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Addendum to UC Regent Richard Blum of CB Richard Ellis — Spouse of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — In Re Prima Facie Showing of Suspected Financial Machinations Via (among others) Entities Controlled by University of California : UC Davis MIND Institute

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Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION
: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Mark Robinson

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan. See relevant stories HERE and HERE


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


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

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operative Donna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach


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

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

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

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


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

UC Davis MIND Institute

 

 

 

 

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

DLA Piper’s Gilles Attia; Yocha Dehe-Cache Creek Casino’s Chairman Marshall McKay; Fulcrum Property’s Mark Friedman of 1600H / F65 (confederate of Howard Dickstein) — All of UC Davis Foundation In Addendum to UC Regent Richard Blum of CB Richard Ellis

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Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION
: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Mark Robinson

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan. See relevant stories HERE and HERE


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


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

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operative Donna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach


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

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


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

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


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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

Addendum to UC Regent Richard Blum: Partnership Between UCSF and “Zen Hospice Project”– Headed by Andrew Page of Larry Lessig’s MapLight

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Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION
: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Mark Robinson

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan.  See relevant stories HERE and HERE


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


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

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operative Donna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach


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

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


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

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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

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

Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Mark Robinson

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan.  See relevant stories HERE and HERE


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


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

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operative Donna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach


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

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

Addendum to UC Regent Richard Blum of CB Richard Ellis: Allen Matkins’ Bob Hamilton and Spouse Karina Hamilton of UC Irvine / SALUCI (TLR Note: Notice entry re EXIF Data)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan.  See relevant stories HERE and HERE


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


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

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operative Donna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach


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

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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

Profiles of John Tipton and Alain R’bibo in Support CB Richard Ellis client of Allen Matkins (TLR Note: Highly relevant to fraud by Matkins in re web of SALUCI / CaliforniaALL / UC / Blum / Sordid / Dunn / Durkee / Voice of OC / MoFo / Misc )

John M. Tipton is the Operating Partner of the Century City office and he is one of the top attorneys in California with respect to acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and asset management. John represents his clients in actively buying and selling raw land, office centers, shopping centers, mixed use projects, hotels and residential projects throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in representing owners, operators, and partners in all types of development, construction, management and operating agreements.
Representative Clients

    British Telecom
    Blackstone Real Estate
    CALPERS
    CALSTRS
    CB Richard Ellis Investors
    Columbia Development
    CommonWealth Partners
    Duesenberg Investment Company
    Empire Commercial Real Estate
    Equitable Life
    Extended Stay America
    Federal Realty Investment Trust
    Foster Enterprises
    General Electric Credit Equities, Inc.
    Helio LLC
    Hines Interests Limited Partnership
    Hillman Properties
    Homestead Village Management
    JMB Properties Company
    JMB/Urban Development Company
    Jupiter Realty Corporation
    Lubert-Adler
    Macquarie Cook Energy, LLC
    Maguire Properties
    Mervyn’s
    Miller/Davis/J.H. Snyder Joint Venture
    Morgan Stanley Real Estate Group
    National Beverage Properties
    OTO Development LLC
    Park Tower Realty Corp.
    Prudential Real Estate Investors
    RAD Investors
    Raytheon Company
    SHM Partners
    Swiss Bank Corporation
    Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.), Inc.
    TMW Real Estate Group
    Tishman Speyer Properties L.P.
    Topa Equities, Ltd.
    1999 Women’s World Cup
    Watt Commercial Properties

Source@: http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Tipton-John.aspx

Alain R’bibo is a partner in our Century City office where his practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Alain’s practice covers a wide variety of real estate matters, with an emphasis on advising clients in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and day-to-day management and operation of commercial real estate across the country, including office, retail, industrial and multifamily properties. Alain has represented a diverse group of clients, ranging from private individuals and closely-held entities, to REITs, pension funds and institutional owners and investors, including:

    Hines
    Kilroy Realty
    TIAA-CREF
    Blackstone
    CarrAmerica
    Lubert-Adler
    Sumitomo Life Realty
    Brookfield
    First Beverage Capital
    Tishman Speyer
    Maguire Properties
    Westfield
    CB Richard Ellis
    JPMorgan
    Beacon Capital
    MGA Entertainment
    Duesenberg Investment Company

Source@:  http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Rbibo-Alain.aspx

Profiles of John Tipton and Alain R’bibo in Support CB Richard Ellis client of Allen Matkins (TLR Note: Highly relevant to fraud by Matkins in re web of SALUCI / CaliforniaALL / UC / Blum / Sordid / Dunn / Durkee / Voice of OC / MoFo / Misc )

John M. Tipton is the Operating Partner of the Century City office and he is one of the top attorneys in California with respect to acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and asset management. John represents his clients in actively buying and selling raw land, office centers, shopping centers, mixed use projects, hotels and residential projects throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience in representing owners, operators, and partners in all types of development, construction, management and operating agreements.
Representative Clients

    British Telecom
    Blackstone Real Estate
    CALPERS
    CALSTRS
    CB Richard Ellis Investors
    Columbia Development
    CommonWealth Partners
    Duesenberg Investment Company
    Empire Commercial Real Estate
    Equitable Life
    Extended Stay America
    Federal Realty Investment Trust
    Foster Enterprises
    General Electric Credit Equities, Inc.
    Helio LLC
    Hines Interests Limited Partnership
    Hillman Properties
    Homestead Village Management
    JMB Properties Company
    JMB/Urban Development Company
    Jupiter Realty Corporation
    Lubert-Adler
    Macquarie Cook Energy, LLC
    Maguire Properties
    Mervyn’s
    Miller/Davis/J.H. Snyder Joint Venture
    Morgan Stanley Real Estate Group
    National Beverage Properties
    OTO Development LLC
    Park Tower Realty Corp.
    Prudential Real Estate Investors
    RAD Investors
    Raytheon Company
    SHM Partners
    Swiss Bank Corporation
    Sumitomo Life Realty (N.Y.), Inc.
    TMW Real Estate Group
    Tishman Speyer Properties L.P.
    Topa Equities, Ltd.
    1999 Women’s World Cup
    Watt Commercial Properties

Source@: http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Tipton-John.aspx

Alain R’bibo is a partner in our Century City office where his practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Alain’s practice covers a wide variety of real estate matters, with an emphasis on advising clients in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and day-to-day management and operation of commercial real estate across the country, including office, retail, industrial and multifamily properties. Alain has represented a diverse group of clients, ranging from private individuals and closely-held entities, to REITs, pension funds and institutional owners and investors, including:

    Hines
    Kilroy Realty
    TIAA-CREF
    Blackstone
    CarrAmerica
    Lubert-Adler
    Sumitomo Life Realty
    Brookfield
    First Beverage Capital
    Tishman Speyer
    Maguire Properties
    Westfield
    CB Richard Ellis
    JPMorgan
    Beacon Capital
    MGA Entertainment
    Duesenberg Investment Company

Source@:  http://www.allenmatkins.com/Professionals/Rbibo-Alain.aspx

On Calpers, Richard Blum, CB Reichard Ellis and Ron Burkle

In March 2007, a multi-billion dollar investment firm funded primarily by the United States’ two largest public pension funds – the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Retirement System (CalSTRS) – bought out one of the Anderson Valleys’ three big wine-grape growers, Duckhorn Vineyards.  Duckhorn is best known in the Valley for the exorbitantly pricey pinot noirs it cultivates under its “Goldeneye” label, as well as for its managers’ propensity for illegally treating the local watershed as if it were their own private storage basin.  The $250 million purchase of Duckhorn by GI Partners, as the firm is named, marked the continuation of a trend that began in 2002.

That was the year CalPERS became the lead investor in another large Anderson Valley vineyard owner, the arguably even more ecologically destructive AltaTech Viticulture of Napa County (formerly Premier Pacific Vineyards).  CalPERS’ initial investment of $100 million in AltaTech marked the first time it had ever purchased a stake in an agribusiness.  The pension later added an additional $100 million investment in the company.  Today, AltaTech claims to own the largest vineyard portfolio in the country with acreage in Washington and Oregon, and holdings running up California’s coastal zones from Santa Barbara to a massive 30-square-mile slice of the Gualala River watershed on the Sonoma-Mendocino border.

Among the various things these bourgeoisie pension booze enterprises have in common, one is that they are financially and administratively tied to the world’s largest real estate brokerage firm: CB Richard Ellis (CBRE).

As readers of the previous three installments of this four-part series are likely to recall, CBRE’s owner and chairman is none other than the San Francisco-based financier Richard Blum, husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein.  As the overlord of a financial empire that encompasses tens of billions of dollars of investments in a staggering range of business enterprises, Blum has distinguished himself as one of the global capitalist economy’s reining siphoners-in-chief of public money.  His uncanny ability to leverage large pools of taxpayer and pension dollars has depended in large part on the virtually unrivaled influence he peddles in the Democratic Party, both statewide and nationally, as well as in specific Congressional districts.

In 2002, the San Francisco Chronicle and other California media took note of a handful of fishy investments CalPERS’ investment managers had made in the pet projects of several Democratic Party figures.  Two of the three main principles these stories named were Blum and fellow financier  Ronald “The Poster Child For The Ills of Political Donations and Business” Burkle (the nickname is self-appointed).  Looking for the huge sorts of returns that private equity firms were generating, CalPERS invested $560 million in Burkle’s operation, Yucaipa Companies, in 2001.  There was a flip side to the “strategic partnership” that would develop between CalPERS and Yucaipa, though.  More than just CalPERS seeking entry into the lucrative realm of private equity, private equity was seeking to crack the big piggy bank of public pensions, which represent hundreds of billions in wealth that can be leveraged for private gain.

After CalPERS’ injection of cash into Yucaipa, Blum convinced Burkle to invest $50 million of his pension pot in IndTV, a cable news channel founded by their mutual friend, former US Vice President Al Gore.  Blum Capital Partners had a $20 million investment in Gore’s company at the time.  Burkle’s own private equity firm, which employs Bill Clinton as its so-called “rain man” (in reference to the former prez’ uncanny ability to rein in sweetheart investment deals on Burkle’s behalf), ultimately bought into IndTV as a 50-50 partner with Blum.  In the wake of this episode, the alt-weekly Sacramento News & Review pointedly labeled CalPERS as “the Democratic Party’s personal piggybank,” owing to the fact that its 13-member investment board is dominated by the state’s Democratic Party apparatus.

The third main character in these corporate media stories was a man named Richard Wollack, who happens to be co-chairman of the aforementioned AltaTech Vineyards — and himself no stranger to the time-honored practice of rendering elected political executives wholly owned subsidiaries of one’s personal economic interests.  In the months immediately prior to CalPERS’ unprecedented $100 million investment in AltaTech, the enterprising Wollack lavished enormous donations on Gov. Gray Davis’ reelection campaign.  Wollack also hosted a fundraiser party for the Governor at his private estate, which raised tens of thousands.  Both Wollack and Davis’ press people brushed off the allegations of a conflict of interest vis-a-vis the campaign contributions and the subsequent award of CalPERS funding, noting that Davis does not control the pension’s investments; he only appoints many of the people who do.

The “personal piggybank” story, however, is worthy of further investigation – particularly in light of its direct links to Mendo.  In recent decades, public pension funds have increasingly been conscripted to the forces of economic “structural adjustment”: the reining wizards of hedge funds, credit markets, venture capital, real estate speculation, and all the other games played with billion dollar pots of money.  The ultimate game changer in this regard was 1984′s Proposition 21, a ballot initiative that permitted CalPERS and California’s other public pensions to invest huge portions of their portfolios in stocks.  Since that time, CalPERS shifted from a relatively cautious public pension fund to what might best be described as an activist equity pool, with a whopping 54 percent of the roughly $191 billion in its coffers staked to the private equity market.

Far from representing “socialism,” then, as their critics on the far right proclaim, public pension have become lynchpins of the neo-liberal political economy, making or breaking fortunes in the “private” market to a degree matched only by the world’s largest national economies.

One of the finance capitalists who has seized on this opportunity to expand his fortune by tapping into the newly “liquid” multi-billion dollar pots of public money is, of course, Richard Blum.  Among the primary investors in Blum Capital Partners are a wide range of pension funds, including CALPERS.  One of Blum’s other private equity firms, the enormous Newbridge Capital, has also raised hundreds of millions of dollars from various public pensions.  CalSTRS has an unusually large stake in Blum Capital Partners, more than $75 million – its fourth largest in any company.  California’s public teachers will be proud to know, then, that they own a roughly one percent stake in Richard Blum’s main personal investment vehicle – an enterprise that has been invested in the “reconstruction” of Iraq as well as its destruction, via a Mexican maquiladora that builds weapons components for the Department of Defense, among the savory enterprises the equity firm is involved in.

Blum has a history of steering pension money into his personal coffers in still more direct ways.  For an eight-year span of the 1990s, he personally managed a chunk of the Southern California Carpenters union’s pension fund, a post to which he was hired by a man named Ronald Tutor — a colorful Democratic Party heavyweight.  Gray Davis frequently borrowed Tutor’s personal jet in the course of bustling around to his stops on the 2002 campaign trail.   Tutor went on to become Blum’s business partner in a multi-billion dollar construction firm named Perini Corporation, which some readers may recall from reading Part 1 of this series four-part series as one of the pair of construction firms that Dianne Feinstein routinely funneled eight-figure contracts to during her tenure on the US Senate’s Military Appropriations Committee from 2001-2007.

During his stint with the carpenters union, Blum received a staggering $54 million in advisory fees from Tutor and the pension fund’s other co-chairman, even though he handled only a small part of the pension’s overall $2 billion pot.  Blum also invested $26 million of the pension’s money directly in his own company, Perini, at a time when the company was barely keeping its head above water.  Ultimately, he left his union post after three of its rank-and-file members brought a civil suit, alleging that he was heavily overcompensated and that he cost union members millions of dollars by illicitly staking their money in the then-struggling Perini.

Blum was also a leading force behind the privatization of the University of California’s pension fund.  That effort was chiefly spearheaded by UC Regent Gerald Parsky, under whose guidance the university abandoned its well-established in-house management in favor of a private investment firm closely affiliated with the California Republican Party, of which Parsky has long been a leader.  At the March 2003 Regents meeting, though, the Democratic Party stalwart Blum provided key backing to Parsky’s privatization push, in an exchange noted by UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Physics Charles Schwartz.

“Gerry, this is Dick,” Blum stated.  “I just think that CalPERS has the ability and demonstrated it to have large enough staff in-house to invest wisely and keep track of this stuff.  I don’t think we can do it for the University on our own, so that we need to either farm this out to advisors who can tell us who we want to place our money with, and/or work out something with CalPERS.”

Parsky responded, “Those two things, Dick, are exactly what we are thinking about.”

It is particularly telling how Goldeneye Vineyards came to reside under Blum’s personal financial umbrella.  In 2000, CalPERS selected CB Richard Ellis to manage a new $500 million real estate and technology fund.  Four months later, Blum Capital Partners made a successful bid to buy CBRE, soon turning it into the world’s largest real estate firm through a string of high-profile buyouts and mergers.  CBRE’s very first large-scale project under Blum’s ownership, however, was the founding of a so-called Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) named GI Partners — now the owner of Duckhorn Vineyards.  The purpose of spinning off GI Partners as a nominally separate company from CB Richard Ellis was to invest in – what else? – real estate and technology ventures.  Within weeks of GI Partners’ founding, CBRE plopped the entirety of its half-billion CalPERS investment pool into the company.  For its part, CBRE staked $26.1 million of its own money in the firm.

GI Partners’ first-ever investment was in a company presided over, not surprisingly, by a leading executive at CB Richard Ellis.  The executive in question is Michael Foust, who serves simultaneously as co-chairman of GI Partners and the firm’s initial start-up company, Digital Realty Trust.   GI Partners’ other co-founder, Rick Magnuson, has been a managing director of CBRE Investors –  CBRE’s private equity arm, which controls a whopping $34 billion of investment capital – since 1999.  When GI Partners bought out Duckhorn Vineyards, Magnuson came on board as one of Duckhorn’s directors.

In the past several years, CalPERS has brought its total investment  in GI Partners to $1.2 billion.  Yet, while the company continues to identify itself as a separate entity from CBRE, its filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission show that CBRE Investors has been the sole manager of GI Partners’ investments all along — those from CalPERS and otherwise.  Meanwhile, at least one of the companies GI Partners has founded, the Irvine, CA-based LincGroup, has contracted extensively with CBRE.   The upshot is that CBRE has effectively steered a chunk of the public pension funds its manages through an elaborate investment chain and back into its own coffers, while also conveniently enriching its own top executives by furnishing them cushy seats on various corporate boards — such as that of Duckhorn Vineyards.

Perhaps it was the Duckhorn’s management’s financially philosophy that attracted GI Partners to it. As those managers explained in a newsletter to shareholders in 2000, “We have chosen as our first topic of discussion the reality of the business — cash. Everything we do eventually finds its way back to this common denominator. That is, cash in and cash out. … At Duckhorn Vineyards, we earn approximately 24% cash profit. … Our bank, Bank of America, is more willing to support our growth because of our relatively high cash profit levels, our confirmed reinvestment of earnings, and our shareholder support.”

This emphasis on profit maximization is perhaps best reflected in the company’s purely extractive mode of operation, best characterized by their reckless siphoning out of the Navarro River watershed.  Several years ago, the group Navarro River Watershed Protection Association found that Goldeneye was building several illegal holding tanks at the junction of the Rancheria Creek, Anderson Creek, and Indian Creek.  It also had a pipe directly in Indian Creek.  Despite the fact that the Watershed Protection Association complained to the State Water Control Board’s Division of Water Rights, Duckhorn avoided any sanction.  In several documented instances, the company’s workers have also illegally trucked water from this site to its various other thirsty wine-grape operations in the Valley, displacing hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in the process.

In 2000, when archeological surveys revealed that a Pomo burial site was located on Duckhorn’s land on the east bank of the Rancheria, just outside downtown Philo, Duckhorn bulldozed the area without conducting additional survey work and without an archeologist present.  They later built a pond right on top of the site, thus foreclosing on the possibility of more survey work being conducted.  As with water theft, desecration of culturally indispensable American Indian sites seems to be a hallmark of the local wine industry.  An outfit from Spain named Cordineu, the world’s third largest wine company, is currently attempting to gain approval for a 173-acre winery in the Gualala River watershed, which  would go atop the archeological site of an Indian trading village.  In Laytonville, a prospective new vineyard just west off Highway 101 has closed off the Cahto’s access to one of their sacred sites in the foothills, despite the best efforts of the chairman and vice chairman of the local rancheria.

With all of this background in mind, local residents can feel proud in knowing that their home company’s Duckhorn 2007 Sauvignon Blanc was the vintage of choice at United States Senate’s luncheon in honor of President Obama’s inauguration in January, organized by Dianne Feinstein.  So, if you figure Feinstein’s Senate committee purchased the vino for $25 a bottle, and the roughly 200 people who attended the inauguration party downed a collective 50 bottles (a modest estimate for that crowd), that means Duckhorn made $1,250 in revenue off the senatorial tet-a-tet.  Figure Feinstein herself downed a half-bottle on her own, and that means she drank a $12.50 contribution to CBRE Investors’ personal coffers, getting to revel in a “vibrant acidity balanced by toasted oak” that furnishes a “rich mouthfeel” (quotes courtesy of the wine’s promotional literature) in the process.

Not a bad gig if you can get it.

The other case of local pension booze investing, AltaTech Vineyards, arguably stands to be even more ecologically and socially destructive.  In this regard, it is worth singling out the company’s nearly 20,000-acre real estate and vineyard conversion project in the Gualala River watershed, which would be perhaps the single most ecologically destructive real estate project on the North Coast since the reigns of Maxxam Corporation and Louisiana-Pacific.  This massive ecological engineering project would involve 1,683 acres of wine grapes, more than 80 miles of six-foot high fencing that would fragment wildlife habitat across the majority of the parcel, 90 miles of road, a gravel mining operation, and .of course the industrial-scale water diversions necessary to fill the project’s proposed 40 reservoirs.

We will explore this project in greater detail, including its status in the regulatory process,  in a future edition of the AVA.  For now, we’ll limit ourselves to noting that AltaTech co-founder Richard Wollack is one of CB Richard Ellis’ founders.  In fact, Wollack was CBRE’s chairman immediately prior to Richard Blum  Wollack, who has donated nearly $10,000 to Dianne Feinstein’s Senate campaigns since 2000, remained a CBRE director until AltaTech Vineyards secured CALPERS’ second $100 million investment.  Not surprisingly, CBRE is one of AltaTech’s primary investors, having given the company at least $1 million in what essentially amounted to “matching funds” to sweeten the pot for the the initial CALPERS money. Please continue @: http://theava.com/archives/5298

Addendum to Buffet-Munger-AARP Model-99%ers eat corn-fed genetically engineered chickens @McD,Purple Pill,TV,Gamble:Richard Blum(Buffet-Munger-AARP-Blum Doctrine) – Less “Real” Universities More “Career Education Corporation”

Original story, please see @:

https://lesliebrodie.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/jackson-rancheria-casino-bets-on…

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On March 12, 2002, Blum was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to a 12-year term as one of the Regents of the University of California. Blum also serves on the boards of the following companies:

Blum is also the primary owner of Career Education Corporation.[6]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_C._Blum

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Career Education Corporation (CEC), is a postsecondary education provider with campus-based and online curricula. Its headquarters are in Schaumburg, Illinois.[2]

The organization operates over eighty campuses with approximately 77,600 students enrolled. Schools owned by CEC are located throughout the US, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom and offer doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degrees, as well as diploma and certificate programs.

CEC schools include the following:

Contents

History

CEC was founded in 1994 by John M. Larson[3] who served as the company’s president, CEO and was a member of the board of directors until 2006. Under his leadership, CEC grew to include over 24 US campuses. In 2009, CEC purchased the Le Cordon Bleu schools[4] in the US and on July 1, 2003, Career Education Corporation merged with competitor Whitman Education Group, Inc., gaining control over the latter’s Sanford-Brown Colleges, Ultrasound Diagnostic Schools (now known as the Sanford-Brown Institute), and Colorado Technical University. And also the former Western School of Health and Business.[5]

In March 2007, Gary McCullough joined the company[6] and served as CEO until November 2011, when Steven H. Lesnik assumed the role of president and CEO. Lesnik is the former chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.[7]

Controversies and federal scrutiny

CEC was investigated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission[8] for various issues of non-compliance in 2005. In January 2008, CEC reported that the SEC has closed its investigation and will take no action against the company.[9][10][11] A Department of Justice investigation began in 1994[12] and was terminated in April 2007, with the DOJ declining prosecution. Another investigation on a different matter was begun by the Civil Division of the DOJ in June 2006 and is currently ongoing.[13]

In June 2005, the U.S. Department of Education prohibited CEC from expanding until it had resolved issues with financial statements and program reviews connected with Collins College and Brooks College two CEC schools.[14] In January 2007, the U.S. Department of Education lifted its restrictions on the company opening new schools or acquiring existing ones.[15]

CEC’s division, American InterContinental University, was placed on probation in December 2005 with its accrediting agency, SACS.[16] The probation status was reviewed after one year, in December 2006, and extended an additional 12 months.[17] On December 11, 2007, CEC announced that SACS has removed AIU’s probation and that the university’s accreditation remains in good standing.[18]

Brooks College, a CEC owned school, was the subject of an unfavorable examination of for-profit trade schools in the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes which focused on alleged misrepresentations by admission representatives to prospective students. A CBS producer with a hidden camera visited several CEC schools in the New York area, including the Katharine Gibbs School.[19] In June 2007, Career Education Corporation announced that it will close both campuses of Brooks College.[20]

In January 2007, the New York State Education Department reported deficiencies at the Katharine Gibbs School‘s New York campus. The problems related to faculty qualifications and remedial course offerings. Career Education has since closed Katharine Gibbs School‘s New York campus.[21]

California Culinary Academy, which was purchased by CEC in 1999, was the subject of an unfavorable article in the San Francisco Weekly focusing on misrepresentations and omissions made to prospective students to enroll them in the school.[22] According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a lawsuit was filed over the matter.[23]

On November 1, 2011 CEC’s Chief Executive Officer resigned as corporate profits significantly fell and allegations were made involving inflated student placement statistics. Over the year the stock value dropped about 48%.[24] Steve Lesnik was appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as the new CEO. Steve is also a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University and a Director of the Illinois Math & Science Academy Foundation.[25] During this period system wide enrollment also dropped 24%. Several lawsuits were filed by investors who claimed they were defrauded. CEO Gary McCullough was paid nearly $9.8 million in 2011.[26]

Please continue @: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Career_Education_Corporation

TIMELINE 7/2011: U.S. Post Office Appoints CB Richard Ellis National Facilities Advisor (TLR Note: Headline Should Read: USPS Appoints Firm Headed by Husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein…)

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has just awarded CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) a contract to serve as its exclusive provider of strategic corporate real estate solutions nationally.

CB Richard Ellis is to provide transaction management services for USPS, including leasing and disposition.  USPS’s portfolio consists of approximately 35,000 facilities, totaling over 300 million sq. ft.

Historically, USPS has worked with multiple real estate service providers, including CB Richard Ellis since 1997. The new contract with CB Richard Ellis enables USPS to consolidate these activities with one service provider.

CB Richard Ellis’ Brian Murphy led the USPS pursuit team, partnering with the Washington, D.C.-based Public Institutions team as well as professionals in the Denver and New York markets.  John Chichester will serve as the Alliance Director for the account.

 

Source: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/us-markets/commercial-real-estate-1/usps-…

TIMELINE 7/2011: U.S. Post Office Appoints CB Richard Ellis National Facilities Advisor (TLR Note: Headline Should Read: USPS Appoints Firm Headed by Husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein…)

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has just awarded CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) a contract to serve as its exclusive provider of strategic corporate real estate solutions nationally.

CB Richard Ellis is to provide transaction management services for USPS, including leasing and disposition.  USPS’s portfolio consists of approximately 35,000 facilities, totaling over 300 million sq. ft.

Historically, USPS has worked with multiple real estate service providers, including CB Richard Ellis since 1997. The new contract with CB Richard Ellis enables USPS to consolidate these activities with one service provider.

CB Richard Ellis’ Brian Murphy led the USPS pursuit team, partnering with the Washington, D.C.-based Public Institutions team as well as professionals in the Denver and New York markets.  John Chichester will serve as the Alliance Director for the account.

 

Source: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/us-markets/commercial-real-estate-1/usps-…

TLR’s Addendum #2 to Senator Dianne Fienstein’s Husband Richard Blum, Kinde Durkee, Voice of OC’s Joe Dunn, CaliforniaALL, Carry Zellerbach (AKA Mary Ellen), University of Phoenix, Howard Dickstein, Station Casinos:CityView’s Victor Mirmaontes


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE FOUNDATION: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky

Richard Blum
VOICE OF OC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Kinde Durkee, Joseph Dunn, Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Giradi, James Brosnahan.  See relevant stories HERE and HERE


J STREET PAC: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Controversial Indian gambling attorney Howard Dickstein — member of both Anti-Israel’s J Street PAC and J Street Gang of Greed, alongside Jerry Brown — and Dickstein’s wife, State Bar of California Board of Governors Public Member Jeannine English of AARP.


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

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’s SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY:
Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, operative Donna Lucas, Marty Africa (alleged paramour of James Brosnahan – self proclaimed “mastermind behind the Democratic Party” / mastermind-legal counsel to CaliforniaALL / Voice of OC Director ) and University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s deposed marine researcher turned financier — Tony Haymet of CleanTECH / Pegasus Capital / Phillips & Associates

Richard Blum
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and California Democratic Party Chairman, Former Cocaine Addict, “Sordid Sexual-Harasser” — John Burton

Richard Blum
UC BERKELEY FOUNDATION/CaliforniaALL: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein, Freada Klein Kapor of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/THE KAPOR CENTER, and Gibor Basri (both Kapor and Basri directors of CaliforniaALL — Basri,surreptitiously so)

Richard Blum
The Mary Robinson Foundation: Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and husband of Freada Klein Kapor — OBAMA FOR AMERICA’s tech-guru Mitch Kapor


UC / HAAS/ GOLDMAN / ZELLERBACH CONNECTION : Richard Blum — Regent of the University of California and husband of United States Senator from California Dianne Feinstein and CaliforniaALL Director Carry Zellerbach


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

Related stories, please see HERE and HERE and HERE

TIMELINE December 2010 :Why Is It a Secret Who’s Buying California’s Government Buildings? (TLR Note: Relevant to Richard Blum, CityView, and CaliforniaALL’s Victor Miramontes)

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The Bay Citizen this past weekend followed up on our series of scoops begun in February about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rotten deal to sell prize California government buildings for an upfront payment, and then lease them back at exorbitant cost. The new news — coming out of a lawsuit filed by fired officials whose job it was to oversee the buildings’ finances —  is that it’s actually big secret who, exactly, is paying to own 11 state office complexes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Private attorneys working for Schwarzenegger are proceeding with unusual haste to get the deal closed before the governor leaves office Jan. 3. However, there seems to exist no procedural deadline that would require the deal to close by that date.

Events surrounding the lawsuit have prompted questions such as: Why is the outgoing governor in such a hurry to lose the state billions of dollars? Is it because people close to him might benefit financially?

Under the building sell-off deal , first approved in the summer of 2009, the state would get a one-time payment of $1.3 billion for the buildings, then pay back $6 billion in lease installments over the ensuing years. Schwarzenegger officials said in interviews that this was a prudent way to “get California out of the real estate business.” The state legislative analyst said this was a lousy deal for taxpayers.

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When these buildings were erected decades ago with state bond funding, special commissions were set up to make sure the repayment of the bonds, and the financing of the buildings, was handled prudently. Schwarzenegger’s sell-off involves retiring the old bonds; and the special commissioners had been hired to weigh in on just this sort of thing. Several of them called foul. And Schwarzenegger fired these whistleblowers so he could keep his sell-off deal on track.

The whistleblowers sued. A state appeals court halted the sale Dec. 13. The ensuing legal fight suggests this transaction is being pushed with unusual haste by attorneys working for Schwarzenegger, for the benefit of buyers who refuse to reveal their true identities.

The Bay Citizen story cites two influential opponents of the deal who suggest the secrecy and haste could be driven by political cronyism. The state legislative analyst reported that the deal would be a multi-billion-dollar loser for taxpayers.

In a deposition earlier this month, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer testified that he believed the mayor of Santa Ana, Miguel Pulido, would recieve a $500,000 finders fee if the building selloff deal closed. And the Citizen story quoted California Controller John Chiang as saying:  “I’m very concerned about political influences. It is very important to shed light on the parties involved and everyone with financial interest in this deal.”

On paper, the buildings’ buyer is slated to be California First LLC. Its leading partners are CityView, the real estate firm run by Henry Cisneros, executive chairman of After School All-Stars, the nonprofit Schwarzenegger founded in advance of his 2003 run for governor; and Richard Mayo, who was appointed during the administration of former Republican governor Pete Wilson to oversee the privatization of 35 million square feet of state-owned real estate.

Other partners include Grover McKean, a former state deputy treasurer, and Chandra Patel, a real estate investor from Mumbai. The state paid a $1.9 million fee to CB Richard Ellis, a company chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, to broker the sale.

Left unanswered, however, was where the partners were going to get the $995 million up-front capital needed to close the deal. We placed a call to California Fist’s attorney, Anton Nick Natsis, and we’ll fill you in when he gets back to us.

Until further notice, it remains a bizarre mystery who’s really behind a deal to profit by needlessly putting California billions of dollars further in debt.

Source: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/12/state_building_sale.php

TIMELINE December 2010 :Why Is It a Secret Who’s Buying California’s Government Buildings? (TLR Note: Relevant to Richard Blum, CityView, and CaliforniaALL’s Victor Miramontes)

For sale by owner.jpg

The Bay Citizen this past weekend followed up on our series of scoops begun in February about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rotten deal to sell prize California government buildings for an upfront payment, and then lease them back at exorbitant cost. The new news — coming out of a lawsuit filed by fired officials whose job it was to oversee the buildings’ finances —  is that it’s actually big secret who, exactly, is paying to own 11 state office complexes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Private attorneys working for Schwarzenegger are proceeding with unusual haste to get the deal closed before the governor leaves office Jan. 3. However, there seems to exist no procedural deadline that would require the deal to close by that date.

Events surrounding the lawsuit have prompted questions such as: Why is the outgoing governor in such a hurry to lose the state billions of dollars? Is it because people close to him might benefit financially?

Under the building sell-off deal , first approved in the summer of 2009, the state would get a one-time payment of $1.3 billion for the buildings, then pay back $6 billion in lease installments over the ensuing years. Schwarzenegger officials said in interviews that this was a prudent way to “get California out of the real estate business.” The state legislative analyst said this was a lousy deal for taxpayers.

everything-must-go.jpg

When these buildings were erected decades ago with state bond funding, special commissions were set up to make sure the repayment of the bonds, and the financing of the buildings, was handled prudently. Schwarzenegger’s sell-off involves retiring the old bonds; and the special commissioners had been hired to weigh in on just this sort of thing. Several of them called foul. And Schwarzenegger fired these whistleblowers so he could keep his sell-off deal on track.

The whistleblowers sued. A state appeals court halted the sale Dec. 13. The ensuing legal fight suggests this transaction is being pushed with unusual haste by attorneys working for Schwarzenegger, for the benefit of buyers who refuse to reveal their true identities.

The Bay Citizen story cites two influential opponents of the deal who suggest the secrecy and haste could be driven by political cronyism. The state legislative analyst reported that the deal would be a multi-billion-dollar loser for taxpayers.

In a deposition earlier this month, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer testified that he believed the mayor of Santa Ana, Miguel Pulido, would recieve a $500,000 finders fee if the building selloff deal closed. And the Citizen story quoted California Controller John Chiang as saying:  “I’m very concerned about political influences. It is very important to shed light on the parties involved and everyone with financial interest in this deal.”

On paper, the buildings’ buyer is slated to be California First LLC. Its leading partners are CityView, the real estate firm run by Henry Cisneros, executive chairman of After School All-Stars, the nonprofit Schwarzenegger founded in advance of his 2003 run for governor; and Richard Mayo, who was appointed during the administration of former Republican governor Pete Wilson to oversee the privatization of 35 million square feet of state-owned real estate.

Other partners include Grover McKean, a former state deputy treasurer, and Chandra Patel, a real estate investor from Mumbai. The state paid a $1.9 million fee to CB Richard Ellis, a company chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, to broker the sale.

Left unanswered, however, was where the partners were going to get the $995 million up-front capital needed to close the deal. We placed a call to California Fist’s attorney, Anton Nick Natsis, and we’ll fill you in when he gets back to us.

Until further notice, it remains a bizarre mystery who’s really behind a deal to profit by needlessly putting California billions of dollars further in debt.

Source: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/12/state_building_sale.php

TIMELINE 2010: Investigative Reporter Peter Byrne on Four Case Studies in Conflicts of Interest by UC Regents

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

Study No. 1: Dimensional Fund Advisors and Apollo Management:
The details behind UC’s $486 million investments in deals in which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Wachter—both UC Regents—had significant interests.
Study No. 2: Glenborough Realty Trust: UC buys a company from Mr. Blum.
Study No. 3: Colony Capital: UC invests in private equity alongside Mr. Blum.
Study No. 4: Janus Capital Group: A remarkable confluence of investments.

Study No. 1: Dimensional Fund Advisors and Apollo Management
After Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger assumed office in 2004, he appointed Paul Wachter, his business partner of more than 20 years, to the UC Board of Regents. Mr. Wachter wrichard blas also hired to handle Gov. Schwarzenegger’s investments in a blind trust, which (in theory) is set up to sequester investments from all but the trustee’s view in order to limit possible conflicts of interest. For reasons that should be obvious, it was not ethically kosher for the governor to put a business partner, close friend, political advisor, and public servant such as Mr. Wachter in charge of this blind trust.  
      
Still, Gov. Schwarzenegger, who is an ex-officio regent, chose not to place a large portion of his real estate and business partnership holdings in the trust overseen by Mr. Wachter. These assets—valued at about $100 million—became a matter of public record through the governor’s financial disclosure statements.
         
An analysis of the economic disclosure statements filed by Gov. Schwarzenegger and Mr. Wachter reveal that specific UC investments have benefited the financial holdings of both men. UC has placed $411 million with Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment firm in which Gov. Schwarzenegger and Mr. Wachter each have an ownership stake. An additional $75 million of UC’s monies was invested in private equity funds run by Apollo Management, a firm in which both men hold substantial financial investments.
         
Government watchdogs say that this presents a clear conflict of interest. “The regents putting public money into Dimensional Fund Advisors and Apollo is a conflict of interest just like if Schwarzenegger was a plumber and the regents gave plumbing contracts to his company,” says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
     
The deals are summarized below.

Dimensional Fund Advisors
Santa Monica, California
The Company: Dimensional Fund Advisors is a privately owned company that operates a type of mutual fund known as an index fund. Stock in Dimensional Fund Advisors is not publicly traded; ownership of the firm is available only by invitation, and investment opportunities are limited to its directors, employees and select individuals, such as Gov. Schwarzenegger and his blind trustee, Mr. Wachter.
Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Interest: According to financial disclosure statements, Gov. Schwarzenegger owns “more that $1 million” worth of Dimensional Fund Advisors stock. (Note: this is not the same as investing with the firm, it is direct ownership of the firm.) Media reports put his ownership stake in the firm at a minimum of 5 percent, and he receives annual cash dividends of “more than $100,000.”
Mr. Wachter’s Interest: According to public disclosure statements, Mr. Wachter owns “more than $1 million” worth of stock in Dimensional Fund Advisors.
UC’s Investment: Since 2004, UC’s retirement fund has invested $329 million with Dimensional Fund Advisors. The UCLA Foundation, an endowment fund overseen by the regents, placed $82.3 million—or nearly 8 percent of its total endowment—in three investment funds offered by Dimensional Fund Advisors. The grand total of UC’s investment in Dimensional Fund Advisors is $411 million.
Fallout: When the economy tanked in 2008, UC’s investments with Dimensional Fund Advisors took a hit. By the end of 2008, the value of UC’s investment with Dimensional Fund Advisors via the retirement fund had fallen to $151 million. UC Treasurer Berggren declined to state whether this was a loss or a divestment.
           
Apollo Management
New York, New York
The Company: Apollo Management is a private equity firm that specializes in leveraged buyouts. It is run by financier Leon Black, who got his start selling “junk bonds” to small banks prior to their collapse during the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s. Mr. Black now raises large amounts of Apollo’s investment capital from university and union pension funds.
Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Interest: Gov. Schwarzenegger has “more than $1 million” invested in two Apollo Management funds (Apollo IV and Apollo V). Since 2004, he has reported income of more than $200,000 a year in dividends from these two investments.
Mr. Wachter’s Interest: Main Street Advisors, Mr. Wachter’s private investment firm, has invested up to $100,000 in Apollo IV (alongside Gov. Schwarzenegger). He holds up to $1 million in each of two other Apollo Management funds (Apollo VI and Apollo VII).
UC’s Investment: Since 2004, the regents have invested $75 million in two Apollo Management funds in which Mr. Wachter is invested (Apollo VI and Apollo VII). Both Apollo funds helped finance the less-than-lucrative Harrah’s Entertainment leveraged buyout in consortium with the investment firm TPG Capital, where Mr. Blum is an owner and executive. UC is not directly invested in Apollo IV or Apollo V, but all the Apollo funds share the same general partner, Apollo Management. See Harrah’s Entertainment from Part Four.

Toeing the ethical Line
As the official who appoints most of the regents, Gov. Schwarzenegger has the ability to influence his colleagues on the board. But state laws and UC policy provide theoretical guidance on how to avoid a conflict of interest. If Gov. Schwarzenegger chooses to influence a regent, he is obligated to do so in a manner that does not conflict with his own financial interests. He could also ensure that his personal holdings do not overlap with UC’s holdings—not a difficult task since both the holdings of the governor and UC are part of the public record.
         
However, this did not happen with Gov. Schwarzenegger’s investments in Apollo Management and Dimensional Fund Advisors. The two firms received a total of $486 million in UC investments after he and Mr. Wachter joined the board of regents in 2003.
         
Mr. Wachter defended these investments by saying that the regents do not direct UC staff to either select specific investment vehicles or to contract with specific outside investment fund managers, such as Dimensional Fund Advisors. (However, during a UC investment committee meeting, UC Treasurer Marie Berggren told the regents that she is open to their suggestions when hiring outside investment management firms.)
         
Study No. 2: Glenborough Realty Trust
In addition to his executive position with the global real estate giant, CB Richard Ellis, Mr. Blum’s business interests include the purchase and sale of real estate companies for his personal portfolio. At least one such transaction, the 2006 leveraged buyout of Glenborough Realty Trust, was made possible by a UC investment.
The Deal: A real estate company based in San Mateo, California, Glenborough was sold to Morgan Stanley Real Estate in a $1.8 billion leveraged buyout that took the company private in November 2006.
UC’s Investment: UC invested $42 million in the Morgan Stanley private equity investment fund that bought Glenborough.
The Blum Connection: At the time of the Glenborough sale, Mr. Blum owned Glenborough stock worth about $2.5 million, and he sat on the company’s board of directors. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure statements filed by the real estate company prior to the sale asserted that as a member of its board of directors, Mr. Blum would see direct financial benefit from the buyout.
Details of the Deal: Glenborough owned scores of high-end office buildings in a half-dozen major cities, including San Francisco. Private equity suitors regularly came calling on the Glenborough board of directors, hoping to buy the profitable company. Morgan Stanley won Glenborough’s hand with a $1.9 billion offer via one of its private equity investment funds called MSREF V. 
Public records show that before the sale, UC held $8 million in this Morgan Stanley fund (MSREF V). After the sale of Glenborough was announced, UC increased this amount by $34 million, for a total investment of $42 million.
The Morgan Stanley fund (MSREF V) put up a cash payment of $325 million to realize the Glenborough deal (UC’s contribution, via the Morgan Stanley investment fund, was equivalent to 13 percent of the cash that was made as a down payment). The majority of the remaining $1.8 billion purchase price was leveraged by a loan from Deutsche Bank Securities. The original members of the Glenborough board of directors, including Mr. Blum, sold their stock at a premium price.
Fallout: Glenborough was saddled with a tremendous debt load from the acquisition and it struggled mightily to meet the loan obligation. The deal turned out to be a bad investment for UC. By the end of 2009, due to the collapse of the real estate market and the company’s debt burden, the value of UC’s investment in the Morgan Stanley fund (MSREF V) had plummeted to $3.5 million, recording an apparent loss of $38.5 million from its height.          
         
Study No. 3: Colony Capital
Since 2007, UC has invested millions of dollars with Colony Capital, a Los Angeles private investment firm. One of Colony Capital’s principal partners is Richard Nanula, a longtime trustee of the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of Colony’s business partners is Mr. Blum. The intersection of financial interests between UC, Colony Capital, and Mr. Blum is revealed through the workings of the leveraged buyout deals of Fairmont Raffles Holdings International in Toronto and Station Casinos in Las Vegas.
         
Summaries of both deals are presented below.

Fairmont Raffles Holdings International
Toronto, Canada
The Players:
• Colony Capital is a $45 billion private equity firm specializing in the privatization of hotels and casinos. It owns one of the world’s largest casino-hotel conglomerates, Resorts International.
• Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud is a member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia and one of the world’s wealthiest individuals.
• Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) is Saudi Arabia’s largest corporation. Prince Alwaleed owns 95 percent of KHC, which in turn owns large stakes of American corporations, including Citigroup, Apple, and News Corp.
• Kingdom Hotels International is a KHC subsidiary.
• Fairmont Raffles Holdings International is an international luxury hotel chain. Mr. Blum has been a member of its board of directors since 2006.
The Deal: In 2006, Kingdom Hotels and Colony Capital partnered to realize a $5.5 billion merger and acquisition of two hotel chains: Fairmont Hotel and Resorts and Raffles International. The companies were combined into a privately held entity named Fairmont Raffles Holdings International.
The Blum Connection: To finance the buyout deal, Colony Capital set up a series of private equity investment funds. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has disclosed that Blum Capital Partners invested in the hotel chain merger through a Colony Capital investment fund named Colony HR Co – Investment Partners III. Mr. Blum was appointed to the new corporation’s board of directors by Colony Capital and Prince Alwaleed.
UC Investment: As the hotel deal was in process, Colony Capital created a related fund (Colony Capital VIII) to develop hotel and casino properties in the Middle East and elsewhere. Between 2007 and 2009, UC’s endowment and retirement funds invested $16.6 million in this Colony Capital fund. This fund did not directly finance the Fairmont Raffles merger, but its hotel and casino funds interlock, each sharing an interest in the success of the others.
Fallout: California conflict of interest law deems a limited partner in a private equity fund to be invested in the general partner of that fund. Consequently, say the state’s conflict of interest guidelines: “When the limited partner has such an investment, he or she must disqualify [from the decision making process] with respect to decisions affecting the general partner personally or through business entities controlled by the general partner.”
In sum, Mr Blum’s investment in Colony HR Co – Investment Partners III gave him an economic interest in all of Colony Capital’s funds, including the fund UC invested in, Colony Capital VIII. But, apparently, Mr. Blum did not recuse himself from making any policy or other decision making consideration that could have affected UC’s investment in Station Casinos via Colony Capital VIII.

Station Casinos
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Players:
• The Fertitta family operates and partially owns Station Casinos, one of the largest casino chains in Nevada. Until three years ago, it was a publicly traded company.
• Real estate firm CB Richard Ellis bills itself as “the leading global casino real estate advisor.”
The Blum Connection: Mr. Blum is the chairman of the board and a controlling shareholder of CB Richard Ellis. He is a member of the board of directors of the hotel chain Fairmont Raffles Holdings International, owned by Colony Capital. He is also an investor in a Colony Capital acquisition fund.
The Deal: In 2007, Colony Capital partnered with the Fertitta family in a $5.7 billion leveraged buyout (taking the public company private). Colony partly financed the deal with Colony Capital VIII. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission records show that as the deal was being negotiated, Station Casinos hired CB Richard Ellis to evaluate the Fertitta-Colony offering to Station Casino’s public shareholders. CB Richard Ellis was charged with determining if the offering was fairly priced. Mr. Blum’s firm told Station Casino shareholders that the deal was a solid investment.
UC’s Investment: While Mr. Blum served on the regents’ investment committee, UC invested $16.6 million in the Colony Capital fund (Colony Capital VIII) which bought Station Casinos in a deal that was partly overseen by CB Richard Ellis, a company Regent Blum controls. The deal benefited Colony Capital, a firm to which Mr. Blum is deeply connected through investments and a board directorship.
Fallout: Not long after it was privatized, Station Casinos declared bankruptcy due to the combined effects of the recession and the $1.6 billion operating debt that its new owners had imposed on the company via the buyout. Former shareholders of Station Casinos claimed that the deal was not in their best interest, as CB Richard Ellis had claimed. The Colony Capital fund that financed the Station Casinos buyout (Colony Capital VIII) has lost more than half its value due to the soured deal, enraging institutional investors. As of December 2009, the value of UC’s investment in Colony Capital VIII had decreased by $6.3 million.

Study No. 4: Janus Capital Group
The Players:
• Axa Rosenberg, a division of the global investment firm, Axa, was one of several dozen external investment managers retained by the regents to handle millions of dollars from the UC’s retirement and endowment portfolios after Treasurer Small was ousted.
• Janus Capital Group is a financial company that manages mutual funds.
•  Blum Capital Partners invests in both private and public equity on behalf of its private clients (whose identities are not public).
UC’s Investment: UC Treasurer Marie Berggren has disclosed that her external investment managers—she declined to specify which ones—bought and sold $26 million in Janus Capital stock on UC’s behalf between 2005 and 2008. During the same time period, Axa Rosenberg’s parent company, and three other UC external managers, invested heavily in Janus Capital stock using non-UC funds. These investments were made concurrently with large investments in Janus by Mr. Blum’s investment firm, Blum Capital Partners.
The Deal: These substantial investments by four UC external managers—using UC funds and also on behalf of other clients—had the effect of ratcheting up the price of the Janus stock because these purchases increased demand.
Fallout: Even if the substantial investments in Janus by Blum Capital Partners and UC’s external managers were purely coincidental, there is an appearance of a conflict of interest because Blum Capital Partners, a market mover, invested heavily in Janus stock in tandem with UC, another market mover, and several investment firms contracted to manage UC investments, all market movers. And UC’s investments were overseen by Mr. Blum, as a regent.
         
The story ends differently for the various parties. Blum Capital Partners sold its Janus stake at its apogee in 2007 for a substantial profit. Meanwhile, it appears that the investment resulted in a financial loss for UC.
         
TIMELINE OF BLUM CAPITAL PARTNERS’ and UC’S INVESTMENT IN JANUS CAPITAL GROUP (Sourced from SEC filings, UC investment data, commercial databases, press reports.)

2004 to 2005
• In April 2004, UC hires Axa Rosenberg as an investment advisor, ultimately making it responsible for managing $156 million of the UC retirement and endowment funds.
• In the first quarter of 2005, Blum Capital Partners makes an initial investment in Janus of $102 million, paying about $13 a share.
• Throughout the course of the year, UC (though external managers) purchases $5.6 million in Janus shares.

2006
• Early 2006: Axa Rosenberg’s parent company, Axa, invests $7.8 million in Janus.
• Mid-2006: Axa increases its holding in Janus to $56 million. Dimensional Fund Advisors (a UC external manager that is partially owned by Regents Wachter and Schwarzenegger), holds $39 million in Janus stock. Adage Capital, also a UC external manager, holds $2.9 million.
• Third quarter 2006: Blum Capital Partners purchases more Janus stock, and now owns $388 million worth of shares in the company for an ownership stake that exceeds 10 percent. The Janus stock price continues to rise.
• Fourth quarter 2006: Blum Capital sells a portion of its Janus stock, and Axa increases its investment ten-fold to $575 million. The share price reaches $21. Dimensional Fund Advisors nearly doubles its holdings in Janus.
• Throughout the course of the year, UC engages in a series of rapid trades of Janus stock, buying and selling $3.4 million worth of shares. Rather than maintaining a solid position, UC external managers often trade the stock several times a day, hoping for small profits in the margins as the stock price continues to rise.

2007  
• Early to mid-2007, Blum Capital Partners buys, sells, and re-buys Janus stock, turning a profit by taking advantage of fluctuations in the market (this tactic is called “arbitraging”). On their own accounts, four UC external managers—Axa Rosenberg, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Adage Capital, and Goldman Sachs Group—also buy large amounts of Janus stock, for a combined total of $781 million worth of shares, or about 15 percent of the company.
• September: After buying and selling Janus stock throughout the year, the value of Blum Capital Partner’s Janus holdings increases to $502 million, making it the third-largest Janus shareholder. Axa remains the largest shareholder, holding $622 million in Janus stock.
• Throughout the course of the year, through its external managers, UC trades $4.2 million in Janus stock. In at least one instance, UC buys and sells $3.1 million worth of shares in a single day.
• Late November: Due to high demand—created in part by the large Janus investments made by UC’s external managers—the price of Janus stock peaks at $36 per share. During the last quarter, Blum Capital Partners sells its entire stake—about 17 million shares—for more than a half-billion dollars, clearly reaping a huge gain.
         
2008
• As the recession hits, Janus’ stock price freefalls, bottoming out at $3.95 a share.
• UC continues to trade Janus stock, buying and selling a total of $12.7 million in rapidly failing Janus stock—sometimes more than $2 million a day—in an effort to squeeze pennies out of minor fluctuations in the meltdown process. By the end of the year, UC has traded $26 million in Janus stock since the beginning of 2005.
• The amount of money Axa Rosenberg manages for UC plummets from $156 million in 2007 to $69 million by the end of 2008. UC Treasurer Berggren declined to say if this was a result of Janus investments.

2009
• December: Axa holds $1.7 million worth of Janus stock and UC still has nearly $2.5 million in Janus shares on its books. Since gainfully divesting itself of Janus stock in 2007, Blum Capital Partners has not reinvested in it. UC Treasurer Berggren declined to say how much UC has gained or lost as a result of the Janus investments.

Source: http://spot.us/pitches/337-investors-club-how-the-uc-regents-spin-public-fund…

More on Richard Blum, Station Casinos, and clients of Howard Dickstein

An explosive report from investigative reporter Peter Byrne has revealed an on-going financial relationship between Senator Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum, Station Casinos and Colony Capital involving millions of dollars of University of California money.

In “Investor’s Club: How the UC Regents Spin Public Funds into Private Profit” found on Spot.us , Byrne examines the financial dealings of University of California Regent Richard Blum including his direct link to Station Casinos, the company that is trying to build a Class III casino in the small University town of Rohnert Park, CA in partnership with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

Byrne reveals that Richard Blum’s real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, of which Blum is the Chairman of the Board, touts itself as the ““the leading global casino real estate advisor.”.

In his study of the Station Casinos connection, Bryne reports

Study No. 3: Colony Capital
Since 2007, UC has invested millions of dollars with Colony Capital, a Los Angeles private investment firm. One of Colony Capital’s principal partners is Richard Nanula, a longtime trustee of the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of Colony’s business partners is Mr. Blum. The intersection of financial interests between UC, Colony Capital, and Mr. Blum is revealed through the workings of the leveraged buyout deals of Fairmont Raffles Holdings International in Toronto and Station Casinos in Las Vegas…

Station Casinos
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Players:
· The Fertitta family operates and partially owns Station Casinos, one of the largest casino chains in Nevada. Until three years ago, it was a publicly traded company.
· Real estate firm CB Richard Ellis bills itself as “the leading global casino real estate advisor.”
The Blum Connection: Mr. Blum is the chairman of the board and a controlling shareholder of CB Richard Ellis. He is a member of the board of directors of the hotel chain Fairmont Raffles Holdings International, owned by Colony Capital. He is also an investor in a Colony Capital acquisition fund.
The Deal: In 2007, Colony Capital partnered with the Fertitta family in a $5.7 billion leveraged buyout (taking the public company private). Colony partly financed the deal with Colony Capital VIII. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission records show that as the deal was being negotiated, Station Casinos hired CB Richard Ellis to evaluate the Fertitta-Colony offering to Station Casino’s public shareholders. CB Richard Ellis was charged with determining if the offering was fairly priced. Mr. Blum’s firm told Station Casino shareholders that the deal was a solid investment.
UC’s Investment: While Mr. Blum served on the regents’ investment committee, UC invested $16.6 million in the Colony Capital fund (Colony Capital VIII) which bought Station Casinos in a deal that was partly overseen by CB Richard Ellis, a company Regent Blum controls. The deal benefited Colony Capital, a firm to which Mr. Blum is deeply connected through investments and a board directorship.
Fallout: Not long after it was privatized, Station Casinos declared bankruptcy due to the combined effects of the recession and the $1.6 billion operating debt that its new owners had imposed on the company via the buyout. Former shareholders of Station Casinos claimed that the deal was not in their best interest, as CB Richard Ellis had claimed. The Colony Capital fund that financed the Station Casinos buyout (Colony Capital VIII) has lost more than half its value due to the soured deal, enraging institutional investors. As of December 2009, the value of UC’s investment in Colony Capital VIII had decreased by $6.3 million.”

In addition to the Station Casinos information, Bryne outlines a number of questionable deals directed by UC Regent Blum.

More info….

Most of remember that Senator Feinstein has been MIA for the most part on the Rohnert Park casino, even while taking direct action on the San Pablo casino.

A cursory review of Senator Feinstein’s Senate Public Disclosure Financial Report filed in May, 2007 reveals that the Senator owned “$205,001 – $500,000” of common stock in CB Richard Ellis, the most recent Blum-controlled company to do business with Station Casinos, Inc..

STC101 has learned that Blum’s business relationship with Station Casinos goes back to at least 2001-2002. By the time the Graton Rancheria project came along in 2003, Blum-controlled Perini Construction had already made millions from Station Casinos projects, including Station Casinos’ first California tribal casino, Thunder Valley.

According information, some of which was developed by STC101 and some of which was received from a third party and verified by STC101, Perini made in excess of $1 billion from Station Casinos building projects.

Here’s the time-line for some of Richard Blum’s business dealings with Station Casinos:

(?) 2002: Perini begins construction on Station Casinos’ Green Valley Ranch Station in Henderson NV.

October 2002: Perini begins construction begins on Thunder Valley tribal casino financed, developed and to be managed by Station Casinos Inc. of Las Vegas.

April 2003: Graton announces plans to open a casino in partnership with Station Casinos

February 2004: Station Casinos Inc. awards Perini Building Co. a $63 million construction contract to expand Green Valley Ranch Station

April 2004: Perini awarded multi-million dollar contract on Station Casinos’ deluxe Red Rock Resort.

October 2005: Blum divests himself of Perini interests due to controversy surrounding charges of nepotism and favoritism on federal and state levels.

(?) 2007: According to Peter Byrne, Blum’s “CB Richard Ellis” contracts with Station Casinos to do land valuations for Rohnert Park properties and other CA properties for the deal that took Station Casinos private.

With Senator Boxer’s son Doug’s involvement in the original casino plan near Sears Point and Senator Feinstein’s husband making millions from Station Casinos contracts, what chance do their Sonoma County constituents have for fair representation in the U.S. Senate on the matter of the the Graton Rancheria casino?

More Reading:

“Both sides hold jokers on Indian casino”

“MIG Attack”

TLR’s Inquiry Into Statements Re LGBT “Youth” by Bram Alden of Munger Tolles & Olson Headed By Charlie Munger and Ron Olson of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway – Part 2: Los Angeles Youth Network Profile – Notice MTO’s Bram Alden Not Part of BOD

Los Angeles Youth Network Mission Statement:

Los Angeles Youth Network’s (LAYN) mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient. We do this by providing street outreach, food, emergency shelter, transitional living apartments, and educational enrichment programs in a safe and nurturing environment.

See source:

http://layn.org/about/mission.html

 

Board of Directors:

David Cottrell, Chairman

After over a successful 30 year career as a C level officer in several leading public and privately owned entertainment, service and Investment Management companies, David Cottrell is now a CFO/COO Consultant and Strategic Business Advisor. He is known for his track record of leadership, evolving deals and nurturing startup companies, turning around problematic and unstable operations, being a visionary to grow companies and motivate talent, championing best practices and maximizing profitability, and driving businesses and optimizing outcomes.  “When I was introduced to LAYN I saw an opportunity to give back to the local community by channeling my connections and talents into something that benefits a greater good, the kids, and as important, those who work at LAYN dedicating their careers to the cause.”

 

Russell Allyn, Vice Chairman

Russell Allyn is Senior Counsel at the firm Buchalter Nemer in the Litigation Practice Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Allyn’s practice focuses on commercial and business litigation. He also has a specialty in intellectual property litigation (including trademarks and copyrights), and more broadly, unfair competition law and trade secrets disputes. Mr. Allyn earned his J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Commercial Paper. He received his B.A. in Political Science and U.S. History at the University of California at San Diego in 1986.

   

Kattya Hidalgo, Treasurer

Kattya Hidalgo is an Assistant Branch Manager at CapitalSource Bank.  She has worked in the banking industry for the last 21 years.   She has always had a passion for children’s advocacy and when given the opportunity to contribute her time on behalf of CapitalSource Bank, Kattya chose LAYN. She has since become more involved with LAYN, serving as a member of the Board of Directors. She remains dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. Kattya is also the proud mother of a daughter, who recently graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. A philanthropic interest in benefiting the lives of youth runs in the family, as her daughter recently became a Teach for America corps member, teaching in a socioeconomically disadvantaged school in the Los Angeles area.

   

Hope Biller, Secretary

2-time Emmy nominated producer, Hope produced and directed documentaries for many years but is now semi-retired and spends the majority of her time raising two children (Sofia and Sam) and doing an inordinate amount of work volunteering at their school.  Hope grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in Los Angeles for 17 years.  Residing in Los Feliz, Hope is proud to be a member of the LAYN board.

 

 
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Diana Buckhantz, Director

Diana is a social issue public relations consultant with a 20 year track record in obtaining media attention for non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and foundations.  She has worked on issues as diverse as the environment, women’s civil rights, children’s educational programs, disability, and adolescent sexuality to name a few.  Through her work in the area of runaway and homeless youth, she encountered LAYN and was impressed with the commitment of the staff to provide a caring home environment for youth who have none. Diana is the mom of a remarkable 18 year old boy. She often looks at him and wonders what his life would have been like if he had needed to run away and live on the streets.

   

Angela Choi, Director

Angela Choi is an associate with CB Richard Ellis, a Fortune 500 company and the world leader in Commercial Real Estate. Angela specializes in the development and implementation of high-level strategic plans that align real estate strategy with overall organizational objectives and financial goals. Through her expertise in solving complex real estate challenges, she has helped numerous public and private companies remain profitable and nimble through shifting business climates.   Her dedication, integrity, and client-centric mentality have made her an asset to organizations across many industries and product types. Over her eight year career, Angela has represented commercial real estate assets encompassing over seven million square feet and such clients as MetLife, Lagadere Unlimited, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Edelman, World Oil, Thrifty Oil, and New Balance. Angela was awarded the 2008 Women Role Model Award by Councilwoman Jan Perry and also volunteers with the Westside YMCA and the Lange Foundation.
   

Lisa Ferguson, Director

Lisa Ferguson is the managing partner for Premier Business Management Group, LLP, a business management firm, located in Sherman Oaks, CA.  Ms. Ferguson has been working in business management for over 30 years and started her own firm in January, 2003.  Her clients range from all areas of entertainment: actors, directors, screen and television writers and music.  Ms. Ferguson has been in Who’s Who for Women in Business since 2003 and has also been listed in Who’s Who and the Entertainment Business Journal for the same amount of time.  Ms. Ferguson holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.  Ms. Ferguson has done pro-bono accounting for the Elton John Charitable Fund and the Elton John Aids Foundation and she contributes to many charities.  She and her husband, Michael Miqdadi, reside in Valencia California with her son, Colin.
 
   

Erik Hibshman, Director

Erik Hibshman is an international businessman, entrepreneur, and the owner of Hibshman Trading Corporation, which he started in 1996. Erik shares a personal connection with the adolescents served by LAYN because he left home at the age of 15. This experience has allowed him the compassion to effectively serve the needs of his local communities. Throughout the years, HTC has provided in-kind gifts to local families in need. Erik currently lives with his wife and 2 children in Alta Loma, California. It’s his vision to create new and exciting opportunities that will allow the youth of LAYN to obtain the skills needed to enter the work force and seek positive reinforcement for hard work and determination.
 
   

Leslie Kaplan, Director

Leslie, a native Los Angelino, is a physician practicing adolescent and young adult medicine in both Encino and Malibu. While receiving her adolescent medicine training at Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles, she especially enjoyed working with homeless youth at the (then) Los Angeles Free Clinic (now the Saban Clinic.) She currently lives in Encino with her husband, Robert, and three young daughters.

Scott Kay, Director

Scott is currently an acting principal at Vine Street Partners. His most recent project involved the opening of Wood & Vine, a 4000+ square foot restaurant and bar in the heart of Hollywood. He is currently actively involved in the day to day operations of Wood & Vine. Prior to his current role Scott served as Executive Director at JPMorgan, where he headed a fixed income trading division in New York. With 10 years of service at JPMorgan, he has experience working in both London and New York, with extensive high private net worth and institutional capital relationships globally. An Australian by birth, Scott has spent many years living and working in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and studied International Economics in Brussels
   

Brian Lee, Director

Brian Lee, Co-Founder of LegalZoom, was formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and a former Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He has substantial experience in consulting on tax and accounting issues specializing in the high technology industry.  Mr. Lee graduated Magna Cum Laude with at B.A. in Economics/Business from UCLA and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law.  Mr. Lee is also the founder of ShoeDazzle.com

 
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La Greta McHenry, Director

LaGreta McHenry is employed with Entertainment Partners, and has worked in various capacities over the last 20 years with this entertainment services company. She is the senior member of the LAYN Board having served since 2000 since the merger between LAYN and Options House (former non-profit organization). “I originally became involved with Options House because I felt if my former boss, Bob Draney, who was the CEO of Entertainment Partners (now retired) and a Trustee Board Member of Options House, had time to do it, I must have some time to give back to those in need as well. Youth today face many challenges and that’s compounded when you find yourself on the streets. I know I can’t alleviate all the social problems in the world, but I can do something. Being a member of LAYN’s board is one way I can go about giving of myself to help give a child the opportunity to pursue his/her dreams in life.”
   

Mark Prior, Director

Mark Prior is Chief Operating Officer of Entertainment Partners, the world leader in production management systems and services for film and television.  He has had a long and distinguished career in Canada as an innovator, entrepreneur, and CEO, and is happy to have called Los Angeles home since 2009.  Mark has served on a numerous agency and industry boards, most recently as Vice Chair of Leadership Vancouver, an organization dedicated to strengthening community through developing strong leaders.  One of Mark’s most fulfilling roles has been acting as a mentor volunteer for Supporting Our Youth, an agency that supports GLBT youth through role modeling, teaching them to live with self esteem.
 
   
John Ryan, Director

John A. Ryan, CPA is Controller of The Colburn School, Los Angeles, premiere musical training facility.  John has served at the executive level for various local non-profit service agencies for over a decade,  and is happy to continue to serve the community with Los Angeles Youth Network.

Gayane Tatoulian, Director

Gayane Tatoulian resides in San Marino, California.  She has served as vice president for a chain of high-end retail watch stores in the Southern California area for the past 22 years. Her charities of choice have pertained to children and animals.  Her love for children has moved her to serve as Chairwoman of ECF, a US based charity dedicated to supporting orphans in Armenia and other countries.  Gayane has organized numerous successful benefits to raise funds for this charity.  Additionally,  she has volunteered her time to several animal support charities.  Gayane has also been actively involved in her own children’s schools through wide spread support of the PTA and other school based organizations.  ” I feel I need to speak up for the ones who have no voice to say that they are hungry, cold, and need help”.

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