board.  She Chaired the CORO Southern California Endowment Campaign and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education Advisory Board.

 

American Civil Rights Institute’s Ward Connerly Hereby Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to Judy Johnson’s CCPF and CAUSE’s Ming Chin

Amid controversy relating to CAUSE’s Ming Chin and Judy Johnson’s CCPF,  The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks American Civil Rights Institute’s Ward Connerly to opine on recent recent developments.  

California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Ming W. Chin and CAUSE

 

As was previously reported, Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Ming W. Chin has abruptly quit his position recently with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”). The resignation took place amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.



The formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin’s involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.


Hon. Ming W. Chin

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

According to the complaint, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.

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

Similarly, the complaint alludes to a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.

Hence, the complaint alleged, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.

California Consumer Protection Foundation and Judy Johnson

Johnson, who until recently served as the Executive Director of the State Bar of California, secretly headed CCPF for the past 7-8 years.  During this period, she used her “clout” as the head of the agency to arrange for “cy pres” from class action settlements, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies, totaling close to $30 million to be funneled to CCPF, which then  forwarded those funds to various other non-profits, and mostly questionable ACORN-like entities located in South Los Angeles.

In 2010 Johnson left the State Bar of California in disgrace after a prolonged embezzlement of close to $800,000 by employee Sharon Pearl was discovered, and after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed State Bar related legislation as a result.

Johnson was recently also the subject of a complaint to the IRS for alleged noncompliance with various laws and regulations.

The complaint alleges CCPF and Johnson defrauded and mislead the public by intentionally omitting various data from CCPF’s web-site.  Specifically, data concerting financial transactions between CCPF and an entity known as  Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (“CARS”).  In addition, the complaint also point to various alleged inconsistencies in the reporting of grants from CCPF to CARS.


Ms Judy Johnson

CARS is a non-profit entity located in Sacramento, California. It was established and is headed by Rosemary Shahan. In addition to heading her own non-profit entity (CARS), Shahan also serves as an “adviser” to CCPF.  See http://consumerfdn.org/advisors.php

According to sources familiar with the situation, CCPF professes and declares that it lists on its website all the grants it has issued and all the corresponding grantees going back to 2001. When visiting CCPF’s website, one is given the option to search by year or the name of the grantee. A search for grants funneled to CARS yields only 2 results – a grant in 2006 in the amount of $60,000, and another in 2009 in the amount of $7,400.

One can also visit http://consumerfdn.org/granteesList.php for a list of all the grantees. (See also here.)

Each of the above search options yields the same result – to wit, only 2 grants are listed that were made to CARS.  Unfortunately, however, this allegedly is not the case, as CCPF’s own tax returns provide otherwise. For example, page 28 of CCPF’s IRS Form 990 for 2004 lists a $60,000 grant.

This misrepresentation is allegedly the fruit of an unlawful conspiracy between Judy Johnson and Rosemary Shahan, and is very troubling on its face. This is particularly true given that Ms. Shahan, who serves as an adviser to CCPF, and presumably is familiar with the content of the website, should have alerted CCPF that the information presented is inaccurate and false, by omission and otherwise.

In addition, sources allege that various inconsistencies were discovered in connection with two types of grants from CCPF to CARS: the first is the Consumer Auto Advertising Fund (“CAAF”) grant and the second is the Bank of America (“BA1”) grant.

In 2004, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from all sources in the amount of $91,009. (See page 28 of CARS 2004 IRS 990 return.) By comparison, CCPF reported that it had funneled to CARS $60,000 from the CAAF grant, and $61,215 from the BA1 grant.

Also in 2004, CCPF reported a leftover “payable” of $61,212 from the BA1 grant which it holds in reserve for future payment to CARS.

In 2005, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from ALL SOURCES in the amount of only $58,212. (See CARS 2005 IRS 990 returns.)

By comparison, in 2005 CCPF reported funneling $60,000 to CARS out of the CAAF grant. This, according to the sources, already raises a red flag as it shows that CARS under-reported its revenues for 2005 by the difference of $1,788. (See here on page 22.)

Most importantly, however, in 2005 CCPF also reported an additional $48,970 distributed to CARS from the BA1 fund, leaving only $12,242 in reserve as “payable.” (See entry on page 22.)

Unfortunately, the sources maintain, no corresponding reference to the $48,970 was found on CARS’ 2005 tax returns.

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

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinions, if any, of American Civil Rights Institute’s Ward Connerly.

Is Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Armen Adzhemyan is Dishonest Part 2 — Sample California Driver License of One Conan O’Brien — “Race” Category Not Present

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See @:
http://hollywoodwalk.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-get-california-driving-licen…

Related story @:
http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/tlrs-reader-alleges-gibson-dunn-crutchers-arm

And @:

http://boaltalk.blogspot.com/2005/02/speedy-adzhemyan.html#

In other news, 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.

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.

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Robin Rivett, Meriem Hubbard, and James Burling Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to Judy Johnson’s CCPF and CAUSE’s Ming Chin

Sacramento-based  Pacific Legal Foundation President Robin Rivett, as well as staff-attorneys Meriem Hubbard and James Burling have been publicly asked by TLR to opine on events relating to CAUSE’s Ming Chin and Judy Johnson’s CCPF


(Image:courtesy PLF)

California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Ming W. Chin and CAUSE

 

As was previously reported, Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Ming W. Chin has recently abruptly quit his position with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”). The resignation took place amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.



The formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin’s involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.


Hon. Ming W. Chin

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

According to the complaint, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.

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

Similarly, the complaint alludes to a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.

Hence, the complaint alleged, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.

California Consumer Protection Foundation and Judy Johnson

Johnson, who until recently served as the Executive Director of the State Bar of California, secretly headed CCPF for the past 7-8 years.  During this period, she used her “clout” as the head of the agency to arrange for “cy pres” from class action settlements, as well as fines and settlements imposed by the CPUC on utility companies, totaling close to $30 million to be funneled to CCPF, which then  forwarded those funds to various other non-profits, and mostly questionable ACORN-like entities located in South Los Angeles.

In 2010 Johnson left the State Bar of California in disgrace after a prolonged embezzlement of close to $800,000 by employee Sharon Pearl was discovered, and after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed State Bar related legislation as a result.

Johnson was recently also the subject of a complaint to the IRS for alleged noncompliance with various laws and regulations.

The complaint alleges CCPF and Johnson defrauded and mislead the public by intentionally omitting various data from CCPF’s web-site.  Specifically, data concerting financial transactions between CCPF and an entity known as  Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (“CARS”).  In addition, the complaint also point to various alleged inconsistencies in the reporting of grants from CCPF to CARS.


Ms Judy Johnson

CARS is a non-profit entity located in Sacramento, California. It was established and is headed by Rosemary Shahan. In addition to heading her own non-profit entity (CARS), Shahan also serves as an “adviser” to CCPF.  See http://consumerfdn.org/advisors.php

According to sources familiar with the situation, CCPF professes and declares that it lists on its website all the grants it has issued and all the corresponding grantees going back to 2001. When visiting CCPF’s website, one is given the option to search by year or the name of the grantee. A search for grants funneled to CARS yields only 2 results – a grant in 2006 in the amount of $60,000, and another in 2009 in the amount of $7,400.

One can also visit http://consumerfdn.org/granteesList.php for a list of all the grantees. (See also here.)

Each of the above search options yields the same result – to wit, only 2 grants are listed that were made to CARS.  Unfortunately, however, this allegedly is not the case, as CCPF’s own tax returns provide otherwise. For example, page 28 of CCPF’s IRS Form 990 for 2004 lists a $60,000 grant.

This misrepresentation is allegedly the fruit of an unlawful conspiracy between Judy Johnson and Rosemary Shahan, and is very troubling on its face. This is particularly true given that Ms. Shahan, who serves as an adviser to CCPF, and presumably is familiar with the content of the website, should have alerted CCPF that the information presented is inaccurate and false, by omission and otherwise.

In addition, sources allege that various inconsistencies were discovered in connection with two types of grants from CCPF to CARS: the first is the Consumer Auto Advertising Fund (“CAAF”) grant and the second is the Bank of America (“BA1”) grant.

In 2004, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from all sources in the amount of $91,009. (See page 28 of CARS 2004 IRS 990 return.) By comparison, CCPF reported that it had funneled to CARS $60,000 from the CAAF grant, and $61,215 from the BA1 grant.

Also in 2004, CCPF reported a leftover “payable” of $61,212 from the BA1 grant which it holds in reserve for future payment to CARS.

In 2005, CARS reported to the IRS revenues from ALL SOURCES in the amount of only $58,212. (See CARS 2005 IRS 990 returns.)

By comparison, in 2005 CCPF reported funneling $60,000 to CARS out of the CAAF grant. This, according to the sources, already raises a red flag as it shows that CARS under-reported its revenues for 2005 by the difference of $1,788. (See here on page 22.)

Most importantly, however, in 2005 CCPF also reported an additional $48,970 distributed to CARS from the BA1 fund, leaving only $12,242 in reserve as “payable.” (See entry on page 22.)

Unfortunately, the sources maintain, no corresponding reference to the $48,970 was found on CARS’ 2005 tax returns.

TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinions, if any, of Pacific Legal Foundation’s President Robin Rivett and staff-attorneys Meriem Hubbard and James Burling.

Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation’s Robin Rivett, Meriem Hubbard, and James Burling Hereby Asked to Opine on Matters Relating to California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Ming Chin and CAUSE

The Leslie Brodie Report hereby asks Robin Rivett, Meriem Hubbard, and James Burling of the Sacramento-based  Pacific Legal Foundation to opine on matters previously published relating to California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin and the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”).

Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Ming W. Chin abruptly quit his position with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment. The resignation took place amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.

The article can be found @:

 http://lesliebrodie.blog.co.uk/2011/11/18/ming-chin-california-supreme-court-associate-justice-abruptly-quits-controversial-entity-amid-probe-by-california-commission-on-judicial-performa-12185717/

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

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

Ming Chin — California Supreme Court Associate Justice — Abruptly Quits Controversial Entity Amid Probe by California Commission on Judicial Performance

Supreme Court of California Associate Justice Ming W. Chin abruptly quit his position with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment. The resignation took place amidst an ongoing investigation by the California Commission on Judicial Performance.


Hon. Ming W. Chin

A formal ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleged that Chin’s involvement with CAUSE is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American. The complaint further alleged that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5.

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

According to the complaint, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.

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

Similarly, the complaint alludes to a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.

Hence, the complaint alleged, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.

Subsequent to the filing of the complaint, CAUSE quickly removed Justice Chin’s name from its rolls for 2011 and 2010, retroactively. See CAUSE 2010 roll. In contrast, see TLR’s own records, which clearly show that Justice Chin was a member of CAUSE’s Advisory Council in 2010.

CAUSE’s legal counsel, Mr. Victor King, has confirmed the resignation, which went into effect shortly after the complaint was filed. See below.

CAUSE'S VICTOR KING RE JUSTICE MING CHIN

This latest development comes in the aftermath of revelations of numerous scandals involving the California Supreme Court and the State Bar of California. Most notable among these is the forced departure of Executive Director Judy Johnson and her secret control of CCPF ; the bribery of Judge Patrice McElroy; the “friendship” between Ronald George and Thomas Girardi; Judge Lucy Armendariz/Antonio Villaraigosa Connection; as well as State Bar cover-up of Howard Rice’s Jerome Falk deceitful actions as special prosecutor on behalf of the State Bar against two of his and his firm’s clients (Thomas Girardi and Walter Lack) as part of a scheme to exploit his authority as special prosecutor for financial gain.

State Bar of Texas Result Analyses by Gender and Race ; White 85% , Asian 75% , Hispanic 60%, Black 40%

 

ANALYSIS OF JULY 2004 TEXAS BAR EXAM RESULTS BY GENDER AND RACIAL/ETHNIC GROUP

Stephen P. Klein, Ph.D. and Roger Bolus, Ph.D.
GANSK & Associates
 

(This analysis was updated in June 2006.  Click here for details.)

December 15, 2004

Texas Government Code Sec. 82.0291 directed the Texas Board of Law Examiners to “compile a report indicating the number of applicants who fail the July 2004 bar examination. The data shall be aggregated by gender, ethnicity, and race. The report shall also include an analysis of the identifiable causes of failure and recommendations, if any, to address the causes of failure.”

The analyses described below were conducted to respond to this legislation. As background for what follows, we begin by summarizing the major features of the Texas bar exam and how the scores on it are computed and pass/fail decisions are made. We then describe the procedures that were used to gather and process the data for our analyses. Finally, we provide information about the size and nature of the differences in bar exam scores and passing rates among gender and racial/ethnic groups as well as the results of our analyses of certain factors that are and are not related to these differences. The specific questions we address in our analyses are as follows:

1. Do men and women have comparable bar exam passing rates and test scores?  Findings

2. Do different racial/ethnic groups have comparable bar exam passing rates and scores?  Findings

3. Do the differences in bar exam passing rates and scores among racial/ethnic group correspond to the differences in their admissions credentials and law school grades?  Findings

4. Were some bar exam preparation activities associated with higher scores?  Findings

5. As a group, do the students at some law schools generally score higher or lower on the bar exam than what would be expected on the basis of their mean LSAT scores?  Findings

Texas Bar Exam Components

The Texas Bar Exam is a two and a half-day test. There is one day for the Texas essay section, one day for the Multistate Bar Exam, and a half-day for the combination of the Multistate Performance Test and the Texas Procedure and Evidence test. The major features of these four components are as follows:

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). The MBE is a six-hour, 200-question, multiple-choice test. MBE questions (or “items”) are prepared and scored by American College Testing (ACT) under the general direction of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MBE has an approximately equal number of items in each of the following six subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Property, and Torts. An applicant’s MBE “raw” score is the number of questions answered correctly.

Roughly 30 percent of the MBE questions that are asked on one administration (such as July 2004) have been used previously. ACT uses the data on these repeated items to adjust MBE raw scores for possible differences in average question difficulty across administrations. As a result of this calibration process (which is called “equating” or “scaling”), a given MBE “scale” score indicates about the same level of proficiency regardless of the administration on which it was earned.

Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Texas administers one 90-minute MPT question or “task”, consisting of a legal analysis and writing assignment. This task is developed under the direction of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. There is a new task for each administration. Texas readers grade the answers on a 1 to 6 scale in half-point intervals.

An MPT task assesses certain practice oriented legal research, analysis, and writing skills. A task consists of a File that looks like a typical lawyer file (e.g., letters, memos, reports, and the like) and includes relevant and irrelevant materials and a Library with all the case law, statutes, and secondary materials needed to deal with various matters in a hypothetical case. Candidates use the File and Library to complete a realistic task, such as drafting a memo to a senior lawyer, a letter to a client or opposing counsel, or a brief to be filed with a court.

Texas Essay Test. The six-hour essay portion of the Texas exam consists of 12 questions in such areas as Business Associations, Wills, Real Property, and Family Law. Members of the Texas Board of Law Examiners, with the assistance of professional editors, draft the questions. Board members and experienced attorney graders then score the answers to each question on a 1 to 25-point scale. The maximum possible essay raw score is 12 x 25 = 300 points.

Texas Procedure and Evidence (P&E) Test. The 90-minute P&E test contains 20 short- answer civil questions and 20 short-answer criminal questions. The Texas Board of Law Examiners is responsible for creating these questions and they and their associates grade the responses to each question on a 0 to 5 scale. Texas divides the total P&E raw score on each section by 2 (and rounds the result to a whole number) so that the maximum possible total P&E raw score across the two sections is 100 points.

Total Scores and Pass/Fail Decisions

Texas converts total essay raw scores to the same scale of measurement as that used for the MBE. This is done to adjust the essay scores for possible differences in average question difficulty across administrations. Scaling involves assigning the highest total essay raw score the same value as the highest MBE scale score in Texas, the second highest total essay raw score the same value as the second highest MBE scale score, and so on until the lowest total essay raw score is the assigned the same value as the lowest MBE scale score. The converted scores are called essay “scale” scores. This same procedure is used to convert MPT and P&E raw scores to scale scores.

Texas uses the following formula to compute each applicant’s total scale score so that the weights assigned to the MBE, Essay, MPT, and P&E tests are 40, 40, 10, and 10 percent, respectively:

Total scale = 2(MBE Scale) + 2(Essay Scale) + (MPT Scale)/2 + (P&E Scale)/2

Applicants with total scale scores of 675 or higher pass. All others fail. This pass/fail standard (which corresponds to a 135 on the MBE scale of measurement) is comparable to the standards used by most other states.

Analysis Sample Data

The application form for the July 2004 exam contained a section in which candidates indicated their gender and racial/ethnic group. Almost all of those taking the exam also completed a questionnaire that was distributed during a break in the test session, although everyone did not answer every question. A copy of this survey is attached to the end of this report.

The 2003 applicants whose data are used in this report graduated from the nine law schools in Texas that are accredited by the American Bar Association. These schools provided us with the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, undergraduate grade point averages (UGPAs), and law school grade point averages (LGPAs) for their graduates who took the July 2004 Texas bar exam. None of the data furnished by the law schools has been disclosed to the Texas Board of Law Examiners. Such data are considered the property of the individual law schools and will not be disclosed at any time. The Texas Board of Law Examiners provided us with these applicants’ bar exam scores and repeater status data. All data reported by the Texas Board of Law Examiners has been disclosed to the law schools pursuant to Texas Government Code Sec. 82.029 and cannot be further disclosed in accordance with that statute.

All data were furnished to us without revealing the identity of any candidate and have been linked through a common study ID number for each candidate. The confidentiality of these data was preserved by employing procedures that prevented us from having access to applicant names and prevented the Texas Board from having access to the data provided by the law schools.

Preliminary Analyses

It is well recognized that grading standards vary across law schools. A 3.00 LGPA at one school may correspond to a substantially higher or lower level of proficiency than a 3.00 at another school. However, several analyses require combining LGPAs across schools. Thus, to adjust for possible differences in grading standards among schools, we converted the LGPAs within a school to a score distribution that had the same mean and standard deviation as the distribution of the LSAT scores at that school. This conversion is used throughout this report.

Applicants indicated their gender and racial/ethnic group on their application form. The analysis sample contained applicants from 19 racial/ethnic groups, but there were only a few candidates in some of these groups. This led us to form the following five clusters for our analyses:

Asian = Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Polynesian, and Vietnamese
Black = African American, African, and Black
Hispanic = Hispanic, Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Latin, and Central/South American
White = Caucasian and White
Other = All others (includes 5 Native Americans and racial/ethnic group omitted)

Research Questions and Answers

1) Do men and women have comparable bar exam passing rates and test scores?

Yes. Men and women had virtually identical passing rates (74.73 percent and 74.85 percent, respectively). There also were nearly identical numbers of men and women in our nine-school sample (1005 and 998, respectively). Table 1a shows that men had a slightly higher mean LSAT score than women whereas the reverse was true on UGPA. Men and women had very similar mean LGPAs.

Table 1a
Mean UGPAs, LSAT Scores, and LGPAs By Gender

Score Men  Women  All Takers
UGPA  3.15  3.29 3.22
LSAT  153.8 153.0  153.4
LGPA 152.8  154.0  153.4

Standard deviations for all takers for UGPA, LSAT, and LGPA were 0.47, 7.34, and 10.41, respectively.

On the average, men scored slightly higher than women on the MBE whereas the reverse was true on other sections (see Table 1b). This finding is consistent with the results regarding gender effects that are presented in technical reports regularly published by the California Committee of Bar Examiners. The differences in mean scores between gender groups balanced out so that overall, men and women had virtually identical mean total scale scores.

Table 1b
Mean Bar Exam Scale Scores By Gender and For All Takers

Score  Men  Women  All Takers
MBE  142.6  140.2  141.4
Essay  141.4 143.0  142.2
MPT 140.0 143.0  141.5
P&E  142.0  143.1  142.6
Total Scale  708.5  708.9  708.7

Standard deviations for the MBE, Essay, MPT, and P&E scores were all 13.0. The Total scale score standard deviation was 54.5.

2) Do different racial/ethnic groups have comparable bar exam passing rates and scores?

No. Using the racial/ethnic group designations noted above, Whites and Asians had statistically significantly higher bar exam passing rates and mean bar exam test scores than their classmates. This held for first time takers and repeaters.

Table 2a shows the number of applicants by racial/ethnic group and repeater status. Table 2b shows their passing rates. These data indicate that 75 percent of the 2003 applicants in the analysis sample passed. The passing rate for first timers (81 percent) was nearly double the rate for repeaters (42 percent). Together, Blacks and Hispanics comprised 18 percent of the first timers, but 36 percent of the repeaters.

Table 2a
Number of Takers By Racial/Ethnic Group and Repeater Status

Group  White  Asian  Hispanic  Black  Other  Total
First Timers  1290 75  162  138  35  1700
Repeaters 178 13 47 58  7 303
Total  1468  88  209  196  42  2003

Table 2b
Percent Passing By Racial/Ethnic Group And Repeater Status

Group White  Asian  Hispanic Black Other  Total
First Timers 85 80  69 53 74 81
Repeaters  49  46  30  28  29  42
Total  81  75 60  45  67 75

Table 3a (which uses the data on all 2003 of the candidates in the analysis sample) shows each group’s mean UGPA, LSAT score, and LGPA.

Table 3b shows their mean bar exam scores. These data indicate that a group’s mean scale score was very similar across the four sections of the exam. The sole exception was that Asian applicants did especially well on the MPT, but this could easily be due to chance given the comparatively low score reliability of a single MPT task. Hispanics and Blacks did about as well on the MBE as they did on the written portions of the exam. Thus, overall, exam format had no effect on the differences in mean total scores between groups.

Table 3a
Mean UGPA, LSAT, and LGPA By Racial/Ethnic Group

Score  White  Asian  Hispanic  Black  Other
UGPA 3.28  3.27  3.06  2.94  3.18
LSAT  154.6  154.9  149.5  146.6  152.5
LGPA  154.9  154.2  149.3  146.8 151.6

Table 3b
Mean Texas Bar Examination Scores By Racial/Ethnic Group

Score  White  Asian  Hispanic  Black  Other
MBE 143.3  138.0 136.2 134.0 141.9
Essay 144.1 141.5 137.6 133.6  140.8
MPT 142.9 145.3  136.7 134.9 138.7
P&E  144.0  138.9 139.9  136.9 142.0
Total Scale  717.7 700.6  685.5 670.5  705.3

3) Do the differences in bar exam passing rates and scores among racial/ethnic group correspond to the differences in their admissions credentials and law school grades?

Yes. We found that on the average, the applicants in different racial/ethnic groups performed as well on the bar exam as would be expected on the basis of their law school admission credentials and law school grades.

We examined this matter in two ways. First, we noted that the 8-point difference in mean LGPA between Whites and Blacks was equivalent to 0.78 standard deviation units. This was nearly identical to the difference (in standard deviation units) between these groups’ mean total scale scores. The size of the difference between Whites and Hispanics on LGPA also was very similar to the difference (in standard deviation units) between these groups in total scale scores. Asians were the only group that did not do quite as well on the bar exam as would be predicted on the basis of their LGPAs.

Our second (and more statistically sophisticated and precise) approach involved constructing two “multiple regression” equations to predict an applicant’s total bar exam scale score. One of these equations included the applicant’s UGPA, LSAT score, and LGPA. The other equation contained these same variables plus the applicant’s gender and racial/ethnic group. This analysis found that racial/ethnic group had almost no relationship with bar exam scores once there is control on the applicant’s admissions credentials and law school grades.

Specifically, the first equation explained 37.2 percent of the variance in total bar exam scores whereas the second explained 37.8 percent, i.e., just 0.6 percent more. Thus, the addition of gender and racial/ethnic group to the equation did not have any practical effect on predictive accuracy. All the groups (including Asians) performed as expected. In short, minority and non-minority bar exam scores were very consistent with what would be expected given the differences in their admissions credentials and law school grades. The exam did not increase or decrease the differences between groups that were present before they sat down to take the test.

Our analyses within and across schools also indicated that there is a great deal of variance in bar exam scores that is not explained by UGPA, LSAT, LGPA, gender, and racial/ethnic group. A substantial portion of the differences in bar exam scores among candidates must therefore be due to other factors, such as how the applicants prepared for the exam.

4) Were some bar exam preparation activities associated with higher scores?

Yes. Almost all the applicants in our analysis sample reported having participated in one or more commercial bar review courses in the six months prior to taking the exam. To investigate whether some of these activities were more helpful than others, we constructed a regression equation that contained the applicant’s LSAT score, LGPA, and their response to each of the questions in the student survey (see attached copy of this questionnaire).

This analysis found that applicants tended to receive 4 to 10 more total scale score points if they did one or more of the following during the six months prior to taking the exam: attend lecture and discussion sessions, use Internet lessons, and use hard copy study guides and books. The percentage of candidates using these methods were: 85, 28, and 95, respectively (many applicants used more than one strategy).

We were surprised that the use of hard copy study materials had a statistically significant effect because almost all the candidates used them. It is evident that those who did not use them were not well served. The effect of using Internet lessons was not as strong as the effects of using the other two methods.

About 21 percent of the Black and Hispanic applicants (and 15 percent of all of the other applicants) reported that they worked 20 or more hours during the five weeks prior to taking the July 2004 exam (excluding any paid leave time they may have received from their employer to study for the exam). On the average, the applicants who worked earned about 15 total scale score points less than their classmates with comparable LSAT scores and LGPAs. To put this statistically significant 15-point difference in total scale scores in perspective, it is comparable to the unique effect (i.e., after controlling on LSAT and LGPA) of being a repeater rather than a first time taker.

5) As a group, do the students at some law schools generally score higher or lower on the bar exam than what would be expected on the basis of their mean LSAT scores?

Generally No. As noted on the Texas Board of Law Examiners’ Website (www.ble.state.tx.us), there are large differences in bar exam passing rates among schools. We found that almost all of these differences can be explained by differences in the admissions scores of the students they graduate. For example, there is a nearly perfect relationship between a law school’s mean total bar exam scale score and its mean LSAT score (the correlation is .98 out of a possible 1.00). Many of a law school’s graduates do better or worse on the bar exam than what would be expected on the basis of their own LSAT scores, but these differences almost entirely balance out when the data are analyzed by school. Nevertheless, one school’s mean total bar exam scale score was 10 points higher than what would be expected on the basis of its mean LSAT score (the odds of a difference of this size occurring by chance are less than 5 in 100).

Conclusions and Recommendations

Men score slightly higher than women on the MBE while the reverse is true on the rest of the exam so that overall, they have nearly identical total scores and passing rates on the Texas bar examination. Men and women candidates in Texas also have comparable admissions credentials.

Black and Hispanic candidates are not spread evenly across the nine Texas law schools. They are much more likely to attend some schools than others. There also are large differences in passing rates among schools. However, the large differences in passing rates among racial/ethnic groups are not related to which law schools they attend because almost all the schools do about as well on the bar exam as would be expected on the basis of the mean LSAT scores of their graduates. That is what is driving the differences in bar scores among groups.

The differences in scores among racial/ethnic groups were quite similar across the different sections of the exam. With the possible exception of Asians who did especially well on the MPT, no section stood out as being unusually easy or difficult for a particular racial/ethnic group. In addition, total bar exam scores essentially mirror the differences in these groups’ admissions credentials and law school grades. Thus, the bar exam does not appear to widen or narrow the gap in scores that was present between the groups before they sat for the exam.

We also found that a significant portion of the differences in bar exam scores between applicants is not attributable to differences in their admissions credentials, law school grades, gender, or racial/ethnic group. A small but statistically significant piece of this remaining variance is related to whether the candidate worked for more than 20 hours during the five weeks leading up to the exam. And, Black and Hispanic applicants were about 1.5 times more likely to be among those who worked during this period than were other applicants. A few other preparation factors also were related to scores, such as participation in lecture and discussion sessions presented by a commercial bar review course.

Given the findings above, we see no reason to make any changes in the nature of the exam itself. It appears to be well balanced and fair to all takers. Moreover, the results on it correspond closely to the law schools’ own evaluations of their graduates’ abilities (as reflected by the generally high correlations between law school grades and bar exam scores at each school). Nevertheless, the findings about preparation factors suggest that something might be done in this area to improve minority bar passage rates. This might involve providing funding (and perhaps scholarships to bar review courses) to students who did well in law school but may not have all the financial resources they need to prepare for the exam in the same way as their classmates.

July 2004 Texas Bar Examination Examinee Survey

Please put a checkmark (√) in the Yes or No box in response to each question below:

Question Yes No
1. Were you employed for an average of 20 hours/week or more during the five weeks preceding the July 2004 Bar Exam? (Do not count any paid leave time to study for the exam).    
2. Was English the primary language spoken in your home when you were growing up?    
3. Are you the first person in your family to receive a college degree?    
4. Are you the first person in your family to receive a graduate or professional degree?    
5. Did you take any of the following components of a commercial bar review course in the six months prior to the July 2004 bar exam?    
  a. Lecture and discussion sessions    
  b. Audio and/or video tapes or CDs    
  c. Lessons on the Internet    
  d. Hard copy study guides and books    
6. Did you participate in any law school programs designed to improve your test-taking or study skills during the following:    
  a. Pre-enrollment Summer session    
  b. 1st Year of law school    
  c. 2nd Year of law school    
  d. 3rd Year of law school    

Dr. Stephen Klein is the Senior Partner in the consulting firm of GANSK and Associates. In that capacity, he has done research and consulted on a wide range of issues for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, more than two dozen state boards of bar examiners, over a dozen law schools, and the Association of American Law Schools. He also has consulted for certification boards in accounting, acupuncture, actuarial science, dentistry, medicine, podiatry, psychology, and teaching. He has testified as an expert in state and federal courts and at legislative and administrative hearings regarding criminal justice, testing, educational, personnel, voting rights, and other matters. He served as the federal court’s appointed technical advisor on a large class-action suit involving measurement issues and consulted for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the Little Hoover Commission, and many other public and private agencies and organizations. Dr. Klein also is a Senior Research Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California where he has led studies on educational, health, military manpower, and criminal justice issues.

Dr. Klein received his BS from Tufts University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Purdue University. Before coming to RAND in 1975, he was a Research Psychologist with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton and Associate Professor in Residence at UCLA where he chaired the Research Methods division in the Graduate School of Education. Dr. Klein has over 250 publications, he is on the editorial board of the Review of Educational Research, and he is a member of the American Statistical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Dr. Roger Bolus serves as Senior Partner, Research Solutions Group, a company providing technical and analytical services to research endeavors in the areas of education, healthcare and large scale testing. Roger also has an appointment as Director, Psychometrics at the Center For Neurovisceral Sciences in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. For the past 25 years, he, in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Klein, has provided statistical, psychometric and data management consultation to state bar examination boards throughout the country. Among current clients are the state bars of California, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Massachusetts, Texas, Delaware and Nevada. In this work, Roger has developed an expertise in the design, management and analysis of large, complex databases related to legal testing. Dr. Bolus’ current interests are in the areas of adaptability of the Internet to the administration and scoring of open-ended responses in high stakes testing. Dr. Bolus received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Education with a specialization in Educational Testing, Measurement and Evaluation (1981). He is the author or co-author of over 30 articles and technical reports, and has spoken at several national conferences on the topics of testing and outcome assessment.

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California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming Chin Subject of Demand Letter Sent to Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment Addressing Retroactive Removal of Justice Chin’s Name

A long-standing involvement with an entity that caters exclusively to Asian-Americans has led to a complaint being filed against California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin.

The ethics complaint filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance alleges that Chin’s involvement with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”) is prohibited because of CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those individuals who are non Asian-American.

 


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

The complaint further alleges that Chin must be disciplined because of CAUSE’s involvement in the political process – conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited from engaging in pursuant to Canon 5 – and because Chin intentionally hid his involvement with CAUSE from the public. See copy of complaint HERE.

Subsequent to the filing of the complaint, CAUSE quickly removed Justice Chin’s name from its rolls for 2011 and 2010, retroactively. See CAUSE 2010 roll. In contrast, see TLR’s own records, which clearly show that Justice Chin was a member of CAUSE’s Advisory Council in 2010.

According to individuals familiar with the matter who requested anonymity, Victor King, CAUSE’s legal counsel, has been advised of the situation. As a service to the community, we publish below the letter sent to Mr. King informing him of the pertinent facts:

Dear Mr King:

A few weeks ago, I filed a complaint with the California Commission on Judicial Performance against California Supreme Court Associate Justice Hon. Ming W. Chin. The basis of the complaint was his involvement with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”), an entity for which you serve as legal counsel.

Prior to filing the complaint, I visited CAUSE’s web-site on multiple occasions and observed that Justice Chin’s name appeared under the heading of Honorary Advisory Counsel. Recently, however, while viewing CAUSE’s website, I noticed that Justice Chin’s name has been removed from the list for the years of 2010 and 2011.

If, as I am assuming, subsequent to the my filing of the complaint Justice Chin decided to part ways with CAUSE, which resulted in the removal of his name from the roll for 2011, this would constitute, at least to me, an accurate statement of facts regarding his involvement with CAUSE, technically speaking.

However, the retroactive removal of Justice Chin’s name for 2010 is misleading as it is factually incorrect. Additionally, it hurts and diminishes the credibility of CAUSE and Justice Chin, as well as creating the impression that the complaint I filed lacks factual basis.

In addition, this action hurts the fair administration of justice by the California Supreme Court as parties who appear (or appeared) before the Court may wish to rely on Justice Chin’s involvement with CAUSE for disqualification purposes.

My assumption is that Justice Chin’s name was removed from the 2010 roll as a result of a technical error. As such, I ask that you take the appropriate actions which would result in honest and accurate information being conveyed to individuals who visit CAUSE’s web-site concerning Justice Chin’s past and present involvement with the organization.

Also, it would be helpful if you could confirm to me whether I am correct in my assumption that CAUSE and Justice Chin are no longer associated with each other, and the exact dates Justice Chin was associated with CAUSE.

Please note that I possess undeniable proof to support the complaint filed against Justice Chin. If CAUSE chooses not to take the requested corrective action within 10 days, I shall explore taking action consistent with and authorized by law.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”) and Justice Ming Chin Under Scrutiny as Name of Chin Removed Retroactively from Year 2010 List

D E V E L O P I N G

Sources: Grave misconduct…..Legal options in the process of being explored…..Removal of Justice Ming Chin’s name from list of year 2011 Directors OK….. Removal of Justice Ming Chin’s name from list of year 2010 clearly fraudulent.

Actions by CAUSE taken in response to complaint filed with California Commission on Judicial Performance against Justice Chin. See complaint HERE .

See also:

Year 2011 http://www.causeusa.org/index.php/about/board-of-directors

Year 2010 http://www.causeusa.org/index.php/about/board-of-directors?start=1

See original 2010 list which includes the name of Justice Ming Chin at:

http://lesliebrodie.posterous.com/justice-ming-chin-center-for-asian-americans-78168

Justice Ming Chin / Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (Officers Year 2010) : Part 3 —- Spoliation of Evidence — Justice Ming Chin’s Name is Listed as Advisory Council

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CAUSE Board of Directors

2010 Officers
Chair
Charlie Woo
MegatoysVice Chair
Marcella Low
The Gas CompanyVice Chair
Kenny Yee
Wing Hing Foods, Inc.

Legal Counsel
Hon. Victor I. King,
California State University
Los Angeles

Secretary
Ben Wong
Southern California Edison

Treasurer
James Hsu
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P

Board of Directors

Sandra Chen Lau
Pacific Oaks College & Children’s SchoolLily Kuo
Optima Consultants
Albert Lee
Lee & RosenbergerFred Rowley
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLPNita Song
IW Group, Inc.

K. Luan Tran
Lee Tran & Liang, APLC

Ron Wong
Imprenta Communications Group

Robert Yap
Total Call International

Albert Young, M.D., M.P.H.
Network Medical Management

 

Honorary Advisory Council
Secretary of State
Debra BowenState Treasurer
Bill LockyerState Controller
John Chiang

Superintendent Of Public Instruction
Jack T. O’Connell

State Board Of Equalization
Michelle Steel
Betty Yee

Justice,
California Supreme Court
Ming W. Chin

US Congressmembers
Howard Berman
Judy Chu
John Garamendi
Jane Harman
Mike Honda
Grace F. Napolitano
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Ed Royce
Linda Sanchez
Loretta Sanchez
Adam Schiff
Hilda Solis
David Wu

State Senators
Gil Cedillo
Lou Correa
Carol Liu
Gloria Romero
Leland Yee, Ph.D.State Assemblymembers
Mike Eng
Mary Hayashi
Mark Leno
Ted Lieu
Fiona Ma
Anthony Portantino
Alberto Torrico
Van TranSupervisors,
Los Angeles
County
Michael Antonovich
Don Knabe

Sheriff,
Los Angeles County

Lee Baca

Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

From:

http://web.archive.org/web/20110426082025/http://causeusa.org/index.php/about…

Justice Ming Chin / Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (Officers Year 2010) : Part 2 —- Spoliation of Evidence –Notice the Retroactive Removal of Justice Chin’s Name from the List.

CAUSE Board of Directors – 2010 OFFICERS

Article Index
CAUSE Board of Directors
2010 OFFICERS
All Pages
 
2010 Officers

Chair
Charlie Woo
Megatoys

Vice Chair
Marcella Low
The Gas Company

Vice Chair
Kenny Yee
Wing Hing Foods, Inc.

Legal Counsel
Hon. Victor I. King,
California State University
Los Angeles

Secretary
Ben Wong
Southern California Edison

Treasurer
James Hsu
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P

Board of Directors

Sandra Chen Lau
Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School

Lily Kuo

Optima Consultants

Albert Lee
Lee & Rosenberger

Fred Rowley
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Nita Song
IW Group, Inc.

K. Luan Tran
Lee Tran & Liang, APLC

Ron Wong
Imprenta Communications Group

Robert Yap
Total Call International

Albert Young, M.D., M.P.H.
Network Medical Management

 

Honorary Advisory Council
Secretary of State
Debra Bowen

State Treasurer
Bill Lockyer

State Controller
John Chiang

Superintendent Of Public Instruction
Jack T. O’Connell

State Board Of Equalization
Michelle Steel
Betty Yee

U.S. Congressmembers
Howard Berman
Judy Chu
John Garamendi
Jane Harman
Mike Honda
Grace F. Napolitano
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Ed Royce
Linda Sanchez
Loretta Sanchez
Adam Schiff
Hilda Solis
David Wu

State Senators
Gil Cedillo
Lou Correa
Carol Liu
Gloria Romero
Leland Yee, Ph.D.

State Assemblymembers
Mike Eng
Mary Hayashi
Mark Leno
Ted Lieu
Fiona Ma
Anthony Portantino
Alberto Torrico
Van Tran

Supervisors,
Los Angeles
County
Michael Antonovich
Don Knabe

Sheriff,
Los Angeles County

Lee Baca

Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

   

From:
http://www.causeusa.org/index.php/about/board-of-directors?start=1

Justice Ming Chin / Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (Officers Year 2011) : Part 1 — Spoliation of Evidence

CAUSE Board of Directors

Article Index
CAUSE Board of Directors
All Pages
 
2011 Officers

Chair
Charlie Woo
Megatoys

Vice Chair
Marcella Low
The Gas Company

Vice Chair
Kenny Yee
Wing Hing Foods, Inc.

Legal Counsel
Hon. Victor I. King,
California State University
Los Angeles

Secretary 
Ben Wong
Southern California Edison

Treasurer
James Hsu
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P

Board of Directors
Alan K. Kims, M.D.
Ardmore medical Group Inc. & Advantage Health Network

Ling Ling Chang
City of Diamond Bar

Sandra Chen Lau
Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School

Lily Kuo

Optima Consultants

Albert Lee
Business Legal Partners

Kenneth K. Lee
Jenner & Block

Fred Rowley
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Nita Song
IW Group, Inc.

K. Luan Tran
Lee Tran & Liang, APLC

Ron Wong
Imprenta Communications Group

Robert Yap
Total Call International

Albert Young, M.D., M.P.H.
Network Medical Management

 

Honorary Advisory Council
Secretary of State
Debra Bowen

State Treasurer
Bill Lockyer

State Controller
John Chiang

State Board Of Equalization
Michelle Steel
Betty Yee

U.S. Congressmembers
Howard Berman
Judy Chu
John Garamendi
Jane Harman
Mike Honda
Grace F. Napolitano
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Ed Royce
Linda Sanchez
Loretta Sanchez
Adam Schiff
David Wu

U.S. Secretary of Labor
Hilda Solis
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

State Senators
Gil Cedillo
Lou Correa

Ted Lieu
Carol Liu
Leland Yee, Ph.D.

State Assemblymembers
Mike Eng
Mary Hayashi
Mark Leno
Fiona Ma
Anthony Portantino

Supervisors, 
Los Angeles County

Michael Antonovich
Don Knabe

Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

   

2010 OFFICERS

 

3 BINGOS : 1- ACORN 2-EDUCATELA 3 — LILLIAN GALEDO 2002 GRANTEES Community Collaborative Fund

2002 Community Collaborative Fund Grantees

 

Acorn Community Enterprises – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Lynn Dorroh, Executive Director
P.O. Box 188, Montgomery Creek, CA 96605
Ph: 530-337-6736; Email: acorn@299e.net; Website: www.acorncafe.org
To increase community knowledge of and access to computer technology by offering more training and resources.

 
African American Community Unity Center – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Charisse Bremond, Executive Director
944 West 53rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90037
Ph: 323-971-7344; Email: cbremond@earthlink.net; Website: Not Listed
To provide 40 participants with business computer training and supportive services.

 
Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center – $30,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Linda Broadous Miles, Executive Director
9106 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047
Ph: 323-756-7203; Email: ; Website: Not Listed
To expand and improve its computer lab with new computers and printers, establish broadband connections and hire a full time computer instructor to teach and coordinate daily computer classes and after school projects.

 
Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Inc. – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Mary Cheryl B. Nacionales, Health Education and Promotion Manager
2400 Moorpark Ave. Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95128
Ph: 408-975-2730; Email: mary.nacionales@aaci.org; Website: www.aaci.org
To establish an on-going Computer Technology Center for Asian seniors and other community groups and populations in Santa Clara County.

 
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Long Beach – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Derald Sidler, Executive Director
3635 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90807
Ph: 562-595-5945; Email: DeraldS@bgclublb.org; Website: www.bgclublb.org
To improve existing B&GCLB Education and Career development programs by hiring a Techology Training Coordinator to provide additional training to site coordinators and teen participants, and to purchase a new bank of training computers at B&GCLB headquarters.

 
Boys & Girls Club of Venice Inc. – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Pamela Hazlett, Resource Director
2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Ph: 310-390-4477 ext. 227; Email: pam@bgcv.org; Website: www.bgcv.org
To provide comprehensive, hands-on, instructor-led workshops that will be integrated and coordinated with other technology and job training programs onsite. To deliver the program to 150 members (ages 13-18), 50 parents and 30 young adults during the year.

 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca/Lathrop – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Mark McCool, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1061, Manteca, CA 95336
Ph: 209-239-5437; Email: Mmccool@bgmanteca.org; Website: www.bgmanteca.org
To partially support the creation and implementation of a computer technology program for youth at Lathrop School.

 
Bresee Foundation – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Jeff Carr, Executive Director
184 S. Bimini Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90004
Ph: 213-387-2822; Email: jcarr@bresee.org; Website: www.bresee.org
To provide access to cutting-edge technology and employment services to 550 youth and 450 adults in Westlake, Pico Union, Mid-Wilshire, Koreatown and parts of South Central Los Angeles.

 
California Black Women’s Health Project – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Latonya Slack, Executive Director
101 North La Brea Avenue, Suite 610, Inglewood, CA 90301
Ph: 310-412-1828; Email: wellwoman@cabwhp.org; Website: www.cabwhp.org
To bridge the gap between Black women and culturally competent care and medical advice/information by further developing an established website and creating a list serve. To provide relevant health information to Black women and a portal medical specialists and Black medical professionals, on one hand, and Black women, on the other. To also facilitate the creation of support groups.

 
CAMINOS/Pathways Learning Center – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Sister Petra Chavez, Founder and CEO
1470 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Ph: 415-824-0682 x 103; Email: cplc@dnai.com; Website: None
To provide basic computer education, develop advanced curriculum, operate a computer repair shop, and run an economic development and small business program.

 
Center for Accessible Technology – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Dmitri Belser, Executive Director
2547 8th St., 12-A, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ph: 510-841-3224; Email: dbelser@cforat.org; Website: www.cforat.org
To support the Up and Running Program, which provides computer/Internet support and training to people with disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 
Center for Governmental Studies – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Tracy Westen, Chief Executive Officer
10951 W. Pico Blvd., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Ph: 310-470-6590; Email: twesten@cgs.org; Website: www.connectla.org
To support the further enhancement and development of a local web portal that would include developing it into a “templated” system which could be “franchised” at low cost to communities and agencies throughout the county, giving them an opportunity to use generic and constantly updated information and personalize their own name, local links, logo and agency information..

 
Center for Independent Living – $3,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Jan Garrett, Executive Director
2539 Telegraph, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ph: 510-841-4776; Email: jgarrett@cilberkeley.org; Website: www.cilberkeley.org
To purchase assistive technology devices for public demonstration and client education.

 
Centro Latino de Educacion Popular – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Marcos Cajina, Executive Director
1709 West 8th Street, Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Ph: 213-483-7753; Email: ; Website: www.centrolatinoliteracy.org
To partially support the creation of a Technology Education Center where cutting edge information technology will be made accessible to the entire community in a way that is truly inclusive and encouraging.

 
Centro Legal de la Raza – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Patricia Loya, Executive Director
1001 Fruitvale Ave. Floor 2, Oakland, CA 94601
Ph: 510-437-1555; Email: p.loya@centrolegal.org; Website: None
To build organizational capacity by upgrading and conforming computers, installing a local area network, implementing a new database, and training staff.

 
Children’s Hospital Central California – $600 / 2 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Suzie Mays, Supervisor, Systems & Support
9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera, CA 93638
Ph: 559-353-8638; Email: Smays@valleychildrens.org; Website: www.valleychildrens.org
For travel costs of one staff person to attend a telemedicine training seminar at UC Davis.

 
Community Development Technologies – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Denise Fairchild, President
520 West 23rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Ph: 213-763-2520; Email: denfaire@cdtech.org; Website: www.cdtech.org
To upgrade an existing employment training program to include basic computer technology and to train and place 40 – 60 clients.

 
Community Senior Services – $15,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Roberta Hill, President/CEO
2120 Foothill Blvd. Suite 115, La Verne, CA 91750
Ph: 909-593-7511; Email: csscares@linkline.com; Website: None
To plan a website that will enable seniors to access information, referrals from CSS, its 12 community partners, and 20 social service providers in the local area.

 
Community Technology Organizing Consortium – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Karen L. Wade, Secretary
2951 W. 51 15th St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
Ph: 323-735-6616; Email: ctocinfo@ctocnet.org; Website: www.ctocnet.org
To increase and strengthen the organizational capacity of Community Technology Organizing Consortium to serve as an effective regional organizing and capacity-building resource for community technology efforts in Southern California.

 
CompassPoint – $14,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Michael Brotchner, Development Director
706 Mission, St., 5th Fl., San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-541-9000 x305; Email: MichaelB@compasspoint.org; Website: www.compasspoint.org
To use the Internet to widely distribute knowledge in the form of curricula within the Nonprofit Technology Assistance Providers (NTAP) community and to benefit the clients they serve and raising the quality of the curricula that is developed.

 
CompuMentor – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: George Gundrey, Senior Program Manager
435 Brannan St. Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94017
Ph: 415-512-7784 x310; Email: ggundrey@compumentor.org; Website: www.compumentor.org
To increase and strengthen the organizational capacity of Community Technology Network of the Bay Area to serve as an effective regional organizing and capacity-building resource for community technology efforts in Northern California.

 
Consumer Action – $54,400 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Ken McEldowney, Executive Director
717 Market Street, #310, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-777-9648; Email: ken.mceldowney@consumer-action.org; Website: www.consumer-action.org
To produce and distribute factsheets to CBO’s so their clients are aware of and can take advantage of the telemarketing “don’t call” law, effective on 1/1/03.

 
Copper Tower Family Medical Centers – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Terrie Spenst, Executive Director
240 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425
Ph: 707-894-4229; Email: Tspenst@coppertower.com; Website:
To collaborate with and expand the Blue Cross Telemedicine Network Program to rural Northern Sonoma County and enhance health care delivery to a rural area.

 
Dixon Family Services – $5,000 / 3 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: PJ Davis, Executive Director
155 N. Second Street, Dixon, CA 95620
Ph: 707-678-0442; Email: pjdavis@dixonfamilyservice.org; Website: Not Listed
To replace 4 old computers, network all computers in agency, and fully train staff in required software.

 
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Robert Hector, Executive Director
1050 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Ph: 415-921-6276; Email: ehhcc94115@aol.com; Website: None
To develop a technology plan, curriculum, and a fundraising and sustainability plan.

 
Family Solutions Inc. – $6,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Anna Song, Director of Development
203 N. Golden Circle Dr. Suite 101, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Ph: 714-835-1333; Email: fsianna@aol.com; Website: www.fsikids.org
To install DSL lines into 13 group homes to increase access to the Internet for abused children.

 
Filipinos for Affirmative Action – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Lillian Galedo, Executive Director
310 8th St., Ste. 306, Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: 510-465-9876; Email: lgaledo@filipinos4action.org; Website: www.filipinos4action.org
To provide computer equipment, database networking and staff training to three partner agencies to assist displaced Filipino airport security screeners, while building the long-term technological capacity of the partner agencies.

 
Firebaugh Technology Alliance – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Linda Lopez, Treasurer
P.O. Box 816, Firebaugh, CA 93622
Ph: 559-659-1349; Email: osablan@inreach.com; Website: None
To expand and improve an emerging community technology program.

 
Foundation for Successful Solutions – Project TECH – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Karen Wade, Project Director
2951 W. 15t St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
Ph: 323-735-6616; Email: kwade@fsstech.org; Website: www.fsstech.org
To expand existing efforts to use technology resources to work with and provide support to several neighborhood organizing and development efforts in Harvard Heights and the Pico neighborhood of Mid-City Los Angeles.

 
Girl Scout Council of Greater Long Beach – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Michelle Burton, Development Director
4040 Bell Flower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808
Ph: 562-421-8456; Email: mburton@gscglb.org; Website: www.gscglb.org
To partially support the creation of a mobile computer lab with 5 laptop computers to bring the technology integrated Discovery Program to 2,800 girls in Long Beach, Compton, Paramount and Norwalk.

 
Greenlining Institute – $100,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: John Gamboa, Executive Director
785 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-284-7205; Email: johng@greenlining.org; Website: www.greenlining.org
To ensure vulnerable communities benefit from telecommunications mergers, expand telecommunications community education and advocacy, and to represent vulnerable telecommunications consumers in regulatory and legislative forums at the state and federal level.

 
Health Access Foundation – $100,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Anthony Wright, Executive Director
1600 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: 510-873-8787; Email: awright@health-access.org; Website: www.health-access.org
To develop a master plan for implementing the Videoconferencing Medical Interpretation (VMI) Project including site evaluations, provider trainings, and testing of new telemedicine applications in both the Alameda County Medical Center and the San Francisco Community Health Network.

 
Identity Theft Resource Center – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Linda Goldman-Foley, Director
P.O. Box 26833, San Diego, CA 92196
Ph: 858-693-7273; Email: itrc@idtheftcenter.org; Website: www.idtheftcenter.org
To guide consumers and businesses into more responsible use of telecommunications and the internet, to bridge the information divide on identity theft, forging networks between ITRC, law enforcement, telecommunications companies and consumers to enhance communications between groups.

 
JVS – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Abby Snay, Executive Director
77 Geary St., Ste 401, San Francisco, CA 94108
Ph: 415-391-3600; Email: asnay@jvs.org; Website: www.jvs.org
To provide access to technology and training in basic skills, office technology and information technology to low-income community members throughout San Francisco.

 
Korean Health, Education, Information & Research Center – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Soo Young Chin, Director of Development
3727 W. 6th St., Ste. 410, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Ph: 213-427-4000; Email: sooyoungchin@koreanhealth.org; Website: www.koreanhealth.org
To create a website which will connect Southern California Korean and Latino families with healthcare resources and increase access to health services and health information

 
Latino Issues Forum – $25,000 / 2 mo. (CCF/2003)

Contact: Ana Montes, Technology Director
785 Market St. 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-284-7208; Email: anamontes@lif.org; Website: www.lif.org
To work with the Foundation and other consumer groups to develop the priorities, structure and workplan for a coordinated statewide telecommunications consumer education and protection campaign.

 
Lucerne Alpine Seniors Inc. – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Rolland Mosser, Executive Director
3985 Country Club Dr., Lucerne, CA 95458
Ph: 707-274-8779; Email: ; Website: Not Listed
To replace 6 computers and related equipment and provide training to senior volunteers so that they may help their peers with computer related issues.

 
MEND – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Marianne Hill, Executive Director
13460 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331
Ph: 818-896-0246; Email: marianne@mendpoverty.org; Website: www.mendpoverty.org
To provide computer access and training to 110 ESL students and 150 computer lab students; to upgrade outdated computer equipment; and to purchase Internet security software.

 
Mercy Housing California – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Patsy Harney, Project Director
1038 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-553-6380; Email: pharney@mercyhousing.org; Website: www.mercyhousing.org
To continue providing computer training classes and lab at 7 housing projects.

 
National Consumer Law Center – $15,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Williard Ogburn, Executive Director
77 Summer Street, 10th Fl., Boston, MA 02110-1106
Ph: 617-542-8010; Email: consumerlaw@nclc.org; Website: www.nclc.org
protect the rights of low-income and disadvantaged consumers in California who choose or are forced to engage in commerce over the Internet by monitoring federal efforts to implement the E-Sign law and by providing technical assistance to advocates pushing for stronger consumer protections in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) at the state level.

 
National Indian Justice Center – $16,571 / 2 mo. (CCF/2003)

Contact: Nicole Lim, Staff Attorney
5250 Aero Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Ph: 707-579-5507; Email: nijc@aol.com; Website: www.nijc.org
To develop a comprehensive proposal to conduct a telecommunications survey of scope and extent of access to, existence, and capacity of modern telecommunications in California Indian communities.

 
Oakland Technology Exchange-West (OTX-West) – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Bruce Buckelew, Founder & Director
426 Alice Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: 510-893-4822; Email: Otxwest@yahoo.com; Website: otx.vcom3.com
To provide 2,000 home computers to Oakland Unified School District students, by soliciting computer donations and, with the support of 200 student and community volunteers, prepare them for home use.

 
OpNet – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Elizabeth Echols, Executive Director
965 Mission Street, #518, San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-882-1555 x302; Email: elizabeth@opnetwork.org; Website: www.opnetwork.org
To provide entry level and/or advanced level technology training and job placement to underserved Bay Area youth.

 
Pacific Center on Telehealth – $65,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: William Halverson, Project Director
1529 Burnside Way, Stockton, CA 95207
Ph: 209-956-4628; Email: william@netpros.net; Website:
To provide technical assistance to telemedicine programs serving medically underserved communities in California. To increase eligible applicants to the Universal Service Fund and the California Teleconnect Fund.

 
Pacific Incubation Network – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Linda Kotzot, Managing Director
111 N. Market St., Ste. 604, San Jose, CA 95113
Ph: 408-351-3567; Email: info@pacificincubation.org; Website: www.pacificincubation.org
To develop a statewide telecommunications and information technology development strategy for incubators and their client businesses in underserved communities in California.

 
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – $17,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Beth Givens, Program Director
3100 – 5th Ave., Ste. B, San Diego, CA 92103
Ph: 619-298-3396; Email: bgivens@privacyrights.org; Website: www.privacyrights.org
To support a coalition of 8 consumer groups to advocate in the state legislature for consumer privacy.

 
Project Amiga – $30,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Irene F. Portillo, Executive Director
2001 Tyler Ave., Ste. 203, South El Monte, CA 91733
Ph: 626-401-1395; Email: project_amiga@yahoo.com; Website: None
To provide bilingual computer skills, digital access and education to the low-income Hispanic community.

 
Public Interest Clearinghouse – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Stephanie Choy, Executive Director
47 Kearny Street, Suite 705
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel. (415) 834-0100, ext. 304
Ph: 415-255-1714 x304; Email: slchoy@pic.org; Website: www.pic.org
To develop a website, www.CalJustice.net, that will increase legal assistance for the poor in California.

 
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Sharon Miller, CEO
275 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph: 415-541-8580; Email: Sharon@rencenter.org; Website: www.rencenter.org
To expand the capacities of disadvantaged entrepreneurs to utilize technology to maximize their business sustainability and success, through comprehensive technology training and access to technology.

 
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Connie MacLean, S.E. Sierra Integrated Regional Information Coordinator
1081 N China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Ph: 760-449-5869; Email: c.maclean@rrh.org; Website: www.rrh.org
To purchase and implement a patient monitoring system with a base station in the home health agency and five monitoring stations in the patients’ home.

 
Roundhouse Council, Inc. – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Janine (only one name), Executive Director
330 Bush St., Greenville, CA 95947
Ph: 530-284-6866; Email: roundhse@inreach.com; Website: None
To develop an appropriate and sustainable technology plan.

 
Salvation Army-Lancaster Community Center Corps – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Elisabeth Buchholz, Grants Officer
900 W. James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Ph: 213-553-3252; Email: elisabeth_buchholz@usw.salvationarmy.org; Chanya_Blumenkrantz@usw.salvationarmy.org; Website: www.salvationarmy-socal.org
To purchase computer and communications technology in order to serve clients more efficiently and effectively.

 
San Diego Regional Technology Alliance – $24,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Christine Hernandez Ang, Manager of Research
3647 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Ph: 619-615-1050; Email: cang@sdrta.org; Website: www.sdrta.org
To teach CTC staff how to maintain computer technology and create sustainable computer programs for their constituents by providing technical assistance, technology planning, basic computer literacy training and course curriculum.

 
San Jose Grail Development Corporation – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Veronica Goei, Director
2003 E. San Antonio Street, San Jose, CA 95116
Ph: 408-347-7892; Email: vgoei@sjgdc.org; Website: www.sjgdc.org
To partially support an existing Community Technology Center serving low-income Latinos in East San Jose.

 
Self-Help for the Elderly – $40,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Anni Chung, President & CEO
407 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111
Ph: 415-982-9171; Email: SHE@selfhelpfortheelderly.com; Website: www.selfhelpfortheelderly.com
To develop an accessible, bilingual website for Chinese seniors in the Bay Area. To train limited-English Chinese seniors on basic computer and Internet skills and how to access the project website. To provide free Internet access to the target population.

 
Senior Advocacy Center of Northern California – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Betty Young, Fiscal Officer
1647 Hartnell Ave., Ste. 6, Redding, CA 96002
Ph: 530-223-0999; Email: sac1647@pacbell.net; Website: None
To develop a Center website featuring three programs: Health Insurance and Counseling Program, Senior Legal Services, and Ombudsman; which specifically targets the needs of senior consumers and their family members.

 
Shelter From The Storm Inc. – $20,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Lynn Moriarty, Executive Director
P.O. Box 14155, Palm Desert, CA 92255-4155
Ph: 760-328-7233; Email: shelterfrom.thestorm@gte.net; Website: None
To upgrade and equip an existing computer learning program to provide computer and Internet training to children and adolescents residing in a Coachella Valley domestic violence shelter.

 
Shingletown Medical Center – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Lou Mendonsa, Executive Director
31292 Alpine Meadows Road, Shingletown, CA 96088
Ph: 530-474-3390; Email: smccenter@shasta.com; Website: familydoctor.org/shingletown
To strengthen a regional telemedicine network through staff development, creating provider agreements, and provider training/development.

 
Southern Sierra Boys & Girls Club – $30,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Marten Nyar, Chief Professional Officer
P.O. Box 937, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Ph: 760-375-8870; Email: amundsonp111@aol.com; Website: None
To partially support the creation of a Computer Learning Center in a proposed Boys & Girls Club serving the Southern Sierra.

 
Street Tech – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Paul Lamb, Executive Director
2300 El Portal Drive, Suites F&G, San Pablo, CA 94806
Ph: 510-234-1300; Email: paul@streettech.org; Website: www.streettech.org
To provide basic computer training, A+ certification and job placement to underserved adults.

 
Sweatshop Watch – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Nikki Fortunato Bas, Co-Director
310 Eighth St., Suite 303, Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: 510-834-8990; Email: sweatinfo@sweatshopwatch.org; Website: www.sweatshopwatch.org
To upgrade and maintain computer and telecommunications systems, and to provide computer and website training to staff.

 
Technology Training Foundation of America – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Jeanette Roche, President/ED
8817 Production Ave., San Diego, CA 92121
Ph: 858-547-3992; Email: j.roache@computers2learnby.org; Website: www.computers2learnby.org
To acquire donated computers for repair and refurbishment to yield 100 high-quality Pentium II or greater multimedia computer systems for donation in California.

 
The Institute, Inc./Educate LA – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Eric Moore, Founder and CEO
4401 W. Slauson Ave. Suite 157, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Ph: 323-294-4604; Email: elmoore@educatela.net; Website: www.educatela.org
To provide computer access and training to African American and Latino families throughout Los Angeles.

 
The Women’s Foundation – $100,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Patti Chang, Executive Director
340 Pine St., Ste. 302, San Francisco, CA 94104
Ph: 415-837-1113; Email: pattic@twf.usa.org; Website: www.twfusa.org
To increase telecommunications and information technology capacity and increase sustainability of 12 grassroots organizations by providing mini-grants and technical assistance.

 
Tri-City Mental Health Center – $10,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Drusie Bushnell, Manager, Contract Compliance
3201 Temple Ave., Ste. 250, Pomona, CA 91768
Ph: 909-594-5400; Email: dbushnell@tricitymhs.org; Website: tricitymhs.com
To provide basic computer and employment training to 50 or more mentally disabled clients.

 
United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County – $45,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Mary Krieger, Assoc. Executive Director
8525 Gibbs Dr. Ste. 100, San Diego, CA 92123
Ph: 858-571-7803; Email: ucpsdk@pacbell.net; Website: ucpsd.org
To enable Adapted Computer Empowerment Services (ACES) to merge with UCP to build the capacity of both organizations to fulfill the mission to deliver used, refurbished Pentium level, Internet ready computers to low-income persons with disabilities including related training and support services.

 
Utility Consumers Action Network – $49,000 / 6 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Michael Shames, Executive Director
3100 – 5th Ave., Ste. B, San Diego, CA 92103
Ph: 619-696-6966; Email: mshames@ucan.org; Website: www.ucan.org
To detect and end the systematic abuse of telecom consumers in underserved markets by telephone companies.

 
Valley Economic Development Center – $35,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Jenni Kwon, Director
5121 Van Nuys Blvd., 3rd Floor, Van Nuys, CA 91403
Ph: 818-907-9977; Email: nicole@vedc.org; Website: www.vedc.org

 
Valley Restart Shelter – $39,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Peggy Rose, Executive Director
200 E. Menlo, Hemet, CA 92543
Ph: 909-766-7476; Email: LoryNicholson@hotmail.com; Website: Valleyrestart.com
To create a Communication Center and upgrade existing computer training equipment to assist homeless individuals locate and prepare for employment. Increase employment opportunities, potential for employment and resources for participants in the job search arena.

 
Warner Mountain Indian Health Clinic – $23,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: John R. Vass, Tribal Executive Director
P.O. Box 129, #7 Bridge St., Fort Bidwell, CA 96112
Ph: 530-279-6310; Email: fbijv@hotmail.com; Website: None
To install and pay the monthly charge for T-1, frame relay service for 12 months, until permanent funding can be secured through Indian Health Service and the California Rural Indian Health Board.

 
Watsonville Law Center – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Dori Rose Inda, Director
521 Main Street, Ste. H., Watsonville, CA 95706
Ph: 831-722-2845; Email: watsonvillelaw@cbridges.com; Website: Not Listed
To continue representing minority and low-income consumers in an Association of Monterey Bay Area Government research and planning process on the impact and benefits of fiber optics on rural communities. To study the interests, feasibility and planning for a community organization network utilizing high speed Internet access.

 
Watts Labor Community Action Committee – $50,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Dr. Messele Negash, Technical Services Director
10950 South Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059
Ph: 323-563-5639; Email: mnegash@wlcac.org; Website: www.wlcac.org
To support the Community Resource for Technology and Computer Learning Program.

 
Women of the American GI Forum-Fremont/Oakdale Chapter – $20,000 / 6 mo. (CCF/2002B)

Contact: Leo Avila, Project Coordinator
10600 Isabel Hunter Ct., Oakdale, CA 95361
Ph: 209-847-6841; Email: leoavila1@juno.com; Website: None
To plan and initiate a community technology center to serve Hispanic youth and laborers in Oakdale.

 
Women’s Economic Agenda Project – $25,000 / 12 mo. (CCF/2002A)

Contact: Ethel Long-Scott, Executive Director
449-15th St. 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: 510-451-7379 x222; Email: weap@weap.org; Website: www.weap.org
To continue the Computer & Telecommunications Skill Center and its programs in Downtown and West Oakland.

 

California Supreme Court Associate-Justice Ming Chin Subject of Ethics Complaint Due to Involvment with Entity which Caters Exclusively to Asian-American

A long-standing involvement with an entity which cater exclusively to Asian-American has led to a complaint being filed against California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin.

The ethics complaint, filed with the California Commission on Judicial Performance, alleges that Chin’s involvement with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non Asian-American.

As such, the complaint alleges, Associate Justice Chin must be disciplined as “Canon 2 (C) of the Judicial Ethics Canon specifically prohibits judges from holding positions in any organization that practice invidious discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and the like.”

The complaint further alleges that the associate justice must be disciplined due to CAUSE involvement in the political-process, conduct that Chin is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5 as well as the fact that Chin intentionally hid his involvement with CAUSE.


Associate Justice Ming W. Chin. (photo:courtesy)

The complaint alleges Associate-Justice Chin’s clandestine nature and undisclosed involvement is troubling based on the fact that James Hsu, who is CAUSE’s treasurer as well as a board member of a (now defunct) sham charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL as matters relating to CaliforniaALL would soon be considered by the California Supreme Court.

According to the complaint, several months ago, records were sought pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available, and without a “fortuitous discovery ” Petitioner would not have known that Justice Chin and Hsu are involved with CAUSE as to seek the recusal of Justice Chin in matters relating to CaliforniaALL.

Similarly, the complaint alludes to  a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court.  In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses.  Hence, the complaint alleges, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.

As a public service to the community, we shall publish the complaint, below:

In lieu of using a form complaint, this communication serves as an official judicial misconduct complaint against California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin.


Secretly, and without making his involvement public, Justice Chin has been and is involved with a questionable outfit in the role of “advisory counsel.” The organization at issue is known as the “CENTER FOR ASIAN-AMERICANS UNITED FOR SELF IMPROVEMENT” ( in short “CAUSE”), an entity designed to empower exclusively Asian-Americans in the political arena and otherwise. (See attachment 1.)
 

CAUSE defines itself as “A Community Based Organization with a Mission to Advance the Political Empowerment of the Asian Pacific Islander American Community (‘APIA’) Through Voter Registration and Education, Community Outreach and Leadership Development.”  

In practicality, however, CAUSE also serves as a lobbying group for APIA causes and, in fact, recently petitioned the California Citizens Redistricting Commission seeking modifications to various gerrymandering boundaries for Congressional, Senate, and Assembly Districts. In addition, CAUSE perpetuates job discrimination through its internship program, by which only APIA members are selected for internships in local, state, and federal government.  

However, Associate Justice Chin’s official biography, as posted on the California Supreme Court’s website, makes no mention of the fact that he is a member of CAUSE’s Advisory Council. Likewise, nowhere else on the California Supreme Court website is there any reference to the fact that Justice Chin has been advising CAUSE, nor it is possible for the public to ascertain the amount and type of legal (or otherwise) advise Justice Chin has been purveying for CAUSE, and for how long.

As will be shown below, as well as in future complaints, there is more than meets the eye here; however, to start with and only based on the above, the undersigned hereby alleges that Justice Chin violated multiple canons of judicial ethics and otherwise engaged in grave misconduct, to wit:  

1. Canon 2 (C) of the Judicial Ethics Canon specifically prohibits judges from holding positions in any organization that practice invidious discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and the like. Justice Ming clearly violated this canon and, as such, must be disciplined.  

As a Justice of the California Supreme Court, Justice Ming should strive to empower all Californians and Americans, and not just those who fit into a certain racial group (i.e., his own). By doing so through his involvement with CAUSE — an entity which caters exclusively to APIA — Justice Chin has eroded the public’s trust in the judiciary. If Justice Chin possesses an overwhelming desire to benefit his own racial group, he should relinquish his position as a California Supreme Court Justice, and join one of undoubtedly many organizations that would surely find his services useful. By aligning himself with a group of Asian-Americans who are “United” for “self improvement,” doubts exists as to the impartiality and loyalty of Justice Chin, as well as the appearance of impartiality and whether he is capable of fair and unbiased trial conduct and decisions.

There is absolutely no justifiable reason for CAUSE to not extend its services and programs to non-APIA members, other than its own capricious desire to exclude other races from receiving its benefits. Hence, CAUSE’s practices are invidious.  

While the undersigned concedes that the APIA community was subjected to animosity in the past (from all levels of government as well as discrimination by private groups and individuals), the present situation does not justify such corrective action. Generally speaking, APIA members are, on average, members of a higher income bracket than the average American, and are otherwise over-represented in professional schools and professions, which is, of course, a positive. However, for Justice Chin to lend the prestige of his office to a group whole sole existence is predicated on its racial discrimination is misconduct on his part. Hence, Justice Chin’s involvement with CAUSE and his knowing approval of invidious discrimination on the basis of race gives the appearance of impropriety, and undermines and diminishes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. This is particularly true if the matters before Justice Chin involve an APIA party or a matter which would affect APIA.  

For example, a State Bar of California petition in the matter of Sander vs. State Bar of California is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. In that case, the State Bar seeks review of a decision that established a common law right of access to data concerning minorities which the State Bar possesses. Hence, there is an impression that Justice Chin may exercise his power in such a way which would benefit minorities, much like his involvement with CAUSE conclusively establishes that he stands united with APIA and otherwise wishes self-improvement for APIA more so than he does for the population as a whole.  

In contrast, if Justice Chin was instead involved with an entity dedicated solely to the preservation of ethnic or cultural values of Chinese-Americans (i.e. a historical society, library, or museum, for example), such involvement would not be at all problematic even though it would also be dedicated exclusively to APIA matters because prohibited discrimination would not be involved, and as such, no invidious discrimination would exist under such facts.  

2. One of CAUSE’s purposes is to encourage Asian-Americans to register for voting. This creates the impression that Justice Chin is involved in the political process, conduct that he is otherwise prohibited in engaging in pursuant to Canon 5. The involvement of Justice Chin — an elected official — with an entity whose purpose is to register APIA members to vote creates the impression that Justice Chin chose to be involved with CAUSE hoping those individuals who were registered to vote cast a vote in the last election in favor of him, especially if they, like him, possess the same overwhelming desire to benefit member of their own race.  

In addition, and as stated above, at times CAUSE engages in lobbying and political activities, as was the case when it sent a letter to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission . As such, CAUSE’s political activities serve as further evidence that Justice Chin has violated Canon 5 and should be disciplined.  

Moreover, Justice Chin should be disciplined for creating the impression that he practices law which, as a sitting judge, he is prohibited from doing. As stated above, Justice Chin is a member of CAUSE’s advisory council, and it is reasonable to believe that he provided legal advice to CAUSE in that capacity, even without any direct evidence of such activities.  

3. An additional act of misconduct arises from the clandestine nature and undisclosed involvement of Justice Chin with CAUSE, given that such activities are prejudicial to the administration of justice because the lack of disclosure places litigants and parties at a disadvantage. Knowing that his actions are questionable, Justice Chin intentionally,willfully, and recklessly ensured that his involvement with CAUSE does not appear on his profile listed with the California Supreme Court, a clear act of moral turpitude, dishonesty, and corruption designed to mislead and defraud Californians in general, and parties and litigants who appear before the California Supreme Court. By doing so, Justice Chin violated Canon 1, and otherwise eroded the public’s trust in the judiciary; such conduct also begs the question, which organizations is Justice Chin involved with that he has failed to disclose? Justice Chin should be disciplined for not making his involvement with CAUSE known to the public because such information should not be left for interested parties to unearth through their own efforts.  

Just in the past few years, there were countless cases before the California Supreme Court in which parties and their attorneys would have benefited from the disclosure, and potentially would have moved to disqualify Justice Chin had they been made aware of his involvement with CAUSE. Also, cases involving some of the entities which make financial contributions to CAUSE (common carriers and utility companies, for example) would have benefited from such a disclosure as, without a doubt, the common carriers and utility companies which donated to CAUSE expect something in return.

4. In addition to the above-described troubling circumstances surrounding Justice Chin’s involvement and lack of disclosure with respect to CAUSE, the following problematic factors should also be considered: 1) the enmeshment of APIA entities with the CPUC and utility companies, from which millions of dollars were extracted to benefit APIA causes; and, 2) Justice Chin’s relationship with James Hsu, who is CAUSE’s treasurer as well as a board member of a (now defunct) sham charitable entity known as CaliforniaALL.  

Note that matters relating to the CPUC, utility companies and the enmeshment with APIA entities will be the subject of a separate complaint against Justice Chin and others in connection with an entity known as the “California Consumer Protection Foundation” (“CCPF”), which has been secretly controlled for the last 7-8 years by State Bar Executive Director Emeritus Judy Johnson. CCPF obtained, with the help of Judy Johnson and the State Bar of California, close to $30 million from class action cy pres awards and settlement and fines imposed by the CPUC on utility companies. CCPF forwarded close to $25 million of those funds to minority communities such as “Philipinos for Affirmative Action,” “Little Tokyo Service Center,” the “Asian Law Caucus” and other questionable ACORN-like entities.  

Justice Chin knew of the scheme quietly perpetrated by his confederates Judy Johnson, Stewart Kwoh, Beth Jay, Holly Fujie, Geoffrey Brown, and the State Bar of California (which, not surprisingly, became an extension of the CPUC and individuals with related backgrounds, such as Gwen Moore (present member of State Bar Board of Governors ), Peter Arth (former member of the Access Council of Access and Fairness), Geoffrey Brown (former board member of the Foundation of the State Bar of California), and Joe Dunn (presently executive director of the State Bar with connections to the CPUC via his law partner, Marta Escutia).  

As relates to CaliforniaALL, a few years ago Ruthe Catolico Ashley was employed at CalPERS as a diversity officer and also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California. Ashley — with the direct and indirect help of Buchalter Nemer’s Holly Fujie, Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller, and others — bamboozled the State Bar, CalPERS, the CPUC, and the Department of Insurance into endorsing the proposition known as CaliforniaALL. To further the plan, and along with her friend Ms. Sarah Redfield, Ashley convinced the State Bar of California, CPUC, Department of Insurance, and her employer (CalPERS) to enter into a partnership, the purpose of which would be to create a Section 501(c)(3) charity that Ashley would later lead as CEO and president, and that would absorb contributions from utility companies as well as serve as a vehicle to misappropriate $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation (dba California Bar Foundation), an entity which is under the complete control of the State Bar of California Board of Governors.  

In addition to the unlawful transfer of $780,000, the State Bar of California Board of Governors, through the productive efforts of Holly Fujie, nominated James Hsu to CaliforniaALL’s board of directors, a role in which he served from the day the entity was created to the day it was dissolved.  

Even though the transfer of the close to $780,000 from Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL was the largest ever in the Foundation’s history, it was never publicly acknowledged by CaliforniaALL 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.  

CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million from utility companies (i.e. Verizon Wireless, Sempra, etc, including the aforementioned sub rosa transfer of $780,000 from the California Bar Foundation, and was dissolved in or about 2010. Based on present calculations, CaliforniaALL only forwarded $300,000 of the donations it received to the UCI Foundation (where Joe Dunn serves as trustee and chair of the audit committee and a trustee), and paid various expenses (i.e., a salary to Ruthe Ashley and other incidental expenses). At least based on the undersigned calculations, and estimated $700,000 – $800,000 remains unaccounted for.  

In addition, tax returns and statements made to the IRS show that CaliforniaALL claimed that in 2008 it paid rent in the amount of close to $16,000; in actuality, CaliforniaALL was housed rent-free at the Sacramento office of DLA Piper for an extended period of time.  

Circumstantial evidence concerning CaliforniaALL, as well as the involvement of the same people and entities, has caused the undersigned to entertain the suspicion that some of the money misappropriated from the California Bar Foundation ended up financing the launch of an online news magazine established by Joe Dunn known as Voice of OC. [Specifically, for the CalBar Foundation/CaliforniaALL Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller and Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac (who legally created CaliforniaALL) were involved; on the side of Voice of OC were Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi, Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, and the present Executive Director of the State Bar who launched the Voice of OC in September 2009 — Joe Dunn.  

Several months ago, the undersigned sought records pertaining to CaliforniaALL from the California Bar Foundation as well as from the State Bar of California to no avail. As such, and based on the blatant refusal to produce these records, a petition for relief will shortly be filed with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to compel the State Bar and its Foundation to make these public records available.  

James Hsu was a CaliforniaALL board member, as well as a past and present treasurer of CAUSE. These facts give credence to the argument that it was important for Justice Chin to have made his involvement with CAUSE public; simply stated, without the fortuitous discovery of this information, Petitioner would not have known that Justice Chin and Hsu are involved with CAUSE. Hence, discipline must be imposed on Justice Chin for failing to disclose his involvement with CAUSE in general and, more specifically, for his attempt to subvert justice as part of a grander scheme to support the transfer of millions of dollars from utility companies to APIA related causes.  

If Justice Chin were serving as a Superior Court judge, the undersigned would have asked to have him admonished or reprimanded. However, as a justice of the California Supreme Court, Justice Chin is held to a higher standard, and even a reprimand will render him morally unqualified to serve in that role. As such, if the Office of Judicial Performance imposes any discipline on Justice Chin — no matter how slight — it logically follows that Justice Chin should be removed from his position as Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court because it would be inappropriate for him to continue to serve in that capacity.  

Thank you for you time and attention to this matter.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) letter to Citizens Redistricting Commission

July 26, 2011

Citizens Redistricting Commission

1130 K Street, Suite 101

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission:

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) thanks the commission and its staff for considering our previous comments. Particularly, CAUSE thanks the commission for revising the West San Gabriel Valley Senate District to remove southern portions of this district that are disparate from the San Gabriel Valley region. By considering our input, as well as other community groups, has resulted in a district that better reflects Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) concerns.

While we are pleased with this progress, the commission can better ensure the needs of the Asian immigrant community are met. CAUSE respectfully urges the commission to consider connecting communities in the East San Gabriel Valley region – specifically Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, and Walnut – to West San Gabriel Valley region. The East San Gabriel Valley region is home to one of the highest concentration of Asian immigrants. Similarly, West San Gabriel Valley – Monterey Park, Alhambra, Temple City, Rosemead, and Arcadia – has a high Asian immigrant population. As a result, CAUSE believes that connecting the East and West San Gabriel Valley regions makes sense; CAUSE requests the commission create such a senate district.

CAUSE is concerned that by placing these communities – Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, and Walnut – into other senate districts would be a disservice to the residents of these communities and could lead to disenfranchisement of the residents of these communities. Currently, these communities would be split up into senate districts whose residents are vastly different than they. The Asian immigrant population has different priorities and needs – language access, acculturation, and understanding public services – which may be overshadowed by the dominant population.

The commission has a tremendous opportunity to create a senate district that will be responsive to the needs and interests of the Asian immigrant community. By placing these communities – Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, and Walnut – with their adjacent and similar cities – Monterey Park, Arcadia, Temple City, and others – their voice will be magnified, leading to their needs and priorities more likely to be addressed by an elected official who shares a similar background, history, and culture.

Again, CAUSE thanks the Commission for its consideration. If you should have any further questions, please call me at (626) 356.9838.

Sincerely,

Charlie Woo

Board Chair

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Associate Justice Ming W. ChinOn March 1, 1996, Justice Ming W. Chin became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to that position on January 25, 1996. On March 1, he was confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments and sworn in by the Governor. Justice Chin previously served as the Presiding Justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, in San Francisco beginning January 2, 1995. He was appointed to that position by Governor Pete Wilson on August 17, 1994, and in November 1994 was elected to a 12-year term. Previously he was an associate justice of that court, having been appointed to that position by former Governor George Deukmejian. Prior to that appointment, he served as a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court. Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Chin was a partner in an Oakland law firm, where he specialized in business and commercial litigation.

Justice Chin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science as well as a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of San Francisco and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1970; he also has been admitted to practice before the federal courts, as well as the United States Tax Court. After he graduated from law school, Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star. He then served three years as a deputy district attorney for Alameda County, where he tried numerous felony and misdemeanor jury trials and progressed to the position of felony trial deputy.

In 1973, Justice Chin was recruited by the Oakland law firm of Aiken, Kramer & Cummings, Incorporated, to head its trial department. He became a principal of the firm in 1976. His successful trials include two judgments in excess of one million dollars. The first was a $1.3 million judgment in an unfair competition/ wrongful termination case in the Alameda County Superior Court, and the second was a $1.2 million award in an arbitration of a construction dispute in Los Angeles.

Justice Chin has served on many committees of the state and local bar associations and was the first Asian-American to serve as President of the Alameda County Bar Association in its more than 100-year history. He was a member of the Judicial Council Appellate Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, where he was a member of the Executive Committee and chaired the Academic Affairs Committee. He was also a member of the USF Law School Board of Counselors and an Adjunct Professor of Law. The USF Alumni Association presented him a distinguished service award in 1985 for his work as a past president of that organization. In 1988, he was selected as the USF Alumnus of the Year; in 1993, he was named USF Law School Alumnus of the Year; and in 1996 USF Law School presented him with the St. Thomas More Award. Justice Chin was selected as the Outstanding Judge of the Year in 1989 by the Southern Alameda County Bar Association. The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the American Jewish Committee named him recipient of the 1997 Learned Hand Award. In 1998 he served as President of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Justice Chin has authored landmark decisions in areas such as DNA, toxic tort insurance coverage, surrogate parents, and hate crimes. He has frequently lectured on DNA, genetics, and the courts, to groups including the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, the State of California’s Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), the National College of Probate Judges, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee, and the Chulabhorn International Science Congress, Bangkok, Thailand. He is a frequent lecturer in judicial education and has delivered the Traynor Lecture at the Witkin Judicial College on three occasions, most recently in June 2008. He also spoke on behalf of the California Supreme Court in December 1996 at its memorial session honoring the late Bernard E. Witkin. He is an author of California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group 2009).

EDUCATION

Bellarmine College Preparatory, 1960
San Jose, California

University of San Francisco
B.A., Political Science, 1964

University of San Francisco, School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1967

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Supreme Court of California
Associate Justice appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, January 25, 1996
Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, March 1, 1996
Oath of Office, March 1, 1996
Elected, 12-year term, November 1998

PAST EMPLOYMENT

Court of Appeal, First District, Division Three, Presiding Justice
Appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, August 17, 1994
Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, August 29, 1994
Oath of Office, December 2, 1994
Elected, 12-year term, November 1994

Court of Appeal, First District, Division Three, Associate Justice
Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian, August 7, 1990
Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, August 20, 1990
Oath of Office, August 20, 1990
Elected, 12-year term, November 1990

Alameda County Superior Court, Judge
Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian, January 6,1988
Oath of Office, January 8, 1988
Elected, 6-year term, November 1990

United States Army, Captain (1967 – 1969)

  • Fort Lewis, Washington
    Chief of the Transfer Station
    U.S. Army Personnel Center
  • Fort Carson, Colorado
    Chief Personnel Officer
    1st Brigade of the 5th Division
  • Long Binh, Vietnam
    Procurement Officer
    U.S. Army Headquarters, Vietnam

United States Army Reserves, Captain (1969 – 1971)

  • 91st Division, Headquarters
    Fort Baker
    Sausalito, California

Alameda County, California
Deputy District Attorney, 1970 – 1972

Aiken, Kramer & Cummings, Inc.
Associate, 1973 – 1976
Partner, 1976 – 1988
(Specialized in business litigation and employment law counseling and litigation)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

California Judges Association
Member, 1988 – present
Member, Public Information and Education Committee
Graduate, California Judges College, 1988

Judicial Council of California
Chair, Court Technology Advisory Committee, 2002 – Present
Chair, California Commission for Impartial Courts, 2007 – Present
Chair, Science and the Law Steering Committee, 2005 – 2007
Member, Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias, 1990 – 1997
Member, Appellate Advisory Committee, 1993 – 1996

State Bar of California
Delegate, Conference of Delegates, 1983 – 1986
Referee, State Bar Court, 1978, 1979
Member, Executive Committee of the State Bar Court, 1993 – 1994

Alameda County Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, 1983 – 1988
Vice-President, 1986
President, 1987

San Francisco District Attorney’s Commission on Hate Crimes
Member, 1990 – 1992

COMMUNITY SERVICE

University of San Francisco
Member, Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society
Editor, USF Yearbook, 1964 (The Don)
Member, USF Alumni Board of Governors, 1978 – 1984
President, USF Alumni Association, 1983 – 1984
Member, Board of Counselors, USF School of Law, 1980 to present
Commencement Speaker, College of Professional Studies, May 1985
Member, USF Board of Trustees, 1985 – 1997
Member, Personnel Committee, 1985 – 1988
Member, Executive Committee, 1986 – 1988, 1993 – 1998
Member, Academic Affairs Committee, 1988 – 1998; Chairman of the Committee, 1993 – 1998
Adjunct Professor of Law, 1989 – 1993

Commonwealth Club of California
Member since 1978
Member, Program Committee, 1992 – present
Chairman of the Committee, 1995
Member, Board of Governors, 1993 – present
Chairman of the Executive Committee, 1996
President-elect, 1997
President, 1998

First District Agricultural Association
Member, Board of Directors, 1985 – 1988

AWARDS AND HONORS

McQuade Award for Journalism, USF, 1964

U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Quang Tri, Vietnam, 1969

The Bronze Star (U.S. Army), Long Binh, Vietnam, 1969

Distinguished Service Award, USF Alumni Association, April 1985

Alumnus of the Year, USF, 1988

Appointed by California Governor George Deukmejian as a Member of the Board of Directors, First District Agricultural Association, 1985-1988

Outstanding Judge of the Year, 1989, Southern Alameda County Bar Association

Alumnus of the Year, USF School of Law, 1993

St. Thomas More Award, USF School of Law, 1996

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Southwestern University School of Law, 1996

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1997

Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee, SF Bay Chapter, 1997

Honoree for Service in the Field of Law, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association & Chinese Women’s Association of America, 1997

Legal Impact Award, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, 1997

Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of San Diego School of Law, 1998

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Western State University School of Law, 1998

Citizen of the Year Award, Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment, 1998

Public Service & Government Leadership Award, Asian Business Association, 1998

Trailblazer Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 1999

Grand Marshall, San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade, 2000

Honorary Doctor of Laws, California Western School of Law, 2001

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2002

United States Attorney’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Award, 2004

Distinguished Faculty Service, Judicial Council of California Education Division, 2005

Promoting Diversity Through Judicial Excellence, California Minority Counsel Program, 2006

Commitment to Community Award, Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley, 2006

Legal Impact Award, Asian Law Alliance, 2007

Saint Thomas More Award, St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, 2008

Jurist of the Year Award, Judicial Council of California, 2009

Lifetime Achievement Award, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, 2010

PUBLICATIONS

California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group 2009)

Judicial Independence: Under Attack Again? (2010) 61 Hastings L.J. 1345

Healthcare and Other Social Aspects of Genetics: a Judicial Perspective (2007) Vol. 8, No. 5, Int. J. Healthcare Technology and Management, 549.

Keynote Address: “Fairness or Bias?: A Symposium on Racial and Ethnic Composition and Attitudes in the Judiciary” (1997) 4 Asian Law Journal (Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley) 181

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Ben Wong
Southern California Edison

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James Hsu
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P

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Pacific Oaks College & Children’s SchoolLily Kuo

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Albert Lee
Lee & RosenbergerFred Rowley
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Nita Song
IW Group, Inc.

K. Luan Tran
Lee Tran & Liang, APLC

Ron Wong
Imprenta Communications Group

Robert Yap
Total Call International

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Asian American: California Supreme Court Now Half Asian American Goldsea

Due to one vacancy in the seven-seat California Supreme Court, Asian Americans currently make up half the Justices. Among them is Filipino-American Chief Justice Tani Canti-Sakauye who took office on January 3, 2011.

The other two Asian American justices are Chinese American Ming Chin, 68, and Dutch-Chinese American Joyce Kennard, 69. Kennard — whose mother is Chinese — was appointed by Gov. Deukmejian to a 12-year term that began April 5, 1989. She was retained for a second term by the voters in the 2000 election. Chin was appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to a 12-year term that began March 1, 1996. He was retained for a second 12-year term by the voters in 2007.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of Justice Carlos Moreno at the end of February. In early 2010 Moreno was rumored to be considering retirement if Jerry Brown were elected governor in order to have his seat be filled by a liberal Democrat. Moreno is a center-left jurist who was interviewed by the White House in 2009 for the U.S. Supreme Court seat ultimately filled by Sonia Sotomayor. During his first terms as governor Brown picked highly controversial Justices, including the mercurial Rose Bird whom he appointed in 1977 to become California’s first female chief justice. In 1988 Bird also became the first chief justice in the state’s history to be rejected by the voters because of her perceived liberal biases.

Currently four of the six seats are filled by female justices. Remarkably, all six current justices were appointed by Republicans.

Asian American: California Supreme Court Now Half Asian American Goldsea

Due to one vacancy in the seven-seat California Supreme Court, Asian Americans currently make up half the Justices. Among them is Filipino-American Chief Justice Tani Canti-Sakauye who took office on January 3, 2011.

The other two Asian American justices are Chinese American Ming Chin, 68, and Dutch-Chinese American Joyce Kennard, 69. Kennard — whose mother is Chinese — was appointed by Gov. Deukmejian to a 12-year term that began April 5, 1989. She was retained for a second term by the voters in the 2000 election. Chin was appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to a 12-year term that began March 1, 1996. He was retained for a second 12-year term by the voters in 2007.

The vacancy was created by the retirement of Justice Carlos Moreno at the end of February. In early 2010 Moreno was rumored to be considering retirement if Jerry Brown were elected governor in order to have his seat be filled by a liberal Democrat. Moreno is a center-left jurist who was interviewed by the White House in 2009 for the U.S. Supreme Court seat ultimately filled by Sonia Sotomayor. During his first terms as governor Brown picked highly controversial Justices, including the mercurial Rose Bird whom he appointed in 1977 to become California’s first female chief justice. In 1988 Bird also became the first chief justice in the state’s history to be rejected by the voters because of her perceived liberal biases.

Currently four of the six seats are filled by female justices. Remarkably, all six current justices were appointed by Republicans.

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